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Communications Inc. has named the mPOD by MedicTouch the winner of the BlackBerry 6510 Extensibility Challenge, a J2ME Platform developer contest. The contest was open to independent software vendors and developers who build and support applications that leverage the Mobile Data Service (MDS) feature of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and run on Nextel's voice and data iDen network. MedicTouch (North Miami Beach, FL) took first place for its Mobile Pulse Oximeter Device (mPOD) that provides remote blood oxygen content and pulse readings on the BlackBerry 6510. Factors such as an aging population and an increased incidence of heart disease are thrusting remote monitoring services such as mPOD to the forefront of a healthcare market that is focused on reducing costs and providing better care without significantly impacting the daily routines of physicians or patients... (more)

Sybase 365 Launches AvantGo for BlackBerry

Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., a provider in the delivery and settlement of messaging interoperability as well as the management and distribution of mobile content, has launched the AvantGo client for BlackBerry smart phones, from Research In Motion (RIM). BlackBerry users can now access updated, customized content from thousands of mobile Web sites anytime and anywhere – in either an online or offline mode – in a format that is optimized for BlackBerry smart phones. AvantGo for BlackBerry caches content locally, providing enhanced navigation, faster brows... (more)

Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and Nokia – The Only Four Big Enough To Eat RIM

Eating blackberries is easy; but eating BlackBerry would be more challenging. That was the conclusion of one analyst commenting on the rumors this week that Microsoft might be thinking of buying BlackBerry-maker RIM. Barry Richards of Paradigm Capital in Toronto told The Canadian Press that, in view of RIM's colossal $50BN market cap, "We are running out of possible acquirors and we are now left with Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and maybe Nokia." RIM reported first-quarter revenue in June of more than $1BN for the first time ever, while net profits jumped 73% to $232.2M, making the Canadi... (more)

Maximizer Software Partners with McObject to Improve Mobile CRM on BlackBerry Devices

Maximizer Software announced its partnership with McObject to enhance mobile productivity on Maximizer’s mobile CRM offering for BlackBerry smartphone devices. “Accessing up-to-date information on customers is critical to sales executives and other professionals in the field. Increasingly, they require this capability from their BlackBerry smartphones rather than laptops,” said Will Anderson, executive vice president of technology, Maximizer Software. “Maximizer Software is pleased to partner with McObject to improve mobile professionals’ ability to... (more)

J2ME Now in NeedTEXT Shell Wireless System Administration Tool for BlackBerry

(April 16, 2003) - System administrators and other IT staff can now securely access their servers and networks from RIM's Java-based BlackBerry handhelds, using NeedTEXT Shell software from Epoch Integration Inc. NeedTEXT Shell software operating on the BlackBerry wireless platform provides a behind-the-firewall solution that enables the handheld to securely access a command-line interface, allowing IT users to manage servers, routers, and other network equipment. Administrators can use all of their standard command-line tools such as telnet, SSH, and FTP, to detect, diagnose, an... (more)