BlackBerry App World Launches In Australia & New Zealand

It's been long awaited by many that I know who live in Australia and New Zealand but finally, Research In Motion has delivered BlackBerry App World. Folks in Australia and New Zealand can now download and install BlackBerry App World to their BlackBerry smartphones which of course, brings with it many other applications. No having to look for work arounds once things are fully up and running. Content currently is based on free applications but more and more apps will be loaded over the next little while to make it as robust as other countries offerings.

From The Press Release:

“BlackBerry App World makes it very easy for our customers to discover and download a wide variety of applications for their BlackBerry smartphone,” said Adele Beachley, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Research In Motion. “BlackBerry App World provides a fantastic new resource and enhanced experience for customers and an equally exciting business opportunity for RIM’s partners.”

Another milestone down in making BlackBerry App World a global offering as Research In Motion envisioned. Anyone from Australia or New Zealand out there currently using BlackBerry App World? Let us know in the comments folks.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.303 For The BlackBerry Tour 9630

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.303 For The BlackBerry Tour 9630

Well, it's been a while since the BlackBerry Tour 9630 had a leak so here it is. This has been floating around for a while now and let me just say when other devices are well into the .4xx it's probably best you skip over this one. It took this long to show up for a reason, the reports are the radio is bad in this one meaning you likely will have connection problems if loaded. Either way, I'm sure some of you will still check it out, worst case just downgrade again. Don't forget to back up your device.

*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. *

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.421 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700!
Geeez.. the leaks for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 just don't stop coming. It's hard to believe my 9700 shipped with 5.0.0.321, as with this latest leak via bbleaks we're up to OS 5.0.0.421. I haven't had a chance to give it a go yet, so be sure to check our forums for feedback on it. Also, if the download link goes down, be sure to watch the comments and OS forum for mirror download locations. Have a great weekend!

*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. *

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Leaked: BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.0.54

Leaked: BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.0.54
Well, that didn't take long. Just the other day BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.0.52 was leaked to the interwebs and now we have .53 floating around and most importantly .54 is now up for OTA download. Word of caution of course it's NOT official by any means so if you decide to download make sure you at least make a back up first. Also note, only 4.7 + and higher plus the servers are likely being crushed with requests so if you are not able to download it the first time, look in the comments for a mirror of the file or just sit tight till the rush passes. (Thanks for the pic, @Sloth26) [ BBHybrids ]
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Relax and Catch Some ZZzzz's with Calmbiance for BlackBerry

A few years ago when on an airport layover I picked up one of those noise making machines from a Brookestone store for $50. I actually put it to good use for a while, but somewhere along the line I misplaced it (buried in a box in my basement somewhere I'm guessing). Earlier this week I woke up at 3am one night and couldn't get back to sleep, so logically I popped open the CrackBerry App Store to see what I could find to fill the relaxing noise making void on my BlackBerry. Lo and behold I discovered the newly released Calmbiance from Mobilisk.

For $3.99, Calmbiance offers 12 soothing and relaxing sounds, ranging from light rain and ocean to whales and white noise. You can set simple options like how long you want it to play for and what action to take once the playtime is over. And you can of course adjust the volume with your device volume up/down buttons.

Suffice to say, it worked. I went with light rain and was asleep again before I knew it. Combined with a BlackBerry charging pod on your night stand, it's a simple and effective solution. And unlike my Brookestone noise machine, I know I'll never pack my BlackBerry away during spring cleaning!

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Our pal Ewan over at MobileDeveloper.tv keeps pumping out the BlackBerry Alliance Summit video interviews on a daily basis. We're going to do a little roundup soon, but in the meantime I wanted to bring you this one asap that he posted interviewing Mike Kirkup.

Mike Kirkup is no stranger to the CrackBerry blogs, though this is his first time being here in video. As Director of Developer Relations for Research in Motion, we've now had the honor of having Mike join us on three CrackBerry podcasts (one, two, three), including our most recent one recorded at the same event this video was recorded. In this clip Mike talks a little bit about the recent BlackBerry Developer Conference and the big announcements made. Check it out!

