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Navigation Tips for BlackBerry OS 6 Devices

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BlackBerry 6 has some pretty great features for making the navigation experience better on a BlackBerry. While the OS doesn’t have anything crazy in terms of new features, it does go a long way to making the user interface more graphical and efficient.

RIM sent out a list of navigation tips that nicely sums up some of the ways BlackBerry 6 makes the user expeirence a little faster. Whether you have a touchscreen or non-touchscreen BlackBerry running OS 6, read through the tips and see if there’s anything you didn’t know.
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Win a Torch and More With SmrtGuard’s “Refer-a-Friend Contest”

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Hats off to SmrtGuard – these guys do a great job of marketing their applications. The most recent initiative is a referral contest they call the “Refer-a-Friend Contest” and prizes include an unlocked BlackBerry Torch, 10 SmrtGuard Pro Lifetime Subscriptions, a BlackBerry for Dummies book and SmrtGuard Pens.
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Apress Won’t Publish BlackBerry Books Other Than for PlayBook

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The guys at Made Simple Learning let us know about their latest book: BlackBerry Torch Made Simple. What’s interesting about this latest book, is that their usual publisher, Apress, has taken a pass on all BlackBerry books – except for the Playbook. According to the authors, Apress doesn’t feel the BlackBerry market is strong enough to merit future books on BlackBerrys. This seems like a strange reason to not publish the books considering the BlackBerry market continues to grow along with the greater smartphone industry. A more obvious reason is that print seems to be on the decline, and much of the information in the Made Simple Learning books for BlackBerry can be found online.
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Three Awesome New BlackBerrys Get Leaked: New Curve, Torch and Dakota

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Today was an great day for BlackBerry leaks as the upcoming Curve, Torch and all new Dakota made an appearance. Both the Curve and the Torch are packing magnetometers, as well as BlackBerry OS 6.1. A magnetometer, which can be found in a lot of smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S, measures the strength and/or direction of the magnetic field, which helps a lot with mapping apps.

Of all the leaks, the upcoming BlackBerry Dakota is probably the most interesting. Many BlackBerry users have been looking forward to a BlackBerry with the original Bold form factor. The smartphone fits nicely into your hands and we’ve been saying for some time on this site that we want the form factor to come back. Well it’s coming back, and it’s going to make a huge entrance. The Dakota features a touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard, as well as HD video recording.

Something that’s probably disconcerting about these leaks from RIM’s perspective, is that users are going to start wondering whether or not these devices will get the QNX OS. The reality is that these devices are what’s going to carry us to 2012, and they won’t be sporting the QNX OS. Will BlackBerry users, knowing this, hold off on purchasing a new BlackBerry until they hear about upcoming devices that will be getting the QNX bump, which could probably be considered OS 7?

Hit the jump for specs on all three devices.
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Dealing With the Redundancies in BlackBerry 6

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The BlackBerry community seems very focused on the QNX OS these days but we won’t be seeing QNX smartphones until 2012 at least. With the PlayBook announcements, the conversation is shifting away from imperfections in the current platform, and towards the future smartphone and OS we won’t see for some time to come. The conversation needs to be pulled back to BlackBerry 6, and what RIM can do with OS updates to make the experience better for current BlackBerry users. Something that has become glaringly obvious with BlackBerry 6, is the amount of redundancy that is built into the OS. And I don’t mean redundancy in the fail-safe way. I mean it in the “I see this icon/feature implemented in several places and it’s starting to annoy me” way.
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CES 2011: Common Freestyling the About the PlayBook and Torch

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BBCool reader Nana sent us some video of Common and Lara Spencer hanging out at CES 2011. Common freestyles about the PlayBook and the Torch for the crowd and it’s pretty well received. Even though it’s a fun video, you can’t help but think “oh, how the mighty have fallen.” Remember the Resurrection days when Common was arguably at his best? Well it’s tough economic times and RIM probably pays well.