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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 firmware 4.7.0.85 leaks

BlackBerry Storm firmware 4.7.0.85 leaks

A further unofficial firmware for the BlackBerry Storm has leaked, with those brave enough to install the software onto their smartphones reporting further improvements in accelerometer screen rotation and typing responsiveness.  Firmware version 4.7.0.85 is tipped as the next official release from Verizon Wireless, who haven't issued an update since the end of November.

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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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Vodafone Germany release BlackBerry Storm 9500 OS update

Vodafone Germany release BlackBerry Storm 9500 OS update

Vodafone Germany have released an update for European users of the BlackBerry Storm 9500, four days after Verizon Wireless pushed out a similar update for the 9530 in the US.  Taking the GSM version of the Storm to firmware v4.7.0.78, it apparently addresses accelerometer lag and touchscreen accuracy.

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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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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 48 2008

It’s been a shorter working week what with Thanksgiving on Thursday, and much of the gadget news has been around what offers, bargains and discounts were on offer at cash-strapped retailers. SlashGear has done its bit to ease your present picking pickle, with the 2008 Holiday Gift Guide. We’ve also had reviews of Sony’s VAIO LV and VAIO RT all-in-one PCs; will you be lucky enough to find one of these monster media machines under your tree next month?

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Verizon pushes out BlackBerry Storm OS update to fix common issues

Verizon pushes out BlackBerry Storm OS update to fix common issues

The BlackBerry Storm has just received the first of the two promised updates, however this update is not available to just anyone. OS 4.7.0.107 (Application Version .75) is only available to BES users and must be pushed out by the BES Network Administrator.

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Verizon BlackBerry Storm unlocked for T-Mobile USA

A member of Howard Forums is claiming to have unlocked his Verizon BlackBerry Storm for use on T-Mobile’s GSM network.  The process involved sourcing a SIM unlock code from Verizon themselves, then updating the handset’s service books with software intended for the BlackBerry Bold. 

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Verizon prepping two BlackBerry Storm updates for imminent release

Verizon and RIM are preparing two imminent updates for the BlackBerry Storm, in an attempt to address multiple bugs in OS v4.7.0.65.  The first OTA update is expected to be released next week, and tackle sudden volume changes, problems with audio during calls and spontaneous restarts, among other things.  The second, which is expected sometime in December, will tackle disappearing email and CDMA network connectivity, keypress misses and screen orientation issues.  While the full roster of fixes is unknown, a leaked internal Verizon document has laid out a number of issues for customer service reps to be aware of, which you can read after the cut.

 

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BlackBerry Storm teardown shows underpowered CPU

BlackBerry Storm teardown shows underpowered CPU

For some people, a BlackBerry Storm review isn't enough.  They want full, teardown detail of RIM's first touchscreen handset, and while we didn't have the heart to break open our review unit that hasn't stopped the aptly-titled phoneWreck from doing just that.  In doing so, some of the smartphone's more obvious frustrations are explained.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 47 2008

Most anticipated news this week was the launch of the BlackBerry Storm on Verizon Wireless, RIM’s first touchscreen handset.  If you’re at all considering the Storm then make sure to check out our two part super-review: part one is here, part two is here.

Meanwhile, Apple released firmware 2.2 for the iPhone, bringing with it Street View and over-the-air podcast downloads among other things.  Check out the full details of the upgrade here.  That release was followed in short order by QuickPwn for v2.2.  What the new firmware didn’t include was MMS messaging, but that might be arriving sooner rather than later if Mobispine have their way.

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