Thursday, December 20, 2012

How to add Facebook search to BlackBerry® browser

So I just thought I would give you a lil tutorial on how to search for people, pages, events or groups on Facebook using your BlackBerrybrowser. Why? Well I like to believe that Facebook search is a social search engine and if you wanna look for somebody that's the one place to find them. Yes you could use the Facebook app, but I prefer this method as it gives a better search functionality and options.

What you will need
Facebook account (log in on your browser)
BlackBerry OS7.1 – I have only tested this on my Bold 9900 running OS7.1
BlackBerry Browser search engines
When you open your BlackBerry browser and start searching in the address/search bar on the right end of that bar you might notice the Google icon, this means by default what ever you type in the search bar and search will be searched on Google.

Now in this tutorial we are going to add Facebook Search. As you can see I already have 5 search engines. I actually use 3 there:

Google – almost every 20minutes
Wikipedia – not so much very often
for the rest, I haven't tried to "yahoo" or "bing" something.

Managing your search engines
Now for us to add Facebook on our search engines we will click 'Manage…' (see screen above) and you will get to this:

Next click on 'New Search Engine':

In the name field type Facebook
In the address field type
Press the BlackBerry menu key and save.

Now if you return to your browser and type a search term and click the Google icon to view a drop down list of all your search engines, voila, Facebook is now there.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Foursquare v5.5.8 Released for BlackBerry smartphones

Foursquare has updated their BlackBerry smartphone app this week to v5.5.8. This is a small update but supposedly includes an important fix for location information. Specifically "This release fixes location issue across all supported BlackBerry devices and OS levels" whatever that means.

You can check out the latest version

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Twitter Profile changes on 12.12.12

I'm probably the only tech blogger in the universe who is not using Twitter as a way of communicating with his audience or sending out tweets about new blog posts and stuff all the time. I must have missed Twitter's announcement that new profile pages were being rolled out for all users. Today's announcement that the new profiles would be activated for all users caught my attention however.

This is not such a drastic change as Facebook's switch from regular profiles to Timeline profiles, but it is still worth to be mentioned as it may affect you as well. There are two options that you have in addition to what you were able to do before. The first and probably biggest change is the new header image that is displayed on top of your profile page on Twitter. This looks like this when configured:

If you do not upload a header image until December 12 you will see a gray header area instead where your current Twitter profile icon is displayed in.

To add the header image on Twitter click on the options button next to search and there on the settings link in the context menu. You can alternatively click on this link here to be taken there directly.

Click on change header and pick a header image for your Twitter profile page. Twitter recommends that the header has a size of at least 1252×626 pixels. You can zoom in or out of the uploaded header image and move it around a bit until it fits perfectly. Once done refresh your profile page and you should see the new header live on site.

You may also want to click on design while you are in the settings to modify the design of your profile page to reflect the change. Here you can pick one of the preset themes for the page or upload a custom background and pick the background position, color and link color manually instead.

The new profile will be available and editable on all supported devices.

It is a slim change in my opinion, nothing as major as Facebook's Timeline profile. It should not really irritate a lot of Twitter users when they first come into contact with the change. What's your opinion on the change?
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Appcelerator Titanium Pre-release for BlackBerry 10 Now Available! Webinar Next Week

RIM has once again delivered on time as they promised last week. They said that Appcelerator Titanium would be available for BlackBerry 10 in pre-release format on December 7th and here it is. In an announcement on the DevBlog they say developers can leverage Titanium's cross platform native experience to create a Built for BlackBerry app and qualify for many benefits including:

Qualifying Built for BlackBerry Applications are eligible the 10k Developer Commitment with a guaranteed one year revenue of $10,000 USD
The first 1,000 participating developers to submit an app to BlackBerry App World which is created with the Titanium for BlackBerry 10 will receive a free BlackBerry Dev Alpha for testing*
Up to 10,000 developers will get  free Appcelerator Cloud Services and Analytics (Terms and conditions apply)
Register for the offer at They also have a webinar going on titled "Developing on Blackberry 10 with Titanium" on Thursday December 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm EST. Register Now!

