Themes Officially Begin Appearing in BlackBerry App World

We've known for quite some time now that themes were to be arriving in BlackBerry App World. The news came actually came along with the announcement of Theme Builder 5.0 at the BlackBerry Developer Conference but was kind of overshadowed by its release. Research In Motion is now ramping up the process and has started letting developers know their offerings have began to be loaded up and are ready to roll.

At this time it seems themes have been loaded in no particular order and theme developers are being alerted they need to login and categorize their themes under the most fitting sections. You can expect a full roll out by December 14th, if not sooner. Some themes are already popping up among the different categories. Maybe Research In Motion will put a few in the new test center for us as well. What do you all think? Will themes in BlackBerry App World take off or does it seem like with so many themes out there, it'll just make App World messy? 

[ Thanks, Alex ]

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 6 Dec 2009

BuddyGuard

BuddyGuard is a remote wiping application for your BlackBerry similar to SmartGuard. The app gives you the option to wipe your contacts, messages or phone logs. Instead of using an online account to perform these tasks, BuddyGuard uses commands sent by SMS. For example if you would like to wipe your device, all you have to do is send an SMS to your phone number and in the text field enter bg-wipe "your password" and hit send. Other remote features include lock (to prevent others from accessing the device), List (emails you a detailed listing of what will be wiped), Alert (will play a tone to help in finding your device), and help (sends a list of all commands to you). BuddyGuard is in Beta, and available via the CrackBerry App Store for free, supporting devices 4.2.1+

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Couple Busts Out Their BlackBerrys at the Altar

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This one made me laugh .. a lot. I can only image the hole I'd be in if I dared to pull out my Berry on the altar (not that anyone would be surprised). Check out this couple who are true BlackBerry addicts. In the middle of the ceremony not one, but two devices pop out as the couple updates their relationship status on Facebook.. The video is good for a laugh or two. Would you pull out your Berry on the altar? Do you think its awesome or completely rude? Drop a comment and let us know your thoughts. Thanks to CJ for sending this in!

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CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guide: Accessories and Applications for Students

It's almost Christmas and if you're like me, you're already shopping for presents whether they are for yourself (hehe) or for someone else. Being that I recently went back to school and have quite a few family members that are still in school, I realized what better presents than accessories & software to help out with school. Here is a list of items I've purchased or will purchase.

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Hedone Design Releases Premium Animated Snow Time Theme for BlackBerry Smartphones

Ahh, winter. My least favorite season of the year, yet it looks so pretty to watch snow fall on a moonlit night. That's what I was instantly reminded of when Hedone sent me his teams latest design aptly titled Snow Time and I loaded it up on my 9700.

Snow Time, is an elegantly designed animated theme that supports all Curve, Bold, Storm and Tour series devices and brings minimal; yet refreshing imagery to your screen. Custom icons and falling snow animation along with today preview options set Snow Time apart from other themes. From now until December 10th, you can grab Snow Time for only $3.99 from the CrackBerry App Store.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.402 For The BlackBerry Storm 9500

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.402 For The BlackBerry Storm 9500

Gotta love our CrackBerry forums members. Just got an anonymous email from one of em who wishes to remain that way that OS 5.0.0.402 for the BlackBerry Storm 9500 is now up for grabs. No further information about the OS is available but it should be on par with the other releases of .402 we have seen. If that is indeed the case, should be pretty solid for you 9500 owners. You know how it is, disclaimer applicable, enjoy! Be sure to leave your comments here and in the forums folks!

*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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Official OS 4.6.1.309 for the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 Now Available from Verizon Wireless

Pearl Flip owners rejoice - Verizon has officially released OS 4.6.1.309 for the 8230. Again, no 5.0 love from Verizon, but we should be thankful for any updates at this point. No news on what is new in thise release, so if you're a flip owner, give this one a shot and let us know if anything special pops up. This is an official release, but please use caution when updating you OS. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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Aces Traffic Pack

Aces Traffic Pack is a take on the classic parking lot game. You haev to move your car and others around the parking lot and help set your car free. There are over 400 puzzle layouts, each with varying difficulty. This mind game is sure to keep you entertained for hours. Features include:

  • Over 475 puzzles of increasing difficulty.
  • Immoveable objects, such as rocks, corners and potholes, to test your brain and increase difficulty.
  • Vibrant and attractive graphics.
  • Fun sound effects.
  • Play each pack straight through or select any puzzle using "Choose Puzzle" option.
  • Unlimited amount of undo and redo moves!
  • Records the best time, lowest move count, and how many undo and redo moves.
  • Automatically tracks your statistics, including how many moves made in each puzzle and how much time it takes to complete.
  • 6 level packs of varying difficulty with 80 puzzles in each!

Aces Traffic Pack is on sale in the CrackBerry App Store for $3.99 until December 13th. It is available for all devices running OS 4.2 or higher.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.405 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.405 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

The folks at BBLeaks have tracked down another new OS for the Bold 9700. OS 5.0.0.405 has leaked on the interwebs and is available for download. It feels like a new OS pops up for the Bold 9700 every week now (keep 'em coming!). If you find anything new and exciting in this build, be sure to leave a comment and let us know.

*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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CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guide: Accessories and Applications for the Music Lover
[ Our Holiday Gift Guides hope to get you going in the right direction when shopping for your BlackBerry family and friends this holiday season. This list comes courtesy of our twelpers obi and michaelwpg ]

Accessories and Applications for the Music Lover

So you have a fellow BlackBerry addict on your list, and they also love music. Or perhaps, you happen to be that particular music enthusiast, and just need to drop some not so subtle hints to your friends and family on what to get you? We're here to help, with 5 top gift ideas for the music lover this holiday season.

