First Ever BlackBerry PlayBook App Released! Get the CrackBerry Launcher for your BlackBerry PlayBook today!

Somebody has to be first, right? I guess it shouldn't come as any surprise then to see the first third party app to be released for the BlackBerry PlayBook be a CrackBerry Launcher app! While it's still an early build and only a few people in the world actually have BlackBerry PlayBooks right now to use it on, our friends at ShaoSoft got playing with the newly released BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK and BlackBerry PlayBook Simulator and have made this one available for download.

For more screencaps and download instructions (should you actually have a BlackBerry PlayBook), jump over to the forum thread at the link below. With the SDK available with plenty of time still leading up to the release of the BlackBerry PlayBook, keep in mind the app will only get prettier and more feature-packed by the time you get your hands on a PlayBook of your own.

More Info and Download the CrackBerry Launcher for the BlackBerry PlayBook

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Contest: SimpleBB - A new theme available in 7 different colors. Win 1 of 100 free copies!

Contest: 100 free copies of SimpleBB to be won!

BB-Freaks is back again with a new suite of themes called SimpleBB. SimpleBB is available in black, red, purple, pink, blue, green, and orange; each version has the same icons and layout, but a different color scheme. I'm pretty sure you're going to want to buy more than one color because this is a great theme, easy to use, and very professional looking. The homescreen features a hidden today area as well as a hidden dock with 7-10 user-defined icons (depending on your device), minimalistic banners so you can show off your favorite wallpapers, and user customizable fonts in the menus and lists.

SimpleBB is compatible with 95xx/97xx/96xx/89xx/9000 devices, and is on sale for $1.99 right now in the CrackBerry store. You'll want to head over there and check this theme out.

Contest: BB-Freaks was kind enough to give us 100 free copies of SimpleBB to give away to you guys so if you want a chance to win (your choice of color) just enter your comment below. Winners will be chosen at random this Sunday at Midnight PST. One entry per person please, remember multiple entries will not count. 

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Adobe posts longer BlackBerry PlayBook demo video!

For those of you who missed the full presentation or are not wanting to watch the replay via the AdobeMAX website, Adobe has now posted a longer version of the BlackBerry PlayBook demo to Youtube. Kevin summed it all for us earlier today so, just sit back and enjoy this one. Needless to say, my desire to own a BlackBerry PlayBook has increased many times over.

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Verizon preparing for launch of BlackBerry 6?!

Verizon preparing for launch of BlackBerry 6?!

Sure looks that way. First, James sent us an email to the tips line letting us know that his "email setup application" was asking to upgrade. Then, after that we got a few more folks asking the same thing so we know it wasn't just a one off fluke that it happened. BlackBerry 6 for the Bold 9650 and Curve 3G is inevitable but is this a sign that Verizon is finally getting closer to an actual release? All users who reported the upgrade were running the previously leaked OS 6.0.0.280. Anyone else get this update as well? Seems it only happens when setting up a new BIS email account. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

Image Source: BerryReview

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BlackBerry PlayBook Live Demo! [video and photos]

It's a big week again for the BlackBerry PlayBook! If you were thinking the DevCon PlayBook announcement was smoke and mirrors due to the fact we didn't see a live demo, you can now rest easy knowing that the BlackBerry PlayBook is the real deal, and looks like it's going to kick some serious tablet ass.

RIM's Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis was on hand today at the Adobe Air Max conference, where he showed off the BlackBerry PlayBook LIVE on stage. We caught some of the screen caps from the livestream (see below) and we've got a partial video of the demo above (thanks bizbuzz3). Hopefully we'll have even more video soon. All I can say is WOW. Based on the DevCon hype we've had high expectations for the PlayBook and what the new BlackBerry Tablet OS will be able to deliver, and based on this demo it's looking like the end product is going to be SWEET. The full flash support and REAL multi-tasking seriously makes the iPad/iOS operating system look more like a kid's toy. It was pretty awesome to see Lazaridis start playing a full screen video, then minimize it back to the homescreen and watch it still keep playing while moving around the homescreen. 

BIG NEWS too... RIM is taking apps seriously here, with Lazaridis announcing that developers who submit PlayBook apps and get them approved into App World will get a FREE BlackBerry PlayBook. OHHH BABY!!! Heck, back stage, even Martha Stewart said she loved the PlayBook. Check out the photos below and stay tuned for more!

