‘Amateur Surgeon’ game shows up on iTunes AppStore

By on December 10, 2008 at 9:53 AM.

‘Amateur Surgeon’ game shows up on iTunes AppStore

The long-awaited first iPhone game from Cartoon Network’s [adult swim] has finally made it on to the iTunes AppStore for the iPhone and iPod Touch running the 2.0 firmware. As with all things [adult swim], this game mixes the comedy world, the gross and bloody world and the imagination world all at your fingertips.

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BlackBerry Bold nearing release on AT&T?

By on October 13, 2008 at 10:34 AM.

BlackBerry Bold nearing release on AT&T?

If you have a BlackBerry Bold operating on AT&T, this morning you would have woke to a few new icons and service books for YellowPages.com Mobile and TeleNav AT&T Navigator. In fact, some of us have had those icons for a couple days now. Given the name of the YellowPages.com Mobile service book, we’re wondering if this is a good indicator that AT&T may very well be getting ready to finally launch the BlackBerry Bold. That or they’re just getting their ducks in a row, and you’ll have to wait until 2009 to get a Bold, which is entirely possible. Couple more shots of the service books after the break if you’re really interested.

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BlackBerry OS 5.0: your first looky looky

By on September 19, 2008 at 6:44 AM.

BlackBerry OS 5.0: your first looky looky

Remember when we first mentioned OS 5.0 nearly one and a half years ago? Yes, it’s been that long. Although that version matured into what we now know as OS 4.5, earlier this year, we broke the story about the formal introduction of OS 5.0 within the walls of Waterloo. Many revisions and version updates later, including a few different creative direction changes — we now have OS 4.6.0 (Bold and Pearl Flip), as well as the upcoming OS 4.6.1 (Javelin/8900 and 8350i) and OS 4.7.0 (Storm) — OS 4.5.0 still hasn’t been officially released in the United States, home of RIM’s largest user base. Hit the jump for the full run down!

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BoxTone to Sponsor ‘Mobile User Management Lounge’ at WES

By on April 30, 2008 at 12:02 PM.

BoxTone to Sponsor ‘Mobile User Management Lounge’ at WES

You may remember my rendezvous with the BoxTone team during last year’s Wireless Enterprise Symposium… let’s just say that a lot of drunk material was ‘corrected’ by our editor. The Kings of Cool are back in Orlando this year and look to make a splash with the BoxTone Mobile User Management Lounge area at the annual BlackBerry conference.

According to a post by BoxTone’s Jon Edmunds, the Lounge area will be split into three sections – the Mash Up Room, the Pro’s Corner, and the Gamer’s Pad. I know BoxTone has been working on these plans for quite some time, so I’m expecting to be floored when I am actually able to put eyes on the area. This area will feature food and beverages, as well as plasma’s and the Nintendo Wii and games. If you’re in Orlando during that week, you know where to find me on Monday evening between 6:00-8:00 PM.

BoxTone will also have a booth set up in the Solutions Showcase – Booth 531. Be sure to check them out while you’re on the floor, as they are the industry leader for BlackBerry monitoring solutions and have an amazing product.

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BlackBerry Nine Thou-what? Bring on the BlackBerry 9100!

By on April 17, 2008 at 1:51 PM.

BlackBerry Nine Thou-what? Bring on the BlackBerry 9100!

If the delayed impact of the Canadian tidal wave hasn’t been completely underwhelming of late, it appears another new BlackBerry could be hiding around the corner. Throw down the red carpet and bring out the welcoming party, as it seems the next BlackBerry device – after the BlackBerry 9000 – will be the BlackBerry 9100.

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BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 – To Be Announced at WES 2008?

By on April 9, 2008 at 8:53 AM.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 – To Be Announced at WES 2008?

We’ve heard about BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 for over a year now. At WES 2007, ARGON was announced publically for the first time. From there on, it has been a slow and painful road through continual disappointment and delay. The plan was to have a very extensive nine month Beta program that would commence in August 2007 and on through the general availability of the software at WES 2008 in May. August came, August went. November came along and RIM published a Top 10 features list for ARGON and rumors were spreading of the pre-beta nomination process that was underway.

Fast-forward to April and we still have no new information, although it appers that some form of an early adoption and/or beta program is underway (reference WR17).

The month of May and the annual Wireless Enterprise Symposium are just around the corner. BES 5.0, commonly referred to by its codename "ARGON", will not be released at WES 2008, however it will likely be announced during the week of WES and previewed (once again) during a breakout session by Pete Devenyl, VP of BlackBerry Software for Research In Motion (reference WR01).

Popular odds in the BGR Office Pool have the General Availability (GA) date for BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 around December 2008 at the earliest and February/March 2009 at the latest. Then again, as with seemingly everything RIM has planned to launch over the past year or so, BES 5.0 has already been postponed no less than six months, so perhaps we should shoot for a WES 2009 release?

