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Is There Any Real Use for Tablets Anymore?



On April 30, 2013 then BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins had some serious questions about the future of tablets. “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg. That statement alone rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, especially those supporters of the Blackberry Playbook and other tablet devices. 

I mention that statement because as the years have gone by, smart phones have continued to get smarter and bigger in size. Some of today’s largest smart phones/phablet’s have even reached the 6″ mark in size which is much to be said about the current direction of smart phones. 

With the current selection of 5-6″ smart phones on the market and the emergence of faster and more powerful processors, a majority of smart phones now pack the punch to directly compete and actually out perform most tablets on the market today. 

I have a total of 3 tablets ( iPad Mini, Nexus 7 the Playbook ) in which I haven’t had a use for any of them in more than 3-4 months. With the recent addition of the BlackBerry Passport to my smart phone family, I have all but abandoned my tablets as there is no real need or want to actually use any of them other than to keep them charged in case I have to demo product software. 

My son uses his Nexus 7 for nothing more than a gaming system and uses his Playbook occasionally as multimedia device. As a 13 yr old, his use case scenarios for tablets is very much different from what I would use a tablet for. I find myself way more productive on my BlackBerry Passport than I can ever be on my iPad Mini or Nexus 7. 

I may be in the minority here, but there is NO way I can see myself investing in another tablet in the near future. Id rather spend the extra money and get me a decent laptop in which I have no limitations as far as productivity and or invest in a new smart phone of my choice. The tablets of today all seem the same, nothing different bringing the same amount of options as the rest; Movies, Games, Facebook, Twitter etc…I can do all that and more on my BlackBerry Passport while truly remaining mobile. 

If mobile computing is really the future are tablets included?  Leave your comments below and let us know what you think.

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Five Tip Friday – Holiday Edition


With the holidays fast approaching I wanted to share some tips that help you stay organized and get the most out of your device during this busy time of year!

Whether it’s planning events with family and friends, capturing recipes for holiday baking, or taking family pictures, hopefully one of these tips can help you out over the holidays :D

BBM Groups

BBM Groups are a great way to stay organized over the holidays. You can add events to a group calendar, discuss menu items for a party using group chat, and share pictures with everyone in the group. Without BBM Groups I’d be lost – if you haven’t already tried out this useful feature, make sure you do!

Creating a BBM Group is really easy too. Simply open BBM, select Groups along the bottom and tap the Create Group button in the top right corner of your screen. After setting a group name, picture and description, invite some of your family and friends and start planning your holiday activities!

To learn more about BBM Groups check out this video overview to help you get started!

BlackBerry Remember

Another great app for capturing useful information in one place (on your device) is BlackBerry Remember!

Using this app you can create tasks and notes and organize everything just the way you like. One of my favorite features within BlackBerry Remember is the ability to share content I am viewing on my BlackBerry 10 device with BlackBerry Remember. This is really handy when I am browsing an online store and come across a gift I want to get for someone or a recipe I am going to surprise my family with over the holidays.

You can also share pictures with BlackBerry Remember, which I find really handy if I’m shopping with someone and spot a great gift idea that I can’t get right then and there. To do this, just tap the Share option and select Remember.

BlackBerry Remember also provides integration with your various email accounts and, if you added an Evernote account to your device, you can access your Evernote notebooks in the Remember app and sync your Remember folders to Evernote.

To learn more about BlackBerry Remember check out the Help app on your device

Capture perfect pictures using Time Shift and edit later

If you aren’t familiar with Time Shift, you’re going to love this! This feature allows you to adjust a photo after taking it, meaning the next time you snap a family picture and someone blinked, you can adjust their expression, thus preventing the need to capture more photos!

For those using a BlackBerry 10 device with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1, a new feature was added that allows you edit Time Shift pictures later which comes in handy when you are snapping a lot of family photos!

To use Time Shift mode, open the Camera, tap ftf_3dotftf_3dot followed by ftf_timeshiftftf_timeshift. After capturing a picture, you can adjust everyone’s expressions right away by tapping on their face and adjust the slider along the bottom of screen, followed by tapping ftf_checkftf_check.

As mentioned earlier, if you are using BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3, you’ll notice this icon ftf_editlaterftf_editlater in the top corner, which, when tapped, will allow you edit the picture later. To adjust the photo later, open the Pictures app and you’ll notice any Time Shift photos that can be adjusted will display the Time Shift icon on top of them.

To learn more about Time Shift open the Help app on your device and search for Time Shift.

BlackBerry Assistant, the perfect Holiday companion!

