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BLACKBERRY II- Headaches and Solutions

Happy weekend everyone. Hope your week wasn’t too stressful. I am pretty sure this weekend is pretty much for relaxing and watching soccer.  Anyways, I wouldn’t take much of your time with this post and we will be continuing from Last week’s post; Blackberry and this week we will be talking about different Operating Systems (OS), features and applications. So Lets go:

We all know, and for the sake of people that don’t know, when you purchase a blackberry, It comes with an OS (either 5 or 6) like in the older models and OS 7 in the newer models. Each OS can be upgraded, some to a different version for example; from OS 5.0.1 to 5.2.1 while other from OS 5 to OS 6. Apart from the OS, It also comes with Pre-installed applications and services. Pre-installed, in layman terms means it comes with the phone.



Did you know that apart from using your blackberry to check and send e-mails,  you can Create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint docs, and view PDF docs anywhere, anytime from your blackberry?  If you knew, good for you. If you did not know, don’t feel bad. Simply go to Applications, and select Word to go for creating and editing a word document, Sheet to Go if you want to do some spreadsheet calculations and slideshow to Go for PowerPoint Presentations.


You can Stay up-to-date with your social networks and receive the latest news and information from your favourite blogs and websites through RSS feeds.


With BBM features built right into many of your favourite applications, you can share or chat with your BBM friends while you’re in the app.


Your BlackBerry ID is your master key to BlackBerry products, sites, services and applications


Most blackberry users always complain that their blackberry devices are slow or always hanging or both. Here are a few ways to make the frustration go away.

Check Your Device’s Available Space

It’s always a good idea to periodically check how much memory is left on your device. This is a fairly simple procedure. Here’s how:

For OS 6 and OS 7

Go to ‘Options’ > Scroll down to and select ‘Device’ > Scroll down to and select ‘Device and Status Information’ > Scroll down to ‘Device Information’ > your ‘Free Memory’ will be shown in bytes.

For OS 5 devices

Go to Options > Status > File Free tells you how much free space your device has in bytes.

Close Applications Running in Background

Often times, a device will lag because applications that weren’t closed down properly are still running in the background. Checking this regularly is also a great way to maintain speed and performance. Here’s how:

For OS 6 and OS 7 devices

From your home screen, press the BlackBerry button and select ‘Switch Application.’ You can also press and hold the BlackBerry button to get the same effect. As you can see below, this will display all of your applications that are currently running in the background. Go into each application and close them manually to ensure they are exited properly.

For OS 5 devices

From your home screen, press the BlackBerry button twice to display an options menu. From there, scroll down to ‘Switch Application’. This will display all applications that are currently running on your phone. Go to each application and exit from them properly.

Clear Your Event Log. Often.

Your BlackBerry stores everything. When you opened an app, when you closed an app, mobile websites you’ve visited, what you’ve downloaded, what you’ve deleted, etc. That’s a lot of information to be storing. Here’s a quick way to clear out all of that wasted space:

Hold down the ‘alt’ key and type ‘LGLG’ (lower case, without quotes). This will take you directly to your device’s Event Log. From there, press the BlackBerry button and select ‘Clear Log.’ This operation is the same for both OS 5 and 6.

Enable Automatic Memory Cleaning

For OS 6 and OS 7 devices

Go to ‘Options’ > Scroll to and select ‘Security’ > ‘Advanced Security Settings’ > Scroll to ‘Memory Cleaning’ > Select the box beside ‘Enable’ to enable regular memory cleaning.

For OS 5 devices

Go to ‘Options’ > Scroll to and select ‘Security Options’ > Scroll to and select ‘Advanced Security Options’ > Select ‘Memory Cleaning’ > You’ll see a drop-down menu, select ‘Enable’.

Clear Your Cache

Much like your desktop browser, you BlackBerry’s browser also stores content cache which can take up a lot of unnecessary space. It’s a good idea to do this often, depending on how much you use your BlackBerry for internet browsing.

