The adult entertainment industry on BlackBerry

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The adult entertainment industry is known for fueling a lot of growth on the web. According to Lewis Perdue, author of Eroticabiz: How Sex Shaped the Internet, “without business and technical pioneers in the online sex business, the World Wide Web would never have grown so big so quickly.”

The online world has several accomplishments to thank the adult entertainment industry for. For example, in the mid-1990s, Richard Gordon founded Electronic Card Systems, which “pioneered credit card transactions for a wide range of disreputable sites”, according to the New York Times.

Streaming media can attribute much of its success to sleaze as well. Danni Ashe, founder of seminal softcore site Danni’s Hard Drive, noted that “the adult entertainment industry was the first to use streaming JPEG push video, which was video that worked…in the browser and didn’t require a plug-in.”

That’s not to say porn is a driving force behind all things good on the internet. It’s also the driving force behind everything we hate about the internet. Spam, malware, popups and browser hijacking are all a direct result of harmful pornography sites.

When it comes to the BlackBerry, the mobile web has several forces behind it. RIM is constantly trying to improve the BlackBerry browser experience, and they’re making good progress. Third party browsers such as Opera are gaining incredible popularity in the BlackBerry community and are helping move the mobile internet experience closer to the desktop experience. The upcoming Skyfire browser boasts being able to provide your BlackBerry with all the functionality that the desktop can. So what, if any, impact will the adult entertainment industry have on BlackBerry web browsing?
Read my interview with BlackBerry adult entertainment site owner Paul from Pinota

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RIM takes greatest share of smartphone industry profits

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Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff has calculated operating profits for the top smartphone manufacturers and the results are quite favorable for RIM.

The above chart shows Apple (pink) and RIM (turquoise) increasingly taking a disproportionate share of industry profits, mostly at the expense of Nokia’s diminishing handset operating profits (blue).

“Increasingly, the smartphone vendors are claiming more of the industry’s profit dollars even as the pool of profitability stabilizes or shrinks” says Modoff.

RIM is performing better than Apple when it comes to market profit shares. RIM has increased its estimated share of industry profits from 8 percent (2007) to 19 percent (2008) to 35 percent (2009). This is compared to Apple’s 31 percent market share.

As the smartphone industry grows, companies are going to have to look to ways to increase both device profit margins, and total market profit shares.

App World, and manufacturer-based content portals, are going to be key to future profitability. Modoff expects total unit sales to decline slightly this year back down to one billion, while industry revenues will continue to come down from their 2007 peak. This means that RIM will need App World to make up lost revenues from device sales with content purchases.

Enterprise will also be a revenue channel supporting RIM in the coming years that few other device manufacturers will be able to capitalize on in the same way. Major organizations are rolling out full BlackBerry solutions, as RIM takes an increasing share in the enterprise market. Flush with cash and eager to increase efficiency, enterprise will provide RIM with the cashflows needed to sustain research and development and continue making incredible smartphones.

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BlackBerry OS updates roundup - leaked, official and sketchy

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Today the Internet was inundated with a ton of BlackBerry OS updates. I’ve taken the time to compile them all in one easy to read location so you don’t have to go around searching for yourself.

Here are some unofficial BlackBerry updates. Download them at your own risk and don’t install unless you’re familiar with the uninstall process.

BlackBerry 8100 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8110 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8120 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8300 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8310 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8320 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8800 OS 4.5.0.153
BlackBerry 8820 OS 4.5.0.153

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 OS 4.6.0.278

BlackBerry Curve 8900 OS 4.6.1.250

BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.151

Here are some official BlackBerry OS updates from TELUS. Feel free to use these safe updates.

BlackBerry 8830 OS 4.5.0.253
BlackBerry 8330 OS 4.5.0.253

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New Qualcomm technology could mean 1.3GHz BlackBerry

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Qualcomm has recently developed a 1.3GHz CPU that is intended for the mobile space. The CPU comes with an upgrade to the Snapdragon line of mobile processors. The QSD8650A jumps from the previous 1GHz to a new 1.3GHz but is also Qualcomm’s first 45 nanometer processor; it’s about 30 percent faster than its predecessor but simultaneously uses 30 percent less average power than earlier parts. Video performance in 3D and elsewhere has also been given a boost, the company says.

So what could this mean for BlackBerry? Well as you know, Qualcomm provides the chipset for CDMA BlackBerry devices. Currently, Qualcomm is powering the BlackBerry Storm with a an MSM7600 CPU. Hopefully, Qualcomm will take its latest 1.3GHz CPU and license it to RIM for future devices.

The chip provides support for 3G over either CDMA or UMTS networks as well as Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi. It can likewise support displays as large as WXGA (usually 1366×768) as well as TV tuning through formats like FLO TV in the US or DVB-H in Europe. In spite of its high clock speed, the new Snapdragon is efficient enough for smartphones and uses less than 10 mW of power at idle.

