Monthly Archive for December, 2008Page 2 of 13

Airtel launches BlackBerry 8320 in Seychelles

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Big news today for the Republic of Seychelles, as RIM and Airtel have jointly announced the arrival of BlackBerry service for the archipelago nation (yes, I looked it up). Airtel will launch BlackBerry service in Seychelles initially with the BlackBerry Curve 8320.

Mark Guibert, Vice President of Corporate Marketing at RIM added, “It is with great pleasure that RIM is working with Airtel to introduce the BlackBerry solution in Seychelles. Millions of people around the world have chosen a BlackBerry smartphone to stay connected to colleagues, friends and family while they are on the move.”

Airtel will be offering both BES and BIS services for corporate customers and individual users, respectively. For more information, head to http://www.airtel.sc/.

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Balsillie tapped to buy the Buffalo Sabres?

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Oh, wouldn’t this be a great late Christmas present for the Jim Dog. Despite fervent denial from the Buffalo Sabres, rumors are flying that the National Hockey League team is both up for sale and that RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie is one of the potential suitors.

“We are not in negotiations to sell the team and as we have stated in the past, we will never entertain discussions to move the team out of Buffalo,” Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said in a statement, which was isused in response to a story in this week’s Western New York Hockey magazine.

Despite the official denial, unnamed sources continue to insist that the Sabre’s billionaire owner, Tom Golisano, is listening to offers and that Quinn or an associate has had discussions with Balsillie. Basillie has been connected to potential purchases of both the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins in the past. Hopefully, we’ll see the Waterloo BlackBerrys someday soon.

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RIM sues Motorola for ‘unfair competition’ practices

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RIM logoThis isn’t really the news anyone wants to hear during the Christmas season, but it appears as though Motorola needs a holiday lesson about the value of sharing. RIM filed suit with Motorola on Christmas Eve, alleging that the mobile phone company has improperly blocked their attempts to hire current and laid-off Motorola employees. The suit, filed in state court in Chicago on Tuesday, comes three months after Motorola alleged that RIM violated an agreement reached in February that the two companies would not solicit each other’s employees. RIM has asked for a court order to invalidate the agreement, saying in its complaint that the pact had expired in August and was no longer enforceable.

“RIM entities continue to grow and hire new employees within the United States and globally against a backdrop of recent public announcements by Motorola that it has and will continue to make massive layoffs,” said RIM’s lawsuit.

RIM is also seeking unspecified damages for what it called “unfair competition” practices by Motorola. Motorola spokeswoman Jennifer Weyrauch-Erickson declined to comment on the lawsuit.

|via Reuters|

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BlackBerry Curve 8900, Pearl 8110, Pearl Flip 82xx coming to Fido

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Boy, Troy was busy this holiday. In addition to the BlackBerry Storm 9520 slides, Troy was able to get his hands on confirmation that the BlackBerry Curve 8900, BlackBerry Pearl 8110 and the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 82xx will be coming to Fido in 2009 under the UNO label. No word yet on release dates, but you’ll know when we do.

|via BBNews|

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BlackBerry Storm 9520 and Pearl Flip 82XX - Rogers 3G BlackBerry Blowout

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While the rest of us were quietly enjoying the Holidays with our family, one lone blogger was out working the streets for the latest in BlackBerry leaks. My boy Troy Brown over at BlackBerry News has uncovered photos of two upcoming Rogers BlackBerry Releases: the BlackBerry Storm 9520 and the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 82xx.

Here’s what’s known about each device so far. Both will feature 3G HSDPA. The BlackBerry Storm 9520 will feature Wi-Fi and the Pearl Flip 82xx will feature asecondary video camera for video calling. Both will be coming to Fido as well. No word yet on eventual release dates, but it looks like we weren’t that far off previously. You can see more slides after the jump!

|via BBNews|

More Rogers 3G roadmap photos

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Happy Boxing Day!!

