Monthly Archive for October, 2005

Kyle Winner of ‘GPS Application Ideas’

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Congratulations to Kyle for winning our Weekend Contest which asked users to submit ideas for GPS Applications. Ideas were great, especially Keith who suggested Geocaching, the new phenomenon involving hiding and finding a ‘cache’ with GPS. Kyle’s suggestion was to create programs that would help you find useful places like gas stations but he was opposed to the idea of being able to be tracked down. As opposed as Kyle is to the idea of GPS tracking, it is actually here and we will tell you about it tomorrow.

For his troubles, Kyle gets a free copy of Newsclip by VirtualReach, an RSS reader that retrieves the latest news, weather reports, scores, or your favorites blogs right to your Blackberry.

CaffeineFinder GPS Comes Out Of Beta

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CaffeineFinder
Greystripe the makers of CaffeineFinder GPS has released 1.03 from Beta and have added some cool new features in the new release for the Blackberry. They have compiled over 4000 pictures of almost every Starbucks location so that you know what you are looking for before you go. Java addicts can have fun reading about coffee factoids extracted from their “Coffee Book: Anatomy of an Industry from Crop to the Last Drop.”. Also WAP support has now been added with for those users who have had connectivity problems due to carrier issues.

CaffeineFinder is a free download, visit Greystripe’s website to download:
http://www.greystripe.com

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Blackberry 8700c Ad

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Pinstack were able to get their hands on the first advertisement for the new Blackberry 8700c. The juicy part of the ad is the price of the new 8700c will start at only $299, most likely on a 2 or 3 year contract. The new Blackberry is set to launch sometime this week with the official release party being November 1st.

Telefonica To Buy O2 For $31.5 Billion

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Spain’s Telefonica SA on Monday agreed to buy British mobile phone operator O2 for $31.5 billion, continuing a wave of consolidation in the European telecommunications industry. Telefonica said it was paying 17.7 billion pounds, or 200 pence a share in cash, to gain a foothold in the U.K. and Germany. The offer price represents a 22% premium to O2′s closing price of 164.25 pence a share on Friday and is expected to add to earnings per share and free cash flow immediately.

O2 shares were recently up 25% at 206 pence a share, higher than the offer price, suggesting another bidder might emerge.

Telefonica shares were suspended in Madrid.

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Weekend Contest ‘GPS Application Ideas’

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Newsclip
This weekend’s contest is entitled ‘GPS Application Ideas’. As you may know, the newer Blackberrys from Nextel and Telus have GPS capabilities but there’s not many programs that take advantage of it. Telenav has its driving companion software, Greystripe has CaffeineFinder and Berryvine has Berryvine Companion. But we just have the feeling that companies are not taking true advantage of it.

This weekend’s prize will be a copy of Newsclip from Virtual Reach. Newsclip is a RSS reader that retrieves the latest news, weather reports, scores, or your favorites blogs right to your Blackberry.

Website Picks! YubNub.org

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YubNub
YubNub may be a very strange name for a website but don’t be fooled because this website is very useful. The purpose of YubNub is a command-line for the web, a very grand idea but it works really well. For example you simply type “stock rimm” to get stock information on RIMM or type in ‘gnews blackberry’ to search Blackberry news items through Google News. Although not specifically setup for mobile, you can make new custom commands. So instead of searching the regular Google page, you can make a command like ‘mobileg search’ which will search through Google Mobile instead and save you download time and data fees.

To visit, just go to http://www.yubnub.org