BlackBerry App World catalog now online with purchasing to follow

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The BlackBerry App World catalog is now available online. You can browse all the applications available to download online and while you can’t purchase anything from the web, this feature is just around the corner.

The online catalog lets you browse by featured items, top downloads, categories or subcategories, as well as search for applications by name, “free,” “paid,” or “new.”

Each application page features a description, pricing, size of download, screenshots and reviews. Users can also see which BlackBerry smartphone, language and carrier the application is available for.

To download an application, you currently select “Get it Today” which allows you to enter an email address where a link to App World is embedded. From there, you pay for the app like any other from App World. This feature is going to get a major overhaul in the coming months.

Eventually, you’ll have an online version of App World that has all the functionality of the on-device App World. You’ll be able to purchase applications and keep an inventory of what apps you have downloaded in the past.

Personally, I would also like to see RIM implement much of the functionality you see in the Mobihand stores such as affiliate programs and potentially, the ability to push the app to your device from the web, thus circumventing the email portion of the process.

Check out the BlackBerry App World online catalog.

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Conquest theme for the BlackBerry Tour, Bold, Curve and more

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Conquest is a theme for the Tour, Bold, Curve, 8800 and 8700 model BlackBerry devices. It was originally designed for the Storm, and it has been ported over for trackball devices. Currently, the theme is on sale and will continue to be 50% off through Friday, August 21st.

The Conquest theme features:

  • An edgy, progressive design.
  • Original visuals, icons, and buttons.
  • Hidden homepage menu that fades in and out.
  • Vivid colors
  • Hotspots for Application Menu, Clock Profiles, and Messages (Storm only)

Purchase the Conquest theme on sale for $2.48 (regularly $4.95).
Click through for video of the theme in action

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Cool app! Mobile Speech to Speech Arabic Translator for BlackBerry

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This might be one of the most incredible applications I have seen to date for BlackBerry. Sakhr Software have created an application called Mobile Speech to Speech Arabic Translator for BlackBerry, that does exactly what the name says. Check out the above YouTube clip for a demonstration.

The Spoken Translator makes communication between English and Arabic speakers easy with the following features:

1. Users freely speak English or Arabic sentences into their BlackBerry.
2. Users see the translation displayed in Arabic and English script.
3. Users can hear the translation played out loud.

The application uses a technology developed by Sakhr called natural language processing (NLP) technology. The app has far-reaching implications for business as well as consumers. Enterprise users will be able to communicate with employees in the field who don’t speak English and tourists will be able to navigate Arab countries much more easily.

Sakhr Software has announced it will showcase its Mobile Speech to Speech Arabic Translator for BlackBerry at the LandWarNet Conference in Fort Lauderdale, August 18–20, 2009.

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App World arrives in Latin America - expect more to come

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App World has arrived in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela. It’s not clear whether this will be the same App World that we see here in North America, but chances are that the same applications will be distributed.

The only major difference is that users can choose to download BlackBerry App World in English or Spanish. A Portuguese version of the client interface is expected to be available later in 2009

Not only is this good for Latin America, but it should prove fruitful for the entire BlackBerry nation. App World does a great job of spreading smartphone application awareness, and teaching users that everyday tasks can be made much simpler with the use of a BlackBerry app. This smartphone lifestyle will promote more young Latin Americans to take up development as a career, and hopefully bring more bright minds to the BlackBerry platform.

This also reflects RIM’s strategy of making a tremendous push into Latin America as an emerging market. According to a recent interview with Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, the region could prove very profitable for RIM. “The thought that Latin America and Western Europe could someday be like North America in terms of market penetration gets us very, very excited,” says Balsillie. Let’s hope he’s right!

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Cool deal: Beyond160 lets you send texts with 160+ characters

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Beyond160 lets you send an SMS with more than 160 characters, the limit CDMA users have on a text message. With this app, users can type unlimited text messages on their Verizon, Sprint, Alltel, U.S. Cellular, etc. BlackBerry devices.

Purchase Beyond160 for $3.50 (normally $6.99).

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Slacker Radio now available for BlackBerry Storm users

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Slacker is now available for BlackBerry Storm users! The new and improved version is available on all channels including the BlackBerry Cool store and it’s also available on App World.

One of the best features included in this latest update is that the battery life has been greatly improved while streaming music.

Here is a breakdown of the features you’ll find in the latest update:

  • Improved battery life up to 2x (over previous versions) while streaming (Slacker has seen Storm devices playing up to 9 hours over 3G with this build)
  • Improved usability enhancements to the interface, including a “Home” button to quickly access the station list
  • Added ability to toggle the explicit content filter (on/off) from the main menu
  • Addressed an issue where pausing a song for an extended period of time did not properly resume playback
  • Addressed an issue where phone calls or message alerts would prevent playback from resuming properly for some listeners

Download Slacker for the BlackBerry Storm.

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Rumor: BlackBerry Curve 8530 from Verizon in black and lavendar

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It turns out we’ll be seeing the BlackBerry 8530 come to Verizon Wireless in black and lavendar. The news/rumor comes from a screenshot sent in to BerryScoop with two BlackBerry 8530 SKUs. While the SKUs aren’t for the actual devices, but for dummy phones rather, it’s still a good indication that we’ll be seeing these colors soon.

What colors would you like to see your BlackBerry in?

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BlackBerry Developer’s Blog roundup - hidden API’s and how to’s

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The BlackBerry Developer’s Blog is posting very regularly like a good blog should while Inside BlackBerry hasn’t had a post in almost a week. It’s truly a shame in that Inside BlackBerry could be a very popular place for users to get an inside look at both RIM and BlackBerry, but the blog simply lacks enough content.

The BlackBerry Developer’s Blog, on the other hand, has had almost 2 posts per day since launch and the content is both interesting and helpful.

Here is a brief roundup of what you can find on the BlackBerry Developer’s Blog:
Click through for a roundup of the content you’ll find on the BlackBerry Developer’s Blog

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The cheapest BlackBerry Pearl 8110 to date available in Australia

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Crazy John’s in Australia is offering the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 for free, with a $39 BlackBerry Service Cap. As with most plans, the headlines don’t tell the whole story.

The plan requires that you sign up for 2 years at a $40 per month, and with that you get unlimited email and internet. Be warned though, that calls are charged at 47 cents per 30 seconds, with a 35 cent initial charge.

While the calls are expensive, this truly is the best BlackBerry bundle deal we have seen to date. To get a BlackBerry Pearl 81XX from Wal-Mart, you need to sign on to a service plan of $99.99 per month or higher and in conjunction with any feature or bundle or any other plan option at least $24.99 per month or greater.

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The BlackBerry Curve 8520 to launch in Spain come September

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There isn’t much to say here but the Curve 8520 is set to launch in Spain come September. There isn’t any word on what carriers it will launch on or whether it will come as a Pay-As-You-Go model, but we’ll keep you updated.

Expect a lot of news like this to come this month as RIM’s business development team sign deals with carriers around the world.

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