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While most of our American readership may not realize it, the day after Christmas is actually a holiday in Canada called ‘Boxing Day‘. It’s tradition in during Boxing Day for Canadians to garb themselves in the cardboard boxes of yesterday’s presents, walk out into the street, and beat the holy heck out of each other.

Actually, we usually just sit around eating leftovers and watching the World Junior Hockey Championship. To keep our Yankee compatriots happy, however, I’m going to break away from the food and the games to keep you updated throughout the day.

But if anyone wants to meet outside to rumble…

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Happy Holidays!

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From now until Boxing Day (that’s Friday, Yankees), the BBCool Staff is officially on holidays. You may see some sporadic posting up this week, but honestly, your time would be best served with your family than hitting this site. By family we mean your BlackBerry, of course.

Have a safe and happy holiday!!!

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momentem: Power Software (Nan the Power User)

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Momentem for BlackBerry
Nan the Power User

Welcome back, BlackBerry Nation, to Nan the Power User! Today, we are going to check out Momentem from Redwood Technologies. Momentem is time tracking software that helps you squeeze every last drop of billable time from your BlackBerry. Let me start by disclosing that I typically don’t purchase software for my BlackBerry. I’m a deal hunter who looks for free apps or beta tests to slide in for free. Further, monthly subscriptions scare me more than rattlesnakes in the floorboard of the Jeep at the ranch. (Everyone else is folksy these days; I wanted to take a stab at it.) So when I was asked to check out Momentem at $9.99 per month, I was prepared not to like it.

Nan’s Momentem Review

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BlackBerry Media Sync for Mac hands-on

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It seems as though RIM has finally heard the cries of many Mac BlackBerry (MacBerry?) users. Earlier this week they released a ‘Preview’ build of BlackBerry Media Sync for Mac, and I had to give it a test run. In general, it works as advertised and syncing playlists is surprisingly fast. Unfortunately, you can’t just drag over iTunes albums as is, but have to make a playlist out of each.

Here’s some things to keep in mind:

    This is a ‘preview’ build. RIM seems afraid of Mac development and has gone out of their way to tell users that their not legally responsible if Mac Media Sync roxXors yurz blakberreez. You have been warned.
    Mac Media Sync will not work with Pocket Mac or Missing Sync. Which would be fine if RIM had also released a Mac Desktop Manager, but one step at a time, I guess.

Download BlackBerry Media Sync for Mac

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PeeKaWho v1.20 adds Spam Block, multi-language support

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BlackBerry Cool is a pretty big fan of PeeKaWho, SmrtGuard’s original SMS and email alert application for BlackBerry. So much so, that when SmrtGuard sent out the call for translation help, we rallied the BlackBerry Nation to the cause.

Now, thanks to you, PeeKaWho v.1.20 is now available, featuring no less than SEVEN LANGUAGES! But that’s not all the new version of PeeKaWho contains. Check it out below.

What’s NEW in PeekaWho v1.20

    * PeeKaBlock - SPAM Control on your BlackBerry. You can now setup Blacklist and Whitelist with PeeKaBlock. [Learn how to use PeekaBlock]
    * Improved LED Notification. When you read an email, the LED alerts turns off with the email.
    * Multi-lingual support - See our options in these languages: French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portegese, Chinese (Traditional/Simplify), and of course English. [PeekaWho Multi-lingual version]
    * PeeKaLight - using your BB as Flash Light - now works with Left Convenience Key for quick access

Bug Fixes:

    * PeeKaPic not showing up bug when language is not set to English.
    * HTML Support showing tags.

:: Followup! Integration ::

    PeeKaWho now integrates with FollowUp! so you don’t forget to reply to that email.

PeekaWho retails for the affordable price of USD $10. Download it from the links below, or check out the free 7-day trial!

Head 2 Head: Aerize vs. PeeKaWho Review
Download PeekaWho v.1.20 for BlackBerry [free trial]
Read the PeekaWho User Manual

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