Is your BlackBerry smartphone nearby when you sleep?

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We all find ourselves somewhat attached to our BlackBerry® devices. Just think about the feeling you get the instant you realize you’ve left it in a cab, at home, or in the office. No email, no BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), no calls, updates or check-ins – no contact with the outside world as you know it!

How did you communicate before your BlackBerry smartphone made it so easy to do so? Can you imagine having to remember somebody’s phone number? Oh, the humanity! Well, maybe it isn’t so apocalyptic, but it’s not a great feeling, as we can all attest. Your BlackBerry smartphone goes everywhere you do, which brings us to the following “Be Bold, Vote” poll:

Cast your vote, and if you have any additional thoughts, feel free to share them in the comments below!

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NFC technology on BlackBerry

Last week I wrote about a new NFC mobile payment option we launched with some of our partners. Today, I wanted to take a moment to give you some more information about NFC (near field communication) and how it will turn smartphones into “smarter phones.”

In a nutshell, NFC is a data transfer. NFC possesses two types of information transfer: emulation or peer-to-peer (P2P). In emulation mode, it allows a user to replicate all activities directly from their NFC-enabled mobile device; in P2P mode, information can be shared back and forth between mobile devices.

One of the coolest things I’ve observed lately is the integration of NFC on devices beyond smartphones and tablets. Recently, Dutch publishing firm Elektor International Media released the first NFC-enabled book: Catch the Sun, a book about ballooning, features NFC tags on its cover and select pages within. When readers with NFC-enabled BlackBerry® devices click a tag located within the book, they are directed to an Elektor-hosted website to get more information about the section of the book they’re reading. I love that this is a meaningful way of bringing technologies like traditional book consumption into a digital age.

With all the possibilities of NFC-enabled BlackBerry devices – such as enhancing foursquare “Check-in Stations” and automating your life – where do you see NFC going from here? Let us know by sharing your opinion in the comments below.

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BlackBerry Fan of the Month - November 2012

It’s officially November, #TeamBlackBerry, and that means its time to crown a new BlackBerry® Fan of the Month (FOTM). This month, we are beyond excited to announce some very special news: we have selected our first FOTM from outside of North America!

Hailing from across the pond, our November FOTM is a true double threat—she rocks both a BlackBerry® Curve™ 9320 and a BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet! While she’s relatively new to #TeamBlackBerry, you can rest assured that she hasn’t wasted any time becoming a go-to BlackBerry expert for other members on @UK_BlackBerry and the BlackBerry UK & Ireland Facebook page.

When she’s not providing help, tips, and tricks to the online community, you can find this dedicated FOTM lending a helping hand to the members of #TeamBlackBerry she meets outside of digital space (more on this later in her interview). With that, it is pleasure to introduce you to our November FOTM, Ange (@Afl2277)! Check out our conversation with Ange below to learn more about her journey on #TeamBlackBerry.

1. How many years have you been on Team BlackBerry?

Just one year.

2. How many BlackBerry devices have you had in total? Could you list them all out for us?

At first I had the BlackBerry Curve 9300. I now have the BlackBerry Curve 9320 and the BlackBerry PlayBook.

3. What are your favorite BlackBerry applications?

On my BlackBerry Curve 9320: Twitter, Facebook and obviously BlackBerry Messenger (BBM™).
On my BlackBerry PlayBook: Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry News. I really like Monopoly as well.

4. What is your favorite BBM emoticon?

I’ve got two favorites, actually: the smiley face and the confused face. I love the confused face.

5. How many BBM contacts do you have?

You’re not going to believe this. You’re going to fall off your chair. I’ve just got two. They are very close friends of mine because I’m a very private person. I mostly talk to other BlackBerry users through Facebook and Twitter.

6. Tell us about the best BBM you’ve ever received. What did it say and who was it from?

This is a special one. It was from a young friend of mine, Petra. She lost her mom a couple years ago, and she sent me a BBM and asked, “Would you be the Mother of the Bride at my wedding? And forever after that, be my mom?” It was such an emotional BBM. Very special.

7. We know you love your BlackBerry Curve 9320. If you could BBM it, what would you say? What do you think it would say in response?

I think I would say, “Hey, what are we going to do today?” And my BlackBerry Curve would say to me, “Shall we go on eBay and get me a shiny new case?”

I do love the cases and covers. I have a blue one and a black one. I like looking at them online and thinking about which one I’d like to get next. I just browse and see if anything takes my fancy. I might like a sparkly case next.

8. You are a huge help to Team BlackBerry members on @UK_BlackBerry and the BlackBerry UK & Ireland Facebook page. Is there one time where you helped a fellow user that really sticks out in your mind?

Well, this doesn’t relate to Twitter or Facebook, but once I started talking to a stranger because I saw she had a BlackBerry and she was experiencing an issue with it. In virtually two minutes, I doubled the amount of memory she had on it. It started working quickly again and she was so pleased.

