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Going to SXSW? Let’s Meet Up!

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RIM is going to be at SXSW and so will BlackBerryCool. There probably won’t be much news on the BlackBerry side of things, and we’ll most likely get the same old PlayBook demo we’ve been seeing all over the Internet. We’ll also be covering the Interactive portion of SXSW and meeting with companies to find out what they’re up. Stay tuned on BlackBerryCool and read about some highly bloggable apps and services.

If you’re at the show, drop us a line at tips@blackberrycool.com.

Dallas Police Department Release App for Reporting Suspicious Activity

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The Dallas Police Department have launched an app called iWatch Dallas that gives citizens the ability to anonymously report “suspicious behaviors and activities”. The app is free and is geared toward public safety and community policing initiatives. Tips that are sent in through the app are investigated and police are deployed as needed. Apparently, iWatch Dallas has already led to arrests and further investigations.
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Magmic Opens THK Live for Public Beta – Possibly the Best Poker Game for Mobile

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Texas Hold’em King 1,2 and 3 were incredibly successful poker games for BlackBerry and Magmic is working on the 4th version, THK Live. The game is completely multiplayer and totally online (no more single player). THK Live lets you compete with poker players all over the world and features some pretty revolutionary features such as:

  • Free To Play: Each day you’ll receive chips that you can take straight to the tables, without paying anything.
  • Fast, Smooth and Fun: Are you tired of waiting for your opponent to make their move? This is the fastest poker game available for BlackBerry. Our quick speeds and easy to use interface ensure that you’ll spend more time taking down pots.
  • Automatic Table Selection: THK Live will pick the most appropriate table for your Bankroll, Experience and Speed – All you have to do to start playing is press “Play.”
  • Slick, Easy-to-Use UI: Magmic’s new and improved user interface is designed for high resolution devices providing vivid colors and smooth animations. Poker actions are easy to use and are inspired by BlackBerry’s own home screen.
  • Unlock Achievements: Earn over 35 unique achievements that will reward you for winning pots, playing hands and getting lucky. THK Live will continue to add new and exciting achievements with each free content update.
  • Stylish Avatars: Choose from over 30 unique Avatars, their high-resolution, full detail avatars are sure to make an impression. Magmic will continue to add more avatars with free content updates.
  • Free Content Updates: THK Live is designed to be easy to update. We’ll be able to push out new and exciting features and new content as a direct downloads.
  • Chat 2.0: We’ve dedicated a lot of time and effort to create the best chat system in a poker game. You’ll be able to quickly and conveniently taunt or praise your opponents without missing a hand.

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Should Your Company Take The Smartphone Challenge?

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A prize chest offered by The Phone Store for the Smartphone Challenge

As a lifelong member of the BlackBerry Nation, I often take for granted the value of my BlackBerry as a business and personal aid. However, I’m sure there are many true believers out there that are not fortunate enough to work for a ‘wireless’ company, and have to make do with a typewriter and an abacus. If that’s the case, you must tell your company about the Smartphone Challenge.

A joint initiative between The Phone Store, RIM, Rackspace Hosting and Sprint, the Smartphone Challenge is an opportunity for companies to get their feet wet with smartphones before making any financial commitments. Here’s the deal: your company gets a 10-day free trial with five Sprint BlackBerrys, full Exchange and BES hosting, and a bunch of free software and other goodies to sweeten the deal. The Phone Store will also host a launch party and training session to make sure everyone is aquainted with their new mobile friends. After the trial period is up, you can either choose to give the devices back or keep them.

Amazingly, the Smartphone Challenge has a 100% success rate. You’ll be hearing more from us about these guys — we always love giving exposure to the true soldiers of the BlackBerry Nation. Until then, check out another picture of the Smartphone Challenge goodie chest, as well as the full press release.

Click here to learn more about the Smartphone Challenge