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BlackBerry 10 Voice Control

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BlackBerry 10 Voice Control is a feature that makes multitasking easier by allowing you to complete a variety of different actions and tasks using your voice. Whether it’s a quick command or dictating a lengthy document, Voice Control is a great way to increase your productivity while using a BlackBerry 10 device. For an overview of this feature, check out the video above and the steps below.

Using Voice Control

To use Voice Control, press and hold the mute key that is found on the right side of your device (between the volume up and down keys) or tap the Voice Control icon on your home screen. If you haven’t used Voice Control before, you’ll first be asked to specify which language you’d like to use before you start using Voice Control commands.

Things you can say

After opening Voice Control, use a command from the list below or tap I to see a list of all the available voice commands.

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  • Call: E.x. “Call Ian at home”
  • Send an email: E.x. “Send an email to Megan”
  • Send a BBM message: E.x. “BBM Matthew, Be there soon”
  • Send a text message: E.x. “Text Nicole Lavigne”
  • Set an alarm: E.x. “Set an alarm at 9 o’clock”
  • Schedule an appointment: E.x. “Schedule a meeting at 10 o’clock tomorrow”
  • Compose a note to myself: E.x. “Note to self, Pick up milk”
  • Search the Internet: E.x. “Search the Internet for custom cars”
  • Search your device: E.x. “Search my device for Calculator”
  • Change my Facebook status: E.x. “Update my Facebook status to Heading to the movies”
  • Post a tweet: E.x. “Tweet, On my way to the mall”
  • Update LinkedIn status: E.x. “Post to LinkedIn, Ready for my meeting”

Make sure you check out the Help app on your device to learn more about using and customizing Voice Control. Got a question about Voice Control? Leave a comment and let me know!

To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit 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.

Article source: http://helpblog.blackberry.com/2013/10/blackberry-10-voice-control/


PinGuin Wins 1st Place at Cambridge BlackBerry Jam Camp

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BlackBerry Jam Camp is two days of intensive training on the BlackBerry 10 platform. During the event, you get training and at the end, you’re in a position to submit an application and get certified with the Built for BlackBerry stamp. This summer, BlackBerry Jam Camp attendees in Cambridge/Waterloo, competed for the best app and the results are in. PinGuin won 1st place, with Diaree second and Track a Pack third. Read on for links to these awesome apps.

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Here are the winners:

First place ($5000 CDN): Brandon Orr – PinGuin.
Second place ($2000 CDN): Philip Kirkbride, Gyubok Baik, Taylor Byrnes – Diaree.
Third place ($2000 CDN): Marc Vachon, Melody Ross – Track a Pack.

Download PinGuin for BlackBerry 10 at this link.

Diaree can be downloaded at this BlackBerry World link.

Track a Pack can be downloaded at this link.

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Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10 Calendar

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Here are several BlackBerry 10 calendar tips to increase your productivity and organization.

Change your calendar display options

Personalize your calendar by customizing the following settings that affect the default calendar view, the first day of the week and more. Make sure you try out my favorite feature, Growing Numbers, if you don’t have the option enabled already. After turning on this option, you can easily tell which days you are busiest in the month view by looking at the size of the date. For example, in the following screenshot from my personal calendar, I can tell right away that a majority of my events take place on Wednesdays.

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Follow these steps to customize your calendar display options:

  1. In the Calendar app, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings, followed by General
    • To change the default view when you open the calendar, select your desired view from the Default Calendar View drop-down list
    • To change the day that the week starts on, select your preferred option in the First Day of the Week drop-down list
    • To change your working hours, set the Start and End values in the Working Hours section
    • To use growing numbers to indicate how busy a day is, set the Growing Numbers switch to On

Customize your calendar colors

When you add a calendar to your device, it is assigned a unique color to differentiate it from your various calendars. If you don’t like the color that is assigned to the calendar, choose a different color using the following steps.

