BlackBerry News and Reviews

Review: VQ Mileage Tracker for BlackBerry

For the majority of us, we still rely on gas to make us go (and no I’m not talking about bodily functions). Regardless if you are a road warrior, or a weekend sports parent, you want to keep an eye on your gas tank, as well as your mileage. Now that I think of it, you probably want to add up all of your travelling expenses; you do have to figure in your morning coffee right? Every expense adds up, sometimes even faster than the pile of fast food garbage in your backseat. The next thing you know, your office car pool, or family trip will include a wagon tied to a bicycle. Whether you need to report your expenses to your boss, or to your other half, your BlackBerry has it covered.

Let’s take a look at an application that offers to keep its grip at 10 and 2 on your mileage and expenses; VQ Mileage Tracker. This application can automatically track the mileage you travel and maintain a record of your expenses for future reporting. Do me a favour and tell those kids to settle down back there. I’ll turn this BlackBerry around and they’ll be no review for anyone!

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Kobo debuts social reading application for BlackBerry smartphones

During yesterdays keynote we got a look at some amazing new super apps. One of these was the e-reader Kobo. Kobo had a great demo on how they will integrate BBM socially into the application, allowing users to chat, share items and much more. This is just one of many super apps down the line that we have to look forward to. Check out the video above to see what it's all about.

Press Release

Kobo Debuts Social Reading Application for BlackBerry Smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO-September 28, 2010 - At BlackBerry® DEVCON 2010, Kobo announced the development of an industry-first social eReading experience and released a video of the social reading app in action. Kobo, a global eReading service, demonstrated during the keynote presentation how application developers will be able to leverage the new BBMTM (BlackBerry® Messenger) Social Platform. The BBM Social Platform enables developers to build applications that take advantage of the BlackBerry smartphone's social aspects, as well as the push architecture of the BlackBerry® platform. Kobo plans to integrate information from various functions of BBM into the eBook shopping and reading experience on its application once the BBM Social Platform is available. The company today released a video of the forthcoming application: http://blog.kobobooks.com/BBM

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CrackBerry Podcast 058: BlackBerry PlayBook and DevCon10 Super Special!

Slightly recovered from our BlackBerry PlayBook shell shock yesterday, we sat down late this morning to record our DevCon10 podcast. On this show we have Bla1ze, Adam, myself and our recently crowned CrackBerry Idol champion, Dave Peckens.

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Get 50% off all MLHSoftware apps for the remainder of DevCon10!

The BlackBerry Developer Conference is well under way and many of the developers are here on site with us. One of those such developers is MLHSoftware, who makes many great applications as seen above. Now and for the remainder of DevCon you can check out any MLHSoftware developer application for 50% off the original price. Process is simple, on your BlackBerry head on over the Shop CrackBerry Software store and select you application. In the coupon are enter in the code "MLHDEVCON10" and click on update. Once your cart shows 50% off you can then proceed to checkout. Remember, it must be done on your BlackBerry for the code to work.  Many thanks to MLHSoftware for the sale!

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Paragon by AHazDesigns released for BlackBerry Torch!

Well, it didn't take long for BlackBerry Torch themes to start pouring in once the BlackBerry Theme Studio v6.0 beta download became available! The first I saw available for the 9800 was Paragon by AHazDesigns. This theme was recently released for other devices, and Alex was very quick to get it converted for all of you Torch users out there that were anxious to download your first themes. It looks great, and is on sale now for $2.99 in the CrackBerry store! This is just the start of many new themes that will rollout, check the forums for many more free and paid themes now available.

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A discussion with Dan Dodge co-founder and CEO of QNX Software Systems

A lot of talk has been happening at the BlackBerry Developer Conference regarding QNX Software. More specifically, the OS that will be running on the sexy new BlackBerry PlayBook. The official BlackBerry blogs were able to catch up to Dan Dodge, co-founder and CEO of QNX Software Systems. In the talks, they discuss QNX, the OS and it's role in the new BlackBerry Tablet OS ecosystem. If you're interested in learning more about QNX Software be sure to give it a read through, rather interesting in how the OS works.

