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Verizon Selling the BlackBerry Bold 9930 for $250

This is not as big as the previous news, about Google and Motorola, but it is a good news for all those Blackberry fans out there. If you’re in the US of A, and want to get your hands on a Blackberry Bold 9930, you can get it for just $249.99 from Verizon Wireless. The Bold 9930 has been leaked before, but now is available officially on Verizon’s site.

Verizon had earlier stated that they will be launching the Bold on their site and they’ve done exactly that. The Bold 9930 is actually a pretty great device with all the latest hardware and features. With the looks similar to the Bold 9000, this phone packs in a 2.8 Inch touchscreen display along with a 6 percent wider QWERTY keyboard. That’s not it, the BlackBerry Bold 9930 features;

  • 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, but single-core
  • 768 mb of RAM
  • 8 gb of Internal storage, expandable up to 40 GB.
  • 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording.
  • An NFC chip is also placed behind the battery cover.
All that for $249.99 if you decide to sign a 2 year contract with Verizon, whereas otherwise the phone will cost you about $509.99. Oh yeah, did I mention that this is also the thinnest Blackberry ever? Yeah and it also runs on BB OS 7!! The Bold 9930 was launched along with the Bold 9900 few weeks ago and both of them run on BB OS 7. RIM wants to sell as many Blackberry phones as possible since their market share around the world is slowly dropping. It’s main aim is to stand along Apple and Android phones and the new OS 7 has been dealt with to perform better and faster than before.
If you’re already on Verizon and have an NE2 upgrade, then you can grab this berry for just about $199.99. You can order your Bold 9930 right away from here and will be available at all Verizon stores starting August 25.

10 Apps to Increase Your Smartphone Productivity

In today’s world the smartphone is like a virtual workstation. To work smart in a short span of time you need to load up your phone with office apps, PDF readers, email clients and lots more apps.

Here is a list of 10 apps to make your smartphone even more smarter.

 1. Evernote | Download

An app developed to save notes in the form of text, photograph, voice or a handwritten ink note. You can also set reminders and assign tags to various notes.

Price: Free | Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry

2. Documents To Go | Download

An office app which allows synchronization between one’s smartphone and the computer. Create , view and edit MS office files. It can also read PDF files.

Price: Paid | Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian

3. Gmail | Download

The cool e-mail service is now available for you to carry around in your pockets. Enjoy all the gmail functions through your smartphone wherever you go.

Price: Free | Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian

4. MailDroid | Download

MailDroid is a push mail client for IMAP and POP e-mail. It comes with integrated search options, a spell checker and much more.

Price: Free | Available for Android

5. DropBox | Download

A cloud app that enables users to share and store photos, videos, documents, etc over the internet using file synchronization. The DropBox account can be accessed either from your smartphone or computer.

Price: Free | Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry

6. SugarSync | Download

An app to sync files among multiple computers and also back them up on the web. It also comes handy in organizing the files into folders.

Price: Paid | Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian

7. Google Maps | Download

The power of Google Maps is also available for your smartphone. A web mapping service by Google that allows you to check into locations and navigate with integrated GPS for the traveler in you.

Price: Free | Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian

8. Swype | Download – Android, Symbian

A recently developed input method that enables you to input text faster and in a much more easier way on any screen.

Price: Free | Available for Android, Symbian. You can also get Swype for iPhone using this Cydia app.

9. CamCard | Download – Apple, Android, BlackBerry

Listed as one of the best apps, CamCard is a card reader that extracts the information from visiting cards and organizes the data as a contact.

Price: Paid | Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry

10. DocScanner | Download

A powerful app that is equipped to scan pages and save them as PDFs on your smartphone.

Price: Paid | Available for Apple, Android, Symbian

Those were the top 10 apps to increase productivity on your mobile device and truly turn it in to a smartphone. Tell us about the ones you’ve tried and the one’s you’ll be trying.

10 Fun Games for your Smartphone

Whether you want to relax, use your logical reasoning skills, or just kill some time, there is a game to suit your taste. They are the best way to relieve stress and take your mind off work. Convert your smartphone into a portable gaming device. Here’s a list of 5 games that shouldn’t be free.

Here is a list of another 10 fun games for your smartphone.

1. Angry Birds 

Help the birds take revenge against the pigs who stole their eggs.  Players use a slingshot to launch the birds and hit the pigs on various structures in the game area. As you advance through the levels, new birds with better abilities appear. Angry Birds is one of the best games available for your smartphone.

Price: Paid | Available for Apple, Android, Symbian

2. Uno

The classic card game, helps you de-stress as you play against bots or your own friends across the globe.

Price: Paid | Available for Apple, Android, Symbian

3. Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja is a juicy action game that ensures satisfying fruit carnage as you slice and dice everything on your screen.  It features multiple gameplay modes,  leaderboards and multiplayer.

Price: Paid | Available for Apple, Android, Symbian

4. X Construction

A fun puzzle game that requires you to build bridges with limited materials and in limited time. A game for the engineering mind which loves building. X Contruction is definitely among the best paid games on Android.

Price: Paid | Available on Android

5. Scrabble

The classic spelling game is now available for your smartphone. Its time to show your word skills, challenge your friends or play against the bots.

