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Jawbone Bluetooth Headset Review Teaser

Jawbone Bluetooth HeadsetWhen the JawBone first arrived, the first thing I noticed after I got it out of the box... was, well... the box!

It is beautifully packaged. The actual device itself propped up on a pedestal. The rest of the accessories and instructions stored down below.

The colors and design of the package, and indeed the whole product is quite nice. It's a great design to look at, and I give that 2 thumbs up.

The Jawbone comes with 4 extra earpieces, AND 4 extra ear inserts. This is critical in ensuring a proper fit.

I must admit it took me a good 5 to 10 minutes to get a proper fit. You'll need to try out many combinations of earpieces and earbuds before you get one that fits just right. At least I did. But once it fit nicely it was quite comfortable.

The sound quality is quite clear. Maybe because I'm one of those blackberry users that is not used to wearing an earpiece (I'm a big fan of speakerphone), having a speaker right inside my ear was quite different, but nice. No problems with sound quality, or with the person on the other end hearing me properly. The device works as well as it looks.

Rogers Releases Red Pearl

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Rogers were pretty sneaky with the release of the Red Pearl today. The announcement popped up on their website with little fanfare.

So, for all those people who are eager for a red smartphone, now is your chance.

Cost is $249.99 but you’ll have to agree to a three year contract for that. And that is Canadian dollars too.

WES 2007 - Bright Future For BlackBerry

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WES 2007 in Orlando, Florida is attracting journalists from around the world and many are being exposed to the rapid development of the BlackBerry and the whole future of mobile, wireless communication.

An article from the Times of India titled Blackberry Turned Enterprise Wonder is a well written piece that highlights where the BlackBerry will be going in the next few years. It effectively encapsulates what is going on with the devices and where it might be taking us.

As Neeraj Saxena describes, life for BlackBerry users “has since moved from carrying a fancy email device to carrying a virtual platform that today supports most enterprise applications, and will soon support just about all. Add voice convergence between fixed-mobile networks to that and one can see how the corporate world would soon be moving fast towards desktop freedom.”

WES Diary # 3 - Slow Start to the Morning

  WES Hard Rock Cafe party

Wednesday Morning, WES has already begun for the day, and I'm an hour behind schedule on making my way out of the hotel room and back to the conference. Why the slow start? Free booze at last night's WES party which took place at the Hard Rock Cafe. I think RIM actually discovered the cure for CrackBerry Addiction - free booze! During the day there were 3,000 of us walking around with our heads down reading our berries - at night, the chins were up while the drinks went down!

WES has been a solid event for me so far. Coming out here I was thinking about doing minute by minute blog posts on the event, but decided the better use of my time was to get to know as many people in the CrackBerry world as possible. And I am succeeding at that! At the Solutions Showcase I spoke to a lot of software vendors who are working on some cooool stuff (more to speak to yet today), so there will be a lot of indepth reviews coming in the weeks ahead.

Some of the apps that caught my attention (click the links for more info):

Some observations from the event:

  • Not many laptops in the building at all. Normally at a tech conference every single person would have a laptop and would be fighting over outlets. Goes to show that the BlackBerry of today is replacing the need for a laptop.
  • Everybody has the same ringtone!
  • The CrackBerry.com t-shirts are a huge success!!! Everybody wants one. Going to have to start up the shirt press when I get home.

That's all for now folks.  I have 12 hours of fun ahead of me!

WES 2007 - A New Pearl In The Works?

blackberry pearlThe WES show is usually a good place to pick up rumors on the next generation of RIM devices. The latest rumor doing the rounds at WES and on BlackBerry Cool et al turns out to be less a ‘new’ device than it is an ‘improved’ device.

The Pearl, that beautiful piece of consumer-friendly hardware, is undergoing an upgrade. The BlackBerry 8300 has more bells and whistles so it seems that the next generation of Pearl will incorporate some of the new toys found in RIM’s latest business model.

The next Pearl will perhaps feature a Global Positioning System. That’s a great little toy for surveyors and hikers, but the general public might balk at paying data fees for something they will rarely use.

According to the rumors, RIM is listening to its customers and the GPS may be taken off the table for the new Pearl device. RIM appears to be leaning toward removing gadgets that people rarely use and instead improving the popular multimedia features that will pit it directly in competition with the likes of the iPhone.

