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Podtrapper Podcast download manager reviewed

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PodTrapper Podcast Manager by VersatileMonkey is a really decent podcast solution, and they’ve just released their best update yet! With one of the most intuitive media playback systems on Blackberry, and so many functions it’ll make your head spin, this application is a must have for anyone who really wants to be entertained on the go.

Adding podcasts is quick and easy, as PodTrapper pulls directly from Apple’s available podcast database when you do a search. If you want to add a podcast that’s not listed, you also have the option of entering the URL. Podcasts are downloaded directly to your device or removable storage, for playback even with no service coverage.

Here’s a quick rundown of the features before we hit the highlights:
• Automatic downloading of new episodes via Wifi, Cellular and Desktop
• Keeps track of last played podcast
• Remembers where you left off in every episode
• Reliable pause and resume of downloads when connectivity changes
• Built in keylock to allow for control of audio in your pocket
• Pauses for phone calls and resumes when completed
• Built in large file downloader
• Bookmarkable playback of any file on your device
• Support for video podcast (if supported by device)

Continue reading the full review of Podtrapper

Viigo to add enterprise-oriented features plus Facebook and Twitter

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Viigo is going to eventually become the only app that many people have on their BlackBerry. The feature rich RSS reader can bring in an wide variety of aspects of your mobile life to one central location. On Tuesday, May 5th, Viigo will be adding multiple new enterprise-oriented features, as well as Facebook and Twitter functionality and streaming audio.

Viigo’s CEO Mark Ruddock and CTO Jay Steele will be on hand at RIM’s Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) in early May, where they will announce and demonstrate the new Viigo functionality and hold an attendee question-and-answer session.

The latest enterprise upgrade will include enhanced corporate contacts functionality and new budgeting and finance utilities, along with company calendar, training and performance reporting tools. There will also be a free version too. The free version will include new Twitter and Facebook features, as well as the ability to stream audio, though it’s unclear where such audio will come from at this point.

We’ll bring you more updates during WES but suffice it to say Viigo rules.

[Al Sacco CIO]

Podcast software for BlackBerry PodTrapper 2.0 – 10 free copies!

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podtrapper 2.0

PodTrapper is a podcast download manager and player for BlackBerry and it has recently gone 2.0. Version 2.0 continues to expand PodTrapper’s features and usability with a totally new user interface and comprehensive built-in help.

As the premier podcatcher for BlackBerry, PodTrapper opens up the world of podcasts to any media card enabled BlackBerry device. Users can download episodes over the cellular network, WiFi, or even through their PC. Automated intelligent downloading ensures that podcasts are only downloaded when the user wants, and only using the mechanisms the user allows.

Automatic management of users’ episodes ensures that more time can be spent listening to their media and not managing it. A built in playlist manager allows users to set their preferences so that PodTrapper can prioritize playback as episodes become available.

PodTrapper plays and bookmarks any media on a user’s device, remembering where it left off in every file.

PodTrapper features:

* Automated downloading of new episodes in the background
* Support for both audio and video media
* Compatible with all media card enabled BlackBerry devices
* Full touch screen support
* Built-in podcast browser
* Customizable download mechanisms and time frames
* Desktop application for downloading through a PC
* Bluetooth output support
* Support for podcast artwork
* Send podcast and episode links to other users
* OPML and manual url entry for importing podcast subscriptions
* Built-in large file download utility
* Comprehensive help system

Download PodTrapper for free for 30 days. After the 30 day trial it retails for $9.99.

We’re giving away 10 free copies and all you have to do is comment your favorite Podcast.

All About The BlackBerry Storm (BlackBerry Cool Podcast)

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With the Verizon BlackBerry Storm launch less than a day away, it was obvious that it would dominate our podcast. We brought in Kyle McInnes, Editor in Chief of QuicklyBored and our resident iPhone user, to talk all things BlackBerry Storm and how it might stack up to Apple’s touchscreen. From price to target demographic, the Application Center to copy and paste, we’re all about the BlackBerry Storm this week.

Downloading/streaming options for the BlackBerry Cool Podcast can be found after the jump, as well as links to all the relevant news stories. Enjoy!

Special thanks to our new sponsor, Rove Mobile!

BlackBerry Cool Podcast Episode 42

BlackBerry Developer Conference: the Interviews (BlackBerry Cool Podcast)

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The BlackBerry Cool Podcast

Ok, so we’re a little late (early?) with this edition of The BlackBerry Cool Podcast. Blame the Blackberry Developer Conference – the sunny weather and good times left us pretty unreceptive to Ottawa’s dreary climate, making doing any sort of work quite difficult.

We’ve been thinking quite a bit about BBDC this past week, because it was such a clear marker of the sea change currently underway in the BlackBerry ecosystem. There is so much energy coming from RIM and BlackBerry developers right now. The amount of cool applications displayed during the BlackBerry Cool 15, the BBDC Keynote, or by enthusiastic developers with BlackBerrys in hand was mind-boggling. If you weren’t there yourself, you wouldn’t believe BlackBerrys could do these things. I’m sure with the new APIs and tools being released by RIM, the software we see at WES will be even better.

To that end, this week’s entire podcast is dedicated to the people that help make BBDC worthwhile: developers and the VC’s that fund them.

Beth Marcus, Zeemote
Evgeny Lebanidze, BeamBerry
Peter Werry, Multiplied (Poynt)
Robert Kao, SmrtGuard (PeeKaWho)
Rick Segal, BlackBerry Partners Fund

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get anyone from BlackBerry Cool 15 winner Nobex on the podcast (they were too busy cashing their 150,000 cheque), but we’ll have them on next week. Downloading/streaming options for the BlackBerry Cool Podcast can be found after the jump, as well as links to all the relevant news stories. Enjoy!

Special thanks to BlackBerry Cool Podcast sponsor, Rove Mobile, and BBDC coverage sponsor, bitHeads!

BlackBerry Developer Conference Key News

BlackBerry Storm, Pearl Flip, Rogers Plans and Parties (BlackBerry Cool Podcast)

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The BlackBerry Cool Podcast

After a few setbacks and delays (damn you, CTIA), the BlackBerry Cool Podcast is back! It’s also our 40th podcast, which is some sort of milestone, I guess, and a good place to implement changes. We’ve fiddled with the format a little, added some music and a new weekly podcast guest: Fake Ted Rogers. The BlackBerry Cool Podcast will also now be released on Mondays (apologies to all those who enjoy listening to podcasts while raking leaves on the weekend).

This week’s podcast is a bit of a catchup, as we discuss the major news of the past month: the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 and BlackBerry Storm, and Rogers new BES/BIS plans and BlackBerry Bold price drop. Coincidentally, we also discuss why RIM will never make a BlackBerry app store. Whoops. In fairness, the BlackBerry Application Center is the perfect compromise between what we said RIM needs and what they would never do, so give us partial credit. We also attempted to talk about RIM’s stock and the economy, but cut it because we had nothing significant to contribute on either subject.

Downloading/streaming options for the BlackBerry Cool Podcast can be found after the jump, as well as links to all the relevant news stories. Enjoy!

Special thanks to our new sponsor, Rove Mobile!

The BlackBerry Cool Podcast Episode 40