RIM to Sell BlackBerry to Palm

Question This PostRIM announced in a press release today. that it will be selling the BlackBerry platform to Treo maker, Palm , in a record $169 Billion dollar deal.  Asian reporter, Trisha Takanawa was the first to report this story on the Quhaog, RI news early this morning.  The main reason cited for RIM's decision was that RIM wanted to show its BlackBerry users the robust and stable experience that could be had by using PalmOS.  All BlackBerry users are urged to call 1-800-555-6227 for more information in exchanging their BlackBerry's for Palm Treo 8800 models.

Happy April Fool's Day everyone! :) 

Whoa BlackBerry!

Whoa, BlackBerry, ram-bla-dam...

Windows Live Search BETA available for BlackBerry

Windows Live SearchWindows released a BETA version of its Windows Live Search application for BlackBerries this week. Many Windows Mobile users have claimed Live Search as being even better than Google, but I don't think that can be said for the BlackBerry beta version just yet. I downloaded it, but my patience ran out fast when trying to use it (too S L O W). Granted it is still in Beta, so I'll uninstall the app for now and wait for the full release before I make my real judgement call.

At this time, the Live Search app can be downloaded for the United States and the United Kingdom (what - no Canada?!), and most versions of the Berry are supported. 

On your BlackBerry, head to and give it a try.

Your thoughts? 

Hollywood Upgrades to the BlackBerry 8800

Lindsay, Paris and Nicky upgrade to the 8800

It sure didn't take long for Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and her sister Nicky to toss their 8700s and move up to the new BlackBerry 8800.

I wonder if they even pay for these things?!

ShowMate Wins Most Innovative Wireless Device Award

ShowMate wins Andrew Syebold AwardLaptops are out. BlackBerries are in. If you haven't heard of or seen the ShowMate yet, the odds are you soon will.

In case you didn't know, the Impacta ShowMate is pocket-sized device that weighs less than three ounces that enables mobile professionals to travel with nothing more than a wireless handheld on their hip and a ShowMate in their pocket. Full-featured PowerPoint presentations can now be viewed on the handheld or projected wirelessly by connecting the ShowMate to any projector or monitor. Presenters can roam freely to engage the audience, navigate to any slide to answer a question or emphasize a point and even view their notes on the handheld while presenting. The ShowMate transforms the handheld into a wireless remote control and personal teleprompter — it's the ultimate presentation tool. 

Better yet, the ShowMate is a winner! It was JUST awarded the Most Innovative Wireless Device Award at the Andrew Seybold Choice Awards presented this week at CTIA.

"Each of this year’s award winners have made significant progress in simplifying the user experience, which is critical to expansion in the wireless industry," said Andy Seybold, President and CEO of Andrew Seybold, Inc. "Impatica ShowMate goes a step further by adding a critical capability for the mobile professional - the ability to deliver PowerPoint presentations from their mobile device without having to drag along a laptop."

"What a great honor," exclaimed Michael Doyle, Chairman and CEO of Impatica Inc., "to win the Most Innovative Wireless Device category in the Andrew Seybold Choice Awards. This award is a tribute, not only to all of the dedicated employees at Impatica, but also to our strategic partners at RIM, Sony Ericsson, Palm and Microsoft and to our numerous customers, distributors and carrier partners who have consistently provided insight, encouragement and guidance in the development and evolution of the ShowMate."

Impacta Showmate

Read the Full Release here...

Learn more about the ShowMate here...  

Is Bart Simpson A CrackBerry Addict?

Earlier today confidential sources in Springfield reported that Bart Simpson himself was written up for using his CrackBerry in class!  He had to serve his detention writing on the board as usual.  We have exclusive footage here at  When asked why he was using his BlackBerry, Bart simply replied, "Eat my shorts, man."


Everything But The Missing Sync

Hey all you Mac CrackBerry addicts out there!  Now you too have everything and the Missing Sync !  Released today from MarkSpace, the Missing Sync gives you the supported ability to synchronize your CrackBerry with your Mac OS X computer.

The Missing Sync software effectively synchronizes your Mac Address Book, calendar entries in iCal, and if you are a Pearl user, you also have the ability to sync photos and music from iTunes...

If you have are a Mac user and a CrackBerry addict, then you should try it.  Price is 39.95 US for download.  The desktop software runs on G4 or G5 PowerPC and also has support for Intel Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.8 (Tiger) or higher.  It supports most BlackBerry devices as well.

