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BlackBerry App World Beats Android and Nokia App

In a recent IHS report stating that while Apple is still wiping the floor with the rest of the mobile market in application market sales, BlackBerry is in second placeovertaking both Android and Nokia. The battle for younger users is still between the iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones, these figures show that iPhone users buy and download the most applications. Though BlackBerry users in a far away second place downloading even more applications as they become available.

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BlackBerry Tops Smartphone Market Share in North America

I believe these stats have been gathered correctly. I’m not biased of the outcome, rather in favor of the method. They looked at two primary factors here. The first in operating system market share, and the other in manufacturer market share. The results? Currently in North America, BlackBerry still has the largest market share amongst smartphone manufacturers and operating systems. I don’t want to butcher their report, so hit the More button to check it out. >>>

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Get a Free BlackBerry Torch or iPhone 3GS Today from Best Buy

The guys at BGR have obtained some sweet info for you X-mas shoppers. Today, Best Buy is offering the BlackBerry Torch 9800 for free w/contract or you can pick the T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 9300. If you don’t want a BlackBerry, the 8GB iPhone 3GS is also offered for free with a new two-year AT&T contract.  This deal is valid for today only, and according to BGR, the deal applies to new lines, upgrades, and additional lines. Head over to your local Best Buy outlet early so you can take advantage of this exclusive offer. What will you be getting? The Apple or the Berry? Don’t forget to share!

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Apple Beats RIM In Vendor Shipments

In a report published by the International Data Corporation, a premier global provider of market intelligence, Apple has out beat RIM in the distribution of smartphones. In the 3rd quarter of 2010 Apple shipped 14.1 million handsets while RIM recorded a total of 12.4 million units shipped. That makes a difference of around 1.7 million mobile devices between the two competitors. Hopefully the tables will turn after the tablet is launched. What do you think? IDC – Press Release

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“There’s an App for That” is Now Official by Apple

This was sent to BR earlier and I just had to get it up here. So check this. Apple has filed and have won the exclusive trademark rights for the catchphrase, “There’s an app for that.” Since the launch back in ’07, they have used that catchphrase to promote their App Store and sell iOS devices. Interesting note as to how the the trademark works. It covers “Retail store services featuring computer software provided via the Internet and other computer and electronic communication networks; retail store services featuring computer software for use on handheld mobile digital electronic devices and other consumer electronics.” I wonder at what extent will this license be upheld? Will Apple really go that far and pursue everyone who uses their app phrase?

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This Hurts.

Hello, Donta here, mentioning my concern with everyone’s faith in RIM and the BlackBerry OS. T-Mobile recently spoke of a spike in the Android market and a shortage of BlackBerry subscribers; what else is new right? It upsets me that everyone is releasing these charts and percentages because it simply shows how much faith they have in something that isn’t as reliable as everyone makes it seem. I can do as much with my Berry as anyone with an Android, not to mention having the extra battery life to spare. I’ll be happy when this android surge gets old and everyone literally considers their options and needs when it comes to using a device. I have a buddy who was an Android advocate but he lost it when he got the Vibrant. He was tired of the GPS issues, slow software and that battery draining Super AMOLED screen. Most of all, we are tired of the number of devices being released of quality; minimal. RIM and Apple put out devices of reliable quality and not so often that it gets annoying. The iPhone is consistent and every Bold/Curve/Pearl/Storm is just as easy to use as its predecessor. When you start picking up all of these Androids with this and that, slow operation and poor battery life, you start to question the manufacturers thought process when it comes to overall quality and device worthiness. I’m not trying to bash Android or any other OS, but, RIM has decided to go far with the BB OS and make some leaps that everyone respects, regardless of the outcome in the long run. Apple has been consistently improving their UI and features along with device performance. Then we have Android whose OS has been about the same from the beginning with a lot of …

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JPMorgan Allowing Workers to Use BlackBerry Alternatives While on the Job

