BlackBerry Cool Roundup for the Week of March 15th

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Some big news this week included pictures of the BlackBerry Slider, some BIS 3.0 details as well as more pictures of the upcoming Pearl 9100. The Slider is shaping up to be an interesting form factor from RIM, but it could be a headache for developers. This means that the device will launch with limited software available, and I can only imagine how bare a Slider’s App World will look at launch. This is standard practice from RIM as it took developers a few months to catch up after the Storm launched.

BIS 3.0 was supposed to bring 2-way Gmail sync and now it’s not clear whether this is actually going to happen. We’ll have to wait until the service launches in North America, but it Gmail sync may not come until BIS 3.1.

Other than the above, we have a ton of posts regarding cool software you should check out. Some of my favorite apps including Visible Vote (I’m Canadian but I just like the concept), Opera Mini and LaterDude Pro, have all been updated this week. Also be sure to check out the “Other” section of this week’s roundup as we have some good editorial content you won’t find anywhere else.

Apps

Private Address Book App BlackBook Gets Major Update
Guitar Studio Now Available on App World and More Devices
ATM Hunter – Free ATM Finder App by MasterCard
Opera Put the Final Touches on Opera Mini 5 for BlackBerry
Ditto SMS Group Chat App for BlackBerry by Hive Mind Technologies
Quickly Develop and Deploy Enterprise Applications with Seregon MAP
Slacker Launches SXSW Cedar Street Courtyard Party Station
Xobni for BlackBerry and Xobni One Now Available for Download
CanadianJobForce Web Portal App for BlackBerry
LaterDude Pro Updated to Version 3.0.2 With New Features
Official Tumblr BlackBerry App Now Available
Add Private Messages to Your Email with Free Bccthis App
Visible Vote Updated with New Features to Analyze Members of Congress
PocketMac BlackBerry and Mac OS X Sync Updated

Themes

New Elecite Theme Ember Makes Great Use of Homescreen

OS

Official BlackBerry OS 5.0.0.545 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

News

More Pictures of the BlackBerry Slider Emerge
BIS 3.0 Roundup: Gmail Sync Feature Still Unconfirmed
BlackBerry Push Service Now Available to All Developers
RIM Hint BlackBerry Messenger News Coming Soon
United States Air Force BlackBerrys Get New IT Policies
BlackBerry OS 6 Mockups and Speculation About Widgets
More Pictures of the Upcoming BlackBerry Pearl Stratus 9100

Other

BlackBerry Theme Developer? Try the Open Icon Library
Thoughts on the BlackBerry Slider: Carrier vs Developer Needs
CEO Zeebu Mobile Dan Gagliardi on Business News Network
Improving the Gaming Experience on BlackBerry
Interview with a Rogers Sales Associate About Selling BlackBerry, iPhone and Smartphones
Beta Review: SocialScope Version 0.9.5.92 with Foursquare and Flickr Integration
Dipdive Mobile for BlackBerry Reviewed
Review: Facebook Profile BlackBerry Messenger Barcodes
Five years of Bluetooth on BlackBerry: Current and Future Implementations

Contests

We’ve already found winners for BugMe Notes, Slacker and VersaTool (announcement post coming). Most of the winners have been contacted but you should check your spam inbox just in case the email was missed. We have more contests including:

Contest Reminder: Zenprise WES Giveaway
Tether Celebrating Anniversary With Smartphone and App Giveaway
Storm Picture Editing and Drawing App Radical Draw With 10 Free Copies

We’ll have more contests for you Monday morning.