XM Radio Online+ Now Available To Canadian Users

XM Radio Online+ Now Available To Canadian Users

As we reported on earlier, XM Radio Online has maintained its scheduled release date and is now available to all Canadian users. Offering up many of the same channels as the SIRIUS application, XM Radio online offers a free 14 day free trial so that you may check out the services.  As it stands, if you want XM Mobile you can get online and mobile for $7.99/mnth or if you are already an XM subscriber, you can pay an additional $2.99 just for the mobile access. Still no Howard but if you enjoy others channels on XM it may be worthwhile giving it look at. The app works over 3G and WiFi so no issues there and all devices 85xx and up numerically are supported, incl Storm series.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 11 Apr 2010

BlackBerry 9800 Outed Via UAProf But What Is It? (best guess: 9700a slider is now 9800 slider)

The last device to get outed via UAProf was the BlackBerry 9300 and while we'd been hearing about that one for a while the latest device to show up, the BlackBerry 9800 is kind of the new kid on the block. We got some tips last night as to what it might possibly be, but nothing solid so anything said here is pretty much speculation and rumors.

The known specs on this one are listed as being 3G, having 802.11n Wi-Fi and rocking a 360x480 display. To go with that, it is currently listed as coming with OS 6.0 but still lagging behind in regards to the browser version indicating it may not be currently running the upcoming WebKit browser. Looking at the specs side by side, it could be thought as an updated version of the 9700a aka Slider or possibly what we are looking at is the Storm 3. What do you guys think? Is this a Storm 3 that we are looking at or possibly just the Slider finally getting renamed to the device model it'll actually go to market with (we always figured the 9700a device model was a temporary one and it would change at somepoint)? Sound off in the comments.

Source: BBNews.pl

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.612 For The BlackBerry Storm2 9520

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.612 For The BlackBerry Storm2 9520

If you're a Storm 2 9520 owner you'll wanna set aside a few minutes to check out the latest leak. OS 5.0.0.612 has just hit the internet for all to grab. At this point, we're not sure if it's a DRM version or not so we'll leave that for you all to figure out. Let us know in the comments and as always, back up your data before you load this one up.

*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. *

Source: BBLEAKS
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WES 2010 Party Entertainment Announced

WES 2010 Party Entertainment Announced

Just in case you needed any more of a reason to attend WES 2010 the party entertainment has just been announced via the BlackBerry blog. Bedouin Soundclash, Joss Stone and will.i.am (Guest DJ) will all be on hand at the Research In Motion showcase event. If you've been holding off on registration you have up until April 25th to do so and if you use the coupon code DE4SMD you'll save an additional $300 of your registration fees. You know we'll be there, so come on out and join us.

Source: BlackBerry Blog

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CrackBerry Reminder: What You May Have Missed This Week
Not a bad week for news as we actually saw some pretty cool things pop up. We had an official update for the Storm2 from Verizon, finally got our hands on some actual photos of the Bold 9650, and RIM officially released their Twitter for BlackBerry client (still in beta). All in all not too bad. Some contests to throw in the mix and another week at CrackBerry Central is in the books. Hit the links below to see all thats fresh in the BlackBerry world.

What You May Have Missed

Contest Reminders

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PopUp for BlackBerry SmartphonesPopUp for BlackBerry Smartphones

I'm down in Miami for a few days, so before boarding the plane yesterday I checked the CrackBerry App Store to see if there were any new time-kiling games for me to load up and have some fun with during the flight. Lo and behold I found a new one from Swoosh Software called PopUp that, while basic, proved to be pretty darn fun. PopUp is a puzzle game where you need to work fast to match block clusters before the board overflows. That's it. Simple and fun. Oh, and the special blocks mix things up a bit. You can grab PopUp at the link below. It's on sale until April 12th and a free trial is available.

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BMW Launches Roadside Assistance Application

BMW Launches Roadside Assistance Application

BMW isn't exactly a stranger when it comes to adopting BlackBerry into their vehicles. They were the first automaker to include BlackBerry address book integration which connected through to their on board services known as BMW Assist. This time around though, they have taken things to the application level by offering up BMW Roadside Assistance to BlackBerry, iPhone and Android customers. Looking at the features, one can easily see why could prove useful.

