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MobileTracker GPS Tracklog App Updated with Torch Support and Sale

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Skylab Mobilesystems Ltd. just released version 1.5 of their popular GPS tracking application MobileTracker for BlackBerry. The latest update includes full BlackBerry Torch support as well as a BlackBerry Maps preview feature. To coincide with the update announcement, MobileTracker is available for a special introductory offer of 50% off. Other features of the app include:

  • Records a GPS tracklog.
  • Elevation and time can be tracked.
  • Easy one-click tracklog recording.
  • Extensive statistical information and background tracking.

Check out MobileTracker in the BlackBerryCool Store.

GPS now unlock for Verizon BlackBerry 8130 and 8330 (BlackBerry Bytes)

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A bunch of people have sent us emails that Verizon has now unlocked the GPS functionality for the BlackBerry 8130 and 8330. This will allow Verizon subscribers to finally use BlackBerry Maps (by selecting the ‘internal GPS’ option in your settings)! However, Google Maps will not work as Verizon deems it a ’security risk’.

You’re going to need OS 4.5 to experience GPS freedom on your Verizon BlackBerry. Thankfully, we have all the information you need to upgrade to OS 4.5 at the links below.

BlackBerry OS 4.5 now available from BlackBerry.com/Upgrades. No, seriously.
How To: Upgrade your BlackBerry Software

Free GPS compass on your BlackBerry

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Ronen just posted a review of Neosistec’s CarFinder, which lets you mark a location using your GPS-enabled device to find it later. Saving locations is something BlackBerry Maps does anyway, but having a little compass which keeps you pointed in that direction is a great extra feature which you don’t get otherwise. Combined with the option to send the location to others, the app pretty handy outside of just finding your car. On the whole, it looks more lightweight and easy to use than BB Maps if you’re just looking for this kind of casual use. If this is something you’re interested in trying out, you can download CarFinder free over the air from http://bb.neosistec.com/carfinder.

OS 4.3 features listed on RIM’s knowledgebase

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BB LogoThe sharp-eyed Ronen has picked up on a knowledgebase article which outlines all the big changes in OS 4.3. For anyone not lucky enough to have picked up a new BlackBerry 8130, this should give you all the info you need.

Some of the big changes we’ve heard of before now, but here’s the round-up: enhanced SureType; wireless software updates; sending voice note by e-mail, PIN and IM; phone bass and treble adjustment; security options for locking long-distance and specific phone numbers; local search and route saving on BlackBerry Maps; video MMS support; streaming media; Media Player playlists; video recording; Bookmarks and History viewable on Browser launch; and finally, syncing address books and calendars with integrated e-mail, such as Yahoo! and (presumably) Gmail if you’re on BIS 2.4. Pretty awesome stuff!

UPDATED: Telus 8130 hits online store, Ottawa gets in early

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Canadians rejoice! Telus has opened up the BlackBerry 8130 for sale, $199.99 with a three year hook in your cheek. Side-loading microSD slot, 2 mpx camera, EVDO compatibility, GPS, A2DP, and comes bundled with not only the lovely new Facebook app, but also Pocket Express. A solid release combined with Telus’ generally rosy third quarter report paints a pretty picture for this carrier’s near future. Props to BlackBerry Sync for nailing the dates and deets.

UPDATE: With a bit of smooth talking, yours truly got the Telus folks here in Ottawa to crack open their shipment early. The rep I talked with hadn’t touched a BlackBerry before, so she was just about as excited as I was to give it a shot.

Pics, video and impressions behind the jump!

Garmin bids $3.3 billion on Tele Atlas

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Tele Atlas, the fine folks who do BlackBerry Maps, are in the process of being bought. Fellow Dutch navigation company, TomTom, had already put about $3 billion on the table, but now that GPS heavyweight Garmin has stepped up, it looks like a bidding war is going to ensue. Both TomTom and Garmin have experience on handhelds, and can potentially bring some new stuff to BlackBerry Maps, but it’s more likely that Tele Atlas will keep doing what they do best, regardless of who owns them.

“Given the high growth and rapid change the navigation market has undergone to date, we feel that now is the right time for Garmin to move ahead with this proposed combination with Tele Atlas,” Garmin Chief Executive Min Kao.

RIM publishes GPS and BlackBerry Maps developer guide

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We always like to keep an eye out on what RIM is doing for the BlackBerry development community, because we want them to develop cool new apps for us. So it pleased BBCool HQ to notice that RIM recently published a GPS and BlackBerry Maps Development Guide on their developers site. The guide is jam packed with a bunch of mumbo jumbo that we don’t understand, but that we’re sure is perfect for BlackBerry developers to get the most out of GPS and BlackBerry Maps.

Actually, it sounds like the kind of thing any LBS developer would be interested in if they wanted to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes in the Tele Atlas ‘Maps in Apps’ developer contest we told you about a few days ago (hint hint). The full RIM .pdf can be downloaded here.

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