10 $50 Amazon Gift Certificates Draw from Zumobi!!, Jul 18

Zumobi Launch Giveaway on BlackBerry Cool

Talk about TGI Friday!! In promotion of the release of their mobile widget application for BlackBerry, Zumobi has partnered with BlackBerry Cool to give away ten $50 Amazon.com gift certificates in a random draw. All you have to do is click the link below, submit your name and email address, and you’re eligible to win!

Of course, while you’re waiting to find out if you’ve won, you could read our hands-on impressions of Zumobi for BlackBerry or even download a free copy for yourself. What are you waiting for?

P.S. Everyone please post a comment of thanks to Zumobi for such a sweet giveaway!

Click here to enter your name in the Zumobi Amazon gift certificate draw!

New RIM jobs posted on BlackBerryJobs.com!, Jul 18

Our job board has 7 positions at Research in Motion ready for your perusal. Why not take a look?

Episode 33: BlackBerry Thunder Questions, IM Head-to-Head and The Smartphone Challenge (BlackBerry Cool Podcast), Jul 12

Simon Sage discusses BlackBerry Cool’s IM client review, our interview with the Smartphone challenge and the rumors surrounding the BlackBerry Thunder and BlackBerry Javelin in our weekly audio podcast.

BlackBerry Bold browser under the microscope, Jul 21

BGR has taken a close look at the BlackBerry Bold’s browsing capabilities, which was notably solid in previous reviews. While not quite completely true to a desktop experience, as you can see from this eBay screenshot, the BlackBerry 9000 manages to render most pages without weird formatting issues. It’s hard for BlackBerry to hold a candle to the iPhone’s browsing power, shown in a few comparison shots, but it’s still a much-needed upgrade on the existing BlackBerry browser.

(via BGR)

UK BlackBerry Bold launch details, Jul 21

3 Mobile and Vodafone in the UK are getting geared up for the BlackBerry Bold launch in the very near future, starting with Vodafone “in the next two weeks”. 3 Mobile will be preloading their BlackBerry Bolds with a Skype client to make use of the integrated WiFi for cheap VoIP calling. We’re still clinging to the hope that Canada will be the first to get the Blackberry 9000 this Friday, but everyone else will be getting it shortly thereafter. On an international scope, it’s looking like the Bold is going to have a very well-coordinated launch.

(via pocket-lint)

Plazmic 4.5 CDK released, Jul 21

The latest version of the Plazmic Content Developer’s Kit has been released, available for free download right over here. The biggest change in this version is that theme developers no longer have to have the BlackBerry Java Desktop Environment installed, making it much more viable for Mac users (who can’t install the JDE), This also seems like convenient timing, what with the highly innovative Crossbar theme just being rereleased last week…

(via BerryReview)

Plazmic CDK 4.5 changelog behind the jump…

New RIM jobs posted on BlackBerryJobs.com!, Jul 18

RIM jobs! Get your RIM jobs! Get ‘em while they’re hot! 7 fresh positions at Research in Motion have been posted on BlackBerryJobs.com, including Mobile Application Architect, Infrastructure Solutions Architect, and Operations Analyst. Exciting titles as they may be, there are no doubt plenty of readers out there who can fill those shoes and wear those hats. If you’re an employer with some holes to fill, go on and post a job! Oh, we’re also selling those shirts for any recruiters in Waterloo…

BlackBerry Bold due in Australia July 29, Jul 18

BlackBerry 9000

Nipping at the heels of the Canadian release on the 25th., Australian carriers Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and 3 Mobile will be offering the BlackBerry 9000 as of July 29th. RIM execs have gone so far to say that Australian BlackBerry growth will nearly double, which will undoubtedly be helped out by a speedy BlackBerry Bold release.

(Australian IT via Pinstack)

1.9% of iPhone shoppers are BlackBerry traitors, Jul 18

A survey by UBS Investment Research of 100-odd US iPhone buyers last weekend revealed that of the five BlackBerry owners there, only two would be making the full switch. That number went up slightly in the UK, to 3.6%. This might be good news for RIM, since they’re clearly not losing customers, but it also goes to show how much of the market Apple is penetrating with their recently-launched iPhone 3G. That being said, it could easily be paving the way for the touchscreen BlackBerry Thunder when it comes out later this year. One way or the other, the RIM stance of a mutually exclusive customer base could turn out to be true after all.

