BlackBerry Developers Conference 2010 - Things to look forward to

The BlackBerry Developers Conference is a mere 6 days away from now. Since we're getting ever so close, the common question asked is what will we be seeing come from from Research In Motion during that time? This year, Research In Motion has been rather giving in terms of the information being relayed about what to expect. Through videos and blog postings we now know that they'll certainly be showing off BlackBerry 6 on a number of devices including the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the BlackBerry Pearl 3G (sure would be nice if they'd just release that already!). Check out the videos and info after the break to learn more about some of the stuff we're looking forward to seeing.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 19 Sept 2010

Leaked: OS 6.0.0.222 for the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330

Leaked: OS 6.0.0.222 for the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330

Here is what is now the second BlackBerry 6 leak for the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330. Not exactly too sure what has changed with this release but, give it a go and let us all know in the comments. Be sure to back up your data. If the OS leak spree continues we may just see BlackBerry 6 on a 9700.

*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). *

Source: BBLeaks
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*UPDATE* Social feeds is available, you just have to check it in apploader to ensure installation.

Here is a super quick look at OS 6.0.0.222 running on a Verizon BlackBerry Bold 9650. I just pulled it off of my PC and haven't even played around with it yet. My initial thoughts are that it runs pretty well overall, but its a bit sluggish at times. It has all of the revamped OS 6 goodies in there like the new UI, WebKit browser and Universal Search, but sadly no sign of Social Feeds (unless I'm missing it). So check out the video and if you decide you want to give it a go head over to the original post.

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Leaked OS: 6.0.0.222 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650!!

Leaked OS: 6.0.0.222 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650!!

Well ... here it is. From BBLeaks today we finally have a leaked OS 6 for the Bold 9650. In the form of 6.0.0.222 its ready to download. I'm sure loads of you have been waiting on this, so get on the download and fire it up. Keep in mind this is still not an official OS, so use caution when installing.

*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). *

Source: BBLeaks
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AT&T to finally get the Pearl 3G and Curve 3G October 3rd?

It's pretty surprising that no major US carriers (aside from Cincinnati Bell) have picked up the Pearl 3G yet. It was expected months ago, but for some reason is nowhere to be found. Well Engadget is reporting that it may finally be showing up on AT&T in less than a month. According to a rumored device list, both the Pearl 3G and Curve 3G will be making their way to AT&T (with a bunch of other devices) on October 3rd. So if you've been missing out on some SureType action, you won't have to wait much longer.

Source: Engadget

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Celebrity Sighting: The Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Bold 9700 user

This celebrity sighting comes from John who spotted this pic of former action star (The Expendables doesn't count right??) and current California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on his private jet. He's rocking a Bold 9700 while hard at work doing whatever it is he does. Glad to see that at least he's made one good choice (his choice of smartphone) in his career. Thanks John!

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BlackBerry App Roundup for September 17th, 2010! Win 1 of 25 copies of Tether!

Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! At the end of last week, we saw Dave Peckens join the CrackBerry Posse; I know he’ll definitely keep his CrackBerry badge polished. On second thought, the whole Crack Team should keep them extra shiny, as we are currently in the countdown to Devcon 2010. Most of the Crack Team will be there to cover it with six shooters-a-firin’! Well maybe not, they might get kicked out. As far as contests go, we have the winners of last weeks Fixmo Tools giveaway. This week, we have 25 copies of Tether for BlackBerry up for grabs! Have a terrific weekend! Giddy up!

Freebies of the Week: Fono FX, Caller ID Ringtones

In Case You Missed It: Mobile Recovery, Rubik’s Cube, MiniNotes

New This Week: eWatcher, Undelete, Blaq

Cool at BlackBerry App World: ArtGO! Coloring Lite

Contest: Enter to win 1 of 25 copies of Tether for BlackBerry!

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Review: Solio Classic Hybrid Charger for BlackBerry

Review: Solio Classic Hybrid Charger for BlackBerry

Recently a friend introduced me to geocaching. If you're not familiar with it, geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online at geocaching.com. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache.