Earlier this morning Bloomberg reported that JPMorgan is considering allowing employees to use iPhones for corporate e-mail as an alternative to the BlackBerry smartphone. If you’re unfimiliar with J.P. Morgan, they are the second-largest U.S. bank, with about 220,000 employees worldwide. It doesn’t stop with apple, the bank is also testing Android-based phones. The bank reportedly wouldn’t buy iPhones or Android phones for staff, but would allow them to use the devices for corporate e-mail. Also noted, that UBS, the largest Swiss bank, with more than 63,000 employees, also is considering allowing its staff to use iPhones. A few months ago,the story notes, U.K.-based Standard Chartered Bank decided to switch to iPhones from the BlackBerry, with 15,000 phones to be distributed by year end. What does this mean for everyone? What does this mean for RIM? What does this mean for JPMorgan and co? Hit the More button >>>

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BlackBerry Tablet Set to Launch in November?

Bloomberg has reported that the BlackBerry Tablet or “BlackPad“ will be set to launch in November. It will consist of a screen size of 9.7 inches and have W i-Fi and Bluetooth. Speculation is set to be in the month of November. In my opinion, I would run a “BlackPad” on “BlackFriday” ad. The day after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United states is known for one of shoppings most busiest days of the year. According to Reuters, in 2007, 135 million people participated in the Black Friday shopping rush. With great savings, The next question about this device is the name. With RIM buying out the BlackPad.com domain, “BlackPad” will be a top contender to be the official name of the BlackBerry Tablet. Keep in mind that RIM has purchased domains before under rumored product names. This is RIMs game plan in recent history, a preventive measure against retailers who try to copy the product. Continue Reading to see what else Bloomberg reported >>>

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Barack Obama Talked About BlackBerry, iPhone, Twitter, and More Earlier Today on ‘The View’

 Today, President Barack Obama joined  ‘The View’, and  mentioned Twitter, discusssed his BlackBerry issue, touched on his iPod, and briefly mentioned iPhone. When asked if he tweets on Twitter, Obama responded that he does not tweet through the account. However, a “20 year old” member of his staff tweets on behalf of the Office of the President. Pretty cool job to have. I wonder if my BA in Poli-Sci will land me a gig like that? hmmm.. Obama said he still has his BlackBerry, but it’s less fun for him now because only 10 people are able to contact him on it. So much for that ObamaBerry everyone was talking about last December. He mentioned everyone’s afraid that all communications will be covered by the Presidential Records act and so “juicy stuff” is not communicated via BlackBerry. With RIMs strong security platform, I wouldn’t use anything BUT a BlackBerry to communicate. I have seen numerous videos of former President LBJ, and he always used to record his phone conversations with people he spoke to on the phone with. Why? Just for his records. This was way back in the 1960’s tho, so today we can just imagine how far the secret service will go to record a phone call. Not too mention there is always that nice little app called CaptureIt that enables you to take a screenshot of your BlackBerry screen. A question surfaced as to Obama’s iPod. He listed a number of artists on his iPod which are; Jay-Z, Frank Sinatra, Maria Callas, but NO Justin Bieber. Obama met Bieber already when he sang at the White House. Obama noted, “He’s a nice young man.”  when asked about the iPhone, Obama responded, “I have not made the switch.” Good thing he has not made the switch, He’ll have that thing tossed in no time with Apple’s Antennagate issue.   Did you watch the President on …

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Apple ‘Deathgrip’ Doesn’t Stop This Tour

