Tag: addiction

Mobholic Updated with More BlackBerry Usage Tracking Features

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Mobholic is a fun app that lets you track your BlackBerry usage. The app has recently been updated with new features for tracking your stats, as well as a host of bug fixes. This app is turning out nicely and since the developers are students, it’s always good to support the community.

New features include:

  • New website with 3D charts.
  • Charts accessible also from the mobile app
  • Ranking per Email Sending/ Receiving / Deleting
  • Ranking per words typed in your Email.
  • Ranking per distance traveled with your BlackBerry (if mobile phone supports GPS)
  • Top Movers in the last 24 hours ranking.

Mobholic is available in App World for $2.99. While buying the application some might still fall on the old version of Mobholic due to an App World bug that is still not fixed since December. Email the developers support line and they’ll give you the updated version with proof of purchase.

Rats and their BlackBerrys

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Pearls Before SwineThe comic strip Pearls Before Swine took a few potshots at BlackBerry users this weekend. If they weren’t so accurate, I might have taken offense.

BlackBerry Cool Podcast: Episode 10

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BBCoolBBCool Simon runs down the week’s news in an unprecedented bout of continuity. We go over the BIS outage earlier this week, RIM’s upcoming third quarter results in light of the iPhone, new studies showing BlackBerry use is getting out of hand, and more. Take a listen! (12 minutes)

Weekly Contest: Crossing the Line

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DilbertA study earlier this week recounted some pretty extreme situations in which folks just couldn’t put their BlackBerrys down, but something tells me BBCool readers, hardcore users that they are, have a few stories of their own. We’ve all heard the term “crackberry” before, and usually laugh it off, but every once in awhile a situation pops up where you realize, “Hey, I really do use this thing a lot.” So, for this Weekly Contest, we’re giving open-mic status to everyone out there to tell their most embarassing, funny or otherwise notable BlackBerry addiction story. The most entertaining will win Bplay’s two newest themes, Winter Wonderland (complete with animated snowfall!), and Christmas Zen.

Last week’s winners behind the jump…

Study: BlackBerrys fail to balance work and life

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BerryholicA paper released from Ryerson University looking at the effects of BlackBerry and mobile usage personal lives concludes that technology isn’t doing us any favours. The study was done by looking at over 200 periodical pieces and yielded some pretty extreme scenarios:

Professor Middleton, who teaches at the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, found reports of BlackBerry use in the shower, at funerals, at children’s soccer matches, school performances and on vacations. She came across one woman who caught her husband e-mailing under the table during their Valentine’s Day dinner and another whose companion checked e-mail during their first date.

Both sides of the argument tend to butt heads over the BlackBerry issue; one says the gizmos let us spend more time with friends and family, while the other says we really spend less because we’re totally zoned out. While we might be prone to scoff at the opposition and continue thumbing happily away, it’s hard to ignore 200 articles and an academic study of the issue. What do you guys think? Could you stand to use the BlackBerry a little less?

Sprint mad scientists deprive employees of wireless

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ScientistSprint’s kicked off an interesting project called SpeedBlogs, currently following the progress of 7 Sprint employees who have had their handhelds brutally stripped away from them. These are heavy-duty users, so there’s some serious withdrawal symptoms going on here. They’re on Day 3 of the blogs, and should provide as a great case study for future crackberry addicts, especially Dana who’s giving up her BlackBerry 7100. The project is following the whole masochistic, Big Brother, “let’s watch people suffer” thing, but wireless addiction is becoming more of a discernible reality with studies like this. For science!