Monthly Archive for June, 2010Page 3 of 13

More Pictures of the AT&T BlackBerry Bold Slider 9800

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The BlackBerry Torch aka the BlackBerry Slider 9800 looks progressively better each time it’s pictured online. The latest pictures show just about every nook and cranny of the device and it looks great. The device will probably launch this summer on AT&T and users who pick one up will get a first taste of BlackBerry OS 6. More pictures after the jump.
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Theme Studio Updated with Pearl 9100 and Bold 9650 Support

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The updated Theme Studio is now available with support for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100 and the BlackBerry Bold 9650. There doesn’t seem to be anything else new other than device support in BlackBerry Theme Studio Serve Pack 1. Ideally, the Theme Studio team would be much more active considering they represent such a large percentage of App World content. RIM could be investing money in giving theme developers more wallpapers, icon sets and animations to work with.

Download BlackBerry Theme Studio v5.0.

Also, be sure to check out our article on how to create a basic animated theme.
Dev Blog also has some tips on using Adobe Photoshop to build your themes.

BlackBerry Shield Features and Images Leaked

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BlackBerry Shield is an interesting program that will be really beneficial to BlackBerry users everywhere. The service is centered around helping users find their lost or stolen devices. This sort of service is available to enterprise users through companies such as Zenprise, as well as it’s already available to consumers through companies such as SmrtGuard. Actually, it’s sort of strange how incredibly similar BlackBerry Shield and SmrtGuard are. Hit up after the jump for more features and images.
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Snaptu Live Football Scores with Social Network Integration

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We have seen a lot of World Cup apps and it’s worth mentioning Snaptu as well. Snaptu is a free app that includes Facebook, Twitter, games, weather and around 30 other features. The most relevant feature is of course the Live Football Scores service that lets you check live scores, news and updates.

Download Snaptu from snaptu.com or point your browser to m.snaptu.com.

VQ Mileage Tracker Updated with Auto-Report and More

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VQ Mileage Tracker is a highly copied and much liked BlackBerry app that automatically tracks your business mileage. The app now features the ability to automatically email users a mileage report every week, month or quarter. VQ uses a BlackBerry’s GPS along with in-vehicle Bluetooth to automatically determine when the user starts and ends a trip. Owners of vehicles without built-in Bluetooth can purchase a VQ Bluetooth Car Charger (a car charger that also simulates in-vehicle Bluetooth) or they can use the app in semi-automatic mode.
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ParkVu Announces Music WithMe to Wirelessly Sync iTunes Playlist

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ParkVu has announced the launch of their Music WithMe app for BlackBerry that allows you to wirelessly sync your iTunes playlists to your BlackBerry. The app does this over a WiFi or cell connection and automatically updates your playlists when you make changes on your desktop. This app runs in the background and works with the native media player so you can store and play your tracks as usual.

The app comes in 2 components: a desktop app that currently only runs on Windows (Mac soon to follow) and an app that you purchase in App World and sits on your device. The app currently costs $14.99 and comes with a 30 day free trial.

We’ll have a review of Music WithMe up in the near future so stay tuned.

FIFA World Cup 2010 BlackBerry Apps, Games and Themes Deals

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As you most likely are aware, the World Cup is underway and everyone is catching the FIFA Fever. To celebrate this world sporting event, we’ve cooked up a Mobile Heist to help you show your team spirit and pick up a few great new apps and themes for your BlackBerry. Today through Friday, June 23rd – 25th, we will have a host of themes, games and apps to purchase all at 50% off the retail price.

Here’s a highlight of the great deals:

e-Mobile Sports by e-Mobile Software: live sports news on your BlackBerry. Retail price $19.95 but for 3 days this app will be on sale for $9.98!
Soccer themes from Point4Mobile: All themes are normally priced at $9.99 but for 3 days they will be on sale for $5.
BuzzMe Beats Football-Full Version, by BigTinCan: 10 unique football tones and customizable LED colors. The full version includes flag wallpapers for each of the teams. Retail price $4.99, sale price $2.50.
Dynamite Pro Football 2010 by Exozet Games GMBH: 32 nations to choose from to create your own World Cup matches. Retail price $3.99, sale price $1.50.

Remember, these prices are only available on the MobileHeist page. Please check out all the apps on the MobileHeist page:

View the MobileHeist desktop page.
View the MobileHeist page from your BlackBerry.

RIM Legal Kills Popular BlackBerry OS 6 Theme by WJD Designs

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The OS 6 theme by WJD Designs was by far one of the best OS 6 themes available. The theme has recently been pulled from the Mobihand network in response to action by RIM legal and is no longer available.

This is bad news for a few reasons. For one, killing the OS 6 theme by WJD Designs sends a message to all theme developers that you could at any moment be at the mercy of RIM’s inflated and unfocused legal team. Second, it sends a message to the users that regardless of whether or not RIM will be able to support their device with OS 6, you may not be able to purchase a theme that tries to effectively mimic the UI and style. Third, it shows RIM’s legal and marketing departments are totally uncoordinated at the detriment of the organization at large.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and RIM should see the success of the OS 6 theme as a compliment. What if the company took the complete opposite approach and invited WJD Designs to help create an official OS 6 theme that would be given free to all users who do not have a device that can support OS 6? Not only would the entire community be appreciative, but you would be sending a message to theme developers that if you create something the community loves, you will be rewarded.
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QContinuum, WICKSoft, Zeebu, GlitchSoft and Magmic at Ottawa App Showcase

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Ottawa is a great city for BlackBerry and smartphone development. RIM’s App World team is located in Ottawa, and being a capital city, there are plenty of BlackBerrys floating around. There is also a large talent pool for mobile in the city as well and some of those bright individuals got together to demo their latest smartphone applications. The event was hosted by Rob Woodbridge, former CEO of Rove and the more interesting half of BlackBerryCool Untether’d.

The App Showcase event was a success and after the jump you can read all about the presenters and what they’re doing in the space. Stay tuned for the next event, where there will be more local companies showing off their applications. If you have a similar event in your area, send details to BlackBerryCool and we’ll help promote these companies as well.

Collectively, the following app presenters have apps that have been downloaded 12 million times! Be sure to check them all out.
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Adobe Flash 10.1 Released to Manufacturers Including BlackBerry

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Back in mid-April, Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen said they would be on target to deliver Flash 10.1 for smartphones in the first half of 2010. Adobe pretty much made good on this and has delivered 10.1 to manufacturers such as Google and RIM to allow them to deploy it on their devices.

It should be interesting to see how long it will take for Flash 10.1 to be made available to BlackBerry users. Also, it’s not clear exactly how well it will perform on the device. According to Adobe, Flash 10.1 will allow users to experience rich Flash web content as well as play games, view animations, experience rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, music, video, audio and more.
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