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Weekly News – Oct 11th, 2009

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  • Sidekick data is lost (Giz, ComputerWorld, PCWorldWashingtonPost). This may have significant implications for T-Mobile, MS, and maybe even for Cloud acceptance.  At the least we all will pay more attention to our backups; at least for a while 😦
  • I was curious so did a quick check on Alexa rankings
    • Gizmodo #788, Engadget #572, BoyGeniusReport: #8,462, crackberry: #1,871, BerryReview: #20,286.
    • Apple: #55, Blackberry: #835, Android #7,951
    • NYtimes:
    • Top
      1. Google – up
      2. Facebook – still up!
      3. Yahoo – down
      4. YouTube – up
      5. Live (but direct to bing is #21) – stable?
      6. Wikipedia – up
      7. Blogger – down a bit.  blogging stabilizing? somewhere else?
      8. MSN
      9. Baidu – down (I’m surprised.  searches going to?)
      10. Yahoo Japan – stable for a bit, now up.
      11. MySpace – down, down
      12. Google india
      13. twitter – stabilizing
      14. Google germany
      15. Microsoft
      16. QQ (china IM, expanding into other things) – dropping
      17. WordPress – down, now back up
    • is now #2,399 and ramping very steeply up, although I liked the old format much better.
  • Report on ATT woes are data, not infrastructure (TelephonyOnline) [BB are (a bit? a lot?) less data-hungry]
  • TMobile Project Dark (BGR).  Trying to become #3 carrier. From FierceWireles: Verizon (87M), ATT (79M), Sprint (47M), TMobile (33M).


  • BB JDE 5.0 beta 4 is now out (BR)
  • Moto moving away from LiMo; getting closer to Android? (EG)


  • T-Mobile to compensate Sidekick users (PCW). A lesson for all of us.
  • GSM Palm-Pre starts in Germany (EG)
  • Experiments in iPhone UI by Ocean Observations (youTube, home).  It looks nice.  Multi-gestures are not the fastest UI but they can be very intuitive.
  • Barnes and Noble “Major Event” (G).  We forget the role that the B&M companies can play in the new net.  B&N, BestBuy, … others?
  • GelaSkins for different devices, including BBs (website)
  • New Apps to try
    • (CB) – yet to try
    • (CB) – useful but font is too small (and can’t be changed), looks unfinished
  • T-Mobile has “free phones” for BB developers (BR)
  • More bold (9700) launch rumors on ATT (BGR). And Storm2 on Vodaphone (BGR).  Too many to track; I’ll stop doing it unless a really important one shows up.
  • And Bell Canada adds iPhone (already had Palm Pre and BB Bold (BGR).
  • New look/logo for BB on “consumer-friendly” sites?  Together with new visuals?  Less black, more colors.  See devices, and this “Love the Journey” image and “Love what you do” at top page.  This is good.  Finally getting serious about consumer market.


  • Nice review of RIM/BBs at NYTimes.  Quite positive overall.  Getting ready for Storm2 launch any day now.
  • Reports about JailBreak-resistant iPhone (BGR, ElReg, PCWorld).  I’m surprised nobody points out that there are two separate issues; one is Apple’s desire to control distribution channel; the other is integrity of the phone and the ability to wipe it out if needed.   The first is just $$s for Apple.  The second is a need by security-conscious customers (like the goverment).  BBerries do a good job in separating the two issues.
  • iPhone Apps: printing directly to printer (PC).  BBs need to make this type of Apps very cheap by manufacturers.
  • Multiple Screens: B&N’s eReader (CNet).  Rumored to be using Android.  How big a disadvantage does RIM have if they don’t have a foot on those other screens?  iPhones/Androids/java/javafx/windows can.  Ditto about netbooks, like the  Nokia Booklet 3G (ChipChick).
  • How to upgrade a BBOS (BR, CB).  Upgrading in general is quite confusing to newbies, see comments at CB.
  • Peer-to-peer WiFi (PCWorld).  About time!  Why did it take so long?  Vendor politics?
  • BB Developer Resources… found!
  • BB using JIRA!  (use my DevZone id!)
  • Mobile Application Design Considerations for Java Developers (link)  Tuesday 20th, 2pm PT.
  • Cliq review at Gizmodo.  So-so




  • Droid attack @ Verizon (Engadget)  (Engadget2) This is sooner than I was expecting.
  • Funny that Gizmodo defends Apple. Not sure why, but Gizmodo is very pro-iPhone.  You would expect them to try to play a bit more neutral.
  • Pre at Verizon next year (BGR)
  • In-App Store Purchases (eWeek) (Engadget)

Written by pelegri

November 28, 2009 at 6:35 pm

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