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Free BlackBerry app BlackLine GPS one-ups Google Latitude

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This service isn’t necessarily new, but we’ve been posting a lot about GPS apps for BlackBerry and BlipPlus is a free app you might find fun. With BlipPlus, you can share your location with others using BlipPlus or friends can create free BlackLine account on the web.

BlipPlus allows users to choose the frequency of locations published to BlackLine’s Location Services Platform. Users may choose to have their location updated as frequently as every 15 minutes through to every two hours. At any time, a user may disable location publishing or change friend permissions from within the BlipPlus application.

To summarize, it’s like Google Latitude except with more functionality.

BlipPlus incorporates a new Event Publishing feature that allows users to geo-tag and share photos to others. Users can publish photos taken with their phone’s camera and share them to others along with a subject and comment. Friends receive an Event Notification when a new event is published and can view the photo, subject, note, and location online or from within BlipPlus.

Download BlackLine BlipPlus free for your BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry Cool Best of WES: People’s Choice Winners

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BlackBerry Cool Best of WES People\'s Choic Winners

We’ve tallied all the votes, and we’re now ready to announce the winners of BlackBerry Cool’s First Annual Best of WES: People’s Choice Contest. Reader participation is a huge deal here at BBCool HQ, so we were touched to see so many people voting for their favorite BlackBerry products and services. One of the most startling aspects of the contest was seeing just how close the voting was in many of the categories — you guys really like a lot of different things! To that end, we’re going to post the top three favorites in every category.

Thanks to everyone who voted!

Consumer
1st - Viigo - Viigo
2nd - Unify4Life - Unify4Life
3rd - Zumobi – Zumobi

Click here to see the rest of the winners!

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WES Exhibitor Spotlight: BlackLine GPS

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blip logoAs their name suggests, BlackLine GPS specializes in GPS software, specifically GPS Snitch, Fuel GPS, Loner, and their latest product, Blip. Snitch, Fuel, and Loner are all GPS hardware devices, allowing you to keep an eye on your car, time your racecar, or, in an emergency, quickly determine the location of an employee who works alone. They also have Blip, which we reviewed back in September, while it was still in beta. Blip allows you to transmit your location to friends, along with a whole host of other social networking features. In our podcast, we spoke to BlackLine about the changes in Blip since the beta, as well as their plans for WES. The promised two new product announcements and teased us with the possibility of finding out just what exactly Stinger GPS is…

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Review: BlackLine Blip and GPS Snitch

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BlackLine 7We talked with Patrick Rousseau from BlackLine back at WES, and now we’ve had a chance to give their products a go. GPS was a big thing at WES, which worked out well for BlackLine, since they were finalizing their location sharing service at the time. Blip is software for your BlackBerry 8800 which not only allows you to share your location with friends through Google Maps, but it also lets you track BlackLine’s GPS puck, Snitch, from your handheld. The web-based client for Blip accessed through BlackLine’s website gives you a few more functions and account management, and is where your friends can do their tracking. The GPS Snitch offers e-mail alerts whenever it moves and the alarm is set, mainly so you’ll know if your car’s being stolen and can quickly find the ne’er-do-well’s GPS coordinates. We’ll be looking at all three (web client, BlackBerry client and GPS puck) for this review, so let’s get crackin’.

Continue reading ‘Review: BlackLine Blip and GPS Snitch’

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Interview: Tele Atlas talks GPS, LBS, and their Innovator Series

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BlackBerry MapsI have a confession to make: although I’m really interested in the future of GPS, and I excitedly follow all the latest news in LBS, I have yet to really incorporate it into my life. The reason? I haven’t (yet) seen an LBS application that makes so much sense for my lifestyle that I’d be stupid not to use it. That’s why BlackBerry Cool has been so intrigued by Tele Atlas’ Maps in Apps developer contest (officially announced earlier this week), which almost seems specifically designed to make me happy by helping to create the LBS application I always hoped to want. We had the very awesome opportunity last week to talk to Tele Atlas’ Darrin Wilkey about GPS, their Innovator Series, and what RIM is doing to help grow LBS.

BBCool: So what’s the big deal about GPS and LBS?

Darrin Wilkey: When you look at mapping, it’s really become a part of our everyday lives. Think about how many new cars have navigation systems. There’s been incredible growth in the personal navigation device market. Think about how ubiquitous maps are with the Internet. It’s really a part of our overall lifestyle and the way we get things done. An interesting thing is that from an install base perspective; some analysts are estimating that by 2010 there will be 30 million in-vehicle navigation systems in use, and the personal navigation market could get up to 100 million.

BBCool: Wow, that’s, over 3 times the population of Canada.

Read the rest of the interview after the jump.

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Patent by RIM shows caller’s location

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GPSThe BlackBerry Beat, an ever-reliable source for patent news, has found one that displays incoming callers on an on-screen map. Location can be determined by GPS, but the patent also allows for other input methods, such as cell tower triangulation, manual input, or (my personal favourite these days) Wi-Fi positioning. Something like this that integrates with existing, basic functionality could make location-based services more visible to the general public, and maybe bring adoption rates up. I still remember that talk we had with BlackLine when they said that the number one call made between two cell phones is to ask “where are you”; the more LBS becomes a part of day-to-day lives, the less we’ll have to make that call. As with most patents, we can smile and say “that would be cool”, but it’s anybody’s guess if the technology ever sees the light of day.

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How to track by GPS without being a stalker

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The idea of GPS tracking might just be a little too creepy for some folks, but in Doug’s interview with Patrick Rousseau, from BlackLine GPS, one comment fundamentally sold me on the idea: “The number one call between two phones is ‘Where are you?’ “ Having the ability to seamlessly undercut the need to nag (and be nagged) is priceless. BlackLine will be offering a service where you voluntarily allow yourself to be tracked by verified friends via GPS. Some of us want to be stalked, but only by certain people.

BlackLine started out with a puck called GPS-Snitch, but is coming out with software that works with the 8800. BlackBerry was chosen over other GPS-enabled devices because RIM did such a good job of keeping a clean signal unfettered by all the other internal noise. The ongoing consensus is that GPS is the next big thing for BlackBerrys, and Patrick goes so far to say that it will become as standard a feature as cameras.

The product could be pigeonholed as an office utility (like if you want to check if Jerry in accounting is goofing off at the golf course) but the consumer possibilities are exciting too. Want to know how much longer you have to stick around a sketchy club until your buddy arrives? Check how close they are on GPS. Family driving in from out of town? GPS. Lost your kid at Disney Land? GPS. You get the picture. We can only hope some wonderous new consumer device will carry GPS. BlackLine will be announcing Snitch-tracking software on June 1 for all BlackBerrys running the 4.2 OS. You can bet it won’t be long before the technology which tracks 8800s rolls in.

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