If you are using BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2, a new feature has been added that allows you to assign a color code to each of your email accounts. This makes it really easy to identify which email account received a message whenever you are looking at your BlackBerry Hub.
To assign a color code, complete the following steps:
- In the BlackBerry Hub, tap followed by Settings
- Select Email Accounts and tap on an email account
- In the Account Color drop-drown list, tap a color
- Repeat these steps on subsequent email accounts
For more information on BlackBerry 10 OS 10.2 such as highlights and availability, check out Inside BlackBerry.
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.
There’s a huge discrepancy between what people think it costs to make a game and what it actually costs. Take it from someone who has been pitched to many times. Often I get people who want an app or a game and are willing to shell out $5K, maybe $10K, but have no idea that on average, a mobile game costs $300K an takes, on average, 156 days to complete. A recent report from Nordicity, points to this fact, along with some other interesting takeaways about the Canadian video game industry.
The mobile wallet is one of the most promising features of smartphones. You might lose your wallet or credit card a couple times per year, but you’re much less likely to lose your phone. The fact that you look at your phone around 150 times per day, and your phone comes with software to help you recover your phone, means it’s much more secure to have your wallet in your smartphone than in your pocket. In the coming weeks, Rogers will bring the NFC enabled suretap wallet to BlackBerry and Android.
The suretap wallet will deliver a mobile payment solution, as well as additional features such as:
- Gifting of gift cards
- Reloading of prepaid cards
- The ability to check account balances
- View recent transactions
- Use location services to find contactless payment terminals nearby
- In the near future, additional cards will become available for download including payment cards from multiple banks and payment networks and loyalty cards.
Suretap wallet will be available for download in the coming weeks on select Android and BlackBerry devices.
The weekend is almost here, which means it’s time for another Five Tip Friday! Today’s topic: five more BBM for Android and iPhone tips!
In case you missed it, check out last week’s post for more BBM for Android and iPhone tips.
Android – Add and resize the BBM Widget
A new feature of BBM on Android is the BBM chat widget, which allows you to stay engaged in chats without having to open BBM. To use it, look for the BBM chat widget in the Apps page under the Widgets tab. You can resize the widget by tapping and holding it on your home screen and then adjusting the size with the resize bars.
Finding friends using BBM
A great way to find friends to chat with on BBM is to browse http://bbm.com/share and log in to your social networking accounts such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
After logging in to your various accounts, you can quickly identify which of your friends are using BBM by looking for a PIN below their picture. To connect with someone who has listed their pin, open BBM on your device and use the Invite by PIN option.
If you don’t see a PIN for a contact that you’d like to invite to BBM, click on their name and enter your PIN to send them an invitation encouraging them to download BBM. Even if you don’t see anyone you would like to invite, make sure that you add your PIN so others can find and connect with you.
Note: To find your PIN, open BBM and tap on your display name or picture.
Enable Chat History
By default, using the End Chat option will close a chat and delete the conversation history. You can turn on the Save Chat History feature if you want to save the contents of your BBM chat. Doing so will allow you to view your previously sent and received messages with a BBM contact, even after you have ended a chat with them.
- Open BBM and tap followed by Settings
- Set the Save Chat History switch to On
Personalize your BBM invitations
I don’t know about you, but I’ve received quite a few invitations since BBM for Android and iPhone has launched. A small thing that I’ve noticed goes a long way is a personalized BBM invitation. Whether it’s adding a small note or introducing yourself, adding more substance to your BBM invitations is a great way to make sure the recipient doesn’t overlook your invitation.
Sharing your PIN Barcode
Unlike other instant messaging apps, which use your phone number or email address as your identifier, BBM uses a PIN (personal identification number) so that you are always in control of who can contact you. This means you can share your PIN while maintaining your privacy. Best of all, unless you accept an invitation from someone, they are not able to send you messages, or view your BBM profile details. To view your PIN so that you can share it with others, open BBM and tap on your BBM picture or name along the top. You can view your PIN in this screen and use the Copy PIN option to share it quickly with others.
You’ll also notice one of my favorite options, which is Show Barcode. Simply put, your barcode is generated based on your PIN and allows other BBM users to scan it and send you an invitation to chat. To save an image of your barcode, tap Show Barcode and take a screenshot of your device. You can crop this image using your favorite photo editing app and then put this barcode wherever you want! For example, I added mine to my Facebook page so my friends can quickly scan it using their device and connect with me over BBM.
Got a question, comment or want to share a great BBM story? Post a comment and let us know!
Specializing in all-wood cases for BlackBerry, iOS and Android, The Woody is having a huge sale on their BlackBerry Z10 cases, now just $21 plus shipping.
Normally Retailing for $ 35.95, The Woody is a sturdy protective case with a natural feel. The company can also laser-engrave any image on to the case. The laser roasts the wood a tiny bit giving it a bit of a wood burning aesthetic without too much burn. Check out our review of The Woody case.