Research In Motion has officially called it quits on the 16 GB BlackBerry Playbook, however still plans on continuing production of the 32 and 64 GB models. This is of course due to the fact that there is so much competition out there with the android tablets as well as the Ipad. RIM has been selling their PlayBook tablets at a remarkably reduced price in the hopes of getting it into more hands in an attempt to regain some of the tablet market.
RIM is really struggling to stay above the water right now and I think this is a step in the right direction. RIM needs to focus on BlackBerry 10 and should be cutting a lot of the dead weight products of the company and routing those funds towards the future products, which at this point have the ability to see them back on track or cripple them in the consumer based market for good.
Instagram as you already know is a very popular photo sharing app that is available for your mobile device. If you like using instagram and taking pictures you will enjoy the june instagram challenge. This challenge is available to anybody using the instagram app and you can literally jump in at anytime and participate in the june photo challenge.
What is the instagram june challenge?
The challenge it’s called the Instagram Photo a day challenge and the basic concept of this challenge is to take a picture every day according to a particular category or theme. Every day you look at the list and you will receive a word for example – “soft” and so you would come up with an interesting picture taken of something soft and then you would share that photo on Instagram, facebook, twitter or your other favorite social networking sites.
If you choose to share you pictures via Instagram you would simply upload your photo, give it a filter that further enhances the photo and then put #photoadayJune in the caption so that other people can see your photo a day Instagram june challenge.
If Facebook is your flavor then to join in on the Instagram june challenge simply create a folder and call it Instagram photo-a-day June. Make this folder available to the public so that others who are in the challenge can see the pictures you have taken.
As long as you upload your photos and distinguish that it is for the june Instagram challenge then you will be ready to go. You can join at any time and it’s a lot of fun, so go ahead take a look at the list and then get out there and take some pictures.
The popular mobile app maker Gameloft Inc has released quite a few of their games on appworld at a reduced price of just $0.99. These games are available for download now from the BlackBerry App World website and include games like Uno, Where’s Wally Now, N.O.V.A, The adventures of Tintin, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Heroes of Sparta and tons more. Like always this sale won’t last forever and a lot of these games are well worth the download. If you are looking for some great games to play and want to save money then take advantage of the Gameloft Inc sale on App World now and get some cool games for your BlackBerry.
Today Research In Motion the creator of the BlackBerry Smartphone announced that amid the recent shakeup to the upper management of the company over the passed few months they have added 2 new members to their leadership team through the hiring of Kristian Tear who will be the new Chief Operating Officer and Frank Boulben who will fill the spot of Chief Marketing Officer. This addition comes as a movement by RIM to expand and grow their dwindling customer base and position the company for success with the future release of the BlackBerry 10 devices.
RIM has stated that these executives will greatly compliment their existing leadership team, and will undoubtedly be able to bring new ideas and future insight to the table as both Kristian and Frank have deep experience in the mobile computing industry. With all things considered the new CEO and CMO will certainly have their work cut out for them, with the most important launch to date coming up fast as well as with the quickly evolving mobile market that they will have to work hard to keep up to.
RIM is definitely making some great business moves and improvements to not only their mobile lineup but their company as well. These changes have been needed for some time now and I can only hope that these changes will create a dramatic enough effect to turn the company around and pull it back into the competitive mobile race. The next few months are critical for RIM and it will be interesting to see what they have up their sleeves come the launch date of their BlackBerry 10.
BlackBerry 10 Alpha which was the prototype showcased by BlackBerry representatives and Thorsten Heins at this years BlackBerry World Conference is the device that is crucial to the survival of Research In Motion and their consumer based market. This year at the BlackBerry World Conference the BlackBerry team was very laser focused on giving its participants and BlackBerry developers a good look at what’s to come in order to drum up some excitement and enthusiasm from the developers. Until now RIM has really failed to release a BlackBerry Smartphone that has focused on the consumer and what they want, and which has been tested enough to work out all of the kinks and glitches. This has caused them to lose a dramatic amount of crucial ground in the mobile market.
Even though the BlackBerry 10 device has been postponed BlackBerry wowed many participants of this years BlackBerry World Conference with the cool new features of the BlackBerry 10 Alpha and with the hint that there is more to come with the actual BlackBerry 10 device that will be launched this coming fall. A few of these features that were showcased include a camera that records frames before and after the picture so you can back up or go forward to the best frame for a perfect picture as shown below:
The BlackBerry 10 Alpha also features a smoother, easier flow from screen to screen, as well as a more robust set of hand gestures that will allow you to do more with your current open apps and conversations. This video below shows this new flow that will be on the new BlackBerry 10 Smartphones:
In addition to the flow and camera feature enhancement the BlackBerry 10 Alpha was used to show the new keyboard feature that will follow along with many of the androids with the swipe typing concept. This new software keyboard which is very unusual to see on a BlackBerry will have a very intuitive auto correct function that will give you full words based on the letters you begin swiping with. This feature can be seen in the video below:
In my opinion BlackBerry 10 Alpha which was showcased is definitely off to the right start, the start which should have taken place a year ago. The only problem in my mind is that at this point while the new BlackBerry 10 has some cool new features, it still has a long way to go to catch up to whats out there now, and BlackBerry will really have to step up their game with this new BlackBerry 10 device that will come out later this year if they want to gain back a decent portion of their foot hold in the market. I believe it can be done but BlackBerry will have to maintain their laser focused vision on giving the consumer what they want, and creating a good product that works the way it is supposed to.
