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BlackBerry OS Shows Up On...Windows Mobile!?!

BlackBerry OS Shows Up On...Windows Mobile!?!

Finally, all the Windows Mobile users over at WMExperts can rejoice!! (I kid, I kid). Anyone remember a little while back when RIM said it was working on a virtualization suite for Windows Mobile which would essentially "create" the BlackBerry OS on WinMob devices? Yes? No? Kinda? A refresher can be found on RIM's site. This suite has never made an appearance though... until now that is!

Seems our good buddy Ronen over at BerryReview recieved some nice pics of the BlackBerry OS running on a HTC Touch Pro (aka AT&T Fuze from the SPE Round Robin). While the details are kinda sketchy at this point it does seem as though we may soon be seeing that suite come to life. Looks like a BIG improvement over BlackBerry Connect which has faded off into the sunset. Sound off in the comments!

Real World Series - In CrossBar, Today Plus & Custom L !!

One of the best selling business themes in the ShopCrackBerry Store got an update recently as John from JC Designs took the time to recreate all the icons for the Bold series device as well as added some nice new touches to make it absolutely awesome. Not only one version came from this venture but three new versions have been released. We have Today Plus, Custom L and the ever popular "Crossbar" style. What ever your flavor desire, you can grab this theme for only $7.

And to make sure allof those out there not rocking a Bold, John has promised the Today Plus and CrossBar version will be coming for Pearl and Curve and 88XX Series devices in the next little while.

The Hockey News Application Gets an Update!

The Hockey News Application Gets an Update!

Here's some news for all you Hockey-loving BlackBerry fans out there. The Hockey News application for BlackBerry devices has seen a great update recently and I have to say this is a really, really nice update. This is NOT your typical launcher application that just simply redirects you too the mobile version of the site. No folks, this is a really nice application with a great UI that looks awesome on your device and functions amazingly with automatic updates to avoid any load times so you get the news you want, when you want it.

Some of the new features in this update include:

  • Live Scores While Games Are Still Underway.
  • Skater And Goalie Standings Updates.
  • Division And Conference Statistics.
  • Rich Media From Around Hockey News.
This is a free application which can be downloaded by visiting http://thn.mobi >>
  [ via BBCool ]

In These Tough Economic Times... RIM Still Hiring!!

In These Tough Economic Times... RIM Still Hiring!!

Times are tough these days for all companies out there, with layoffs coming from just about all the major players in every sector of business. Yet RIM seems to be a shining light amongst the crowd. The Financial Post is reporting that RIM is seeking out 1,250 new employees to be spread across all their locations from Australia to the USA, with the majority of these new employees hired to be slated to work at R&D within RIM 's headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. 

"For the past three or four years, RIM has done the same thing companies like Nokia [Corp.] are doing now with a fraction of the workforce," said a company insider who declined to be named. "Right now, for every engineer who is promoted, RIM is hiring two or three to replace them. Probably in a few more years RIM could do some restructuring but not now."

RIM is reported to currently employ approx. 10,000 people in many different areas and as a growing organization that has sold approx 5.8 million devices the 3rd quarter of the year, all while postioning themselves as the second largest smartphone manufacturer gaining 15.9% of the market share, it only makes sense that the newly hired individuals would be set to start positions in R&D.

Now, what are the chances a member of the CrackBerry Nation can get a job? Someone get me Jim on the line...Please? lol

Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2008 Video!!

Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2008 Video!!

Here is a little something to cure those Monday blahs, that I just couldn't help myself but post. The Victoria's Secret 2008 Fashion Show was well under way recently and of course got aired on tv. Remember all you couples out there the holidays are nearing and I think Victoria's secret is that if you shop in her stores, you'll be picking up something you both can enjoy ;)

To download, right mouse click and choose Save Target/Save Link as and choose where on your computer to save the file. Once downloaded, you can transfer the files over onto your BlackBerry's media card via usb from there. This is not for OTA.

