Rain Theme by Bingtastic Themes - 50 Free Copies

Rain Theme

Rain is a very nice, totally custom theme by Bingtastic Themes. It features 60 custom rain drop style icons which are complimented by matching battery and signal meters. The menus and message list are skinned to match as well. Overall the customization and screens really mesh well together. The theme runs very smooth and is available in Zen, Today, and Weather. If your running OS 5.0 you can also choose to have these with fade transitions. Rain is supported by most devices including: 8900, Bold 9000, Storm 95xx, Tour 9630, and Bold 9700. You can download Rain via ShopCrackberry.com for $1.00 (50% off) till November 27th. We have 50 free copiees of Rain to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. 

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BlackBerry Apps that make you go Hmmmm

BlackBerry Apps that make you go Hmmmm

Yes, the title almost sounds like a song by C & C Music Factory. I had to put a twist on the title though, as this is about applications that you wouldn’t think were out there. If I could have borrowed another quote, I would have said “There’s an app for that? Are you freaking kidding me?!” Check out BlackBerry App World, CrackBerry App Store and others and you will find the most obscure applications. For some, I could see them as being handy or for a good laugh. Others were simply too odd, too annoying, or just too ridiculous. There’s a lot more out there that I thought there would be. I put together a list of those that had caught my eye; some good, some not so good. Take a look and see if there are others you would add.

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MiniPaint Beta- Have Some Fun With Your Pictures!

MiniPaint Beta- Have Some Fun With Your Pictures!
Looking to have a little fun with the photos on your BlackBerry smartphone? Josep over at MiBlackBerry pointed out a cool new beta application that may interest some of you out there. MiniPaint allows for on device editing of your photos to assist in creating some funny results, as seen above. You can add clipart, text and even resize the photos all from your device.

The application being beta, does have a few issues but nothing that isn't easily workable. First off the navigation is a little hard to get used to as you physically need to use the "enter" key often as opposed to actually pushing the trackball in to submit changes. Also, when saving pics you will have the MiniPaint logo on all them but hey, it's beta, it's free and a commercial version will be available at a later time with even more features added to it.

MiniPaint has support for OS 4.5 and up, BlackBerry Storm remains and untested device so if you download it and it works, send some feedback letting the developers know.

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BlackBerry Bold 9700 Now Available From AT&T!

BlackBerry Bold 9700 Now Available From AT&T!

Go get it folks! The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is now up on the AT&T website, right on schedule. Pricing details were previously known but for as a reminder the break down is as follows:

  • No contract – $449.99
  • 2 Year Contract -$299.99 reduced w/MIR to $199.99

AT&T now requires you to have a data plan with the device purchase so keep that in mind folks, as that is at least another $30. But really, if you are a BlackBerry user you likely already have a data plan on your account.

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Contest Reminder: BlackBerry Unlock Codes, Stop Turning!, Meterberry and Leave It On

Just a few contests this week, but still some great apps. We have offerings of Stop Turning!, MeterBerry and Leave It On, as well as some unlock codes from CellUnlock. If you haven't entered yet, you still have a few hours to get in on the fun. Just head over to the original contest posts and leave a comment. Thanks as always to the generous developers and retailers who make our contests possible week after week. If you'd like to run a contest of your own, shoot and email to editorial(at)crackberry.com for more info.

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EMEA BlackBerry Alliance Summit  2009 To Be Held In Rome, Italy, This Week

With the BlackBerry Developers Conference now in the history books, the next big event for Research In Motion is the EMEA Alliance Summit 2009, which is to be held in Rome, Italy on November 25th - 27th. The Alliance Summit is set up in order for Alliance members to meet up and learn about the new tools and innovations coming from Research In Motion and give insight into where technology is headed.

In addition to the social networking aspect of the summit, it will also give way to opening discussion regarding the BlackBerry Alliance program offerings and how it may be improved for the better. You'll also wanna check out one of the highlights of the event. The EMEA BlackBerry Innovation Awards, which will showcase how BlackBerry Alliance Members are delivering innovative and compelling services and products to end-users.

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Sentient- New Premium Theme From Elecite!

Sentient- New Premium Theme From Elecite!

Elecite has got an interesting new theme available. Sentient, looking like BumbleBee from Transformers is another from their cyborg series of themes. 6 user customizable icons take front stage to help get this one started and customized icons behind the "shield" keep the flow of the theme going nicely. If you wanna see Sentient in action, be sure to check out the video here.

