Simplify your BlackBerry experience with custom keys

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So if you’ve been looking for an application that will simplify your Blackberry experience, look no further. QuickLaunch by NikkiSoft allows you to launch applications, websites and compose messages along with other things from as little as 2 clicks. Configuring QuickLaunch is a breeze and is an application that every Blackberry owner shouldn’t go without. QuickLaunch supports 83XX, 8900, 9000 and 95XX devices with 4.5 OS or above.

Install was fast and simple and configuring was a fast and straight forward process. After installing I setup my left convenience key (through the Blackberry Screen/Keyboard options) to launch the app and when pressed it brought up the sidebar which defaults to the right side of the screen (but can be changed to the left). The QL Settings menu is simple and only has four configurable items; menu locations, font size, right-side convenience key action and left side convenience key. (The convenience keys will have priority over other mapped applications while the QuickLaunch menu is opened.) QuickLaunch allows you to set the convenience keys (left, right or both) to close QuickLaunch if an app is not launched using the application.
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(Rumor) BlackBerry Niagara 9630 to launch on Verizon

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According to recent rumors, the BlackBerry 9630 will be ready for Verizon soon. The CDMA carrier should have the device as early as May. Pricing and other details remain vague, though the existing 8330 sells for $170 before special discounts.

The Niagara is a sweet looking device and depending on release dates, might actually help Verizon gain a few subscribers.

Would you switch carriers for a device as nice as the 9630?

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Protect your BlackBerry from loss or theft - public BETA test

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SmrtGuard is an application for your BlackBerry that aims to protect you against theft or loss. To do this, the app uses a combination of OTA sync’ing, GPS tracking and remote data detonation, to keep your device safe. Currently, the project is open for public beta so you can try it out.

To register for the public BETA, create an account here.

More information about SmrtGuard here.

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Customize your BlackBerry LED with BerryBuzz

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We love our BlackBerrys. We love them because they are our communicators—they connect us to the world through phone, email, SMS, IM, Facebook, and just about any other way that technology lets us get in touch with one another. But one of the great flaws of the BlackBerry OS is the way it notifies us of incoming messages. The blinking red-LED is great, but it doesn’t tell us anything about the nature of the communication. Did I get an email? An SMS? A missed call?

That’s where BerryBuzz comes in. Compatible with just about every BlackBerry you could throw at it, BerryBuzz lets you customize that LED. Want a turquoise LED for new Email, and a yellow one for missed calls? You got it. With BerryBuzz, you can tell what type of communication your BlackBerry is telling you about—just from a glance at the LED.

But enough about the product’s idea—let’s look at the details, and see if it is worth the $4.95.
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RIM Q4 financial results via live conference call

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Research in Motion will be reporting results for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2009 year-end on April 2, 2009 after the close of the market. The results will be announced on a live conference call webcast beginning at 5pm EST. You can listend to the results by dialing in to 800-733-7571 or by logging on here. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 7 pm by dialing 416-640-1917 and entering passcode 21252988#. This replay will be available until midnight ET April 16, 2009.

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Hackers paid $10k to hack BlackBerry with no success

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CanSecWest. a conference focused on infosecurity, is offering $10,000 for each and every successful attack they can execute on any of the five major smartphone operating systems: BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, Nokia/Symbian and Windows Mobile.

The companies behind these products are helping pay the hackers (developers?) with the hopes of learning more about how to improve their device security. Some hackers are finding it very difficulty to hack the devices. “I can’t break them…I don’t have anything for the iPhone, and I don’t know enough about Google,” says Charlie Miller, a guy who recently hacked a MacBook in less than 10 seconds.

So it seems your personal data is much safer than you may have thought.

[Al Sacco CIO Via]

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Rogers further increases costs on BlackBerry and smartphones

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Rogers has doubled the length of time customers must wait to upgrade their mobile devices. Now, customers must wait 24 months, rather than 12, to upgrade their devices.

This news comes shortly after Rogers execs admitted a serious budget shortfall and announced an increase in hardware costs. Lengethening the amount of time required for a device upgrade, seems to be another means of tightening the budget gap.

