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RIM slashes minimum app price in BlackBerry World, tries to attract more developers ahead of BB 10 launch

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The minimum app price in the BlackBerry World store has been slashed from £1.00 to £0.75 in UK and from €0.99 to €0.89 in the rest of Europe.

The up-to 25% reduction of the minimum price comes after RIM added multimedia and revamped the interface of its app store a week ago. Read more »

BlackBerry Z10 cases go up on pre-order

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We have been seeing a lot of leaked images of the BlackBerry Z10 over the past month, including some official looking press images. Now we have some new cases for the yet-to-be-announced device, already up for pre-order by a British online retailer.

Above you can see the leather swivel holster, leather pocket case and a transform hard shell case cover. There is also a flip shell case cover (not pictured here). The prices range from £14.99 for the pocket case to £18.99 for the swivel holster. Read more »

RIM’s revamped app store goes live as BlackBerry World

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RIM’s app store, which was known as BlackBerry App world earlier has been relaunched as BlackBerry World. The revamped app store focuses on music and video content, according to previous reports.

The changes are a part of the company’s preparations for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS launch, which is scheduled to be happen later this month. Read more »

BlackBerry Z10 compared to the iPhone 5 on video, found to be noticeably better

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It looks like RIM is all set to compete against the smartphone top dogs with its upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS. A recent video comparison suggests that BlackBerry Z10 is perfectly capable of matching the performance of the Apple iPhone 5.

The comparison also goes through some of the hardware highlights such as the display and battery capacity. Read more »

Viber 2.3 for BlackBerry brings stickers and emoticons, VoIP calling coming this April

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Viber is among the most popular apps for connecting with your contacts over a data connection and allowing you to offload a few bucks off your mobile bill.

The app’s latest update (v 2.3) for BlackBerry might be a little behind the curve (iOS and Android have been enjoying it for a while now) but in it users get stickers and emoticons as well as a revamped UI. Read more »

Check out some of the upcoming features of the BlackBerry 10 keyboard

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Touchscreen keyboards have come a long way, but RIM are working hard to make the keyboard on BlackBerry 10 stand out from the pack. To showcase just how much thought and effort went into the process, the company’s Vivek Bhardwaj gives us a short walkthrough of the new BB10 keyboard.

He shares some of the new features the keyboard sports, one of the most prominent being the automatic addition of spaces between words. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger 7.0 beta testing is over, final version now available

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RIM has just released the new BlackBerry Messenger 7.0 into the BlackBerry App World. Its key selling point is the free Wi-Fi calling, which lets you do calls to all other BBM 7.0 users for free.

Other new stuff coming up with the BBM 7.0 is the synchronization with your BlackBerry ID profile, 16 new emote icons and notifications when new version becomes available. Read more »

Opera adds resumable downloads for J2ME and BlackBerry phones with Opera Mini 7.1

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The Opera team has a long history of trying to improve the experience on less capable phones and its latest target was the poor file downloading experience on J2ME and BlackBerry phones.

The developers updated Opera Mini to version 7.1, which has a brand new download manager. Read more »

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins spotted at NBA game with upcoming BB10 devices

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We are still quite a way from the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices but recently RIM CEO Thorsten Heins was spotted with one of them in public.

At a Lakers game a few days ago, both Thorsten Heins and RIM Senior Vice President, Software Product Management Andrew Bocking were spotted using BB10 phones and taking pictures with them. You can see that the phone Heins is using has the usual BlackBerry sticker on the back that they reserve for test devices but it’s strange seeing the CEO of the company in public using devices that are yet to be announced publicly. Read more »

BlackBerry PlayBook gets an update to version 2.1, some handy new features

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RIM has launched an update for the BlackBerry PlayBook bringing it OS to version 2.1. Owners of the tablet now have a reason to celebrate, as it brings some pretty cool new features.

One of them is sending SMS messages right from the tablet via the updated BlackBerry Bridge. It’s been optimized and as a result runs faster than before. Another neat, and rather overdue addition is that the email, contacts and calendar apps got portrait mode support. Read more »

BlackBerry OS 10 tutorials caught on video, cool new gestures demonstrated

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BlackBerry OS 10 faced a few delays, but the waiting might be worth it as the new OS is a far cry from its bland, text-based predecessors. The new OS relies heavily on clever gestures for many of the basic tasks – even going back to the homescreen is done with a gesture rather than a button like on Android or iOS. As such, BB OS 10 brings back memories of the (short-lived) excitement that MeeGo caused.

The best way to teach users the new gestures are quick and simple tutorials played on the phone itself. Here are four of them, that show both gestures we’ve seen before and a few of new ones. Read more »

Viber to land on Symbian, Bada OS and Series 40

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Viber keeps expanding its reach and is about to welcome three new mobile platforms on board. Until recently the service was only available on Android, Apple iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.

Now though we hear that three new platforms will be getting support for Viber – Nokia’s Symbian OS and the Series 40, as well as the Samsung’s Bada OS. Granted all three of those are almost dead, but there are still plenty of people out there using devices powered by them so kudos to Viber for taking care of them. Read more »

BlackBerry PlayBook 64GB (Wi-Fi) in the UK costs just £129 right now

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The BlackBerry PlayBook is on its way out – as far as 7” tablets are concerned, the Google Nexus 7 is getting all the attention, after it stole the spotlight from the Amazon Kindle Fire. But a good deal is a good deal – the 64GB version of the PlayBook is currently going for £129 in the UK.

For comparison, a Nexus 7 8GB costs £159, while the 16GB one is £199. Somewhat amusingly, a 16GB PlayBook is £129 or even £169 in some places. Read more »

4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook hits Canadian carriers for $350

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The ill-fated BlackBerry PlayBook recently got a new sibling in the form of the 4G LTE model that, apart from the data connectivity, also brought a faster 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

We reported back then that the tablet was supposed to go on sale in Canada sometime this month, and it has now hit retail. The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook can now be purchased on Bell and Rogers in Canada for $350 and a three year contract. Read more »

10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook photographed next to a PlayBook 4G in Vietnam

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The BlackBerry PlayBook never gained the popularity that RIM was hoping for and rumors of a bigger 10″ version fizzled out. Vietnamese blog Tinhte however, received photos of just that – a 10″ PlayBook – right next to a PlayBook 4G (Sprint had plans to offer these but then canceled).

Interested to see what could have been? There are a few more shots after the break. Read more »