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Flash for BlackBerry pretty much confirmed 6 months ago

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BGR is saying that it’s pretty much confirmed: Research In Motion is planning on integrating full Flash and Microsoft Silverlight support into their BlackBerry web browser.

Simon Sage was good enough to point out that around 6 months ago Mike Kirkup confirmed Flash would find its way to BlackBerry sooner or later and while it’s interesting that Silverlight will be part of the equation, the idea that Flash will come to BlackBerry in around a year can be easily deduced from simply keeping up with the industry.

The news is likely based on an inside tip relating to the known fact that RIM is planning on updating its BlackBerry Browser in order to be more competitive with the other smartphones in the market. This is common knowledge as anyone following the industry knows that BlackBerry gets a lot of criticism for not producing a browser experience on par with the likes of iPhone. If you hear the Internet complaining about a BlackBerry feature, rest assured the 10,000 employees at RIM have heard and are working on it.

While it’s nice to get affirmation that RIM is planning on updating its browser, the following could just as easily be deduced:

1. It’s pretty much confirmed that RIM will be launching a device with more than 1GB of on-board memory.
2. It’s pretty much confirmed that RIM is working on a new media player for future consumer devices.
3. It’s pretty much confirmed that the next generation BlackBerry processors will exceed 1GHz.

On a related note, Skyfire should be coming out with a beta before any of this can be confirmed. BlackBerry users should be able to enjoy Flash well before RIM updates the browser.

Mobile gaming on the rise but where does BlackBerry falter?

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Regardless of how you may feel about the iPhone as a productivity or enterprise tool, it has done wonders for encouraging mobile software consumption and educating users about what is available to them.

Analysts are saying that the mobile games industry grew in North America by nearly 19 per cent in 2008, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers projects the market will grow from $858 million in 2008 to $1.3 billion in 2013.

Developers are having great success with mobile gaming in the App Store, but BlackBerry App World isn’t seeing the numbers just yet. Companies like Top Hat Monocle, are seeing excellent download rates in the App Store on their casual games such as Hopple, which has been downloaded more than 80,000 times.

So why doesn’t BlackBerry App World see similar success? Two factors stand out: hardware and marketing.
Continue reading about how RIM could help the BlackBerry gaming industry

Slacker Radio now available for BlackBerry Storm users

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Slacker is now available for BlackBerry Storm users! The new and improved version is available on all channels including the BlackBerry Cool store and it’s also available on App World.

One of the best features included in this latest update is that the battery life has been greatly improved while streaming music.

Here is a breakdown of the features you’ll find in the latest update:

  • Improved battery life up to 2x (over previous versions) while streaming (Slacker has seen Storm devices playing up to 9 hours over 3G with this build)
  • Improved usability enhancements to the interface, including a “Home” button to quickly access the station list
  • Added ability to toggle the explicit content filter (on/off) from the main menu
  • Addressed an issue where pausing a song for an extended period of time did not properly resume playback
  • Addressed an issue where phone calls or message alerts would prevent playback from resuming properly for some listeners

Download Slacker for the BlackBerry Storm.

Coming soon: Compass for the Storm with waypoint management

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While BlackBerry devices don’t come with a built in compass, like the iPhone 3GS, the on-board GPS does provide enough data to calculate true North once a heading has been determined.

Compass Lite is an app for the BlackBerry Storm that has this basic functionality but differs from the other apps in that it uses a clean UI and graphics.

Blue Solutions Inc, the makers of Compass Lite, will be releasing an updated version to their compass software for BlackBerry. Features you’ll find in the update include:

  • The ability to store WayPoints (specific points of interest where the user can record a meaningful description about the particular spot).
  • A ‘Guide Me Back’ feature that will point the way from your current location to the WayPoint you choose. This is ideal for finding your car in that enormous parking lot.
  • The ability to change backgrounds: 5 stunning new backgrounds are in the works.
  • Multi-language support.
  • The ability to change the format of the Line of Travel and the Lat/Long.
  • Additional header graphics showing satellite signal strength.
  • On the Storm, the ability to change from portrait to landscape format and back.

Until then, you can purchase Compass Lite for the BlackBerry Storm or the Tour for $0.99.

