Business Card Reader for BlackBerry Smartphones

Business Card Reader for BlackBerry Smartphones

My Card. Your Card. His Card. Her Card. Ouch! Paper cut. With business cards being passed around like playing cards, it’s difficult to keep them organized. Sure it’s a quick way to share your information, but not everyone likes to carry them around. I’ve seen people who have literally gathered binders that, instead of displaying baseball cards, display business cards. I wondered if they had autographed ones in a special case. When it comes to that level of business cards, it becomes overwhelming and accessibility seems to disappear. A time consuming, thumb blistering alternative would be to input them into your native address book. A few months ago, we looked at a mobile business card application called DUB. While it was thoroughly impressive, one problem had come to mind - Not everyone uses it. 

Before your Rolodex decides to roll away, you should take a look at Business Card Reader. As the name suggests, this application enables users to read and decipher images of business cards, then sent directly to your BlackBerry address book. Now you can spend less time entering in contacts and spend more time making contact! If you are as intrigued about its accuracy as I was, I suggest you read on.

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LaterDude 

Fabian just let me know that all of his best-selling apps are 35% off through February 28th. The sale includes LaterDude Pro, WallpaperShuffle, VibAndRing, TyperSpeed and more. Fabian does amazing work on all of his apps, and is the man behind the new CrackBerry Launcher and one of my favorite free apps ForceRadioOn. All of the apps are already discounted and you won't need a coupon, so just head to the CrackBerry App Store and buy away.

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After announcing Office Hot Shots on the blogs on Friday and spending the weekend tossing paper into the trash can, I reached out to NickelBuddy to get us some free copies to giveaway to CrackBerry Nation. Screen captures don't quite do this unique locking + game application justice, so they also whipped up a video to show it in action. In case you missed our first post, be sure to watch the video for the full walk through and jump over to the product page for detailed features and description. 

Win a Free Copy of Office Hot Shots: Just leave a single comment to this blog post and you're entered to win. Contest entry ends midnight PST.  Good luck!

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MTS Mobility Releases OS 5.0.0.484 ... for the Storm 9500?
 

*Update: Looks like the issue has been fixed. The download page now shows OS 5.0.0.419 for the Storm 9530. *

In what looked to be another official OS, MTS Mobility has dropped OS 5.0.0.484 -- but it appears to be for the Storm 9500, NOT the 9530. At first glance it seems like 9530 all the way, but as you can clearly see, the filename is "9500" (I installed the OS on my PC to verify). As MTS Mobility is a CDMA carrier, we're not really sure who is to blame for the mix up. The forums lit up with the good news of a 9530 release, only to be let down upon further inspection. We'll try to figure out just what gives and report back. Until then, if you are a 9530 user, do not try to install this OS on your device :-)

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SwooshAlarmSwooshAlarm

New app SwooshAlarm will easily replace all of your timer, alarm and world clock apps. With SwooshAlarm, you can create unlimited alarms that are totally customizable. Daily alarms can be set day-by-day (not just weekdays or weekends) and timers can repeat a certain number of times or until a specified time. You can create as many world clocks as you'd like to show within the app as well. The coolest feature (in beta) of SwooshAlarm are the "location alarms". These alarms alert you when entering or leaving a certain area. This is great if you need to remember something when you leave the house, or have a task to do as soon as you arrive at the office. You can set a location alarm and be reminded as soon as you leave or arrive at a new location. We all know the native clock app isn't the greatest for setting multiple alarms, so if your needs are greater, check out SwooshAlarm -- available in the CrackBerry App Store for $4.99.

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SugarSync Announces Upload by Email Feature

SugarSync

Backup and sharing service SugarSync has announced today a new upload by email feature. The service will allow users to send files to a dedicated SugarSync address and the file will instantly be synched across all devices. This will let you backup attachments by forwarding them to the address, and also collect documents, photos etc, and have them available from your PC just by emailing them to SugarSync. The company has also released a 500gb storage plan that will run $39.99/month or $399/year. For more information on SugarSync for BlackBerry, head to SugarSync.com.

