Verizon BlackBerry 9550 aka Storm 2 – What Do You Want To Know?

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Although it seems like an eternity, the BlackBerry Storm has only been for sale for almost a year.  RIM went back and reworked with mechanics of their touch screen and cooked up a new(er) operating system. 

Now, we at BlackBerryCool.com have gotten our hands on a pre-released 9550.  Yes, the screen rebound is much better, thanks to the shortened travel distance, and we’re enjoying the more responsive keyboard.  Both of these aspects have been significantly improved. 

Instead of writing a review of a pre-release device, we’d like to know what burning questions you have about the device.  We’ll work to answer them.  Again, considering that this is a pre-release device, there are still bugs, quirks and gremlins clearly running wild. 

So drop us a line on what you’d like to know and we’ll do our best to answer your questions!

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NHL on your BlackBerry

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The Regular season of the NHL is back. Here are just a few ways that you can keep up with scores, info, and highlights when you’re away from the Den or the Sports bar.

Viigo: Being the ultimate mobile news app, Viigo has extensive sports options. You can get live scores, examine team rosters, league standings, even subscribe to team and news RSS feeds for all your Hockey news needs. Viigo has even partnered with the Toronto Maple Leafs to deliver news and info to their fans:

“We’re excited about our partnership with Viigo which gives our fans unprecedented access to all the information they want to know about the Maple Leafs, where they want and when they want,” said Chris Hebb, Senior VP of Broadcast and Content for Maple Leaf Sport. “Viigo also makes it very easy for Leafs fans to share information about their favourite hockey team with their friends and family anywhere in the world instantaneously.”

Here’s a guide to help you get Viigo set up for your custom mobile NHL news.

Download your free copy of Viigo for Blackberry

ScoreMobile: a leader in sports Programming in Canada The Score and has built a custom app featuring:

  • Up-to-the-minute boxscores
  • Fantasy player stats
  • Dynamic home screen icon
  • Live blogs
  • Detailed game previews
  • Detailed recaps

Download your free copy of ScoreMobile BlackBerry

The Hockey News: Hockey journalism favorite The Hockey News has a Polar Mobile app featuring in-depth articles, as well as quick scores, standings, and stat updates.

Got to THN.mobi to download The Hockey News app

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Storm no longer available on Telus site

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Samano, a Howardforums.com contributor has noted that the BlackBerry Storm is no longer available on the Telus website. There is a lot of speculation as to when the Storm 2 will be released on Telus and Verizon. When old devices get quietly discontinued, a big launch is soon to follow.

Has anybody heard anything from their Telus or Verison rep? When do you think the Storm 2 is coming?

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Official Twitter client for BlackBerry coming soon

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RIM is working on an in-house Twitter client for BlackBerry, expected to be released mid-November. First party apps have the advantage of total integration with the OS. This upcoming twitter client sounds very well crafted with push delivery of Tweets and notifications showing unread tweets on the app’s home screen icon.

Expect all the standard twitter client features of friends timeline, viewing profiles, viewing photos, manage/view who you follow, direct messages, and replies. Some of the advanced functions include the ability to tweet photos from your camera or from your memory card.

Comments? Will you be downloading the RIM built twitter app or will you be sticking with your favorite third party Twitter client?

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RIM Launches BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac

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RIM has released a version of it’s BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac. RIM has relied on acquired third party syncing software for a few years now, with some features simply not present and others obviously not as well-crafted as the native PC BlackBerry Desktop Software. I had been running XP (albeit very slowly) through emulation on the Mac OS just to deliver all the features of the PC utility so this comes as very welcome news.
Here are some of the features:

  • Sync iTunes® playlists
  • Sync personal info like contacts
  • Sync tasks and appointments
  • Install new software, games, and more
  • Keep your BlackBerry software up to date
  • Create partial or full system backups

Download BlackBerry Desktop Software for mac

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Deal of the Day: EasyBartender

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EasyBartender is a drink database lifestyle app from Adorno Software. Want to create a party your friends will never forget? Or suggest a club bartender your favorite drink? EasyBartender is what you need! A list of more then 5500 alcoholic and nonalcoholic cocktail recipes sorted in a custom way in your BlackBerry, full description with ingredients, preparing method, way of garnishing, and an image of a glass type to serve.

Use the trackball, Menu button, keyboard or touch screen to navigate within the app. You can search your desired cocktail for this evening by name, alcoholic, nonalcoholic, glass type and preparing method. Learn how to prepare your cocktail, use the right glass to serve and garnish well to amaze all your friends. See the image of the cocktail you are preparing.

Totally new – My Bar functionality – choose from the list what you have in your own bar and see what you can prepare from that. You will surprise everyone with your skills!