For OS 6 and OS 7 devices

Open your browser > Press the BlackBerry button to reveal a menu > Select ‘Options’ > Scroll down to the bottom where it says ‘Clear Browsing Data’ (shown below) make sure the box beside ‘Cache’ is checked > Select ‘Clear Now’.

For OS 5 devices

Open your browser > Press the BlackBerry button to reveal a menu > Select ‘Options’ > Select ‘Cache Operations’ > Under ‘Content Cache’ you will see a ‘Clear’ button. Select ‘Clear’.


Like I mentioned earlier, we have different OS and we will briefly talk about them. Starting from the oldest

OS 5



Flag for Follow up: By applying different colours, you can assign due dates, set reminders and more, so you can easily stay on top of all your important email messages.

Forward Appointments: you can forward a calendar entry from the email message list or directly from the calendar and make sure the right people are there.

Viewing Attachments: you can open attachments from calendar entries in formats like JPEG, PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


Remote File Access: you can Find, open, view, edit, save, or email your JPEG, PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly from your BlackBerry Smartphone.

Gmail Integration

 BlackBerry Browser

BlackBerry Maps

BlackBerry Map Display – Access maps, zoom in for a closer look, and plan your route faster than you could before. You can also place your cursor over an unlabeled street to make the name pop up.

Automatic Address Detection – Simply click on an address is displayed in an email or on a web page to view the location with BlackBerry Maps.

Points of Interest – View points of interest like hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers, get directions from one to the other, and see ratings and reviews all on BlackBerry Maps.

Navigation – Find your current location, search for an address from your contact list, or get directions to the company party from your pre-stored “work” or “home” location, all in one place.

Photo Geotagging – View pictures you’ve taken while on the go – your geotagged photos appear as a layer on your map so you can view them as thumbnail images in BlackBerry Maps

BlackBerry OS 6


In addition to the features of OS 5;

Social feeds and views

See all your social and RSS feeds in one place. Type an update once and send it to one, all or select networks.

Faster, richer web browsing

Pages load quickly, and there’s tabbed browsing so you can have multiple web pages open at once.

Universal search

Now you can search everything on your smartphone at once—and even reach out to the web too.

Simple setup

Power up for the first time and see a short intro video, then go straight to setting up and personalizing.

Multitasking optiopn

Easy multitasking and smart organization. It’s easier than ever to use your smartphone.


OS 7.1

Breakthrough technologies

Near Field Communication (NFC)

With Near Field Communication (NFC)2 built right in, you can get information and link up with other NFC-enabled devices or authentic BlackBerry accessories—all with a single tap. It sounds crazy right? Try it and see it for yourself.

You can also with BlackBerry Tag, which is available with BlackBerry 7.1(an upgrade from 7.0), you can invite a friend to BBM and share an app from BlackBerry App World, videos, pictures and music by aligning the backs of any two NFC enabled BlackBerry smart phones.

Augmented Reality

You can now check to see which of your BBM friends are nearby. You can also read reviews on restaurants you just passed and get the story behind an interesting landmark.


Universal Search

With speech-to-text translation feature, you can search for files, emails, contacts, music and more—all without typing a thing on your BlackBerry Smartphone and even search the web.

Auto suggest via Universal Search

You can find what you need, and sometimes things you didn’t even know you wanted, with the auto suggest feature in Universal Search. It filters local search results and suggested Bin web search terms with each key stroke.



In addition to the features of OS 5 and 6;


With BlackBerry Tag, simply tap your Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled BlackBerry Smartphone against another NFC-enabled BlackBerry Smartphone to:

  • Invite a friend to BBM
  • Exchange contact information
  • Share an app from BlackBerry App World™ storefront
  • Share working files, videos, pictures, music and voice notes
  • Permanently pair your BlackBerry Smartphone with your NFC-enabled Bluetooth® device



It is the most powerful BlackBerry Browser to date, it supports HTML5 videos, and a page loads 40% faster than that of BlackBerry OS 6. That is to say, if it takes 10 seconds for a page to load on OS 6, it will take approximately 6 seconds to load on OS7. Amazing right?



