Sunday, December 20, 2009

Bberry Forward, Reply and Edit

I just downloaded "Forward, Reply and Edit" for my BlackBerryTM Smartphone. Now I can "Forward & Edit" and "Reply & Edit" Emails.

Download, by clicking on:

(from your BlackBerryTM Smartphone)

Note: After installation, click on RUN and follow instructions.

You will find the Forward, Reply and Edit icon in the Downloads folder. For more information on how Forward, Reply and Edit works, or if you have any problems or suggestions visit:
Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Now Available! BlackBerry Pro v4! 95xx Edition - by Natemz

The wait is over! BlackBerry Pro v4 is finally ready. Many additions have been added to this release. I listened to the complaints on BBPro v3 and incorporated them in this version. So if you loved version 3 then there is no reason you won't love version 4. And of course, as with all my themes, it's completely free! See below for a quick rundown of features.

Whats New in Version 4?
New redesigned bottom launch bar. There is now 2 available launch bars. Just tap the bottom right corner to switch bars.
New 10 icon Hidden Dock
New icon set. Many users wanted less of a monotone look so icons are now full color.
Profiles icon now in top banner (by popular demand)
Built to run on OS 5.0
QuickLaunch hot spot
Wallpaper friendly (also works great with the BerryWeather Homescreen)
New custom made wallpapers
2 Black & White versions to choose from. BW1 has full color icons. BW2 has black & white icons.
Many small UI bug fixes
Fonts now follow the setting in Options>Screen/Keyboard
All the great features from version 1,2 & 3







Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Bberry Forward, Reply and Edit

I just downloaded "Forward, Reply and Edit" for my BlackBerryTM Smartphone. Now I can "Forward & Edit" and "Reply & Edit" Emails.

Download, by clicking on:

(from your BlackBerryTM Smartphone)

Note: After installation, click on RUN and follow instructions.

You will find the Forward, Reply and Edit icon in the Downloads folder. For more information on how Forward, Reply and Edit works, or if you have any problems or suggestions visit:
Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Rogers Demand Online Launches In Canada Next Week

Rogers, is taking it’s television programing online next week. The service, called Rogers Demand Online, will be offered as an on demand type of service via your internet connection. Customers can choose when and where they want to watch TV.

This exciting venture is set to launch on November 30th.

The US has a similar service that has been received with rave reviews.

The new service will be available to all Rogers customers with cable, internet, home phone or wireless service.

Subscribers to the service will have two different levels of service plans available. The standard plan will most likely include receiving the video stream at 480Kbits. At this time, there is a limited number of shows and networks available for the demand service, but there is hope to bring more on board.

Dave Purdy, Vice President Video Product Management at Rogers Communications
says the new service will star with some 16 broadcast partners and 19 TV and specialty channels. “Our vision is to have every partners’ content online,” Purdy explained, saying the goal is to provide customers with access to content in their chosen fashion, be it linear TV, digital cable On Demand or now the online On Demand service.

Rogers is promising their lineup will be available for those who have iPhones as well. Just what we need, millions of people watching TV while driving. It is also important for those are limited internet plans to realize this type of service will really zap the usage meter.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Google Maps Navigation officially hits Android 1.6 and higher

If you’re currently using every other Android device besides the Motorola DROID, you might have thought that Google was holding out on that navigation love. Luckily, and just in time for your holiday travels, Google Maps Navigation has just been made available for Android 1.6. Now your myTouch 3G, Motorola CLIQ and T-Mobile G1 can better help you in getting around your in-laws’ town for turkey day with GPS voice navigation, automatic re-routing and Google’s new Layers feature for navigation. Unfortunately for Hero and Eris users, you’re left out in the dark until HTC and your respective carriers crank out that 1.6 Donut update for your phones. We’re crossing our fingers for you that it hits before Christmas.
(via Boy Genius Report)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Mercedes Benz BlackBerry Free Application mbrace

Special thanks to Sabrina (Mercedes-Benz USA) for sending us the press release and screen shot. This new service offers a lot of positive functions and perks for current and future customers of Mercedes-Benz, and opens the door for future additional features for sure.

From your BlackBerry® Interact with your Mercedes-Benz vehicle and access mbrace services conveniently from the palm of your hand.
Forgot to lock your car door or locked your keys inside your vehicle? Lock and unlock vehicle doors using the Mercedes-Benz mbrace mobile application. Simply enter your mbrace account number and secure PIN, and select Remote Door Lock* or Remote Door Unlock to send the request to your vehicle.

Can’t remember where you parked your Mercedes-Benz? View your vehicle’s current location on a map by selecting the Vehicle Finder feature. The mbrace mobile application sends a signal to your vehicle requesting its GPS coordinates and receives a response back telling you where it is**. There’s no need to remember to mark your location prior to leaving your vehicle.

Need to contact your Mercedes-Benz dealer or find a local dealership in your area? Select Dealer Information to view your dealer’s contact information and search for nearby Mercedes-Benz dealership

Press Release Excerpts:
Specifically, mbrace personifies “connected services” by marking the first time drivers can connect with their vehicles via BlackBerry™ Devices, allowing them to do such things as remotely lock or unlock their vehicles or locate their vehicles in crowded parking lots or on city streets through a map representation on their smart phones. The flexibility of combining HTI’s platform with today’s leading smartphone offerings allows for a continual stream of in-vehicle innovation throughout the life of a vehicle’s ownership.
The mbrace system offers 18 features:
(five of which are part of a premium package) aggregated in the categories of safety & security, navigation & destination planning and convenience. The services can be accessed quickly and easily from within the vehicle or from any computer through a personalized web portal.
The standard mbrace safety and security features include:
Automatic Collision Notification; SOS/Emergency Calling; Safe Ride; Roadside Assistance Connection (in-vehicle and mobile application); Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance; Automatic Alarm Notification; Vehicle Information and Crisis Assist. Navigation services include a Search & Send feature. Standard convenience features include: Remote Door Unlock and Lock (remote application), Vehicle Finder (via mobile application), and Dealer Connect (mobile application). A premium service – mbrace PLUS – adds such features as Location-Based Weather, Location-Based Traffic, agent-assisted Route Assistance, Point-of-Interest Destination Download (through agent), and “Mercedes-Benz Concierge,” which functions much as a hotel concierge making restaurant reservations, locating stores and services, cash wire assistance, etc.

