Passport keyboard brings productivity to a new level

Posted on June 24, 2014. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

NOTE: post below was copied from Inside BlackBerry. The content is not mine nor has it been altered in any way from the original.


Great keyboards have always been a part of the BlackBerry heritage. With our coming Passport device that has generated a ton of interest, we set out to create a smartphone that would break through and deliver a step change in productivity. Passport will show there is a better way to accomplish more.

Besides the massive square touchscreen, we’ve added a new innovative, touch-enabled keyboard to the Passport. It integrates the excellent tactile feel and performance you’ve come to know and love from our keyboards, along with the same capacitive touch technology found on modern phone and tablet touchscreens.

(If you’re a developer, head over to the Developer blog to learn how you can take advantage of the new Passport keyboard in your apps.)

Ever been annoyed by your fingers obscuring, or worse, smudging, your touchscreen? Or had difficulty getting the cursor to just the right spot? Passport’s efficient design makes those problems things of the past. You’ll be able to navigate web pages, apps and e-mails by lightly brushing your fingers over the keys. It’s a minimalist design that eliminates dedicated arrow keys while maximizing the already-awesome amount of screen real estate. You’ll also enjoy Passport’s other custom commands that take advantage of the touch-enabled keyboard to boost your productivity. Here are some of the ways:

  • Scrolling: As noted above, you can use the keyboard to swipe up and down to scroll on long lists or in the browser. Keeping your fingers off the screen and focused on what’s happening.
  • Cursor Control and Text Selection: This is a classic BlackBerry productivity enhancement reinvented for the Passport. Double-tap the keyboard, then drag your finger across the keyboard to drop the cursor at precisely the right point. Or select the text just as you would on an older BlackBerry: hold the SHIFT key while dragging your finger across the keyboard to extend a selection.
  • Contextual virtual keys: In addition to the Passport’s very clean physical QWERTY keyboard, we have added a dynamic virtual row on-screen that smartly shifts depending on context. So if you’re typing a password on-screen, numbers and symbols commonly used in passwords will automatically pop up. Or if you’re typing an e-mail address, the ‘@’ symbol will be displayed. Or if you’re surfing the Web, the colon and backslash characters needed to type in a URL will be displayed. And if you need access to any special symbol or character, just swipe down on the keyboard to see all of them at once. Like I said, smart!
  • Flick: Stuck on a word? BlackBerry 10’s Next Word Suggestion feature learns from you to give you smart, personalized choice of words you’re likely to type. You then just flick up to complete the word. No more Darn Auto-Corrects, as you type faster and more accurately over all.
  • Delete: Made a mistake? No problem, just swipe back (left) to Delete the last word, just like on our virtual keyboard!
  • Entering an accented character? Hold the letter key down, and then lightly tap on the key to add the appropriate accent!

As you can see, we’ve taken something great – the BlackBerry 10 keyboard – and innovated with the bold Passport form factor, while staying focused on one thing: YOUR productivity. Stay tuned as we look forward to bringing you more details in the near future!

Michael C. | 06.24.14 at 4:01 pm | Tags: BlackBerry passport, capacitive touch, keyboard, productivity, smartphone, touchscreen | Categories: Devices, News, Productivity | URL:

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BlackBerry Z3 (Jakarta) available for pre-order from April 28 to May 12

Posted on April 26, 2014. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


The new Z3 can be pre-ordered from an Indonesian online store or (link below) for a special promo price of Rp 1.650.000 or about $142 USD (regular price Rp 2.200.00 or $190 USD).  Delivery date will be May 15.  This compares well to other devices in the Rp 1,300.000 to 1,800.00 range such as the BlackBerry Curve 9220 at Rp 1,477.300, Motorola Razr XT 910 at Rp 1,799.000, Lumia 520 at Rp 1,299.000, Nokia X at 1,439.100.  The Samsung I8262 Galaxy sells for Rp 2,498.500 and Q5 at Rp 2,519.100.  To compare higher-end, the iPhone 5c is Rp 9,880.000 and Z30 is Rp 7,999.000.  The Z10 is listed as out of stock on the website.  There are, however, devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Star selling for Rp 824.000 and Samsung Galaxy Y S6310 for Rp 1,149.500.  It looks like the Jakarta/Z3 is hitting the right price point at less than Rp 2,000.00.  Given its competition, I’d like to see the selling price to stay under Rp 2,000.000.