Missing Sync for BlackBerry

Thanks Steve! Apple's iPhone to boost BlackBerry sales

Steve JobsLook what just came in on the Bloomberg terminal...

"Hats off to Steve'' Jobs, Apple's leader, Research In Motion co-Chief Executive Officer Michael Lazaridis said in an interview yesterday at the CTIA Wireless conference in Orlando, Florida. "He made smartphones cool again. Now everyone wants one. He helped the entire industry."

"We complement each other really well," Lazaridis said. "We both focus on two entirely different markets. One is pure consumer and pure consumable. One is pure function and pure productivity.

Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, declined to comment.

My initial feeling when the iPhone was announced was that it might just turn out to be good news for RIM in the long run. I guess only time will tell... your thoughts?

Read the full story here.  

Pinger Expands Voice Messaging Service to Blackberry Users

logo pingerSan Jose-based Pinger, Inc. announced today that it is expanding its messaging service to millions of Blackberry users. Pinger, which provides text messaging for your voice, today released a mobile application to optimize the Pinger experience for Blackberry users. Pinger is also expanding general support for mobile phones on nearly every US mobile carrier. Pinger claims they can cover over 95 percent of US mobile subscribers.

According to Pinger, the application is an easy and fast way to message groups or individuals.

"With the Blackberry application, we've finally made it easy for Blackberry customers to message with their lungs when they can't use their thumbs," said Greg Woock, CEO of Pinger.

Pinger, which was started in 2005 by two former Palm executives, has grown rapidly since its beta launch in September 2006, increasing its user base by an average of 20 percent per week

"With this upgrade, getting your first Pinger voice message is as easy as receiving a text message," Woock said. "Pinger already is changing the way people communicate by bringing back the personality of voice to today's mobile messaging mix." People can receive their first Pinger message without having to sign up for the service.

After importing and adding contacts, Pinger members can send a message by simply saying the name of the person or group they want to message. Pinger members also can access, manage and even send and receive voice messages through a web interface.

Pinger's heaviest users according to the company are mobile professionals who rely on Pinger voice messaging to stay in touch while in the car, walking between meetings or otherwise on the go. The Pinger Blackberry application gives users one-click access to their last 10 Pinger messages and streamlines the notification and retrieval process. Blackberry customers will automatically get the Pinger Blackberry application when they sign up to Pinger at

Pinger no longer requires new users to sign up for the Pinger service to begin receiving voice messages on their mobile phones. Instead, Pinger members can send Pinger voice messages to new users, directly to their mobile phone, even if the intended recipient is not a Pinger member. Recipients receive a text message prompting them to click and call a local phone number to instantly hear the Pinger voice message with no annoying prompts or lengthy greetings.

BlackBerry 8800 Now Available at Rogers

BlackBerry 8800 from RogersFor those Canucks out there (myself included) that were patiently waiting for the 8800 to be released in Canada... The wait is over. 

The 8800 is now available at Rogers. To check out the terms and pricing, click this link:
BlackBerry 8800 from Rogers Communications

Pricing Details:

$599.00 with a 2-year term
$649.99 with a 1-year term
$499.99 with 3-year term after rebates on
select Voice & Email packages.

Should I upgrade? Running the 8700 over here and that 8800 sure looks sweet! 

FREE BlackBerry WallPaper Maker Wallpaper Maker is happy to announce version 1.0 (still in beta) of it's free BlackBerry Wallpaper Maker! It's easy to use - simply upload any .jpg or .png image off your harddrive (keep it to a megabyte or less), choose the berry you have, choose the file type you want the output image to be (I personally like the .png - you don't lose any image clarity), and then enter the email address of your BlackBerry! Once the image arrives in your BlackBerry email box, simply save it to your pictures folder and "Set as Homescreen Image". You can thank Tom, our resident genius, for setting this one up. We're working on some version 1.01 already that will make this even slicker (color palette picker, and we're thinking of adding of adding a public wallpaper gallery - when you create your wallpaper you will have the option to add your creation to the public folder to be shared with other visitors!). But you know us - we can never wait to get things launched. It'll only get better! Give it a Go! Let us know how you like it! You can find the WallPaper Generator under Tools in the main menu, or by clicking here. For now, only registered users have access to the wallpaper generator. Not a registered member yet? Click here to join the community!

BlackBerry Job Board on the way! Job & will soon be launching a job board for Blackberry professionals.  If your company is looking to hire Blackberry admins, developers, support staff, or sales/marketing staff in the BlackBerry space – we think the CrackBerry audience is an ideal place to search.  If you have immediate positions to fill, contact [email protected] about posting a job right away so you it can be listed for the launch of the new job board! We're aiming to go live for this Friday, so hurry!

