BlackBerry Curve 8520 OS 4.6.1.305 from T-Mobile UK

Among all the 5.0 leaks people seem to forget there will still be carrier releases along the way. The latest offering is OS 4.6.1.305 for the Curve 8520 from T-Mobile UK. This is an official OS, so if you didn't make the jump to 5.0 this past week, you may want to check it out. You can grab it from the T-Mobile UK download site.

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PodTrapper Updated to Version 2.5

Podtrapper

One of my favorite apps PodTrapper, has been updated to version 2.5 and includes some great new features. PodTrapper is probably the best app there is for listening to podcasts on your BlackBerry, and the new updates make it that much better. Some of the updates include:

  • Podcast recommendation engine (Add Podcasts->Recommendations)
  • Setting to run PodTrapper on Startup
  • Configurable rewind after unpausing
  • Ability to save files to your SD card with reasonable names (Save As.. in episode viewer)
  • Sleep timer (started via the Settings Screen)
  • Ability to specify day and time for weekly updates

Podtrapper is available for $9.99 in the CrackBerry App Store. While the price is a bit higher than the average BlackBerry app, if you do a lot of podcast listening on the go then it is well worth the price.

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mSpot Brings Streaming Movie Rentals To BlackBerry

mSpot has launched their new mobile video rental and streaming service for BlackBerry Smartphones. More commonly known as a company which has offered ringtones and music downloads for a number of platforms, mSpot has teamed up with some big media players such as Paramount, Universal and The Weinstein Company which opens up access to a selection of movie titles.

One thing mSpot has over other offerings such as PrimeTime2Go is that they are utilizing the carriers network to bring you all this new content so it's available as long as you have carrier coverage. Pricing models are realistic as well which mSpot I'm sure hopes will give them an edge over the rest. A quick look into the services reveals:

  • Mobile Movies works on 30+ different phones (incl. iPhone, Blackberry, Android and more)
  • Watch movie trailers for free
  • Rent single full-length movies for only $4.99
  • Up to 4 movies for $9.99 when you join the Movie Club
  • Not all movies are available in the Movie Club. 
It's great to see big media lossening the strings a little and offering these kinds of things. Long have they ignored the mobile market and now to see some of them embrace it is a good sign of things to come. However, in my testing I did come across one thing that struck me as weird and i Hope mSpot sees it as well. While visiting their site on my device it immediately told me my device was unsupported, yet in their FAQ section it says if "previews" play on your device you will be able to purchase and view the full length video. This could be a bit confusing for the unintiated so mSpot might wanna look into that so that they do not have customer just assume it's not going to work. Check it out on your device and let us know how you feel about the service in the comments.

[ TechCrunch ]
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BlackBerry 101: How to Unlock Your BlackBerry

Today we are looking a procedure that most of us will do at one time or another while owning a BlackBerry which is unlocking. Keep in mind, this will only work on GSM devices, or "World Phones" like the 8830WE, Storm or Tour. If you are like me, you will sometimes want a BlackBerry from another carrier to run on your own carrier. Or maybe you want to sell it and increase resale value while opening yourself up to more potential buyers. All you need to do is get an unlock code and follow our quick session and your on your way!

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LaterFlag - Flag Your Emails For Follow Up

LaterFlag - Flag Your Emails For Follow Up

Fabian Heuwieser has been back at work on his awesome and most importantly useful BlackBerry applications. This time around he has created LaterFlag, an application which allows you to flag your emails in two ways (high or low priority) for follow up at a later time. Best of all it's a free application.

Most of you who are running a 5.0 leaked OS will have noticed this type of service is indeed integrated into the OS, but those of you on older devices where 5.0 is not available are going to want to grab this one for sure. Is it just me or does Fabian seem like a porcrastinator to you all? First LaterDude, now LaterFlag - the man likes to put things off, but I'll assume it's just to make us great apps for our devices. Thanks go out to Fabian for bringing us just what our devices need, no more..no less.