9. Do you have a favorite BlackBerry tip, trick or shortcut?

I like the radio a lot. I put the radio on one of the side convenience keys, which makes it so easy for me to listen. I have my camera on the other convenience key and I use “L” as a shortcut to get to my calendar.

10. Do you have an all-time favorite BlackBerry memory? We’d love to hear about it!

Yes, when I went to the store to buy my first BlackBerry. I remember opening in the box – it was black with shiny chrome. I just thought, “Wow!” I was in love.

11. Who are your BlackBerry BFFs? Feel free to give them a shout out here!

On Facebook: Eugen, Tim, Corrine, Craig and Jackie.
On Twitter: @furiousguido, kmcooley, @UK_Blackberry, @BBOSJoe and @pushybrice.
I’d like to say hello to Emma from RIM as well!

12. We see that you have the #BB10Believe hashtag in your Twitter avatar – tell us, what are you most looking forward to about BlackBerry 10?

I love the way that the screens move across with BlackBerry Flow – you just slide and you have everything you need. It’s fabulous. And I can’t wait to get the BlackBerry 10 update on my PlayBook!

13. Last but not least, are you prepared to handle the fame that comes with being our Fan of the Month?

Many years ago, I was made the president of a fan club. It was such an honor. This ranked above being made president of that one fan club. I can’t believe it happened. It’s brilliant. I feel so honored to have been chosen – it doesn’t seem real!

Be sure to check out the other awesome past members of the BlackBerry Fan of the Month club, in case you missed ‘em:

JanuaryBrian (@newshutr)
FebruaryIvan (@IvanSHarris)
MarchJane (@photosfromabb)
AprilJosh (@BBbrodyBB)
May - Mark (@AllAboutMyBB)
JuneJT (@AgentBlackBerry)
JulyKimberly (@kmcooley)
AugustMike (@flash0p)
SeptemberJon (@nerdologist_jon)
OctoberGuido (@FuriousGuido)

Keep sharing your FOTM suggestions with us, either by leaving a comment below, tweeting to us @BlackBerry on Twitter, or posting on our Facebook page. Stay tuned – our December FOTM could be YOU!

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NFC on BlackBerry

NFC technology is included in a range of BlackBerry ® 7 smartphones. It can be used to easily set up data transfers, add contacts to BlackBerry ® Messenger (BBM™), or synch up with a BlackBerry ® Music Gateway. But it can make your life easier in many different ways, as demonstrated today by CIBC and Rogers with help from Canadian Olympic medalist and triathlete, Simon Whitfield. Simon made the first mobile credit card transaction at Tim Horton’s, where he purchased a coffee with his BlackBerry ® smartphone.

Here’s a quick video demonstrating how it works:

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This convenient feature is being rolled out in Canada first by our partners CIBC and Rogers. Starting November 16th, the CIBC Mobile Payment™ app will be ready for download and you can start using it to pay for coffee, groceries and other everyday purchases. Simply hold your BlackBerry smartphone up to any contactless payment terminals in merchants across Canada, and your purchase will be made instantly.

The app will be available on two smartphones on the Rogers wireless network – the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone and BlackBerry® Curve™ 9360 smartphone. It will also require a Rogers’ suretap™ SIM card, as these devices have the ability to support secure contactless payments.

If you’re in Canada, swing by Rogers Redboard later today to learn how to get started. This is just the beginning for NFC mobile payments and a glimpse into what you can look forward to in the future. Would you ditch your wallet and use your smartphone to pay for purchases? Let us know in the comments below.

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Retro gaming on BlackBerry

Nostalgia is, quite simply, a bittersweet yearning for things, persons, or situations of past. What inspires your nostalgia? Is it watching reruns of your favorite TV show or an old movie? Is it looking through old photo albums? Maybe it’s finding your first BlackBerry ® smartphone, still tucked away in a drawer after all these years. For everyone, nostalgia is a little different. For this self-proclaimed geek, it’s video games!

Here are a few of my favorite BlackBerry smartphone and BlackBerry ® PlayBook ™ tablet games that tend to inspire a little bit of nostalgia:

  • Air Hockey by Caner Altinbasak: This game may remind you of plugging in the table and chasing flying pucks around the basement or the arcade. This BlackBerry PlayBook tablet version of the classic game gives you fluid gameplay and a realistic feel with cool graphics and sound. You can even challenge your friends to a game with the paid version, Air Hockey Gold ($0.99).

  • Smart Blocks by TechSoft Ventures: What do you say to yourself when faced with more luggage than trunk space? “I was a master at block-stacking puzzle games. I’ve got this.” Smart Blocks will remind you of some of these favorites from your youth and relive some of those good old times on your BlackBerry smartphone.
  • The Bard’s Tale by inXile Entertainment: Whether you played the original (circa 1985) or not, this amazing role-playing game on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is a tough one to put down. Singing and laughter paired with a huge environment to explore made me glad I downloaded this app. Plus, the teen rating on The Bard’s Tale means that you can let your older kids play it as well.