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BlackBerry Partners Fund announces regional selections in the “Super Apps” developer challenge

The BlackBerry Partners Fund has selected the regional winners of the 2010 BlackBerry Super Apps Challenge. This years challenge brought forth hundreds of applications and has now been broken down for everyone to view.

"The response we received in this year's Challenge has been tremendous, and demonstrates the high level of interest by the developer community in the BlackBerry platform," said Kevin Talbot, Co-Managing Partner, BlackBerry Partners Fund. "We were also very impressed with how well the applications that were submitted incorporate 'Super App' characteristics, or the ability to seamlessly share information and interact with both native BlackBerry and third party applications."

With all the applications that have been submitted, the list is rather large and certainly worth a look through. A lot of great applications are highlighted there and some of which, you may never heard of. Be sure to check out the full list and press release via the BlackBerry Partners Fund website.

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BlackBerry PlayBook price?!

What will the BlackBerry PlayBook price be? Vote in our poll and leave a comment with your thoughts!


  How much will the BlackBerry PlayBook cost?customer surveys  

The BlackBerry PlayBook announcement totally wowed us yesterday and changed a lot of things on the BlackBerry front. There was lots of talk on specs and everyone wants to get their hands on one, but the real question we're left wondering is what will the price be? There was no talk on price at all, and even the press release left us in the dark. There was a note about the release date of "early 2011" and we know a 3G version will be launching that won't be subsidized by the carriers so it will be an outright price. But there was no answer to the key question every wants to know - how much will the BlackBerry PlayBook cost?? Cast your vote in the poll and weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.

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Show Me the Images updated - DevCon special 50% off

Show Me the Images by BBerryGo is a handy little app that automatically downloads images in emails from senders you have added to a safe list. This eliminates the need to go in to the menu and select "get images" each time you get an email. I've been using it for quite some time on my BlackBerry Bold 9700, and I love that it saves me time and inconvenience.

The BBerryGo team is at DevCon this year, and wanted everyone to know that Show Me the Images has just been updated to support BlackBerry 6, and they have placed all their apps on sale for 50% off through Thursday. So head over to the CrackBerry App Store and use the coupon code "BBGODEVCON" for half off Show Me the Images or any of their other great apps. Please note, you must purchase on your mobile device in order for the coupon code to work! Be sure to click on update so that the price gets changed in your cart and then proceed to check out.

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BoxTone announces Mobile Analytics Platform

Today at the BlackBerry Developers BoxTone announced a new product to accompany their growing product line. It's called Mobile Analytics Platform and it's an enterprise tool to assist companies develop and support BlackBerry smartphone applications in less time and maintaining a high quality experience for the end user.

The smartphone application world which started off with consumer focused like Twitter and Facebook and have now evolved into enterprise focused, in many cases they've become mission critical. The management of these apps to ensure the application and the core BlackBerry smartphone experience needs to be protected.

Mobile Analytics Platform (MAP) a does just that and they are inviting developers to join the beta program now. 

Press Release

BoxTone Unveils New Mobile Analytics Platform at BlackBerry DEVCON 2010  

BlackBerry DEVCON 2010 - San Francisco, CA - September 28, 2010 - BoxTone®, the leading provider of proactive Mobile Service Management (MSM) software solutions, yesterday announced new software to help enterprises develop and support BlackBerry® smartphone applications faster, while ensuring the high quality experience that mobile users demand.

Unveiled by BoxTone CEO Alan Snyder at BlackBerry DEVCON 2010, the BoxTone Mobile Analytics Platform (MAP) combines a Mobile Analytics DevKit of application instrumentation tools with a web-based Mobile Analytics Dashboard to simplify and optimize the mobile application lifecycle from development to deployment, operations and support.

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Bloggers Reactions to the BlackBerry PlayBook!

Back at WES 2010 we had a fun time interviewing bloggers to get their reactions on BlackBerry 6 and the announcement of the Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G. While a ton of news got announced at BlackBerry DevCon 2010, it's the BlackBerry PlayBook with the BlackBerry Tablet OS that's dominating the headlines.

So following up the announcement of the PlayBook, we once again tracked down the bloggers in attendance to get their thoughts and feedback on RIM's first tablet and what it means for the future of BlackBerry. Check out the video above to see your favorite bloggers in real live action!

