It took Kik just 15 days to boast 1 million users on their messaging platform, which is rather impressive. If you stack Kik and BBM side-by-side, BBM destroys Kik in every category except one: cross platform messaging. Kik is a hot new enhanced messaging platform that runs on BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android. One of the unique features of Kik is the Facebook-like feature that helps you discover your friends on Kik, almost automatically.
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If you are a BlackBerry user and have the need to take screenshots from time-to-time, I would highly recommend using Screenshot. I started using a free app called Capture It which is a great app, but Screenshot takes it to a whole new level and for only 99¢ in AppWorld. There is a free version of Screenshot in the RIMarkable Store, but I have not had a chance to try it out. After writing this the paid version on the RIMarkable store increased from 99¢ to $2.99 so buying on AppWorld makes sense for now.
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I am not a huge fan of phone cases as they add additional bulk to an other wise slim device. A case is the best way to protect your mobile phone from the drops. The benefit of a phone skin is to protect for scratches. Sometimes the goal is just to protect from scratching. I have used transparent skins on my phones for the last 4-5 years, but have mainly focused on protecting the screen vs protecting the entire phone. BodyGuardZ sent us one of their Premium Scratch-Proof Transparent Films. We tested it out on the BlackBerry Bold 9650. (Lucky for me Robb does not own a BlackBerry Bold 9650) [Read more…] about Review: BodyGuardZ Scratch-Proof Skin
While waiting to pick my son up from pre-school, I noticed that a parent standing next to me had a new BlackBerry Torch. I asked her how she liked it and she basically told me that she hated technology and that the only reason that she had a smartphone was because her husband bought it for her. As I talked to this parent, I began to realize that she didn’t hate technology, nor, did she hate the BlackBerry Torch. She was just frustrated by the fact that she had an expensive phone that did bunch of stuff that she would never do nor did she ever see herself doing the stuff that “smart phones” do.
Off the glowing recommendation of RIMarkable Robb, I decided to install the evaluation version of Xobni. If you look at just about any top 10 BlackBerry application list, Xobni, in many cases, ranks close to the top. I am, actually, kind of shocked by this considering that, although, I see some value in Xobni, there are glaring areas where the app fails miserably. I know that Xobni is one of those applications where the value is a bit more subtle and you need to use it a few times before you really realize it’s power, however, that being said, there are areas, in my opinion, where Xobni simply doesn’t work and is unreliable.
Robb put me on the spot a bit yesterday about downloading and installing the leaked BlackBerry 6 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650. He knows that I have slowed down my adoption of leaked OS versions because they all seem that same after a while, but, BlackBerry 6 is a new OS, so, I decided to give it a go. I wouldn’t call this an exhaustive review, but, more or less my initial thoughts…
I recently received a message via BlackBerry Messenger from a friend who could not receive any SMS messages after her boyfriend was playing with her phone. I was stumped, initially, and assumed he had installed some type of app the blocked messages, however, after a bit of poking around in the settings on my BlackBerry I found the issue. My friends boyfriend inadvertently turned on SMS blocking in the BlackBerry Firewall…
Meterberry has long been one of my favorite apps for the BlackBerry. While I don’t have the same need for Meterberry on the Bold 9650 as I did on the Storm 9530, I just installed the application again as I really like the data it provides on power usage.
Meterberry gives me an easy way to check the percent to which my battery is charged. I know we have the battery indicator, but you can have 5 bars showing and only be at 70% charge. I know I can go into Options | Status to get the percent charged but with Meterberry I have that displayed right on the home screen. Some themes show the charge as percent vs bars but I am not a huge fan of themes and their associated overhead. There is also Alt + Shift + H which gives you tons of information including battery percent. However, for me it is worth the $3.99 for Meterberry. [Read more…] about Meterberry is Still Valuable with 300MB Free Memory
If you recall my earlier post I talked about the Frazier vs Forman fight in 1973. If I recall the fight correctly Frazier did get up several time, much like BBM service in Saudi Arabia being restored. Either this is the calm before the storm or the government just realized this will impact them as well. Either way the BBC reported that service was actually functional in Saudi Arabis. OH the saga continues. RIM has made many statement explaining how they cannot provide encryption keys but this has to be the most clearly explained on.
“RIM cannot accommodate any request for a copy of a customer’s encryption key, since at no time does RIM, or any wireless network operator or any third party, ever possess a copy of the key.”
This may have to do with recent US conversations. Its funny if the country shuts off service then turns it back on you are lead to believe RIM complied. Let’s see if RIM makes any statement explain they have not provided the government with a solution because…well read the quote above