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How To: perform a BlackBerry PlayBook Hard Reset

Friday, April 29th, 2011


As everybody knows by now, the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS is – well – still under active development. And even if RIM advertises their QNX based OS as un-crashable. (“It is even used in Nuclear Power Plants”).

Yeah, it can crash too….

So what do you? Removing the battery like you do with your BlackBerry smartphone is no longer an option.

Here is how to perform a hard reset:

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BlackBerry Camera won’t zoom

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Due to a bug in the current BlackBerry OS it can happen that your BlackBerry Camera won’t zoom. You have to reset your device and the issue should be solved. Do this by one of the following methods:

  1. Use the free application RestartMe
  2. hold down alt, right upper case and del to reset
  3. Pull the Battery
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TopoExplorer for BlackBerry Storm released by Skylab Mobilesystems

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Skylab Mobilesystems has released a special Storm-Version of the free Topographic Mapping software TopoExplorer. It features full touchscreen support as well as device rotation.








TopoExplorer can be downloaded here: http://www.skylab-mobilesystems.com/en/products/topoexplorer_blackberry.html

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How to solve: Intellisync unknown error reported

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Here is what to do if you get “Intellisync unknown error reported” after pressing sync:

  1. Make sure you have Administrator rights on the Windows system you are using. Otherwise you can not use the BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
  2. The BlackBerry Desktop Manager installation might be incomplete. Uninstall the Desktop Manager, download the latest version and reinstall it.
  3. Make Microsoft Outlook your default email application by selecting it in Control Panel -> Internet Options -> Program -> Email.
  4. Check out the following BlackBerry Knowledgebase articles for other possible causes:
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Firefox for BlackBerry

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

There are not many alternative browser for the BlackBerry. The Firefox team however is working on a mobile version which seems promising:


Firefox Mobile Concept Video from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

Though there is no Firefox browser available that can be used with the BlackBerry, you can put Firefox on your Blackberry.
Check out: Firefox Portable: http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable

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BlackBerry not charging

Monday, February 9th, 2009

If your BlackBerry won’t charge, check out the following:

  • Make sure you have installed the BlackBerry Desktop Manager on you computer (especially the BlackBerry USB driver which is included). Otherwise the BlackBerry will be recognized as an unknown USB device and won’t charge. If you do not want to install the complete Desktop Manager, do the following:
    1. Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog (http://catalog.update.microsoft.com)
    2. Search for “Research in Motion BlackBerry”
    3. Click “Add” and “Got to Download Basket”
    4. Save the driver and unpack it.
    5. Connect the BlackBerry and follow the instruction to install the driver from the location where you unpacked it.
  • If you are charging via your computer, make sure you have an external-powered USB hub. Otherwise there might not be enough power on the USB port, especially if you are using other USB devices as well.
  • Check the 5 Gold Pins where you insert the charger. They might have bent and prevent successful charging.
  • Try to replace your USB cable.
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How to save money making calls from China and Hong Kong with your BlackBerry utilizing VOIP

Friday, December 19th, 2008

In China and Hong Kong some providers offer to route a phone call through an IP network if you dial a special prefix before the actual phone number. As the routing through an IP network is cheaper, the rates for a call is in most cases way cheaper than a regular call. It is however very inconvenient as you have to initiate each call by typing the prefix and number instead of just selecting a contact from the address book. I figured out that it is possible to use the application BerryDialer, which is originally intended to use callingcards, for this purpose.

  • China Mobile IP Prefix (domestic long distance calls): 17951
    (Note: to use this prefix, phone numbers must be stored without country code as China Mobile does not like a county code in domestic ip calls. The BerryDialer support told me they will add a feature to ommit country codes in a free update version soon.)
  • China Mobile IP Prefix (international calls): 12593
    (You have to register for international calls first)

How to configure BerryDialer for this:

BerryDialer Configuration for HK CSL IP Call

BerryDialer Configuration for China Mobile IP Call domestic

BerryDialer Configuration for China Mobile IP Call international

Now you can enjoy cheap IP phone rates without losing the comfort of easy dialing through your address book. BerryDialer is available for $19.99 at MobileSoftMarket.

Note: This is only an example for China and Hong Kong providers. Such a “cheap call-prefix” will most probably also be available in other courntires / with other providers. If you know, please leave a comment.

Free Christmas Ebooks

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Here is a list of my favorite Christmas E-Books freely available via BlackBerryBooks.com:photo by http://flickr.com/photos/isisjem/

Enjoy the Christmas time!

Are you prepared? Emergency / Disaster Prevention with your BlackBerry

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Winter is coming and with it unfortunately also the disaster season.
The question is: Are you prepared?

photo by http://flickr.com/photos/laserstars/

Here is a list of essential applications and utilities you need for your BlackBerry to be prepared:

  • US Army Survival Guide
    This is the official survival guide of the US Army as a version optimized for your BlackBerry. It helps you in every thinkable emergency and disaster situation.
  • BatteryBooster
    Extends your BlackBerry battery life through software optimization.
  • Exchange Battery
    Although BatteryBooster can extend the battery life, we highly recommence a spare battery to be prepared for an emergency.
  • Flashlight Pro
    The program allows you to switch the BlackBerry to a bright white screen suitable as an emergency flashlight. Furthermore it can use the display to send an SOS message in morse code.
  • OtterBox
    Rugged cases for your BlackBerry: Otterbox for Curve, Otterbox for Bold, Otterbox Pearl, Otterbox 8800
  • TopoExplorer
    This program is still in the beta stage but the only GPS application for the BlackBerry which provides topographic on-device-maps without the need of any cell signal.

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StrawBerrys and the LeapFrog

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Seriously – do you guys know about the name origin of your beloved device?

RIM settled on the name “BlackBerry” only after weeks of work by Lexicon Branding Inc., the Sausalito, California-based firm that named Intel Corp.’s Pentium microprocessor and Apple’s PowerBook. One of the naming experts at Lexicon thought the miniature buttons on RIM’s product looked “like the tiny seeds in a strawberry,” Lexicon founder David Placek says. “A linguist at the firm thought straw was too slow sounding. Someone else suggested blackberry. RIM went for it.” Previously the device was called LeapFrog, alluding to the technology leaping over the current competition, and its placeholder name during brainstorm was the PocketLink. The plural form of “BlackBerry” is “BlackBerrys.”

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