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RIM in partnership with Vodafone Spain Launch 3D Short Film.

January 29, 2010 Comments off

RIM in partnership with Vodafone Spain Launch 3D Short Film.

RIM BB Storm

Vodafone Spain, in partnership with Research in Motion, has launched the first 3D short film to be broadcast on a street screen and the internet. The film will run on a screen located in the Plaza de Callao in central Madrid. The viewers will be offered special 3D glasses. The film will also be available online at the descubresuinterior web page. Titled ‘Inside’, the movie mixes real images with animation, all in 3D format, to recreate a fictional world within a BlackBerry smartphone. The 3’30-minute 3D animation
recreates an everyday work situation mixed to depict what happens in the virtual world populated by fictional characters in a BlackBerry smartphone when this is running, and processing various services and applications
.

I guess RIM is REALLY feeling good about the last quarterly report due later today, and took note of the leaked BlackBerry Storm video from 2008, and decided to celebrate.

With all those BlackBerry pundits out there playing with their iPhone-iToys … this is a great sign that RIM not only can deliver on the serious tip, but also have fun too.

Plaza de Callao

Plaza de Callao 2

RIM Corporate PBX Visual Voicemail.

January 28, 2010 Comments off

Welcome back to SeriousMobile.

Just last week I took another of those efficient, relative, and insightful RIM Market Research survey’s that asks professionals what they are currently working with BlackBerry’s or smartphones along with their current infrastructure, costs, and thoughts on current trends and future directions. Although the BlackBerry Presenter has a specific use, its of hardly any use to consumers. That was the point of it, and this was lost on a few bloggers. Rest assured RIM is looking toward the future.

Some questions within this survey provoked some interesting thoughts to me, and I hope it will for you out there as well.

AT&T BlackBerry Visual Voicemail

AT&T BlackBerry Visual Voicemail

One of the questions revolved around how are professionals using video conferencing in/out of the office and how would they feel about using this on their BlackBerry. This got me thinking Video Calling around the world, although has some decent niche uses, it has not taking off. Over in China, Japan, and Korea video sharing did very well, yet has also tapered off below MMS/SMS use in favor of TV/Movie streaming content/service. Should RIM offer a series of high end BlackBerry’s using a 3.2MP camera for video-conferencing calls (say WVGA resolution) which is tied into BES & Microsoft/IBM Lotus/Novell Groupwise Unified Mobile Communications then it could have some traction – behind the next step.

Another question, something that will come much quicker – and is more tangible than a simple pondering – is Visual Voicemail. Yes I’m fully aware of Visual Voicemail, pioneered by Glenayre ICE, and first major provider released with AT&T on the … yeah that “phone”. Unfortunately I’m on the only major provider that does NOT offer it in North America; Rogers Wireless. RIM, with their corporate expertise is going further than just retrieving your voicemail at random choice, read on dear friends.

AT&T BlackBerry Visual Voicemail 2

AT&T BlackBerry Visual Voicemail 2

Visual Voicemail. Think of using your BlackBerry on existing BES+MDS Communications Servers along with your existing PBX infrastructure – which already works very well, tightly integrated. Now imagine having Visual Voicemail built into the BlackBerry via Service Books that allows retrieval not just over the voice/voice+data 3G networks, but also over WiFi … not too dissimilar to how UMA works. RIM had poised the question(s) of would you want notifications of visual voicemail into your unified “Messages” application, or a separate Home Page Icon/Application?!

I chose to respond that I wished for the option of inside unified Messages, and outside with its own notification. I also fielded a thought to RIM asking to have a separated notification listing of normal provider/personal visual voicemail account access/notifications from the corporate listing along with separate LED/Ringtone behaviors from the norm with some tweaking ability. The reasoning of course was quick identification from us, the end user, receiving and seeing the visual voicemail notifications, and getting access to them efficiently without the need to decipher them inside a unified Messages application that is already doing heavy duty with Emails BIS/BES, calls, FaceBook, BBM, and MMS/SMS if you’ve enabled those. Don’t forget about your roots RIM, efficiency in delivering powerful solutions!!