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Official OS 5.0.0.497 For The BlackBerry Storm 9520 Released

A little something official for all you Storm 9520 owners out there. Vodafone AUS and Fiji has made OS 5.0.0.497 available for download via their BlackBerry download site. Of course, this is based off a previously leaked version but hey, if you skipped that one maybe the official goodness will tickle your fancy.

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BlackBerry Accessory Roundup: Enter to Win a Jawbone Icon

This Week's Featured Item: Jawbone ICON "The Hero"

With all the laws governing cell phone use while driving, bluetooth accessories are becoming a must for us consumers. The Jawbone ICON series bluetooth headsets provide a stylish look in a small, lightweight device. Featuring a dedicated on/off button and Voice Activity Sensor (VAS), it quickly becoming my favorite bluetooth headset to date. Hit the jump for more on this great accessory.

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Elecite Releases Pulse As A Free Trial Theme For Storm Users

A few days back now, Elecite released a new theme just for BlackBerry Storm users called Pulse. This is the first where Elecite has offered it users a premium theme on a free trial basis. Offering free trials for themes is something that, in my opinion a lot of developers should really ought to try. It allows your users the chance to check out exactly how a theme will look and run on their device before laying down the cash to purchase.

In this case, Elecite has reduced some of the functionality in Pulse as some buttons to apps do not work. But overall, users can still get the general feel for the theme and then decide on purchase options from there. While this is just the first theme out the gate using this method, I hope Elecite keeps it up and expands to other devices as well. Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think about the free trial option in the comments.

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 Now Available from Fido

BlackBerry Curve 8520 Now Available from Fido

We knew this was coming mostly due to rumors (and a slight OS goof), and the Curve 8520 has finally made its way to Fido. The device is just $50 with a 3/year agreement and matching BlackBerry Data plan, $350 with a 2/year contract, or $400 for just the device or prepaid service. Nothing new and exciting with this release as the Fido version is still the standard Fido-branded black, but maybe a lavender or red version will work into the lineup down the road. It looks like the device is only available by phone or in stores as well. For more information, check out fido.ca.

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Slacker Radio 3.0 Goes Live In The USA!

Slacker Radio 3.0 Goes Live In The USA!

The time has finally come for all you music lovers in the USA to download the new Slacker 3.0 application. We first told you this was coming earlier this year at CES 2010, and then it launched first in Canada. Now all users in the USA can download the new version, and take full advantage of the benefits of 3.0 such as wireless station caching, new interface, and improved battery life.

Before you get too excited, there is a catch with upgrading to 3.0 that some people may not be happy about -- caching, whether done via wired connection or wirelessly -- will now only be available on a Slacker Plus account, which are available for $4.99/mo, $14.97 for 3 months, or $47.88 for a full year. Don't get upset just yet, for those not wanting to upgrade to Slacker Plus, you can keep your Slacker 2.0 and still have wired caching for free. However, I completely think the upgrade to 3.0 and Slacker Plus is well worth the money. I have been using 3.0 since CES this year and love waking up to find my cached stations have refreshed overnight.

Hit the jump for the full press release and some 3.0 screenshots, or head to slacker.com to download.

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Analysts Claim BlackBerry Storm To No Longer Be Sold By Verizon?

Needless to say, we're gonna stick the fat rumor tag on this one. But, according to the folks over at The Street it seems investors and analysts were given reason to worry about Research In Motion at some point in time. The worry coming from what is yet to be confirmed news that BlackBerry Storm orders have either been drastically reduced or cut off entirely.

While we speculate all day about the reasons why this may be, it's best we just ride this little piece of information out for the time being and see what, if anything actually comes out of it. Seems every year as we count the days down to WES rumors come from everywhere, all spelling Research In Motions demise. But none of them ever seem to become reality. That said, what do you all think? Original Storm series saying goodbye or still around for a while yet?

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Contest Winners: BuzzMe Premium, e-GPS, Unsend Email, Case-Mate Fuel Case, FindMeHere and More!

