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BlackBerry Passport: More Strong Reviews (and Converts, too!)

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Three weeks ago, the BlackBerry Passport made its debut, and the reviews are still coming in, with more to come as it launches in other regions. Reviewers are discovering for themselves what “being different” can bring to the table, and a few are even having “conversion experiences” where their preconceptions were blown out of the water.

bb passport table

Take the case of Richard Goodwin of smartphone-centric site Know Your Mobile. He writes:

  • “I didn’t want to like this handset. I had A LOT of preconceptions about the way it looked, switching back to a physical keyboard, and having to use BB10 for a week or more for the purpose of this review. Like a lot of people, I’d made my mind up about the Passport without even using it–– and this was wrong. Like all new ideas, once you’ve accustomed yourself to its ways you feel right at home…

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Finding the Balance with Your BlackBerry: Work and Play

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We now spend more time on our smartphones than with our partner, according to a study by mobile provider O2. And this phenomenon isn’t going away. With advancements in mobile technology, it has never been easier to work on the go. Answering emails and drafting documents does not require an employee to be chained to a desk. However, just because you can work from anywhere doesn’t mean that you should.

“Turning off” is hard to do in this digital age. According to a study by IDC for Facebook, 67.8% of the U.S. population uses a smartphone, and 78% of the activity is spent on email and web browsing.

It is easy to pick up the phone and send a quick email, which proves to be a problem when you are trying to enjoy vacation time and holiday festivities. It is common wisdom that transitioning from vacation back to work is tough. But transitioning from work to play isn’t easy either. It requires letting go of the to-do list – you know, the one that seems like it’s never done. It’s about really being present with the friends and family you probably don’t see enough.

I’m not one for completely disconnecting when on holiday or traveling. I like to keep my BlackBerry handy for all kinds of utilities: travel apps, maps, music, BBM’ing with family and travel buddies. But, the utility of my BlackBerry is different in these times than when I’m at work. The BlackBerry 10 feature that I find myself using quite often is BlackBerry Balance – it separates personal and professional data and apps, so I can take a break and watch a funny video with my little brother instead of checking recent reports. Speaking of reading reports, BlackBerry Hub helps me get up to speed quickly once I return to work after the holiday. I filter emails by account, search, and flag items for follow-up in seconds to stay on top of the game.

What about you? What are your best tips for “turning off” while staying tuned in?

Source: blogs.blackberry.com

vnBB10 – Utility for Side-load app from bar files into BlackBerry 10 and get Hardware ID

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As we know, applications for BlackBerry 10 are installed by two ways: via BlackBerry World and Side-load app from .bar file. Along with support for running Android applications (apk) is converted to. bar on the BB10 so the installation (side-load) .bar file on BB10 is an essential need. This vnBB10 utility designed to help you install and manage applications from the .bar files is easy.

Besides, the utility also allows you to see all the information about your BB10 devices such as: Model, Hardware ID, IMEI, Serial Number, PIN … Especially Hardware ID, because this parameter can not be viewed directly on the BB10, and it is essential if you plan to install the Offline operating system for BB10 by Autoload file.


  • A computer running Windows XP or later
  • Java Runtime Environment, if not, download from here: JRE 7 from Oracle
  • Download and install vnBB10
  • BB10 has to enable Development Mode

Main screen, input IP Address and Password to connect to your BB10 device


Connected to your device, all device information that you need to know


Click button Install Apps if you want to sideload app from .bar files

  • Support Drag and Drop .bar files into the list, or click Add to insert .bar files
  • Clear all list of app, or right-mouse click to remove a selected item.
  • Install to begin side-load all app in the list
  • Back return back to main screen

Side-load with progress information for each app


Managing all applications that side-load into your BB10 device: click Manage Apps from main screen

  • You can Check Status of each application to know that it’s running or not
  • Close running app by click Terminate
  • Open a app by click Launch App
  • Remove/Erase app by click Uninstall


This Utility support PlayBook also.

Blackberry Apps Error Code

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Blackberry Apps Error Code

The following are explanations of the Apps error code that prompt on your BlackBerry phone :

Code 1xx

  • 101: Internal JVM Error
  • 102: Invalid code in file system. The .cod files in the handheld have been checked for modification and it has been determined that there isUse Application Loader to install the device software a problem with one or more .cod files
  • 103: The starting address for the boot .cod file cannot be found. This might mean that a boot .cod file has not been installed on the handheld, or that its format is invalid or corrupt.
  • 104: An uncaught Java exception was thrown in the Java code and diagnosed by the JVM. Execution can be continued or the handheld can be attached to a debugger on a desktop through a serial or USB cable. The event log should contain the traceback of the thrown exception.
  • 105: An OS file system API returned an error status for a certain operation. This can indicate a corrupt file system or an error in the JVM.
  • 106: An error has been detected in the graphics system of the handheld.
  • 107/108: Internal JVM error.
  • 109: Internal OS error.
  • 110: Non-idle event downtime error. A problem has been detected in the accumulation of JVM down time that represents how long the JVM has been idle. This indicates an error in either the OS code or the JVM code.