RIM Corporate Headquarters

Now if RIM could deliver a personal software suite for VoIP online services, or Hardware/Firmware solution for end users – consumers to purchase as an Add-On to say Rogers HomePhone to retrieve a missed call that is left on voicemail and sends out the notification via BIS internet relay … and now you have HUGE retail potential ;!

What if the latter two thoughts & seemingly hinted initiative from RIM’s survey was to go one further and combine visual voicemail with video calling?! After all Glenayre already has this software/provisioning stack available for any 3G provider to work with phones using video calling … a video-mailbox if you will. Unfortunately due to huge initial deliver costs, and marketing expenses I believe that only 1 provider in the world initially implemented this. But for the business traveler just coming off a plane – already giving notice of the delayed arrival in the shared calendar (and attachments sent off by the mailbox delegate to the other attendees), having to catch a limousine taxi and retrieve the visual voicemail, is powerful. Think of yourself, as a business professional in such a scenario – viewing the meeting minutes not just in hard copy via email, but tying specific importance to a visual face! This gives you insight power to read & understand facial recognition and stress or weakness to those within the meeting that is opposed to any of your company’s proposals (even if the words & language is lost from what is conveyed, and intentionally so). You then arrive after the recess, and schedule a more relaxed meeting at say a 3-4 star restaurant with live Jazz/Classical music playing. Now you’re at an advantage!

Just because tools don’t work as originally intended for the mainstream, doesn’t mean their not powerful for the business user.

RIM Corporate Headquarters Shinning

Go Bolt on your Bold!

January 23, 2010 Comments off

Bitstream Bolt Browser for BlackBerry.

Bitstream Inc. is a software development company focused on bringing unique software products to a wide variety of markets. The company’s core software products include award-winning fonts and font rendering software, mobile browsing software, and variable data publishing and web-to-print software for personalized marketing.

This browser impressed me today. IT’s a well coded, lightweight, easy on the eyes, and yet powerful WebKit based browser.

Prior till today, I’d use the core BlackBerry Browser and Opera Mini v5 Beta 2 at a 70/30% of my daily use. This will significantly change ~ until the native WebKit browser by RIM comes pre-installed on future Firmware OS; which incidentally is based on Bitstream’s Thunderhawk technology Bolt Browser. Bolt is also available for J2ME capable feature phones as well.

Sure it has most of the bells & whistles that Opera Mini 5 can do.

  1. Copy and Paste text from Web pages into forms or Webmail.
  2. SmartBar auto-completes URL entries using information from previous browsing sessions (history) and saved favorites. (folders can be created and saving viewed sites into them)
  3. BOLT displays a pop-up indicator in the Title bar if the browser detects a pop-up window. Users can choose to open or close the pop-up window with one click.
  4. BOLT enables dialing phone numbers displayed on web pages directly from the browser, via a single click.
  5. BOLT seamlessly enables users to download web content directly to their device’s OS, or to upload photos or videos directly from BOLT to media-sharing sites.
  6. BOLT offers three image quality modes and significantly reduces data transfer sizes in low image quality mode.
  7. “Feeds” is one of the main tabs in the BOLT homepage. As users surf the web, BOLT automatically looks for the feeds on each site they visit. If feeds are available, a feeds icon is shown in the Title bar, enabling users to subscribe via a single click. BOLT supports XML web feeds in RSS, ATOM and RDF format.
  8. BOLT supports 6 magnification levels, Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge, and 3XLarge.
  9. BOLT’S patented split-screen mode features a rectangular magnifier floating over a zoomed out minimap of the entire web page on the top 2/3 of the screen and a real-time magnified view of the content under the magnifier on the bottom 1/3 of the screen. (this takes some getting used to but think of OM’s minimap on steroids!)
  10. Proprietary Bitstream mobile fonts and font rendering technologies improve readability, speed content delivery, and enable BOLT to fit more information into smaller screens. (I’m still trying to find more fonts)
  11. Desktop and Mobile viewing. [Points directly from Bitstream]

I wanted to download a compilation a few friends put on SoundCloud over the holidays. The file is roughly 130MB in size on mp3 format.

