BlackBerry Podcasts app updated to v1.0.0.48

BlackBerry Podcasts app updated to v1.0.0.48

If you're a fan of the BlackBerry Podcasts app you'll want to refresh your BlackBerry App World and see if the update is available. Posted today, BlackBerry Podcasts now sits at version We don't have any idea as to what, exactly has been changed within the application but, we'll leave that to you guys. If you spot anything new let us know in the comments and while you're at it, be sure to grab the latest CrackBerry podcast.

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Breaking: RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie responds to Steve Jobs comments made during Apple earnings call!

left: Apple iPad; right: BlackBerry PlayBook... the tablet wars are heating up!

It looks like the tech game is starting to turn into a bit of a tech soap opera thanks to El Jobso. Following up yesterday's comments by Steve Jobs dissing 7" tablets, Research In Motion's Co-CEO Jim Balsillie has fired back.

Here's the official word from Jim Balsillie:

"For those of us who live outside of Apple's distortion field, we know that 7" tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience. We also know that while Apple's attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 - 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter. Apple's preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM's August-ending quarter doesn't tell the whole story because it doesn't take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple's Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders. As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story."

- Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM)

Nicely said Jim. I like that RIM isn't taking any of this crap sitting down and is firing back. Anybody want a used iPad? I don't think I want mine anymore... I can't wait for RIM to release the BlackBerry PlayBook

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Official OS for the BlackBerry Storm 2 9520 from Vodafone UK

A few of weeks ago we saw OS leaked for the Storm 2 9520, now Vodafone UK has released an official version. So for those of you who prefer to install official OS releases, have at it. When on the download page scroll down to the bottom, it’s the last link.

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 appears on Vodafone NL website

BlackBerry Bold 9780 appears on Vodafone NL website

Seems the BlackBerry Bold 9780 carrier information is now flowing nicely, the device has just shown up on the Vodafone NL website as coming soon and appears to be available for pre order. Looking at the price points it shows the device will be available for € 0.00 when combined with a plan of at least € 17.50 on a 2 year contract. The off contract price currently shows as € 509.00. Thanks @alex3305

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Official OS For The BlackBerry Bold 9650 released by CBeyond

While Verizon recently updated their BlackBerry Bold 9650 to OS CBeyond, a regional carrier has pushed ahead of Verizon and has now released OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9650. Not exactly sure what's better about this release if anything but, I do know it's one step closer to an official BlackBerry 6 version. Give it a shot and let us know in the comments what you think.

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Official OS for the BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 released by Inland Cellular

Hey, we missed this yesterday but BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 owners who weren't happy with the latest leak, you may want to check this official release out. OS has popped up on the Inland Cellular website and is available for download. Judging from the already existing feedback in the forums this is a pretty good release for your device. Of course, be sure to back up your data before you load it and if Inland is not your carrier you'll need to delete the vendor.xml file. Let us know in the comments how it's working out for ya if / when you load it.

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CrackBerry Poll: Steve Jobs says 7" is too small... for a tablet. What do you think?
  Steve Jobs says 7" is too small...for a tablet. What do you think?Market Research

Seriously. I probably own more Apple products than the average hardcore Apple fanboy, and despite being BlackBerry addict #1 still have a lot of respect for Apple and Steve Jobs. That dude is smart. But at the same time, I'm starting to think he's getting a little crotchety in his old age. Between antennagate and yesterday's Apple earnings call, El Jobso is making a habit out of really smack talking on the competition, which is a bit tactless and classless if you ask me (besides, that's what Smartphone Experts podcasts are for!).

If you missed what was said, jump on over to our sibling site for the blow by blow (Steve on Google's openness, Steve on RIM, Steve on 7" tablets, live earnings call notes). Long story short, Jobs said RIM is going to have to fundamentally reinvent themselves if they want to catch up to the momentum Apple and Google have. I don't disagree with that, but I do think QNX is that reinvention and the BlackBerry PlayBook is the first product of what I like to think of as the new RIM. But Steve even harped on the PlayBook (indirectly) by bashing all 7" tablets. Steve's argument is that while you may think a 7" tablet should offer 70% of the experience of a 10", it doesn't - it's more like 45% because of the diagonal measure. Steve says for a great app experience you need 10 inches, and that simply increasing resolution of a 7" tablet isn't the answer. Steve's conclusion on 7" tablets is that he feels they're all going to arrive DOA and that manufacturers will be learning the hard way that they need to make a 10" tablet for round 2. Why don't you tell us how you really feel, Steve? :)

