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Get the Olympics on your BlackBerry (Round-Up)

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The 2008 Olympics in Beijing are now in full swing and plenty of BlackBerry applications are jumping on board. Here’s the full run-down of the many different ways you can keep up-to-date with the global track meet on your BlackBerry. Go (insert respective country here)!

Viigo: Olympic news channel with schedules and medal standings. (Download Viigo)
EQO: IM client with Olympic news. Also running an Olympic themed contest where you can win a BlackBerry of your choice. (Get EQO)
Zumobi: Has partnered with Lenovo for a special Olympic widget. (Download Zumobi)

NBC Olympics News Page: http://m.nbcolympics.com (Download Browser Launcher)
CNN Olympics News Page: http://cnnmobile.com/beijing08 (Download Browser Launcher)
CBC Olympics News Page: http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/blackberry/ (Download Browser Launcher)
BBC Olympics News Page: http://news.bbc.co.uk/mobile/bbc_sport/olympicsport/
Reuters Olympics News Page: http://mobile.reuters.com/mobile/m/Category/COLY

Canada BlackBerry Theme: Yeah, we’re homers. Go Canada! (Download BlackBerry Theme)
US BlackBerry Theme: For our friends down South. (Download BlackBerry Theme)

If you find any more worthy apps out there offering Olympic coverage on your BlackBerry, post about them in the comments section!

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New Beta of Viigo available!

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The latest update to Viigo has come around, featuring Olympics and 2008 Elections channels built in. This version lets you check out upcoming competitions, medal results, as well as state-by-state polling results and news right on your BlackBerry. Before you ask, no, podcasts aren’t up and running yet, but stick around, the feature is well underway. Viigo is a free, lightweight app for your BlackBerry that lets you access RSS feeds, weather, sports, stock information and plenty more. If you haven’t tried it yet, go ahead and grab the classic RSS reader here! For the new beta, head to getviigo.com/beta on your BlackBerry’s browser.

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Presidential posse leaving BlackBerrys at home for Olympics

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US President Bush is on his way to China for the Olympics beginning Friday, and staffers accompanying him will be without BlackBerrys for the duration due to security concerns. Wow, top-shelf bureaucrats without BlackBerrys? That’s going to be rough for them. To be fair, Chinese hotels have been forced by the local government to install spy software which will monitor guests’ internet usage, which puts wireless monitoring not that far-fetched. Is the presidential staff justified in leaving their BlackBerrys at home, or is this just the Chinese version of the Patriot Act? One way or the other, the Hong Kong BlackBerry 9000 launch wasn’t too long ago, so there may very well be a few Bolds floating through the crowds at the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing before the show’s over.

(CBS via Pinstack)

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Win a free BlackBerry from EQO

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The folks behind the BlackBerry IM client EQO are getting pumped for the Olympics and are giving away $50-worth of service credit every day, as well as taking names for the grand prize at the end of the events: a BlackBerry of your choice. All you have to do is subscribe to Olympic news through their mobile app, vote on your favourite of three stories daily, and your name is in the draw. Keep voting every day from August 8th through 24th. to increase your odds and to team up with other voters from your country. The top three voting countries will each get a medal on the EQO website, with flags waving high. EQO managed to slip our radar for the big BlackBerry IM Client Review, but expect an update soon with our impressions. While I’m not sure that little yellow dudes with pupils that dilated would ever make it past the Olympic drug test, I’d happily take a free BlackBerry from ‘em - go ahead and get started at EQO.com, then sign up for the contest.

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