Monthly Archive for July, 2010Page 4 of 22

Incredibly Cute Cartan Theme with Animated Homescreens and Ringtone

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Cartan Theme by Hedone Design

The Cartan theme by Hedone Design is really cute. With its rolling, bright green hills, it’s very reminiscent of Mario Brothers and the SNES. This theme features multiple animated homescreens, unique icons and even a ringtone with all OS 5.0 devices.

The Cartan is available for: 8100, 8200, 8300, 8330, 8350, 8500, 8700, 8800, 8900, 9000, 9100, 9500, 9600, 9650 and 9700 series devices from 4.5 OS to 5.0 OS.

Three animated homescreens are available on 8900, 9000, 9500, 9600, 9650 and 9700 series. Other BlackBerrys include only one homescreen and one line of icons.

More information about the Cartan theme by Hedone Design in the store.

Google Previews Google Maps 4.4 “Coming Soon for BlackBerry”

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It’s incredible how fast Google updates its products. That is the beauty of having a company that is so engineer-heavy. Google Maps for Android has seen 6 updates in 6 months and today the company previewed Google Maps 4.4 and said that BlackBerry will see the update soon.

Google Maps 4.4 features a new Places feature that lets you look up restaurants, theaters, retail and all manner of businesses. This new feature is also integrated into a voice-based search that lets you simply say “ice cream” and you get a list of the nearby ice cream shops. The Places feature also gives you reviews, photos, prices, parking, menu links, compass direction (for supported devices), direction and distance.

Be sure to check for the update at m.google.com/maps.

New GPS Rangefinder Golf App by AccelGolf Now Available

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This week, AccelGolf launched a new BlackBerry version of their GPS Rangefinder and Scorecard app. The app works for the BlackBerry Curve, Bold, Tour, Storm, Storm2, 8800, and Pearl models. The GPS Rangefinder app provides three modes of distance tracking:

Landmarks View – Use this list of landmarks to check your precise distance to the front, center, and back of green, and distance to hazards.

Aerial Hole View – See the entire course before tee-off to determine distances for your planned strokes. Plan all shots before tee-off with a plotter that provides distances required for each stroke.

Aerial Green View – Before your approach shot, check your distance to any point on the green with pinpoint accuracy.
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Verizon Giving End of Life Status to Storm2 9550 and Curve 8530

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Verizon may be giving the BlackBerry Storm2 9550 and the Curve 8530 an End of Life. This seems like a very fast EOL notice considering these devices are less than a year old, so it makes you wonder what’s going on behind the scenes that would lead to this. Both of these devices have updates on the way, with the Curve 9300 acting as a replacement for the 8530 and the Storm2 is getting a refresh for BlackBerry 6. The exact details of the End of Life notices are as follows:
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BlackBerry 6 Homescreen Screenshots and More Details Revealed

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Inside BlackBerry sat down with Joey Benedek, Director of UX Research at RIM. The UX organization is responsible for understanding user needs and desires and translating those into interface designs. Benedek walks us through some of the new features in BlackBerry 6 and confirms a lot of what we’ve seen in leaked videos.

For example, we know that BlackBerry 6 has five separate views that a user can switch between using the Navigation Bar, depending on their preference and the type of information they’re looking for. The five sections that are present on the homescreen include:

  • Frequent
  • Favorites
  • Downloads
  • Media
  • All

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OpenGL Updated to Version 4.1 with More Features for Developers

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The Khronos Group has announced the release of the OpenGL 4.1 specification. The OpenGL standard allows developers to create rich 2D and 3D graphics that makes BlackBerry games look especially good. There aren’t many devices that can take advantage of the OpenGL standards, but we hear that all CDMA devices running 5.0 and greater will be able to take advantage. Also, BlackBerry 6 includes a wide variety of APIs in order for developers to take advantage of OpenGL.

New functionality in the core OpenGL 4.1 specification includes:

  • Full compatibility with OpenGL ES 2.0 APIs for easier porting between mobile and desktop platforms;
  • The ability to query and load a binary for shader program objects to save re-compilation time;
  • The capability to bind programs individually to programmable stages for programming flexibility;
  • 64-bit floating-point component vertex shader inputs for higher geometric precision;
  • Multiple viewports for a rendering surface for increased rendering flexibility.

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