Here is the reason why BlackBerry bought TAT

February 20, 2011


I was stoked when I read the news a few month back and a few days ago the first TAT apps on the playbook were shown off and they are beautiful and show off what the playbook is capable off.

to note is that the weather app is written in HTML5 and the hardware does all the physics and accelerometer movements – sweet

here they are in action:


here is a nice long one for you

Can’t wait for some more stuff from TAT and playbook


Now you can talk to your phone and it understands you. no seriously blackberry’s can now listen =D

November 14, 2008

Vlingo the innovator in voice recognition for the Yahoo Mobile Onesearch has recently launched a new beta giving BlackBerry smart phone users control over mobile information and tasks with the power of their voice. Vlingo is currently a free download and available on the BlackBerry Pearl, Curve, & 88xx series.

Bottom line you can send a friend a text message without typing. Just speak, verify and send. Basically your phone figures out what you want, finds it and shows you how to get there. No tapping, no thumbs, just good old speaking which is suitable to avoid the no text/driving laws.

Furthermore here is what Vlingo can do…

  • Send and reply to emails and text messages
  • Search the Web
  • Dial the phone
  • Look up contacts
  • Send a “note to self”
  • Voice updates to Facebook & Twitter status updates
  • Tell A Friend
  • Read-back of the full text or email message that was spoken
  • The ability to launch built in programs:
    • Address Book
    • Alarm
    • BrickBreaker
    • Calculator
    • Calendar
    • Camera
    • Maps
    • Media
    • MemoPad
    • Messages
    • Options
    • Tasks
  • The ability to launch third party programs:
    • Facebook
    • Google Maps
    • Opera
    • Viigo

Over the next few quarters we are looking to see added support for Symbian, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and Palm devices over time, on separate schedules.

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City Sense – social media, GPS enabled phone app.

October 2, 2008

LBS (Location Based Services) are relatively untapped at the moment but nice to see some interesting social LBS apps appearing. CitySense (here) have an app showing you where to go based on density of activity in San Francisco. It’s not the first, there have been a few – have been offering social GPS tools for a while and even Optus had their GPS friend finder app (which unfortunately was a rip off charging >50c to show you the location of a mate).


Now that data plans are looking healthier and there are more phones with GPS, all we really need is better batteries – we all know GPS sucks the juice big time making these apps on your phone a little painful to have running. Alternatively it would be easier for us all if telcos could offer triangulated GPRS data to third parties. Yes, I know… privacy issues but nothing that couldn’t be overcome through permission based apps. IMO proprietary systems like CitySense will probably see limited success until the telcos finally switch onto the need and wide ranging consumer potential for LBS.

Credit to Jon Moss (Appleofmyi) for his post (here) on Citysense. Thanks Jon!