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Free BlackBerry PlayBook for developers who have their app accepted on AppWorld!

So you really want a BlackBerry PlayBook right? Better yet, you want it for free? You can get one. All you need to do is create an Adobe AIR application for the BlackBerry PlayBook and get it accepted to BlackBerry App World and you'll get a free one. Those were the words spoken by Mike Lazaridis today at AdobeMAX while demoing the BlackBerry PlayBook live on stage. That's one sure way to get developers interested, free devices always wins. Hell, it's got me interested in actually diving into the PlayBook SDK to see what I manage. Any devs out there now just a little more interested?

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Free and Pro CrackBerry Wallpaper Changer Apps Updated: Improved connectivity, Send to Friend feature added (pro)
 

The folks at ShaoSoft have released an update to the uber popular Free CrackBerry Wallpaper Changer and paid Wallpaper Changer Pro w/ CrackBerry Wallpapers apps. 

Both versions now offer improved connectivity (if you installed previously and had any issues with the app connecting you should be good to go now) and the Pro version also adds the awesome new feature of Send Wallpaper to a Friend! 

Save 50% on Wallpaper Changer Pro until October 27th: Thanks to our CrackBerry App Awards Winners sale, there's never been a better time to buy Wallpaper Changer Pro! You can grab it right now for the low price of $1.74. 

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RIM and Adobe experts hosting 5 week series of webcasts dedicated to PlayBook development

* Click Here to Read the Full Press Release on the new BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK! *

Research In Motion is wasting no time in reaching out to developers when it comes to the BlackBerry PlayBook. As we've seen more recently in the past, Research In Motion will be hosting some upcoming webcasts all of which are dedicated to developing Adobe AIR application on the BlackBerry PlayBook. As the information tells us:

The first webcast of a five week series hosted by RIM and Adobe experts will start on November 4, 2010 and will provide developers the opportunity to learn more about creating Adobe AIR applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.  Developers interested in signing up for the webcast series can visit www.blackberry.com/developers/tabletos/webcasts.

With the SDK being released, Research In Motion is not only targetting previous BlackBerry developers but rather, any developer out there that has worked with multiple platforms. Rather than being limited to just the BlackBerry JDE developers can now make use of Flash, HTML, C++ and of course Adobe AIR 2.5.
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Contest Winners - Boss by AhazDesigns, Halloween, and MegaHorn!

Here are the winners from last weeks round of contests. If you won you will be receiving an email either directly from us or the retailer/developer directly in the next few days. If for some reason you don't receive an email within 7-14 days (be sure to check your spam/junk folder just in case, and verify your registered address associated with your CrackBerry account) you can email us at sitesupport(at)crackberry.com and we'll be sure to get you taken care of. Please be patient as some emails may take longer than others to arrive. Hit the jump for the full list - congrats to all the winners!

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BlackBerry theme roundup for October 25th, 2010 - Enter to win a free copy of Elegance!

Contest: Win a free copy of Elegance by AJCDesigns!

We are back again with another new week and another Theme Roundup here at CrackBerry. Last week we stuck with all Halloween themes, so you would get a chance to see what was available for the holiday. This week we are back to our standard ways, showcasing some of the new themes available out there for your BlackBerry. Please note, quite a few of the themes I include in the categories are actually available for other devices as well. So if you see one you like in a category other than the one for your device, it's often worth clicking through to see if it's available for you as well. And as always, make sure you read through to the end for the contest. Have a great week everyone!

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BlackBerry PlayBook - A quick look at the simulator

BlackBerry PlayBook - A quick look at the simulator

We've been messing around with the BlackBerry PlayBook simulator since the download links went live. Curiosity got the best of us, probably like most of you all that downloaded it and ran it. A few things to note about the release though for those who may be thinking about installing it but, have yet to do so. It's pretty slim on information. Aside from getting a look at the media player, the keyboad and some of the general layout of the device, not much else is shown off with the simulator.