  1. In the Calendar app, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings, followed by Calendar Colors
  3. Tap a calendar and specify your desired color

Check your upcoming events in the BlackBerry Hub

On top of checking your agenda in the Calendar app, you also have the ability to view upcoming events in the BlackBerry Hub. To do this in the BlackBerry Hub, go to the top of the message list where today’s date appears and slowly drag down using one finger to see your upcoming events.

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Specify your default calendar and what email address to use with each calendar

To change the default calendar that you add events to and send meeting invitations from, complete the following steps:

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings, followed by Accounts
  3. Tap Set Defaults
  4. In the Calendar drop-down list, tap a calendar

If you are using multiple calendars, you can select a different default email address for each calendar. This allows invitations to be sent using the address you’ve specified when you create an event in a specific calendar.

  1. In the Calendar app, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Settings, followed by Meeting Invitation Settings
  3. In the Calendar drop-down list, tap an email address

Note: Some accounts will not allow you to change the email address, e.g. your work account.

Keyboard shortcuts

For those using a BlackBerry Q5 or Q10, here are several shortcuts that you can use when you view your calendar.

  • Go to today – press T
  • Go to the week view – press W
  • Go to the month view – press M
  • Go to the previous day, week or month – press P
  • Go to the next day, week or month – press N
  • Go to the schedule view – press D
  • Go to the people view – press O
  • Go to the agenda view – press A
  • Create a new event – press C
  • Search your events – press S
  • Edit an event – Open an event and press E

Bonus – Subscribe to a public calendar

If you are using BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2 or later, you have the ability to subscribe to public calendars using the following steps:

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap Accounts, followed by selecting Add Account
  3. Tap Subscribed Calendar
  4. In the Calendar Name field, enter a name for the calendar
  5. In the Server Address field, enter the address of the public calendar in ICS format
  6. Tap Done

For more tips and tricks, make sure you check out our Five Tip Friday tag.

To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit 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.

Article source: http://helpblog.blackberry.com/2013/10/five-tip-friday-blackberry-10-calendar/


BBM Channels Beta Review: BlackBerry’s Monetization Strategy for BBM

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BlackBerry is ramping up BlackBerry Channels and it looks like it’s going to be the monetization tool for BBM. While WhatsApp charges $0.99 per year, it seems BlackBerry is going to find an alternative monetization strategy by leveraging brands and possibly advertising in the BBM Channels network. Perhaps this has nothing to do with monetization, but that’s our best guess and we’re sticking to it. So what is it going to take for BBM Channels to be a successful cross-platform content network? Read on.

BBM Channels is the secret weapon that BlackBerry has to make cross-platform BBM a success for the company. In order to succeed from a consumer’s perspective, it has to satisfy some pretty basic features that the average user expects in order to make an app successful. Those features include:

1) Engagement – The user should be opening the app and get presented with daily, new content. Think about that moment when a user is on the bus, saying to themselves, “what’s new on BBM?”. There needs to be a central spot for this content. Currently, the app isn’t really set up like that. When you open the BBM Channels section, you’re presented with Featured Channels which is largely content you don’t care about as it’s not tailored to you at all. It takes tapping the “updates” section or two taps to view content you have subscribed to. Like any popular content app (eg Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), the app should launch directly into a curated feed of content you care about that’s refreshed as often as possible. This creates a daily engagement loop with the app that’s critical for success.

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2) Simplicity – BBM Channels is unnecessarily complicated. Just take the button and menu layout for example. There are 2 rows of buttons and it’s not clear what each icon represents. Along the top row, there’s BBM Channels related icons and navigation. While you’re browsing BBM Channels, there’s also BBM navigation icons. Clicking the “updates” icon, which by the way is a “refresh” icon which is misleading, leads you to status updates that is a mashup of BBM friends and Channel updates. It’s very confusing and the whole chaos seems to stem from BlackBerry smashing two different apps into one without really separating or unifying them properly.

Another important element of simplicity, which is currently evading BBM Channels, is channel adding is more like Pins than it is Handles. Handles are easy to remember. For example, on twitter, I can talk to someone and add them without having to even ask for clarification. It’s simple. BBM pins on the other hand don’t make any sense for the average user and BlackBerry needs to simplify this process. At the very least, ubiquitous linking needs to be implemented as I can’t even click a Channel from App World and instead have to write the Pin down somewhere which isn’t going to happen.

