Recently, BlackBerry and Wolfram Alpha partnered to make the BlackBerry Voice Control app more useful. In the press release, BlackBerry said that Wolfram Alpha could help users with queries such as “what’s 18% of $43.00?”. This is basically impossible to do because the voice control can never properly recognize numbers. For example, if you say “what is 18 percent of 500″, you’ll get something like “8 teens percent of 5 hundred” and it won’t know what you’re talking about. After realizing this, we wanted to see what was possible with Wolfram Alpha on BlackBerry 10. There’s actually a lot it can do to make life easier, but we’re going to say that mathematical queries is not one of them.
1. Military Stats
2. Demographic Data
3. Stock Quotes (very difficult to use)
4. Music Info
5. Company Info
6. Weather Queries
7. Historic Info
8. Holiday Info
9. Astronomical Data
The power of Wolfram Alpha is in it’s ability to do interesting computations such as “the number of prime numbers between 1 and 1,000,000″. This does not really exist on BlackBerry as the Voice Control app doesn’t understand numbers. Actually, it doesn’t understand most commands and simply asks you if you want to search the Internet. It also doesn’t understand the phrase that was in the press release. We asked what 10% of 500 was and it asked if we want to search the internet.
What Wolfram Alpha does really well, is provide a quick link into Wikipedia. Ask yourself “could this info be on Wikipedia?” and if so, your Voice Control app will give you quick access to it.
For those using BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2, several improvements have been made to text selection and management options such as cut, copy and paste.
For a quick overview, check out the video and information below.
(Select Text, Select All, Cut, Copy, Paste and Share)
To select text, tap and hold a desired word until it is highlighted, continue holding the text to select more than a single word, such as a sentence or paragraph. To modify your selection, drag the sliders to the desired position. After selecting text, a set of possible actions will appear. If you aren’t familiar with the icons displayed, tap and hold an icon to see what it represents and then slide your finger off the icon to avoid performing the action.
To perform an action, simply tap the corresponding icon. To deselect text, tap away from the text anywhere on your screen.
If you have previously cut or copied text and would like to paste it, tap the desired location to the paste the text. If the cursor isn’t in the desired spot where you’d like to paste, tap the top, bottom, left or right of the circle to move the cursor to the precise location. Once satisfied, tap and hold to display the menu options and select paste.
In addition to pasting text, you also have the ability to share copied content with friends via BBM, Twitter and many other methods using the share option. After copying text, tap the share icon and select how you would like to share the selected text using the list provided.
To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit http://www.blackberry.com/support for access to product manuals, how-to demos, tips and tricks, YouTube videos, support forums, knowledge base articles, Twitter support, and contact information for your region.
Titan Files Encrypts and Protects Your Data Using NSA Approved Encryption On Your BlackBerry 10 Smartphone
Titan Files is a useful app that adds an extra layer of security and protection to the files on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. What caught my eye about the app description, is that it boasts using AES encryption, and describe it as the “first publicly accessible and open cipher approved by the National Security Agency for top secret information.” With all the news about the NSA possibly putting a backdoor in the AES standards, I thought I’d reach out to the developer about his thoughts on the subject.
Here is the developer’s response:
“When making this app we had no idea of a possible NSA backdoor, and are still skeptical that one exists, and we still think AES is the best encryption choice for the app.
If we do assume the NSA has such a backdoor though and could decrypt the files, Titan Files still provides security in that files contained never make contact with WiFi, radio, or your shared file system. Those are the three main places where file could be intercepted by the NSA or any third party for that matter.
How they might get them through WiFi and radio is obvious but the shared file system less so. An app might ask for shared file permission on your BlackBerry and proceed to copy information from the shared file system and send it back to the malicious developer. When your files are stored in Titan Files they become inaccessible even by apps which ask for file access.
To summarize, none of Titan Files features require the app to connect back any online server, meaning the files on your phone stay on your phone.”
BlackBerry announced that BBM on iOS and Android hit the 10 million download mark and for a first day launch, that’s pretty incredible. The question, is whether BlackBerry can grow and keep those users engaged, in order to rival WhatsApp’s 350 monthly active users, and be a significant player in the industry. We’ve played around with BBM for iOS and Android, as well as asked some friends in the biz what they think.
Eos is a remote control application for the JRiver Media Center, allowing you to control your media center from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. This app is made by one of the guys on the BlackBerry World team, so you can rest assured it deserves the Built for BlackBerry certification. Check out the features after the jump.
- Control the volume and playback of any of your Zones
- Device playback – stream content directly to your BlackBerry
- Rate your media from the Playing Now page
- Shuffle/Repeat modes for both remote and on-device playback
- Theater View remote – provides standard Up/Down/Left/Right/Enter functions, as well as “To Top”, “Page Up”, “Page Down”, and “To Bottom” list navigation helpers
Add servers by using Access Keys or by entering server information manually
Store multiple servers, and easily switch between them *Wake-On-LAN and Power Off your servers
- On-device filtering while browsing your media
- Search functionality
- Toggle display modes
- Smart requesting – infrequent requests to your library server while idle so it won’t drain your battery!