Author: Kyle Kemper

Opera Mini 6.5 Released for BlackBerry

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Today, Opera released the latest version of Opera Mini. If you’re looking for an alternative to the native BlackBerry browser, I recommend checking it out. I had the chance to meet with Mahi de Silva, EVP of Consumer Mobile, at the Open Mobile Summit being held in San Francisco. We spoke at length about how Opera has been providing browsing capabilities worldwide for over 15 years. What really impressed me with the latest version of Opera was the browsers data optimization features.
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Trending: JaxtrSMS – Free Global Text Messaging

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There’s a new way to send text message for free to anyone in the world and it’s called JaxtrSMS. According to an inside source from the company, the app is getting about 1,500 new users every day without any marketing. JaxtrSMS is currently in Beta and available on all platforms. The app lets you send free SMS/txt messages to any mobile phone in the world.
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Reality Check: BlackBerrys Are Workhorses And iPhones Are Show Ponies

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Media agencies and bloggers on all sides of the tech world have been absolutely vicious when it comes to covering RIM these days. The coverage blames RIM for missing this, failing at that, and for not being Apple for reasons x,y, and z. Is this fair? Is it really that bad? After having attended DevCon and seeing the latest and greatest on the development side of BlackBerry, my impression of RIM remains positive and progressive.
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Policing with PlayBooks: A Case for RIM’s Enterprise Tablet

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Police cruisers in Canada may soon be outfitted with BlackBerry PlayBooks. That’s why Mobile Innovations, a Niagara Falls based company dedicated to enhancing law enforcement through mobile technology, has been touring the north-east showcasing their PlayBook equipped Dodge Charger demo vehicle. Gary Bauer, CEO of Mobile Innovations, has been personally driving the demo vehicle from agency to agency and he says that the interest is huge everywhere he shows up. Gary jokes that when he pulls in cops put down their doughnuts and pickup the PlayBooks.
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Open Mobile Summit San Francisco 2010: More on RIM’s Valley Presence

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This past week in San Francisco I had the pleasure to attend the Open Mobile Summit held at the Marriott Marquis. This year marked the largest Open Mobile Summit with over 650 attendees from across the mobile industry. Google, Verizon, Sprint, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Samsung, Motorola, and RIM were among the speakers and panelists discussing all things mobile.

Topics that dominated discussion included 4G, mobile advertising, tablets, applications, and monetization strategies. In an effort to show some Silicon Valley presence RIM’s Tyler Lessard, VP Developer Relations and Global Alliances, attended the summit and spoke to the crowd about the virtues of BlackBerry and where it’s going. Lessard spoke about the new tablet and how it will come “enterprise ready” so that existing RIM enterprise clients will be able to immediately adopt the solutions into their businesses.
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CTIA 2010 Final Impressions: The PlayBook Could Have Been the Hottest Thing Here

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This year’s CTIA was impressive on many levels: the innovation, the people, and the parties. All of these affirm the fact that CTIA is one of the world’s premier mobile conferences.

While RIM may have dropped the ball, it is promising to see how so many companies are building out their products and services to leverage the BlackBerry ecosystem.

App testing companies like Mob4Hire and DeviceAnywhere did a great job of letting the development and business community know that there are effective alternatives to in-house testing which can expedite time-to-market and better an overall app experience. Carriers from all around the world were working the show floor to investigate the latest and greatest the CTIA exhibitors had to offer. Accessory manufacturers, outsourcing firms, development agencies, financial service firms, and VC’s were abound in great numbers further promoting the fact that the future of mobile is friendly.
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