The new Pearl will also be a 9xxx device, probably 9100. As a result the new Pearl will be significantly thinner than the current model and there will also be a resolution upgrade to the screen. That will aid in the delivery of enhanced multimedia capabilities.

No date for launch yet although reports are that this year will be optimistic.

WES Diary # 2 - Opening General Session

Kevin's Diary - LIVE from WES 2007! I have 30 minutes until the Solutions Showcase opens up (a.k.a. exhibit of hundreds of vendors), so I found a little corner in the Brass Lounge and it's time for a quick update.

WES started off this morning at 8:30am to a crowd of about 3,000 blackberry addicts. Crawford Del Prete, from the IDC, kicked things off, and from their RIM's founder and co-ceo Mike Lazaridis took the stage. There were no earth shaking announcements, but the big message was that it is the Application Providers that are going to take the BlackBerry to the next level, and that the next goal is to essentially replace the need to have an office phone by having the BlackBerry merge legacy PBX and IP phone systems into the Berry.

BlackBerry freed the business world from having to use their computer to check email, and the next goal is to free the corporate world from the office phone.  Example - you'll be able to just dial a party extension # on your berry as you would on your office line to reach someone within your company. 

After Mike finished up, next came the roundtable discussion on "Beyond Email". Nigel Clifford, CEO of Symbian was on hand, and man is this guy ever a good speaker and knowledgable.

Ooo..gotta cut this short for now. Lots to talk about, and all will come out in the days ahead, but don't want to miss anything right now!

Mike Lazaridis

  Mike Lazaridis talking about Competitive Advantage through Applications.

Round Table Discussion on Beyond Email

Going Beyond Email - Roundtable Discussion 

 

WES Diary # 1 - Now That's how I Roll!

The flights went smooth, I land in Orlando at 11:30pm, grab my luggage, and what's the first thing I see when I walk out of the terminal? The BlackBerry Limo! Thanks for thinking of me RIM! There's no need to wait in line for a cab when you can roll Orlando in style! WES starts tomorrow - I'll be there bright and early, and I am pumped!

BlackBerry Limo

DataViz Launches New Mobile Office Suite

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We warned you. The news will be thick and fast from WES2007.

DataViz, Inc was quick off the mark with its announcement of its latest addition to the company’s award-winning mobile Office editing suite.

Documents To Go for BlackBerry is expected to be shipped later this year but the company is using WES to launch the application to an avid and informed audience in Orlando.

Documents To Go will enable users of BlackBerries to access, view, edit and create Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on their devices. Native file support will provide users withthe benefit and flexibility of using files and attachments regardless of how they are delivered to their BlackBerry.

Documents to Go also features a revolutionary piece of technology – InTact, which retains complex file formatting when receiving, editing and sending files to and from a Berry. Documents To Go will provide an optimal user experience while simultaneously maintaining the integrity of the mobile document.

There is also nothing new to learn assuming you already know how to work in the MS office environment.

For more information on the program see the DataViz releasehere or visit their website. Visit the company’s booth at the Symposium(Booth 315) for a demonstration. You can also have your say on the new program in the CrackBerry forum here.

MS Visual Studio Announcment From WES

ms visual logo The WES show in Orlando this week, is going to be a font of information and we can look forward to a raft of announcements and nifty gadget releases. As we detailed earlier, the blogosphere stole RIM’s thunder by leaking the Curve story early, but there is still plenty of new information coming out of the annual symposium.

Today is the first day of the symposium, and we’ll be there to cover everything in full. Our own Kevin Michaluk is jetting toward Orlando and will bring us up to date. Look for the CrackBerry.com logo.

This morning, RIM announced plans to introduce a new development tool that will enable developers to work within the familiar .NET programming environment. This will allow developers to create rich client wireless applications for the BlackBerry.

The BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio gives system integrators and in-house corporate developers the ability to create BlackBerry applications that seamlessly integrate with back-end systems through .NET Web Services. According to the RIM release, corporations are coming to recognize the opportunities to boost productivity through wireless data applications and this application will go a long way to helping business realize those business opportunities.

BlackBerry MDS is a robust and widely deployed platform that enables wireless access to enterprise systems, and applications developed with the BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio will benefit from its advanced security, manageability, network efficiency and push capabilities.