Price: Free | Available on Apple

6. Sudoku

Sharpen your mind with the logical number placement game now on your smartphone.

Price: Free | Available on Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian

7. Paper Toss

The perfect game for times when you feel unproductive, bored or just plain frustrated. Crumble the paper and thrash it. The Game is surprisingly fun at those times when you have nothing to do.

Price: Paid | Available on Apple, Android, BlackBerry

The Sims 3

The famous strategic life simulation computer game is also available for your smartphone. With The Sims 3 you can live a full fledged virtual life. Different versions of the game is also available.

Price: Paid | Available for Apple, Android, Symbian

9. Solitaire

The famous table top card game is now in your pocket. You can select from a number of card game options across platforms depending on what you want to play.

Price: Free/Paid | Available on Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian

10. Hangman

A classic word guessing game. Hangman sharpens your spelling and logical skills and is one of the best ways to kill time.

Price: Free | Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian

Fresh Attacks of ZeuS Trojan Horse on Blackberry Devices

There are reports of fresh attacks of well known Trojan horse ZeuS on Blackberry devices. Blackberry has a special reputation of being a secure platform but recent news are defamatory. Problem becomes deepening when we come across the infecting mechanism of this malware. The Trojan once installed becomes completely invisible leaving no trail to track. ZeuS also known as Zbot is a Trojan horse that steals banking information by keystroke logging.

As South Asia director of Kaspersky Lab puts the present situation as :

“There has been a new wave of malware attack that has started affecting BlackBerry and it has originated from Poland. The aim is to extract banking passwords.”

Trend Micro,a security research firm reported a Zeus Trojan specifically targeting Blackberry devices. Virus notes the keystroke while user using Mobile banking and thus steals the personal information like passwords etc. Amit Nath, Trend Micro’s security manager in India and SAARC elucidated the virus mechanism. Zeus trojan “does not display any graphical user interface that can prompt users about the infection. Instead, it removes itself from the list of applications. The virus can view, delete and forward text messages, block calls, change the administrator on the device and block phone numbers. It allows the hacker to change the telephone number the device sends all the data to in the event that it gets shut down.”

Zeus trojan blackberry

This time Trojan specifically known as BBOS_ZITMO.B waits for to be installed,once installed it disappears,sends “App Installed OK” message to a botnet administrator then takes control over SMS function of Blackberry device. Now the device is infected and malware is ready to perform operations. These operations are commanded by  botnet administrator. The actual phone user remains completely ignorant of these commands. In case the virus is apprehended and kicked out the administrator can hand over command privileges to a new administrator number, with the Set Administrator command.

  1. Malware can carry out following commands:
  2. Hiding SMS and sending it to Administrator without any knowledge tp user.
  3. Blocking calls.
  4. switch the phone on or off remotely.

How a secure platform like Blackberry was cracked is not easy to say,although Research in Motion has nothing uttered about the present scenario but the strong chances about the potential cause of breaching the security may be installing out-of-the-box applications.

So be warned and precautious while executing transactions and other banking options through the mobile phones and do not forget to update the virus database of your antivirus.

Blackberry Updates App World to Version 2.1.1.2, Grab it Now

Blackberry hasn’t released any official info on this, but they seemed to have secretly pushed out an update for the Blackberry App World. Some of you Blackberry users out there may already have been subjected to notifications regarding the update, those who haven’t can either download it via your phone by checking for updates or you can download latest version 2.1.1.2 from the Blackberry website.

Many of you may not have received the updates, because it only started rolling out earlier today. RIM had removed the App World for a while before releasing the updated version. Blackberry did not give out any change log either, so I can’t really tell you whats new with this new version. What’s left to do is, go over to the Blackberry App World and update to the latest version 2.1.1.2 and find out for yourself.

You could also try and refresh the App World to see if you get the upgrade option, or connect your Berry to the PC and download it via the desktop software.

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Angry Farms: Fling Farm Animals on Your BlackBerry

Angry Birds was and still is a huge success, but to be honest I’m kind of tired and bored with flinging birds at pigs, even though it’s really addicting and hilarious. Although, Angry Birds is available for almost all software platforms now, BlackBerry users still haven’t got a taste of this game on their business phones. Of course it is quite understand that a Business person wouldn’t really enjoy flinging things at smiling frogs, but come one.. it’ll surely help you take the edge off all that work as a business man.

Rovio hasn’t yet developed any version of Angry Birds that would run on the BlackBerry’s OS, and thus another developer took things in to their own hands…or slingshot. A company called Smarter Apps has stolen the idea from Angry Birds and brought out a new game called as Angry Farm. BlackBerry users can now rejoice and make the other Angry Birds counterparts jealous. What’s different in Angry Farm? The name should explain it, but to elaborate, the story begins when the Farmers leave the farm only to attract foxes. The farm animals have to stop the invasion by destroying the foxes that are placed on/inside farm structures and drive them away. The animals that you can fling include chinckens, pigs, goats and cows. What fun!!

You can download this game for your BlackBerry device from the App World for $4.99. Requires BlackBerry OS version 4.6 and above.

