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Acer beTouch E130 looks like a BlackBerry, runs Android 1.6

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2010

An Android phone with an exposed keyboard? Sure is. Acer’s beTouch E130 was recently shown off at Computex and the BlackBerry lookalike is equipped with a 2.6-inch QVGA touchscreen display, a scroll ball and a full QWERTY keyboard.

Engadget says that the device feels really solid, and the rough-feeling scroll ball is great for navigating the menus. The keyboard is their favorite part of the phone. It has a rubber-type coating giving the keys a nice feel. The E130 is part of Acer’s lower end BeTouch line however, and packs only a 416MHz ST-Ericsson CPU, 256MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM.

T-Mobile officially announces new BlackBerry colors for summer

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

We all want to stand out in some way. And now T-Mobile can help as they have just officially announced that there will be some new color options for its BlackBerry devices this summer. The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is now available in T-Mobile retail stores and online in Fuchsia Red for $49.99 with a two-year contract.

While the BlackBerry Bold 9700 will be available in white starting May 26th, priced the same as the current 9700, which is $129.99 with a two-year contract.

BlackBerry tablet to arrive in 2011?

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2010

Take this with the usual grain of salt, but word is that RIM is working on a tablet device, codenamed the BlackPad or Cobalt. Apparently the device will feature an 8.9-inch display and might even be thinner and smaller than Apple’s iPad.

If such a device is even coming out of RIM, it would be unveiled in 2011, with a 3G connection, Wi-Fi, and might even sync with a BlackBerry smartphone. Now this is mighty interesting. If they play their cards right, this could really compete with Apple.

Ford Sync gets voice control for Blackberry and Android apps

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on April 20th, 2010

Ford has been putting Sync on many of its cars and trucks for years now. the system offers hands free phone calls and a myriad of other features. Ford has announced a new feature that will debut with the 2011 Fiesta.

The new feature gives drivers voice control using Sync over certain apps on Android and Blackberry smartphones. The voice control will work on Pandora for instance allowing the driver to change channels on the app with their voice.

BlackBerry 9900/9930 slider hitting Sprint?

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 14th, 2010

Some new info has leaked regarding the BlackBerry slider and according to the latest rumors, the device failed the early diagnostic testing 4 out of 5 times, which obviously isn’t good. If the rumor holds up, the BlackBerry slider may be headed for Sprint, since the device had a Sprint logo.

There is a GSM/HSPA version of the device and the models are called the BlackBerry 9900 and BlackBerry 9930. It looks like the HSPA version will support 850/1900MHz UMTS bands which would make it compatible with AT&T and Rogers’ 3G networks.

BlueBerry gets upgraded with optical pad

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2010

We’ve seen the BlueBerry before. And when it came time for the real thing to make the transition from trackballs to optical pads, this clone just had to do the same. The end result is the BlueBerry 9500 you see here.

Specs include a TV tuner (with 9-inch retractable antenna), dual SIM support, and WiFi. The optical pad is even said to be “decent.” Are you interested in a Blueberry, outside of your muffins?

Kindle for BlackBerry e-reader app now available

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

Amazon is now adding BlackBerrys to the list of Kindle-compatible devices, while reminding us that it’s working on Mac and iPad versions of the software. The app is a free download for Americans and offers the same functionality as the PC and iPhone versions.

There’s also an in-app book store and you can create bookmarks and view annotations from other portable Kindle readers. Better go download it and get your reading on you digital bookworms.

Pong anti-radiation cellphone case

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2010

From the fine folks at Pong Research(They haven’t done much since testing Pong consoles in the late seventies apparently) come these anti-radiation cases for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and Blackberry Curve… Despite the fact that radiation from cellphones has not yet been proven to harm people.

The Pong anti-radiation cases are mostly made of silicone, with a “Pong gold PCB module” embedded in the case. Apparently the module has been proven to reduce the radiation from an iPhone into a user’s head to “a third of what it would be without the case.”

Verizon brings slotRadio+ cards to BlackBerry

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

This is interesting news. Verizon just announced that they will be offering slotRadio+ microSD memory cards (which already come preloaded with music) for most BlackBerrys. We’ve seen the cards before. They are not new. They were introduced by SanDisk last year and can hold 1,000 songs from various artists on the Billboard charts.

First you’ll need to download and install an application on your BlackBery that will let you connect to Verizon’s V CAST Music service, for it to work. Each of the cards will retail for $50 if you like the skip button enough to get one.

Boost Mobile unveils Blackberry unlimited monthly plan with Curve 8330

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on January 26th, 2010

Boost Mobile is a pre paid phone service that uses the Sprint network for 3G data and voice service. The company sells lots of different devices for users to choose from and plans can be purchased that include unlimited data, voice, and texting.

Boost announced today that it is now offering unlimited no contract monthly plans for Blackberry service. Along with the new Blackberry service plan comes the Blackberry Curve 8330 smartphone. The smartphone has the same features as other Blackberry devices.

Touchscreen BlackBerry Bold-esque prototype caught on camera

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

Would you be interested in a BlackBerry Bold with a touchscreen? That doesn’t exist yet, but apparently RIM is toying with the idea. Some leaked pictures of a BlackBerry prototype have show off a Bold-esque device with…you guessed it, a touchscreen.

Word is that this design has been ditched for something better, though some of us would be happy with this one. So we have no idea when we can expect a touchscreen BlackBerry with a physical QWERTY keyboard, but it’s nice to know they are on it.

FlightView for BlackBerry: Real-time flight tracking

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

FlightView for BlackBerry: Real-time flight trackingFlightView has announced its initial mobile application for BlackBerry. Those living in North America can check out real-time flight information right on their BlackBerrys, along with additional information like weather conditions. Flight status updates can be integrated with BlackBerry alerts as well so that you can have scheduled flights tied into your BlackBerry’s calendar.

Pretty darn convenient if you ask us. This will help a lot if you travel often. FlightView for BlackBerry can be purchased for $4.99 from BlackBerry App World.

Official Ed Hardy cases for mobile phones hit Office Depot

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on December 16th, 2009

edhardyiphone-sbI am not a fan of over the top cases for the iPhone or other devices. The designs that are on Ed Hardy stuff just aren’t that appealing to me. If you like the designs and want a real Ed Hardy case they are now available.

The cases are now available to be purchased in Office Depot and ULTA stores around the country. The faceplates are available for the iPhone and Blackberry devices.

BlackBerry App World launches in Australia and New Zealand

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on December 13th, 2009

BlackBerry App World launches in Australia and New ZealandBlackBerry users in Australia and New Zealand now have something to smile about. RIM has officially launched BlackBerry App World, (its very own version of the App Store) in Australia and New Zealand. This is important for obvious reasons. The most important aspect of any powerful phone these days are the apps.

Maybe this will get Blackberry sales up in the land down under while the iPhone goes on walkabout. You never know. Hey at least you’ve learned something new about that part of the world. Something that has nothing to do with Nicole Kidman hailing from there, Mad Max movies, kangaroos or vegemite.

Chevy Volt gets cozy with iPhone and BlackBerry

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2009

Chevy Volt gets cozy with iPhone and BlackBerryThe Chevy Volt electro-carriage will roll out for drivers next year, and when it does it’ll be iPhone and BlackBerry friendly. The image above was shown off at the L.A. Auto Show, revealing a BlackBerry displaying the Chevy Volt’s battery charge status.

The iPhone and Blackberry apps will start off with the ability to control when the Chevy Volt gets charged. The Volt will alert your cellphone when it’s fully charged. Chevy also hinted that other cellphone platforms will be compatible with the Volt eventually as well.