U2/RIM marketing campaign imminent

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Today a ”BlackBerry Loves U2” web page has been discovered on BlackBerry.com, pushing what is called the “U2 Mobile Album“, with additional links to the official U2 website and AppWorld, along with a link to signup for more information when the U2 Mobile Album is released… Do you think it is possible u2 might ONLY initially release an entire album in mobile format? Would that be a first? When I watch the video real close, I see what appear to be some screenshot from a media player (hopefully on a BlackBerry), and one that reads “this is the image you’ll be sharing with others who listen to this song.“

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bbExecutor Mimics The Classic Executor 8-Sound Assault Keychain

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Who remembers the simple yet fun Executor 8-Sound Assault Keychain? If you do remember this toy and enjoyed playing with it, you’ll definitely like bbExecutor.

bbExecutor is a BlackBerry application by @footose (aka Generation Media Group) that puts a new spin on the old Executor Keychain Sound toy shown below.

executor 8 sound assault keychain bbExecutor Mimics The Classic Executor 8 Sound Assault Keychain $0.99 Until July 31st!

This fun little app has 8 sound effects just like the original Executor Keychain: Bomb “Sound Effects”, Explosions, Siren, “Machine Gun”, Phasers, Lasers, Falls and a Gatling Gun.

bbExecutor is currently on sale in the store for $0.99 until July 31st, after that it will go up to $1.99. This application will work on any BlackBerry running OS 4.3 and higher.

Who’s planning on having their own mini-war? Come on, just admit you will.
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Happy Independence Day from BlackBerry Cool

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With ID4 just around the corner, it’s time to beef up your device. Celebrating freedom and liberty with the maximum amount of partiotware for your BlackBerry.

Handmark Fireworks is a simple free application, showing sequences of fireworks flying and exploding into the air. Perfect for Independence Day as 4th of July is traditionally a time for fireworks and celebrations in the USA. Handmark Fireworks features a selection of patriotic backgrounds including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Stars and Stripes!

Captain America would approve of Bplay’s Stars and Stripes Theme, and would be compelled to stand and salute upon hearing your American national anthem ringtone.

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Verizon BlackBerry Tour Unboxing Gallery

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Boy Genius presents the Verizon BlackBerry Tour un-boxing gallery complete with initial impressions and comparisons to other models. Here’s a snipet:
“Well boys and girls (and especially CDMA BlackBerry-lovers), your much-awaited BlackBerry Tour launch date is getting closer and closer. To try and make it easier on you, we’ve got our hands on a retail Verizon BlackBerry Tour and put together a quick unboxing for you. Part 2 of our popular BlackBerry Tour review will be coming soon, but in the meantime, couple of sneak peaks:

* The battery door isn’t all glossy anymore, which was scratch city. It’s got soft-touch rubber on the outer part and the inner part is a carbon-fiber material. Really, really sharp.
* The dark chrome bezel which is also found on the BlackBerry Onyx looks stunning on the Verizon Tour.
* The device comes with a BlackBerry leather holster!

You’ll have to wait until the second part of the review is done for more, but in the meantime, check the gallery!”
Via BoyGeniusReport

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Happy Canada Day! The Best of Canadian Culture

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Happy Canada day folks! BlackBerry Cool would like to present what could be considered “The Best of Canadian Culture.” Feel free to comment your personal favorite Canadiana. Here they are in no particular order:

Canadian companies

RIM isn’t the only company making headlines. Canadian Scientific Research and Development Credits make it possible for many Canadian companies to invest the budgets necessary for great products.

Hockey

The Make it Seven campaign has done a great job of promoting Canadian hockey. It’s a big part of Canadian culture and we’re proud of our nation’s dominance in the sport.

French Canada

It’s great to live in an officially bilingual country, founded on two distinct cultures (anglo and franco). Canada’s French history can be seen in Quebec, the Acadian East Coast and our First Nations Peoples.

The East Coast

Theirs a well-deserved stereotype about Canadians that they’re polite and friendly. The maritimes is a great place to experience this friendly vibe. Go during lobster fest!

The West Coast

Whether you’re skiing in the Rockies or on a beach in Vancouver, the West Coast is an outdoorsman’s dream.

Prairies and Central Canada

Canada’s natural resources are an economic competitive advantage. We have vast amounts of wheat, softwood lumber, minerals and a booming oil economy. Did you know we’re the largest exporter of oil to the US?

Aboriginal and First Nations People

Canada’s First Nations People represent a Canada that was totally different than it is today. While it hasn’t been an easy transition for these cultures, they remain a huge part of our culture and nationhood.

