Manage invoices, clients and billing hours with FreshBooks beta

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Freshbooks is a new piece of software that lets you manage invoices, clients and track billing hours from your BlackBerry. The app is currently in beta, and you can download it now to try out for yourself.

Features include:

  • Time Management - Easily upload time on the go. Use a timer to track time as you go, or manually enter hours.
  • Client Management - Use your BlackBerry to call or email clients. Map client addresses directly on your BlackBerry. Search capability for quick access to hundreds of clients
  • Invoice Management - View full invoice details, enter payments and send invoices from your BlackBerry.
  • Account Management - Use multiple accounts on one BlackBerry. Staff and admin usage adheres to FreshBooks priveleges.
  • Use Offline - No signal? No problem, just upload later.

To download the free beta of FreshBooks, head over to their site and register your email.

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BES now fully supported on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

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Ryan let us know that BES is now fully supported on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and BlackBerry Technical Support Services are readily available.

In order to enable full support, three updates are required:

  • Roll-Up 1 (RU1) for Exchange Server 2010
  • MAPI v6.5.8147
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.1 Maintenance Release 1 (MR1)

For more information, check out the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog.

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Reminder: Twinkler Software BOGO sale final day

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Just had to remind everyone that Twinkler Software are running a BOGO campaign that ends tonight at midnight. With the purchase of any of the below products, you get a second free:

Buy AddOnis – Get WiFi Hero FREE! (Regular Price: $14.94 / A $4.99 value FREE)
Buy WiFi Hero – Get AddContactX FREE! (Regular Price: $7.98 / A $2.99 value FREE)
Buy SendX – Get AddContactX FREE! (Regular Price: $5.98 / A $2.99 value FREE)
Buy AddContactX – Get SendX FREE! (Regular Price $5.98 / A $2.99 value FREE)

Remember, the sale is designed as a bundle so be sure to check out the bundle section in our store.

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BlackBerry Cool roundup for the week of December 7th

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This week wasn’t anything special when it comes to new devices but there’s always something for the BlackBerry Nation. Here at BlackBerry Cool, we had a week of testing out the Storm2 battery, as well as some network speeds. Remember, we’re trying to keep to at least 4 features a week so it’s always worth checking back.

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Testing the 3G, 2G and WiFi download speeds on the Bold 9000

Conclusions testing the BlackBerry Storm2 battery life

QR Barcode Readers for BlackBerry Reviewed

Testing the BlackBerry Storm2 battery life
Click through for important news from this week and cool stuff you may have missed

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Vlingo 4.0 adds new voice-text functionality and gift option

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As you may have heard, Vlingo has gone version 4.0 and they have included in this release what they call Vlingo Everywhere. The idea is that you can now use voice-to-text for any field that will accept keyboard input. This includes native applications as well as in the BlackBerry Browser.

With Vlingo Everywhere, you can interact with the following:

  • Instant Messengers: BlackBerry Messenger, AIM, Yahoo! IM, Windows Live Messenger.
  • Calendar Entries and Editing.
  • Websites (fill any text box).
  • Any Messaging or Email Screen.
  • Address Books (allowing users to speak new contacts).
  • Most other downloaded applications, including Facebook for BlackBerry, BlackBerry App World and more.

If you like Vlingo and think a friend would also enjoy it, Vlingo have opened up the ability to gift the application to a friend. Head over to Vlingo.com/giftus and purchase Vlingo 4.0 as a gift for $14.99. Your friend/loved one will receive a code which they can use to download Vlingo 4.0 on their BlackBerry.

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Testing the 3G, 2G and WiFi download speeds on the Bold 9000

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Counting the main differences between all the BlackBerry models can be done on one hand. Screen resolution, processing speed, form factor, input, and network speed. Choosing which one is right for you is usually a pretty simple affair. If a device in the lineup doesn’t immediately call out to you as being an obvious fit, you’ve got to become more critical about the details of how you want your device to perform.

One of the bigger deciding factors is raw transmission speed. How fast can you download big emails? How quickly can you send out mission-critical data? How fast can I surf the web? It seems to be the most important factor, with the least amount of clear explanations and data to back up claims.

There is so much vague talk when it comes to the difference between 3G and 2G, while WiFi is unfairly absent in the speed breakdown.
Click through to read the results of a speed test on the Bold 9000 using 2G, WiFi and 3G

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Register and beta test the latest sync solution for BlackBerry Syncamatic

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Syncamatic is the latest sync solution that lets you sync your email, tasks, contacts and files OTA with your BlackBerry. Currently, the app is in beta but the company has been good enough to let a handfull of BlackBerry Cool readers sign up for a private beta testing. As a result, they will be giving this group a free copy of the full version plus a 1 year subscription.

You must be a PC user (Outlook) and Mac users will be invited later. Syncamatic will only be accepting 100 beta testers for now but you can also sign up and be notified when the app goes live.

Send an email to beta@syncamatic.com to register for the private beta group.

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Mplayit launches BlackBerry app store on Facebook

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It sort of feels like everyone is getting an app store these days. The latest is Mplayit, who have created a Facebook-based app store for BlackBerry, iPhone as well as generally “mobile”. The app store gets users to try before they buy and hopes they will share apps among friends on Facebook. It should be an interesting way for new users to discover BlackBerry apps. The major downside I’m seeing is that they don’t have nearly as big of a catalog as the major players, and I don’t see anything about software bundles, deals of the day or promotions.

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yFrog launch Twitter app for BlackBerry

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This is common trend in the BlackBerry space. We see a company such as yFrog add support for another application like Seesmic, and then they launch an app of their own. yFrog have announced their BlackBerry Twitter app with lets you share photos and videos on Twitter from your BlackBerry.

What do you guys think? Is this enough to get you to switch Twitter clients? Or will you run this in conjunction with another Twitter app?

Download it by going to http://toolbar.imageshack.us/blackberry from your BlackBerry browser.

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Pageonce reaches 1 million users and gets series A funding

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Pageonce is predominantly a personal finance and account management company. The company has a couple apps, but their most popular is probably their Productivity Assistant. The app helps users to access their personal online accounts and helps them manage passwords and monitor accounts for fraudulent activity.

In recent news, Pageonce have received series A funding from venture capital firm Pitango. With 1 million users, the company is going to expand with this funding and we’ll probably be seeing much more from them soon.

It’s also funny that Pageonce boast having “never used PR” but BlackBerry Cool have written about them 6 times already. Not bad for a company with no PR firm.

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