4 posts categorized "blackberry"


BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Now Available

Version 2.1 of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS has been released. The Inside BlackBerry blog has posted "New BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Update Now Available: 3 Reasons to Download", which details some of the new features while an Inside BlackBerry for Business blog post details some of the others that may be useful to enterprise users.

A quick list of new and changed features in the 339MB v2.1.0.1032 update include the following but please refer to the posts linked to above for more information:

  • Portrait Orientation for the Messages, Calendar, and Contacts apps
  • Folders within an email account connected through ActiveSync can be synchronized individually
  • WiFi can be used for bridging data between your blackberry phone and the playbook
  • SMS Messages can now be bridged to the PlayBook
  • Print to Go will now work across different networks
  • Android apps will now be run in separate windows instead of one window for every Android app
  • Android apps can now use the PlayBook camera
  • In-App Purchases will now work in Android Apps

And, for folks keeping score, my PlayBook running OS 2.0 scored a 373 (+9 Bonus Points) on The HTML5 Test while PlayBook OS 2.1 scored a 393 (+9 bonus points). For comparison, Safari 6.0.1 on my OS X 10.8.2 Macbook Pro scored a 376 (+11 bonus points) but, in all fairness to Apple, Safari executes the test very quickly while there is a bit of a lag getting results from the PlayBook.

Finally, what looks to me like a regular bonus whenever a new PlayBook release comes out, two new games compliments of RIM and Union have been posted to App World: CreaVures and Shadowgun, both of which usually sell for $4.99.

A New BlackBerry PlayBook OS Update Seems Imminent

An update to version 2.1 of BlackBerry Bridge was offered up to my Torch 9850 today. Notable changes outside of the usual bug fixes is that this version will allow you to view and respond to text messages on the PlayBook and Wi-Fi can now be used for data transfer if your BlackBerry phone and PlayBook are connected to the same access point. Grab it from BlackBerry App World.


Removing Gmail Messages from BlackBerry Inbox

Sometimes, the old 'battery pull' method for removing messages that will not delete when you delete them from your BlackBerry Inbox doesn't work. Sometimes, pulling the battery to perform a hard reset removes them, sometimes it removes only some of them. Sometimes, you're on a long conference call and a battery pull would not be advisable and that message is just sitting there...taunting you. Why won't you delete? What makes you so special, email from Marco's Pizza, that you want to stick around? I deleted you! Why won't you leave? 

Deleting Prior looks like it's does something as the messages briefly disappear but they quickly come back to haunt me anew. 

Sure. After 30 days, they will vanish. That's the built-in default for the Inbox. This is configurable, too. BlackBerry 7.1 let's you set the interval for how long these undeletable messages will taunt you. You can lower it to 15 days and if you're feeling mischievous, configure your friend's BlackBerry to save them up to Forever. Simply open your Inbox, press the BlackBerry menu button and select Options. Then choose Messages Display and Actions. Scroll all the way down to Days To Keep Messages and then select 15, 30, 60, 90, all the way up to Forever.

Today was one of those days so I decided to once again poke around in the various options and now I think I've found a reliable way to get rid of them. Once again, go into your Inbox, press the BlackBerry menu button and select Options. Then, select Inbox Management. Under Email Accounts, deselect your gmail account, press the Back button and Save your change. The messages are now gone from your Inbox. Repeat this process but select your email address again to reassociate your gmail inbox with your main inbox.

Incidentally, this may also work when Facebook Messages in your inbox will not delete as well and if I ever start using that account, we'll see if this works for those, too.