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  • blueorbit 7:51 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , BlackBerry, GoogleRIM, Smartpones, Usability   

    Well – now the cat is among the pigeons around Blue Orbit.

    Our new website is being tweaked (*take a peek, oh critical friend) – http://www.blueorbit.com.

    It is also a time of “let’s try all kinds of phones”, here at the offices in Gastown.

    The ace on our staff, Chelsea, has a BlackBerry – Two of us have Iphone 4’s – and now we have Jared has an Android and this is a new BlackBerry Bold.

    Ok, I will be honest – I have become an ardent Apple freak. (*Chelsea is sick of my ranting, but she is polite and turns ip the earbuds on “Hey, Soul Sister” – while I rave about the Iphone.)

    Then I picked up this new Blackberry.

    OK> A couple of things – if you SUCK as a typist, like old hunt and peck here, they have a touch screen and a mini’ish Blackberry qwerty board.


    Connectivity to 3G = fine + even got bars in parking lots.

    Wi-fi – as slow as a Politician on Glue.

    The design and slip up screen = OK, Camera – #Fail – think the 3.0 whatever megapixel is a downggrade from the killer Iphone.

    The size, with sliding screen > Cool. Like it. Mini USP connection.

    App store – #Fail.

    Has less apps than I have brain cells.

    All in all – in the Blue Orbit “Does this phone SUCK or Rock” Category – this Blackberry gets a 4.2 out of a possible 6.

    We use six – because 5 and 10 are boring and over used.

    Sort of like Kirstie Alley’s shtick.

    TOm “The Phantom” Phone Phreak.

  • blueorbit 11:27 am on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adobe AIR, , BlackBerry, BlackBerry App World, , , , Software development kit   

    RIM Now Accepting PlayBook Tablet Apps — InformationWeek 

    RIM BlackBerry 8700c and 7230

    Image via Wikipedia

    RIM has been courting developers aggressively when it comes to the PlayBook. If RIM’s take on a tablet is to succeed — especially in the enterprise — then RIM needs for it to have plenty of applications available at launch.

    Today, RIM announced that it opened the BlackBerry App World vendor portal, and is now accepting applications from developers for the PlayBook. In addition to the app store opening, RIM has also updated the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. RIM says the update supports Flash Builder 4.5 and associated plug-ins and tools. RIM says the new drag-and-drop capabilities of Flash Builder 4.5 will make it easier for developers to build PayBook apps.

    via RIM Now Accepting PlayBook Tablet Apps — InformationWeek.

  • blueorbit 6:43 pm on December 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , BlackBerry, , , ,   

    The War of the Apps and more. Pt 1. 

    The distinct feeling I have, is that we are looking at an era when we have a TON of really exciting Mobile tech starting to catch hold, but at the same time – maybe we have too many operating systems and standards, already.

    The Abdroid has taken up a huge Market share, and now Android and the Iphone platforms are getting stormed by Windows Phones, the new Pads from Samsung and soon, GASP, RIM.

    Where does this all end?


    Google Android

    Image by Scarygami via Flickr

    This confuses the poor end user and can rear back and bite people in this space.

    This is going to get really interesting, and fast.

  • blueorbit 10:51 am on November 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BlackBerry   

    Wind Mobile Launches Alcatel Tribe & 2-for-1 BlackBerry Deal » Telecommunications Industry News 

    On the cusp of its one-year anniversary, Canadian wireless startup Wind Mobile has announced its second Google Android-based smartphone, as well as a new promotion allowing users to get two BlackBerry devices for the price of one.

    The new Android device, Alcatel’s Tribe OT-981 features a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, 3G data capabilities, and 2-megapixel digital camera, as well as built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. It comes equipped with a Google Android 2.1 operating system and is available for $190 with month-to-month billing.

    Wind’s new BlackBerry promotion allows users to receive a free BlackBerry Pearl 3G device with the purchase of a BlackBerry Bold 9700, so long as both smartphones are activated on the Wind Mobile network. This should be an attractive deal for holiday gift givers, or businesspeople who need separate phones for work and personal use.