Sentient is currently available for the BlackBerry Curve 8900, 95xx, 96xx and finally, 9700 series devices for only $6.99, check out all the screenshots at the Elecite website.

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SmartSig

I just checked out SmartSig and I have to say it is very cool. One of my long running gripes with BIS email signatures is that they show up at the very bottom of an email, after all the text in the email - even reply or quoted text. With SmartSig you can change that and have your signatures show up right where they belong. The app lets you choose custom signatures for email and SMS, and you can create and edit them right on your device. You'll need to delete your BIS signature for SmartSig to work properly, but from there you're all set. SmartSig runs on all devices with OS 4.3 and higher and is available for $1.50 in the CrackBerry App Store.

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AT&T Curve 8520 Dummy Units Arriving In Stores

AT&T Curve 8520 Dummy Units Arriving In Stores
 

It looks like the AT&T branded Curve 8520 dummy units have started to arrive in some stores. The new device is ready for AT&T and was stated to be arriving "in the coming weeks", but no exact date just yet. We've seen this in the past over and over with dummy units and accessories popping up just a few days before the actual device is released. So if you've been waiting on this one, you may not have much longer to go.

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Contest: Win 1 of 100 Free Unlock Codes For Your BlackBerry Bold 9700!!

As more and more BlackBerry lovers are getting their hands onto the BlackBerry Bold 9700 it's time for us to go ahead and have a contest for you all. We've teamed up with CellUnlock once again to bring you all 100 free unlock codes for ANY BlackBerry Bold 9700 carrier.

In addition to the 100 free codes, CellUnlock will give away 100 more additional unlock codes if we can help them break 1,000 followers on Twitter so be sure to follow CellUnlocknet and give em a shout.

[Contest will run until Novemeber 25th. Please enter only once, duplicate entries will be ignored and of course, big thanks go out to CellUnlock for offering this up. Good luck to you all.] 

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Stop Turning!

Sick of your Storm's screen rotating when you don't want it to? Would you just like to keep it in landscape or portrait mode? Well Epic Applications has the solution for you. Stop Turning! does just what its name implies - it stops your screen from rotating when you don't want it to. Simply hit the menu key and select Stop Turning! to lock your device's screen into its current orientation. I have found this application to be extremely useful when I put my Storm down to read an email, and the screen keeps jumping between orientations. Stop Turning! supports OS 4.7 and 5.0 on the Storm and Storm2. Its on sale in the Crackberry App Store for $1.49 till November 22nd.

Contest: We have 50 free copies of Stop Turning! 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 won't count.

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Beejive IM Beta 1.9.7 for OS 5.0 Devices

Beejive IM Beta 1.9.7 for OS 5.0 Devices

Beejive has released a new beta of their all-in-one IM client. Beta 1.9.7 is geared toward OS 5.0 users, and has a bunch of updated features. Beejive was kind of shaky on some 5.0 builds, so the new beta hopes to get closer to a fully working version. Features include:

  • file transfers via link, you can now transfer files to buddies on all IM accounts.
  • email push when app running in background (see preferences in app).
  • send voice notes
  • send GPS location (if supported by phone)
  • new chat styles & background images
  • new buddy list layouts
  • improved battery life
  • overall UI redesign
  • facebook IM
  • various other bug fixes & enhancements

You can give it a go if you've been having issues with the application on 5.0. Download links and support are available from the Beejive forums.

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In my hunting for a new theme for my 9700 last night I came across Liquid Chrome. Liquid Chrome is one of the new theme builder 5.0 themes that are now starting to show up, practically on a hourly basis in the theme shop. While I'm not typically a fan of yellow, the transitions in Liquid chrome caught my eye enough to give it a shot and I have to say I don't mind yellow so much any more. The theme developer, Jake has taken the time to make sure all the transistions flow nicely throughout the theme and let's face it that wallpaper is just plain cool. Liquid chrome has a full hidden dock and hidden today sections to keep it looking clean, while keeping you up to date as well.

Liquid Chrome is available for the Bold, Storm, Tour, Curve 8900 and 8520 as well as the Pearl Flip for only $3.99 until November 30th. Be sure to check it out - and if you are running a 5.0 device be sure to use the 5.0 version if you want to have the transitions work as noted.

