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Buried with your Blackberry

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And we thought we were hardcore, a new trend is developing which people are being asked to be buried with their PDA’s and mobile phones. The trend which began in South Africa, has now spread to a number of countries, including Ireland, Australia, Ghana, and the US.

Martin Raymond, director of international trend-spotting think-tank, The Future Laboratory said that this had started off “in the realm of the urban myth”, but was fast becoming fact.

It started in South Africa where some people’s belief in witchcraft meant they feared that “they could fall under a spell, be put to sleep and actually be buried. So they asked to be buried with their mobile phones.

This simple concept has triggered something else in areas which don’t believe in witchcraft, called Limelight funerals which plays on the notion that people are wanting to be buried like celebrities.

“We came across one guy who asked to be buried with his mobile phone and his Blackberry, and also with his laptop.”

The phone is put in the coffin along with diamonds, jewellery, expensive suits, and gold watches.

Clooney’s Oscar gift bag nets $45,100

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George ClooneyGeorge Clooney’s swank Oscar swag bag that included a Blackberry 8700 has fetched thousands at auction. Clooney donated the bag to the United Way, and Wednesday it sold for $45,100 in an extended online auction that began March 21, organization spokeswoman Sheila Consaul said.

The winner was not immediately identified.

The money will benefit the United Way’s hurricane response and relief recovery Fund, Consaul said.

Wireless Providers to Focus On Business Subscribers as Total Voice Revenue Declines

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A report from IDC has concluded that the business market is poised to play an increasingly important role in the USA’s wireless industry as total subscriber growth slows. With the consumer wireless market approaching saturation, service providers will focus on the business market and its attractively high voice average revenue per user (ARPU) and still early-stage adoption of data as primary growth drivers. Business revenue is expected to grow from US$29 billion in 2005 to US$52 billion in 2010.

The wireless industry will be impacted by numerous trends, including slowing subscriber growth, increased competition from MVNOs in the consumer space, evolution to a retail market model, voice ARPU erosion in both the business and consumer markets, and data pricing declines offset by growing data usage, especially in the business market. Wireless services are ideally suited to the business environment. Growth will be higher for businesses than for the overall market due to stronger subscriber growth rates within this segment. However, revenue growth rates will slow from 19% in 2006 to 3% in 2010 as subscriber growth rates slow and pricing erosions impact ARPU and revenue growth. As all industries become increasingly competitive and as companies look to differentiate themselves, incorporating wireless services into their communications and connectivity strategies provides businesses with numerous benefits.

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Unlock Hidden Blackberry Theme, Zen

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Zen Blackberry Theme
Zen Blackberry Theme
Those sneaky guys at RIM decided to leave out one of the nicest themes there is available for the Blackberry 8700. The Zen theme, which is hidden by default is a fresh new concept which emphasizes the background instead of the icons or text menus. Instead of scrolling through icons like other themes, the theme places four icons on the right and a button which can be compared to the Windows Start button, which when you press it a menu list pops up with the rest of your applications.

There are a few bugs with the theme, which is probably why they didn’t include it in the first place. The major bugs are that you can’t select which programs are placed on the front and that the proper icons for 3rd party applications are not properly displayed. Regardless of the setbacks, this theme is a fresh prespective to the new Blackberry home interface and should be worth the download.

Just a word of caution, the Zen theme is not an easy download, it’s more of a hack so users should backup their device before attempting.

Follow the following instructions to download and install the Zen Blackberry theme.

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RIM Exec David Heit Interviewed

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Unstrung a wireless news site scored and interview with David Heit a senior product manager for RIM. The full transcript is posted on the website but the following are a few of the juicy tidbits:

“We’ve been getting the message out that it’s really not just about wireless email anymore, but about mobilizing your business processes, and the customers are really starting to catch on to that.”, when asked about life after the lawsuit.

“Our BES supports the three most popular email environments … you can use whatever email platform you want, whatever application or backend data source, over an array of devices, and we’re available on every carrier technology that exists today.”, when asked about Blackberry being propriety software.

“We’re looking at voice-over-IP as a major direction, so that instead of giving an employee a desktop phone, you give them a Blackberry, so it’s a mobile phone device as well as a secure connection for email. And when you add the mobile application capability we’ve been talking about, then you’re really talking about true convergence.”, when talked about RIM’s future direction.

Read the whole interview here …

BlackBerry helps West Yorkshire Police Outwit Wanted Suspects

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West Yorkshire PoliceBlackBerry devices are helping police officers at West Yorkshire Police to outwit wanted suspects who try to bluff their way out of being arrested when stopped on the streets. But now officers issued with BlackBerry handheld devices can instantly download digital “mugshots” of people who are already on police systems to see that the person is not who they say they are. If there is an outstanding warrant for the person it will show on the screen and the officer can access the warrant system. The use of this technology has already led to several arrests.

This latest enhancement to the Force’s use of BlackBerrys is due to the development of a new system dubbed “StreetWYSE”. Created by West Yorkshire Police’s IT Department, StreetWYSE is a mobile version of the Force’s main computerised intelligence system known as West Yorkshire Search Engine (WYSE).

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