BlackBerry BES 12 Event Live Today at 9AM PST

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BlackBerry will be hosting its BES 12 event live from San Francisco today starting at 9AM PST.

With the upcoming release of its BES12 software and services, BlackBerry looks to solidify the enterprise market by providing a complete end to end secure cross platform management.

This new version of BES 12 will allow IT managers to handle not only all BlackBerry OS’s but will also allow the management of iOS and Android devices as well.

 

You can watch the stream live here at live.blackberry.events and see what BlackBerry has to offer with BES12.

BBM Updated…Check Out the Cool New Features

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BBM was recently updated and they added some nice cool features that will benefit all BBM users. The message retract feature is one that I am truly enjoying as I have sent messages to the wrong BBM contact before only to find myself apologizing for the mishap. 

I have over 250 BBM contacts between 3 BlackBerry 10 devices, iOS and Windows Phone. Making sure I send the correct message to the right person is key and now with message retraction I can do that.

BBM also now lets you set a time limit on shared photos. So if you want to share a photo with any BBM contact you now have to option to set a time limit on how long you want the photo shared to view. 

Another cool feature is the HD image request. I love to share images via BBM and BBM has made it much easier to request the highest quality HD image from that user. 

BBM continues to add features to the program that makes this messaging app #1 in my book. Check out the promo video below and let us know what you think of the new added features in the latest update to BBM. 

 

 

Poll: Should BlackBerry Release a New Tablet?

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There have been rumors and rumblings via social media that BlackBerry could be releasing another tablet. According to an article over at www.ibtimes.co.uk , BlackBerry has a confirmed a new tablet in the works.

If BlackBerry was to release a new tablet I’m sure they would get it right this time but does it make sense from a business perspective? With the release of the BlackBerry Blend software which allows you to run the software on a PC, Mac, iPad and Android tablets, will there really be a need for another BlackBerry tablet?

I for one would love to see a new tablet from BlackBerry but that’s just me. With the BlackBerry 10 Operating System combined with the ability to run a majority of Android applications, this could be a big positive for BlackBerry. I think about security first and apps second when it comes to the devices I choose to use.

Should BlackBerry release a new tablet? Let us know what you think in the poll below. 

 

BlackBerry Blend on iOS

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BlackBerry continues to innovate in order to make your work and play life much easier. With the BlackBerry Blend software, you are able to expand your BlackBerry 10 device options and features cross platform to take full advantage of you tablets, PC and Mac devices. 

You have the option to blend at work, home and while mobile knowing that you are very secure while using BlackBerry Blend on your additional devices. I have put together a demo video showing BlackBerry Blend running on an iPad Mini with i0S 8 installed. 

I also have provided an additional link below that goes into more detail concerning the uses and features of BlackBerry Blend. Currently in order to use BlackBerry Blend you must have a BlackBerry Passport device and or the BlackBerry Porsche P’9983 running the latest BB10 OS. 

*UPDATE- Make sure you have the BlackBerry Blend client opened for full access when using it on any device.

Enjoy the demo!

 

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What happened to U.S. Carrier Support for BlackBerry?

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U.S. Carrier support for BlackBerry is pretty much dead at this point. You can walk into pretty much any carrier store in the U.S. and clearly see that there are no BlackBerry devices on display. Even with the launch of BlackBerry 10, most carriers in the United States with the exception of a few, refused to even truly acknowledge BlackBerry 10’s existence. With the release of the BlackBerry Z10 and followed by the release of the Q10, both of which came with the BlackBerry 10 Operating System, this still wasn’t enough to gain carrier support. 

What could have been the cause to this? What did BlackBerry refuse to do to warrant this lack of carrier support? Could it have been “The Storm?” Yeah, everyone remembers that so called debacle from what I have read. I personally never owned a BlackBerry Storm but from all the reviews and multiple people who remember that device, the information provided stated that it was pretty much a failure all around. Now with that said, I have also talked to plenty of people who said the Storm was actually a very decent phone and worked very well. Could the BlackBerry Storm have been a major player in why carries in the United States simply started to shy away from supporting any future BlackBerry devices? 

Just what was it that made U.S. Carriers refuse continue to promote BlackBerry devices? Some will argue that after the original iPhone dropped BlackBerry failed to properly identify this as a major threat which could have lead to the overall downfall which included the now lack of proper carrier support. [Read more…]

How BlackBerry Blend Will Change The Game

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Last week at the BlackBerry Passport launch there was something special that happened. Not only did BlackBerry deliver on another device but also they delivered big on a new software called BlackBerry Blend.

With BlackBerry Blend you have tons of options to increase your overall productivity and to ease your workload. Having the option of BBM and text messages on your computer and or tablet is pure genius. With BBM now having over 90 million subscribers worldwide, this will be a very nice added benefit.

BlackBerry Blend is more than just a way to have BBM available on other devices it also provides you with a ton of options to ensure your overall success personal or business. BlackBerry Blend will be secured and you can rest assured your information will be safe with BlackBerry.

Below I have added some additional detailed features and a demo video from the launch as well.

  • Never miss a BBM or text message: Blend brings all your BBM and text messages from your BlackBerry smartphone to an integrated messaging hub now conveniently available on your computer and tablet.
  • Use your smartphone as a mobile network hub: Gain secure access to work email, calendars and important files on any device connected to Blend.
  • Transfer files across devices: Save files from your computer to your BlackBerry smartphone so they are accessible on any device connected to BlackBerry Blend.
  • BlackBerry security, across your devices: Powered by the BlackBerry device through the BlackBerry network, this seamless experience is also secure. And IT Administrators can rest easy, as they have the ability to set BlackBerry Blend parameters for users that match their security guidelines.
  • Unified Calendar Management: BlackBerry Blend merges all of your work meetings, personal appointments and events into one view.
  • Connect anywhere, anytime: BlackBerry Blend can connect wirelessly via Wi-Fi or cellular connection, or wired through the USB port on your PC. Once connected, use your BlackBerry ID on your computer and tablet to connect to BlackBerry Blend.

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BlackBerry Passport commercial

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Built for the enterprise professional, the BlackBerry Passport is your tool for overall success. Not only is this device for the professional, it also will greatly satisfy for the average consumer as well.

Check out the BlackBerry Passport commercial below and hopefully we can see some active marketing done in order to ensure the world knows just how awesome this device is. Enjoy!

 

 

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CNET’S Roger Cheng on CNBC Talking The BlackBerry Passport

My good buddy Roger Cheng, who is the Executive Editor for CNET was on CNBC earlier today sharing his thoughts about the BlackBerry Passport.

Check out the video below as he talks with other CNBC analyst about the BlackBerry Passport and the current direction BlackBerry is heading. You can follow Roger Cheng on Twitter @RogerwCheng.

Let us know what you think in the comments section.