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  • Phoenix Freeze auto-locks laptops via smartphone

    A new product from Phoenix Technologies, <a href="http://www.phoenixfreeze.com/">called Freeze</a>, lets you use BlackBerry or iPhone Bluetooth to tell a PC that you're leaving the area and want it to lock up. When you return, Phoenix Freeze can also automatically unlock the machine so it's ready for you. However, it only works on Windows PCs, doesn't support 64-bit platforms, disables all other Bluetooth peripherals and seems to be a bit buggy for an official release. Phoenix Freeze for BlackBerry and iPhone

    Written by Al Sacco25 June 09 00:17
  • BlackBerry SurePress technology here to stay

    Recently <a href="http://advice.cio.com/al_sacco/blackberry_storm_2_caught_on_camera_rim_leak_fest_continues">leaked images of RIM's upcoming BlackBerry Storm successor</a>, unofficially dubbed "Storm 2"--and a very <a href="http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2009/05/21/blackberry-storm-2-the-official-unofficial-hands-on/">early hands-on review</a>--seemed to suggest that BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) had decided to scrap the infamous "clicky" <a href="http://advice.cio.com/al_sacco/touch_screen_blackberry_storm_ui_takes_cues_from_google_phone">SurePress screen technology</a> that set RIM's first touch BlackBerry apart from the pack. However, RIM's co-CEO yesterday clearly stated that SurePress is alive and well. So will we see a second SurePress BlackBerry Storm? And is that pictured device simply a pre-production unit with a different screen than what will ship with the finished product?Mike Lazaridis, RIM's founder and co-CEO had this to say about the Storm 2 and SurePress when queried Wednesday at the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>'s D: All Things Digital event:

    Written by Al Sacco29 May 09 01:06
  • Best of WES: Top 10 BlackBerry Products and Services

    Research In Motion's (RIM) Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) is the largest BlackBerry event of the year, and as such, all the heavies in the space--from BlackBerry administrators to analysts and pundits, as well as power-users and unabashed CrackBerry addicts--come out to see the latest and greatest the BlackBerry world as to offer.

    Written by Al Sacco08 May 09 10:18
  • Cellcrypt for BlackBerry Secures Cellular Voice Conversation

    The BlackBerry platform is known for its impressive security safeguards; Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) is literally designed from the ground up to meet enterprise security needs, and its various international security certifications attest to its effectiveness. However, there's one component of the BlackBerry ecosystem that's largely unguarded from potential threats: phone calls, i.e., voice traffic.

    Written by Al Sacco07 May 09 09:09
  • BlackBerry phone hits the hotspot with VoIP

    RIM has developed a knack for pulling customers into new BlackBerry devices. That's no mean feat. BlackBerry is the most mature, most imitated, and most-targeted brand in the mobile industry. RIM keeps new handsets rolling out, and it keeps racking up new exclusives with wireless operators by finding gaps in its own product line and filling them better than its competitors can. By teaming up with T-Mobile, RIM's latest product helps to fill your budget gaps by providing flat-rate unlimited IP telephony from your home, office, airport, or any locale that hosts a T-Mobile Hotspot.

    Written by Tom Yager18 Feb. 09 08:32
  • 10 must-have free BlackBerry apps

    Your BlackBerry might be plenty powerful out of the box, but there are hundreds of third-party applications out there that can make the device even more useful.

    Written by Logan Kugler13 Jan. 09 08:52
  • 5 ways to secure your Blackberry

    What do Tom Cruise and the McCain campaign have in common? They have both been bitten by the loss of a Blackberry. Mobile expert Dan Hoffman gives advice on how to keep your cherished mobile device safe, even if it's out of your hands.

    Written by Joan Goodchild18 Dec. 08 12:58
  • How 10 Famous Technology Products Got Their Names

    Coming up with a great technology product or service is only half the battle these days. Creating a name for said product that is at once cool but not too cool or exclusionary, marketable to both early adopters and a broader audience, and, of course, isn't already in use and protected by various trademarks and copyright laws is difficult--to say the least.

    Written by Thomas Wailgum13 Nov. 08 10:25
  • Eight ways technology has shaped the US elections

    Technology has played a particularly prominent role in the 2008 US elections -- and it isn't just the typical silliness over whether a candidate really claimed to have invented a key piece of technology. Throughout the year we've seen technological advances used both for good, such as using Short Message Service to announce a vice presidential pick, and for bad, such as hacking into another vice presidential pick's private e-mail account. In this story, we'll take a look at the eight techiest moments of the 2008 presidential race, including YouTube debates, viral videos and e-voting controversies.

    Written by Brad Reed16 Oct. 08 08:16
  • RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Flip Phone: The Next Great Consumer Smartphone?

    It's no secret that BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) has tried to expand its traditional customer base beyond the enterprise in recent days. But the company's BlackBerry Pearl 8220 flip phone (formerly dubbed "KickStart") is the first RIM device aimed specifically at the vast low-end consumer market. And it just might be exactly what RIM needs to secure for itself a dominant stake in the space-assuming carriers are willing to hit the necessary price points.

    Written by Al Sacco12 Sept. 08 11:16
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