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SmartWiFi for BlackBerry Updated with Better Hotspot Management

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SmartWiFi for BlackBerry is a battery savings app by S4BB that uses cell tower and WiFi hotspot information to intelligently enable and disable your WiFi connection. WiFi is one of the more significant battery taxing processes on the BlackBerry and this app makes its management effortless.

The new version features three brand new features, 17 under-the-hood improvements as well as support for 4 languages (English, German, Cantonese, Mandarin). This update comes as a free upgrade to existing users.

Features:

  • Remembers the WiFi locations you use
  • Up to 100 WiFi locations can be saved
  • Auto-add newly connected WiFi Locations
  • Saves battery by turning off WiFi when not needed
  • Powers WiFi back on when you are back at WiFi coverage
  • WiFi Activity Log: track SmartWiFi effeciency
  • Same SSID hotspots can be treated as one WiFi Location (optional)
  • Saves battery by not constantly searching for new WiFi hotspot
  • Displays useful information: BSSID, SSID, Data Rate, Radio Band and Signal Level

SmartWiFi comes with a 30 day money back guarantee, and is half-price for a limited time. Buy SmartWiFi for BlackBerry for $4.99 that’s 50% off!

Hypoxia Media Player with Streaming Over Home WiFi Network

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Earlier this month we mentioned that the Hypoxia media player would soon be available and mblware has let us know that it’s live in the store. Hypoxia allows you to stream media to and from devices on your home WiFi network. All you have to do is browse the networked media servers (eg TVersity or Windows Media Player) through Hypoxia, and select what you want to watch or listen to. Another cool feature is the ability to share what you’re watching or listening to over Twitter.

Hypoxia requires at least OS 5.0 and more information is available in the store.

BlackBerry-Based WIC Pager Pilot Program at Children’s Hospital

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Currently, many hospitals use an outdated pager system to get in touch with doctors on call. This solution does not allow admins to know whether the message was received and relies on a code system that doesn’t provide much detail as to the nature of the page. Wallace Wireless have a BlackBerry-based solution that brings pager like services to BlackBerry users. The system is in the process of being piloted at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), and if it’s successful could set a new standard for healthcare professionals.
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WES 2010: RIM Announces BlackBerry MVS 5 with Voice over WiFi Calling

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BlackBerry MVS is a great system for seamlessly integrating a company’s PBX land-line system with the employees’ BlackBerry over the BES. In a nutshell, MVS provides enterprise users a way to receive desk calls to their BlackBerry. The calls are routed and anchored in the PBX and once calls are initiated from the BlackBerry, they use your land-line caller ID, allowing you to have a single office ID. You can set your office number as the default, so if you have to make a call on the weekend, you can use your office number.

With BlackBerry MVS, you have the standard features of any PBX system, allowing you to transfer, hold, route a call and forward the call. You also have a single voicemail box. Today, RIM has announced an update to MVS with MVS 5. MVS 5 comes with voice-over-WiFi calling as well as being SIP compliant and higher availability.

The new WiFi calling feature is probably best described as an anecdote. When you walk into your office in the morning, you device logs on to the corporate WiFi network. You should have your corporate and home WiFi profiles set up among others. Your MVS 5 client will immediately recognize your corporate WiFi network, and all your calls will be made with your office phone over WiFi as the default. If you leave WiFi coverage, MVS will recognize this and shift to the voice network. As you go home, it will then switch to your home WiFi network. The MVS will use a VPN to route the call through the office PBX.

There are some tangible savings to enterprise that MVS 5 will be able to provide. When you’re overseas, you can be using the WiFi in the hotel, and making WiFi calls on MVS. MVS is connecting with corporate PBX over the network and therefore you don’t incur roaming charges. You will also be able to take advantage of the company’s land-line long distance roaming rates, which are far cheaper than the rates while abroad.
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BlackBerry Tour2 9650 Renamed BlackBerry Bold 9650

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Mobilitysite got an email from a friend at RIM saying that the Tour 9650 is going to be launched as the Bold 9650. This is definitely a strange occurrence and it makes you wonder what’s required for something to be a part of the Bold series. Does RIM just throw these names around as they please or are there a set of standards that need to be met?

According to the email:

“Some Verizon stores did get the 9650. They were sent back for “updates”. Verizon won’t release the 9650 until the official OS 5.0 arrives for the Tour 9630. The Sprint 9650’s are having WiFi issues and Sprint is working that out. It won’t be called the Tour 2. It’s the Bold 9650.”

I can confirm that the Tour name is being dropped for Bold. If I had to guess as to why, it’s probably more to do with marketing than it is for technical reasons.

GSM Data Comparison: EDGE vs 3G vs WiFi

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BlackBerry 2G vs 3G

Over the past year, mobile data has become a topic in the mainstream media. The stories are mostly about AT&T’s network growing pains, how iPhone users are overtaxing the networks and are experiencing greatly reduced bandwidth as a result.

Carriers love talking about bandwidth. It seems to be the only thing that matters in terms of mobile data. When the iPhone 3G came out, the dumbed-down line that was used to describe the difference between 2G and 3G in Apple’s marketing was that 3G is “twice as fast”.

I have been trying to make heads or tails of this whole data speed thing for quite some time. I had noticed in more than a few instances that 2G is just as fast, and sometimes faster than 3G. With all this marketing about how much faster 3G is, I set out to do a few tests of my own to determine if 3G is a must-have, or if carriers are trying to oversell the technology as a giant leap when it’s really just an incremental step.
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