Monthly Archive for December, 2008Page 2 of 22

SlingPlayer for BlackBerry beta now open to all


The SlingPlayer for BlackBerry beta we told you about a few weeks back has launched today and is now available to all. The public beta is available to BlackBerry users in the US, Canada and UK and SlingPlayer has a list of recommended BlackBerry devices, which you can see below.

    * BlackBerry Bold
    * BlackBerry Curve 8900
    * BlackBerry 8820
    * BlackBerry Curve 8320
    * BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220
    * BlackBerry Pearl 8120

    Requires OS 4.5

To see the complete requirements and download instructions, head to the link below. After the public beta, SlingPlayer is offering a free 30 day trial and then charging $29.99 for full purchase.


BlackBerry Storm YouTube Client available


I don’t know how many people will be interested in this, as I have no problem browsing YouTube via my Storm’s web browser, but a dedicated application usually offers more functionality over the mobile web. Google has released a YouTube client for the BlackBerry Storm, allowing users to get a YouTube experience catered specifically for their favorite touchscreen. Here’s what’s included:

    * Browse millions of videos from your phone.
    * Access your favorites, your own uploaded videos and your favorite channels.
    * Share, rate, and comment on videos from your phone.
    * Upload videos from your phone.
    * Find the specific video you’re looking for by easily searching for it.
    * Discover “Related” videos for each video you watch on your phone.

Post a comment and tell us what you think of the YouTube application. If you like it, we’ll do a hands-on video for the BlackBerry Nation.

Download YouTube Mobile for the BlackBerry Storm


Yahoo! Go now BlackBerry Bold compatible


Yahoo! Go, the ‘all-in-one’ application designed by Yahoo! to control your mobile experience, has been updated to version 3.0.47. This new version of Yahoo! Go includes support for the BlackBerry Bold. I’ve never tried Yahoo! Go (more of a Google fan, sorry), but the application allows you to send email, upload photos, check stock quotes, search for answers and get breaking news, so it might be worth checking out. You can download the free software at the link below.


TeleNav GPS Navigator launches for BlackBerry Storm


New BlackBerry Storm users looking for software can take heart, as TeleNav has put a late Christmas present in your stocking with TeleNav GPS Navigator for Verizon Wireless subscribers. Here’s a quick look at what users can expect from TeleNav GPS Navigator:

    * Full-color 3D moving maps
    * Voice and on-screen directions
    * Speech recognition (optional for address entry)
    * Traffic alerts with one-click rerouting and an on-screen ETA
    * 10 million business listings
    * Gas price listings
    * Wi-Fi hotspot finder
    * Pedestrian mode so you can use it while walking around town
    * My TeleNav online preplanning

TeleNav is obviously up against the entrenched competition of Verizon Navigator on the BlackBerry Storm, so they’ve decided to sweeten the pot with a free 30-day trial. TeleNav GPS Navigator is regularly $9.99/month for unlimited use. You can find more information about the free trial at the link below.

TeleNav GPS Navigator


Airtel launches BlackBerry 8320 in Seychelles


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


Balsillie tapped to buy the Buffalo Sabres?


RIM Hockey TeamOh, 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.