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I Love My BlackBerry Contest - Thank You Sponsors!

I Love My BlackBerry Contest - Thank You Sponsors!

Our I Love My BlackBerry Contest was a HUGE success. Thanks to all those who entered. You should have received an email about your prizes (if not contact sitesupport(at)crackberry.com). We just have to give a shout to all of our sponsors for providing awesome prizes for the contest - we couldn't have done it without them. Big thanks to Schlage, Slacker, ShaoSoft, Dreamtheme, Coveroo, SmrtGuard and ShopCrackBerry for the goods. Hit the jump to check out all the generous donations from our sponsors.

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Get Your Hockey Updates Quickly with Hockey Scores

Get Your Hockey Updates Quickly with Hockey Scores
*UPDATE* - Appears only devices 4.6 OS and up are supported, sorry folks! - Read more

This one is for the Hockey fans out there that just want quick update access to all the NHL hockey scores. Hockey Scores is a small app that does just that and nothing more. In your hand and up to the minute scores from the NHL every time you open that app. Lightweight and fast, Hockey Scores is currently available for all devices and can be picked up in BlackBerry App World. If you are looking for a more feature rich application, you may wish to have a look at The Hockey News Mobile or Scoremobile

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BlackBerry App Roundup for November 20th, 2009!

Mid-November greetings to you all. This week I'm mixing things up just a bit. I'm doing away with the 'on sale' portion just for now... and have added another title into the 'new' and 'in case you missed it' sections. Not much of a 'spicing up', but a change is as good as a rest. Covered in this weeks' edition of the roundup are the following apps:

In Case You Missed It: WordPress Mobile Updated... Moving out of Beta Soon, BlackBerry IM Clients Updated, TwitterBerry Becomes OpenBeak, FileScout 1.5.0.0 Released, Berry Wars Renamed and Revamped

New This Week: Revball, Mytopia Texas Holdem Live for the Bold and Storm, e-Mobile GPS FindMe, Android Theme for the Bold 9700, Colorbeat

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Fierce Towers

Freebie of the Week: shaqBerry

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BlackBerry Curve 8530 Now Available From Verizon Wireless
 

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 Smartphone is now available from Verizon Wireless. The device is available in both Black and Smoky Violet, and will run you $99.99 with a new 2-year contract (and online discount). The latest CDMA device supports Wifi, has a 2.0 MP camera, music player, bluetooth capability and more. You an also grab the Curve 8530 as part of Verizon's BOGO promo and pick up another 8530 (or select other devices) free. Head over to verizonwireless.com to check it out, or swing by your local Verizon retailer.

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Video First Look: BlackBerry Pearl 9100!

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When it rains it pours!! If you didn't see our Photos of the new BlackBerry Pearl 9100 (codenamed stratus/striker), be sure to check them out along with the photos spotted/posted by our buddy salomondrin. He also posted up the sweet video above (though it's not him in the video doing the talking per usual - but we're sure that'll happen soon and we'll post all the good stuff he brings). Be sure to watch the video. The new BlackBerry Pearl is going to be one SWEET device.

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Live Images of the New 3G BlackBerry Pearl 9100!!

First Live Photos of the new BlackBerry Pearl 9100!!

OoohHHH BaBy!! Any BlackBerry Pearl fans out there? I know there are. And I know so many of you have been waiting for Research in Motion to release an updated version of the candybar-styled BlackBerry Pearl 81xx Series Smartphone. Good news. The wait is getting shorter, because what you're looking at in these photos is the new BlackBerry Pearl 9100! 

We've actually been sitting on these pictures of the new 3G BlackBerry Pearl 9100 for a while now with this post sitting in the queue ready to go live (for obvious reasons -- source's request -- we can't always post stuff the second we have it), but now that it's out there (good stuff Sal!!) we can post these babies up. Be sure to look below for more photos.

As you can see, the new BlackBerry Pearl (has gone by the codename stratus and/or striker we think.... codenames are so confusing sometimes) gets its styling from the latest generation of the BlackBerry Smartphones. The new Pearl really looks like a narrowed down BlackBerry Bold 9700, but with the full physical qwerty keyboard swapped out in favor of a slick new SureType design. We didn't post any photos of it here, but under the battery door the new Pearl features a newly-designed battery. Lots more specs and info to come soon, but for now enjoy the photos! For those who appreciate a small device, this is going to be the one you want. 

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