Monthly Archive for August, 2008Page 2 of 15

Survey: Runtime trumps cost and safety for battery-purchasers

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BatteryA recent survey by Nexergy determined runtime was the top priority for those buying their batteries, which isn’t a huge surprise, but the fact that price was nearly the last thing on buyers’ minds was unsuspected.

“It was a bit surprising,” [Phil Glandon, Nexergy president and CEO] added, “that cost appeared so low on the priority list for both groups we surveyed, and nearly at the bottom among our marketing contacts. Battery performance clearly is seen as a core competitive advantage by our customers, and that should be the primary consideration as we make design decisions on new battery packs for our customers.”

Safety ranked number two on the list, and after seeing more than one incident of exploding cell phone batteries, we can certainly see why. There was also a surprising number of engineers who were unfamiliar with lithium-ion variants and other emerging battery technologies. If you’re in that boat, Giz actually had a solid post on different battery types and how they’re the major chokepoint for mobile technology.

Official BlackBerry OS 4.6 features

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OS 4.6

Curious to know what exactly you’re missing with the BlackBerry Bold? RIM’s Knowledge Base is now listing the official new features in device software 4.6. Nothing hugely new (that Q hotkey for the vibrate profile is nice to know, and switching to Bluetooth headset mid-call is nifty), but now we’ve got all the updates in one spot.

(via RIMarkable)

Get the short version of the new features in BlackBerry Software 4.6 Features behind the jump!

The BlackBerry Thunder is the Storm 9530 (and the Thunder?)

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Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530

This isn’t the usually way most BlackBerry news breaks, but Engadget was able to grab an image of the eventual box design for the Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530, previously known as the BlackBerry Thunder, shedding light on why RIM’s development teams were referring to the device as the HalleBerry.

However, considering the contentious debate that has occurred on the ‘net over the name of RIM’s first touchscreen BlackBerry, don’t think that’s the whole story. It turns out the BlackBerry Thunder namesake will be used for the eventual Vodafone and Rogers (!!) versions. That’s right, Rogers. So much for a Telus/Verizon exclusive.

Other items of note? Another World Edition phone, the Storm will come with a SIM card, as well as an 8GB MicroSD card. We’ll keep tabs on the story and see what else we can dig up.

(via Engadget)

Click here for another image of the Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 box design

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