With 2010 just around the corner, it's time to write up a list of resolutions for the New Year, and your BlackBerry® smartphone can help you keep them.
If you're like most people, your resolutions may be to kick off January 1, 2010 by better managing your time, keeping your finances in order, or losing weight and getting into shape. Luckily enough, you've got numerous apps available to you to do just that via the BlackBerry App World™. With the right tools, you can keep your resolutions past just the first week of January and follow them throughout the year.
10 games sure to make travel fun
Does holiday travel turn you into a Scrooge? Well, friend, we're here to offer a solution. Below are 10 of our favorite games from BlackBerry App World. From classic puzzles and board games, to golf and shoot ‘em ups, these are proven winners to entertain both adults and kids.
Download two or three to your BlackBerry smartphone and you will pass the holidays in gaming bliss.
Now featuring built-in GPS capabilities and trackpad navigation
“Should I get the new BlackBerry® Curve™ 8530 smartphone?” is a question many people are asking this holiday season. With so many features there is much to be said for it. Consider these facts:
GPS on your BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone works with BlackBerry® Maps to pinpoint your location and get turn-by-turn directions. Try selecting a contact from your address book to get precise directions to the contact's location. Or type in keywords like “restaurants” or “gas stations” and off you go.
The BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone is designed to be intuitive and comfortable. Like a laptop, the trackpad lets you glide your finger for fast and precise scrolling through websites, menus, and icons. The 35-key backlit QWERTY keyboard lets you type messages quickly. And the bright 320x240 pixel screen displays more than 65,000 colors for a great viewing experience.
Connect at 3G speeds
The BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone is the first BlackBerry Curve smartphone to feature 3G technology for fast downloads and uploads. That lets you spend less time waiting and more time doing what you love.
As if that weren't enough, the new BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone comes with:
- Dedicated media keys
- Bluetooth capabilities
- Integrated hands-free speakerphone
- Out-of-the box Mac synchronization
- 256MB flash memory
- 4.5 hours talk time; 10.5 days standby time
Connect to BlackBerry data services through Wi-Fi hotspots at home, work, or places like airports or coffee shops. Wi-Fi connections frequently offer faster download speeds compared to cellular networks. And free or low-cost hotspots can reduce monthly data costs.
Take photos and record videos1, 2, 3 with the 2.0-megapixel digital camera, then post them to Facebook®, Flickr®, and MySpace™. You can even sync your iTunes® or Windows Media Player music between your computer and smartphone with BlackBerry® Media Sync.
The BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone is available now. Check your wireless service provider for availability.
1 Depending on the amount of built-in memory available for use, a third-party microSD™ card may need to be properly inserted into the BlackBerry smartphone to enable the video recording feature. MicroSD cards may be sold separately.
2 Requires activation with appropriate data plan. Check with service provider for availability, costs and restrictions.
3 The ability to send pictures is not supported by all instant messaging programs. Check with your service provider for availability, costs and restrictions.
eBay now works directly with your BlackBerry® smartphone so you never have to miss a crucial bid on your favorite auctions. Using a free beta app downloaded from BlackBerry App World™, you'll be able to bid, buy, watch and search eBay auctions from virtually anywhere. Updates are automatically pushed to your smartphone, and eBay for BlackBerry smartphones works with your BlackBerry Calendar to remind you when an auction will end. When you win an auction you can use PayPal® to pay directly from your smartphone.
Make your BlackBerry® smartphone truly your own by customizing and personalizing virtually everything with BlackBerry® Theme Studio and its easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface. You can change the background as the seasons change, add pictures of your children or pets, make your own icons and menus, or even pick ringtones and sound effects to suit your personal style. Or get a head start using pre-set templates. Bring your ideas to life, whatever your style may be. BlackBerry Theme Studio can also be used with other design software like Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe® Photoshop® Elements.
Sync your media life with your lifestyle.
Now you can keep your most important photos with you all the time on your BlackBerry smartphone, and easily transfer them to your PC or Mac. Thanks to BlackBerry® Media Sync 3.0, you can share photos with friends right on your BlackBerry smartphone and import or export them to your PC when you connect your device. Available here as a free download, BlackBerry Media Sync has smart memory management to optimize the storage of pictures on your device, and has reminder alerts when new images should be downloaded to your desktop for safe keeping. And don't forget that you can sync your BlackBerry smartphone with your music playlists from iTunes® and Windows Media Player. Thanks to BlackBerry Media Sync 3.0, you can have your personal photos and music entertainment with you at all times. Just plug in, sync up and go!
Providing BlackBerry smartphone users with a transformative experience, through applications working in close conjunction with smartphone features, was a central theme at the second annual BlackBerry Developer Conference, held recently in San Francisco.
Five quick tips for managing music on your BlackBerry Smartphone
With so many devices vying for our attention these days, it can be a huge relief to cut back on the number of gadgets we carry around. It's possible to do exactly that if you let your BlackBerry smartphone take over your day-to-day music playing and leave your MP3 player at home. With that in mind, here are some tips and tricks to help you manage your digital music collection on your BlackBerry smartphone with an embedded or external media card.