Hilarious picture manipulation app Face Lift now on special

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Face Lift for the BlackBerry Storm is a fun photo manipulation app that lets you distort images right from your BlackBerry. This app is great for uploading pictures of your friends, manipulating them and sending them as a gag. Tweak your Facebook profile picture or online avatar to look crazy.

Features include:

  • Load or take a picture with the camera
  • 3 levels of zoom
  • Send your warped photo by email directly from the application

Face Lift for the Storm is available for the special price of $2.99 until Aug 22 - that’s 40% off!

Top 10 selling smartphones in the US - BlackBerry dominates

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Research and consulting firm IDC have put together the top selling smartphones in the United States in the second quarter of this year. The list counts vendor sales to carriers and channels (sell-in) rather than sales to end users (sell-through). Further, these numbers are based on preliminary data; IDC will finalize its numbers at the end of this month.

RIM dominate the list holding the number 1 spot, as well as the 6th, 5th and 3rd. RIM’s device strategy, while it may frustrate developers in that it requires apps to be ported several times after development, it is definitely working from a sales perspective. In the end, RIM’s core business is to manufacture and sell smartphones, and in this regard they are clearly succeeding.

Click through for the Top 10 selling smartphones - Let the countdown begin

BlackBerry Storm drops in price in anticipation of Storm 2

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The BlackBerry Storm has been dropping in price all over the Internet. The reasons are two-fold in that the Storm is coming on its first birthday, which will always mean a price drop, and the Storm 2 will be launching, further dropping the price.

Just recently, Verizon began offering the BlackBerry Storm for $99. AmazonWireless is offering the device for $49.99 and the lowest price actually comes from the BlackBerry Cool device page.

If you check out the BlackBerry Cool smarpthone page, you can get the BlackBerry Storm for $29.99 for new Verizon subscribers. At that point, the phone is basically free.


Slacker now pushed to all Verizon BlackBerry Storm owners

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Congratulations to Slacker! They have recently signed a partnership with Verizon to be pushed to every Verizon BlackBerry Storm. Verizon Storm owners will see a Slacker icon on their device ready to use.

A feature unique to the BlackBerry app for Verizon is that it can connect to Verzon’s V CAST service. When a song is being played using Slacker Radio and is one of the more than 4.5 million available in the V CAST Music with Rhapsody catalog, a V CAST icon will appear on the screen that will let customers easily purchase that track while it continues playing on the device.

If you’re a BlackBerry Storm user on Verizon, check it out and let us know what you think.

BlackBerry LBS app buzzd now with Canadian locales and Storm support

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We’ve written about buzzd several times and today they have some great news for Canadians. buzzd is now optimized for Canadian locales as well as made available to BlackBerry Storm users.

If you haven’t heard, buzzd is a location-sensitive city guide and social network. They have had great success on App World with over 200K downloads in the first 30 days of being available in App World. buzzd is an easy way to discover what’s going on in your city and it leaves you rarely asking “what should we do tonight?”

The social aspects of buzzd mean editorially driven event and venue information, along with up-to-the-minute reviews and ratings from other members of the buzzd community, are available constantly. Users can browse and search continuously updated event feeds, which include pricing, location, and event details as well as the firsthand ratings and reviews posted from the event by other members in real-time.

Event and venue information is courtesy of Citysearch, Flavorpill, Time Out, MyOpenBar, last.fm, Upcoming.org and many other local content providers. User-generated feedback for “real-time” activity about venues and events is also layered at the top of event listings throughout the platform.

Download buzzd by visiting http://mobile.buzzd.com from your BlackBerry browser or download buzzd from your PC.

BlackBerry Tour, Bold, Storm and Curve 8900 speaker test

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This video isn’t the most definitive comparison of the speakers on the most recent BlackBerry devices, but it does give you an idea of the subtle differences between them.

The Bold seems to have the best sound, while the 8900 seemed the loudest. The Storm seemed to be very treble-intensive, but it is a YouTube video which tends to distort sound considerably.

The Tour’s speakers gave the music a deeper, more bass-heavy sound, comparable to that of the Bold. Overall, I would give the Bold the best rating, with the Tour a close second. After that the 8900 and then the Storm.

What do you think?

[Via BerryReview]

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