Want videos on your BlackBerry but don't know where to start? Read this BlackBerry 101 Lecture! And for more great video content for your BlackBerry head on over too Videos4BlackBerry.

iHeart Elecite Theme For The Ladies!!

iHeart Elecite Theme For The Ladies!!

Hey folks, hope you are all enjoying your weekend. Today I'm dropping word of a new premium theme from Elecite, which is mainly geared towards all you lovely ladies out there. iHeart, is a superbly made theme with nice crisp aqua icons and has a great splash of color to it meshing the pinks and purples in just the right amount. Icon placement is entirely user customizable and it is available for the BlackBerry Bold, 83XX, Pearl and 88XX Series devices. So if you were looking for a great "feminine" theme for your BlackBerry smartphone be sure to check this one out.

Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone Review!!

Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone Review!!

View BlackBerry Curve 8900 Accessories @ ShopCrackBerry.com >>
View BlackBerry Curve 8900 Apps @ CrackBerry App Store >>

Update: Dec. 8th, 2008, 8:30am EST - Rogers & RIM Officially Announce the 8900 >> *

Finally!! It seems like forever ago that we found about RIM's plans for the next-generation BlackBerry Curve, originally codenamed and referred to by all as the Javelin. The Curve 8900 just recently launched in Germany on T-Mobile, and has now made its way to North America, launching on Rogers in Canada first. RIM is a Canadian-based company, so it's nice to seem this early Christmas present from them!

It definitely felt like Christmas yesterday when I was able to score this beautiful package at a Rogers location in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Thanks Matt!). Earlier in the day when speaking to Rogers Customer Care agents they told me I was not going to be able to pick this device up until January... but to that I say Hah! I never was one to stop and take the first person I spoke to's word for it. Though we have yet to see the Curve 8900 be "officially" announced by Rogers, the reports are beginning to flood in that Rogers dealers are getting it in stock. If your local store doesn't have it just yet, give it a few days - it should be available everywhere soon!

In any event, the device is here and in my hands as I type so let's give it a run through, shall we?!!

WHERE Launches For BlackBerry Bold!

This right, here is some great news! One of the questions that is frequently asked in the CrackBerry Forums, the Bold forums specifically, is "Is WHERE available for the Bold?"

The answer was always followed by a resounding No! That is... until now. If you head on over to WHERE's website you will now find the option is available to have the application delivered to your BlackBerry Bold. Sweet!

Just in case the video does not explain the application enough, hit the link to the WHERE site for more information.

[via BlackBerryCool ]

Invertex From ThemeBerry!

Invertex From ThemeBerry!

The good folks over at ThemeBerry have been busy as of late. Invertex is the latest to come from them and in these days of Bolds, Storms and Javelin/Curve 8900's it's refreshing to see theme developers bring a similar experice to older devices as well. Invertex is a nice fluid theme, with custom icons, I personally have had this theme on my device for a while now and liked it so much I actually broke my routine of daily theme changes, that alone is quite impressive ;)

You can grab this theme for pretty much any flavor of device except the Storm in the Shop CrackBerry Store for only $7.

Be Sure To Check Out The Rest Of ThemeBerrys Themes>>>

A Look At The Telus Storm!

A Look At The Telus Storm!

Sure Verizon and Vodafone have been hard at work unleashing their versions of the Storm in the US and across the pond. But unlike the Bold launch where Canadian carrier Rogers (among many other countries carriers) had the Bold long before it made it's US appearance on AT&T, Canadian CrackBerry addicts are still waiting to actually give this device a whirl. The good folks over at BlackBerryCool have had an up close and personal look at the Telus-branded version of the Storm and came back with this to say about it..

