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.
Recently, we were chatting with Bitmaker Labs, a programming and technology bootcamp based in Toronto about some of the apps alumni have made. Going through the list, we found a BlackBerry 10 app worth mentioning called iamSICK.ca. The app helps you find a healthcare provider in Ontario, giving you some nice options for clinics, ER, and Urgent Care providers.
- Search for ERs, urgent care centres, walk-in clinics and pharmacies.
- Available for all of Ontario.
- Web-based version available at iamSICK.ca.
- Contact information, including email addresses and social media where applicable.
- Canada-wide coverage coming soon.
One of my favorite BlackBerry Link features is the ability to remotely access and manage files stored on my computer using my BlackBerry Z30. You can use the File Manager app on a BlackBerry 10 device to view, download and delete music, pictures, videos, documents and more that are stored on your computer, provided you have installed BlackBerry Link on your PC or Mac.
For example, imagine you are heading to a meeting and forgot to copy an important presentation to your device. Using Remote File Access, you can copy the presentation to your device using Wi-Fi or your mobile network connection.
Provided you are using BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.1 or later, install BlackBerry Link 1.1 or later and sign in with the BlackBerry ID that you use on your device. After doing this, open BlackBerry Link and select Remote File Access to customize which folders on your computer you can access using your device.
To access a desired folder on your computer using your device, open the File Manager app, tap the icon in the bottom-left corner and select your computer’s name.
For more information on using Remote File Access, such as how to use it over your mobile network connection, check out the Help app on your device.
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.
MAKE by qbotron is an unofficial Starbucks app for BlackBerry 10 that brings a lot of the features of the Starbucks App to BlackBerry users. This app is made by Starbucks enthusiasts, for Starbucks enthusiasts and handles all of your Starbucks card programs whether it be the regular cashless Starbucks card, the Gold card, or a gift certificate.
It comes as no surprise that BlackBerry people are also big coffee fans. I don’t like how there’s no official Starbucks app but that fact that a hobbyist is filling the need before the company can is very interesting. The developer qbotron has also said that half the point of the app was to get Starbucks’ attention and that there is a market for porting to BlackBerry 10.
What MAKE allows you to do:
- Generate barcodes for each card that you own, which can then be used pay at the counter of any Starbucks locations
- Keep track of your stars and reward counts
- Browse through lists of drinks offered at Starbucks (not all drinks are available at your local Starbucks store)
- Find all Starbucks locations near you using an awesome 3D map (customizable to find within 5, 10, 20, and 50km) and get driving direction to any of them.
What MAKE does not allow you to do in comparison to the official app on iOS and Android:
- Cannot retrieve account balance
- Star and reward count is not synced with the account
It’s almost the weekend, which means it’s time for another Five Tip Friday!
Today’s topic is five BBM tips for Android and iPhone that you’ll want to know about.
Add a custom status message
About to start a gaming session? Maybe you’re going on vacation? Let your BBM contacts know by creating a custom status message.
- Open BBM and tap your profile picture in the top-left corner
- Tap Status, followed by Add Status Message
- Enter a status message, followed by tapping Save
To delete a custom status message, use the Edit option in the top-right corner.
Grid or list? You decide
BBM contacts will appear in a grid layout by default, but you can optionally use a list layout. Here’s how:
I’m a fan of the list layout; how about you?
Hide the keyboard action bar
The area of your screen used to display BBM chats might be small depending on your device and keyboard. If this is the case, you can optionally turn off the action bar that appears on top of the keyboard to have more space. Follow these steps:
To access the options contained on the action bar when it is hidden, tap anywhere within an active chat and the action bar options will appear along the bottom of your screen.
Join or create a BBM group
Plan events, track to-do lists, share pictures, and chat with up to 30 people in one group at the same time. For example, you can make decisions and confirm your plans in the group chat and then create an appointment that everyone in the group can see.
- Open BBM and tap Groups
- Tap and select Create New Group
- Set a group image, name and description
- Optionally set the Allow Members to Invite Others switch to Yes
- Tap Save
After creating a BBM group, make sure you review the Group Settings to optionally select another administrator and control the ability for group members to invite others.
Hide particular updates
For those that frequent the Updates screen, you can choose to hide updates from specific contacts so they no longer appear. To do this, switch to the Updates screen by tapping in the bottom-left corner, followed by tapping Updates. Within this screen, touch and hold a name and select Hide Updates from the menu on the right.
Bonus – Turn off the BBM for Android Connected Icon
Using BBM on an Android device? You can turn off the BBM connected icon so it no longer appears on your home screen status bar.
Got a question, comment or want to share a great BBM story? Post a comment and let us know!