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I Love BlackBerry App Updated

I Love BlackBerry App Updated

We covered the intial launch of the I Love BlackBerry application and within that time over 10,000 BlackBerry users have downloaded and installed the incredible application and that was only within the first 24 hours of launch.

As some of you all may know from listening to the CrackBerry Podcast, I'm quite a heavy BlackBerry user to which all my CrackBerry colleagues and even Mike Kirkup, RIM's Manager of Developer Relations, has attested too after seeing my usage compared to his own. So you can only imagine how happy I was when EarlySail, the developers behind the application, advised that a new update was available. Sadly, no change log was given but the current version is sitting at 0.9.38.  if for some reason you have not grabbed this cool litte app yet, get to it and face your addiction. Say it loud and Say it proud... I Love BlackBerry!! Now, can I get an I Love CrackBerry app please?

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BlackBerry Tour 9630 Pops Up In Verizon's System
 

PhoneArena.com snagged this image of the BlackBerry Tour 9630 listed in Verizon's internal system.  It doesn't give us much information, but it is definitely a step in the right direction for CDMA users and it's a solid piece of "visual evidence" that the 9630 will be called the Tour, in case you were still believing otherwise. It beats the 9630 SKU that showed up in the Telus system that's for sure.  No release date just yet, but hopefully it will still be out on or around the July 13th rumor we heard last week.

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Amazon App Updated For BlackBerry Storm

Amazon App Updated For BlackBerry Storm

Not to sure how this one slid me by as it's one of the coolest applications around in my opinion. In any event, the Amazon BlackBerry application has been updated for the BlackBerry Storm and currently sits at version version number 1.0.20 so if you haven't already got the application be sure to pick it up and check out its cool features. Oh ya, while you are at it grab a copy of CrackBerry: True Tales Of BlackBerry Use And Abuse and remember to take the quiz. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy, although I'm still waiting for Kevin to autograph it for me. ;)

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BlackBerry App Roundup for May 15th, 2009!

WES is over, and things are getting back to normal (well, as normal as they can get!) in CrackBerry Nation. As per usual, I've got lots of titles for you to check out this time around in the Roundup. I hope you enjoy this weeks' edition.

New This Week: Law & Order: Celebrity Betrayal, Parking Jam, Wine Enthusiast Magazine Pocket Guide to Spirits, IM and SMS Glossary, tonePad

Apps on Sale: BerryWeather, Tip Calculator, MemoryUp Professional, BerryLabyrinth, StopTilt: Disable Auto Rotation on the Storm, Bubble Wrap, Flashlight! for BlackBerry, BBtris, Kama Sutra, ColorLight, Mobile Sudoku, PhoneLog

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Shazam

Freebie of the Week: BBGPS Golf

Rumored BlackBerry App: Nine Inch Nails App for BlackBerry

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Exclusive: First Look at the BlackBerry Storm 2!!

Update - October 15th, 2009. You can now check out our full review of the Storm2! Click below.

* Original Leaked Photos Removed at RIM's Request - Click Image Above for OFFICIAL CrackBerry Storm2 Review *

* Update: MORE PHOTOS ADDED! Sooo much Storm 2 goodness it's ridiculous. *

BOOM. Here it is CrackBerry Nation, your FIRST look at the BlackBerry Storm TWO. I'm not even sure what to say here... other than a super trusty source sent us in these pictures of RIM's next generation of BlackBerry touchscreen. Looking at the photos, you can see it shares its physical appearance with both the original BlackBerry Storm and the yet unreleased BlackBerry Onyx/Driftwood. More photos below. And more info is sure to come. Let the comments begin!

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Wrath is the first BlackBerry app by Lone Dwarf Games and I have a feeling there's going to be a LOT of Storm owners out there who pick this one up for their device. It's an old school shooter game and it's a lot of fun. Wrath makes use of the Storm's accelerometer and the flying action is smooth. You can get power ups and different guns, kill some drones and fight some bosses. Definitely a good time waster. The options menu lets you fine tune the game play (set the tilt angle, turn on auto shoot - which I make use of in the video above, adjust sounds, etc.). I hope we see more games from these guys for all BlackBerry models! You can learn more about Wrath and pick it up for $4.99 at the link below.

Buy Wrath for the BlackBerry Storm from the CrackBerry App Store

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Make Sexy Time with Sexy Dice for the BlackBerry Storm

A quick glance at the two screen captures above gives you a pretty good idea of what mike240se's latest app, Sexy Dice, is all about. The app was created in response to a member request/poll that went up in the CrackBerry forums back in early March. You can learn more about this adventurous app (it's not for everyone) below:

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WES2009: Secure Phone Calls with Cellcrypt

Earlier this week we showed you Gi & Di's Mobile Security Card for secure email communication. Another attention getting BlackBerry solution that surfaced at WES 2009 was from Cellcrypt. They provide end-to-end encryption for voice calling to ensure conversations remain secure at all times.

You can watch the video above for an overview and click over to Cellcrypt's detailed explanation page for a full run down of how it works (uses an encrypted mobile protocol which runs over IP). Using CellCrypt adds a few seconds to the calling process, but if you're in an industry where secrecy is of the utmost concern, then this is definitely a solution to look into.