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RIM To Officially Launch BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac on October 2nd!!

It's the last day of September and RIM promised to have BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac officially available by then. Unfortunately, you can't download it today but they did fire off a press release letting us know it will be here this Friday, October 2nd, at 1pm EDT. A couple more days won't kill us, so it's allllll goood. THANKS RIM!!!!! 

Press Release

RIM Launches BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac Users

New software makes it easy to sync data between Mac applications and BlackBerry smartphones; free download scheduled to be available on October 2

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2009) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) has exciting news for Mac(R) users that want an easy and reliable solution that syncs their contacts, calendar appointments, tasks and notes with their BlackBerry(R) smartphones. A new version of the BlackBerry(R) Desktop Manager software has been developed specifically for Mac users. The new desktop software is scheduled to be available for free download from www.blackberry.com/mac on Friday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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TiVo Application Launches for BlackBerry Smartphones

Well, it's been a long time coming but RIM and TiVo have finally released their BlackBerry application and I have to say, it seems to have been well worth the wait. This should make a lot of TiVo owning Blackberry owners out there happy. A dedicated application to handle things on the go is great, much better than the TiVo mobile site, and with a lot more functionality. Some key features for you:

    Overview

    TiVo for BlackBerry smartphones is designed to allow BlackBerry smartphone users to perform the following tasks:

    • Browse television shows available on TiVo® service
    • Configure TiVo for BlackBerry smartphones to select from a list of available TiVo Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) wirelessly using the BlackBerry smartphone
    • Record television shows to be viewed at a later time
    • Set 1-Click recording options
    • Get a Seasons Pass™ to a television show
    • Search the programming guide based on show title, actor, director, keywords, and category
    • View recommended television shows based on current searches

    Note: TiVo for BlackBerry smartphones is currently only available in Canada and the United States.

    Aside from just releasing the application, RIM also posted a bevy of knowledge based articles to help get everyone started on using it. Be sure to check em all out. You can grab the TiVo application from BlackBerry App World. Be sure to let us know what ya think of it in the comments.

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    First Look: BlackBerry "Atlas" Smartphone Shows Off For Camera, Looking Mighty Fine!

    * Another Update: Ok. So this is weird. Jump over to sal's blog and you can see he posted some more photos of the Atlas. Though according to these photos, it's showing the Atlas to be an Edge device, and funny enough, it says "Bold" on the backside. This goes against previous Verizon roadmap info from BGR that slated the Atlas as a CDMA device. Very confusing and a bit strange. You'd almost think it's just an older prototype of something that's maybe not getting build (testing parts on different models) or maybe will be a low cost Bold for other markets or maybe?!?! *

    * Update from Kevin: Nice... jump off a plane and look what got posted while in the air! Couple clarifications... in the photo above, "atlas" is on the left while it's a Bold 9700 on the right. While atlas is looking more like a CDMA Curve 8900 (8930?!), don't get this confused with the "essex", which is a more Tour-like follow up device (with WiFi, trackpad and maybe a bigger camera plus orientation sensor). Between the Curve 8530, Tour and essex, and adding an atlas (assuming it goes to market), there's gonna be a flood of full qwerty BlackBerry Smartphones offered on the CDMA market. Now Let's see some vids sal! *

    *Update 2: Salomondrin has new pics posted which show the device being a GSM one and some variation of a Bold? Something tells me there is more to the story here, the specs posted are totally different from everything leading up to this * 

    CrackBerry forums member Salomondrin has been extra busy these days, making videos and taking pics for us all to enjoy and drool over. Seems this time though, he got us all looking at what's come to be known as the BlackBerry Atlas. CDMA, WiFi all set off with the keyboard from the 8900 series devices, some details have been left out that we actually mentioned in the CrackBerry podcast. Details being the camera quality, which is rumored to be more then 3.2MP but at this time cannot be confirmed.

