Dolphin Browser now Available for BlackBerry Playbook

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.

  • March 15, 2012
  • Apps
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Are You Really Backing Up Your Data? Download BlackBerry Protect

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.

Free BlackBerry Protect – Download BlackBerry Protect – Free Apps from BlackBerry App World.

  • March 15, 2012
  • Tips

New Free BlackBerry Apps Site

We’ve moved and updated our free site. You can now find it at http://Free-BlackBerry-Apps.com. All of the latest versions of our free apps are there for you and your friends.

  • February 1, 2012
  • Apps
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How To Use "Bedside Mode" On Your BlackBerry

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.

How To Create A Meeting Invitation On Your BlackBerry

There is an easy way to create a meeting invitation using your BlackBerry calendar application…here’s how:

  1. In the Calendar application, click  your “Menu” button, and choose “New Appointment”;
  2. Fill in all the required fields;
  3. 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;
  4. Click a contact or click on “Use Once” and type in the email address of the proposed meeting attendee;
  5. Repeat step 4 to add other people as attendees to your meeting;
  6. 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;
  7. 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.

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Ringtone Composer – Create Your Own Ringtones

We have just released Ringtone Composer, our newest app for the BlackBerry.

Whether you´re a head-banger, or a lover of Mozart,  Ringtone Composer simplifies the customization of your smart phone ring tone with your favorite music.

  • Simply choose any tune in your BlackBerry® music archives click your Menu button, select “Ringtone Composer” and choose the sounds you want to hear.
  • Create the start points and the length for the ringtone of your favorite concerto with two clicks.
  • Once you´ve created your glam-rock ring tone, save it with a couple of clicks so each time you connect, your favorite rocker announces the call.
  • Get tired of one ring tone? Ringtone Composer simplifies the swap out of one clip for another as your musical mood shifts from light jazz to hip hop. It´s EZ.
  • There´s no re-configuring required. Just download and access your favorite music using Ringtone Composer.
  • And last, but not least – the RINGTONE COMPOSER IS FREE. Totally free.
  • Save and swap tunes daily, hourly if you want to play DJ. Ringtone Composer de-hassle-izes creating ringtones from your music collection. No sweat and your ringtones sound cool.

You can get Ringtone Composer here:

http://free.jaredco.com

or

http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/43102

Let us know what ringtones you created using our RingTone Composer.

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WeatherTrax – Upgrade Available Now – Version 1.94

We have recently upgraded WeatherTrax, our free weather app for the BlackBerry to version 1.94.

Use WeatherTrax on your BlackBerry to find out the weather anywhere in the world. Check out some of these benefits that will keep you dry when it rains, warm when it’s cold, and cool all of the time:

o Easy, drop down menu provides current weather conditions for locations world wide.

o The WeatherTrax icon always shows current weather and temps at a glance. No click required.

o The display shows a detailed forecast for the current day and the weather forecast for the next five days.

o WeatherTrax can use the BlackBerry GPS to give you up-to-the-minute weather reports wherever you are.

o WeatherTrax updates regularly throughout the day so you´re current on precip, temps and sun block.

o Or You can choose to refresh the weather for any city on your list at any time.

o Set a city of your choice as your “Default” city, and then whenever you open the app your defualt city’s weather will appear on the screen.

You can download WeatherTrax for free from our free app site at:

http://free.jaredco.com

or from BlackBerry App World:

http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/12603

Please let us know what you thing of this new version of WeatherTrax.

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FriendChat – New Upgrade Available

We have just released a new upgrade to FriendChat – Free Chat App For Facebook. The latest version is 1.99.5.  Here is what the newest version includes:

  • Improvements to log in process
  • Emoticons
  • Multi-Person Chat – Chat with more than one of your Facebook friends at one time
  • Colors – customize your chat experience by setting different colors for the chat bubbles and the chat background
  • Facebook Wall Post – You can make a quick post to your Facebook wall without leaving FriendChat

You can get FriendChat version 1.99.5 at:

http://free.jaredco.com

or

http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/20765

Also, our free app IMpics is a great addition to FriendChat. IMpics lets you send pictures in FriendChat and any other Instant Message/Chat/SMS/Email app you may use.

You can get IMPics for free at:

http://free.jaredco.com

or

http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/39170

Let us know what you think of the new FriendChat, and also let us know if you are using IMpics.

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The New BlackBerry Bold 9900 / 9930

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
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi®
  • 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.

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Here's A Quick Way To See What Apps Are Using Your Battery

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 “Device”.
  • 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.

  • April 5, 2011
  • Tips