    Wind Mobile has been in business since December 2009 and, at last count, has approximately 140,000 subscribers in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Vancouver.

    via Wind Mobile Launches Alcatel Tribe & 2-for-1 BlackBerry Deal » Telecommunications Industry News.

  • blueorbit 9:19 am on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , BBM Canada, BlackBerry, , , Latin America, Mexico City,   

    RIM Taps Teens’ Messaging Mania to Top Apple in Latin America – Bloomberg 

    The iPhone was an also-ran for Monica Amilpas when she chose her first smartphone last year. She opted for the BlackBerry Curve because it had an instant- messaging feature the Apple Inc. device lacked.

    “BlackBerry Messenger has helped me a lot because the little messages are free,” said Amilpas, 31, who works at a consulting firm in Mexico City and stays in touch with clients, colleagues and family through BBM, as it’s known. “Before I had to use text messages, but this doesn’t cost anything.”

    The messaging feature and lower-cost phones have boosted the popularity of Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry in the developing world, making it the top smartphone brand in Latin America this year, researcher IDC says. RIM is relying on emerging markets for revenue growth as competition from Apple and Google Inc.’s Android cut into its U.S. and European sales.

    via RIM Taps Teens’ Messaging Mania to Top Apple in Latin America – Bloomberg.

  • blueorbit 11:37 am on November 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , BlackBerry, , , Programming, , ,   

    Doctor’s Office and QR Code 

    Sitting in the Doc’s office with Tech 2.0 waiting to be seen. The little one is under the weather and Mrs. Tech don’t play that, so I volunteered to take her.

    Very rarely do I glance at all the ads on the wall, but this one caught my attention.

    The ad had some QR code in it, so being the techie that I am, I snapped a pic, scanned the code, and did a quick blog on my BlackBerry.

    The code took me to a mobile website with more information for parents with kids.

    There was a YouTube mobile link, and even an article.

    Just doing my job to keep you all informed about all the QR Code put there.

    Right now, people look at me wierd when they see me pointing my smartphone at a picture on the wall, but before long (a year or so) we all will be walking around scanning codes with our smartphones…we already do everything else with them.


  • blueorbit 11:46 am on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , BlackBerry, HTC Corporation, , Motorola, , , SquareTrade   

    iPhone 4 is Most Reliable Smartphone, Study Says | PCMag.com 

    Apple’s iPhone is the most reliable smartphone, according to SquareTrade Reasearch’s analysis of more than 50,000 such devices.

    The study looked at four smartphone makers: Apple, RIM, HTC, and Motorola. It used four months of data for the iPhone 4, which went on sale in June, a year of data for Blackberry, and eight months of data for HTC and Motorola. SquareTrade last analyzed smartphone reliability in November 2008, “when the BlackBerry, Apple’s iPhone 3G, and Palm Treo dominated the smartphone market,” it said.

    While the November 2010 study found that the iPhone is the most trustworthy phone, it also showed Android-based Motorola and HTC devices to be pretty comparable in terms of dependability. Within the first 12 months, 2.1 percent of iPhone 4s were “projected to have a non-accident malfunction.” Motorola and HTC have similar malfunction rates with 2.3 percent and 3.7 percent respectively.

    The study showed RIM’s BlackBerry devices to be less dependable; In the first 12 months, 6.3 percent faltered. However, the study said 75 percent of smartphone collapses were a result of “accidental damage,” and BlackBerrys have the lowest percentage of these types of instances (6.7 percent). Nearly one in 10 (9.4 percent) iPhone 4s fell victim to this fate however, the highest rate of any other smartphones.

    via iPhone 4 is Most Reliable Smartphone, Study Says | News & Opinion | PCMag.com.

  • blueorbit 1:28 pm on November 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , BlackBerry, , , , , SwiftKey   

    New Apps for Your Smartphone, Android Edition 

    SwiftKey (Android): Released from beta at the end of September, this stock keyboard replacement learns how you type and suggests words for you that you can include in your email, text, etc. with just a tap. For anyone who feels fumbled-fingered on touchscreen keyboards, this app is a real time-saver. (Download)

    via New Apps for Your Smartphone, October Edition.

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