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AIM and ICQ available for BlackBerry?

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aim.jpgWho’s been waiting for AIM on their BlackBerry? Who’s been waiting for ICQ? Wow, that’s a lot of hands. Well, guess what, folks? We’ve heard rumblings, but now we have cold, hard URL’s to share thanks to our good, good pal Paulbbc.

The BlackBerry offerings for both of these popular messaging apps seem to be clambering for the doors and ready to be scooped up by eager beavers such as yourselves. Hit this link and get excited for AIM and this one for ICQ.

I’m having a little trouble with installation, so maybe they’re not completely set for deployment yet, but I’m on it, folks. We’ll keep you in the loop. Just wanted to let you know what’s up.

Thanks, Paul.

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Croatia gets its hands on the BlackBerry 8800

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We rarely say “hello” to our Croatian fanbase, so… hello. Our new pal Marko from our Croatian contingent has supplied us with some news regarding the BlackBerry 8800 in his neck of the woods. As of April 5th, the device is available from VIPnet network, part of Austrian carrier Mobilkom and a Vodafone partner. Marko’s been kind enough to provide us with some pricing.

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No hand-out for Palm just yet

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Anyone else remember a couple weeks back when Palm was all but sold? Well, Palm chief Ed Cooligan must be a sailor, as it looks like the captain wants to go down with his ship. The CEO said in a recent interview with Bloomberg News that he’s ignoring any calls regarding Palm’s buy-out, focusing instead on improving the sales of it’s Treo devices.

“I can’t sit here and worry about that,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg at Palm’s Sunnyvale, California, headquarters.

“I can only worry about how the business is performing and what can we do as a team to do better, to get our products out faster, to drive for higher reliability, to grab more market share.”

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RIM’s year-end results looking impressive

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Looks like our boys in blue have done it again. Even with the bad news that was their Q2 results from late last September, analysts are still saying that RIM will be looking at strong year-end results.

These numbers’ll be presented during their traditional conference call on Wednesday, but the Globe and Mail has some insight for us already.

RIM is now worth in excess of $27-billion, more than each of its three major Canadian carrier partners: BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. or Telus Corp.

…The consensus on the Street is that RIM will post earnings of $3.21 a share for its fiscal year just ended and $4.40 a share in the next fiscal year, representing a 37-per-cent increase.

And an analyst is looking at RIM’s stock hitting the $175 mark in no time. I remember back in September when we were looking at numbers around $80-90. I don’t think I’m not the only one kicking myself right now.

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When texting is superior

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pearlvideovid.jpgI suppose I’m one of the few members of Generation Y that still doesn’t get the concept of texting. At least, the kind of texting that teenagers do. But on the grown up side of things, there’s times when texting is the superior form of communication. That is, according to StarBulletin.com.

The article talks about texting to others during presentations – that just sounds disrespectful. Almost as disrespectful as sending a text as opposed to talking with your subject.

Texting can also be much more prudent than conducting cell phone calls in public, especially for those people afflicted with “cell yell.” Communicating with colleagues while you are in a hotel lobby, coffee shop, or airport can be much more private than sharing confidential information over the phone, especially when the connection is less than stellar.

I have my own version of the “cell yell” that involves me screaming at anyone using their device in the aforementioned places. It’s usually followed with something or someone being stuck into a trash bin.

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Personal use gets a little too personal

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policesad.jpgYou’d think a police officer would be able to track his steps better, or at least be more concerned about the trail he leaves behind. An article from TheOlympian.com has former police chief Gordon Wiborg, hired by the city in December 2004, being forced to resign after it was discovered that he was sending inappropriate messages to another male officer using a company-issued BlackBerry.

The records include a computer message sent Dec. 23 in which Wiborg professes romantic interest in the man.

“I’m infatuated, addicted. Totally and completely in love with you,” Wiborg wrote. “There. I said it. I’m sorry. I didn’t want this to happen but I couldn’t help it. I’m sorry.”

I’ll repeat – Over 500 pages of inappropriate messages. I couldn’t conjure up 500 pages of inappropriate material when I was a teen, so kudos Mr. Policeman. This is just a reminder, folks. If it’s for work, keep it for work.

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