Dear RIM Santa: All I want for Christmas is better calendar sync

To begin, I love my BlackBerry and yes I would consider myself a fanboy of sorts.  The BlackBerry was my first connected to the web device going back to my beloved 950 and it's AA-battery.  Unlike some device fanboys, I'm secure enough to point out when I believe there is a shortcoming in the feature list. 

We're always reading about people's wish lists for the BlackBerry. Some want cooler apps like Angry Birds and others hope for a cross platform BBM client. I'm not going to lie Angry Birds is near the top of my list and if it isn't on the PlayBook I'm calling it DOA; but for my money there is a bigger and more important on my wish list for Santa Claus this year.

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Copy2Contact for BlackBerry now available for OS 6

Ever since I moved to the Torch I've had a heck of a time getting my Copy2Contact registered.  For some reason the program was just not cooperating for me and once the trial expired the program has been dead in the water.  I've been in contact with their tech support several times with no good results.  This morning I received an email from their support with good news.

You're receiving this message because you recently wrote us about problems unlocking Copy2Contact on your BlackBerry device. We've traced the issue to a bug in OS 6 and have confirmed a solution to the problem. It was frustrating but we're relieved to finally know what's going on! You can read about it on our blog post. Please let us know if you have any questions.

I followed the steps in the blog post and once again my Copy2Contact is now working. What is Copy2Contact you may ask?

Simply, it allows you to take any contact related information from say an email, copy it to the clipboard and create an address book entry immediately.  Unlike Xobni which continuously updates the Xobni address book with data captured from incoming and outgoing emails; Copy2Contact allows you to create a new contact in the native BlackBerry address book which you may have synchronizing with Outlook or Gmail.

As a busy person on-the-go I don't have time to manually enter peoples data into an address book entry so Copy2Contact has been a staple application from several years, and I was feeling a quite lost without it.  The email from their support department put a great big smile on my face.  I recommend you try this app if you have not ever used it.  It's available in the CrackBerry App Store for $9.99, if you value your time with any dollar value than $9.99 is worth every dollar.

For more information on Copy2Contact from the CrackBerry App Store
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BGR goes hands on with the BlackBerry PlayBook

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In addition to our BlackBerry PlayBook video from earlier today, BGR got to check it out as well and delved a bit more into some unanswered questions. Here we get a near ten-minute look at the PlayBook in action and I have to say it keeps getting sweeter. Everything as of now looks so smooth and we can only hope it will be even better come launch. Some highlights include:

  • The entire bezel is used for navigating. Swipe the sides to get around system-wide. The top is available for specific actions within applications
  • Media playback is amazing. Start music in the media app (or Pandora/Slacker?) and drop it to the background as it continues to play. Same goes for videos as they will continue to play in the background when minimized
  • There are "views" much like BlackBerry 6 for navigating that can be swiped through
  • Swipe to move between views and apps, flick up to exit an app
  • Looks like you can open the keyboard by swiping up from the bottom left on the bezel

Overall some very cool stuff in what is probably the best look we've had at the device so far. No look at the web browser yet, but surely much more to come on this so don't go too far. We'll have plenty more in the coming weeks!

Source: BGR

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CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guide - Stocking Stuffers

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St Nicholas would appear -- with BlackBerry Stocking stuffers!

With the holiday’s fast approaching you’re more then likely planning on buying some cool smart phone gifts to get your special someone. The CrackBerry.com Accessory Store has got you covered this holiday season!!! Remember if you’re on a tight budget this year (I am!) We got some great stocking stuffers to please every smart phone loving soul.

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Review: GPS Ski Maps for BlackBerry

Review: GPS Ski Maps for BlackBerry

SNOW! You love to play in it and you hate to shovel it. In the lower mainland of BC, we don’t (typically) get as much snow as I did when I lived in Northeastern Ontario, but there are some pretty amazing locations in BC where you can enjoy many winter activities – both outdoor and indoor (by the fire...wink wink, nudge nudge). BC is known for its many, beautiful ski resorts. Ok, before you think that I’m actually working in Travel and Tourism, let me get to the point. When looking for a place to travel to, you would probably want to check out maps and any kid of information you can see about the tracks or even the resort itself.

With this in mind, an application that you should check out is GPS Ski Maps, formerly BerrySki. GPS Ski Maps provides in-depth information on hundreds of resorts from across Canada, the USA and Europe. You can also record and view your runs for future analysis; whether you want a trip, season or lifelong summary of your skiing or snowboarding history. Let’s take a look at what GPS Ski Maps has to offer.

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Use BlackBerry App World as a QR code scanner

Use BlackBerry App World as a QR code scanner

Many people want a barcode scanning app that can read codes in the wide world and report on the best deals around.  But some just want to read QR codes.  Quick Response codes are the black and white, checkered squares you see in the CrackBerry app store and at the BlackBerry App World website.  While there are many options for scanning a barcode, they all require you to take a picture of it.  A process that I fail at more often than not.

