Monthly Archive for October, 2008Page 2 of 28

BeamReader Beta 2 now available!

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BeamReader for BlackBerry

Our good friends over at BeamBerry (BlackBerry Cool 15 presenters and recipients of an offer sheet from the BlackBerry Partners Fund) just sent us a note to let you know they’ve updated their BeamReader PDF Reader beta. BeamReader beta 2 offers significant improvements in rendering speeds, bug fixes found during beta 1 and a bunch of new features that turn BeamReader into more of a document and file management solution. You can read about the new features after the jump, or download BeamReader for yourself via the links below!

BeamReader OTA download
BeamReader Desktop download

BeamReader Beta 2 updates

Jim Balsillie to speak at RBC CEO Summit (BlackBerry Bytes)

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RIM CEO Jim BalsillieJim Balsillie, RIM’s co-CEO will speak at the RBC Capital Markets Communications, Media and Technology Conference in Toronto, ON on Thursday, November 13, 2008. Balsillie’s presentation begins 11:00 a.m. EST, and will be available via live audio webcast on RIM’s website (link below). For those who can’t make it or tune in, a replay of the event will also be available on the website for two weeks following the event.

Jim Balsillie Presentation Webcast

Best Buy selling BlackBerry Bold for $199 (‘Cool Deals)

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Best Buy BlackBerry Bold

Sweet glory in the morning, is that a cheap price for a BlackBerry Bold! Coming less than a month after Rogers dropped the price of the BlackBerry Bold to $299 on a 3 year contract, Best Buy Canada is selling the Bold for $199 on a 3 year contract until November 3rd. While this will surely make any Rogers customers that bought the Bold at launch a little steamed, I can only wonder what AT&T subscribers are thinking. Don’t worry, you only have to wait until Tuesday (but go vote first).

Question for the audience: is this stellar price drop a reflection of the holiday season, the downturn economy, or the fact that Rogers is the only Canadian carrier not to get the BlackBerry Storm this Christmas?

BlackBerry Bold at Best Buy Canada

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Rogers BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 arrives with pricing

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Rogers BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 has successfully shipped to Rogers stores, arriving late in the day. While the image above displays the sassy pink model, Rogers has also received the black Pearl Flip as well. Our good friend, RogersDude69, tells us that the final pricing will be $50 on a 3 year contract, what we originally predicted for you waaaay back in the day.

Unfortunately, RogersDude69 couldn’t tell us when the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 would be available for sale, but he did say it would make an appearance in this week’s flyer, making a release sometime next week highly likely. I wonder if the flyer will include the promotional image we showed you earlier this month.

RIM explains available BlackBerry Network Transports

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BlackBerry Network Transports

RIM developer support guru extraordinaire Mike Kirkup is at it again, this time explain the difference between all the network transports available for BlackBerry developers. This is a great resource for developers new to the BlackBerry space that have idea of the difference between a BIS-B or MDS transport. Here’s a list of the transports Mr. Kirkup explains:

* BlackBerry MDS or BES
* BIS-B – BlackBerry Internet Service
* Direct TCP
* WAP (2.0, 1.0, 1.1)
* WiFi

You can click on the image above or hit the link below to watch this informative video. Thanks, RIM!

BlackBerry Network Transports Explained

BES 4.1.6 Maintenance Release 2 for Exchange and Lotus (BlackBerry Bytes)

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bes 416 documentation

Our good friend Ronen over at BerryReview has noticed that whispers of Maintenance Release 2 for BES 4.1 Service Pack 6 have been circling around the RIM partner website, which means it should be available for release fairly soon. We’ll let you know when it’s live, but the meantime, you can read documentation of the changes at the link below.

BES 4.1.6 Maintenance Release 2 Documentation