Assuming we receive no more news over the next five weeks, count on an update with more information from WES in sunny Orlando, Florida. Stay tuned…

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Exclusive First Look – BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.5

By on April 8, 2008 at 11:46 AM.

Exclusive First Look – BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.5

You may remember our first look for the BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.3 from six months ago. You may remember our first look for the BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager from nearly a year ago.  You may even remember our first look for the BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.2 from one and a half years ago.

Now we extend this streak of first looks with BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.5.

Picking up where the release of BlackBerry Desktop Manager 4.3 underwhelmed after it’s initial makeover, the new release of BlackBerry Desktop Manager will feature a complete overhaul of the interface from top to bottom. While this beta version does not feature any major enhancements above and beyond the UI asthetics, it is certainly a breath of fresh air from the 1998-esque releases we have previously seen from RIM. We expect this version to launch around the same time as the ever-fabled OS 4.5 device software.

Please note this version is still in beta, however we did notice one interesting change. It appears the included Roxio Media Manager no longer includes the full Roxio Media Creator Suite but rather the Media Manager portion only. Assuming nothing changes between now and retail release and you want to keep your abilities to burn CDs, burn DVDs and VCDs, etc., we suggest remaining on BDM 4.3 or BDM 4.2 SP2. Of course, that is assuming these commercial features won’t be removed from these versions as well. We always found it rather humorous that Media Manager advertised the purchased upgrade to the full-blown version of Media Creator Suite, when it could simply be accessed by clicking the Home link at the bottom of the application.

Two other features that are missing from this beta version are the ability to use your device as a tethered modem and the ability to force-load an OS to a "507" device (one that has been wiped using JavaLoader) using Application Loader. Let’s hope these features are re-added prior to public launch of the software. We’re in the process or redoing our gallery, so in the meantime, check out the all the screen shots you can handle after the jump!

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RIM doubles revenue in Q4, Year-End

By on April 3, 2008 at 2:26 AM.

RIM doubles revenue in Q4, Year-End

Like many companies, Research In Motion has a fiscal calendar that does not match the natural calendar. While we aren’t the first website to break news on the earnings report given today, we felt it our obligation to our readers and to a company that has brought us so much technology over the years to report on the financial side of Canada’s very own financial behemoth (yes, that sounds rather humorous and oxymoronic).

Surprising to some and not so much to others, Research In Motion continues it’s streak of amazing reports of revenue gains. This time around, they have doubled their Q4 Fiscal revenue and their Year-End Fiscal revenue from the same periods a year ago. In the press release from Waterloo, the following figures our highlighted:

  • Q4 revenue at $1.88 billion, up 102% from $930.4 million
  • Fiscal revenue at $6.01 billion, up 98% from $3.04 billion last year
  • 81% revenue in Q4 attributed to device sales
  • 4.4 million devices shipped in Q4
  • 14 million devices shipped during fiscal year
  • 2.18 million new BlackBerry subscribers added in Q4
  • 14 million total active BlackBerry subscribers
  • Subscriber growth up 32% from Q3

In a recent conversation I had with the one and only Boy Genius (yes, he actually exists in human form), we discussed about how the coming months would be massively decisive over RIM’s short-term future. These critical months would include the coronation of the Apple iPhone into the enterprise market, as well as the potential launch of the 3G incarnation of the God device. Of course, RIM will unleash the BlackBerry 9000, but will it be too little too late, or perhaps a thunderous disappointment? Rumors are saying the BlackBerry 9000 will surface at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium with employees from RIM being allowed to carry them, a la the BlackBerry Curve at WES 2007.

Afterhours trading has RIM’s stock up over $5.00 per share, a number that should be expected to skyrocket in the morning. While we continue to hear "iPhone This" and "iPhone That", it’s amazing to see The Little Engine That Could Research In Motion keep "surviving" in record leaps and bounds.

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BlackBerry Pearl 8110 w/ GPS – Coming to AT&T

By on April 1, 2008 at 2:00 AM.

BlackBerry Pearl 8110 w/ GPS – Coming to AT&T

It has been rumored, it has been verified, and now we have the pictures to prove it. The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 is doing it’s best Eddie Murphy impersonation and coming to America, most likely in the next month or two and will be available direct to consumers through AT&T’s website or in your neighborhood AT&T retail store. Check out all the shots after the jump including the red version!

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BlackBerry Curve 8330 – Six Carriers with Fool’s Gold

By on March 31, 2008 at 12:23 PM.

BlackBerry Curve 8330 – Six Carriers with Fool’s Gold

As you may remember, almost one year ago, we broke news of the BlackBerry Curve 8330. Granted, some facts have since been corrected (not a World Edition device), but it’s been a rather long wait for CDMA customers wanting a BlackBerry Curve device. Recent news posted on BGR has shown pictures of the Sprint release, as well as a launch date for the Curve model.

