BlackBerry Buzz: BIS Down for the Count; TwitterBerry Gone

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It’s Tuesday and that can only mean it’s time for our weekly feature, BlackBerry (s rimm) 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. In the not so good category it seems BlackBerry owners were confronted with a global Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) outage on Monday. The outage crossed carriers and left many owners, as many as 75 percent being reported, without the ability to connect to the web. Service was spotty or nonexistent for hours.

One of the top Twitter apps for the ‘Berry has been TwitterBerry, according to Twitter stats. The program has stagnated and not been updated in a while, and it turns out the developer was changing things a bit. The program is now dubbed OpenBeak, and it is deemed the result of an evolution of TwitterBerry. It has a lot of features, and is donation-ware so if you like it, pay something.

Not exactly news, but a major event at home has crossed into the BlackBerry world. My spouse bought her first smartphone this week and she chose the BlackBerry Curve on Verizon (s vz). She was as excited as can be when she brought the Curve home and started learning all the “cool things” it can do. Unfortunately, she brought it home during the BIS outage and couldn’t use any web apps to really test it out. It will be fun to watch her become a Crackberry with her new Curve. I should point out that she has seen many smartphones come through the office here, yet she chose the Curve after trying it in the store.

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SocialScope and BoyGenius’ Blackberry Twitter apps have been the ones to beat recently. I prefer the look (and price) of SocialScope.

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