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BlackBerry 10 OS Update Optimizes Battery and Brings Lots of Fixes

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BlackBerry has pushed a big OS update for the all-new Z10. The update patches bugs, improves the camera in low light, optimizes battery and improves the way the browser handles rich media.
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Play DOOM on your Tablet with DoomGLES for BlackBerry PlayBook

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DoomGLES for PlayBook by Michael Ryssen allows you to play your DOOM .wad files on your BlackBerry tablet. The game comes pre-loaded with the shareware version of Doom but if you’ve bought Ultimate Doom or Doom 2 you can use DoomGLES to play them too.
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BlackBerry Playbook OS Updated to Version 2.0.1

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Playbook owners were greeted with a small update today, bringing the current BlackBerry Playbook OS to v2.0.1.358. The free update can be downloaded over-the-air by either clicking on the update notification or going to settings then update software.

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BlackBerry Master Control Program Version 0.9.3.0 Beta 6 Review

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BlackBerry Master Control Program (MCP) is a power tool that allows you to easily load/save/erase any module you want, take screenshots of your device, turn the radio on or off, synchronize the time on your device to your PC, reset to factory settings (remove IT policies), perform a handheld wipe, optimize (in real time) or install any BlackBerry OS. The latest version is 0.9.3.0 Beta 6 and it’s truly a handy piece of software. The software bills itself as being made for “moderate to advanced” users and I would put myself closer to the moderate end of the scale. Bear this in mind when reading the review.

User Interface

When you boot up MCP, it’s a little overwhelming. The menu structure of MCP is quite unique, with 15 icons that can be toggled with either a left, right or middle click. It’s an interesting approach but I find it’s not the most efficient. It’s not easy to remember what each icon represents, let alone the corresponding mouse action. In general, the menu structure and navigation is really text-based, and that slows down the software. To address this issue, MCP has included shortcut keys. If you right click the MCP tray icon you will see a menu that shows all of the hotkeys for navigation. Personally, I still find these hotkeys difficult to remember, but they definitely help. With a more visual UI and navigation system, everything could be done a lot faster.

To view the list of hotkeys, see the MCP site.
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How To Upgrade Your BlackBerry OS Software 2010 Version

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Since Simon first published How To Upgrade Your BlackBerry OS, there have been a ton of updates and questions from BlackBerry Cool readers, so I thought it would be good to republish with new tips and put everything on a single page.
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Create your own custom BlackBerry web launchers with LaunchPad

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Creating launchers for your BlackBerry is an easy way to get quick access to your favorite websites. With LaunchPad from Tafasa, you can easily create them directly from the application.

All you have to do is say where the launcher is pointing, and LaunchPad will even try and grab an icon from the website for you. If one can’t be found, you can use your own image or an image included with the app.

LaunchPad for BlackBerry features:

  • Pick your own title.
  • Choose an image stored on your device, use the default icon, or try to fetch the icon from the website if it provides one.
  • Simple to use.
  • Ability to have up to 25 web launcher icons on your homescreen at the same time.

LaunchPad is currently on sale for $0.99 from the BlackBerry Cool Store.

Check out more software from Tafasa including puzzle games, PatterLock and some free software.