“RIM continues to provide a flexible and open development platform with robust tools, technical assistance and support of industry standards,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “This new developer tool meets the needs of the .NET developer community as well as enterprise customers by enabling the development of BlackBerry applications within the familiar framework of Visual Studio. It leverages existing skill sets as well as existing investments in the BlackBerry platform.”

The BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio will be previewed at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2007 in Orlando, Florida this week and is expected to be available later this year as a free download at www.blackberrydeveloper.com.

Barack Obama Wins Support from CrackBerry.com

Hillary Clinton and Barack ObamaNever mind the small detail that none of us here at CrackBerry.com are American Citizens. In fact, we're very Canadian. However, if we WERE Americans we would throw our support behind U.S. Senator Barack Obama.

Why you ask?

He's a confessed BlackBerry addict.

Recently, when asked what his favorite gadget was, Obama replied: "It would have to be my Blackberry...The least favorite is my Blackberry as well."

Well put Barack. It sounds like a true love/hate relationship!

On the other side of the coin was Senator Hillary Clinton. When asked the same question she replied "My iPod would have to be my favorite".

Oh so close Hillary... but we're afraid that was the wrong answer.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the BlackBerry Mom - part 2 - Headsets!

To continue on from our first Mother's Day Post, today we're going to look at a few headsets the 'BlackBerry Mom' might enjoy!

They're cool, colorful, customizable, and great for the mom on the go.

Jabra BT160 Bluetooth Headset Name: Jabra BT160 Bluetooth Headset
With the Jabra BT160, mom doesn't have to look like a switchboard operator anymore! You can in fact choose between a total of 33 different faceplates to look good and still enjoy the latest technology can offer in hands-free mobile communication.

However you're feeling, you'll find a headset style to match your mood. Wild, sporty,elegant, fruity, scary, or just plain gorgeous, then Jabra BT160 has a look to match. Communicate in the style that's right for you, and when you change your mind, simply change your style. And remember, it's your call, so make it fun!

Whether you're writing e-mails, shopping, cooking, working out or just sitting down watching the world go by, you can keep your hands free for multitasking and let your style do the talking.

Compatible Devices: BlackBerry 7100g, BlackBerry 7100i, BlackBerry 7100r, BlackBerry 7100t, BlackBerry 7105t, BlackBerry 7130c, BlackBerry 7130e, BlackBerry 7250, BlackBerry 7290, BlackBerry 7520, BlackBerry 8700g, BlackBerry 8700r, BlackBerry 8703e, BlackBerry 8800, BlackBerry Pearl 8100
Cost: $39.95

More Details / Buy the Jabra BT160 Bluetooth Headset...

Motorola H700 Bluetooth Headset Name: Motorola H700 Bluetooth Headset
The best just got better for mom.  With proven 5th generation technology and form, the Motorola H700 Bluetooth Headset enhances the popular folding microphone design with superior audio performance, echo cancellation technology and an approximate 30% reduction in size.  Discriminating consumers will welcome the Motorola H700 because it eliminates wires while delivering crisp, clear communications. With a 10 meter (30 feet) connectivity range, new levels of comfort and simple one-touch access to your most desired features, wireless has never looked so good.

Compatible Devices: BlackBerry 7100g, BlackBerry 7100i, BlackBerry 7100r, BlackBerry 7100t, BlackBerry 7105t, BlackBerry 7130c, BlackBerry 7130e, BlackBerry 7250, BlackBerry 7290, BlackBerry 7520, BlackBerry 8700g, BlackBerry 8700r, BlackBerry 8703e, BlackBerry 8800, BlackBerry Pearl 8100
Cost: $69.95

More Details / Buy the Motorola H700 Bluetooth Headset...

Jabra Earbuds Name: Jabra Earbuds
This earbud with an inline microphone is a comfortable and stylish alternative to bulky headsets. If mom doesn't want a headset, this is the perfect option!

With the EarSet, there is nothing over your head, over your ear, or in front of your face. The EarSet uses the patented EarGel for a secure fit and outstanding hearing. Smaller and lighter than a quarter, the EarSet is a comfortable and stylish alternative to bulky headsets or noisy car speakerphones.

