GMC showroom app tells you where to pick up your dream SUV, doesn’t help with down payment

Ever felt the need to customize vehicles and search dealer inventory, right from the comfort of your smartphone? Us neither, but here’s the General with another app to whet our appetites. While certainly not the first of its kind, the GMC showroom app for iOS (coming soon to Android), allows you to specify drive-type, trim, and both exterior / interior colors. Once content with your selections, you’re shown nearby dealers carrying exact replicas of your magnificent taste. Unfortunately for us, the app makes no mention of the closest EN-V. If SUVs are you’re thing, however, have a peep at the free app at the source link below.

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RIM participates in winning bid for Nortel’s patent portfolio


If you’ve been following along with the Nortel patent auction news then you’ll no doubt know that the over 6,000 patents and applications attracted a high level of interest across the technology world and as such, were placed on hold for a while. Having resumed on June 27, RIM has issued the following press release regarding their involvement in that high profile auction.

Press Release

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – July 1, 2011) – As announced separately today by Nortel Networks Corporation, a consortium of certain technology companies, of which Research In Motion Limited ("RIM") (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) is a part, emerged as the winning bidder for all of Nortel’s remaining patents and patent applications for a cash purchase price of USD.5 billion. RIM’s portion of the purchase consideration is approximately USD0 million. The sale is subject to applicable Canadian and United States court approvals. Nortel plans to work diligently with the consortium to close the sale in the third quarter of 2011.

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storm wont connect to the pc


Got a storm today (used). plugged it into my pc.. it halfway boots, shows a white screen. the the screen goes black with red light. then the cycle goes again.puzzled i unplugged it and it boots and works fine. plugged it back into the pc and it instanly shows the white screen. the tries to reboot. goes through the above cycle about twice, then stays off with red light showing. If i unplug it it boots up fine… any idea anyone? it has not been dropped as far as i know.

Still Switching NRG Roms In Your WM And Hate Going Through Configuration Every Time? Read On…

Most of you Windows Mobile ex users (and current ones) have likely flashed your device a few times over (else, you’d likely not be in this site). One of the most annoying things about flashing roms is the fact that you must reconfigure your settings, re-install everything is nothing short of a pain. There are various methods out there to automatically reconfigure your phone post flashing such as Sashimi, XDA_UC, and a few others. However, XDA Recognized Developer M3PH decided to make his own, exclusively to integrate and work well with NRG roms. EXCT2 is the second incarnation of this tool and among some of its major improvements, it will allow a user to enter all of their desired settings without having to go through xml, registry editors, or any of the good stuff that most WM users are accustomed to. Moreover, this UC offers a nice UI to make it as simple as just selecting a few things here and there.

The tool is still under development but if you still use WM and sport NRG roms exclusively, you will certainly want to take this for a spin. Please leave some feedback.

EXCT2 expands on EXCT by adding a basic User Interface and allowing for a large amount of automation for settings gathering from the system registry. No registry editors required, no Third party XML file writers needed. EXCT2 will detect exchange server settings, audio manager storage paths, Windows Live and palringo settings and so much more all at the touch of a button.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks M3PH for the tip!

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories’ builds a 555 chip you can rest your feet on

A 555 timer chip may be pretty versatile as far as integrated circuits go, but when it comes to helping you take a load off, well, it’s a little… small. The opposite is true of this version built by the folks at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, however, which makes up for what it lacks in transistors and silicon with some first class foot-resting abilities. Best of all, the lab has provided a complete guide for building your own — that includes the use of a CNC machine and laser etching, although it could also be built the old fashioned way pretty easily (or scaled up to coffee table size, for that matter) if you’re so inclined. Hit the source link below for all the details.

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Edge HD2 Mini PC is an HTPC that hides behind your TV

Edge HD2 mini pc is an HTPC that hides behind your TV

When it comes to home theater PCs, size matters — and it doesn’t get too much smaller than Sapphire’s original Edge HD mini PC, pictured above. In fact, Sapphire saw no reason to fiddle with the Edge’s diminutive form factor when designing the HD2, and instead poured itself into improving the HTPC’s specs. Not only is the updated mini-rig small enough to mount behind your HDTV, but it also packs a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom, 2GB RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. All this (and 1080p VGA / HDMI out, of course) at 30W, “20 times less power than a typical desktop PC,” according to Sapphire. No word on price (or pics, for that matter), but feel free to jump past the break for an official press release with full specifications.

