Technology described in a newly published BlackBerry Patent application would improve the quality of BlackBerry device backlighting by using "hot spot filters" to better managing overly "bright spots."The Patent app, 0070291507, is entitled, Method and Device To Improve Backlit Uniformity.
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Russell Shaw's blog keeps fiercely loyal BlackBerry users up to speed on new models, technologies, carrier promotions, tips and tricks, and relevant corporate news.
Jibi from the BoyGeniusReport cites sources in more or less confirming that the BlackBerry 9000 is a) real, and b) will probably be released sometime in the first three months of next year.Which of course, will soon be this year.
The number of BlackBerry users worldwide has now passed 12 million.That's according to BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion, which reported its latest quarterly earnings today.
A new BlackBerry Patent application just posted this morning describes designs for an "angular (BlackBerry) keyboard".20070287391 is the number.
If you are thinking about buying a BlackBerry Pearl- or just have too much time on your hands- you might want to take phone emulator site TryPhone's realistic T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl emulator out for a spin.It's more graphically true-to-form than any other BlackBerry emulator I've worked with.
Hayden of BlackBerry discussion and forum site Pinstack notes that the world's first BlackBerry-only store has just opened.Apparently the first of its kind, the store is an exclusive deal between BlackBerry-maker Research Inb Motion, and Wireless Giant of Madison Heights, Michigan.
Are you using, or plan to use, the camera in your BlackBerry Curve or Pearl?If so, you might want to check out Cellphone camera tips and techniques, a piece by Boston Globe travel writer (not tech writer) John Tlumacki.
If you are a BlackBerry enterprise user, you might want to look over BlackBerry Technical Support Service's new brochure .To me, the real value-add of this brochure is a graphical run-down of the various tech support levels available to BlackBerry enterprise users.
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion has just announced they are teaming up with airline JetBlue and Yahoo to offer free, in-flight, Wi-Fi web connections for Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerrys (such as the BlackBerry Curve 8320) as well as laptops.The service will allow passengers to access customized Yahoo mail and Yahoo instant messenger services on their laptops or to access corporate e-mails on Wi-Fi enabled versions of the popular Blackberry device from RIM," Reuters reports.
In recent days, several analysts who cover BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion have turned negative on the stock.Lest you think this is all a buncha hand-wringing, I need to tell you that through the close of yesterday's trading, RIM stock declined 17% over the last six days.
Google Operating System, which is an unofficial but quite worthy blog about Google apps and ops, uncovers Google Mobile Updater.Google Mobile Updater is the desktop updater included in Google Pack.
I have just been reading the Reuters newswire's own report on this week's Reuters Media Summit.A key panel found a bunch of influential people talking about how they use PCs, social media, and even BlackBerrys in their personal lives.
BoyGenius has some of the specs for the oncoming (release date unconfirmed as of yet) BlackBerry 9000:Screen: 480x320On Board Memory: 1GBProcessor: Intel XScale PXA270, at 624 MHz. That's faster than the iPhone 620 MHz, achieved via the ARM 1173;3G Support: Yes, via multi-band GSM.
Dan Jones of the wireless news site Unstrung, has been told by clued-in analyst Carmi Levy that she expects a BlackBerry 9000 series with iPhone-like touchscreen functionality to be released in the first quarter of 2008.Levy takes this as an indication that BlackBerry is diverging even more significantly from its once top-down, enterprise-specific roots.
I wish the screen grabby thingie was clearer, but take it from me.BoyGenius reports that the AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8310 (the one with more or less full GPS) will be priced at $99.
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 AT&T to drop BlackBerry 8800 in favor of 8820
- 2 Report: In deference to Apple iPhone, ATT BlackBerry 8820 will "neuter" GPS
- 3 EVDOInfo.com posts useful BlackBerry 8830 FAQ
- 4 Rapper Foxy Brown arrested for tossing BlackBerry at neighbor
- 5 BlackBerry Patent app describes and shows "angular keyboard"