Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

RIM announces Multimedia BlackBerry

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Research in Motion
According to many rumors in some forums, serious and nonserious blogs RIM has now, more or less, official announces the next generation of BlackBerry devices featuring more multimedia features and more memory in a “thinner and lighter design”. We knew it!

Executives told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting last night that expanding into these two markets with new products is a key goal of the next 12 months.

Next generation BlackBerrys will have improved radio performance, multimedia features, expandable memory and will boast a thinner and lighter design, said Mike Lazaridis, the president and co-chief executive.

Jim Balsillie, chairman and co-CEO, suggested that the new devices could appear as early as October.

Source: RIM announces next-gen BlackBerry

Update: New article “Aircharge introduces credit card payments processing for Blackberry”

Again, Credit Card payments with your BlackBerry

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

AP
The article “Pipeline Allows Payments Over BlackBerry” at MSN Money said:

Aircharge credit card payment device is certified to operate on Research in Motion’s BlackBerry devices with service by Sprint Nextel Corp.

Does this mean, only SprintNextel customers are able to do payments with their BlackBerry? I would like to see open program which do not privilege special carrier customers.

Hosted BlackBerry Enterprise Server

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

For companies with a low IT budget who are in need of a BlackBerry Enterpise Server – this might be the solution: RIM introduces Hosted BlackBerry Enterprise Servers offered through third-party service providers. David Wilmering, product marketing director for Research In Motion: “This way there’s no up-front costs and smaller enterprises can pay as they grow.â€? For more information click here.

BlackBerry EBooks – Special Offer until 2006-07-31

Monday, July 17th, 2006

Because of our last article “Reading E-Books on your Blackberry” we have just received an email from BlackBerryBooks‘ content distributor MobileSoftMarket.

They say:

“We are very pleased to see the innovative mobile content in our shop to be brought to the audience of the country wide company leaders. [...] So we would like to give BlackBerryInsight the exclusive right to publish a special BlackBerryInsight discount of 10% on all products [...]“

WOW! Of course we do! I guess our readers like to get good products, save money and have fun. Here is a complete summary of the discount:

  • Discount Code: HPZ94N
  • Discount: 10%
  • End Date: 2006-07-31
  • Maximum Number of Discount uses: 100
  • Minimum Amount of Purchase: $10

BIS 2.0 now supports POP3, IMAP, AOL, OWA

Monday, July 17th, 2006

The new BlackBerry Internet Service version 2.0 supports the following e-mail protocols now:

  • Microsoft Outlook Web Access (OWA)
  • Hotmail (HTTP Webdav)
  • AOL (CS2000)
  • POP3
  • IMAP

source: KB-05333

Reading E-Books on your Blackberry

Monday, July 17th, 2006

There are many E-Book Readers and ebooks for Palm and PocketPC PDAs but for a long time BlackBerry users were neglected. There are however some good solutions on the market:

  1. PDF based Ebooks
    There are a couple of programs for the Blackberry to view PDF documents. As there are many PDB-based ebooks on the market, this seems to be the obvious solution. There is one problem however. PDF documents are allways trageted to a specific size i.e. letter or A4. That means that in most PDF documents you will not have a line break at the right end of the displayed text and need to scroll the ebook horizontal AND vertical, which is quite inconvinient.
  2. Blackberry Ebooks which include a reader application
    MobileSoftMarket.com has a selection of ebooks and ebook packages which include a Blackberry Ebook Reader. The included Ebook Reader allows comfortable reading supporting the Thumbwheel, different fonts and font sizes.
  3. Build your own Blackberry ebook with free software
    for all the hackers, here is a solution on how to build your own Blackberry ebook:
    - get the TequilaCat BookReader and Shell
    - split your ebooks in text files less than 64kb
    - covert th txt file to jad/jar using the Shell
    - generate a cod/alx file from jad/jar using the free BlackBerry JDE
    - use the BlackBerry Desktop to install the ebook

BlackBerry PDF Viewers

Monday, July 17th, 2006

There are quite a few appilcations to view PDF files on your BlackBerry. Although you get basic PDF support included with the native Blackberry applications, you might need a program with better support for image-rich PDFs and other special features. This should give you an overview about third party PDF viewers:

  • DocHawk Platinum
    This is the bestselling Handango application to view file attachments inlcuding
    Adobe PDF, Word, WordPerfect, XLS, PPT, eFax.
  • RepliGo
    Document viewer for PDF, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, WordPerfect, faxes & photos which supports almost every feature of a desktop viewer-application
  • eOffice
    eOffice is not only a document viewer but a whole office suite for your BlackBerry. Besides the PDF support you can view Power Point presentations and create/edit word & exel documents.

Skype Powered VoIP calls with your BlackBerry

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

8701_tm.jpgThe MobileMag just published an article on using Skype on mobile devices. This includes BlackBerry devices!

As of the fact that the most BlackBerry users have a data flatrate this might be a good oportunity to make cheap calls with the commonly known good quality of Skype connections. There is a free version with basic features and a commercial one ($3.95 / month) with more advanced features like 4 – way call conferencing and an higher amount of contacts.

Download the client for your BlackBerry here.

I would be not surprised if there is someday a BlackBerry client available which comes with video chat / conferencing features.

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Wallpapers – The other way to increase productivity

Friday, July 14th, 2006

After 2 months I got bored of the default 7290 vodafone wallpaper and wanted to change something. Some nice beaches or my favorite sports team might be a good a idea but it was some kind of hard to figure out how to get this updated. However, I wanted to change something, to change the feeling while using my BlackBerry and to get a bit more unique. So a new wallpaper would be a good start, I thought.

But if you are not in the mood to create your own wallpapers you might invest $2 to $4 into some device-ready wallpapers.

Below are listed some nice topic grouped wallpaper packs optimized for the BlackBerry 71xx, 72xx, 77xx, 75xx and 87xx.

  1. Beach Dream Wallpaper Pack
  2. Dallas Mavericks 2006 Wallpaper Pack
  3. Beer Wallpaper Pack
  4. Worldcup 2006 Wallpaper Pack for Blackberry

10 Hi-Tech Tips To Increase Productivity

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

These “10 Hi-Tech Tips To Increase Productivity” from bytestart.co.uk will definitely help you to increase your productivity.

However, I am quite sure they did not read BlackBerryInsight‘s article “Implementing Getting Things Done with your Blackberry”. Why am I sure about that? Because they did not mention any task optimizing programs like NextAction! or the famous Outlook GTD Plugin.

There is a big advantage in using such programs which work well together and organize your tasks to get your things done.