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The adult entertainment industry on BlackBerry

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The adult entertainment industry is known for fueling a lot of growth on the web. According to Lewis Perdue, author of Eroticabiz: How Sex Shaped the Internet, “without business and technical pioneers in the online sex business, the World Wide Web would never have grown so big so quickly.”

The online world has several accomplishments to thank the adult entertainment industry for. For example, in the mid-1990s, Richard Gordon founded Electronic Card Systems, which “pioneered credit card transactions for a wide range of disreputable sites”, according to the New York Times.

Streaming media can attribute much of its success to sleaze as well. Danni Ashe, founder of seminal softcore site Danni’s Hard Drive, noted that “the adult entertainment industry was the first to use streaming JPEG push video, which was video that worked…in the browser and didn’t require a plug-in.”

That’s not to say porn is a driving force behind all things good on the internet. It’s also the driving force behind everything we hate about the internet. Spam, malware, popups and browser hijacking are all a direct result of harmful pornography sites.

When it comes to the BlackBerry, the mobile web has several forces behind it. RIM is constantly trying to improve the BlackBerry browser experience, and they’re making good progress. Third party browsers such as Opera are gaining incredible popularity in the BlackBerry community and are helping move the mobile internet experience closer to the desktop experience. The upcoming Skyfire browser boasts being able to provide your BlackBerry with all the functionality that the desktop can. So what, if any, impact will the adult entertainment industry have on BlackBerry web browsing?

As a side note, I once tried to purchase the domain blackberryporn.com and guess who bought it three days before me? RIM! Looks like RIM is trying to shut the industry out of some high value domain names and keep the adult entertainment beast at bay.

For more information about how the adult entertainment industry has fueled the web, see PC World’s article.

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Americans and BlackBerry devices dominate mobile web browsing

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Opera has a regular research paper called State of the Mobile Web, and today they’ve published the most recent update. In addition to the top global trends and country snapshots, the report highlights trends in Africa and aggregate operator data for the top 10 countries.

The two biggest findings in this report show that Americans consume the most data intensive web pages, with BlackBerry devices being the choice platform for power users.

Global trends for Opera found in the report include:

  • In April 2009, Opera Mini had over 23.4 million users, up more than 140% compared to April 2008.
  • Opera Mini users viewed nearly 8.7 billion pages in April 2009. Since April 2008, page views have increased 249%.
  • Last month, Opera Mini users generated more than 151 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed up to 1.4 PB of data in April. Over the previous year, data traffic is up 295%.
  • Opera Mini usage in Nigeria continues to surge, pushing past Poland and taking the #9 spot.

Click through to see an interesting breakdown of mobile web research from Opera

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Buzzd now offered as BlackBerry application in App World

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Previously available only on the mobile Web, buzzd delivers editorially driven event and venue information, along with up-to-the-minute reviews and ratings from other members of the buzzd community. With money from the BlackBerry Partner Fund, buzzd has created a BlackBerry app for their services.

Users can browse and search continuously updated event feeds, which include pricing, location, and event details as well as the firsthand ratings and reviews posted from the event by other members in real-time. Event and venue information is courtesy of Citysearch, Flavorpill, Time Out, MyOpenBar, last.fm, Clubvibes, Upcoming.org and many other local content providers. User-generated feedback for “real-time” activity about venues and events is also layered at the top of event listings throughout the platform.

New Features in the buzzd Application for BlackBerry Smartphones:

• Live Search which helps users find anything from an “Open Bar” to “Chinese Food”
• Compatible with BlackBerry® OS 4.2 and higher (including the BlackBerry® Pearl™ and BlackBerry® Curve™ series, as well as the BlackBerry® Storm™ and BlackBerry® Bold™ smartphones)
• Autodetection of location and proximity-based event recommendations
• Map integration
• Click-to-call venues
• Send events and listings to friends in your address book
• Add events to BlackBerry® Calendar
• Add venues to BlackBerry® Contacts
• Buzz updates also broadcast to Twitter
• Photobuzzing (tagging a photo from the camera to venue/event)
• 1.5 million venues available and over 50,000 events/month across US, UK, Canada

Check out buzzd on App World.

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Skyfire browser for BlackBerry now in Alpha testing

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Skyfire is going to be an incredible browser for BlackBerry. With full Flash, Silverlight and Ajax support, you can browse the Internet like you’ve always wanted to on your device. The latest build, Alpha 2, has been delivered to testers meaning it shouldn’t be long until the public gets their hands on something official. Expect a public Beta this summer. Sorry, I wish I could give you a more exact date.

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Order food from your BlackBerry browser with SeamlessWeb

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SeamlessWeb allows you to order food directly from your BlackBerry browser. The site is a mobile portal to their website with the help of Usablenet. When you hit up their homepage, you can order from a variety of restaurants and have it delivered to your office or home.

