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RIM To Announce Updated BlackBerry 7.1 & PlayBook OS 2

by Hamza Tariq - on Jan 9th 2012 - No Comments

In the occasion of CES 2012, the Research in Motion also tries to bet its future, and announces that company is planning to introduce the updated version of its Playbook OS in this year, as well as the company is on the way to introduce the new BlackBerry 7.1 software to compete with the market. So, if you are a BlackBerry fan, hold your heart and wait for the company to unveil its upcoming product.

Playbook OS 2
In addition to CES moment, RIM also announces that they will preview its upcoming Operating System for the PlayBook in the upcoming trade show, which begins from Tuesday. According to the announcement, RIM will allow PlayBook owners to download the OS for free in Feburary this year. The new PlayBook OS 2 to feature the new functions which allow BlackBerry devices to act like a keyboard and mouse with other devices. RIM is said to be preview the new social feature of Playbook OS 2 named “Bridge” in the trade show.

Recently, in the past RIM criticized for repeatedly delaying the launch of BlackBerry 7.1 software, and now finally RIM again announced that they will launch the OS finally, with the couple of new features and updates to BBM Messagin, BlackBerry Traffic and BlackBerry Travel apps. The company is already going from the lowest market cap, and on the edge with their products in tech community.

Indonesian Government: BBM And BIS To Get Shutdown In Indonesia

by Daudi - on Dec 13th 2011 - No Comments

The Indonesian Government is looking forward to shut down BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry Internet Services in the country. The reason is said to be the change in plans by RIM (Research In Motion) to install the BlackBerry servers in Singapore, rather than installing them in Indonesia.

A member of the Indonesian Telecommunication Regulatory Authority BRTI told The Jakarta Post regarding the government threat that:

“Because RIM has not been cooperative, it is possible that we will soon end BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) and BBM service,”

RIM told Indonesian government that it would install a “server” or “a data center” in Indonesia. This was one of the four promises made by RIM with the government of Indonesia. The completion of “server” or “a data center” was said to be completed by 31st December 2011, The Jakarta Post Explained. RIM and Indonesian government had an agreement in September regarding the Server installation. The place for the server was not yet decided. The government wanted to make Indonesia as a priority because it is another  home for Rim’s Device, BlackBerry. Indonesia is one of the biggest country in Southeast Asia where we can find numerous people carrying BlackBerry.

BlackBerry is the part of Indonesian peoples daily life and they use BlackBerry to their all the business dealings. In another words, we can say that BlackBerry is used by people of Indonesia to run their Businesses and access their community. Due to this the government needs to keep an eye on its users and wants to make sure that the data, information, and every detail exchanged between the people are secure and in safe hands. Currently all the data exchanged by BlackBerry BIS and BBM is processed in Canada, the home of RIM.

Regarding the issue of data safety and exchange, Heru Sutadi of BRTI said:

“With the condition as it is now, we warn that the country’s users to be cautious about using BlackBerry because the data exchanged is not safe or cannot be guaranteed of its safety”

No doubt that safety for its users is the first step taken by every government of their own respected country. We think that the Indonesian government has taken a great step towards the safety of its people. This is a real threat to RIM because if RIM doesn’t takes any action on time, So it would loose more than Million of customers.

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BBX OS Changed To BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry Milan Revealed

by Absar Abdul Rahman - on Dec 8th 2011 - No Comments

Few weeks back we reported you about the BlackBerry BBX OS (BlackBerry 10) device named London with the super most specifications and after that now another BlackBerry is revealed named Milan, this time the models are catching up the famous cities and it will run the BlackBerry 10 too.

The BBX OS turned to BlackBerry 10 on December 7th, 2011 which will run on mobile phones and tablets both. The specifications for BlackBerry Milan yet are not leaked, the device is revealed by CrackBerry.

The BlackBerry’s 2012 road map shows the following BlackBerry 10 devices to launch in 2012

  • BlackBerry London
  • BlackBerry Milan
  • BlackBerry Lisbon
  • BlackBerry Nevada
  • Black Forest
The BlackBerry Milan is the same like Torch, yet not the the Trackpad is off the hook, no accept and decline button and no BlackBerry menu button.. strange ?? But this is the only sign too BlackBerry 10 which means of the BB OS 7 the BlackBerry 10 is fully touch interfaced. The shape of Milan is quite attractive, the round corners, the narrowed QWERTT keypad and more.
Till now no signs are revealed of it to release but as of the London it will release a bit late.

RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook Rooting Tool Released (Download)

by Daudi - on Dec 7th 2011 - No Comments

Few days back we reported you about the news that RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook got rooted and RIM launched some sort of investigation. The hackers claimed that they found a bug in PlayBook which led to allow them to hack into its Root and do some fun. So RIM must be busy in finding the exploit, where as the hackers have released the tool to Root BlackBerry’s, PlayBook.

The tool is called Dingleberry.

Those who got BlackBerry playbook can now enjoy Rooting their PlayBook.  The hacker’s team Neuralic posted a complete method on how can one do this method and enjoy rooting.

How to get the Android Market working on the BlackBerry PlayBook:

1. Install the 2.0 beta on your playbook.

2. Root your playbook using the dingleberry tool found at dingleberry.it

3. Download the google apps package from http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/index.php?title=Latest_Version/Google_Apps

4. Install and launch an android app packaged as a .bar file in order to set up the android system. I would recommend installing a launcher app of some kind since you will need one to launch the Market and related apps. A bunch can be found at http://playbookbars.com/

5. Log into your playbook as root with an scp client (eg: WinSCP for windows). Copy the system folder in the google apps download to the root of your playbook and merge it with the system folder there.

6. Open up a root ssh shell and remove “/system/app/SetupWizard.apk” (this can by done by typing in “mv /system/app/SetupWizard.apk /system/app/SetupWizard.apk.bak”.

