BlackBerry: Removal of IT Policy now available *

By on November 3, 2007 at 2:23 PM.

BlackBerry: Removal of IT Policy now available *

* Note: This functionality is only available for devices with OS 4.3.0 and above.

Five months ago, we reported on the ‘Reset to Factory Defaults’ option that would be available with OS 4.2.2 and BES 4.1 SP4. Well, now this functionality is available to non-BES users running OS 4.3.0 and above. The latest release of the BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE) and/or BlackBerry JDE Components Package includes a new version of JavaLoader that incorporates this functionality in the form of the ‘resettofactory’ switch. A manual battery pull will envoke a required security wipe of the device to complete the process.

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CrackBerry.com Goes Hands-On with BlackBerry OS 4.3.1

By on November 2, 2007 at 11:41 AM.

CrackBerry.com Goes Hands-On with BlackBerry OS 4.3.1

The wild and crazy guys (really, should meet them and you’d understand what I mean) over at CrackBerry.com have obtained a copy of the BlackBerry OS 4.3.1 beta for the BlackBerry Curve and BlackBerry Pearl devices. If you haven’t heard about OS 4.3.1, then you will be in for quite a surprise with just what’s being added. While we’ll still have the naysayers who want to bash RIM and BlackBerry for it’s lack of novel and practical functionality found in the other all-in-one-even-gives-you-a-reach-around devices, this particular device OS upgrade will be very powerful once released.

From my own personal experience with OS 4.3.1 for the Curve 8300 and 8310 devices, an earlier version than what is being shown on CrackBerry.com, I did not have the video recording functionality. Upon that observation about a month ago, I jokingly stated to someone I was showing, "Yeah, it didn’t unlock the video recorder, darn it!" Well, if what we’re seeing is the truth, video recording was apparently enabled a few revisions later. Also added to this version is DataViz’s Documents To Go Office Suite, a very popular Palm application that has had us patiently awaiting it’s arrival on the BlackBerry since DataViz’s official announcement nearly six months ago at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Orlando. Full OS 4.3.1 feature list, after the jump!

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RIM updates Yahoo and Google Talk IM clients

By on October 25, 2007 at 6:35 AM.

RIM updates Yahoo and Google Talk IM clients

Research in Motion updated their Yahoo and Google Talk clients for BlackBerry devices to version 2.0. These are available for download by accessing http://mobile.blackberry.com on your BlackBerry device. It would appear the update includes better contacts management, as well as contact picture enhancements (aka avatars and buddy icons). The Yahoo client, still blocked by AT&T for reasons still unknown, also reportedly adds interoperability with Windows Live Messenger and file sending capabilities.

Click on over to our BlackBerry Google Talk and Yahoo IM 2.0 walkthrough gallery!

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RIM's new domain names – BlackBerry 9100 and 9300 series on the horizon?

By on October 22, 2007 at 5:47 PM.

RIM's new domain names – BlackBerry 9100 and 9300 series on the horizon?

It seems our friends up north decided to get a little busy in recent weeks, registering a number of new domains in mid-October.  It looks as if Research In Motion intend to keep their naming conventions in line with the 8000 series family - at least for now. Although we’re sure we missed a few, here goes nothing.

blackberry9110.com
blackberry9120.com
blackberry9130.com
blackberry9310.com
blackberry9320.com
blackberry9330.com

Earlier this year, RIM agressively acquired blackberry9100.com and blackberry9900.com from private holdings to mark their future product brands, leading many (including yours truly) to believe these to be the launch families for the 9000 series. It now appears the BlackBerry 9300 series will join the ranks and pick up the next generation footsteps of the Curve family, as well.

Up next: RIM will launch the all-new E-series and N-series device families. Just kidding, but the current naming schemes certainly have a Nokia flare to them, ey?

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First Look: BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.3

By on October 18, 2007 at 4:46 PM.

First Look: BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.3

We will start this article off by stating this is subject to change prior to public release, however, here’s your first look at BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.3! We’ve not yet fully uncovered what it’s capable of, although from first impressions, it doesn’t look like much more than a visual upgrade of the initial application view, as well as an updated version of Intellisync. Also bundled with this version of BlackBerry Desktop Manager is an update to Roxio Media Manager, now sporting some advanced encoding options and enhanced support for other video formats.

