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Another Hands-On Video from the Meet the BlackBerry PlayBook Event

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The latest hands-on video of the BlackBerry PlayBook comes courtesy of the Meet the BlackBerry PlayBook developer sessions in New York City. We’re pretty sure the video is taken by Rob Kao of SmrtGuard, but the actual PlayBook handling is done by a RIM employee. The PlayBook software is definitely still a work in progress and it seems that RIM employees are pretty careful about how they demo the device. In this video, we get to see the camera booted up with both the front and back being used. Cool stuff!

SmrtGuard Announces Personal Guardian Panic Button App

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SmrtGuard has announced a new app called Personal Guardian. The app is a panic button that one-push panic button that silently triggers an emergency call, email, SMS text, or Twitter message with your GPS location information. The app comes with a web portal that allows you to customize emergency alert messages, contact information and recipients, and track the location of your phone. Once the Personal Guardian panic button is activated, the app automatically and silently initiates real-time location tracking and sends a custom emergency message to preconfigured contacts and communication channels including:

  • Dial 911 or other number of your choice.
  • Twitter message with location to your Twitter stream.
  • Email with your custom message and current location information.
  • SMS text message with your current location information.

More information available from SmrtGuard.

SmrtGuard Now Available for Free as SmrtGuard-Free

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SmrtGuard have rolled out a free version of their awesome BlackBerry protection tool called SmrtGuard-Free. The app lets you find your BlackBerry with GPS, remotely wipe data, remotely listen (forward your BlackBerry number in case it was left at home), track loved-ones, protect your SIM card and more. You also get secure data backup and migration features free for 30 days.

Check out SmrtGuard-Free today.

SmrtZodiac BlackBerry Game On Sale Now

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SmrtZodiac is a fun puzzle game by the folks who make SmrtGuard. The rules to the game are very simple, just match three in a row and score points. The above video shows you exactly how the game is played. If you’re a fan of the Tetris/Connect4 puzzle genre, this game is for you.

For 2 Days only, get SmrtZodiac at $1.99 (normally $4.99), that’s 60% off the regular price.

SmrtGuard available on Indosat as white labeled solution i-Guard

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Founder of SmrtGuard Robert Kao and the Indosat team.

SmrtGuard and the Indonesian carrier Indosat, have announced the launch of the i-Guard service, a white label version of SmrtGuard. With this white labeled version of the service, users can wirelessly backup and restore personal data, as well as personally track and remotely wipe their smartphone in the event of theft or loss.

Personally, I would love to see North Americans getting a white labeled version of SmrtGuard as well. There are a ton of BlackBerry consumers that would benefit from this service, but aren’t in the know when it comes to purchasing applications. Relationships with carriers can go a long way to bringing these great apps to people who don’t know about them.

BlackBerry Developer Conference: the Interviews (BlackBerry Cool Podcast)

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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!

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