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Magmic makes national news with Kaglom number 1 in Japan

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Magmic has made national Canadian news recently as Kaglom made number 1 in Japan. Their app is free in App World and Apple’s App Store.

Jeff Bacon presented the app to the CBC, and even went on the streets to showcase it to some local Ottawans. It’s just too bad he presented it with the iPhone, because he’s a BlackBerry genius. Remember his column on BlackBerry Cool? It was awesome.

“We were responding to some customer feedback and adding a few more features,” said Jeff Bacon, director of engineering at Magmic. “That caused it to pop up on some new release charts in iTunes and the customers in Japan really picked up on that. Within a couple days of releasing the updates the game was No. 1 in Japan.”

Bacon said it is too early to tell how many Japanese iTunes users have downloaded the game. However, he said to date Ka-Glom has been downloaded more than five million times.

For video, see the CBC official site and skip to around 13:30.

Bacon on BlackBerry: Tethering security, backup viewing and more

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We’ve got another round of questions from stumped readers for our resident BlackBerry expert, Jeff Bacon. Topics this time include the security of BlackBerry as a tethered modem, viewing the contents of backups, and how to buy a few extra precious rings before voicemail viciously snaps up your call. As ever, feel free to send us your BlackBerry questions at info at blackberrycool dot com.

Q: I get emails on my BlackBerry for two different email addresses which are mine for two companies where I work. I need to be able to reply to each email with the correct email address of the company the inquiry is directed. How do I do this or what do I need to do to make this work?

A: The BlackBerry will intelligently choose which email address to use on your replies based on which email address the email was sent to. For example, if the email address you received the email on is joe@here.com but you also get joe@there.com email on your BlackBerry, when you click ‘Reply’, the BlackBerry will use joe@here.com as the reply address. You can see this by scrolling all the way up to the top of the screen in a reply and it will say the account being used to send a reply. When creating a new email, if you scroll to the top you can change which email address of yours the recipient will see as the ‘From’ address.

Q: I have installed the Desktop Manager. Is there any way I can view, on my desktop, the contents of the desktop backup file? Do I need a program to read its contents. Or perhaps this is a meaningless question derived from a misunderstanding of the role of back up files.

A: You can’t see the data inside the backup file but you can see what type of data is stored in the backup file. If you go to ‘Backup and Restore’ in the Desktop Manager, select ‘Advanced’ then choose File>Open, you can open up a backup file and see which databases (mail, address book, etc.) are saved in it.

Bacon on BlackBerry: Multimedia

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Still carrying an MP3 player alongside your BlackBerry? That’s sooooo 2007. BlackBerrys have come a long way in the last couple of years. I used to carry around a cell phone, my BlackBerry and my MP3 player. Yes, my pockets were very full. The 7100v changed that as I dropped down to one communications device, but I still had my MP3 player.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to use the BlackBerry 8120 for a few weeks now and I’m impressed. I threw a 2GB microSD card in the side (finally), loaded up some MP3s (Foo Fighters, Billy Talent, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, etc.), threw another 1GB microSD card in my wallet (Solitudes, Blue Man Group, POD casts… I never know what I’ll feel like) and headed out. I haven’t looked back.

I decided this weekend to see what the BlackBerry could do for video. Who wants the watch The View, a Fishing Show or TechTV while at the gym? I somehow legally obtained a Seinfeld episode and loaded it on my BB. That made the elliptical machine much more amusing and got me thinking about other media-related improvements I’d like to see on the BlackBerry…

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Bacon on BlackBerry: Themes, Skype, and ringtones

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Magmic’s very own Jeff Bacon comes in for another round of Bacon on BlackBerry to answer a few troublesome issues folks have been having. As ever, themes and ringtones are on the chopping block, along with Skype compatability, getting your calendar on the home screen and how to change your background. Sound like anything you need help with? Sit back and bask in the Yoda-esque wisdom of Bacon

…right behind the jump.

Bacon on BlackBerry: Ringtones, trackballs and Outlook (oh my!)

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It’s been a long time since we’ve seen an update from Magmic’s BlackBerry guru, Jeff Bacon, but that’s because he’s been hard at work this summer with Bacon family barbeques in his backyard plunging the depths of RIM’s inner sanctum looking for answers to your most pressing questions. So sit back and take a load off, as our BlackBerry expert regales you with stories of glowing trackballs and the dreaded ‘red X’. Oooh, spooky.

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Bacon On BlackBerry: theme issues, Outlook issues, more issues

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Q: Good evening. I have a BB 8100 sim lock to O2. How can I download the Vodafone Today theme?

A: The theme’s don’t depend on sim-locking or anything else. You just need the COD files that contain the theme and you need to copy them to your device. BlackBerryCool did an article a long time ago describing how to put themes on.

Finding the Vodafone theme might be tricky but I’m sure it’s been posted on some forum on the ‘net if you search for it. For other themes, check out bplay.com as we have 10 unique themes are will be adding many more in the future.

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Bacon on BlackBerry returns

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Nice to see our help expert and Magmic BlackBerry guru Jeff Bacon back in the driver’s seat (insider tip: he sits on phone books to see over the wheel) with a new installment of Bacon on BlackBerry. Have a ‘Berry query that you just can’t handle? Drop Bacon a note at bacon [at] blackberrycool.com and he’ll make everything right. Or die trying. Good to see you again, Jeff.

Q: I need to wipe the memory clean off a Pearl that I am selling. How do I do this?

A: The Desktop Manager is the easiest tool for this. Open the Application Loader. Click ‘Next’ on the list of applications. Click the ‘Advanced’ button and check off both checkboxes. On the next screen, make sure to select ‘Do not automatically backup and restore the device applications data during the loading process’. Click ‘Next’ through to the end of the dialogs and it will wipe your device.

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Bacon on BlackBerry: SIM cards, navigation systems, and more

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We’re happy to see Magmic’s BlackBerry know-it-all Jeff Bacon again. This week, he handles questions that cover the gamut, giving answers on SIM card queries, navigation systems, Skype, and more. If you’ve got an issue that you just can’t figure out, shoot a note to bacon@blackberrycool.com and check back to see if the guru has tackled your question with ease. Thanks, Jeff.

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Bacon on BlackBerry: OS issues, BES issues, and more

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You folks have a lot of issues. Thankfully, Magmic’s Jeff Bacon can put his own aside for a bit each week and lend a hand and give some answers on your BlackBerry woes. Have a question for Bacon? Drop him a note at bacon@blackberrycool.com and be sure to check back to see if he’s tackled your problem with one hand - he really is that strong. Thanks, Jeff.

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Bacon on BlackBerry: Browsers, email, and more

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Bacon’s been busy, thus the day delay, but he was able to set aside some free time to take care of your questions. Have an issue with your device that the mere mortals can’t take care of? Drop Magmic’s BlackBerry genius a line at bacon@blackberrycool.com and be sure to check back each week to see if he’s been able to solve your issue.

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