  • Look and Listen by XIMAD INC.: We called this game ‘Simon Says’ or ‘Copy Cat’ back when the buttons actually clicked when you pushed them down. The instructions were simple: Remember the colors and the sequence they appeared. Easy enough, right? Give this relative of the popular game a try on your BlackBerry smartphone today!
  • Super Crossfire by Union: You might remember a little arcade game called Space Invaders that took over the gaming world back in 1978. Now you can relive your youth and blast alien invaders away on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with Super Crossfire.

These are only a few of my favorite games, but I want to hear from some hardcore old school gamers in the comments below. Which of your nostalgia-inspiring favorite games would you put in a Top 10 list?

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Foursquare Explore on BlackBerry

I’m fairly open with social media in my day to day life – especially when it comes to earning badges and checking in on Foursquare, a free app that helps you and your friends make the most of where you are. On a recent trip to New York City, one feature I found particularly useful on the Foursquare for BlackBerry ® smartphones app was Explore. It helped me find the perfect nearby place for a mid-town lunch and pointed me in the right direction to some of the city’s most recommended hotspots.

Until recently, this has only been available to Foursquare users who have signed up for an account, but now it has been updated so that anyone can find the best places nearby by using Foursquare Explore — no signup required. This amazing mobile feature is available first on BlackBerry devices!

Curious how it all works? I got a chance to chat with Pete Nofelt at Foursquare and he wanted to pass this along to our readers:

Recently, we made Foursquare Explore available to everyone at Foursquare.com, even for people who haven’t signed up or checked in. Inspired by the possibility of making Foursquare available to as many people as possible, our BlackBerry team went to work during a company hackday to create a logged-out experience for mobile, too. Starting now, all BlackBerry users can download Foursquare and start searching for amazing places, before they’ve even signed up. Now, anyone can search for “lunch special,” “Thai,” or “spring rolls” using Foursquare Explore on their BlackBerry. Foursquare finds the best places nearby, and shows photos, tips, hours, menus and more to help people decide. Explore gets even more powerful once you sign up for Foursquare and start checking in. We can customize Explore based on what you like, where your friends have been, and show you money-saving specials from businesses you love.

By analyzing nearly 3 billion check-ins and 30 million tips, Foursquare can provide amazing local recommendations for places, even for someone who hasn’t signed up or checked in yet. To help people find the best places, we look at a bunch of signals, like what’s popular in the neighborhood, where the local experts go, the time of day and more. Plus, our search is flexible – you can search for a type of place (‘sushi’), a particular item (‘veggie burger’), or a specific place. Because Explore searches through those tens of millions of tips, Foursquare is designed to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Have you been holding off from using Foursquare because you didn’t want to sign up for a new account, or because you’re new to social media? Now you can use Foursquare Explore on your BlackBerry smartphone and use their extensive database to your advantage. Download the update today and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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BlackBerry apps for Halloween
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If you’ve been reading the blogs lately, you may have guessed I’m a gamer, and you know I love playing games on my BlackBerry ® smartphone or BlackBerry ® PlayBook ™ tablet. When it comes to gaming this Halloween, there are no tricks — only treats. From zombies to snipers to the evil Draky, here are a few of my favorite spooktacular games from the BlackBerry App World™ storefront:

  • Bomberman vs Zombies by Contlex Labs LLP: Be brave and save Planet Earth from Zombie invasion with the help of Bomberman on your BlackBerry smartphone. Use his 5 lives wisely to navigate the earth space, or tap into the app’s bonus features to earn extra lives.

  • Bloody Sniper by Auto Labs: You know those times when you’re walking home late at night and suddenly find yourself in a cemetery being attached by monsters, zombies and skeletons? That’s exactly what happens to our hero in Bloody Sniper. Help Bloody Sniper defeat this band of evil creatures and survive the night with this BlackBerry smartphone app!
  • Draky and the Twilight Castle LITE! by Joyco Games: For those with a Dracula fascination, or want to flex their skills at sparing a couple innocent children from a lifetime in Draky’s evil castle, download this app free for BlackBerry smartphones.

  • CandyMare by NoisyNinja: Flex your skills by navigating through a puzzle of monsters and ghosts on your way to the candy factory. With 60 levels of “candy adventures” and the ability to track achievements, this BlackBerry PlayBook tablet app will keep you entertained until the ghouls and goblins are gone.
  • Night of the Living Dead Defense by Marmalade: If you’re a fan of the cult-classic horror movie Night of the Living Dead, this HD game for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is an excellent pick. Get ready to shoot zombies and save humanity with a host of gameplay features, including multi-screen levels, visible monster paths, and 12 unique upgradable gunners as your backup. The only thing left to do is stay alive!

  • Plants vs. Zombies for BlackBerry PlayBook by Electronic Arts Inc.: My Halloween wouldn’t be complete without Plants vs. Zombies for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Ge ready to knock off a mob of zombies with peashooters, wall-nuts, cherry bombs and more before they reach your front door.

These are only a few of my favorite Halloween-inspired gaming apps for BlackBerry devices. How do you plan to stay safe from zombies and vampires more this Halloween? Shout out your favorites in the comments!

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