HUGE THANKS go to all the bloggers who let us put them on camera once again!

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Video Hands-On of BlackBerry 6 Running on the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Pearl 3G and Curve 9300!!

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We've seen BlackBerry 6 leak already for the Bold 9650 and Curve 9330 onto the interwebs. We're still waiting to see it leak (or get officially announced) for the Bold 9700, Pearl 3G and Curve 9300. Hopefully it won't be long now, as RIM was showing BB6 off on these devices at the Opening Reception at the BlackBerry Developer Conference 2010. Note - free booze was served at this event so it's not quite as solid of a BlackBerry 6 first look as we did at the Torch launch, but if you own one of these devices and are waiting on BlackBerry 6 for it you'll want to watch!

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BlackBerry PlayBook Hands-On Video!

Well, it's not quite our typical hands-on video, but I do put my hands on the device through a piece of glass. It'll have to do for now. Leaving the keynote session at BlackBerry DevCon, RIM had the BlackBerry PlayBook out on display for onlookers to drool over. Check out the video above for a quick look at the first BlackBerry tablet.

I also compare the the BlackBerry PlayBook to the Apple iPad and my BlackBerry Bold 9700 in the video to give you an impression of where it fits into the size equation. The form factor is pretty cool. It's a lot smaller than an iPad, but a lot bigger then your typical BlackBerry. Overall, I'm liking the form factor. It definitely fits with the "first professional tablet" branding as well. Going sorta hands-on we could see that they had on display both 16GB and 32GB versions of the PlayBook. No removable battery either - that's a new one for us BlackBerry users to have to deal with. It's hawt though. LOVING it.  We give a run down of the specs in the video and you can check out the BlackBerry PlayBook announcement for more information. I can't wait to do a REAL hands-on video of this one. It's the BlackBerry PlayBook... and really is a whole new ball game for RIM. Gonna be fun!

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Full Live BlackBerry PlayBook Announcement Video!

Following up with our DevCon Keynote Live Blog and BlackBerry PlayBook announcement teaser video, here is the full BlackBerry PlayBook announcement. This is the magic folks... the 15 minutes where RIM gets their mojo back. I AM EXCITED.

The BlackBerry PlayBook with new BlackBerry Tablet OS ushers in a whack load of new stuff to the world of BlackBerry. Awesome new hardware and an operating system that has legs for the future. Being christened as the first professional tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook looks like it has what it takes to be awesome for consumers as well and will offer an awesome gaming and video experience. Watch the full unveiling of the BlackBerry PlayBook by RIM's Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis above!!

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Amazon to launch Kindle App for new BlackBerry PlayBook

 

The BlackBerry PlayBook is just out the gates and already, many folks are laying out there plans to bring applications to the device. One of the first, with a press release is Amazon. Kindle services will be brought to the BlackBerry Playbook and I'm sure this is just the beginning of developers who will be stepping up. As the press release states:

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it will launch a Kindle app for the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer. Customers can already enjoy the free Kindle app on their BlackBerry today. Like all Kindle apps, the Kindle app for the new BlackBerry PlayBook will let customers Buy Once, Read Everywhere—on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, Android-based devices, and in the coming months, the new BlackBerry PlayBook. Amazon's Whispersync technology syncs your place across devices, so you can pick up where you left off. For more information about the free Kindle apps, go to www.amazon.com/kindleapps.

“When you buy a Kindle book, you can already read it on iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, and of course on your Kindle, Kindle 3G, and Kindle DX," said Dorothy Nicholls, Director, Amazon Kindle. "We're very excited to add the new BlackBerry PlayBook to that list. As with our other Kindle apps, the BlackBerry PlayBook app will be free and will incorporate our WhisperSync technology so you can seamlessly switch between devices. Our vision is 'Buy Once, Read Everywhere.'"

Exciting times, can't wait to see who else will be joining in on the action once things start rolling out for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Source: Business Wire

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BlackBerry Theme Studio v6.0 beta 1 download now available!