While I don't disagree with Steve's logic on why a physically bigger screen is better, I do disagree in his thinking that a device like the PlayBook is doomed before it starts. I think RIM is doing a smart thing by labeling the the BlackBerry PlayBook as the first Professional Tablet. Put it this way - the only time my iPad leaves my house is when I'm traveling and going to be stuck on a plane for a few hours, because the thing is too big to carry around with me (not to mention I still feel like a douche bag to pull it out in public). With the PlayBook small enough to slide into my inside coat pocket, I think it'll get a lot more play. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of the iPad, so I'm really curious and hopeful that the BlackBerry PlayBook delivers a compelling user experience. I have high expectations for what RIM had better deliver in the PlayBook.

Since when has RIM ever been about making only one form factor of product? RIM is all about choice. Just look at their lineup of form factors for BlackBerry Smartphones. With the PlayBook hardware finalized, wouldn't it be safe to assume RIM is already laying the design work for another tablet? Maybe a bigger one for consumers since the first one at 7" has been christened as a professional tablet? Doing the professional tablet first gives RIM time to build up their QNX app catalog, so it's full of apps for when a 10" PlayBook 2 (or whatever they call it) gets announced. It's not that RIM is making a mistake in building a 7" tablet. It's that they're starting off by differentiating themselves in a way that will allow them to carve out a niche and capitilize on their historical strengths, and from there will broaden out their product offering.

Anyways, vote where you stand on the size matters issue above, and sound off in the comments!

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Texas Hold'em King Live - Get in on the open beta today!

For as long as I've been buying BlackBerry devices I have always played Texas Hold'em King. It's been preloaded onto most of my BlackBerry purchases over the past few years and has seen many versions released over that time. Now going into it's 4th release, Magmic Games has decided to take Texas Hold'em to a whole new level by making it a totally online, multiplayer game for BlackBerry. With new features added, Texas Hold'em King live is shaping up to be a great release and now, you can get in on the beta before it's final release. Check out the new features:

  • Fast, Smooth and Fun:  This is the fastest poker game available for BlackBerry. Our quick speeds and easy to use interface ensure that you’ll spend more time taking down pots.
  • Automatic Table Selection: We'll pick the most appropriate table for your Bankroll, Experience and Speed - All you have to do to start playing is press "Play."
  • Slick, Easy-to-Use UI: Our new and improved user interface is designed for high resolution devices providing vivid colors and smooth animations. Poker actions are easy to use and are inspired by BlackBerry's own home screen.
  • Unlock Achievements: Earn over 35 unique achievements that will reward you for winning pots, playing hands and getting lucky. We'll continue to add new and exciting achievements with each free content update.
  • Stylish Avatars: Choose from over 30 unique Avatars, our high-resolution, full detail avatars are sure to make an impression. We'll continue to add more avatars with free content updates.
  • Free Content Updates: THK Live is designed to be easy to update. We'll be able to push out new and exciting features and new content as a direct downloads.
  • Chat 2.0: We’ve dedicated a lot of time and effort to create the best chat system in a poker game. You’ll be able to quickly and conveniently taunt or praise your opponents without missing a hand.
  • Table Themes: Prepare yourselves to play on white sand beaches, or in the High-Roller rooms at a luxurious casino. With Table Themes, you’ll be able to change the look and feel of your poker experience.
  • Pretzil and other Social Media: Connect with friends and integrate with your social networks. 

The best part? The beta is free to download and play. The only thing is that when the game does go official Magmic will be resetting all Bankrolls, Achievements Earned and Player Statistics in order to ensure a level playing field. The download is available from BlackBerry App World today, then you just create an account you're all set.

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 arriving on Bell November 2nd

BlackBerry Bold 9780 arriving on Bell November 2nd

Here is something sure to please many folks out there. We finally have some confirmation of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 arriving on another carrier other than Virgin Mobile. As the above information shows, Bell Mobility is all set to launch the BlackBerry Bold 9780 on November 2nd. The pricing for the BlackBerry Bold 9780 is set at $499.99 but that's not subsidized in anyway and no details were given on what exactly, the subsidized pricing would be.