You can pick up the Free Mercedes-Benz mbrace application

More information on Mercedes-Benz and its products can be found at and

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Urbanspoon Releases BlackBerry App

We mentioned Urbanspoon’s service a bit back but they just released a BlackBerry app at DevCon. They sent me an email that their new app lets you choose restaurants near you with a sort of slot machine for picking a favorite.

You just hit the space bar or shake your Storm and it will find a good restaurant near you buy choosing cuisine, neighborhood and price you are looking for. It also lets you simple search and browse restaurants near you using your location.

Check it out at

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Gateway LT3108H at Best Buy Canada

Here at TorontoWireless if there is one thing we pride ourselves with is being as flexible as possible, this is very different from the experience of large box stores such as Best Buy Canada. On Wednesday I received a Best Buy flyer for their store opening sale, and I found myself getting excited as I am a bit of a technophile (PC Desktop, netbook, HTPC, dSLR, and so on). Leafing through the Best Buy Store Opening flyer I noticed they had a door crasher special for the Gateway LT3108H Athlon64 powered netbook with an 11.6inch screen for just $299!!!! (regularly $449), the very netbook I had been drooling over since I read the first review of. The only problem with door crasher specials is you have to be there extremely early in the morning to line up, and working full time here at TorontoWireless the last thing I was going to do is take today off. After resolving that I wouldn't take the day off to drive out to Best Buy and line up at 5AM in the morning (given the fact they only had 10 units). I did however decide to look around the Best Buy Canada website out of curiosity to see what else they had to offer. While looking around their website I came across the same Gateway LT3108H netbook for just $349 (still $100 off) for their anniversary sale, however they had already sold out of the product online. Not only had Best Buy Canada sold out of the units the sale ends on October 21st! Had the sale been for one more day I would have purchased the netbook after work at the Newmarket location. Given the fact that I couldn't justify $449 for this netbook (I bought my Acer Apire One for $329 in August 2008) I decided to try two things. The first was to call Best Buy Canada's customer service and see if I could somehow purchase the product the following day in the store with the discounted price. Unfortunately this didn't work out as the Best Buy head office (or at least customer service) has no say into what happens in Best Buy Canada's retail locations. The second thing I decided to do was when the Best Buy store opened the following day (today) to call and talk to someone in the computers department to see if they would honour the sale price and put the last one on hold, unfortunately as I was read the stock script that Best Buy Canada's flyers change on a weekly basis, and there was now a new flyer with new deals. So thus ends my aspirations of buying this affordable netbook from Best Buy. Now here at TorontoWireless we are happiest when our readers are happy. As the head of sales here I have been known to work with clients that haggle, bend over backwards to get new clients, and make executive decisions whenever client issues arise. This whole experience with Best Buy Canada has rather soured me to their corporate brand. It also made me reflect on the idea of what would happen if they offered SEO Services, and how they would treat their clients with a one size fits all mentality (whereas we recognize that all clients are different, and have different needs). All I have to say is Best Buy Canada Sucks for their customer experience!

UpDate: Best Buy near where I live put the last one on hold and honoured the $349.99 price for me

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

BestBuy’s inventory shows Rogers getting the BB Bold 9000 in White

You gotta love a good leak from BestBuy’s inventory system. One of the ninjas over at BGR sent in some screenshot’s showing that Rogers Wireless will be getting the Blackberry Bold 9000 in White. You might also want to notice the Bold 9700 listed in there for both Rogers as well. No word on launch dates or pricing, but stay tuned.
(Via BGR)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Acer Joins the Multi-Touch Laptop Crowd 15.6"

I admit I haven’t been quite onboard with the current touchscreen laptop trend, but the more I think about different usage scenarios and positions, like actually using one on your lap with the screen low and angled, the more I’m starting to come around. Thus, I’m somewhat enthusiastic about Acer’s new Aspire AS5738PG touchscreen notebook with multi-touch.
First, it offers a sizeable screen, 15.6″ at 1366×768 with LED backlight, which I can’t find with tablets. Resolution is low for the size, but sufficient for HD movies. That’s backed up with an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T6600 at 2.2GHz and ATI Radeon HD 4570 Graphics with 512MB VRAM for smooth HD playback. A media machine with touchscreen control appeals to me.
Second, they don’t skimp on the multi-touch, including it in the touchpad as well. Thus, if you don’t want to “gorilla arm” it, you can still use the multi-touch gestures to zoom, scroll, rotate, and flick your way through whatever you’re doing via the touchpad. Alternately, if you’re showing off photos to someone, it’s more instinctive and natural to point to the screen and control it from there. A unified user experience is good.
Third, Acer is including all the Touch Apps shown previously in the Gateway One (Gateway is owned by Acer), allowing touch access to media sharing, social networking, music, and memos. This is in addition to the games and goodies in the Microsoft Touch Pack. Seems like Acer is making a strong, concerted effort to be a leader with touchscreen applications. I’d still much prefer this in a convertible model, but overall, I think Acer is making a commendable effort at applying touchscreen control.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Google apps for your BlackBerry

When you pick up a new BlackBerry Curve 8900, Pearl 81XX, 8800, Bold 9000 or an 8700, you have the option to pay monthly (9.99) for GPS navigation service, but the thing that most people don't know is that if you navigate to via your mobile browser, then click on (More>>) at the top of the screen it takes you to a page filled with free BlackBerry enabled Google apps just like on the iPhone! You have the option to download them all at once or pick which ones you want from a selection of 15 free apps including:

-RSS Reader

So in conclusion, there is a whole page full of free apps for your Blackberry waiting for you any time you please!!
P.S. Back to the GPS thing, the Maps listed above is the Google BlackBerry equivalent to Maps on an iPhone!! Plus its free and has satellite view as well as map view and uses the GPS chip in your BlackBerry (If you have one) and gives you turn by turn directions for free!!

