Over at WP Central, they posted about a great new innovative app available for Nokia Lumia phones. This app “automatically groups all your photos, videos and cinemagraphs into individual events called stories”. You can then “modify them, and then view them as slideshows”. What a great new app! So buy yourself a Lumia, head on over to the Windows Phone Store and download Nokia Storyteller.

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Or you can stick with your BlackBerry 10 device and use the original Story Maker which we’ve had since the beginning of BlackBerry 10. Did Microsoft just pull an Apple? Did they just take feature/app, duplicate it and call it their own? And the most shocking part of it… Storyteller? Really?? And we’re not supposed to realize that they just slightly changed the name?

Would you like to see it work? Watch the video from WP Central below.

Video looks pretty close right? But the app is not an exact copy. Just see the comments for one by Maguro who stated: “Real bummer that you can’t add your own music. I’m sure there’s a way to do it externally, but would be a nice touch to do it in the app. The built-in songs are a bit cheesy” Strangely enough, you can do that with Story Maker on BlackBerry 10.

And before you say it, there is a voice of reason over there, a little farther down the comments, you’ll find one of our own, Playbookster, “Looks just like story maker for BB10. Which happens to be a fantastic app.” It’s always  nice when you travel to strange lands and see a friendly face isn’t it?

 

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So, here’s the question our gorgeous UTB nation…

Of the new devices this year, which one ae you chomping at the bit for?

Is it the budget Z3 that runs as well as a Z10 at a fraction of the cost with an amazing battery life?

Or the Classic? BlackBerry 10 in old BBOS format? The best of both?

Or maybe the revolutionary BlackBerry Passport? With it’s square screen and incredible touch/physical keyboard

Or… just for fun as Lord knows when (or if) it’s coming… the beast, the Daddy of them all.. the replacement for the Z30, the all touch Z50?

Vote away!

Personally if I could have them all I would but you have to choose…

Which one right now is YOUR favourite?

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Or will it be the iPhone 10?

Apple have clearly learned nothing from RIM.

Back in the day when the original iPhone came along Jim and Mike’s answer was to dismiss it, bury their heads in the sand, scream ‘Tools, not toys!’ and make the same old same old until eventually only a combination of a complete software rewrite into BlackBerry 10, Prem Watsa and John Chen turned BlackBerry around.

Well, in a disturbing parallel it would seem that Apple are sticking to the same old, same old…

Soon the iPhone 6 will be launched. iPhonians MAY line up to get it in their droves (although that is no longer a given any more as we saw with the iPhone 5S launch the queues were still there but much diminished).

And, of course, with iOS8 they’ll find themselves very much at home as, apart from a couple of new features nicked from BlackBerry 10, it’ll be the same software running a bigger phone.

There’ll be other comfortingly similar features built into the new iPhone 6 too, such as an appalling battery life and a screen that breaks at the slightest impact, as per usual.

The telling thing about the iPhone 6 is that it really is the same old, same old, just bigger…

And, funnily enough, that was exactly what people said about the iPhone 5S!

Watch this video and every time someone says the word ‘FIVE’ shout out ‘SIX’…

See?

Same old, same old.

Nothing has changed since last time!

Which wouldn’t be a problem if there wasn’t something better on the market.

But there is…

And it aint Android.

I’ll take the mass hysteria over the iPhone 6, if it happens, because I’ll wait.

There’s enough people out there who are seriously getting fed up with this now. They weren’t ready to jump after the 5S but this will be one bridge too far. All they need is something special, something that WORKS PROPERLY, something, frankly that isn’t an iPhone.

And they’ll find it when we let them know it exists.

It’s called a BlackBerry.

And when people know that there is something infinitely better out there, that it performs hand over fist WAY better than what they have been fed and that they have been missing out due to their brand loyalty to a company that patently DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THEM ANYMORE other than to us them as cash cows for the same old, same old every… single… 12 months… the exodus will begin.

And it will become a flood very quickly.

Come home NOW guys.

Don’t let Apple rip you every year fro the same old same old.

Come and experience the New BlackBerry.

Everything you used to like about the old one (that you don’t get on iOS) AND MORE!

Time to come #BackToBlack.

Time to buy a BlackBerry.

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BIG news has emerged today on just how many iPhone 6′s Apple expect to sell within seconds of launch as jubilant iPhonians line up across the world for their new, improved model.

