Monday, December 27, 2010
So here is a short video explaining how to move and hide icons with a few other quick tips rolled in. If response is good, I will do more :)
Please forgive the slightly out of focus camera. Its a lot harder than it looks :)
Mobile Video Link
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
How to do it:
In the main BBM window, hit the menu key, and select options. Scroll down about halfway and you'll see the contact list backup. To backup locally (to your device) select local. This is a one time thing and will not continually update as you make changes. To backup remotely, select remote backup, then select one of your email address' from the list. Your BlackBerry will send a confirmation email to yourself to confirm its a legit email address (and associated to your BlackBerry).
Friday, November 26, 2010
The icon itself looks like a small safe. When you open this app for the first time, you will be prompted to enter a password twice. It is VERY important that this password is one that you will never forget. This is the password that will protect all you other passwords :-)
Once you have entered your password, you are greeted by an almost blank screen with the only option being to enter a new password. here you will be prompted to enter some information. Enter in a title, username and password and a website (if you want). Save and exit. Use this every time you use a login and eventually you will have all your accounts listed.
I know what you're thinking :-) What happens if you forget your password for password keeper? You get 10 attempts to put in the correct password, after that? They all get erased! This keeps people from "snooping" or "hacking" your BlackBerry in hopes of find out all your secret information.
Now, go grab all those little post-it notes you have with all your passwords on them, and take a few minutes to enter them all in to Password keeper. You never know when it just might save a call to tech support :-)
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
One solution would be to download an app like Quickpull that allows you to reset your BlackBerry with a few button clicks.
But what if you're short on free memory or just don't want another app on your beloved BlackBerry?
Try the 3 fingered reset. This is similar to Windows (ctrl-alt-delete) and can be done on any full keyboard BlackBerry (including OS6).
Hold down the ALT key on the left side of the keyboard, simultaneously hold down the aA key and the Del keys on the right side.
You will see the LED light, and your BlackBerry will automatically start rebooting. When its done, it will be fresh and ready to go!
Please keep in mind that your BlackBerry will be unusable for 2-5 minutes.
Friday, November 5, 2010
In my day to day work travels I have run in to quite a few clients who have a Torch. Oddly enough, most of them knew nothing about Universal search, or that it was even available with OS6. With the amount of OS6 leaks (9700, 9330, 9650,and 9100) in the last week alone, many more users have switched over to the newest OS.
Universal search is a very useful tool that allows you to search your entire phone for a keyword or name directly from your homescreen without even opening an app!
On your homescreen simply type the name or word you wish to locate. Universal search will scan your entire phone looking for that word or name. In the attached picture, I started typing the name Anthony. The displayed results include: Names in my address book, emails, music and ringtones.
You might also notice a few more icons, including a search of Youtube, Google and even Poynt.
This makes finding people, emails and pictures very simple and quick.
Give it try right now on your OS6 phone and leave a comment to let us know if you like this new feature!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Problem is my BlackBerry charges beside my bed and I certainly don't need all that noise when I'm sleeping. Enter Bedside mode. Since OS 4.6 this little known feature is designed to keep your BlackBerry quiet when not required.
How to find it:
Locate the clock icon on your desktop and click on it. The clock face will pop up on your screen. Hit the menu button, and select options. You'll see a similar menu as pictured. Under the while charging menu select enter bedside mode. Once you select this a few extra options will show including the time settings. As you can see from my settings, if I charge my BlackBerry anytime after 11pm it will automatically enter bedside mode.
Now scroll down a little bit in the same clock options screen. These settings tell the phone what to do when in bedside mode. As you can see from the second picture, I disable the LED, dim the screen, and switch my profile to silent. If you check off the disable radio, your phone will not receive and emails, BBM or phone calls. Let's say you wanted to have no emails or messages, but still need to have your phone working? Select the phone only profile instead of silent.
This will keep your BlackBerry quiet when you need it to be, and as soon as you unplug your phone from the charger it goes right back to normal again!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
In the past I have even gone so far as to "loan" a good friend one of my old BlackBerrys to try out for a bit. The result is always the same, a new BlackBerry abuser ;-)
My list of converted folks includes:
My wife, my 2 sons, my BFF and at least 10 or so friends. But never have I ever attempted something like this. My mother just turned 70, and while at her house for her birthday party I noticed her VERY old Nokia flip phone. A couple of years ago, for her birthday I bought a small micro SD card and put some music on it. She plays it every day while walking the dog. But now I was actually considering giving my 70 year old Mom a BlackBerry? Am I nuts? My Mom has never been much of a techie, but she enjoys and adapts pretty well :-D
So I dug out an old BlackBerry 8900, made a quick trip to a local vendor and purchased a new purple (her favorite colour) housing. I spent the night setting it all up for her. Hid the icons she doesn't need, put a cool desktop picture for her and called Rogers to get a data plan put on her line.
The next day, I drove by my moms house and presented my gift. She was even more worried than I was :-)
I swapped out her SIM card and Micro SD card. I also setup her BIS account and her BBM. I then showed her how the phone and music works (as that's what she uses the most). I also quickly showed her how to use the camera.
I left her for a week to feel out the phone, and become comfortable with its operation....
And today, I received a sign that I had done the right thing...
I got a BBM from my Mom!
How cool is that :-)
Friday, October 22, 2010
One of favorite "little" things since OS 4.6 has been the inclusion in the BBM options, to show what music you're listening to. It basically broadcasts the title and artist of the song in your status window for all your BBM contacts to see. It can be quite the conversation starter!
To enable this option, in BBM select your profile. Just below your PIN is a checkbox that says show what I'm listening to.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Simply open the video camera and press the spacebar. This turns the LED flash on. When you're done, simply press the spacebar again to turn it off!
No app required :-D
(note: will not work on the Curve 85xx series nor the Pearl 8100)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
So, I heard him on the radio talking about the party and how he didn't think he was going to try the phone at all. Well, being the BlackBerry addict that I am, I immediately contacted him via Twitter and told him he should really give it a try.
I have since been in contact with him several more times, and it would appear that I have managed to convince him to try it out.
Hmmmmm. I'll let you know how it turns out :-)
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
That day has turned in to a new hobby of mine. I love my BB, and I want to help others love their BB's too!
Check out the full story here: http://crackberry.com/seen-any-blackberry-barcodes-lately-while-out-and-about