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Slacker Now Available in Canada!

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Read on CB that Slacker is finally available in Canada! Just create an account and download the app which comes free for the first 30 days. You can upgrade your account to Slacker Radio Plus, which comes with unlimited song skips and no ads for $3.99 USD per month.
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Slacker 3.0 Video Hands On

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Slacker Radio sat us down at CES to show us their new Slacker Radio 3.0 for BlackBerry. They’ve showed up with a new, clean interface. One of the most compelling updates, though, is the ability to wirelessly cache your stations. With Slacker 3.0 and wireless caching enabled, your device will search first for wifi, then 3G if wifi isn’t available, late at night. It will also confirm that you have your phone plugged in, so your phone doesn’t cache the stations and you wake up with a dead battery. Once the cache is done, you wake up to fresh coffee and a some steaming goodness of new music. Check out the video for more details. You can expect Slacker 3.0 very soon.

Slacker Version 3.0 Comes With Cached Station Sync OTA

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Slacker are working on version 3.0 of their awesome streaming music app and Jessica at CNET got a preview of what we can expect. Version 3.0 will give users the ability to sync cached songs OTA, with a data or WiFi connection. Apparently the syncing process is a little slow unless you’re using WiFi but the feature is still a much wanted addition. The sync feature will only be available to Slacker Radio Plus members, which will run your about $4 per month. Expect Slacker 3.0 to hit App World in a few weeks.

Slacker introduces Slacker Radio Plus Gift Certificates

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Slacker announced today a series of Slacker Radio Plus gift subscriptions that let you give gifts to your friends and family. Slacker Radio Plus has all the features of the free Slacker Basic Radio, plus an unlimited number of song skips and song requests, ad-free listening, complete song lyrics and more.

The new Radio Plus gift offerings are available in 1-month, 3-month and 12-month increments. Each 12-month Radio Plus subscription also includes 10 additional 1-month promotional gift subscriptions to share with friends and family (a $49.90 value for free). Please note that there is a limit of one promotional 1-month subscription per account.

Slacker Radio Plus Gift Certificates

  • 12-Month Subscription for $47.88 (best value at $3.99/mo. and includes 10 free 1-month subscriptions to share)
  • 3-Month Subscription for $14.97 ($4.99/mo.)
  • 1-Month Subscription for $4.99

More information about Slacker Radio Plus Gift Certificates.

Testing the BlackBerry Storm2 battery life

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UPDATE: The battery fully died at around quarter after 01:00 meaning the total battery life under heavy usage was 14 hours.

UPDATE: It is 21:56, almost 11 hours into the test and the battery is at 15%. In the last 7 hours, I’ve used the device way more than usual. I have been using voice quite a bit which we all know sucks up battery. I’ve also taken a few pictures, used BlackBerry Maps a few times just poking around and I’ve streamed music for about an hour.

UPDATE: As DavidB points out, it’s just over 5 hours into the test and we’re at 85%. This isn’t great considering I haven’t been doing much on the device. I’ve been pretty busy at the office so it’s just taking in data. I checked out App World a few times, downloaded a theme but didn’t install it and listened to music while I went and got a coffee.

When we did the BlackBerry Bold 9700 battery test, we got some really incredible results. The Bold’s battery proved to last 29 hours under some intense usage conditions. With the radio turned off and music playing, it went a whopping 39 hours. Well many of you were interested to see how long the Storm2′s battery would last, so lets check it out.

We’re going to test the BlackBerry Storm2 under similar conditions as the Bold 9700. This means:

The official start time is 11:00AM EST. I’ll update this post every few hours so you know how the test is going. Once we’re done, we can compare with other BlackBerry devices.

RIM’s official specs on the battery:

  • Standby time: GSM: 12.7 days (305 hours), UMTS: 11.7 days (280 hours), CDMA: 11.2 days (270 hours)
  • Talk Time: GSM: 5 hours, UMTS: 6 hours, CDMA: 5.5 hours

A note that might affect the test: this BlackBerry Storm2 is running 3G and roaming on the Bell/TELUS network. Also, the device is running OS 5.0.0.320.

Slacker Radio now available for BlackBerry Storm users

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Slacker is now available for BlackBerry Storm users! The new and improved version is available on all channels including the BlackBerry Cool store and it’s also available on App World.

One of the best features included in this latest update is that the battery life has been greatly improved while streaming music.

Here is a breakdown of the features you’ll find in the latest update:

  • Improved battery life up to 2x (over previous versions) while streaming (Slacker has seen Storm devices playing up to 9 hours over 3G with this build)
  • Improved usability enhancements to the interface, including a “Home” button to quickly access the station list
  • Added ability to toggle the explicit content filter (on/off) from the main menu
  • Addressed an issue where pausing a song for an extended period of time did not properly resume playback
  • Addressed an issue where phone calls or message alerts would prevent playback from resuming properly for some listeners

Download Slacker for the BlackBerry Storm.