Elecites Apple Smash Contest - Destroy An Apple For Some Awesome Prizes

The folks over at Elecite have started up a pretty hilarious contest for everyone to take part in. Apple Smash is now underway, and with a grand total of 40 winners, you'll want to check it out for sure.

Apple Smash! The contest where you get to creatively destroy, mutilate or simply humiliate an apple and win awesome prizes while you’re at it.

Each of the top 7 winners who best demonstrate their apple demolition skills will get to pick between prizes like a Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation3 or digital camera. Forty finalists will also be eligible for prizes and giveaways from ZAGG (7) and Tether (40). And to top it off, each of the 7 winners will also get their choice of BlackBerry Accessory Superbundle from ShopCrackBerry.com!

The rules are all easy to follow and the contest begins now and will end on May 14th - for a total of 4 weeks. In addition to the contest, Elecite will be giving away some free themes to those who help spread the word of the contest to friends and family via Twitter and Facebook. Check out the hailarious video on their site as well, explaining the contest details and rules.

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BlackBerry Accessory Roundup Music Edition: Win a BlackBerry Music Gateway

This Week's BlackBerry Accessory Feature: BlackBerry Music Gateway

BlackBerry users don't immediately think "music" when firing up their device, but lets face it, most of us want it all in one place so we don't have to carry extra devices. Playing music on your BlackBerry may be annoying at first, but once you get it squared away you can rock out anytime you want with the help of some great accessories. The coolest (and one of my long time favorites) is the BlackBerry Music Gateway. This nifty little accessory lets you stream your music via Bluetooh to external speakers so you can jam almost anywhere. I use it in my house connected to an external speaker, and can carry around my device in my pocket without worrying about having to go to a specific spot in the house to change the track or volume. I've even managed to get it working in my car so I can bring my music on the go.

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Real BlackBerry OS 6.0 Images and Details Emerge!!!

WooHOO!! A first REAL look at BlackBerry OS 6.0. The Boy Genius got some screen captures and a tour of the updated and evolving OS 6.0 from an AT&T connect and has reported back with lots of details. Things are looking very promising for us BlackBerry users who have been waiting patiently (err... impatiently) for both a first real glimpse at OS 6.0 and for its ultimate release. Here are some of the key details:

  • As expected, it's an evolution of the existing BlackBerry OS
  • RIM has implemented kinetic scrolling with rubber banding throughout the OS (more fluid experience)
  • RIM has implemented multitouch throughout the OS - web browser, photos (including pinch to zoom!)
  • Re-vamped inbox - w/ large thumbnails to identify the type of message (facebook, twitter, etc.) and features built-in RSS. BG is loving the experience here...
  • Homescreen changeup: No widget support, but RIM has implemented something called Pages. BG's explanation:
    • "You can have your applications on the main page, then slide left or right to another page with different applications and browse that way. In the homescreen screenshot above, you'll see a sliding field towards the bottom, and you can slide that up, and reveal the first page of applications, and you can then slide that to show the different groups which correspond to the different homescreen page. Favorites, all, home, etc."
  • On touchscreen device, new modal popup with gestures - tap and hold, pops up an icon set (menu) with context menu items (read full explanation at BGR).
  • Updated media player, photos app and of course the WebKit browser!!

All around this is looking like a GREAT update to the BlackBerry operating system. The word is we'll see OS 6.0 launch on a device in June/July (we're hoping this is true). There are MORE DETAILS and MORE IMAGES over at BGR, so click on over at the link below to jump over and get your 6.0 on!

Source: BGR

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This one is for all the application developers out there... If you've been longing to develop a BlackBerry app that utilizes VoIP you'll want to stay on the look out for the new FGVoIP Engine being released in early May. Available from fg microtech as an SDK, the FGVoIP Engine will allow developers to add full duplex (sending and receiving) real-time voice to a BlackBerry Smartphone, with no GSM interaction required. You can watch the video above for a demo and check out the full details in the press release below. Now let's see some BlackBerry VoIP apps!!

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Call Control Blocks Unwanted Callers on Your BlackBerry - Get It Free Through April 21st

Call Control is a great app that blocks unwanted calls from your BlackBerry. You can manually "blacklist" numbers, and the app includes a preset list of numbers to block that is generated from user reports. Simply install the app, fire it up and you're good to go. Call Control blocks spam calls, telemarketers and more with no effort on your end. During the current promo you can grab Call Control totally free. You just need to download the lite version from BlackBerry App World, leave a review, and you'll receive a pro license - that's it! For full details check out everycall.us/promo.html.