– default browser – even with hotspot configuration would even attempt to download immediately stating not enough free space (my bold has 117MB free ram).

– opera mini v5 beta2 I gave 3 attempts, twice to download on wifi, once on network. It didn’t even give me a progress bar, just 1KB file size after 10minutes.

Note: I had no other applications running, and I attempted the download from the Facebook intigration (on the above browsers are in my BB menu list). Even specifying where to download each attempt on all 3 browsers. Read on.

I gave Bitstream Bolt on my Bold 9700 a try. First I thought on network it queued before beginning. Fail. Then, I went into preferences, enabled wifi and BAM the sliding banner asked to download and where in 1 simple inquiry. The download began. Considering the file size, I figured that I’d leave it to complete after watching the first 7MB. My Bold locks at 1min & backlight off at 30secs. Made my hot chocolate came back, unlocked and boom it was finished. Moved the file into my Media Sync older (still on iTunes), and not only did it play, I could save it to my Playlist and it syncd to iTunes just fine!!

Yes, I still want tabs, but Bolt on Bold is a sure bet now, so OM is being uninstalled.

Bolt Browser Download in progress 7.9MB

Bolt Browser Download Completed!

Bolt Browser Download total 131MB!

This company is huge in the software font industry, and should you want to learn more check them out on Wiki or on their site. Also of importance is this company, Bitstream, makes Fonts available for use inside the Bolt Browser, and allows others to upload & sell their own (in/outside of the browser for other applications). In actuality they’re the FIRST independent digital font foundry (1981)! You can preview a huge range of their fonts here.

If Bolt Browser is any indication of what RIM is working on as a rudimentary basis, since their acquisition of Torch Mobile (their Iris Browser), then I’m all thumbs!!

Torch Mobile …

Research in Motion (RIM) Acquires Torch Mobile

Thank you for visiting our site.

Torch Mobile is excited to announce that our company has been acquired by Research In Motion (RIM), one of the most renowned mobile technology companies in the world. Our team of developers will join RIM’s global organization and will now be focused on utilizing our WebKit-based mobile browser expertise to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the BlackBerry® platform.

Torch Mobile’s team of highly skilled developers has been actively involved in Open Source development and includes contributors, Committers and Reviewers of the WebKit project. As part of RIM, these developers will continue to be active participants in the WebKit development community.

Please note that the Iris Browser is no longer available for download. Torch Mobile would like to thank our customers for their support.

Torch Mobile on BlackBerry Storm

Copy and Paste text from Web pages into forms or Webmail.
SmartBar auto-completes URL entries using information from previous browsing sessions (history) and saved favorites. (folders can be created and saving viewed sites into them)
BOLT displays a pop-up indicator in the Title bar if the browser detects a pop-up window. Users can choose to open or close the pop-up window with one click.
BOLT enables dialing phone numbers displayed on web pages directly from the browser, via a single click.
BOLT seamlessly enables users to download web content directly to their device’s OS, or to upload photos or videos directly from BOLT to media-sharing sites.
BOLT offers three image quality modes and significantly reduces data transfer sizes in low image quality mode.
“Feeds” is one of the main tabs in the BOLT homepage. As users surf the web, BOLT automatically looks for the feeds on each site they visit. If feeds are available, a feeds icon is shown in the Title bar, enabling users to subscribe via a single click. BOLT supports XML web feeds in RSS, ATOM and RDF format.
BOLT supports 6 magnification levels, Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge, and 3XLarge.
BOLT’S patented split-screen mode features a rectangular magnifier floating over a zoomed out minimap of the entire web page on the top 2/3 of the screen and a real-time magnified view of the content under the magnifier on the bottom 1/3 of the screen. (this takes some getting used to but think of OM’s minimap on steroids!)
Proprietary Bitstream mobile fonts and font rendering technologies improve readability, speed content delivery, and enable BOLT to fit more information into smaller screens. (I’m still trying to find more fonts)
Desktop and Mobile viewing.

RIM Patent – Speed up Internet Connection.

January 16, 2010 Comments off

US Patent and Trademark office.

This is very interesting!