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Reznor Says: NIN App For BlackBerry Coming "Soon"

I'm sure many of you reading this have heard about the Nine Inch Nails application for the iPhone, be it how awesome it actually is and the amazing features it implements or quite possibly you are simply aware of it based on the very, very questionable rejection it recieved when it was first submitted to the iPhone app store but then later was approved.

NIN frontman Trent Reznor, never being a person to deny the existence of technology and using it to its full advantage, has indeed posted that a BlackBerry compatible version of the NIN application will be available "soon". As you all can see from the pic above taken from Twitter, the rather omnious "soon" makes me personally think that it's going to be sooner rather then later and Reznor and his crew are almost ready to unleash it, but that's just my personal thoughts (wishes?) until further information comes forth. Any NIN fans excited for this to be coming to BlackBerry?

[CNET]

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SAP and RIM Announce Integrated BlackBerry Solution

While the common consensus these days is that RIM is trying to break through in the consumer market and thus far has done very well in doing so, RIM has not forgotten they deal with a great amount of enterprise customers as well. This was all too evident at WES 2009 where a lot of focus was placed on enterprise solutions, especially with the announcement of BES 5.0.

This time around RIM and SAP have put their combined efforts to work and have launched SAP CRM services for BlackBerry devices which makes customer relationship management a breeze to handle while on the go. The newly launched services allow contacts and account information to be continuously accessible on BlackBerry smartphones, and a local cache system allows access to certain information even if the user is outside of network coverage. You can read the full press release via RIM website and watch the demo video to learn more.

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AT&T Bold Device Software Updated

AT&T Bold Device Software Updated

Okay, so it may not be a huge update, but it's an "official" update at the least. It looks like AT&T users are receiving emails that the device software for the BlackBerry Bold has been updated. The apps are at version 4.6.0.167 (up from .162) and the platform has been updated from .157 to .217. If you're a Bold user you can grab the software from http://na.blackberry.com/eng/update/ (you'll need to use Internet Explorer). If you "upgrade" leave us a comment below with your findings. 

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* Update: The Live Webinar is over, but you can catch the replay...just click the image above and you're there! *

Normally us smartphone bloggers are hidden behind our desks and computers and cameras and copious amounts of mobile devices, but at WES 2009 last week a few of us got on stage as part of the BoxTone User Conference to talk BlackBerry Predictions live and in person.

If you have 36 minutes to kill, you can watch the video replay above to see some of your favorite BlackBerry bloggers in action (I had no idea BoxTone was going to put this on the web afterwards... buggers!). Al Sacco from CIO, Kyle McInnes of BlackBerryCool, Simon Sage from IntoMobile, Howie Rapapport of Port3101 and yours truly all take part in the panel discussion fun. We were supposed to make three predictions for BlackBerry that we'll see in the next three years, but in true CrackBerry fashion I made four... the fourth one being the one I really put a lot of effort into and would like to see come true. I hope you enjoy the show. If you make it to the end be sure to drop a comment!  

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TODAY: WES 2009 Enterprise IT Highlight Reel Webinar

If you're in the business of BlackBerry but were unable to attend WES 2009 last week in Orlando, then we've got you covered! Our friends at BoxTone and Port3101.org are going to put on a 90 minute Webinar today and walk through the highlights of this year's big show. It's most fun to listen live, but if you can't make it you will be able to hit up the archive later. Here's the official blurb:

Couldn't make it to this year's WES? Or did you make it but miss some key sessions? Then sign up for this 90 minute Webinar recap of everything at WES that matters to Enterprise mobility IT. Join Port3101.org, CrackBerry.com and BoxTone and for a recap of the top 10 "seen and heard" at WES2009, including hot technology, best practices and key lessons learned from the many great sessions and the show floor at WES. From BES 5.0 with BAS, HA, BAA, MVS and migration to cool announcements from HP, CISCO, Google and Security vendors. Plus highlights and prize winners from the Mobile User Management Lounge sponsored by BoxTone. Should be a lot of fun, and a great way to get the best of WES from an Enterprise point of view . Hope to see you there. 

What: WES 2009 Enterprise IT Highlight Reel - with BoxTone, Port3101.org and CrackBerry.com
When: Wednesday, May 13, from 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. EDT
Who Should Attend: All Enterprise IT people with BlackBerry support responsibilities

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Storm Rotation Wizard Lets You Control Display Rotation

Storm owner? Do you find your Storm's display rotates from portrait to landscape or vice-versa when you don't want it to? If so, you'll want to check out Storm Rotation Wizard from Mobireport (developers of Pimp my Pearl and Berry Locator).

For $2.99, this utility allows you to lock the Storm's display in portrait or landscape, or you can choose to leave it on auto-rotate (the way the device is by default). It's simple and it works. The file size is tiny (3k) so it won't crush your memory and it won't drain your battery. Of course this is functionality that should have been built into the Storm's OS for free, but we won't go there. Another new app, StopTilt, offers similar screen control functionality, but lists for $9.95. 

