It’s Tuesday and that can only mean it’s time for our weekly feature, BlackBerry Buzz. The Buzz is where you’ll find out what’s been going on in the BlackBerry brambles. You’ll hear about everything that’s worth knowing in the awesome world of the BlackBerry.
Research In Motion (s rimm) had long rubbed Mac owners the wrong way by refusing to support the platform with a BlackBerry native desktop app. The Mac faithful weren’t left totally out in the cold, however, as the great program PocketMac stepped into the void. PocketMac has even been supported by RIM, realizing it had to make nice with BlackBerry owners in the Mac world. RIM finally grew up and released the BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac, and a new day dawned for Apple lovers. This event had one unfortunate effect, though, and the writing was on the wall for the PocketMac program. RIM has released a knowledge base article notifying BlackBerry that PocketMac support is ending. The great PocketMac program will still be around, just not supported by RIM. Note that the program has versions for many phones besides BlackBerries, so it’s not going anywhere.
Verizon Wireless (s vz) is getting close to launch time for the BlackBerry Storm 2. The Storm 2 is the evolution of RIM’s first foray into the world of touchscreen phones, and is looking pretty nice. Verizon has already put a 360 degree view of the Storm 2 on their web site. If you are craving information about the Storm 2, given lack of an official launch date, check it out.
A unique BlackBerry “smartwatch” appeared on the web recently. It is a slick looking concept, but of course it may never make it to market. It is a compelling idea — a watch with BlackBerry email onboard. Pretty cool.