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Research in Motion has brought its community of BlackBerry users closer together with a new system for connecting one another's smartphones and sharing multimedia content.

BlackBerry Tag allows users to share contact information, content and URLs, simply by tapping phones together. 'Tap to share' can instantly add each device to the other's contact list on BlackBerry Messenger too.

The service - similar to Bump for iPhone and Android - is set for integration in BlackBerry apps too, with RIM pledging to leave the APIs open for devs to make use of BB Tag's NFC-based tech within their software.

Tag will be incorporated into the next BB7 OS update and will only be supported by handsets with Near Field Communications, such as the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, plus the BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370. ®

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