Code 2xx

  • 200: Application manager threw an uncaught exception. The application manager event thread threw an uncaught exception and so cannot continue running.
  • 201: Initialization of the cryptographic system failed and the handheld cannot continue to operate.
  • 202: An attack on the key store has been detected, and the handheld cannot continue to operate.
  • 203: The application manager console process, usually the Home screen ribbon, has failed, like due to an uncaught exception.

Code 3xx

  • 310-314: Hardware failure
    Perform a hard reset on the handheld: Shut down, remove the battery wait a few second… replace battery then see when happens when it starts OR Run Application Loader to reload the operating system and applications onto the handheld.
    Note: If these tasks do not resolve the error, contact your service provider.
  • 320-325: AMX failure
    Run Application Loader to reload the operating system and applications onto the handheld.
  • 330-339: Application tasks failure
    Run Application Loader to reload the operating system and applications onto the handheld.
  • 340-343: Memory failure
    You receive one the following error messages on your handheld:
    Memory failure.

    Reduce the number of calendar appointments synchronized to your handheld.

    1. In BlackBerry? Desktop Manager, double-click the Intellisync icon.
      Click Configure PIM. The Handheld Configuration window appears.
    2. In the Handheld Applications list, select Calendar.
    3. Click Configure > Advanced Settings. The Advanced Settings for Calendar window appears.
    4. In the Date Range tab, perform one of the following tasks to reduce the number of calendar appointments synchronized to your handheld:
      If you click the Transfer only Future items option, only future calendar appointments will be synchronzied to your handheld.
      If you click the Transfer items within a range of Days option and enter date range in the fields provided, only the calendar appointments that scheduled within the date range will be synchronized to your handheld.
    5. Click OK to save your changes and close the window.
    6. In the Handheld Configuration window, ensure that the check box beside the Calendar application is selected, then click OK.
    7. In the Intellisync window, ensure that the Synchronize PIM check box is selected, then click Synchronize Now. The number of calendar entries on your handheld is reduced.
      If you still receive the error

      Run Application Loader to reload the operating system and applications onto your handheld.

  • 350-359: Software application failure
    You receive one of the following error messages on your handheld:
    Device Error 350, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359
    Software application failure.

    Perform a hard reset on the handheld OR Run Application Loader to reload the operating system and applications onto your handheld. In the Application Loader Wizard window, do not select any third party applications. In the Advanced options, select the Erase all currently installed applications check box

  • 360-363: Flash memory failure
    Run Application Loader to reload the operating system and applications onto the handheld.
  • 365-368: This one is often followed by
    Contact your service provider.

Code 4xx

  • 400-564: Breaking lines, sistem data link lost, possibility of bad sector in hard drive
  • 410: Radio Failure
  • 411: Battery Error, Replace Internal or External Battery module
  • 499: Software problems, continue to handheld device OS installation or application updates via Apploader

Code 5xx

  • 501: Internal error.
  • 502: All processes exited. The last Java process has terminated, and there is nothing left to execute.
  • 503-505: Internal error.
  • 506: An uncaught Java exception was thrown in the initial VM Java thread thus killing the only live thread in the system. The event log contains the traceback for the exception.
  • 507: A dependency on a .cod file could not be satisfied due to a missing .cod file. Load the missing .cod file onto the handheld.
    You receive one of the following errors on your BlackBerry device while using Application Loader to install device software.

    Device Error 505
    Device Error 507

    Both errors indicate that no applications are loaded on the BlackBerry device.
    Cause I
    During the Application Loader process, the existing applications on the BlackBerry device were erased, but Application Loader failed to load the new applications.

    Complete the following steps:

    1. Verify that device software is installed on your computer.
    2. If your BlackBerry device is connected to a laptop in a docking station, disconnect the laptop from the docking station and connect the device directly to the laptop.
    3. If a third-party program (e.g. virus scanner) is using the same COM port as BlackBerry Desktop Manager, close the third-party application to free the COM port.
    4. If you are using a USB adapter to connect your BlackBerry device to a serial port on your computer, temporarily connect your device to a computer with a USB port.
    5. In Desktop Manager, double-click Application Loader.
    6. Use Application Loader to install the device software.

Cause II
You erased all the data and applications on your BlackBerry device by typing an incorrect password ten times in Application Loader.