The Z3 will roll out to other countries in Asia in the months after its Indonesian release in May.  An LTE version is also planned for the global market.

The expected specs of the Z3 are:

  • Display – 5″ display, 540 x 960 pixels, 24-bit color LCD display
  • Memory – 8 GB application storage and 1.5 GB RAM
  • Processor – 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • Battery – 2650 mAh non-removable battery
  • Rear-facing camera: 5 MP Autofocus and flash, 5x digital zoom
  • Front-facing camera: 1.1 MP Fixed-focus, 3x digital zoom

Just for fun, I clicked on the Buy Now button and got “This latest gadget BlackBerry assault begins Monday, April 28. Supplies are limited!”  No peeking I guess! 😀

Terms and conditions of the pre-order are as follows:

  1. Promo period pre-order dated 28 April 2014 – May 12 2014, while supplies are still available.
  2. Purchase only applies to Elvenia (the online website) members.
  3. Purchases must be paid no later than 23:59 pm on the same day or the seller reserves the right to cancel your transaction.
  4. Methods of payment accepted are ATM | Instant | XL Cash | Credit Card
  5. 0% installment available for a period of 3, 6, and 12 months for credit card users of BCA, Bank Danamon, Bank CIMB Niaga, Bank Mega and Standard Chartered Bank with Visa and Mastercard, with the following conditions: For credit card users of BCA and Bank Danamon, Bank can directly use the option period of 3, 6, and 12 months.  For credit card users of Bank CIMB Niaga, Bank Mega and Standard Chartered Bank: Select the payment option and 0%. Other banks after the payment process is complete and successful then you are required to fill out an installment form.  Charging installment form must be filed no later than 24 hours after the transaction is paid.  Submission of 0% installment will be processed within 7 working days.  Mortgage application approval is entirely the right of the bank.
  6. 5% discount for Visa credit card users only applies to the full purchase, not valid for the purchase of the mortgage.
  7. Elevenia reserves the right to cancel the transaction if discredited or validity.
  8. Everything pertaining to the product itself is the responsibility of the vendor/product providers.
  9. Products purchased will be delivered from May 15, 2014.
  10. Additional products in the form of prepaid starter pack XL handset shipments will be delivered simultaneously.
  11. By reading these terms & conditions then the customer is deemed to understand and agree to all rules and regulations.

(Above taken directly from the Elevenia website via Google Translate 😀 )

A Rp 200 cash back is offered to customers who use the Cicilan Bank or Bank CIMB Niaga.

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BlackBerry Live 2013 in Orlando

Posted on May 1, 2013. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

BlackBerry Live 2013 in Orlando

May 14-16 | Orlando World Center Marriott, Florida

I’m attending BlackBerry Jam Americas at BlackBerry Live – May 14-16, 2013, Orlando, Florida
BlackBerry® Jam Americas at BlackBerry Live™ is where you can get the most in depth content on developing outstanding mobile applications for the BlackBerry platform

I’ll be attending! Join me so you can also hear all about the exciting new BlackBerry® 10 platform and valuable insight into platform features, tooling, fast track development tips and pathways to profitability.

Find out more about the conference at

Updates will be posted as BB Live goes on so stay tuned!

Schedule set, flight and hotel booked!  This will be so exciting!  The first BB Live event will be the Welcome Reception on Monday evening, then the Keynote address with Thorsten Heins (CEO), Frank Boulben (CMO), Kristian Tear (COO) and Vivek Bhardwaj (Head of Software Portfolio) speaking on the success and future of the BlackBerry 10 platform Tuesday morning.