Source; berryreview
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RIM Pitches BlackBerry 10 Deal to Businesses

With the launch of its BlackBerry 10 platform fast approaching, Research In Motion has begun a full court press to spur adoption in a stronghold it's now losing to Apple and Google: Enterprise.

The company on Thursday announced BlackBerry 10 Ready, a new program intended to woo business customers to its new platform. Enrollment gets participants online training, a free BlackBerry 10 smartphone and the opportunity to trade up their BlackBerry Enterprise Server licenses.

That last offering is an important one, allowing companies transitioning to RIM's new platform to swap their existing BES licenses for new BES 10 licenses at no cost on a one-for-one basis. BES licenses aren't cheap. So RIM's offer of a free upgrade will likely appeal to some — particularly corporate holdouts that still subscribe to the "you will use a BlackBerry and that's an order" view of employee empowerment.

But these days, such firms are becoming fewer and fewer. As we've noted here before, the "bring your own device" era has given Android and iPhone serious traction in the enterprise market that RIM once dominated. And while promotions like BlackBerry 10 Ready will certainly garner interest, how much can they actually reverse a trend as seemingly powerful as the consumerization of IT?

Source; allthingsD
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BlackBerry 10 Hub: Notifications, Texts, Emails and More [VIDEO]

With the BlackBerry 10 launch event coming up, you've been asking to see more and more of BlackBerry 10. To provide you with some more background on the BlackBerry Hub, I met up with Patrick Murtha, Director, Portfolio Product Strategy here at BlackBerry to show me around.

The BlackBerry Hub is the single place for you to manage your conversations. From BBM and email to phone calls and social networks, they're always just a gesture away from anywhere in BlackBerry 10. It was designed to give hyper-connected people control over their conversations. Earlier this week you voted and it looks like messaging of all sorts is what you use your BlackBerry smartphone for most often. This will make the BlackBerry Hub the perfect fit in your lifestyle.

Find out from Patrick what makes the BlackBerry Hub stand out and why BlackBerry fans will appreciate the experience in our video interview below.


Via; Inside BlackBerry® Blog

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

How to unlock a BlackBerry®

How to enter mep code in Blackberry
First you will need your BlackBerry Torch 9850 / 9860's Unlock Code (MEP code)
You can get your unlock code a number of ways

1) Call your carrier and request an unlock code, (tell them you're going overseas for a better chance of getting it)

2) You can INSTANTLY get your Unlock Code from @fortneyland95

Once you have your TORCH 9850 / 9860's unlock code, you just need to enter it following these simple steps.

1) Insert an unaccepted SIM card – one that's not from the network your phone is locked to.

2) Select yes when prompted if you want to enter an unlock code

3) Enter your TORCH 9850/9860's unlock code.

You will not receive a “Code Accepted” messages or anything of the like, 
but your phone will stand at the homescreen. *

Wait a few seconds and it should connect to the network carrier that the inserted SIM card is from. 

 Easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

or you can enter your unlock code like this

1) Go to Options -> Device -> Advanced System Settings -> Sim Card

2) Press and Hold the ALT key and type the letters "mepe" (without the quotes, you will not see anything on the screen when typing)

(If the ALT key is not showing on your keyboard hold down the 123 key it will switch to the numeric keyboard with the ALT locked down)

3) Once you see the Personalization Screen type "mep [alt] 2" (without the quotes, you will not see anything on the screen when typing). 

You should be prompted for the code. If you're not prompted for the code, Press and Hold the ALT key and type MEP2

4) Enter the provided unlock code

it's recommend to do a Battery pull after unlocking your Blackberry

Now you're free to use your BlackBerry TORCH 9850 / 9860 with any GSM network worldwide!

