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.
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.
- 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. [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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
(Don’t Forget to CHANGE the folder to “search in” from Inbox to ALL Folders)
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.
Peace, One Love, and pass duh draah! :2thumbs: