BlackBerry 10 contact linking explained

For those who are unaware, BlackBerry 10 actually links different contacts from multiple sources and merges them into one. This way, users will not have any duplicate entries in their contact list.

For this to be done, BlackBerry 10 consults different source accounts. Information like a user’s name, email address, social networking account, mobile phone number and PIN are taken into account. A user’s mobile phone number, for example, is an important criteria to use because it is unique only to the user. Telephone numbers, however, can be shared by more than one person.

However, if two entries with the same name from one account source will be detected, they will not be automatically linked.

Verizon to launch BlackBerry Z30 in November

After much speculation regarding the BlackBerry Z30’s release, a statement posted on Verizon’s Twitter account silenced any talks about earlier releases.

The Z30 will feature a 5-inch HD display that will be sold through Verizon’s official website with a price tag of $199.99. It will come with two-year activation. Eligible customers may also get Verizon Edge if they wish to upgrade for $22.91 per moth for 24 months.

The bigger screen won’t be a treat that’s exclusive to the working class who needs larger keyboards and a better view of e-mails and important documents.  Even the gamers will enjoy mobile gaming more. The Z30 will also allow users to wireless connect itself to a compatible HDTV. This will be a handy tool for presentations.

myTrains free available for BlackBerry 10 users

BlackBerry users in the UK can now get the myTrains application for free. It’s definitely a must-have on your phone, especially for those who use the railway.

Planning for trips will be easier with this app. These are some of its features from BlackBerry World:

  • Return and outbound journey information displayed in one view.
  • Select your preferred route and when you would like to go and let myTrains do the rest!
  • Quickly select which stations you’ll be travelling to and from. Modify to include extra destinations.
  • Specify departure OR arrival time.
  • Know how long your journey will take, which company is running the service and whether a connection involves a short walk or tube journey.
  • Nearest Station uses GPS to show you a list of stations nearest to you.

This application was created by mxData .

New WhatsApp update for BlackBerry 10

Other competitors of BlackBerry Messenger don’t seem to want to fall short to the now multi-platform application. WhatsApp recently released version for BlackBerry 10. Some features were added through the update. These include larger photo thumbnails and more account options. It is now possible to change your number and to delete your account, if need be.

These improvements will surely be well-received since users have been pining for them for a while now. However, not much can be said about the account deletion feature. Although the motive behind this move isn’t clear, at least users may now be able to opt out of the application if they wished to.

Visit BlackBerry World to get the update.

Update available for BBM Channels in Beta Zone

All users in the beta program of BBM Channels will be receiving a newly released update for the BlackBerry 10 and other BBOS devices that are part of the Beta Zone. If you haven’t checked out beta zone lately, you’ll be glad to see this new update when you next log on.

Some added tweaks have been done. Some of which include a new theme that’s only available for OS 10.2, and the option to block subscribers.

Once you’ve installed the upgrade, it’ll be easier to spread the news about BBM to your social networks. The moment upgrade is completed, all your contacts will be alerted via BBM status about the multi-platform availability of BBM. Gain new contacts by encouraging your friends and family to download the application on their smartphones. A share button for social media has also been added to help get the word out about BBM.

Another added feature includes the ability to block channel subscribers. Other users may now be blocked from commenting and reposting on your channel.

Also, a black theme has finally been made available for all OS 10.2 users. You can now toggle your BBM theme from light to dark and vice versa.

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Blackberry can now serve 10 million new users

Even within 24 hours of its release, BlackBerry Messenger has been receiving millions of subscribers worldwide. It is being speculated that numbers may even reach 100 million if its popularity among smartphone users continues. Surprisingly, majority of the users seem to be from iOS. However, this doesn’t mean that the Android market is falling behind. BBM has actually reached over 10 million downloads in Google Play alone.

In order to serve this large volume of new users, BlackBerry has discontinued its Line-Up, something that was initially created just for the release of BBM. Things are looking good for BlackBerry thus far. The decision to make the application available to all markets could play a huge role in changing the consumers’ current perspective on the brand.

As the year draws to a close, BlackBerry is set to make Voice, Video and Channels available to its users soon.

The BlackBerry Promise

To our valued customers, partners and fans,

You’ve no doubt seen the headlines about BlackBerry®. You’re probably wondering what they mean for you as one of the tens of millions of users who count on BlackBerry every single day.