Yes, according to Reuters, via My Broadband, Apple have told suppliers that they will require between 70 and 80 million devices.

That’s the plus side.

On the down side, Apple have ALREADY factored in a whopping 50% failure rate on the components, particularly the screen – that’s 40 million extra…

Apple to make 80 million large-screen iPhones

Apple has asked suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million of its two forthcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year, its largest initial production run of iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Its forecast for the iPhones with 4.7-inch (11.9-cm) and 5.5-inch (14-cm) displays is much larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million for iPhone 5S and 5C models, the people told the Journal.

Foxconn and Pegatron plan to start mass producing the 4.7-inch iPhone model next month, and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, whose parent is Foxconn, will begin making the 5.5-inch version exclusively in September, the people said.

Both iPhone 6 screens will be larger than the 4.0-inch (10.2-cm) panels on Apple’s existing iPhone 5S and 5C models.

The new phone models are also expected to feature metal cases similar to the iPhone 5S and likely come in multiple colors, the people said.

Both iPhone 6 screens are expected to use in-cell touch panel technology, built into the screen and allowing for thinner construction than with standard touch panel films, that was introduced with the iPhone 5, sources told Reuters in March.

There could be difficulties with in-cell production technology for the larger 5.5-inch size, one of the sources told Reuters.

To factor in the possibility of a higher failure rate for displays, Apple has asked component makers to be prepared to make up to 120 million iPhones, the people told the Journal on Monday.

Factor in a higher failure rate?

Wasn’t the original bad enough?

Oh Apple, you really are pushing the boundaries of taking your customers for fools now.

Tiny battery.

Flimsy screen.

Nothing new in iOS8.

Sure, many will buy it and do you know what?

I hope they do.

Because at the same time those very same people will be encountering joyful returning BlackBerrians clutching their NEW BlackBerry’s.

The ones with the HUGE battery life.

A nice tough build…

And innovative software and design.

And they’ll see the difference.

The disgruntlement will not be pretty.

As one lady said on Twitter after the Apple WDC that introduced iOS8 ‘I think that’s enough with Apple. I think I want a BlackBerry.’

She will not be alone…

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Just a quick note to say there’s a new version of BBM in the Beta Zone app.

Version 10.3.42.3 is available, and just in case you thought the upcoming BlackBerry Classic was a pipe dream, the change log notes confirm that it is indeed coming.

“The following are known issues with this build:

  • Glympse sent during out of coverage is received as expired after User turns on Wifi

  • Classic – After selecting a tab, User cant precisely and easily move up and down to highlight items using trackpad

  • Classic – User is unable to scroll through the Voice chat toolbar in the Voice chat UI using the trackpad

  • Classic – User can’t easily scroll using trackpad in the chat history area containing a long message history, sometimes automatic scrolling happens even without the use of trackpad”

Looks like the way you can add contacts has been streamlined as well.

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Those lucky enough to be involved with the beta, leave your experiences in the comments!

Cheers,
Dave

More Secure Work Space Applications for iOS and Android

Ten new enterprise apps are now available for users that employ BES10 to secure their fleet of Android and iOS devices via Secure Work space.  Secure Work Space for iOS and Android “is a new containerization, application-wrapping and secure connectivity option that delivers a higher level of control and security to iOS and Android devices – all managed through the BES10 administration console. With managed applications secured and separated from personal apps and data, you get enterprise-level security for browsing, viewing or editing attachments. ”

A number of the apps on the list work with SECTOR- based enterprise workspaces, including BlackBerry Secure Work Space; on OpenPeak’s site, BlackBerry is listed as a channel partner alongside Deutsche Telecom and AT&T.  OpenPeak founded the SECTOR network, and according to their site, “The SECTOR Network is an ecosystem of popular business apps that are wrapped with added security features and IT management capabilities. Users simply download SECTOR apps from public app stores to devices running mobile management solutions offered by SECTOR Network Partners. This single, unified ecosystem yields the best collection of secure apps for enterprises.”

By tapping into a curated source of secure enterprise apps this allows BlackBerry to offer BES10 clients managing iOS and Android devices access to third party business apps from their own app stores.  A number of the apps are also available for BlackBerry, such as BLEND, ISEC7 Mobility for SAP, SalesNOW, Storage Made Easy, MindLink, harmon.ie, and BOX.