    Salomondrin has stated he will be posting up more pics and videos for us soon to get a closer look at it. Keep your eyes open for Sal's updates, there will be more coming. So, CDMA users how ya all feel with the love from RIM these days? ;)

    [ Salomondrin ]

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    RIM Warns About BlackBerry Browser Bug, Recommends Updating To Newer OS Versions Not Yet  Released?

    Al Sacco over at CIO was advised today from a Twitter friend that RIM had posted some information regarding a security concern within their BlackBerry browser. The issue at hand here is how the BlackBerry browser handles server certificates and it's method of reading null characters. To put it simply, hackers can make a site appear to be legit, in all reality it's leading you to somewhere else where you could possibly be inputting personal information. Think of Paypal being redirected to a site that looks like Paypal asking you to login, thus supplying your login and password to a unknown site.

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    BlackBerry Bold 9700 Showing Off Alongside White BlackBerry Bold 9000 In AT&T Systems

    Just in case one piece of "Bold" information wasn't enough for ya's Boy Genius dropped some information about two Bolds that are now appearing in AT&T systems. First up, as if it was unexpected-- the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is now listed and all that's really left is the waiting game for this one. Devices are ready to rock and roll for most if not all carriers that will be launching.

    Next on the list, the white BlackBerry Bold 9000 that has been showing up in quite a few places as of late. Seems RIM has developed a fascination with white devices as they will also be launching a 8520 in all white in the next little while. That's it for now folks, who is getting these devices? Does anyone really want a white Bold? 

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    BugMe! for BlackBerry

    BugMe! for BlackBerry

    Oh precious notepad, what would I ever do without you? Well, I’d probably forget a substantial amount more than I already do. Some people are blessed with a sponge for a brain; they’re able to absorb and retain information quickly and easily. Then there are others like myself, who wish they could wring out those gifted sponges in order to mop up the knowledge and keep it in a bucket for future reference. This method is not only inefficient, but it’s also gruesome. Your BlackBerry smartphone, as you already know, has a note pad and task application under its hood. Keeping this in mind, there are also a number of applications you can download to help keep you on top of important dates, projects or whatever you struggle with. One of these applications you can turn to is BugMe!

    BugMe! is part notepad, part task manager, part alarm and part nag. Together, these many parts make up an application that allows you to create reminder notes in a cinch. With BugMe!, you will find that you will be creating note and reminders more quickly and easily. Now instead of making a note to check out the review, why not just read it now?

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    Hullomail is a new application out for BlackBerry devices, specifically the Tour, Bold and 8900, with support forthcoming for other devices. Hullomail is a Voice-Email application which allows you to listen to your voicemails directly on your device without having to call your voicemail box. All voicemails are sent to you via your email account and then you may listen to them all from within the application. Key features for Hullomail are:

    • Receive and play voice-emails directly in your inbox, mobile and the web
    • Get notified of any missed call, even in areas with no mobile reception
    • Take control of your voice-emails – it’s up to you, not the operator
    • Share, delete and keep your voice-emails forever, within a click
    • See who’s calling you instantly from your email contacts
    • Access, view, and manage your voice-emails, all from one place
    • One click access to all your voice-emails

    Hullomail is currently only available in the US and UK, but hopefully that will be expanded at a later time to include other countries. Be sure to check it out, the video alone should be enough to give it a look.

    [ BBSites ]
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    Rogers Curve 8520 Dummy Phones Have Arrived - Launch Can't Be Far Off

    No crazy news here, just some eye candy to tide us over. Our pal Treatz sent in these images of the Rogers Curve 8520 dummy phones. We get a great look at both the black and lavender 8520's, and more confirmation that the launch must be right around the corner. Check out some more pics after the jump.