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Review: PrimeTime2Go from QuickPlay Media

Review: PrimeTime2Go from QuickPlay Media

"Watch your favorite shows anytime, anywhere on your mobile device." These very words are taken directly from the PrimeTime2Go website. We first heard about PrimeTime2Go last month when Kevin went to CTIA. He did a quick video review, and the very idea of having my favorite TV shows on my device intrigued me, however the service hadn't launched yet.

While attending WES last week, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that PrimeTime2Go has been launched on BlackBerry App World, and was now available for download on BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900 devices. Luckily for me, I have one of each of those devices, and I was ready and willing to test out the app. 

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Looking for a hot new theme for your BlackBerry Storm or Bold? JC Designs has just released a fresh new Real iBerry theme for your devices that is sure to please. With hidden buttons for profiles and clock options and a slide in, slide out interface of 16 crisp icons and plenty of space to show off your own personal wallpaper this is a welcomed revision of the popular iBerry series.

Transitions between screens is nice and fast as John has taken the time to ensure the theme is not to heavy for either device in which they may be running on, especially the Storm where lag is often an issue. If iBerry themes are what tickles your fancy be sure to grab this one up.

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BlackBerry 9630 (Tour) Appears In Bell Inventory System

We've seen the accessories appear in Telus systems, this time around BGR got the above pic of Bell's inventory system showing the actual device being listed along side the $599.95 price which of course will be decreased by the time it hits market after Bell promotions and subsidized pricing kicks in.

The $599.95 pricepoint will hopefully round down to about $199.95 which is more reasonable, but at this point it still needs the "subject to change" stamp to go along with it considering the info is not yet official. Heck, RIM hasn't even announced the 9630's existence yet. But with all the news flowing I'm sure it's just a matter of time and that will come up as well. Now, where is all the information from the US carriers? 

[ BGR ]

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Contest: Win a Free BlackBerry App from SimpleLeap!

GO NUTS CONTEST: Login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment to this blog post for your chance to win a free copy of Cram, Appetite or TalkLater from SimpleLeap. In a GO NUTS Contest you can leave multiple comments to improve your odds of winning. 60 Free Apps to be Won!

For those who have read Ryan's weekly BlackBerry app reviews, you know by now that he's been a fan of SimpleLeap Software. They offer a number of handy dandy products at moderate pricing. Here's a quick recap:

Cram: A study tool that helps you study while on the go by allowing you to create and take quizzes and tests right on your Blackberry. You can also track your testing history to see what you need to work on.

Appetite: Your grocery list and CookBook mixed, stirred and baked into one application. Create, manage and download great recipes. Automatically create shopping lists from said recipes, view cook/prep time and more.

TalkLater: Who ya gonna call? Can't remember? TalkLater helps you set callback reminders for anyone in your address book or call log. Add notes to your alerts and call right from the popup.

Call Client: The perfect companion to Talk Later. Create calling lists (clients, appointments, etc), create history notes and manage the status of each call.

GO NUTS CONTEST: SimpleLeap has given us 60 FREE copies of their apps to give to CrackBerry Nation. The best part is, the winners can choose which application they want to receive! Since Call Client is already free, you can choose between Cram, Appetite or TalkLater. For your chance to win a copy, simply login to CrackBerry.com and leave comments to this post. ** Normally when we do a CrackBerry blog post contest, we only count one entry per user (the first one made, duplicate/multiple posts are wiped out) with the winners being picked by our magical random picker machine. In this GO NUTS contest, you can enter as many times you like to improve your odds of winning (can only win once though). Note - Contest ends Sunday at midnight, but if we bring down the servers with all the contest action we'll call it a wrap and pick the winners sooner. Good Luck!!!

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AT&T Curve 8900 Going For $199 on 2/yr Agreement

AT&T Curve 8900 Going For $199 on 2/yr Agreement

What's this? A pricepoint for the long delayed awaited AT&T 8900? It sure is... BGR got a tip on some upcoming AT&T device prices via their price sheet for the South Western region which shows the AT&T 8900 coming in at $199 after $100 mail in rebate. Nice price for the 8900 considering when I purchased my 8900 through Rogers it was approx $350 with a 3 year agreement!!

Also, as a side note when looking at the BlackBerry.com where to buy page AT&T is now listed for the 8900. Can ya feel it? That's the feeling of a launch coming soon.

[ BGR ]

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WES2009: Secure BlackBerry Communication via MicroSD

During his annual tour around the Solution Showcase at WES 2009 last week, Research in Motion's President and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis stopped at the Giesecke & Devrient booth to get an overview of their microSD product. This made me very curious to find out what it is all about (if it caught Mike L's eye it has got to be good). Basically, what they offer is a smart card in a microSD form factor. Since you use the card inside the BlackBerry, you don't have to bother with external readers any more. They also showed me a version of this secure microSD card that, in combination with an antenna, can be used for contactless applications. I can think of a number of ways in which this microSD smart card can be useful... I'm going to follow up in the next couple of weeks with a more hands-on review, but you should definitely watch the video above to learn more in the meantime - this is some cool stuff. By the way, the Gi & De is one of the biggest printers of banknotes and SIM cards worldwide.

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