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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!

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

Click here to see the rest of the winners!

WES Exhibitor Spotlight: BlackLine GPS


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…

Review: BlackLine Blip and GPS Snitch


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’.

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BlackLine launches Blip beta


BlipBlackLine has announced today beta testing for their new location-based service called Blip for the BlackBerry 8800. They’re aiming for a social networking product with Blip, where your location is transmitted regularly to a particular list of friends who can access your location through Blip’s website. Although this beta test is geared specifically for the BlackBerry 8800, anything on OS 4.2 will work, and if you’re already packing one of BlackLine’s GPS Snitch products, it will do the job too.

You might remember our chat with the fine folks from BlackLine back at WES, and with GPS-enabled devices like the BlackBerry 8310 coming around the corner, we’re really excited to see which new RIM products BlackLine supports, and how Blip does. BBCool has just today received their Blip package in the mail, so expect a review sometime real soon.

The first 1,000 people knocking at their door before August 31st. will be able to get in on the beta, so get crackin’!

Press release behind the jump.

How to track by GPS without being a stalker



Download the interview here.

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.