The site is really popular in the US where many companies have even tied it directly into their employee expense accounts.

Try the new SeamlessWeb mobile site and make sure to bookmark it.

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Skyfire coming to BlackBerry with full Flash support

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We told you a few days ago that Skyfire was soon to be arriving on BlackBerry and BGR has confirmed this with screenshots of the browser in action. How amazing will it be to have full flash support on your BlackBerry with the ability to stream video from sites such as Hulu? Very amazing.

One user who has alpha tested the browser describes it as “already being the best BlackBerry browser ever.”

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Search the web in a new way with SnappySeeker for BlackBerry

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The productivity wonks over at Iambic Inc. have come up with a way to make searching the web twice as efficient by essentially eliminating the need to go to a website before launching a search. They call it SnappySeeker, an app which allows you to narrow your searches by category (and correspondingly, by search engine) to help get you more accurate results. Though in a sense I’m often unimpressed by apps that merely extend the basic functionality of one’s device - this one simply saves you the time you’d ordinarily spend going to a particular website before searching, I really like apps that aim by design to accomplish operational success - through focusing on delivering only a few services (if more than one), but doing it well. SnappySeeker falls in both camps.

SnappySeeker Review Quick Links

KEY DETAILS
INSTALLATION AND SETUP
KEY FEATURES
PROs/CONs
FINAL CONCLUSION
IMAGE GALLERY

KEY DETAILS

OS Support: BlackBerry OS 4.0 and above
Device Support: Any recent BlackBerry phone running OS version 4.0 and above
Price: $4.95
Company/Developer: Iambic Inc.
Where to buy: The BlackBerry Cool store!
Official user guide: Here.
Click through to read more about this new way to search the web with BlackBerry

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BOLT BlackBerry Browser update, we have unlimited invites

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When BlackBerry Cool became the first BlackBerry website on the Internet to provide free invites to the BOLT BlackBerry Browser private beta, we never thought so many people would have such rabid interest. After thanking you the readers for providing ’substantial feedback’ on the initial beta release, Bitstream let us know that an updated version is being pushed to users with BlackBerry-specific enhancements. You can find the full list of enhancements after the jump.

For those that haven’t tried the BOLT Browser yet, we have some great news: the ‘berrycool’ code now has unlimited referrals! So head over to the BOLT download page and tell Bitstream ‘berrycool’ sent you.

In addition, Bitstream has set up an email address for people who want to share their experiences using BOLT and possibly be quoted (with expressed permission) in BOLT’s PR efforts. The address is pr4beta@boltbrowser.com. Bitstream has also set up a support form for those with technical issues at: http://www.boltbrowser.com/support.html. So you have your task readers: download the new version of BOLT, keep providing great feedback, and help make a nifty BlackBerry Browser even better.

BOLT BlackBerry Browser Feature updates

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More BOLT BlackBerry Browser invites now available, you guys are crazy

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UPDATE: WOW, just got word from Bitstream that you guys brought down their servers! They’re upgrading them now for higher capacity, so if you received an error when trying to sign up, wait a while and try again!

When we wrangled the BlackBerry Nation 500 invites for the BOLT BlackBerry Browser private beta yesterday, we weren’t sure how interested you’d be. It turns out that you were very interestedBitstream, makers of BOLT had quadrupled our invites to 2000, and that still wasn’t enough! So after a little bit of negotiating, we’ve gotten them to give us some more invites.

To get your copy of the BOLT beta, you must head on over to their download page and use the following referral code: ‘berrycool’. Do this even if you had already sent a request previously. Bitstream has now automated the request process, meaning you should get an email with the download link much quicker now.

While you’re waiting to get your dirty little mitts on that email, don’t forget to check out our hands-on BOLT browser impressions. Get to it!

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New BOLT BlackBerry Browser private beta, we have invites!! (updated)

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UPDATE 2: I’ve added some quick initial impressions of the BOLT Browser after the jump. If there’s something you’d like to know about, post a comment!

UPDATE: Because of the huge traffic influx, we’ve heard that some of you are still waiting for your download link from Bitstream. To tide you over, we have a gallery of BOLT screenshots for you after the jump. Hold on tight!

One aspect of the BlackBerry experience that underwhelms, despite serious improvements recently with the Storm and the Bold, is the BlackBerry Browser. Browsing the web on your BlackBerry is packed with glitches and speed issues, making your BB a second-class citizen compared to the iPhone’s Safari browser.

Bitstream has just launched a private beta of a new J2ME browser called BOLT, which they claim is much faster than Opera Mini and utilizes less resources (thus saving on battery life). We’ve just installed it ourselves, so stay tuned for impressions, but if you’d like to be one of the first people in the world to try the new BOLT browser, head on over to the download page and use the following referral code: berrycool. Post a comment and let us know what you think!

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BOLT BlackBerry Browser Screenshots and Impressions

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