Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BBM Update: Makes It Faster, Way Better Than Its Competitor


Increased of 16MB file transfer size can be a stand alone additional feature of this recent BBM update version First time in sharing videos, images and other files to other smartphones or PCs this fast and easy.

With BlackBerry's effort to keep its loyal customers and to win back formers, this blogger thinks they are indeed on the right track in achieving it.

Another added feature brought to us with the update is the more sticker options at BBM shop. A bit disappointment though, because these stickers aren't free. But on the other side of it, this puts a smile to all developers' faces out there. They can at least get something in return for all their efforts in creating something for good, not just to BlackBerry users but to all the BBM community.

To mention a few, WhatsApp's added Russian language and the "many bug fixes" simply prove that quality messenger is BBM's game. If you notice the number of reviews, BBM already got half of WhatsApp's reviews after 7 days since its release. WhatsApp update was released 12th of March.

Noticed about that "Many bug fixes" line from WhatsApp? Well that's a bit of a shame.

Go ahead, open your BlackBerry world now and update your BBM to version For other smartphone users, go to your app store.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Waze - The Best Navigation App There Is

An All In One App

The only navigation app I think, which is really giving accurate traffic infos. And not just that, waze is everything.

Founded in 2008 by 3 Israelis, the app gradually reached popularity and success. Facebook and other big companies in the industry were trying to reach an agreement to buy the app but didn't materialize. Not until last year when Google bought it for $966M.

With the purchase, the app has now become even more useful and accurate with its community-mapping services. Aside from its own database, all users can also contribute information while on the road which basically help make the app up-to-date.

In UAE or in a small city like Dubai in particular, navigation app like this is very much needed especially that Dubai is known for its "everyday-changing-roads" habit. (all for the best roads of course).

With its twitter-like cool blue color, navigating this navigation app is way cooler. Easy to use. Just type your destination and in seconds, the turn-by-turn voice navigation will start to guide you on your journey. It even gives you the best, fast and shortest way possible there is.

The app also functions as "best-buddy" to all fast car drivers out there who are always cashing out to pay traffic fines for overspeeding and other sorts. It warns the users for an installed radar ahead. For long journeys and you ran out of fuel, the app will also give you choices of petrol prices.

It's actually more than an app, waze is a community of road users working for an everyday comfortable and hassle free journey.

And it's free! Tell your mom, pop, grannies and even your friend cabbie, to grab their BlackBerry 10 smartphones and download it now. Available to all other smartphone OSs too.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dubai Architecture: O-14 Skyscraper In Business Bay

Award Winning Engineering Design

Another considered genius humans have ever created, that is like in seclusion; at least for now, in one of the sides of Business Bay in Dubai, and is only seen by few is the O-14. It is not that tall like the world renowned Burj Khalifa but it has the beauty which catches your attention.

The office building seems empty, but now with the on-going, another mega-project of Dubai which is the canal extension, this will be filled then soon.

Photos were taken on a gloomy and sand-stormy day using BlackBerry Z10.

Did you know: that the 1 meter space between the facade and the windows, allows hot air to rise and cool air to come in from below?

The facade is 40 cm thick and made of an extremely fluid concrete. It has 1000 circular openings of various sizes. The building is held up by the core and exoskeleton so the space inside is largely column free.

O-14 is the winner of the 2009 Silver, Emporis Skyscraper Award. O-14 also won the 2010 ACEC National Honor Award for Excellence in Engineering Design. O-14 was the recipient of the best tall building in Middle East and Africa in the best tall buildings awards by Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Still A Long Way For BlackBerry But Is Getting There Again

Introductions And Launches Of New Products

The below releases from Marketwired from the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, is self explanatory. BlackBerry is telling the world that they're in a stage now where "revving up" is the always the phrase of the day.

It was not long ago when John Chen assumed the responsibility as CEO of BlackBerry and look what he has done so far. Chen will likely to receive praises soon; from BlackBerry stockholders to even the naysayers then, because of all these good things he's done to this company.

Two of the world's biggest companies, Daimler AG and Airbus Group adopting the BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES 10) is sending out a big message to everybody, how reliable this Canadian company is, talking about security for one.

The very strategic approach of Chen, like giving more attention to markets like Indonesia, where they are a big hit, will surely bring BlackBerry to where it should be.

BlackBerry will get there soon, again.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Windows Phone Joins The BBM Bandwagon

Another Milestone For BBM

Finally, a move from BlackBerry, Windows and Nokia that catapulted BBM's success. A very good news as well not just to Windows and Nokia users but everybody now, within the BBM community.

With this development, a head to head battle between BBM and Whatsapp, will likely happen soon. :)

But to all Windows and Nokia users, welcome to BMM especially to those who have requested this to happen. Just in case, here is my pin: 24DE95A7.

Press Release

BlackBerry Announces BBM for Windows Phone and Nokia X Platforms
MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2014, BARCELONA--(Marketwired - Feb. 24, 2014) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced that BBM™ will be made available to Windows Phone and Nokia X customers in the coming months.
BBM is a premier mobile messaging platform that offers best-in-class collaboration tools such as BBM Groups, BBM Voice and BBM Channels. BBM users rely on the privacy, immediacy and control that are at the core of BBM.
"BBM continues to grow in popularity as millions of people use our mobile platform for chatting and connecting with friends or colleagues, and we are very excited that we will soon welcome Windows Phone and Nokia X users to the BBM community," said John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions at BlackBerry.
"Today marks an exciting moment for Nokia," said Bryan Biniak, Vice President and GM of Developer Relations, Nokia Corporation. "By bringing BBM to the Windows Phone and Nokia X communities, our customers will be able to experience this popular global messaging app."
Windows Phone and Nokia X customers will soon have access to a comprehensive suite of messaging and collaboration features, including:

  • BBM Chats: Have instant BBM Chats, including a Multi-Chat option, and receive real-time confirmations when messages are delivered and read (Ds & Rs)
  • Personalization: Create a profile that can be easily personalized with profile pictures/avatars and status updates that contacts can see in the Updates area of BBM
  • BBM Groups: Now, with BBM Groups, up to 50 people can be added to the conversation. Chat, share photos and schedules with even more friends
  • BBM Voice: Free voice calls between BBM contacts on Windows Phone, Nokia X, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry anywhere in the world using data or WiFi connection (*Data Plan or WiFi required for BBM Voice)
  • BBM Channels: Join conversations on BBM Channels between people, brands and communities. Create a BBM channel to share thoughts, ideas and passions. Or, subscribe to a channel to join conversations with others who have shared interests.
  • One-click sharing: BBM users on Windows Phone, Nokia X, Android, iPhone and BlackBerry devices have access to fast one-click sharing of photos, documents, voice notes and more
  • New Emoticons: We now have over 100 new emoticons to help people say what they mean and make their point in a fun and visual way.
Pricing and Availability
BBM will be available as a free download from the Windows Phone Store this summer. BBM for Nokia X will be available from the Nokia Store when the Nokia X platform launches.