More BlackBerry Slider Pics Show Up Online

More BlackBerry Slider Pics Show Up Online

In an effort to give us all a better feel for the BlackBerry slider (aka 9700a as it has shown up as... at least for now anyways as that could easily and should change), the folks over at BBLeaks have got some more pics for us to gaze over. These pics give us a look at the back end of the device as well as give us a size idea by being compared to a BlackBerry Curve 8900. As with all prerelease devices, what we're looking at here is pre branded hardware. And while it may likely be close to "final form" the released models will have branding and such from carriers on them and will certainly look more polished. Past prerelease devices such as the Bold 9000 first showed up wearing a plastic battery door. A far stretch from the leather backing it arrived with at release. Some of you may remember the Bold 9700 was first seen with a trackball, so while pics give us a general idea, everything should be taken with a grain of salt until newer, branded hardware is spotted.

Still lots left to learn about this device as the days go by, hopefully we'll get to see a better look as many, many questions remain unanswered here. What about the camera? Is it 5MP and making use of the liquid lense we heard? Or is it still running the old 3.2MP that has been standard. What about the screen? Is it touchscreen? OS it's running, if any? Here’s to hoping someone out there can actually get an up close and personal look with one that actually powers on at some point. Now, with these new pictures showing up has it changed your thoughts on the device? One more picture after the break of the side by side with an 8900.

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Free Go Daddy Mobile App for BlackBerry Smartphones Lets You Register and Manage Your Domain Names

If you're a Go Daddy user looking for a quicker way to manage your domain names, you're in luck. Go Daddy has just released a free mobile app that allows you to keep up with all your domains right from your BlackBerry. You can search for and register domains, manage current domains, access Mobile Mail, manage email and hosting options and more. Definitely a handy app if you have more than a few Go Daddy sites to take care of. I'm not totally sure which devices the app is intended for as I couldn't find an officially landing page, but I have it up and running on both my Tour and Bold 9700. Hit the link below for direct OTA download.

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PhotoNote - Take Pictures with Notes for Reminders, To-Do List or Sharing Ideas with Friends

New from Swoosh Software is PhotoNote. The handy app allows you to easily take photos on your device and add quick notes to them. To start just fire up the app, then choose New Note. You can either take a new photo with the camera, or pick an item from your library. After you take/select the image, type in a quick note and you're done. You can view your full list of notes for review, or fire one off as an email to a friend. PhotoNote can be used as a personal diary for traveling, a visual to-do list, a handy shopping tool, reminder app and more. The items are all sorted for easy vieiwing with the thumbnail side-by-side with the note text. PhotoNote sells for $4.99 in the CrackBerry App Store and a free trial is available.

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Leaked 9650 OS Shows BlackBerry Bold 9650 User Guide

* Download Link: Click here to download the BlackBerry Bold 9650 User Guide *

With the leaked 9650 OS today, the included user guide not so surprisingly shows the device as being labeled as the Bold 9650. As has been rumored before and stated many times since on the blogs and in the forums, this update device to the original Tour (which now has WiFi, optical trackpad and more) won't be released as a Tour but rather as a Bold, so any doubters can take this new user guide as one more piece of evidence. We talked more on the new CDMA Bold on yesterday's CrackBerry podcast so be sure to take a listen there if this device is of interest to you.

While the relabeling the Tour to a Bold isn't that shocking of a notion anymore, what is surprising (to me anyway) is that this user guide points to the device retaining a model number of 9650 still despite the product family change. Now that it's a Bold, I would think RIM would instead push it into the BlackBerry 97xx line, being a 9750 or 9730 or something like that. Instead it keeps in line with the 96xx series numbering. I guess it doesn't really matter, but it does seem odd to me. It has been rumored by some that this OS may be a final version for the new device, so if true it could be a Bold 9650 afterall. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long to find out! 

