Quick Tip – How to turn off data services

Quick Tip – How to turn off data services

Hey folks, remember those cell phone bill shock commercials? You know, the ones where customers would faint, break furniture, or scream when finding a bill with extremely high charges. Those of you who travel internationally have probably felt the sticker shock from a large bill or two. Even those with international data and voice packages still pay higher rates than usual. When traveling internationally, you can can expect to see additional charges on your bill. You'll use data "minutes" when you use the browser, send and receieve PIN; MMS messages; and email, or use an application that accesses the internet. Be sure sure to stand near something soft and cushiony when that international data bill comes in the mail.As a bonus, using the Manage Connections menu is a quick and easy way to turn off your radios during flight operations (a.k.a. Airplane Mode).

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Contest Winners: MobileQs, 211 unlock codes from CellUnlock, and more!

Here are the winners from last week's round of contests. If you won you will be receiving an email either directly from us or the retailer/developer directly in the next few days. If for some reason you don't receive an email within 7-14 days (be sure to check your spam/junk folder just in case, and verify your registered address associated with your CrackBerry account) you can email us at sitesupport(at)crackberry.com and we'll be sure to get you taken care of. Please be patient as some emails may take longer than others to arrive. Hit the jump for the full list - congrats to all the winners!

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Review: Dipdive for BlackBerry

Review: Dipdive for BlackBerry

While many are looking to the future while CES is going on, I can’t help but look back as well. You hear of products being announced officially and unofficially; some stay in the spotlight, while others fade away. I was checking out the blog and going back to CES 2009, when Kevin gave us our first look at Dipdive. Dipdive takes social networking and entertainment and mashes them into an amazing website.

Users can keep tabs on specific channels, upload their own media/blog and gain access to exclusive performances and other content. The mobile app enables you to step away from your computer and hit the streets, the club, the studio or wherever the music takes you. Through the app you can view and share media in a whole new way. Let’s “dipdive” into the review shall we? Heh, like what I did there?

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How to set and edit sound profiles on your BlackBerry

How to set and edit sound profiles on your BlackBerry

Customization. It's one of the things I always like to do first when I get myself a new BlackBerry. You can take two identical BlackBerry phones, and - through customization - get two very different experiences.  As BlackBerry users, we find a theme that best suits us, arrange icons to our liking and even set the font to something pleasing to the eye.  But a BlackBerry should be pleasing to the ear, too.  You hear one alert and know it's a BBM, hear another alert and know it's your email. Alerts for mailboxes, phone calls, and even text messages can be customized to your liking.  Let's show you how.

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iRecrodIt

Diabetes affects over 200 million people worldwide and the numbers are only growing. As the daughter of a juvenile diabetic, the most important thing a diabetic can do is maintain control over their blood sugar levels. The first step is monitoring their insulin levels, weight, and what foods they eat. In the past, log books were used to track sugar levels before each meal, calories, foods eaten, and how much insulin was taken. In this day and age, how many people still use pen and paper? Wouldn't it be easier to just use your BlackBerry and bring it with your to the doctor's office? Now you can, with iRecordit Diabetes Sugar Glucose and Health Tracker by Communiteq Systems Inc.

iRecordit is an all in one application that gives you control over your diabetes by tracking not only blood sugar and general health, but blood pressure, medications, lab results, insulin intake, cholesterol , BMI, and by accessing an entire nutritional database with over 7000 foods and their caloric calculations. In addition, it can also record your allergies, immunizations, health care provider information, and your prescription/refill information. Access your entire medical history at the touch of a button and e-mail your results to your doctor. This is a great way to make sure you always stay on track with your condition and communicate with your physicians.

iRecordit comes with an easy to interface that lets you access everything you need with a simple click or by moving the trackball/trackpad to the left or right. Users can even create their own meal and activity database.

Features

  • Quick and intuitive data entry
  • Browse and edit data
  • Monthly graphic charts
  • Optionally store data on your SD card
  • Filter by date range or text search
  • Email results in csv format
  • Just use to record sugar/glucose or other data: Medical History, Lab results, Medications, Nutrition, Activities
  • Bluetooth support with MyGlucoHealth glucose meters

iRecordit is available at the CrackBerry app store for all devices running OS 4.5 and higher for $5.99. A free trial is also available.