( Via )

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blackberry storm2 launched

RESEARCH IN MOTION (RIM) has officially unveiled the Blackberry Storm2, the successor to its first touch-screen handset, adding WiFi capability and improvements to the tactile feedback for its display.
Available in the UK later this month from Vodafone, the Blackberry Storm2 features a capacitive touch-screen with new Surepress technology that provides tactile feedback when the display is pressed.
As well as quad-band GSM and HSPA, the new Storm also adds 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a capability lacking in the original Storm launched last year. It also has GPS for maps and other location-based applications.
The original Storm was rushed to market as RIM's answer to the touch-driven Apple Iphone, but many users found fault with the device, particularly with the clickable display mechanism.
With the Storm2, RIM is hoping to fix many of these issues, especially with Surepress, which uses an electronic pulse to provide feedback rather than the actual screen moving.
The new handset also comes with access to Blackberry App World, RIM's online application store.
It also ships with Blackberry OS 5, in which the Blackberry Browser is improved with faster JavaScript and CSS processing and support for Google Gears and BlackBerry Widgets.
For enterprise customers, the new Blackberry works with enhanced features in Blackberry Enterprise Server 5, including the ability to remotely access Windows file shares, manage Microsoft Exchange email folders from the Blackberry, and set follow-up flags as users can in Outlook.
The new Storm2 has 256MB of Flash memory, plus 2GB of storage and a microSD slot supporting Flash cards up to 16GB. It also has a 3.2-megapixel camera and a removable 1400mAh battery providing six hours of talk time on 3G networks and 280 hours on standby, according to RIM.
Vodafone said that it will offer the Blackberry Storm2 free with 24-month contracts from £35 per month. These include 600 minutes talk-time, unlimited Blackberry Internet Service, unlimited text messaging, and unlimited access to Vodafone Mobile Internet.

BlackBerry's new Storm2: first review

BlackBerry's first foray into touch-screen smartphones, last year's Storm, received a mixed reception.
Loyal BlackBerry users felt alienated by the loss of a physical QWERTY keyboard, while a perceived rush to market to compete with Apple's headline-grabbing iPhone led to complaints of variable build quality and sluggish operating speeds.
At first sight, BlackBerry seems to have addressed many of these problems with the Storm 2, which goes on sale in the UK on October 26.
The new machine is slimmer and trimmer than the old design, and though the familiar BlackBerry interface remains, the internal workings of the device have received a thorough going-over, with more memory allocated to make applications run smoother.
The touch-screen QWERTY keyboard is much improved, too, allowing for simultaneous double-touching for speed typing, a feature that was unavailable on the previous Storm. Unlike the touchscreen on the iPhone, the BlackBerry keyboard mimics the feel of a real keyboard by clicking both audibly and physically under the fingertips. There's wi-fi too, now an essential for this class of device.
Add to this the push e-mail and unrivalled security features that makes BlackBerry the default choice for industry worldwide, and the result is a very fine phone indeed.
But it is a fine phone in a changing market. Just how fast that market is changing can be gauged by the applications that BlackBerry now includes as standard, such as Twitter, Facebook and apps to play video and music content.
Instant access to content on the move is no longer the exclusive privilege of the businessman on the go. It's something we all now expect, as previously separate devices -- the camera, the phone, the portable music player, the video player -- now converge into one device.
Where once BlackBerry led the way in e-mail on the go, there is now a host of other touch-screen products that offer much the same services in a more user-friendly package.
The iPhone apart, this week alone, Sony-Ericsson has unveiled the Satio, its all-touch multimedia mobile smartphone, which features a 12.1 megapixel camera and a high-resolution screen, while HTC gave us the super-cute Tattoo, the latest smartphone to use the freely available Android touch-screen interface developed by Google.
Both of these phones work well, and present a more relaxed interface to the consumer than any BlackBerry device. Both are the products of companies that made their money from individual users. BlackBerry is heading in the opposite direction, and for all its attempts to court a new customer base, the core market for the Storm 2 remains the business user, backed by an IT department running Microsoft Exchange.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

BlackBerry 9700 launching on Rogers October 26th?

BlackBerry 9700 launching on Rogers October 26th?

Uh oh. We’re slowly moving across the board here… First with a rumored T-Mobile launch date, now we have a Rogers one for you guys. One of our Northern connects just let us know that Rogers’ BlackBerry 9700 launch is currently pegged for October 26th. We don’t have pricing information, but imagine it will run around $299 with a three-year agreement. Not confirmed, of course, but hey, besides Christmas not much is.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Verizon Branded Storm 2

Finally for all of us Verizon Wireless costumers there is a stronger sign that the phone exists and its already branded on the outside with a Verizon logo on it. Yes, we all saw that great Phonearena review with the logo on the back, but the hardware and software were a little too old, so something seemed a little strange to say the least. Anyhow, we got a hold of a brand new Verizon Storm 2 and its awesome. And here is the evidence for all of you guys.

(VIA )

Friday, October 2, 2009

Official BlackBerry Twitter Client Coming November 16 with Push?

There are a lot of options in the BlackBerry Twitter app market these days, but the killer feature of real-time, push tweets is still missing, which apparently only RIM will be able to provide in the near future. Rumours of an official twitter client being in the works have surfaced alongside a feature list and a November 16 launch target.

-Notification of number of new tweets on the home screen with icon, like text messages
-Main app opens friends timeline
-Ability to view followers
-Follow/unfollow functions
-Create direct messages, replies and new tweets
-Keyword search and saved results
-Tweet photos directly from camera or memory card
-View photos from other tweets
-View trending topics
-Address book integration

Existing software can offer core functions and do some neat stuff with GPS, RIM’s ability to really leverage the push tech that they’re famous for will easily make this the best BlackBerry twitter client out there. The software will eventually come preloaded on all devices according to tipsters, in addition to being available through App World. The address book integration is a nice touch, and follows closely in the Facebook app’s footsteps. I trust the option to view @ replies and direct messages in your messages folder will be enabled, just like the instant messaging clients, but we’ll have to wait and cross our fingers.

BumpTop Goes Multi-Touch

BumpTop the 3D desktop UI that always looks exciting has added multi-touch. There are a range of touch controls that allow you to use multiple fingers to pinch, squeeze, rotate, toss, pan, zoom, and even crop photos. From the video this looks awesome. To take advantage of this you’ll need Windows 7. And of course we don’t have too many devices with capacitive digitizers to really put this in play at the moment, and I imagine the team behind BumpTop is awaiting those as much as we are. Check out the video.

Free! TiVo BlackBerry Application! | BlackBerry Sites

Now you can schedule programs on your DVR from your BlackBerry smartphone with the TiVo for BlackBerry® smartphone application. It is available for all BlackBerry Devices and available for the U.S. and Canada.
TiVo for BlackBerry smart phones enables you to:
* Search by title, keyword, actor or director
* Get a Season Pass and schedule your DVR to record your favorite shows
* Explore daily picks and most popular shows
* Search, browse and discover new shows from wherever you happen to be

TiVo for BlackBerry OTA by going HERE!

A quick and simple User Guide can be found HERE!