No word on a release date, but with the BlackBerry 8120 being recently launched with OS 4.3.0, we’d have to think that BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.3 will follow at some point soon thereafter. Then again, we have yet to hear about the BlackBerry 8120 actually being available from any of the pre-launch and launch carriers in Europe (Telefonica/Spain, TIM/Italy and O2/UK), so who knows.

Rest of the shots, after the break!

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Lights Camera Action: T-Mobile's BlackBerry Curve 8320 Launch Breakfast

By on October 3, 2007 at 2:05 PM.

Lights Camera Action: T-Mobile's BlackBerry Curve 8320 Launch Breakfast

A couple weeks ago, your faithful friends at BGR brought you the news of T-Mobile’s BlackBerry Curve Breakfast Tour making it’s rounds across America. To follow up on that post, we decided to bring you an exclusive recap from one of the breakfasts.

I cannot personally vouch for the other events, but I will say that T-Mobile and RIM picked an absolutely great venue to introduce the device to the city of Atlanta (post-launch, of course) – a club now named Opera. The storied history of this venue dates back to Peter Gatien, famed owner of the Limelight nightclubs, opening up a club named Petra after moving Limelight to New York (Disco Bloodbath, Party Monster, the Club Kids, etc.) from Atlanta. It was a former 1920′s opera house, hence the recently remodeled club interior and new name (formerly eleven50). Hit the jump for the rest!

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AT&T HSUPA Soft Launch?

By on September 21, 2007 at 12:11 PM.

AT&T HSUPA Soft Launch?

It seems that with the buried hype information surrounding the soon-to-be-released HSUPA data cards, our very own Boy Genius and myself did not realize the implications of AT&T’s launch of these HSUPA-enabled cards. It was reported earlier in the year that AT&T would launch HSUPA, the second-part of the HSPA initiative complimenting the highly touted HSDPA technology, later in the year. It was previously thought that the launch would be mid-year, however we’re a couple months late on that target time frame. Well, this gives us a date, at least, for an apparent soft launch for their HSUPA technology offering. Mark it down, just in case you didn’t catch it the first time, AT&T will launch HSUPA to the public in early October.

Markets: Whereabouts Unknown, although my educated guess would likely relate these opening day markets closely with their HSDPA brethren.

"So, what’s the fuss?", you might ask. Well, this basically means that there will be a shift from UMTS for upstream data flow for data card users. This, in conjunction with a yet-to-be-announced upgrade for HSDPA data rates, will allow AT&T to finally compete against Verizon and Sprint for high speed wireless bandwidth offerings.

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BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) 2.4 – Catching up with the Enterprise?

By on September 6, 2007 at 12:02 PM.

BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) 2.4 – Catching up with the Enterprise?

As pointed out by forum-goer rsnadel on BlackBerry Forums, it would appear that Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Internet Service, their consumer offering, will soon be upgraded to version 2.4, citing a Knowledge Base article with the details.

What are the enhancements over BIS 2.3 and earlier versions? Although the KB article states it now supports MP3 attachments, this was supposedly added in version 2.3. They have now added support for WAV file attachments, making way for non-BES corporate users to utilize Cisco and Avaya (and other) modular messaging systems that distribute voicemail through the ever-popular WAV format.

Other enhancements include support for wireless meeting request, read and delivery receipts, vCard attachments, and message status reconciliation for BIS, Yahoo and some third-party email accounts.

No dates are given on the deployments across the carrier platforms, but our guess would be sooner than later.

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MySpace and user-posted Surveys

By on August 31, 2007 at 3:58 PM.

MySpace and user-posted Surveys

We’ve all done it. One of our friends posts a bulletin on MySpace with a fun survey, be it an adult-focused topic (Who did you last sleep with?) or a historical-focused topic (During your senior year in high school…), and you decide to join in on the action and re-post that survey in your own bulletin with your own answers. This is just harmless fun, right?

I’ve noticed from time to time that certain surveys floating around contain rather interesting questions, such as these:

[Three] What’s your middle name?
[Seven] What’s your mom’s maiden name?

Of course, these are surrounded by fairly innocent questions, such as:

[Five] Does your crush like you back?
[Seventeen] When was the last time you cried?
[Thirty] Have you ever kissed in the rain?