The barcode scanner in the BlackBerry App World application (try saying that three times fast!) is different.  Rather than taking pictures, App World processes the live feed coming from the video camera.  Just press the menu key and select "Scan a Barcode."  Hold your smartphone up to the code and wait a few moments.  You'll soon get a message asking if you want to follow the link.  Presuming of course, the QR code is for a website.  

Using the App World scanner, you can process any QR code.  I use the scanner to get App World or CrackBerry App Store links into my phone.  It's much faster than sending an email to myself.  And with a BlackBerry smartphone, you know that's saying something. 

Thanks to sutriat for originally pointing this out to me

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Live Hands-On with the BlackBerry PlayBook!

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As promised, we're bringing you back some footage from today's Meet the BlackBerry PlayBook developer sessions in NYC.  Here's video number one of the BlackBerry PlayBook. As we have seen in other videos, things are looking pretty smooth on the BlackBerry PlayBook. It's great to see RIM and Adobe out there working with the development community - let's hope there are a ton of apps for launch! We'll be replacing this with an HD version of the video shortly and should hopefully have another clip or two before the day is done.  Big thx to our on-site correspondent!

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Adobe and RIM letting developers meet the BlackBerry PlayBook - starting today in NYC!

Keep it locked to CrackBerry.com for video from today's event!

In a series of events, Adobe and RIM are giving developers a chance to Meet the BlackBerry PlayBook. The first event starts today in New York, followed by one in Toronto on the 14th and another in San Francisco on the 16th. The events will feature tracks of sessions geared towards both technology and business. 

While those who attend won't likely have a chance to get too hands-on with the BlackBerry PlayBook, BlackBerry PlayBooks will definitely be present at the event (though most likely in the hands of RIM and Adobe associates, or behind glass as we saw at DevCon).  

I was nearly going to fly out to NYC for this one, but instead we'll have one of our NYC-based friends who is a BlackBerry developer and attending today's event do some reporting for CrackBerry (it's not really a media event, and I'm saving myself for CES in January - hopefully PlayBooks will be ready for some prime time love by then!). You'll want to keep it locked to CrackBerry today - we should have some solid new BlackBerry PlayBook footage for everybody to drool at.  

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Christmas Countdown Homescreen Ornament - 100 copies to be won!

Christmas time is almost here, so if you haven't bought all of those gifts for your family and friends, you better get to it. To help remind you of your procrastination and how close Christmas really is, you can download the Christmas Countdown Homescreen Ornament. The app will display on your homescreen with the number of days left till Christmas, in the form of 2 different ornaments, wreath & candle, poinsetta, evergreen tree, or even a custom image. You can also add the reminder to your homescreen's banner, saving your precious homescreen space. By multi-tapping the application icon, you can quickly access your tasks app or memo pad. Making it easy to get to your shopping list. This app is actually the product of the forums where the developer community came together to fufil a request. Check out more here.

Christmas Countdown Homescreen Ornament is available for $0.99 from the CrackBerry App Store. It is available for all devices running OS 4.3 and up.

Contest: We have 100 copies of Christmas Countdown Homescreen Ornament 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 wont count.

More information and download of Christmas Countdown Homescreen Ornament

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Verizon flyer arrives sporting BlackBerry OS 6

Verizon flyer arrives sporting BlackBerry OS 6

The latest Verizon Flyer is landing in mailboxes everywhere and getting some Bold 9650 and Curve 3G users very excited. The flyer touts the benefits of the "NEW BlackBerry 6 OS" and highlights some features such as the Social Feeds, simple setup and new enhanced user experience. Both the Bold 9650 and Curve 3G are pictured in the flyer, though neither specifically showing the OS on the device. Overall it's a good sign that we're one step closer to an official release, but as is the way of Verizon, it also could just be a fluke and we may not see it for quite a while -- only time will tell.

Image Credit: BiG BaLLA 923

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In addition to the interview highlights, All Things Digital has also posted up the full 6 minute BlackBerry PlayBook demo that Mike Lazaridis gave on stage. Again, not a whole lot new was shown off throughout the video but it is rather interesting to watch. I won't go so far as to say that I can definitively see the difference from previous PlayBook videos where they may have been running older software but, this demo given does seem to appear a little better over some of the others posted. Thanks to Dave for tossing it on YouTube so we can view mobile!

Source: All Things D

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Earlier this evening we sat through the live blog where Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher put Research In Motions Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis in the hot seat to ask the questions a lot of folks were wondering about. The BlackBerry PlayBook was of course at the front of the conversation but questions arose regarding the future of BlackBerry smartphones in general, how RIM feels about their future and what, exactly RIM is doing to compete against the competition. Check out the video and let us know in the comments your thoughts about the interview.

Source: All Things D

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Mike Lazaridis confirms RIM has plans for tablets to come in different sizes
 

Research In Motion Co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis has just hit the stage at the All Things D: Dive Into Mobile conference and already he has confirmed to Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher that Research In Motion has plans to offer tablets in different sizes. When questioned regarding the current size of the BlackBerry PlayBook Mike Lazaridis noted, "We’ve got different sizes potentially coming". In addition to the size of the PlayBook being questioned, Lazridis was also questioned when the QNX operating system would be available for BlackBerry smartphones. Mike's reply still leaves us wondering when exactly but gives us an idea of what they are waiting for. Lazaridis stated when Research In Motions moves BlackBerry smartphones to dual core systems; we will then see the QNX operating system arrive and also noted the "next generation of BlackBerry smartphones will be great". We'll have more as the updates continue as well as video as soon as we can but, for now you can view the live blog over at the All things D website.

