BlackBerry vs iPhone in Enterprise: The BlackBerry++ Scenario

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I have been speaking with Brian Reed at BoxTone for some time now about iPhone vs BlackBerry and the line I get most often is that it’s a “BlackBerry++” scenario. This denotes that the majority of organizations are using BlackBerry, with a smattering of other devices on the network such as the iPhone and the Pre.

There are a variety of reasons why the BlackBerry has become the business standard. Security and reliability are some of the central reasons, but Brian sums it up as having met three criteria: “Meet the needs of the enterprise IT organization; meet the needs of the enterprise user; be easy to do business with.”
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UberTwitter Updated with Lists, TwitLonger, Tabs and More

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UberTwitter is on of the best free Twitter clients for BlackBerry and they have just updated their Beta to 6 with some major features. You won’t find this update in the app so be sure to head to the site and grab it OTA.

Here are some of the latest feaures:

  • Lists - You can create, delete, subscribe, add members, view members, all the functionality you would expect of an Über mobile client.
  • Find People - You can search for people, just like the ‘Find People’ link on Twitter’s home page.
  • New Icon
  • Über Bar - This is a tab bar at the top of the screen, the neat thing is that you can add your own tabs. A list can be a tab, users timelines, and soon saved searches.

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Poynt Beta Now Available with Weather Backgrounds and Gas Prices

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The latest version of Poynt has been sent out to Beta testers. In this version, 1.5.2.25, the major update is their weather background. To check the weather, all you have to do is launch Poynt, and the app’s background will reflect the conditions outside.
Click through for more screenshots and info about the latest beta

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Premium BlackBerry Theme Plasma from Elecite

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Elecite have a new theme called Plasma and it features a gently moving wallpaper that you can toggle behind your icons. There are 11-12 customizable icons on the homescreen, as well as a weather slot. Plasma also features a star-shaped message notified in the middle of the screen, which turns red when you’ve got a new message.

Plasma is available for the BlackBerry 8900, 9500, 9600 and 9700. “>Go to Elecite for more information and purchase link ($6.99)

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Grooveshark for BlackBerry Available on Subscription

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Grooveshark have announced their streaming music service is available for BlackBerry. To use the app, you must have a VIP account with Grooveshark which will cost your $3 per month. With companies like Kik and Slacker providing free streaming music, Grooveshark is going to have a tough time convincing users to pay. For your subscription, you get the following features:

  • Play “any” song instantly.
  • Save and make playlists.
  • Radio.
  • Listen offline.

Go to Grooveshark.com from your BlackBerry to download the application. You’ll have to get a premium account as well.

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BlackBerry Cool Roundup for the Week of December 25th

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Hopefully you had a great New Year’s and you’re enjoying a long holiday. There were some cool apps launched this week as well as some good editorials. If you’ve been taking a break from the blogs, here is a recap post to get you up to speed.
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Happy New Years from BlackBerry Cool!

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It’s that time of year when we sit back and think about the year that has passed. We think about our accomplishments and setbacks, and ponder how we can improve in the year to come. I’m sure RIM executives have their own, but I think a good Top 5 would include:

1. Not let email or BBM go down more than once.
2. Release a WebKit based browser that will make the competition worried.
3. Release a touchscreen and keyboard combo form factor.
4. Improve App World beyond the competition. Stop keeping up with the Johnsons.
5. Bring manufacturing costs down by at least 10%.

What would your New Year’s Resolutions for RIM be?

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Repping the BlackBerry Storm2 in BLKBerry 2.0 by Swindoe

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Just read Ronen’s post about the track BLKBerry 2.0 by rapper Swindoe. The track is actually really catchy but the best part is how he shouts out his own PIN. It reminds me of back when Mike Jones used to give out his real phone number (281-330-8004).

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Kindle App for BlackBerry Coming Soon

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Adam over at CB got a tip about the upcoming Kindle app for BlackBerry. The app will give you access to Kindle books without the need to purchase a Kindle, and it will automatically sync your last page read and annotations between devices. It seems the app won’t have any support for newspapers, magazines or blogs, but you get the whole Kindle book library at your disposal.

Speaking of Kindle, has anyone tried the UnSwindle app? For those not familiar with UnSwindle, a developer named iHeartCabbages created an app that circumvents the Kindle DRM protections. The app was developed to help make books more accessible, in celebration of the Right to Read.

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BlackBerry App World Still Leads in Most Expensive Apps

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GigaOM and Mobclix have put together a nice chart showing the average cost of a paid application on each smartphone app store. We have talked a few times about how App World has the highest priced apps relative to the other smartphones, and to date, it still leads by over a $1 compared to the next highest Windows Mobile. RIM should be much more active in helping developers drive these prices down. At the very least, App World needs a better promotional system similar to the BlackBerry Cool Store, so they can offer a Deal of the Day, BOGO campaigns and MobileHeist sales.

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