Everybody Wins! Maritime Master Giveaway Winners

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Cleric’s latest game Maritime Master, is like Air Traffic Control but with boats. When we last wrote about the game, Cleric were giving away 30 copies to BlackBerry Cool readers and now we have picked the winners: everyone! Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting.
Click through for a list of the winners (everybody as of writing this)

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Pong Release a BlackBerry Case That Cuts Radiation by 60%

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Pong have announced their BlackBerry Curve case that supposedly redirects all cell phone radiation away from the user’s head. The protective case claims to reduce users’ exposure to radiation by over 60%, and has been verified by FCC-certified laboratories. According to Pong, the case works by using principles of antenna theory and physics to channel the emitted radiation up and away from the phone. Full signal strength is maintained, so that the phone’s function and battery life are not compromised. The case fits the BlackBerry Curve 8300, 8310, 8320, and 8330 and costs $49.95. While the price seems pretty high to me, I’m sure there are some out there who are incredibly paranoid about mobile radiation and are happy to pay.

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Follow Poker Schedules, Major Events and Find Casinos with PokerZig

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Steelthorn and ZigApps have announced their latest app PokerZig, which gives you access to tournament poker schedules, buy-ins, major events, and casino contact information. Currently, PokerZig provides information on Las Vegas and California tournaments with more cities to be added in the near future. If you’re a pro poker player this app could be for you.

Check it out in BlackBerry App World.

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Coming Soon: Laptop Backup Solution for BlackBerry from Clickfree

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Clickfree and Storage Appliance are set to launch the Clickfree Traveler for BlackBerry; a micro-SD memory card with preinstalled backup software that lets you back up as much as 16 gigabytes of data. Due to the limitations of the micro-SD Card, the solution won’t be helpful for backing up video, but it will be ideal for documents and smaller files. The backup process will be much like how you backup your BlackBerry on your laptop: just plug in and run the software. The data is also encrypted and accessible via password.

The Clickfree Traveler for BlackBerry ships on April 5th. No word yet on price. The company is also going to launch a larger 32GB micro-SD Card, for those who need more backup space.

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Nexus One and What it Means for BlackBerry and iPhone

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I love competition! There is no doubt that the introduction of the iPhone raised the high water mark for mobile user interface and forced RIM to bring the BlackBerry Storm to market quickly. RIM and Verizon perhaps launched more hastily than they ought to have, but nonetheless the end result was the spawning of the mobile app revolution.

When the software powerhouse Google announced yesterday they are selling the GSM neutral Nexus One Smartphone direct, my initial thought was “I hope they recognize that they just stepped on a landmine!” In my opinion, this is the boldest (no pun intended) move a software company can make. After all, Microsoft has failed repeatedly to successfully make this leap to hardware manufacturer. The nuances of running a hardware manufacturing business is drastically different than writing software and making support tweaks. Furthermore, as I learned when I worked for Digital Equipment Corporation: it doesn’t matter how amazing your product is, you still need to market and sell it.
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KGB Answers Launches for BlackBerry

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The successful text answer service kgbkgb (542542), have announced their BlackBerry app kgb Answers. The app is available for BlackBerry devices such as the Curve 83xx, 8900, 8800, 9000, Tour and Storm 9500. The app is a free download, and with the BlackBerry app, answers are accompanied by maps, addresses and phone numbers, which can then be shared by SMS, email or Facebook. As with the SMS service, the first 3 questions are free, and subsequent answers are 99 cents.

Personally, I have never found a question I couldn’t answer with Google, but perhaps KGB Answers will tackle some of the more difficult questions like “what is the meaning of life?”. I’d pay 99 cents for that answer.

While the app is said to be available on App World, I personally can’t find it. Instead, you can get it from KGB.com.

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Chevy Volt BlackBerry App Demo at CES

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We posted before about the Chevy Volt BlackBerry app, which interacts with the electric car to give you the ability to set charge times and get analytics about your energy usage.

Engadget got their hands on the app and while it has some limited functionality at the moment, it’s still a very useful applicaiton. The app lets you check the charging status, lock and unlock the vehicle, as well as it collects data you may find useful such as time spent driving on electric vs gas. I’m looking forward to more BlackBerry apps that interact with our cars, or even our homes and offices (eg Schlage).

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Bolt Browser Udpated to Version 1.62 With Speed Improvements

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Bitstream have updated the Bolt browser and it’s now at version 1.62. The latest build is a little faster than before but there isn’t anything major to report. With RIM’s updated browser on the way, you have to wonder how companies like Bolt and Opera are going to survive in the BlackBerry space. While they have a competitive advantage being the first to market, they’ll always be lacking in that they will probably never get the deep integration needed for a good browser.

Try the new Bolt browser by grabbing it OTA at boltbrowser.com/beta/boltbb.jad.

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BlackBerry Pearl 9100 Stratus Video Surfaces

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The BlackBerry Pearl 9100 is up in video and it looks like a really nice form factor and spec improvement over its predecessor. As per the usual modern BlackBerry style, it has rounded edges and a trackpad. It’s good that whoever made the video put it up beside a 9700, because the designs seem very similar. While the video is a little blurry, you can tell that it has WiFi, and rumors are circulating that it’s 3G (I think you can see it by the signal meter).

CrackBerry got the scoop.

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RIM Unveils the BlackBerry Presenter for Powerpoint Presentations

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RIM have just introduced the latest BlackBerry accessory, the BlackBerry Presenter. The Presenter is a compact, lightweight, accessory that lets you easily present PowerPoint files wirelessly from your BlackBerry (and 3rd party Bluetooth enabled devices).

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