This is a really nice browser on the iPhone, so I tried it on the PlayBook to see if I could recommend it over the native browser. The features are great, but it is running in the Android player so for now the performance isn’t high enough to make it better than using the regular browser. I’ll keep an eye on it but can’t recommend using it yet.
RIM offers this free app and service that automatically backs up the data on your BlackBerry as often as you feel you need (mine is set to once per week). I don’t need to sync my BB that often so with this app I know that the changes I make on the fly to my address book and calendar will get backed up. I highly recommend that you take advantage of this service.
Bedside Mode gives you the ability to change some settings when charging your Blackberry. It is especially handy if you charge your device over night in the same room that you sleep, and you want your BlackBerry to remain on (in case you want to use the alarm) but don’t want your BlackBerry to make any noise or flash any lights.
Here are some tips on using Bedside Mode:
To enter Bedside Mode every time you charge your device, click the “Clock” icon on your BlackBerry, then click your “Menu” and select “Options”. Under the heading “When Charging” click on the drop down menu and select “Bedside Mode”.
Every time you plug in your device to charge it will now enter Bedside Mode. If you don’t want to leave it in Bedside Mode, just press the Back/Escape key on your BlackBerry and you will exit Bedisde Mode.
To configure the settings for your Bedside Mode, in the “Clock” and “Options”, scroll down to the Bedside Mode settings.
You can “Disable LED” which will prevent the LED on the front of your BlackBerry from flashing on incoming contacts.
You can “Disable Radio” which will prevent any contacts from getting through to you.
You can choose “Dim Screen” which will cause your BlackBerry screen to dim while in Bedside Mode.
You can choose the “Profile” you want to be active while in Bedside Mode. Choosing “Silent” will ensure you BlackBerry does not make any noise on any incoming contacts.
When you exit Bedside Mode your profiles will return to their normal settings.
Bedside Mode is available only on Blackberry devices that have Operating System 4.6 or higher.
Do you sleep with your BlackBerry charging in your room? Do you use Bedside Mode? Let us know.
There is an easy way to create a meeting invitation using your BlackBerry calendar application…here’s how:
In the Calendar application, click your “Menu” button, and choose “New Appointment”;
Fill in all the required fields;
Click the “Menu” button again and choose “Invite Attendee”, for those with OS 6, you can click on the button that looks like 2 people at the bottom of the screen;
Click a contact or click on “Use Once” and type in the email address of the proposed meeting attendee;
Repeat step 4 to add other people as attendees to your meeting;
You can check to see if attendees are available by clicking on the “View Availability”, if some are not available, click on the “Next Available Time” to see the next time that all attendees are available;
Click the “Menu” button and select “Save”, or press the back/escape key and choose “Save” when prompted.
Let us know if this helped you, and if you have any other tips on using the Calendar application.
We just returned from the Blackberry World Conference in Orlando where the new Bold 9900 / 9930 was introduced. This new Bold is based on the original Bold 9000, which at the time was my favorite device since it had a wide screen and great keyboard.
I had an opportunity to test the new Bold with the new OS 7 and I was very impressed with it. Like the old Bold 9000 it has a wider screen and great keyboard, but it is now much thinner, with a high resolution screen that is a touch screen. The touch screen and full keyboard are a great combination…the best of both worlds. This new Bold records and plays high definition video, and is just loaded with excellent features. The new OS 7, which is a step up from OS 6, is a clean looking interface and operated very well. This new Bold is fantastic and will make existing and new BlackBerry users very happy. Here are some of the features on the Bold 9900 / 9930:
Resolution: 640 x 480 pixels
Touch Screen Size: 2.80 inches
1.2 GHz processor
8 GB of on-board memory
720p HD video recording
5 megapixels camera with: Auto focus, Image stabilizer, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Effects, Scenes
NFC (Near Field Communication)
a built-in compass
Operating System 7.0 (which is based on OS 6.0 and not the new OS used in the Playbook).
Let us know if you plan on getting this new Bold 9900/9930.
There are times when I notice my battery is draining faster than normal. Fortunately the BlackBerry Operating System (OS) 6.0 provides a great tool to see what applications are using the most of my BlackBerry CPU, and likely decreasing my battery life.
Click on the Wrench/Options on your main screen.
Choose “Application Management”.
Scroll the screen over to the right by one screen.
The next screen should be titled “CPU”.
Put your cursor over the words “CPU” and press the trackpad, then change the “Now” to “Today”.
You will now see what apps have been using the most processing power for today. Perhaps you will be surprised, and maybe an app you don’t use very much is running all the time in the background, and you can now try to close it down.
I was surprised to find out that a particular app I had was using the most CPU even though I had not actually used that app, it was just running in the background. Since the app could not be effectively closed I had to delete it because my battery was draining way too fast.
After running this test did you find anything surprising? Let us know.