Tag: multimedia

WordPress for BlackBerry Updated to Version 1.6.2

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Blogging tool WordPress has updated their BlackBerry App to version 1.6.2 and allows you to post and manage your blog from anywhere you can get a mobile signal on your BlackBerry.
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Networked Society ‘On the Brink’ Short Film by Ericsson

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The short film, On The Brink, discusses the past, present and future of connectivity. The film features people such as David Rowan, chief editor of Wired UK; Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr; and Eric Wahlforss, the co-founder of Soundcloud. If you’re looking for something to finish your day with, we recommend watching this video as an end of day, feel good video.
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BlackBerry Multimedia Support Knowledge Base

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Have you recently purchased one of those fancy new BlackBerry devices with multimedia features? Have no idea what types of media your BlackBerry supports? Worry not, your friends at RIM have your back, and have published a BlackBerry Knowledge Base stating which media formats work with your BlackBerry. Click the link below for the knowledge base, as well as handy instructions on how to transcode audio and video files for the Media application.

BlackBerry Multimedia Support Knowledge Base
How to transcode audio files

Mobile headphones can interfere with heart devices

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As someone that is constantly concerned about the amount of radiation my BlackBerry emits, you might call me the paranoid sort. So when I heard about this recent report by the FDA saying that headphones — yes, even the kind all you multimedia-enabled BlackBerry users have — can interfere with heart devices like pacemakers if held too close, I had to write about it:

“Headphones contain magnets, and some of these magnets are powerful,” said the study’s leader, Dr. William Maisel, a cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a heart device consultant to the federal Food and Drug Administration.

When headphones were about an inch from the device, interference was detected nearly one-fourth of the time — in four of the 27 pacemaker patients and 10 of the 33 with defibrillators. A pacemaker reset itself in one patient.

Dr. Maisel said that the headphones could have an effect even when unplugged. Don’t be too concerned, however: the report also said that as long as you keep the headphones away from your chest, you should be fine.

|via CN|

BlackBerry Partners Fund issues challenge to developers

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BlackBerry Partners Fund

The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced a competition to be settled at the upcoming BlackBerry Developer Conference in October, where contestants will be vying for prizes including “RIM devices, cash, company spotlights and more.” Categories include:

Most Innovative Game
Most Innovative Multimedia Application
Most Innovative Personal Productivity and Lifestyle Application
Most Innovative Enterprise Application
Most Innovative Web Application

Not only is the BlackBerry Developers Conference the perfect venue for the $150 venture capital fund to see what developers are up to, but it’s also a great opportunity for devs to network and hone their skills. Be sure to stick around next week, when we have a talk with BlackBerry Partner Fund’s Rick Segal for more background on the firm. In the meantime, be sure to check out the revamped site for contact info and news on the fund. If you’re a developer and looking to get into the show, be sure to register for the BlackBerry Developer Conference before the end of the month to save $200. There’s also a call to papers until August 22nd. that will get you through the doors for free.

(via Devberry)

OS 4.3 features listed on RIM’s knowledgebase

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BB LogoThe sharp-eyed Ronen has picked up on a knowledgebase article which outlines all the big changes in OS 4.3. For anyone not lucky enough to have picked up a new BlackBerry 8130, this should give you all the info you need.

Some of the big changes we’ve heard of before now, but here’s the round-up: enhanced SureType; wireless software updates; sending voice note by e-mail, PIN and IM; phone bass and treble adjustment; security options for locking long-distance and specific phone numbers; local search and route saving on BlackBerry Maps; video MMS support; streaming media; Media Player playlists; video recording; Bookmarks and History viewable on Browser launch; and finally, syncing address books and calendars with integrated e-mail, such as Yahoo! and (presumably) Gmail if you’re on BIS 2.4. Pretty awesome stuff!