Google's Mobile App for BlackBerry picks up two new features in version 3.3 that are all but guaranteed to make your search results more reliable. Also, see what the voice search app has in store for our British friends over the pond. Check it out in this First Look video.
Research in Motion's next BlackBerry Storm might come with a tweaked touchscreen in hopes of alleviating complaints about the first edition.
Several publications including Unwired View have picked up on an interview given by RIM's Alain Segond von Banchet, channel sales manager for BlackBerry in the Netherlands, in which the executive discusses a BlackBerry Storm 2 in frank terms. Google translations can be sketchy, but feel free to evaluate the original interview published by Tweakers.net.
The Storm 2 may not wind up being the final name for the new device, von Banchet said, but the device will … Read more
Turns out surfing Facebook at work has a name and it's good for your productivity. A study shows that 20 percent of your time spent Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing (WILB) will improve your output. Texas also says hasta la vista to Vista, and AT&T tries to block movies on its wireless network.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 945
Google reported sniffing at Twitter, but to what end? http://blog.wired.com/business/2009/04/google-reported.html http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/02/sources-google-in-late-stage-talks-to-buy-twitter/ http://www.appscout.com/2009/04/google_incorporating_twitter_f.php http://kara.allthingsd.com/20090403/sorry-to-get-you-all-a-twitter-but-google-is-not-in-late-stage-talks-to-acquire-the-hot-microblogging-service/… Read more
The Shortcovers e-book reader that's available now for BlackBerry, iPhones, and Google Android phones sounded like a good idea when we first heard about it back in February. It still is a good idea, but falls a little short in the execution.
Shortcovers is attractive and modern-looking with a nice, legible default font throughout and a menu system you can find your way around. What it trips on are the details. For instance, thumbnail images draw you in on the page of featured e-books, but are excluded from the actual content. Sometimes the only freebie you get is the … Read more
LAS VEGAS--It seems there are going to be as many ways to run a mobile application store as there are stores themselves.
One of the big topics this week at CTIA 2009 has been mobile applications, as Research in Motion unveiled BlackBerry App World and Microsoft talked about its forthcoming Windows Marketplace for Mobile. The dam has truly broken with mobile applications; for years, most consumers seemed indifferent to third-party applications, but now they are viewed as an essential part of any smartphone, just like they are on a PC or Mac.
Most of the credit for that trend has … Read more
Research In Motion opens its BlackBerry app store, including one app that brings full-length TV shows to the BlackBerry Bold; YouTube pulls music videos of the major music labels off its Germany site; and a Hitachi exec is indicted in LCD price-fixing scheme. Get those, and the rest of the day's top stories, in today's podcast.Listen now: Download today's podcast
The latest version adds a few new features, the most exciting of which, reading song lyrics, can be enjoyed only by subscribers to the premium RadioPlus service. The lyrics show up when available on the right-most tab in the BlackBerry Slacker app. Even those using the free version of Slacker stand to benefit from Slacker's newly implemented Bluetooth support, which finally provides compatibility with stereo headsets and a whole host of Bluetooth peripherals. You can enable Bluetooth in the … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Full-length TV shows are coming to BlackBerry devices as QuickPlay Media has announced it will offer a new TV download service for the smartphones via the just new Research In Motion applications store.
QuickPlay is one of the first companies to offer an application through RIM's BlackBerry App World virtual store. RIM announced the new applications store Wednesday morning. And co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is expected to show off the new storefront during his keynote speech Wednesday here at the CTIA Wireless 2009 trade show.
The QuickPlay video service called Primetime2Go will cost $7.99 a month. It will … Read more
It's well past midnight here at CTIA 2009 and I have fought sleep to test out the new BlackBerry App World, the much ballyhooed 'rival' to the iPhone's App Store. As of 1:30 a.m. PDT, it has 11 social networking applications, 89 utilities, and 163 games. The BlackBerry App World is spinning on, but although I enjoy its layout, it's having a hard time living up to the hype.
First, I am emphatically not a fan of RIM's decision to tether all its BlackBerry users to PayPal as its payment processor. I see the … Read more