Features:

  • Roadside Services – Get connected with Roadside Assistance by selecting the service you require including: Towing, Battery, Tire, Fuel, Lock Out , and more
  • Dealer Locator – Search and find Centers near you. Pin point dealers closest to your location, find hours of operation, and obtain dealer contact information
  • Service Details – The minute help is on the way a reference number, service dispatch information, & Estimated Time of Arrival is transmitted directly to your phone
  • VIN Registration –Confirm your BMW’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and eligibility for Roadside Assistance thus expediting the service dispatch 

Pretty interesting. The appeal here aside from the convenience factor is to lower the time it takes to get information to BMW in order for them to assist you. While at the same time, offering up a great user experience that customers have come to expect. Sadly, I'm not rocking a BMW so don't go expecting any reviews on the application from me. I'll let ya know if Nike releases a road side assistance app though, I'll be all over that for sure.

Source: IntoMobile
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Remember That Team Canada BlackBerry Bold 9700?

Remember That Team Canada BlackBerry Bold 9700?

Zach over at TheBerryFix, had a user send in some pics of the limited edition BlackBerry that was given to Team Canada and certain Future Shop employees. I would love to be able to get my hands on one of these. Sadly, there were only 60 made and as it stands right now if you want one word is you'll not be able to find it for anything less then $10,000. Yikes! Still, a nice piece of eye candy though. Personally, I'd love to see more "limited editions" actually be released to market.

Source: TheBerryFix

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BlackBerry Pearl 9100 Live Pic With T9 Keypad Shows Up

Just last week I was speaking with Kevin about the 9100/9105 keypad situation that has come up recently. I mentioned to him that we'd been seeing the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 for a long time now and if another keypad was being added to the device, surely we'd have seen pics of it by now. Guess that topic is kind of dead now considering the picture Ronen posted up over at BerryReview.

As you can see on the left is what we've come to know as that BlackBerry Pearl 9100 while, on the far right you can see the rumored T9 keyboard attached to what may or may not be the 9105 device we've seen mentioned lately. Looking at the pic, would any of you all even be able to use that keypad? I think I'd get so frustrated with it, it would end up tossed out the window.

Source: BerryReview

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Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630 On Its Way Out

Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630 On Its Way Out

Sad day for BlackBerry Tour owners. Alright, maybe not that sad since it means the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is moving in but it's still kind of odd to see a device reach EOL so early on a carrier. As BerryScoop advises the BlackBerry Tour 9630 will be reaching EOL in June. Of course, that doesn't mean they will be ripped off the shelves never to be seen again but it does mean Verizon will not be ordering any more of that model. With the 9630 reaching EOL in June, that puts us right in line for an official announcement of the Bold 9650 at WES I'd think.

Source: BerryScoop

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Contest: New Fuss Premium Theme From JC Designs - Enter To Win One Of  25 Copies

John from JC Designs has recently put out his latest piece of work. Fuss, has been designed for wallpaper lovers in mind. Included with the theme are 4 unique wallpapers to choose from which work well with keeping the flow of the theme. And of course, if you do so choose you can easily swap them out for any of your own chosen wallpapers. With built in quick keys you can easily turn off all of your display icons to completely free up the background. If you’ve got a keyboard device, hitting the space will bring it all back up, while Storm users can just touch the bottom of your screen.

Since this is a newer release for JC Designs, John has decided to offer up 25 copies of Fuss to the CrackBerry community for us to give away, leave your comments and we'll pick out some winners. If you'd rather have Fuss right now though, you can grab it for only $4.98. In addition to the contest, John has also updated the ever popular iBerry blocks theme for Storm, 9700, 8900, 9600 devices and added support for 85xx and also a 83xx OS 5.0 version and placed it on sale for only $3.98 until tomorrow.