 "Well let’s start first with what immediately stood out about the OS. First of all, let me state that the Telus Storm OS is not yet final.Telus has yet to confirm/load which applications will come on the Storm (this should be happening very soon), and I was told that they were still tweaking the OS for performance. I wasn’t told whether the optimization is for use on Telus’ network or the touchscreen interface, but I did notice a slight delay in letters appearing on the screen while I texted. I also had a bit of trouble getting the accelerometer to switch from portrait to landscape mode consistently, but I think this was due to blogger FAIL than anything else."
"Interestingly, the Telus Storm did not feature the BlackBerry Application Center that launched with the Verizon Storm. When I asked about its absence, I was told that Telus was ‘looking into it’ and ‘eager to talk to RIM’. While I wasn’t able to snag a peak at the OS version, the tweaking and the lack of apps or App Center leads me to believe that the Telus Storm will launch with something higher than OS 4.7.0.65."

Now, we know the device will be hitting Telus and Bell..prices and dates are still debateable at this point although BGR recently posted the $299.99 price point on a 3 yr contract from Telus, and lots of online banner ads have been dropping this price point as well. Rumors circulating also indicate a December 8th-15th launch date, but again... it's rumors which indicate that.

Grayonic Theme Looking Very Sharp!

Grayonic Theme Looking Very Sharp!

I have a confession folks... aside from being a CrackBerry addict in general, I'm also a major theme junkie. I just can't help myself. A nice new theme comes out and I just have to have it. I'm positive some of you out there can relate lol! This beautiful piece of work comes to us from Visto Themes. With the user customizable icons right down to the custom message waiting indicator, nice shade of light blue and wicked looking transparency in the menus this theme has made its way into my weekly theme rotation, without question.

Available for the Bold and 83XX/88XX Devices, you can grab this theme for $7 and many more from VistoThemes in the ShopCrackBerry Software Store and in the forums.

BlackBerry Theme Central's $3 Theme Sale!

BlackBerry Theme Central's $3 Theme Sale!
I love these types of sales! A few hours ago I got an email from Shayne over at BlackBerry Theme Central letting me know he was planning on having a HUGE sale on all his available themes. Almost everyone can get in on this action (Sorry, new Storm owners), whether you are still rocking an 8700 or if you have managed to upgrade to a brand new Bold, you can now grab a nice new theme for the small price of only $3. Be sure to check the OS requirements on the themes and your device as well, as the themes come in varying array and the sale ends on Nov. 25th.

Bud Light Party Favors Application!

Bud Light Party Favors Application!

Here is a cool little application that is bound to give people a few laughs, especially if you like cheesy pick up lines and bar games. The application being given out as a party favor for the Bud Light Party Cruise, consists of 4 mini applications built into one. 

Bud Light Locator
Bud Light wants to help you find the next party. Put in your address and search. We'll even give you directions to the new bar. (Awesome, indeed)

Pick-Up Line Generator
"Never be without a good pick-up line." --Aristotle (or was it Mark Twain?). With Bud Light Party Favors you'll always have something "charming" to say. And if the bar is loud, you can just show them your phone! (Don't hold me accountable if you get slapped lol)

Cards
Whoever gets the highest card loses and has to buy the next round. It's a great game to make up your own rules! (A quick game to play for beers)

Not IT!
Now you and your friends have a way to determine who has to buy the next round of Bud Light without the mess. What can you do with a spinning Bud Light? (Think of a modern day Spin The Bottle lol)

Overall a cool application to get a few laughs and win ya a few beers next time while you are out at the bar. You can grab the application from the Bud Light Party Cruise website for free and is available for all devices. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.

Nitro Bottom Zen Now Available For The Bold!

Nitro Bottom Zen Now Available For The Bold!

This theme has me stoked. I remember when I got my Curve many, many moons ago and one of the first themes I had purchased (Renegade) was from ThemeBerry. Now having retired my Curve, I was wondering if I would ever get a chance to have that theme I purchased on my Bold.

As luck would have it the guys at ThemeBerry reached out to me a few days ago and let me know they were indeed planning on bringing forth some Bold themes for all us new owners out there. This is the first of those. And what a way to start off! Nitro is amazing with its crisp icons and overall sharp look to it (gotta love the Bold's display). The best way I can describe it is "smooth" feeling. The icons of course are user customizable and definitely look right at home on this theme.

