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Verizon brings slotRadio+ cards to BlackBerry

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

This is interesting news. Verizon just announced that they will be offering slotRadio+ microSD memory cards (which already come preloaded with music) for most BlackBerrys. We’ve seen the cards before. They are not new. They were introduced by SanDisk last year and can hold 1,000 songs from various artists on the Billboard charts.

First you’ll need to download and install an application on your BlackBery that will let you connect to Verizon’s V CAST Music service, for it to work. Each of the cards will retail for $50 if you like the skip button enough to get one.

Cooler Master Storm gaming mouse with OLED display

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2009

Cooler Master Storm gaming mouse with OLED displayTweaktown recently got to check out Cooler Master’s upcoming Storm gaming mouse. This mouse is interesting mostly because of the built-in OLED display, adjustable DPI, and lots of lights. Obviously you aren’t going to do much with the screen, being the small size that it is.

You could display a small logo maybe. The model shown here is not the final version, so all of the lighting tricks aren’t shown. Yeah, it’s tacky, but those who love flashing shiny things will be happy. Pricing and availability are not yet known.

RIM CEO confirms a new Storm

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2009

Blackberry StormI’m sure this comes as no surprise, but RIM CEO Jim Balsillie just told Reuters that the company is working on a successor to the BlackBerry Storm. He said that the company believes there is a large consumer segment for such a device and according to Jim Balsillie, the current Storm is a “huge success in terms of sales and adoption.”

We would agree on both counts. He also noted that “we have next-generation devices with [touch] and the whole roadmap.” Balsillie did not give any specific details, of course. And he didn’t say when such a product might hit the market.

Slacker BlackBerry Storm streaming radio app released

Posted in Curve by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2009

Slacker BlackBerry Storm streaming radio client releasedSlacker has announced a version of it’s free internet radio app for the smartphone, with 100 expert-programmed Slacker stations, over 10,000 artist stations or tons of custom stations. You can even listen to music without a network connection using Slacker’s station caching, which is exclusive to BlackBerry devices

It lets you store your favorite stations on a memory card instead of streaming them over the network connection you’re using. That way you have access to them even when there’s no signal. Slacker claims that it will also reduce battery consumption by as much as 5x.

Hands On: BlackBerry Storm launching Friday

Posted in Review by Darrin Olson on November 20th, 2008

BlackBerry Storm hands on reviewAs I am sure you are all aware, Verizon Wireless is launching the much-anticipated BlackBerry Storm tomorrow. This device is RIM’s first delve into a touchscreen mobile phone and swing at taking some of the market share away from Apple and the iPhone. We had a chance to get our hands on the Storm on the eve of the launch day and had some fun playing with the touchscreen and its unique clicking technology.

Obviously the most interesting part of the Storm is the single big button of a screen so we’ll just cut to the chase. The touchscreen in general works as you would expect, sensing your touch on the glass and allowing you to scroll through things like lists, menus and across maps. What’s different about the touchscreen on the BlackBerry Storm which sets it apart from other touchscreen phones is that the glass display is like a single large, mechanical button.

BlackBerry Storm from Verizon: $199 on Nov 21

Posted in BlackBerry by Darrin Olson on November 13th, 2008

BlackBerry Storm being released by Verizon on Nov 21 fro $199Verizon has now officially announced that RIM’s BlackBerry Storm 9530 will be available from Verizon wireless starting November 21. This smartphone is sure to be a hit as it’s BlackBerry’s first touchscreen (SurePress), and iPhone-competing device. It’s also the first device from Verizon set for Global 3G use.

The BlackBerry Storm is going for $199.99 with a two year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate and will come bundled with an external 8GB microSD card to make sure you can save all that media you’ll be downloading from the high speed connection.

BlackBerry Storm gets official

Posted in BlackBerry by Shane McGlaun on October 8th, 2008

BlackBerry StormIt’s nearly impossible to keep new products from being leaked today for most manufacturers. BlackBerry is no exception. For a week or more now reports and details of the BlackBerry Storm have been popping up online touting the next potential iPhone challenger.

Today BlackBerry made the Storm official and announced that the exclusive U.S. carrier will be Verizon and the UK carrier will be Vodafone. The handset is designed to run on Verizon’s 3G network in the States. The Storm forgoes the familiar QWERTY keyboard most BlackBerry devices use in favor of an iPhone-like touchscreen.