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Task Management App “did u?” Gives You An Added Push To Finish Your To Do List


Introducing did u? from Appsiders on Vimeo.

The “did u?” app is a very simple app that has one goal in mind: to help you finish your To Do list. While To Do lists can get long and cumbersome, the “did u?” app seeks to simplify the experience. With “did u?”, you simply add a List, fill it with items, and set a deadline. The app will then ask if you’ve completed those items, giving you an added push to get things done.

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How to add a search engine to the BlackBerry 10 Browser


Did you know that you can add a search engine to the BlackBerry 10 Browser? Follow the steps below to add a new search engine such as Wikipedia, this blog, or a variety of other websites when using the BlackBerry 10 Browser.

When finished, you can choose the new search engine whenever you perform a search, or optionally set it as the default search engine!

  1. Open a website with a search engine you would like to add
  2. Perform a search using the website’s search field
  3. Tap the three dot icon in the bottom right corner followed by Add Search
  4. A dialog will appear with the search engine details, click Add


Note; Depending on the search engine website, the Add Search option might not be available.

How to change the BlackBerry 10 Browser Search Engine

After adding a new search engine, you can set it as the default search engine using the following steps.

  1. Open the Browser and enter a search term
  2. Tap the search engine icon that appears in the top right corner and tap your desired search engine
  3. The Browser will use the new search engine going forward


How to remove a BlackBerry 10 Browser Search Engine

Follow the steps below to remove a search engine from the BlackBerry 10 Browser.

  1. Open the Browser and enter a search term
  2. Tap the search engine icon that appears in the top right corner
  3. Tap and hold the search engine you would like to remove
  4. Tap the trashcan icon

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Theory About The Sexually Repressed BlackBerry World Vendor JediCompany


BlackBerry World vendor JediCompany is selling a few apps that have an interesting juxtaposition. The apps “Al Quran”, “Hot Israelian (sic) Girls” and “Indonesian sexy girls”, don’t seem to really make sense coming from the same vendor. I wanted to dig a little deeper and find out more about this company, but it’s really tough to find out anything about JediCompany on the Internet. Instead, I offer a theory about the company.

Hot Israelian girls

Here’s my theory: JediCompany is from Indonesia, a Muslim country that forbids pornography and since they’re Muslim, have a fascination with Jewish Israeli girls and scantily clad girls in general.

Why would you buy an app that has pictures you could find on Google Images? It seems there’s actually a market for this. If you live in Indonesia, the law says that “it is forbidden to spread pornographic content”. So one would be really cautious to start Googling “hot Israeli girls”, since Internet search traffic might be monitored by the authorities. But downloading an app is probably a workaround, since it puts the onus on BlackBerry the company rather than the individual. Which also makes you wonder why BlackBerry would allow this app to be distributed in Indonesia.

The app isn’t available in Saudi Arabia though. Too bad because I bet “Hot Israelian girls” would be a hit there.

Check out JediCompany at this BlackBerry World link.


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Does BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 Hurt BlackBerry’s Competitive Advantage?


With BlackBerry’s new CEO John Chen talking a lot about Enterprise and BlackBerry’s competitive advantage in this space, one can’t help but wonder if BES 10 is helping or hurting their position in the enterprise. In a sense, BlackBerry is sort of enabling enterprise to adopt iOS and Android with BES 10′s BYOD features. On the other hand, the market is going to shift regardless, and you can either sink or swim. It’s an interesting discussion and it seems BlackBerry has taken the stance that BES 10′s BYOD is a must have, because BYOD is the natural evolution of mobility in the enterprise.

John Chen talking about the return to QWERTY.

According to Forrester Research, Apple won about 8% of global business and government spending on computers and tablets in 2012. That’s a decent dent but I’m skeptical of the number. Take for example some of the examples used in how enterprise has adopted iOS.

Examples from the Wall Street Journal article:

“PPL Corp., approved the iPhone for employees in 2010. It then introduced iPads, and built apps such as one to help its helicopter patrollers survey 5,500 miles of high-voltage power lines. Using an iPad’s global-positioning system, patrollers can pinpoint the location of a problem and select from a menu of common issues, such as a damaged pole or an overgrown tree.”

“Warehouse managers use the tablet to scan bar codes and track the utility’s tools and materials.”

These aren’t really examples of introducing iOS into enterprise because the criteria of “being in enterprise” should be that you hold highly sensitive data. The above examples are not in any way sensitive data.

