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Open Source WordPress application for BlackBerry now in Public Beta

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The WordPress BlackBerry client has finally launched in public beta. The app is Open Source, as per the guiding ideology of the WordPress organization, and has been long awaited by micro-bloggers everywhere.

The app is a collaboration with the fine folks at Danais, who lead the MoPress Open Source project.

Here are some things to consider while taking a tour of this new BlackBerry app:

* The app is for WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress version 2.5.1 or newer
* This app should work with any of the new BlackBerry devices such as the 8700, Pearl, Curve, Bold, and Storm
* BlackBerry OS requirements are OS 4.2.1 or newer

Being a public beta, it’s important to realize the large amount of potential bugs that can occur, before writing this app off as not what you want. If you’re not interested in trying a pre-release version of this software, you should wait until 1.0 is out.

To install the beta application: Point your BlackBerry browser to http://blackberry.wordpress.org/install and follow the instructions.

We’ll keep you posted about updates on this application.

If you find bugs: Review the How To Report a Bug documentation and submit tickets over on blackberry.trac.wordpress.org.

For developers out there wanting to get involved, you can browse the source code and check out a copy of the app via SVN.

Free Microsoft Exchange alternative public beta from Scalix

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Scalix, a subsidiary of Xandro, provides Linux email, group calendaring, and messaging. Recently, they’ve announced the beta version of their new Scalix Connect for Blackberry Enterprise Server.

Together with the recent implementation of the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync Protocol in Scalix ActiveSync 1.0, the new support for Blackberry is positioning the Scalix platform as an alternative to Microsoft Exchange. The commercial release is expected in the third quarter of 2009, but a free public beta is now available.

A free and fully-functional public beta of Scalix Connect for Blackberry Enterprise Server is available for immediate download.

BOLT browser by Bitstream hits 1 million downloads

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Bitstream has had a great time since the public debut of their browser at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this past February. A surge in new installations has led to an earlier-than-anticipated milestone: BOLT has now been installed more than one million times. Since its introduction, BOLT users have consumed more than 22 terabytes (22,000 gigabytes) of data from 61 million web pages.

The BOLT browser has several features that separate it from the competition:

• Fast, secure, desktop-style web browsing on both high-end and low-end handsets
• Streaming video capabilities
• Split screen and full screen modes for easy navigation and viewing
• Ability to easily add and select favorites and view browsing history
• Intuitive keystroke shortcuts for easier navigation and content selection
• Protection against spyware and malicious or faulty add-ons
• 23:1 compression, which uses less data than competing browsers

Download the BOLT browser, available for free to anyone as part of its public beta test.

UberTwitter gets new UI, fixed bugs and more Twitter features

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The ultimate free Twitter client has been sought after by BlackBerry users for some time now. UberTwitter is a leader in free Twitter clients and their latest updates are a great improvement to the app.

The latest updates include a new UI, reduced battery drain, the ability to delete Tweets, GPS status indicator, the ability to follow a thread of replies and direct messages now have their own notification profile.

Stay tuned because UberTwitter will be adding greater BlackBerry browser integration and features such as automatic URL shortening.

Download UberTwitter from the official site.

Click through for a long list of feature updates and improvements to UberTwitter

India emerges as BOLT browser’s second largest market

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Screenshot of BOLT.

The BOLT mobile browser is the newest mobile browser available and there are some interesting facts that have come out of the public beta.

India has emerged as the second largest market for BOLT. Although Bitstream is a US-based company, the engineering of BOLT was completed in Noida, India as well as Bangladesh.

India’s users are enjoying social networking and video, with social networks Orkut and Peperonity being 2 of the top five sites visited by Indian users (Facebook is in the top 10). YouTube is also in the top five sites favored in India.

Additional data:

• 1 in 6 users of BOLT resides in India, the second largest market for BOLT outside North America.
• There are 295 different models of phones used in India; 96 models in North America; 173 in Western Europe.
• Whereas 2 of the top 25 phones in North America were feature phones, and just 1 of the top 25 phones in India were smartphones, in Europe is more balanced with 10 feature phones in the list of top 25 phones.

Track time for billing instantaneously with timr – free open beta

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Timr is a time tracking and drive log solution for BlackBerry. Currently, the app is in an Open Beta and you can try it out for yourself for free.

With timr, you can track time and bill clients instantaneously. Time tracking is usually done after the job, and because there is always so much work, time tracking is usually left to the end of the day, or sometimes later. Timr provides instantaneous time tracking which means that you know the exact project costs minute-by-minute.

Register for your free beta testing account of Timr for BlackBerry.