Monthly Archive for July, 2011Page 2 of 13

Guardly Personal Safety App Coming to BlackBerry Next Week

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Guardly CEO Josh Sookman demos the app for iPhone.

Guardly will be launching its mobile personal safety app for BlackBerry next week. The app turns a BlackBerry into a next-generation mobile personal safety service and has been available for iPhone since April. The app is geared towards students, young professionals, travelers, seniors living alone, or anyone who frequently walks alone at night, and people who may find themselves in abusive relationships or faced with medical conditions. Friends and family can also use Guardly to watch over each other during natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods and tornadoes.

The app provides 1-tap connection to a trusted safety network via conference call, email, text message, the web and real-time location tracking. Guardly can even auto-dial 911, campus security or other first responders as part of the alert. The app includes a free basic alerting service and a premium version that includes powerful collaboration features.

Interestingly, the founder and CEO, Josh Sookman, is ex-BlackBerry Partners Fund so he clearly knows how to raise money for the startup.

Stay tuned to guardly.com for the app announcement.

ShareFile Announces BlackBerry File Sharing App for Business

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ShareFile provides secure file transfer and full-featured virtual data room solutions that enable companies to exchange large and/or confidential business files. The company is debuting its BlackBerry app, alongside apps for the iPad and Android tablets. Central to the ShareFile experience is security, and all data transmitted between ShareFile’s tablet and smartphone applications and user’s mobile device is encrypted.

To download the free ShareFile app, use the OTA link at dl.sharefile.com/bb.

Read more about mobile ShareFile solutions on their site.

New Apps on iOS, Android and BlackBerry: FlareGun, Cordy, Viber and SyncSuite

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We’re here with another weekly roundup of some of the newest and hottest titles from BlackBerry, Android, and iOS. There’s always a ton of new content for each platform ranging from garbage cash sinks to really amazing games and useful apps. Here are some of the new apps that look cool this week:
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Vintage Theme from Cocky Culture Turns Your Homescreen Icons Into A Poster

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Vintage Theme by Cocky Culture is definitely a unique style of theme. With Vintage, your BlackBerry homescreen is transformed into something that looks like a poster for a cool art show. Each of your icons is seamlessly woven together in cool fonts. Currently, this theme doesn’t have full coverage but it does cover 91xx, 93xx, 95xx, 9650, 9670, 9700, 9780 and 9800.

Check out the Vintage theme on Bplay at this link.

AT&T and DubMeNow Partner on Education App Platform for Students

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Demo of the DubMeNow platform.

AT&T has announced a new cross-platform app platform called Campus Guide, which lets students, faculty, alumni and staff access campus information right on their smartphones. Community members can check out upcoming events, catch up on university sports scores and read course materials as well from within the app. The platform is possible due to a partnership with DubMeNow, a company we’ve covered before on BlackBerryCool. AT&T Campus Guide offers nine different features:
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RIM’s Management Changes Are For the Best

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It seems that every time the blogosphere catches wind of a management change, either the post is written as “another nail in the coffin for RIM” or the post follows a series of “bye bye RIM” comments. There doesn’t seem to be much talk around the fact that management changes are a) normal in a large company b) most likely motivated by career advancement and not company stock price and c) good for bringing new blood to the company. Here are some RIM management change stories that have been coming up:

Did RIM lose its BlackBerry software boss just ahead of QNX transition? – Yes, it makes sense that a company transitioning to an entirely new platform would lose its VP of Handheld Software. The handheld software is what everyone has been complaining about so it’s not such a bad thing that the VP is out.

RIM loses BlackBerry PlayBook product manager to Samsung – The PlayBook was announced early, delayed and eventually came out lacking features that garnered it pretty harsh initial reviews. Is losing the PlayBook’s product manager therefore a bad thing? Probably not.

RIM Marketer Joins a Rival and RIM CMO Out on Eve of Playbook Tablet Launch – RIM’s marketing team is constantly getting criticized because they couldn’t convey the right messages about the BlackBerry Platform. To this day, you still find people who own a BlackBerry and have no idea it runs apps. We should be happy the marketing team is getting new leadership.

Research In Motion Announces Retirement of Don Morrison – The COO has probably made a lot of money in his years at RIM and would rather spend his time in the Muskokas.

Research In Motion Provides Management Update and Details On Cost Optimization Program – The only troubling thing here is that it seems like the same old guys are just moving up a rank or expanding their duties. It doesn’t seem like much has changed really.
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