Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Otterbox Defender for iPhone 4 Unboxing & Preview

Monday, July 26, 2010

HyperMac iPad Stand Charges While You Watch

Via: Gizmodo.com 

HyperMac iPad Stand Charges While You WatchThose looking to minimize desk clutter will be pleased with HyperMac's entrant to the iPad stand rodeo, offering a built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery for 16 hours of extra life.
The HyperMac stand has two slots at 18 and 45 degree angles, each providing what purports to be superior viewing for movies and reading, respectively—and you can even stick your iPad in while clothed in Apple's official case. HyperMac, whose quality wares we've covered before, claims the 12.7 ounce stand is pocketable as well, though we're not sure how the "No, listen, that was just an iPad stand in my pocket" defense will work after an awkward hug. [HyperShop]

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Dell Streak & Logitech diNovo Mini Paired off

By Darren Murph

Via www.engadget.com

So, you've either purchased a Streak, or you're anxiously awaiting your own here in the US. Fantastic. Now what? If you've just over $100 to spend and even a pinch of smarts, you'll give strong consideration to Logitech's diNovo Mini. Though launched around two years ago, this portable Bluetooth keyboard looks like a match made in heaven for Dell's newfangled 5-inch smartphone, with the cover holding the Streak (almost) perfectly in order to create a makeshift Android laptop. Better still, the Bluetooth device pairs seamlessly with Dell's doodad, and both the keys and finger pad operate sans any major issues. But hey, it's not like you ought to be taking our word for it -- head on past the break to see the magic happen on video, and dig down in that source link for even more inspiration. It might just convince your cold, hardened heart that love does indeed exist.

Acer Stream launching August 3rd, exclusively available on Expansys

by Nick Gray via www.anroidandme.com

Acer Stream launching August 3rd, exclusively available on Expansys

Acer is not new to the Android scene, but their upcoming Stream will definitely be the first Android phone which should capture the attention of the public. On the hardware side, the Acer Stream falls in line with phones like the HTC Desire and SONY Xperia X10 by offering a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 800 x 400 pixel 3.7 inch AMOLED display, 5MP camera with 720p video recording, HDMI connectivity, Dolby Digital surround sound, and FM radio all running on Android 2.1.
While other manufacturers are all creating their custom UI’s that enhance the Android experience, Acer has gone back to the drawing board and completely rethought what the Android user experience should look like. The Acer Stream will allow users to add widgets to their lockscreen, scroll through recent applications with a flick of a finger, access their notifications by categories, and change phone settings without having to dive into Android’s menu system.
We know, the changes described don’t sound too far off from what users can currently do with a handful of applications from the Android Market, but we’d suggest taking a quick peek at the video below to see what the Acer Stream has in store.
For now, the phone will be launching exclusively through Expansys on August 3rd for £399.99 (roughly $600), though we’d expect a few carriers in Britain and mainland Europe to add the Acer Stream to their lineups before summer is officially over.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Vaja iPad Case Review

We're back with another awesome case review, and today we have a very special one, the Vaja "Limited Edition." The case is not only a luxury item, but it offers some great protection for the iPad. The case is separated into two high-quality leather pieces that offer great protection for the back and front of the iPad. During use, your iPad will sit on the back leather-piece and this offers protection for the back of the device.

While you're carrying it, you get to use the front piece as well which sports the shiny chrome-metal Vaja logo. When the device is sandwiched between the two pieces you have great protection, with great style. With the front cover on you get access to the the sleep/wake/power button, headset jack, speaker, and volume rocker. The only downside is the lack of access to the dock-connector port when the front cover is on. Not to worry, the cover easily slips off.

You're probably thinking... 'what If i'm carrying my iPad around with the front cover, but want to take off to use the device, where do I put it?" Well, Vaja implemented an easy solution and that is the ability to attach the front cover to the back cover. It works pretty neat, and you won't even notice it while in use.
The Vaja "Limited Edition" is a bit pricy at $150-200 but in the end this is a luxury item made with luxury materials, by a luxurious company. The case comes in three colors: Brown/Mamut ($200), White ($150), and Olive Grey ($150). The protection alone is not really worth the price, but the style, brand, and manufacturing process truly is. You can purchase one here.

via: www.9to5mac.com

Flipboard Social Network Aggregator for iPad available on iTunes

Billed as the world's first social magazine, FlipBook pulls your facebook and Twitter feeds into a magazine like interface.  It is free for iPad. (iTunes link)

From the developer:
Flipboard is the world's first social magazine. Your Flipboard is a fast, beautiful way to flip through news, photos and updates your friends are sharing on Facebook and Twitter. And it’s an incredible place to discover fresh content from around the Twittersphere.

Flipboard brings the timeless layout of print media to social media. No more scrolling through long lists of posts and links. No more jumping back and forth between websites. Your Flipboard is everything you care about in one place. It's your magazine. It's your Flipboard.

