Monthly Archive for August, 2010

Gowalla Now Out of Beta and Updated with Trips, Items, Photos and More

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When Gowalla first launched their beta it was pretty grim and had a lot of bugs to fix. There’s nothing wrong with that and as Guy Kawasaki says “Don’t worry, be crappy” and “Churn, baby, churn”. Over the weekend, the Gowalla app for BlackBerry left beta and went version 1.0 along with the following improvements:
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BlackBerry Curve 3G Review: A Slight Update to a Successful Product Line

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The BlackBerry Curve 3G is the latest device in the BlackBerry Curve series and the best part about it is that it has 3G and is BlackBerry 6 ready. The Curve product line has always been the most accessible of all the BlackBerry models because of its low price point and popular form factor. The Curve 3G fits nicely into this series because it has everything you would expect from a Curve but just a little more spec-wise to make it fit for 2010. According to RIM, the Curve 3G is “designed the growing mass of smartphone purchasers with a distinctly powerful, approachable and affordable choice”.

With the Curve series, it’s clear that RIM intends this device to help them saturate an increasing global demand for smartphones. “The majority of people in the worldwide mobile phone market have yet to buy their first smartphone and the BlackBerry Curve 3G is designed to provide an extremely attractive and accessible choice that will help convince many of them to make the leap,” says Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM.

So while many die-hard BlackBerry users will write this device off as a boring upgrade to the Curve series, the device isn’t really intended for them. The Torch is the smartphone for long-time Blackberry users and the Curve 3G is the smartphone for the feature phone user who is looking to convert. Click through after the jump and we’ll delve deeper into the Curve 3G and see what makes it tick.
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My Verizon Account Management App Updated with Storm Support and More

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The My Verizon account management app has been updated with more features to help you manage your account. The My Verizon app, as well as the Rogers equivalent, are great moves on the part of the carrier because it helps their customers save money by managing their minutes, and helps the carriers because it leads to great customer satisfaction.
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Seriously? $1000 “I Am Rich” App Hits Mobihand App Store

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An app recently appeared in the BlackBerryCool store that is going off the success of the I Am Rich application for iPhone which was subsequently pulled from the App Store. The I Am Rich app for BlackBerry is just as ridiculous and seems to just put a couple of gold bars as your wallpaper along with an icon on the homescreen.
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BlackBerry Curve 8980 Atlas Coming to China Mobile with WiFi

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We haven’t heard about the BlackBerry Curve 8980 for some time now but rumor has it that the device is hitting China Mobile and while it doesn’t feature 3G, it will be shipping with WiFi support. The other device we know that’s hitting China Mobile is the Bold 9700, which does feature 3G, giving Chinese users a couple of solid choices to choose from. Other than the Curve form factor and chicklet style keyboard, we can expect many of the same specs as the Bold 9700.

BlackBerry Curve 3G Coming to T-Mobile September 8th

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The BlackBerry Curve 3G will be hitting T-Mobile stores on September 8th for $79.99 on a two year contract. The device is a slight upgrade to the successful Curve series and is intended to target new smartphone users, or seasoned BlackBerry users who are die-hard fans of the Curve series. This device doesn’t use any “new” hardware and RIM seems to have chosen specs that will drive down the price as much as possible.

Do you think $79.99 on a 2-year is cheap enough to merit a slight Curve upgrade?