Quick Tip: Give your email folder a custom name

Quick Tip: Give your email folder a custom name

If you have trouble keeping your email folders straight, or just get tired of looking at jumbles of email addresses, this one's for you. In BlackBerry OS 5.0 you have the option to give a custom name to your email folder using the Manage Internet Email service. While these settings let you add, delete and tweak your email addresses, there is an often overlooked setting in the mix. While editing your address, you can choose an email account name that will show on your device homescreen. So instead of showing user@gmail.com you can have it display Adam's Email or Primary Email or whatever works for you. Just a cool feature to help keep things clean and organized. To check it out, head to the Manage Internet Email icon on your device and then choose (or add) an email address to edit, and simply enter a custom name into the "Email account name" field - thats it!

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First BlackBerry retail store opens in China

First BlackBerry retail store opens in China

It was announced today that RIM has opened their first retail store in China. There are only a handful of BlackBerry retail stores and this move hopes to bring BlackBerry back into the mainstream there since the devices have been mostly been sold through third-party distributors for the last few years. The BlackBerry store should bring a better consumer experience and help sales increase. The only devices currently available are the newly released Curve 8910 as well as the Curve 8310 which will both operate on the China Mobile network, but there is no mention if more devices will follow. There are also plans to open more retail stores in China sometime in the future.

Via: CIO

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Personal Assistant updated to 3.0, now zippier and peppier

I was wrong. There, I said it. When we took a look at Phone Assistant back in April, I mentioned that this application acts as, well, your personal assistant (coincidence? I think not). Personal Assistant keeps you in the loop for a variety of important issues throughout the day. From this application, you can keep an eye on your travel itinerary, bill management (with mobile minute tracker), banking, portfolio and credit card management. Your information is laid out in front of you in amazing detail. This makes it easy to get updated at a glance, which allows you to focus on making the most of your day to day.

So what was I wrong about? Well I was wrong in saying that it didn’t suck up to you (the boss). Why do I say that? Just check out what’s available in the latest update made back in May to Personal Assistant 3.0; from their product description:

  • Integration with your calendar, all upcoming events, including bill due dates and upcoming itineraries will automatically be added to the calendar.
  • The application is running in the background and as a result is now super fast, over 1000% performance improvement from previous versions.
  • The Enhanced Notification feature was already introduced in version 2.5 and now has enhanced capabilities with more alerts, such as APR change to your credit card and more. Also, all alerts are shown aggregated in a new alert tab.
  • More readable account information screens and ability to refresh all accounts at once (refresh all available only for the premium version).

Still no word of when it will be able to get you your coffee or not, though you could call and order it yourself. Personal Assistant comes in a free and premium version, both of which are available in BlackBerry App World. I'm not sure why Pageonce sent an email to subscribers almost 3 months after it was updated, claiming it was "new" and "now available". It even caught me off guard. Thanks to those who pointed it out to me.

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A look at the competition - Samsung Captivate and Vibrant reviewed

As BlackBerry users, we're on the edge of our seat waiting for Research In Motion to deliver us all BlackBerry 6. Over at Android Central however, there has been a constant flow of new devices pouring in. Android Central has given us a Samsung Captivate review as well as a Samsung Vibrant review to look over. Now since this is CrackBerry, we like to take a look at what else is out there from time and time and consider what other platforms are doing. Given the sheer amount of Android devices turning up these days, it's rather hard to ignore.

Some BlackBerry users have turned former BlackBerry users because the Android platform does offer a lot. BlackBerry still maintains a great market share as well as a huge core audience. So, we're putting this out there for those of you considering the possibility of taking on Android.

If there were things that you could take from Android, what would it be? Would it be the super AMOLED screens? Maybe even just larger screen sizes? What about the customization options or does BlackBerry do fine in that are? Let us know what you all think in the comments folks. It'll be interesting to see what some of you would like to see. And of course, if you need to learn more about Android, check out Android Central.

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AT&T sending out invites to special BlackBerry event in NYC?!

Word is popping up all over the internet and we too got our invite to a special BlackBerry event to be held on August 3rd in NYC. If all goes according to the rumors, we should be seeing a full blown announcement of the BlackBerry 9800 there although, AT&T nor RIM have specified in the invite what it may be. Time will tell of course but, the pieces are all fitting in nicely here. Who's ready to for the BlackBerry (Torch? Bold?) 9800 on AT&T?!