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Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Tour 9650

Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Tour 9650

Whats this? Two Tour OS leaks in one day? Well, kind of. Ronen at Berryreview snagged OS for the yet to be released Tour (Bold?) 9650. Nothing much can really be done with this one at the moment, but I'm sure it will make for some good investigative work and maybe a nifty hybrid or two. If you're bored today and want to play around, hop on the link below to download.

Disclaimer: Whatever you do, don't try to install this on your Tour 9630 as is.

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Verizon BlackBerry Curve 8530 OS Update On the Way?

Verizon BlackBerry Curve 8530 OS Update On the Way?

It looks like Verizon will be bringing Curve 8530 users a special treat coming soon. We got our hands on a PDF that shows an update to OS is on the way. No exact date is mentioned for the release, but it should be within the next week or two.  Highlights of the update include:

  • Simplified lock-key function
  • Overall improvements to battery life
  • Improved video streaming
  • Improved Voice Activated Dialing function
  • Message enhancements
  • Bluetooth improvements 

This will be an official Verizon release for 8530 users. The document lists the download site as for the upgrade, but the page isn't live just yet. Stay tuned for more details on this one.

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Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Tour 9630

Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Tour 9630
A crazy week on the leaked OS front. We had two leaks for the Bold 9700, and now another new Tour 9630 OS. The guys at BBLeaks found OS, and hopefully it works out better than .530 seemed to. Nothing on what is new in this version, so be sure to drop a comment and let us know what you find out. Hit the link below to download. Remember to use caution when installing a leaked OS!

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

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BlackBerry App Roundup for March 12th, 2010; Contest: 50 Copies of Addictive Tower Defense to be Won!

Thought I'd switch things up a bit this week and make this a special 'Games Only' edition! BlackBerry gamers take close note, lots of gaming goodness is here this week, along with an awesome 'Addictive Tower Defense' giveaway. Covered this week in the App Roundup are the following titles:

Giveaway of the Week: Addictive Tower Defense

Freebies of the Week: GT BlackJack Online, Tilt n Jump Lite, Gem Jam Lite, Dots

New This Week: Wordsearch, Twilight New Moon, Missile Storm, The Rise of Atlantis, Memory

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Sid Meier's Civilization IV: War of Two Cities

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Have You Had Your BlackBerry Storm 2 Swapped For A New One?
We've been waiting to see exactly how this one turned out for everyone. But as most of you know the past few days for Verizon Storm 2 owners have been rather interesting. BerryScoop got tipped the news about the possibility of Verizon being reissued Storm 2 devices due to a screen issue. Now while the screen issues seemed to be nowhere near as bad as what they were on the original BlackBerry Storm it did exist for some users. As indicated in the Verizon information, devices were being returned mostly with the lower left hand side of the screen either not working correctly or not working at all. This caused some high return rates for many users out there.

Noticing the problem and working with Research In Motion, Verizon was directed to return all current stock and was reissued a new batch of devices to replace the ones returned. Any customers experiencing issues with their current devices were also targeted through Verizons customer care in the fact if you had an affected device and called you could get a replacement for the improperly working one. The replacement coming in the way of a "Certified Like-New Replacement" or better known as refurbished. So how many of you out there actually had your BlackBerry Storm 2's replaced? Most people I ask state they never had any issues with their release device so I'm guessing the issue wasn't that widespread? Let us know in the comments either way. 
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Voice Activated Dialing On BlackBerry Better These Days?

During the CrackBerry podcast we made mention of other devices out there that used voice commands for dialing. Common consensus was that most of us either don't use it, don't install it or haven't looked at using it in quite some time on our BlackBerry devices. Even went so far as to say that the system needed to have a better way of adapting to users own voices and accents.

Well, much to our surprise Research In Motion actually updated the Voice Activated Dialing system on OS' as far back as 4.5, just that none of us had noticed due to our lack of use of the feature. While the current adaptation of the voice activated dialing software is better than before, it still seems to not be on par with that of other platforms. Although, to me it seems like I would be more likely to use it now knowing that it adapts even just a little better then previous versions. So, looking at the comments from the podcast it seems most folks knew this change had happened but what we want know is, does anyone actually use it and if so is it better now?

