BIS Two-Way Sync for Gmail Finally Live?!!

BIS Two-Way Sync for Gmail Finally Live?!!

Over the weekend we had tons of reports that two-way Gmail sync on BIS was finally alive and kicking. The feature should allow for synching of both read/unread messages, as well showing sent messages on your device that were composed in the Gmail web app. While it doesn't seem to be working for everyone (myself included), it looks like a ton of users are up and running. I did manage to get my sent messages to sync up, however anything beyond that is a no go on my end. So we want to know if its working for you. Leave a comment and let us know (yay or nay) and be sure to include your device/carrier information as well. We'll keep you updated as we find out more. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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BlackBerrry Pearl 3G Cases and Skins

BlackBerrry Pearl 3G Cases and Skins

OEM Cases and Skins for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G are Looking Good!

With the BlackBerry Pearl 3G, RIM is really doing everything they can on their end to make it a hit in the consumer market: they're making it available to carriers in a bunch of colors; they're offering two keyboard configurations to appeal to different markets and first time smartphone owners and they're really upping the game in terms of OEM accessories, with some awesome BlackBerry Pearl 3G cases and skins to be available.

At WES 2010 we snapped some photos of all the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G cases and skins they had on display. They have basic skins (with texture), leather pocket and side pouches (with a built-in mirror) and my personal favorite are the new cases that mix a rubber skin with a hard plastic design. These two-tone/two-texture skin cases look absolutely awesome on the new Pearl 3G and should offer a decent amount of protection while feeling good in the hand. The white/green and white/orange combo on a white Pearl 3G is my favorite. Lots more photos below. Check them out and leave a comment letting us know what you like the look of best. And if you're picking up a new Pearl when it comes out, keep your eyes on our ShopCrackBerry store - we'll be carrying a ton of BlackBerry Pearl 3G accessories.

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BlackBerry Pearl 3G Q & A with Research in Motion Product Manager Joseph Gordon

With the announcement of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G at WES 2010, the official BlackBerry Blog ran an interview with the Product Manager in charge of RIM's newest candybar (or "powerbar" as RIM refers to it) form factor BlackBerry to hit the scene. Joseph Gordon answered a bunch of questions related to the new device. If you're interested in the new Pearl 3G, it's definitely an article to check out. We'll give you a couple of the questions below and you can jump over to the full interview on the link at the bottom of this post.

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Review: Plantronics BackBeat 903 Stereo Bluetooth Headset

Will the journey never end? I'm consistently looking for a better audio device around every corner. Every time I see one, I have to try it out, regardless if I'm happy with whatever I am currently using. This goes for both hands free and stereo Bluetooth headsets. I'm surprised my wife hasn't said "pick one already!!"

The reason is that it may be the audiophile in me. I want crisp, clear, full bodied sound when I listen. I also want to have a conversation, through a headset, without having to compensate for background noises. It's one thing to have it through a wired headset; it's another when you talk about stereo Bluetooth. Another factor to take into consideration is comfort. I want something that will stay in my ear without attempting to squeeze my brain out of my skull. As my quest continues, I find myself face to face with another contender – the Altec Lansing / Plantronics BackBeat 903 stereo Bluetooth headset. Possessing a lightweight and sporty design, as well as being equipped with both AudioIQ and OpenMic technologies; I'm hoping that the BackBeat lives up to its promise to be "the evolution of mobile music and calls". Read on for more.

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BlackBerry Bold 9650 Cases and Accessories

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Cases and Accessories

With its release right around the corner, its no surprise that Bold 9650 cases and other accessories for the Bold 9650 will be flying in from everywhere in the coming weeks. At the BlackBerry booth during WES 2010, there were a good variety on hand as well. There are the basic BlackBerry Bold 9650 skin cases, as well as some BlackBerry leather cases (more wallet style). We're not 100% sure what will be included in the box as it's up to the carrier to ultimately decide, but you can be sure there will be plenty that you'll be able to get your hands on at launch.

If you already own a BlackBerry Tour 9630 and are planning to make the upgrade to the Bold 9650, the good news here is that the majority of accessories and cases should work. With the exception of the trackball to trackpad, physically the devices are basically identical. We've got more photos of the OEM 9650 cases and accessories that we're on display at WES below and you can also hit up ShopCrackBerry.com and check out the full lineup of Bold 9650 accessories already available. Lots more cases and accessories will be available as the latest Bold nears and hits the market.

