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WES2009: Wireless Leadership Award Winners

No wonder Jim Balsillie helped turned BlackBerry into what it is today. Yesterday he makes an offer to buy a hockey team, and this morning he gets on stage in front of a big audience to announce the recipients of this years Wireless Leadership Awards. You can check out the press release after the jump, and click on through to attendwes.com/wla to learn more about recipients. Congrats to all the winners and finalists!

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WES2009: Google Apps Connector for Enterprise Announced

Some good folks from Google are on hand at the Solution Showcase at WES 2009 to show off their latest offerings for BlackBerry enterprise... Announced Tuesday, Google is now offering enterprise installation packages for Google Mobile app and Google Maps for mobile. Sweet!

And actually announced on Monday, Google introduced its new Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which puts Google services directly into your native BlackBerry apps (email, contacts, calendar). From the Google Mobile blog:

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WES2009: Vlingo 3.0 Adds Enhanced Features

Jim Balsillie Wants to Buy the Phoenix Coyotes

BIG news coming out of WES 2009 last night (thanks to everyone who stopped me in person and relayed the news!) had NOTHING to do with BlackBerry smartphones, but rather, hockey! RIM's Co-CEO Jim Balsillie put in an offer to buy the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes on condition of being able to relocate them to Southern Ontario. Of course I'd personally rather see the team hit Winnipeg (BRING BACK THE JETS!!!) but either way a new Canadian team would be cool and we all know Jim wants a hockey team bad.

The best thing us BlackBerry users can do is help make it happen. Think about it... it'll cost him a ton of money, so he'll need to make some more money, which will in turn kick things into overdrive even moreso at RIM which will just lead to more bigger and better products for us, the consumers (it's a theory anyways...maybe not a good one). 

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WES 2009: Day 1 Keynote with Mike Lazaridis

WES 2009 officially kicked off yesterday with a general session. Despite a tough economy and swine flu fears, the room was PACKED (close to 5,000 attendees at WES, barely down from last year if I recall correct - seems busy as heck here). 

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Beyond160 for CDMA Users Lets You SMS All You Want

We got word through the tip line that a great new application called Beyond160 was just released. This one has been a long time coming for most hardcore texters on CDMA carriers. The simple app lets you type out SMS messages until your fingers hurt. If they are over 160 characters, instead of stopping you, it will split them up into multiple messages and send to the recipient. While this may not be an issue for GSM users, we CDMA users have had to deal with the 160 character cap for way too long.  Beyond160 is definitely worth checking out.

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Twitter SMS Returns To Rogers And Fido!

Twitter SMS Returns To Rogers And Fido!

Back in November many of you out there may remember that all Twitter text messages in Canada ceased,... it was a sad day for many. The short code used was 21212 and when dropped by Rogers all Twitter messages stopped. Fast forward to yesterday however and an announcement came from Rogers stating they had worked out a deal with Twitter to revive the 21212 short code and even be so kind as to turn it on for Fido users as well. So, Twitter users in Canada you can rejoice in the fact that you'll indeed get your Twitter fix if you need it through SMS.

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WES2009 Special Edition Podcast for May 5th, 2009


* Note - we're having some issues with our iTunes feed and standard podcast feed, so please listen to the podcast in the player above, download the mp3 directly at the link below, or grab it via the updated feed url below. Thanks for the patience! * 

We promised you a podcast for each day of WES 2009 and we're not going to let you down! Sure, we didn't technically get to this one until after 2am on May 6th, but you know, we talk about May 5th stuff so it's all good. Oh, and be sure to check out this video of Nan getting on stage at the WES party (as discussed in podcast). Enjoy the show!

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Contest: 50 Free Copies of TweetGenius!

Simply login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment to this post for your chance to win a FREE Copy of TweetGenius... 50 Copies to be won!!!

Twitter has gone mainstream in the past few months and in the wake of its insane growth a number of Twitter clients for BlackBerry have popped up, each competing to be the best. We've pretty much covered them all here at CrackBerry as they come on the scene (just search the blogs for "twitter') and with most of these clients (TwitterBerry, SocialScope, UberTwitter) still in beta and free, I'd argue that while each of us have our favorite client, the title of Best Twitter App has yet to be won.

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BlackBerry Developers Challenge 2009: Pre-Register Now!

CALLING ALL DEVELOPERS!! CrackBerry Nation wants to see some AWESOME Apps in the months ahead... so REGISTER NOW for the BlackBerry Developer's Challenge and show us BlackBerry Addicts what you got!