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BerryBuzz 3.0 Now Available - Includes New UI, More LED Options and 3rd Party App Support

BerryBuzz has received a major overhaul and is now available in the form of BerryBuzz 3.0. The new update has a load of action-packed features that make this the best version yet. I'm a big fan of this app, and the update adds a ton of welcome additions. BerryBuzz lets you totally customize your LED for messages, reminders, phone calls and now some 3rd party apps and contact alerts. Updates include:

  • Major rework of the user interface (Includes option to black out all screens)
  • Added support for more 3rd party apps like Twitter (RIM), TweetGenius, UberTwitter, SocialScope, OpenBeak, BeejiveIM, IM+, WhatsApp, Skype, MySpace, Viigo, ebay App, MeterBerry, instango
  • Added contact LEDs that let you assign LED colors to calls/SMS/e-mails from specific contacts
  • Added option to vibrate while ringing for all notifications
  • Added 4 new colors and 12 new LED disco colors
  • Added support for stacking 2 LED colors for even more color variations
  • Added option to vibrate/play sound when call connected/disconnected

The ability to now add alerts for contacts, dual-colors for alerts, 3rd party app support and a backup/restore feature for settings make this a great app to have. The downside is that current BerryBuzz owners will have to cough up another $1.99 to get the upgrade, while new users can get it fresh for $5.99.

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White BlackBerry Bold 9700 Available for Purchase in the Netherlands from T-Mobile; UK & Ireland Not Far Behind?

Lots of rumors floating around on the arrival of the white Bold 9700 lately. We saw some good stuff turn up in the last few weeks, and now it looks like the device is actually ready for order from T-Mobile in the Netherlands. If you live in the Netherlands you can order the device through the carrier's site, however it appears as if the units won't be delivered until early May. Already a good sign however that the white Bold 9700 will soon be floating to other carriers sites as well. We're pretty sure the device is headed to Rogers at some point, and BlackBerry UK & Ireland posted a tease on their Facebook page that the device will be coming sometime this spring. We hope to have more details on this in the near future.

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Rogers Bold 9700 Getting OTA Update to OS 5.0.0.351 Today

We just got word that Rogers customers with a Bold 9700 with have a first in Canada today. Rogers will be rolling out an OTA update to OS version 5.0.0.351 for the 9700. Anyone on an official Rogers OS will be able to upgrade via the wireless update option to the new device software. We're not sure exactly what time the update will be available (if its not already) so be sure to leave a comment if you see something pop up. To check for the software availability, go to Options > Advanced Options > Wireless Update on your device (keep in mind you'll have to be running an official OS to see the update). If you've never used the feature before, check out our BlackBerry 101 on using the wireless update from your device. Unfortunately the OS is pretty old, so if you're looking for something a little newer you can download the latest leaked 9700 OS. You can read the official announcement after the jump.

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RIM Places Order with Hon Hai for 8.9-inch Displays - RIM Considering Its Own BlackBerry Tablet?!
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Now that I've got your attention with the BlackBerry Tablet photo (thanks James!), here's the scoop....

This week I received a bunch of emails, phone calls and BBMs from industry contacts seemingly out of the blue that were all to the tune of So what's this I hear about a BlackBerry Tablet?! It took a little digging to figure out where this BlackBerry Tablet stuff was coming from all of a sudden, but I got to the bottom of it. The source is from a research firm that specializes in component supply chain information - and the company sent out a brief report this week touting "RIMM to Launch Own Tablet in Late 2010" which got the industry insiders buzzing. The text in the image above that was sent in to us is from that report, which states three sources have confirmed that RIM has placed an order with supplier Hon Hai for 8.9" displays for use in a tablet.

Interesting stuff. I wouldn't read too much into it at this point in time (I can't see RIM trying to go head to head with the iPad just yet), but it at least shows RIM is playing with the notion of bigger screens. What's really interesting and to the contrary is that not too long ago RIM's Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis was on Walt Mossberg's D7 and when asked about a BlackBerry Tablet Mike L. dismissed it, saying "I don't see the benefits of a tablet over a notebook... A lot of technology falls in the middle." It could be the thought on this has changed with all of the tablet buzz of late.

