SugarSync updated and offers 10GB free with referral program

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SugarSync is a fairly robust piece of software which gives you remote file access and editing, on-demand synchronization, shared folders and improved camera features.

Starting today, SugarSync accounts will have improved folder sharing capabilities, allowing users to collaborate with anyone in their Gmail, Hotmail, AOL or Yahoo Mail contact lists. Users can also directly upload photos stored in SugarSync to Facebook, providing a streamlined way to share photos with Facebook friends while also securely storing them in their SugarSync accounts.

Under the new referral program, users can get up to 10 GB free for each person they refer to sign up for a SugarSync account. To refer someone, you can share a SugarSync folder with them, or send them an invitation through Facebook or Twitter.

You can download SugarSync OTA at m.sugarsync.com or visit the main site for more info. SugarSync also offers a free 2GB plan.

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Free mobile payment application for BlackBerry from MerchantWare

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MerchantWare Mobile is mobile payment application, perfect for contractors, trade-show vendors and delivery drivers. MerchantWARE Mobile runs on BlackBerry’s Pearl, Storm, Curve or Bold and offers the enhanced capability to use a highly secure Bluetooth card swipe device that brings ease of use, lower processing costs and security to “on the go” businesses.

Whether credit card information is swiped or keyed-in to the BlackBerry device, all data is stored on Merchant Warehouse’s secure servers, not the mobile device, providing peace of mind to customers, merchants and salespeople.

Features of MerchantWARE Mobile for the BlackBerry include:

• Secure transactions in real time, including sales, refunds and voids;
• Lower Interchange costs by swiping with Bluetooth card reader;
• Free application;
• Robust detailed transaction reporting;
• No additional gateway or cellular access fees;
• Email receipts for merchant and customer;
• Encrypted and secure SSL connections for safely transmitting customer information;
• Complies with PCI DSS/PABP;
• Automatic end of day batch processing;
• Access to the MerchantWARE Virtual Terminal enabling users to process transactions through the same merchant account from any web connected computer.

This free application is now available for download at BlackBerry App World or on Merchant Warehouse’s MerchantWARE BlackBerry Page.

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New BlackBerry theme from Elecite - Ulterior

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There have been a few simple themes from Elecite recently, in particular Noble and Urban. This time, Elecite have gone and made an Alienware theme called Ulterior.

Ulterior is crafted with glowing “ribs” just like the real deal, which are actually fully functional and represent the power of your Battery and Signal meters. There are 2 buttons next to the time control the hatch. You can use the right button to open the hatch and reveal a handful of customizable icons. Closing it gives you quick access to your Messages, Media, and Calendar (and no those cannot be changed).

Ulterior is definitely the theme to impress your friends with if you got a BlackBerry 8900, 9000, or 9500 and $6.99.

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Mike Lazaridis’ predictions for smartphone market and infrastructure

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Mike Lazaridis, speaking at the Canadian Telecom Summit yesterday, said that the BlackBerry devices and smartphones that are Web-enabled are rapidly becoming the “center of how you get things done.”

Of course, all BlackBerry Cool readers already know that we’re at the cutting edge of technology and productivity, but the prediction is going to make some brick and mortar organizations rethink their direction.

Among Mike’s predictions is that the North American market for smartphones will more than double in the next few years. “There is a conversion happening. More and more consumers are not just trading up to a newer phone, they’re trading up to smartphones. I call this the smartphone revolution and it’s occurring right now.”

Rogers’ CEO Nadir Mohamed could not agree more. In the opening keynote address, he said that cutting-edge devices are redefining how consumers view Internet and use it. “The notion of Internet at home [or] Internet at the office is changing to: your Internet, wherever you are,” he said. “It’s very powerful.” Mr. Mohamed estimated by 2014 more than three million Canadians will use smartphones such as the BlackBerry.

With the market shifting towards smartphones, and these devices becoming increasingly more powerful, we’re seeing a progressive evolution towards Every Laptop Left Behind.

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What to expect from an LTE BlackBerry device

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At the Canadian Telecom Summit yesterday the major Canadian carriers said they’re on board for LTE and are making preparations for a full-scale rollout of the technology.