It's still cool to play with mind you but, overall nothing is really revealed within the simulator unless you were really looking to get your hands on those BlackBerry PlayBook wallpapers. No apps are preloaded, no web browser is installed. Quite simply put, it's just the basics. Maybe even less. All that said, we should point out that none among us are BlackBerry developers. We may be missing some stuff that only a developer may see and appreciate but either way it's still cool to finally see some movement here. Click on through after the break for some more screen shots of the UI.

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BlackBerry PlayBook SDK for Adobe AIR and simulators now available for download

* Updated: See official Press Release below! *

Since the announcement of the BlackBerry PlayBook many folks have been waiting to get a deeper look into what, exactly can be done with the device. App developers especially. Now, the BlackBerry PlayBook SDK for Adobe AIR app creation has been released and alongside it are the downloads for the simulators (Windows and Mac versions) for both. Of course, Research In Motion have marked both as beta's so you'll have to keep that in mind when exploring. We'll hopefully see plenty of updates for it over time but, for now this is the start of something good. Now, be honest. How many of you all are gonna download the simulator just to see what's up?

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 24 Oct 2010

BeZombied - Get the free version for your BlackBerry, just in time for Halloween!

If you're looking for a fun Halloween type game to play on your BlackBerry you'll want to check out the free version of BeZombied. Destroy all the zombies! The mixing and matching of Zombie parts combined with unlockable power ups such as chainsaws, guns, and bombs helps you get through the levels. This version does include ads but the ads are not intrusive to the gameplay and if you find they are, you always could purchase the paid version in BlackBerry App World. Either way, you get the full release of a great, fun game.

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9780 arriving November 17th

T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9780 arriving November 17th

T-Mobile is ramping up for their BlackBerry Bold 9780 launch. While the date is tentative and subject to change the documentation clearly shows November 17th as the expected date. It's stil rather odd that Reseach In Motion has made no mention of the device officially with launch expected across all GSM carriers next month. Kinda makes you wonder if one day you'll just walk into your carrier and the 9700 will no longer exist and the BlackBerry Bold 9780 will just quietly show up. Still now word on the AT&T front for this release but, any T-Mobile fans excited to finally have some form of confirmation the 9780 will be arriving?

Source: T-MoNews

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 BlackBerry Edition

Into sports and looking for a great app to keep up to date on standings, scores and more? Why not check out the freshly pressed beta of the TSN Mobile app for BlackBerry. Previously only available to iPhone users, the TSN Mobile app has made the leap to the BlackBerry platform with the release of the first beta.

TSN brings all the sports information in its number one iPhone app to the Blackberry.

A beta test of the application, featuring thorough coverage of the five major leagues (NHL, CFL, NFL, MLB and NBA) was released in early October 2010. Many more sports will be added throughout the month, with a final release slated for early November.

Having tried it out on my 9700 the new app is great for all the essentials. However, installing it on my BlackBerry Torch led to some not so poitive results. I'm sure that will be corrected over time as TSN never claimed it would work on the Torch now anyways. Be sure to check it out though if you are looking for a great app to keep track of sports scores and more.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for October 22nd, 2010! Win 1 of 10 copies of VQ Mileage Tracker!

Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! Yee-haw! This week, it seems to be all about the good, the bad and the ugly. The good? The BlackBerry Style was officially announced. The Bad? Mr. Jobs decides to take a swing at the PlayBook. I guess he didn’t think RIM would swing back. The ugly? The BlackBerry Style once again. Ok, I’m teasing. When the first images of the Torch appeared, I did say I would never get one (boy was I wrong). Today, we announce the winners of the BuzzOff giveaway and also give you the chance to win one of 10 copies of VQ Mileage Tracker! Have a rootin’ tootin’ weekend! Giddy up!

Freebies of the Week: Renewable Energy News, gsmExchange.com

In Case You Missed It: Hypoxia, KidsABC, Facebook Chat Pro

New This Week: beSmart, mProductive, GpsSpeedoMeter

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Boiling Frog

Contest: Enter to win 1 of 10 copies of VQ Mileage Tracker!

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Official OS: 6.0.0.284 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 released by Bouygues

We've been hearing about this OS for the past few days and expected it to leak at some point. Well, it didn't but it did come in official form though from Bouygues. BlackBerry Torch owners can hit up the link below to grab the download. Be sure to let us know what's new and fixed, broken in this release in the comments or in the CrackBerry forums.

Source: ZonaBlackBerry
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