Monthly Archive for May, 2008Page 3 of 22

WorldMate Live adds social networking

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WorldMate LiveYeah, you’d think a week would be good enough to catch up on WES stuff, but that’s clearly not the case. WorldMate Live announced a new “Connections” feature to their great BlackBerry travel app, allowing you to easily hook up with people that have overlapping travel plans. After requesting a connection with someone else, WorldMate Live will keep an eye on both of your accounts, and whenever it looks like you’ll both be heading to the same destination, you’ll get a notification. This is a really cool and easy way to keep in touch with business contacts who are on the move just as much as you are. On top of that, the WML handheld client also added calendar integration, so all of your itinerary information get shunted to your BlackBerry’s default calendar app. Oh, they also announced integration with Telmap’s mapping systems, so you can get GPS directions to all the destinations listed in your itinerary. If you’re interested in giving it a shot, there’s a free version available, but to get the good stuff, you’ll have to sign up for Gold service.

Dog Day Afternoon

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Man, does this suck. Not only do we have to deal with a case of the Mondays here in Ottawa (no holiday, gray skies), but we lost a BlackBerry during our morning scrum meeting (literally the entire staff gets into a rugby match to see who’s paying for lunch).

Obviously it’s a slow news day today and most of the BlackBerry Nation is with family and hopefully thinking about more important things, but if you have a moment, spare a thought for your lonely Canadian blogger friends. At least we have some friends at GSM4 to hook us up with new parts.

Have a safe and happy holiday folks.

Du announces BlackBerry service in UAE

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UAEAlthough Etisalat rules the UAE market, underdog du has just announced their new BlackBerry services. The launch lineup is pretty extensive, and includes the BlackBerry 8700, BlackBerry 8100, BlackBerry 8300 and BlackBerry 8800. A BBCool reader had made the point that Du has a long way to go to catch up to Etisalat. To me, getting some BlackBerrys on the shelf is a step in that direction.

Digicel launches BlackBerry 8320 in Bermuda

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Bermuda It was nearly a year ago that the Curve first hit Bermudan shores, but now the Wi-Fi version from Digicel has lapped up on the tropical surf. Bermuda keeps a close eye on devices coming onto the island, one would presume to protect such a small and isolated market. It’s good to see that hasn’t stopped the new devices from coming in, even though it’s a little late to the party. I wonder how long it’ll take for Digicel to get the BlackBerry Bold out there…

RIM denies DoT master key access

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IndiaJust when you think things are getting better over there, the BlackBerry troubles in India just flare right up again. Last time we checked in, the government had agreed with RIM to split up access keys so neither party had universal access to BlackBerry data – now it sounds like the Department of Telecom was sniffing for a master key to access all data, a request which RIM promptly shot down. The opportunity to set up servers abroad remains unresolved, but is still a solution with lots of potential for other Asian markets in the neighbourhood, after all, wouldn’t it improve service speeds and reduce congestion at RIM’s servers in Waterloo?

BlackBerry Cool Podcast: Episode 29

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BBCoolDoug and Simon reminisce about WES, and we talk with our choice for Best of WES: Consumer Award winner, Unity4Life about their awesome new home remote control system. Nothing quite like using your BlackBerry to record shows when you’re not at home. If you haven’t seen the video demo, check it out! Grab the podcast in the canonical MP3, the quintessential iTunes, or esoteric XML formats.