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Fixmo Extend now out of public beta- exclusive 50% off today!!

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Quick Review: Fixmo Extend for BlackBerry

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Fixmo Extend

Some of us here at CrackBerry.com are fans of the products that Fixmo Inc offers. In the past, we’ve had an in-depth look or two at their ever evolving Fixmo Tools application. That app just keeps getting better and better the more functionality they shove into it. For example: through Fixmo Tools you can, via WiFi, remotely print directly off of your BlackBerry. Through Fixmo Extend, you can make yourself even more mobile. It allows you, much like Tether for BlackBerry, to use your BlackBerry as a gateway to the tubes – I mean – internet. Currently only supports Windows PCs (XP or higher), which is definitely a lack for Mac users.

So if you find yourself away from any WiFi network, and you need the power of your laptop, you can give Fixmo Extend a try. During the beta, you have 1000MB to play with in a month. In order to use Extend, you need to install software on both your computer and your BlackBerry. Oh and a USB cable might help as this is required to complete the connection.

All it took was a little fiddling with the APN settings until I was up and running, powered by BlackBerry and Fixmo Extend too. On my laptop, the Fixmo Extend App would display data transfer history, which was represented by a line graph. I could also click on the Export Log option to view traffic in detail. This allows you to keep an eye on your usage. According to Fixmo Extend, it requires 636 kb to load the CrackBerry homepage. Speeds while on the go were comparable to speeds while connected to my WiFi at home. I am hoping to see Fixmo Extend make use of Bluetooth in the future, so I can leave the USB at home. No word yet on pricing for the app (or even final features) when it comes out of beta, but hopefully it will be competitive to Tether. You can pick up the Fixmo Extend beta app for free from the CrackBerry App Store. Keep reading for more screenshots.

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Clearing up the PlayBook Confusion: BlackBerry Bridge vs. Internet Tethering

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Internet Tethering vs. BlackBerry Bridge

As I read through forum threads and check out blog post comments both here on CrackBerry and on other websites, I am noticing there is still a lot of confusion surrounding a few specific aspects of RIM's first tablet. Hopefully RIM's PlayBook marketing efforts will clean up the mess as we near launch, but in the meantime I'll do my best to help the cause. I already addressed the no native email, calendar, contacts at launch issue here, and in this post we're going to clear up the misunderstandings between Internet Tethering and the BlackBerry Bridge on the BlackBerry PlayBook and answer some of the big questions regarding both. Here we go!