3) Friends – When BBM goes cross-platform, we’re going to see an explosion of use across friends. Finally, you’ll be able to message your friends from one app, and your contacts will be stored in the cloud. This is going to be an important part of making this app a success, and with BBM’s Groups, your contacts are all going to be nicely laid out and navigation will be simple. Let’s just hope that the process of adding friends is going to adhere to the simplicity route. Ideally, I’d like to invite all my facebook, twitter and LinkedIn contacts to BBM with a couple taps. BlackBerry needs to ditch it’s Pin system as it’s a thing of the past and it’s a terrible system for ease of use.

If BBM Channels is going to be a success for brands and publishers, it will need to develop key features in order to keep audiences engaged, as well as monetize content. Here are some thoughts on BBM Channels from a publisher perspective:

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1) Content needs to be engaging – Any time you post content on BBM Channels, your subscribers have the option to “Thumbs Up”, and comment. There’s threaded replies and everything you need to really engage with your community. Publishers on BBM Channels can also see who is viewing the content, but there doesn’t seem to be any way to directly engage with those users. It’s not a huge deal and BBM Channels seems to have everything a brand would need to engage with its community.

2) Rich Media – Currently, you can share a lot in terms of links, pictures and more, but adding the ability to share video and PowerPoint would go a long way to making the content more enjoyable. Even if it’s just embedded YouTube and SlideShare that works in the feed with no exiting the app.

3) Analytics – Currently, the analytics that BBM Channel owners get is pretty limited but at least it’s there. If BlackBerry really wants to kick ass in analytics, it just needs to follow Facebook’s Page Admin Analytics to get a sense of what community managers need.

It’s worth noting that Maxim, a key partner, signed up and posted quite a bit, but doesn’t seem to have posted anything in the last month. This is a sign that BBM Channels need to do more of the above in order to reduce friction in adding content, increase ease of sharing as well as engagement throughout the platform.

Being a beta product, there are still some bugs and performance issues to be fixed but that’s to be expected. It’s the big moves and features that we’re more concerned with.

Let’s assume BBM Channels becomes successful and hits the 100M user mark. What then? How does BlackBerry monetize this content? Brands would pay for additional subscribers and enterprise could pay for a customized solution. It probably wouldn’t amount to the kind of money that hardware sales would bring in, but it would provide BlackBerry with a daily way of reaching Android and iOS users. It could be a force for change when you have 10M people’s update of “loving my new BlackBerry” or “pic taken from my Z10″ in their feeds.

It’s also worth thinking about BBM Channels and BBM being its own company entirely. We’ve heard rumors of BlackBerry taking the company apart and selling it off in pieces. If that’s the case, there is likely a company out there that would be interested in a cross-platform content network with brands and millions of users. If that’s the case, BBM Channels is a very smart, and strategic move for the platform.

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BBM Channels Beta Review: BlackBerry’s Monetization Strategy for BBM

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BlackBerry is ramping up BlackBerry Channels and it looks like it’s going to be the monetization tool for BBM. While WhatsApp charges $0.99 per year, it seems BlackBerry is going to find an alternative monetization strategy by leveraging brands and possibly advertising in the BBM Channels network. Perhaps this has nothing to do with monetization, but that’s our best guess and we’re sticking to it. So what is it going to take for BBM Channels to be a successful cross-platform content network? Read on.

BBM Channels is the secret weapon that BlackBerry has to make cross-platform BBM a success for the company. In order to succeed from a consumer’s perspective, it has to satisfy some pretty basic features that the average user expects in order to make an app successful. Those features include:

1) Engagement – The user should be opening the app and get presented with daily, new content. Think about that moment when a user is on the bus, saying to themselves, “what’s new on BBM?”. There needs to be a central spot for this content. Currently, the app isn’t really set up like that. When you open the BBM Channels section, you’re presented with Featured Channels which is largely content you don’t care about as it’s not tailored to you at all. It takes tapping the “updates” section or two taps to view content you have subscribed to. Like any popular content app (eg Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), the app should launch directly into a curated feed of content you care about that’s refreshed as often as possible. This creates a daily engagement loop with the app that’s critical for success.

