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BlackBerry PlayBook in the wild emerges along with video and some first impressions

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] Oh boy, the BlackBerry popo are going to be busy today.  It seems an unofficial, early-build BlackBerry PlayBook has landed in the wild with Ryder posting about it on a blog called Mobility Insider. No doubt he sold his soul for this one (I'd sell my soul three times to have a production PlayBook right now), but there's a video above to prove he has...

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 now available from T-Mobile USA

If you've been been waiting for the BlackBerry Bold 9780 to hit a US carrier then tonight is the night. T-Mobile has now posted up the BlackBerry Bold 9780 in black and white. $129.99 with a new 2 year contract and it's all yours. if retail price is more your style and you like not having a contract then you'll be looking at $449.99 as your final damage. Some areas are still showing the device...

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RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie Demos BlackBerry PlayBook!

Following his Jim Balsillie's Web 2.0 Summit interview where he didn't show off the PlayBook on stage, the RIM Co-CEO did demo it to the guys from Engadget in a brief hotel hallway hands-on.  Check out the video above - you can see the multi-tasking card metaphor BlackBerry Tablet OS at work doing it's thing, and even get a quick glimpse of the front facing camera at work. With the BlackBerry...

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While appearing at the Web 2.0 summit today, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie was placed on the spot to answer questions surrounding Research In Motion, their upcoming products and finally their future. A lot of questions were asked near the end, one that stuck out was a reference to when Research In Motion was going to bring a better experience to their line up of BlackBerry smartphones. This is...

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Hot off the Twitterverse comes word from @blackberry that RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie will be speaking live today during the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. At 2:40pm EST he is scheduled to go on and you can watch live here. The session is titled A Conversation with Jim Balsillie, CEO, Research In Motion. While we're not totally sure what topics will be covered, you can be they'll be some...

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Funny: Windows/Mac Commercials go BlackBerry/iPhone parody thanks to Riz

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] It looks like Riz, the artist behind Ping Me Baby, is back at it with these funny iPhone vs. BlackBerry parodies. The two videos seen here poke some fun at iPhone on both the application and hardware fronts. Stuff like this always makes me chuckle a bit. Word is there are more on the way too so be on the lookout. Got to love Riz for sticking to his...

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BBSAK updated to version 1.9 - Now available in 8 languages

If you haven't used BBSAK, it's desktop software used to perform a wide variety of tasks for your BlackBerry, replacing the BlackBerry Desktop Manager. With BBSAK you can wipe your device, backup/restore your applications, load new or old OSs (without uninstalling OS from your computer), and install and remove CODs. The application is one of the most handy if you install OSs frequently, and is...

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Oh man, I love the new attitude we're seeing from RIM with the upcoming launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Check out the video above and you'll see what I mean. RIM posted a new video on the BlackBerry youtube channel that puts the pre-release PlayBook head to head against the Apple iPad in a comparison and test of web browser performance and fidelity. The PlayBook fairs pretty well in this...

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BlackBerry Curve 8530 users get a treat today with this latest OS. Coming from Virgin Mobile Canada OS 5.0.0.1000 (what a nice round number) is ready for download. If you're running an 8530 you may want to give this one a go. Be sure to drop a comment letting us know how its working for you as well. As always, use caution when installing a new OS. Download OS 5.0.0.1000 for the BlackBerry...

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Leaked: OS 6.0.0.359 for the BlackBerry Bold 9780

Just in case you're not happy with the latest official OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9780, you can now take the leaked OS 6.0.0.359 for a test drive as it's now available for download. As always, with leaked OS' we're not sure what's new, broke, fixed or changed so use caution and be sure to back your data up. Let us know in the comments or in the forums what you dig up. *OS Disclaimer - Please...

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Research In Motion BlackBerry 6 Developer webcast to be held tomorrow

If you're a BlackBerry developer concentrating your efforts on the BlackBerry Bold 9650 or the BlackBerry Curve 9300 you'll want to tune in to the developer webcast being held by Research In Motion tomorrow. As part of the ongoing series, Research In Motion will be highlighting those devices tomorrow as Verizon plans to make BlackBerry 6 available soon and developers need to be prepared....

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Official OS 6.0.0.294 for the BlackBerry Bold 9780 from Vodafone UK

If you've picked up a BlackBerry Bold 9780 already then this one's for you. Vodafone UK has officially released OS 6.0.0.294 for the newest BlackBerry device. If you download and install be sure to leave a comment letting us know whats new or improved in this version. Even though this is an official OS, be sure to be careful when you install. If you need some guidance check out our tutorials...

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 14 Nov 2010

Netflix finally coming to Android, on select devices Motorola Droid Pro first impressions Sneak peak at the HTC Mecha/HD Incredible BlackBerry Style Review BlackBerry Bold 9780 First Impressions Red & White BlackBerry Torch Now Available from AT&T!! Swype for Nokia N8 Nokia N8 talk on the Mobile Sense...

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Leaked OS: 5.0.0.973 for the BlackBerry Storm 9530

The last leak that came out for the BlackBerry Storm 9530 was OS 5.0.0.871. Now we have OS 5.0.0.973 available for download. That's a rather large jump in OS versions so hopefully, it's bringing a lot of nice changes for 9530 owners. Remember, back up your data folks and let us know in the forums how it works for you all. *OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official...

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CrackBerry reminder: What you may have missed this week

What You May Have Missed BlackBerry Bold 9780 now available from Bell >> Sun Life Financial to use BlackBerry Playbook for group retirement sign-ups >>  The story of why an Android user returned his Droid X and went back to BlackBerry >>  At least one version of the Playbook should be available for under $500 >>  Sprint BlackBerry Style 9670 review >> ...

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  Do you/have you used Kik Messenger?customer surveys If you're not familiar with Kik, the concept is pretty simple. You can think of it as a cross-platform BlackBerry Messenger style of app. It's still pretty basic in terms of functionality, but it does provide the R (read) and D (delivered) message stamps that makes BBM what it is, is pretty quick to use, and of course uses data...

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White BlackBerry Bold 9780 and BlackBerry Torch coming to Rogers

It really hasn't been a secret that the white BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry Bold 9780 were set to come to Rogers at some point. With the holiday season upon us it only makes sense that Rogers would offer up the devices. Possibly even as part of a holiday promotion despite having just raised the pricing on the BlackBerry Torch. But, just in case you needed some visual confirmation of their...

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BlackBook updates to v3.0 - threaded SMS, revamped GUI and more!

  No doubt about it, when it comes to security BlackBerry wins. But, sometimes you just need an extra layer to keep some of the more private stuff, private. For that, we have BlackBook from MBLWare. BlackBook was recently updated to version 3 and brings a ton of new features to what is already a great app. Check out the new stuff in version 3: BlackBerry 6 Support - BlackBook is now fully...

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Untappd lets you share your beer drinking with your friends

I've been using Untappd for a few weeks now and I have to say it is one of my latest addictions. It can simply be described as a "foursquare for beer drinkers" -- a social network allowing you to share whatever brew you're drinking with your friends. Untappd works only via the mobile site (untappd.com) on devices running BlackBerry OS6. Sadly only the WebKit browser can handle the mobile site...

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 now available from Bell

Bell has become the next Canadian carrier to release the BlackBerry Bold 9780. Earlier this week we saw both Rogers and Telus get ahead of the game, and next week T-Mobile will be following in the US. The Bell version sports the same specs as all the others including a 5MP camera, BlackBerry OS 6 and a full QWERTY keyboard. You can pick one up for $474 on a 1 year term, $449 2 year, $124 3...

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