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CES 2010 is rolling along and I've got a ton of video footage and hands-ons that'll be flowing through the blogs in the days to come. Last night at ShowStoppers, Duracell was on hand to show off their charging solutions for smartphones. They have portable batteries that'll push some juice into your device when your battery dies down and also have a wireless charging solution.

It seems wireless charging is all the rage right now.... the convenience is definitely a benefit I think most BlackBerry owners would enjoy. What I'd really like to see by CES 2011 though is not a third party solution, but for RIM to start building BlackBerry Smartphones that feature an inductive back and then sell a wireless charger/dock (like Palm has done with their Pre/Pixi and Touchstone). Though I guess when you use an accessory like the BlackBerry bedside charging pod nightly, whether its wireless or not doesn't really matter, since the device is serving dual purpose at that point (charging and an alarm clock). Ahh well... good to see there is lots of choice for consumers out there!

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CES 2010: Day One Roundup

CES 2010: Day One Roundup

We officially started CES yesterday, and after spending the whole day on the show floor I am officially on overload with all the things to see and do. We have plenty of videos and news on the way from our entire team here in Vegas, but I did come across a few things today that are worth mentioning, so I'm going to quickly touch on them here to give you a heads up on some exciting developments. Hit the jump for some notable announcements, and stay tuned for more BlackBerry news from CES 2010 in Las Vegas.

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Review: PowerMat Home/Office & Travel Charging Mats

Review: PowerMat Home/Office & Travel Charging Mats

[ Forums member Stiefler07 gave us a this great review of the PowerMat charging mats. This post comes from our Community Reviews forums. Post your review and if we promote it to the blogs you'll receive a coupon for free accessories or apps.]  

The Powermat design and build are stellar. Within the first moments of opening the box, the first thing that was noticed was it was solid. Not only is the build solid, the design is very appealing, one could set it anywhere and be happy with how it looks with the surroundings. The mat does not feel cheap nor does it look cheap. Around the outside of the mat, there is silver plastic to give a dull chrome look, and no this is not thin plastic, the build feels very solid. The mat itself feels great as well, it has a smooth texture and very durable feel.

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CES 2010: Technocel PowerPak - Portable Battery and Home Charger in One

One of the many cool and useful things I have discovered here at CES is the PowerPak by Technocel. One of the first booths I hit when I walked in, Technocel has their own line of cases and bluetooth headsets, but by far my favorite was the PowerPak. These days, packing 2 devices and a bluetooth, I find myself getting a little tired of keeping extra cables with me everywhere. Add on any other devices I might decide to take with me, and it becomes a nightmare mess of cables inside my bag - Enter the PowerPak. Lightweight and compact, the unit currently on display has a USB port built in, and comes with a wide array of charging attachments to accomodate multiple devices. At 1000mAH, it packs more than enough power to charge your device a couple of times over and is a great tool to have on hand for those on the go. It doubles as a wall charger and charges it's reserve power supply at the same time. Depending on your device, network, etc. the reserve power supply should power your device for up to an additional 3 hrs of talk time. A simple press of a button lights up the LEDs, indicating how much reserve power you have left. The Technocel exhibitors have also informed me that early this year, they will be releasing 2 new versions, including a 1600mAH version and an upgraded version which has 2 ports so its capable of simultaneously charging 2 devices at once, with a 2000+ mAH power supply.

Retailing for an extremely reasonable $49.99, I would highly recommend checking this out. For more details and to purchase head over to Technocel.com. The Powerpak is also available in most Sprint stores, so you can take a trip down and take a look for yourself before you buy.

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Sprint 8530 Available at RadioShack Today?

Sprint 8530 Available at RadioShack Today?
 

From the looks of it, RadioShack will start selling the Sprint Curve 8530 today (not Sunday as originally planned). Not the biggest news, but if you've been holding out on picking up a new 8530, now you can grab one fairly cheap. The device will only run you $29.99 on a new 2-year contract, or $49.99 for an upgrade, and both require a Sprint Everything plan with data. The device hasn't popped up on their website yet, but most stores should have them available already.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for January 8th, 2010!