Use of the Flipboard Application is governed by the Flipboard Terms of Use (http://www.flipboard.com/terms).

Skype gets Multitasking on iPhone 3GS and 4

What's New In This Version:

● Run Skype in the background with multitasking in iOS4. Receive Skype calls and IM while other apps are running or when your iPhone is locked. You can also continue your call while you switch to another application. Multitasking is available only with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.
When Will Apple note that Skype no longer plans to charge for 3G calling.
In light of that, we no longer have plans to charge a supplement to make calls over 3G. We’re delighted to make it easier for you to talk for even longer and do even more together using Skype.
 Strange that Skype only allows this on iPhones and not recent iPods, eh?  Where should we cast our suspicious gaze?
Is it too early to start complaining about the lack of Video Conferencing since Skype kicked Fring to the curb or are we smitten?
via: www.9to5mac.com

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

BlackBerry Tablet "Confirmed" - Will Be 7 Inches, Have Dual Cameras for Video Conferencing & Support Flash

 By : Mauricio via: www.blackberryrocks.com

BlackBerry Tablet Confirmed   Will Be 7 Inches, Have Dual Cameras For Video Conferecing & Support Flash
Just yesterday I posted about analyst Ashok Kumar providing info on the rumored BlackBerry Tablet to be offered by RIM. Today the info has been further “confirmed” by a source which has also provided another detail:
A source close to RIM confirmed to Betanews that Kumar’s statements were accurate, including the screen size, and the dual camera setup. But they gave us a bit of additional information that the rumors haven’t covered yet: Flash support.
Our source said that the BlackBerry tablet will indeed include Flash, and will have a hardware-based Flash accelerator.
That’s right…Flash! If you recall, Adobe announced Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile and mentioned that it would be available for BlackBerry devices “in the coming months”. Here’s what Kumar said about the tablet yesterday:
“Research In Motion (RIMM, Market Perform) is trying to pull forward the launch of the 7-inch touchscreen tablet from early next year to year end…with a marginal point of differentiation being the front- and back-facing cameras for videoconferencing,” he said in a research note Friday morning.
Since this info isn’t coming directly from RIM we can’t count it as official just yet but, since many sources are in agreement, it’s safe to assume the BlackBerry Tablet is indeed in development/production.

Blogger Buzz: Blogger integrates with Amazon Associates

Blogger Buzz: Blogger integrates with Amazon Associates

Speck Fitted Case for iPad Giveaway Winners!

By Jason Cipriani via www.Berryscoop.com 

A big thanks to everyone who entered.  We appreciate you taking part in our contests.  If you weren’t selected we will have more contests in the future, and if you were please be watching your email filters for an email from me with winning instructions.  The winners of the Speck Fitted iPad Case are:
  • Brandon
  • Ray Nicolini
  • Pat
Congrats again!

Another BlackBerry OS 6 Sneak Peak Video - Coming This Summer1

by BerryReview

RIM is really stoking the fire with their latest sneak peak video into the features of BlackBerry (OS) 6. One nice news bite that was mentioned on RIM’s official blog is that BlackBerry 6 is still on track for release this summer!!!!! The new interface is slick and it looks like RIM is finally taking a look at their UI design.
The new video above shows off the:
  • redesigned home screen
  • universal search
  • context-sensitive pop-up menus
  • revamped BlackBerry Browser powered by WebKit
  • new applications like Social Feeds (which integrates all your news and social networks into one destination) and more
Personally I cannot wait for the built in RSS feeds! How about you?

BB Tweet Media Player beta - share what you're listening to!

via: www.bberrydog.com by Alex Hosefelder.

Sometimes you’re listening to that one special song that you want everyone to know you’re listening to it right know. You can do that on platforms like MSN, BBM, etc. And finally a new app arrived on your BlackBerry giving you the possibility to share the song with all your followers on Twitter – BB Tweet Media Player.
BB Tweet Media Player is the first app that uses your existing music and shares what you’re listening to. It’s still in beta so don’t expect too much of it but what it’s all about is definitely a great start!
Basically it’s an all new media player providing you the choice of tweeting every single song that’s playing right to Twitter or to manually update your Twitter feed.
If you’re a music-lover like me you should definitely give it a try. Make sure to follow @bbtweetmedia to stay tuned on updates and don’t forget to tell us your thoughts in the comments or our forums!
via: www.crackberry.com