It seems that RIM has a new patent for using a Proxy Server within the HH OS. Also the patent states implementing the Cache within the Proxy Server, in the OS, yet outside the Browser.

Removing the Cache from the Browser, and marrying it to the Proxy enables incredible speeds in page rendering, while also allowing the history of pages to load quickly and more accurately. Just how fast this will be vs the Opera Mini 5 Beta2 or final product is anybody’s guess, but I’m sure RIM has been eyeing Opera’s prowess of browsing speed and how its vastly helped via their proxy servers. Makes me wonder why Opera didn’t see the large 37 million user strong market, large enough to make a native Opera Browser for RIM BlackBerry?!!?

Many handheld devices may access the Internet wirelessly with browsers on the handheld devices. Some of them experience inefficiencies in browsing the Internet. One reason is that the data is sent across the air uncompressed. This increases traffic and lowers browsing speed. Another reason is that the browser may have to make multiple requests before it is able to display a single document. For example, a browser may send a HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) request via a wireless link to a website to request a webpage, the website may send back a response via the wireless link to the browser to say the requested page is at another website, and then the browser must send another request to the website to fetch the page. Requests and responses are sent back and forth wirelessly multiple times, slowing browsing speed and delaying webpage delivery. Users may lose patience in accessing a message on the Internet.

BBproxy

BBproxy Diagram Patent

The BlackberryCool site was the first to pick this up days ago in the BlackBerry blogosphere and I’m VERY happy to be a reader there. And it provoked more thoughts to me.

We know that RIM is beginning to integrate the Bolt Browser engine into their upcoming webkit offering. This, along with the Mobile Data Service (MDS) gateway or BES integration will be strong for end users, and corporate users alike. Much better than ECOE!!

Will this tie users ever more so addicted to their BlackBerry’s, or Ever more happier for owning a BlackBerry? If this speeds up web-browsing in the native browser and comes implemented with the new Webkit based browser than I’m all for it!

Credit for finding this news on the net, and original article posting provoking minimal thoughts goes to BlackBerryCool website.

Searching Sub-Folders or Labels in Gmail on BB OS 5

January 14, 2010 Comments off

My Bold 9700 is now living & breathing on a data plan … finally!

Just found this out, even though I’ve read on a few blogs that it wasn’t possible in OS 5. Although long ago I read about the feature for searching sub-folders on RIM’s site I too thought it only applied to BES bound corporate address’, and to my surprise I’m glad its available on BIS too.

This is actually probably the first time I’d recommend going through the wizard.

1. Setup your Email (first provider based email), with a password for it.

2. Once you’ve gone through the motions … you should have this showing in Messages> Options for your new mailbox (just a list).

BIS with Gmail plugin

3. Go into your Gmail Inbox account on your BlackBerry OS 5 device , and click on Options.

4. Select Filter, and change to the sub-folder or gmail “Label” you’re wanting to search emails remotely for.

BIS Filters

5. Your Filtered mailbox selection will show empty, and select Options> Search. Here you fill in the search criteria (From:/To:/CC:/ whichever you choose). Also you’ll need to ensure that REMOTE is selected and also if you need emails with attachments you’ll need to specify “Emails with Attachements” at the very bottom of the search field.

Remote BIS selection

BIS Remote 2

(Don’t Forget to CHANGE the folder to “search in” from Inbox to ALL Folders)

BIS AllFolders

BIS Remote Folders2

BIS Remote Folderss3

Click Menu > Search and let it do its thing. At the top of your mailbox it’ll show you its searching and update as it finds according to criteria.

BIS Search 1

BIS Search 2

BIS Search 3

BIS Search 4
Thats it!

Peace, One Love, and pass duh draah!  :2thumbs:

Donny, SeriousMobile.

NVIDIA and Audi announcement

January 10, 2010 Comments off

Oh Yeah, this was bound to happen, and yet the stakes have changed. I hinted about this some months back – both here on my thread “Concept: Branding on Top-Tier Devices?!” and also on HowardForums site titled the same.

