MyBlackBerry Community Manager talks social media

Comments

MyBlackBerry has been live for some time now and it is part of a bigger social media push at RIM. The company is leveraging Facebook, Twitter, forums and blogs, to send out their message.

InsideBlackBerry sat down with MyBlackBerry’s Community Manager Becky Young, to talk about the project and social media at RIM in general.

It’s interesting to see a company such as RIM get into social media as RIM has been known to be a very traditional and conservative company. As times change, and RIM is seeing a great consumer base, inevitably the culture at the company changes with it.

According to Becky, RIM got into MyBlackBerry from “mostly seeing web 2.0 and using web 2.0 tools in our everyday lives outside of RIM. With MyBlackBerry we wanted to do two things: create a place that is all about YOU and YOUR BlackBerry smartphone (not everyman’s BlackBerry smartphone - but yours) and connect this place to the largest BlackBerry smartphone community in the world.”

MyBlackBerry does have a lot of potential but it would be nice to see the site offer something that we can’t get elsewhere. The competitive advantage with RIM will obviously be scope, in that they have the power to bring users in from the entire BlackBerry network, almost effortlessly. Once this community has grown, the question is what will they do with it?

To have your say, join the Feature Request thread on MyBlackBerry and let them know what you want to see.

For more about MyBlackBerry from Community Manager Becky Young, see Inside BlackBerry.

Share:
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Slashdot
  • Technorati
  • NewsVine
  • E-mail this story to a friend!

Canadian government makes final ruling on Nortel LTE sale

Comments

RIM has been lobbying very hard to get the Canadian government to intervene in the deal between Nortel and Sony Ericsson. The deal involves the sale of a variety of Nortel’s assets including their LTE operations, which are of great interest to RIM in order to future-proof devices.

The Canadian government has ruled on the issue and declined to review the $1.13 billion sale of Nortel Networks’ CDMA and LTE assets to Ericsson. The announcement was made by Canada’s Industry Minister, Tony Clement, and it closes any possibility of the Canadian government intervening in favor of RIM.

The underlying reasons for which RIM wanted the Canadian government to intervene are vague at best. The Investment Canada Act stipulates that the Canadian government must intervene if the sale of Canadian assets to a foreign country poses some security risk.

“There are no grounds to believe this transaction could be injurious to Canada’s national security,” Clement said Wednesday, adding that Ericsson “has the resources and customer base necessary to bring Canadian innovation to market. … This deal is very beneficial to Canada.”

So it looks as though RIM is going to have to find another way to acquire the LTE and CDMA technology it desires.

[Via]

Share:
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Slashdot
  • Technorati
  • NewsVine
  • E-mail this story to a friend!

Are you having trackball issues with your Sprint BlackBerry Tour?

Comments

David Eller, an analyst at TownHall Investment Research, is saying the BlackBerry Tour has been experiencing a 50 percent return rate due to problems with the trackball.

Tour owners who are returning the device are complaining that they must roll the trackball repeatedly for it to move the cursor on the screen only minimally. One user said he was on his fourth Tour, after returning the previous three due to problems with the trackball.

Beginning of August, RIM said that a firmware fix would be issued in 30 days and would resolve the problem.

While it may not apply to this issue with the Tour, BlackBerry Cool would like to remind users that you can do 2 things to help fix your BlackBerry trackball:

1) Make sure the sensitivity settings are ideal. Often turning up your sensitivity is helpful for experienced users.
2) You can always replace the trackball yourself.

Are you a Sprint Tour owner? Have you noticed your trackball having issues?

[Via]

Share:
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Slashdot
  • Technorati
  • NewsVine
  • E-mail this story to a friend!

Brightkite now available in BlackBerry App World

Comments


BrightBerry is the free open source app built with the BrightKite APIs, that was launched over a month ago.

Brightkite is a social network tool that has announced their first BlackBerry app, myKite. The app is a direct link to the Brightkite portal where users can better interact with the site.

Features include:

  • View and navigate your streams (Friends, Nearby, Universe, Mentions, and User)
  • Post a Note/Photo to your current location
  • Post a Note/Photo to a certain location
  • Check in to a Placemark
  • Create and delete Placemarks
  • Check in via GPS
  • Check in via Place Search
  • Send and receive Direct Messages
  • View and post comments on a post
  • Get notifications when you receive a new Brightkite email

To download myKite for BlackBerry, head over to BlackBerry App World.

Share:
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Slashdot
  • Technorati
  • NewsVine
  • E-mail this story to a friend!

Reminder: RIM promised OS 5 before the end of 2009

16 Comments

download-blackberry-os-5-0-0-90

Back at WES 2009, RIM put out a statement saying that OS 5, “will follow before the end of the year.” Most of us in the BlackBerry Nation have been expecting this software to launch around this time and we’re all wondering where it is.

While the software will be coming out with the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the Storm 2 9550/9520, it isn’t clear when older BlackBerry devices will be privy to the upgrade.

At the very least, we know you won’t have to wait longer than January 1st, 2010.

The official statement from RIM is as follows:

“The roll out process has begun for BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 with the recent beta release of BlackBerry JDE 5.0 (BlackBerry Java Development Environment 5.0) to BlackBerry Developer Zone at www.blackberry.com/developers to prepare the BlackBerry developer community for pending device software releases. As can be expected, BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 will follow before the end of the year, as referenced in the “RIM Launches BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0″ press release that was issued at WES 2009 (http://press.rim.com/release.jsp?id=2309).”

