BlackBerry will be hosting its BES 12 event live from San Francisco today starting at 9AM PST.
With the upcoming release of its BES12 software and services, BlackBerry looks to solidify the enterprise market by providing a complete end to end secure cross platform management.
This new version of BES 12 will allow IT managers to handle not only all BlackBerry OS’s but will also allow the management of iOS and Android devices as well.
You can watch the stream live here at live.blackberry.events and see what BlackBerry has to offer with BES12.
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Happy Friday! Today’s topic, five BlackBerry Hub tips that can help you be more productive!
Switch messages using a gesture
One my favorite BlackBerry Hub shortcuts is the ability to switch between my next, and previous messages using a gesture so I can quickly parse my messages using one hand.
To try this out on your device, open a message and make an inverted L gesture up, or down to go your next, or previous message.
If you’ve used a BlackBerry device in the past you most likely are familiar with some of these keyboard shortcuts but in case you need a refresher, here they are!
Pinch to view unread messages
Introduced in BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2, Priority Hub is a great way to view messages from specific contacts, messages marked as high-priority, messages from conversations you started, or contacts with the same last name. To learn more about the Priority Hub and how you can customize open the Help app on your device, or review the user guide found at http://docs.blackbery.com.
If you don’t use this feature though you can turn it off which results in the ability to quick view your unread messages only using a pinch gesture.To try this out, complete the following steps.
- Switch to the BlackBerry Hub
- Tap the in the bottom right corner
- Tap Settings Priority Hub
- Turn Priority Hub off
After completing these steps, go back to your message list and perform a pinch gesture to quickly view your unread messages only. To go back to your complete message list, slide your fingers apart like you are zooming out.
Single messages or conversations? You decide!
Every time I set up a new device or offer tips to a friend this item is one of the first I mention because I find it helps to see the entire conversation and avoid missing a response sent earlier.
- In the BlackBerry hub, tap
- Tap Settings Display and Actions
- In the Display Style drop-down list, tap Conversation
Color code your accounts
If you haven’t already, color code your various accounts to get a quick and easy way to identify which service a message arrived on.
- Tap in the BlackBerry Hub, followed by Settings
- Select Hub Management, and then tap an account
- Tap a color in the Account Color drop-down list
- Tap Back to save your change
- Repeat as needed for your other accounts
Got a question? Leave a comment and let me know!
At Web Summit 2014, in Dublin, Ireland, Tony Fadell of Google took the stage to announce a partnership with Nest and Electric Ireland that would give anyone in Ireland with a 2 year hydro plan a free thermostat with a free installation. The move is interesting because it brings a smartphone-like savings plan to the realm of smart thermostats.
Misfit Wearables has had some great success in the wearable tech space. Its first product, Shine, is an activity tracker with fashion appeal. The product, according to CEO Sonny Vu, wasn’t even taken seriously by the company until its massive success on Indiegogo. Before they launched the Indiegogo page, Sonny wasn’t entirely sure why people were buying activity trackers and whether or not it was a passing fad. More than $800,000 later, Shine was crowdfunded and on its way to production. This product also kickstarted the company into the wearable industry, and led it to get a much better understanding of the wearable space and where it’s going. This was the focus of Sonny Vu’s talk at Web Summit 2014.
Did you know that you can share your BlackBerry 10 device’s mobile network connection with another device such as laptop or tablet? All it takes is a USB cable or Bluetooth connection and you’ll be able to access the Internet on your laptop or tablet!
Find out how to do this using the steps below
- On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
- Tap Settings Network and Connections Internet Tethering
- If you have not used this feature before, review the onscreen instructions
- In the Connect using drop-down list, select USB or Bluetooth
- If using USB, connect your device to your computer, or tablet
- Turn on the Internet Tethering switch
After completing these steps, and connecting your device to your laptop or tablet using a USB cable or Bluetooth connection, you can monitor connection details on your device so you can see usage details.
Note: Additional charges may apply for Internet Tethering use. Verify your data plan before using this feature.
Help! Internet tethering isn’t working
If you are having trouble with Internet tethering here a couple troubleshooting tips to help you out!
- Verify that your device is connected to the mobile network, has an upper case signal and is connected to the BlackBerry infrastructure, for example .
- Verify that your wireless service plan allows Internet tethering.
- If you are roaming, verify that Data Services while roaming is enabled within the Data Services screen located in Settings Network Connections Mobile Network
- If the Internet tethering option doesn’t appear and you are using a work device, verify that your organization allows Internet tethering
Got a question about Internet tethering? Leave a comment and let me know!