BlackBerry theme designer? Well, you'll wanna head on over to the BlackBerry website. BlackBerry Theme Studio v6.0 beta 1 is now available for download. One little caveat for the download though, see below:

BlackBerry Theme Studio v6.0 beta only supports the BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone and BlackBerry® 6 OS. This version is recommended for experienced users who want to experiment with the latest BlackBerry technology and don’t need a full set of documentation (the software comes with a description of the new features only).

You'll still need BlackBerry Theme Studio 5 for all other devices but, now is your chance to get some rocking BlackBerry Torch 9800 themes out there for everyone in the mean time.

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BlackBerry Java tools Eclipse plugin now available for Mac - download today!

Something that BlackBerry developers have been wanting for a while now has finally arrived. While it's just a tech preview for now, the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse now runs on Mac OS X and is available for download today. You can head on over to the BlackBerry Developer page to get started. There, you can download the tech preview and get a good look at things to come on for BlackBerry developers running Mac OS X.

Features include:

  • On device loading and debugging over USB. No BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator required.
  • Includes all the features of the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse v1.1.2, including:
    • The ability to package a BlackBerry smartphone app project for multiple versions of BlackBerry® Device Software
    • Support for Eclipse project artifacts and folder structures
    • The ability to leverage familiar Eclipse functionality for BlackBerry smartphone app development

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BlackBerry PlayBook announced!

Watch the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet preview video!

Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow. This is purely awesome. Seriously, we've been talking about the QNX OS and BlackBerry tablet rumors for months now, yet somehow I wasn't convinced we'd actually get to see the tablet get announced at BlackBerry DevCon this year.  But wow, did it get announced, and WOW.. is it frack'n awesome. The BlackBerry PlayBook is the OS and the type of product we've been wanting to see from Research In Motion for a long time now.  And it looks like it's going to deliver. An operating system that delivers EVERYTHING... awesome web, gaming, video experience. Awesome hardware specs. It doesn't sacrifice the BlackBerry enterprise heritage. The future of BlackBerry looks promising once again!

Key features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook include:

  • 7" LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Memory: 16GB, 32GB and 64GBB versions to be available
  • 5300mAh battery
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi - 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
    • Measures 5.1"x7.6"x0.4" (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
    • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.

* RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

Watch the video preview above and check out the full press release below. You can also visit blackberry.com/playbook for more info.  Excited yet? How about that name PlayBook? I'm LOVING it. Drop us a comment with your thoughts or talk about in our BlackBerry PlayBook forum.

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Press Release: RIM to launch free BlackBerry Analytics Service

RIM announced today that they are working with Webtrends to bring analytics to the BlackBerry developer community. The BlackBerry Analytics Service will allow developers to easily add measurment tools to their applications. The tools will help developers gather insight into how users are using their apps and help find ways to increase use and better ways to evolve applications.

Press Release

RIM and Webtrends to Launch Free BlackBerry Analytics Service

Analytics service offers developers deep insight into how customers are using their BlackBerry smartphone applications

San Francisco - BlackBerry DEVCON 2010 - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM;

TSX: RIM) and Webtrends today announced they are working together to deliver free enterprise-class analytics to the BlackBerry® developer community. The BlackBerry® Analytics Service, powered by Webtrends, will allow developers to quickly and easily add measurement into their applications.*

BlackBerry developers will be able to use the mobile analytics service to discover insights about how customers use their apps and to evolve their applications in ways that will drive loyalty, increase use, and potentially lead to new and more successful avenues for revenue and monetization.

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Press Release: RIM launches BlackBerry Advertising Service

RIM today launched their BlackBerry Advertising Service. The service for the BlackBerry platform allows developers to easily integrate advertising into new or existing applications. The advertising can be integrated into applications with just three lines of code, making it super easy to get things rolling. The ads will be relevant to the application as well as be able to tie into native BlackBerry applications like email, maps, calendar and more.

Press Release

RIM Launches BlackBerry Advertising Service

New service gives developers the ability to add advertisements from a large number of advertising networks in their applications, with only a few lines of code

San Francisco, CA - BlackBerry DEVCON 2010- September 27, 2010 - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today launched its advertising service for the BlackBerry® Application Platform. The BlackBerry Advertising Service helps developers integrate advertising in their BlackBerry® smartphone applications quickly and easily, while also allowing advertisers, agencies and brands to work with a broad selection of advertising networks.

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