Monthly Archive for March, 2009Page 3 of 26

Skype coming to BlackBerry in May

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It seems Skype is going to make a very aggressive push onto mobile in the coming months. The company will announce tomorrow that it plans to make its free software available immediately for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch and, beginning in May, for various BlackBerry models.

“The carriers are in the business of selling voice minutes. For a long time they saw products like Skype coming along and they were concerned,” said Ben Wood, director of Research at the London-based CCS Insight, a market research firm. “But it turned out a little bit different than they expected.”

Mr. Wood said many carriers had modified their views about so-called voice-over-Internet-protocol, or VoIP, services. In some cases, Skype has proved to be appealing to consumers and a competitive advantage for a carrier over its rivals.

So it seems we’ll be getting cheap VoIP calls after all, unless the carriers put the kibosh on this. Do you see AT&T allowing Skype to reside on their devices?

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Free GPS tracking app for BlackBerry

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LiveTracker is a free application for BlackBerry that is currently in the BETA stage. The LiveTracker mobile client can be installed on any BlackBerry and sends out location data to the Skylab GPS server. This app could be really useful for anyone interested in a cheap way to get involved in geocaching. Try it out and let me know what you think.

Features:

  • Free Download: LiveTracker Mobile is available for free non-commercial use – download.
  • Background Tracking: Start LiveTracker and it sends the GPS location to our tracking server.
  • Free Tracking Server: For storing tracking data we maintain a tracking server – for free.
  • Share Location: Send EMail, PIN, SMS, MMS message to your location’s map representation.
  • BETA TEST: Due to the early stage of this application please report any bugs to us. Thank you.

Download your free copy of LiveTracker here.

iHeartradio for the BlackBerry Storm

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Recently, iHeartradio has launched a BETA for the BlackBerry Storm. The user interface looks slick and I just wanted to share some screenshots.

If you’re interested in trying it out, you can download iHeartradio for the BlackBerry Storm here.

Click through to see screenshots of the app on my Storm

BlackBerry Partner Fund invests in organizational software

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Xobni (“inbox” backwards), has some forward-thinking e-mail management ideas that have attracted the attention of the BlackBerry Partners Fund. The investment is part of a $10-million (U.S.) round of financing for Xobni – which also includes $7-million from Cisco Systems Inc. announced in January – valuing the BlackBerry Partners Fund’s contribution at about $3-million.

Xobni works with Microsoft Corp.’s Outlook and helps users better organize e-mails and other information, such as phone numbers, within the program.

This investment should surely help enterprise BlackBerry users.

Learn more about your BlackBerry with Verizon workshops

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Verizon held a free BlackBerry workshop at its Troy store in Michigan on Wednesday, April 22. The class is geared toward helping wireless phone users get the most out of their BlackBerry devices by learning about the functions and features. Some of the topics to be covered include text messaging, Internet browsing, using email and the camera, changing ringtones, pairing Bluetooth® devices and setting up the speed dial and address book synchronization functions.

This free, in-store class is open to existing and potential Verizon Wireless customers. Individuals who do not yet have a BlackBerry, but would like to learn more about these integrated devices, are welcome to attend the class.

Although this program has already ran, I would love to see more carriers pick up on this trend. As more people learn about their smartphones, it will help the whole industry and economy, Stay tuned for more workshops.

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SmrtGuard BETA users update – new features and upgrade

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the SmrtGuard BETA program. There were a ton of great comments and feedback. In response, SmrtGuard has made several improvements to their product and they have implemented several new features.

What is New:

* Fixed Call Log backup problem
* Add Vondafone (UK/Spain/Australia), Orange UK, T-mobile (Germany) to list of approved BlackBerry Native Emails
* Fixed Personal Guardian Preference freeze issue
* Change Personal Guardian timeout to 8 seconds instead of 5
* Auto prompt for activation when entering the application for the first time
* Other minor fixes

How to Upgrade:

From your BlackBerry’s browser, go here.