Recently, I wrote about a program to introduce iPads into the Ottawa Hospital. Again, those iPads didn’t seem to carry any critical data. The iPads had mostly charts that were likely wiped off the device after being used while the data is stored on a server.

On the other hand, firms like Cisco have been adopting iOS using BYOD, which is the only true use of iOS and Android in the enterprise, as it involves devices using email on the corporate network. Email is probably the most sensitive data a mobile device can have, since it involves communications about company secrets as well as attachments that could have company intellectual property. Cisco, through BYOD, has nearly three-fourths of the 70,000-plus mobile devices, on iOS. SAP is also a big user of Apple products, deploying about 27,000 iPhones and 25,000 iPads to its employees globally.

Would these organizations be going iOS and Android if they didn’t have solutions like BES 10? Probably. It would eventually happen due to budget constraints and somebody else would push them solutions for BYOD if BlackBerry wasn’t doing it. Companies like MobileIron are enabling large organizations to adopt any device they wish.

For the most part, it seems the transition to BYOD with iOS and Android in the enterprise is slow. These are unsecure platforms and large organizations aren’t exactly thrilled with the idea of corporate sensitive information on devices that are exploitable. At the same time, it’s going to happen regardless. BlackBerry can’t control enterprise forever. The question is: does BES 10 speed up BYOD and therefore loosen the grips on enterprise? Or is BES 10 part of a bigger strategy that gives BlackBerry longevity in a vertical where it knows it can’t have a monopoly forever.


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Five Tip Friday – Virtual Keyboard Tips



It’s time to kick off 2014 so here are five virtual keyboard tips for those using a BlackBerry Z10 or Z30!

What’s your favorite virtual keyboard tip? Leave a comment and let us know :)

Change where word suggestions appear

Word suggestions appear on the BlackBerry keyboard so that you don’t have to look above where you’re typing to see the suggestions. If you have difficulty selecting the suggestions, or you find the Keyboard looks cluttered, you can set the suggestions to appear above the keyboard instead.

  1. While viewing your home screen, tap Settings
  2. Tap Language and Input followed by Prediction and Correction
  3. In the Portrait Mode and Landscape Mode drop-down lists, choose how you want the Word Suggestions to appear.
    • To have word suggestions appear above the Keyboard, tap In-Column.
    • To have word suggestions appear on the Keyboard, tap In-Letter.
    • To turn off word suggestions, tap Off.

When you set word suggestions to appear above your Keyboard using the In Column option, you can use the suggestion by flicking up from anywhere directly beneath the word you want to use.

Swipe to delete

Did you know that you have the ability to delete words by swiping your finger across the keyboard from right to left? What’s really cool about this gesture is you can delete a single word by swiping across your keyboard using one finger, or use two or three fingers to delete more words.

To try it out yourself, the next time you are composing a message or editing something, just swipe from right to left using your finger. If you are using a right-to-left language, swipe from left to right to delete words instead.

Turn on CAP Lock

The next time you need to use capital letters, turn on CAP lock. To do this, tap and hold the Up arrow (shift key). After a second or two, you’ll notice a small line appears below the Up Arrow which indicates CAP Lock is turned on. To turn CAP Lock off, tap the Up arrow again.

Keypress Pop-up

Whenever I set up a new BlackBerry 10 device this is one of the first settings I customize because I find it extremely useful whenever I am entering something complex such as a password. If you haven’t used this feature before, try it out for a day or two using the steps below!

  1. While viewing your home screen, tap Settings
  2. Tap Language and Input, followed by Feedback
  3. Set the Keypress Pop-up switch to On


Browser Keyboard Shortcuts

Let’s say for example you are reading a lengthy article online and you would like to use Reader Mode so you can enjoy distraction free reading? You can optionally tap the three dot action key in bottom right corner followed by Reader Mode but did you know you can also get into Reader mode by hitting R on the virtual keyboard?

To do this, show the keyboard by swiping up with from the bottom of the screen using two fingers and tap R. To hide the keyboard again, swipe down using two fingers, or tap and hold the space key.

Reader Mode is just one several options you can access using this tip, other options include:

  • Go to the top of a web page, press T
  • Go to the bottom of a web page, press B
  • Go forward one page, press N
  • Go back one page, press P
  • Search text on a page, press S
  • Open your bookmarks, press K
  • Open your history, press H
  • Enter reader mode, press R
  • Refresh a web page, press L

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