Best Buy lists Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8520 $99/$449

Best Buy lists Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8520 $99/$449

It seems the Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8520 is just around the corner. Today Best Buy Canada “accidentally” listed the BlackBerry Curve 8520 for Rogers on their site. It’s currently listed at $99 with three year contract or $449 without. This comes after launch materials and dummy phones have arrived at some Rogers retail stores across Canada. This might mean we will see an official launch sometime soon. Keep checking in…

Check out the Curve 8520 over at >>

Monday, September 28, 2009

BlackBerry App Center - Where Is It Now?

BlackBerry App Center - Where Is It Now?

It really wasn't that long ago that RIM was hiding the BlackBerry App Center under a shroud of secrecy. Details were slim, facts were not clear and everyone was left wondering what exactly was going on. Well, the shroud of secrecy didn't last that long and RIM began explaining exactly what the application center was to be. We all know carriers love to push certain items to our devices, some are useful some are better off having never been pushed considering it's nothing more than carrier advertising. We all see it, until we hide the icons and forget about them till a later time.
BlackBerry application center was created to clean this up and give users the option of which "carrier related" items they wished to install on their devices as well serve as a repository for carrier approved applications. So..where is it? We have seen it on the Storm and more recently we know for a fact it is still being built into OS' considering all 5.0 leaks have it held in the install files.
It leaves the question will application center be used at some point in time further down the road more widely? A lot of developers ask questions about BlackBerry app world and why not all carriers are having it proloaded and RIM's response to that is that they are indeed working alongside carriers to make that happen, but all are not on board with the idea yet. But if application center was designed for this why does it remain unused? Do you want it or feel it's even needed? Sound off your thoughts in the comments.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tweeteev (Alpha) Twitter Client For BlackBerry Leaked!

Tweeteev (Alpha) Twitter Client For BlackBerry Leaked!

It’s been quite some time since Tweeteev was last mentioned here on BBRocks! but it looks like they’re still in the Twitter app game!
Up till now not too many have been able to use Tweeteev but Diddy let me know that a copy of the Alpha version has been leaked online and is available for download, which can only mean that Tweeteev is still developing their BlackBerry Twitter client and has not just faded away (like some on Twitter are saying).
About Tweeteev:
Tweeteev is a disruptive Blackberry client for Twitter. The interface, features and experience that Tweeteev provides will totally change the way you use Twitter on your mobile phone. Stay tuned, coming soon on a Blackberry near you.
This is not an official version so install at your own risk and only if you are comfortable with using leaked software. Don’t expect this version to be without bugs, especially since it’s an Alpha version.
I was told that this version should be a “one-app-fits-all” but I’m not sure. If you decide to install this (after first making a backup) be sure to leave some feedback and your BlackBerry model in the comments.
Download OTA: Tweeteev for BlackBerry

Check out if you’d like to sign up to be notified when the application is officially released.

(Via BlackBerry Rocks)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

iDrive Lite Online Backup for the iPhone and Blackberry Announced

Updated iDrive Lite Online Backup for the iPhone and Blackberry Announced

If there is one thing any mobile phone owner would dread is that of losing the stored contacts that are normally saved on their handset.
This could be attributed to a lot of issues like software problems or worst, handset breakdowns.
And while many do not really have a reliable way of backups for their valuable contacts and data, iDrive may have the answer for all these worries.
In fact, they have even updated their app solution, the iDrive Lite which allows anyone to save and restore their contacts from anywhere.
Among the new updates of the iDrive Lite include performance fixes for the iPhone and Blackberry versions.
With the iDrive Lite, you can even restore or transfer contacts on a different handset provided you are registered on the same account.
And best of all, the service is FREE!

You can check out the iDrive Lite at the iDrive website.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Rumor: BlackBerry 9700 Bold Release Date – More Prototype Pictures

Rumor: BlackBerry 9700 Bold Release Date

I would file this is the rumor column for now but the dates make sense. The BoyGenius got a tip that T-Mobile has a tentative launch date of November 11th for the BlackBerry 9700 Bold. He claims that AT&T will probably also be getting it around the same date with Rogers getting it in late October. Here is to hoping it comes sooner rather than later! Especially for those T-Mobile fanboys who have been missing 3G for all these years.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

App Review: GPush and PushMail

App Review: GPush and PushMail

Don’t want to pay for MobileMe and have to use a email address? I’ve been using the latest apps that bring push email (sort of) to your iPhone.
GPush and Pushmail are currently racing up the App Store, so which would I recommend?

Forthcoming Updates to GPush
Premium version allowing multiple GMail accounts
Custom notification sounds
Tap on notification to launch the message in Gmail within Safari (not native Mail client)
Tap GPush icon to go to Gmail in Safari

Forthcoming Updates to PushMail
Badges and custom sounds
Tap on notification to launch the message in native Mail client
More display options, such as only showing “From” or “From” and “Subject”, not the start of the message
Quiet time – mute notifications for a set period (nice!)

Privacy concerns
Both developers seek to allay concerns about privacy. With GPush you’re giving up your GMail username and password. With PushMail, all your email will go to your address, but this isn’t a full email account though; all emails forwarded are only held long enough to sent you the push notification, then discarded. Neither approach is ideal, so if you want pushed email without forking out for MobileMe, then you’ll have to think about which approach you prefer.

The biggest benefit?
As well as getting quicker notice that you’ve received an email, saving battery life is the biggest benefit. Turning off Mail fetching your email every 15 minutes to an hour saves a lot of power. Push notification does maintain a persistent connection to Apple, but I’ve found the battery drain to be far less than frequently checking email through the Mail app.
You may also want to turn off the sound that Mail makes when it actually downloads the emails (that you’ve already been notified of).
If you don’t like to be disturbed you could set up GPush, for example, not to pop up a notification or play a sound, but just update its badge. Position the GPush app near Mail, and you’ve got a way of unobtrusively checking for new messages without overly draining the battery.

The verdict
Neither app actually brings push email – you only get a notification, and still have to download the actual email by launching Mail app. But it’s good enough and saves a fair bit of precious battery.
The downside is that there isn’t a way of stacking notifications on either app – so if you get two notifications come in, you’ll only see the second one displayed. This is a limitation of the SDK as far as I’m aware. The workaround is to badge the GPush or PushMail (when the latter is updated) icon with notification numbers.
My recommendation has to be PushMail. Even without the problems that GPush are having, PushMail is a service that you’ll unobtrusively use everyday, so it’s worth the extra money. It also allows for plenty of customisation, so long as you’re happy to set up filters to forward your email. If they can fix their problems, users who do not want to fiddle with filters or forwarding should probably go with GPush.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Don’t Text and Drive…Please!

