TeleNav, most prominently known for their navigation services, have branched into commercial GPS tracking to help enterprises keep tabs on assets, remote workers and vehicles. Their experience with the consumer market has certainly helped them with their latest TeleNav Track product, but have met plenty of new challenges here. We take some time with Sal Dhanani from TeleNav to talk shop about GPS and enterprise.
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I talked with Vlingo CEO Dave Grannan prior to their announcement of Vlingo last week, and was pretty pumped for the product – after all, voice activation on your BlackBerry is a pretty awesome idea. Although the launch has encountered a few bumps, and I’m still training Vlingo like a naughty puppy to recognize my authority, our talk still gives you a run-through of what Vlingo is about and what kind of future features we can expect in the future. I for one still hold a lot of hope for the application, even though it’s not running perfectly just yet.
The illustrious Mr. Douglas Soltys graces us with his presence this episode, as we run down the week’s news…
- BlackBerry Cool Podcast: Get Connected Fairly Act: Ottawa Member of Parliament David McGuinty is heading up an act which could completely clean up Canadian wireless fees.
- RIM doubles revenue on Q1 report, shareholders visibly deflate: Revenues of $2.24 billion fail to impress analysts this quarter, but just you wait until the Bold launches…
- AT&T BlackBerry Bold delayed until mid-August?: Wow, Canada’s getting the Bold first? Woo!
- OS 4.5 for BlackBerry 8330 making the rounds: OS 4.5 is packing HTML e-mail viewing and a bunch of other goodies that CDMA users may want to try out…
- BlackBerry JDE 4.5 goes public: The latest BlackBerry JDE offers Maps integration… maybe some cool new apps to come out of that…
- BIS 2.5 upgrade coming June 28th, with HTML e-mail?: A BIS upgrade scheduled for this weekend should give U.S. subscribers long-anticipated HTML email support.
- BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.5 hits the streets: RIM releases BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.5. Key features: it no longer looks like a Windows 95 application.
- BerryBUDDY and OtterBox reviews updated: The BlackBerry Curve and Pearl both have had some changes over the last little while… let’s see how the accessories keep up.
- Review: SugarSync: There are a lot of different places where you can keep your files these days – SugarSync can keep ‘em all together.
- Weekly Contest: How Would You Regulate Carrier Power?: BlackBerry Cool is giving you the power to fight carriers — how will you use it? Post a comment and win a free SugarSync subscription and a BBCool tee shirt.
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I was going to sit on this one until next week’s podcast, but it was just too good to hold out on. Member of Parliament David McGuinty is heading up a little something called Bill C-555 (a.k.a the Get Connected Fairly Act), which is aiming to eliminate extraneous wireless costs like data overages and system access fees for Canadian consumers and enterprises in the hopes of increasing adoption and overall quality of life. Best part of all? He wants all Canadian mobiles to be unlocked. A noble cause indeed, and one that BBCool is most certainly behind. If you’ve got 13 minutes, it’s always awesome to hear about the Canadian wireless landscape sucking just a little bit less. Go ahead and learn more about Bill C-555 and even sign the petition if you’re north of the border. Fight for your right to MP3, rock the iTunes vote, and viva la RSS.
This week the BlackBerry Javelin dominates our attention, but of course there’s always something going on in India. Rogers also got some new data plans which just fall short of unlimited, but also offer the BlackBerry 8820, which will nicely take advantage of their UMA service. To cap it all off, we shift gears away from developer interviews, and chat with two specialists out of California: Brian Boxer Wachler, eye specialist; and Glenn Cohen, hand surgeon. Learn not only the physical effects of your BlackBerry habits, but what the experts have to say on device design. Grab the MP3, yoink it off iTunes, or pilfer the podcast from our RSS.