In addition to everyone who visits this site, your job will also syndicate to other partner sites who are participating in the job board. Your job will be presented to 700,000 targeted visitors over the next 30 days (3 million pageviews!). 

RIM and Gameloft Team Up With Game Offerings

gameloft asphalt

Europe’s largest game provider for mobile phones announced today that it is getting in on the CrackBerry revolution.

Gameloft has announced that the first of a number of games for BlackBerry will be released. Asphalt Urban GT2, Lost, New York Nights, Midnight Pool, Block Breaker Deluxe and The Prince of Persia:The Two Thrones will be the first six games on offer with the promise of more to follow.

Games have been available on the BlackBerry for some time, with companies like Electronic Arts taking a lead in supplying gaming to RIM devices. Today, the market for games on mobiles is estimated to be more than $750 million annually.

The games will be priced from $5.99 to $7.99.

Developments in the operating platforms of RIM’s devices, especially the Pearl and the 8800, have made them much more versatile and compatible with a whole range of gaming platforms. The fact that BlackBerry usage has reached 8 million subscribers worldwide meant that Gameloft could no longer ignore the potential market.

According to Jeff McDowell, Vice President, Global Alliances, at RIM "Our robust, standards-based development platform has paved the way for leading developers such as Gameloft to provide complementary applications. We are extremely pleased that Gameloft is expanding their portfolio of mobile games to support the BlackBerry platform."


Idokorro's new Citrix Presentation Client is a Hit!

Mobile Citrux Client for BlackBerry

I just touched base with the marketing director over at Idokorro to see how the release of their highly anticipated Citrix Presenation Server Client is going. The early results are in and it looks like Idokorro is going to score another slam dunk! The product launched this morning and the application has already received a lot of downloads and a lot of purchases (the numbers impressed me - and I'm not easy to impress!). This is no surprise considering every application produced by the company turns out to be the category killer for that segment.

If you haven't seen the release yet, you can read it in full after the jump: 

Idokorro Launches the Citrix Presentation Server Client for BlackBerry

Ottawa, ON, March 26, 2007 - Idokorro Mobile Inc., the leading innovator in mobile access solutions and provider of award-winning applications for wireless handhelds, is pleased to announce today's launch of their Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry®. Idokorro's solution gives BlackBerry users the ability to access and use any Windows application that is deployed on the Citrix Presentation platform.

Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry is a hotly anticipated solution for BlackBerry and Citrix users, giving them the ability to run Citrix-published applications like the Microsoft Office Suite, SAP, PeopleSoft, Crystal Reports, Cognos management tools and their Desktop-even view the graphical windows and control the mouse and keyboard-directly from a BlackBerry smartphone. By delivering a secure and reliable way for mobile employees to access important corporate resources, Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry significantly extends the value of both the Citrix Presentation Server platform and the BlackBerry wireless solution by increasing employee efficiency and productivity.

"As a global company, providing services around-the-clock is imperative. One way to accomplish this is to provide our employees with access to a wide range of applications from BlackBerry smartphones. By delivering these capabilities in a secure, intuitive, and easy-to-deploy solution, Idokorro's new mobile Citrix client will quite simply change the landscape of productivity," says Bill Townsend, System Analyst from CH2M HILL a global leader in full-service engineering, consulting, construction and operations.

"The world's largest and leading businesses rely on BlackBerry and Citrix Server implementations to help maximize their resources. It was a logical step to marry these two powerful technologies by developing a robust and intuitive Citrix client for BlackBerry smartphones. Our research also strongly indicates that demand for this kind of solution is very high," says Rob Woodbridge, President and CEO of Idokorro Mobile, Inc.

"Idokorro's Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry represents a significant step forward for mobilizing Citrix customers. By combining the pervasive BlackBerry smartphone with Citrix Presentation Server for application delivery, Idokorro's solution provides Citrix users new freedom to access their mission critical applications beyond email," says Chris Fleck, Citrix Vice President of Strategic Alliances.

"Idokorro continues to expand the horizon for mobile productivity by enabling BlackBerry users to now access the wealth of enterprise applications available through Citrix Presentation Servers," said Jeff McDowell, Vice President, Global Alliances, Research In Motion.

Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry is part of the Idokorro suite of applications for wireless handhelds that give users secure access to networks, servers, desktops and other devices, allowing most computing tasks to be performed from almost anywhere. The Idokorro suite currently consists of Mobile Admin, Mobile SSH, Mobile Desktop and Mobile File Manager. Mobile Admin allows IT administrators to use their wireless handheld to manage network servers including Microsoft Windows, Active Directory, Exchange, SQL; Lotus Domino; Oracle; Citrix Presentation Server; BlackBerry Enterprise Servers and much more. Mobile SSH supports full VT100, 5250 and 3270 terminal emulation so users can access and manage a wide range of network devices including Unix, Linux, Novell Netware, AS/400 servers, IBM mainframes, routers and switches. Mobile Desktop is a Remote Desktop and VNC client that lets users access computers from their wireless handheld, even view the desktop and control the mouse and keyboard. Mobile File Manager, designed for BlackBerry smartphones, is a professional file manager for remote and local files and supports Windows File Sharing, WebDAV, FTP and SFTP connections.
Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry and all other Idokorro products are available for 30-day fully functional free trials from the Idokorro website: .

About Idokorro Mobile, Inc.
Idokorro was founded in 2001 and is now the leader in providing mobile access solutions. Idokorro's products allow users to monitor, maintain, and manage their networks, computers, and other network devices from practically anywhere - streamlining operations, decreasing costly network down-time, and accelerating service responses. The company is self-financed and serves a global customer base of over 2000 corporations. For more information, please visit , or call 1.613.789.1818.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM assumes no liability and makes no representation, warranty or guarantee in relation to third party products or services. Citrix® and Citrix Presentation Server™ are trademarks of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners. 

Texas Hold 'Em Kings 2 Multiplayer Tournament

BlackBerry Poker TournyAttention all crackberry gaming addicts. There is a new Texas Hold 'Em Kings 2 Multiplayer Tournament available for download. This claims to be the largest ever Blackberry Tournament.

There are some great prizes being offered including two trips to Orlando, Florida with a seat in bplay's LIVE tourny at WES2007.

Go to from your device to download the game.

Let the fun begin!

Could CrackBerry Addiction Actually Cost You Money?

blackberry taxesIf you are in the UK and you use a BlackBerry come tax time you might be in for a surprise. And not a good one according to some tax accountants. And if it works in the UK, the IRS and Revenue Canada will be looking closely at Britian’s new tax measures with anticipation.

BlackBerries allow you to be available 24/7 and make it easy for you to interact with your office from wherever and whenever. But for a lot of people that handiness has turned into an addiction and a lot of time spent on the BlackBerry is not necessarily work related.

And therein lies the rub.

The British Treasury Department (their version of the IRS) has said that employees using their BlackBerries for “significant private use” could face a significant tax bill.

The British Chancellor, Gordon Brown, stuck a little provision in his last Budget, and most Blackberry users are unaware they will be charged 20% of the Blackberry's original price, if they are found to be using their device for significant personal activity.

Of course, the tax people are vague about what constitutes “significant” personal use and even the most ardent CrackBerry addict is not likely to be spending eight hours playing BrickBat.

The rule originally applied to PCs and laptops, but as of April of last year Blackberrys were considered a computer rather than a cell phone. Personal use of a cell phone provided by your employer is still tax free.

In the UK, businesses could give their staff up to £2,500 worth of equipment as a “benefit” without any tax consequences for private use. But now anyone who is suspected of using that “benefit” for personal use could face a £500 tax bill.

Companies are now being encouraged to state in writing that company-supplied BlackBerries should be used solely for business use and employees should keep a log of their usage.

North America obviously has different tax regimes than the UK, but as a lot of people here do write off their BlackBerries as business expenses, we shouldn’t be surprised if the IRS or Revenue Canada start asking for some usage documentation in the future.

Research in Motion to Sponsor Formula 1?

RIM to Sponsor Formula 1?This isn't even a rumor because I just made it up. It's Friday afternoon, and I just came across the greatest commercial ever to be made (just released this week) and needed a corresponding story so I had a reason to put it on the site.

Below is the Shell/Ferrari commercial that celebrates their 60 year relationship together. They shot the commercial in some of the greatest cities in the world - Rome, Monaco, New York, Hong Kong, Rio, and Sydney and is rumored to be the MOST EXPENSIVE commerical ever created. 2 minutes of pure joy - watch it!

But seriously, RIM really should consider sponsoring Formula 1. Their brand is already established in North America and there is no other sport/sponsorship venue that embraces international brands and has a worldwide following as big as Formula 1. Afterall, it is Research in MOTION, and the fit with Formula 1 technology and speed makes sense.

