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Is Your PlayBook Having Problems Updating Today? Server May Be Having Issues

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We got a tip today that the servers used for updating the PlayBook may be having some issues today. If you’re trying to update your PlayBook and you’re getting an error that says “could not connect to update server” you’re not alone. According to the support forums, there are at least a few other users having this issue and hopefully it gets resolved soon.
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First Look: Updated BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat

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Today at the BlackBerry Innovation Forum we got a look at the updated Video Chat app for the PlayBook that will come with OS 2. The video chat UI has been updated and the major change is being able to enter a BlackBerry PIN rather than just the BlackBerry ID. More after the jump.
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PlayBook OS 2.0 Screenshots Shows Native Email, Calendar and Social Features

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A Chinese blog has leaked screenshots of the upcoming PlayBook OS 2.0. The blog claims the leak comes from one “berry person” who on Sina, claims to be a “Southern District Sales Manager”. That’s pretty brazen considering how risky it is to your job to leak. Continue reading for screenshots and details.
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First Impressions of BlackBerry 7: Great Performance, Better Web Browser and More

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BlackBerry 7 looks just like OS 6 but the software performance is tweaked and the overall experience is much faster. When you’re browsing the homescreen and switching between screens, the device performs really well. One of the downsides of OS 6 was the lag you experienced when perusing the apps; but this is gone now. BlackBerry 7 also brings with it the new APIs that will help developers make more engaging apps such as Augmented Reality apps. Another major advantage in BlackBerry 7 is the updated web browser. Browsing on a BlackBerry 7 device is much faster and the browser is around 40% better than the browser with BlackBerry 6.

The real downside to all of this is that there are still a few major issues we have with the BlackBerry Platform and its user experience that are simply not addressed in the latest OS. For example, the devices still take a long time to boot up and downloading apps still makes your device nearly unusable. Alsop, while it’s great to see new APIs being released for BlackBerry 7, there doesn’t seem to be any news around improving the developer tools. BlackBerry developers are still stuck with some major frustrations such as having to use the awful simulators.

Click through for a few reasons why you should or should not care about BlackBerry 7.
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IM+ by SHAPE Updated with Neighbors Service and Russian Support

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SHAPE Services let us know that IM+ for BlackBerry has been updated to version 9.0 and this most recent update brings a lot more features for Russian users. The IM+ app has been a very popular download as it lets you connect all of your favorite IM services and interact with them in a single application. In this most recent update, IM+ features:

  • Neighbors service is out of beta
  • VKontakte & Yandex IM services are now supported
  • IM+ is now also offered in Russian
  • SMS+ service is no longer supported
  • Bug fixes and performance optimization

The neighbors service is really interesting as it offers users the opportunity to find new real life connections and friends with common interests.

Head over to the SHAPE Services site for more information and download.

Chatmosphere IRC ChatFinder App Updated (Free 14 Day Trial)

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Mobile Ventures has released a new version (2.0.35) of their app ‘Chatmosphere IRC ChatFinder’. The app gives you access to over 200.000 chatrooms from your BlackBerry and indexes a wide selection of global IRC chat servers. In the latest version, you’ll find:

  • Added history scrolling (OS6 handsets only)
  • Bigger chat screen – User list moved to menu
  • Keyed channel support
  • Registered nick support
  • Performance update & bugfixes

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