Monthly Archive for June, 2009Page 3 of 29

T-Mobile BlackBerry Gemini 8520 unofficial model gets reviewed



The guys at PhoneArena put up a pretty lengthy review of the BlackBerry Gemini 8520. I’ll break down their review by section but if you want to read the full review, just head over to their site.


While the 8520 Gemini is one of the newest devices to be released by RIM, the only thing truly new about it is the design. The 8520 is slated as an introductory Curve model and comes with a 3.4” screen which sits above a full QWERTY keyboard. Two convenience keys adorn either side and a simplistic back with the 2 megapixel camera at the top. The unofficial size is 4.25”x2.3”x0.5”, which makes it even smaller than the Curve 8900, and perhaps a touch lighter.
Click through to learn more about the BlackBerry Gemini 8520

New music player for BlackBerry Unsynced aims to outperform Apple



A little less than a year ago, Jim Balsillie was given a lot of criticism for saying that the BlackBerry platform will beat out Apple when it comes to media. There hasn’t been much development on the native music player and while it serves the basic purpose, there’s a lot that could be improved.

This is where BlackBerry has the advantage over iPhone. Apple would never let another company try and compete with their native applications such as the browser, but RIM welcomes third party software. The latest BlackBerry media solution is from Unsynced, an all-in-one music experience for BlackBerry that the company promises will one day make all of your Apple friends jealous.

Some of the features of Unsycned include:

  • Painstaking care has been taken to ensure Unsynced Music is efficient and predictable.
  • The Unsync button will capture song information. Unsynced does a search on their end and e-mail you the most relevant results so that you won’t forget to “purchase” it when you get home.
  • Use any PC to drag and drop music into folders on your BlackBerry using Mass Storage Mode. Listen to your newly added songs through Browse Files, or quickly create new playlists through Create/Modify Playlists, giving you the freedom to add to your music experience not just at home, but wherever you go.
  • Progress indicators for those long podcasts.
  • Customizable color themes to match your style.
  • Send song info to friends to share your tastes.

Download Unsynced Music for your Bold or 8900.

Or visit from your BlackBerry browser.

{Currently only available for the Bold and 8900. More devices to come soon]
More screenshots after the jump

BerryWeather 1.5 new features, bug fixes and giveaways!



BerryWeather has been recently updated to version 1.5 and there are some great new features and bug fixes. Two of my favorite features include: animated radar maps and GPS support.

BerryWeather 1.5 features and bug fixes include:

  • Animated radar maps (for US Locations only, add a custom radar map for international locations).
  • Track your location via GPS/CELL TOWER LOCATION so you always know the weather where you are. (Cell location for GSM devices only. GPS does not work for non-Storm devices on Verizon due to carrier restrictions)
  • Replace the default BerryWeather radar maps for any location with your preferred weather service’s radar maps!
  • Sunrise/Sunset times and moon phase
  • New Themes
  • Smoother animations on BlackBerry Storm
  • Improved battery and memory handling
  • Many many more bug fixes

This is a free update to existing BerryWeather owners. Simply install over your existing copy and re-enter your activation code.

BerryWeather is available from the BlackBerryCool store $9.95. A free 3-day trial is also available.

To top it all off, we’re giving away 25 free copies to BlackBerry Cool readers. The first 25 people to use the coupon win. So hurry! The code is freecoolweather.

Don’t worry, if you didn’t manage to get the free copy, there is also a discount coupon for 25% off. The code is weather25 valid until Sunday.


Facebook BlackBerry theme for the BlackBerry Curve OS 4.5



This Facebook theme is for the social networking and web 2.0 fans out there. Facebook is an awesome app for BlackBerry, mainly because it’s developed by RIM. Being developed by RIM, the app can use API’s that aren’t available to third party app developers. I’m expecting big things from future Facebook versions. This theme is a tribute to the great social network and useful BlackBerry app.

Currently, the theme is only available for the BlackBerry Curve sporting OS 4.5. Other versions are coming soon.

Buy the Facebook theme for the Blackberry Curve 4.5 OS only for $5.00.


[Courtesy of BBThemeCentral]
Click through for a shot of the homescreen

RIM issues security patch to address potential vulnerability



[ED NOTE: Sorry guys, a contributor posted this and I didn’t realize how old it was until now. This patch was issued at the beginning of June.]

RIM has issued a security patch to address a security vulnerability that could leave many smartphones open to a virus attack. RIM didn’t issue a public statement about the vulnerability, but their site reminds users that “as a mobile device best practice, Research In Motion recommends that BlackBerry smartphone users open attachments from trusted sources only,”

Carl Leonard of U.K.-based Websense Security Lab said hackers may be looking to steal corporate sales information, intellectual property or customer data, all of which has value in the underground economy.

Nobody has come out saying they’ve been affected by this vulnerability, and RIM’s security patch will stop any future attempts at hacking into the device.



Podtrapper developer on BlackBerry development, pricing and marketing



This article attempts to relay my experiences and lessons learned in the making of PodTrapper, my first mobile application for BlackBerry. It will cover development, pricing, marketing and sales in addition to other items I thought were relevant.

It all started in November of last year. I’m an avid podcast listener during my commutes, and at the time the only viable way to listen was to tote around my iPod. But I still needed my BlackBerry for work, so I was stuck with two devices. I had been toying with the idea of writing a podcast player for BlackBerry and with the announcement of the App World it was now or never. I’m hoping that the success of the iPhone App Store will enable other platforms to follow suit. Afterall, BlackBerry currently has more users and is shipping twice as many phones, albeit to users that may not know apps are available for their phone… yet. Plus the whole project sounded like a lot of fun.

I’ve read all the stories about iPhone developers making fortunes selling apps, how that may not really be the case, or even that people don’t even use the apps they download. I assumed that the truth was somewhere in the middle, but at the very least I wouldn’t have to carry two devices anymore.

So I bought myself a set of signing keys ($20) and went out to RIM’s developer site to grab their SDK. That’s when I ran into my first problem.
Continue reading Marcus Watkins’ experience developing for BlackBerry