Don’t Text and Drive…Please!

This video dramatization is a chilling reminder how serious a mistake we make when we allow our mobile phones to distract us while we’re driving.
Please leave a comment pledging that you will never again text and drive.

ZoomSafer Launches Public Beta To Prevent Distracted Driving

ZoomSafer Launches Public Beta To Prevent Distracted Driving

When I’m on BlackBerry Messenger or AIM sometimes I’ll see people put “Driving” as their status. Depending on what app they’re using it may take a few steps to change their status before they can begin to drive, or they update their status while driving (illegal in some areas). This is where ZoomSafer comes in and makes it easy to notify people that you are driving.

ZoomSafer is currently in public beta and initially only available for BlackBerry smartphones. Current features for the first phase of the beta include:
Auto speed detection – ZoomSafer detects when you start to drive and automatically activates.
Safety Announcements – A recorded message plays when ZoomSafer activates reminding you to drive safely. We’ve pre-recorded several announcements for the Beta, but in phase 2 of the beta you’ll be able to record your own custom announcements as well as choose from several Celebrity Safety Announcements.
Auto-Toots – These are messages sent on your behalf to friends, families, and social networks to tell them when you’ve started and stopped driving. These updates can be sent via SMS or E-mail to up to 3 contacts as well as to Facebook or Twitter.
Keyboard Locking – Your keypad will be locked when ZoomSafer is activated except for:
Soft-key to exit the app when you have stopped driving or if you are a passenger.
Dialing 9-1-1
Three Priority Contacts – You can enter up to three Priority Contacts who will be able to call and interrupt you while you are driving. Inbound calls from priority contacts will be announced via a generic audio-alert. In phase 2 of the beta you will be able to create custom ZoomRingers for each of your priority contacts.
Inbound phone call management – While you are driving, we will suppress ringer/notification of all inbound callers who are not listed as Priority Contacts.
Inbound email/text message management – While you are driving, we will suppress all messaging-related inbound alerts.
Auto-Responses – While you are driving, if people try and contact you via phone or text – they will receive an auto-response notifying them that you are focused on the road and that you will respond once you’ve reached your destination safely.
If you would like to participate in the beta you can register at More info in the full press release after the jump, or watch to video above to see how it works. Looks useful!

Press Release
RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ZoomSafer ( launches today the public beta of its patented service to minimize motorist distractions stemming from the use of mobile phones while driving.
“We’ve developed an innovative, yet practical, safe driving solution to help mobile phone users focus on the road, not on their phones when driving,” said Mike Riemer, CEO and co-founder of ZoomSafer. “Distracted driving is a huge and growing problem, and we’re excited to share the beta version of our software with members of the public and incorporate people’s feedback so we can further refine the service and maximize adoption.”
“As a mobile-device addicted person who frequently drove distracted, Zoomsafer is helping me make better decisions everyday as a motorist” said Matt Howard, co-founder of ZoomSafer. “Having tested the beta extensively I can honestly say that I am less distracted and more focused when driving – and I am excited to see what ZoomSafer can do for others.”
The initial beta program is for Blackberry users only – with support for Windows Mobile and Google Android planned for year end.

Phase one of the beta includes the following core safety features:
Auto speed detection – ZoomSafer detects when you start to drive and automatically activates.
Safety Announcements – A recorded message plays when ZoomSafer activates reminding you to drive safely. We’ve pre-recorded several announcements for the Beta, but in phase 2 of the beta you’ll be able to record your own custom announcements as well as choose from several Celebrity Safety Announcements.
Auto-Toots – These are messages sent on your behalf to friends, families, and social networks to tell them when you’ve started and stopped driving. These updates can be sent via SMS or E-mail to up to 3 contacts as well as to Facebook or Twitter.
Keyboard Locking – Your keypad will be locked when ZoomSafer is activated except for:
Soft-key to exit the app when you have stopped driving or if you are a passenger.
Dialing 9-1-1
Three Priority Contacts – You can enter up to three Priority Contacts who will be able to call and interrupt you while you are driving. Inbound calls from priority contacts will be announced via a generic audio-alert. In phase 2 of the beta you will be able to create custom ZoomRingers for each of your priority contacts.
Inbound phone call management – While you are driving, we will suppress ringer/notification of all inbound callers who are not listed as Priority Contacts.
Inbound email/text message management – While you are driving, we will suppress all messaging-related inbound alerts.
Auto-Responses – While you are driving, if people try and contact you via phone or text – they will receive an auto-response notifying them that you are focused on the road and that you will respond once you’ve reached your destination safely.
Phase two of the beta will commence in November, is fully customizable, and will include the following hands-free productivity features:
ZoomSafer Voice Safety Portal – While driving with your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel you’ll be able to use your voice to create, listen to, and reply to e-mails and text messages. You’ll also be able to use your voice to update Twitter and Facebook as well as listen to additional content services such as new, weather, and sports feeds.
User defined inbound calling – You’ll have even more control to decide who can call you when you’re driving.
ZoomRingers – You’ll be able to have your personal contacts record a ZoomRinger that plays when they call you. You will no longer have to look at your phone to know who is calling. If a call does not have a ZoomRinger associated with it, ZoomSafer will read the phone number to you.
Priority Text Messages and Emails – When you receive a text message or e-mail from a Priority Contact, you will be told audibly about the message and asked whether you want to listen to it.
Individuals interested in participating in the beta can register at

About ZoomSafer Inc.
ZoomSafer is the safest way to use your mobile phone while driving. We provide innovative mobile software and services to prevent distracted driving for the 20 million smart phone users including prosumers, small business users, families and young drivers, enterprises, and government organizations. For more information, or to download our media kit, please visit us on the web

Monday, August 31, 2009

Textecution for Android disables texting while driving

Textecution for Android disables texting while driving

Textecution is a new application for Android that completely disables texting while driving. The software is designed for parents to install on their teenage driver’s phone so they know their child is safe behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Textecution works by quietly running in the background and monitoring the phone’s movement. When the app recognizes the phone is traveling over 10 mph, it disables the texting feature so that no messages can be sent or received.
When riding as a passenger, users can request a special permission to use texting features. This process works by sending a text message to the Administrator’s account that allows them approve or deny the request. In addition to texting, Parents can also block web browsing, email, instant messaging, and YouTube.
The app sounds like a great idea, but with Android you can’t block applications from being removed. This means the responsibility remains on the parent to make sure the app stays installed.
Textecution is currently available in the Android Market for $9.99.
We all know that texting and driving is stupid, but I understand the temptation. Studies show 46 percent of drivers ages 16 to 17 admit to texting while driving. If this app could prevent a single accident, then I guess its worth the price.
I’ve made several jokes about texting and driving, but I realize it’s no laughing matter. The following public service announcement video from the UK is a gruesome reminder on the dangers of texting and driving. It will definitely make you think twice before grabbing your phone next time you are in the car.

amAze GPS Now Available For Blackberry

amAze GPS Now Available For Mutliple Blackberry

amAze is now available on the Blackberry. What is amAze? amAze is a free navigaton and local search service. Until today, I had never heard of it. I downloaded it this morning and I was quiet impressed with how accurate it was and how many POIs came up. amAze is no match for paid, carrier, or purchased GPS service, but for FREE, it is quite the little awesome app.
With amAze you get all of the options below to turn your Blackberry into portable GPS system, and did I mention that it is FREE!

