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    Voizpod Personal Radio - Listening to News and Blogs

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    Voizpod.com is beta testing its new text to speech service, which allows users to listen to their favorite blogs and news on their Blackberry Curve or Pearl.

    This is ideal for people who want to keep up with the latest news and blogs while driving or commuting to work, or even when just relaxing. It’s also a cool thing which you can show your friends.

    It's easy to set up:
    1. First, visit and create an account at: voizpod.com
    2. Then, download the Java mobile app by pointing your mobile browser to:
      voizpod.com/m75
    Please note that Voizpod is beta-testing the service, so any comments and suggestions and problems would be most welcome!

    Email at asjbiotek (at) gmail.com or support (at) voizpod.com

    Thanks all!
    ASJ

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    Hi!

    Thank you to all those who registered after I posted this. I hope you tried it out and found it interesting.

    One thing though - we had to remove a channel entered by a user that was for this forum. The reason is that Voizpod is set to pull from blogs and news sites with rss feeds, but the translation that happened when it pulled from a dicussion board (forum) like this was pretty messy, to be honest about it.

    Anyways, please email me or post here if you encountered any problems or have any suggestions.

    Thanks!
    ASJ

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    Sounds interesting
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    Quote Originally Posted by j llama View Post
    Sounds interesting
    Thanks...please try it out and tell us what you think - any suggestions, comments, criticisms are welcome, and will help make the service better for the Blackberry community!

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    Hi all!

    We started a new blog for the Voizpod Team. Please feel free to visit us and say hello! Btw, we've garnered more than 100 users so far and got lots of suggestions, comments, and complaints, so please keep those coming!

    To read our blog:
    The Voiz!

    ENJOY!
    Last edited by asj2008; 07-25-2008 at 02:24 AM.

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    As requested by one of the users, we are starting to create a series of video tutorials on how to use the Voizpod mobile. If I sound kinda dorky and nasal in the video, it's because I am kinda dorky

    Here's the first one. It shows you how to download and store articles from websites into your Blackberry.

    The zipped version (only 26 MB) if you want to save it on your hard drive first:

    http://www.voizpod.com/tutorials/voi...ownloading.zip

    The non-zipped version (it's 40 MB, so only click if you are on a fast DSL, cable or T1 line):

    http://www.voizpod.com/tutorials/voi...ownloading.mov

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    Sorry folks, made a duplicate post...dont know how to delete...
    Last edited by asj2008; 07-25-2008 at 02:29 AM.
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    T-mobile and Verizon Users

    After a week or so of testing with users in this forum (thanks!), please note the following that have caused problems with users:

    Verizon:

    Verizon does not support Java (J2ME) apps so you will not be able to run the Voizpod Mobile on verzon. You can use the Voizpod mobile site using your browser though.

    T-mobile

    T-mobile users have not been able to access the internet through Voizpod Mobile. This is because T-mobile has the following restrictions:

    You can only acccess internet via this app if:

    1) The application was signed with a T-Mobile certificate, or
    2) The user has a $20 "total internet" plan instead of the regular $6 T-Zones one, or
    3) The handset was not bought through T-Mobile.

    We will work with T-mobile to sign the application (option #1) so this problem should be fixed later....

    Thanks again to all those testing it!!!! :-)
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    Here's more on T-mobile's restriction on all third party apps:
    T-Mobile Disses Opera, Says "Get Less!" - Gearlog

    We will see whether we can get a cert from T-mobile, but I do not know how long this will take. I apologize to all T-mobile users....

    In meantime, you can use the mobile website at voizpod.com/w until we can find a way around t-mobile's, well...i don't know what to call it....

    We will upgrade that mobile site to accomodate people...
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    A few people have emailed about why some of their channels were not updated after an absence of several days (in one case, a week or so), and so I updated the FAQ and would like to post this here, since it is kinda essential info.

    The answer is pretty simple: The more you use Voizpod to view your channels, the more updated they will be. The reason for this is that the Voizpod server only updates channels which are being used. So, if you don't log into your account for several weeks, and none of your channels are also opened by another person, then they will be outdated when you log into your account. However, check back the next day and they should have the most current articles because you checked it the day before.

    So the best idea is to log into your account frequently so your personal channels will be updated all the time! If you log in daily, then all your channels get updated daily too!

    PS. We'll be adding "Updated: DD/MM/YYYY" info to the channels as well so when you open one you'll know when was the last time it was updated.
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    New FAQ: 413 error

    A new FAQ that explains the occurence of a 413 error when using the mobile app has been posted. You can visit the FAQ page, or see the posted explanation below....

    Please note that if you or your IT dept cannot fix this error, you can still use the voizpod mobile website at voizpod.com/w to listen to your channels on your Blackberry Peral or Curve.

    Thanks...

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    I get the error message: Sorry. Failed to create audio player - HTTP response code: 413
    This may be due to Blackberry Enterprise Server Limitations
    By default, the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) limits the response size of a single HTTP response to 128K. If you try to fetch anything bigger your application will receive a 413 (Request Entity Too Large) response code. To get around this you must use the BES management console to change the value of the Maximum number of kilobytes per connection field to a higher value, up to 1024K.
    That is, have your IT department log into the BES Management Console and do the following:
    • Locate the MDS_CS properties
    • Change the session limit to its max of 1024K. (This can be higher if you wish.)
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    Just bumping this for any new members to try out. Thanks to all those who have tested and used this service!

    ASJ
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    Hi all,

    After several comments, we have made it easier for people to subscribe to content that they may want by having a page that lists all recent channels by category.

    Please visit us at Voizpod.com to see the new page...

    Thanks all,

    ASJ
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