We have one important message for you:

You can continue to count on BlackBerry.

How do we know? We have substantial cash on hand and a balance sheet that is debt free. We are restructuring with a goal to cut our expenses by 50 percent in order to run a very efficient, customer-oriented organization.

These are no doubt challenging times for us and we don’t underestimate the situation or ignore the challenges. We are making the difficult changes necessary to strengthen BlackBerry.

One thing we will never change is our commitment to those of you who helped build BlackBerry into the most trusted tool for the world’s business professional.

And speaking of those dramatic headlines, it’s important that we set the record straight on a few things.

Best in class productivity tool.

We have completely revamped our device portfolio this year with the launch of BlackBerry® 10. We have four BlackBerry 10 devices – two all touch and two hybrid (touch and QWERTY) – and all are running the third update of our new platform. If what you care about most is getting things done – taking care of your business — we have the best range of devices for you. And we continue to offer the best mobile typing experience – no ifs, ands or buts about it.

Best in class security.

Governments all over the world, global corporations and businesses that simply cannot compromise on security choose and trust BlackBerry. Security is our heritage, and the industry recognizes that BlackBerry is the most secure when it comes to the device, server and, of course, our global data network. Have no doubt that you can continue to trust us to keep your communication safe and private.

Best in class enterprise mobility management.

We changed with the market, embracing BYOD because we understand that as iOS and Android™ devices become common in the workplace, businesses still need to manage all of these different platforms seamlessly and securely.

This is not a trivial task. While there are a number of startup companies that make bold claims, BlackBerry has more software engineers and the most resources dedicated to developing the most innovative solutions to address this complex challenge.

And our customers know it. Over the past quarter, our BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 server base grew from 19,000 to more than 25,000. Corporate clients are committed to deploying and testing the latest enterprise technology from BlackBerry. We are committed to evolving with our customers. That will never change.

Best in class mobile social network.

We are bringing the most engaging mobile messaging platform to all, with our BBM™ launch for Android™ and iPhone. There are already around six million customers pre-registered to be notified of our roll out. This number is growing every day, and speaks to the tremendous opportunity we have to expand BBM beyond BlackBerry® smartphones to make it the world’s largest mobile social network.

Yes, there is a lot of competition out there and we know that BlackBerry is not for everyone. That’s OK. You have always known that BlackBerry is different, that BlackBerry can set you apart. Countless world-changing decisions have been finalized, deals closed and critical communications made via BlackBerry. And for many of you that created a bond, a connection that goes back more than a decade.

We believe in BlackBerry – our people, our technology and our ability to adapt. More importantly, we believe in you. We focus every day on what it takes to make sure that you can take care of business.

You trust your BlackBerry to deliver your most important messages, so trust us when we deliver one of our own: You can continue to count on us.

The BlackBerry Team

BlackBerry Going Private, Will Be Bought For $4.7 Billion By Fairfax

Close your butt cheeks kids, my beloved BlackBerry is not closing down or calling it quits. From what i understood in laymans terms, Fairfax Financial has agreed to buy & invest with BlackBerry and BlackBerry is going private and going private means out from the prying eyes of Wallstreet, the stocks and the scrutiny of the public in regards to its financial endeavors etc.. This is actually a very good news for BlackBerry, going private for them will further innovate and build itself back into a profitable company with exciting products and services.

Somewhat bad news for the public shareholders who had faith in the company as their worth had declined to almost $9 per share in cash and that’s very low in return. The press release highlights the points below:

  • BlackBerry shareholders would receive U.S. $9 per share in cash
  • Transaction valued at approximately U.S. $4.7 billion
  • Consortium permitted 6 weeks to conduct due diligence
  • BlackBerry entitled to go-shop during due diligence period, subject to payment of a termination fee in the event alternative offer accepted

There’s also some talks regarding the halting of the release of the BBM for Android & iOS and the layoff announcement of 40% of BlackBerry staff to further shake consumer confidence, cause an even lower shares of the public shareholders and then the grand finale – the privatization, less value for the shareholders, more intact money for BlackBerry – wicked but very clever in my opinion if true.

So yep, lets wrap it up. BlackBerry going private is awesome. Fairfax investing and buying BlackBerry is good. Bad if your a shareholder, you’ll take a bit of a kicking but good overall for the consumers.

Now let’s stay calm and BBM on.