How many BlackBerry users have tried to replicate the Steve Jobs ‘Deathgrip’ over the weekend? I know I have! I tried gripping my BlackBerry Bold 9700 every which way possible. In my experiment, I could not get bars to drop to save my life. Only once or twice, I had the bars quickly drop but then they would go back up again. I took my hands off the device and set it on the table. The bars still dropped and restored, leaving me with questions and leaving an even bigger sour taste in my mouth after reading claims made by Steve Jobs. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one trying to replicate the Apple ‘Deathgrip’ on my BlackBerry device. Our very own member and Moderator Kaveros, has put together an excellent 10 minute video of a test he did in an attempt to “Death grip” some signal loss into his BlackBerry 9630. Kaveros had some interesting findings in his test. Compared to my experiment, He did have a slight drop in one bar when putting the phone in the Apple ‘Deathgrip’. Now keep in mind, whether you are left or right handed, it is highly unlikely you will even ‘Deathgrip’ the device when talking on the phone. Any of you notice they used the same ‘Deathgrip’ on all the devices, even though each device has a different antenna location? Enough of me, let’s give the floor to Kaveros now. Steve Jobs claims that “all smartphones have this issue.” Now, I understand that Apple’s $100 million lab tested a 9700, but last I checked, the 9630 did qualify as a smartphone. Continue Reading for the Video Demonstration >>>  

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Go Get a BlackBerry with your iPhone Refund

     The anticipated press conference was held today and the MC was none other than Steve Jobs.  Apple says it will give free protective cases to buyers of its latest iPhone model to alleviate the so-called “death grip” problem: holding the phone with a bare hand can muffle the wireless signal. Seriously? a bumper for all the people who suffered through this crisis? Beleive me, I know the feeling of constant dropped calls. It gets very annoying. Jobs apologized to iphone buyers who had a bad experience with the new device. He also offered something else for those who think a free phone case is not enough,a refund. The refund applies even for those who have long-term contracts with AT&T Inc., the iPhone’s exclusive U.S. wireless carrier  “We’re going to do whatever it takes to make them happy and if we can’t make them happy we’re going to give them a full refund and say we’re really sorry we inconvenienced you, and we’re going to do better next time,” the CEO said.   A good suggestion would be to take that refund and get yourself a slick BlackBerry smartphone.The BlackBerry App World doesn’t offer as much Apps as Apple’s App Store, but be sure to know that you will not have to deal with any reception issues.   via:MySa

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Sources Confirm BlackBerry Tablet-Will Support Flash!

  Ever since Apple dropped the iPad, reports of a BlackBerry Tablet have been in the mix leaving us BlackBerry users with a lot of questions. Intelligence from Rodman & Renshaw, analyst Ashok Kumar on Friday have commented on the issue with a bit more clarity for us. Our latest BlackBerry Tablet news comes from, Kumar who stated that the BlackBerry tablet will actually be a 7″ device with a 1GHz Armada 610 Processor supporting two cameras for video conferencing and facetime. I also read something about a 16MP camera capture feature a long with 1080p video playback. That is something to look forward to. No more straining your eyes on a mobile phone when doing your business, The‘Blackpad’ should make your BlackBerry experience a whole lot easier and enjoyable!  Here is the best part! (Cont Rdng>)

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Borders New E-book Store Now Open for BlackBerry and More

Borders, one of the nation’s largest booksellers, have opened an e-Book store, and have just introduced apps to allow BlackBerry smartphones and other platforms such as the Droid OS and iPhone to work as well. With Borders, you have access to its catalog of 1.5 million titles. All versions let customers browse and buy eBooks; search by title, author, topic, or keyword; access their library; and download books for offline reading.   Availability The Borders eBook app is available from Borders.com. It is free to download and use. As far as for BlackBerry, Borders is supported on the BlackBerry Curve series, the new BlackBerry Tour 9630, and the BlackBerry Bold series.