Due to all of the fluff in these sort of surveys, you really just never think of the danger that actually lurks out there with these rather loaded questions. Obviously mom’s maiden name is one of the most common verification questions used in the history of said questions, whether it be your pass-phrase verification for your online banking account or a password reminder for your eBay login.

Are your MySpace friends really the only people reading your survey answers? I’d personally like to side with caution when it comes to this sort of information, so think about it the next time you’re about to answer "What is your favorite baseball team?"

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AT&T, the BlackBerry 8820, and GPS: BGR MythBusters Edition

By on August 30, 2007 at 1:18 PM.

AT&T, the BlackBerry 8820, and GPS: BGR MythBusters Edition

It was recently reported by BlackBerry Cool that the BlackBerry 8820, when released by AT&T, will have it’s GPS features neutered. They said it was being influenced by AT&T’s deal with Apple for the iPhone and even stating that T-Mobile’s launch of the BlackBerry 8820 (the same device, mind you) would be better. There has since been a follow-up story which says, due to outrage expressed by the collective online BlackBerry community, GPS will no longer be disabled.

To clear up some of the confusion, this is NOT a new limitation to BlackBerry devices on AT&T. This started with the BlackBerry 8800, the first GPS-enabled BlackBerry device for GSM carriers, months before the release of the Apple iPhone. This is simply a software-enabled limitation very similar to locked themes that are bundled with all flavors of the BlackBerry device software packages. This is not a hardware/firmware-based limitation, as is the case with Verizon’s actual neutering of GPS functions on their devices (all of which have the GPS chipset on-board, mind you). Hit the jump for the whole run down!

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Sprint BlackBerry 8830 Launch Party

By on August 15, 2007 at 2:21 PM.

Sprint BlackBerry 8830 Launch Party

After one month of the device being available from Sprint retailers and corporate channels, the launch party road show finally starts making it’s rounds throughout the United States. While this isn’t obvious ground-breaking information by any means, we still have a picture of the party schwag received from the show, including a free BlackBerry 8830. No doubt, that was the highlight of this launch party. The event was held at The Glenn Hotel, a boutique overnight in Atlanta. This is one of the most highly recommended hotel stays in the Peach State, so you can imagine the effort put into this event by Sprint/Nextel (or is it just Sprint now?) and Research In Motion. A $500 travel voucher was raffled away at the end of the night (sadly, I did not win). Vendors were on site included the heavy-hitting Telenav, and the Sprint-exclusive GPS tracking companies, Xora and ActSoft. This event was top-notch, so bravo to Research In Motion and Sprint/Nextel.

The schwag (*ahem* parting gifts) was presented in a sexy black bag (yes, I feel like we’re reporting on a Hollywood party) and featured a BlackBerry 8830 (Sprint, of course) and a champagne glass (with M&M’s).

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International iPhone and BlackBerry Devices

By on August 7, 2007 at 1:19 PM.

International iPhone and BlackBerry Devices

Fresh on the heels of our friends at miblackberry.com, we were curious and decided to look at our BGR community visitors to get an idea of the more interesting devices being used to browse the website. For those not aware of what a browser user agent actually is, it is the standardized identity of your browser to web servers. This helps with the serving of webpages for certain browsers, amongst other uses.

For example, a standard user agent for Internet Explorer 7.0 would show up as:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3

From a website statistics standpoint, this information can be used for trending analysis to cater content to certain browsers. In recent years, with the rise of mobile web usage from devices such as the iPhone and BlackBerry, it can be used to offer streamlined content tailored to the carrier networks and mobile device browsers (WAP content, for example). With that said, we obviously have a different reason for looking at the data being provided, albeit usually for our own personal amusement and curiosity. Listed below are some of the more interesting user agents that have visited BGR. Check them out, after the jump!

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Virtual BlackBerry for Windows Mobile launching on T-Mobile Dash?

By on July 13, 2007 at 12:57 PM.

Virtual BlackBerry for Windows Mobile launching on T-Mobile Dash?

We have reason to believe that the highly anticipated Virtual BlackBerry for Windows Mobile devices will make it’s debut on the T-Mobile Dash (HTC S620). I apologize for the lack of details, but as more concrete news becomes readily available to the BGR staff, you will be the first to know!

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