Geocachers have traditionally used dedicated handheld GPS receivers. A typical model runs all day on expendable or rechargeable AA batteries, is water and shock resistant to military standards, and can be loaded with location data via a connection to a computer that's connected to the internet. Handheld GPS receivers range in price from $100 to $400, which is in the same price range as a BlackBerry Smartphone. Since most BlackBerry Smartphones now come with a functioning GPS receiver, I wanted to try geocaching with a BlackBerry.

I've found over 200 caches using my Verizon Tour 9630 with Geocache Navigator for Verizon, by Trimble Navigation Limited. In the process, I've noticed two significant short-comings of a BlackBerry compared to a dedicated handheld GPS receiver: limited battery life and little or no water / shock resistance. CrackBerry has previously published reviews of the Otterbox which provides shock and water protection for the BlackBerry, but makes replacing a dead battery with a spare impractical in the field. What's needed is a way to recharge the battery in the BlackBerry while away from a USB or car charger. That brings us to the subject of this review, the Solio Classic Hybrid Solar Charger.

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Fake of the week: The BleckBarry!

Fake of the week: The BleckBarry!
 

It looks like a BlackBerry, it sounds like a BlackBerry, but is it a BlackBerry? No way. It's a BleckBarry. This fancy "smartphone" has some amazing features (if you're living in 1990) that anyone would love to have. this dual-network phone has not one, but two SIM slots, a 2 inch "vibrant color" screen, Bluetooth and 506KB of internal memory. And as if that all wasn't enough, there is a built in FM and TV tuner complete with antenna. This device really does do it all. It looks so much like a BlackBerry -- right down to the cloudy looking OS -- that no one will ever notice the difference. So if you're fed up with owning an actual BlackBerry, you can pop down $70 to have this knock-off by your side. Thanks Andrew!

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CrackBerry App Awards Nominees Announced - Vote Now!!

Click Here to See the Nominees and Vote Now!

We're only 10 days away from the start of the 2010 BlackBerry Developer Conference, which means we're only 12 days away from the CrackBerry App Awards party being hosted by Xobni and sponsored by the BlackBerry Partners Fund. The CrackBerry Awards party is being held from 7 to 10pm on Wednesday, September 29th at Xobni's headquarters (Twitter's original offices!) which are just a short five minute shuttle ride away from the Marriott where DevCon is being hosted. If you haven't RSVPed yet, you can do so here. It'll be a good 'ole time! 

CrackBerry App Award Nominees Announced - Voting Now Open: Before we can have a CrackBerry App Awards party, we need to have some winners to announce! Jump over to our CrackBerry App Awards 2010 page to see the nominees and place your vote. * Message to Nominees - if you're going to be in attendance at the App Awards party, shoot Adam or myself an email and let us know! *

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BBM Theme Song - Ping me baby! [video]

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We've seen a bunch of music videos dedicated to BlackBerry over the past few years. Some awesome and some well, not so much. This one however, is really kinda catchy and if you don't really like the song, you have to admit the video to go with it is genius, yet simple. Riz, the artist behind the song is also giving away a BlackBerry Bold (no, we dunno which version) along with a free mp3 download of the song itself. You can hit the website for more details on that. Side note, notice the timestamps? A lot of takes and editing I assume.

Source: @xjonx
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Bell launch of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 delayed until October 1st

Adding more fuel to the fire surrounding possible BlackBerry Torch delays in Canada comes the confirmed information that Bell has indeed, adjusted their launch schedule. While all previous Bell announcements had the device slated for September 24th they now have a splash page up advertising the release date as October 1st.

While the delays may sound rather significant to some, I really can't say anyone waiting for the device should be too bothered by it. Reason being, if the information is true and it's really an OS issue then all it really breaks down to is the fact that RIM is loading the devices with a later OS. Quite honestly, the AT&T launch OS wasn't that great. Leaked versions for the device have been significantly better anyways. So, lets hope they make one of those the official Canadian launch OS. Thanks to everyone who sent this into us!