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BlackBerry theme roundup for June 30, 2011

BlackBerry Theme Roundup

Hey everyone, welcome back to the BlackBerry Theme Roundup! If you have developed a theme you want to share or be featured in the contest, or if you just see a really good one out there somewhere, let us know so we can post it. Send an email to themeroundup[at] with screenshots, links, and whatever information you feel is important for consideration. And don’t forget to keep your eye on the CrackBerry theme forums for all kinds of free and premium themes.

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BBM not showing contacts, constant green circle…

happenin folks i’ve got this wee niggle with my awesome Playbook and just looking for a bit of advice… ill get the stats out the road first: –

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 running OS v6.0.0.546 running BlackBerry Bridge v1.0.0.93 courtesy of App World
BlackBerry PlayBook 16gb running OS v1.0.6.2390

I’ve been using BlackBerry Messenger on my PlayBook no problem til about 2-3 days ago when i was greeted by the following scenario (courtesy of my PhotoBucket account)

IMG-20110701-00004.jpg picture by TallPaul86 – Photobucket

Before i got the above problem, i was BlackBerry Messenger v6.0.0.73 from BlackBerry Beta Zone so i tried uninstalling that version and switched to v5.0.3.22 however when i did this the BBM icon disappeared from the PlayBook’s BlackBerry Bridge section completely. xSo after this i then went back to the BlackBerry Beta version of BBM (albeit an upgraded version to v6.0.0.111 and now the BBM icon has re-appeared again but alas the same problem remains

now i’ve done the whole unpair and then re-pair method (both with and without reboot) and still the problem exists when it was working fine when i first got it… any ideas?

Installing updates in a cluster installation


We have two BES servers 5.0.2 in cluster, both sharing the BESMgmt database located in our sqlserver.

I wanted to know how is the process to install the maintenance releases, hotfixes or service packs.
Can I update the standby server while the primary server is working ? and then switch the primary to standby and update the other server in the cluster ?
What happen if the updates updating the sql database while the BES is working ?
Is ot possible to do i this way or I need to stop the BES service updating both servers at the same time ?


Open Letter to RIM From One of Their Execs & RIM’s Response to It!

OMG… I can’t BELIEVE nobody here at BlackBerry Forums is talking about this yet! 😯

Here’s what’s happened today:

  1. The Boy Genius Report posted an Open Letter to RIM from an Anonymous (but verified) RIM Senior Exec!
  2. RIM responded.

Wow. Just… wow. The sad thing is, everything that this RIM employee wrote is just DEAD ON. Many of us that use the phones, and many tech bloggers, have been saying much the same thing for months now. RIM has stalled… once, they pioneered the smart phone market and led the way for everyone else to follow. Now they’re trailing behind, and it saddens me. While the general public may prefer their id10tPhones and their Android phones, I’ve yet to find a phone that is truly a worthy replacement for the BlackBerry for EMAIL, which is something I still rely on mine for.

Only time will tell if RIM can turn things around like they need to. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Google says less is more: Gmail and Google Calendar to sport a more spartan look

Does Gmail’s current look seem chaotic and claustrophobic to you? Are you overwhelmed by the myriad mailing options, labels, and chat windows? We aren’t either, but apparently Google sees things differently, and has an interface overhaul planned that’ll simplify things in your webmail world. It looks like the spacious and simple design language from Google + will carry over to all the web services proffered by the gang in Mountain View. For now, it’s available as a couple of simplistic skins to be tried on in the Themes tab of your Gmail settings, with more permanent changes rolling out in the coming months. Google Calendar is slated for a stripped-down wardrobe in the next few days as well, with El Goog promising more cosmetic and functional changes for both later this summer. In the meantime, the company’s looking for feedback on its new interface so it can fix any issues folks find. We want your opinions, too, so tell us what you think of Google’s new threads in the comments below.

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