New operating system is a must-see (and must get)
Stop everything because you will want to check out the new BlackBerry® 6. This bold new operating system features a refreshing new visual interface, expanded messaging capabilities for integrating your social media networks, a new Universal Search tool, and a WebKit-based browser that renders web pages quickly and beautifully.
Subject to carrier certifications in the months ahead, the new OS is expected to be available for the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 and BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G, as well as future BlackBerry® smartphones.
Introducing the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and BlackBerry Curve 3G Smartphones
The talk is all about the two new BlackBerry smartphones just announced. Both bring the full BlackBerry experience, but which to choose? Consider these features.
Type and touch with the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800 smartphone
A full keyboard and touch screen set the BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone apart. Tap, swipe, pinch, and zoom your way around pictures and web pages and watch videos in stunning quality.
- 3.2-inch HVGA+ display for brilliant viewing
- Full slide-out keyboard for fast typing
- Touch-sensitive optical trackpad for precision navigation
- 5-megapixel camera with flash, image stabilization, and auto-focus
- The ability to run multiple apps at once with 512MB of flash memory and 512MB of RAM
- Built-in GPS and BlackBerry® Maps
- Wi-Fi® for fast connections when in range of a hotspot or your home Wi-Fi network
- 8GB of memory (4GB onboard memory and an included 4GB micro-SD™ card)
- Powered by the new BlackBerry 6
Master your everyday with the BlackBerry® Curve™ 3G smartphone
With BlackBerry® Messenger, multitasking, and 3G, you have everything you need to master your everyday.
- Music, videos, and pictures are easily accessible with integrated media keys on top of the smartphone
- BBM™ for real-time conversations
- 3G to let you browse to web and download attachments, videos, and more with greater speed
- New, premium design with the renowned BlackBerry keyboard, soft-touch materials, and sleek design
- Push delivery of Facebook® updates, Twitter® messages, and emails automatically to your inbox
- Built-in GPS and BlackBerry Maps
- Updated Wi-Fi for Wi-Fi access in more places with a better connection
- Long-lasting battery to last as long as you do
Both smartphones are available now. Check with your wireless service provider for availability.
With the new BlackBerry App World™ 2.0 you can now purchase apps with a major credit card. This and other new features mark this as a major upgrade. (Download it here.) We have been trying it out and love the experience.
Join hosts Ben and Laurie for tips, tricks, news, and tons of apps
We are launching the free BlackBerry Connection Podcasts, a series of fun, informative videos that expand your knowledge of your BlackBerry smartphone.
Episode 1: Music—and How to Get It
In Episode 1 Ben dishes on the BlackBerry music experience, with playlist tips, custom sound, and a spotlight on Internet radio apps Slacker Radio and Pandora.
Upcoming episodes will delve into social networking with apps like Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry Messenger, as well as insider tips and tricks for work and play.
Free podcasts delivered to you—on the go
If you live in the connected world you’ve likely watched or listened to a podcast sometime in the last year on your desktop or laptop computer. But now you can cut the cords. The new BlackBerry Podcast app lets you watch and listen to free podcasts on your BlackBerry smartphone—from virtually any location, any time of day.
BlackBerry Device Software v5.0 is yours for the asking!
Still running older device software? Do even more with the BlackBerry smartphone you already own with BlackBerry Device Software v5.0. With Gmail®1 integration, plus threaded SMS text messages, points of interest on BlackBerry Maps, and improved browsing capabilities, you can quickly and easily stay on top of your work, your schedule, and your life.
The latest version is now available at most North American carriers (check with your carrier for current availability). Updating is easy, and the download is free2!
The newest version of BlackBerry Media Sync is out and packed with new features. BlackBerry Media Sync 6.0 will now be integrated into BlackBerry Desktop Software; no need to install and launch a separate application.
Other important new features include:
- Greater music sync options: In addition to playlists, customers can also sync by selecting individual artists or genres from their iTunes® or Windows Media Player music library.
- Two-way video sync: Easy PC to BlackBerry Import so that you can take your favorite videos with you everywhere. Also easy BlackBerry to PC transfer, so videos taken with and saved on your BlackBerry smartphone can be backed up on your PC for safe keeping and/or editing.
- Wi-Fi music sync: For devices supporting BlackBerry 6, enjoy access to your entire home desktop music library directly from your BlackBerry smartphone. You can create and edit remote playlists and add remote music to your desktop queue to sync on your next Home Wi-Fi (or USB) connection to BlackBerry Media Sync.
An extensive catalog and integrated social networking are big plusses for new subscription music app
No, it's not a typo, but a slick new music app brought to you by the founders of Skype. Rdio is a subscription-based music listening service. For $9.99 US per month you get a mountain of music listening. At that price you can listen to as many songs as you want on your BlackBerry smartphone and via the Rdio website. (Your account is synched across both.)
The Rdio catalog is vast. In succession we listened to songs by 80s British punk band Gang of Four, pop diva Alicia Keys, folk troubadour Bob Dylan, and then finished with Julie Andrews singing her heart out in A Few of My Favorite Things.
Music being a social experience, Rdio has built social networking into nearly every aspect of the app. Listen to a song and see who else is listening too. Then check out their playlists for ideas on new artists and songs.
For most people the words “it's a hassle” come to mind when setting up a conference call meeting. First you have to give everyone the correct call-in number and access code, and then each participant has to find the number to dial in.
Luckily your BlackBerry smartphone has features to make it all much faster and easier. Follow these tips to make conference calls much smoother.