Ahead of the 64th Frankfurt Motor Show, Renault revealed details of its latest concept car, FRENDZY, and how the BlackBerry PlayBook fits into its design. The FRENDZY was created as a commercial business vehicle that can also serve as a comfortable passenger car. The PlayBook completes this design as it connects directly into the centre console, and gives the driver easy access to the tablet. By the way the lazer beams surround the car and enter PlayBook, the company seems to be suggesting that you’ll be able to control elements of the car with the PlayBook and they’re somehow connected. Perhaps Renault is working with QNX and all of this will be integrated.
Apolline & Leon – The Witch of The Tuileries, is a children’s book that has been ported to the BlackBerry PlayBook and made fully interactive. As you can see from the above YouTube video, you can touch various elements of each page and something happens. The book is ideal for young children from 3 to 8, as they’re bound to have fun shaking clouds, steering boats, throwing balls, playing music and more. The only potential downside of a book like this, is that children may spend more time playing than actually learning to read. So it’s important to still emphasize the words and meanings.
The world’s biggest BlackBerry is two stories high and it will be on display on Beaubourg Esplanade in the heart of Paris, France. The giant BlackBerry will broadcast messages and photos received via the message creator app on the Facebook fan page for BlackBerry France.
To broadcast a message, do the following:
- Visit facebook.com/BLACKBERRYFR and select the “Love concours” tab to load the message creator application.
- Select a wallpaper, and use the text tool to craft a message that tells everyone what you love to do. You can also select an image from your Facebook albums to accompany your message.
- Select the time and date you want your message to be broadcast, so you can tell your friends to watch for it!
- After your message has been created it will be broadcast during the 20th-22nd of May on the world’s biggest BlackBerry smartphone in Paris, France.
The event will be available via Live Stream on the Facebook fan page for BlackBerry France so be sure to check it out.
It seems RIM is positioning the BlackBerry 8520 as the global BlackBerry and are marketing it to countries all around the world. Its low price point makes it an ideal candidate for regions such as Europe, where phones are often free and customers are very sensitive to price.
The device has launched in Venezuela via Movistar, Malaysia, France via Boygues Telecom, Belgium and the Netherlands
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Simon picked up the story that RIM VP Jeff McDowell confirmed App World will be hitting France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, this month, with Brazil and India next on the list.
Congratulations to RIM legal for entering the French market, which is a relatively difficult market to enter. The US Commerical Service has echoed this sentiment, and it has portrayed the French market in a way that could be deemed isolationist.
“Enforcement of complex technical standards and lengthy testing procedures sometimes appears to exceed reasonable requirement levels needed to assure proper performance and safety, for example in the areas of electronics, telecommunications equipment, and agriculture phytosanitary standards.”
It takes several months for RIM legal to sort through the legal documents and conditions for App World to enter a new market. It took RIM legal 2 months to get App World to Britain and there are many European countries with more complicated and restrictive laws surrounding content distribution. So while getting App World around the world is a top priority, it could be a couple years before we see global penetration.
Paris, France and Waterloo, Canada – SFR and Research In Motion today announced that SFR will offer the new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone. Customers will be able to purchase the BlackBerry Curve 8900 from the SFR online store starting January 31st 2009 and in SFR retail outlets in February 2009.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet, and sports a sleek, refined design that is extremely comfortable in the hand. In addition, it has a dazzling high-resolution display (480 x 360) and a fast processor for snappy performance. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone is supported on BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Enterprise Server and will be available from €99 including taxes in conjunction with SFR’s Illimythics service plans and €109 excluding taxes with SFR Business Team Pro service plans.
Users will also be able to benefit from the Business Mail Illimité service plan and SFR Find & Go navigation services:
Business Mail special offer from SFR – available from January 21st to March 24 2009:
* Business Mail Illimité is available for €1/month for a 2-month period with the ‘Illimythics 3G+’ and ‘Pro’ service plans (then €4,90/month with the ‘Illimythics Pro 3 hours’ and ‘Illimythics Pro 4 hours’ service plans and €9 with ‘Illimythics 3G+’ service plan).
* Business Mail Illimité is also still available for free with the ‘Illimythics Pro 5 hours and more’ service plans
SFR Find & Go special offer:
* SFR Find & Go available at €1/month* for a 2-month period with the ‘Illimythics 3G+’ and ‘Pro’ service plans for 5€/month**
Business Mail and SFR Find & Go special offers are available from 21/01/09 to 24/03/09 for new subscribers of an Illimythics 3G+ or Pro service plan (on a 12 month minimum contract) with compatible mobile phones. More details are available at www.sfr.fr.