OS 6 for your BlackBerry Bold 9700

If you are carrying a BlackBerry Bold 9700, and want to upgrade to OS 6, the first leaked version is available now. WillyBoy6 on CrackBerry forums has posted the steps, download links and then the whole world starts talking about it.

If you end up upgrading to OS6 successfully, the only difference between your 9700 and 9780 will be the camera.

Here is the source, enjoy!

BlackBerry 101 – Tutorials for new users

If you have recently stepped into the world of BlackBerry devices, you should definitely spend some time going through these beginners tutorials. If you have upgraded recently to OS 6, it is worth it exploring the new features with these tutorials. Tips and tricks for your BlackBerry phone will help you save time and will improve your BlackBerry experience.

How many times you use “space” key to type “@” in email addresses or “.” in the URL fields? Simple questions like how to turn on the num-lock or caps lock are answered in these simple tutorials.

These interactive demos are life savers for anyone who is looking for beginners help.

Select your device from the list below to open BlackBerry 101 page for your device:

BlackBerry Beginner’s Tutorials

BlackBerry apps that add value to your phone – Part 2

I’ve already posted a number of useful apps that you should at least have on your BlackBerry phones to start with. Today I’ll give you a few more apps links to try out. If you have not tried these apps out, I’m sure you’ll love them. Here is today’s list:

Quick Search with Google

Quick Google Search This app will allow you to search the web using the popular Google Search and its very quick to use. Doesn’t sound too interesting of you think the browser is good enough? Just give it a try, its free. Download here.

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AOL Instant Messenger

Have you been using AOL messenger for your instant  messaging and you have all your friends on AOL? Just download this free app by RIM and stay in touch with your friends on your BB. Here’s the download link.

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ICQ

ICQ for BlackBerryDo I need to say more? This is obviously instant messageing clicent for ICQ and you can download it here.

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BlackBerry App World

BlackBerry App World DownloadLast but not least, this is where all the other apps reside. Yes, BlackBerry app world is the on-device application store where you can download and buy apps for your BlackBerry. Most probably your phone came pre-installed with this app, if not, you can go to the download site and download the app world.

This concludes the two-part posts series that showcases RIM’s own applications that you should always have on your device to increase productivity and access to your social networks. We will also see some useful third-party apps in my posts to come.

BlackBerry announces the launch of BlackBerry Torch 9800

BlackBerry Torch 9800The day has come. BlackBerry today has announced the official launch of BlackBerry Torch 9800. This is an exciting moment that a RIM’s BlackBerry device finally comes with the modern touchscreen as well as the conventional and popular BlackBerry keyboard together in a compact slide device. And to add to the excitement, the phone has the new BlackBerry 6 OS which has been leaked and rumored about for quite some time now.

From the looks of it, it’s a BlackBerry Storm on the top and a BlackBerry Bold 9700 at the bottom. It will be available on AT&T to start with and other networks to follow.  You can find the device specs here.

BTW, it’s rumored to have a 1.2 GHz processor (not confirmed yet).

Mobilink Milestone Launch and a free phone :)

What a day in the life of a blogger!

It all started when the whole local blogger community was invited to the launch event by Mobilink and Google to join hands and make good use of the social media and blogger community to create a stir in the online world and announce the launch of the Motorola Milestone. The launch event was quite a happening event right from the beginning with free giveaway key chain with a 50 year calendar, red bull servings and a cool setting altogether.

I thought I’m the last person to reach as I got quite late though I found out the event is yet to start when I finally reached the venue. The event was all about Mobilink, its new handset Motorola Milestone and obviously the Android 2.1 OS by Google. The session was really interactive with not only speeches but discussions, interaction with the audience, several interesting competitions including sms speed typing test but the biggest of them all was a free Motorola Milestone Giveaway.

