Hedone Design V2 – Free birthday theme

Hedone Design V2 – Free birthday theme

HedoneDesign is celebrating their birthday by offering a free version of their Hedone Design V2.0 theme. This is a great theme that uses their signature "Scalpel" icon-set (named for its sharpness), is fast and sleek in its design and, as they advertise, is straight out of a science fiction novel. Application icons seem to pop out against the off-white background and the grey home-screen icons turn orange when selected. It also comes with a circular six user customizable icon home dock with the time in the middle. Voted as CrackBerry Theme developer of the year in 2010, you can't go wrong with this free theme from HedoneDesign.

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BlackBerry smartphones save UK Police £112m per year

BlackBerry smartphones save UK Police £112m per year

According to RIM, the UK Police force is able to save around £112m a year by using BlackBerry smartphones.

Rory O'Neill, Senior Director of Business Marketing (EMEA) at RIM, spoke to eWeek and stated that one in six officers carry around a BlackBerry and out of the 56 police forces in the UK, 44 of them use BlackBerry technology and applications. The use of BlackBerry smartphones has increased productivity, allowing more police officers to be out in the streets instead of spending time on paperwork. It also allowed them to access or update records on the go from their BlackBerry. O'Neill said they worked close with Bedfordshire Police to work on a mobile data solution that would allow officers to access data from the Police National Computer without using up the radio network.

"There are now a staggering array of applications that enable police forces to do innovative things," said O'Neill. "The police are able to spend more time on the street, and less in the police station. We have created applications that access back-end systems that can perform administrative tasks out on the street. One of the reasons why the police work with BlackBerry is because of the security model."

RIM also cited from a study that said 85% of police officers found that the BlackBerry assisted them in doing their job while 75% that it would be a big deal if the BlackBerry devices were taken away from them.

Source: eWeek

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Backing up 3rd party applications on your BlackBerry

Now that we've learned to backup and restore device data using Desktop Manager 6, it's time to review how quick and simple it is to do the same thing with third-party applications. No matter what the reason, this will save you the hassle of downloading everything all over again. However, when upgrading to an entirely new OS (i.e. OS4 to OS5, OS5 to OS6) you will need to check on compatibility. Keep reading for the full steps on backing up your 3rd party applications.

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LEDArt.me - Create and share simple pictures on your BlackBerry

LEDArt.me is a fun little application from Mobile Enhancement Studios that was just released in the CrackBerry store. Using the 15 colors provided, you can create pictures one pixel at a time. Draw whatever your heart desires, save a copy, and email it to your friends. (Note: I found you have to be sure you set all permissions to "allow" and save a copy of the image before you email it or it won't send properly.) You can even upload your picture to the online gallery to share with other users. And with the handy option to save a picture you're currently working on, you can open it up again at a later time and continue creating right where you left off. This is is great app for killing time and getting those creative juices flowing. Available for a variety of devices, you can pick this fun little application up for the low price of FREE right now!

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Bplay releases iBerry 4 theme for BlackBerry

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There are a ton of BlackBerry users out there that love the function and versatility of their device, but really like the interface of the iPhone. If this describes you, then this theme is one you'll want to check out. bPlay has just released an update to their popular iBerry theme. iBerry 4 has a home dock with 5 user customizable icons and a cool hidden scrolling panel underneath with 16-20 user selectable icons. Complete with hidden today, this is a theme that is fun to use and also very practical.

Features:

  • Fully customizable with 16-20 user selectable icon
  • Hidden scrolling icon panel (accessed by scrolling down, or double tapping the dock on Storm devices)
  • Uniquely customized call screens
  • Dynamic today items

iBerry 4 is available for just about every BlackBerry out there (no Torch support yet) and you can purchase it for $4.99 right now.

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Sprint to launch BlackBerry Oxford (Style) October 31st?!

According to some newly leaked slides, it looks like the BlackBerry Oxford (aka Style, 9670) will be arriving in Sprint stores October 31st. We've known BlackBerry Oxford to be the codename for the device all along but, the BlackBerry Style name is no longer present here on the these slides. That said, we're left wondering if the device will actually now launch as the Oxford or if the Oxford name was just for the slides. We're not gonna count the BlackBerry Style name out just as of yet but let's face it, the name wasn't exactly favored (fitting?)

Whatever it goes to market as, there will be two versions available. One in gray and one in purple which will launch at a later date. As noted in the slide, the device will cost only $99 after a $100 mail in rebate. Anyone gonna hop on this this BlackBerry 6 powered clam shell when it releases? Or still holding out for a better CDMA BlackBerry?

Source: BGR

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 10 Oct 2010

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.895 for the BlackBerry Storm 2 9550

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.895 for the BlackBerry Storm 2 9550

Wow, been a while since we seen an OS leak for the BlackBerry Storm 2 9550. I'm sure those of you out there still making use of the device will be happy to see it. No idea what this OS brings to the table so, be sure to make a backup before you load it just in case things go bad.

