The BlackBerry Z30 and Q10 have a Super AMOLED screen in common and this presents some interesting wallpaper options. Black pixels don’t actually use battery power so if you change your wallpaper to pure black, you’ll have some battery life savings. Another great aspect of AMOLED black pixels is the contrast. According to Wikipedia: “Because the black pixels actually turn off, AMOLED also has contrast ratios that are significantly better than LCD.”
Click this link to a pure black image and save it to your device. Then simply open the image and tap SET AS WALLPAPER. You’ll enjoy some better battery life.
BlackBerry is running a fun promotion right now where you win an amazing $4,500 weekend that you’d help plan as well as giving you weekly chances to win tickets, gift cards and more. The trip could take you to New York, Miami, Los Angeles, or Toronto and all you have to do is share your BBM Pin. Details below.
This is just a random thought, but has your LinkedIn stream started to look increasingly like Facebook? It seems that as the social network becomes more mainstream, more people are posting pictures, personal status updates and sometimes straight up spam. Take for example the above Eye Test that has been circulating LinkedIn. It has about 1,200 Likes and 15,000 comments. Do people actually think this has some meaning with regards to your career? As though seeing the word “TEAM” means you’re good at working in teams or something. It will be interesting to see if LinkedIn starts to crack down on this stuff or it’s just inevitable when a social network gets to a certain size. God help us if Quiz apps and Celeb Trivia ever comes to LinkedIn.
Did you know that BlackBerry 10 devices have a built-in video editor? This powerful feature allows you edit the length of a video, crop and/or rotate as well as apply different enhancements such as adjusting the brightness or contrast. To help you get started, here’s a quick 1-2-3 on how to edit the length of a video using your BlackBerry 10 device.
Step 1 – Record some video
If you don’t have a video on your device already, record something using the Video Camera. You can edit videos that you may have copied to your device previously but keep in mind it must be a supported media type. To find out more about what types of media BlackBerry 10 devices support check out the BlackBerry 10 media support website.
Step 2 – Edit the video
To edit a video that you’ve just recorded, tap the preview option that appears in the bottom-left corner of the Video Camera app, followed by tapping Edit in the toolbar. You also have the option to edit previously recorded videos. Open the Videos app, select the video you’d like to edit, tap the three dot icon in the bottom right and select Edit.
After doing this, Length along the bottom toolbar will be selected automatically so all you need to do is adjust the sliders to your desired locations. After adjusting the length, optionally tap on Crop or Enhance to further customize your video. When you have finished making edits, tap Save in the top right corner to save a new copy of the video with your edits. The video will be saved in the same location as the original video using the same filename, adding “_edit” to the end.
Depending on the size of the video you are saving, feel free to multitask while the Save process runs in the background. You’ll know the process is finished when the Saving dialog no longer appears.
Step 3 – Sharing the video
After saving your new video, consider sharing it with others across your favorite social networks, or combine it with other memories you’ve captured using BlackBerry Story Maker. You can also copy the video to your PC or Mac using BlackBerry Link.
The BlackBerry Beta Zone app for BlackBerry 10 has been updated and for the first time, we’re seeing third party developers leverage Beta Zone to test apps. The most recent addition to Beta Zone is MockIt! which can be downloaded and tested for free. The developer of the app, OSBB Code Labs founder Jeremy Duke, is a big contributor to the BlackBerry Dev community through OpenSourceBB.com as well as a prolific developer on BlackBerry World.
The premise of MockIt! is to give users Memes, Picture Frames (coming soon) and Mockups all in one app. It’s a very straightforward app and you immediately understand how to use it.
Creating a meme is simple with the MockIt! app and the sharing process is perfect for BBM Channels and friends. It would be great if the app had some integration with Reddit via the Reddit in Motion app, as Reddit is the obvious place to share your favourite memes.
For any developer, the Mockups feature is wonderful. Not only can you use the Mockup tool for marketing purposes, like sharing your app on social media, but you can also use this feature for blogging, just like in this post.
UX Note: when you’re creating a mockup, the app forces you to choose a background before you can MockIt!. This is odd because often you just want to use a white background. It makes sense to allow the user to MockIt! without selecting the background and simply use white as the default.
The app features Memes, Device Mocks and Pic Frames. These are all really fun features but one of them seems to stand out like a sore thumb. This is where the app seems to be two totally separate apps that have been slammed together but don’t seem to really go together. Memes and Pic Frames are fun consumer features, while Device Mocks is really something only developers would be interested in. So why combine them?
Some of the best apps out there are the best simply because of their simplicity. Instagram was a few simple filters and a feed. Camera Plus was even simpler with just filters. Twitter is just 140 characters in a feed. All of these apps are great because they know exactly who they’re catering to. So while the app’s design is great, the implementation of features is off.