Complete the following steps:

  1. In Desktop Manager, double-click Application Loader.
  2. Use Application Loader to install the device software
  • 508: Invalid object. A problem has been detected with a debugger command to the VM.
  • 516: Error occurred during garbage collection, which might indicate a corrupted file system.
  • 510: All threads are waiting on objects, which results in a deadlock. The system cannot recover from this state since no thread can release a lock.
  • 511: A problem has occurred during debugging.
  • 515: The reachable objects form a group that cannot be represented properly by the VM because there are too many objects or the total size of the objects is too large.
  • 516: When committing a persistent object, the VM found that the persistent store id counter has reached its limit. The object was not committed.
  • 517: An inconsistency has been detected in the VM persistent object store.
  • 518-520: Internal error.
  • 521: Indicates that Object.wait() has been executed by a thread that holds a lock on another object; occurs only in simulator if the JvmDebugWaits application switch.
  • 522: A thread has acquired two locks on objects in an order that doesn’t match the order that previous locks for the two types were acquired, which indicates a future potential deadlock situation; reported only in the simulator when the JvmDebugLocks application switch is set.
  • 523: A critical Java process has died and the device cannot continue to operate normally.
  • 524: An object has been marked as recovered by the Low Memory Manager but it was not freed during a garbage collection. This is only checked in the simulator under the control of the JvmDebugLMM application switch.
  • 525: Bad persistent object. An auto-commit operation during a garbage collection has detected a non-persistent object reachable from the persistent store root. The type of the object has been output into the event log.
  • 526: The class definition for java.lang.Object cannot be found.
  • 527: The class definition for java.lang.String cannot be found.
  • 528: The file system is corrupted. Data on the handheld is unrecoverable.
  • 529: The file system is corrupted. An attempt is going to be made to recover data, but some data might be lost.
  • 530: Internal JVM error.
  • 531: Flash memory has been exhausted.
  • 532: A JVM assertion has been violated. This error can occur only in the simulator, not on an actual handheld.

Source: RIM Knowledge Base

Create Free Website Using Dropbox: DropPages

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Getting started with DropPages

Step 1: Install DropBox

DropBox logo

Download and install dropbox, if you haven’t already!

Step 2: Create a site folder inside DropBox

Your site will sit inside a shared folder inside DropBox. You can either create a new folder or start with a downloaded theme.

Rename the folder

This folder must be named to match the domain name, such as yourname.droppages.com for a free site or example.com for a paid site. Please note that once this folder has been shared, renaming it won’t update the domain name. If you would like to change the URL or if you made a mistake then please email to dave@davemcdermid.co.uk.

Step 3: Share the folder

Share the folder

Once your site folder has been renamed, right click and share it through DropBox with server1@droppages.com. Share requests need to be manually approved, but once this is done you will receive a confirmation email that your site has been setup.

For custom domains

For easy domain setup, you can use iWantMyName.com to purchase a domain and point it at DropPages.

To configure a domain manually, you need to create a CNAME record to point at server1.droppages.com.

Note, this can take up to 48 hours to propagate.

Xử lý rắc rối với các bức ảnh nền bị khoá (Locked & Copy Protected)

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Những bức ảnh nền (làm hình nền cho màn hình HOME) đi kèm OS đều rất đẹp, nhưng tất cả chúng đều ở trạng thái Read Only và Locked. Có hình ổ khoá như hình dưới:

Và các phần mềm làm việc với hình nền như WallPaper Changer, BerryWeather hay Home Screen Notes … đều không thể sử dụng được các tấm hình đó làm hình nền do không có quyền copy hay chỉnh sửa trên đó.
Và cách xử lý đơn giản và nhanh nhất là mình tự tạo 1 bản copy ra 1 thư mục khác.
Câu hỏi đặt ra là nó đã “Copy Protected” rồi thì làm sao copy được?
Giải pháp rất đơn giản:
View ảnh đó full màn hình
Dùng 1 phần mềm Capture Screen để chụp màn hình đó, có thể dùng: QuickLauch, ScreenShot, …
==> Xong.
Và bây giờ bạn và các phần mềm khác toàn quyền muốn làm gì các bức ảnh đó thì làm

Nguồn: bbvietnam.com

How to start a BlackBerry smartphone in safe mode

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Blackberry cho phép start ở chế độ Safe Mode, chế độ này sẽ không chạy các ứng dụng của hãng thứ 3. Nó thường được dùng khi troubleshooting hoặc Remove bất cứ 1 phần mềm nào. Nhất là khi cài các phần mềm bị xung đột với nhau khiến BB không thể khởi động lên được.

Để khởi động ở chế độ SafeMode, thực hiện từng bước như sau:

  1. Tháo PIn ra & lắp lại.
  2. Khi đèn LED màu đỏ tắt thì nhấn và giữ phím Escape (phím back) trong khi BlackBerry đang loading.
  3. Khi màn hình sau xuất hiện, chọn OK.

Chú ý: Khi start ở chế độ Safe mode, sẽ có 1 safe mode indicator trên Home screen.

Khi ở chế độ này, các bạn có thể remove các phần mềm gây ra lỗi, có thể backup data …

Để tắt chế độ Safe mode, lại tháo và lắp lại Pin để BB khởi động bình thường.

Tuy nhiên, nếu bạn có máy tính, dùng vnbbUtils để remove sẽ đơn giản hơn, vnbbUtils có thể kết nối đến BB của bạn ngay cả khi BB chưa khởi động xong (bị lỗi do xung đột phần mềm).
Chạy vnbbUtils -> Read System Modules -> Select các modules cần xoá -> Remove Cod(s).

* BlackBerry® Device Software 4.6, 4.7, 5.0 and 6.0

Source KB17877