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What Happened? Only 500 Women Applied to Alicia Keys’ BlackBerry Scholars Program

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The BlackBerry Scholars Program is an incredible opportunity for women to get involved in industries that are typically male dominated such as maths and sciences. The program offered a four-year scholarship program for outstanding women around the world that are entering their first year of undergraduate study at an accredited college or university. The potential applicant pool is enormous, so when I heard that only 500+ women actually applied to the program, I was baffled.

Here’s a thought: if you’re looking to attract intelligent, technology-minded women to a scholarship fund for maths and sciences, maybe Alicia Keys wasn’t the most representative leader.
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RIM, Canrock, OMERS, Rho, BDC, iNovia and CYBF Invest $30M+ in Tech Startup Incubator Program HYPERDRIVE

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Startup incubators are a great way for tech entrepreneurs to take something from idea to product and beyond. The programs generally give funding, mentorship and access to services that help entrepreneurs develop a great company that could potentially be the next big thing. Recently, a new incubator called HYPERDRIVE has launched with $30M+ in funding. It’s also really cool to see RIM as the only technology company funding, hopefully giving them first dibs on acquisitions. Especially since Google has its name on the building and is an anchor tenant at Communitech.
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Networked Society ‘On the Brink’ Short Film by Ericsson

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The short film, On The Brink, discusses the past, present and future of connectivity. The film features people such as David Rowan, chief editor of Wired UK; Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr; and Eric Wahlforss, the co-founder of Soundcloud. If you’re looking for something to finish your day with, we recommend watching this video as an end of day, feel good video.
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Top 10 applications RIM should incorporate into BlackBerry

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There are several ways for the average BlackBerry user to experience an application. They can either download the app from a store or App World, get the application through their carrier, use the application if it comes preloaded or experience it as part of the BlackBerry OS.

It is rare that RIM will purchase a company to include it on the OS, but it’s a great way for everyone to enjoy an improved BlackBerry experience. Some technologies acquired by RIM include: the browser is purchased IP from various companies, BlackBerry maps is from Tele Atlas and the media player uses technology licensed from Roxio.

I have compiled a list of 10 apps that provide additional functionality to the BlackBerry and that I think all BlackBerry devices should come with.
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Study: BlackBerrys fail to balance work and life

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A paper released from Ryerson University looking at the effects of BlackBerry and mobile usage personal lives concludes that technology isn’t doing us any favours. The study was done by looking at over 200 periodical pieces and yielded some pretty extreme scenarios:

Professor Middleton, who teaches at the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, found reports of BlackBerry use in the shower, at funerals, at children’s soccer matches, school performances and on vacations. She came across one woman who caught her husband e-mailing under the table during their Valentine’s Day dinner and another whose companion checked e-mail during their first date.

Both sides of the argument tend to butt heads over the BlackBerry issue; one says the gizmos let us spend more time with friends and family, while the other says we really spend less because we’re totally zoned out. While we might be prone to scoff at the opposition and continue thumbing happily away, it’s hard to ignore 200 articles and an academic study of the issue. What do you guys think? Could you stand to use the BlackBerry a little less?

Analysts predict wireless debit to make it big

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Maybe you’ve heard of near-field communication, or NFC? It’s a technology that’s been in development for awhile that, once the hardware’s been integrated into a mobile device, you just bring two within a few centimeters of one another and you’ve made a connection. This could make for quick Wi-Fi or Bluetooth pairings, but the biggest selling point for NFC has been for monetary transactions, and Juniper Research thinks that $22 billion will have passed through NFC-based transactions like European mPayments by 2009. It’s still a ways off from making a big splash on North American shores, but it’s a cool possibility. Who here would feel comfortable with their BlackBerry doubling as their credit card? I think if there was adequate support both by handheld manufacturers as well as commercial venues, NFC could become very popular very quickly.