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RIM Launches BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 5.0 at WES

Research In Motion (RIM) launched the latest edition of its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), version 5.0, the company's core piece of BlackBerry infrastructure for secure, mobile corporate messaging, at its annual Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) event in Orlando on Monday.

Written by Al Sacco05 May 09 04:01

BlackBerry Gets Native Gmail, Google Contacts and Calendar

Ever wished you could get "push" Gmail on your BlackBerry smartphone? Or securely -- and wirelessly -- sync your Google contacts and calendar? If so, your wishes may be granted this summer, thanks to a new service from the search giant.

Written by Al Sacco05 May 09 10:39

Lenovo Constant Connect for BlackBerry, ThinkPad Available

In February, Lenovo announced a new product called Constant Connect, that lets IBM ThinkPad laptop users with BlackBerry smartphones employ a Bluetooth-enabled ExpressCard to synchronize corporate e-mail between their notebooks and smartphones--even if those computers are powered off. Tuesday, the company informed me that Constant Connect is now available for purchase.

Written by Al Sacco04 May 09 12:00

Blog: Mobile Twitter Game Heats Up; Oprah, Ashton Kutcher Fan the Flames

Uber “micro-blogging” service Twitter has seen a drastic spike in popularity in recent days thanks to the support of a number of high-profile celebrities like Kelso--ahem, Ashton Kutcher--and the Queen Bee of Middle America, Oprah Winfrey. Along with all the newfound interest come a number of crafty software developers hoping to cash in on the mass hilarity with new, feature-packed Twitter applications and services for smartphones that let you “tweet” from anywhere there’s cellular connectivity.

Written by Al Sacco20 April 09 11:30

Six essential Apple iPhone security tips

If you're an Apple iPhone user and security's not on your mind, you're at risk; at risk of having a Web mail account hacked; at risk of having your online identity stolen; and at risk of losing valuable personal information, such as wireless service account data, that could result in financial losses, among other disasters.

Written by Al Sacco08 Oct. 08 14:42

RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Flip Phone: The Next Great Consumer Smartphone?

It's no secret that BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) has tried to expand its traditional customer base beyond the enterprise in recent days. But the company's BlackBerry Pearl 8220 flip phone (formerly dubbed "KickStart") is the first RIM device aimed specifically at the vast low-end consumer market. And it just might be exactly what RIM needs to secure for itself a dominant stake in the space-assuming carriers are willing to hit the necessary price points.

Written by Al Sacco12 Sept. 08 11:16

Blog: Mobile Web 2.0: 140M Mobile Social Networking Users Expected by 2013

The last few years have seen social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter balloon in popularity, but the next big thing in social networking might be the widespread adoption of mobile versions of such services that are designed specifically for use while on the go via smartphones and other handheld devices.

Written by Al Sacco05 Sept. 08 12:39

Blog: iPhone Beats BlackBerry Bold in Browser Speed Test? Not So Fast...

Late last week, I came across a blog post on Wired.com entitled "BlackBerry Bold Loses Against iPhone in Browser Race." Naturally, as I (obsessively) follow both the Apple iPhone and Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry smartphone line, the story immediately caught my eye. But after only a few seconds of watching the video that accompanied the post, it was clear that this particular "test" was flawed.

Written by Al Sacco26 Aug. 08 13:51

Blog: "Best" BlackBerry Apps: Not All Lists Are Created Equal

Today I came across a list of what LaptopMag.com is calling the "top ten BlackBerry apps," and since I've been known to offer up my own occasional lists of BlackBerry software downloads-and there are a few on the list I haven't covered in the past-I decided to bring the post to your attention.

Written by Al Sacco12 Aug. 08 14:58

Blog: Mobile Phones on Airplanes: Thumbs Up or Hang Up?

I don't know about you, but the thought of being crammed into a middle seat between two folks yapping away on mobile phones during a flight literally sends spasms down my spine.

Written by Al Sacco04 Aug. 08 14:23

Blog: Unsafe Texting Sends More to the ER: Doctor Offers Up 5 Tips

It seems like common sense: walking, or worse, biking down a busy city street while texting on a BlackBerry or other mobile device is not a very bright idea. However, US emergency room physicians say that's just the problem. A growing number of Americans, particularly teenagers and young adults, are demonstrating a surprising lack of common sense when it comes to texting and "multitasking"-and texting-related injuries, such as lacerated faces and sprained ankles, are increasing accordingly.

Written by Al Sacco01 Aug. 08 14:49