Monthly Archive for February, 2010Page 2 of 25

Verizon Backup Assistant Coming to BlackBerry March 9th

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Verizon have a pretty complicated system for transferring contacts from a feature phone to a BlackBerry. This is going to change soon as BerryScoop have received a tip that the Verizon Backup Assistant is coming to BlackBerry March 9th. This is going to make the contact transfer much easier, as users will just have to sign in with their PIN, and their contacts will be pulled from the database onto their device.

The Foursquare Rap – Badges Like Us

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I’ll be in New York next week hanging out with the Foursquare guys and talking about their Beta app for BlackBerry as well as what’s new at the company. @foursquare has been Tweeting about a hilarious rap by @thenewb and @borissilver that I just had to post. Enjoy and get your Crunk badge this weekend!

Price Lowered on AddOnis – The Super Utility for BlackBerry

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AddOnis is a cool app from Twinkler that they call The Super Utility for BlackBerry. The app has an incredibly long feature set, so I’ll put it after the break for you to read through. Suffice it to say, this app gives you a lot more options and features that would normally be spread across several smaller apps. With AddOnis, you can block or permit calls from certain numbers, add options to various alerts, add a configurable missed call indicator, provide In-Call notifications and more.

Twinkler let us know that they have lowered the price of AddOnis to $6.99 – a price reduction of over 29%.

The feature set is available after the jump

More Details on the Upcoming BlackBerry Slider

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BGR dropped some info on the upcoming BlackBerry slider we’ve been hearing rumors about for a long time now. While none of the details are confirmed, it’s still interesting to read through the possible specs. We’ll be able to confirm at least some of these specs when we have a visual, but for now we’re just going on rumor.

Here is what we’re hearing:

  • It’s a portrait-oriented slider. While most people assume a device with slideout keyboard would end up being something like HTC’s devices, we’ve been told this particular handset is more like the Palm Pre in terms of layout.
  • The phone will run BlackBerry OS 6.0.
  • The rumored device will 100% support Wi-Fi 802.11n.
  • The resolution unfortunately has not improved, it is still 360×480.
  • No word on if this will have a touch screen, but we’d assume so, and our source alluded to this possibly being what the rumored BlackBerry Magnum/Dakota evolved into. Not saying there won’t be a Bold-like device with touchscreen, optical trackpad, and physical keyboard, but this might be released first.
  • If it does have a touch screen, this could in fact be the mythical BlackBerry Storm slider — picture a Storm 9520 with a slide up Bold-esque keyboard.
  • The phone will not be a Verizon exclusive — it’s supposed to be a GSM/HSPA device.

It would be a shame if this device didn’t come with a touchscreen because I think touchscreens have the most consumer appeal and app potential. Especially if this device is going to be running OS 6, there should be a host of features to make development easier. BlackBerry widgets will be fully supported by then as well as probably even more APIs by that time. In any case, this is shaping up to be an interesting form factor.

1,000 Free Copies of The Art of War by Sun Tzu Available in App World

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The Art of War eBook from S4BB is available free in BlackBerry App World for the first 1,000 downloads only. This might be the first full book I read on a BlackBerry. The company has already sent an email out so there’s no telling how long this deal is available.

Check out The Art of War in App World.

Distimo Report Compares Mobile Games on Smartphones

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Distimo have released their latest report based on 2010 data that compares games in the Apple App Store, BlackBerry App World, Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store and Windows Marketplace. The major findings of the report include:

  • Games on the Windows Marketplace and BlackBerry App World are most expensive at $4.91 and $4.60 (on average) respectively.
  • The Games category on the Apple App Store with the most titles available is Puzzle.
  • Games published in the Role Playing category on the Apple App Store are most expensive, averaging $7.96 per game. Most other game categories average between $1.30 and $2.60.
  • 22% of the most grossing game titles in the Apple App Store were published in the Action category. The Arcade and Adventure categories were second and third with 12% and 9%, respectively. Interestingly enough, although the Puzzle category is the largest games category in the Apple App Store, relatively few of these games generate enough revenue to be ranked among the top grossing game titles.

To download the report yourself, grab it from the Distimo site.
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