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Guardly Free Personal Security App Goes Live in App World

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Right on the heels of SmrtGuard announcing it has released its panic button feature as a standalone app, Guardly is now available in App World. Keep reading to learn more about this app.
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Guardly Personal Safety App Coming to BlackBerry Next Week

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Guardly CEO Josh Sookman demos the app for iPhone.

Guardly will be launching its mobile personal safety app for BlackBerry next week. The app turns a BlackBerry into a next-generation mobile personal safety service and has been available for iPhone since April. The app is geared towards students, young professionals, travelers, seniors living alone, or anyone who frequently walks alone at night, and people who may find themselves in abusive relationships or faced with medical conditions. Friends and family can also use Guardly to watch over each other during natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods and tornadoes.

The app provides 1-tap connection to a trusted safety network via conference call, email, text message, the web and real-time location tracking. Guardly can even auto-dial 911, campus security or other first responders as part of the alert. The app includes a free basic alerting service and a premium version that includes powerful collaboration features.

Interestingly, the founder and CEO, Josh Sookman, is ex-BlackBerry Partners Fund so he clearly knows how to raise money for the startup.

Stay tuned to guardly.com for the app announcement.

Startup Showcase: Urban Orca Connects People Around Activities #startupfest

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We’re here at the International Startup Festival in Montreal and we’re going to be posting about some of the startups and cool companies. The first on our list is Urban Orca based in Toronto, Canada. The idea behind Urban Orca is pretty simple: “UrbanOrca helps you meet people with shared interests and do more of the things you love. Finally, the virtual world supports the real world.”
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NXNE 2011: Win a Trip to Osheaga in Montreal with BlackBerry

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This is probably one of the most confusing parties you’ll go to at NXNE, but it’s still pretty cool. BlackBerry (RIM), will be at the NXNE festival hosting a party where they’ll be giving away tickets to another, completely separate festival. If I were NXNE, I’d be happy to have RIM sponsoring parties but it would also hurt my feelers to know they’re promoting someone else’s festival at the same time. So if you’re in Toronto, head over to the BlackBerry presents: Osheaga 2011 party at The Garrison. Here are the details:

When: Friday, June 17th. Doors open 8PM and show at 9PM.
Where: The Garrison. 1197 Dundas St. W.
Why: You could win free tickets to Osheaga 2011 and there’s some other bands we’ve never heard of.

There’s also a surprise guest. Please, please, please, please, please don’t let it be Will.i.am. PLEASE!

Download the NXNE 2011 BlackBerry App for Schedules, News, Events and More

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NXNE is currently going down and there’s a BlackBerry and iPhone app available to keep track of the festival. For the Americans out there, NXNE is the Canadian version of SXSW. It’s a lot smaller than the American SXSW but it’s gaining more and more momentum over the years. Also, it’s a great opportunity to check out some great Canadian bands like Fucked Up. With the NXNE 2011 BlackBerry app, you can get listings and events based on categories such as Music, Interactive and Film. You can also check live Tweets that mention #nxne and customize your schedule. The app was developed by the stealthy developers over at The Mobile Cartel, who seem to be working on some cool stuff under the radar.

To download the NXNE 2011 app, simply point your BlackBerry browser to nxne.com/apps/bb/.

You can also read about the iPhone version here.

Fixmo Raises $6.5 Million for Enterprise Mobile Management and Protection Solution

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It’s great to hear about Canadian companies raising funds as it seems Silicon Valley seems to be eating all the cash these days. Fixmo, a company that delves in both enterprise and consumer mobile solutions and is based in Toronto, Canada, has raised $6.5 million in financing. The Series B funding round was led by new investor Panorama Capital, with existing investors Rho Ventures Canada, iNovia Capital, Extreme Venture Partners and management participating. The funding is going to help grow Fixmo’s enterprise mobile management and protection solutions business which was all the rage at BlackBerry World this year.

The Fixmo solution provides device assurance, policy compliance, and device audit solutions, as well as tools that allow enterprises to manage their entire mobile infrastructure, end-to-end, through a single interface. It also probably helps that the Co-Founder and CEO Rick Segal is well versed in raising capital, as he used to be with the BlackBerry Partners Fund.