<a href="">Is Voice Activated Dialing Better Then Before?</a><span style="font-size:9px;"><a href="">polls</a></span>
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Formula 1 Season Kicks Off Today - Download the Free Official Live Timing App for BlackBerry Smartphones!

WooHOoo! We're literally just hours away from the official start of the 2010 Formula 1 season with the first Friday Practice about to kick off in Bahrain. And to make this year's practice sessions, qualifying and races even more engaging to watch on tv BlackBerry owners can now download the Official Live Timing App and follow the lap details from their device. Features include:

  • Live Timing: The main timing screen lets you track the progress of every driver, from their position and best lap time to their latest sector times and lap count. Other features include a track status indicator, informing you of yellow/red flags and safety car phases, plus straight-line speeds and text commentary.
  • Circuit Data: The circuit data screen lets you know what conditions the drivers are facing out on the circuit, with the current air and track temperatures, rainfall, air pressure and humidity levels, plus wind speed and direction. Graphs also allow you to see how conditions have changed throughout the session.
  • Additional Features: The Official Live Timing Application isn't just about the current race. Other features include results for every session of the current season, the season calendar, timetables for every Grand Prix and the current championship standings.
To download, just visit from your BlackBerry's web browser. The app is free of charge, but you will need to register at to take advantage of the app all season long (you can use the app for one race weekend without having to register). At 1.1 megabytes it's a fairly heavy app by BlackBerry standards (I'm sure F1 fans won't mind!), but from the few minutes I've spent on it so far it seems to be a well-built app. The true test will come once the cars hit the track though.

As for the 2010 season, I think we're in for a good one. Some of the rule changes are a bit wonky but should hopefully make for better race action. And with Michael Schumacher back in the sport (albeit not in a Ferrari) and with some very competitive team driver pairings, there's going to be a lot of drama and action both on and off the track. Any picks on who wins this year? Sound off in the comments! I already have my race ticket and trip booked to hit up the Grand Prix of Canada in Montreal in June, so if you're going to be there let me know and we'll do a CrackBerry/F1 Fan Meetup! Enjoy the app, and enjoy the season!
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Check out the podcast video, and let the good times roll.

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Want to go to WES 2010 but don't have the $$ to buy a ticket? Zenprise is giving you the chance to win one!

RIM's big annual show, the Wireless Enterprise Symposium for BlackBerry Users (or WES) is coming up April 27th to 29th in Orlando, Florida. It's an enterprise/industry show rather than a consumer one, but it's always a great show and an awesome time. The only bad thing about WES is getting there - if you miss the early bird special, conference passes run for $1799.

Fortunately, the folks at Zenprise let us know about a little contest they're running that will give one lucky winner a free pass to attend WES and even up to $500 to cover air travel. To enter, simply become a fan of the Facebook Zenprise page and write your funniest end user smartphone support story on the wall. If you decide to do a video post and win, they'll also reimburse the winner up to $500 for air travel. Be sure to jump over the fan page for full details.

Bla1ze, Adam and myself will be at WES 2010 this year so if you're a CrackBerry reader and end up winning be sure to let us know. We can meet up for a roundof Campari (on Adam.. suckah!).

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Earth Hour for BlackBerryEarth Hour for BlackBerry

As I write this, Earth Hour is some 16 days, 1 hour, 36 minutes and 9 seconds away and as of right now you can now download the Earth Hour app for BlackBerry Smartphones straight from App World. Here's the official description:

Earth Hour is Saturday, March 27 at 8:30 p.m. local time and encourages people to turn off their lights to show support for action on climate change.

As lights go off around the world, this application will keep you connected with news, local events and participants from across the globe. Join the movement and stay in the conversation as WWF teams and individual supporters get ready for the big day.

