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Brainshark Multimedia Presentations Now Available on Mobile


Brainshark specialize in online multimedia presentations for business that come with analytics to track their effectiveness. Brainshark Mobile allows presentations such as sales force training and CEO messages to be delivered to BlackBerry for viewing on the go. The product sounds a little like what Chalk do for business, but we haven’t heard much from the company since they were acquired by RIM.

Brainshark presentations combine voice narration, PowerPoint slides, video and more. The presentations play as streamed video files when viewed on mobile devices. Through Brainshark’s analytics capabilities, users can see when their presentations were viewed, who viewed them, if content was viewed on a mobile device and what type of device was used.

Brainshark Mobile is included at no cost with any Brainshark license, Enterprise: (Standard, Corporate, and Unlimited Editions), myBrainshark or myBrainshark Pro.

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Chalk Media Rebrand and Update Mobile Chalkboard as Chalk Pushcast


Chalk Media, the company acquired by RIM that specializes in mobile video services, today announced Chalk Pushcast Software 5.4. This is the latest and newly branded version of Mobile Chalkboard, which is a tool for delivering audio and video to BlackBerry devices, most often for training purposes.

Chalk’s Pushcast Software 5.4 features a new UI, deeper integration with BES, SSL security for web access, and support for OS 5.

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RIM to Acquire Chalk Media


BlackBerry Cool has been big fans of Vancouver based Chalk Media since we first met them at WES in 2007. Their Mobile Chalkboard application, which allows companies to quickly and easily push rich media to employees (called “pushcasts”) was also quite popular during this year’s Best of WES People’s Choice competition.

It seems as though RIM was also impressed, as today the two companies have entered into an arrangement agreement for RIM to acquire Chalk in an all-cash transaction at a price per share of CDN $0.142 or CDN $23,125,000. Concurrently with the execution of the Arrangement Agreement, RIM has made a loan to Chalk in the amount of CDN $2.2 million, which will provide additional working capital to fund Chalk’s operations until the completion of the transaction.

Hopefully this acquisition will lead to some great push-media capabilities built into the next generation of BlackBerrys.


BlackBerry Cool Best of WES: People’s Choice Winners


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!


Click here to see the rest of the winners!

Rove just gave away $1000! Would YOU like to win $1000?


Rove Prize Winner Jeff KucajThis is fresh off the press folks: a friend at Rove just told me that they’ve given away their first of three $1000 Amazon.com gift certificates to one Jeff Kucaj, who was lucky enough to have the key that fit the magic box. There are still two keys left, so make sure to stop by their booth (#248).

Of course, if your key doesn’t fit, you still have another way to make a quick grand by participating in Chalk‘s ‘How much do you love your BlackBerry?’ contest. Head to booth 114 for more info on how you can win.

Not at WES? Don’t worry! You can still win a sweet BlackBerry Cool prize pack. READ THIS POST to find out how easy it is to win.

SPECIAL WES 08 CONTEST: How Much Do You Love Your BlackBerry?


BlackBerry LovinOur buddies at Chalk have a great contest lined up for WES, where attendees can send in pictures showing their devotion to the little mobiles from Waterloo that rule our lives (or at least our thumbs). Some of the samples they’re showing off include some racy bedside photography, happy marriages, and states of Zen-like calmness facilitated by BlackBerry.

The prize is a cool $1000 in cold cash, but is available only for WES attendees, which is a bit of a bum deal… but not to fret, BBCool is running the at-home side of things, so y’all don’t feel left out. We’ll be giving out an awesome prize pack chock-full of software and accessories to the reader who can best show off their BlackBerry love in picture format. If you’ll be at WES, be sure to pick up a copy of Rolling Phone at booth 114 to see how you can win $1000 or have a shot at the random $500 draw. Don’t get too down if you can’t make it to the show – just fire up the camera, get your Klondike Bar groove on, drop a comment with a link to your picture (Photobucket and Flickr are always good options) and enjoy the WES coverage.

Last week’s winner behind the jump…