BlackBerryCool Roundup for the Week of April 5th

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Another week in BlackBerry and this week really finished with a bang. This week ended with rumors of a BlackBerry tablet coming in 2010, which would be a really interesting turn of events for RIM. We’re constantly seeing RIM diversify their product offerings and this would be yet another business that is almost totally unrelated to smartphones. The tablet rumor came right around the same time that we learned RIM acquired the Ottawa-based QNX, who are a fairly large company with revenues probably in the tens of millions, and specialize in automotive infotainment. Other than the rumor mill, we let everyone know that Twitter for BlackBerry is now in public beta. The app is the official Twitter app for BlackBerry and comes with a wide range of features to integrate Twitter into many facets of your device.

I really recommend checking out the “Other” section of this week’s roundup, as we have a lot of unique editorial content such as a talk with Rob Woodbridge of Untether.TV and Rob Kao of SmrtGuard about the upcoming BlackBerry Shield.

Apps

New BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.1.5 Available in Beta Zone
Gay Location-Based Social Network Grindr Now in BlackBerry Beta
Official WES 2010 App Now Available for Download
Stitcher Now Available for the BlackBerry Tour 9630 with OS 5
AstraSync Updated to 4.1 Beta 1 with AutoDiscover and Email Auto-Save
FileScout Updated with TextEditor Improvements and Bug Fixes
Ditto SMS Chat App for BlackBerry with 100 Free Copies
Google Maps Updated to Version 4.0.1 with Google Buzz Layer
Twitter for BlackBerry Goes Public Beta at 9PM EST
Loopt for BlackBerry Updated with Pulse Tab and Event and Places Info

Themes

Windows Phone 7 User Interface Inspired Theme by Elecite Blue7

OS

Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 Official OS 5.0.0.607 Upgrade Available

News

RIM Update BlackBerry Java and Web Development Tools and SDKs
Skyfire Explain Their Departure from BlackBerry Development
Free Refurbished BlackBerry Bold 9000 from AT&T
Leaked Pics of the BlackBerry Bold 9650 Emerge
BlackBerry Developer Groups Launch in Toronto, Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires
RIM Acquire Automotive Infotainment Company QNX Software
RIM To Release BlackBerry Tablet Before Christmas 2010?
Rogers Now Offering OTA OS Upgrades for the Bold 9700

Other

Episode 2: What’s Cool in BlackBerry with BlackBerryCool
100 Invites for Tungle for BlackBerry Beta Available to BlackBerryCool Readers
How Memory Management Applications Work and How to Save Money
This Day in BlackBerry: What Was Hot Today for the Past 5 Years Pt. 2
iPhone OS 4 to Get All the Features BlackBerry Already Has
Myxer Report Proves App World Needs More Content
[Video] Creative Task Sync Between Mac OSX Leopard and BlackBerry
[Poll] What Do You Think of the BlackBerry Messenger Broadcast Feature?
SmrtGuard’s Founder and CEO Rob Kao Talks BlackBerry Shield
Thoughts on the iPhone OS 4 Launch: Data Crunch and False Multitasking

Reviews

Tumblr for BlackBerry Review: Video Bug but Overall Quality App
LinkedIn for BlackBerry Review: What to Expect From Version 1.0
Tungle for BlackBerry Beta Review: The Easiest Way to Schedule Meetings