BlackBerry smartphones are the essential accessory for the up to date business and information worker. Portable, connected, secure and manageable, they are every mobile employee's best friend. While the Apple iPhone and Google Android may be battling each other for control of the consumer pocket, Research in Motion has the business buck sewn up.

We've collected together the best of our crop of BlackBerry articles, guides and tips to give you some insight into how to become more productive on the go, and maybe let you into a few secrets you never knew about. For more advice, reviews and all things business-related, check out our SME zone.

How to transfer data between BlackBerry devices

How to transfer data between BlackBerry devices

This BlackBerry tip explains how to use Desktop Manager to quickly and easily transfer all or some of the personal data and applications on an existing BlackBerry smartphone to another. All you need to get started are two mini USB sync cables (like the one that came with your BlackBerry,) the Desktop Manager software and the two BlackBerry smartphones. (Note: If you're transferring data to or from a device with a micro USB port, you'll also need a micro USB sync cable.)

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Shopping for BlackBerry applications

Shopping for BlackBerry appsReporter Jeff Jedras goes shopping on BlackBerry App World and finds it a horrible experience. Accessing the application portal through an icon on his BlackBerry, Jedras says he is taken into a rich and attractive graphical experience. "Unfortunately, RIM seems to have spent all their time on making it look pretty. The site is clunky and slow to the point of frustration. When you do get to an app you like, you're given the price, a synopsis, screenshot, and a star rating and reviews from fellow users. The user feedback is useful, and I like the screenshots." Read on for a sampling of our favourite apps.

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How to create slide shows on your BlackBerry

How to create slide shows on your BlackBerry

You've probably used your BlackBerry smartphone to send countless text, SMS messages. Perhaps you even employ your device's multimedia messaging service (MMS) functionality to distribute image and video messages to friends and colleagues and/or groups of both.

But did you know that you can compose and send your own personal picture and video slide shows, with timed image transitions and accompanying caption text, using nothing but your BlackBerry smartphone and its digital camera?

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Six essential free Blackberry downloads

Like most things in life, the best BlackBerry downloads don't come free, with the exception of the following six applications. They include a free mobile RSS reader that delivers whatever feeds you select in real time, an uber search application that scans everything from websites to online telephone directories to local business listings, an invaluable travel tool that provides so much information it gives new meaning to the phrase "don't leave home without it", a mapping application that provides satellite images of any location in the world, along with driving directions, traffic updates and local search for many regions and two mobile applications that keep you connected to your favorite social networking sites anywhere you can fire up your BlackBerry.

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Use your BlackBerry as a notebook

Use your BlackBerry as a notebook

Despite Research In Motion's patent disputes, its BlackBerry is still the most sought after handheld communications device for mobile professionals. And if I had to roll the dice, I'd bet the BlackBerry will continue to be popular for the foreseeable future.

But how does a BlackBerry fare as a notebook alternative? Can you comfortably leave the laptop at home and take only your BlackBerry on a business trip?

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Use your BlackBerry as a modem

This article will show you how to use your BlackBerry device to connect a Windows notebook or desktop computer to the web.

A tethered modem lets you access the Internet with your laptop computer anywhere there's cellular data coverage. Forget about lengthy Wi-Fi hotspot login processes and usage fees.

If you have a BlackBerry 7130v, Pearl, Curve or 8800 series device it can be employed as a tethered modem - though charges for data may vary, so check that before you proceed.

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