Click Here To Head On Over To The Live Blog

Source: All Things D

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 Review

BlackBerry Bold 9780 Review

Following up on our Unboxing and First Impressions, I have been using the BlackBerry Bold 9780 as my main smartphone for the past few weeks. And you know what that means... I now have a lot to say on the newest Bold from Research In Motion. Most of it is positive, afterall, the Bold 9700 was already an awesome device so one would only expect its successor to be even awesomer. But it's not all positive. Surprising to me, I actually found myself having some mixed feelings towards the BlackBerry 6 experience on the touchscreen-less Bold 9780. There have even been a few times when I wished I could downgrade the 9780 to run on OS 5.0 again (I know it sounds crazy, but I'm just being honest - you'll have to read the full review to find out why).

The existence of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 has also created a couple of burning questions for existing and new BlackBerry users out there. I've been getting literally the same two questions via twitter (@crackberrykevin) daily since the device was announced. Is it worth upgrading my BlackBerry Bold 9700 to the Bold 9780? Should I get the Torch or the Bold 9780?

It's December and the holidays are almost here, so grab yourself an eggnog, kick back and keep reading and I'll answer these questions and unload all the nitty gritty details on the BlackBerry Bold 9780.   

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Leaked: OS 6.0.0.380 for the BlackBerry Curve 9300

Leaked: OS 6.0.0.380 for the BlackBerry Curve 9300

Seems like history repeats itself when it comes to OS leaks. Just like last time a 9700 OS leak dropped, we now have the exact same OS for the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300. Again, back up your data folks and let us know how this one works out for you all. Enjoy!

*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). *

Click Here To Download The Leaked OS 6.0.0.380 For The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

Source: BBLeaks

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Leaked: OS 6.0.0.380 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Leaked: OS 6.0.0.380 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Leak time again. BlackBerry Bold 9700 owners will want to grab their USB cables and fire up app loader or desktop manager. OS 6.0.0.380 has just hit the interwebs. Hopefully, this will be a build that is rather bug free. If you're willing to give it a run through be sure to back up your data and first. Let us all know what's new folks in the comments or in the forums.

*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). *

Click Here To Download The Leaked OS 6.0.0.380 For The BlackBerry Bold 9700
Visit the Findings and Fixes thread for this OS

Source: BBLeaks

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CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guide - Gifts for the BlackBerry Business User

It's that time of year again, and the holdays are rapidly approaching. We have plenty of Holiday Gift Guides so you know just what to get the BlackBerry lover on your gift list, and in this round we've put together a list of accessories and apps for the BlackBerry business user. These items are sure to make his/her work days a little bit easier and more productive. Check out the all the top gifts we've compiled here and check another user off your list!

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BlackBerry Storm 3 9570 found in Best Buy's Mobile Genie system

We have seen hardware photos, about screens showing it running BlackBerry 6 and even rumors of the device being cancelled. But now the BlackBerry 9570 (Storm 3) has made it's way into the Best Buy Mobile Genie system. Mobile Genie is used for the transfer of contacts between devices when purchasing a new phone. Just being in this system obviously doesn't prove that the device is actually going to be released, but hey, you never know. I'm sure just seeing the Storm 3 pop up anywhere gives you Storm lovers some hope :-)

Source: Engadget

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How to uninstall themes on your BlackBerry smartphone

Themes are a great way to give your BlackBerry experience a bit of variety.  Many themes even improve upon the usefulness of the home screen and navigation.  While it's nice to have a large selection of themes to choose from, themes do take up application memory.  Too many themes and you might find your smartphone running sluggishly.  Worse yet, you could find that emails and other messages start "disappearing" as memory space becomes scarce.

Changing and even deleting themes isn't difficult; you just need to know where to look.

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ReplyGuard

ToolBerry released a simple app for those quick on the trigger finger when replying to emails called ReplyGuard. Have you ever accidentally hit ‘reply to all' to an email and realized what you wrote was not meant for everyone's eyes? ReplyGuard gives you the opportunity to correct that mistake by stopping the sending process with a quick, convenient pop up box that gives you a choice on whether or not to continue. Take comfort in knowing you won't inadvertently let everyone know what you really think of the boss the next time you hit reply.

Features:

  • Protect yourself from embarrassing, offensive or potentially career-ending ''Reply All'' accidents!
  • Receive popup confirmations when you are about to send email to multiple recipients.
  • User configurable confirmation settings.
  • Runs quietly in the background.
  • There when you need it most!
  • A "must-have" app for any BlackBerry user!
  • Fully functional, FREE 3-day trial!

ReplyGuard by ToolBerry is available from the CrackBerry app store for $2.95 for touch and non-touch devices running OS 4.5 through OS 5.0.

More information/download ReplyGuard 

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