-Visual and voice guidance to any destination
-Search or define any location by its address
-Search and navigate to businesses listed in local search directories (where available)
-Present any required location on the map
-View and use dynamic high quality maps at various scales
-View and navigate over high resolution satellite images
-Calculate the fastest way between two locations
-Save and manage personal favorites list.

To see the supported Blackberry device list, click here. Want to see a demo? Click here!
Point your Blackberry browser here ot download amAze. To download amAze via barcode reader, SMS, or PC click here.


Free Pacman Updated for Bold, Tour, & 8900 Curve

Free Pacman Updated for Bold, Tour, & 8900 Curve

WAYYY back in 2007 we told you that Benny Chow released a slick free Pacman game for BlackBerrys.
Sadly over the years it stopped working in full screen on newer devices due to recent OS improvements.
Fast forward to 2009 where cslaten spotted an update by Benny Chow that brings full screen compatibility for the Bold, Tour, & 8900 Curve! Nice work Benny Chow!

Tour, Bold and Curve 8900 – OTA Download Link

Curve 85xx, 83xx, 8800 series and Pearl – OTA Download Link


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Free Android theme for the BlackBerry Storm

Free Android theme for the BlackBerry Storm

ECruz0102 has posted a free Android theme on the CBForums. The theme supports BlackBerry Storm 95xx devices and OS 4.7. Remember, this is only a theme so don’t expect any OS changes. The theme comes in two versions.
The first, gives you the bottom mounted dock on the main screen, giving you quick access to your ten most-used applications.
The second, version has a Today-Plus theme with five user apps docked at the bottom.

This is an unofficial theme that may not be totally QA’d so install at your own risk. Battery pull required.

Get Android X here.
5 User Icons on top and 10 on the slide all users icons with today plus feature

Get Bottom Slide Dock v1.3 here.
1.3 alarm indicator relocated and resize and underlay added to slide menu.

Get TodayPlus Version v1.3 here.
Top 2 icons are Messages and Calendar Bottom Dock is Top 5 users App and the Tab is a button for the App Menu. Underlays for the main screen also.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Free HTC Hero Theme For The BlackBerry Curve 8900, Bold And Tour

Free HTC Hero Theme For The BlackBerry Curve 8900, Bold And Tour

EThemes is back with a new theme called HTC Hero for the BlackBerry Curve 8900, Bold and Tour available for FREE!
Hero to the left, Hero to the right everywhere you go there is a Hero around you. EThemes take on Hero UI. 5 user define icons, Calendar, Messages and SmsMms Preview Screens, Weather Slot Icon, QuickLaunch Icon, Media Icon and Network Icon, set it up right you would never have to leave the homescreen at all!!!!!
Weather App must be the first App on your App Screen
Apps 2-6 are the 5 user define icons on the dock
Calendar, Messages and Sms/Mms cannot be your 5 user define icons since they have there own screen. It would look odd since the today part will be covering the middle icons on the dock You wont be able to select the today part only preview the 4 entries

HTC Hero for the Curve 8900
Calendar, Messages, Sms/Mms Version: OTA
Calendar, Messages(Combine) Version: OTA

HTC Hero for the Bold 9000
Calendar, Messages, Sms/Mms Version: OTA (set inbox to separate)
Calendar, Messages(Combine) Version: OTA (set inbox to combined)

HTC Hero for the Tour 9630
Calendar, Messages, Sms/Mms Version: OTA
Calendar, Messages(Combine) Version: OTA

Hypnotize theme for the Storm

Hypnotize theme for the Storm

Here is a new theme from our very own Rellims called Hypnotize for the Blackberry Storm.
This is a very cool and wall paper friendly theme.
Even better news, it is free so grab it up quick while you can!

Head over to Rellims's theme forum to grab the OTA link and leave a comment by clicking Here


HOT! BlackBerry Odin 9550/9520 on Video

HOT! BlackBerry Odin 9550/9520 on Video

Our frend salomondrin has dropped another video of the BlackBerry Odin 9550 he also mentions that there will be a GSM version with the model number 9520.
This is a great video and it answers alot of questions. The number one question I have had is how the screen is going to work, that question is answered in a way even I understood.
It’s called Piezo technology, I’ll let you watch the video to see the details but basically the screen does not click as the first Storm did.
When the screen is powered off it is hard, when powered on it softens and offers slight tactile feed back, but still does not click. Confused.
Watch this great video, I cannot wait for this phone.

Official Bold v4.6.0.292 from Telecomunicaciones Movilnet

Official Bold v4.6.0.292 from Telecomunicaciones Movilnet

Nelson sent us through this little tip all the way from Venezuela. Telecomunicaciones Movilnet have just released the newest Official release for the Bold.
You can pick it up at the link below:

For those not with this carrier, you will need to delete the vendor .xml file (Go to c:\program file\common files\research In Motion\Apploader and delete the vendor.xml file).