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BlackBerry 10 Peek and Flow

Posted on March 2, 2013. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

An introduction to the BlackBerry Z10, especially its core feature of the Hub, the Peek action and overall Flow.  It is a very intuitive device–easy and a pleasure to use.  Please follow the link below for the complete article written by myself for Decoding.  🙂

Swipe to the right to reveal the Hub where all messages are collected. If you don’t want to look at the message right away, just let it go leftward again and you are back to doing what you were doing before.

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The BlackBerry Z10’s Time Shift camera rocks!

Posted on February 26, 2013. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I have been using my Z10 for 3 weeks now and when showing it to others, they are blown away by the Time Shift feature on the camera.  For example, I was out with six friends in a rather dimly-lit restaurant.  We were taking pictures of each other, then the waitress offered to take one.  I handed her my Z10 and told her to tap the screen to take the picture.  She looked nervous but did so (she had never seen a Z10 before, it was clear).  When we looked at the picture, it was blurry as she had moved the camera while tapping it.  I told her not to worry, that it was a BlackBerry and could fix that.  🙂  My friends watched as I slid the bottom slider from left to right to find a time when she had held the phone still, then adjusted individually for the best smiles of my friends and, voila!  A beautiful picture of our evening to share.  The relatively low light was not a problem despite the fact that the flash does not go off during Time Shift photography, undoubtedly because of the multiple rapid exposures necessary for the Time Shift feature.


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My new BlackBerry Z10!

Posted on February 10, 2013. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

First, I had to give up my beloved Bold 9900.  It was the best device I have ever used, and the gamut of my previous devices runs from a Samsung flip feature phone to a Kyocera 9100 (a rudimentary smartphone) to an iPhone 4.  I thought each device was great at the time but after some time with them there was always something lacking.  With my final device before the 9900, the iPhone, I disliked the touch keyboard and its annoying autocorrect until I had to turn it off, thus making numerous errors every time I texted so having to retype some words.  I also disliked the fact that I could not modify the device the way I wanted to as modifications were the perview of Apple.  As a person who regularly modifies my desktop computer (both hardware and software), I found this very annoying.  So when Bell kindly informed me that I was eligible for a hardware upgrade, I immediately went to the store and got a shiny new BlackBerry Bold 9900.  A friend had shown me her older Bold but the small keys were too small for my fingers.  I was very happy when I saw the 9900’s bigger keys, touch screen and overall size.


I knew, however that “the BlackBerry 10” as it was then called, was coming out in the near future but could not wait before getting the 9900.  It was love for a good 8 months.

Then January 30, 2013 and the launch of the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 devices.  I had seen the videos on BlackBerry’s YouTube page, followed developers on Twitter and Google+, even attended a BlackBerry consumer forum.  I wanted to try an all-touch device again.  As I wanted to buy the Z10 outright (since my contract was only 8 months old), I was very disappointed when I was told that retailers were not selling the Z10 outright for weeks after release.  I then decided to give my 9900 and the Bell plan to a family member and take on a new contract from Rogers as their salespeople seemed to know more and be more supportive (to me) of BlackBerry.

On February 4th, the day before release, I went into the Rogers store near work an hour before closing–plenty of time, I thought, to order my Z10 in white and be able to pick it up the next morning before work.  But by the time Bell could port the family member’s number from her old Wind account to my 9900, set up a dummy account for Rogers to then port my number to them, it was a few minutes to close.  The Rogers salesman reassured me that all would be finished that night, which was a great relief.  At 9:00 p.m. February 4th, all was set up for the morning.

February 5th–release day

I arrived at the Rogers store (luckily I work in the same mall) 20 minutes before opening.  There were already 5 people lined up and more joined us as it got closer to opening time.  When the store opened, our names were taken to be called in order.  I could see my salesman already sitting at a table with a Z10 box and papers.  I went over to him and we went through the final processing–or tried.  His computer kept crashing and he eventually took down all the information needed on paper.  What was supposed to be an easy in and out procedure ended up taking an hour.  That’s what happens when you go release day, I suppose.  😀


Z10 in its lovely box.  Very well crafted–I like the large blue “Z10” on the black box!


