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PrimeTime2Go: Full-length TV episodes for your BlackBerry

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2009

PrimeTime2Go: Full-length TV episodes for your BlackBerryLooks like the rumors were true. BlackBerry App World showed up today, but that isn’t the only exciting Blackberry news. QuickPlay Media’s PrimeTime2Go is launching as well. It delivers video only over WiFi and will work on all carriers.

The app will let you watch full-length television shows on certain BlackBerry devices. So far they have deals with NBC, CBS and MTV, so they should have a good selection of shows that will only get better. The service will cost users $7.99 per month, though it will only work on the BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900 (to start).

Skype coming to iPhone Tuesday, BlackBerry in May

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

Skype coming to iPhone Tuesday, BlackBerry in MayLooks like Skype is coming to the iPhone on Tuesday, and to BlackBerry devices in May. There have been plenty of Skype-capable apps for the iPhone, but the quality can’t beat the official Skype App that doesn’t require the extra audio transcoding workaround required by the unofficial apps.

The Skype app only works over WiFi (not over EDGE or 3G) and supports calls to SkypeOut contacts, plus it features many of the other features from the desktop client. iPod touch owners will need earphones with an embedded mic for talking.

RIM planning to launch full-length TV service

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

RIM planning to launch full-length TV serviceRIM is keeping quiet for the moment, but the timing makes us believe this rumor. BlackBerry App World is launching on April 1st so it would be perfect timing for RIM to introduce a television service for BlackBerry devices. Makes sense right?

According to NewTeeVee, “multiple sources” tell them that RIM is planning to announce a “full-episode television service” for BlackBerry users. Supposedly, it will download content via WiFi, so carriers shouldn’t be an issue and using Wi-Fi will avoid clogging 3G networks.

BlackBerry 9630 Review

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

BlackBerry 9630 ReviewThe guys over at Boy Genius have managed to get their hands on a BlackBerry 9630 before the official launch and have a pretty comprehensive review. The device that they’ve been playing with isn’t a final release, so there are bound to be a few bugs that get fixed.

They say that you can literally think of the BlackBerry 9630 as a BlackBerry Storm with a QWERTY keyboard. The device seems pretty solid and it looks like Verizon has a winner. The one big downside that is pretty obvious is that the phone lacks Wi-Fi.

iLane lets you speak to your inbox

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

iLane lets you speak to your inboxiLane is a small black box introduced by Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. It’s designed for people who can’t live without their e-mail and spend most of their time on the go. Gadgets that read and speak text are nothing new, but they have been in the news more recently. Like Amazon’s Kindle 2, which reads books, and the iPod shuffle, which speaks a song’s title out loud.

iLane is only working with Blackberry right now. The device lets you know what’s going on in your inbox through a wireless Bluetooth earphone. Your voice will be sent via an MP3 attachment, rather than being converted to text. It will also read your emails to you.

BlackBerry sun/privacy guard

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

BlackBerry sun/privacy guardThis little gadget pretty much gives you away when you are looking at porn on your Blackberry. It will also keep the sun off the screen so you can see every bit of up while uttering “giggiti”. Casual onlookers will know you are to something, since this thing gives you away, but they won’t get a peek.

The BlackBerry Mobile Visor is only $8.95 and folds up when not in use, making it easy to keep in your pocket and use should the need for porn overwhelm you in public places.

Pandora Radio app for BlackBerry

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 19th, 2009

Pandora Radio app for BlackBerryThis morning Pandora released its long awaited radio streaming application for BlackBerry. The guys at The BoyGenius Report tested it on a Bold via AT&T. According to them, “it’s everything we’ve been waiting for”.

The performance is pretty good and it has all of the basic features you want, like song skipping, rating a song thumbs up or down, pausing and creating a new station are all there. You can also bookmark a song or artist. T-Mobile won’t support it however for the Storm.

BlackBerry Gemini 9300

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2009

BlackBerry Gemini 9300BlackBerry has yet another model to satisfy all of you email addicts, the BlackBerry 9300, also known as the Gemini. The 3G smartphone features some of the following improvements: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Tri-band UMTS/HSDPA, Larger and better resolution display, Faster processor, Silver exterior ala BlackBerry 8830, and a Rounded keyboard.

