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Blog: RIM BlackBerry How To Video: 10 Tips to Free Internal Smartphone Memory

There's seemingly an infinite number of software applications available for your BlackBerry--many of which are free--but unfortunately there's only so much storage space in your smartphone's internal memory, and by default Research In Motion (RIM), the BlackBerry maker, blocks the ability to store such apps on microSD media cards.

Written by Al Sacco29 July 08 14:28

Blog: Slydial: Go Directly to Voice Mail. Do Not Converse, Do Not Collect $200

We've all been there before. You need to return a call or deliver some bad news, but for whatever reason you don't want to speak with the person on the other end of the line. Sure, you could shoot off a quick e-mail or text message, but that's just not the same as a phone call.

Written by Al Sacco25 July 08 13:45

Blog: Project CrackBerry: UK College Wants the Dope on Your BlackBerry Addiction

If you use a BlackBerry for any business-related purposes-and if you're reading this, we bet you do--The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) wants you! That's because the college is doing research in the form of an online survey to try and gauge the effects of always-on mobile connectivity on professionals' work/life balance.

Written by Al Sacco25 July 08 13:25

Blog: Palm in 2008: Hanging by a Thread or Back from the Dead?

Remember Palm and its Treo smartphones? Barely, you say? Yeah, me too. But thanks to an entry-level smartphone called the Centro and a couple of new high-end Treo devices, the US-based handheld maker just might find its way back onto your radar in 2008.

Written by Al Sacco18 July 08 15:16

Blog: 50 Mobile Finance Apps for BlackBerry and iPhone

While surfing my usual collection of BlackBerry- and smartphone-related blogs and sites yesterday, I came across a blog post that contains brief descriptions of and links to 50 finance-oriented mobile software downloads for BlackBerry and iPhone smartphones-25 for each device. The post is short and sweet, but there's some good stuff in there, so I thought I'd share.

Written by Al Sacco11 July 08 15:12

Blog: Quick Coding: Windows Mobile Developer Builds an App a Day in June

Some developers spend weeks, even months, pouring through lines of code in attempts to create unique and valuable applications, but a South Carolina-based developer recently demonstrated his .Net Compact prowess-and impressive personal drive--by creating a new Windows Mobile application every day in the month of June.

Written by Al Sacco03 July 08 10:50

Blog: RIM BlackBerry Bold, Apple iPhone: Who's Beating Who to the 3G Punch?

Last month CIO.com sister publication PCWorld.com posted an article entitled "BlackBerry Bold Beats iPhone to the 3G Punch." The story was written to announce the official unveiling of RIM's latest-and greatest to date-BlackBerry smartphone, but it rubbed me the wrong way from the start.

Written by Al Sacco27 June 08 14:45

Blog: Ranking RIM BlackBerry RF Radiation Levels by SAR: How Does Your Smartphone Measure Up?

Whether or not mobile phones can actually lead to or accelerate health problems remains unclear but we do know the trusty little devices emit radio frequency energy, and it's a fact that too much radiation's not a good thing for humans. That's why the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) analyzes and measures mobile device radiation-emission levels before giving them the thumbs up for sale in the United States. That metric is called a Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), and to pass the FCC inspection, a phone's SAR must be equal to or less than 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg).

Written by Al Sacco13 June 08 15:23

Blog: Apple iPhone 3G and the Enterprise: What CIOs Wanted vs. What They Got

After months of speculation, Apple this week unveiled its next-generation smartphone, the iPhone 3G and solidified its push into the enterprise mobile space with a spattering of business-specific announcements. But how well did these enhancements to the uber-popular device and its software measure up to enterprise users' expectations?

Written by Al Sacco13 June 08 14:19

Blog: The John Mayer-ization of BlackBerry: Celebrity Spokesman, TV Spots and Mascots, Oh My...

Research In Motion (RIM), maker of the popular BlackBerry smartphone, which has traditionally been known as a business device, made its first foray into the vast consumer mobile phone space back in 2006 when it debuted the sleek and shiny BlackBerry Pearl 8100. Since then, the company has continued into the land of consumer gadgets, launching the Curve 8300 in May 2007 and its newest device, the Bold 9000, is expected this US summer-both of which feature digital cameras, Wi-Fi, and media players.

Written by Al Sacco06 June 08 15:38