Rogers said the change to its hardware upgrade program, which took effect Tuesday, was “designed to achieve cost efficiency.”

The move follows a March 13 decision by Rogers to reduce subsidies on several of its BlackBerry models for subscribers who agree to three-year contracts - another change that appears aimed at reining in costs at the wireless unit.

For example, the flagship Bold model now costs Rogers subscribers $299.99 with a three-year contract, compared with $249.99 previously. Without a contract, the Bold sells for $649.99 at Rogers.

Similarly, an older Curve model is now $149.99 at Rogers with a three-year contract, compared with $99.99 before.

By contrast, a similar Curve 8330 model is advertised at $99.95 at Bell Mobility and $99.99 at Telus Mobility, although any complete price comparison must take into account the total cost of owning a device over the full term of the contract.

Although the move will likely increase revenues from those customers who need a new device immediately, it is alienating those customers who are ready to switch to a smartphone but want a hardware upgrade to help with the costs. The carrier is not making their profits on hardware but on plans rather. But focusing on this revenue stream, they could be missing an opportunity to capitalize on plan upgrades with a new device.

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File management software for BlackBerry

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When I first saw the screen-shots of BilbyFile I was very excited about writing the review for it. I saw this great looking file manager where I could tag multiple files and move them all at once. I admit that some of my excitement was based on a few assumptions… you know what they say about those.

Let me start by explaining the application and then I’ll give you my list of assumptions that caused this app to bum me out.

Features:
• View device memory/SDCard/folders/files
• File properties
• Folder properties
• File: copy/move/delete/rename
• Folder: create/copy/move/delete/rename
• Star files: copy/move/delete

BilbyFile is a file manager that allows you to “star” (select) multiple files and then copy/move/delete them all at once. This is useful if you know exactly what all the files are called… This brings me to my failed assumptions.
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Free WorldMate Live upgrade - Google Maps supported

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This news should have gone out a little while ago but if you have WorldMate you were surely notified. If you don’t, maybe now is a good time to pick up the product.

Our users’ wish is our command! In response to last month’s newsletter, we got dozens of requests to integrate Google Maps with WorldMate Live on the BlackBerry. We figured out a way to do it, and we’ve just released an upgrade!

To upgarde, go to www.mobimate.com/downloadcenter.

Or,

Point your BlackBerry browser to www.wmlive.com.

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PhoneGap aims to increase development via open source platform

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The mobile industry is abuzz over the news about major mobile platforms releasing their own application store. Developers are working very hard to push their latest projects into the hands of eager mobile users. But what has come apparent within the communities, as far as I know, is the gap between mobile platforms. One company trying to tackle this isssue is PhoneGap.

PhoneGap is an open source development tool under MIT license and proudly sponsored by Nitobi. The product is used for building fast and easy mobile applications using Javascript and HTML, while taking advantage of core features (GPS, sound, accelerometer, vibration) in the iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices.

“The purpose of PhoneGap is for PhoneGap to cease to exist.

Today, mobile development is a mess. Building applications for each device-iPhone, Google Android, Windows Mobile and so forth-requires a different development framework and programming language. As such, phones and other mobile devices have become second class citizens.

We aim to change that by enabling web technologies to work with native device features such as geo-location and accelerometers. In PhoneGap, we’re building a cross-platform framework for device-neutral mobile development.”

Being an open source project, PhoneGap is looking to get ambitious web and mobile developers, along with their respective communities, to help build what can potentially be a powerful tool for full-time developers, part-time developers and hobbyists.

As for why the need for PhoneGap, Ellis, PhoneGap’s founder said, “There are not a lot of Objective-C developers…” Objective-C is a primary language used to develop iPhone and Mac OS applications. “We’re all Web developers here,” Ellis said of Nitobi. “And there are more Web developers than Objective-C developers.”

Do you think PhoneGap could help boost development and the help the industry?

What limitations and benefits can you foresee developing with PhoneGap?

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