BlackBerry Cool roundup for the week of December 14th

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It has been a busy week here at BlackBerry Cool but next week will probably be very laid back due to the holidays. Here is a roundup of the posts you may have missed:
Click through and read our roundup and catch up on a week of BlackBerry

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20 Free Copies of Nature Animated BlackBerry Theme

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Temas BlackBerry are offering BlackBerry Cool readers 20 free copies of their animated theme Nature. The icons are decent and animated themes are always fun. To get your free copy, use the coupon NATURECOOL. First come first serve!

The Nature animated BlackBerry theme costs $5.00.

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Fun and addictive BlackBerry game SmrtZodiac

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SmrtZodiac is a fun game by the folks who brought you SmrtGuard. The game is very simple: collect points by swapping animals to match three or more in a row or column. Create cascades for extra points and see how far up the high score table you can climb.

SmrtZodiac is available for $4.99.

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Nomadesk and Bell Canada partner to offer unlimited cloud storage

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Bell Canada have selected Nomadesk to provide cloud storage for users to share, sync, encrypt, backup and store files from any location, whether online or offline. For $15 per month per file server, an unlimited number of team members can access, share and save docs with unlimited storage capacity. Cloud storage includes password protection, local 256-bit encryption, synchronization and offline access at no extra charge.

Register for a free 30 day trial with Nomadesk.

Once registered, you can access the cloud from your BlackBerry at mynomadesk.mobi.

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BlackBerry Tip: Using Autotext Macros to Display a Time Stamp

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With AutoText, you can actually insert Macros or shortcuts for other functions such as display the current time and date, your PIN number, owner information or even simulate pressing the backspace or delete keys. Here is how:

1. Create a new autotext entry by going to Options > AutoText > Menu > New. Under Replace, use “ts” (“Time Stamp”).
2. Scroll down to With and press the MENU key and select “Insert Macro”. TIP: All macros start with the percent sign (%).
3. Now, just scroll up or down and select the macro you want. In this case, we want a short date (%d) which is the “mm/dd/yy” format.
4. Type a SPACE and “-“ then SPACE, then insert the short time (%t). The field should now read “%d - %t”.

Now whenever you want to put the current date and time, just type your new entry: “ts” and press SPACE. You will now see something like 1/31/2009 - 9:25a whenever you type “ts” then SPACE.

This tip was provided by Gary Mazo from his recently released book with Martin Trautschold entitled BlackBerry Bold 9700 Made Simple.

The “BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700 Made Simple” electronic edition can be found for $14.95.

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Rumor: New Business Category Expected from App World in 2010

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The My Company category in App World will showcase apps that your employees need. I know, it’s a terrible Photoshop.

Back in May, I wrote a article about what to expect from App World in 2010. Basically, the idea is that App World is a consumer portal, but there are plans to build it as a portal for business as well.

Since then, I’ve learned that App World is going to feature a category called something like My Company. The My Company category will be a portal for your organization to populate with apps that your company has deemed important to the success of each department.

For example, sales teams would click on the My Company category (will be called something else) and browse to their sales team section. From there, they will find a list of applications that the company wants all their sales force to have such as a CRM application. Human resources would have a similar tab, where they might download the LinkedIn application, or the company’s own in-house HR tools. New employees might be able to find training software and video in their section, improving an organization’s ability to get a new hire up to speed.

The above is all very much rumor and I’m only speculating on pieces taken from various sources. The major details missing here is how exactly companies will plug into the custom App World. Also, as this is very much in the early development stages, by the time it launches it may function differently, even though the concept will be the same.

I’m not sure on a launch date for all of this. It could come as late as the next BlackBerry Developer Conference or as early as WES 2010.

What do you think? Is this something your organization could benefit from?

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Loopt now available for the BlackBerry Storm and Storm2

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Loopt is now available free on the BlackBerry Storm and Storm2. With Loopt, you can discover nearby places and events with info from Zagat, Citysearch and community input. You can also see your friends on a map with their latest updates in real-time.

The new Loopt now supports the 8520, 8530, 8900, Bold 9000, 9700, Tour, Storm and Storm2. The previous version of Loopt is still available for the 8330.

To download Loopt, head over to loopt.com/blackberry.

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RIM Explains How the BlackBerry Trackpad Works

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The latest BlackBerry devices come with an optical trackpad rather than a trackball. This is great for a couple of reasons: you no longer have to replace your trackball after wear-and-tear, and it looks way cooler.

Inside BlackBerry interviewed David (Vice President of Handheld Products) and Derek (Electronics Designer) to get more details about how the trackpad works. Basically, the optical trackpad is an optical mouse, except your finger is the the desk and you’re moving the desk.

So if you’re interested in knowing how the optical trackpad works, check out the Inside BlackBerry post.

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New Elecite theme Poser includes custom avatars and backgrounds

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Elecite have a new theme out called Poser and it’s definitely unique. Within the theme, you can change the background and create a custom avatar. With the avatar system, you can turn Stewie from Family Guy, Bag Boy and even Santa Claus into a decked out ninja. You can customize the head, outfit, weapon, accessories and even give him a pet.

Make your own Poser and send Elecite a screeenshot. The 10 best Posers will be featured on the Elecite Hall of Fame. If you make the Hall of Fame, you win a free theme as well a refund on the Poser theme. Submit your Posers to poser@elecite.com.

Purchase Poser on sale for $3.49 (regularly $6.99).

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Sprint launches the BlackBerry Curve 8530

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Sprint let us know that they have launched the BlackBerry Curve 8530 and it’s available and ready for purchase in time for the holidays. You can purchase through Sprint retail, online, telephone at 1-800-SPRINT1 and Sprint Business Sales for $49.99 on new-line activations or eligible upgrades with a two-year service agreement, after a $50 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate.

Check out our review of the BlackBerry Curve 8530.

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