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How to do everything with your BlackBerry
Simmons, Curt, 1968-
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Berkeley, Calif. ; London : Osborne/McGraw-Hill, [2001]

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xvii, 389 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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Curt Simmons shows how to synchronise the BlackBerry with the PC, use its wireless capabilities, and how to upgrade and customise this powerful device. Bulleted lists open each chapter, immediately identifying important topics.

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Library Journal Review

The ever-expanding handheld market has spawned these brand-specific guides. Smaller libraries may wish to stick with more general titles, while larger institutions can expand their collections. Despite its relatively short length and diminutive size (4.13" x 5.83"), Zire packs a punch--extensive screen shots, step-by-step directions, clear chapter summaries, and straightforward tips make it a useful beginner's reference to this entry-level Palm brand. Optional for large libraries, though probably better suited to individual users given its size. Sony Clié(which stands for communication, link, information, and entertainment) serves as a beginner's guide to this pricier Palm OS PDA. Starting with absolute basics (e.g., features and inputs), it clearly progresses through each capability, from personal organization to mobile applications and connecting wirelessly with Bluetooth. A good choice for medium and larger libraries. For beginning to intermediate users, BlackBerry covers the basics, emphasizing the use of wireless email and Internet and the convenience of its QWERTY keyboard. Sidebars, tips, notes, and a useful troubleshooting section add information, while step-by-step instructions and screen shots add clarity. As BlackBerry moves from the corporate to the home market, larger libraries may experience demand. 101 Killer Apps focuses on applications for any Pocket PC (including multiple brands running Windows Mobile OS). Summaries and screen shots for a nice selection of productivity, educational, and entertainment programs are provided; the CD contains trial versions of nearly every application in the book. Useful for those looking to get more out of their PDAs; medium and larger libraries might invest as a supplement to how-to guides. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Part 1 What Is the BlackBerry?
Chapter 1 The BlackBerry... and You!p. 3
Business in the 21st Centuryp. 4
Life in the 21st Centuryp. 6
Enter the BlackBerryp. 7
The BlackBerry and Your Businessp. 8
The BlackBerry and Youp. 12
Chapter 2 Explore the BlackBerry's Featuresp. 15
The BlackBerry Handheld and Pager Modelsp. 16
BlackBerry 957 Handheldp. 16
BlackBerry 950 Pagerp. 17
Features of Both Modelsp. 18
PC Synchronizationp. 20
Wireless Connectivityp. 22
Enterprise Editionp. 22
Internet Editionp. 22
E-mailp. 23
Address Bookp. 25
Calendarp. 25
Tasks and Alarmsp. 26
MemoPadp. 27
Calculatorp. 28
Optionsp. 29
Third-Party Solutionsp. 29
Applications and Gamesp. 29
Are You Ready?p. 30
Part 2 Get to Know the BlackBerry
Chapter 3 Get to Know the BlackBerry Interfacep. 33
The BlackBerry ... A First Lookp. 34
Getting to Know the Hand-Held Modelp. 34
Getting to Know the Pager Modelp. 38
Getting to Know the BlackBerry Interfacep. 39
Home Iconsp. 40
Home Status Iconsp. 43
Keyboard Shortcutsp. 43
Turning on Your BlackBerry for the First Timep. 45
BlackBerry Handheldp. 45
BlackBerry Pagerp. 48
If the BlackBerry Will Not Turn Onp. 50
Chapter 4 Configure BlackBerry Optionsp. 53
Checking Out BlackBerry Optionsp. 54
Auto On/Offp. 56
AutoTextp. 59
Date/Timep. 65
Message Servicesp. 66
Network Settingsp. 66
Notifyp. 67
Ownerp. 70
Screen/Keyboardp. 70
Securityp. 71
Statusp. 74
Storage Modep. 76
Chapter 5 Use the BlackBerry Desktop Softwarep. 79
Installing the BlackBerry Desktop Softwarep. 80
Connecting the BlackBerry to the PCp. 83
Using the Desktop Managerp. 86
Backup and Restorep. 87
Application Loaderp. 96
Intellisyncp. 98
Part 3 Communicate with the BlackBerry
Chapter 6 Getting Started with E-mailp. 109
Getting Connected with Your BlackBerryp. 110
Getting Started with E-mailp. 111
Composing and Sending E-mailp. 113
Additional Composition Optionsp. 117
Receiving and Reading E-mailp. 120
Common E-mail Questions and Answersp. 122
E-mail Keyboard Shortcutsp. 125
Chapter 7 Managing E-mailp. 127
Managing Messagesp. 128
Configuring Optionsp. 128
Marking Messagesp. 129
Saving Messagesp. 131
Deleting Messagesp. 132
Searching Messages and Sendersp. 133
Message Menu Itemsp. 134