Have you ever being in a situation when you need Internet services desperately and you can’t seem to find a Wi-Fi Hotspot? Now you can simply turn on Mobile Hotspot on your BlackBerry Smartphone, found under Manage Connections, and create a hotspot.  Pretty convenient yeah? You can then share it by connecting up to five Wi-Fi devices at once and also make calls over Wi-Fi instead of using your plan’s minutes 😉


If you are a football lover, then you will love this.

With EPL kicking off this weekend, what better way than to keep tabs on the results than with your BlackBerry. The Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre is the perfect way to keep up to date with how your team is doing. You can download it from BlackBerry App World it will provide you will extensive coverage of every football match in England and Europe’s top leagues as well as European Cups and international fixtures.

If only certain matches are of interest then fear not – The ‘My Scores’ feature will allow you to follow specific matches and in addition you can personalise your home screen to flag up important information. With built in notifications you will be kept up to date will the entire important goings on straight to your BlackBerry inbox. Does it get any better than that?

Features of the app:

  • Live scores
  • Live text commentary
  • Live League tables
  • Live Match stats
  • Results
  • Live match photos
  • Player profiles
  • Team line-ups and formations
  • Vidi-printer
  • ‘My Scores’
  • In game notifications
  • Fixtures to Calendar entries


We have reached the end of this week’s post. Hope you enjoyed it. Watch this space next week for another post. Thank You and God Bless.

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Hello. Hope the weekend is going well for you. For football lovers, a week to the epl. But hey that isn’t why we are here, Lets come back home. This week, we shall be talking about blackberry. I am pretty sure a lot of you must have repeated the word “Blackberry “and asked yourself “What else can they teach me about my blackberry”. Please keep on reading, I can guarantee that you will learn something new at the end of the post.


BlackBerry as we all know is a Smartphone; it is designed by Research In Motion (RIM). RIM produced the first BlackBerry phone in 1999 and the latest Os 7 devices were announced in the summer of 2011.

BlackBerry devices are smartphones, which are designed to function as personal digital assistants, portable media players, internet browsers, gaming devices, cameras and much more. They are basically known for their ability to send and receive (push) email and instant messages while maintaining a high level of security through on-device message encryption. BlackBerry devices support a large variety of instant messaging features, with the most popular being the proprietary BlackBerry Messenger service.

BlackBerry accounted for 3% of mobile device sales worldwide in 2011, making its manufacturer RIM the sixth most popular device maker and 25% of mobile device sales are smartphones. The consumer BlackBerry Internet Service is available in 91 countries worldwide on over 500 mobile service operators using various mobile technologies. As of October 2011, there were seventy million subscribers worldwide to BlackBerry. In 2011 the Caribbean and Latin America, had the highest penetrations of BlackBerry smartphones worldwide, with up to about 45 per cent in the region having a RIM device. Nigeria is now one of the heavy users of BlackBerry smartphones .

Modern GSM-based BlackBerry handhelds incorporate an ARM 7, 9 or ARM 11 processor(a new type of processor), while older BlackBerry 950 and 957 handhelds used Intel 80386 processors. The BlackBerry models called “Torch” (Torch 9850/9860, Torch 9810, and Bold 9900/9930) have  1.2 GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processors, 768 MB system memory, and 8 GB of on-board storage, also all BlackBerry smartphones after OS 5 support up to 32 GB microSD cards.

All original BlackBerry devices have blue seals located on different parts of the Smartphone (basically on the screws) depending on the model of the Blackberry. The touch, tour, javelin and curve series have there’s on a screw at the back just beside the phone battery. While for the bold series, it is located under a small piece cover below the keypad.

The BlackBerry smartphones can be used faster with the availability of shortcuts. Depending on the typing input language that you are using, some shortcuts might not be available.

To change your ring tone, from the Home screen, press the Send key. Press the Menu key. Click Set Ring Tone.

To check your voice mail, press and hold 1.

To send an incoming call to voice mail, press and hold the Volume Down key on the right side of your BlackBerry device.

To set up speed dial for a contact, on the Home screen or in the phone application, press and hold the key that you would like to assign speed dial to.