Happy 2010 to all! Hope you had an enjoyable holiday, and a safe (and fun) New Years... I know I did. With CES in full swing, let's get right down to business. Covered in the App Roundup this week are the following titles:

Freebies of the Week: Dictionary and Thesaurus App, Project Vegas

In Case You Missed It: CES Mobile for BlackBerry, UberTwitter Beta 6, SmartWiFi

New This Week: Massage for BlackBerry, GyPSii for BlackBerry Updated, Biodiesel Buddy, Gridiron Theme, Qdial, BerryJoose

Cool at BlackBerry App World: WeatherBug Elite

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Tether - TetherBerry Rebranded and Celebrating With 50% Off Sale

We've been following the good folks at TetherBerry for a long time now. So the latest news to come from those folks brings a smile to our faces as we have been able to watch the growth happen before our eyes. The newly rebranded Tether has been accepted into BlackBerry App World, been downloaded by more then 60,000 customers in 114 countries and is now expanding their horizons to other smartphone markets such as Android and iPhone.

In celebration of their new rebranding, acceptance to BlackBerry App World and launch of their new Android beta, you can now get Tether on sale for 50% off the original price which is a steal for such a great application. And just in case that's not enough of a push, free trial of Tether is available for you to check out. For more information on options and features, be sure to check out Tethers new website and read feedback from other users.

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CES 2010: LinkedIn For BlackBerry Hands On Video

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We've been hearing about the LinkedIn application for BlackBerry for a while now. While at the BlackBerry Developers Conference we got a few quick glimpses at it but as of yet, it still remains unavailable for users to download. Over at the Inside BlackBerry blog, Doug has caught up with the folks from LinkedIn for a hands on video so that we may now get a better look at what's headed our way in the next month or so. That's when the application will come out of beta and likely hit BlackBerry App World for us all to make use of.

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* Warning: If you don't like looking at scantily clad girls showing off cell phone cases, don't watch this video and just scroll down to our next post. *

However, if you like girls and BlackBerry Smartphones you'll want to hit play immediately (and ladies... I promise if I come across any buff guys in speedos showing off BlackBerry accessories here in Vegas, I'll record that up and post it here too just to keep the score even.) Ed Hardy is on hand at CES 2010 with their collection of cases for smartphones, including iPhone, Droid and BlackBerry. New for BlackBerry cases they have designs available for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Curve 8520/8530. If you like that Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier style, you'll want to check these out!

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 OS 5.0.0.400 Officially Released by AVEA
 

Not too long ago we got an official OS from Bell, and now AVEA has officially released OS 5.0.0.400 for the Bold 9700. While it may look like a step back from the 5.0.0.423 of Bell, anyone who was experiencing issues or just likes to load up a new OS may want to give this one a go. No word of the goods or bads, so be sure to drop a comment if you find out anything.

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CES 2010: Case-Mate Announces go Bare Solution-Free Protective Skins for BlackBerry

Case-Mate announced today they will be adding a new line of protective skins to their lineup of BlackBerry cases. The new go Bare protective films will be solution-free "instant application" skins for all devices. The invisible film will protect the entire device, without the need of any sprays or solution for application. You will be able to apply, reapply and take off the film as many times as needed with no damage or residue on the device itself.

 "With go Bare, we're using cutting-edge technology to create a new category of solution-free mobile phone protection - an invisible film that completely shields against potential nicks and scratches without compromising the look of the device," said Shashi Reddy, founder and CEO, case-mate. "While many people like to adorn their device with colorful cases, there are just as many who want to preserve its beauty and go Bare is the ideal solution, as it's easy-to-use, offers maximum protection and maintains the integrity of the product's original design."

The go Bare line will be available in mid-February for most devices and cost $24.99 for full-body protection. For more information check out case-mate.com. Full press release after the jump.

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Ford Partners with OpenBeak, Pandora and Stitcher to Bring Twitter & Internet Radio Control to Vehicles

Ford announced today partnerships with Pandora, Stitcher and OpenBeak that will allow for voice control via SYNC enabled vehicles. The new system will allow users to control their internet radio and update Twitter with steering wheel controls and voice commands. The SYNC-enabled applications will be available "through the same app store interfaces consumers currently use" ie. BlackBerry App World.

"To use OpenBeak, Pandora or Stitcher in the car right now, drivers have to take their eyes off the road and manually control the device," explained VanDagens. "Recent research shows that activity that draws drivers' eyes off the road substantially increases the risk of accidents. By allowing drivers to control the app through SYNC's voice commands and steering wheel buttons, we can hopefully reduce distraction for millions of drivers wanting to enjoy these apps during their commutes." 

No exact date has been set for when the features will be available, but it should be sometime later this year. A SYNC SDK will be rolled out as well, allowing developers to modify and create mobile applications to work with the system. Check out the full press release after the jump.

