If you know me at all, or follow me on Twitter, you probably know that I rarely have nice things to say about BlackBerries. Alright, so I slander them relentlessly all the time, but I figured I’d try to make amends with some of you readers still clutching your BlackBerries for dear life while everyone around you goes out and gets real phones.
The good ole’ people at RIM have launched a limited time promotion allowing you to trade in your old CrapBerry for a shiny new, less crappy one. How kind of them, right? Some of you who got sick of your trackball breaking every 3 days probably sent some letters over to those folks north of the border, asking them to throw you a bone and they finally did!
I mean, I’m sure it has nothing to do with the graph below but…
But w/e keeps the love affair with
the Nextel Chirp 2.0 BBM going I guess.
We have a big pet peeve around here. It’s when people lose their smartphones Blackberries. Oh, you ask why?
Because 90% of them don’t back up their contacts.
We’re geeks round here (© Memphis Bleek), so back in the days of our past relationship with the Berry, we backed that thang up (© Juvenile) like every week. But we also understand that most people don’t have the patience or concern to install the desktop software and go through that process, though we’re not sure if sending out a Facebook event and re-entering them one by one is easier at the end of the day
But have no fear. For you folks still in love with BBM, RIM has come up with an even better solution: software that’ll locate your phone when you drunkenly leave it in a cab after 80s night at the local discotheque. It’s called Blackberry Shield.
Image via BBnews.pl
Though there’s no set release date, some screenshots have leaked and it’s pretty cool. This software lets you remotely locate your Berry if you should so misplace it, and even allows you to lock it or wipe all the data from it. From the screenshots, it also seems that you can make it ring really loud (useful for when you’re trying to figure out which cab to break into to retrieve it) or display a message such as “please return this phone to happy hour where I left it.” Kinda nice, considering going through a new Berry is an easy way to blow money fast (© Rawse)
Still waiting to hear about Blackberry Aqua Shield that teaches for your phone how to swim when you accidentally drop it in the toilet of the bar. No word on pricing for that yet.
I was chatting online recently with a friend who is doing study abroad in South Africa. I was a little bit aggy because her and I have been out of the loop for way too long and I was lobbying for a time where we could Skype, but then she explained that internet wasn’t free and that she was paying exorbitant amounts of cash to use menial amounts of bandwidth, which blew my mind. Anyone who knows my feelings about universal broadband understands
So she wants to send me a video that she took of some lions making whoopee while she was on a safari. I, of course, was bursting with anticipating because while I’ve accidentally stumbled on my fair share of roommates creatures fornicating, never have I been fortunate enough to catch lions in the act, up close. But because of the godawful internet, I was forced to wait almost 30 minutes for a glimpse of the King of the Jungle bedding his queen. Uploading, pause, uploading, pause to buy another internet voucher, uploading. You get the picture, but unfortunately I wasn’t. But then she tells me something interesting. Continue reading
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Many years ago, the pilgrims landed on soon-to-be-American soil after a long, treacherous journey across the ocean to the New World. Without a GPS unit to guide them, they found themselves on Plymouth rock. After exchanging recipes and smallpox blankets with the native peoples, they decided to sit down for a lovely meal. Centuries later, we gather together on this day with the people we love to give thanks for the many blessings we have in our lives. The tyd family will be engaging in some serious dinnertime gluttony tonight to celebrate and give thanks, but for now we wanted to take a moment to commemorate something that we are very thankful for: Blackberries. Just think about how much easier the Pilgrims would’ve had it had they had GPS and were able to e-mail the Indians and tell them they were on their way! So we present to you, 5 Reasons You Should Be Thankful for Your Berry