To add an extension to a phone number, press the X key. Type the extension number.

To type a letter in a phone number field, press and hold the Alt key. Use the multi-tap input method to type the letter.

To insert a plus sign (+) when typing a phone number, press and hold 0.

To turn on the speakerphone during a call, press the period (.) key. To turn off the speakerphone during a call, press the period (.) key again.

If you are using a wireless headset, to stop listening to a call with the headset, press the period (.) key. To listen to a call using the wireless headset again, press the period (.) key again.

If you have multiple phone numbers associated with your BlackBerry device, to change the active phone number, from the Home screen, press the Send key. Click your phone number at the top of the screen. Click a phone number.

  • Reply To Messages

L – Reply To All

F – Forward Message

I – File Highlighted Message

To view the email address of a contact, in a message, highlight the contact. Press Q. To view the display name again, press Q.

In a message list:

C – Compose Message

ALT+U – Mark Message as Opened/Unopened

ALT+V – View Voicemail

ALT+I – View Inbox

ALT+P – View Call Log

ALT+O – View Outbox

ALT+S – View SMS

To view all your messages again, press the Escape key

SHIFT+SPACE – Move to the top of a screen

SPACE – Move to the bottom of a screen

B – Go to bottom of a message

N – Move to the next date

T – Go to top of a message

P – Move to the previous date

U – Move to the next unopened item

J – Move to the next related item

K – Move to the previous realted item

F – Search for text in an attachment/web page

G – Move to the last cursor position in a message after closing and reopening an attachment


To insert a period, press the Space key twice. The next letter is capitalized

To capitalize a letter, hold the letter key until the capitalized letter appears

Alt + Left Shift – NUM Lock

Alt + Right Shift – CAPS Lock

To turn off NUM lock or CAP lock, press the Shift key

To insert an at sign (@) or a period (.) in an email address field, press the Space key

To highlight a line of text, press the Shift key and roll the trackball

To highlight text character by character, hold the Shift key and roll the trackball left or right

To cancel a text selection, press the Escape key

To cut highlighted text when typing, press the Shift + Backspace/Delete key

To copy highlighted text when typing, press the Alt key and click the trackball

To paste highlighted text when typing, press the Shift key and click the trackball


To insert a period in the Go to dialog box, press the Space key

To insert a slash mark (/) in the Go to dialog box, press Shift+Space

To open the browser options, in the browser, press O

To stop loading a web page, press the Escape key

To hide the browser, press D

To close the browser, hold the Escape key

To view the address for a link, highlight a link. Press L

To move forward a screen, press the Shift key and the Space key

To move to a previous screen, press the Space key

G – Move to a specific page

H – Return to the home page

K – Open bookmarks

A – Add a bookmark

I – View recent web pages

R – Refresh page

P – View page address

S – Save web page

U – Hide browser banner

X – View thumbnail version of a page

T – Move to the top of a page

B – Move to the bottom of a page


Mute Key – Pause/Resume a video/song

R – Rotate pictures

I – Zoom In

O – Zoom Out

W – Original Size


C – Schedule an appointment

A – Change to Agenda view

D – Change to Day view

W – Change to Week view

M – Change to Month view

Space – Move to the next day/week/month

Shift+Space – Move to the previous day/week/month

T – Move to the current date

G – Move to a specific date

An easy way to access the default applications is through keyboard shortcuts as well.  To use these, you must have Dial From Home Screen set to “Off”.  (Phone > Options > General Options).  You will now have to use the Send key to access your phone and make a call, but you will have the following shortcuts available:

W – WAP Browser

R – Alarm

T – Tasks

U – Calculator

O – Options

A – Address Book

S – Search

D – Notes

F – Profiles

H – Help

K – Lock keypad

L – Calendar

M – Messages

B – Browser

N – BlackBerry Messenger

V – Saved messages

C – Compose


ALT+Shift+H – Access Help ME! screen (status info etc.)