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The PowerMat sets out to solve your charging dilemas. If you have multiple devices and chargers running rampant, you can hook up the PowerMat and "cut the cord". The wireless charging solution charges up to 3 devices at a time, all without the need for conventional wired chargers. You simply place down the PowerMat, plug it in (ironic right?), choose your weapon (aka wireless receiver or "PowerCube") and charge away. The PowerMat feature and array of wireless receivers (battery doors) for various devices that you simply snap on and you're done. Place the device on the PowerMat and it charges. Included is a PowerCube with multiple adapters for devices such as iPods, Nintendo DS and mirco USB. The PowerMat Portable Mat folds up into a neat travel case allowing you to take it anywhere, while the cleaner Home and Office Mat looks a bit nicer but isn't built for portability.

After playing around with the PowerMat for a few weeks, I honestly think it is more of a novelty for BlackBerry users than anything. Using a BlackBerry Charging Pod (at 1/4 of the cost) is a much easier solution with no additional accessories involved. The PowerMat requires either the PowerCube and adapter (which ultimately is the same as just plugging in your device) or a wireless receiver that will run you another $30 on top of the PowerMat price. That said, it is pretty cool. :)

Contest: We have one PowerMat Portable Mat bundle to give away. The bundle includes the portable mat, wireless receivers for the Bold 9000, Curve 8900 and Curve 83xx and the PowerCube with adapters. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. This contest will run through Sunday December 20th. Please only leave one comment - multiple entries won't count.

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Tis the time of year to be in the giving and helping mood. I know all of our friends here in the CrackBerry Nation would like to do their part in one way or another. 

Our friends at TeleNav have teamed up with Toys For Tots this holiday season for a great cause. Owners of certain BlackBerry devices with TeleNav GPS can now download Santa's voice for your device. The cost is a very reasonable 99 cents, and all proceeds are forwarded directly to the Toys For Tots program. 

The following BlackBerry devices are compatible with the Santa voice:

AT&T:
BlackBerry Bold 9000

Sprint:
BlackBerry Pearl 8130
BlackBerry Curve 8330
BlackBerry 8830
BlackBerry Tour 9630

T-Mobile:
BlackBerry Bold 9700

Verizon:
BlackBerry Storm 9550
BlackBerry Tour 9630 

While you're at it, make sure you register for the CrackBerry / TeleNav contest, where you could win a one-year subscrition to TeleNav, a $100 ShopCrackBerry.com gift certificate, and a $100 donation in your name to Toys For Tots. 

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GelaSkins Custom Protective Skins for Your Device - 50 To Give Away!

GelaSkins dropped me an email to let me know that they are offering up 50 free skins for the CrackBerry Nation. Their skins are customizable protection for your device, featuring stunning graphics from artists around the world. The skins offer a totally unique way to customize your device, and offer all-around protection that is easy to install. The skins will provide you will scratch protection and can be cleanly removed when you want to try out a new design. There is a huge line of skins to choose from, and BlackBerry skins even come with a matching wallpaper. GelaSkins also offers custom options for you to promote your brand or to get your design on. The skins range in price, but most devices can be covered for about $14.95. Check out GelaSkins.com for more info.

Contest: We have 50 $25 GelaSkins Gift Certificates to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest will end this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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Did You Know Your BlackBerry Memory Card Could Repair Itself?
 

A few weeks back I was playing around with my Bold 9700, and I saw an error pop up telling me my media card needed to be repaired. I had never seen this before, and wasn't sure what to do. I don't have much stored on my memory card, so I figured it was worth a shot. I clicked Ok and a few seconds later I received a confirmation message that my media card was good to go. I was happily on my way with a working card and that was that. It did leave me wondering a few things however, such as how exactly did I "damage" my media card and what exactly goes on when it gets "repaired"? This seems to be another feature that many users don't even realize exists. Drop a comment and let us know what you think.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for December 11th, 2009!

BlackBerry App Roundup for December 11th, 2009!

