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Slacker BlackBerry Storm streaming radio client released

Slacker BlackBerry Storm streaming radio client released

Like it or love it, there are a whole lot of people out there looking at two years with their new BlackBerry Storm, so they may as well have some streaming entertainment to occupy them.  Slacker have announced a version of its free internet radio app for the touchscreen RIM smartphone, complete with 100 expert-programmed Slacker stations, over 10,000 artist stations or umpteen custom stations.  Interestingly, you can listen to music even without a network connection, thanks to Slacker's station caching.

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BlackBerry Storm is ‘just smaller’ netbook claims RIM CEO

BlackBerry Storm is ‘just smaller’ netbook claims RIM CEO

When your product is faced with competition you can either convince people the rivals aren't worth it, or that they're not really rivals at all.  The slightly trickier latter route is that taken by RIM founder and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis, when CNET Asia asked him what threat he perceived to the BlackBerry range from netbooks.  According to Lazaridis, handsets like the BlackBerry Storm are in fact netbooks; they're just smaller.

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BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.83 leaks: faster, camera boost, more responsive

BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.83 leaks: faster, camera boost, more responsive

If your BlackBerry Storm is still misbehaving then you might want to treat it to another dose of leaked firmware.  This time around it's version 4.7.0.83 and comes courtesy of the Crackberry forums.  Preliminary changes seem to suggest that the handset responds faster, with both applications loading and closing faster and the on-screen keyboard doing a better job of keeping up with typing.  Browser rendering is also reportedly faster, with one user suggesting that some sites loaded in a third of the time they used to.

Video demo and more first impressions after the cut

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Peek protest at BlackBerry Storm launch: Bizarre Video

Peek protest at BlackBerry Storm launch: Bizarre Video

Verizon's BlackBerry Storm launch was something of a success for the carrier: after all, they managed to sell out of the touchscreen RIM smartphone.  One thing I don't remember seeing in the official coverage, however, was Peek's tongue-in-cheek demonstration outside one Manhattan Verizon Wireless store: people dressed in prisoners' uniforms, chained to giant Storms, protesting against two-year contracts.

Video of the Peek protest after the cut

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BlackBerry Storm 4.7.0.76 OS update leaks

BlackBerry Storm 4.7.0.76 OS update leaks

Verizon's 4.7.0.75 OS for the BlackBerry Storm is only just out, and already the sequel has made an appearance.  Version 4.7.0.76 may only be a single point update on the current official release, but according to the BGR it makes a whole lot of difference.  Screen rotation smoothness and battery life both get a much-needed boost, and the whole smartphone sounds much more responsive.

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