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TELUS pre ordering of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 now available

As Canadians are still waiting for an official launch of the BlackBerry Torch 9800, TELUS has now joined the few taking pre orders for the device. The pre order page is set up but, still no official launch date has been set and the only given pricing for the device thus far is $199.99 on a 3/yr contract and $599.99 without contract. Rumor has it that the BlackBerry Torch 9800 has been delayed for all carriers due to last minute OS changes.

Source: Mobile Syrup
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Google Mobile App for BlackBerry updated to version 3.8.22

Fancy the Google Mobile App for BlackBerry? If so, be sure to download the latest version available for your device. The last version was set at 3.7.15 and now Google has put out version 3.8.22. Sadly, Google never includes a changelog with their applications so we're not exactly sure what is new about this release but, it's new so go get it and be sure to let us know if you find new about it in the comments.

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Research in Motion Q2 Fiscal 2011 Results Announced

* Update - After hours trading has the stock up over 7% on RIM's record profits. The Globe and Mail just posted a good article summarizing everything - read it here. It's clear a lot of the current sales and growth are coming internationally while North America is flattening out a bit with the competition from Apple and Android increasing. Listening to the Q&A though, the team seem very upbeat about the future quarters and Jim said we're going to be pleasantly surprised at DevCon, which kicks off on Sept. 27th. I can't wait! *

Research in Motion just posted their 2nd Quarter fiscal 2011 results (yes 2011 is right... that's how RIM reports. not a typo)....  the investors call starts at 5pm ET so tune in if you want to hear from RIM's Co-CEO Jim Balsillie first hand on their performance (I'll be listening). You can listen here. We'll report back with more once the call is over. In the meantime, check out the press release below!

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Rubik's Cube for BlackBerry now available

Rubik's Cube for BlackBerry now available

Growing up I used to sit down with my Rubik's cube every night and try to make my way through it. I never quite had the mental capacity for it and I honestly don't think I've ever actually completed the cube. Mine has since been tossed or ended up in a garage sale somewhere, but thanks to bPlay I can once again fail at the challenge. Their newest game is an officially licensed Rubik's Cube that is ready for conquerors everywhere.

Play the classic cube anywhere, anytime! Test your skills against the familiar 3x3x3 cube, or tackle other sizes, up to 5x5x5! Haven't figured out how to solve the cube yet? The included solution guide will help! Track your performance as you learn to solve the cube more quickly and in fewer moves! Go global and compare your times with the best in the world! It's all made possible in the only officially licensed Rubik's® Cube game! 

With multiple cube sizes and stat tracking, you can take Rubik's with you no matter where you are, right on your BlackBerry. It does ring in quite high for a BlackBerry game at $6.99, but if you're a big fan of the classics it may be worth checking out.

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Review: Trapster 4.0 for BlackBerry

Review: Trapster 4.0 for BlackBerry

Despite accepting – and even flaunting – my BlackBerry addiction, I *cough* always make sure to follow the rules of the road. That means Bluetooth Headset in ear and two hands on the wheel (most of the time). Speaking of which, are you reading this while driving?! For crying out loud, put your BlackBerry down and read it later! The rest of you, carry on. As I was saying, safe driving doesn’t end there, oh no Mr Leadfoot. Now while you may complain about speed traps, red light cameras and other Speed Racer deterrents, they are in place for a reason. Sure I get mad when traffic slows down to a crawl as they pass by a live police trap, but I know that they are there to make sure I get home to my wife and son.

Trapster for BlackBerry helps you stay informed of what’s happening on the road, while minimizing your BlackBerry’s ‘in-hand’ time. With access to what other Trapster users are reporting, you can be alerted of various traffic control points, as well as specific road conditions. Safe driving is being aware of your own driving and your surroundings – Trapster is here to help. Buckle up while we take Trapster for a spin.

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