Canadian Music, Film, Arts and Entertainment

There isn’t one unified Canadian taste in music, film or the arts. All we can do is present some openly Canadian examples. Some good recent Canadian bands include Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and The Stills. Trailer Park Boys is a great Canadian show about degenerate life in Halifax. Canada is also a great place to film popular hollywood movies. Government subsidies make it very cost effective to film in Canada.

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Dimension theme for the Bold and the 8900 Curve

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Have a top of the line device but your heart belongs to the look of your good ‘ol 8700? See the new look of the Dimension theme with the latest and brightest smartphone displays on the market.

JLDesigns Head Developer Jake had this to say about this new old theme: “I wanted to let you know about another series of themes that I have that I think you might be really interested in! It’s called the Dimension Series, and is for the Bold and 8900. As I’m sure you know, all newer generation BlackBerry smartphones come loaded with just the Precision themes. While nice, many users miss the look and feel of the old default Dimension themes. I created these themes using the original fonts, icons, pictures, and styles for the Bold and 8900, and they all look great! There are four different versions: Zen, Today, L, and Bottom Dock.”

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RIM, Apple, Nokia, and others agree on micro-USB

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Erik VanDrunen of RIM public relations had this to say about micro-USB: “A number of industry associations have endorsed micro-USB as a preferred charging standard, including the CTIA (in April 2009). RIM is committed to micro-USB as an industry standard because it’s smaller than mini-USB and supports the trend to thinner smartphones, without sacrificing features or capabilities.

EnGadgetMobile’s Thomas Ricketer on the current state of mobile chargers in Europe: “phone chargers, at the moment some 30 different types of chargers are used on handsets throughout Europe. Today, the European Commission received industry backing of its phone charger standard that relies on a micro-USB socket. The standard is now backed by all the majors (representing 90% of the European mobile market) including Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Apple, LG, NEC, Qualcomm, Research in Motion, Samsung and Texas Instruments with compatible devices starting to appear in Europe next year. Or course, the micro-USB charger standard already has the blessings of CTIA, OMTP, and GSM Association, which implies a broader adoption beyond Europe, someday. One charger for any mobile phone… where’s the catch?”

It seems that like mini-USB before it, RIM working to make sure that the BlackBerry data transfer and changing cable remain ubiquitous.

Via EnGadget Mobile

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Mobile Tag’s mobile barcode linking service debuts for BlackBerry

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French 2d barcode company Mobile Tag announced new Mobile Tag barcode reading software for BlackBerry. The software uses the BlackBerry Bold’s video recording features to actively sample the barcode and process the tag’s info. Other BlackBerry models use their camera feature and require the user to “snap” a barcode scan. Contact tags are used to securely exchange contact info. Web tags are used for promotion from billboards, magazines and web pages, providing more info, and even managing virtual coupons.

To Download Mobile Tag for BlackBerry, visit their PC download page, or Gwabbit ranks number 1 paid app on App World

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Congratulations to gwabbit on becoming the number 1 paid app for the 4th straight week on BlackBerry App World’s Professional and Business category.

gwabbit is an automatic email contact management (ECM) solution. The app automatically searches and identifies contacts embedded in emails on your BlackBerry, and adds or updates that information to your BlackBerry Contacts, in a single click. For those users syncing their contacts to Outlook, gwabbit’s automated capture keeps contacts updated globally.

gwabbit for Outlook automatically identifies signatures in incoming emails and creates them as new or updated contacts in your address book.

gwabbit for BlackBerry is available for $9.99.

gwabbit for Outlook is available for a one-time fee of $19.95 or on a free trial.

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Send custom postcards from your BlackBerry with AmazingMail.com

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AmazingMail.com Inc.’s online Web-to-print service allows smartphone application developers to integrate on-demand printing services to send personalized mail directly from smartphones - including the ability to spontaneously send postcards composed from “in-the-moment” BlackBerry photos - and get the card in the mail the next business day.

“We’re excited to talk to developers from BlackBerry and other smartphone communities about how they can use our patented batch processing and limitless digital print capability to build exciting mail and marketing applications for industry verticals,” says AmazingMail.com’s CEO Chris Lynde. “Postino and PicCard are good examples of how developers can generate margins of 100% or more with our Web-to-print engine.” Also, Postino is poised to launch a Windows Mobile version and BlackBerry version - evidence that the AmazingMail web-to-print application is of use to smartphone developers of all types.

This service sounds like a great summer vacation tool; not to mention an ideal Hallmark Killer.

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