“Although our sample size was limited (relative to the global launch), we believe these results give a decent indication for the market share obtained by the iPhone on Day 1…,” [UBS' Jeffrey Fan] said. “As it relates to RIM, the survey results are consistent with our view that the BlackBerry user base today largely differs from the iPhone user base.”

SameCell updated, now featuring tabs and events, Jul 18

SameCell has a had a significant upgrade today, now packing tabbed browsing, event and location features, and including some extra functions if you happen to have GPS. Of course, the SameCell’s really great if you don’t have GPS, since its location-based services are all based on cell tower recognition. In fact, SameCell was the very first app I saw that use the technique, and since then Google Maps and even the BlackBerry Bold has started doing the same thing. They’ve also got a cool program where you get paid for discovering new cell towers not in their database. The core functionality of being alerted of buddy proximity remains - the only trick is getting your friends to install the app on their BlackBerrys. Go ahead and check out the new features or head on over to www.samecell.com/setup on your Browser to get started.

BES 4.1 Service Pack 6 released, Jul 18

BlackBerry LogoAdmins rejoice! The latest patch for the BlackBerry Enterprise Server is available for download. The device-side software made it out yesterday, and BIS was upgraded a couple of weeks ago, so the circle of upgrading is all completed. Big changes in this service pack include rich content e-mail, support for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Lotus Sametime 8.0, and control RIM value-added applications. On top of that, reconciling permanent message deletion has been improved, and there are also some changes to the BlackBerry Configuration Database schema, the naming of collaboration clients, Mobile Data System conventions and related software. Go ahead and download BES 4.1.6 here, or scope out the update notes here.

(via BerryReview)

Phil Hellmuth Texas Hold ‘Em coming to BlackBerry, Jul 17

If you know poker, you’ve probably heard the name Phil Hellmuth before. Well, a mobile Texas Hold’em game with his name on it will be available from Concrete Software on July 24th. That’ll be some stiff competition with Bplay’s Texas Hold ‘Em King 3 currently rocking the BlackBerry poker scene, but hey, you never know. We got a chance to play around a bit with it, and it’s pretty solid, with three game types to chose from: table play, head-to-head and tournament. No word on pricing or carrier yet, but if you’re a poker shark with an itch to scratch, keep your eyes peeled.

Sneak peek of Phil Hellmuth Texas Hold ‘Em behind the jump…

iBerry 2.0 Today theme available, Jul 17

If you really dug the standard Icon iBerry theme, Bplay just busted out a Today version of the iBerry Blackberry theme, letting you get a better view of your incoming messages, meetings and calls on your home screen. On top of that, you get four of your top apps shown in a bottom dock, just like the classic iPhone style. For the full-blown Macophile, the Finder theme has also returned, featuring a familiar bottom dock and icon set. Of course, the iBerry theme might be admitting some defeat to the iPhone hype, wouldn’t it? You could always scope out the re-released Crossbar theme, or some other fresh Next Gen themes like Reflex Today Plus.

Shady European ringtone dealers to be investigated, Jul 17

Ringtones are without a doubt one of the most popular mobile markets out there, and apparently a healthy chunk of them aren’t playing by the rules. The European Union has looked at over 500 websites and found that 80% garnered investigation in regards to misleading charges, secret contract agreements, and misusing the word “free”. There’s an FAQ detailing how the EU is going to continue the process, and they’ve already posted a list of many retailers who have been flagged, so before you buy any ringtones, be sure to make sure they’re legit, and for your own sake, read the fine print. In the end, you could just use cellsea to convert your own ringtones…

(via cellular-news)

OS 4.5 available from Orange UK, Jul 17

OrangeThe latest BlackBerry operating system has been making the rounds by way of private beta builds for awhile now, but it looks like a few carriers are starting to make them publicly available, including Orange UK for the BlackBerry 8120 and BlackBerry 8320, as well as TIM Italy for the 8100, 8300 and 8310. Odds are these will work hunky-dory for your own device, so feel free to give ‘em a shot and get on fresh goodies like HTML e-mail viewing (if your BIS supports it), remote e-mail lookup, native document viewing, and plenty more.