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Another BlackBerry Bold 9780 appearance

Another BlackBerry Bold 9780 appearance

Since we outted the UAProf and Salomondrin posted up the first image, the information surrounding the BlackBerry Bold 9780 hasn't really stopped. Seems once you out a device, more and more people step forward with some new pieces of information or new pictures. This time, Driphter.com has posted just a few images of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 home screen, OS and memory screen. Now, someone getting working on video please. We really need to see BlackBerry 6 running on a qwerty device.

Source: Driphter.com

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Case-Mate Barely There Case for the BlackBerry Bold 9650
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The Barely There case from Case-Mate is one of my favorites. It gives a different look to the device, while providing great protection to the sides and back. While some may prefer a more "all over" case, I like the look and feel of the Barely There on my device. The case is available in both Black and Metallic Silver and leaves you with easy access to all ports and buttons while not getting in the way of daily use. The Barely There cases are also availble for other devices including the 9700, 8900 and 95xx series. Check out some up-close images after the jump.

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Leaked: BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6

Leaked: BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6

We got word last week that BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6 was being made available for a select few in the Beta Zone and already it has made its way out into the open. The beta version has been leaked and is available for download, but be sure to use extreme caution when installing since this is in no way an official release. The Windows software is sporting a total redesign and features a better layout as well as some new media options. I'm sure it will pop up in the offical sense in the very near future, but if you're up to the task download from the link below and give it a go. Be sure to drop a comment and let us know how it's working for you.

Source: Driphter.com
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A closer look at the BlackBerry 6 home screen

A closer look at the BlackBerry 6 home screen

With the release of BlackBerry 6 getting closer, everyone is curious to see more of what makes it tick. This morning Inside BlackBerry posted up some more screens as well as a short interview with Joey Benedek, Director of UX Research at RIM. We can see here (as we knew already) that the home screen is totally redesigned, but as noted is still familiar - meaning you won't have trouble finding things or getting around. The home screen will have 5 different views to scroll between, including Favorites, All, Frequent, Media and Downloads. Another cool feature is the "quick access areas" that will allow you to select different items such as the clock or signal meter to be taken right to the app or settings. Overall a much better experience that is definitely worth looking forward to.

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Monsoon Multimedia now taking pre-orders for the Vulkano streaming media device

Streaming media devices such as Slingbox have been around for awhile, but today Monsoon Multimedia announced they would be taking pre-orders for their new Vulkano media device. According to what I've read in their press release, the Vulkano takes streaming media experience to a whole new level.

"When connected to a set-top box and a TV, Vulkano enables a complete video experience across Android, Blackberry, iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs and the living room TV. Vulkano allows users for the first time to experience their TV channels, videos and photos on whichever screen they want, when they want it." 

Vulkano users will have the ability to download an application to their BlackBerry and then watch and control any home TV channel through a wired, Wi-Fi, or 3G connection from anywhere in the world. Users will also be able to access a program guide and schedule recordings, and watch those programs at anytime on their BlackBerry. 

I am extremely excited for the Vulkano, and you can count on us to post a full review just as soon as they are released. For now, you can go to the Vulkano website for info on pricing and to pre-order. Check after the jump for the full press release.

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Contest winners: BeFroyo, Ubuntu, VQ Mileage Tracker, BlackBerry case and more

Another week down with some great contests. We gave away a BlackBerry case of choice as well as some great themes and a few apps for good measure. Thanks to everyone for dropping a comment, and congrats to all the winners. Hit the jump for the full list!

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BlackBerry Curve 3G coming to Bell Mobility August 12th

It looks like Bell Mobility is all set for the release of the upcoming BlackBerry Curve 3G (Curve 9300). The carrier is ready to drop the HSPA device on August 12th and should be getting units in stock as early as next week. We did see this coming a few days ago, and the "Curve 3G" name looks to be the winning moniker for release as well. The device will carry the standard features including 256MB flash memory, a full QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth and the fleet of native apps. No word if the Curve 3G is headed to any other carriers just yet, but it's safe to assume it won't be long before it lands elsewhere.

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Official: OS 5.0.0.748 released by Bell for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G (9100, 9105)

Yes, it's true. I missed out on this realease when it first came out. For that, I apologize. But, I do have good reason. You see, the OS 5.0.0.748 that Bell made official recently was actually leaked even before the BlackBerry Pearl 3G had even managed to hit any carriers and since I had it loaded, I totally became oblivious to the fact that it had never launched with that OS. In any event, it's here now for anyone who owns a BlackBerry Pearl 3G to download and enjoy. It's a solid OS on a solid device. Remember though, if Bell is not your current carrier you will need to remove the vendor.xml file before installation. Hat tip to everyone who sent this in to us, noting we had missed it. ;)

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BlackBerry 9800 and BlackBerry 6 Ready to go for BlackBerry App World?