7. Kill the running android player “cd /apps/sys.android.XXXX.ns/native/scripts” (XXXX will be different for each device) and run “./android-player-cmd.sh kill-android-core.sh”

8. Launch a launcher app of some kind. Start up Android Market (or any other google app), enter your account details and it will start working. This trick will also install google chat and a few other goodies. The Android Market works and will install things after you do this.

9. Play around with the Android player and find other cool things!

 

Other notes:

- Messing with the Android Player causes stuff to break quite often! If you edit the wrong files, you will probably have to restore your device. You shouldn’t be able to do any permanent damage, but make sure to backup before playing with anything. I take no responsibility for damage to your device.

- The above steps only work for apks installed from the Android Market. For other apks, you can temporarily replace the file “PackageInstaller.apk” in /system/app with the PackageInstaller.app from cyanogenmod. You must restore the original PackageInstaller.apk before the next time that the android player reloads. You can use this method to get apps that update themselves by downloading a .apk file to work (eg: HCL Launcher Updater)

- You can get an “Android Player” launcher app for your playbook by using the script “install-android-player.sh” from the old android beta. This will boot up and let you pick a launcher without opening up a different app afterwards.

 

If you find anything interesting and want to share it with us, send me (@neuralic) or @xpvqs a message on twitter.

You can download the tool from below for Windows and MAC.

Download Dingleberry for Windows (Download Link)

Download Dingleberry for MAC OS X (Coming Soon)

 

BlackBerry PlayBook Gets Rooted. “Investigation Underway” Says RIM

by Daudi - on Dec 1st 2011 - No Comments

After Samsung, now it is the turn for BlackBerry. Many of you must be aware with the word “Rooting”. Rooting ins simple words mean to gain access to the files which are hidden or not accessible by simple user. We can also say that Rooting is some what equivalent to Jailbreaking. Like we Jailbreak our iDevices to gain access to 3rd party Apps and Tweaks. Like this other devices, other than Apple are Rooted to gain access to 3rd party Apps and Tweak. But rooting is not safe for users.

This will be the first time we would be hearing about Rooting done in RIM’s Device. The device is not any BlackBerry Smart Phone but indeed is its new tablet which is BlackBerry PlayBook. BlackBerry PlayBook is a tablet released by RIM for handy works done daily. Now what happens when the daily work turns into hacking? The device gets PWNED.

Today a group of security researchers recently demonstrated a video showing that they have successfuly gained access to the QNX-based operating system found in the RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM’s new operating system is said to be so much secure that it is very hard to get rooted.

RIM’s new operating system, however, is a different beast. It’s more powerful and it is certainly capable, but it also looks like it’s been hacked, broken into, and manipulated by a few individuals who have demonstrated that they have access to something that no one outside of RIM has ever had access to.

This was a bad news for RIM. Well RIM, didn’t sat down or started to cry over the spilt milk, It started to investigate about the security hole found by these security researchers.

Research In Motion (RIM) is aware of a claim made on Twitter by security researchers working together that suggests the ability to ‘jailbreak’ a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet,”

And more over RIM also declared that the BlackBerry Smart Phone users are not affected and they are safe from this hack. RIM’s full statement for this event is below:

Research In Motion (RIM) is aware of a claim made on Twitter by security researchers working together that suggests the ability to “jailbreak” a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The term “jailbreaking” is commonly used to describe altering the software on a smartphone or tablet in order to obtain access to systems or applications not officially authorized or distributed by the manufacturer. BlackBerry smartphone users are not affected. RIM is currently investigating this claim and has been in contact with one of the security researchers to discuss it.

RIM is currently not aware of a jailbreak being leveraged by anyone other than the researchers, who claim to have performed a jailbreak on their own BlackBerry PlayBook tablets only. If it is determined that the claim is accurate, RIM will follow its standard response process to develop and release a software update that is designed to minimize adverse impact to our customers or carrier partners. RIM is aware that the security researchers have stated they intend to release a tool to jailbreak the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. If such a tool is released, RIM will investigate it.

The security of mobile devices and major networked systems is tested by third-party security researchers every day. RIM also continually tests the security of its own products, and volunteers its products to recognized industry experts for security testing and certification to help identify possible issues. RIM is committed to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and to working with researchers to continue to protect our customers.

Above was the statement given by RIM regarding this security hole found by “neuralic” the security researchers and below is the video in which they have shown the demonstration of BlackBerry PlayBook rooted.

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In video the neuralic’s haven’t showed any thing rather turning off and one the brightness of BlackBerry PlayBook. They haven’t showed any thing like controlling apps or something like that. So far, the investigation is underway and we will let you know the results, As soon as it is out.

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BlackBerry Running The New BBX OS Shown Off

by Absar Abdul Rahman - on Nov 15th 2011 - No Comments

As Apple’s WWDC there was an event by BlackBerry which is known as the DevCon (Developer’s Conference) on which they loved the BBOS 7 line up and revealed the new BBX instead of BBOS 8.

After this revelation the first leak took place in which all new BlackBerry is shaped up with a 3.7 inch wide touch screen and looks like the Samsung Galaxy SII but also looks like this BlackBerry is too an official Porsche’s recruitment like the BlackBerry’s P’9981.

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This BlackBerry will be know as the BlackBerry London and its specs are

  • Texas Instrumental’s OMAP Dual Core CPU 1.5 GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • 2 Mega Pixel’s Front Camera
  • 8 Mega Pixel’s Rear Camera

At first it was said to be fake, but The Verge did some thorough testing of this image via Photo Shop. It is possible that this could be some sort of concept design or a prototype and it might not make its way to production.

Like always, the initial news about some un launched or upcoming devices are rumors, so take this one as a rumor also.

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