A short, but sweet, news bulletin for BlackBerry fans: on Wednesday, T-Mobile announced the immediate availability of the red RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone. It joins the black version, which has been on sale since October 13. You can get either colors for $149.99 with a two-year contract. The Pearl Flip is the first BlackBerry to sport a clamshell design. For more information, read our full review of the RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220.
The BlackBerry Partners Fund announced Wednesday its first three major investments.
The $150 million fund was established in May to bankroll software developers creating new applications for smartphones, including Research In Motion's BlackBerry devices. The fund, which considers investments throughout the world, is co-managed by JLA Ventures and RBC Venture Partners.
So far the fund has made only small investments. But now it's picked three established start-ups that will get much bigger chunks of investments.
The three companies are: Buzzd, which uses GPS to provide city guide information and social networking; Digby, which builds "mobile storefronts" … Read more
California mobile video company Qik on Sunday announced the alpha release of version 1.0 of Qik for BlackBerry. The free, downloadable application (covered here and demoed here) lets cell phone filmmakers stream video live from their mobile phone to Qik.com, social networks like MySpace, Orkut, and Facebook, and to any personal blog.
When you're done filming, Qik also plays a post-production role by auto-publishing the recorded video stream to YouTube or Seismic. You can opt out by turning the feature off before or during the stream.
At the outset, Qik's alpha download will only be available … Read more
Members of Congress are apparently agitating for iPhones.
TheHill.com is reporting that the U.S. House of Representatives is testing a deployment of iPhones after receiving requests for the devices, according to the Chief Administrative Office.
Congress is a huge BlackBerry shop, but apparently, legislators and staff members are lobbying for the iPhone as another choice in wireless communications.
The catch is, according to TheHill, they'd have to pay for their iPhones out of their Members' Representational Allowance, the fund that each congressperson is given to hire staff members and offset the expenses of running an office. And … Read more
This is it! This is the news we've been waiting for since May. On Wednesday, Research In Motion announced that the long-awaited RIM BlackBerry Bold will finally be available starting November 4 at AT&T for $299.99 with a two-year contract and after a mail-in rebate.
Though the smartphone was originally slated for a summer release, as we all painfully know, the Bold was delayed time and time again. Part of it was the lengthy carrier certification process and most recently, RIM said it held off on the release to make sure the 3G experience would be … Read more
On Tuesday, Zeemote announced plans to release the beta version of its software development kit for BlackBerry sometime in early 2009.We've demoed Zeemote in the past and are starting to wonder what's taking so gosh-darn long to get things rolling. In Europe, Zeemote's Bluetooth joystick (officially called the Zeemote JS1 Controller) has begun to ship with some smartphones--it launched in the Netherlands with … Read more
When most people focus on the BlackBerry Storm, the first touch-screen phone in RIM's history, they anticipate the sensitivity of the accelerometer, the agility of the application store, and the feel of the domed screen that depresses like a giant button when you push on it.
Here at the first-ever BlackBerry Developer Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., however, the focus goes much deeper. Instead of fussing over speed, sleekness, and slimness, the conversation here employs terms like finger one and finger two, ups and downs, listeners, and callbacks; all ingredients application developers must layer into their code to make … Read more
Attention T-Mobile customers: if you own a RIM BlackBerry Curve 8320, you might want to head on over to the carrier's Web site and download a nice little software upgrade for the smartphone. We think it'll be worth it.
The BlackBerry 4.5 update brings some notable features, including video recording capabilities, HTML e-mail support, and music- and video-streaming capabilities. You also get attachment viewing and editing, a new browser design, and improved download and data performance. The update is available now for free download. As with all software upgrades, be sure to back up your data.
If you happen to be scouting new music on your BlackBerry two Saturdays from now, you could be one of the first to try out the free FlyCast entertainment app.
Launching November 1, FlyCast, which is already available for iPhone, will offer its radio, video, and podcast channels for BlackBerry Curve, Bold, and Storm phones. In addition, FlyCast's programming includes news, sports, weather, and traffic stations. The media can freely run in the background, which lets you listen to music while you do other things on the phone.
You'll be able to download FlyCast when the time is … Read more