Poynt CEO says "We are continuing to operate, grow and develop. Nothing really has changed."


Poynt BlackBerry PlayBook

Earlier this month, Poynt issued a press release stating that they had filed under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. While it was easy to misread the release itself, many (CB included) understood the information to mean Poynt was filing for bankruptcy -- this thankfully isn't the case. Poynt is the same as it ever was and won't be disappearing any time soon. 

Yesterday I had a chance to chat with Poynt CEO Andrew Osis and he was kind enough to fill me in and bring me up to speed on what's happening at Poynt.

Poynt Corporation files for bankruptcy


Poynt BlackBerry

One of our long-time favorite apps may be no more. Poynt Corporation has officially filed a Notice of Intention under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. At last check, Poynt seemed to be going strong so we're not really sure when things took a turn for the worse. It's definitely sad to see Poynt in this position.

From the press release:

The Company is not currently in a position to meet the obligations owing to its secured and unsecured creditors and as such, has taken this action under the BIA as the most expeditious and economical manner of addressing the interests of its creditors and allowing it to carry on its operations.

Poynt has been popular across multiple platforms for quite some time and offered up location-based searches for movie times, gas prices, restaurants, local info and more. 

This could possibly mean that Poynt won't make it to BlackBerry 10. What are your thoughts - do you use Poynt and if so, will you miss it if it goes away? Let us know in the comments and keep reading for the full press release.

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Poynt for BlackBerry updated to v1.8.5 - Adds support for Bold 9790, Curve 9380 and petrol search for UK

Poynt for BlackBerry
Uber popular BlackBerry application Poynt received a nice update today. The new version sits at v1.8.5, and brings support for some of the newer BlackBerry smartphones -- Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 -- as well as larger icons for touchscreen devices, a TeleNav library update, and for for users in the UK a new section for petrol prices. The new petrol search feature allows users to find the closest or cheapest petrol stations in their local area. Additionally, Poynt users will be able to quickly update current petrol prices where prices have fluctuated. Pretty cool!

You can grab the new version of Poynt in BlackBerry App World at the link below. As always, the app is completely free, and once you have it, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Full press release regarding the new petrol search feature for UK users is after the break.

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Ryan's most-used BlackBerry Apps of 2011


Ryan's most-used apps 2011

Year after year, I can honestly say I install more than my fair share with applications. Between beta testing, reviews and my own curiosity, I’m surprised that any of my BlackBerry smartphones haven’t screamed “Enough!”. With that in mind, I try to keep my BlackBerry smartphone as clean as possible. If I don’t use an application frequently, it’s uninstalled. For the few I do hold onto, I don’t actually realize how much I use them as it becomes simply second nature to me. Many apps have come and gone, but a select few I still keep close at hand. Check out my most-used apps of 2011.

Poynt for BlackBerry updated to v1.8.3

Poynt for BlackBerry

Poynt joins with Missing Children Society of Canada bringing child search alerts to your BlackBerry

Every year over 300,000 children are abducted in Canada and the US. This statistic is both heartbreaking and frightening, especially if you're a parent. It's always nice to see developers of popular applications updating their apps for the better good of the world, and this is one of those occasions. Poynt announced yesterday that they have joined with the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) to assist in the fight against child abduction.
A first-of-its-kind geo-targeted notification system through a mobile app, Poynt will assist in the timely location and recovery of missing or abducted children. When a child goes missing or new information on their whereabouts is received, time is of the utmost importance. By pushing geo-relevant Child Search Alerts to Poynt users already in the vicinity of a missing child, Poynt and MCSC will be able to quickly disseminate important information to aid in the recovery of missing children. The Child Search Alerts will direct Poynt users to a mobile website where they can view information about the missing child including pictures, a physical description, background details, information about other potential people who are with the child, as well as the areas where the child is thought to be located.

This is awesome news and a partnership that has potential to do a lot of real good in the world. Poynt can be found in BlackBerry App World. Full press release and further details about the new feature can be found after the break.

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CrackBerry's 2011 Father's Day gift guide


Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day is fast approaching folks and if you're anything like me, you're probably scrambling for ideas on what to get for your husband or father. All of us here at CrackBerry.com want to help ease some of the stress in finding that perfect gift so we decided to put together some suggestions of the must-have/want items. In the guide below you will find many options that have been pulled from the forums as well as suggestions from fellow BlackBerry users.

Poynt introduces pairing for BlackBerry PlayBook - Connects BlackBerry Smartphones to BlackBerry Tablet (video)


One of the cool things about the BlackBerry PlayBook is the BlackBerry Bridge functionality which allows you to connect your BlackBerry tablet to your BlackBerry smartphone. This concept of having two devices working together vs. having your tablet and smartphone as distinctly different experiences is one that gets a lot of CrackBerry readers excite.

That being the case, it was really cool to see Poynt come up with a pairing solution for the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry Smartphone by their own design by tapping into the push services that RIM offers. You need to check out the video above to see it in action - it's pretty awesome! The end result is that after you pair your phone to the tablet, the apps are essentially connected. You can have Poynt closed on our smartphone, and from within the PlayBook's Poynt app place phone calls, make reservations (it'll add them to the calendar on your phone), etc. Cool stuff.

Be sure to watch the video above and check out the video below. You can grab Poynt from BlackBerry World for free. Great job Poynt!!