The official Verizon BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.148 impressions

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The new BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.148 has made some long awaited improvements. RIM and Verizon Wireless have done a good job of meeting many consumer demands. Although the update has been leaked for some time, it is now official and fully tested. You will now find your BlackBerry to be faster, more responsive and the camera has a neat update.

The new selection tool that we found in OS 4.7.0.132 is still around and makes the copy and paste system much easier. When selecting text, you get a little box that can be slid either way to adjust your selection. Before this update, it was very difficult to select text because it was hidden beneath your fingers. Now you can select text accurately.
Continue reading about the new BlackBerry Storm

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Viigo and Baystreet.ca offer Canadian financial news

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BayStreet.ca is a great resource for Canadian financial news. With a new partnership with Viigo, BayStreet.ca content, ranging from breaking news to analysis of penny stocks, from global market roundups to economic commentary, will be available on the Viigo application. This makes the news effortless for people to access, easy to read and always up-to-date.

Get Viigo for your BlackBerry for free.

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Awesome LBS app for BlackBerry Poynt now upgraded

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The newest version of Poynt is available and it’s a must-have application. The new version should be live on App World and ready to download so try it out!

Poynt is a convenient and timesaving service that connects consumers to local businesses and theaters at the moment they want to buy or acquire products or services. By entering search terms, the consumer is able to find businesses and movies near their location, get phone and address information as well as additional enhanced features such as accessing movie reviews and trailers. For example, a Poynt user could locate themselves via the GPS on their smartphone, then search for businesses such as a car rental agency, hairdressers, hotels or attorneys. Results are sorted by distance and the user has the option to view directions on a map, click-to-call the business, or view their website.

For a free OTA download from your BlackBerry Browser visit m.mypoynt.com.

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Win a free BlackBerry Curve 8900 from the Weather Channel

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The Weather Channel is giving away a free BlackBerry 8900 for every day for the month of June. The “Take the Weather with You” contest is really easy to enter:

1) Enter your email address from your BlackBerry browser.

2) Enter your email address again from your desktop.

The contest is open to residents in the US and District of Columbia and begins June 1st, 2009 at 12:00AM EST. The contest ends June 30th, 2009 at 11:59 EST.

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Mechanism theme from Elecite for BlackBerry Storm, 8900 and Bold

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Elecite have launched a new theme called Mechanism. The screenshots pretty much speak for themselves. There are 4 static icons, an invisible alarm screen launcher (when you tap the clock) and 7 customizable icons on the left (on the top for the Storm). The theme also includes a nice little touch: open and close buttons. With the open and close buttons, you can hide all 7 icons to have a clean home screen.

Download the latest Mechanism theme from Elecite for your BlackBerry Bold, Curve 8900 or Storm. Price $6.99.

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Pay As You Go BlackBerry Curve 8900 available on Orange

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Orange have announced they are offering the BlackBerry Curve 8900 on a Pay As You Go plan. The offering builds on the success of the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 Pay As You Go program, which Orange introduced earlier this year.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 will be available at launch with six months free Internet access. To take advantage of the offer, you must first purchase the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone for £245. You then choose one of Orange’s existing Pay As You Go animal packages, and then you receive free Internet access for the first six months. After that, you can take out Orange’s Pay As You Go BlackBerry Internet Service for £5 per month, on a monthly rolling subscription.

Get more information about prices and plans for the BlackBerry Curve 8900.

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Nobex Radio Companion for BlackBerry adds ESPN and local sports

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Nobex Radio Companion has added ESPN stations from all across the US to its application. You can even listen to the National ESPN sports stream. If local sports is your thing, you can tune in to cities such as Dallas, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland and more to hear sporting events taking place in your area.

As always, Nobex Radio Companion also lets you see the recent playlist of over 2,700 radio and to listen to over 1000 playable stations. Take advantage of cool features like lyrics that scroll to the music and fun facts about the artist and song you are listening to. Don’t forget that you can also get songs or ringtones with a single click, straight from your device.

Download Nobex Radio Companion by visiting nobexrc.com from your BlackBerry browser.

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What BES admins can see on your connected BlackBerry

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Super Moderator Joolie at the Port3101 forum answers a question that BES administrators have been asked many times: “What can my BES administrator see on my personal device if I connect it to the BES?”

The article doesn’t seem to specify whether Joolie is running BES 5.0. Some administrators will wait for the 2nd service pack before committing to a full upgrade.

What syncs/is stored/is accessed by the BES includes:

* Corporate email
* Corporate calendar
* Corporate PIM data (address book, memo pad, tasks)
* Browser bookmarks
* Password Keeper data (although this cannot be accessed in any way, even when restored to another device, without the PK password)
* PIN messaging data (including the actual message sent/received); logging turned off by default
* Phone call data (date/time of call, number called/received, length of call); loggined turned on by default
* Text message data (including the actual verbage of the text message); logging turned off by default
* Blackberry Messenger data (this one is extremely klunky to get and I don’t know a single BES Admin that turns this one on)
* All applications installed on the device (games, stock apps, etc.)
* OS version installed on the device (so we’ll know if you upgraded to a beta OS!)

In addition anything that is a part of automatic wireless backup could *technically* be viewed by performing a restore to a new device.

What a BES Admin can’t see:

* BIS email messages (I *might* be able to see what service books you have, but cannot read the messages)
* 3rd party IM messages (Yahoo!, MSN, etc), although I can see which of these applications you have installed.
* BlackBerry Messenger contact names/PINs

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RIM takes greatest share of smartphone industry profits

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Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff has calculated operating profits for the top smartphone manufacturers and the results are quite favorable for RIM.

The above chart shows Apple (pink) and RIM (turquoise) increasingly taking a disproportionate share of industry profits, mostly at the expense of Nokia’s diminishing handset operating profits (blue).

“Increasingly, the smartphone vendors are claiming more of the industry’s profit dollars even as the pool of profitability stabilizes or shrinks” says Modoff.

RIM is performing better than Apple when it comes to market profit shares. RIM has increased its estimated share of industry profits from 8 percent (2007) to 19 percent (2008) to 35 percent (2009). This is compared to Apple’s 31 percent market share.

As the smartphone industry grows, companies are going to have to look to ways to increase both device profit margins, and total market profit shares.

App World, and manufacturer-based content portals, are going to be key to future profitability. Modoff expects total unit sales to decline slightly this year back down to one billion, while industry revenues will continue to come down from their 2007 peak. This means that RIM will need App World to make up lost revenues from device sales with content purchases.

Enterprise will also be a revenue channel supporting RIM in the coming years that few other device manufacturers will be able to capitalize on in the same way. Major organizations are rolling out full BlackBerry solutions, as RIM takes an increasing share in the enterprise market. Flush with cash and eager to increase efficiency, enterprise will provide RIM with the cashflows needed to sustain research and development and continue making incredible smartphones.

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BlackBerry OS updates roundup - leaked, official and sketchy

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Today the Internet was inundated with a ton of BlackBerry OS updates. I’ve taken the time to compile them all in one easy to read location so you don’t have to go around searching for yourself.

Here are some unofficial BlackBerry updates. Download them at your own risk and don’t install unless you’re familiar with the uninstall process.

BlackBerry 8100 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8110 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8120 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8300 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8310 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8320 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8800 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8820 OS 4.5.0.153

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 OS 4.6.0.278

BlackBerry Curve 8900 OS 4.6.1.250

BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.151

Here are some official BlackBerry OS updates from TELUS. Feel free to use these safe updates.

BlackBerry 8830 OS 4.5.0.253
BlackBerry 8330 OS 4.5.0.253

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