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Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 Browser Tips


Whether you’re new or experienced, here are five must know BlackBerry 10 Browser tips :D

Change your default search engineFTF-1021-BrowserFTF-1021-Browser

Depending on what you search for, you may need to change your default search engine. To do this while using a BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps.

  1. Open the browser and enter a search term
  2. After an icon that represents the default search engine appears in the upper-right corner, tap this icon, and from the drop-down list, click your desired search engine

Add a new search engine

Building on the previous tip, use the following steps to add a new search engine such as Wikipedia, this blog, or a variety of other websites when you use the BlackBerry 10 Browser.

After you finish, you can choose the new search engine whenever you perform a search. However, some websites may not support this feature, which explains why you may not see this option after you complete these steps.

  1. Open a website with the search engine you want to add
  2. Perform a search using the website’s search field
  3. Tap FTF-1021-Cal-3dotFTF-1021-Cal-3dot followed by Add Search
  4. After a dialog box appears with the search engine details, tap Add

Save a webpage

You can save a webpage in HTML format so that you can access the webpage when you’re offline, or send the webpage as an attachment.

  1. On a webpage, tap FTF-1021-Cal-3dotFTF-1021-Cal-3dot  FTF1021-Browser-SavePageFTF1021-Browser-SavePage Save Page
  2. Choose the location where you want to save the webpage

To view a webpage you saved later, open File Manager, find the folder where you saved the webpage, and then tap the HTML file. You can also view previously saved pages within the browser; tap followed by Downloads.

Turn on Desktop mode

Depending on what websites you visit, you may want to turn on Desktop Mode so your browser loads the desktop version of a website instead of the mobile version.

Be mindful of this setting though, because until you turn it off every website you visit will display the desktop version.

  1. Open the browser, and then tap FTF-1021-Cal-3dotFTF-1021-Cal-3dot
  2. Tap Settings followed by Developer Tools
  3. Set the Desktop Mode switch to On

Private Browsing

This option prevents the browser on your smartphone from storing any information whenever it is enabled—for example, your history, cached files, cookies, and so on. When you turn off Private Browsing, any browsing information created while this option was enabled is removed from your smartphone.

  1. Open the browser, and then tap FTF-1021-Cal-3dotFTF-1021-Cal-3dot followed by Settings
  2. Tap Privacy and Security, and then set the Private Browsing switch to On

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Privacy Concerns Have Some Mobile Workers Asking for Their BlackBerrys Back


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Ask any corporate mobile phone administrator that has to manage a bunch of different iPhone and Android devices purchased by employees and they will almost certainly tell you the BYOD policies are for the birds.

Different OEMs, different operating systems, having to push apps through Apple, and securing these devices pose numerous challenges for IT.  Android, iOS, and, Windows Phone are really designed to allow end users to have complete control, and, it often takes third party Mobile Device Management software along with their unique challenges and issues to enforce corporate policy on these devices.

The allure of increased productivity subsidized by employees buying their own devices often means that phone administrators simply have to “figure it out”.  The question, however, as employees become more savvy with their smartphones, are they starting to figure out that bringing your own phone to work is not necessarily as good a deal for them as they initially thought.

Chances are that when you connect your personal phone to your company’s network a security policy is pushed down to your phone.  These security policies can prevent you from installing apps, lock out functionality such as SMS on the phone, logging,all communications regardless of if it is business oriented or private, and and even tracking your whereabouts via GPS.

Corporate IT policies on employee’s personal smartphones are designed with the privacy of the company, not the end use in mind, and, these privacy concerns, or lack there of, have a lot of mobile workers asking for their BlackBerry devices back.

[Via CIO]

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BlackBerry Confirms White BlackBerry Passport



BlackBerry has confirmed that the BlackBerry Passport, announced by John Chen back at BlackBerry’s Annual General Meeting, will come in white.  

Inside BlackBerry Editor Donny Halliwell admits that he wanted to officially unveil the White BlackBerry Passport, but,’s Bla1ze beat him to the punch.

[Via Inside BlackBerry]

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How to turn on the flash light using BlackBerry 10



1021-FL-QSDid you know that you can add a flash light to the BlackBerry 10 Quick Settings menu? Doing so gives you two-touch access to a flash light that can help you find your way around.

Just swipe down from the top of your screen and tap Flashlight. Follow the steps below to add the option if your device doesn’t already show it :)

Add the Flashlight to Quick Settings

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap 1021-QS-Settings1021-QS-Settings Settings followed by Quick Settings
  3. Select the check box next to Flashlight
  4. Tap Back to save your changes

After you complete these steps, swipe down from the top of your home screen, BlackBerry Hub, or application grid, and then pull down the Quick Settings menu to quickly turn on and off the flash light.

Changing the order of items in Quick Settings

On the topic of Quick Settings, you can also customize the order of items within this menu. Depending on the number of items you select, you can swipe right or left to view all the options.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap 1021-QS-Settings1021-QS-Settings Settings followed by Quick Settings
  3. Tap 1021-QS-Rearrange1021-QS-Rearrange Rearrange along the bottom toolbar
  4. Touch and hold an item followed by dragging it to a new location
  5. Tap Save when finished

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The Fourth Annual Ottawa Mini Maker Faire On August 16th-17th 2014


The innovation laced through the National Capital Region is impressive, and this third edition of the Ottawa Mini Maker Faire is a chance to connect creative people from all over our region in a celebration of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) spirit.

A Mini Maker Faire brings together families and individuals who celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, sustainability, and science and those who embrace the DIY spirit. At Mini Maker Faire, the focus is on the process of making – not just the finished product.

If you’re in Ottawa, Canada, come out and enjoy the fourth annual Ottawa Mini Maker Faire on August 16th and 17th.


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