 Blackberry unlock instructions for Most models.
(83xx Curve, 8700, 8800,8900 Curve / 9000 Bold and Most other Models)
1 - Using the menu go to Settings Menu -> SIM card press select.
2 - While holding the SHIFT key, type mepd
3 - You should now see the five locking categories listed.
4 - While holding the SHIFT KEY, type mep2.
5 - Release the shift key.
6 - You are now prompted to enter the Network MEP code
     (it will also state how many attempts left)
7 - Enter the code
8 - Enter Return/Enter
9 - The device should then be unlocked
Model : Blackberry 9530 Storm
1. Insert any SIM card and turn ON your Blackberry.
2. Turn OFF all the wireless connections.
3. Go Back One Step by Pressing the Back Key.
4. Go to Options
5. Select SIM card.
6. Press the Menu Key and select "Show Keyboard".

7. Tilt the phone in Horizontal Position so that the Keyboard is displayed in the Landscape Mode.
8. Type MEPD [you will not be able to see the typed info].
9. Then enter MEP2
10. Now your Blackberry will ask you to enter network MEP code
11. Enter the Unlock Code provided by us to you and Press the Enter Key on the Screen.
12. It will now say "Code Accepted'.
13. Congratulations! Your phone is now unlocked. Now your phone can be used with any GSM Network with SIM Card.
14. Go back to the Home Screen. Press the Menu Button and click on Manage Connections.
15. Turn all the Connections ON.The phone will now reboot and ''Activation Required'' will no longer be displayed.
Model : BlackBerry Bold 9000 & Torch
1) Make sure your SIM card is NOT inserted into the device.
2) Turn on the phone and click the "Manage Connections" icon. Choose the option "Turn off all connections." The cellular radio will be turned off.
3) Go back to the Home screen and click the "Options" icon and select "Advanced Options."
4) Scroll down and select "SIM Card" from the list.
5) Press the following keys in order: (M) (E) (P) (E)
6) A prompt will appear asking for the unlock code. Input the 16-digit code exactly.
9) Reboot your device.
10) Re-enable the cellular radio
Model : Curve, 8300, 8310, 8320, 8800, 8820
Must be done without a sim card inserted & wireless radios must be turned off.
1. Go to settings.
2. Go to options.
3. Go to advanced options.
4. Go to sim card.
4. Hold the ALT Key while typing in MEPE or MEPD or MEPPE or MEPPD ( not case sensitive ) ( you will not see text appear on screen while typing ).
5. It will say "Enter Network MEP Code, then you type in the unlock code, press in the trackball to confirm.
6. Your phone is now unlocked.

Model : Blackberry Storm (9500)
1. Insert any sim card
2. Turn off all of the wireless connections
3. Go to Options
4. Select Advanced Options
5. Select SIM Card
6. Hit menu select show keybord
7. Enter mepd (you will not be able to see the typed info)
8. Enter mep2
9. Now it will say enter network mep code
Model : BlackBerry 8700
Go to the Menu -> Options -> Advanced Options -> Sim card press select, while holding the Shift key (bottom right corner CAPS), type mepd. You should now see the five locking categories listed, while holding the alt key, type mep2. Release the alt key. You are now prompted to enter the Network MEP code. Enter the code, enter Return/Enter, the device should then be unlocked.
Model : BlackBerry 8800
***** You must have a SIM card in your phone to complete these steps ( Can be active or inactive ) *****
1 - Go to settings menu => and then Options
2 - Select Advanced options => and then Sim card
3 - Type MEPD using your Blackberry keyboard (NOTE: You will not see any text appear on the screen while typing MEPD)
4 - Hold the ALT Key while typing in MEPE on your Blackberry keyboard (NOTE: You will not see any text appear on the screen while typing MEPD)
5 - You should be presented with a prompt "Enter Network MEP Code". Type in the 16 digit unlock code received from and press in the track wheel / jog dial to confirm
6 - Your phone is now unlocked
Model : 81xx, 82xx Pearl and other sure-type handsets
1 - Go to Options Menu => Advanced Options
2 - In the SIM Card menu, hold down the shift (right of the zero, cap) press meppd
3 - You'll see the unlocking level screen there you hold the ALT key (left side below @) type mepp2
4 - Enter the unlock code.