Introduced in BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3, BlackBerry Assistant can help you perform a variety of personal and work tasks using natural language. This is really convenient for those that will be spending a lot of time driving to spend time with loved ones over the holidays.

To help keep you focused on the road, BlackBerry Assistant, when paired with a Bluetooth enabled device, will provide more detailed information and instructions so you don’t have to look at your device’s display.

To try out BlackBerry Assistant right now, press the Mute key on the side of your device and, to learn about what you can do, tap ftf_assistantftf_assistant or review the Help app on your device.

Add locations to calendar invitations

If you are planning an event with family and friends you can add the location to your calendar invitation. Doing so will allow anyone who receives the invitation to view the location on their device, with a single touch, using the Maps app. Best of all, you can use the Maps app on your device to search for a location or enter an address manually!

To try this feature out, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Calendar app and tap Add
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To type a location manually, in the Location field, type a location
    • To open the Maps app and choose a location, in the Location field, tap ftf_locationftf_location

Let me know in the comments if you’re using these features or if you have any other tips for staying organized over the holidays!

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BlackBerry Classic, Is It For You?




The launch of the new BlackBerry Classic smart phone is less than 7 days away. The event will be held in New York City, Frankfurt and Singapore on December 17th, 2014.

There are a lot of people who are very interested in what BlackBerry has to offer with the new Classic as it will bring back that most loved trackpad having the look and feel of what was arguably one of the most  popular BlackBerry devices, the Bold 9900.

I had a chance to play with the Classic and I must say that I was very impressed with the overall design and build of the phone. I also instantly fell in love with the keyboard as it brought back some deep-rooted feelings that I had for my old Bold 9930.

The Classic will come with the BlackBerry 10 OS also preloaded with the Amazon Appstore as well. With  a price tag of $449 via ShopBlackBerry ,If you are looking for a phone that will satisfy your app cravings while keeping you 100% productive, then I would suggest this phone as a choice.

Pre order your BlackBerry Classic today and join in on #INeedMyBB at

Here are some features for the BlackBerry Classic;

  • The ‘Menu’, ‘Back’, ‘Send’ and ‘End’ buttons and trackpad will be made an integral part of the device and user interface, enabling fast, precise navigation and a natural workflow within and between apps.
  • The best email service including features like BlackBerry Hub, where you can access all your messages in one place, and enterprise connectivity with BES10.
  • The BlackBerry Classic smart phone will include a generous 3.5” touchscreen, the largest display yet on a QWERTY BlackBerry smart phone, giving you more space for viewing messages, browsing Internet and intranet sites and accessing other apps.
  • The smart phone will be crafted from premium materials and designed for reliability and durability.
  • A large battery to provide superior battery life.

Check out these cool BlackBerry Classic videos below and let us know if you’ll be joining the #Classic movement.


Classic Keyboard Shortcuts 


Classic Navigation Keys 


Classic Browser and Apps




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How to add an iCloud account using BlackBerry 10


For those that use iCloud for email, contacts and/or calendar access here’s a quick overview of how to setup this account on any BlackBerry 10 device. Once you have your iCloud account set up you can send and receive email as well as synchronize your contacts and calendar wirelessly :)

  1. From the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Accounts
    • If this is the first account you are setting up, tap Email, Calendar and Contacts
    • If you have other accounts set up already, tap Add Account followed by Email, Calendar and Contacts
  3. Enter your account login details and tap Next
    • Optionally change additional settings such as synchronization preferences for your contacts and calendar
  4. Tap Done to complete the process

If you are unable to add your account using the steps above, follow the steps below to integrate your email address, contacts and/or calendar stored in

If you use iCloud synchronization but do not use an email address, or email is not enabled, the calendar and contact synchronization can still be set up on a BlackBerry 10 smartphone. To integrate these services you need to follow the advanced integration steps listed below and ensure you are using the email address associated with your Apple ID.

Note: If either an or email address are being used, integrate as an address (i.e. Instead of using, use Apple has aliased and email addresses so they will still receive emails, but any outgoing email will appear as the domain.

