[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/29/art.whipcast1029.rwo.jpg caption="'WhipCast' is a new BlackBerry application launched Thursday by the Office of the House Republican Whip."]
Washington (CNN) – A new BlackBerry application released Thursday by the office of House Minority Whip Eric Cantor is the latest technology upgrade for Republicans.
The new "WhipCast" application is "designed to directly communicate with users in real-time," Cantor's office said in an e-mail.
"Today's launch of the WhipCast BlackBerry app is the latest demonstration of our commitment to modernize the way we communicate with Americans from coast-to-coast," Cantor said in an accompanying statement.
The new application - which was tested by Cantor's new media team before its public rollout - will deliver text, audio, image and video updates to users, according to Cantor's office. "WhipCast" also gives users access to Republican talking points, policy discussions, polling information, and floor schedule updates.
The new application's rollout hit an early speed bump Thursday when users had trouble downloading the program. A House Republican staffer blamed the intermittent accessibility of the Web page where the application is available on House Democrats, who released a nearly 2,000-page health care reform bill for download earlier in the day.
Earlier this month, the Republican National Committee debuted a revamped GOP.com - but the effort was mocked online by Democrats and Republicans alike. And House Republicans have also organized a New Media Caucus to identify and share technological practices.
Matt Lira, Cantor's new media strategist, said the BlackBerry application is "part of the same spirit" that animates the House GOP New Media Caucus.