This is great news considering BlackBerry devices are upgrading at a rate which will be hindered if the carriers don’t keep up and update the network infrastructure. At the conference, Mike Lazaridis said “Consumption is going to continue to grow. This, in my opinion, is one of the most important problems facing the industry in the near future.”

Carriers, such as Verizon and Rogers, have significantly invested in LTE technology and we’ll hopefully be seeing it sometime in the year 2011.

With the launch of the first LTE networks, you can rest assured that RIM will have an LTE BlackBerry ready to use the 4G equivalent speeds and technology. Now the question is: what would an LTE BlackBerry device look like?
Continue reading about what we can expect from an LTE BlackBerry device

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(Rumor) Verizon to officially announce BlackBerry Tour

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There’s a rumor going around that Verizon will be announcing the BlackBerry Tour tomorrow with a release date. This could be in response to the fact that Sprint has officially confirmed the device, and Verizon doesn’t want to lose any customers switching for the device.

Currently, the sign up page for the device is live so if you register to get a preorder notice, they’ll surely email you tomorrow to confirm this rumor is true or not.

Cross your fingers!

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Verizon ends Buy One Get One promotion - Storm and Curve reduced

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Verizon had an incredibly successful Buy One Get One promotion for BlackBerry devices but sadly it’s coming to an end. While today may be the official end date, Verizon will honor the BOGO promo through June 27th due to active advertising.

On the bright side, while the BOGO promotion is finished, BlackBerry devices that were under the BOGO promotion will be reduced by $50. This means great savings on the Curve and Storm.

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How to write a BlackBerry application - Lesson 2: Mail API, Invoke API, Menu

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How to write your second BlackBerry application – Lesson 2: Mail API, Invoke API, Menu

In the first tutorial you learned how to set up the BlackBerry JDK (Java Development Kit) and how to create a simple User Interface with Buttons, Labels and Edit Fields.

In this lesson, you’ll learn how one can program, create and compose email messages as well as how to add a MenuItem to your application.

1. You open up the JDE (Java Development Environment) and load your Workspace file. Go to File -> Recent Workspaces to load up the Lections.jdw file.
2. Now right-click on Lections.jdw and select Create new Project
3. Name it Lection_2
4. Now right-click on Lection_2 and select Add file to Project
5. Select both files HelloWorld.java and Lesson2Screen.java to import them into the project
6. You now have the project set up and are ready to jump into the code
Continue reading Lesson 2 of this BlackBerry development series

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Backup and restore to your media card with PhoneBAKup: Giveaways!

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PhoneBAKup looks like a pretty useful app for saving time and energy making backups of your important files. The app lets you schedule daily, weekly or monthly backups for your BlackBerry OTA. With each backup, you can save your device’s data including the Address Book, Task, Calendar and MemoList.

The data is emailed to an email address of your choosing, so if you have a lot of data, make sure you have an appropriate data plan. Also, consider making a separate email address for your backups so it doesn’t get mixed up with your other emails and can be quickly accessed.

PhoneBAKup normally costs $19.90 with no subscriptions or annual fees. There is also a free trial available.

We’re also giving away 20 free copies of PhoneBAKup. To win, comment and tell us what the last app you purchased was.

This application is compatible with the BlackBerry Pearl (8100,8110,8120), Pearl Flip (8200,8220), Curve (8300,8310,8320), 8700 C/G/R, 8707 G/V, 8800, 8820, 8830, Curve 8900, Bold 9000 and the Storm 9500.

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The BlackBerry just got way too personal

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Toy With Me makes vibrators and other adult entertainment accessories and they’ve recently made an app that turns your BlackBerry into a vibrator. The app is called BlackBerry Vibe 101 and it controls the vibration functions on your device by setting them to low, medium or high. There’s also modes such as constant, wave or tickle.

I seriously don’t recommend anyone actually use this app because it’s just not hygienic. Although, people have been known to do weirder things with inanimate objects.

Download (don’t) Toy With Me for your BlackBerry.

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