Adidas, Audi, Brahma, BMW, Oldsmobile, Nike, Converse for the mid range XM type phones. Think Channel, Coco, and Beckham (Porsche Spice) for a high end classic smartphone with styling like the Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte using not only branding but antibacterial surfaces & light Parfum’s that last the 1yr life expectancy of the device. For the business E-series … think of something a little more subtle brand-baging but more design esthetics for use with Audi, Lamborghini – maybe not due to legal suit, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Kenneth Cole, or Formula 1. Oh wait a minute … Nokia already does this in very sleek and subtle way with the Vertu lineup of F1 Race track & Perreli inspired phones. Now do you see where I’m going with this?! I sure hope Nokia or other company’s using Symbian-Foundation OS do!!

Lady’s … what do you think of Victoria Secret sheek styled phones, elegant appealing with a drop of fashion accessory sex appeal, just enough to be taken seriously, present a powerful presence, and drop that subtle hint with a wink to onlookers.

Now I may have been a bit drunk thinking about that last paragraph in relation to ladies and sex appeal, but I’m hoping you all got to what I was thinking. This is beyond simple marketing, this is integration possibly where the market will continue to evolve in for the next 2yrs.

NVIDIA and Audi announced today that NVIDIA® GPUs power the navigation and entertainment systems in all 2010 Audi vehicles worldwide. This is HUGE news, and a automotive first!

Audi A8_2010

Audi A8_2010

To be honest I really thought that Nokia would push for partnership on this front utilizing a smaller chipset manufacturer (somebody really small and unknown, like traditionally done). If they really took the industry and their top-tier consumers seriously and ramped up their E-Series line more, maybe this would be in their favor. In a way I’m glad, as I no longer use a Nokia smartphone, and may never again until their direction, vision, and organization of development changes. Right now I’m VERY happy with my BlackBerry!

Considering BlackBerry’s are getting MUCH better with multimedia and have great ties with the auto industry for seamless calls made over bluetooth inside cars like Acura’s, Audi’s, Honda’s, BMW’s … this can be done in either RIM’s or Apple’s favor.

Audi’s MMI for Navigation (GPS), Stereo & Radio control is the BEST in the business, bar none! It has been for over 4yrs now. Think of Audi’s MMI improvements at the pace of how RIM updates firmwares on their BlackBerry devices and you get the idea!

MMI TouchPad

MMI TouchPad

One thing to consider is if this will use the Tegra2 platform or allow other devices to work seamlessly with on board MMI control?! Wait it WILL!

In addition, the next generation NVIDIA® Tegra™ ultra low-power HD mobile processors will drive the advanced entertainment and navigation systems in all 2012 Audi vehicles, as well as other Volkswagen AG brands, including Volkswagen, Bentley, Lamborghini, SEAT and SKODA, in varying levels of functionality. Next-generation NVIDIA Tegra processors are architected to deliver rich 3D visuals, unmatched multimedia and a complete web experience on a variety of devices. Tegra’s eight individual processors will help Audi consolidate two completely different electronics systems with separate boxes into one tiny chip. Tegra will also increase system performance and lower power consumption by 10x in Audi’s entertainment and navigation systems, for increased fuel efficiency.

The new Audi A8 will definitely get a piece of this as it was announced just late December, and its a beauty of pure luxury, comfort, and automotive engineering!

Some pics of the A8 to tantalize the wallets of you playa-playa’s out there rocking your Berry’s!

Audi A8_2010 - LED Headlamps Yellow

Audi A8_2010 - LED Headlamps Yellow

Audi A8_2010 - LED Headlamps White

Audi A8_2010 - LED Headlamps White

Audi A8_2010 - LED Headlamps Full On

Audi A8_2010 - LED Headlamps Powered

V8 FSI Engine

V8 FSI Engine

Audi V8 TDI Engine

V8 TDI Engine

How its all gonna be put together when you’re driving in the A8 or future Audi 2011 model cars this year?

Tip-Tronic like shifter

Auto Shifter

Be the new Transporter with luxury & proper engineering.