Features:

  • more 5500 cocktail recipes to explore
  • Easy search by name, alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks, by glass type and preparing method
  • Detailed cocktail description: components, preparing, garnishing, serving
  • My Bar functionality: see what you can do with the drinks in your bar
  • Fully mobile application, no Internet or other connection required

Buy EasyBartender on sale today for $3.99, that’s 50% off!

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Ruby programming language goes mobile

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Ruby is a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write.

Rhomobile is an open source platform to make it easy for developers to mobilize enterprise applications to run natively on all available smartphone devices. Rhomobile offers several components that work together to allow programmers to create rich client native mobile applications. These mobile applications work with data locally (i.e. even when disconnected) and take advantage of capabilities of specific mobile devices (such PIM data access, audio, video, camera, phone dialer, GPS, and accelerometer).

The core of Rhomobile’s offerings is the Rhodes application framework. This is a Ruby-based “microframework” that runs locally on all major device operating systems. Rhodes applications use another component called RhoSync to synchronize data locally to the device. The components of Rhomobile are intended to be much simpler than similar infrastructure that has appeared in the “mobile enablement” in the past: simpler to program to and simpler for end users to use.

Adam Blum, CEO of Rhomobile has written a blog entry detailing the Rhodes smartphone development framework’s implementation of Ruby for every major smartphone operating system as well as the benefits of leveraging Ruby for native smartphone app development.

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Aerize WiFiX: Enforce WiFi Usage released

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Aerize has just released WiFiX for BlackBerry. WiFiX is a bit more powerful than it seems; it can reroute connections to and from any connection. For example: WiFi <> BES <> BIS <> TCP/IP <> WAP, so it can actually enable usage of many programs without the need for a BlackBerry Data connection (BES/BIS). Since it can import and export settings it is highly configurable for the future.

We are actually using Google Maps and a bunch of other apps on BlackBerry with only WAP data connections. Furthermore, it will enable WiFi when the user has NO mobile data plan at all.

Try or Buy Aerize WiFiX for $9.99

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New Theme, New Interface: MacBerry Widgets

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The MacBerry Widgets theme is a premium theme with the interface workings of a modern desktop OS. Take your dock and dashboard experience to your BlackBerry with the MacBerry Widgets theme. Scrolling up, or clicking the wallpaper for Storm users, reveals a hidden set of calendar, message, and weather widgets to help keep you on top of your day.

Get the interface-rich MacBerry Widgets theme for $6.99 from Bplay

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2009 $100,000 BlackBerry Developer Challenge: Last of the finalists selected

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BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced the last four finalists in the 2009 BlackBerry Developer
Challenge. A total of sixteen finalists were selected over the past four months, each
of which will vie for the US$100,000 grand prize package at the BlackBerry
Developers Conference in November.

The final four of sixteen include:

  • 7digital Music Store (by DevelopIQ): 7digital Music Store lets users browse the latest music charts, preview
    the latest tracks and discover, purchase and download high quality, DRM-free
    MP3 music directly to a BlackBerry smartphone. The software also comes with
    an integrated advanced media player that imports your existing playlists and
    music files.
  • FileScout (by Privateer): FileScout is a file manager for your BlackBerry device. In addition to its
    core functionality, the software allows users to search for files, send any
    file by Bluetooth or as an email attachment, and open media files including
    pictures, movies and music files.
  • ProOnGo Expense with Receipt Reader (by ProOnGo LLC): ProOnGo Expense with Receipt Reader lets users track mileage and expenses
    right from their BlackBerry. ProOnGo allows users to take a snapshot of
    their bill with the device camera and export expenses to Excel or
    QuickBooks.
  • ShoZu (by ShoZu): ShoZu enables mobile users to upload photos and videos to over 50
    different destinations, update statuses on Twitter and Facebook and view
    comments and posts on those images.

For more info on the challenge and the fund visit blackberrypartnersfund.com

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Photobucket Mobile Uploader for BlackBerry impressions

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We have had the Photobucket Mobile Uploader here at the office for some time now and it’s a great application because of it’s simplicity.

We all know photobucket as one of the biggest and best managed image hosting and sharing sites out there. Photobucket Mobile Uploader is an application geared towards getting your pictures off your smartphone automatically. It quietly uploads them every ten minutes to your your choice of Photobucket account, email, and PC . You can also force an update if you need to post a pic right away.

The app is simple and clean with no hiding of options with a menu hierarchy. There are also no pop-up “are you sure?” bubbles which makes sense because the only time you’re going to actually be in the application is for configuration. The uploader allows to to use your camera freely while it takes care of the photo management.

After snapping a few photographs, I realized that I didn’t give a second thought as to when my next sync or file transfer will be: it was all taken care of.

If you’re a T-Mobile customer, pick your device and download Photobucket for Blackberry.

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