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Contest Winners: ColorfulBB, Slacker, SanDisk MicroSD, FaceOff and More!

Here we are again with another week of winners. Some great stuff from Slacker, Vorino, PrivacyStar, BigTinCan and more this time around. We'll have some more goodies this week, so if you didn't make the winners this time, there's always another chance. Hit the jump for the full list of winners. 

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BlackBerry Theme Roundup for April 19th - 50 Copies of StylishBB to be Won!

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

Welcome back, theme junkies! We're back with an all new batch of fresh themes for your viewing pleasure. We'll keep the intro short this week, and just get into the goodness. Click through the link below to read on.

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Tungle Scheduling App Now Available As A Free Download

Tungle Scheduling App Now Available As A Free Download

Tungle has been in beta for a while now but today, has finally reached public availability. The free scheduling application is now available for download direct from the Tungle website. Having used the application before, I can say it's great for sharing calendar information between users. The full list of features below:

  • Schedule meetings -Propose times, overlay calendars of sharing contacts, send invites, check pending meetings – everything you need to make meetings happen.
  • Share calendars - Send sharing requests, choose between free/busy or details, see schedules of people you share with – it’s the world’s first mobile exchange server.
  • Reply to invites - Receive and reply to invitations from other Tungle users or through your Tungle.me link.

While many other options exist, Tungle makes it rather easy to organize and schedule meetings. All of which is wrapped up in a nice, functional UI. We'll be putting Tungle to a full on test at WES this year, in the meantime grab your free copy from their website.

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Verizon Updates OS for Tour 9630 Users

Verizon Updates OS for Tour 9630 Users

Verizon has dropped another update to the recently released OS for the Tour 9630. Reports are flying in that users are getting update emails, and that pesky wireless update icon is popping up on homescreens. Whats odd is that the OS version is still the same, but the platform version has been updated. At release, the OS sat at plaform, and the update being offered is platform Hopefully this update fixes some of the huge issues Tour users were having with the last release. If you're using a Verizon 9630 you should have the wireless update option available, and it looks like no desktop install has been posted just yet. Hit the forums for more discussion.

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BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac Updated to v1.0.3

BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac was updated today to version 1.0.3. Nothing terribly exciting in this release, mostly just some minor tweaks and bug fixes. The software includes updates for connectivity and synchronization, as well as added support for Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Mac users can grab the update from the BlackBerry site but you should be prompted to update if you have a previous version installed. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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Ticketmaster App Updated - Now Available for All Devices

Earlier this month the Ticketmaster for BlackBerry application was updated. The app, developed directly by RIM, was previously not available for some newer devices, but with the latest update is supported across the board on all devices for all carriers. With the Ticketmaster app, you can easily browse ticket information for concerts, sporting events and special events, view venue and seating information and make purchaes right from your device. If you are a big Ticketmaster user this is one app to check out, however if you only drop in on a few events here and there, you may be better just sticking with the website. Ticketmaster for BlackBerry is available as a free download from BlackBerry App World. Thanks Bruce!

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Foursquare for BlackBerry Update On The Way

Foursquare for BlackBerry Update On The Way

The foursquare team let me know that an updated version of their BlackBerry application is on the way. The revisions mainly include some big UI adjustments (seen in above screenshots), but users will also be able to view their profile and history information right from the device - though it looks like the "Friends" tab is still not active. The app seems to be running smoother and finding locations quicker as well after foursquare tweaked their device location when checking in. Things are still moving in the right direction, so hopefully the app will soon drop out of beta and have all the needed features. The update isn't available just yet, but we expect it to be here very soon. Hit the link below to check out the current version of foursquare for BlackBerry.

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A Few More BlackBerry Pearl 9105 Photos Show Off the T9 Keyboard; Getting Announced at WES Next Week?

While most of the BlackBerry device buzz seems to be over when the Bold 9650 will be released, there is still some muttering about this whole Pearl situation. We've heard bits and pieces and seen various images over the last few months, but we're still not 100% sure just how many new Pearl devices will show up. Our best guess at this point is that the candybar Pearl will be offered in two keyboard configurations -- SureType and T9 -- with it looking like the roadmap may also have a Pearl Flip offering a compressed full qwerty in a clamshell. With WES just a week away we have high hopes that RIM will finally shed some light on the Pearl situation for us.

These latest snaps snow off the T9 keyboard close up, as well as some of the options that go along with it. There are options for compound words, context learning and auto word learning. Nothing major to work with but it seems like everytime we get some new images we get one step closer to the release. My fingers are still crossed for a 9650 in the coming weeks, but maybe this little guy will pop up soon and surprise us all.

