Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blackberry Strom Malaysia Theme

This theme I found a long time ago, but it was always for the wrong device. Storm lovers here you go. This theme is hot. You will not be disappointed and you have nothing to lose because its free. I love this theme for the Bold. But alas here it is for the Storm. The home screen is nice as the apps rotate on the watch dial. Yeah, it’s like that! Dress up that BlackBerry with this theme.

Here is the link where the BlackBerry Storm theme Sterling is located.


Black Berry Bold Malaysia

If you were feverishly anticipating a cellphone this year, it was one of two phones: this is the other one. That's because the BlackBerry Bold is RIM's most powerful, polished handset ever. With 3G, a glossy new UI, a real web browser, serious hardware and an almost beautiful body, the Bold doesn't redefine the BlackBerry experience, but it does elevate to the highest point its ever been.

Let's be clear: If you hate BlackBerry phones, you will still intensely dislike the Bold. As many coats of polish as RIM has thickly layered on the Bold, it is still a BlackBerry, with all of its suit-and-tie DNA fully intact. Fundamentally, it works and plays just like every other BlackBerry, but with a load of small-to-medium improvements, updates and tweaks that add up to a richer, more refined phone that also looks far better than the rest while doing its thing.

Yes, the Bold's 480x320 screen is dazzling enough to warrant its own section dedicated simply to praising it. Incredibly rich and contrast-y with stunning pixel density, it's so nice you want to touch it. I actually tried to once or twice to hit okay on a dialog box, forgetting that it wasn't the touchy kind of screen. It almost makes reading the plain text of an email depressing, knowing you could be looking at a gorgeous video instead.

A BlackBerry lives and dies by its keyboard. When RIM diehards countered reckless banter about the death of the BlackBerry per the iPhone's Exchange support by pointing to the keyboard. After you get used to the slight angle shift in the Bold's keys, they're fantastic, like a delicately balanced wine, with a perfect blend of springy, punchy and spongy. The glossy navigation keys are overly large for reasons I cannot quite divine. The backlighting is beautiful.

It's hands-down the best looking phone RIM has put out, not to mention one of the most attractive pieces of kit on the whole market, even if the clean chrome on black is borrowed from another phone (and we're not saying it is). It looks like an incredibly modern business device, what you imagine people with more important jobs than you would carry to conduct business that's more important than yours, while talking to their accountant about how much fatter their bank account is than yours. It exudes power. Welcome to 2008, RIM design department.

It's larger and wider than the Curve, but it still feels fine in my hands, which aren't giant-sized by any means. The faux-leather backing, however, is absolutely puzzling, like RIM tried to add a touch of class in the same way Donald Trump's hairdo gives him a touch of handsome. In other words, it's fake as crap and feels tacky. Insignificant, really, but it's actually the thing I hate most about this phone. Nonetheless, it feels rock solid.

It has everything you want: 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi. Despite earlier reports that it suffered from bad 3G problems, I found that it was more consistent and reliable with its 3G connection. It wasn't uncommon to grab four bars of signal where, say, the iPhone only saw one. (I realize bars are not standardized or totally accurate, but the disparity between the two was often significant, two or more bars.) In drive-testing, handoff went smoothly. GPS was slower than I would've liked, more often than not taking up to a minute to get a lock, and the maps app could be snappier (and prettier) than it is, but it'll do. At least on AT&T it will immediately have a decent navigator app.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Blackberry Spyware update

You might have read already about the “spyware” pushed to BlackBerry customers of Etisalat in the United Arab Emirates. A removal patch has been developed to delete the suspicious code which the supposed “network upgrade”, as the initial Etisalat upgrade was termed in a message pushed to Etisalat customers. According to software development team Tbilisoft, downloading this “remove registration.bat” file will do the trick.

What to do: After downloading the above removal patch to your PC, use your Desktop Manager to reload the original Etisalat OS to your Blackberry device.

So, if you are a UAE Etisalat customer who might have installed this pushed “upgrade”, that is what you need to do. If you have only installed an Etisalat OS release, you have absolutely NO worries.

What originally occurred was this: A UAE Etisalat customer became curious of the “jar upgrade” file pushed to his device. The file was noted as “Etisalat network upgrade for Blackberry service. Please download to ensure continuous service quality.” He extracted the file to examine it. What was found was no “network upgrade” but rather several interesting class files which allowed for all messages sent to the BlackBerry to be observed by a “listener file”. One BlackBerry Technical Support Forums member described it as thus: “If the blackberry receives an email from “Customer Services” that contains the PIN, it will execute any encrypted commands contained in that email before deleting the email.” An example of encrypted command could be “start”, which would “cause any subsequent opening of a message to be forwarded to an Etisalat website,” according to the user.

Hmmm… spyware is not what we need, and if you by chance are an Etisalat customer, in all honesty, I don’t know if you can raise hell, but you can certainly use the above fix to remedy any issues created.

And, you can thank Tbilisoft for coming to the rescue.

Let me know if you’ve used this, and what you think.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Brand New Blackberry

Just in case you had any doubt, Verizon has confirmed the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry Tour 9630. The handset is currently available for pre-order and will be available for purchase beginning on July 12. As for pricing, the Tour will be $199 which comes after a $70 instant online discount and along with the standard two year agreement.

