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Wallpaper Changer HD



Yesterday I jumped on an opportunity to download and install Wallpaper Changer HD for BlackBerry 10. I happen to get a discount code which allowed me to get the application for free which was great. Once the application was installed I was immediately satisfied with the overall look, feel and options of Wallpaper Changer HD.

I posted some screen shots late last night on Twitter via Blaq and got a lot of followers asking me where I got the app and the wallpaper.

I decided to put together a quick demo video to show some of the uses of the app and the options to customize as needed. Check out the video below and I also provided some details and a link to download the application via BlackBerry World.

Right now take advantage of the limited time sale price of 50% off. Wallpaper Changer HD is normally $1.99 so I would jump on this deal quick!

*** LIMITED TIME SALE PRICE 50% OFF! *** Wallpaper Changer HD is now headless, you no longer need to keep the active frame open. (OS 10.2.1 and above)  Always keep your home screen looking fresh and new. Now with the added Super Bar featured Wallpaper Changer is the ultimate home and lock screen customization tool! There is no other app like it. 

Don’t have any wallpapers or looking for some new ones? Download over 100 high-definition wallpaper packs right from within the app!  The Super Bar is a new and unique feature to display additional information below the status bar on your home screen (and on the lock screen). At a quick glance you and see your battery status, weather, date and more.

You can configure many options including disabling the Super Bar to use just the wallpaper function, or you can disable the wallpaper function to just use the Super Bar. 

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Getting Started for BBM for Windows Phone


BBM_FeaturedBBM_FeaturedAre you using a Windows Phone? If so you can download BBM and connect with your friends and family around the world for free.

To help you get started here are a few things you’ll want to know!

Step 1 – Make sure BBM supports your device

In order to install BBM you’ll need to be using Windows Phone 8.0 or later.

To see what version of Windows Phone you are using, complete the following steps.

  1. On Start, swipe left to the Application list
  2. Tap Settings About More Info
  3. Look for the Software field and verify it says Windows Phone 8.0 or later

Step 2 – Download and install BBM for Windows Phone

Using your Windows Phone click here to be taken to the Windows Phone store where you can download BBM.

Step 3 – Sign into BBM using a BlackBerry ID

In order to use BBM, you’ll need a BBID (BlackBerry ID). Simply put, a BBID is an account that serves as your login to BBM on Windows Phone. What’s really convenient is that your BBM contact list and other BBM details are linked to your BBID. With your contact list linked to your BBID, you no longer have to manually backup and restore your BBM contact list when you switch devices.If you don’t have your device on you right now you can still create a BlackBerry ID by visiting

Don’t forget to confirm your email address as well otherwise you will run into trouble if you forget your password and try to reset it. To do this complete the following steps.

  1. Tap BBM-WindowsMenuBBM-WindowsMenu  settings general
  2. Tap your BlackBerry ID and sign in when prompted
  3. Beside the Email Status field, tap Confirm my email
  4. In the BlackBerry ID email that you receive, click the confirm email link and follow the instructions.

In the event you do forget your BlackBerry ID password, check out the following KB articles.

  • KB34776 – Resetting the BlackBerry ID password using the password recovery question for BBM for Windows Phone
  • KB35103 - How to reset the BlackBerry ID account on BBM for Windows Phone if the Password Recovery Answer is unknown

Finally, for those that used BBM on a BlackBerry smartphone in the past, you may be able to restore your contacts provided your BBID was associated with a BlackBerry smartphone running BBM 7.0 or later. If this applies to you, when you log in to BBM using that BBID, you will be prompted to restore your contacts :D

Step 4 – BBM tips!

To make sure you get the most out of BBM here are a few things you’ll want to know.

What is a BBM PIN and how can I find mine?

A PIN is a unique identifier used in BBM that is automatically generated when you log in to BBM for the first time. If you want to invite someone to be a BBM contact, give them your PIN, or ask for theirs. It’s a neat way to connect with people without having to give them personal information like your email address or phone number. You can also add a new contact on BBM by showing them your PIN Barcode (this looks like a QR code), rather than having to type out the PIN number. After your friend scans your PIN Barcode, you’ll be added to each other’s contact lists. Again, no personal information is exchanged, just your unique PINs.

To find your BBM PIN, tap your BBM picture. To view your barcode, tap on your BBM picture followed by tapping BBM-BarCodeBBM-BarCode barcode along the bottom toolbar.

How do I change my BBM name, status or picture?

After signing in to BBM, tap your picture or name along the top banner and do any of the following:

To change your BBM display name andor status:

  1. Tap your display name or picture
  2. Enter your new display name
  3. In the What’s on your mind? field, type a status.
  4. To save your changes, tap BBM-Name-SaveBBM-Name-Save

To change your BBM picture:

  1. Tap on your display name or picture
  2. Tap your current picture and choose one of the following options:
    • Take a photo
    • Albums
    • Sample Pictures
  3. To save your changes, tap BBM-Name-SaveBBM-Name-Save

To change and save a custom status:

  1. Tap on your BBM display name followed by tapping Edit Status Message
  2. Tap BBM-Status-PlusBBM-Status-Plus and type a status that you want to save and use again
  3. To show the busy icon BBM-BusyBBM-Busy beside your name when you select the status, turn on the Show busy icon switch
  4. Tap BBM-Status-SaveBBM-Status-Save
  5. Tap your custom status to use it as your status

To edit or delete a status that you created, repeat step 1 and touch and hold the status

How can I invite my friends to join BBM?

You can add contacts to BBM by scanning a BBM barcode, typing a BBM PIN, or by selecting a contact on your device and sending them an invite via email or text.

