Articles by Jared Dipane

BlackBerry theme roundup for Sept. 20th 2010 - 50 copies of Koncept up for grabs!

Contest: 50 Copies of Koncept to be won. Leave a comment!

We heard your cries last week when we failed to bring our loyal readers a theme roundup, and we are very sorry, but sometimes things happen that you can't control. Either way, we are back in the swing of things here and we are happy to bring you another great edition of the roundup. With just a week left until DevCon many of us are wondering what we will see, and having just loaded BB6 on my 9650, I am hoping that a new Theme Studio will drop so I can get some new icons and more on my device again.

MiniNotes

Whether keeping track of pin codes, lyrics, shopping lists or any other type of memo's, many of us use the stock MemoPad application on a regular basis. One of my biggest complaints is that it is extremely basic, and limits what is able to be done with how much potential it has. Well, it appears as though the folks at BB4 Software agreed and they have developed a replacement application called MiniNotes.

This application takes the MemoPad experience to the next level, allowing users to customize many different aspects from the wallpaper to the font size and style to the color, flag style and various categories. Once the notes are entered, they are saved to your SD card so you won't have to worry about losing them during an OS update or an accidental device wipe, and these notes are also able to be exported to a text file if needed so you can easily view them on a computer. With as many features as it has included, the application is a breeze to navigate and with a price tag of only $2.99 it is something that should be found on nearly everyones BlackBerry device.

Learn to type better on your BlackBerry with TyperLearn

So you think you can type? Well, so did I, until I got an email from Fabian with his latest application, TyperLearn. While downloading I was thinking to myself, "I got this, I've been typing on these things for years." Well, wow was I wrong. TyperLearn is a rather simplistic style application with a nice straight forward user interface, but overall it is extremely helpful. After completing lessons you will be presented with your words per minute per lesson as well as your overall average speed for all completed lessons.

Within the application you will find lessons you have to complete, each of them geared towards learning a different part of the keyboard. You will start with the basics, learning your keyboard size, then move on to mastering the left hand, right hand and more which proves to be very helpful. If you are thinking that this application isn't useful to you and that you have already mastered your keyboard, give it a shot and see if you notice the same results after. This is a great way for BlackBerry beginners to easily learn and master the BlackBerry keyboard. TyperLearn is on sale for $4.95 until June 26th.

Quick tip: Setting multiple alarms on your BlackBerry Smartphone

The BlackBerry calendar application not only allows you to set new events, but also will allow you to add alarms easily. For those of you who use alarms throughout the day as reminders, you can now set alarms to wake you up, walk your dog, take medicines or whatever other reminders you may need throughout the day. What's great about this is that you are easily able to set multiple alarms for the same day, and they don't have to be the same time as yesterday or tomorrow's alarms. Now, how do you add these you may ask, well lets take a look at this very simple procedure.

All you will need to do in order to set up your various alarms for that day would be to enter your calendar application, press menu and then scroll to new alarm. Here you can set a subject for your alarm - a quick reminder of why your phone is ringing - followed by the scheduled time of the alarm, and finally the occurrence. After you have selected all your details you can go ahead and save it, and move on to your next alarm. You will be able to set as many as you wish now for each day, you can have them go off at various times, and set them to reoccur on a schedule that works best for you.

For those of you who have overlooked this functionality, don't worry, you are far from the only one who has done this. So, what are you waiting for, don't you have some alarms to go set or something? As always, any helpful hints you may find or information you wish to share, be sure to jump in the forums and let the CrackBerry world know, or send us an email to tips(at)crackberry.com.

BlackBerry Accessory Roundup: One Free OtterBox Commuter Case Up for Grabs!

This Week's Featured Item: OtterBox Commuter Series Case for the Storm2

Last week we all saw Adam's charging pod he can't live without, and the week before Kevin's extended battery review (big shock he needs one of those huh?). This week's featured accessory is one that I have grown to love, the Otterbox cases. Otterbox has been around for quite some time now, making cases that date back to the 8800 series devices, if not even longer, but they continue to change and make their product even better. Hit the jump for some more info on OtterBox and this weeks newest accessories. Be sure to leave a comment to win an OtterBox Commuter case for your device.

