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The Future of BlackBerry and Smartphone Display Cases


3D Holographic display

Two New York media companies, Stardust and BBDO, have teamed up to make one of the coolest BlackBerry display cases we’ve ever seen. The case uses 3D holographic imaging around the device to bring a unique experience to looking at the device. The device shown in this particular video is the Storm2 for the carrier MTS but we’d love to see it being used for the newer devices like the QNX smartphones.

We definitely recommend heading over to this site and watching the video.

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BlackBerry Torch Event Videos Available on YouTube in High Definition


BlackBerry Torch TV Spot

YouTube link

We have already put up these videos on the site but if you’re looking for something mobile or you’d like to view at 1080p, we’ve uploaded them to YouTube as well. The BlackBerry Torch launch event lasted about an hour, and now that we have the actual device, we’ll have even better videos for you shortly. In the meantime, enjoy these clips.
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The Foursquare Rap – Badges Like Us


I’ll be in New York next week hanging out with the Foursquare guys and talking about their Beta app for BlackBerry as well as what’s new at the company. @foursquare has been Tweeting about a hilarious rap by @thenewb and @borissilver that I just had to post. Enjoy and get your Crunk badge this weekend!

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Verizon CEO says Tour and Storm 2 coming soon


The CEO of Verizon, Lowell McAdam, loves to tease us with news of upcoming devices. A couple weeks ago, he said that “over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre and a second generation Storm.”

Well he’s recently elaborated on that statement at the Barclays Capital conference in New York.

“Over the next six months or so,” he said, “you will see devices like the Palm Pre and the Cousin on our network from Palm. You will see a second-generation [BlackBerry] Storm. You will see a new device we call the Tour from BlackBerry as well. That is an upscale of any other QWERTY-based devices that we have from BlackBerry today.”

It’s hard to extract anything tangible from his comments which have clearly been well-rehearsed. In general, you can expect a CEO to use a longer release schedule to avoid concerns that the company cannot make a deadline. The under-promise-over-deliver factor here could put the Tour release this August and the Storm 2 around September/October.



Former VP of RIM – Don McMurty – to speak at Skidmore College


Skidmore College

If you’re in the Saratoga Springs area of New York, I would definitely check out Don McMurtry, a former vice president with Research in Motion, speaking at Skidmore College. His speech is entitled “Confessions of a CrackBerry Pusher.” The speech will go down at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

I’m sure the speech will focus on how the BlackBerry is improving organizational structures and efficiency, but I was hoping it would start something like:

“Sometimes I build a wall around myself. To keep out the pain. The hurt.” Although it’s probably not that kind of confession.

BlackBerry Business selling pre-release AT&T BlackBerry Bolds


AT&T BlackBerry Bold for SaleWe’ve written quite a few posts today and in recent weeks pointing out that AT&T still hasn’t released the BlackBerry Bold, while most international carriers have beaten them to the punch. We like doing this — maybe out of friendly U.S./Canada sibling rivalry, maybe because we’re just not nice people.

However, we feel for the American members of the BlackBerry Nation, and we’re looking to help them out. A BBCool reader has tipped us off that the New York BlackBerry Center is selling AT&T BlackBerry Bolds a little sooner than they should. While anyone in the NYC area can swing by the Time and Life Building on 6th Ave. and West 50th to pick one up, the New York BlackBerry Center also has them available for sale at their website BlackBerryBusiness.com. The damage? USD $1,500!! But hey, pre-release BlackBerrys don’t come cheap.

If any of our NY readers can swing by the New York BlackBerry Center to snap a picture, we’d be much obliged.