Tuesday, November 30, 2010

P.S.A. Remote backup your BBM contacts!

Sure, you all take a few mins of your week to plug your BlackBerry into your computer to do a backup RIGHT? :s

What would happen if you lost your BlackBerry? Or if it got stolen? No backup? Ouchy! A quick device switch with no backup means you loose everything.

If you're like most people, you store your email on a computer, so there is a copy available somewhere. But what about BBM? The thought of losing all your contacts on BBM is a terrifying thing! Did you know there was an option to backup all your BBM contacts remotely. (for free!)

Since the release of BBM 5.0 buried in the options menu of BBM, there is a remote backup option. You can do either a local backup or a remote backup using one of the email address' that come to your BlackBerry.

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).

Once this is done, you will be able to transfer your BBM contact list from one device to another quickly and easily via the remote restore feature. You'll never be without your BBM BFF's ever again :-D

Friday, November 26, 2010

Password keeper...the little APP that can!

Let's face it, the further we go in to the digital age, the more time we spend online.  Spending more time online means more accounts,  more login information, and more passwords.  There is little we can do about it though.  Sure you could make all your logins and passwords the same, but while that may be simple, it is certainly not very safe.  However, having so many different logins and password can be confusing and hard to keep track of.  In my experience with friends, most people don't keep proper track of this very important information.  Some of these you may only need every so often, for example, when setting up a new computer.  Others you may use weekly, or daily at work.  Trying to keep them straight is the trick.  Enter the little APP that can: Password keeper!  It's already on your BlackBerry, and you probably didn't even know it.  It comes pre-installed, and makes its home inside the Applications folder.

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

3 fingered reset

Let's face it, BlackBerrys aren't perfect. Sometimes they act funny, or just plain do weird stuff. Most people know that when your BlackBerry goes nuts, the solution is simple: Pull the battery. It's simple, and effective. But what if your BlackBerry has a protective case on it? It can be a real chore to remove the case, pop off the battery cover and pull the battery.

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

OS6 and Universal search

This week has been a VERY good week for OS6 leaks for BlackBerry handsets, so I figured now was a good time to talk about one of my favorite features of the new OS: Universal search!

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!