Thanks for the tip Nelson.Please Share With A Friend!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Smarter Agent Launches Free, GPS-enabled Real Estate App for BlackBerry Storm

Smarter Agent Launches Free, GPS-enabled Real Estate App for BlackBerry Storm

Yes…the wait is finally over for all you BlackBerry Storm owners!!! Smarter Agent, the pioneer in mobile real estate search, has just launched their new GPS enabled real estate search app. What does it do? Well, it simply means, irrespective of where you are and no matter what time of the day, you can get access to a whole range of information about properties in your desired location, view their pictures, see their prices…and the list is endless!
All you have to do is, just install this software in your BlackBerry Storm or other BlackBerry phones, and there you go!! No longer do you have to consult this agent and that agent, run about for searching for homes. Everything is just one touch away!
Key features of Smarter Agent’s GPS-enabled real estate app are:
Easy to use
This free app allows you to look for “Homes for Sale”, which will give you a list of properties in more than 300 markets across the nation. It also has an additional feature, the “Recently Sold” option, which gives the prices of homes which have been sold during the last three years.
Simplified Search
The search process is really simple. Using your Storm, GPS Quick Search feature will find your location and present all the property listings surrounding you. Using other convenient search options of Smarter Agent’s free app, you can search for homes by their address, community name, city code as well. What’s more? You even have the option of searching for properties based on their type, price, distance and beds,.Upgraded features
For the BlackBerry Storm, Smarter Agent’s free app has been upgraded to include: A graphically dynamic interface with icons for every command; More powerful GPS capabilities; Data on “Recently Sold Homes”; Option to SMS text a property listing to a friend; and Screen adjustment for landscape view
Minimum Requirements for Smarter Agent’s free, GPS-enabled real estate app
All BlackBerry devices can avail this enhanced version also; however the landscape view feature is only available on the Storm. The search capabilities of GPS will vary with your device and carrier.
So, if you want to search all the homes which are for sale and those, which have been sold recently, all you have to do is just visit their website and get set go!
All this for a reasonable price of $0.00. Yes, it is absolutely free guys!!!

Website: Smarter Agent’s GPS-enabled real estate app

(Via BlackBerry Insight)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Storm 2 Release Date Sept 15th - Telus

Storm 2 Release Date

What? Can it be? Oh it is.
We were just tipped by one of our well trusted sources that Telus will be releasing the Storm 2 on September 15th. Keep in mind this is not an official date set by Telus so we will call it an unofficial release date until they do announce a release date. There is no information just yet as to a date for Verizon as those doors to that room are highly guarded but rumor has it will be some time in October.
Either way, Telus users are in for some fun!!

update: There is a Telus commercial that is advertising about a Sept 15th date for something important.

Hm, a Storm 2 possibly?


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

T3's concept mobile

The 01 Phone marches on with T3 reader-inspired upgrades and a prototype model just around the corner...

After tirelessly collating all of your revolutionary suggestions for the 01 Phone we’ve gone back to the drawing board, or at least The Alloy has – our drawing skills don’t extend beyond stick men. And now we're proud to present the upgraded, snazzed-up version of the 01 Phone, complete with nattily redesigned miniphone and based on what you want.

Click on the links below to launch the gallery and see how we've used the feedback from thousands of emails, comments and even phone calls we received from you guys to create the 01 Phone Mark.II. Then check out the video animation to see the handset is sexy 3D.

The 01's UI and features in pics: Amazing 01 phone Mk.III 01 phone Mk.II

So what's new?

We've dropped the miniphone/stylus that resided in the back of the handset. It's now a separate device with wired earphones, because 27% of you said you don't want to see wireless earphones. Its lithium polymer battery charges directly from the main phone and it can be clipped onto your collar for making and receiving calls, as well as listening to music.

The 5.0-megapixel camera has been upgraded to 8.0-megapixel and we've also promised to include a Xenon flash. All the better to see you with.

And what's next?

Firstly, we’ll be creating a model of the 01 Phone with an operational slide-out keyboard and port cover, and we'll be taking that to Mobile World Congress to see what the industry thinks of our game-changing device.

So if you're attending the show in Barcelona next week, drop in on The Alloy's stand and check out the 01 Phone for yourself - they'll have it on display, and would love the opportunity to show you the new features and get your feedback.
Then we’re turning our attention to China. We’ll be talking to manufacturers in the Far East to discuss actually making the phone. The Chinese market is vastly more advanced than Europe in terms of features, so if we’re going to make the most sophisticated phone ever we’ll be needing to forge relationships out there. Keep checking in at for updates…

In the meantime, check out our video (in full-screen for a better viewing experience) and new

photos here, and as ever, let us know what you think in the comments below.

HTC Sense Coming to HTC Magic, Not T-Mobile myTouch 3G

Hooray! HTC Magic users will be glad to know that they'll be able to upgrade their devices toHTC Sense, the sexy, wonderful UI that have people going gaga over on the HTC Hero. If you've forgotten how lovely HTC Sense is, feel free to check out our coverage on what we feelis a major step forward for Android.

One bad thing though, this bit of news doesn't apply to T-Mobile myTouch 3G users. Due to licensing issues, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and other Magics with the "with Google" branding won't be able to officially upgrade to HTC Sense. We're not exactly sure how the legalities work but it probably has to do with Google and T-Mobile not wanting non-Google/T-Mobile approved software floating around on their handets. Lame. There's always the good folks at xda for you though...

But if you've got yourself a HTC Magic without Google branding, count yourself as one of the lucky ones. You'll be able to rock your device like the forthcoming HTC Hero. Kudos to you all.

Android Powered Tablet

We know next to nothing about this Android-powered MID (pictured above) other than the fact that we wouldn't mind using one and that it looks exactly like an iPhone, right down to the black border and chrome trim. The MID also looks to include SD card expansion, a couple of buttons, and maybe even phone capabilities. Yeah, vague, we know.

Overall, we're going to keep an eye on this completely unknown device because as much as an Android tablet is noteworthy, an iPhone-look-a-like Android tablet is even better.

What do you guys think? Straight rip off? Interesting?

(Via Engadget)

SmrtGuard upgraded to version 1.95

SmrtGuard upgraded to version 1.95

Looks like we got another software upgrade.

This time it is SmrtGuard and it has been upgraded today to version 1.95. Change Log:

1. More Robust Remote Wiping that wipes out Password Word Keeper, Facebook, Phone Application
2. Backup and Restore secured by Advanced Encrption Standard (AES) encryption
3. Easy and secured activation verification process with secure key exchange mechanism via HTTPS
4. New "Smrt Backup" that only backs up if there have been changes in your personal data. It is a more efficient way to backup!
5. Bug fixes on dashboard

To upgrade, all you need to do is point your blackberry broswer to SmrtGuard - Your Smartphone Guardian™ and click on download.

(Via BlackberryOS)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

BlackBerry Pro v3- Tour Edition! UPDATED!

BlackBerry Pro v3- Tour Edition! UPDATED!