The EarSet channels sound directly into your ear canal for excellent audio quality, especially in noisy environments where it is superior even to a phone handset. The unidirectional microphone enables you to speak naturally and be heard — you'll be perfectly happy with the audio quality, and so will the person you're calling.

Compatible Devices: BlackBerry 7100g, BlackBerry 7130c, BlackBerry 8700c, BlackBerry 8700g, BlackBerry 8700r, BlackBerry 8703e, BlackBerry 8800, BlackBerry Pearl 810

Cost: $4.95

More Details / Buy Jabra Earbuds...

More Mother's Day gift ideas to come this week... So stay tuned!

Tom Watkins: The day my BlackBerry almost died

Tom sent this to me the other day to get up on CrackBerry.com if I saw fit - it's a good piece of CrackBerry humor based on the "Great BlackBerry Outage of 2007" (as I like to call it), and even better, guess what website helped Tom get through his near-tragic day?! Read to the end to find out...

The day my Blackberry almost died
By: Tom Watkins. Originally Published: Northville Record May 3, 2007

I had a sick feeling when I woke up that morning. It was the day that I thought my dear Blackberry died. I never realized how much I needed and longed for her.

I felt it coming on the night before. I figured, no, she could not be sick; "all would be better in the morning," I thought. "Why," I wondered "was my sweetheart, my Blackberry, just laying there, no beams, no vibrations, and no emails?" I could feel the beads of sweat building on my forehead. I felt a bit clammy. I kept picking up my trusty Blackberry every few minutes, just to feel for her pulse, her warmth — but nothing.

The Day My BlackBerry Almost DiedI rolled over a few times during that long night to caress my lethargic Blackberry but she had no life. Up until that point, she had always lit up any room she entered. That night her trusty face provided a dim glow in my bedroom but no emails. She was as lifeless as my old eight-track tapes piled in the corner. "All will be fine in the morning," I prayed, as I rolled over and attempted to get some sleep. I wanted to be strong in the morning for Blackberry; I felt she needed me as much as I needed her.

With the first beam of the morning sun streaking across my bed, I once again stretched out to pull Blackberry close. I could feel the blood drain from my face as I looked wishfully into her screen with such great anticipation of seeing emails - from my colleagues in China a world away or my Wall Street Journal electronically nestled on my Blackberry porch. But I gulped when the screen did not even light up, not even as much as a wink!

BlackBerry Addict? 1, 2, THREE Berry's for Madonna

Thanks to the CrackBerry Paparrazi who sent us this (and wished to remain anonymous). It looks like Madonna was caught on camera carrying not one, not two, but THREE BlackBerry devices. Looks like two 8700s and one Pearl. The odds are she was giving them away to the less fortnuate (those without blackberry's), as she is planning on upgrading to the BlackBerry Curve. Well, I guess in the case of Madonna she will be upgrading to three BlackBerry Curves. I feel much better about my BlackBerry Addiction now that I know Madonna has three!

Madonna with THREE BlackBerries

How to Spot CrackBerry Kevin @ WES 2007

CrackBerry.com at WESWith yesterday's spur of the moment decision to attend next week's Wireless Enterprise Symposium came today's realization that I had better be easy to spot in a crowd!

Over the past couple of months I have gotten to know a lot of people in the BlackBerry World, but communication has always been over the phone or via email or blackberry messenger. Next week I will have the pleasure of meeting many of these people at WES in person for the first time.

But with so much going on over three days, there will be no time to waste in trying to be found in a crowd! So what to do? What would be subtle and clever but scream CrackBerry.com? Taking our Pimp My Berry contest nomenclature to heart, we figured that is exactly what we should do - Pimp My Berry! The end result is in the photos - this is what happens when you give stickers and scissors to an office full of BlackBerry Addicts.

Look for the "CrackBerry Berry" next week in Orlando - and be sure to say Hi! 

Providers line up to launch Curve

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As we have mentioned before, sometimes living in Canada sucks. It was reported yesterday that AT&T will be releasing the new Curve in the US this month. In the UK, both Vodaphone and O2 will also be releasing the new smartphone in May.

But, according to the latest RIM press release, The Curve will not be released in Canada by Rogers Wireless until June.