  1. On the contacts screen, tap BBM-AddContactBBM-AddContact  add contact  BBM-InviteBBM-Invite invite
  2. Tap one of the following:
    • Invite by Email
    • Invite by SMS
    • Invite by PIN
    • Invite by Barcode Scan
  3. Follow the on screen instructions

To view your BBM contacts or pending invitations, on the contacts screen, tap BBM-AddContactBBM-AddContact and scroll to the sent or received screen.

What do the various icons mean?

During a chat, the BBM-SentBBM-Sent next to a message indicates that your message has been sent. After the message is delivered to your contact’s phone the check mark changes to BBM-DeliveredBBM-Delivered. For example, if you message someone and their device isn’t turned on, your messages will show a check mark until your contact turns on their device again. When your contact reads the message, BBM-ReadBBM-Read appears next to the message.

Some of the other icons you’ll see include:

  • BBM-UnreadBBM-Unread Unread message in a chat
  • BBM-PingBBM-Ping Ping message
  • BBM-FileSentReceivedBBM-FileSentReceived File has been sent or received
  • BBM-BroadcastBBM-Broadcast Unread broadcast message
  • BBM-BusyBBM-Busy A contact has set their status to busy
  • BBM-DraftBBM-Draft Draft message
  • BBM-NotSentBBM-NotSent You message hasn’t been sent yet (Tip: Verify your device is connected to the Internet)

What sounds can I set for BBM?

BBM uses the current sound settings for your device. You can change the volume to adjust how loud the classic BBM tone plays. To customize your notifications tap BBM-WindowsMenuBBM-WindowsMenu  settings notifications.

How do I back up my BBM contacts?

When you sign in to BBM on Windows Phone using a BlackBerry ID, your contacts will be backed up automatically. If you log into a different device using the same BlackBerry ID, you’ll be prompted to restore your contact list.

Can I use BBM on multiple devices at the same time?

BBM supports one device at a time, so avoid installing BBM onto other devices and signing in using the same BBID. If you would like to use BBM on multiple devices, consider creating an additional BlackBerry ID with a separate email address.

Step 5 – Spread the word and get assistance

After getting BBM set up on your device, make sure you check out the invite tools we’ve provided at, or simply share the link and encourage your friends to install BBM :)

In the event you have a question about BBM for Windows Phone, pop by the BlackBerry Support Community Forums or send a tweet to @BlackBerryHelp or @BBM.

To learn more make sure you check out the BBM for Windows Phone user guide as well!

Happy Chatting!

Got a question? Leave a comment and let me know!

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QNX gives a high level overview of BlackBerry’s strengths, QNX Cloud and IoT


In a recent webinar, Steve West, Senior Director of Business Development for QNX Cloud, gave a high level case for why BlackBerry and QNX are well positioned to help facilitate the full potential of the Internet of Things.

At first glance, QNX and BlackBerry might seem like a company with a split personality. BlackBerry has been focused on enterprise, while QNX still seems to be on the consumer side of things with its infotainment systems for automotive. The combined expertise of both companies nicely intersects at the Internet of Things because it combines their relative experience with security, scalability and reliability. In fact, the vision QNX and BlackBerry have for IoT is enterprise at its core and was best showcased in a case study for the Orlando Brewing Company.

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Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 Phone Tips


Here are five must know tips when it comes to using the phone on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

One touch voicemail access

Whenever I set up a BlackBerry 10 device, or a friend asks for a quick tip, I always recommend this! Simply put, this tip really makes checking your voicemail easy because all you need to do is tap the Voice Mail icon or notification and you can hear the message without manually entering your password.

  1. On the home screen, tap the phone icon
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen
  3. Tap FTF-1021-Phone-SettingsFTF-1021-Phone-Settings Settings followed by Voice Mail
  4. Complete one of the following:
    • To set a password for the first time, tap Set Password
    • To update an existing password, tap Change Password
  5. When finished, tap Back to save your changes

After you complete these steps, tap the Voice Mail icon within the Phone app and your smartphone automatically enters your password – brilliant!

Customize your Reply Now messages

You will never again have to excuse yourself from a meeting or conversation to answer the phone. With the Reply Now feature, you can send a caller a brief message instead of answering an incoming call.

By default, if the caller is a BBM contact, the Reply Now message is sent as a BBM message. If the caller isn’t a BBM contact, the Reply Now message is sent as a text message. You can select one of three default Reply Now messages to send to a caller instead of answering an incoming call.

To customize the default Reply Now messages complete the following steps.

  1. In the Phone app, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap FTF-1021-Phone-SettingsFTF-1021-Phone-Settings Settings followed by Reply Now
  3. Tap the message you want to change
  4. Type a new message
  5. When finished, tap Back to save your changes

Block calls

Did you know that you can block all incoming or outgoing calls, even when roaming? Here’s how to do it!

  1. In the Phone app, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Call Blocking
  3. Set any of the switches to On

The first time you turn on Call Blocking, you’ll be prompted to create a password to lock your Call Blocking settings. To change your Call Blocking password, complete steps 1 and 2, and then tap FTF-1021-Phone-ChangeFTF-1021-Phone-Change Change Password.

Note: Contact your wireless service provider for more info on blocking specific phone numbers. Depending on your wireless service provider, this feature might not be supported.

Clear your call log

Recently a friend of mine asked me how she could clear her call log because she didn’t want her significant other to see calls she’d made to a travel agency. Long story short, she was going to surprise her loved one with a trip and didn’t want him to find out because he occasionally uses her device.

So how did we clear the call log? Easy, just open the Phone app, swipe down from the top and tap the Clear Call Log button.

Get notified of phone calls when using Bedside Mode

By default you do not get notified of new messages or incoming calls when Bedside Mode is turned on. To make sure you get notified of a call complete the following steps to hear incoming calls when using Bedside Mode :)

  1. In the Clock app, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Set the Phone Calls in Bedside Mode switch to On

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