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Jim Balsillie Confirms Storm 2 To Reuters

Jim Balsillie Confirms Storm 2 To Reuters

We pretty much knew this was solid news, but on Monday RIM's Co-CEO Jim Balsillie made the news "official" during an interview with Reuters. Balsillie said that sales of the Storm are remaining strong, and with the next generation storm RIM hopes to continue to stay strong in the consumer market.  No specs, release date or any other news came along with the announcement, but at least we know it's coming. When more details emerge we'll be sure to give you the scoop. If you have any requests of what'd you like to see in Storm part deux, drop them in the comments. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 Features and Specifications

Following up on our Hands-On Review of the BlackBerry Curve 8520, below you'll find a detailed breakdown of the device's features and specifications. We nailed most of it in the review, but now we have further clarification on a few outsanding items. In regards to the new form of navigation input replacing the trackball, this document refers to it as a trackpad, which makes sense - longtime BlackBerry users will have progressed from trackwheel to trackball to trackpad. The Curve 8520 will also support UMA, which is great news for those on carriers who will likely support it (T-Mobile, Rogers...). The baseline device software is slated as version 4.6.1, which also makes sense. While at WES, we've now heard in various presentations that 5.0 software will be rolled out in the fall / August. This means that devices launching in the nearer future (9630? 8520?) will likely launch with non-5.0 software and then get the upgrade at the same time as the Bold, Curve 8900, Storm, etc.. The one key spec we're still in the dark on (missing from the list) is processor. Read on for more!

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Beejive IM Beta Now Available for Blackberry Storm

Everyone's favorite all-in-on instant messaging application has finally made it to beta for the Storm 9500 & 9530. Until now there was not a Storm specific version, and the standard version didn't fair all that well on the touchscreen device. If you've been waiting for this to drop, head over to http://www.beejive.com/stormbeta on your mobile browser to download.  Keep in mind this is an early beta, so some features like chat logs and file transfers have been left out.  If you need assitance or want to report a bug, hit up their support forum.

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WES 2009: LogMeIn - Ignition For BlackBerry Storm

  Get anytime, anywhere access to the programs and files
you need every day - whether you're in the office or on the go.

Does the above slogan seem like something you would be interested in? LogMeIn has announced a solution to help Windows and Mac users make this happen with their new Ignition remote desktop solution.

Announced this morning at WES 2009, LogMeIn has introduced Ignition for the BlackBerry Storm. Currently in Alpha stages at this point with a release to beta expected soon, Ignition looks to be well underway and even in its Alpha form I can see me replacing at least 2-3 applications with this all-in-one solution. Read on for the full press release.

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WES 2009: Coming Soon... Gwabbit!

WES 2009: Coming Soon... Gwabbit!

While venturing through parts of the BlackBerry showcase yesterday, I happened to come across this great application called Gwabbit! Gwabbit for those that don't know has been running a Microsoft Outlook plugin for a while now with great success and have now decided to bring the plugin to BlackBerry devices. Speaking with the representatives on hand and getting a better perspective on how Gwabbit works it is an application that will be added to my device as soon as it is available.

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Privus Mobile Caller ID for your BlackBerry

Wireless essentials, add-ons, features or Wireless Bill Bloaters; for most, these services are nearly as crucial as having a voice and data plan. Most of these features are only available through your carrier and, in order to save money, may be bundled with other features. Within these bundles, may be services that you may not want, or even find quite annoying... *Cough* Rogers *Cough* Who Called

Of course that's just my personal opinion, that or a bad cold coming on. Besides functionality, you have to look at cost as well. Although it would be fantastic to have all the bells and whistles that you would want, you may not be able to afford it. The light at the end of the economical tunnel is still a far distance away and every penny counts. For this review, I experienced a couple of firsts; my first software review from the BlackBerry App World and (from what I remember) the first time I looked at a third party service capable of replacing am essential carrier service. Let's have a look at Privus Mobile Caller ID.

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New Urban Theme From Elecite

New Urban Theme From Elecite

Here's a new style of theme coming from Elecite this time around for those who like simple, but still unique themes. Urban is a nice and not too flashy theme for the 89xx, 90xx and 95xx series devices that flows nicely. With 8 icons set in the corner of the device which allows for the wallpaper to be shown almost in its entirety, this is where Urban gets unique. The theme itself has 10 beautiful wallpapers built in that change up each and every hour with no ill affect on device memory nor does it cause laggyness. 

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Leaked: OS 4.6.1.231 for the BlackBerry Curve 8900

Another week, another leaked OS. This latest one to pop up is for the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Reports say it is quite a step up from the previous leaked 8900 OS, so if you have an 8900 you may want to give it a go. Be sure to check out the 4.6.1.231 forum discussion if you're looking for more feedback before installing.

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WES2009 Special Edition Podcast for May 4th, 2009


* Note - we're having some issues with our iTunes feed and standard podcast feed, so please listen to the podcast in the player above, download the mp3 directly at the link below, or grab it via the updated feed url below. Thanks for the patience! * 

The Crack Team is on location in Orlando for WES 2009 and we're going to be bringing you a podcast each and every day. We kicked it off tonight with a quick one-beer episode (listen for the explanation), and discussed the WES announcements of the day along with the BlackBerry Curve 8520. Enjoy the show! If there's somebody you want to get us to try and interview, or questions you want us to try and get answered while here, leave them in the comments!

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