And guess what? Yours truly (yeah that’s me) ended up winning the big prize. What was the competition? Well it was “Post a Facebook status about the launch event and get most comments on it“. I’m highly grateful to my friends and fellows who commented on my status and by the time the comments counting began, I had more than 800 comments on  my status. Woohooo!! While there were many close competitors, the phone lands in my hands and now I’m the first proud user of Mobilink Motorola Milestone. My free gift pack comes with a Mobilink Motorola Milestone  handset with an 8 GB of Micro SD card and a beautiful charging doc that I use more for watching videos now 🙂  . Thank you very much Mobilink for a great free phone and an amazing evening.

More about the phone

Motorola Milestone is an Android 2.1 smart phone with a 3.7 inch multi touch TFT screen with a slide keyboard. This is the same phone that is known as Motorola Droid out there in US. The black colored device has a 5 megapixel camera and features a ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz processor for normal processing and PowerVR SGX530 for graphics. You can find more details about the phone here.

Google Motorola Milestone

The phone has been introduced in Pakistan by Mobilink exclusively and the latest 2.1 version of Android OS is the biggest attraction for me. When you  buy this phone from Mobilink, you get 3 months of GPRS/EDGE free and I’m waiting for a referral code that Mobilink promised. Once I have the referral link, I’ll update this post and you’ll get some discount on your purchase. So if you are looking for an Android phone locally, why buy used T-Mobile Androids? Go for a Motorola Milestone.

T-Mobile retires HTC G1 today :(

HTC G1 Android on T-Mobile

G1 is the first phone to be launched on Android OS and it becomes a very valueable “first” pioneering the Android revolution. I’ve been using this handset for a long time now and this post at Mobile Crunch proved to be emotionally touching for me. The post says:

Today saw T-Mobile finally retiring the venerable G1, forerunner to the ongoing Android revolution. I’ve been using a G1 since launch, so this is an emotional moment for me. Let’s just take a quick trip down memory lane out of respect for a solid phone.

The HTC G1 had its first peek in technical drawings back in August of 2008. Its pricing and availability was rumored a few days later, and it was spotted in the wild and leaked by T-Mobile a few days before the official launch. We philosophized, we tested, and eventually we reviewed.

Technology moves fast and leaves behind you a lot of memories and obsolete, marvelous pieces of engineering and design that you once loved and may keep loving forever.

See original post here.

BlackBerry Apps that add value to your phone

I must confess, I always hated BlackBerry phones but since the day I was forced to carry one, I’m stuck with it and I cant help carrying one all the time. It’s been several years now. No matter if my company gives me a handset or not, I go buy one and I keep using it for all its wonderful features.

Today I’m starting a new series of posts that will continue in days to come. I will be introducing BlackBerry apps that you can install on your phone and can do more than what you do with it today. To start off, I will be listing down the most common apps that are used with BlackBerry phones. Here starts the list:

BlackBerry Messenger
BlackBerry MessengerIf your phone did not come with BlackBerry messenger pre-installed, install it today. This useful little app will allow you to text chat with any other BlackBerry user on planet earth totally free of cost. You can not only send text messages, you can send images, can do group chats adding more people to your conversation and can share your current status. Very useful and addictive. Download Now!

Google Talk for BlackBerry
Google Talk BlackBerryIf you use Google Talk for instant messaging, this is your companion in your pocket that will keep you online anywhere. Jus download this app and its as simple as ABC. Download Now!

Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerry
Windows Live Messenger for BlackBerryWindows live has been one of the most popular instant messaging tool on PC and now you can use it for chatting on your favorite BlackBerry phone. Download it from here.

Facebook for BlackBerry
Facebook App BlackBerryAre you addicted to Facebook? Do you carry a BlackBerry? This is the first app you should install on your phone. This app will allow you to stay updated all the time on your BlackBerry about your favorite social networking account. You can post messages, write on walls, send photos, tag them, comment on them and much more. Your BlackBerry will can even ring every time you get a notification from Facebook (but it’s totally customizable).

Twitter for BlackBerry
Twitter for BlackBerryIf you tweet a lot or follow twitter users, you should use this official Twitter app on your BlackBerry. Everything you do on Twitter website can be done on this sleek Twitter BlackBerry client. Download.