Source: BGR

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KidsABC by ToySoft - Teach your child the alphabet on your BlackBerry

Toysoft has just released a fun little game called KidsABC that is designed to help you teach your child the English alphabet through pictures and sound. Each letter has been assigned a colorful picture with a corresponding animal. You can choose to have the application read the letters out loud, or you can use it with the volumn turned off as a way to quiz your child. You can use the easy on screen controls to navigate forward and backward through the alphabet, and touchscreen is also supported. What a great way to entertain your toddler and teach them letters and animals when you're stuck in line at the bank or in a waiting room. Pick this one up today for only $.99 in the CrackBerry store.

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Calling all established and aspiring app developers... Enter the DragonRAD 14-Day App Challenge!

When we blogged about the beta of dragonRAD back in August it got a lot of interest from the CrackBerry community, generating a ton of downloads of Seregon's powerful app development tool that makes developing for BlackBerry easy. Following up on that initial success, dragonRAD is throwing an app challenge out at the CrackBerry development community to see who can build the best app using their software. Note - if you want some guidance in using dragonRAD, they have a Webinar coming up on Oct. 27 titled "How to Build an App in 30 Minutes Using DragonRAD" (register here). Read on for the full challenge details... let's see those awesome apps!

DragonRAD 14-Day App Challenge Contest Details

Description: Contestants have 14 days to build any mobile business app using DragonRAD and submit it for a chance to win a Free 1-Year License of DragonRAD. The app can be for internal use or one intended for resale.

Starts: Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ends: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 (Last day for app submission). The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Prize: 1-Year Paid Subscription of DragonRAD License ($4,900 value). Plus CrackBerry will throw in some Cracky prizes to the winners and runners ups.

This allows you to build and deploy an unlimited number of apps to an unlimited number of users. More details at

How to Enter:

  1. Sign Up (
  2. Download DragonRAD (
  3. Use the word "Contest" for the Software License Key
  4. Start Building!

The app will be judged internally by DragonRAD and will be based on the following criteria:

  • Uniqueness - innovative and creative use of DragonRAD technology
  • Usability - intuitive and easy to use
  • Business Value - solves a business need
  • Integration - use of native device features (GPS, Camera, Media, etc.)

Submission Details: Users must send the app URL to on or before Tuesday, November 2 2010 at 11:59pm EST to be eligible to win.

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Contest Winners - SLATE,  Mr. Number Pro, AppLock, Player For YouTube, and Accessory Roundup!

Here are the winners from last weeks round of contests. If you won you will be receiving an email either directly from us or the retailer/developer directly in the next few days. If for some reason you don't receive an email within 7-14 days (be sure to check your spam/junk folder just in case, and verify your registered address associated with your CrackBerry account) you can email us at sitesupport(at) and we'll be sure to get you taken care of. Please be patient as some emails may take longer than others to arrive. Hit the jump for the full list - congrats to all the winners!

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BlackBerry theme roundup for October 18, 2010 - Halloween Edition!

Contest: Enter to win the official John Carpeter's Halloween theme!

Halloween is fast approaching, and that means it's time for the CrackBerry Halloween Theme Roundup! I searched the forums looking for as many free Halloween themes as I could find for you guys, so I hope if you're getting in the Halloween spirit you will find something you like in the post below. There are a few premium themes as well that were sent in to the tip email so I have included those. Enjoy this week's picks!

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Review: BerryMail for BlackBerry

Review: BerryMail for BlackBerry

I swear - if I get one more email about me being an heir to some overseas dead relative’s fortune, I’m going to scream. It seems as though unwanted email messages sometimes find a way to sneak through the guarded borders of your precious inbox. What’s worse is when that email is pushed to your BlackBerry. There you are in a meeting, a theatre, or having a romantic evening-You are already fighting your BlackBerry addiction; trying to stay in the moment. Then you feel the vibrating alert of a new message. INCOMING!! You succumb once again and sneak a peek. Then anger begins to fester, as you realize you risked getting caught, only to find an email promising to help you enlarge a specific part of the human anatomy (some of you even more upset at being bothered, as you don’t even have the part to begin with!).