Source: id-BlackBerry-archive
Via: BerryReview

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Aces Solitaire Pack 2 

One of the greatest "time-killer" games has to be solitaire. The ease of play mixed with the variety of styles just makes it a no-brainer for playing solo on the go. Concrete Software has just released an updated version of their original hit with Aces Solitaire Pack 2 that gives you 40 styles of solitaire right on your device. You can fire up Klondike and Free Cell, or step it up with Spider, Forty Thieves and more. The game includes online leaderboards, enhanced graphics and even stat tracking. With tons of play options and loads of variety, Aces Solitaire Pack 2 is a great choice for mobile gaming. You can pick it up now for $4.99 in the CrackBerry App Store.

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Adobe Flash Now Arriving On BlackBerry Smartphones In Second Half Of 2010

Yes, it's true. Most of the news surrounding Adobe has been focused on their fight with Apple and the fact that Apple wants nothing to do with Flash of any kind unless of course its on their laptop and desktops. As for the iPads and iPhones of thr world, Apple is pushing all they can for HTML5 across the board. However, admist that battle is the recent developments for BlackBerry, Android and finally, webOS. All of which are embracing Flash as much as possible whether we like it or not.

In a recent interview with Fox Business news, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen laid out the plans for when we will start seeing Flash and Adobe Air applications improve across platforms. All news isn't great here though, the information stated by Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen puts the release of flash at a later time than originally forecast. What was the first half of 2010 has now become the second half of 2010. Not a huge delay, but a delay either way. The question remains the same though - do we really need Flash on our mobile devices? Or is Steve Jobs actually right in his fight to keep it off of them?

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 18 April 2010

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Arriving On Sprint May 16th?

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Arriving On Sprint May 16th?

Sure seems that way according to the picture that was sent into us via the tips line. The above pic is from the Sprint hotsheet, which was updated at some point this morning. Looking at the list you can see the BlackBerry Bold 9650 listed along with what may be the pricing details for launch.

Seems a lot of conversation surrounding the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is more Verizon associated rather than Sprint associated but judging by this, it looks like Sprint may be the first out the gates with it. Of course, when it comes to the BlackBerry Bold 9650 I've learnt to take all information with a grain of salt considering the amount of time we've already been waiting for this device.

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Research In Motion Updates BlackBerry App World Developer Agreements; Adds Carrier And Credit Card Billing

Just a few days ago Research In Motion updated their BlackBerry App World vendor portal to include some new features. With those changes now in place, Research In Motion has moved onto the next level of growth. Notification has been sent out to developers advising that the terms and conditions of BlackBerry App World been updated. The update, outlines the addition of carrier billing and credit card billing to BlackBerry App World as was mentioned at the most recent BlackBerry Developers Conference.

As it stands, these changes and additions open up a lot of doors for BlackBerry developers considering it potentially leads the way to more sales. With carrier billing added, the push on carriers to preload BlackBerry App World onto devices will now be higher as they will also be turning revenue off the sales. The changes also bring BlackBerry App World in line with its counterparts (such as Apples app store and the Android marketplace) as they will now be sharing profits on a 70/30 split with developers.

At first glance, some may see it as Research In Motion taking a larger piece of the proverbial pie. But in the end, the market for developer created applications will have grown and sales are expected to increase as the apps will now be displayed around the world with the help of carriers. Maybe next we'll see the push of BlackBerry App World 2.0 out to users at WES or soon after. Developers what do you think? Good or bad?

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Hedone Design Releases Chryom Premium Theme for BlackBerry Smartphones

Hedone and his design team have been back in the lab. This time, the creation they have come up with is for fans of minimalistic, light colored themes. Chryom is nicely laid out and beautifully designed. Custom battery and signal meters are present here and the off white leather wallpaper adds a serious touch of class overall. This one is set at $6.99 and is available for multiple devices including Storm series.

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PrivacyStar for BlackBerry Lets You Block Unwanted Callers - 5 One-Year Subscriptions Up for Grabs

PrivacyStar first popped up late last year, bringing a great option for protecting your privacy and stopping unwanted callers. The app lets you block calls from unwanted callers, private numbers, blocked numbers and more. PrivacyStar includes a feature to look up numbers so you can decide if you want to let the call through the next time, or to block it for good. PrivacyStar is a great option for cutting down on those annoying telemarketers and unsolicited calls to your device.

Contest: We have 5 one-year PrivacyStar subscriptions to give away. Just leave a single comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PDT.

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