If you haven’t joined the BlackBerry Beta Zone, I would sign up now because they have just released the latest Beta version of BlackBerry Messenger 18.104.22.168. From what I’ve heard about this latest version of BBM, is that it’s mostly backend work and performance improvements. Downloading it now, join me.
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There is a leaked version of BBM 22.214.171.124 courtesy of Nathanix circulating that may have some performance fixes over the official version 126.96.36.199. It could also come with some performance deterioration as this is unofficial software. The only way to tell is by checking it out. Anyone taking the plunge with me?
There is a BBM spam message going around that suggests 35 cents will be donated to help Haiti when you forward the message to others. The message reads:
“Because of what has transpired in Haiti recently, Blackberry (sic) has decided to help out and give 35 cents for the cause when you pass this message along to your friends on BBM”
While most readers are familiar with BBM, and have probably disregarded the message, there are still some new users who are genuinely confused. Since BBM messages are totally free, passing the message on won’t incur a fee, it’s just misleading.
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TrustedSource, the site maintained by Internet security specialists McAfee, are calling out BlackBerry Messenger as a potential threat for spam and hoaxes. The site is a hub for statistics gathered by McAfee and its customers, to give timely information about security threats and viruses. Their latest blog post reads:
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The BlackBerry outage that has been affecting users across North America was caused by BBM and it’s crucial that everyone download the latest version of BBM (188.8.131.52) to correct the issue.
Download the latest BBM from www.blackberry.com/messenger.
RIM Statement – December 23rd – A service interruption occurred Tuesday that affected BlackBerry customers in the Americas. Message delivery was delayed or intermittent during the service interruption. Phone service and SMS services on BlackBerry smartphones were unaffected. Root cause is currently under review, but based on preliminary analysis, it currently appears that the issue stemmed from a flaw in two recently released versions of BlackBerry Messenger (versions 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11) that caused an unanticipated database issue within the BlackBerry infrastructure.
RIM has taken corrective action to restore service. RIM has also provided a new version of BlackBerry Messenger (version 18.104.22.168) and is encouraging anyone who downloaded or upgraded BlackBerry Messenger since December 14th to upgrade to this latest version which resolves the issue. RIM continues to monitor its systems to maintain normal service levels and apologizes for any inconvenience to customers.
RIM has got to pick up its socks and not let these outages continue to happen. It has to be the worst public relations disaster for a company that prides itself on reliability. Hopefully this will change in the New Year.
BBM has been updated to version 22.214.171.124. There have been problems reported with BBM today so it may affect the download.