RIM releases BlackBerry Media Sync 3.0

By on November 24, 2009 at 10:00 AM.

RIM releases BlackBerry Media Sync 3.0

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For us to say that RIM has a good track record when it comes to pushing out desktop software would be something of a lie, but over the past few months things have gotten steadily better (it was only two months ago BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac was finally released). The latest software to be released is an update to BlackBerry Media Sync. Now in its third incarnation, BlackBerry Media Sync 3.0 doesn’t exactly offer much in the way of new features save for one thing that should have been included all along: 2-way synching of photos for PC users. Here’s what else has changed:

PC to BlackBerry sync:
•          Add folders for syncing with option to optimize pictures for device
•          Smart memory management: optimizes photo size, allowing for storage of more pictures on device
BlackBerry to PC Import:
•          Media Sync alerts users when new pictures are available to import when device is connected to PC (via pop-up on the pictures tab)

Highlights of Music sync with BlackBerry Media Sync:
•         Sync Options include specific playlists or random music
•         iTunes & Windows Media Player compatible
•         Supports all media capable BlackBerry smartphones

We’ve been messing around with an advanced copy of the software for the past few days and have only two bite-sized thoughts to share: syncing pictures is incredibly slow, but everything else is noticeably faster.

Want to grab the update? BlackBerry Media Sync 3.0 will be available today at noon EST from http://www.blackberry.com/mediasync. Just make sure that you’re running Windows XP SP2 or OS X 10.5.5 or later.

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BlackBerry Media Sync 2.0 updated to support Windows Media Player

By on March 25, 2009 at 3:10 PM.

BlackBerry Media Sync 2.0 updated to support Windows Media Player

Now that it supports album art, Vista 64-bit and there’s a public beta for Mac users, RIM just let us know that BlackBerry Media Sync 2.0 has been updated to support Windows Media Player and will be available as of 4PM EST. For those of you who have a BlackBerry and have yet to try out BlackBerry Media Sync 2.0, the program allows you to fill your ‘Berry with music via iTunes — and now Windows Media Player — making it unnecessary to manually load MP3 files onto your device like in days of old. If you already have BlackBerry Media Sync 2.0, you will be prompted to upgrade automatically. For everyone else you can hit up www.blackberry.com/mediasync on your desktop.

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Windows 7 allows users to disable Internet Explorer and more

By on March 7, 2009 at 9:39 AM.

Windows 7 allows users to disable Internet Explorer and more

Microsoft’s Engineering Windows 7 Blog posted details on some of the new features users will see in the release candidate version of Windows 7. One of the more interesting notes is the expansion of the “Windows Features” control panel, which allows users to enable or disable certain functionality within Windows 7. Along with the typical applications listed in Vista and Windows 7 Beta version, the list has been expanded to include the following applications:

  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Media Center
  • Windows DVD Maker
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Search
  • Handwriting Recognition (through the Tablet PC Components option)
  • Windows Gadget Platform
  • Fax and Scan
  • XPS Viewer and Services (including the Virtual Print Driver)

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