The Financial Post regularly republishes Bloomberg news articles on their website. For some reason they deem it necessary to change the headline. In this case, where Bloomberg has a positive story about RIM with a positive headline, Financial Post finds the single negative line in the article and uses it as the headline.
This past weekend I attended the Ottawa International Auto Show. It was interesting event, especially since I just purchased a new 2012 Mazda 3 last week (pictured above!).
What surprised me about the event was the lack of live demonstrations of in-car technology. Car manufacturers are often promoting their vehicles with fancy infotainment systems, GPS integrations, video cameras, and even the ability to automate parallel parking. But for some reason the companies showing their wares at this event did not bother making a show of these features.
I am skeptical of Ford’s self-parking cars, even though I am told it is not a marketing scam, and would loved to have seen a live demonstration of this technology at the show. When I tested my Mazda 3 at the dealership one of the most exciting features for me what the bluetooth integration to connect my BlackBerry smartphone and tablet to the car for music streaming, GPS navigation, and hands-free voice activated calling. This is pretty basic compared to some of the amazing systems in higher end cars these days, and yet they were not going out of their way to promote these features at the Auto Show. I know not everyone is as enamoured by technology as I am, but I bet a demonstration of a car parking itself would have drawn a crowd.
It is too bad QNX wasn’t at the show demonstrating their latest in-car technology integration:
Here is a funny ad from Canadian Business offering “Digital Freedom”
How is it “digital freedom” if I can only get the digital version of my Canadian Business Magazine subscription on an iPad? Where’s the version for my BlackBerry PlayBook or Galaxy Nexus? That would be digital freedom, not support for a single device.
Many Notes is the fun, flexible, and powerful app for making and storing notes. Enables quick note taking and a visual way to organize your notes. A beautiful hybrid of a classic notes application and the flexibility of real sticky notes.
- Auto-save & Fast Entry
- Drag & Drop organization
- Copy & Paste
- Predictive-text & Spellcheck
- Portait & Landscape
- Expansive canvas
- Add & Delete notes
- Make notes wider and longer
- No titles, tagging, manual saving, or anything else to slow you down!
It is taking RIM a little longer to approve my new PlayBook app than first anticipated. They got swamped with submissions leading up to the PlayBook 2.0 launch. Here is a fresh teaser shot of my new app, Many Notes!
I have designed Many Notes to be the perfect note taking companion to the new PlayBook OS 2.0 productivity apps. It is a hybrid between a traditional (boring!) note pad app with the fun and power of sticky notes.
I expect RIM will approve the app for App World by the end of the week, so keep an eye out for it!
I made my first PlayBook app, Temp Notes, back before the PlayBook was released. It has had moredownloads than I had expected, but I have always intended to follow it up with more… functional apps.
The time has finally come, my second PlayBook app is done, tested, and submitted to App World! It was not the app I intended to do next, but a time crunch and some difficulty implementing Twitter’s OAuth login led to a change of course.
My new app Many Notes is the perfect follow up to Temp Notes. I’ll hold off revealing what the app is all about for when RIM approves it for sale on App World.
Hopefully by Monday I’ll be announcing Many Notes’ availability on App World!
Back in December I took a quick drive down to New York City for a BlackBerry party with a few friends. Turns out RIM liked what we had to say at the party because we made it into the video recapping the night.
Even better than a trip down to New York or the new BlackBerry Bold 9900s that we picked up there, thanks to the party my girlfriend finally switched to a BlackBerry. I predict my monthly sent text messages to drop to zero now that she is on BBM.
I have found a new obsession: BBM Music. When I first tested out BBM Music I thought the service was a bit stupid: “You want me to pay monthly to access a limited number of songs?!” But I decided to give it a go anyway. Little did I know, BBM Music was actually the perfect music product for me.
Before I explain further, I should probably explain how I typically listen to music. I listen to a small number of songs (typically less than 10) on repeat for days on end. Repeatedly. Until I am completely sick of the songs, then move on to the next crop of songs. My sister can attest to this. I subjected her to the same three songs while driving from Toronto to Montreal, and back.
So BBM Music is kind of perfect for me. I pay a small monthly fee to listen to a few songs over and over, then dump them for a few more songs when I get sick of them. Now when I hear a great song on the radio or from a friend simply I fire up BBM Music, add it to my list, and am listening to it instantly.
Before when I liked a song I would check it out on iTunes/7digital, and try to decide whether I wanted to own it or not. While not a big purchase decision, it certainly took more brain power than adding the song to my BBM Music.
Making BBM Music even better is my new Jawbone JAMBOX. The JAMBOX is the portable wireless speaker that connects to devices over bluetooth. With it, I can listen to my songs from BBM Music out loud with the JAMBOX’s fantastic sound quality and keep my BlackBerry on me (rather than stuck in a speaker-dock). It is a perfect solution for me.
Check out Jawbone’s JAMBOX and RIM’s BBM promo videos below:
Even better: the JAMBOX works with my PlayBook. Hopefully BBM Music makes its way over to the PlayBook someday soon!