Starbucks: Mobile Card on your Blackberry


Coffee and blackberries, yum.  Starbucks has an app that converts your BB into your Starbucks card. Good move Starbucks, good move.

Note: If you don’t have a Starbucks card, this app is semi-useless as its only non-card feature is a store locator; which didn’t work last time I tried it, event though I was standing in front of a Starbucks, but I’ll give the app the benefit of the doubt and say that it probably works. Most of the time.

The Starbucks app isn’t available through BB app world (hmmm), but that’s probably another good move on Starbucks’ part because there is a large possibility it could get terrible reviews, and that’s just not good PR.

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Struggling to find love? There’s an app for that.


(If you’re Indian).

This is a first. Now you can find a husband or wife via a BB mobile app! Of course for now, it seems as though Shaadi.com is the only dating matrimonial site doing this… I’m not really surprised, this is a pretty revolutionary idea.
It seems as though we’re making ourselves more and more awkward each passing day, when it comes to dating. Case point: “At one point we realised that users were not comfortable meeting people online and that’s how the whole idea came about” – some guy who works for Shaadi.com.
What? Soo…..  People are uncomfortable interacting behind computer screens & more comfortable with texting?  Can you imagine a guy sitting on his couch, alone in his apartment, phone in hand, texting “do you want kids?” “what is your favorite food?” “what are you doing?” (texting you, clearly).  Maybe these people aren’t ready to get married, there’s a thought.

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RIM to solve App-less PlayBook using Android apps?


Well this news is by no means official, but those are the whisperings in the tech world.  Google’s Android, a mobile phone operating system, offers a software development kit for app developers specifically to be run on Android-based phones (says my super knowledgable source, Wikipedia).  Why Android? Well, I was alluding to this earlier, but RIM’s library of apps is pretty, well, pathetic in comparison to the rest of the smartphone world.  In fact, Android has 130,000 apps available to RIM’s 20,000.  Access to Android apps would “make the RIM platform attractive to consumers as it lacks the strength of the rivals from an apps perspective.”

Listen. If RIM does this, I’ll buy a damn PlayBook.. otherwise, I’m going to wait a year or so.  What’s the point of having a shiny new toy if you can’t even play with it?

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PrivacyStar: Block Unwanted Calls


Are debt collectors constantly harassing you?  Do the words “out-call” or “in-call ONLY” describe your profession? Or maybe that cheating ex you dumped after you whipped the SpyBubble app on won’t stop calling you & wants your crazy totally sane ass back.  Well, the PrivacyStar app, launched by First Orion, does a couple of neat tricks.

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Blackberry “PlayBook” Tablet


The much hyped, long-awaited for Blackberry “PlayBook” Tablet (ps. whatever happened to calling it the Black Pad?) Black Pad sounded a little too “ipad” for my tastes anyway.  Can RIM please stop obsessing over all things Apple (they even did a video comparing ipad to the new playbook).  It’s becoming a little sad.

Moving on.  There are a couple of things to note here:

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BB Chatting: Yahoo, BBM, Google Talk, AIM.


Before I start this review off, I have to say this – I hate chatting.
I’m not quite sure why. I am very social in real life, and then my internet personality is completely anti-social and creepy; it’s kind of backwards.  But, you know.

So let’s get this party started! All of these chit chat chatty tats come standard on your BB, so it’s not like you have a choice here.

BBM: A lot of people like bbm.  It’s free.  It makes BB users feel interconnected. It’s also awkward.  People know when you’ve read their messages, and they know when you’ve chosen to ignore them.  Has anyone else gotten into trouble for not responding quickly enough/at all? This one has.
It also gives your friends the impression that you’re 24/7 accessible. I’m pretty sure no one has ever bbm’d me to say anything meaningful, it’s mostly “hey” – let me give you a hypothetical conversation:
“hey”
– (I usually wait 5 minutes for further info, it never comes). “hey, what’s up?”
“nothing. you?”
– (ugh) (insert some excuse) “hey, i’m actually not doing a damn thing in class, can i talk to you later?”
End.

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Photobucket


Now here’s a simple photo upload app. Above is a screenshot I grabbed from my BB.  Photobucket is a standard BB app, and you should be able to find it in your “downloads” folder, but that’s just a shortcut which will take you to the mobile site where you can upload the actual app.

The particularly great thing about this app (that I like anyway) is the automatic upload everytime you take a pic on your BB. Snap a photo, it instantly uploads on photobucket – you don’t even have to think about it (although make sure your privacy settings are adjusted accordingly; “public” is the default setting).

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