Posts Tagged ‘RIM’
  • Winterize your Berry with HedoneDesign’s “SnowTime” theme.
    by Mike
    Posted December 4th, 2009 at 8:22 am
    With the release of BlackBerries packing faster processors means faster navigation, better performance in applications, and for those with an eye towards design -- cleaner, more premium themes. In the case of HedoneDesign's new SnowTime BlackBerry theme, those who are absolutely infatuated with winter, snow, and everything that Christmas memories bring will find this new theme quite a treat. The main idea here is simple and elegant. You'll notice the homescreen only features a couple of user ...
  • Snowman theme brings holiday cheer and animation to your BlackBerry
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 8:54 pm
    It used to be that BlackBerry themes of years and devices past were best in their static form. A few clever and crafty theme developers deviated from the standard BlackBerry theme and added bits of animation here and there. The only problem is that older BlackBerry devices were grossly underpowered with a meager 312MHz processor meaning any animation found in themes resulted in slow, stuttery navigation and an overall sub-par user experience. That was then, this is now: 600+ MHz BlackBerries ...
  • BlackBerry 9100 (Stratus) gets highly detailed on video.
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 10:50 am
    If the video that revealed itself a week or two back showcasing the upcoming SureType BlackBerry 9100 wasn't quite the greatest thing you'd ever seen (/sarcasm), this new video may come a tad bit closer. The above motion picture clip features a much more thorough tour around the 9100 (Stratus') hardware and software offerings. Going by what we see in the vid, it looks like a rock solid device to keep the SureType line of devices relevant and alive. Just in case you're short on time, you can...
  • Get that Android 2.0 look for BlackBerry: BeDroid [BlackBerry Theme]
    by Mike
    Posted November 25th, 2009 at 11:46 am
    Though not everyone's personal favorite, Android 2.0 is an often replicated UI. Even though it hasn't really changed much from previous iterations of the OS, subtle differences in icons and other UI elements did receive a freshening up. BlackBerry users, especially those who love change are always looking for that next theme to get their fix on if only for a short while. If you fit the bill and are in fact looking for that "fix", you're definitely going to want to check out the "BeDroid" them...
  • BlackBerry Pearl 9100 set loose. [Update: Video added]
    by Mike
    Posted November 20th, 2009 at 7:34 am
    While many CrackBerry addicts live and die by the full qwerty keyboard that resides on their trusted loyal companion, some people just can't deal with all of that width. The heft of a full qwerty BlackBerry (even though small compared to many others) turns some people off. To solve that problem, RIM brought us the 8100 BlackBerry Pearl several years ago. Following up the 8100 was the 8220 which took a slightly different flip phone form factor and retained the suretype goodness. And today we ...
  • RIM gets it: “It’s in the apps”
    by Mike
    Posted November 18th, 2009 at 9:22 pm
    While Microsoft's Ray Ozzie seems to believe that apps have absolutely no effect whatsoever on the success or failure of a smartphone platform, *cough...because the correlation between iPhone and Android app choices and platform success is completely unrelated....cough* RIM is finally starting to catch on to why Apple and Android are enjoying so much success -- because apps do matter. Following on the heels of the BlackBerry conference that took place this past week, RIM co-CEO's Mike Lazar...
  • Prototype BlackBerry with touchscreen, slide-out qwerty, and webkit browser moved to prototype stage. Release in 2010?
    by Mike
    Posted November 13th, 2009 at 11:29 am
    I remember the day that I read about the rumors of a touchscreen BlackBerry. I was sitting in Chicago O'Hare Airport waiting for a flight to Houston. At that time, scouring the specs on BGR's site left my jaw dropping and my heart racing. That was the pinnacle of my CrackBerry days. I have since moved on to many different platforms though my enthusiasm for the BlackBerry platform has never truly waned. All it will take is one breakthrough device (with better software of course) and my lusts...
  • Is 2010 the year BlackBerry becomes “Consumer Cool”
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    After pouring over countless articles, slides, and pictures from RIM's Developer conference the last couple of days, I have to admit I am really impressed by RIM's consumer minded showing. The simple addition of BlackBerry Themes in App World combined with Widgets and actual 3D games to boot instantly jumped RIM and the BlackBerry platform up a few rungs in my book. There's no doubt about it, for consumers focused on multimedia and entertainment, the iPhone is where it's at. Android still...
  • BlackBerry “Task Manager” a must have app for multi-tasking Berry users.
    by Mike
    Posted November 10th, 2009 at 2:50 pm
    Simple operation is the goal of many smartphone manufacturers and mobile OS developers. The easier and more straightforward you can make your device the better. But sometimes you just want to get your hands dirty or tweak your device a bit. For BlackBerry users longing for such control, they have a new solution in "Task Manager". Even in the free model, users have access to Applications, Performance, and System Info. The first three tabs give you some insightful insider knowledge on the ...
  • Luny BlackBerry Theme
    by Mike
    Posted November 10th, 2009 at 10:45 am
    It's that time again. Time for another unique and interesting BlackBerry Theme. Today's theme comes from a website that I don't cover very often. Though don't discount the theme developers because of it as they are quite talented. The site, Gemblock, has had some pretty cool themes come out from behind it's digital walls in the past. The latest theme, "Luny" continues that tradition. What immediately got my attention were the two custom battery/signal meters. I love custom meters, even mo...
  • BlackBerry development just became a lot more interesting…
    by Mike
    Posted November 9th, 2009 at 1:01 pm
    The BlackBerry Developer Conference kicked off today and RIM personnel didn't waste any time getting to the goods. For starters, OpenGL ES support is finally coming to the BlackBerry platform (OS 5.0+). If you didn't know, OpenGL is what gives modern smartphones such as the iPhone it's amazing graphics in such small packages. But what good is powerful hardware without software? Again RIM answers, though this answer is somewhat a surprise. Since the beginning of BlackBerry theme developm...
  • iblipped brings carrier coverage mapping to end users, for free
    by Mike
    Posted November 5th, 2009 at 12:54 pm
    Do you really want to know how good/bad a particular carriers' coverage is in your neck of the woods? You could always rely on those overly general carrier maps or if you're really gullible, the individual carrier reps who over promise the networks they work for. Moving on, what if we end users could relay real coverage info back to some "mother ship" ala Google Maps with their real time traffic info? Well guess what? There is just an app for just that occasion. Dubbed "iBlipped", this ...
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