More information/download of iRecordIt

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Before we left CES 2011 we again sat down again with Ryan Bidan, the Senior Product Manager on the BlackBerry PlayBook team to work through a bunch of the questions we've been seeing here on CrackBerry related to the BlackBerry PlayBook. At the CES BlackBerry booth many of the same questions have been getting asked, so the Inside BlackBerry Blog did a quick interview with Ryan addressing the big questions they too have been hearing.

We'll follow up with our written BlackBerry PlayBook FAQ soon, and in the meantime you can check out the video above. There's been a bit of a misconception going around online that in order to use the BlackBerry PlayBook that you'll need to own a BlackBerry Smartphone, which is not the case. A native email and calendar client may not be there at launch, but it is definitely on the roadmap (likely sooner than later) for the PlayBook and new OS. In the meantime there will be the BlackBerry Bridge for BlackBerry owners that turns the PlayBook into a big screen for your phone's email, calendar, contacts, tasks, and BBM (no data stored on PlayBook) and access is there via the web browser as well. It's clear that the QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS is still in early days and it's going to be evolving rapidly. Unlike the phones where carriers dictate OS update releases, with the PlayBook RIM will be able to push them out to consumers quickly, and I'm sure we'll be in for a lot of updates in the early days. It's a solid base to begin with, and it's only going to get better, that's for sure.

Source: Inside BB

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Mike Lazaridis discusses BlackBerry "super phones" and RIM's 10 year plan

The BlackBerry "Super Phone" is coming, just maybe not tomorrow. Mike Lazaridis sat down with PCMag at CES 2011 to discuss a bit about RIM's future and what we can expect in the coming years. During the interview Mike confirmed the plans to bring QNX to BlackBerry smartphones, but also said that current multi-core processors aren't quite what they need to make this happen. “Battery life, size, weight, thickness, cost” are all factors here, and until those are all up to par for what RIM has planned, it doesn't look like we'll be seeing QNX on our devices. Future QNX devices are coming, just no word on when exactly. RIM isn't in a hurry. "First they made RIM a global business, now they're delivering the PlayBook, and super phones are on the to-do list", he said. Mike alluded to the next 10 years of BlackBerry, and the growth they are preparing for in BlackBerry both in handheld devices and tablets.

We spent the last three years building a global company. Putting in all the infrastructure, building the relationships, building the supply channels, the infrastructure, the distribution, the manufacturing capacity, that's what we did! And we continue to grow, right? What we're setting up is for the next 10 years of BlackBerry. We just finished the first 10 years, actually closer to 12 - the first decade of BlackBerry. Now we're setting up for the next decade of BlackBerry. Right? That's what we're doing.

I think it's because we're always thinking ahead, we're always planning ahead. I think in this kind of business you have to have a lot of planning. It's one thing to take a reference design and package it. It's another thing to build a platform that can grow with your customers' needs, that can grow with where the market is going as opposed to where the market is today. To provide that uncompromised performance for enterprise, for government, for large corporations as well as provide an experience for the consumer that's unique. 

So how do you feel about these statements? Are you optimistic for the future of BlackBerry, or are you starting to get impatient? With RIM re-branding WES to BlackBerry World, all of us on the CrackBerry team are hoping we'll see RIM use this event to announce some BIG things for BlackBerry Smartphones (not just tablets) this May. Maybe Mike L is just setting us up to blow us away. I for one am excited to see what RIM brings us this year, and for years to come. They definitely have a solid foundation world-wide to build on, and I can't wait to see where they go. For the full interview, check out the link below.

Source: PCMag

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Visa Mobile app available for BlackBerry - Access money saving offers on your device!

Visa has released a new mobile application for BlackBerry to help you take advantage of special offers on shopping and services. The app is free and available in BlackBerry App World. Once you download it, you create your account from within the app. Choose which offer categories you want to see and you're all set; as they become available, the service sends merchant discounts and special offers to you via the app. These can be redeemed at retail locations, online, or by telephone through merchant call centers. This eliminates the need for you to present a paper coupon at the point of sale. You do need to link your Visa card to the app in order to take advantage of the offers. You can also access maps and directions to nearby locations of select merchants providing offers and ATMs that accept Visa.