5 Applications Enhancing Blackberry Privacy

This is a guest post by Shariq who blogs at Homology. If you would like to write for CallingAllGeeks, read: CallingAllGeeks revenue sharing program.

I think privacy is a potential need for every person and if we talk about mobile phone it worth more. There may be some content in your phone you want to hide from others like if you want your photos or videos not available for others or want your messages and contacts hidden from others.

Suppose someone is disturbing your privacy by making spam calls or sending you spam messages, you will definitely want to get rid off. If you are using blackberry mobile then following applications will be very helpful in maintaining your phone privacy.

iLock – Password App Photo Folder

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This is a free and powerful software to guard your blackberry phone content. You can lock any application with this software. You can set a password which protect all your phone content from strangers. You can lock single folder or even a single application with this protector. It can also hide your messages and contacts too. Get this Software for free. Hurry because in future it may be paid.

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Privacy Manager

blackberry privacy applications

It is a powerful call filter software. With this software you can block unwanted calls and can maintain your privacy. You can also block spam emails with this software. This application set several actions for blocked calls such as number Busy, signal failed, voice mail, call divert etc.

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BlackBook

blackberry privacy applications

This BlackBerry application is for hiding contacts and hiding caller ids. This software can also block specific call, messages and emails. This software can increase the length of sms messages upto 1400 characters. It can creates pseudo caller ids if you want to keep caller private. Besides you can send attachments with emails.

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NumberCop

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It is a free BlackBerry application. This is a spam blocker application. This application has its own online database of spam callers and it automatically blocks spam callers and also blocks spam messages. This software detects spam number from your phones and alerts you. Its database has more than 50000 spammers so this may be a very good spam blocker for your BB mobile Phone.

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App Lock

This is another device locker application for BB. It is cheap and good working application. With this app you can lock any folder or application with password and you do not need to lock entire phone.

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Few more useful BlackBerry Apps:

Do share, Which application you are using to secure your BlackBerry?

Signup for HootSuite Beta App for Blackberry

Since few days HootSuite is working on application for Blackberry. Finally HootSuite shared screenshots and access to beta HootSuite app for Blackberry.

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Looking at screenshot it seems that HootSuite application is user-friendly and with nice layout. The beta app for Blackberry is fully featured and it also shows the statistics as shown in the screenshot.

Here is what HootSuite wrote:

Blackberry fans are adamantly vocal about their desire to Hoot from their beloved ‘berrys — and the wait is almost over! Soon fans everywhere will have a ‘berry-ready Owl with Facebook and Twitter in your hand — just don’t squish it!

To quench your desire, here are the first screenshots of HootSuite for Blackberry to share with your colleagues.

The pilot batch of HootSuite for Blackberry beta users are testing the first iteration with more invites going out soon (we haven’t forgotten about the thousands of you who signed up to test).

There are already thousands of sign ups for beta HootSuite app for Blackberry. If you want to try the application you can sign up from this official page. I can’t wait anymore to check out the HootSuite application and if you are also trying it out don’t forget to share your views.

You might be interested in reading:

  • Twitter for BlackBerry Smartphones Gets an Beta Update
  • WordPress For Blackberry Gets an Update

Of course this application is in beta version and just a glimpse yet. We can expect more in final version, so keep in touch with CallingAllGeeks to get more updates about HootSuite application for Blackberry.

5 Handy Blackberry Applications to Increase Your Productivity

There are main two reasons to grab new gadget, either to show off or to increase productivity. If you prefer to use Smartphone to make your work easy and get productive then you would like to check out CallingAllGeek’s previous article about Mac applications to increase your productivity. Apart from Mac, there are few applications for Blackberry applications to which will surely make your task easier and make you more productive.

Evernote

Evernote is awesome and most useful app which helps you to recall anything. You can use it to remember your ideas, images or you can also use it for recording voice memo. It is very easy to sync all the notes easily with Mac or Windows from your Blackberry.

Evernote

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BeamExplorer File Manager:

BeamExplorer File Manager makes content management of your device easy. You can easily copy, paste, delete and rename the files. Also allows you to search, create all important documents like Word, Excel, PPT etc. Overall, its very user-friendly and free application to manage files on Blackberry.

Beam file manager

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Lister:

Lister as name says helps you to make and manage multiple lists easily and user-friendly. You can easily create list without using Blackberry menu or add optional due dates reminders and use hotkeys to navigate very easily. Lister is also a free Blackberry application.

Lister

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Call Control:

This is my favorite application, I can easily block unwanted calls which used to waste my time. Call Control is an paid application, which you can trial for 14 days before purchasing. It is worth paying for blocking private and unwanted calls, create and update personal blacklist and whitelist.

call control

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reQuall Blackberry

reQuall Blackberry is available for free which helps you to note down your ideas, tasks and commitments. The best part about reQuall is that it gives you alerts according to the locations you are in. So, if you are in a mall, you can get the alert for your shopping list. You can get reminders through instant messages or Emails.

requall

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I am sure you will surely save your time with these blackberry applications. Now when you more productive you can easily get more social with awesome Social Networking Blackberry applications.

Do share with us which are your favorite Blackberry application to increase productivity.