No mention of Wi-Fi and GPS in the Gemini, but we assume they are in there. No word on price, but we should see it in Q4 of 2009. Q1 at the latest. It seems obvious that RIM is looking to transition all their devices to 3G over the course of the next year, which is a good thing.

BlackBerry meets the Optimus Keyboard

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 5th, 2009

BlackBerry meets the Optimus KeyboardThis interesting concept comes from designer Billy May. The OLED Blackberry is a combination of a Blackberry 7130 and an Optimus Keyboard. This OLED Blackberry was designed for the Mozilla Phone project, and obviously it takes the best of both devices and creates this stunning concept seen above.

The OLED keys, just like on the Optimus Keyboard can be programmed and change their look. It looks stunning and the minute you see it, you realize that you are looking at a device that has some actual richness of personality and could provide a richer experience.

Slacker BlackBerry Storm streaming radio app released

Posted in Curve by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2009

Slacker BlackBerry Storm streaming radio client releasedSlacker has announced a version of it’s free internet radio app for the smartphone, with 100 expert-programmed Slacker stations, over 10,000 artist stations or tons of custom stations. You can even listen to music without a network connection using Slacker’s station caching, which is exclusive to BlackBerry devices

It lets you store your favorite stations on a memory card instead of streaming them over the network connection you’re using. That way you have access to them even when there’s no signal. Slacker claims that it will also reduce battery consumption by as much as 5x.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 gets the Colorware treatment

Posted in Curve by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2009

BlackBerry Curve 8900 gets the Colorware treatmentIt had to happen. If a device is as popular as the BlackBerry Curve 8900, it will get the Colorware treatment sooner or later. Usually sooner. Just like the iPhone 3G, and your DS. So, if you want to beat your precious gadget upside the face with an ugly stick, the folks at Colorware will gladly help.

It doesn’t have to be ugly of course, you can put together something striking I’m sure. Just be certain it’s what you want before you commit. A solid color will run you $129, but if you want a different top, bottom, frame or sides, it will be higher. You could just love your device for who it is, which is the cheapest option and it will love you back. Maybe.

BlueBerry clone surfaces

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

BlueBerry clone surfacesThey say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The Blackberry must be feeling very flattered right now. After all, BlackBerries are everywhere, and even President Elect Obama is addicted to using it.

Meet the latest and I believe first BlackBerry clone, so creatively named the BlueBerry L900i. This quadband GSM handset looks just like a BlackBerry from a distance, featuring a QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth connectivity, a digital camera and leather backing. It’s only $164.99 so don’t expect it to function like the real thing.

World Of Warcraft theme on BlackBerry

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2009

World Of Warcraft theme on BlackBerryWorld of Warcraft has a huge fanbase. The kinds of fans that are actually into tech as well. So it makes sense to have a World of Warcraft Today theme for the BlackBerry Curve. WoW fans can now get in-game graphics and icons on their communications devices, and probably helpful reminders about any guild raids they may have planned.

Just when you thought you could get a gamer out of the WoW universe for a few minutes, something like this comes along and pulls them back in. Sure, it’s not like you get to play on your iPhone, but the theme certainly gives BlackBerry that in game feel. Horde and Alliance themes can’t be far behind.

iLane reads emails and text messages aloud for drivers

Posted in hands-free by Shane McGlaun on November 24th, 2008

iLaneOne of the most frightening things I ever say was a teen girl driving through my neighborhood, on the wrong side of the road, sending a text message. It’s not only a problem with teens, according to a study lots of adults drive and send or read email as well.

The study was commissioned by IMS Inc and found that the main reason adults cite for reading and sending email while driving is pressure to keep up with personal life without making the boss mad for doing it at work. The catch is that reading or sending email while driving is dangerous.

BlackBerry Storm pricing on Verizon test site

Posted in RIM by Darrin Olson on November 11th, 2008

Blackberry Storm 9530 pricing revealed from Verizon WirelessFinally we are getting some solid-looking information on the pricing for the BlackBerry Storm coming soon from Verizon Wireless. Rumors have been flying about pricing being under $200 to keep it competitive with the iPhone and possibly even offering the device for near-free to try and swing some of the smartphone market back to RIM.

As of now the testman site for Verizon is showing the BlackBerry 9530 Storm smartphone priced at $219.99 with a 2-year contract, and at $519.99 if you wanted to buy one outright. $289.99 will get you into the phone with a 1-year contract through Verizon, as well.