Another huge week for contests with loads of goods. We started out with an exclusive contest for the new BuzzMe Premium, and rounded out with some other great apps and a Case-Mate Fuel Case. The good thing is the fun is just getting started. Our 3rd birthday celebration is just a few days away, and we have some amazing stuff to give away. Be sure to check back at the end of the week to take part in some of our biggest contests to date. If you haven't yet, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for your chance to win great prizes including a brand new Bold 9700! Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

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Ultimate Lock From Epic Applications Now Available

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If you happen to follow @epicapps on Twitter you may have already had a look at Ultimate lock. Maybe you even got in on the sneak peek testing. If not though, now is your chance to grab it. The list of features here goes well beyond just locking your device and takes security with functionality to a whole other level.

Features:

  • BBM, SMS and Email notifications (even see senders name for SMS and Email!)
  • Switch between any two profiles with the swipe of a finger
  • Secure your device with a keycode required to unlock
  • Prevent against tampering by locking the device out after too many failed attempts
  • Fully customize screen with custom backgrounds, font colors and icon colors
  • Lock on call, on device start, on lock key, or after a timeout
  • Allow emergency calls to any number while locked
  • Reset LED notifications (even from BeBuzz!) without having to unlock
  • Entirely, 100% original custom graphics from Wayne at WJD Designs
Right now, until February 28th you can grab ultimate lock for only $3.99 from the Shop CrackBerry store. A small price to pay for such a great app looking and working. One current issue however is with OS 5.0.0.464. The lock key function does not work correctly in conjunction with ultimate unlock so if you are hanging onto the OS keep that in mind
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Learn How To Make Your BlackBerry App A Super App

Learn How To Make Your BlackBerry App A Super App

Continuing on with the BlackBerry Developer webinars, Research In Motion has just announced another one for those out there looking to design, build and deploy super apps onto the BlackBerry platform. The last webinar was focused on UI designs and this one will fall along the same vein most certainly, given the definiton of super apps which make use of all the BlackBerry UI aspects. Here is a run down of what will be covered:

  • design apps that are stickier, more intuitive, more engaging and more valuable to users
  • maximize network efficiency and battery life with “always-on” apps that run in the background, quietly waiting for the right time to spring into action
  • add custom menu items and data to the Inbox, Address Book and Calendar so your apps are always one click away
  • leverage true push technology to deliver “just-in-time” data with audible notifications and customized messages 

The webinar will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 2:00PM EST with Mike Kirkup, Director, Developer Relations at Research In Motion doing the presentation. Registration is now open for all those interested and hopefully, like the other webinars RIM will make this available for rebroadcast.

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BlackBerry Name Games: New BlackBerry Tour 9650 to hit the Market as a BlackBerry Bold (9750? 9650? 97xx?)?!!

OK. Here's the deal. Some rumors popped up on the net that the much-anticipated BlackBerry Tour 9650 (Tour2 as many refer to it as), which at the minimum ads WiFi and an optical trackpad to the original Tour 9630, is no longer going to be released as a Tour but rather as a BlackBerry Bold.

I held off wanting to post on this because, well, unless I can personally confirm or at least get a much better feeling of what's actually going down surrounding a rumor like this, I'd rather not perpetuate it. Especially in a case like this where first hearing about it seems a little crazy, considering the fact RIM recently announced the BlackBerry Tour 9650 on Facebook (albeit accidentally), and any changes now are happening relatively last minute and not as initially planned. So taking some extra time to get things sorted, I feel a lot more comfortable relaying this info now. As far we now know, this is the deal:

Is RIM Going to Release the Tour 9650 as a Bold now? Yup. As strange as it may sound to some and make a ton of sense to others, it definitely appears that this is what RIM intends to do. At this point the change of branding decision is still pretty fresh and I don't think every detail is yet set in stone, so when it comes to the actual device model number we're not quite certain. Calling it the BlackBerry Bold 9650 wouldn't make a lot of sense, as that would keep the Tour's 96xx numbers alive and further confuse things even though physically it looks more Tour-like in the body, so I think there's a better chance we'll now see this new device hit as a BlackBerry Bold 9750 or something along those lines with in the 97xx series of numbers (or maybe RIM will keep it uber simple and it'll just be the Bold 9700, now available to Verizon, Sprint et al).