Please see here and here for the full list of apps and additional details.

Enclosed is a short demonstration of BlackBerry Secure Work Space:

Sources:

INSIDE BlackBerry BUSINESS BLOG

OpenPeak

 

Colombia’s International Organization for Migration Upgrades to BES10

Colombia’s International Organization for Migration Upgrades to BES10

The Colombian office of the International Organization for Migration (OIM) has selected BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) as its mobile enterprise mobility platform of choice.  OIM Colombia is the first OIM country of the 155 member organization to deploy BES10, and given BlackBerry’s pedigree with supplying secure MDM/EMM and communication for governments – 16 of the G20 governments, the only solution with “Full Operational Capability” on U.S. Department of Defense networks, for example – I suspect we’ll being seeing more announcements of this sort from other OIM members.

While some other not so forthright MDM vendors would have you believe that enterprises and government agencies are migrating away from BlackBerry en masse (Don’t Believe The Hype: The Great BlackBerry Migration Myth), the following pretty much sums up why BlackBerry offers the gold standard end-to-end secure solution:

“We decided to implement BES10 in order to unify and centralize our device management at OIM Colombia, including BlackBerry smartphones and devices from other platforms, as part of our BYOD strategy. The ability to efficiently and securely manage our organization’s mobile devices with such a robust solution – no matter what operating system they might be running –is why we’ve decided to continue to invest in BlackBerry,” said David Fernando Jimenez Vargas, ITC Coordinator at OIM Colombia. “For our organization, BES10 is the best platform on the market, as it offers the best end-to-end security, the easiest integration with existing IT systems,” added Jimenez Vargas.”

See the full Press Release below:

Colombia’s International Organization for Migration Upgrades to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10
Jul 21, 2014
Bogota, Colombia – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX:BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that the Colombian office of the International Organization for Migration (OIM), an international migration affairs group, has selected BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) as its mobile enterprise mobility platform of choice.
OIM Colombia, with global headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, is the first OIM country of the 155 member organization to implement the BES10 multi-platform Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution. The group’s employees use BlackBerry® 10 smartphones connected to BES10 to ensure the highest level of productivity and security.

“We decided to implement BES10 in order to unify and centralize our device management at OIM Colombia, including BlackBerry smartphones and devices from other platforms, as part of our BYOD strategy. The ability to efficiently and securely manage our organization’s mobile devices with such a robust solution – no matter what operating system they might be running –is why we’ve decided to continue to invest in BlackBerry,” said David Fernando Jimenez Vargas, ITC Coordinator at OIM Colombia. “For our organization, BES10 is the best platform on the market, as it offers the best end-to-end security, the easiest integration with existing IT systems,” added Jimenez Vargas.

“More than 35,000 BES10 commercial and test servers have been installed globally. This is another indication of how our company is solidifying our presence in the EMM sector across the industry” said Nuncio di Mare, Enterprise Sales Manager for the Andean Region and the Caribbean. “By deploying a platform that supports BYOD corporate policies, OIM Colombia allows their employees to bring a personal device to work while at the same time, allowing IT Managers to implement IT policies in the device’s corporate environment,” said Di Mare.

BlackBerry EZ Pass Migration Program Gains Momentum

Customers are realizing the benefits and cost savings of the recently launched BlackBerry program, which provides free license migration and support for BlackBerry customers to move from BES5 and other MDM platforms to BES10.

Since the program launched on March 31, 2014, more than 1.2 million BES10 client access licenses have been issued to customers worldwide. The enterprises participating in the program represent a cross-section of industries from financial services and healthcare, to telecommunications and government organizations. Migrations to BES10 include customers using other MDM vendors such as AirWatch, MobileIron and Good Technology.

The BlackBerry EZ Pass migration program is designed to help customers take full advantage of the BES10 multi-platform solution by seamlessly migrating from BES5 and includes access to BlackBerry’s technical support services.

For more information about the BlackBerry EZ Pass migration program, please visit: www.blackberry.com/ezpass. For more information about BES10, please visit: www.bes10.com.

To learn more about BES10, please visit www.bes10.com.

About BlackBerry
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

Media Contacts::
Pedro Mucciolo
Corporate Communications Manager, Latin America, BlackBerry
pmucciolo@blackberry.com
(+1) 954-880-6064

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BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

 

Sources:

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International Organization for Migration

You know who you are

You know who you are

Ahhh… the Genius. I’m talking about the pretend kind.