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BlackBerry App World Updated to 1.1.0.24

BlackBerry App World Updated to 1.1.0.24

BlackBerry App World has again been updated - this time to 1.1.0.24. This is only one click up from the last update, so nothing fantastic to report. If you find anything new or different be sure to let us know in the comments. You can grab the update by heading to blackberry.com/appworld from your device.

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Research In Motion Joins Wireless Power Consortium

Research In Motion Joins Wireless Power Consortium

Engadget caught the information regarding Research In Motion joining the Wireless Power Consortium recently. The Wireless Power Consortium is comprised of many technology driven companies such as Samsung, Energizer and Nokia, all with one goal in mind. How to free you from wires and charge your devices through the air. The concept is a great one that has a ton of potential for the future but currently still needs more improvement, which is why the consortium was established.

The current rates in which devices are charged through the air is substantially less then that of it's wired counterparts making the technology not as usful as it could be. As more companies get on board with the idea, more testing and innovation in the sector can be achieved. And with that, we can one day hope to never have to be reaching for an extra battery or looking around a busy airport for a unoccupied plugin which is well, pretty impossible to find. Hard to say when we will see this technology come to market but it's getting closer with each company that signs on.

[ Engadget ]

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BlackBerry App Roundup for December 4th, 2009!

A very happy December to everyone out there. The holiday shopping season is well and truly upon us now, and up here we've finally got some snow on the ground. Not sure if that's a good thing or not!? At any rate, as per usual we've got a lot of good titles for you in this weeks' edition of the roundup. Check 'em out below:

Covered this week in the roundup are the following titles:

In Case You Missed It: Net Nanny Mobile, PC Mag Releases List of Top 20 Free BlackBerry Apps, Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 Now Available, Trapster Gets an Update, BerryWeather 2.0 Release

New This Week: Mini Email, Cardiac Risk Calculator Pro, Palm Reader, Role Call Reminder Lists, Snowman Theme

Cool at BlackBerry App World: EasyBartender

Freebie of the Week: Being Me Sucks

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AT&T Drops Prices On All BlackBerry Smartphones

AT&T Drops Prices On All BlackBerry Smartphones

BoyGenius had heard "whispers" about AT&T having a big sale on BlackBerry devices, turns out the whispers are now loud and clear. AT&T has put the page up on their site and all BlackBerry smartphone pricing has been reduced. Even that BlackBerry Bold 9700 gets in on the action being reduced to a comfortable $99.99 after MIR. Restrictions apply of course but that's standard. If you been thinking on a new BlackBerry or wanna give one as a holiday gift, jump on it. No end date for the sale is listed on the site so get in on it..before it's gone.

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RIM Goes Live With BlackBerry App World Test Center

RIM Goes Live With BlackBerry App World Test Center

In an effort to get better feedback from users Research In Motion has gone live with what they refer to as "Test Center" for BlackBerry App World. You may have noticed it in your BlackBerry App World listing over the past few days or maybe not. Test center is a spot for new applications that are deemed "Beta" by RIM and needing more feedback from users. How does it work? What can be improved? Any issues you come across you'd like to see fixed? All questions that are relative to applications listed in Test center.

In order to leave comments, you can simply just do a review as you would with any other application in BlackBerry App World. Your comments will be posted and reviewed by Research In Motion and taken under consideration for the next iteration of the application in which you reviewed. An awesome way to collect user feedback on an application I think, give it a shot. Right now you can currently find eBay and MySpace 2.0 listed in test center with more apps on the way.

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 Available from AT&T Today?

BlackBerry Curve 8520 Available from AT&T Today?

Word on the street is that the Curve 8520 is available from AT&T starting today. While there hasn't been an official announcement, we've had loads of tips from members saying they've managed to get their hands on one. As you can see from the image above, the Curve 8520 is available for premier accounts to purchase on the web, but hasn't made an appearance for regular customers just yet. Again, nothing set in stone, but the wheels are in motion. Hopefully we'll get something official in the next day or two. 

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MySpace 2.0 For BlackBerry Smartphones Now Available

MySpace 2.0 For BlackBerry Smartphones Now Available

*UPDATE* -Change Log is now available via the RIM knowledgebase*

This is for all you MySpace fans out there. Research In Motion has released version 2.0 (2.0.0.19 to be exact) of the popular social networking application. Currently no changelog is available and it seems that it's only downloadable via BlackBerry App World as the site still shows version 1.5 (If you see 1.5, sit tight it's still being rolled out). In the meantime, if you are a MySpace user fire up BlackBerry App World and grab the download. If you spot anything new, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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Yelp Arrives In BlackBerry App World

Yelp Arrives In BlackBerry App World

Yelp has been available for a while on BlackBerry smartphones. Oddly enough though, the forums are often filled with users asking if there is an application even available. Hopefully the inclusion of Yelp in BlackBerry App World will get Yelp out there and installed on a lot more BlackBerry smartphones as it's a great application for user reviews of restaurants, shopping and nightlife. It's a user driven service so you can add your own reviews, pictures and information if you wish. Yelp is now available via their site as well as BlackBerry App World, give it a look. The app performs really well on BlackBerry smartphones and is way better then utilizing the mobile website.

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