RIM drops SurePress on BlackBerry Storm 2 - great pics included

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Engadget got their hands on the new BlackBerry Storm 2 codenamed the BlackBerry Odin. The device that they did the hands-on with had the OS locked down so they couldn’t give us a real insight into the software side of the device, or much about the new touchscreen features.

The big news that has been confirmed, is that RIM has abandoned the original Storm’s SurePress click-screen and gone with a traditional fixed capacitive display for the sequel. The new screen is rumored to include haptic feedback as well, but the locked device couldn’t be tested.
Click through for video, hardware details and a gallery of great Storm 2 pics

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GPS BlackBerry previously banned in Egypt and now available

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A week ago, the BlackBerry Storm, Curve 8900 and the Bold launched in Egypt via Vodafone Egypt. The move was significant because previously, GPS-enabled BlackBerry devices were banned in Egypt.

Until April 2009, the Egyptian Telecoms Law 10/2003 outlawed the import of GPS-equipped mobile phones, and retailers found selling them could have their entire stock confiscated. The same applied to any kind of commercial use of GPS technology, which included cars equipped with GPS devices.

The ban on GPS-enabled devices upset many Egyptians who felt the military was using security concerns of GPS aided terrorism to justify cutting consumers off from the latest technology. The ban on GPS-enabled devices affected trade locally, as well as on an international scale.

Now that the ban has been lifted, Vodafone and RIM have began exporting devices.

Special thanks to Fisal for the tip!

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Top 5 summer travel apps in BlackBerry App World

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As we enter into summer and all start gearing up for vacations, I wanted to point out some helpful BlackBerry apps for the summer traveler. These applications are all available in BlackBerry App World.

Trapster

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is drive with all the windows down and enjoy the breeze. Trapster notifies you when you’re approaching speed traps, red light cameras and speed cameras, so you can drive worry-free.

Download Trapster FREE for your BlackBerry.

Transclick

Transclick provides a translation service to help you with any language barriers you may come across. There are also several dictionaries to choose from on App World, once you get a hang of the local language.

Purchase Transclick for $5.00.

TeleNav

TeleNav is a convenient GPS app that gives you driving directions as well as restaurant, hotel, ATM and WiFi hospot locations.

Try TeleNav free for a 30-day trial.

WorldMate Live

WorldMate can help you stay organized and connected so that you’ll save your business money as well as keep you focused on the important things while leaving the legwork to WorldMate.

Purchase a yearly subscription to WoldMate Live for $99.95.

Travel Genius

Travel Genius pro-sumer app that functions as an LBS search tool. Travel Genius helps you quickly find and get to the places or services you need when you are out and about.

Purchase Travel Genius on App World for $2.99.

Comment and let us know if you’ve tried any apps that would be good for a summer traveler.

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Free audiobook with Audible.com BlackBerry application

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Audible.com is now available as a BlackBerry application. The app lets you shop, sample, download, and playback audio from Audible’s catalog. The application is free, and it’s compatible with the BlackBerry Storm, Bold, Curve 83xx, Pearl and 8800.

If you download the application, you receive a free copy of Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat and Crowded audiobook.

There are two ways to install Audible for BlackBerry:

  • Send a TXT message with the word “blackberry” to 35620.
  • Browse to www.audible.com/bb in your BlackBerry web browser.

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Find guaranteed services from Superpages for the BlackBerry Storm

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Superpages for the BlackBerry Storm was briefly available a few months ago and it has relaunched on App World with new features. The Superpages Mobile application allows you to find a variety of services from your Storm, and some of them are even guaranteed by the SuperGuarantee program.

The SuperGuarantee program will reimburse you for services rendered that were not satisfactory. The service must come with a SuperGuarantee logo, and it usually means the service is dependable.

Other features include:

  • Add Photos: Did your food taste as good as it looked? Take a snap shot before you chow down and upload it when you rate your experience.
  • Find Movies Fast: Search by movie or theater and see show times, read reviews, watch trailers or browse movie posters.
  • Get Directions: Get step-by-step interactive driving directions with an option to have multiple stops on the way to your destination.
  • Locate Local WiFi Hotspots: Find free and pay-for-use WiFi hotspots near you.
  • See your local five-day forecast with current conditions, conduct a reverse lookup of people or businesses and access your My Superpages account to easily see your previous searches.

SuperPages Mobile for the BlackBerry Storm is available on App World.

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BlackBerry Curve 8900 shows up on AT&T site

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The AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900 is expected to launch this Friday and it is already showing up on the AT&T website. The device has taken quite some time to reach AT&T since RIM first launched the device.

Personally, this is my favorite BlackBerry device to date, and the one I use on a daily basis. I have always been a fan of the Curve keypad, and the 8900 does a great job of maintaining the isolated and easy to press keys. With an improved form factor and hardware, you won’t be disappointed with this purchase.

Learn more about the AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900 from the official AT&T site.

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Control your PC and media center with your BlackBerry

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MobiMouse allows you to turn your BlackBerry into a wired or wireless mouse and keyboard. With support for USB, Bluetooth, WiFi and mobile, there are a variety of ways to connect. With MobiMouse, you can launch and control Windows Media Player, iTunes, PowerPoint, or even a DVR application right from your BlackBerry. You can also assign shortcuts to close an application, open the default Browser, Task Manger, and more.

The installation was a breeze, and didn’t even require a reset on my BlackBerry. Now, you have to make sure that you download the file onto your computer, too, as you have to install a small application on any computer you want to use with MobiMouse. From there, it’s a piece of cake.
Click through to read how to control your computer and media with MobiMouse

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PhoneFace for BlackBerry uses Facebook and Twitter profile pics

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PhoneFace is a speed dialing app that shows full-color photos of your contacts - so you can call them quickly and easily. If you are a Facebook or Twitter user, PhoneFace will go online and find your friends profile picture.

Electric Pocket just released an update to its PhoneFace speed-dial app for BlackBerry. The newest feature includes a more friendly search tool, so you can just type as much of the person’s name as you want and it’ll find matches based on what you’ve typed. This makes it far faster to find people if you have a bunch of contacts in PhoneFace.

Purchase PhoneFace for BlackBerry for the special price of $7.95 until Jun 1st.

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Integrate calling cards into your BlackBerry dialer - discounted app!

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BerryDialer allows you to store callings cards on your device and it works seamlessly with the native OS to allow you to call contacts without remembering the card digits.

With BerryDialer users can:
- use calling cards on a BlackBerry
- save up to 80% on IDD & long distance calls
- call directly from the BlackBerry address book, call log or manual input
- store up to 100 calling cards
- call with nearly any calling card / phone card you can find
- call with a simple prefix to a phone number

Available for all BlackBerry models in English, German and Spanish.

BerryDialer is on sale at BlackBerryCool! Instead of $29.99 every user just pays $4.99 for the program before May 27th, 2009.

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Development as a service for mobile - RhoHub free public beta

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Rhomobile has officially announced RhoHub, the world’s first Development-as-a-Service for Mobile, providing a web-based service for both smartphone app development and hosting of mobile applications, making native mobile applications easier to build, deploy and run on all smartphones.

RhoHub Features:
- Hosted editing and development of native applications
- Hosted build capabilities for all smartphones
- Optional OTA provisioning service
- Optional hosted sync server
- Makes developers five times more productive for even a single smartphone OS
- Allows developers to write apps using Rhodes in HTML and simultaneously build for all smartphones
- Supports BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Android, Symbian and iPhone

The RhoHub public beta is currently available at no charge.

Once out of beta, RhoHub will be available to developers for a monthly fee that is dependent on the number of users and size of the app.

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