Now, for your very own pleasure and enjoyment on the only site you love, we bring you pictures of the BlackBerry Curve 8330 from your favorite neighborhood CDMA carriers – Verizon, Sprint, Alltel, Telus, Bell Mobility, and US Cellular.

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Exclusive Update: HTML Rendering removed from BES 4.1 SP5 …sort of.

By on March 6, 2008 at 2:32 PM.

Exclusive Update: HTML Rendering removed from BES 4.1 SP5 …sort of.

Following our recent article about the possible removal of HTML and Rich Text email rendering from BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 SP5, we received a number of emails from our faithful readers confirming the temporary demise of our colorful, picture-rich email viewing. We are depressed, once again.

However, it would appear that not all hope is lost in our quest for viewing HTML emails without the intervention of purchased applications. As mentioned, we gained confirmation from our readers that the last minute delay in the service pack availability was due to the removal of HTML email. From our timetable of events, we had the following happen during the last couple weeks:

February 21 – Webcast by Research In Motion highlighting new features in BES 4.1 SP5 and OS 4.5, including HTML email rendering
February 27 – HTML and Rich Text support removed from RIM’s "What’s New" webpage (per Google Cache)
February 29 – BES 4.1 SP5 general availability date moved from February 29 to March 11 (BlackBerry Life Cycle page)
March 1 or later – HTML references removed from Webcast page (per Google Cache, dated February 28 and February 29, the reference is still present)

Sometime between February 21 and February 27, a decision was made behind closed doors in Waterloo to remove HTML, the most anticipated feature from a marketing perspective, from the service pack.

With that said, the removal was not complete in nature. It apparently is still an available option, but can only be configured with an alteration in the database. RIM removed the ability to configure Rich Content from within BlackBerry Manager, but they made minimal efforts to remove it from the database, where it was configured to have a default option of disabled ("0") rather than enabled ("1"), as it was in the beta versions of SP5. I have compared the SQL code involved with upgrading the database and it does show the change from 1 to 0 for both the RichContentEnabled and RichContentInlineEnabled attributes.

I won’t go into the precise details on what to change or how to enable this feature, as I think this would be only for the geek BES administrators of the world. Regardless, I will point you to a RIM KB article that should help assist with finding the option and enabling it manually (or by altering the SQL provided by RIM in the KB article to reflect the correct column name). You will need to change the values in the ServerConfig and UserConfig tables. As a disclaimer, if you choose to enable this feature, you will obviously risk corruption to your database and BlackBerry environment.

Enjoy!

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HTML rendering removed from BES 4.1 SP5; delayed until SP6…?

By on March 5, 2008 at 9:27 AM.

HTML rendering removed from BES 4.1 SP5; delayed until SP6…?

According to a post made a few days ago, it seems that Research In Motion has decided to temporarily pull the most anticipated feature of BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 SP5 – HTML and Rich Text email rendering.

While this seems rather skeptical at first glance, this information gains a lot of merit with the removal of this particularly important enhancement from atop the feature list on RIM’s official "What’s New" page for the upcoming SP5 release overview.  The page had previously read: 

Support for HTML and Rich Text email¹ allows BlackBerry smartphone users to receive email messages with their original formatting preserved
     Users can read email more easily, view embedded images, hyperlinks, tables, bullets, numbering and indentation

As there has been no official statement from RIM on the removal of HTML email from SP5, we will have to wait until next Tuesday for the general availability release of the service pack. Given that RIM showcased HTML and Rich Text email support, amongst other features, during the February 21 webcast, it seems rather late in the process to remove such a ‘vital’ feature from the release… then again, this past Friday morning, the release date of SP5 slipped from February 29 to March 11, so this may very well be the explanation for the 11-day delay.

Perhaps some consolation is the quick release of SP6, which we learned during the February 21 webcast Q&A session would finally offer support for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. The availability of SP6, as mentioned in a forum post, will be June 2008. I have recently heard ramblings of an announcement and possible release of SP6 at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium, which is being held in Orlando on May 13-15, so these timeframes do hold some weight. Regardless, with Exchange support coming for the iPhone tomorrow, you have to wonder what the hell Research In Motion is doing over there in Canada.

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Exclusive: BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 SP5 – Product Release Overview

By on February 21, 2008 at 12:47 PM.

Exclusive: BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 SP5 – Product Release Overview

The long-awaited and much anticipated BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.1 SP5, set for a general availability release on Friday, February 29, will be the first major release of the enterprise mobile messaging solution from Research In Motion to include a vast number of end-user feature enhancements and management utilities to help with reducing the total cost of ownership of your BlackBerry deployment. Today, Research In Motion held a webcast that reviewed what will be available in this new service pack release, as well as touching on some updated information on the upcoming OS 4.5 release for the BlackBerry 8000 series device family.

Read on after the jump for more slides from today’s presentation.

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