Remote Holiday Roundup: Get Ready – and Stay Home this Holiday Season

Remote Holiday Roundup: Get Ready – and Stay Home this Holiday Season

To stay ahead of problems this holiday season, here are tools to help you get your job done remotely.

With the holiday season upon us, the last thing IT staff and executives want to worry about over their vacation is whether they’ll have to rush back to the office to fix network problems or solve a user's technical issue. With your BlackBerry® smartphone and the software solutions in this article, you can have the tools to remotely monitor and manage your network, all without having to get up from the dinner table with your family or cut short your holiday shopping with friends.

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Let Your BlackBerry Smartphone Help You Keep New Year's
IT Resolutions

Time management, staying limber, proving to the boss how expensive a meeting is, BlackBerry App World™ has the tools IT professionals need to keep sane in 2010.

Let Your BlackBerry Smartphone Help you Keep New Year’s IT Resolutions

It's almost the start of a new year, and maybe it's time to think about how you spend your time as a busy IT professional. And since you're an IT professional, you know that technology can help you handle any problem, right?

Well, maybe not. But if you’re making New Year's resolutions about how you deal with your many responsibilities, your BlackBerry smartphone can help. We've put together a sampling of apps from BlackBerry App World to help you stay in shape, keep in touch and potentially avoid some boring meetings.

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Highlights from the BlackBerry Developer Conference Shed Light on Future Apps and Services

Highlights from the BlackBerry Developer Conference Shed Light on Future Apps and Services

Providing BlackBerry smartphone users with a transformative experience, through applications working in close conjunction with smartphone features, was a central theme at the second annual BlackBerry Developer Conference, held recently in San Francisco.

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LAN Airlines Adopts BlackBerry Connection to SAP for Executives

LAN Airlines Adopts BlackBerry Connection to SAP for Executives

As one of the largest Latin American airlines, LAN Airlines' executives travel continuously for external meetings and internal business, but to keep their business flying they also had to stay connected to their staff to approve purchases, authorize commissions or acquire new technology. The airlines had been using SAP® Enterprise Portal 6.0 since 2006 for managing the purchasing of plane parts, oil and gas, approving or denying vacation requests or service commissions among other tasks, but if an executive was out of the office, approvals had to wait.

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Announcing the New BlackBerry Curve 8530 Smartphone

Now featuring built-in GPS capabilities and trackpad navigation

Announcing the New BlackBerry Curve 8530 Smartphone

“Should I get the new BlackBerry® Curve™ 8530 smartphone?” is a question many people are asking this holiday season. With so many features there is much to be said for it. Consider these facts:

Built-in GPS

GPS on your BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone works with BlackBerry® Maps to pinpoint your location and get turn-by-turn directions. Try selecting a contact from your address book to get precise directions to the contact's location. Or type in keywords like “restaurants” or “gas stations” and off you go.


The BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone is designed to be intuitive and comfortable. Like a laptop, the trackpad lets you glide your finger for fast and precise scrolling through websites, menus, and icons. The 35-key backlit QWERTY keyboard lets you type messages quickly. And the bright 320x240 pixel screen displays more than 65,000 colors for a great viewing experience.

Connect at 3G speeds

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone is the first BlackBerry Curve smartphone to feature 3G technology for fast downloads and uploads. That lets you spend less time waiting and more time doing what you love.

Wi-Fi® capabilities

Connect to BlackBerry data services through Wi-Fi hotspots at home, work, or places like airports or coffee shops. Wi-Fi connections frequently offer faster download speeds compared to cellular networks. And free or low-cost hotspots can reduce monthly data costs.

Media savvy

Take photos and record videos1, 2, 3 with the 2.0-megapixel digital camera, then post them to Facebook®, Flickr®, and MySpace™. You can even sync your iTunes® or Windows Media Player music between your computer and smartphone with BlackBerry® Media Sync.

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone is available now. Check your wireless service provider for availability.

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1 Depending on the amount of built-in memory available for use, a third-party microSD™ card may need to be properly inserted into the BlackBerry smartphone to enable the video recording feature. MicroSD cards may be sold separately.
2 Requires activation with appropriate data plan. Check with service provider for availability, costs and restrictions.
3 The ability to send pictures is not supported by all instant messaging programs. Check with your service provider for availability, costs and restrictions.

Stay on top of your eBay activities from your BlackBerry smartphone

Stay on top of your eBay activities from your BlackBerry smartphone

eBay now works directly with your BlackBerry smartphone so you never have to miss a crucial bid on your favorite auctions. Using a free beta app downloaded from BlackBerry App World, you’ll be able to bid, buy, watch and search eBay auctions from virtually anywhere. Updates are automatically pushed to your smartphone, and eBay for BlackBerry smartphones works with your BlackBerry Calendar to remind you when an auction will end. When you win an auction you can use PayPal® to pay directly from your smartphone.

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BlackBerry Theme Studio

HBlackBerry Theme Studio

Make your BlackBerry smartphone truly your own by customizing and personalizing virtually everything with BlackBerry Theme Studio and its easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface. You can change the background as the seasons change, add pictures of your children or pets, make your own icons and menus, or even pick ringtones and sound effects to suit your personal style. Or get a head start using pre-set templates. Bring your ideas to life, whatever your style may be. BlackBerry Theme Studio can also be used with other design software like Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe® Photoshop® Elements.

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BlackBerry Enterprise Server Announcements

Upgrade! BlackBerry® Enterprise Server v5.0.1 is now available to current 5.0 owners, absolutely free. Now supporting French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese. Plus, additional platform certifications and enhanced manageability and monitoring.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server is now certified for Microsoft® Exchange Server® 2010, and BlackBerry® Technical Support Services for BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is available. Click here for more information »

New Year, New BlackBerry?

Support Forums

The BlackBerry® Support Community Forums are a great place for your BlackBerry device users to get help—and a place for you to connect with other IT administrators. Do you have questions about BlackBerry Enterprise Solutions? Are you looking for support on devices or accessories? Visit the BlackBerry Support Community Forums.