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'My Blackberry Is Not Working' Skit Puns on Tech's Fruity Gadget Names

Tech-related comedy is usually painfully awkward (e.g., any number of 'I'm a Mac' spoofs), but the BBC's sketch comedy 'The One Ronnie' may have pulled it off in a recent skit. Comedians Harry Enfield and Ronnie Corbet delightfully take on the tech industry's obsession with fruit, and throw in a few dongle, Windows and Microsoft jokes for good measure....

BlackBerry Bestows OS X Users With Seasonal Gift of Sync

RIM apparently feels overwhelmed with the spirit of the season, because a select group of (often neglected) users just received an eagerly awaited software gift. The company just blessed its BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac OS with significant 2.0 upgrades, and music lovers should definitely reap the awards. The software update provides official Wi-Fi music sync support. According to Engadget,...

Amazon MP3 Store Hits BlackBerry, Brings Sharing to BBM

It might not be enough to make BlackBerry the must-have smartphone platform, but RIM has scored a major victory by finally bringing the Amazon MP3 store to its devices. Users will be able to buy and download music over Wi-Fi and 3G, and share tracks using BBM. The app is in beta right now, but you can download it here to give it a whirl. ...

Facebook for BlackBerry Update Finally Adds Search

RIM just announced that the latest version of its Facebook for BlackBerry app (version 1.9) is now available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The update brings a number of new features, including a dedicated inbox for Facebook messages (if you prefer to keep them separate from your primary BlackBerry inbox) and the ability to search for users and pages. You'll be able to quickly view mutual friends,...

Steve Jobs: 7-Inch Tablets Are Too Small to Compete

What makes the iPad superior to every other tablet on the market? According to Steve Jobs, it boils down to one thing: size. During yesterday's earnings call, Apple's CEO, as you'd expect, spent a lot of time talking about how Apple's products are way better than anything else mankind has ever known. RIM's business model, according to Jobs, is intrinsically flawed, leading him to conclude that...

BlackBerry Announces Style 9670 Flip Phone on Sprint for $99

BlackBerry's long-awaited Style 9670 smartphone will finally hit stores this Halloween, according to an announcement from RIM and Spring issued this morning. The Style, which will be available in either Steel Grey or Royal Purple, offers users what Spring VP of Product Development Fared Adib calls a "compact flip form factor," as well as a full QWERTY keyboard. As Engadget explains, the...

Booki.sh: An HTML5-Powered E-Reader for Everybody

The new HTML5-powered 'Booki.sh' e-reading app is entirely Web-based and, unlike Kindle, Nook or even Blio, can be viewed in any modern browser, regardless of platform. This means that PCs, Macs, Linux, Android, iOS and BlackBerry can all view content through Booki.sh. The app takes advantage of HTML5's rarely used offline storage to let you read without a wireless connection. As you can see in...

Android Outsells iPhone, BlackBerry Among New Phone Buyers

According to new numbers from Nielsen, sales of Android phones outpaced those of both BlackBerrys and the iPhone over the last six months. Android accounted for 32-percent of smartphone sales, with Apple and RIM's BlackBerry making up 25 and 26-percent respectively. At 19-percent total market share, Android still has a way to go to catch the iPhone and BlackBerry, but Google's mobile OS is...

BlackBerry Births the PlayBook: The First 'Professional-Grade' Tablet

It was really a matter of when, not if, RIM would throw its hat into the tablet arena with a BlackBerry branded device. Now the fun and games iPad has an appropriate foil in the all business BlackBerry PlayBook. The 7-inch device runs an "amplified" (to use RIM's marketing speak) version of BlackBerry OS with multi-tasking, a WebOS-like app switcher and a brand new WebKit browser with support for...

Dropbox Updates Apps, Comes to BlackBerry

Our favorite cloud-storage service, Dropbox, updated its mobile apps today, and, while improvements to the iOS and Android versions are welcome, the big news is that it's finally showing BlackBerry some love. In addition to launching Dropbox for BlackBerry, the company has also unveiled an app directory, which catalogs the applications that integrate with the service....

Texting Gives Deaf Cell Phone Users Newfound Autonomy

It'd be hard to find a chunk of society more profoundly influenced by mobile technology than the deaf and otherwise hearing impaired. Ever since the dawn of the smartphone era, deaf cell phone users have been able to communicate more easily with the rest of the world -- and, for the first time, have been able to do so on their terms. Day-to-day life at the Alabama School for the Deaf in...

MasterCard 'MoneySend' App Launches for BlackBerry

With the rise in mobile payment options, our kids probably won't know how to write a check or whose face appears on a $20 bill. MasterCard recently launched its 'MoneySend' app for BlackBerry devices. The app, which is also available for iPhone, lets users swap money with others, pay for informal products and services, and receive credit or debit card payments -- all for free. For example, you...

Banker Undergoes 'BlackBerry Thumb' Surgery After Texting 12 Hours Per Day

We've heard of 'BlackBerry thumb' -- the inflammation and pain reported by heavy, heavy users of the smartphone -- and we've heard about its alleged treatments ($80 massage). But one Philadelphia mortgage banker, after spending 12 hours a day texting clients, has just undergone surgery for extreme 'BlackBerry thumb' (although 'BlackBerry thumb' may be a misnomer in this case, since the banker is...

BlackBerry App World 2.0 Launches, Adds Cheaper Apps

BlackBerry's App World is finally leaving beta status. Now live and available for everyone, the App World 2.0 shift features a variety of beneficial (and overdue) upgrades and services for app shoppers. The alterations include the institution of a more flexible pricing scheme, the welcome arrival of wireless and credit card billing options, and the introduction of 'Top 25' app lists, which users...

BlackBerry Torch Sparks Apathy, Grooveshark Pulled From the App Store

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Based on Goldman Sachs' assessment of "underwhelming" initial sales, the new BlackBerry Torch probably won't help RIM reverse the recent, astronomical ascent of Android. [From: Business Insider] A licensing dispute with Universal Music Group UK has forced the removal of Grooveshark from Apple's App Store, although previously...