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BIS 3.0 Upgrade Successful with OpenDocument Support

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The BIS 3.0 upgrade went through over the weekend, and while we won’t see Gmail sync until the Spring, it’s good to be at 3.0. There really isn’t anything outstanding that comes with BIS 3.0, however the additional attachment support is nice.

With BIS 3.0, your BlackBerry now supports the following: OpenDocument presentations (.odp), OpenDocument spreadsheets (.ods), OpenDocument text (.odt), OpenDocument text templates (.ott) and Windows Media Audio (.wma).

For a full list of features that come with the BIS 3.0 upgrade, check out RIM’s knowledgebase article.

BIS 3.0 Roundup: Gmail Sync Feature Still Unconfirmed

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There is a lot going around about the recent announcement of BIS 3.0 and some confusion about whether it will include a Gmail 2-way sync. The first users to get the update were in South-East Asia, with EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) following. Users in these regions have been reporting a lack of Gmail sync leaving North American users wondering if it’s going to happen. The official announcement on the support forums recognizes the existence of Gmail sync via an updated plugin, but this doesn’t seem to be available. The RIM knowledgebase mentions the Gmail plugin, but fails to acknowledge the sync features. This could just be a blunder on the part of whoever wrote the article. Overall, it seems we’re going to see the plugin, but perhaps not until version 3.1. We’ll have to wait for the 3.0 upgrade and see.
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Verizon Pushes Social Beat to Users – Download Links Provided

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Social Beat is a really cool app for those who don’t have invites for Social Scope. Actually, it’s arguably better than Social Scope. The app connects you to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Gmail, Google Talk and has a list of RSS feeds you can subscribe to. A lot of users have pointed out that you can’t add feeds from sources like Google Reader, and the RSS section is really limited in functionality.

If you’re a Verizon customer, check your Applications folder for the Social Beat app. The app was previously only available for Curve 8530 users, but can now be found on all devices. If you have a Verizon device, but haven’t had it pushed to your Applications folder, you can always resend the service books or use on of the following download links (just substitute the device number):

Download Social Beat for the 9650 (should be called the Bold 9650?).
Download Social Beat for the Curve 8530.
Download Social Beat for the Tour 9630.
Download Social Beat for the Storm 9530.

BIS 3.0 and 3.1 to Feature Better Google Sync and WMA Support

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BBleaks threw up some more details about BIS 3.0 and I’m personally really looking forward to this. The latest info about BIS 3.0, tells us we’ll see:

  • OpenOffice file support: presentations, text documents and spreadsheets.
  • Support for WMA (Windows Media Audio).

Previously, we heard BIS 3.0, coming in March of 2010, will improve the Gmail plugin so as to sync deleted, read/unread and sent messages between the messages folder and your Gmail. BIS 3.0 will also include the ability to add and remove labels from your device.

BIS 3.1, which is rumored to arrive soon after, will feature the ability to:

  • Synchronize Google Calendar
  • Synchronize your address book from Hotmail account
  • Synchronize your address book from Yahoo
  • Yahoo mailbox will cause an automatic download of Yahoo messenger on the device

How To Setup Google Apps for Your Company and BlackBerry

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Recently, I shut down my Rackspace service and switched the company to Google Apps. While some users have complained that BIS email is slow, I’ve noticed a very manageable difference in delivery times for BIS versus BES. Also, whatever features I have lost in terms of contact sync and email delivery, I have definitely made up for in savings. Sure, there are some setbacks with Google Apps in terms of user experience, and I no longer have FANATICAL support, but with savings of $150-$200 per month, I’m happy with my choice. Here is a guide for anyone looking to migrate over to Google Apps.
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BlackBerry Tip: Use Gmail to archive deleted BlackBerry messages

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One of the downsides of being a BIS user is that you don’t get the ability to archive your deleted BlackBerry emails. Well there is a way to do it and it has changed my life.

If you’re like me, you have drunk the Cool-Aid and you’re using Google Calendar, Reader, Docs (which I’m writing this on right now) etc. Even though you love Google products, you can’t make the jump to Android because, when it comes to communication and getting things done, nothing is better than BlackBerry.

There have been rumors of a BlackBerry plugin for Gmail for ages, but it’s taking a long time and we’re not hearing much news about it. Until then, here is a solution for archiving your deleted BlackBerry emails using Gmail.
Click through to read a step by step tutorial on how to archive BlackBerry emails with Gmail