When Apple came up with the idea of creating a place where you could bring your screwed up device and somebody else would just figure it out for you, I was originally jealous. Wow… just make an appointment (like for a doctor) and your defective/screwed up/bricked/hacked/overpriced/entry level phone would be saved, and the sun would shine and rainbows abound.

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But why are the geniuses there? You know, the front line blue shirted entry level pimple faced greeters?

Wait… they’re not geniuses… I’m not a genius, and I’ll grant that you may be. It just “Grinds My Gears” to further degrade society by calling these retail sales/service people a Genius.

Wait, why would such awesome devices need such a network of thousands to deal with them? The iPhone is such an entry level device. It lives in a closed/walled garden of “knowns”. It has fewer features than a BB10 device, so why?

Aha… It’s the ultimate recurring revenue stream.

For a while there, the iPhone was in a class by itself. There were “Smartphones”, and there were “iPhones”. You’d pay a premium just to have one and be on that “plan”. This is no longer relevant of course.

But what were/are you really paying for? Geniuses? Why?

Now that the premium is gone, how does Apple plan to pay for the faux “Geniuses”? Maybe they can’t. Maybe they need you to buy a slightly different same phone?

BlackBerry gives you NFC, Stereo, FM radio, SD expandable memory, HDMI, USBOTG, 4 mics, multitasking, innovation, a better OS, and so much more than Apple can.

No “Genius” required.

It’s over Apple, change the screen all you want.

Genius.

 

 

Never thought I’d want an iPhone accessory so bad! Maybe not accessory, perhaps more of a necessity. But unlike most things that come in contact with an iPhone, this is actually useful! And completely unlike iPhone, it multi-tasks! What is this wonderful product I’m talking about? It’s so cool. Not quite, it’s cooler. No, even better, it’s the Coolest!

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This Cooler, oops, sorry, Coolest is the ultimate party at the lake accessory. It’s an ice chest, with a built in Blue Tooth speaker, built in cooler, built in battery charger, built in BLENDER, and of course, built in coolness.

There is a current Kickstarter campaign going on to get this Coolest product made. And as you can see here, there’s not much question left in if they’re going to succeed or not. With a closing date of 8/29, and a goal of $50,000, so far, supporters have pledged $6.7 million. Now that’s what I would call a successful Kickstarter!

I know what you’re thinking, will this work with my phone? Of course it will. BlackBerry uses industry standards, we charge through standard USB power cables, we Blue Tooth to things that iPhone only dreams of (meaning more than a speaker of course!) and we like blended drinks as well. But why is this an iPhone accessory? Well, obviously the creator had the iPhone in mind when he came up with this idea. At about the 1 minute 10 second mark, he explains why.

Well, now that I’ve seen it again, I’m thinking the creator is either not an iPhone user, or is one of the ever growing number of frustrated iPhone users. Yet another reason why I am finding I like this product! So now, the only thing left for me to figure out is how I can talk the rest of the UTB staff in to purchasing one of these for our future offices!

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Yes, I’m afraid we may be about to bring news to you of something that will make you feel like the man in the photo.

It’s a video showing the useless iPhone next to the hideous Samsung Galaxy 5.

You see, Samsung have decided to preempt the release of the worlds fastest battery drainer, the iPhone 6, by pointing out that iPhonians seem to be very excited about having a bigger screen…

Which is all well and good.

But the man in the video seems to be placing some sort of psychedelic relic to his head in an attempt to show the befuddled iPhonian that he could have had a bigger screen before.

Ah…

It’s the Samsung Galaxy 5!

Yes, my friends, the phone they could not sell.

The same one that we tried for a month but couldn’t stomach any further. The same one that comes with so much bloatware you’ll either spend 2 days getting rid of it or watch your battery life disappear. The very same phone that has FAILED on such a global scale that Samsung are now having to cut back.

The same phone that insists on having Durrr Big Clunky Button At Durrr Bottom like it’s still 2011.

And the same phone that we found a dogs nose could open the gimmicky fingerprint scanner.

Still, what on earth do you expect from a phone whose major function is that when you touch it…

IT GOES PLOP.

You want a bigger screen than an iPhone on a phone that actually works properly?

Forget Ploppy Phone.

Buy a BlackBerry Z30.