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    Hedone Designs Shows Us All That Simple Black and White Can Be Awesome
    Black and white - two pretty plain colors right? Well Hedone Designs is out to change that with his new theme. Simple Black and White is a optional set of two themes which are elegantly designed to be simple yet stunning at the same time. 6 icons across the bottom main screen are indeed customizable to your needs, and Hedone has made a lot of customizations to the signal and battery meters as well. These themes really do look great on device, and pictures in this case really do not do theme any justice. Hedone has done up a video for us, so that you may get a better look at what exactly is going on in these themes so be sure to check it out. Simple Black and White are available as separate downloads for Bold, Tour and 8900 as well as 8300 and Storm devices for $3.99 until October 6th.

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    Yahoo! Fantasy Football '09 A to Z

    We're a few weeks into the football season, and many of you have Yahoo! fantasy teams to track. Why not get the most out of your BlackBerry and use the Y! Fantasy Football '09 app to keep your team going strong. Take a look at the video above for the scoop on the app, and for more information check out Y! Fantasy Football '09 in BlackBerry App World.

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    Elecite Releases New Premium Theme Archaic

    Elecite Releases New Premium Theme Archaic

    Elecite has just released a new theme and this time around we get a look at some cool transitions built right in. You have four "pages" you can scroll through - an icon dock, calendar list, message list, and media page. Crisp icons and an awesome wallpaper set this theme off, so be sure to check it out. Currently available for BlackBerry 8350, 8500, 8900, 9000, 9500 and 9600 series devices and is priced as always at $6.99 and more screenshots are available here.

    *As a CrackBerry bonus, Elecite has offered up 30% off for the first 100 people to purchase Archaic, just visit Elecite add theme to your cart and use the coupon code acb *

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    Contest Winners: Worldmate Live, Premium Themes, Textender & More

     

    A great variety of contests this week. We started out with some great premium themes, some free copies of Textender and threw in some cool accessories and even better Worldmate Live subscriptions. You can also grab the MacBerry Widgets theme for 25% off - head to bPlay.com and use the code cbwidgets25 at checkout. Tons of goodies to be won this time around, so check out the full winners list after the jump. We already got the fun started this week as well, so check out our contest from Cell Unlock for 100 free unlock codes.

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    Leaked: OS 5.0.0.238 for the BlackBerry Curve 8520!

    I sort of feel bad for any "uninitiated" BlackBerry users stumbling upon CrackBerry.com today for the first time... the homepage blogs are full of these scary looking white screen captures full of funny numbers that likely don't mean much. But to the hardcore CrackBerry users out there, it's a joyous sight to behold. Next in line up for some OS 5.0 love is the newly released BlackBerry Curve 8520 which also gets version 5.0.0.238 software. This is pretty huge news. So many OS updates with the same version number, even sharing the same Known Issues log... all great signs that an official OS 5.0 rollout will happen sooner than later, and will likely hit at once to all devices that are going to get the update. 

    *OS Disclaimer - This is an unofficial release. 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 5.0.0.238 for the BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900!

    Seriously Bold and Curve 8900 owners... you didn't think we'd leave you hanging too long did you? If you listened to CrackBerry Podcast 042 you'll know I've fallen in love with my BlackBerry Bold all over again so seeing version 5.0.0.238 firmware leak brings some serious joy to my CrackBerry heart. As with all of our leaky leaks - install with caution and be sure to jump into our Beta OS forums for findings and help.

    *OS Disclaimer - This is an unofficial release. 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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    I really love the direction theme developers are heading these days, coming up with designs that are both useful and fun. It makes me wish RIM would take some time to develop some more lively themes to ship native on the BlackBerry OS. I'm sure the option of a fun "consumer" theme would go a long away with new first time BlackBerry owners.

    I also love the direction theme developers are taking with their promotional videos! Check out the video above for the Hemisphere theme, from Jmal and AHaz Designs. Fun theme hey? You can jump over to the product page for all the nitty gritty details - this theme offers a lot. And, best part yet, it's on sale right now until October 4th for just $2.99 and is available for pretty much every device model. Check it out!

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