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Track Detailed Information About Your Device with Internals App

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Internals is a new app that builds on the recent success of Antennagate, the app that measures the performance of your BlackBerry antenna. Internals gives the user more device specifics to track and a more in-depth look at the antenna and connection information as well as tracking of battery (charge, voltage, temperature), memory, and storage. Features of the app include:

  • Track Carrier, WiFi antenna signal over time
  • Track Battery Charge, Temperature, Voltage
  • Track Memory Free space & Allocation
  • Track Device and SD Card Storage
  • Customizable refresh interval
  • Customizable display options
  • Screenshots
  • Reports

More information about Internals available in the store.

Antennagate Utility Measures Radio Signal and ‘Death Grip’ Scenarios

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Last week we wrote about a signal measuring app from Xtreme Labs that was launched in response to the claims made by Apple that the Bold 9700 and other smartphones have antenna issues. Hayes.mobi has launched its BlackBerry radio monitoring utility called Antennagate, which has some great features to help you get a better picture of your radio’s status. Antennagate produces a chart that refreshes over a specified time interval so you have a visual representation of what is going on with your radio signal.

Features of the Antennagate app include:

  • Track antenna signal over time
  • Carrier antenna signal
  • WiFi antenna signal
  • Customizable refresh interval
  • Customizable display options
  • Screenshots
  • Use to find best reception indoors
  • Use to test “Death Grip”

Check out the Antennagate app by hayes.mobi in our store.

BlackBerryCool Roundup for the Week of July 19th

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The big news this week is all about Antennagate. Apple took a jab at a few other smartphone manufacturers trying to claim that their antenna issue isn’t confined to the iPhone and that other smartphones, including the Bold 9700, also have antenna issues. RIM’s CEOs responded to this claim with a stern letter to Steve Jobs calling it a “self-made debacle”. RIM is normally a pretty tight-lipped company that sticks to their own and this was definitely out of character for the company. Regardless, the letter was very much needed as Jobs’ statements needed a response.

Be sure to check out this past week in BlackBerry as we have a ton of content you may have missed.
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Xtreme Labs Releases Antenna Meter App for BlackBerry

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Antennagate has been a public relations nightmare for Apple and in an attempt to deflect the pressure, Steve Jobs claimed the Bold 9700 has antenna issues as well. Xtreme Labs let us know that that they have made an app that might prove or disprove the claim. The Antenna Meter application auto-samples your BlackBerry’s antenna signal strength once every second. The app lets you experiment with different ‘death grips’ and submit your results if you noticed an increase or decrease in antenna reception.

Features include:

  • Numerical representation of signal strength in dBm
  • Visual representation of signal strength showing signal bars
  • Poll users to see what their experience was

Download the app OTA from this link http://bit.ly/bPehjx.

BlackBerryCool Roundup for the Week of July 12th

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There was a lot of news this week about the upcoming BlackBerry tablet. So far, we know it’s a companion device like the Palm Foleo, and it will feature Flash support. It’s hard to have an opinion on it as it’s so speculative and we haven’t even seen a leaked picture of it yet.

Also in the news this week, today Steve Jobs claimed at his iPhone 4 Antenna Press Event, that the Bold 9700 is one of several other smartphones that has an antenna issue and is affected by a “Death Grip”. Personally, I’ve never had this issue and I have no idea what Jobs is talking about. One user even sent us a video of trying to Death Grip his Bold 9700 in every way possible and it simply doesn’t work. It would be great to hear RIM engineers sound off on this one because if Apple is making false claims about the device, they could be liable. Click through after the jump to catch up on a week of BlackBerry news, reviews and community discussion.
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Steve Jobs Claims BlackBerry Bold 9700 Has Antenna Issues

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At Apple’s iPhone 4 press conference today, Steve Jobs tried to deflect criticism from the iPhone’s antenna issues by saying that other devices, including the BlackBerry Bold 9700, have antenna issues and that these devices will drop from 5 bars to 1.

From a purely anecdotal standpoint, I have no idea what Jobs is talking about. Any time my Bold 9700 has dropped in signal strength, it has been very obvious why. If I’m in a basement, or away from a cell tower, the reception drops naturally, but I have never experienced anything like the iPhone 4′s “Death Grip”.

This seems like a totally unsubstantiated attack on RIM and it would be great to see RIM’s engineers respond. Have you ever experienced a Death Grip issue on a Bold 9700? Let us know in the comments.