(Pinstack via BerryReview)

iPhone 3G and BlackBerry Bold go head to head, Jul 17

The battle of the titans has commenced, and the first to the fight is Boy Genius who put the iPhone 3G against the soon-to-be-released BlackBerry Bold. Factors such as enterprise functionality, build quality, e-mail, keyboard, design and battery life are taken were taken into account for the review. At the end of the day, it was a pretty locked fight, even when it came to the screen. The review states that the BlackBerry Bold is second even to the 8800’s build quality, which really disconcerts me, having used an 8800 for a good long time and being generally impressed by its sturdiness. The application round went to the iPhone, which RIM should be downright ashamed of. They’ve been in the mobile game for so much longer that they should have gotten it right by now. Of course, Apple has an established relationship with developers for their computer segment, which provided a solid foundation to work with. Regardless, it’s a great review and worth checking out.

(via BGR, image via Slate)

Zumobi available for BlackBerry, we have impressions, Jul 17

BlackBerry Cool on Zumobi for BlackBerry

We gave you a brief sneak peak during WES in May, but today is the day Zumobi has officially announced their free mobile widget application for BlackBerry. What exactly is a mobile widget application? Look at it this way: the power of the smartphones in the hands of the BlackBerry Nation gives us the ability to update our Facebook, check out cool Flickr images, and maybe even read BlackBerry Cool (ahem), all while on the go. However, tricking out your BlackBerry in such a fashion usually requires a bit of work, or at least a handful of applications. Zumobi gives you the power to do all this and more in one application, using a slick graphical interface of 16 widgets (or ’tiles’ as Zumobi likes to call them) to place all the mobile content you want on one pretty little screen.

Zumobi was kind enough to give us an advance build, as well as an instructional video which should give you a better feel of how the application works. You can find our initial impressions and the video after the jump. Stay tuned tomorrow for the full review, as well as some special prizes we have in store for you on Zumobi’s behalf.

Hit this link in your mobile web browser to download Zumobi for BlackBerry:

http://get.zumobi.com/bbcool

Click here for a Zumobi demo video and hands-on impressions

GSM gateway vendor to sue T-Mobile?, Jul 16

Once upon a time, VIP Communications sold GSM gateways. These magical gateways enabled extra-cheap calling by shunting the calls over the cell network, and saved the poor landline callers precious pennies and nickels every day. That’s when the big bad magenta monster, T-Mobile, came along and stomped VIP Communications into a legal pulp for overloading the wireless network in the areas around the gateways. VIP crawled away wounded and went to sell cheap cell time to enterprise through other means, but was still bitter about the situation.

One day when frolicking in the woods and gathering minutes, VIP Communications found a report…

Racing content introduced to Viigo, Jul 16

Viigo’s sports portfolio is happily expanding, now locked onto Formula One, NASCAR, Tour de France and IndyCar news. Sports are a big part of Viigo’s new default channel listing, and the possibility of not only checking your scores, but also getting upcoming events, news items via RSS, and hey who knows, maybe even live video on your BlackBerry someday. If you’re packing the latest beta of Viigo, scope out the Sports channel, and if you’re still on the classic, hit menu, go to Add Channel, Sports, Chose Sport, then Motorsport to keep tabs on the fastest-moving billboards on the planet. Haven’t heard of Viigo? It’s a great little RSS-reader for your BlackBerry that’s working on delivering all sorts of content and services in its ongoing Project Tango. It’s free, so go on and pick up Viigo!

PDF security warning for Unite! and BES, Jul 16

A security warning has been placed for BES 4.1 Service Pack 3 (4.1.3) through 4.1 Service Pack 5 (4.1.5) and BlackBerry Unite! earlier than 1.0 Service Pack 1 (1.0.1) bundle 36. The problem involves distilling PDF files in e-mail attachments on the server. Should a crafty hacker cook something up, the file could activate some code on the server once it was sent through the pipes tubes. Admins should make sure their software is as current as possible and disable PDF attachments until the issue is resolved. You can find out more about the BlackBerry Unite! vulnerability here and the BES vulnerability here.

