Archive for April, 2009|Monthly archive page

RIM Launches Official BlackBerry Blog

RIM has launched their official BlackBerry Blog. Check it out at


New Beta OS: Leaked for Storm 9530

Email reconciliation features for BlackBerry Internet Service

Full OS 5.0 Incremental Features Walk Through

Battery Usage Tips for BlackBerry

Below are some tips on how to extend the battery usage time for your BlackBerry:

1. Turn the screen brightness down to the lowest setting, and set the Backlight Timeout to 20 or 30 seconds:

  • Go to Options > Screen/Keyboard
  • Set the Backlight Brightness setting to the lowest setting
  • Set the Backlight Timeout to 20 or 30 seconds

2. Turn off options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not needed.

3. Configure the Auto On/Off option (Options > Auto On/Off) to turn the device off when you go to sleep, and come back on when you wake up.

4. Purchase a case or holster that has a magnet which puts the device in standy when inside the case or magnet. When the BlackBerry is in standby mode it saves battery power.

5. If you are in a weak reception area, disable the wireless radio until you are in a better coverage area. This will prevent the wireless radio from constantly checking for a better signal.

These tips should help improve the amount of time you get from your battery.

Trade In Your T-Mobile BlackBerry; $75 Minimum

New Calx Real Icon Today Theme for Curve 8900

How to Backup a BlackBerry Device Using Desktop Manager

Now that I am an avid twitter user I try to see what people are talking about in regards to BlackBerry devices. What I am seeing is a lot of people losing their information on their BlackBerry devices whether it be from replacing a crashed BlackBerry, or having to wipe the BlackBerry. So I figured I would create a blog entry on how to backup a BlackBerry device using the Desktop Manager software.

The first step to the process is to obtain the Desktop Manager software and install it on the computer. Right now the software is available for Windows computers, and can be downloaded from here:

When you get to the site click the Download button, which will take you to a secondary page where you can select the product you want to download from a drop down list. Select BlackBerry Desktop Software v4.7 in the drop-down list, as shown in the figure below:


After selecting the entry click the Bext button. Under the drop-down list you will be presented with several download options. For our purposes we will download the option that says Desktop Manager 4.7.0 B59 Multilanguage – Without Media Manager (4.7.0 is the latest version of Desktop Manager at this time). After clicking the download link you will be taken to a form where you will need to fill in some information and submit it, and then you will be able to download and install the program. The other option for installing Desktop Manager is to use the installation CD that was supplied with your BlackBerry device.

Once you have the program installed and opened, follow the steps below to create a backup of your BlackBerry:

  1. Connect your BlackBerry to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. In Desktop Manager click the Backup and Restore option.
  3. A secondary screen will display, where you will be presented with three main options: Backup, Restore and Advanced. Click the Backup button in the Backup section.
  4. You will be presented with a dialog box asking you where you want to save your backup file (.ipd extension). Select a location that you will remember.
  5. I recommend leaving the file name how it is. Desktop Manager puts the date of the backup in the file name, which is cool.
  6. Once you have your location, click the Save button.

Desktop Manager will go through and make a backup of your BlackBerry device, which can be used to restore information back to your BlackBerry at a later date. I recommend doing this procedure once per week.

New Air Traffic Controller Game for BlackBerry Storm

5 Free, Must-Have Applications for BlackBerrys

No matter what BlackBerry device I have, these 5 applications are always installed on them:

  1. Poynt: Poynt is a free local search application that integrates nicely with the BlackBerry. You can search for businesses, movies and even get directions. Download it by going to using the BlackBerry browser.
  2. Bitlify: Bitlify allows you to shorten long web addresses using the service. This is great to sending long URLs via email or in BlackBerry Messenger. Download it by going to using the BlackBerry browser.
  3. BBFileScout: This awesome file browser provides functionality that RIM should incorporate in the operating system to begin with. With the ability to create new directories and ZIP files, this program continues to be a regular on my BlackBerry. Get it by browsing to
  4. Viigo: Known as one of the best RSS readers for the BlackBerry, they have also added additional services like sports, weather and even restaurant services. Get it at
  5. BBWeather: Do I need to rock shorts or bring an umbrella? BBWeather can give a 3-day forcast, as well as hourly conditions of the weather per day. Definitely a must have. Pick it up at