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Don Berzley

Don Berzley

Co-Founder of OSBB. BlackBerry 10 app developer. Father of a son with Cystic Fibrosis.

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Tutorial: Using LocalBar2 Via BlackBerry and PlayBook

When the playbook first launched, many of us were relieved to see a great tool called LocalBar hit the internet. LocalBar allowed us to sideload apps to our PlayBook without the use of a USB cable between the PlayBook and our computer. However when OS2 became available, LocalBar was blocked by RIM and ceased to function.

Well our disappointment is over, LocalBar2 is here. It works much like the first incarnation in that it allows .bar files on the PlayBook to be installed from the device, but requires a proxy to run. This can be done by installing a proxy app on your computer, your BlackBerry smartphone or even using and installing to another PlayBook. The key is that all devices being used have to be on the same wifi network.

First step is to download and and sideload LocalBar2 via computer to your Playbook. Next step is to install a proxy on either your computer or your BlackBerry Smartphone. For this tutorial I am using my BlackBerry Bold 9930 as the proxy.

Start the Proxy on your BlackBerry Smartphone (or computer).

Open the LocalBar2 app up on your Playbook and you will get this screen.

On the left hand side will be any bars that are downloaded onto your Playbook in your Downloads folder, highlight the one you want to install.
Next Enter your proxy IP into the Proxy Address box. Then, enter your developer password you set on your Playbook.
Click Install and let the PlayBook do the rest.

You now have successfully Sideloaded an app to your Playbook using LocalBar2.

To install from one Playbook to another is similar to the steps above. Click on the tab that says “Other Device”.
You will be presented with this screen

Make sure the device you are installing to is in Development Mode and enter the IP address of the other device into the Remote Address box.
Highlight the bar you want to install.
Enter the other devices Developer password into the Other device’s password box.
Click Install, and let the PlayBook do the rest.

You have now installed a bar from one Playbook to another using LocalBar2.

Download LocalBar2 and Proxy app for BlackBerry Here

Special Thanks to Yohan for this great Application.

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More Bang for Your Buck: Verizon Wireless Offers Cost-Effective Smartphone App Pack

With so many apps available on today’s smartphones, Verizon Wireless is giving customers a simple approach to get some of its most popular apps, including NFL Mobile Premium, Verizon Video, VZ Navigator®, Visual Voicemail, Usage Controls and a Ringback Tones subscription in one bundle for one low monthly price.

For a limited time, customers who sign up for the Smartphone App Pack will get all six apps for $12.99 – which is less than purchasing the apps individually. If customers already have one or more of the apps, they can get the bundle with additional apps at little to no additional cost. Smartphone customers must also have a data plan.

Purchase the Smartphone App Pack now and get access to the following features:

Live streaming of Super Bowl XLVI: For the first time ever, the Super Bowl will be streamed to select smartphones via NFL Mobile, only from Verizon.

Power of Control: Visual Voicemail allows subscribers to view caller and voicemail information and listen to voicemail messages with ease. Account owners can manage wireless usage with various settings and tools offered through Usage Controls.

High-Quality Video Entertainment: Verizon Video gives customers access to more than 250 current, full-episode TV shows from all the major broadcast networks and popular cable channels.

Smarter Navigation: VZ Navigator’s voice-guided directions enable customers to travel with confidence whether they’re in a familiar place and need to get around more efficiently or exploring new territory in a car or on foot.

Customers can sign up for the Smartphone App Pack through My Verizon on many Android™, BlackBerry® and iPhone handsets. Once customers add the bundle, they will be messaged with a link to download the latest versions of each app. For more information on Verizon Wireless’ Smartphone App Pack, please visit

Source: Verizon Wireless

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Why I Choose BlackBerry

Working in the cellular industry, I hear the question everyday. "Why do you use a BlackBerry? They are slow and can't do what a Droid or an iPhone can do!" I can answer that question in four simple words...BlackBerry works for me!

I use my phone for one purpose. Communication. Which surprisingly is what phones were designed for in the first place. I make phone calls, text, and email with my BlackBerry. Sure, I can do all of that with another platform, but not with the efficiency that I can do them with a BlackBerry. Push notifications from the BIS servers mean that my emails are delivered almost instantly to my device, without the battery drain caused when a device "pulls" from a mail server.
Ahh battery, sweet BlackBerry battery. I can average 12-15 hours on one charge, with moderate to heavy usage. No other platform can touch that.

What about apps? Sure I have apps. And lots of them, about 40 - 45 on my device as I write this. But, I only use about 5 on a regular basis, and those are the essential productivity apps to help me throughout the day.

“BlackBerry is a dead company.” Really? Research In Motion (BlackBerry) has no debt, a 33% increase in subscribers over last year, and are still a very profitable company. Too often, today's media outlets and bloggers do very little research on the topics on which they are reporting. They hear one negative about a company and scrutinize everything that company does. One lesson I learned when younger was to believe none of what you hear and only half of what you read!

So for now I will stick to my great BlackBerry Bold 9930 and continue getting through my day, productively, and with a battery to sustain me.

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Back up and restore to/from your SD card in OS7 with Device Switch

Backups, backups, backups. Probably one of the most important things we need to do with our Blackbery. How you backup your device information is up to you. RIM offers several options for you to save all that precious information that you store on your phone; Desktop Manager, Blackberry Protect and now with the newest 7.0 and 7.1 operating systems, Device Switch app built into your phone.

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Bubble Bash 2 Review (user submitted)

First off I would like to say that those who make reviews on BlackBerry AppWorld, should tell the truth. STOP FABRICATING! I would not have downloaded this game because of the reviews if I didn't listen to my "gut instincts". With all that said, I am happy to do an honest review on a game that was a complimentary gift from a company who cares about its consumers. :)

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Official 9930 OS Verizon

As predicted earlier this week by team OSBB Verizon is pushing out an update to the Bold 9930.

According to the PDF both PTT and NFC are enabled on this update. If you are to eager to wait (like me) you can download here:

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ScoreLoop SDK in Betazone

Some members of betazone can now download the Scoreloop SDK. Sound off and lets us know if you have it.

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BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB placed on the “to be discontinued” list

At last count RIM reported BlackBerry PlayBook sales reached 700,000 in 6 months. This number is certainly not up to par with all the other tablets that saturated the market in the last year, but RIM always stated the PlayBook is the “world’s first professional-grade tablet”. The price points of all models recently received a price drop, which was well accepted, but owners are still waiting for native email, calendar and contacts to appear. The last rumour was from Bloomberg’s sources who pegged a September availability for these features.

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Research In Motion Offers Free Premium Apps to Customers Following Service Interruptions

Waterloo, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) announced today that a selection of premium apps worth a total value of more than US $100 will be offered free of charge to subscribers as an expression of appreciation for their patience during the recent service disruptions. The apps will be made available to customers over the coming weeks on BlackBerry® App World™ and will continue to be available until December 31, 2011.*

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