Monthly Archive for December, 2010

Kompass for Basecamp Now Available in Public Beta

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Kompass for Basecamp has been in private beta for some time now and after some extensive testing, they’re now offering the app as a public beta. Along with the original features in the private beta, version 1.0 now has some new features including:

  • Multi-account access
  • File viewing / downloading
  • Legacy support for older BlackBerry devices (prior to OS 4.6)
  • Web-clip support for iPhones
  • Improved speed for larger accounts

If you don’t already have a Kompass account, sign up using this link and you can get started with the public beta.

Video: What’s Inside Your BlackBerry? by Kidela Capital Group

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What’s Inside your BlackBerry? from Kidela Capital Group Inc. on Vimeo.

Kidela Capital Group sent us a video they created that details some of the rare earth metals that you’ll find in a BlackBerry. Whether it’s the LCD screen, the motor that runs the vibration notification, or the red color on the blinking LED, rare earth metals are essential to creating an efficient and ubiquitous communication device.

If you’re interested in the learning more about the rare earth market and would like to know some of the differences between companies found around the world, Kidela Capital Group has a Rare Earth Element Company Comparison Report (PDF) for you to view.

RIM Responds to PlayBook Battery Life Rumors

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It’s interesting to see that RIM would respond to the claims by Kaufman Bros that the PlayBook battery life is in need of improvement and it has delayed shipments. We all know that the PlayBook is still in need of work and it’s far too early for analysts to be reviewing the device in any way other than by specs. RIM responded nonetheless saying:

“Any testing or observation of battery life to date by anyone outside of RIM would have been performed using pre-beta units that were built without power management implemented. RIM is on track with its schedule to optimize the BlackBerry PlayBook’s battery life and looks forward to providing customers with a professional grade tablet that offers superior performance with comparable battery life.”

Rumor: PlayBook Launch Pushed Back to Improve Battery Life

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pic via @tuxpi

Shaw Wu, analyst with Kaufman Bros, recently said that the PlayBook launch is experiencing some delays due to the fact that currently, the device is experiencing relatively poor battery life. Apparently, the device’s charge will only last just a few hours, and while the device is still in development, RIM has had to postpone the launch to the May 2011 quarter.

“From our understanding, this [is] likely why RIMM pushed out its launch to the May 2011 quarter,” Wu writes. “Keep in mind that QNX (the OS on which PlayBook runs) wasn’t originally designed for mobile environments but rather for devices like network equipment and automobiles where battery life isn’t as much a constraint.”
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Loop Theme is Perfect for the Snowboarding and Skiing Enthusiasts

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Hedone Design’s latest theme looks perfect for anyone interested in winter sports and with all the snow the East coast has been having lately, there are going to be lots of people hitting the slopes. The Loop theme comes with a customizable vertical slider menu that descends from the top of the screen. Device coverage is a little limited to modern devices, and includes:
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FontCollection App Lets You Customize Your System Fonts

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FontCollection is an app that’s been getting some buzz lately and it looks pretty cool. The app lets you select from a long list of fonts for your BlackBerry system font, and customize your BlackBerry just a little bit more. If you’re a font buff or graphic designer, you may have a particular font you love but didn’t have access to it until now. We’re looking for a list of the fonts but there doesn’t seem to be one. At $0.99, you don’t have too much to lose though.

Purchase details available in the BBCool store at this link.