I have downloaded several Apps that I really enjoy using on this Pearl. One is BBWeather, which can be downloaded from here:
http://blackberrytools.sourceforge.ne … eather-0.74/BBWeather.jad
Wow, do I LOVE this little free program!
At this point, after you CLICK THE PEARL – you should be able to go into Options and add a profile. That means add a zip code for the city you wish to know about and how many days of Forcasting you want. Also “Disable MDS Proxy”. You may have to click the pearl twice to get there, but believe me it’s easy once you get started. Obviously zip codes are only for the US. If you wish to include a city in Europe, there’s a fairly simple method. It just requires a little bit of prep work. Go to weather.com and locate the city you are interested in.
As an example I wanted to know the weather for Glasgow and here is the link:
As you add cities you to your list access this list everytime you click the menu button. Click on the city you wish to know about and wait for the weather info to update. At any time you can force an Update via the menu.
There’s other ways of getting the weather. Like, for example accessing http://mobile.wunderground.com/ which is a nice site for getting all sorts of weather related info. What is fantastic about BBweather is that personal list. And the info is immediate. I’m spoiled!
That site lets you download google maps for cell phones. Use your WAP browser to get to that site and site will “sense” you are using a blackberry and will download the correct version.
Both programs lets you save favorite locations and create directions between locations. If you have an address in your Contacts, access that to find the location on the map. In the Maps program get the menu item Map From Address Book. This brings up the Address Book list. Roll to the person you want to find and now click the menu. Click View Home Map and let the map program find the location.
And if you have a Bluetooth GPS device you can Pair that to the Blackberry and use it with Maps Program. There’s a menu item in Maps: Start GPS which starts it up.
Google Maps has Satellite View – BBMaps does not. Being able to see the Hoover Dam on a cell phone is something I find quite exciting. Call me crazy! Anyway, using these two programs there’s NO way you can get lost! And if you are like me, it will provide hours of entertainment as you search about the country.
In Options roll down to Bluetooth and click the trackball to Enable. Pair a headset in the normal way – easy, no sweat. I’ve done Pairing with several devices at this point and this was just as easy as any other. And for the most part the sound is good. In fact, I called someone I know in the UK and spoke to them using the BluePearl headset. I find that set really comfortable to wear (and I like the colors). At one point during the conversation a family member spoke to me from down the stairs and my friend all the way over in the England heard what was said through my Bluetooth. Not half bad, eh? As I mentioned to him, I felt like Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. Being able to clearly and comfortably talk wirelessly to someone thousands of miles away should NOT be taken for granted. Especially using a device that fits inside my hand. I’m impressed!
Multi Media SMS Message (MMS)
Send Voice Note is an easy way to speak a message. Click on that icon and start talking. When done, click the Pearl and send it as a MMS. If you only want to save a voice message for yourself rather than send it someone, just pick anyone in your Address book when you are asked who to send it to. Once you are in the message ready for sending, access the menu for where it says Save Draft. It will be saved in the Messages list, unsent. And easy to listen to anytime you wish. Needly to say, this is also a way to make a sound message to someone and postpone the sending until a later time.
You can send someone a combination text, audio, video and still image MMS message (ok, their phone DOES has to be able to accept all that). This makes being James Bond really easy! Take various surreptitious pictures of Dr No’s secret lair and MMS the info to M with the press of a few buttons. None being the wiser!
When you explore the files you have in your microSD card, access the menu while looking at any file you can send it in a MMS message.
Here’s a few things I’ve collected together for your edification and hopefully, entertainment.
However you can also speed things up a bit by clearing your logs. This is done by holding the Alt key while typing LGLG. The Alt key is the one on the left from the * sym key beneath the zx key. It’s the bottom most left key. Hold that down. Now type “L G L G”. The logs will now appear. It’s a list of things that have been happening on your Blackberry. Assuming everything is working ok, there’s no real need to keep all this stuff. Don’t remove it if you are experiencing a problem, of course. You may need it to examine. If, however, all is well, why keep all that stuff clogging things up? Click the menu to delete. I’ve done this a few times and my device is perfectly happy.
Options/ Security/ Generals Options/ Wipe Handheld.
There was a recent study on how common it is that discarded cell phones still contain people’s personal info – even when they thought they had removed it. Be safe.
Written by Cecilia