Set up iCloud email using IMAP

  1. From the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Accounts
  3. Tap Add Account followed by Advanced and select IMAP
  4. Enter the following information:
    • Description – i.e. iCloud
    • Display Name – your name
    • Username – your iCloud username
    • Password – your iCloudApple ID password
    • Email Address – your iCloud email address
    • Password – your iCloudApple ID password
    • Server Address –
    • Port – 993
    • Encryption – SSL
    • SMTP Username – your iCloud email address
    • SMTP Server Address –
    • SMTP Port – 587
    • Sync Interval – select your desired setting
    • Initial Retrieval Amount – select your desired setting
  5. When finished, tap Done

Set up iClouds contacts using CardDav

  1. From the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Accounts
  3. Tap Add Account followed by Advanced and select CardDav
  4. Enter the following information:
    • Description – i.e. iCloud Contacts
    • Username – your iCloud username
    • Email Address – your iCloud email address
    • Password – your iCloudApple ID password
    • Server Address –
    • Sync Interval – select your desired setting
  5. When finished, tap Done

Set up iCloud calendar using CalDav

  1. From the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Accounts
  3. Tap Add Account followed by Advanced and select CalDav
  4. Enter the following information:
    • Description – i.e. iCloud Calendar
    • Username – your iCloud username
    • Email Address – your iCloud email address
    • Password – your iCloudApple ID password
    • Server Address –
    • Sync Interval – select your desired setting
  5. When finished, tap Done

Help! I get an error stating my account was already added

If your Apple ID is used for an email address that you have already integrated you may receive a message stating, This account is already added.

If this occurs, create an email account for your Apple ID using the steps provided by Apple located here. Then, use your email address when setting up your account.

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

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Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10.3 Camera & Video Tips


The holiday season is nearly upon us and, for many of us, that means time with family and friends. We know too that you will want to capture those special moments through pictures and videos, so today’s Five Tip Friday is all about using your BlackBerry Camera, including some new features with 10.3 that give you even more options.

Even if you can’t be with the ones you love this holiday season, you can use your BlackBerry to share images and videos with those people you wish you could see.

Get in the shot using the timer feature

In Normal and Time Shift modes, you can use the timer feature to delay taking a picture for 3 seconds or 10 seconds. The timed delay allows you to get ready for the picture and even get into the shot yourself.

  1. In the Camera app, tap ftf_camera_3dotftf_camera_3dot.
  2. Do any of the following:
  3. To set the timer for 3 seconds, tap ftf_camera_3timeftf_camera_3time.
  4. To set the timer for 10 seconds, tap ftf_camera_10timeftf_camera_10time.

To turn off the timer, in the upper-left corner of the screen, tapftf_camera_3timeftf_camera_3time orftf_camera_10timeftf_camera_10time.

Turn on Grid Lines

Take advantage of the ‘Rule of Thirds’ when snapping pictures by turning on grid lines within the camera viewfinder. I love this option for snapping pictures outdoors because it makes framing up the perfect photo really easy! To try this out, open the Camera app, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Settings. Within this screen, turn on Display Grid Lines.


Capture and create slow motion video

Did you know that BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3 includes a new option to add a slow motion effect to your videos? Using this feature you can capture some pretty interesting videos so here’s how to take advantage of it!

The first step is setting your device to capture video at 60 frames per second which will result in smoother video after applying the slow motion effect.

  1. Open the Camera, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings followed by Video Size (Rear Camera)
  3. Select one of the 60 fps options, e.g. 720p at 60 fps

After selecting a 60 fps video mode, capture some videos and complete the following steps to slow down your video.

  1. After recording a video, open the Videos app
  2. Tap Edit along the bottom toolbar followed by Enhance
  3. Tap Slow Motion
  4. Optionally adjust the sliders to apply slow motion to a specific section of video
  5. Tap the Play icon (circled in red below) to slow the down video by 25%, or 50%


If you want to slow down your video even more, you can go another 25% or 50%, save it, then edit again which allows you to apply another 25% or 50% slow down if you so desire.

Add your GPS location to pictures using Geotagging

When taking pictures you have the option to geotag the picture with your current location. I use this feature whenever I am at the family cottage so I can see where I was on each lake when I took each picture.

To start tagging pictures with your GPS location, open the Camera app, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Settings. In this screen, turn on Geotag Pictures.

Quickly preview pictures using one finger

You can peek at the last picture that you took or the video that you recorded to see if you captured what you wanted.

  1. Touch and hold the thumbnail at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Slide your finger up to expand the thumbnail.
  3. To return to the Camera app, lift your finger from the screen.
    • To delete the picture or video, slide you finger to the right onto ftf_camera_deleteftf_camera_delete Delete icon. When you reach the icon, remove your finger and tap Cancel or Delete.
    • To share the picture or video, slide your finger to the right onto ftf_camera_shareftf_camera_share Share icon. When you reach the icon, remove your finger and tap Cancel or select a method of sharing.

Our next post will show you how easy it is to share these images and videos, stay tuned!

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