When the BlackBerry Pearl 3G launched just about 2 months ago now, some new owners were quite saddened by the fact that BlackBerry App World was not updated to reflect the device launch. Launching BlackBerry App World on the BlackBerry Pearl 3G showed you some applications that may have worked on your device but, it also showed you themes that certainly did not work.

Research In Motion seems to be jumping ahead this time around and preparing BlackBerry App World ahead of schedule by already having it listed in the developer portal. This will allow BlackBerry developers to upload already tested applications to BlackBerry App World in time for launch.No telling what, exactly the theme situation will be when it launches considering Research In Motion just not too long ago updated Theme Studio but as expected made no mention of the BlackBerry 9800 at that time.

Here's hoping the SDK's needed for BlackBerry 6 enabled devices are more then readily available to all soon. PS: Developer downloads have been showing the BlackBerry 9800 devices downloading apps from App World for a while now, so I'm guessing field testers and Research In Motion have certainly been putting it to the test.

Source: BBLeaks

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BlackBerry 9800 coming to Vodafone UK in Sept / Oct?

BlackBerry 9800 coming to Vodafone UK in Sept / Oct?

Since we have AT&T, Rogers pretty much nailed down for the BlackBerry 9800, BBLeaks has been hearing that users of Vodafone UK may soon also be able to get their hands on it as well. Of course, we have to take it all with a grain of salt but a September / October timeframe has been placed thus far. Any Vodafone UK users out there hoping this is more fact rather then rumor? Even if it doesn't turn out to be Vodafone, surely some UK carrier across the pond will pick this device up? You betcha.  BBLeaks also points out that Telefonica, Orange, T-Mobile UK and O2 are currently testing as well.

Source: BBLeaks

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Updated NFL Mobile now available from Verizon Wireless

Starting last week the updated NFL Mobile app was being pushed to Verizon Bold 9650 users. The app has the same guts as in previous years but adds in some features to keep things fresh. While it rings in at a whopping 2.8MB download, it does pack quite a punch if you're at all a fan of the NFL. You can get breaking news, highlights, video on demand and more. Follow the preseason with stats and updates all the way to kickoff. When the season starts, NFL Mobile brings live video and audio as well as the RedZone Fantasy Tracker. Verizon 9650 users should see a download icon pop up if you haven't already.

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UAE calling BlackBerry a security risk; Future for device's unknown

The United Arab Emirates is calling BlackBerry devices a security risk. The UAE telecom regulator said "BlackBerry operates beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation" since the data services for the device all take place offshore and stated usage may have "serious social, judicial and national security repercussions". Since all BlackBerry data is relayed through servers that are not operated directly by local mobile carriers, their operation is said to be outside the national security legislation from 2007. There have been no comments from either the UAE or RIM directly, so the future of BlackBerry devices there is still unknown for the time being.

Source: Yahoo!

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NextMail now available on all Sprint BlackBerry devices

Sprint announced today that their NextMail service is now available across all of their BlackBerry devices. The service allows users to easily send voice messages to up to 50 email or SMS contacts with a few simple clicks. This is extremely useful for businesses or consumers on the go who need a way to send messages quickly without having to fire off an email/SMS while driving or having to wait in a phone queue for a dispatcher.

NextMail allows mobile professionals to instantaneously send a recorded voice message to up to 50 e-mail addresses, or also send the voice message via text message to up to 50 mobile devices and receive a "Listen to" notification. The message can easily be sent with the push of a button (Direct Connect on a Nextel device, or Send on any Sprint or Nextel device). It is a quick and simple way to record, document and share information from the field to office colleagues - no more need for handwritten notes or thumb-typing on small keypads.

In addition, NextMail Professional (previously known as NextMail Locator) enhances the standard service by offering users the ability to include location information and pictures with a NextMail message. For example, first responders, inspectors and others can use this tool to document, validate and share the details involved in an incident, including its GPS location and interactive map, photos and provide their command centers with real-time situational awareness.
 

The NextMail service is available for $7.50/month per user, and NextMail Professional is available for $19.99/month per user. To learn more, check out the demo via the link below or head to NextMail.com.

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