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Twinkler Software Mothers Day Sale - 20% Off Through Sunday

To celebrate Mothers Day, Twinkler Software is offering 20% some of thier apps through this Sunday. You can grab one for mom (or yourself) for the next few days and help make Mothers Day special. You can choose from:

  • AddOnis - The Swiss-Army Knife of Blackberry Apps
  • WiFi Hero - Controls your WiFi & saves your battery power for when you need it most
  • InstantLog - Backs up your SMS Messages and Call Logs to any IMAP email account
  • AddContactX - Makes adding contacts to your Blackberry as easy as 1-2-3
  • SendX - Sends Texts, Emails, Notes, and more to your Calendar, Task List, or Memopad

As a special bonus - the first 25 people to take advantage of this sale can get any app FREE by using the code ILOVEMOM. The coupon code must be used from the mobile app store or mobile app store client from your device. Head into the CrackBerry App Store for more details and to check out all of Twinkler Software's great apps.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 2 May 2010

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Following the WES 2010 Keynote (and just before we did our WES 2010 Solution Showcase Speed Tour) we put RIM's Mike Kirkup behind the big CrackBerry.tv camera to hear his quick reactions on the BlackBerry announcements of the show. In his role of Director of Developer Relations, it's easy to see that Mike is clearly excited for what's coming in BlackBerry 6, both for the consumer and what it will mean for developers. Check out the video above for Mike's remarks on BlackBerry 6 as well as BlackBerry MVS, the Pearl 3G and more!

Stay tuned for more... our next CrackBerry.tv video to air is an awesome compilation of Bloggers' reactions to WES 2010. 

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.654 For The BlackBerry Curve 8530

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.654 For The BlackBerry Curve 8530

Folks have been on a roll with the OS leaks for the past few days. Here we have another for the BlackBerry Curve 8530. It's been a while since we have seen a leak for the 85xx series so give it a shot and let us know what the deal is in the comments. Now, you know what to do. Back up your data as it's not an official OS and carry on. I'm just gonna sit here and wait for a 9700 OS leak or dream about seeing a BlackBerry 6 leak.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

Source: GizmoFusion
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Bingtastic And Shaosoft Team Up For Awesome Theme And App Sale!

Bingtastic themes and Shaosoft have a great deal going on for the next week. Now, when you purchase any Bingtastic theme you'll get a coupon code for 50% off the all new Shaosoft wallpaper changer application. The offer also works in reverse as well, so if you buy wallpaper changer you'll get 50% off any Bingtastic theme available. The best part is Bingtastic and Shaosoft have both been hard at work updating their offerings.

Most of the offered Bingtastic themes will now work on BlackBerry Storm devices (Be sure to check before purchase), while Shaosoft has recently updated their wallpaper with a whole slew of new features that improve the application functionality significantly. Remember, deal is only on for a week so get in on it while you still can.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.662 For The BlackBerry Tour 9630

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.662 For The BlackBerry Tour 9630

Tour owners are on a roll now with leaked OS'. This is the second one in just a few short days. Here we have OS 5.0.0.662 for you all to check out. Since I'm not a tour user, I really can't speak to how well it works but I'm sure you'll find some information in the CrackBerry forums from users who have loaded it already. Give it a shot, just be sure to back up your data first folks.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

Source: BBLeaks
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BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 Up For Pre Ordering On Amazon.de

Since WES a lot of places have been tossing up BlackBerry Pearl 3G information. Now, we see that Amazon.de has placed the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 up for pre ordering. No shipment date was noted in the ordering process but, the fact it's available may make a few people happy. Having used the 9105 while at WES I can say it's not for me, the 20 key 9100 I found much easier to type on. But, if you'e interested in the 9105 and can use Amazon.de you can get ahead of the rest. It'll only set you back $499.50 EUR with no carrier lock in.

Source: BESMgmt
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Announcing Word Shuffle 2 From Epic Applications

Epic Applications has released their latest game for BlackBerry users. Based off their popular Word Shuffle game, they have now launched Word Shuffle 2. Overall, the game has been rebuilt from the ground up. New UI and visuals are in full effect here as well custom audio. All these improvements make the game look and sound great. Considering users of the original Word Shuffle series, previous owners can pick up the updated version for only $2.49 while new users can get in on the action for only $2.99.

Click Here For More Information And To Purchase Word Shuffle 2
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Get "How To" Videos From HowCast On Your BlackBerry

Get "How To" Videos From HowCast On Your BlackBerry

For everyone out there that considers themselves a do it yourself person, you'll certainly want to check out the HowCast application that recently appeared in BlackBerry App World. The application is a rather small download and mainly acts as a launcher for mobile versions of the videos available. But, that's not to say it's just a launcher. The app does allow for some additional features, which are pretty cool.

