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How one BlackBerry addict lost 50 Lbs. in six months

Struggling to work off that spare tire around your waist? Maybe you're still trying to squeeze into that itty-bitty, polka-dotted swimsuit from last year? Your BlackBerry smartphone might not seem like the most obvious tool in the war on unwanted weight, but thanks to a new mobile application you can now carry your very own "24/7 weight-loss coach" in a pants pocket.

Written by Al Sacco22 Aug. 09 04:32

BlackBerry App World Gets (Bare-Bones) Desktop Version

Research In Motion (RIM) made its first foray in the mobile-app-store space last April, when it officially launched BlackBerry App World at CTIA Wireless 2009. Nearly five months later, the company's still frequently updating and improving its official software channel. The latest enhancement, announced this morning, is the ability to browse App World software via PC.

Written by Al Sacco19 Aug. 09 03:36

BlackBerry how to: using 'safe mode' to remove bum apps

If you don't frequently install new software on your BlackBerry smartphone, you're probably not getting the most out of your device. There's a whole world of great new and classic applications out there, but you'll never discover it if you don't take those initial steps and experiment with third-party apps.

Written by Al Sacco19 Aug. 09 03:03

RIM BlackBerry Smart Card Reader Gets Security Makeover

Research In Motion (RIM) has been serving up new BlackBerry smartphones like French fries at a small-town fast-food joint in recent days, but its next new product doesn't come with a QWERTY keyboard or a blinking new-message LED. Today, RIM announced an updated version of its BlackBerry Smart Card Reader, a small thin-plastic security card reader that attaches to a lanyard and employs Bluetooth to grants users' proximity-based access to specific machines and systems.

Written by Al Sacco18 Aug. 09 03:57

UberTwitter BlackBerry Twitter app fiasco

BlackBerry applications for social networking/microblogging service Twitter aren't exactly hard to come by. In the past year or so, a variety of quality Twitter apps for BlackBerry smartphones hit the Web, both free and commercial, including TweetGenius, SocialScope and UberTwitter.

Written by Al Sacco14 Aug. 09 04:56

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700/Onyx: new details

CrackBerry addicts and tech-Web-watchers already know that RIM's got a brand new BlackBerry, unofficially dubbed "Onyx," waiting in the wings--related rumors have been swirling around the blogosphere for quite some time now. Heck, images of the unannounced device leaked months ago, so its existence is certain. Less sure are the details on when the device will become available, though some telling information showed up on a BlackBerry forum this past weekend. Keep reading for specifics--as well as two brand new images of the BlackBerry Bold "9700."

Written by Al Sacco11 Aug. 09 02:40

BlackBerry App World Offers Software Update Notifications

Last week, Research In Motion released an update to its BlackBerry App World mobile software store, v1.1. With the new App World release, RIM announced a variety of details about the app store's new features and enhancements. But one valuable tidbit seems to have been overlooked: BlackBerry App World v1.1 sends users notifications via BlackBerry message, App World itself and a home screen icon whenever updated version of applications obtained through App World become available.

Written by Al Sacco07 Aug. 09 04:47

RIM's New Curve 8520 Has Nine Unique BlackBerry Features

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 hit U.S. shelves earlier this week, and though it certainly won't send hard-core CrackBerry addicts rushing to T-Mobile stores to scoop one up--it's an entry-level device, meant for new smartphone users--the handheld actually has more "new" BlackBerry features and hardware tweaks than any other device Research In Motion (RIM) has released in a year.

Written by Al Sacco07 Aug. 09 03:53

Why BlackBerry Curve 8520 is First to Get Trackpad

Today, Research In Motion (RIM) launched the new BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone, an evolution of the Curve 83xx and Curve 8900 families of BlackBerry devices. Though the new Curve's really nothing groundbreaking--it's basically a combination of the two earlier Curves--the device features one brand new BlackBerry component that could prove to be quite significant: the trackpad. But why would RIM ditch its traditional track ball now and release the trackpad on its cheapest, lowest-end BlackBerry ever? Keep moving for an official answer from RIM, as well as my own "unofficial" opinion.

Written by Al Sacco06 Aug. 09 04:50

BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac: Four Things To Know

Research In Motion (RIM) recently announced that it will finally release Macintosh-compatible desktop management software for BlackBerry handhelds this fall. I was lucky enough to get a quick hands-on demonstration this morning from RIM Product Manager Andrey Feldman at an event in New York City, and I dug up a few previously unannounced tidbits about RIM's upcoming software release for Apple computer users with BlackBerrys.

Written by Al Sacco05 Aug. 09 03:39

Dr. BlackBerry: eight apps making medicine more mobile

Physicians may not have been the first professionals to embrace BlackBerry devices and smartphones, in general. But they sure aren't wasting any time nowadays. Heck, Dr. John Halamka, CIO of both Beth Israel Deaconness and Harvard Medical School is regarded as a mobile guru, even appearing in his own BlackBerry ad campaign.

Written by Al Sacco30 July 09 06:18

BlackBerry troubleshooting tips & tricks from RIM

Experiencing problems with that new BlackBerry Tour? Is your tried-and-true Curve 8300 acting up on ya? Have no fear; you don't necessarily have a "lemon" on your hands|.BlackBerry devices, and smartphones in general, can be a "finicky" bunch of gadgets. But thankfully, there are some quick fixes for common problems.

Written by Al Sacco31 July 09 00:51

Palm Updates Pre OS With an Eye on the Enterprise

Palm on Thursday released another update to the Pre's mobile operating system, webOS v1.1.0, and it includes a variety of valuable features meant for corporate IT departments supporting Pres in the enterprise. The Palm Pre

Written by Al Sacco24 July 09 23:53

Why Palm Needs To Ditch iTunes and Create a Media Sync

Yesterday Palm released an update to its webOS mobile operating system for the Pre, v1.1.0. The new webOS packs a handful of enterprise-oriented features, like the ability to remotely wipe the Pre, along with a number of maintenance fixes and more. But perhaps most interestingly, webOS v1.1.0 also "re-enables" the iTunes sync feature that Apple blocked via its own software update earlier this month.That's good news for Pre users, since it's remarkably simple to use iTunes to sync media libraries to the Pre. However, it'll no doubt be short-lived and Pre owners will soon find themselves in the same iTunes-sync-less position they did last week, when Apple released iTunes v8.2.1, which blocked Pre syncing.

Written by Al Sacco25 July 09 02:02

BlackBerry FAQ: why is software in apps list in BOLD text?

I get a lot of BlackBerry-related questions. From colleagues, coworkers, family, friends, readers, the list goes on. The majority of inquiries are very basic. Things like "How do I make my BlackBerry's battery last longer?" Or "Why is my BlackBerry memory so low?"

Written by Al Sacco24 July 09 03:37