Editing or Resending a Messagep. 136
Opening Attachmentsp. 136
Inserting Symbols into E-mail Messagesp. 137
Inserting Accent and International Charactersp. 137
Quick Message Keyboard Tipsp. 138
Searching Messagesp. 138
Mail Filteringp. 141
Checking Out the E-mail Management Sitep. 142
Chapter 8 Use the Address Bookp. 149
Getting to Know Your Address Bookp. 150
Creating Address Book Entriesp. 154
Managing Addressesp. 156
Viewing Addressesp. 156
Editing Addressesp. 158
Deleting Addressesp. 159
Searching the Address Bookp. 159
Composing Messagesp. 160
Filtering Address Book Entries During Synchronization with PIM Applicationsp. 160
Chapter 9 Browse the Wireless Internetp. 165
The BlackBerry and the Internetp. 166
The GoAmerica Web Servicep. 167
Getting Started with GoAmericap. 169
Accessing Web Sitesp. 174
GoAmerica Servicesp. 175
Business and Financep. 177
Newsp. 179
Sportsp. 184
Travelp. 185
Weatherp. 186
Livingp. 187
Shoppingp. 187
Searchp. 189
Using the Browser's Featuresp. 190
E-mail a URLp. 190
Using Bookmarksp. 191
Using MobileClipsp. 193
Manually Accessing a URLp. 194
Go. Web Browser Configurationp. 195
Part 4 Personal Management Tools
Chapter 10 Manage Your Business and Life with the BlackBerry Calendarp. 199
Getting to Know the BlackBerry Calendarp. 200
Day Viewp. 200
Week Viewp. 201
Month Viewp. 202
Agenda Viewp. 202
Configuring Calendar Optionsp. 202
Managing Appointmentsp. 203
Creating a New Appointmentp. 203
Viewing Appointmentsp. 208
Editing an Appointmentp. 211
Deleting Appointmentsp. 212
Synchronizing the BlackBerry Calendarp. 213
Manual Synchronizationp. 213
Over-the-Air Synchronizationp. 213
Chapter 11 Organize Your Work and Time with BlackBerry Alarms and Tasksp. 217
Configuring the BlackBerry Alarmp. 218
Creating and Managing Tasksp. 221
Checking Out the Tasks Interfacep. 221
Configuring Task Optionsp. 222
Creating a New Taskp. 224
Editing a Taskp. 224
Changing a Task's Statusp. 226
Deleting a Taskp. 228
Helpful Keypad Shortcutsp. 229
Synchronizing Tasks with Your Desktop PIMp. 229
Chapter 12 Create Memos with MemoPad and Use the BlackBerry Calculatorp. 233
Recording Information with the BlackBerry MemoPadp. 234
Creating a New Memo Filep. 235
Viewing Memosp. 237
Editing Memosp. 237
Deleting Memosp. 239
Quick MemoPad Keyboard Shortcutsp. 239
Synchronizing Memos with a Desktop PIMp. 239
Using the BlackBerry Calculatorp. 241
Getting to Know the BlackBerry Calculatorp. 242
Using the Calculatorp. 243
Using Calculator Memoryp. 245
Using the Tape Featurep. 245
Performing Conversionsp. 246
Chapter 13 Extending the BlackBerryp. 251
Why Use Third-Party Solutions?p. 252
Ask@OracleMobilep. 253
What Ask@OracleMobile Providesp. 255
Using Ask@OracleMobilep. 257
PocketGeniep. 260
Installing the PocketGeniep. 262
Setting Up the Browserp. 265
What's Available on the PocketGenie Home Screenp. 268
Using the Pocket Internetp. 278
Business Solutionsp. 279
WebFOCUS Mobile Solutionsp. 279
Brience Frameworkp. 281
Afariap. 282
Chapter 14 BlackBerry Applications and Fun Stuffp. 283
The Basics of Software Download and Installationp. 284
Downloading an Applicationp. 286
Unzipping an Applicationp. 288
Using Installer Applicationsp. 291
Installing Applications on the BlackBerryp. 293
Where to Download Applicationsp. 295
Curt's Catalog of Applications, Utilities, and Games for the BlackBerryp. 295
Applicationsp. 296
Utilitiesp. 308
Gamesp. 312
Chapter 15 Surfing BlackBerry.netp. 321
Accessing BlackBerry.netp. 322
Checking Out Major Site Sectionsp. 327
Solutionsp. 327
Supportp. 329
Purchasingp. 330
Newsp. 334
Visiting Research In Motionp. 334
Quick URL Listp. 335
Chapter 16 Solving Problems with Your BlackBerryp. 337
Troubleshooting 101p. 338
Your Technical Support Linep. 339
Solving Problemsp. 340
Operating System Problemsp. 341
Connectivity Problemsp. 342
Messaging Problemsp. 345
Application Problemsp. 348
BlackBerry Unit Problemsp. 351
Desktop Software Problemsp. 353
Part 5 Appendixes
Appendix A Keyboard Shortcut Quick Referencep. 359
Basic Commandsp. 360
Sending and Composing Mail Messagesp. 360
Reading Messagesp. 360
Message Inbox and Outbox Shortcutsp. 361
Address Bookp. 362
Tasksp. 362
Calendarp. 362
MemoPadp. 363
Calculatorp. 364
Appendix B Curt's Top Ten Application Picksp. 365
10. RIM Readerp. 366
9. Mobile TimeBillingp. 366
8. Sparrow Mailp. 366
7. Handango Safep. 367
6. Solitairep. 367
5. StockBossp. 368
4. RIM Chickenp. 369
3. WordWave Desktopp. 369
2. Task Switcherp. 369
1. Attachmatep. 370
Appendix C Helpful Web Sitesp. 371
PDAStreet.comp. 372
Tucowsp. 373
Thinkmobile.comp. 374
ZDNetp. 374
PDABuzzp. 375
The Gadgeteerp. 375
Geek.comp. 377
PCWorld.comp. 377
Wireless.comp. 378
Mazumi Wirelessp. 378
Indexp. 381