Why is RIM going to do this? To keep people from getting pi$$ed off. Look, the Tour 9650 is what the original Tour should have been. The Storm2 got WiFi and the Curve 8520 got the optical trackpad. Had the Tour 9630 just been a little less behind in the development/rollout cycle it would have and should have hit the market with both of these new features. Anybody who reads the comments or forum posts to any Tour2 story that has surfaced in the past few months can see the reaction that original Tour 9630 owners have - they are NOT happy. Nor should they be. When the new Bold 97xx hits Verizon/Sprint, original Tour customers will still be ticked off despite the branding change, but this way there is now more distance from this issue for RIM and the carriers to fall back on (and no need for carriers to provide some sort of incentive to Tour1 owners to upgrade for less to a Tour2). The Tour name likely dies, it keeps RIM's brand lines from splitting equity and fragmenting too much, and as a further benefit there is no issue of the Tour2 being what the Tour1 should have been since it's now a different device and is the new Bold. It's a little sad and confusing, but also very logical at the same time.

So that's it. See ya later Tour, hullo CDMA Bold. As for release date, I was originally hoping/thinking we'd see the Tour2-gone-Bold get announced sometime between Mobile World Congress (ended last week) and CTIA (end of March/beg. April) but now I'm thinking it'll happen sometime between CTIA and WES (end of April). Either way, it's not too far around the corner, so I guess we'll know soon enough just how this plays out.

So what do you think of the name change? Like it? Love it? Sensible? Senseless? Sound off below in the comments!

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The folks from Celio Corp were on hand last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where they had a pod at the BlackBerry booth and I caught up with them to see how things were going. They released the RedFly for BlackBerry a few months back (read our review) so I first got an update on that. From there they also showed me a couple new things... Moab and a prototype touchscreen RedFly.

Moab is a small docking station that connects a full-size keyboard, mouse and display of choice to your BlackBerry. This allows you to use your BlackBerry with basically any monitor/keyboard you like (great for kiosks like those on hand at the BlackBerry booth). The prototype touchscreen RedFly will allow you to use touch input to control your non-touchscreen BlackBerry. I sort of joked in the video that this is the first touchscreen BlackBerry Bold we have seen to date! Check out the video for full details.

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RIM Files for New Patent - Advertising in Emails the Next Step?

In the latest patent application from RIM, it looks like they may be heading towards some sort of advertising in emails. Their submission to the patent office, "system and method for incorporating multimedia content into a message handeld by a mobile device", essentially allows for the device to match keywords and phrases in messages to bring you ads. As the application states:

This (advertising) may be done by examining content in the message handled by a mobile device and matching portions of the message with predetermined criteria such as keywords or phrases. Upon finding matches, corresponding multimedia content is associated with a respective portion of the message content and access to the multimedia content is enabled through selection of a linking mechanism that is visually identifiable with the respective portion of the message. The message is modified to include such linking mechanisms such that upon viewing the modified message, a user may reveal the multimedia content by selecting the linking mechanism. It has also been recognized that multiple layers of multimedia content can be provided such that different types of user interaction can reveal different forms of multimedia content. 

RIM has also filed for a patent that will allow them to see if any devs are trying to circumvent the new email ads. Now don't go crazy - there is no word of if/when any of this will be implemented. RIM applies for hundreds of patents whose applications never see the light of day, so we really don't need to worry (just yet anyway). If you're up to it, give it a read and sound off in the comments with your thoughts. 

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BlackBerry Theme Roundup for February 22nd  2010 - 25 Copies of Big Picture HD to be Won!

Contest: 25 Copies of Big Picture HD to be won. Leave a comment!

Happy Monday BlackBerry theme lovers! It's time again for our weekly theme roundup. We have spent the last week digging through our tips and through the forums, to try and bring you the best themes we can find to grace your BB. Click through the jump to get our top picks, we have some really good themes to feature this week, and a contest along the way.

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