Of course, if for some reason you want to get this in your hands as quickly as possible, then a trip to the store on the 12th may be in order. According to the pre-order page, any “pre-order shipments are estimated to begin on Monday July 13.”

Feature-wise, it will be difficult for many to complain as the handset seems to be a solid offering. The Tour 9630 has 3G support, a 2.4-inch 480 x 360 resolution display, a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus and video capture as well as Bluetooth and assisted GPS. Additionally, the handset also ships with a 2GB microSD card for some much needed extra storage.


Google Voice app for BlackBerry now available for install

A lot of people have been waiting quite a while on the Google Voice application to launch—today it has, for the BlackBerry.

I am told the new BlackBerry application will allow Google Voice users to place calls on their devices and have recipients’ calls display the Google Voice number. You will also have the ability to view voicemail transcripts within the application as opposed to through the mobile web. The service is FREE from Google except for Google Voice charges for international calls and what you get charged by your carrier.

To download and install OTA from your BlackBerry browser, go here. For more information, see this page.

I’ve added a couple extra screenshots from the BlackBerry here. The first shot is of the Google Voice app open on the BlackBerry showing two messages in the voicemail box. The second shot is of a voicemail playing in the application, showing the transcription as submitted by Google. I laughed when I saw the ONE mistake in the transcription was “the doors testing” when what I actually had said was “with Google Voice”. The only part of the transcription that was wrong, was the name of application itself. Go figure.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Blackberry Bold

The good: The RIM BlackBerry Bold boasts one of the sharpest displays we've seen on a smartphone and offers great multimedia performance. The smartphone also brings HSDPA support, more productivity tools, and an updated OS. Other goodies include Wi-Fi; GPS; Bluetooth; and strong e-mail support with full QWERTY keyboard.

The bad: The Bold is a bit bulky and expensive. The Web browser isn't as easy to navigate as the competition.

The bottom line: For those who waited, the RIM BlackBerry Bold won't disappoint. The Bold impresses with its brilliant display, enhanced productivity tools, and excellent multimedia performance to deliver a more powerful and well-rounded smartphone to mobile professionals.

Specifications: Band/mode: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 / UMTS 850/1900/2100 ; OS provided: BlackBerry Handheld Software ; Talk time: Up to 270 min

It's been a good six months since Research in Motion first announced the RIM BlackBerry Bold (aka RIM BlackBerry 9000). Originally slated for a summer release on AT&T, the launch date kept getting pushed back...and back. Frustrated with the delays and wooed by other new smartphone releases, we moved on (and so did many of you) and nearly gave up on the Bold. However, now that we finally have it hand, the love affair has begun all over again.

The BlackBerry Bold delivers on a number of fronts. Its half-VGA display is one of the sharpest screens we've seen on a smartphone, which, combined with the stereo speakers, really boosts the multimedia experience. The Bold also ships with the latest BlackBerry operating system, new productivity applications, and support for HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. This is on top of all the great messaging capabilities. Of course, it's not perfect. The smartphone isn't the sleekest device on the block, and the Web browser could use more work. It's also not going to have the mass appeal of an Apple iPhone 3G, nor would we recommend it to the general consumer. With its feature set and strong e-mailing capabilities, the BlackBerry Bold is very much a business-centric smartphone, but what is offers mobile professionals is a premium device that can handle work and play. The RIM BlackBerry Bold will be available November 4 for a slightly pricey $299.99 with a two-year contract and after rebates and discounts.

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*image taken from CNET


Monday, July 13, 2009

Blackberry Curve 8900 in Malaysia

The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone features a stylish black finish with a chrome frame. Housed within its elegant, compact design are a wide range of powerful communications and multimedia features, as well as an easy-to-use full-QWERTY keyboard and a large, brilliant display. At approximately 110 grams and 109 x 60 x 13.5 millimeters, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 feels great in the hand and is comfortable for either one-handed or two-handed use. In addition to its advanced phone, email, messaging, organizer, web browser and multimedia applications, it features built-in GPS that supports location-based applications and services. It also allows easy access to social networking sites and has built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g), making it easier to stay connected to family, friends and colleagues.

The stylish and powerful new smartphone includes a large, vivid HVGA+ (480×360 resolution) display – the highest resolution available on a BlackBerry smartphone – as well as a 512MHz next generation processor for fast and responsive performance. The handset’s advanced multimedia capabilities include a 3.2-megapixel camera with image stabilization, digital zoom, flash and the ability to record video*, as well as a rich media player, a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and headset. It also features a hot-swappable microSD/SDHC memory card slot with support for memory cards of up to 16GB per card, giving customers plenty of storage to carry, capture and enjoy more of their music, pictures and video wherever they go.

“We are pleased to work with our carrier partners to offer this impressive new BlackBerry smartphone to customers in Malaysia,” said Gregory Wade, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific at Research In Motion. “We believe that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will be a very popular choice with both business customers and consumers, offering an exceptional mobile experience for their business and lifestyle needs.”

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone will be available from Celcom and Maxis in February 2009. Pricing and service plans will be announced by each carrier respectively.

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