Howdy folks! Hope the holiday season is treating you well. As always, we've got lots of good stuff to talk about in this weeks' roundup. Covered this week are the following titles:

In Case You Missed It: BuddyGuard Beta, BeejiveIM 2.0 Release Candidate 1, GetFugu Mobile Search App, StockIcons, Anywhere Abs

New This Week: Road Merchant Credit Card Terminal, YouVersion Bible, NYC Subway, 3D Super-G Stunt, LogCut

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Chess

Freebie of the Week: Bubble Chain for the Storm

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Get Two Free SmrtApps When You Get A SmrtGuard Yearly Subscription

SmrtGuard has just announced a great deal they have going on for their SmrtGuard application. Today and tomorrow when you purchase a SmrtGuard yearly subscription you get two of the recently annouced SmrtApps for free (SmrtAlerts and SmrtPhotos). Normally the apps would sell for $9.99 but now you can get all 3 apps in one bundle. The deal will not last long, so act fast on this one folks. Also, keep your eye's peeled for more specials from SmrtGuard. This is one of many planned for the month of December.

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Vlingo 4.0 Plus Adds New Features Including 'Vlingo Everywhere'

Today Vlingo announced an update to their very popular application. If you haven't used Vlingo before, its an application that uses your voice to perform such tasks as web search, notes, text/email messages, and Twitter/Facebook status updates on your BlackBerry smartphone. “Vlingo Everywhere” brings the addition of a lot of key programs making this a truly integrated application. These new features include:

  • Instant Messaging: BlackBerry Messenger, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, and Windows Live Messenger
  • Calender: Create/Edit calender entries
  • Website Integration: Fill in any text box using voice
  • Address Book: Add new contacts simply by speaking them
  • 3rd Party Apps: Compatible with most other downloaded applications including Facebook, App World, and many others

Vlingo 4.0 Plus is a wonderful application whether you travel, frequently message, or just want the ease of using voice to perform your daily tasks. Currently it is on sale for a limited time for a one time fee of $14.99 (regular price $19.99) and compatible with most BlackBerry smartphones. Current Vlingo 3.0 Plus users can upgrade to version 4.0 for $9.99.

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If I Called the Shots at Research in Motion, Here is How I Would Fix BlackBerry App World


Within App World, Let's Keeps Apps, Games and Themes Separate

If you didn't catch my article titled How Are You Liking Theme World So Far? I recommend you go read it before continuing with this post if you want the full understanding of where I'm coming from on this. To summarize, while 89% of our poll respondents are happy to see themes finally come to App World, 85% of those same respondents think RIM got the implementation of themes in App World wrong (myself included). In RIM's App World, themes are currently treated the same way as apps. While themes do have their own category, they compete with apps for rank on the Top Paid and Top Free download pages and are side by side with apps in sections like the Featured Items carousel (and we've already seen themes also creep into non-theme categories like Entertainment > Personalization).

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BlackBerry Enterprise Server SP1 MR 1 Adds Support For Exchange 2010

A little while back we covered the release of BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP1 and today Research In Motion has released the maintenance release 1 package that adds fully certified support for Exchange 2010. If you are a BES admin you can now grab the download from the Research In Motion website or reach out to your Enterprise support team for further information on obtaining the MR1 package.

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Dilbert And The New Yorker Help Bring Some Humor To Your Daily Events

RingTales has teamed up with Metranome and just launched two new products via BlackBerry App World that and Dilbert or The New Yorker fan will be sure to love. Cartoon Calendar is a fully integrated calendar for your BlackBerry smartphone that aside from being functional in all respects, brings a smile to your face every time you open it.

On any given day when accessing the application you can view the "Cartoon of the day" right in the application it's self. The videos are high quality and look great on your BlackBerry. Any Dilbert or New Yorker fan would surely enjoy this app. Pricing in BlackBerry App World is $9.99 (6 mnths subscription) for each version but free trials of each are available and I suggest trying the application before you buy it. The list of supported BlackBerry smartphones starts with the 81xx series and goes up from there, so check compatability in BlackBerry App World.

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