If you regularly use your Visa to make purchases online or in retail stores, this may be a convenient way for you to save some money.The Visa mobile app is currently only compatible with BlackBerry 85xx, 9000, and 89xx/9630/9700 with at least OS 5.0. (No indication if it works on BB6 yet.) Unfortunately this app is currently only available in the USA. Sorry folks. 

For more information and to download the Visa Mobile App from BlackBerry App World
More information from the Visa website
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Following up on the announcement earlier this week of RIM's new Built for BlackBerry program, I stopped by the Built for BlackBerry section of the BlackBerry booth where some of the new 3rd party accessories from Built for BlackBerry vendors were on display. Check out the video above for a quick look!

I have to say, I'm really excited for the Built for BlackBerry program. Historically, when a new BlackBerry device model hits the market -- especially one with a new form factor -- we often have to wait several weeks or even months before we see cases and accessories become available from our favorite 3rd party manufaucturers. With third party manufacturers getting new devices at the same time as consumers do, this delay in availability is inevitable. With the new Built for BlackBerry program, RIM is working with select partners to provide early access to new devices. So when the BlackBerry PlayBook hits the market for example, in addition to OEM BlackBerry brand accessories being available, you'll also be able to pick up products from other BFB partners including Case-mate, Speck, Incipio, Otterbox, Tru Protection, iGrip, Vaja, Dicota and Trexta. There are lots of good names here and I'm sure we'll see more companies join the program with time.

Of course, we already stock a number of products from these companies in our ShopCrackBerry.com store, and we're going to work hard to get any missing ones in stock asap. Now we just need the PlayBook to get released!

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We still have a couple more BlackBerry PlayBook at CES 2011 posts coming up this weekend, but in the mean time here's another interview in the BlackBerry Pro side attraction. This time Lara Spencer from tv's The Insider interviews Olivia Wilde (Tron Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens). Enjoy the show!

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BlackBerry App Roundup for January 8th, 2011! Win 1 of 25 copies of imgEdit!

Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! We’ve corralled some apps we reckon you folks want to take a gander at. It was all about CES and the PlayBook this week in the blogs. I can’t wait until I get my hands on one! Maybe Kevin can somehow sneak one out of there for me. Today, we announce the winners of the Holidays 8.0 giveaway and also give you the chance to win one of 25 copies of imgEdit 2.0! Have a rootin’ tootin’ weekend! Giddy up!

Freebies of the Week: LayerLoka, Tip Calculator, ShowMe! Weather

In Case You Missed It: Memory4Kidz, LogicMail

New This Week: Running Icon, Total Pregnant, Advanced GPS Tracker

Cool at BlackBerry App World: NavTrack Europe

Contest: Win one of 25 copies of imgEdit!

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Free Chess game available for BlackBerry!

Free Chess game available for BlackBerry!

Here's a fun addition for those of you that like having games on your BlackBerry. Free Chess v1.3.1 by Solverlabs was recently released in the CrackBerry store, and as the name implies it is FREE, which is great to see. The game features five levels of difficulty for play against the computer, with the first being super easy. If you're a beginner, this is the level for you. When you click the piece you want to move, the game shows you which spaces you can move to. I played around on this level a bit even though I know how to play Chess, and even when I set up the opponent to take my piece, it typically wouldn't. That's kind of cool I think, so that you can get a feel for the way each piece can move around the board. If you can't finish the game in one sitting you can save and reload your match at a later time.

As mentioned, this is a free app, which means it is ad supported. I didn't find the ads to be intrusive, but if you download this version and they really bother you, there is also a paid version available in BlackBerry App World. It looks like Free Chess is available for all devices running OS 4.6 and above. The Torch (and BB6) was not listed but I took a chance and downloaded it and had no problems playing in portrait mode. Landscape mode didn't display properly, however.

The description also mentions being able to play in 2-player mode. I didn't see this option in the free version, so I'm guessing that is another perk of the paid version.