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Quebec excluded from BlackBerry Developers Challenge

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The BlackBerry Developers Challenge is open to anyone given local and state laws do not void the contest. According to the site:

“The Challenge is open to developers working on a BlackBerry application. In order to be eligible, developers may be individuals resident, or entities located anywhere (excluding the province of Quebec).”

Quebec is host to many talented developers, and even one of the founders of the BlackBerry Partners Fund, JLA Ventures, has an office in Montreal. So why is Quebec excluded?

The Quebec government, through the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (translated to ‘the regulatory board for alcohol, contests and games) has rules that discourage chance-based sweepstakes. Among the rules: the company running the draw has to give a large percentage of the prize money to the government, and allow the Régie to change or cancel the contest at any time.

Although the Regie rules do not apply to the Developers Challenge, it is indicative of the red tape surrounding any venture in Quebec. The Quebec government, through a variety of language requirements, often impose added costs on these competitions by requiring translation and additional language support.

In the end, it was likely a legal decision to not include Quebec, just to be safe.

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Tungle unveils new ways to conveniently book meetings

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Tungle is an accelerated calendar experience that is great for anyone who books appointments on a regular basis. Today, they unveiled some new features, including the Tungle.me service.

Tungle.me is the first click-to-meet technology. Similar to click-to-call services that put voice calls a “click away,” Tungle.me’s click-to-meet technology now makes scheduling a meeting just as easy. Tungle.me gives users a personalized URL where contacts can see a user’s free/busy calendar and quickly schedule a meeting by proposing multiple meeting times without ever having to sign up to Tungle. When the meeting is booked, everyone gets a meeting confirmation and their calendars are automatically updated. The personalized Tungle.me URL can easily be sent to anyone via email, IM, Twitter and other networking and communication outlets.
Click through to learn more about the Tungle experience

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Register for the BlackBerry Partners Fund Developers Challenge

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BlackBerry Partners Fund today announced the official call for entries for the second annual BlackBerry Developers Challenge. Any new BlackBerry application(s) submitted to BlackBerry App World between June 1, 2009 and September 25, 2009 may be eligible to compete in this year’s challenge. Complete rules and regulations are available online.

A total of 16 finalists will be selected from eligible applications submitted over the contest period. The finalists will each receive a prize package valued at more than US$5,000 and be invited to compete for a grand prize package valued at over US$100,000; and a runner up prize package worth more than US$25,000. Judges will be looking for the most compelling product or service, clearly defined value proposition, and technical execution.

Four finalists will be selected and announced at the end of each month during the four-month challenge. User reviews of applications and download activity will be taken into consideration when finalists are selected. All 16 finalists must present and demo their application to a panel of judges during the “BlackBerry Sweet 16″ event, which takes place at the BlackBerry Developers Conference, November 9 - 11 in San Francisco. Winners will be announced during the conference keynote presentation on November 10th.
Click through to read about the prizes available at the Developer Challenge

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Free BlackBerry app watches over your idle device

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Personally, I really don’t like when other people pick up my phone. My entire life is stored on my device and I’m just not comfortable with other people touching it. A new free app called bWatchDoggy aims to startle someone who picks up your phone.

What you do is the following:

1. Launch the application
2. Place it on your desk
3. Wait 3 seconds until the app is active
4. Wait until the next person picks up your phone
5. A loud dog-barking sound is played when the device is moved

To stop the barking, swipe your finger on the screen to the right.

Download a free copy of bWatchDoggy for your BlackBerry Storm.

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Palringo now available in BlackBerry App World

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Palringo’s Webby Award-winning, multi-service, Instant Messaging application is newly available in the BlackBerry App World.

Palringo users exchange voice, picture and text-based messages with contacts on many popular messaging services including Microsoft’s Windows Live/MSN Messenger, Facebook, AOL Instant Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, Apple’s iChat, Gadu-Gadu, ICQ, Jabber and QQ. This means that Blackberry users can chat, and share photo and voice messages, with all of their friends on many different IM and social networking services using just one application instead of switching between multiple, single-service applications.

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Slacker Radio 2.0 Now Available!

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Just in time for tonight’s party, our friends over at Slacker Radio let us know that the Slacker application for BlackBerry has had a full revision jump to version 2.0. According to them, with this version, performance has been significantly addressed, producing near instantaneous song transitions and skip times.  Though there will still be some dependencies on your network, play performance will get a dramatic boost.

When playing a station, you’ll notice the “next up” album art appears as you listen. When the album art appears, your skip times to the next song will be nearly instant and most all song transitions during playback will happen immediately.

If all of this sounds great to you, hit http://www.slacker.com from your BlackBerry Browser for the download of the updated version. Be sure to reboot your phone when you’re done, so the new install can clean up the old version for you.

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