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9:00 am on Sep 9, 2011 |
The popular music streaming service, Pandora, has just updated their BlackBerry app to v1.1.11. The update brings support for all BlackBerry 7 devices and a few other fixes and improvements to the application. Many people have asked if Pandora will remain relevant now that BBM Music has debuted, and my answer is a definite YES! Many people will not want to pay the monthly fee for BBM Music when they can get streaming based on artists and songs they like on Pandora for free. If you’re still a Pandora fan, you can grab the update at the link below.
1:21 pm on Apr 20, 2010 |
The 2011 Ford Fiesta will launch with a new software called SYNC AppLink. This software is designed to allow voice control of the Blackberry smartphone through the vehicle’s built in audio system. This type of integration seems to be the next logical step in terms of safely integrating the Blackberry more and more into the everyday life of the Blackberry user. As of now, the app will allow voice control over Pandora, Stitcher, and Open Beak, A Twitter app. With the recent RIM acquisition of QNX, this is interesting news. The smartphone integration market is on the rise and it will be interesting to see how deep software and hardware makers can go with this integration. The Ford press release is featured after the break.
CES week is always crazy week for everyone, you have new products launching and older product receiving new features and this year was no different. So if you have missed anything this week take a minute to get caught up before next week starts.
This Weeks News
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- Official Bold 9700 OS 220.127.116.110 From AVEA
- Review: Tether
12:42 pm on Jan 7, 2010 |
Today Ford Motor Company announces a partnership with Pandora, Stitcher and OpenBeak to bring Twitter and Pandora services to the Ford Sync in car navigation and multimedia solution. The new partnership will allow users to receive twitter updates and control pandora with their cars controls while they drive. Though there is no release date yet the SDK sets should be available to developers soon.
“To use OpenBeak, Pandora or Stitcher in the car right now, drivers have to take their eyes off the road and manually control the device,” explained VanDagens. “Recent research shows that activity that draws drivers’ eyes off the road substantially increases the risk of accidents. By allowing drivers to control the app through SYNC’s voice commands and steering wheel buttons, we can hopefully reduce distraction for millions of drivers wanting to enjoy these apps during their commutes.”
This year has truly been a year of app releases on the BlackBerry platform, for me there is about four that really caught my attention, they either made my BlackBerry more enjoyable or made be more productive.
The first app was released to the public this year was TweetGenius by BoyGenius and Beejive, now I am well aware the there are so many Twitter apps out there for BlackBerrys that I don’t even have enough fingers on my hands to count them all, but TweetGenius stood out because of the detail put into the UI that no other developers took the time to do.
Second app on my top 4 list is QuickPull, though BlackBerrys are extremely versatile and useful they still have their downsides and one being memory leaks. BlackBerrys for some reasons have an issue were they lose memory as the day goes on and everyone knows that at some point you will have to perform the infamous “Battery Pull”, but why not let an app do that for you? This is why QuickPull is on my List because you dont have to do any of the battery pulling my self the app automatically does a simulated battery-pull on your schedule, saving you time.
TetherBerry would be the third app of 2009 and I know not much has to be said about this one, but almost everyone has the unlimited data plan on there account but you cant tether with it unless you want to pay an extra 20$ or so a month. This is were TetherBerry comes into play, Tetherberry makes your BlackBerry (and your provider) think that the app is using all the data but it’s really being rerouted to your pc or mac, you now have internet everywhere.
Who wouldn’t like to have their own DJ inside their BlackBerry? Now this isn’t possible but we have the next best thing and it’s Pandora. Pandora for the BlackBerry allows you to stream music directly to you handheld anywhere you have an internet connection, all you have to do is enter you favorite artist or genera and pandora will search through their database to find and stream to you all the music that relates to your initial search.
As the year comes to an end I start to think back on all of my favorite apps but at the same time i think what will the next year bring us, we now have new APIs to use and OpenGL support for 3D gaming so 2010 should be quite interesting. post you favorite apps of 2009, maybe we will learn about apps that we didn’t know about.