As for which team they should sponsor, I would of course rather see their logo on a RED car (a.k.a. Ferrari) despite their lead product being named BLACKBerry. 

Airtel & RIM bring the BlackBerry 8800 to India

blackberry 800 from airtelThe BlackBerry 8800 is making its way around the world in near record time. Airtel and RIM this week announced the introduction of the the BlackBerry 8800 to India.

"We are very excited to bring the innovative and feature-rich BlackBerry 8800 to India for our high-end customers,” said Sanjay Kapoor, President, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel.

“They will get an opportunity to experience a world-class product which is elegant, stylish and equipped to deliver a power packed performance. This exceptional device reinforces our commitment to bringing the latest and best communication experience for Airtel’s business customers.”

"The new BlackBerry 8800 is as stylish as it is powerful," said Norm Lo, vice-president of RIM's Asia-Pacific operations. "It is the ideal mobile communications tool for India’s dynamic business environment and we are very pleased to introduce this impressive smartphone together with Airtel."

Read the full press release here.

Learn more about the BlackBerry 8800 from Airtel here.  

Is Palm Deal Done?

palm logoPalm was a pioneer. I think most of us heard the phrase 'Palm Pilot' long before we heard 'BlackBerry.' But the company that led the way in creating the smart phone, and the maker of the Treo, might not exist as an independent company for much longer if persistent rumors turn out to be true.

Palm, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, has been the subject of takeover rumors for more than a month. Texas Pacific, Nokia, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola are all reported to be interested suitors.

Palm isn't doing too badly in terms of revenue. Palm reported revenue of $410 million in the reporting quarter that just ended, up from $389 million in same quarter in 2006. And this despite some delays in getting their new model out. In 2006, Palm shipped 2.4 million devices, a 20 percent increase over 2005.

But the smart phone business is a fast moving one. Where RIM and Nokia, for example, are bringing out multiple devices this year, Palm hasn't kept up and their devices are looking distinctly clunky and thick. The Palm hasn't altered substantially since the introduction of the Treo 600 back in 2003. And while sales are up, those 2.4 million units only represented three percent of the 74 million smart phone units sold in 2006.

But this is nothing new. People have been saying these things for a year. Why the sudden interest?

Firstly there is a belief that the costs with introducing new operating systems and introducing a radical new design will have to be addressed in the next six months. Furthermore, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that Palm had retained the Morgan Stanley company to shop the company around to potential buyers.

Yesterday, Palm released their quarterly results, which showed that while revenues were up there was a drop in profits for this quarter, but all questions were about the takeover. "As you can imagine, there's a lot of rumors and speculation out there and we're not going to comment on that stuff," said Palm Chief Financial Officer Andrew Brown.

Palm's stocks had been going up in response to all the trade rumours. But yesterday, when news began to float around that Motorola and Palm would not announce a deal, Palm's stocks took a nose dive. It remains to be seen if a deal can be reached or if another company is going to step into the breach.

What this means for BlackBerry and RIM is unclear. One less player in the field would be viewed as a good thing, but with Palm dropping to just three percent of the market, it is increasingly seen as a minor player in the smart phone industry.


Beware the BlackBerry Addict in the Office?!

beware of blackberry addictThe Nanaimo Daily News published a short blackberry piece in their local paper this morning that I thought made an interesting point - basically that Loose Lips Sink Ships and BlackBerry Addicts have the Loosest Lips of them all. Here are some of the bits by Howard Levitt:

... Employees are using PDAs while driving, walking on the street, at restaurants, bars, and even at the gym. Many employees feel be-holden to respond immediately to the beep of a pending message. Hence, the reference to "Crackberrys." Common sense seldom prevails. Often, they don't know who is listening or peering over their shoulders.

While employees may be blithe, employers should be concerned because they ultimately are the ones responsible for employees' actions.

Any information leaks could expose employers to liability for a multitude of infractions. Betraying a client's confidentiality, violating privacy rights, even damaging misstatements or defamation could result from a PDA "slip." And it won't be long before employers are making large payouts as result of these "indiscretions."

It also won't be long before the first $1-million damage award against an employer from a driver or pedestrian injured by an e-mailing employee...

So what you do think? Are you a loose talking blackberry user? Do you check to see who's listening in nearby before you "slip" and blab away about confidential information on your berry? Do you think this is really a problem or overblown?