  • Watch the best how-to videos on the web, straight from your phone
  • Search for a specific how-to video on just about anything
  • Save a video to your list of Favorites so you can watch it at any time
  • Recall videos that you have previously watched using the History feature
  • Share any video with a friend by email
Having checked out the app for a few days now, it's certainly good to have around just in case. I can't foresee anyone needing it on a daily basis but given its small download size it's no bother to have it installed. At the moment, BlackBerry App World indicates that it's only available for all devices in all countries but that seems conflicting of what is said on the HowCast blog. The blog indicates availability for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and BlackBerry Storm 2. Maybe we should be posting our CrackBerry BlackBerry how to videos there as well as YouTube.
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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.669 For The BlackBerry Storm 2 9520

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.669 For The BlackBerry Storm 2 9520

Another one for BlackBerry Storm 2 users. OS 5.0.0.669 has dropped just a little while ago. This release is a non DRM version so not everyone will be able to make use of it. But, I'm sure some of the hybrid builders out there can pull some of the files and make a version available for all. Remember, back up your data if you load this.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

Source: BBLeaks
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Best Buy Canada Now Taking Pre Orders For TELUS BlackBerry Pearl 3G

While at Best Buy today I happened to notice they had the Rogers BlackBerry Pearl 3G on display with a "coming soon" note below it. As per normal while perusing devices in store, a representive approached me to ask if I needed any help so I asked about the BlackBerry Pearl 3G release dates knowing they were not solid at this point.

The rep informed me that Best Buy was taking pre orders at moment for the TELUS version with a $50 deposit. TELUS will be releasing in two colors, black and pink with the pricing set at $29.99 with new three year contract and $449.99 without contract. You can place your pre order at any one of your local Besy Buy locations.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.643 For The BlackBerry Tour 9630

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.643 For The BlackBerry Tour 9630

Ahh, the BlackBerry Tour. We heard at WES that the Tour branding was no more, so it's great to see that new OS' are still being pushed out. Be it official or leaked, I'm sure Tour owners will enjoy it either way. As with all leaked OS, use caution when loading up. Be sure to back up your data folks. This one remains untested by us, so be sure to share your thoughts in the forums and comments if you install it.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

Source: BBLeaks
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Prior to WES 2010 we already knew we'd soon be seeing the BlackBerry Bold 9700 in white, but just to make it officially official Mike Lazaridis announced it during his keynote and showed it off on screen. Check out the video above to see the BlackBerry Bold 9700 in it's pearly white with grey and chrome accent color scheme. She's a beauty.

If the BlackBerry you already own or are going to buy next were available in both white or black when you went to buy it, which color would you buy?online surveys

Over the course of our WES 2010 week in Orlando, the smartphone color debate came up quite a few times. I personally love white smartphones. I loved my old colorware BlackBerry Curve 8320, will be buying the 9700 in white the second Rogers gets it in stock and will be buying a white BlackBerry Pearl 3G from whatever carrier releases it first. Even when it comes to devices like the iPhone, I like the look of the white one over the solid Black one. 

Of course, smartphones these days are starting to show up in more and more colors -- RIM is making the Pearl 3G available to carriers in a rainbow of colors -- but to see where things stand I'm curious to see how CrackBerry readers will vote in a white BlackBerry vs. black BlackBerry contest. So here's the poll question... if the BlackBerry you already own or are going to buy next were available in both white or black when you went to buy it, which color would you buy? Be sure to cast your vote above and sound off in the comments!

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WES 2010 is now over and the CrackBerry crew is back home recovering from a couple of crazy days. While the big news of the event has been covered on the site already -- BlackBerry 6, BlackBerry MVS, BlackBerry Pearl 3G and BlackBerry 9650 -- we still have a ton of WES posts coming your way over the next week. This year we kicked things up a notch and introduced CrackBerry.tv at the event. When our friend Ewan MacLeod wasn't reporting for his sites (MobileIndustryReview; MobileDeveloper.tv) he put on the official CrackBerry.tv shirt and hat and we put him to work behind the BIG camera. Leaving WES we have literally hours of raw footage that we'll be producing down into some sweet pieces you'll be able to find right here.

First up we have our BlackBerry Solutions Showcase CrackBerry Reality Tour.  I've been to four WES events now, and I've noticed the tradition that every year RIM's Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis makes a tour of the Solutions Showcase, checking out the cool things BlackBerry partners are up to. Playing off that notion and with help from Mike Kirkup, RIM's Director of Developer Relations, we did up our own CrackBerry tour. It's 9m30s of non-stop action that puts you right there at WES.... grab a drink, sit back and hit play above. Enjoy the show!!

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