This year at BlackBerry World 2012 Research In Motion kept a laser focused concentration on the new BlackBerry 10 device they are set to unveil sometime late this year (October). During one of the seminars BlackBerry representatives took the crowd through the new camera feature that has been added to the BlackBerry 10 device. This features was definitely a step in the right direction however, a lot of naysayers still don’t fully believe that this new BlackBerry 10 will bring enough redemption to the BlackBerry name to once again pull them out of this slump.
The BlackBerry 10 camera feature basically works by allowing you to go back in time to correct any pictures that didn’t quite turn out the first time around. We all know that sometimes pictures have to be retaken over and over again because somebody blinked or moved suddenly or whatever, however with this new camera feature once the photo has been taken you can focus in on the area(s) of the picture you want to revert to and you can go back a few frames to where the offending part of the picture was perfect.
Here is a video demonstration given by BlackBerry Representatives at the BBW conference 2012
What started out to be a fun and addictive game that emerged for mobile devices, has become a hit across the world and has become an icon for clothing, toys and more. Rovio released the Angry Birds game for touch devices in 2009 and it literally became a world phenomenon from there. Rovio’s latest release of the Angry Birds Space game has reached a record level of downloads with a whopping 50 million downloads in just 35 days. That is nearly 1.43 million downloads a day.
Angry Birds Space is considered to be the fastest growing mobile game that exists out there today, and according to Rovio there is something even better on its way out for all of its customers and fans out there. If you have not had a chance to play Angry Birds Space and would like to download and play the fastest growing mobile game and become part of the fun then go get it now for BlackBerry PlayBook.
Today marks the day that the first of the Tomb Raider series for the BlackBerry PlayBook hits BlackBerry App World. This newest addition to the BlackBerry PlayBook features enhanced graphics and whole lot of action/adventure packed gameplay that will keep you busy shooting and fighting your way through hours worth of levels.
The basic plot of the game sees game icon Lara Croft venturing deep into the jungles of South America in search of the Mirror of Smoke, a powerful artifact from a lost age. This Mirror of Smoke will allow its owner to rid the world of light leaving the existence of humanity within the hands of the person who owns this Powerful Artifact. Unfortunately this mirror has fallen into the hands of Xolotl who is the God of darkness and Lara must use her skills to recover the mirror before sunset or the world will be doomed to an age of darkness.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light also features both character upgrades and cool unlockable weapons that you can use to make the gameplay even more exciting and action packed. If you enjoyed the Tomb Raider series from other platforms then you will definitely want to get your hands on this game.
Electronic Arts is a well known company in the gaming industry and since the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook has come out with some very fun and quality HD games for it. These games include Monopoly, Life, Plants vs Aliens, SimCity, Dead Space, and Madden NFL 2012. Currently on the BlackBerry App World Electronic Arts is having a 50% OFF sale on some of their top most successful games on App World. This sale just like most on App World will not last forever so if you want to get yourself some very decent games for your BlackBerry PlayBook at half the cost of what you would normally pay then head on over to BlackBerry Appworld and take a gander.
Ever wish you could get your favorite magazines delivered right to your tablet or phone? Well with Zinio this has become a possibility. Zinio is a company that offers thousands of popular magazines, newspapers, catalogs, books and more in digital format that can be subscribed to and downloaded to your BlackBerry PlayBook as of March 19th 2012. The Zinio app itself is free however many of the magazine, newspaper and book subscriptions will end up costing you. The prices range greatly depending on the type of written medium but the prices are very decent compared to normal subscriptions.
Zinio offers a very easy to use and navigate user interface and is a great way to keep up on the latest news, media, gossip, celebrities and more while you’re on the go. Below are some of the top selling magazines that are available with the Zinio app for the BlackBerry PlayBook.
If you own a BlackBerry PlayBook and you want a great way to get and read the latest issue of your favorite magazine, newspaper or book while on the go then you will definitely want to take a look at the Zinio App for BlackBery PlayBook
Note – Just a heads up that the Zinio app for BlackBerry PlayBook is only available for PlayBooks running the 2.0 OS software. This app has also seen a few problems particularly with zooming and downloading issues with magazines and other reading material.