Today two interesting bits of information concerning BlackBerries became public. First up, TiVo has launched a new, free DVR-scheduling app for BlackBerries, and second, RIM has said BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Macs will be available Friday, October 2.Digital video recorders are becoming much more widespread, and TiVo has played a large role in helping them proliferate. They are a great tool to make sure you don't miss your favorite TV shows or special events when not at home. That is, unless you forget to program the DVR.
Having mobile access to your DVR is not new, but this free application from TiVo for BlackBerries is. As with similar apps from other companies, TiVo for BlackBerries lets users search, browse and schedule recordings. Need to record one episode? No problem. Want to schedule an entire series? That's a snap, too. The app is available for free from BlackBerry Apps World.
Beyond the TiVo app, if you're a Mac user, turns out RIM is going to miss its originally stated schedule of shipping out BlackBerry Desktop Manager to Macs by the end of September. According to RIM, the software, which allows for seamless syncing and back-ups between Macs and BlackBerries, will be available for download from RIM starting at 1 PM EST on Friday, October 2.
This software for Macs has been a long time coming. It shows just how seriously RIM is taking the growing consumer adoption of smart devices. I am sure the couple of extra days of waiting will be worth it once the software arrives.