*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). *

Source: Driphter
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    Red Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9780 spotted on Craigslist?!

    A red BlackBerry Bold 9780? At first glance it looks like it but, something just doesn't look right. It is for certain a BlackBerry Bold 9780 as the OS screen is showing in the ad but, that red just looks like it's after market parts. Of course, I could be totally wrong and we could end up seeing a BlackBerry Bold 9780 come in a variation of colors. We already know that the red BlackBerry Torch is out there so a red 9780 certainly is plausible. The ad indicates that it is a Rogers device but it has no branding on it. The asking price? $975 and it's all yours. In a related rumor, we're also hearing that 11/03/10 will be the release date for the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9780 but, nothing confirmed one that one. Thanks Jason!

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    BlackBerry PlayBook Color Availability - Which Color Would You Go For?
      What color do you want your BlackBerry PlayBook to be?customer surveys

    After the announcement of the BlackBerry PlayBook last week, RIM teased us by having a few pre-production units on display for us to drool over (see our hands-on glass first look video). One thing we noticed but somehow think we missed talking about here on the blogs was PlayBook color availability. Not only did RIM show off the typical black BlackBerry PlayBook, but they also had a bright blue one on hand. When it rains it pours, so based on the fact more than one color was displayed, I can't help but *hope* the PlayBook will be available in a variety of colors. 

    This leads us to our last poll of the week... if RIM does make the BlackBerry PlayBook available in a variety of colors, which color would you go for? Cast your vote above and be sure to sound off in the comments. Oh, and we have some more PlayBook photos below for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

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    Rogers enabling UMA for BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Curve 3G

    Some Rogers customers may have known this was coming considering previously leaked OS' opened up the ability on the devices but now, we have the information coming to us in a semi official form. Rogers, will soon be pushing a software update out for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and BlackBerry Curve 3G that will enable UMA access on both of those devices. With UMA now being enabled, both devices will work for WiFi calling provided you have the proper TalkSpot plan from Rogers. Pretty cool but, one has to wonder why the change of heart?

    Source: The Cellular Guru

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    BlackBerry App World v2.0.1.12 now available for download

    Looks like Research In Motion has decided to roll out another update for BlackBerry App World. Version 2.0.1.12 is now available for download if you refresh your already existing installation of BlackBerry App World. At this time we do not currently have a change log to go with the release but, if you find anything new in be sure to comment in the forums or here in the comment section. Keep in mind, it might be a gradual roll out as well so, if you're not seeing it show up right away you may just have to hold out a bit longer until it becomes available.

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    BlackBerry App Roundup for October 8th, 2010! Win 1 of 15 copies of QuickLaunch!

    Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! Yee-haw! Have any of you varmints installed the leaked OS 6 for the 9650 or 9330? I’m sure as shootin’ that many of y’all are waitin’ for the 9700 leak to drop. Speakin’ of droppin’, check out this past week for more BlackBerry songs than you can shake a stick at. Today, we announce the winners of the TyperLearn giveaway and also give you the chance to win one of 15 copies of QuickLaunch! With this app, you’ll definitely have the fastest BlackBerry in the West (and East, North or South). Have a rootin’ tootin’ weekend! Giddy up!

    Freebies of the Week: Pause App, Jack-O-Lantern

    In Case You Missed It: FedEx Mobile app, In Case of Emergency, Gym Technik

    New This Week: AutoLock, RemindMe, Wallpaper Wizard

    Cool at BlackBerry App World: Band of Joy

    Contest: Enter to win 1 of 15 copies of QuickLaunch!

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    Verizon having interactive launch of BlackBerry 6 on October 14th

    An "interactive launch" is better than no launch at all right? Well kind of. The boys at BGR got a hold of this invite to Verizon's interactive launch of BlackBerry 6 that takes place on October 14th. From the looks of things it's most likey a bit of a demo more than an actual software launch, but it still gives us hope. It's doubtful that an official software release will drop the same day, but this is still a good sign that BlackBerry 6 shouldn't be too far off for the Bold 9650 and/or Curve 9330. 

    Source: BGR

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    BlackBerry PlayBook. Seriously, every night since it got announced all I think about when going to bed at night is the BlackBerry PlayBook and that ohhh soooo sweeet looking QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS. It's exciting times in BlackBerry land.  I wants one. NOW.

    Of course you know the CrackBerry team is excited for the PlayBook, and so are a ton of other bloggers in the tech space (see our bloggers reactions to the PlayBook video here). But how about Research In Motion itself? How about the foliks who will be working hard to help deliver the BlackBerry PlayBook to us all? We had a few sit downs with RIM execs and managers last week, and during the interviews were always sure to ask the PlayBook question. Check out the video above for two minutes of PlayBook excitement!