Yahoo Messenger Client
BlackBerry Yahoo MessengerYahoo came into instant messaging even before Windows Live messenger existed and if you have more friends on Yahoo Messenger, you should use this client as well. This official BlackBerry client for Yahoo Messenger is simple, lightweight and a breeze to use. Download.

All above apps are officially released by Research In Motion, manufacturers of BlackBerry phones themselves and are available for free. I think the list is enough for now but i will continue to introduce more software apps that you can install on your BlackBerry and can add value to your phone.

Smartphones in Battlefield

Soldiers will be using smartphones in the battlefied. Here’s what this latest Reuters article says:

Raytheon, which makes the Patriot missile defense system, is developing software which could enable a soldier to find enemies in his or her surrounding terrain using a mobile phone running Google’s Android operating system.

The software could potentially be powerful enough to pick up aerial images from an unmanned aircraft or satellite and then focus in on details such as license plates on cars or a person’s facial features.

A typical soldier’s use case:

  • Searching for a UAV nearby
  • UAV found, Connected!
  • Requesting enemy unit locations nearby
  • Enemy units and buildings found at these coordinates, touch to view photos
  • Incoming orders, move north, keep moving, wait for further orders
  • Incoming missile, take shelter
  • Your primary weapon is running low on ammo, reload!

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And then there can be problems with the software or the handsets:

  • Cannot retrieve orders, network not found
  • UAV connection lost
  • Battery low
  • Uh.. the phone software stuck … urgh!
  • Waiting for GPS ………………….
  • … why dare you touch the phone, it’s an iPhone, remember? 🙂

Here’s the whole post.

Nokia Kinetic – Stand Up Notifications

Nokia Kinetic Notifications

Kinetic is a concept phone conceived by a designing student Jeremy Innes-Hopkin. The phone looks great and the different concept about the phone is how it shows the notifications. Whenever there’s an incoming message or call, the phone instead of ringing or showing light based notifications, will stand  up to attract the user’s attention.

I know it’ll be an engineering challenge but the designer has done his job, now it’s time for the engineers to turn it into reality.

Mobile Phones are better than Computers – Green Computing

Mobile Phone Power Consumption
Mobile Phones consume very low power

What do you use your computer for? Surfing Internet, chat, gaming, social networking, downloading, desktop computing including documents, spreadsheets or presentation making or just watching your photos and videos? Today’s mobile phones are capable of doing it all, rather sometimes more than the traditional phones. They have faster processors, more ram, faster  wireless Internet connectivity and larger memories.

Today I will start another series of posts that will tell you how to use your phones to do things that you usually do with your computers including desktops, laptops and netbooks. This series of posts will include tips, tricks and software that you can use to avoid the use of computers and just use your phone 🙂

Why are mobile phones better?

If you have not done so, you can read my earlier articles that prove that laptops are better than desktops, because they take around 60 watts of power as compared to a few hundred watts. Then we also discussed that netbooks are even better than laptops taking half the power as compared to a full sized notebook. Today we will move one step ahead.

To prove my point I used this app called Nokia Energy Profiler. The app is a free download available on Nokia OVI store for almost all Nokia devices. The application gives you exact numbers in terms of power consumption, network bandwidth utilization and a few more important things that you never come to know when using a  mobile phone. Just like any other computing device, Nokia phones consume low power when idle and take more power when performing more computation.

Here are a few screen-shots. As you can see, when the phone is idle, it takes 0.18 watts on average. When navigating the menu and viewing simple content like photos on the phone screen, its consuming 0.23 watts on average. In the third screenshot, the phone is being used for a voice+video call over a wifi network and the battery usage is at it’s top, that is around 2 watts.

Idle State
Phone Menu Use
Skype Video Call - High Power Consumption
Sudden Spike when receiving call

In the last screen shot you can see the sudden rise in battery consumption when there’s an incoming call ringing and picked up.

In any case, this particular cellphone is using less than 2 watts of power which is way less than the other computing devices we listed above.

Conclusion

Use mobile phones for your computing needs whenever and wherever possible. You’ll save power and will contribute your efforts in keeping this planet green. Happy Green Computing!