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BlackBerry still leads in smart-phone market

With all the hype surrounding Apple’s iPhone 4 launch, it’s easy to forget that RIM’s BlackBerry still has the largest share of the US smartphone market. Apple made a big deal about selling 1.7 million iPhone 4’s in 3 days, but RIM still beats them in marketshare. RIM has about 35% of the US smartphone market while Apple comes in with 28%. The problem for RIM is that their share of the market is shrinking while others are gaining on them. It wasn’t that long ago that RIM was over 43%, and 5 years ago they were over 50% of the US market. Apple is gaining on them and Android is really putting on the heat. According to Gartner, Android will become the second-best-selling smartphone platform worldwide behind Symbian by 2012. Research In Motion CEO Jim Balsillie said during the company’s quarterly earnings call last week that BlackBerry is well positioned for the brewing battle, with big international growth ahead, strong carrier partnerships in place and an efficient data infrastructure that will become more important as cellular operators adopt tiered data pricing. Source: Sfgate

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Distimo Report for June 2010‏- BlackBerry stands out

Distimo, the innovative app store analytics company, has released their report for June 2010. The new report covers the BlackBerry App World (Worldwide), the Apple App Store for iPad, the Apple App Store for iPhone, Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog and Windows Marketplace for Mobile for May 2010 in the United States. I went ahead and broke down the BlackBerry section for you, so let’s see how RIM is doing compared to the other six appstores Percentage of paid applications per price interval (U.S, May 2010) Findings More than 50% of applications are priced below or equal to $2.00 in all stores, with the exception of BlackBerry  App World and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. What does this mean? Simply that the majority of the apps offered through the BlackBerry App World are priced $2.00 and above. Findings The findings for the highest rank PAID app ending in May (Worldwide) are – The number one seller through the month of May is a theme by Dream Theme priced at $3.99 called Sky 2 LiveScreen. The tenth highest paid app was a utility app by Mobatech called Mobile Checkbook priced at $7.99. Clearly, Themes took up 60% of the top 10 apps that are the highest paid through the month of May in the BlackBerry App World The findings for the highest rank FREE app ending in May (Worldwide) are- The number one downloaded app for BlackBerry in the App world through the month of May is Pandora Radio. BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) came in third, while the tenth most downloaded app was the Imaginining Theme by MMMOOO Thanks for reading, until next report! Pls Share!!

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Obama Approves Plan to Boost Wireless Broadband

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama endorsed on Monday plans by regulators to nearly double the spectrum now available for wireless devices. I came across this article today and decided to annotate it for you . Yesterday, President Obama announced a new plan that was proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking to free up 500 megahertz of spectrum (broad range) over the next 10 years. Why? Because according thier research, they must keep up and meet the demand for personal computers, smartphones such as RIM’s BlackBerry, and Apple’s iPhone , and other wi-fi comptatible devices. It makes sense, but what else can we make of this? Continue reading for the rest >>>

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iPhone 4 loses reception when steel band touched? Apple says it’s your fault for holding it like an idiot.

A large amount of iPhone 4 users have stated that when you hold the brand new phone from the bottom left part of the steel band that encircles the device, the iPhone 4 quickly loses its cell signal. Several videos have surfaced on blogs where users hold the “new” device from the bottom left part of the steel band and the signal strengh fades away and decreases. Once the device gets set to a hard surface such as a table, immediately the signal strength comes back up. Now we can cut apple some slack on the faulty issues. Surely, there is always a small margin of error, but Steve Jobs should have the courtesy to reply to his loyal customers with respect and some dignity. If you are unaware of Steve Job’s Response, this is what he had to say, “Just avoid holding it in that way”.  Continue reading for more >>>

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Google To See Music Search Engine Powered Service Soon

Music-lovers get ready, Google is bringing music to a search engine near you. Thats right, a new search engine-powered music service directly from yours truly, Google Inc. According to The Wall Street Journal, they reported that Google is reportedly in the mix, discussing with the music industry to offer a music download service that will boost up Google’s position to be the top search engine globally. The new music service is set to be available both on the web for all platforms and on Android handsets.  Look for the music search and download service to launch in the upcoming quarters with an add-on subscription option registered for early 2011.  Continue Reading to read the full story>>>   Source: WSJ

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