To download the free version of Chess from the CrackBerry store
To purchase the ad free version of Chess from BlackBerry App World for $.99

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AT&T prepares to EOL a bunch of BlackBerry smartphones

AT&T is finally putting some of its older BlackBerry smartphones on the end of life list. No surprises here when it comes to the devices put on the list but one entry does bring a sadness to my heart. Yes, the BlackBerry Bold 9000 is listed and will no longer be offered once any remaining stock is sold through. As we've mentioned many times, the BlackBerry Bold 9000 is still the caddy of BlackBerry devices. If there was one refresh that looked the same but had better specs that we'd like to see, the BlackBerry Bold 9000 would be at the top of the list. Remember when Kevin unboxed it? Good times.

Source: Android Central

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Foursquare v1.9.10 for BlackBerry now available for download

Foursquare has just let us know they've gone ahead an updated the BlackBerry app for users. You can now hit the Foursquare download page to grab version 1.9.10. Only a few changes this time around but, Foursquare also made not in their email to us that in the coming weeks they have a few surprises that they will be rolling out to users. In the meantime though here is what's listed as being changed in v1.9.10:

  • Improved tip/todo management
  • Users can now call a business straight from the venue page.
  • Nearby specials screen now lets you jump to that venue.
  • Improved battery life and performance.

It may take some time for it to show up for everyone in BlackBerry App World so, be sure to use the direct link listed below if you simply cannot wait. You can also try refreshing BlackBerry App World. Either way, check it out!

*Update* - v1.9.12 is now avilable to correct a check in issue, you can find it in the same spot

Download Foursquare v1.9.10 here

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One of the side attractions at the BlackBerry booth at CES 2011 this year is something RIM has dubbed BlackBerry Pros. They've invited a few different celebrities who make use of technology in their work and life up on stage to get interviewed by the uber-scrumptious Lara Spencer of The Insider. 

We caught the interview with Adrian Grenier on film yesterday (finally we do a good post for the ladies!) and today will be sure to catch the interview with Olivia Wilde of Tron Legacy hotness. Also showing up for interviews were/are Piers Morgan (the new Larry King) and rapper/actor Common. Check out the interview with Vinny Chase above!

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BlackBerry 101 - Adding and customizing contacts on OS6

Let's be honest, who remembers phone numbers anymore. When was the last time you dialed an actual number for a friend or family member? In this day and age it's all about speed dials, address books, and contact lists. So whether you've just picked up a new BlackBerry or upgraded your device's operating system here's how to add and personalize contacts on OS 6.

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First Look: BlackBerry App World for the PlayBook

First Look: BlackBerry App World for the PlayBook

While running around in the chaos that is the BlackBerry booth here at CES there was definitely a lot going on. From the demos to the accessories we're really getting our fill of all that is the BlackBerry PlayBook. During one of the on-screen promos RIM has running, we noticed this screen of what will be BlackBerry App World for the PlayBook. Simply put it looks great. It's a big jump from what we know now as App World and we'll welcome it with open arms. We know that apps can only be installed to the PlayBook from App World (at least at the start) so having a great interface is definitely needed. While we haven't seen it on an actual device the image above is really all we have to go with for now. 

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We're making a list of all of the BlackBerry PlayBook questions you have and will work today on getting them answered, but in the meantime we recorded this little follow-up vid yesterday taking another look at some of the features and UI elements on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Multitasking - RIM is really pushing true multitasking as one of the features that sets the PlayBook apart as a professional tablet. In a lot of the video demos you see a movie still running as you jump into another app. In the video above we see the PlayBook definitely has the horsepower to handle a bunch of open apps.

A BlackBerry experience with no Menu Key - BlackBerry Smartphone users live and die by the BlackBerry button, or menu key (the one to the left of the trackball/trackpad). That's where all of your menu options are that allow you do things beyond what you can see on the display. In the video above, we take a look how the new OS handles this. Suffice to say, it's a pure touchscreen experience. Option elements are either presented via a button, such as the edit pencil on the homescreen for when you want to re-arrange homescreen icons, or are swiped in, such as when you're in the web browser and want to jump between open tabs. It's definitely a different sort of BlackBerry experience.

Keep those questions coming in the comments... and we'll keep coming back with more answers!

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