(via Heise)

‘Cool Deals: 8GB microSD going for $39.99, Jul 16

The bigger memory cards for BlackBerry can get pretty expensive, but this is a solid deal. Meritline is selling 8GB A-DATA microSD cards for a scant $39.99, complete with converter and free standard shipping within the US. The downside is that us international folks are boned - it looks like the only shipping method I qualify for up here in Canada is FedEx International which runs a scandalous $59.52. And here I was looking to replace my junky 512 card for the BlackBerry Bold. Looks like we’ll have to find another place for cheap memory cards up in the cold, desolate north… Seen any good deals lately?

(via BerryReview)

BlackBerry Thunder due mid-October?, Jul 16

BlackBerry Thunder

The latest rumours of a BlackBerry Thunder release date are pointing to mid-October on Verizon, no doubt to the fanfare of many. Both the iPhone 3G and HTC Touch Diamond have been setting a high bar for touchscreen devices, and no doubt RIM wants the BlackBerry Thunder out there ASAP so competitors don’t get too much of a head start. The Thunder is supposedly taking precedent over final touches on the BlackBerry Bold, now due out in September due to extraneous software tweaking. The little slip-up yesterday certainly whet our palette for the touchscreen BlackBerry, but that’s some bum news about the Bold. Hopefully the Canadian release is unaffected…

(via BGR)

Bplay’s Crossbar theme returns!, Jul 16

A slick, ground-breaking theme from Bplay mysteriously vanished awhile back, to the disappointment of many, but for reasons unknown, Crossbar is now again available on Bplay. Oh, happy day. Seriously, if you haven’t checked this out, it’s one of the most innovative themes you’ll find out there. All of your icons go in a horizontal line which scrolls left and right as you chose icons. Not only stylish and simple, but also gets more icons on your home screen than standard Zen and Today styles. Hats off to Bplay for getting this one back on the shelves! The Explorer theme is back too, if you were missed your chance for a Vista-styled BlackBerry.

mig33 selling wallpapers and ringtones, Jul 15

mig33 Mig33, a social network built on the mobile mentality, announced today that they’re going to be providing wallpapers and ringtones in their online store. These are some no-brainer additions to their already solid picture sharing and VoIP services, and they’re looking to add a lot more mobile-centric content. Facebook’s obviously the default for most of your social networking, and has a pretty good presence on BlackBerry, but it’s interesting to see how another network evolves from the ground up with the mobile lifestyle in mind. You can nab mig33 for BlackBerry here.

RIM sponsoring scavenger hunt, Jul 15

We just got wind of The Mistubishi City Chase, a Canada-wide event sponsored by BlackBerry. The goal is for teams of two to run around a big city and hit ChasePoints by overcoming a set of 12-15 challenges. Think of it as a smaller-scale Amazing Race. These can range from answering trivia questions, finding unique items, or complete bizarre tasks. This kind of situation sounds exactly where I would want a BlackBerry to quickly look up facts, get directions to remote parts of town, as well as get pictures of some pretty incredible situations. It’s just in Canada now, but is coming to the US and other locations soon. Check out some of the previous seasons, or tune in to CBC on Monday nights at 8:30.

Boy Genius takes a close look at the BlackBerry Bold, Jul 15

BlackBerry Bold

Gadget guru Boy Genius has been toting around a BlackBerry Bold for at least a month now, and has posted a lengthy and juicy run-down of the device. A lot of it has to do with OS 4.6, but there’s plenty on build quality, screen, and speakers too. BlackBerry Messenger gets a significant overhaul, including ability to send videos, send messages to multiple recipients, show the music you’re listening to, and automatically change your status message when on the phone. Notifications for buddies coming online is a pretty sweet feature too.

Plenty more on the BlackBerry 9000 behind the jump!

Does RIM need an App Store?, Jul 15

We’re not going to show you the rest of the comic (for that, you’ll have to head to The Joy of Tech, which is a must-read anyways), but the snippet presented above does raise an interesting question: how big of a factor is Apple’s Apps Store in the ongoing smartphone wars? Would it benefit the RIM ecosystem to have a all-in-one shop for productivity, lifestyle and entertainment applications? Post a comment and let us know what you think.

(comic via The Joy of Tech)

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