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Search 4 BBM is a Free BlackBerry App That Helps Find BBM Users

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Search 4 BBM is an app that helps you find BBM friends using a variety of different methods. This app is particularly useful if you’ve lost all your BBM contacts, or are new to the BlackBerry platform.
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Foursquare Demos NFC Checkins at BlackBerry World

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Last week at BlackBerry World 2012, Foursquare launched NFC checkins for their city discovery app. This will allow checkins via Foursquare-configured NFC tags as well as share venue and tip data simply by tapping devices together. Here’s a video demo of how it all works.
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Foursquare for BlackBerry updated to v3.8.1 and Features GPS++, NFC and Push Notifications

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Foursquare has just launched a major update to their social checkin app. The new features include better GPS functionality, improved push notifications and NFC support.
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Personal Safety App bSafe Launches on BlackBerry

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Bipper has just launched their free personal safety app bSafe on BlackBerry. Already available for iOS and Android, bSafe broadcasts text-based SOS messages to your pre-selected contacts along with your GPS location with the press of a single button.
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Wikitude Augmented Reality Browser for BlackBerry 7 Updated

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Augmented Reality browser Wikitude has been updated to version 6.0.13 on BlackBerry App World. Augmented Reality takes advantage of the GPS, magnetometer and camera found in BlackBerry 7 devices to show all sorts of content displayed through your phone’s screen on specific locations.

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RIM is Also Collecting Location of Its Users’ BlackBerrys But Doing it Right

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At the Where 2.0 conference it was announced that Apple was secretly collecting the location of every iPhone and weren’t telling users. This led to a Senate hearing of Apple and Google execs who had to explain themselves and answer to why they are collecting the data without the user’s knowledge. Recently, SmrtGuard decided to do some digging around to see if RIM collects this same data for a BlackBerry, and yes they do. The difference is that RIM does it in a very transparent way that users can opt out of, which is exactly how Apple and Google should have done it.

Many of you have noticed this option but in case you haven’t, go to Options > Device > Location Settings and scroll down a little. There, you’ll see the Enable GPS option with a message that says: “Anonymously collects data to improve the speed and accuracy of future location services.” The intent is pretty clear and RIM is building a database of location data in order to be able to improve their software. RIM is explicit that the data is anonymous and give the user the ability to disable. Again, if Apple and Google had been this open about their location data collection, it probably wouldn’t have turned into such a debacle.

Read more over at SmrtGuard’s Resource Center where they’ll have regular content in the mobile security space.