Interior LED Red

Interior LED Red

Interior LED Yellow

Interior LED Yellow

This marriage of Silicon Valley technology and German engineering introduces cutting-edge GPUs to the automotive industry, enabling advanced visual capabilities such as full 3D navigation with advanced driver assistance and safety systems, and a “dual zone” entertainment system that enables two videos to be shown simultaneously on different screens.

In addition, NVIDIA worked with Audi to develop a complete multimedia engine called Vibrante that serves as the media backbone of 3G MMI. The Vibrante multimedia engine allows Audi passengers to watch DVDs; listen to music from an iPod, CD, SD card or USB memory stick; and enjoy online video content.

As another automotive-industry first, the Vibrante engine supports “dual zone” entertainment with a single GPU, enabling passengers to simultaneously enjoy two different movies on two different screens on the backseat monitors.

“Visual computing has become key differentiator among luxury cars, whether it’s delivering the necessary information to the driver or offering state-of-the-art entertainment options to the passengers,” said Johan de Nysschen, president, Audi of America. “We partnered with NVIDIA because it is clearly the leader in this field.”

NVIDIA and Audi also worked with Google to enable Google Earth on future 3G MMI systems powered by NVIDIA GPUs, beginning in the flagship Audi A8 in 2011. Google Earth is based on a technology developed by Keyhole, a company NVIDIA invested in and Google later acquired. The result of this three-way partnership is an industry first — a stunning 3D navigation system with detailed terrain models, snappy performance, 3D landmarks and a highly intuitive visual interface.

This is what a partnership looks like! Two company’s working in harmony to bring forth a synergistic experience to the end user.

Yes I love Audi’s and I love’s my BlackBerry!

Enjoy your Sunday everyone.

Mobile news at CES2010

January 9, 2010 Comments off

Some great things occured this week at CES2010. Mostly for computers (I’m eyeing the HP Touchsmart TM2 & awaiting a Core i7mobile MacBookPro), but some things trickled down for us in the mobile space. After all, our smartphones are with us just about 80% of the time, which even MIDS/Tablets cannot do.

First up is Inside BlackBerry The Official BlackBerry Blog. This site is now hosted on WordPress servers!! There is an interesting video on Xobni (it’s inbox spelled backwards). You GOTTA check out the video on youtube! I have a sneaky feeling that this company will be eaten up by RIM and happily incorporated into BIS, or sourced as a new component to BES; or possibly a resurgeance of BlackBerry Redirector. Btw, If you’d like to sign up for the limited beta, simply click this link.

LinkedIn on Blackberry home screen

One new development that I’m really keen and happy about coming to the BlackBerry is LinkedIn. Think of LinkedIn as the FaceBook of the professional, business, and technical world. But its much more than that. I’ve been using it for about 3yrs now and always had to deal with trying to access it via mobile browsers, or via an app on the iPhone which wasn’t so great (it’s improving).

For those of you out there that has ever fibbed, or exaggerated on your resume hard copy (& forgot to update it online) you better pay attention to where LinkedIn is going. This includes all you white-collar suits that embezzle funds from your corporation (basically stealing), this may show up one day on your online profile!

Imagine walking into any interview, any customer engagement or client meeting with the ability to look up the details on over 50 million professionals worldwide, in real-time.  Soon this will be a reality, as this application will bring the powerful capabilities of LinkedIn to your BlackBerry.

by LinkedIn Blog.

BlackBerry LinkedIn App Profile view

BlackBerry LinkedIn App Profile view

We’ve worked hard to develop an application that takes advantage of the unique capabilities of the BlackBerry platform.  LinkedIn for BlackBerry will also include deep integration with the native Messages, Contacts & Calendar applications on the BlackBerry platform.  For example, here is an early screenshot of the native BlackBerry Messages application, with LinkedIn invitations and one-to-one messages integrated into the inbox:

by LinkedIn Blog

Tight Integration of LinkedIn on BlackBerry

Tight Integration of LinkedIn on BlackBerry

LinkedIn has a video on youtube, but the screen is poorly recorded and very blurry; thus I will not post until a new one is sourced. To be honest the potential of this application is HUGE! I’d love to see this integrated into BBM, and have LinkedIn member presence. This has the potential to replace the business card exchange entirely!!

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