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New Book: Brilliant BlackBerry Apps For Dummies

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We got a tip about a new book by Corey Sandler, a prolific writer of Dummies series books in the gadget space. His latest book is Brilliant BlackBerry Apps For Dummies, and it’s selling for $14.81 on Amazon. The book walks you through a list of apps from various categories and how to download and purchase them. Some of the apps highlighted include:
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RIM and Amazon.com Launch Amazon MP3 App in Test Center

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RIM and Amazon.com launched the Amazon MP3 app for BlackBerry with a catalog of over 14 million songs. The content is only available to users in the US, which is pretty dissapointing for Canadian users but nothing new. It could be that RIM legal and Amazon haven’t tailored the content for Canadians and Europeans yet, much like iTunes does, and the app will come soon.

The app allows users to browse, preview, download, store, and tell friends about their favorite music. Other features include:
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Roundup of BlackBerry PlayBook Apps We Have Seen So Far

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Now that App World is accepting BlackBerry PlayBook apps, many are wondering what people are going to submit. We’ve taken the time to put together a roundup of all the PlayBook apps we’ve seen so far. There are many developers out there that are working on apps that we may not have spotted yet, so be sure to comment and let us know about them and we can add them to the list. So far there are a lot of cool apps and the PlayBook is shaping up to be a well-rounded device with both enterprise and consumer applications. Read after the jump for the full list.
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Mobile Providers Are Increasingly Selling Devices in Strange Places

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Increasingly, wireless providers are selling their devices in places you wouldn’t expect people to purchase them. The most recent example of this is a 7 year deal struck by Mobilicity with 7-Eleven in which the provider’s phones will be sold in the chain’s convenience stores in three Canadian cities. Who walks in to a 7-Eleven for a Slurpee and walks out with a Bold 9700?

There are several similar stories like the Mobilicity deal. Wind Mobile partnered with Blockbuster to offer mobile devices in movie rental outlets. Rogers sells devices in Shoppers Drug Mart and Bell and Telus sell devices in Black’s retail outlets. Even the grocery store chain Loblaws is beginning to sell mobile phones.

Other places you can purchase a BlackBerry include Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart etc.

So where did you buy your BlackBerry? Would you ever buy one at a grocery store or 7-Eleven?

BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the Number 1 Bestseller on Amazon.com

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Even though Goldman Sachs called the BlackBerry Torch 9800 launch “underwhelming”, it turns out the device is still the number 1 selling cell phone on Amazon.com. Reports say that 150,000 units were sold in the opening weekend but it’s not clear if that includes online sales. Amazon currently has the Torch on sale for $99.99 with a new service plan and a lot of users probably grabbed the device at that price after having done a little research.

Do you own a Torch? Where did you pick it up?

Kindle App for BlackBerry Coming Soon

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Adam over at CB got a tip about the upcoming Kindle app for BlackBerry. The app will give you access to Kindle books without the need to purchase a Kindle, and it will automatically sync your last page read and annotations between devices. It seems the app won’t have any support for newspapers, magazines or blogs, but you get the whole Kindle book library at your disposal.

Speaking of Kindle, has anyone tried the UnSwindle app? For those not familiar with UnSwindle, a developer named iHeartCabbages created an app that circumvents the Kindle DRM protections. The app was developed to help make books more accessible, in celebration of the Right to Read.

Register to be notified of the upcoming Kindle app for BlackBerry.