FREE THEMEBRAND NEW for the BlackBerry Tour 9630!New version 3.1.1Many tweaks have been added and bugs fixed.*New Bottom Launch Bar has been added. A feature previously only available on the Storm.* Font sizes fixed* Lock screen updated*Navigation links updated* Plus many more small enhancements & bug fixes*Bonus 6th version - BLACK!

BlackBerry Pro v3 RED OTA DESKTOP
BlackBerry Pro v3 BLUE OTA DESKTOP
BlackBerry Pro v3 PINK OTA DESKTOP

95xx Free Theme - BLAK Series!

95xx Free Theme - BLAK Series!

Another Free theme set from Natemz. This one is packed with 7 color versions. All themes are Hidden Today, Dual OCD themes. New feature in this set is the "Tab Bar". Four tabs, linked to the most common apps, that highlight when tapped.This theme is compatible with OS with all themes, it is highly recommended that you do a battery pull after installation.


Llama v1.0.0 – New Application of BlackBerry

Llama v1.0.0 – New Application of BlackBerry

Do you often lose your way down the lanes of the city searching for malls? Do you feel that a guide would help you sort roads and directions with ease? Then there’s just the news you are waiting for. Llama is just the thing you are in need of-llama v1.0.0, another wonderful and innovative application used by BlackBerry users.
Developed by the developers of llama curve, llama v1.0.0 is BlackBerry compatible software. It is a guide to the various malls in US. It has a directory of a number of malls in the US, which include the current deals and also a shop finder application for the malls featured in the directory.
The key features of llama v 1.0.0 are:
Provides maps of a number of malls in the USIt searches for all the maps of the malls in the United States. There is no need now to frantically search for directions to reach the mall of your choice. All you need to do is to go to the applications menu and look through llama and et voilá! There’s your mall.
Provides color maps of the malls The maps of the malls are very colorful with different colors representing every feature in the malls. The maps even show the location of each and every store in the malls.
Equipped with store finder for the malls An excellent innovation, this application allows the user not only to locate the various malls across the country, but in finding the various stores in the malls as well. You do not need to skirt through the mall to get to the Shoppe of your choice. All you need to do is turn to your friendly llama and you are just where you want to be.
Provides information about the malls Another wonderful feature of this software is that it provides accurate information on the current deals and offers going on in the malls that are there in its directory. So, you can sit at home and get to know what’s going on and what’s for sale in which mall just by switching on your phone. What can be better for people, who like to “Shop till they drop”?

Minimum requirements of Llama v1.0.0 Helpful as it is, there are few factors, which are to be kept in mind when you want to get the maximum benefit of this application. The devices compatible with this software are BlackBerry 9500 (Storm) and BlackBerry9530/9530T (Storm). A standard BlackBerry Storm is compatible with this software. It requires a display dimension of 480×360. The operating system required is 4.7 Touch screen. So don’t wait anymore and grab your piece today.

Website: Llama download

BlackBerry Messenger 5.08

BlackBerry Messenger 5.08

I’ve been getting some emails and BBM messages asking where the links where, they are still up, I had to move some of the files around on my server so some of the old links may not be valid, but here are the updated links plus a few more versions that have been floating around for some of the new 5.0 OSs. At first there where alot of bad reports but all versions seem to be working great after RIM switched on all the features. If your worried about losing your contacts, here’s a great tip from one of the commenter’s, not sure if it works but it’s worth the try.
After the installation finishes, don’t select “Reboot Device” Select No or whatever the other option is, back out to your homescreen, the reboot the handheld manually by either a battery pull, or quick pull or some other third party app. *Tip: hold left alt, right shift and del at the same time for a couple of seconds to reboot also.*
This has apparently been a workaround for losing your contacts, let me know in comments below if it works for you.


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Forward, Reply & Edit 1.3 Fixes APN Tunnel Failed Issues

Forward, Reply & Edit 1.3 Fixes APN Tunnel Failed Issues

Free Forward, Reply & Edit application application has been updated to version 1.3. In case you do not remember this app lets you edit the original text in a forward or reply before sending it. It does not work with emails that have attachments but it does offer you some options.
Some users were having APN and Tunnel Failed issues with version 1.3 so they released a new version that has APN setting options. You may not have to set them if you already have them set in Settings -> Options -> Advanced Options -> TCP/IP. If that does not work you may need to copy them into the options page in the application. If you do not know your carrier’s APN settings you can probably find it at this link.
Pick up the update at this link

NOTE: The application is not 100% free but you just need to send a link for the app to a friend to register the application which is pretty painless

Friday, August 14, 2009

GPush iPhone app instantly notifies Gmail users when there’s a new email

GPush iPhone app instantly notifies Gmail users when there’s a new email

Here’s an interesting application for iPhone-ownin’ Gmail users. It’s called GPush and it instantly notifies Gmail users of new emails in their inbox. It’s not a full-blown email client, and once you’ve been notified, you’ll still need to process the message either via or using the web-based Gmail.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of push-notifications except in the case of instant messaging, but this could come handy from time to time, when I expect an important message.
GPush is still not available in the AppStore — just searched for it — but should hit it any time soon. From what we’re hearing, it will cost a buck ($0.99) initially and then twice as much, after the first week of availability…
(Via IntoMobile)

Multi-Touch Coming to Android in 2.0, Eclair ?

Multi-Touch Coming to Android in 2.0, Eclair ?

One feature that has been conspicuously missing in Android since its launch has been a biggie--multi-touch. Multi-touch is the wonderful input method that reads multiple touch inputs at once. It gives for a more 'natural' control of input, instead of zooming in/out by tapping plus/minus signs, you can simply pinch or pull the screen. Multitouch has become the benchmark for touchscreen browsing. The iPhone has it, the Pre has it, Android should definitely have it by now.
Luckily, CNET reports that official multi-touch support will be coming to the Android 2.0 update, which is expected to release this holiday season. Having multi-touch in Android is necessary not because of just its improvement to the user experience but it will take away a bullet point from its competitors. And to clarify, Eclair, not Donut, is expected to be 2.0.

Excited for the multi-touch news?

(Via Android Central)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Awesome Free Theme for the BlackBerry Bold – E2 Today

Awesome Free Theme for the BlackBerry Bold – E2 Today

Bla1ze from CrackBerry pointed out a hot new BlackBerry theme for the Bold 9000. It’s a free theme called “E2 Today” and features 15 icons with a beautiful dark background. This is a FREE theme which is sporting tons of great icons, veritcal scrolling and hidden today screen options. You can download it OTA by clicking here. Do you know of an awesome BlackBerry theme you think our readers would enjoy?