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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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BlackBerry Missing From Wearables: 2014′s Hottest Consumer Tech Trend



One of the biggest trends right now in consumer tech and mobile devices is wearables. Whether it’s The Quantified Self or a means of better interacting with your devices, wearables is one of the hottest items in consumer tech right now. But where does BlackBerry fit in? iOS and Android both have very crucial roles in wearables, as most of these devices are integrated into both platforms. BlackBerry seems to be going full enterprise, but one can’t help but notice there is a lot of opportunity for BlackBerry in wearables, but with nothing really going on.

When BlackBerry acquired QNX, it opened the doors to an operating system that is versatile and could potentially open a lot of doors to new verticals for BlackBerry. The company took advantage of this opportunity by getting into the automotive sector and tablets. With QNX, one would hope to see BlackBerry be able to quickly get into the wearable tech sector, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at least as of yet.

When you look at the biggest players in wearable tech, BlackBerry is nowhere to be seen. The reason wearables aren’t getting into BlackBerry is probably the same reason a lot of startups aren’t launching their apps on BlackBerry. While the development barrier has been reduced with BlackBerry 10, the fact that the user numbers aren’t there makes it difficult to justify the cost of launching with BlackBerry.

Here are some of the top products in wearable tech, and you’ll notice there’s not much going on with BlackBerry.

Zepp will improve your swing whether it be baseball, golf or tennis. The Zepp tracking tag goes on your club, bat or racket and comes with an Android or iOS app.

The Nike FuelBand tracks your movements and allows you to get involved in the Quantified Self. It’s a great fitness tracking tool and currently only available for iOS (although there is a laptop/desktop component).

The Jawbone Up is another fitness tracking device and app combo that is available for iOS and Android. It has garnered quite a bit of attention lately with its redesigned app.

Thalmic Labs’ Myo is an armband that has a lot of potential for gesture technology. The company has a developer kit out but the product hasn’t shipped yet. Since it’s a Waterloo company, hopefully there will be some BlackBerry love and we’ll see some interesting integration.

The Pebble is actually one of the only devices we can see that has any form of BlackBerry support, and it’s through a 3rd party developer and an app called Talk2Watch. Download Talk2Watch at this link for your BlackBerry 10 device.

So how does BlackBerry reverse this trend? If a wearable technology has an API that any developer can plug in to, it would be smart to start organizing hackathons and giving prize money to developers that can create great BlackBerry apps for these devices. The manufacturers of these devices usually have a lot of investment money to throw at growing a developer ecosystem, and there’s probably a lot to mutually gain. The more obvious answer though is to just grow the subscriber base and take an “if you build it they will come” mentality.

On the other hand, maybe BlackBerry doesn’t care about wearable or consumer tech in general. It’s very possible that the new corporate strategy is enterprise-only.


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Group Polarization Explains Why Dedicated Blogs Are Great For Brands And Bad For Discussion


David G. Myers is the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Hope College and author of psychology textbooks and of The Pursuit of Happiness among other books. In a discussion on group polarization, he describes the simple theory that opinion segregation plus conversation equals polarization. It’s interesting to think of this theory in terms of tech blogs, as sites like BlackBerryCool are exactly that: opinion segregation. This theory explains why sites such as this are great for brands, but actually terrible places for meaningful discussion as it polarizes opinion.


The background to this theory is based on social psychologists examining whether or not group interaction would increase risk or caution. The results of various studies concluded unanimously that group interaction tends to amplify people’s initial inclinations.

“This group polarization phenomenon was repeatedly confirmed. In one study, relatively prejudiced and unprejudiced students were grouped separately and asked to respond – before and after discussion – to racial dilemmas, such as a conflict over property rights versus open housing. Discussion with like-minded peers increased the attitude gap between the high- and low-prejudiced groups.”

Sound familiar? When you create a website around one specific topic or brand, you’re creating an insular community that drinks the Kool-Aid together and insulates itself against outside opinions. This has been particularly fervent in the BlackBerry community as talk about the company going out of business has led to a community feeling like it has to fight back and outsiders feeling emboldened by their opinions in light of it becoming increasingly mainstream.

The Internet will always be a diverse place filled with sites that range from the totally bias, to unbias and somewhere in between. The point being that sites that focus on a single product will be a great place for brands, as it will become a hotbed for turning out “fanboys”, but in terms of open, well-balanced dialogue, these sites are never going to become somewhere worth visiting. It’s simply not human nature.

Read David G. Meyers’ post at this link.


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SignEasy Premium: The Best BlackBerry 10 App Purchase You Will Ever Make


If you find yourself signing PDFs and documents, SignEasy Premium is a must-have app for your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. SignEasy has a free version, and the paid version costs $20. When compared to the cost of most apps, $20 may seem like a lot but it’s actually very cheap when you consider your time. The amount of time that SignEasy saves the average person means this app is bringing you hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars in saved time.


Consider how to sign a PDF without SignEasy:

1. Receive document
2. Find printer (this could take hours if you’re out of the office)
3. Print document
4. Sign document
5. Find scanner (maybe your printer doesn’t scan. Now you have to find a scanner and again, it could take hours)
6. Scan document and send to client or your own email which you then have to forward

This whole process could take you an entire day. It’s incredibly frustrating. Now, with SignEasy, consider the following:

1. Receive document
2. Sign and send back to client with SignEasy app

If you sign documents at your work, the above reason is why SignEasy is the best app purchase you will ever make. The only major downside to this app is that it’s an Android port and this sometimes causes bugs. The upside is that your changes are saved and it’s easy to revert to the same document and continue your work.

Download SignEasy Premium at this link.

Download SignEasy Free at this link.


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