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Here Is An Easy Method For Getting Information About Your BlackBerry

Here are a few shortcuts in finding information about your BlackBerry that you might need to pass on to other people. In any mesage screen, type the following, then a space:

  • mypin – this will insert your BlackBerry PIN, this is handy when setting up new contacts in BlackBerry Messenger;
  • mynumber – this will insert your phone number;
  • myver – this will insert your BlackBerry model number and Software Version.

An Easy Way To Create Playlists From The Music On Your BlackBerry

Here’s a quick and easy way to creat music “Playlists” on your Blackberry music player:

  1. In the media application click “Music”
  2. Click “Playlists”
  3. Click “New Playlist”
  4. Click “Standard Playlist”
  5. Type a name for the Playlist;
  6. Press the “Menu” key;
  7. Click “Add songs”
  8. Click on any song you want to add to the Playlist, and the song will be added automatically;
  9. To add more songs repeat steps 6-8.
  10. When you are finished press the “Menu” key and click “Save”.

Do you use your BlackBerry as a music player? Let us know.


4 Tips For Taking Better Picutres With Your BlackBerry Camera

Here are some ideas to help you take better pictures with your BlackBerry camera:

  1. Hold your BlackBerry as steady as possible: This will prevent blurring and any shutter lag or slower shutter speed. Hold your breath while taking pictures, or lean against a solid object to keep you steady.
  2. Make sure you have lots of light: The blackberry camera performs much better in situations with more light. The built in flash (included in most BlackBerrys) is only really useful for lighting an object or person who is already close to where you are.
  3. Use “Large” picture size and “Superfine” Quality: This will ensure you take the highest quality pictures at all times. You can always reduce the size of the picture later from your computer. You can set the Large and Superfine settings in the Options settings of your camera (open your camera, click the “Menu” button,  select “Options”).
  4. Use GeoTagging: This allows the BlackBerry to include your exact GPS coordinates in  each picture taken (this feature is only available on BlackBerrys that have  GPS) . Your friends can easily find out where the picture was taken. Turn on Geotagging either in the Menu list of your camera, or in the Options settings of your camera (open your camera, click the “Menu” button,  select “Options”).

Please let us know if you have any other tips to taking great pictures on your BlackBerry, we’ll publish the best ones we receive.


Here Is A Method To Auto-Dial Phone Numbers With Extensions

Do you have a contact in your contact list that after dialing their number you have to type in an extension number? Did you know BlackBerry can do this for you automatically? Here’s how:

  • When entering a phone number that requires and additional extension number, the BlackBerry interprets an “X” as a pause.
  • So if the number is 604-555-7777, extension 123, enter the numbers in your contact record as 604-555-7777 X 123.
  • When you choose to dial this number, the BlackBerry will dial the number, then pause, then dial the extension numbers after the “X”.

Do you have any other phone tips? Let us know and we will publish the best ones.

Now You Can Control Your BlackBerry Remotely From Your Desktop

We have been using Pocket Controller Pro For BlackBerry, made by Soti Inc. to make the videos you see on our blog, and for many other functions. Pocket Controller allows you to control your BlackBerry from your desktop. This is a great app if you want to demonstrate something on your BlackBerry to a wider audience, if you want to make a video of your BlackBerry in operation, or to take a screen shot of your BlackBerry. You can even choose which BlackBerry “skin” you want the app to use when showing your BlackBerry on your computer. Here is a list of some of Pocket Controller’s features:

  • Remote Control – View and control your BlackBerry from your desktop to enhance quality and productivity.
  • Training and Presentation Tools – Display your BlackBerry in real-time in either a projector or web presentation via your PC.
  • File Explorer Tool – Browse the files system of your PC and BlackBerry simultaneously.
  • File Synchronization – Automatically or manually synchronize your data files (e.g. pictures, videos, documents) between your PC and your BlackBerry.
  • Screen & Video Capture – Capture screen shots as well as record videos of your BlackBerry in operation.

Pocket Controller Pro has a free trial,  click HERE to get more information about this great product.

Let us know if  you have ever needed to remotely control your BlackBerry for making any kind of presentation.