My Z10 booting up for the first time!


Installing software update.


Tutorial screen on gestures.


Screen showing minimizing apps.


Bold 9900 (left) and Z10 (right) ready for the device switch.

Now time to play!  No, no, no, no!  Time to be serious.  There were three devices involved in my Z10 purchase:  my daughter’s BlackBerry Curve 9360 (a beautiful device, she had just grown out of it–she also wanted a BlackBerry 10 device but is waiting for the Q10), my 9900 and the new Z10.  First, to switch devices from the OS 7.1 9900 (which used BB Desktop Manager) to the Z10 (which was incompatible with DM).  Hmmm.  Luckily, after fiddling around a bit, I found that I could use the Switch Devices on BlackBerry Link (the upgrade to BB Desktop Manager) to switch from the 9900 to the Z10.


BlackBerry 3FD6 (soon renamed for my computer “BlackBerry Z10”) hooked up to the computer and labelled…Drive Z!  😀


Initial set-up for syncing.  First, backed up the 9900 using Desktop Manager and used Device Switch to upload all files and data.  Then hooked up the Z10 and used BlackBerry Link to sync the 9900’s data to it.

All good.  At first.  Had a few hiccups during which I got the screen below.  It looked like my media files were not syncing as this same screen displayed for 10 minutes.  Not good!  I disconnected the Z10, pulled the battery and rebooted.  Then connected both devices at the same time and re-did the device switch, this time with only BlackBerry Link.  That time it worked!  All previous media files were safely on my Z10!


Now to set up my social networking accounts–Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, some of my e-mails.  (I decided not to set up one of them as it is my “garbage” e-mail–the one I give retailers when they want to send me coupons, etc.  Notably, it is the only one that gets spam–I don’t exactly need Viagra lol being a female!  But I digress.).

I checked my contact list and it was set up just like I’ve seen in the videos!  All known contact info eg phone, address, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and BBM (even some who I hadn’t known had BlackBerrys–who immediately got BBM requests) were all together in one group for each person.  If I had never had their info (eg Twitter contacts), it also respected their privacy and didn’t send me anything (eg e-mails) I didn’t have before.  The only new info it pulled in were people who were on LinkedIn.  I liked seeing all the information in one place–not wondering whether I had the info but just somewhere else and had to hunt for it.  If I was privy to their info, I had it gathered together in the contacts.  Great job, BlackBerry!  A very efficient use of my time.

Now to play and use all those awesome features I had only just seen in the videos!


My BlackBerry family!  Looking forward to the BB10 upgrade for my PlayBook!

More blogging later as I use my Z10.  I’m sure there will be hiccups along the road but it is an awesome device and I know that we will get along fine.  😉

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Posted on January 31, 2013. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The new BlackBerry Z10 has launched! It feels great to hold and is even more awesome to use! Read the blog below for more info from DevBlog.

BlackBerry Developer Blog


This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the BlackBerry Z10 has taken the stage and we’re pleased to introduce it to you. It is a gorgeous device in black and white, and it’s designed to showcase the elegance of BlackBerry 10.

When introducing the BlackBerry Z10, Thorsten Heins said, “This is the most beautiful BlackBerry we have ever launched. I can’t wait for you to try it out. We knew a large beautiful display was important. This is the window into the BlackBerry 10 experience.”

I would definitely call this the best BlackBerry smartphone to date! The BlackBerry Z10 has a specially designed screen for precise touch input, so typing on the BlackBerry keyboard can be faster and more accurate. The BlackBerry Z10 screen uses the latest technology to ensure images are sharp, clear and incredibly vivid.

BlackBerry Z10 in white

The device and BlackBerry 10 software were designed together…

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