Model : BlackBerry 8100 (Vodafone Australia)
This procedure unlocks the handset from being network restricted from only using SIM cards from Vodafone Australia. In case of difficulties, please refer to the FAQ listed below
1. Take note of the unlocking code shown above
2. Insert a Non-Vodafone Australia working SIM card.
3. Ensure the phone is charged and then switch the phone on.
4. Optional Step: If the SIM card has a PIN, enter your PIN number. (See FAQ below)
5. The phone will then display a message. The most common is "Invalid SIM card". (Different message? See FAQ below)
6. Select "Turn Wireless Off"
7. Select "Settings" Menu , then go to Advanced Options > SIM Card
8. Type alt-MEPT by holding the ALT-key and typing the letters MEPT with multitap i.e. type hold ALT, type {M}{ER}{OP}{OP}{TY}
9. When prompted with "Enter Network MEP code (255 left)" on the screen, enter the 16-digit network unlock code provided for your phone, then press Enter. (Unlocking code is shown above)
10. Reset the phone by pulling the battery
11. Switch the phone on and the handset will be unlocked automatically. This will be confirmed if you can make and receive calls with the Non-Vodafone Australia SIM card. (You will need reception and phone credit with the different network provider)
Please Note:
If the unlocking code is entered incorrectly the next attempt to unlock the device will be delayed for 10 seconds increments. The number of unlocking attempts is limited to 255 tries only. When 255 attempts is reached the phone will be permanently blocked.
To unblock the phone, it must be taken to a RIM service centre. No outgoing calls including emergency call is possible when the phone is blocked.


Question: My phone asks to enter a PIN number
Answer: For SIM cards with PIN ENABLED you will be required to enter a PIN. This is not the unlocking code that has just been provided. For information concerning the PIN, PIN2, PUK and PUK2 codes for a SIM card please read the manual that came with your phone or contact your carrier. This is not a handset unlocking issue.
Question: Nothing happens when I type MEPD / MEP2
Answer: Try the following: (note the characters will not appear on the screen when typing the characters)
1. Put any SIM card in the handset. Can be active/inactive. If you already have a SIM in the handset, try a different SIM from a different carrier/provider.
2. Go to Wireless Connections in the main menu and turn off all connections, then follow the unlocking procedure again.
3. Ensure in the personalisation list the NETWORK option is ACTIVE (this means the phone is locked as the network lock is active) if it does not, check the phone is not already unlocked by putting in a SIM from a different carrier.
Question: BlackBerry Storm 9500/9530 - I am having problems entering MEPD and MEP2
Answer:  Due to the fact you can't see what you're typing in the hidden menus, you should keep trying. For every attempt you must exit the menu before trying again. We recommend hovering over the correct character and then when you can see the correct character light up blue, then click the screen.
Also ensure there is a SIM card in the phone and try the procedure again. This can be any active/inactive SIM card from any network.
Question: I've successfully unlocked the handset but cannot use BlackBerry Data/Web/Email services
Answer: You will need to contact your carrier and ensure you have a working BlackBerry Internet Service / Bolt on attached to your tariff and that the BlackBerry has registered on their network. This usually is an extra cost and gives you access to the BlackBerry data services. If you already have this service, ask your network to ensure the handset is properly registered and ask them to send the 'Service Books' to the handset which will update any settings you have in the handset. Most carriers have a dedicated BlackBerry support team.
Tip: The following procedure can sometimes kicks the network into action - Options > Advanced Options > Host Routing Table > BlackBerry Logo Button > Register Now
Question: I've received more than one code from you, which one do I use?
Answer: Enter each code until you see the 'Code Accepted' message. Only one will be the correct unlock code. You should have 10 attempts to enter the correct code.
Question: My phone only shows 3 tries left and you have sent me more than 3 codes
Answer: Please contact us using the contact form and let us know this as we may need to read your phone with a small application to verify the 1 correct code or suggest what codes from our experience depending on your model.
Question: My phone shows 0 tries left when asking for the MEP code
Answer: If you have received this message, this means that 10 attempts at entering the correct unlock code have been used. Unfortunately in this circumstance the only way to unlock the handset is via a hardware solution
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