BerryReader, one of my favorite BlackBerry applications and one that should easily make any top ten BlackBerry applications list, has been updated to version 1.1.49 and has a ton of new features. BerryReader is a Google Reader client that allows you to read your Google Reader feeds on your BlackBerry everywhere you go, even when you don’t have network coverage.
While waiting to pick my son up from pre-school, I noticed that a parent standing next to me had a new BlackBerry Torch. I asked her how she liked it and she basically told me that she hated technology and that the only reason that she had a smartphone was because her husband bought it for her. As I talked to this parent, I began to realize that she didn’t hate technology, nor, did she hate the BlackBerry Torch. She was just frustrated by the fact that she had an expensive phone that did bunch of stuff that she would never do nor did she ever see herself doing the stuff that “smart phones” do.
I don’t think that it was a big secret the Flash 10.1 is coming to the BlackBerry OS. The fact that Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said back in April that Flash 10.1 (for BlackBerry) would be out in the second half of this year was a pretty big hint. We had hoped that we would get a an official release date of Flash for BlackBerry, but, I guess that we will have to just make due with the fact that Adobe has officially stated that 10.1 is on the way.
We aren’t sure when this sale started, or, when it will end, but, as of right now, Tether for BlackBerry, is on sale for $24.97. That’s 50% of the regular price of $49.95. Check it out while it lasts…
The Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry app, previously rumored to be announced at DevCon 2010, is mentioned in the recently leaked BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 SP3 release notes suggesting that the application is near release. We don’t know much about Amazon’s MP3 for BlackBerry app but it could be a viable “iTunes Store of sorts” for BlackBerry users.
RIM’s BES 5.0.3 release notes call Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry a “RIM Value Added Application,” and the document specifies that BlackBerry administrators will be able to disable the app via BES. The release notes also mention that Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry will work on RIM smartphones running BlackBerry OS 5.0 or higher, so it won’t be restricted to RIM’s latest OS, BlackBerry 6.
SmrtGaurd has a pretty cool giveaway going on this month. One lucky SmrtGuard Facebook fan or Twitter follower who leaves the best status message or Tweet about why they love SmrtGuard will win a free life-time subscription to SmrtGuard and a BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone.
I’ve been a huge fan of ESPN Radio for Android ever since it came out back in July and I am happy to report that ESPN Radio for BlackBerry is now available. Listen to over 20 live ESPN stations, 35 podcasts of popular shows like Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption, and On-Demand Sport Center updated every 20 minutes.
ESPN Radio for BlackBerry costs $2.99 and you can pick it up on BlackBerry App World…
Off the glowing recommendation of RIMarkable Robb, I decided to install the evaluation version of Xobni. If you look at just about any top 10 BlackBerry application list, Xobni, in many cases, ranks close to the top. I am, actually, kind of shocked by this considering that, although, I see some value in Xobni, there are glaring areas where the app fails miserably. I know that Xobni is one of those applications where the value is a bit more subtle and you need to use it a few times before you really realize it’s power, however, that being said, there are areas, in my opinion, where Xobni simply doesn’t work and is unreliable.
FedEx announced last week, that it has released FedEx Mobile for BlackBerry, a new BlackBerry app that allows you conveniently check the status of your shipments, create shipping labels, find the nearest FedEx drop-box, ship center or FedEx Office location, and more — all from your BlackBerry smart phone.
FedEx Mobile for BlackBerry features include:
- Track — Access up-to-date tracking details directly from your BlackBerry smart phone. We’ll tell you when your shipments are delivered, in-transit, and even when there are exceptions. Plus, you can nickname your critical shipments so you can easily monitor their shipment status later.
- Ship — Create and email shipping labels while on the go. You can also view your ship history and access your fedex.com address book. Drop off your package at FedEx Office and access fedex.com to print your shipping label at no additional cost.
- Get Rates — Obtain accurate and reliable rate quotes and estimated delivery times while you’re on the road.
- Find Locations — Simply enter an address, phone number or ZIP code to find the nearest FedEx drop-box, ship center or FedEx Office location.
- Schedule a Pickup — Just enter your address and shipment information, and we’ll come to you.
It wasn’t long after the official announcement of the BlackBerry PlayBook (maybe an hour or so) before Amazon announced Kindle support for the PlayBook. Kindle support for the PlayBook doesn’t come as a surprise because Amazon has already released a Kindle App for the BlackBerry, however, it is good to know that you will be able to ready your Amazon eBooks on the PlayBook.