Getting to Know CrackBerry.com

Getting to Know CrackBerry.com

So you have finally got that BlackBerry that you had been hoping for all year? Now that you have it all hooked up on your cell phone plan, you're probably wondering what to do next. Many new users head to CrackBerry to gain information, but as we all know the site contains so much that it can almost be intimidating and at times frustrating to try to find what you are looking for. New users may be a bit overwhelmed by all that CrackBerry.com has to offer, but you shouldn't be. Let's take some time to review the basics of the site, so that you can make your first experience as great as we planned for it to be, and ensure that you come back for more as your days as a BlackBerry user go by.

Bluetooth Headset Head to Head: BlackBerry HS-500 vs. Jawbone Prime

Local laws changed? Time to buckle down and buy yourself a Bluetooth headset to avoid a silly traffic ticket for talking on your BlackBerry while driving your car? The hunt for a headset can be a difficult task since there are so many colors, styles, brands and price points that are currently available. Let's take some time to take a look at two great headsets that are highly rated.

A while back we reviewed the Jawbone Prime, and now we are going to take it and see how it holds up against the BlackBerry HS-500 headset. Now you may think to yourself at this point, there is no comparison, the Jawbone will blow the BlackBerry headset out of the water, but before making any assumptions, let's review the facts and compare.

CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guide: Accessories and Applications for the Organized Mom and Dad

Accessories and Applications for the Organized Mom and Dad

With the holidays rapidly approaching, the hunt for the perfect practical gift is getting more stressful, and becomes a pain in your side. Well, rest assured, this year we are here to help with some great gift ideas for the Organized Mothers and Fathers. As we all know, there are many BlackBerry users out there who are just at the tip of the iceberg as far as uncovering exactly what it can do, and having all the correct accessories to allow these things to be done, but rest assured, let us do the work for you.

As we all know, the BlackBerry Smartphone continues to grow in popularity, and everyday there are many new users introduced to the BlackBerry world. Do you know someone who became an addict this year? Wondering what the perfect gift for them would be? Let's take some time to go over a few practical, yet interesting accessories for these devices that organized mothers and fathers will get some great use out of.

[Pre]defined

Are you a big fan of the Palm WebOS look and feel, but not quite ready to put down your BlackBerry to convert just yet? Over at BerryWorx they have made it possible for you to have the best of both worlds on your device. [Pre]defined offers users a crisp set of Palm Pre icons, along with a very nice overall rounded feel to the theme, much like the Palm Pre device offers. The navigation of the theme is rather basic, with a simple bottom dock with 5 user defined icons, which replicates the actual device rather nicely. The menus are very easy to read with a great color combination to add a very unique look to this theme. This theme is available for your 83xx and 88xx BlackBerry devices running OS 4.5 only, so sadly only those that are still holding on to older device can get in on this one. If you enjoy to theme your BlackBerry as another device, this theme is something you will want to check out.

Contest: We have 50 copies of [Pre]defined to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST.

Leatherberry Elite Theme from Cocky Culture

Leatherberry Looking for a theme that provides you with a very clean overall appearance, yet maximum functionality from your homescreen at the same time? Our friends over at Cocky Culture have released their latest creation called LeatherBerry Elite. This theme offers a classy business like feel to the device, and offers lots of great features right from the homescreen. Users can define 6 homescreen icons of their choice along with a sliding pointer to indicate which icon is being selected. The banner bar of this theme also doubles as another place for more features, and when scrolled to, the bottom dock of icons disappears. The banner bar offers quick access to calendar, messages and missed calls, which allows the user to chose other icons to fill the space of the hidden dock. This theme also offers a fully custom set of icons, and meters, which contribute to the clean appearance. Overall, this theme provides users a fully custom look to make their BlackBerry stand out in the crowd, but can double up as a business professional theme, with maximum functionality. Leatherberry Elite is available in the CrackBerry App Store for $5.95. 