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    We had a chance at the 2010 BlackBerry DevCon to sit down with Marty Mallick, who is a Senior Director of Business Development within the Strategic Alliances division of Research In Motion (say that three times fast!). When you see BlackBerry apps come out for the big boys in the space (eBay, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), Marty's team is involved. We'll let Marty do the talking, so sit back and hit play!

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    Contest: Fast Torch - An elegant theme for your BlackBerry Torch. Win 1 of 50 copies!

    Fast Torch is a new rotary style theme designed by jmerhi for your BlackBerry Torch. While it seems that lately the trend is to make themes as wallpaper friendly as possible, not every BlackBerry user is concerned with changing their backgrounds. That's where a nicely designed theme such as this comes in to play. Not only does Fast Torch give you quick access to 12 icons of your choosing, it also gives you a visually pleasing display. Neutral black and gray contrast nicely with the white icons and blue details making this a theme you can feel comfortable using in a professional atmosphere. You can even hide the icons in the center dock to help prevent accidentally opening applications. Hidden hotspots for clock and manage connections round out the homescreen. Overall Fast Torch is a nice looking, easy to use theme for your BlackBerry. Grab this one today for $3.99 in the CrackBerry store.

    Contest: jmerhi was kind enough to give us 50 copies of Fast Torch to pass on to our readers. If you are interested in this theme for your BlackBerry Torch, leave a single comment below to enter for a chance to win. Winners will be chosen at random, and entries must be in by midnight PST this Sunday. Good luck!

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    UAE and RIM to live happily ever after; BlackBerry owners can continue to use their devices

    A last minute decision for sure. Last month the UAE had RIM under its gun threatening to ban BlackBerry services from October 11. On Tuesday it was reported, that only few BlackBerry users are switching to other smartphones. Service providers Etisalat and du had even offered alternative smartphone options to their customers, including devices from Nokia or Apple's iPhone. This all shall be history now as the Emirates is not going to suspend any of its BlackBerry services after all. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority also acknowledged "positive engagement and collaboration of RIM in reaching this regulatory compliant outcome."

    It is not clear what the exact changes are, but rest assured BlackBerry users in the UAE may continue using their devices normally in the future. In an e-mailed statement, RIM said it "cannot discuss the details of confidential regulatory matters that occur in specific countries". This allows for little conclusions to be drawn, but I believe the Emirates has been granted similar access to monitor BlackBerry traffic as India. Despite these matters this is an excellent outcome and shows that RIM has a big heart for the Middle East. We love you too, RIM.

    Update: A contact of mine in the Emirates, who wishes to stay anonymous, has provided me with very interesting insight into the subject. Since the very first threats to ban BlackBerry services in the country, several local shops and dealers have lowered their prices for BlackBerry smartphones. However, a couple of days ago prices went up again for almost no reason. Word has it that "inside" information was floating around regarding the talks between the UAE and RIM. In addition, locals already knew since yesterday that a positive outcome has been reached, despite the local media being virtually silent about the subject. No comment on whether the UAE has been granted access to monitor BlackBerry traffic, though. 

    Source: CBS

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    Friday Fun: What does your *dream* BlackBerry look like?  Is it anything like this BlackBerry Titan Concept?!

    It blows my mind how much the topic of smartphones comes up in regular conversation these days. At restaurants, airports, schools, work... you name the place, it seems to me people are talking about phones and gadgets like never before. Multiple times per week I find myself unintentionally eavesdropping on people out in public because I catch the word BlackBerry or iPhone or iPad or Android and hone in on the conversation. The conversation is often surrounding what phone a person wants to buy next, which phone they think is best, and sometimes it's even about what they *wish* a company would put into their next phone.

    Enter the BlackBerry TK1 Titan Concept. While I'm sure a lot of CrackBerry Readers have given some thought as to what they'd like to see RIM do with their next device model, I don't think many of us have given it as much effort as Guy Bridges (DigitalHomeBoy). Guy has put three months of thought and effort into his BlackBerry device concept, complete with the rendered images and spec sheet you'd normally find from RIM itself. You'll want to jump over to Guy's blog post to view the entire specs, but all in all it's a pretty compelling device and hopefully we'll see some BlackBerry Devices from RIM in the near future that live up to this dream. In addition to the standard BIG specs you'd expect on a dream device (1GB ram, 8.1 megapixel camera on the back, 3.5 megapixel on the front, etc.), Guy has included some other innovative features, such as dual LED notification lights, double speaker ports, and two left side convenience buttons. Cool stuff.

    So that leads us to the final question of the week... what does your dream BlackBerry Smartphone look like? No doubt it's running the new QNX-based OS that the BlackBerry PlayBook will feature. But what else do you want to see in the hardware and form factor? Sound off in the comments!

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