During Earth Hour you can countdown with us, see photos of cities across the globe celebrating and submit your own photos of how you are spending the big night.

For more information on Earth Hour, you can check out To download the app (built by Xtreme Labs), visit the link below.

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Univision Videos App Streams Top-Rated Programs to Your BlackBerry Smartphone

This past week Univision announced a new app that allows users to stream top-rated programs through their mobile browser. The Univision Videos app makes available news, sports, entertainment and popular TV shows, right from your device. You can check out big name programs such as Sabado Gigante, el Gordo y la Flaca, Cristina, Republica Deportiva, Escandalo TV, Primer Impacto, Noticiero Univision and much more. The layout is easy to navigate, and the streaming is some of the best to date. The app is 100% free and a great way to keep up with all the latest happenings. Head to BlackBerry App World for more information or to download.

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Is Your Mute Key No Longer Working For Stand By Mode?

Is Your Mute Key No Longer Working For Stand By Mode?

It seems a lot of users have noticed this with the most recent OS' released. Kind of weird for it to be removed really, as many users actually enjoyed having the function there. Now that it's gone, many folks have been calling blaming it on a bug. Fact is folks, it's not a bug it's actually intended.

As The RIM knowledge base states:

In earlier BlackBerry Device Software versions the mute key was used to turn standby mode on. Due to changes in the lock key functionality on the BlackBerry smartphone starting in BlackBerry Device software 5.0, the mute key no longer places the BlackBerry smartphone into Standby mode. The mute key will still function to mute calls in the phone application.

Sorry to break the news to those who used the function. It doesn't seem as though the function will be coming back anytime soon. While I never really used the option myself, I'm sure some folks out there wouldn't mind if a 3rd party developer looked into overriding the setting. At the same time, I'm sure some may see it as an improvement to the OS.

[ Pic court. Of Mickey Papillon ]

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A few weeks back on the blogs here we dropped word of the official availability of BerryBlab v1, an app that makes browsing vBulletin web forums friendly on your BlackBerry (which includes the CrackBerry forums of course!). The app has gained a pretty decent following from CrackBerry readers and has managed to maintain a 5-star rating in the CrackBerry App Store and garner some solid reviews:

 - "Awesome for those that want the ease of browsing forums in the form of a application. love checking crackberry from bed!"

- "Awesome app :) lightweight, quick, works as described. I run my own forums too and even the plugin is painless to install. The developer is also actively improving the program too. It's worth the 3 bucks =)"

BerryBlab Contest Details: For more details on BerryBlab, be sure to watch Adam's video walkthrough above and visit the product page for more info and to buy. Or if you want to get in on your chance to win a free copy, just leave a single comment to this blog post. We have 50 copies to give away. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. Good luck!

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How Do You Use Your BlackBerry Series: Automatically Dim Backlight On or Off?
Do you have the "Automatically Dim Backlight" option set to ON or OFF?polls

In my endless pursuit to find some good, fresh topics, I was rolling through all of the options and apps on my device. I had a stroke of genius and realized I've always been curious as to how other users have their devices setup. Right out of the box, there are a load of options to play around with and tweak to your liking. Everyone has their own special way of setting up a device, and I would love to know what some of the most popular settings are. So in a new series of posts, we hope to find out just how you use your BlackBerry. We'll delve deep and find out what everyone likes or dislikes, how bright your screen is, how many message boxes you use, how you lock your device, your alert settings and much, much more. Each week we'll check out the results from the previous poll, and down the line (probably way down) when we cover everything, we'll take a look at what seems to be the best way to setup your device.

For the first installment we'll start with the "Automatically Dim Backlight" option (located under Options > Screen/Keyboard). This one is plain and simple - do you have it set on or off? Personally I never use it, but recently at a concert found my screen way to bright in the dark room. I set the device to automatically dim, and I love the result. Granted it can give you trouble from time to time depending on the lighting, but I think its a great feature and can even help save battery life. So what do you do? Vote in the poll below and let us know!

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