Nitro Bottom Zen theme is available for $7 and can be purchased in the ShopCrackBerry.com Software Store and is also avaible in L and Today/Bottom Zen versions. If you don't have a Bold, be sure to check out the other themes from ThemeBerry (which were all recently updated to make the icons user customizable) as well as their forum thread which tracks all their latet releases.

Instango 2.0 Now Available For BlackBerry!

Instango 2.0 Now Available For BlackBerry!

One of the best things about our beloved BlackBerry devices is the multitude of options available for communications while using them. Everything from MSN, Google Talk, right down to ICQ (does anyone even use that any more?!). The only problem with all of these options, especially if you are a user of several messaging platforms, is that it means having to open numerous applications all at once on your device, which becomes a pain in the butt. Instango looks to be able to solve this problem for us BlackBerry users and gives us a convergance of those applications and much more.

Their newly updated version of Instango is vastly improved upon the previous versions and brings a ton of new features to the table as well. They have listened to the community and brought us the following with their latest update:
  • Complete rewrite of the user interface
  • Multiple Account support (ie: 2 AIM, 1 MSN Accnt.)
  • WiFi Support
  • Improved battery cosumption when running the app
  • Better usage of data compression,saving on data usage
  • Message list integration on OS 4.6
  • Many, Many Bugfixes

Having used this application at its first launch, I can say this version is a great improvement over what it was and well worth a look.

For a further peek into the application, head on over to the features page and have a look. The services expand well beyond just IM integration all the way to now using Instango as an RSS reader and sending voice messages, files and pictures. 

Curve 8900 Simulator Now Available!

Curve 8900 Simulator Now Available!

Time for a little break from all the Storm news. This is for all of you who are actually waiting for the BlackBerry Curve 8900! Made available yesterday on BlackBerry.com, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 device simulator is now available for all to grab. So if you want to get a fake "hands on" with the device (although I see it as just a big tease), be sure to head on over to the BlackBerry download site to get your fix.

[ Hat Tip ]

MySpace Finally Hits BlackBerry!

MySpace Finally Hits BlackBerry!

Well it's been a long wait for MySpace fans, but the time has come. Announced back in September officially, the new MySpace application is now available from the MySpace dedicated BlackBerry page as well as being placed on the BlackBerry homepage. I'm personally not a MySpace user but I know a lot of the CrackBerry nation is, so with that being said be sure to let everyone know what you think about the new application in the comments.

What to expect from the new application:

  • A full messaging interface, including comments, bulletins and messaging Real time status and mood updates.
  • Find, add, and respond to friend requests.
  • Camera integration and optimized photo management allowing users to snap, sort and upload pictures anytime and anywhere.
  • View and comment on friends’ albums and photos.
  • Notification of new MySpace events (message and friend requests).

Get it now>>>

50% Off All Elecite Themes This Weekend!

50% Off All Elecite Themes This Weekend!
Been holding off on getting that nice new theme for your BlackBerry? Now is the time to head on over to Elecite because for this weekend only they have all their premium themes on sale for 50% off the original cost. All themes have been exported to be user customizable as well, so grab yours using the coupon code "elecite" at checkout. They have quite a few new themes, such as their new iBerry Bold as well as Cynosure. Their is something here for all devices, so get crack'n on this one cause it's only a short sale ending on the 9th.

New Bold Animated "Jet Fighter" Theme From Elecite!

New Bold Animated "Jet Fighter" Theme From Elecite!

By now you are probably just getting comfortable with your new BlackBerry Bold, whether you bought it for use on AT&T or unlocked it for another carrier. And of course with the purchase of a new device, comes the oppurtunity to get some new things to go along with that new device, be it software, accessories or personalization media like ringtones, wallpapers and themes. What better way to start dressing up your Bold than with a new theme to show it off?. Elecite has just launched a new animated theme for the Bold and with a slick interface and custom icons. This one is sure to please a lot of you new Bold owners. Check out a video of the high flying "Jet Fighter" theme in Bold action after the jump.

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