Monthly Archive for October, 2008Page 4 of 28

Telus BlackBerry Storm page launching at noon, we have pics


Telus BlackBerry Storm

For those that can’t get enough BlackBerry Storm news (read: everyone), we have a quick update for the Canadian contingent. We have very good word that Telus will be launching their Storm page today at 12pm EST. While the Telus Storm page apparently won’t contain a release date or price (sigh), it will have some device information, as well as a bunch of Telus-branded Storm pics to hold subscribers over. We were able to get our hands on a couple, such as the MSN shot above; you can see a few more after the jump.

To hit the Telus BlackBerry Storm page (at 12:01!), go to:

Don’t everyone rush at once!

More Telus BlackBerry Storm photos

Codasystem Shoot&Proof available for BlackBerry (BlackBerry Bytes)


shootandproof for BlackBerryFrench software developer Codasystem announced yesterday the release of their Shoot&Proof application for BlackBerry. Shoot&Proof allows enterprise and prosumer users to host and share images taken via their BlackBerry in a secure environment. Because it establishes the legal value of photos—who took what pictures, when and where— Shoot&Proof can be deployed by construction and public works, real estate, poster advertising, the press and maintenance industries.

To learn more about Shoot&Proof, head to:

Shoot&Proof Press Release

BlackBerry Partners Fund Invests in buzzd, Digby and WorldMate


BlackBerry Partners Fund

Big news breaking from the always exciting crew over at the BlackBerry Partners Fund!

Following up a busy week where they announced the winners of the BBDC BlackBerry Developer Challenge (Poynt, Strands and BlackBerry Cool 15 winner Nobex) and made two on-the-spot offers to BlackBerry Cool 15 presenters Smrtguard and BeamBerry, the Partners Fund has announced investment in three more BlackBerry developers: buzzd, Digby, and WorldMate. Here’s a quick rundown of each developer and the investment amount:

    buzzd, a location-sensitive city guide and social network for mobile devices, has raised $3.2 million in a Series A Preferred Stock financing with BlackBerry Partners Fund, Greycroft Partners, Monitor Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures.

    Digby, a leading mobile commerce service provider, has raised $5.5 million Series B Preferred Stock with the BlackBerry Partners Fund and existing shareholders.

    WorldMate, a company that has paved the way for mobile travel innovation and serves over one million frequent flyers and road warriors around the world, has raised $8 million in a Series C Preferred Stock financing with BlackBerry Partners Fund, Motorola Ventures and AMC Communications.

Congratulations to WorldMate, buzzd and Digby! You can read the full press release after the jump, with statements from key Partners Fund members and representatives of the respective development companies.

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Viigo unleashes NBA service


Chris Bosh

Here’s something you may not know about me: I am a HUGE NBA fan. I cheer CB4, Jose Ole and the Hump through the best of times and the worst. I will never forgive He Who Shall Not Be Named. I bleed Raptors red.

So it was a great thing to learn today that Viigo has launched a new NBA service just in time for the start of the 08-09 season (the Raptors start their season off against the 76ers tomorrow night, in case you were wondering). Typical of Viigo, the NBA service is tricked out way beyond simple NBA news feeds, offering a variety of features perfect for ballheads like myself. For example, while viewing the upcoming NBA schedule, you can add specific games of interest (Raps vs. Lakers on Nov. 30th, for example) to your Calendar to make sure you don’t miss them. Another great one is the Scores feature, which allows you to view the latest scores from around the Association while they’re being played.

You can see a bunch of screen captures of the new NBA service for Viigo. To add them, follow this path in your Viigo client: Sports –> Add Sports –> Basketball.

NBA on Viigo Screenshots

RIM releases Networking Diagnostic Tool


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While stumbling around RIM’s Knowledge Center earlier today (yes, I do that from time to time), I noticed that RIM has released a networking diagnostic tool that should be of some use to all the new BlackBerry developers out there post-BBDC. Separate from the on-device hardware diagnostic tool we told you about last month, the networking diagnostic tool provides value in two different ways:

    1) The NDT can be used by 3rd party developers as a support tool for their customers with networking issues, to provide information on which transports are and are not working on the device. This functionality better enables developers to diagnose and troubleshoot connectivity issues without having to use their application.

    2) The NDT provides an open source and best practices implementation of connectivity on the BlackBerry. Developers can use this implementation as an example on how they would connect using the variety of mechanisms available on the BlackBerry device.

If you’re interested in learning more about RIM’s networking diagnostic tool, or downloading its source code, hit the link below.

BlackBerry Networking Diagnostic Tool


Bell offers “Smart/Phone Care”, covers loss/theft (kinda)


bell logo

Effective this week, Canadian carrier Bell is offering a new service to subscribers which (potentially) protects them from loss, theft and damage. I’m a little unsure about our friends to the South, but I’m pretty certain Bell is the first Canadian carrier to offer anything resembling ‘phone insurance’. Bell’s “Smart/Phone Care” service has two plans to choose from:

1. Premium: for $7/month it covers failure due to defective parts and workmanship, normal wear and tear, accidental damage, power surge, loss and theft.

2. Plus: Covers failure due to defects in parts and workmanship.

But don’t start jumping for joy yet, Bell subscribers. As with all things in life, there is some fine print to sort through. First, Bell in no way guarantees that the replacement device offered will feature the same functionality as your lost/stolen/broken device (I hope this doesn’t mean they’ll kive you a Moto RAZR for a lost BlackBerry Storm when the time comes). Also, acts of revolution, terrorism or war are not covered, leaving most of the BBCool staff out of the loop.

We’ve reprinted the important bits of the service agreement after the jump, as well as a link to the full PDF.

|via MobileSyrup|

Bell Smart/Phone Care service agreement