Maybe today's announcement of RIM acquiring QNX Software is related to this report (8.9" displays for in-car touchscreen systems??) or maybe they're toying with an accessory to use with your BlackBerry (sort of like Celio's new touchscreen RedFly we showed you at MWC). Or maybe they do in fact have a team in Waterloo looking into building a full-out BlackBerry Tablet. Who knows. Could all be BS. At this point it's speculation.

So what do you think? BlackBerry Tablet? Yay or Nay? Sound off in the comments!

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Here's an interesting piece of news to kick off a Friday. RIM has just announced the acquisition of QNX Software, a division owned by Harman International.  Full press release is below with all the details.  But if you jump over to QNX.com you can see what these guys are all about. On the surface it's looking like RIM wants to enhance the integration between BlackBery Smartphones and in-car infotainment systems, but I would be pretty stoked if in a year or two I could buy a car who's entire onboard computer/communication system was powered by BlackBerry!!  

Press Release

Research In Motion to Acquire QNX Software Unit from Harman International

Move furthers innovation among parties for mobility, connectivity and intelligent automotive markets

STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 9, 2010) - Harman International (NYSE:HAR) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) announced today that the two companies have reached an agreement for RIM to acquire QNX Software Systems. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is anticipated to close within 35-45 days. This strategic move is expected to further strengthen QNX penetration in the automotive market and foster innovation for markets served by all parties.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for April 9th, 2010: 25 Copies of FlightView to be Won!

Howdy folks, hope you've had another great week, I know I have! As per usual, there's lots of goodness included in this weeks' roundup, including our usual giveaway. Keep reading for all the details... Covered this week in the BlackBerry App Roundup are the following titles:

Giveaway of the Week: FlightView

Freebies of the Week: Thomson Reuters News Pro, Belladonna, iSki Swiss Lite

In Case You Missed It: Jam for BlackBerry, BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.1.5 Available in Beta Zone, LinkedIn 1.0.1 for BlackBerry, CrackBerry Theme Updated to Support Multiple Devices, AstraSync Updated

New This Week: BuzzOff, No Smoking, FrazRaz

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Tower of Hanoi

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New BlackBerry Device Outed: BlackBerry Curve 9300 (kepler) Shows Up in BlackBerry UAProf Document!


Click Image for the BlackBerry 9300 UAProf Document

We usually like to save our unsubstantiated rumormill stuff for Fridays, but in this case the rumor isn't unsubstantiated so it's going up on a Thursday night... as it's backed with a new UAProf document (created April 6th) on RIM's BlackBerry.net server which proves its existence as an in-the-works device. So what rumored device are we talking about? Well the BlackBerry Curve 9300 of course! At one point towards the end of our last CrackBerry Podcast I tossed out two words at random ... Kepler! Aries II! These words weren't just mumbo jumbo though, but rather BlackBerry device codenames I have been hearing for a while now, with Kepler believed to be the BlackBerry Curve 9300 and Aries II the sibling CDMA equivalent, the BlackBerry Curve 9330. It's interesting to note that the 9300 device model isn't totally new - google around and you'll see lots of mentions of it, as it was previously linked to the gemini which ultimately became javelin and the Curve 8900, gemini being the 8520. As devices have moved up into the 9000's now, it's looking like RIM will be using that 9300 device model, but rather for the next generation of entry level Curve.

I've been under the impression that the Curve 9300 and 9330 are the next generation of the BlackBerry Curve 85xx series devices, and the UAProf document definitely helps to collaborate that, with the BlackBerry 9300 being shown as having the old school 320x240 low resolution display. For the hardcore CrackBerry addicts out there it's not likely a device to get too excited about, but as RIM continues to grow and do especially well with these lower priced devices in emerging markets, odds are they'll sell boat loads of it. We don't really know much at this time - expect improved hardware and let's hope by the time it hits the market OS 6.0 and that WebKit browser are in full swing. From the UAProf document you can also gather the 9300 has a chip that supports WiFi 802.11n and also unlike the 8520, the 9300 has 3G. We'll let you know more as this one unfolds.

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