BlackBerry Cool Roundup for the Week of December 25th

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Hopefully you had a great New Year’s and you’re enjoying a long holiday. There were some cool apps launched this week as well as some good editorials. If you’ve been taking a break from the blogs, here is a recap post to get you up to speed.
Click through for a breakdown of the past week

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Happy New Years from BlackBerry Cool!

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It’s that time of year when we sit back and think about the year that has passed. We think about our accomplishments and setbacks, and ponder how we can improve in the year to come. I’m sure RIM executives have their own, but I think a good Top 5 would include:

1. Not let email or BBM go down more than once.
2. Release a WebKit based browser that will make the competition worried.
3. Release a touchscreen and keyboard combo form factor.
4. Improve App World beyond the competition. Stop keeping up with the Johnsons.
5. Bring manufacturing costs down by at least 10%.

What would your New Year’s Resolutions for RIM be?

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Repping the BlackBerry Storm2 in BLKBerry 2.0 by Swindoe

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Just read Ronen’s post about the track BLKBerry 2.0 by rapper Swindoe. The track is actually really catchy but the best part is how he shouts out his own PIN. It reminds me of back when Mike Jones used to give out his real phone number (281-330-8004).

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Kindle App for BlackBerry Coming Soon

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Adam over at CB got a tip about the upcoming Kindle app for BlackBerry. The app will give you access to Kindle books without the need to purchase a Kindle, and it will automatically sync your last page read and annotations between devices. It seems the app won’t have any support for newspapers, magazines or blogs, but you get the whole Kindle book library at your disposal.

Speaking of Kindle, has anyone tried the UnSwindle app? For those not familiar with UnSwindle, a developer named iHeartCabbages created an app that circumvents the Kindle DRM protections. The app was developed to help make books more accessible, in celebration of the Right to Read.

Register to be notified of the upcoming Kindle app for BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry App World Still Leads in Most Expensive Apps

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GigaOM and Mobclix have put together a nice chart showing the average cost of a paid application on each smartphone app store. We have talked a few times about how App World has the highest priced apps relative to the other smartphones, and to date, it still leads by over a $1 compared to the next highest Windows Mobile. RIM should be much more active in helping developers drive these prices down. At the very least, App World needs a better promotional system similar to the BlackBerry Cool Store, so they can offer a Deal of the Day, BOGO campaigns and MobileHeist sales.

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Custom LED Colors for Your BlackBerry Contacts With IdentifyMe

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IdentifyMe is a simple app that lets you use custom LED colors for your BlackBerry contacts. This app is going to be particularly useful for anyone who wants to put their device on silent, and be notified silently if a particular contact is trying to get in touch.

IdentifyMe is available for $3.99 in the BlackBerry Cool Store.

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Starting a Diet for the New Year? BlackBerry App World Has Apps for You

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The New Year is upon us and I know some of you out there are looking to start a diet or get in shape. There are some apps in App World that are worth checking out and can help you with that New Year’s resolution.
Click through for some helpful apps in App World that can help with your resolutions

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Business Card Reader for BlackBerry by SHAPE Services

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SHAPE Services has a new app that is a must-have for anyone attending conferences such as CES in January. Business Card Reader lets you scan a business card and the contact information is added to your BlackBerry address book. This app supports newer BlackBerry devices such as the Storm, 8900, Tour, 9700 because the app requires a decent camera with auto focus. Business Card Reader even supports French, Italian, German and Spanish.

Business Card Readers costs $9.95 and they have a 7 day free trial so you can check the accuracy for yourself.

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International Trade Commission Investigating Patent Claims Against RIM

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Read Simon’s post about the International Trade Commission stepping in to investigate and see if patent firm Prism Technologies is justified in its complaints against RIM for violating some of their authentication process patents.

Prism Technologies are a relatively unknown firm and it’s very unlikely anything will come of this lawsuit. Even if something does happen, it won’t be of the scale of the NTP case, and RIM is flush with cash at the moment. Analysts aren’t expecting the stock to budge and I doubt any of the executive have lost a minute of sleep over the issue.

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Save the Date: Learn to Build BlackBerry Themes During RIM Webinar

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RIM is hosting a webinar for those looking to build BlackBerry themes. The webinar will be held January 12th, 2010 at 2PM EST.

Register for the webinar today and learn how to build BlackBerry themes.

The webinar will feature Mark Rathwell, Product Manager, Application Platform, and Dale Ducharme, Team Lead, BlackBerry Theme Studio. Panelists during the webinar include Mike Kirkup, Director, Developer Relations and Jason Laughlin, Manager, BlackBerry App World. This is a great opportunity to learn how to make great themes and distribute them via App World.

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