Why BlackBerry: A newbie's perspective

Via: www.BBerryDog.com by Laura Mayerchak.
Hey doggies!! It’s hump day yet again and this summer just seems to be flying by. I hope you all have been enjoying nice weather, cookouts, and family fun! If you’ve been an advocate of our site, you are well aware of some of the new polls and opinion pieces that are all part of our “Why BlackBerry?” series. Per request of the boss, I have been asked to share some of the reasons as to why I made the switch and what makes me love my ‘Berry.
Before I joined the BB world, I was on a typical, standard flip phone, using only the text messaging feature to stay in touch with the world. Looking back on this now, with my ‘Berry by my side, I feel as though my old phone should be labeled as a prehistoric machine that is completely unfit to ever be held by my ‘Berry loving hands again. As you might already be able to tell, I am completely and totally enthralled with my decision to switch over to BlackBerry. Apart from the extra monthly service charge (which is totally worth it in my opinion), I have virtually no complaints about anything regarding my phone. You must know though, that I am a newcomer in the technology world, I have little knowledge of operating systems, interfaces, and all that other lingo that some of you may be more familiar with.
But let’s get down to business: Why do I BlackBerry? Being a student in college, it’s almost required that you be in contact with your email constantly throughout the day. Professors like to use that medium more than any other to assign work, give class updates, and post schedules. With the BlackBerry, not only can I link my school email to my phone, but I can also add all my other personal emailaccounts and be notified in one general inbox on my phone when I receive a message. This to me, is one of the greatest features BlackBerry has to offer. Speaking of messages, as I mentioned earlier, I am a texting fiend. Rarely do I make phone calls (unless it’s to my mom, who hasn’t quite gotten the hang of texting) if I can just as easily pull up my contacts list and shoot a text to anyone I choose. The SMS and MMS options provided as the main messaging systems on BlackBerry have proven themselves time and time again.
Never do I have to worry about reaching a particular inbox limit, which forces you to delete all messages to make room for new ones. Never do I forget what was said previously because conversations on the Berry are stored in Instant Messenger format (where you can view both party’s replies). The only downside is the 160 character limit in SMS, which can easily be fixed with one of the many BlackBerry apps (which I will come to a little later). Not only do you have the option to send SMS texts to non-BlackBerry users, but there is also the BBM option, which has seriously changed the way I message.
With BlackBerry Messenger, I have the ability to stay in touch with all of my contacts who also have the option to BBM. With an easy exchange of PIN numbers and a quick confirmation text, I can let my thumbs type as much as they want to those I’ve connected with. The cool thing about BBM is that it allows you to create groups that you can ‘conference’ with, which kind of simulates a conference call, only though messenging instead. You can assign yourself a picture so that all your BB contacts can put a face to a name, and you can also update a status, much like Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and any other social network. There isn’t a limit on the characters you can type and send to your BBMer’s, so if you are a long-winded texting junkie, this is definitely right up your alley.
Aside from my favorite past time to absolutely wear my poor thumbs out on the impressive QWERTY keyboard, I love to jump on AppWorld and peruse through all the Apps offered. Spanning from business, entertainment, news, food, and practically any other category one could imagine, RIM offers a very wide variety of mostly free Apps that are easily downloaded. I’m a semi-big gaming person, and the games are practically unlimited on the BlackBerry. Even though some are just demos and others you do have to pay a small fee for, the availability and accessibility of just this one particular category proves to show that AppWorld definitely has it going on.
When I first opened the glorious box that held my precious BlackBerry, I’m not going to lie, I was feeling a little apprehensive about learning how to work this new thing that seemed so complex to me at the time. After some much needed hands-on with it, and opening all my apps, downloading new ones, setting up accounts, and really just learning new little tricks in general, I came to love my ‘Berry. There are so many things that I could go on and on about all the wonderful features and the moments when I just said, “Cool! This thing is awesome!!”. All in all, I never fully comprehended the reason why so many of my friends were making the switch until I did so myself, and honestly, I’ve become a CrackBerry addict just like the rest of them. But this is nothing to be ashamed of! So go out there and make the best investment of your life (if you haven’t already done so) and come back here to tell the team at BBerrydog why you are such a big fan of the all-loving, fantastic, amazing thing that the world knows as BlackBerry.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Facebook Chat Coming Soon to the official BlackBerry App?

We've heard rumors before that the BlackBerry Facebook app would integrate the chat feature. If you're familiar with the current Facebook app, then you know it isn't anything special. However, we have heard decent improvements with Facebook v1.8 that hit select users of Beta Zone.

Although, reports on v1.8 say there isn't a chat feature, but that the overall experience is much faster. Now, it seems that Facebook has enabled it on their end to allow the Facebook Chat on a BlackBerry. There have been third-party apps that allow you to do Facebook Chat, however, this appears to be for the official Facebook app that is developed by RIM.

We're hoping that we will see this feature in v1.8 even though reports suggest otherwise. Either way, it is a good sign that Facebook has taken the initiative to get their backend setup in preparation. Knowing RIM, we probably won't see a feature like Facebook Chat in a new app version until the release of BlackBerry 6.

Via www.bbleaks.com