The new Curve, as we have been detailing, will feature a number of consumer and business friendly goodies including a trackball navigation system, 2.0 megapixel camera, faster web browser and enhanced multimedia capabilities.

“As the leading wireless carrier in Canada, Rogers is committed to bringing innovative products like the BlackBerry Curve to Canadians,” said John Boynton, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. “Our customers are always looking for smart technology solutions and the new BlackBerry Curve, with its combined power and simplicity, will be attractive to businesses and consumers.”

Committed to bringing the most innovative devices later than anywhere else it seems.

I’m just asking the question, but how is that Canada, the home of the BlackBerry and RIM, is always the last to get new devices?

Looking to Hire a BlackBerry Professional?

On the eve of WES2007 we're pleased to announce a deal for anyone looking to hire a BlackBerry Professional. Simply go to the BlackBerry Jobs section of CrackBerry.com, and we'll give you 1 FREE job post. No charge, just use 'WES2007' as your coupon code and we'll foot the bill.

Hiring BlackBerry Professionals?  

Roxio Media Player On The Curve

roxio powered Several BlackBerry smartphones, including the new Curve, come equipped with a media player that allows play of video and music files. The BlackBerry Desktop Media Manager now allows users to manage songs, videos and pictures. It is also based on Roxio Easy Media Creator, so it can help you get the most out of your media files.

Transferring files from your computer to your BlackBerry is simple – simply drag and drop, whether it's a video, picture or song. You can save directly to your Berry, or put the media files on the smartphone's memory card. The media manager will also automatically offer to convert your videos for optimal playback on your BlackBerry smartphone.

Listening is to a CD on your Berry is now easy. With the BlackBerry Desktop Media Manager, you can rip tracks from an audio CD, and then transfer the music files to your smartphone. Copy the entire CD, or create your own music mix with a customized playlist.

Built-in photo editing tools make it easy to crop, remove redeye and change the contrast and color saturation of photos. Use it to modify photos you took with your BlackBerry smartphone's camera*, or some you took with a digital camera.

There are also lots of advanced features.You can add tags to your music so you can easily sort songs by artist, title, album, genre, etc. on your PC and when loaded onto your BlackBerry.

Set up "watched folders" so that whenever new media content is placed in these folders, BlackBerry Desktop Media Manager will also automatically add it to your media library.

Visit the offical Blackberry site for more info. 

CrackBerry.com is going to WES 2007!!!

Going to WESThe plane ticket is booked, the hotel room is reserved, and I am going to the Wireless Enterprise Symposium  in sunny Orlando, Florida!!!!!

I'll be arriving in Orlando late Monday evening (May 7th), and will be departing Friday morning. While I'm there I hope to meet as many people from the BlackBerry World as possible. And of course I'll be reporting back to CrackBerry.com regularly with all the news from the show. It's going to be good!

If you're a loyal CrackBerry.com member and would like to meet up, send me an email and we'll get things figured out. There won't be time this year to plan an official CrackBerry.com party (that'll be next year!) but I'd still like to meet up with as many of you as possible. Are you going? We have a Who's going to WES 2007 thread you should join in on.

Hope to See you there! Let's spread the CrackBerry.com word!!!

Was RIM forced to release Curve early?

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According to some, it was the blogoshere that forced today's release of the Curve, days earlier than RIM had intended.

As we reported at CrackBerry.com yesterday, the Spanish site MiBlackBarry.com discovered that the URL for blackberry8300.com was redirected to blackberrycurve.com. This was then picked up by non-official BlackBerry sites around the world and word was out much to RIM’s chagrin.

RIM took down the URL redirect yesterday afternoon. An odd response if you were going to make a formal announcement less than 24-hours later.

In all likelihood, RIM had hoped to announce the new Curve at the WES conference next week. But we pesky boggers forced their hand.

Just goes to prove that in the age of the Internet, controlling the message is becoming increasingly difficult.

Telus Mobility Announces BlackBerry 8830 World Edition

Telus BlackBerry 8830According to our friends at BlackBerrySync, it looks like Telus Mobility is starting to spread word that the BlackBerry 8830 will "officially" soon be available on the Telus network in Canada in the next few months.

An official press release should be made by Telus any hour now, but the early reports state the phone will be available for $499 on a 3 year contract.

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