Having Trouble Running Apps You Downloaded? Here Are Some Tips

Getting a new app for your BlackBerry should be a pleasant experience.  Here are some things to consider after you have downloaded an app:

  1. After you download and install an app the icon for the app would be placed in either  your Downloads folder,  Applications folder  (which are on your main screen), or it will be  placed on your main screen.
  2. If you will be using the app a lot, then you can move the icon to your main screen for quicker access:  highlight the icon, click your menu button, select “move to folder” then select “home”. The icon will then be on your main screen.
  3. You can also set the app to be activated by one of the “convenience keys” on the side of your BlackBerry. Click your wrench/options…choose “Screen/Keyboard” then scroll down to the section dealing with the convenience keys. If you have OS 6, click your wrench/options…click “Device”…then click “Convenience Key”
  4. To run the app click on the icon and follow any instructions that the app may provide. It´s a good habit to click on the Blackberry Menu button once an app is open to see what, if any, menu items the developer may have added, such as help or support, or a way to contact the developer.
  5. If the app does not work, it is possible that you did not accept the “permissions” required to operate the app. You can set the permissions to “allow”  after you have installed the app as follows:
  • For Operating System 4.6 and higher..but not 5.0: Click on your wrench/options…choose “Advanced Options”…then choose “applications”…highlight the name of the app…click your “menu” button…choose “edit permissions”…then change all the permissions to “Allow”
  • For Operating System 5.0: Click on your wrench/options…choose “applications”…highlight the name of the app…click your “menu” button…choose “edit permissions”…then change all the permissions to “Allow”.
  • For Operating System 6.0: Click your wrench/options…choose “Device”…choose “Application Management”…highlight the name of the app…click your “menu” button…choose “edit permissions”…then change all the permissions to “Allow”

If you  are still having  problems with any app you purchase then you should check if  the developer’s web site  has any on-line support such as a FAQ page or a Knowledge Base that you can review.

If you can not find this information then you should contact the developer´s support group by email. When contacting the developer you should try to be specific about what the problem is, what model BlacBerry you have, what level Operating System you have, and where you bought the app from.

Two Great New Features In The BlackBerry Browser With OS 6.0

When you are on a web page on your BlackBerry Browser in Operating System 6.0 you will notice two new icons on the top right of the window, a Globe and a Tab (the one that looks like two sheets of paper over each other). These are two great tools that are now part of the new BlackBerry Browser.

  1. The Globe is a quick link to many browser tools, such as Bookmarks , Subscribe to RSS feeds, Send Page Address. With one click you get access to the most commonly used tools.
  2. The Tabs are like what is in most computer based browsers. Click on the Tabs icon and you can quickly and easily set up tabs, remove tabs, and switch between tabs.  Once you create tabs a number will appear over the Tab icon, telling you how many tabs you have set up. This is great tool for quick switching  between web sites.

Do you have any tips for the new BlackBerry Browser in OS 6? Leave them as a comment and we will publish the best of them.

How To Add Photos Links For Your Favourite Contacts To Your BlackBerry Home Screen Using Operating System 6.O

We are finding some great new features in the  BlackBerry Operating System 6.0.

You can easily add photo links to your favorite contacts directly to your Home screen for easy access. This works best if the  contacts you choose already have pictures set up for them.

  1. Open your Contacts folder and search for the contact you want to add to your Home screen;
  2. Click the BlackBerry Menu button and select “Add To Home Screen”.
  3. The contact, with it’s picture, will now appear on your Home screen.
  4. On your Home screen, put the cursor on the picture for the contact, press your BlackBerry Menu button,   all the ways to reach that contact will be in the menu list for you to choose from.

I use this feature a lot. I have a group of people I contact all the time, and this tool  makes it simple for me to choose how I want to contact these people. I also love having pictures of my favorite contacts right on my main screen…it is a great way to personalize my BlackBerry  and it provides great functionality as well

Please leave a comment to let me know if you have tried this function and what you think about it.

Have any other OS 6.0 tips? Let us know be leaving a comment, and we will publish the best.


See How Easily You Can Change Your Blackberry® Email Signature

The other day I received an email that had a signature “Please excuse any spelling mistakes in this email, I am typing on my BlackBerry® and I have fat fingers”.  I thought that was a great idea and a very unique signature!

You can easily add anything you want to personalize your signature on your BlackBerry email, including getting rid of the standard wording “Sent from my BlackBerry”.

If you are NOT on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server:

  1. Log on to your telephone operator’s BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) site;
  2. Bring up the Email account screen. and select the email account that you want to modify the signature; Click the “Edit” button and then type whatever you want for your signature in the “Signature” field.
  3. Save your changes.

If you are on a Blackberry Enterprise Server:

  1. Open the email folder on your BlackBerry that you want to add / modify a signature;
  2. Click the BlackBerry Menu button and select “Options”, then select “General Options” or “Email Preferences”; Scroll down until you see the section that will allow you to change your Signature…make the changes you want;
  3. Press the Back / Escape key and save your changes.

Here's An Easy Way To Save Or Send Pictures You See In Your BlackBerry® Browser

With the new BlackBerry Operating System 6.0, saving and sending pictures you come across on the internet is simple.

Find a picture you like, put your pointer on it, press and hold the track pad. If you have the Torch you can use your finger to press down on any picture. A menu will pop up that will ask whether you want to send or save the photo.

How simple is that?

What other neat feature for OS 6.0 have you found? Leave a comment and we’ll publish the best.