Just out of curiosity, what device do you have and what OS are you currently running?

[Via]

Share:
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Slashdot
  • Technorati
  • NewsVine
  • E-mail this story to a friend!

Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8520 promo documents arrive

Comments

RogersDude69 brings us a pic of some promotional materials that have arrived at the Rogers retail outlets in Canada. It seems we’re really close to this device launching and we’ll be getting more details soon.

The only thing this flier reveals is that it will support TalkSpot, for unlimited Canada-wide calling.

There isn’t much else to say here, but we’re all hoping that Rogers will launch the device in some new colors such as the coveted white BlackBerry Curve 8520.

Anyone buying?

Share:
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Slashdot
  • Technorati
  • NewsVine
  • E-mail this story to a friend!

Congratulations BlackBerry Cool on 7000 posts

Comments

27fireworks-600

Today BlackBerry Cool passed 7,000 posts! The site is doing very well almost 5 years and 7,000+ posts later and we’re all excited about things to come.

Here are some great articles from the past:

The BlackBerry 9700 is the BlackBerry Onyx? (For the record, we were the first to bring you this tidbit.)

T-Mobile BlackBerry Gemini 8520 review, pics and comparisons

“Storm vs. iPhone: which will win?” (Weekly Contest)

And of course, best of all, is our very first post dated the January 5th, 2005:

BlackberryCool.com Now Live!

Something else you might enjoy, remember when we interviewed the Boy Genius?

The BlackBerry Cool Podcast: Boy Genius Interviewed (Pt. 1)
The BlackBerry Cool Podcast: Boy Genius Interviewed (Pt. 2)
Exclusive: Boy Genius interviewed – round 3

Looking forward to another 7,000 posts with the BlackBerry Nation!

What was your favorite BlackBerry Cool article? Comment and let us know!

Share:
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Slashdot
  • Technorati
  • NewsVine
  • E-mail this story to a friend!

ScoreMobile for BlackBerry updated with new game reminder features

Comments

ScoreMobile_blackberry-bold

The Score have launched version 1.2 of their BlackBerry app ScoreMobile. The new version of the application features customizable content, game reminder features, and optimized navigation and display functions.

ScoreMobile is a free application and the recent enhancements to the application include:

  • Tracking of Favourite Leagues – users will be able to manage which sports they choose to see and hide on their device making tracking and staying up to date on their favourite teams easier than ever before
  • Addition of Game Reminders – with two quick clicks, users will be able to add a game to their BlackBerry® Calendar so favourite games will never be missed
  • Optimization of Navigation and Display – users can now take advantage of speedier data display and simplified navigation

Check out ScoreMobile in BlackBerry App World free of charge.

Share:
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Slashdot
  • Technorati
  • NewsVine
  • E-mail this story to a friend!

Aetherpal 2.3 mobile device management for BlackBerry enterprise users

Comment

AetherPal RIM_Remote

w2bi have announced the availability of AetherPal 2.3, which allows administrative support for all Blackberry devices.

AetherPal 2.3 features:

  • Administrators can manage all mobile devices controlled by a BES Server
  • AetherPal device enrollment info is taken directly from the BES Server
  • Simple Banner Notification support for BlackBerry devices which allows administrators to schedule banners or initiate them immediately
  • Crystal Report Integration which enables admins to generate reports and export them into Crystal Reports
  • AetherPal 2.3 allows both admins and end users to initiate Remote Control sessions. Users initiate the session by clicking the AetherPal Remote control icon and the device sets up a data connection with the admin.

AetherPal can support multiple operating systems, a feature that has been widely requested in the industry due to new smartphones constantly being introduced into the ecosystem. These multiple OSs are supported even if some are managed by BES and/or Microsoft SCMDM 2008.

When choosing BlackBerry administrative support software, it’s important to be informed about all the potential solutions as each provides a competitive advantage that may apply to your organization. For example, Zenprise and BoxTone are two BlackBerry administrative tools that provide similar services but both have advantages that make them better for certain organizations.

More information available from the AetherPal site.

Are there any organizations out there that are currently using AetherPal?

Share:
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Slashdot
  • Technorati
  • NewsVine
  • E-mail this story to a friend!

President of Rogers wireless claims Android will chip away at RIM dominance

Comments

Our Rogers ninja, RogersDude69, is reporting that Rogers has been giving their employees extra incentives to sell HTC Android devices. Apparently, Rogers is running internal contests where you sell 5 and get 1 free. While this isn’t necessarily news, and Rogers often runs these contests, it comes along with a recent statement from the president of Rogers Communications’ wireless business, Rob Bruce.

Rob Bruce, said he expects that phones with full slideout keyboards, as well as those based on Google’s Android operating system, will chip away at the dominance of RIM’s BlackBerry and Apple’s iPhone.

Speaking at an investor conference, Bruce said the so-called QWERTY slider devices made by manufacturers such as Samsung and LG Electronics “are peeling off the low end of the smartphone market right now and in effect putting pressure on that duopoly.”

He characterized Android-based phones that are making their way to store shelves as the “other major vector” in challenging RIM and Apple for dominance of the lucrative smartphone market.

BlackBerry Cool readers are well educated when it comes to the various operating systems out there. So I put the question to the readers:

Can RIM and BlackBerry learn anything from the Android platform?

In 5 years, BlackBerry or Android?

[Via]

Share:
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Slashdot
  • Technorati
  • NewsVine
  • E-mail this story to a friend!