BerryMail provides its services which include being another filter and managing the emails that see the light of day on your BlackBerry. It makes sense to manage filters directly on your BlackBerry – seeing how you are on the go anyway.

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WordPress for BlackBerry updated To v1.4.4

WordPress for BlackBerry updated To v1.4.4

Wordpress for BlackBerry just issued their latest update. Version 1.4.4 is now available for download from the Wordpress website directly or from within BlackBerry App World. If you're not seeing it in BlackBerry App World as of yet, that just means it's still making it's way through to your area but, the Wordpress direct download will work if you cannot wait. This release mainly addresses issues on the BlackBerry Torch and improving Wordpress for that device but, does have a few overall changes that will make it better no matter what device you are on.

Updates and Changes:

  • Rotate uploaded photos.
  • Better integration with BlackBerry Torch 9800.
  • Fixed the media uploading issue on the 9800. It requires AtomPub to be enabled on your blog.
  • Fixed an issue that would sometimes occur with long post titles.
  • Fixed issues with orphan categories.
  • Fixed issues with the blog shortcut icon which would appear too big sometimes.
  • Minor bug fixing. 

Current users will be alerted of the update within the application, the links below will take you to the download if you do not already have Wordpress installed.

Source: @WPBlackBerry
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TELUS confirms they'll be carrying the BlackBerry Style as well

Just in case you were wondering if the BlackBerry Style would get any Canadian carrier love, TELUS has confirmed they'll also be offering the device at some point in the near future.

“Today Sprint announced that they will offer the BlackBerry Style 9670. I wanted to reach out to confirm that TELUS will be offering the BlackBerry Style here in Canada. Pricing and availability information still to come.”

I'm pretty sure TELUS will not be the only carrier either. As noted though, no date or pricing has been confirmed at this time. But, it's always nice to see carriers confirm a future release date rather than leaving customers wondering. 

Source: MobileSyrup

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We knew the BlackBerry PlayBook would be the first BlackBerry device from RIM to feature a non-removable battery, but since the PlayBook was unveiled at DevCon many of us have been wondering just how big of a battery would be inside the new tablet. Afterall, the PlayBook is fairly small in total size, but with dual core gigahertz processors and the ability to run flash, the PlayBook is going to want to suck back the juice.

Thanks to Jim Balsillie's speech at GITEX, we now know the answer to this one... 5300mAh. To put that into perspective, the BlackBerry Torch has a 1270mAh battery and the Bold 9700, known for it's uber long battery life, has a 1550mAh battery. So with 5300mAh, I'm guessing even with fairly heavy use the PlayBook should be able to make it through the work day and play time afterwards. I pinged Rene over at to see what size of battery the iPad sports, but apparently Apple doesn't give out those specs. One thing is for sure - RIM has always cared about the battery life of their products, and I don't think they'd make an exception on their first tablet.

On the memory front, while RIM didn't announce anything officially at DevCon they did have both 16GB and 32GB models on display. Also new on the GITEX PlayBook slides was the mention of a 64GB model. Good stuff - that's the one I'll be buying! :)

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This year at DevCon we got to see President and Co-Chief Executive Officer Research In Motion, Mike Lazaridis speak about the BlackBerry PlayBook. Now, come time for GITEX (Gulf Information Technology Exhibition) we get to hear Co-Chief Executive Officer Research In Motion, Jim Balsillie drop his thoughts on the upcoming tablet. In addition to introducing the BlackBerry PlayBook to the Middle East, Jim Balsillie also announced BlackBerry App World 2.0 and the BlackBerry Torch. While not much new was noted, any PlayBook news is great news to us. You all still excited? 

Source: TBreak

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Research In Motion website mistakenly shows off BlackBerry Bold 9780 info

Let's face it, Research In Motion never really has been great at keeping secrets on their website. With UAProfs for unreleased devices easily accessible by anyone who knows a model number it's rather easy to confirm some devices that are out there before announcement. One thing they did manage to keep secret though was the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 however, well that's not really a secret any more especially after today when information acknowledging the device showed up on the site. As you can see in the photo above it looks like Research In Motion is getting the site ready for launch of the device as demos and links are being set up. All of it appears to have been cleaned up now but, we're sure it'll all appear again soon. Must have been a glitch in the Matrix that made it all show up suddenly then disappear again.

Source: BGR

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