Author: BlackBerry Cool

BlackBerry 101 Tip: Scan QR Barcodes Directly From BlackBerry App World Options

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Here’s a tip you may or may not have known, if you’re the type to scan QR codes whenever you see them, you can do it from BlackBerry App World. Back in the day, you used to be able to use BBM for scanning barcodes, but that disappeared for some reason. Well if you have the latest version of App World (not sure when exactly this feature showed up), you can scan barcodes from the app. No need for third party software.
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Puzkend Puzzle Game for Playbook Available in BlackBerry App World

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Puzkend is a puzzle game where the goal is to clear the game board by matching similar items into strings of three or more. The matched items will disappear. To succeed, you need to to anticipate the effects of your moves. As matched items are removed, the remaining items will fall and roll down. There’s no time limit and no need to worry about making mistakes, as you can always go back as many moves you like.
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Buy Your Mom a Mother’s Day BlackBerry Theme [Theme Sale]

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There’s a Mother’s Day theme sale going on right now in App World and with App World gifting, you can buy your mom a lovely Mother’s Day theme for her BlackBerry. All the themes are currently $0.99 and would complement any other gift ideas you have nicely. If your mom doesn’t know how to install and download a theme, be sure to gift it and set it all up for her.
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Track Deals and Improves Sales With SmartFunnel for BlackBerry Smartphones

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SmartFunnel is an app for your BlackBerry that provides a front end to the SmartFunnel web service. The SmartFunnel service allows you to track deals and sales opportunities so that you can better close on opportunities and make more money for your business. The app breaks provides a breakdown for progress on current deals as well as lays out opportunities for future deals. SmartFunnel is therefore perfect for small businesses that are looking for a specific solution for improving sales, but not necessarily looking for a CRM solution.
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RIM, Canrock, OMERS, Rho, BDC, iNovia and CYBF Invest $30M+ in Tech Startup Incubator Program HYPERDRIVE

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Startup incubators are a great way for tech entrepreneurs to take something from idea to product and beyond. The programs generally give funding, mentorship and access to services that help entrepreneurs develop a great company that could potentially be the next big thing. Recently, a new incubator called HYPERDRIVE has launched with $30M+ in funding. It’s also really cool to see RIM as the only technology company funding, hopefully giving them first dibs on acquisitions. Especially since Google has its name on the building and is an anchor tenant at Communitech.
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Rumor: Balsillie Wanted to Offer BlackBerry Network to Carriers for Low Cost Instant Messaging and Social Media

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Rumor has it that before Balsillie left RIM, he tried to convince the board of a plan to offer the BlackBerry network’s services to carriers, so they could route data and offload costs associated with small bandwidth data from instant messaging and social media. This plan, without knowing the exact details of it, makes a lot of sense and it’s too bad the board vetoed it. Imagine all the smartphones the carriers could sell if they could offer it with a free data plan that only extends to IM and social media. We’ve heard of plans like this in India, and North America and Europe could really benefit.
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