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Blackberry Playbook Visual Notification Settings

PlayBook visual notification settings

The PlayBook has been around long enough that most everyone probably knows about these settings, but I’ve been getting a few emails from new PlayBook owners asking about different setting. For some this will be new and useful and for others consider this a refresher. lol

BlackBerry PlayBook has an easy to navigate control area for everything on the PlayBook when you swipe down from the top bezel.

To adjust the visual notifications, swipe down from the top bezel then select sounds and notifications on the left and you’ll see towards the bottom of the screen the visual notification section.

You have three choices on the drop-down which are Glow only, Glow and LED and LED only.  Pick which one you want and you are set.

While on the screen you can also adjust the audio notification for Messages, Calendar and Tasks. I personally keep this turned way down, since I look for the LED and I have my PlayBook in meetings quite a bit.

The master volume can be accessed on this screen also, but really no need to adjust on this screen since the main volume control buttons are on top of the PlayBook.

Keep in mind that if you turn down the master volume on your PlayBook, this will not effect how loud your notifications will be.  So be sure to adjust your audio notifications separately.


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Fun Hill Racing Free Game for BlackBerry PlayBook

hill climb racing for blackberry playbook

I’ll admit this is one game I play a couple of times a day. The graphics are great and the game play is smooth with no lag. You can get the paid version, but I have been playing the free version for quite some time and I honestly do not know what difference there is with the Paid version. This game has been available in BlackBerry World for quite some time but it was just recently that I can across it. You can see if the screen shot above you can get some pretty good hang time also.  Since I’m still enjoying the free version, I will keep on Hill Racing. I will put the link to both the free and paid version below.

Details: Hill Racing is physics based car racing game. Start with Jeep car, drive dangerous hills and collect coins. Use collected coins to buy new cars and upgrade them. Better upgrades allow you to drive far and far away and collect even more coins.

Get bonus coins for flips and back flips of your car – but watch out your neck! If you break it – your ride will be abruptly over!
- 6 different vehicles with unique upgrades and characteristics: Jeep, Armored, Ghost Rider, Racing Bike, Tractor, Space Shark!
- 5 different tracks: Green, Random, Ice, Desert, City
- 6 different drivers with unique characteristics of weight and height!
- Upgradeable parts include engine, suspension, tires and 4WD
- Cool graphics and smooth physics simulation

Price Free

Hill Racing Free for Blackberry PlayBook is in BlackBerry World Here.

Price 0.99

Hill Racing Paid for BlackBerry PlayBook is in BlackBerry World Here.

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4 Pics 1 Word for BlackBerry PlayBook

4 pic one word blackberry playbook

I do really enjoy this game, but I had to stop using the free version because the ad’s just became to annoying. The first version of this game came out almost a year ago and really had some bugs on the PlayBook, but with some  updates the paid version runs really well. (just not sure about the free version anymore)

I would say most everyone has heard of 4 Pics 1 Word, but if you have not, it’s a really cool puzzle game where each puzzle contains four pictures that have something in common and you must find that 1 word.

Some of the puzzles are really easy and some can take you quite some time to figure out. Overall this is a fun game to have on your PlayBook. Try the free version and check out the game, if you enjoy these type of puzzle games it’s worth paying for the app.

Price FREE (Loaded with Ad’s)

Price 0.99 (No ad’s)

4 Pics 1 Word (Free) for PlayBook in BlackBerry World Here.


4 Pics 1 Word for BlackBerry PlayBook in BlackBerry World Here.


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Free Balance Blox Game for BlackBerry PlayBook

Balance Blox PlayBook Game Free

Balance Blox for the PlayBook is fun and addictive for sure. I have been playing this game for a couple of days now and it’s a great game to have on your PlayBook. The game seems quite simple at times, but trust me that can turn on you in a hurry.

The game is free but does have an ad on start up that you need to close out sometimes, but during game play you are not bothered with ad’s.

Details: In this game you have to drop blocks on the balance.
Blocks affect the balance according to their distance from the bottom triangle.
Match three blocks of the same color vertically or horizontally to remove them from the play-field.
Every block has its own weight, so let them fall wisely.
If the balance hit the ground, the game is over.

Use Special Items like columnCleaner, rowCleaner and the colorCleaner for a faster play-field cleaning.

How to play:
Tap on the screen and move the cursor (Light over the column) to the column where you want to drop a block.

Release your finger and the block is falling down.

Price Free

Balance Blox for PlayBook is Available in BlackBerry World Here.

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Popular 2048 Game for BlackBerry PlayBook {Free)

PlayBook 2048 Game Free


This Morning Update was released that eliminates the below mentioned bugs. 2048 runs smooth without any issues.

I want to start off and say this game does have a couple of bugs, if you tap on instructions they do not populate in all the way and when you run out of moves the end game box does not populate in all the way. So to restart a game you must close then open the game back up.  The issues have been brought up in the reviews in BlackBerry World so the developer has to know whats going on.

With all that being said, the game was released just a few days ago, and I am hoping the developer releases an update to fix the couple of bugs it has. The game play itself is great and it keeps score. If you are one that’s been addicted to the game online or on another device you can do some game play on your PlayBook.

There is a paid version of this game on the PlayBook but it’s 1.99 and I just cant see paying for a game script that is free and open source. Lets hope another developer makes 2048 for the PlayBook or this one gets updated to eliminate the couple of bugs it has. I will keep an eye out for a new version or an update and post about it ASAP.

Details: Slide and merge cells with the same value to obtain larger values until you reach 2048.

Price Free

2048 for PlayBook is Available in BlackBerry World Here.

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