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Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10.2.1 Calendar Tips



In this week’s installment of Five Tip Friday here are five must-know BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 calendar tips.

Don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know if you have a question or topic suggestion :)

Subscribe to a public calendar (ICS)

Did you know that you can subscribe to an iCalShare (ICS) calendar? I use this to add schedules from my favorite teams so I always know whenever they are playing.

  1. On the home screen swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap FTF-1021-Cal-SettingsFTF-1021-Cal-Settings Settings Accounts FTF-1021-Cal-ICSAddFTF-1021-Cal-ICSAdd  Subscribed Calendar
  3. In the Calendar Name field, enter a name for the calendar
  4. In the Server Address field, enter the address of the public calendar in ICS format
  5. Tap Done

Running late? Send an “I will be late” message

If you attend a lot of meetings you are going to love this feature! Instead of keeping people waiting, send a note to the meeting organizer, or to everyone on the invite, and let them know just how late you’re going to be.

  1. Open the event, either from the calendar app or from the event reminder
  2. Tap FTF-1021-Cal-3dotFTF-1021-Cal-3dot  FTF-1021-Cal-LateFTF-1021-Cal-Late
  3. In the dialog box, move the slider to indicate how late you will be
  4. Tap Email All or Email Organizer

Easily add your conference details to meeting invitations

If you host a lot of meetings, this must-know feature makes adding your conference call details to a new invitation a breeze. Best of all, you can add different conference options in case you use multiple providers.


  1. In the calendar app, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap FTF-1021-Cal-SettingsFTF-1021-Cal-Settings Settings  Mobile Conferencing  FTF-1021-Cal-BridgeFTF-1021-Cal-Bridge
  3. Enter the conference call bridge information, such as phone numbers and access codes
  4. Tap Save

The next time you set up a meeting, you can add the conference/bridge information by tapping the calendar details and selecting a previous conference, or you can add a new bridge setting.

Quickly create a follow-up meeting with previous details

Didn’t conquer everything you needed to do in a particular meeting? Use this tip to quickly create a follow-up meeting that includes meeting details such as the participants, subject, and notes from the original event. You can create follow-up meetings from past and future calendar events as well.

  1. Open a calendar event
  2. Tap FTF-1021-Cal-3dotFTF-1021-Cal-3dot  FTF-1021-Cal-FollowFTF-1021-Cal-Follow
  3. Enter the information for the follow-up meeting
  4. Tap Save

Change how your calendar appears

If you find yourself constantly changing your calendar views, consider changing your default view using the following steps. You can also customize your working hours, what day the week starts on, as well turning on or off one of my favorite calendar features—growing numbers that make it easy to see what days you are busy. To see an example of growing numbers, check out the last two screenshots in this post.

  1. In the calendar app, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap FTF-1021-Cal-SettingsFTF-1021-Cal-Settings Settings General
    • To change the view (day, week, or month) that you see when you open the calendar, in the Default Calendar View drop-down list, tap a view
    • To change the day that the week starts on, in the First Day of the Week drop-down list, tap an option
    • To change your working hours, in the Working Hours section, in the Start and End drop-down lists, tap an option
    • To use growing numbers to indicate the busyness of a day, set the Growing Numbers switch to On

Bonus—white or black background? You decide!

Using a BlackBerry Z30 or Q10? Because your device has an OLED screen you can optionally use a dark background within the calendar that helps conserve battery life. Try switching back and forth a few times to decide what option you prefer.


  1. In the calendar app, swipe down form the top of the screen
  2. Tap FTF-1021-Cal-SettingsFTF-1021-Cal-Settings Settings General
  3. To use a Dark Background set the switch to On

After changing this setting, close and re-open the calendar to see the new background color.


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Former BlackBerry and BlackBerryCool Editor Doug Soltys Talks IBM and Apple Deal


Doug Soltys is the former Editor in Chief of BlackBerryCool as well as a former employee of BlackBerry as its Blog Manager. Today, he spoke on CBC’s The National to discuss the partnership between Apple and IBM.

It’s an interesting discussion as everyone wants to know how this partnership will affect BlackBerry. While Apple doesn’t have the ultra-high security needed for government and defense, those clients may pale in significance to the clients that IBM may lure to Apple with its enterprise app offerings. Also, it’s worth noting that IBM has 100,000 employees and Apple shipped 50x what BlackBerry shipped in Q4 2013. It’s an uphill battle for sure.

Here is a link to The National’s video on the IBM and Apple deal with Doug coming in at the end.


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How to monitor battery life, memory usage, CPU usage and storage space using BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1


1021-DM-Snap1021-DM-SnapDevice Monitor, first introduced in BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2, was updated with the release of BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1. New screens have been added that allow you to view key details around battery usage so you can easily identify apps that have a negative impact on your battery life. For example, you can view battery consumption by application since the last time you charged your device, or by the last 12, 24, or 48 hours.

When you select an item from the Device Monitor list, you can view additional details such as CPU, memory, mobile network, and Wi-Fi® usage statistics. You can also view applications you installed, the amount of space those apps take up, and you can delete applications.

If you haven’t already make sure you check out this handy little feature and for fast access consider adding Device Monitor to your quick settings menu!To do this complete the following steps.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap FTF1021-Hub-GearFTF1021-Hub-Gear Settings Quick Settings
  3. Check Device Monitor

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Buy Blokus For Mac And Get Your Game, Portfolio or Resume Reviewed



Here’s a fun deaL: Blokus is now available for the Mac App Store and if you buy it (just $3), you can have your game, portfolio or resume reviewed by myself. Buy a fun game and get your resume reviewed by someone in the industry that hires. It’s a win-win!

Send me a screenshot of the purchase confirmation and attach your resume. I’ll have the feedback to you by the end of the week.

Note: This offer is only available for today and tomorrow (July 15th). Feel free to forward to friends looking for a job!

Buy the game at this Mac App Store link.


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Talking Internet of Things With Spark Labs Founder and CEO Zach Supalla



Spark Labs has an interesting story that begins the way all great startups do: solving a personal problem. Zach Supalla’s father is deaf and he wanted a way to integrate the home lighting system with his father’s smartphone, so he would know when his wife was texting him. The project put Spark Labs into the connected lighting products market and the company launched their first product Spark Socket on Kickstarter.

Read the full article over at


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