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Since the entire SPE editor team is here at CES in Las Vegas, it made perfect sense to take some time away from ogling gadgets and chatting up our friends in the blogosphere to record a podcast. We talk up what we've seen so far, including the Nexus One, Motorola Backflip and BlackBerry Presenter; we also chatted a bit about what we're hoping to see at Palm's event today.

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CES 2010: Pong Research Offers Cases To Protect You From Cell Phone Radiation

For the past little while there has been a lot of information in the media regarding cell phone radiation and the possible effects it has on a cell phone user. The information has actually sparked conversation about the possibility of cell phones having to come with the issuance of a warning label attached to them in some states. Pong Research is looking to help calm the help everyone out with their recently announced protection cases which claim to stop up to 60% of all cell phone radiation. They have even got the FFC's backing with their claims through the laboratory tests the FCC has completed.

While using the protective cases signal levels remain unaffected which also effectively maintains battery life while offering radiation protection. At this point you can grab the case for iPhone, iPhone 3GS and more recently announced BlackBerry offerings coming compatible with 8300, 8310, 8320, and 8330 Curve series devices. Price is a little steep for me as each case will cost ya $49.99 but if radiation is a concern for you, price likely will not matter. 

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CES 2010: BlackBerry Presenter In Action

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The results from our poll yesterday were mixed, but for the most part it looks like most of you think that the BlackBerry Presenter is a "Good Idea... But something I would never buy or use". Well if you're curious about just how it works and want to take a closer look, check out the video above from Inside BlackBerry. Ryan gives a quick look at the features and functions of RIM's newest accessory. Also, if you didn't already, don't forget to enter to win a BlackBerry Presenter of your own!

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Get e-GPS for Just $0.99 Until January 14th

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Back in October we checked out remote tracking software e-GPS. Felix let me know that the app is currently on sale for just $0.99 through January 14th (down from $4.99). The app lets you track and wipe your device remotely, all via email commands. You can locate the device by GPS, and even email your contacts list to youself should the device go missing. e-GPS is a great alternative to some subscription based trackers if you're willing to sacrifice for fewer options. Head over to the CrackBerry App Store to pick up e-GPS at a huge discount.

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CES 2010: Multiplied Media Rolls Out Latest Version Of Poynt

The good folks from Multiplied Media are on hand at CES 2010 showing off and answering questions about their awesome BlackBerry application, Poynt. The good news is that, just a few days after shutting down their beta testing of the version 1.5.2.25 release they now have available version 1.5.2.36 for download.

Poynt has taken a lot of feedback generated from the beta and put it to work in the latest version. Aside from UI changes such as the live updating weather backgrounds, you can now search local gas prices in addition to the many already great features like business lookup, reverse number lookup and viewing movie trailers. Be sure to grab the latest update which is available now in BlackBerry App World or via the Poynt website.

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CES 2010: Energizer Shows Off New Charging Solutions

CES 2010: Energizer Shows Off New Charging Solutions

Last night was the Digital Experience show in Las Vegas, which kicked off the "pre" CES celebrations. Energizer was on hand to show off some of their upcoming products some of which fit in the Energi To Go line. With everything from solar powered chargers to in pocket solutions being shown off Energizer looks as though they preparing for consumers to never have to worry about a dead battery ever again.

One such solution shown off was the EnergiStick that offers micro and mini USB connection options which can keep your individual device charged for an extra 30 minutes on the go. Perfect for those times you need that extra boost to get you through till you get home.

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Official BlackBerry Curve 8900 OS 5.0.0.411 Released By Multiple Carriers

Was only a matter of time before we seen the release of OS 5.0.0.411 for the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Seeing how the Bold 9000 version was released just the other day, we can expect to see some others roll out as well. If you are already running the 5.0.0.411 leak, no need to upgrade from that since this is indeed the exact same release. Enjoy folks and keep your eyes open for more 5.0 releases. If you are for the first time upgrading to 5.0 remember to remove your vendor.xml file.

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Using Profiles on Your BlackBerry Smartphone

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Way back when (nearly two years ago) we posted a BlackBerry 101 article on creating and editing sound profiles on your BlackBerry. Well as the OS has progressed, so have the profile options and we figured it was time to take another look at just how to get your profiles setup. Seasoned BlackBerry vets will most likely already know all about using profiles, but new users still constantly have questions on just how to get all their notifications and alerts up and running. Take a look at the video above to get yourself on the right track.

For older OS versions (which vary slightly), you can still check out our original article on Creating and Editing Profiles and Notifications. If you're a Tour or Storm user on OS 4.7, you will be missing some of the newer options, but can take a look at this post to see how to get the most out of your profile settings.

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