ALT+LGLG – Access Event Log

ALT+Right Shift+DEL – Soft Reset

You can change the display of the ‘signal strength’ on your screen to read in real numbers. While at the home screen, hold down the ALT key while you type NMLL. The bars should change to numbers. For the ‘signal strength’, if you are in the 100 area (that means -100 dBm), you will be transmitting at maximum power. Anything at -90 to -50 is a very good signal.

On top of the AutoText there are also some short codes for common device information that you can type into SMS or email messages that will return a value:

myver – Device Model/Version

mypin – Device PIN

LD – Local Date

LT – Local Time

Once you get the hang of it, using these shortcuts will make you much quicker on the draw and help your harness the full abilities of your device.  They will not only save your time, but help you easily navigate through all aspects of your device.  Thank you for reading…

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Good day everyone, I apologise for the abrupt end to last week’s post. But as promised this week, we will be talking about processors, different types and how to care for them.

From last week’s post, we learnt that there are mainly two types of processors which are manufactured by two companies namely Intel and AMD. They come in different variations. The Intel family includes Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Quad, Intel Pentium 2 Dual Core Processor and the likes while AMD processors include AMD Athlon, AMD Athlon 64, AMD Athlon X2, AMD Athlon Xp, AMD Duron, AMD Sempron, and so on.

This does not mean that these are the only two processors we have; for example, the new Windows 8 tablets will be running on ARM processors as Well.

The biggest flaw with Intel’s low-end offerings is that the Pentium family limits you to dual-core configurations. Our concern is that outside of a game, you are going to find situations where the two cores hurt performance in other applications while for that of AMD, because of the larger number of processor than the Intel. It tends to generate more heat which if not properly managed can damage the processor.

But Wait, What exactly is a processor and what does it do and what does it look like?


The processor is the most important part of a computer system. A large number of individuals, Novices, computer users and even some computer professionals alike, do not know this simple fact, yes most of us say it’s the central processing unit, we are quite right, but most  people even get the idea of the central processing (CPU)  unit all wrong. We look at the computer components and what we term as CPU is just a casing which houses or contains the processor or CPU itself along with other supporting components.

This processor or otherwise known as Brain Box is where all the calculations and works of the computer system take place. There are two components of the CPU connected by a kind of electronic roadway called a bus. We have the control unit (CU), which tells the rest of the computer how to carry out a program’s instruction and also we have the Arithmetic/logical unit, as the name implies it handles all arithmetic and logical operations and controls the speed of those operations.

Another components of a CPU that are vital to its operation are the registers, which are very small memory locations that are responsible for holding the data that is to be processed.

On very large computers, the CPU may consist of many chips mounted on a series of printed circuit boards, but on most personal computers, the CPU is housed in a single microprocessor chip that is installed on the system board in a slot or socket.

Now, the speed of the processor has a lot to do with the overall speed and efficiency of the computer system as a whole, the higher the speed, the faster the system. And as we all know (well, most of us, I think), speed is measured in hertz (Hz), you know, KHz, MHz, GHz and all that. So a system wit processor speed 2GHz is faster and more efficient than one of 1.8GHz. Though the RAM of a system also has a part to play in the efficiency and speed of the system because they work together (but hey, we r talking about the processor here so lets stay focused. Thank u. :D). Don’t worry other components will be discussed subsequently.

Care for the processor

The operation of the processor brings about a lot of heat, so the major care I would propose for the processor is to always ensure that the fan which cools the processor during its operation is always in good condition, because without this, the processor overheats, burns up and is damaged and a damaged processor as a result of burning can not be repaired. Also make sure the heat-sink which is placed very close to the processor has noting blocking it from doing the work it was made for, that’s conducting heat away from the processor.

Also most of us are fond of using our systems (in this case laptops) on beds, sofas and soft surfaces, this impairs the cooling of the processor, because the air vents are blocked hereby allowing little or less ventilation into the processor areas, also resulting in over-heating and eventual damage. So on this note, it is advisable to place your laptop on very hard and smooth surfaces, or place on external CPU cooling fans.

And here folks, marks the end of this weeks post, for more information, questions and suggestions on the processor, feel free to contact us

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