Contest: Reflect7 Theme - 50 Free Copies

Reflect7

Like many Storm owners, much of my time is spent cruising the theme forums looking for something new and original. AG Designs and Graphics has come up with a theme they call Reflect7, which offers users great functionality, clean overall presentation and quite a few hidden features. Reflect7 has 2 rows of icons, three in each row, which are all user defined, as well as a weather slot. From the home screen of this theme users are able to access their calendar by clicking the date, access the clock by clicking the time, launch manage connections by clicking signal bars, and clicking the battery icon will bring you directly to the options menu. For QuickLaunch users, clicking the lower right corner will launch QuickLaunch automatically for you. The icon selection used in Reflect7 is very clean, and original. While this is a very wallpaper friendly theme, the developer has posted some additional wallpapers for everyone to use here. We have 50 free copies to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

Windows 7 Ultimate Theme for All Devices

Windows 7 Ultimate

With the recent official release of Windows 7 for your home PC, we have now been offered a Windows 7 Ultimate theme for our BlackBerry devices. The Windows 7 Ultimate theme is available for all BlackBerry models from the 81xx series and above. If you are looking for a feature loaded theme that offers a very easy to use interface and runs about as smooth as Windows 7 for a PC, the look is over. This theme offers a fully functional Start Menu, which allows you quick access to your media center, music, settings, connection manager, sound profiles, your application screen, and finally a shut down button to power down the device. Along with the Start Menu icon, the theme offers four slots which are user defined that allow for quick access to any other application that you use on a regular basis. Some of the devices support a hidden today feature from the home screen icons, which is very easy to read since all the icons line the left side of the screen. If you are looking for a clean theme which is easy to use and offers quick access to many features of your device, check out Windows 7 Ultimate by VSMThemes while its on sale for the low price of $2.49 through November 1st.


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Z Man Designs hasve outdone themselves yet again and come out with another unique theme for us. Transitions, the newest release from Z Man Designs, offers a clean, extremely functional home screen for users with a look so clean its bound to make you pick it up. This theme offers four fixed categories on the home screen, apps, messaging, media and settings, which hold other icons within them.

The first category, apps, allows the user to define three applications of their choice to show in this location. The second category, messaging, is split in half and the left side offers ease of use in being able to compose a new message, and the right side offers you the messages folder, as well as your calendar. Media is the next category in the row, which has icons for opening media folder, launching videos, and showing the music collection. The final category is settings, which gives the user quick access to edit phone options as well as launch the browser, and manage connections. While being able to offer users many options at their fingertips, they managed to keep the look very clean, and have come up with all custom icons for us that have not been seen.

If you want an extremely functional theme with a completely unique concept, be sure to check this theme out. Transitions is available for all devices and is only $2.00. Also, be sure to check out the Z Man Designs contest at thezman.us/transitions-contest where you can enter to win a lifetime of Z Man themes for free.

Giveaway: The first 50 people to download this theme from our mobile app store via this link can use the coupon code CBTRANSITIONS to receive 100% off!

Linear

Ever wish the theme you wanted was available in a different color, one that fit your personality a bit more? The wait is over for many, as NinjaThemes has released another theme that is rather simplistic, yet very detailed. Linear is the newest series of themes made available by NinjaThemes, and is available in 7 colors. This theme, which is available for the Bold, Tour and 8900, comes in blue, green, grey, gold, pink, purple and red. The theme offers a simplistic bottom dock layout, with 6 icons that are user defined, as well as a weather slot for your favorite weather application or any other application of choice. This theme is on sale for $0.99 in the CrackBerry App Store through October 31st, which means you can pick up all 7 color variations for nearly the price of just one theme!

Installing Leaked OS When 'Only Active BlackBerry Subscribers' Error Message is Received

Having trouble upgrading the new OS leak that you just downloaded for your device? Many users are beginning to see the error that states "Only active BlackBerry subscribers are entitled to install this upgrade". If you are killing yourself trying to install the OS and can't seem to be able to get past this stage, well we have a fix for you. Check out this quick walkthrough and you'll be up and running in no time.

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