Monthly Archive for July, 2011Page 3 of 13

Poynt User Base Growing Tremendously But at What Cost?

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Poynt is easily one of the best BlackBerry apps ever built and we love writing about it. What we also love about Poynt is that it’s a public corporation so their financials are available to anyone who cares to do a little digging. The mobile industry is hot right now and Poynt serves as an interesting case study about what it takes to grow a large mobile company and how profitable a free app with purely advertising-based revenues can be.

Today marks a pretty big news day for Poynt as the app/company has surpassed more than 8.5 million unique users at the end of June 2011 across North America, Western Europe and Australia, after reaching 3.2 million at the end of June 2010. Of the over 700,000+ new users added in June 2011, 500,000+ were on the Android platform. Existing preloads contributed to over 300,000+ of these Android users in the month of June. So far in July, the average number of new daily users added has exceeded 25,000, putting the Company on track for another record month. Currently, Poynt has over 9.0 million unique users.

Here are the numbers Poynt would like us to focus on:
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The Verizon BlackBerry Bold Touch Demo Could Be Better

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The Verizon Bold Touch has been showing up around the Internet but what’s annoying about the demo is that even while the Verizon rep is touting the Bold Touch’s “super fast speeds” and “lightning quick processor”, the video still shows an hourglass while downloading a simple flashlight app. The app downloading process on the PlayBook is awesome and we’re really looking forward to QNX on a smartphone, and it just seems a little lame that we’re still dealing with these setbacks. The app shown in the demo is The Jared Company’s One Touch Flashlight which is only 22Kb in size. Now, we’re not going to rag on the device like it’s going to be bad or anything as the device isn’t even out yet. But Verizon seems to have dropped the ball on this demo as OS 7 doesn’t look to be that further ahead of BlackBerry 6. Even the pinch to zoom and vertical scrolling didn’t seem that smooth.

Do you think Verizon did a good job selling you on OS 7?

Educational App for Kids – Super Baby GO! Now Available on Bplay

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As a parent, I’ve fallen victim to many a public tantrum-fest with nary an infant-friendly distraction to be found. Fellow parents, I know you feel me on this one. We’ve all been that mom or dad at least once. However, there is one thing that children, infants especially, have always seemed to have an insatiable curiosity for: our smartphones. Although, at the risk of them dialing someone on the other side of the planet and subsequently racking up a phone bill of $364,654,723, parents often opt out of letting their cute little slobbery poop machines play with their phones…until now.
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CIBC Launches Mobile Brokerage App for Mobile Stock Trading and Account Monitoring

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CIBC has launched a really cool Mobile Brokerage app that keeps you connected to your investments and lets you trade while on the go. The app gives you secure access to your CIBC brokerage accounts, and lets you monitor your portfolio, get quotes and check your account balances and holdings. And, if you’re a self-directed investor, you can trade stocks on the go. Features of the app include:
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Chatmosphere IRC ChatFinder App Updated (Free 14 Day Trial)

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Mobile Ventures has released a new version (2.0.35) of their app ‘Chatmosphere IRC ChatFinder’. The app gives you access to over 200.000 chatrooms from your BlackBerry and indexes a wide selection of global IRC chat servers. In the latest version, you’ll find:

  • Added history scrolling (OS6 handsets only)
  • Bigger chat screen – User list moved to menu
  • Keyed channel support
  • Registered nick support
  • Performance update & bugfixes

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A Quick Review of 50 Applications for the BlackBerry Torch

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How many apps do you have on your device? Turns out I have 50. I thought I would go through each one of them with a very quick, one sentence review of each. If you go through the list and know an app that’s better than the one I have, please recommend in the comments. I wouldn’t recommend this many apps as I find the device a little on the sluggish side. If you want your Torch running at full speed, it’s probably best to keep it to a minimal number of apps that you use on a constant basis. Click through for a quick review of 50 apps for the Torch:
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