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Instagram Posts on BlackBerry Browsers Fixed and They Look Awesome

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A couple months ago we wrote a post on BlackBerryCool about how Instagram posts looked terrible on a BlackBerry browser. It was a strange issue considering how easy it is to render a webpage to be viewed on a BlackBerry. Every website these days formats itself to be viewed on mobile, and the fact that Instagram was ignoring BlackBerry was really strange. It seems the problem has been completely fixed and Instagram looks really great on BlackBerry browsers.
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Opera Mini 6.5 Released for BlackBerry

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Today, Opera released the latest version of Opera Mini. If you’re looking for an alternative to the native BlackBerry browser, I recommend checking it out. I had the chance to meet with Mahi de Silva, EVP of Consumer Mobile, at the Open Mobile Summit being held in San Francisco. We spoke at length about how Opera has been providing browsing capabilities worldwide for over 15 years. What really impressed me with the latest version of Opera was the browsers data optimization features.
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First Impressions of BlackBerry 7: Great Performance, Better Web Browser and More

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BlackBerry 7 looks just like OS 6 but the software performance is tweaked and the overall experience is much faster. When you’re browsing the homescreen and switching between screens, the device performs really well. One of the downsides of OS 6 was the lag you experienced when perusing the apps; but this is gone now. BlackBerry 7 also brings with it the new APIs that will help developers make more engaging apps such as Augmented Reality apps. Another major advantage in BlackBerry 7 is the updated web browser. Browsing on a BlackBerry 7 device is much faster and the browser is around 40% better than the browser with BlackBerry 6.

The real downside to all of this is that there are still a few major issues we have with the BlackBerry Platform and its user experience that are simply not addressed in the latest OS. For example, the devices still take a long time to boot up and downloading apps still makes your device nearly unusable. Alsop, while it’s great to see new APIs being released for BlackBerry 7, there doesn’t seem to be any news around improving the developer tools. BlackBerry developers are still stuck with some major frustrations such as having to use the awful simulators.

Click through for a few reasons why you should or should not care about BlackBerry 7.
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Thump Mobile Web Game Lets You Compete to Predict Sports Outcomes

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Thump is a game that lets sports fans watch a game and compete with friends or strangers to be the most accurate predictor of what their teams will do next. The game currently supports pro and college football, with baseball planned to launch in March. While the game doesn’t yet have a native BlackBerry app, it’s available as a mobile web site which means you can play from your BlackBerry with other platforms. Also, given the ease with which developers can port their apps over to the PlayBook, we may be seeing this game come in tablet form.

Thump is in beta right now and you can get started at their site thumpgames.com. The next game to predict the outcome for is AFC@NFC, 7PM EST, 1/30/2011.

BBerryGo Makes the First BlackBerry PlayBook Browser

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The deal seems to be that if developers create an app that fits all the criteria of an Adobe AIR app that can be sold in App World, then they’re eligible for a free PlayBook. This is a pretty sweet deal considering a major feature of the PlayBook is that development on the PlayBook is supposed to be easy. Jerome from BBerryGo developed a browser for the BlackBerry PlayBook and apparently it was pretty easy. It should be interesting to see what apps developers create for the PlayBook and hopefully the development process helps shed the stigma that developing for BlackBerry is a pain in the development ass.

Reminder: BlackBerry Torch 9800 Unlock Requires Browser Service Books

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This may be an obvious reminder for some but if you’re looking to get your BlackBerry Torch unlocked, make sure your carrier has announced the device because otherwise they may not have the proper WebKit browser service books. With an unlocked Torch, you can still use the WebKit browser over a WiFi connection, but you’ll be unable to use it over a regular radio connection unless your carrier can send you the service books.

With the help of our friends at Cellfservices, we were able to narrow down the issue a little further with feedback from customers who got their Torch unlocked. Here are some more facts:
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