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2) Simplicity – BBM Channels is unnecessarily complicated. Just take the button and menu layout for example. There are 2 rows of buttons and it’s not clear what each icon represents. Along the top row, there’s BBM Channels related icons and navigation. While you’re browsing BBM Channels, there’s also BBM navigation icons. Clicking the “updates” icon, which by the way is a “refresh” icon which is misleading, leads you to status updates that is a mashup of BBM friends and Channel updates. It’s very confusing and the whole chaos seems to stem from BlackBerry smashing two different apps into one without really separating or unifying them properly.

Another important element of simplicity, which is currently evading BBM Channels, is channel adding is more like Pins than it is Handles. Handles are easy to remember. For example, on twitter, I can talk to someone and add them without having to even ask for clarification. It’s simple. BBM pins on the other hand don’t make any sense for the average user and BlackBerry needs to simplify this process. At the very least, ubiquitous linking needs to be implemented as I can’t even click a Channel from App World and instead have to write the Pin down somewhere which isn’t going to happen.

3) Friends – When BBM goes cross-platform, we’re going to see an explosion of use across friends. Finally, you’ll be able to message your friends from one app, and your contacts will be stored in the cloud. This is going to be an important part of making this app a success, and with BBM’s Groups, your contacts are all going to be nicely laid out and navigation will be simple. Let’s just hope that the process of adding friends is going to adhere to the simplicity route. Ideally, I’d like to invite all my facebook, twitter and LinkedIn contacts to BBM with a couple taps. BlackBerry needs to ditch it’s Pin system as it’s a thing of the past and it’s a terrible system for ease of use.

If BBM Channels is going to be a success for brands and publishers, it will need to develop key features in order to keep audiences engaged, as well as monetize content. Here are some thoughts on BBM Channels from a publisher perspective:

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1) Content needs to be engaging – Any time you post content on BBM Channels, your subscribers have the option to “Thumbs Up”, and comment. There’s threaded replies and everything you need to really engage with your community. Publishers on BBM Channels can also see who is viewing the content, but there doesn’t seem to be any way to directly engage with those users. It’s not a huge deal and BBM Channels seems to have everything a brand would need to engage with its community.

2) Rich Media – Currently, you can share a lot in terms of links, pictures and more, but adding the ability to share video and PowerPoint would go a long way to making the content more enjoyable. Even if it’s just embedded YouTube and SlideShare that works in the feed with no exiting the app.

3) Analytics – Currently, the analytics that BBM Channel owners get is pretty limited but at least it’s there. If BlackBerry really wants to kick ass in analytics, it just needs to follow Facebook’s Page Admin Analytics to get a sense of what community managers need.

It’s worth noting that Maxim, a key partner, signed up and posted quite a bit, but doesn’t seem to have posted anything in the last month. This is a sign that BBM Channels need to do more of the above in order to reduce friction in adding content, increase ease of sharing as well as engagement throughout the platform.

Being a beta product, there are still some bugs and performance issues to be fixed but that’s to be expected. It’s the big moves and features that we’re more concerned with.

Let’s assume BBM Channels becomes successful and hits the 100M user mark. What then? How does BlackBerry monetize this content? Brands would pay for additional subscribers and enterprise could pay for a customized solution. It probably wouldn’t amount to the kind of money that hardware sales would bring in, but it would provide BlackBerry with a daily way of reaching Android and iOS users. It could be a force for change when you have 10M people’s update of “loving my new BlackBerry” or “pic taken from my Z10″ in their feeds.

It’s also worth thinking about BBM Channels and BBM being its own company entirely. We’ve heard rumors of BlackBerry taking the company apart and selling it off in pieces. If that’s the case, there is likely a company out there that would be interested in a cross-platform content network with brands and millions of users. If that’s the case, BBM Channels is a very smart, and strategic move for the platform.

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