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Episode 7 – BlackBerryCool Untether’d: Google Maps, bitHeads, uZard and More

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This week is episode 7 of BlackBerryCool Untether’d with Rob Woodbridge. This week, we talk about BlackBerry 6, WickSoft’s MoreCalendars, Google Maps’ new biking layer and the bitHeads App Contest. We also talk uZard, the latest third party BlackBerry browser. This week’s episode is brought to you from Sudbury, Ontario (aka Nickel City).

Here are some links for show topics:

WICKSoft Introduces Enterprise Calendar Sharing With MoreCalendars
Google Maps Updated to 4.2.0 with Biking Directions and Sharing
Woman Sues Google After Accident Following Map Directions
Third Party BlackBerry Browser uZard for the Bold 9000
$25,000 BlackBerry Super App Contest – Cocktail Napkin Designs Accepted!

Tell us what you think in the comments and feel free to suggest more topics for the podcast.

Google Maps Updated to 4.2.0 with Biking Directions and Sharing

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Google Maps for BlackBerry has been updated to version 4.2.0 and now includes biking direction, a navigation shortcut and sharing. The biking directions provides you lanes and trails, just in time for summer. The bike navigation layer gives you bike-only trails, roads with bike lanes, or roads that are good for biking but lack a dedicated lane. You can turn on this layer form the Layers menu and pick your own route. You can also add the Terrain layer and decide either to climb or avoid any large hills on the way home.

Google maps also includes a new search result page and the ability to share places by email, SMS, Facebook and more. From the search results page, you can choose to “Share this place” and send that place’s info such as address and phone number, to whomever you choose. If you want to meet a friend, this is an easy way to send them details of your current location and meet up fast.

These new improvements to Google maps are pretty awesome and it makes you wonder how other mapping companies are going to survive in the market. How is a company such as TeleNav going to compete when Google collects such a vast amount of data and makes it all entirely free?

Thanks for the tip, Tim!

Woman Sues Google After Accident Following Map Directions

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Google is being sued by a woman for damages after Google Maps directions instructed her to walk along a busy highway that had no pedestrian pathway. The woman followed the directions from her BlackBerry and was struck by a vehicle after being told to walk over a mile on a highway.

Google Maps is a great service but anyone who has used the mapping program knows that it isn’t always 100% correct. I’ve been on road trips where I’ve had to ignore the service entirely. It would be great if Google could provide meta data about the walking conditions, and whether a pedestrian pathway exists, but still nobody should be following the route blindly.

Google Maps Gets Minor Update to Version 4.0.2

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Google Maps has a minor update relative to the last which added a Google Buzz layer. I’m not yet sure if there are any real new features, and it seems to be just performance fixes. Nonetheless, it’s always good to get the latest.

Download Google Maps are m.google.com/maps.

Top 5 apps for a new BlackBerry user

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We had a lot of feedback last week for our daily Blackberry Cool Twitter Question of the day.

The Blackberry community unanimously voted Viigo as the most recommended application for a new Blackberry user.

Over half of the total responses included Viigo as one of the 3 choices. Closely behind in the number 2 spot was Twitterberry. This wasn’t to surprising due to the many replies we received in such a short period of time. Last but not least, Google Maps was the 3rd most recommended application.

There are some other applications that deserve an honorable mention. They are SocialScope and Slacker Radio. There you have it. Know someone with a new Blackberry? Here’s a list that will get them started in the right direction:

1. To download Viigo for your BlackBerry, go here.

2. To download Twitterberry, go here.

3. To download Google Maps, go here.

4. To get an invite to SocialScope, go here.

5. To download Slacker Radio, go here.