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OS Leaks For Storm, Tour And Bold Including New Versions Of 5.0 Roundup!

The past two days have been heavy on OS leaks, we have seen Tour, Bold and Storm leaks all pop up everywhere on the net and the forums are full of people not entirely too sure what's going on so we decided to do a little bit of a OS round up for you all just to set a few things straight in the OS department here. First, these are NOT official OS builds and in such, you WILL find glitches, general weirdness within them but more on the disclaimer later--lets have a look at what popped up in the past few days.

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Click's Picks! Free BlackBerry Media Roundup For August 29th

Hey Everyone! We're back again with another exciting Click's Picks. Be sure to click through on the image above to see my favorite BlackBerry wallpapers, ringtones and *THEMES* picks for the week past.

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iDrive Allows Wireless Back Up Of Your Contacts For Free!

Lately there have been a lot of applications coming out that offer wireless back up of your contacts, which is great -- choice is awesome and everyone can have their own personal preference as to which is the "best". Aside from using SmrtGuard I did find iDrive lite to be a great free service to do back up your contacts and only your contacts. Online accounts are created from within the application itself which allows you to administer your contacts all from a nice PC-based user interface.

iDrive is a nice and lite application that does just as it says, backs up and allows you to restore your contacts whenever you choose to do so and stores it all within their secure servers. iDrive lite is available from BlackBerry App World now and is indeed worth checking out to see if it will fit your needs. Keep in mind, this application does contacts and that's all--no emails or anything else will be backed up.

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BIS 2.8 Rollout Coming in September?

BIS 2.8 Rollout Coming in September?

It looks like Ronen got a good scoop on the upcoming release of BIS 2.8. Some good things in store, including Two-way Google contact sync, automatic login and Hotmail revalidation. It looks as if the new features may only work with devices running OS 5.0 however. The upgrades are set for Setpember 10th, with some other features coming shortly after. I'm not sure how I feel about the Google contact sync without two-way IMAP - but we'll see what pans out. What are your thoughts? See details of what's new below. And thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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On Tuesday we told you about a new game for BlackBerry by Epic Applications called Flood. Over the past couple of days I've wasted a bunch of time playing Flood because I just couldn't put this addictive puzzle game down (it's such a bitter sweet when that happens - I feel guilty when there's other more pressing things to be done).

So if you're looking for a fun game to play on your BlackBerry this weekend or want a new app to kill some time before falling asleep at night, now is the time to grab Flood or another application by Epic. This weekend they have all of their apps on sale for 99 cents including popular titles like Berry Wars and Bartender Pro. Follow the link below to browse all of Epic's latest apps for BlackBerry.

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Slacker Radio Updated to version 2.0.45 for BlackBerry Bold, Tour and Curve

The folks from Slacker just let us know there is an update to the Slacker Radio mobile application that extends the same benefits to all BlackBerry users that rolled out to Storm owners two weeks ago. This update provides a noticeable improvement for Curve, Bold and Tour owners. Version 2.0.45 features:

  • Improved battery life up to 2x (over previous versions) while streaming
  • Improved usability enhancements to the interface, including a "Home" button to quickly access the station list
  • Added ability to toggle the explicit content filter (on/off) from the main menu

The update is available by visiting Slacker.com from the BlackBerry mobile browser today, available soon on AppWorld and via an update notification over the coming week to the existing application. When you visit from your browser, make sure your browser identification is set to BlackBerry (vs. IE or FireFox) so you get their mobile site.

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Toysoft $0.99 Storm Applications Sale Today Only!

Toysoft $0.99 Storm Applications Sale Today Only!

Storm owners - if you're looking for a cool app or game to play with over the weekend, check out some great offerings from Toysoft that are only $0.99 today. You can choose from 10 all together and snag some great savings through the end of the day. Greats like Ballz and Fake Call, as well as newcomer Wack-O-Mole are all on sale. This is for the Storm versions only, so everyone else is sadly out of luck. Check out the full offering below.

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Exceeded Data/Voice Message on Options > Status Screen (Type B U Y R). Qu'est-ce que c'est?!

I'm pretty sure that's the weirdest looking blog post title ever to appear here on CrackBerry.com, but bare with me and I'll explain... As we were winding down Podcast Episode 041, we got a last-minute email from Lisa (who by the way has listened to every single episode - totally hardcore!) that posed the following question:

About 6 months ago, I bought a BlackBerry Curve 8330 through Verizon's New Every Two program for 49.99 and let me tell you I totally love it. My question is when you go into Options and Status and type the letters b-u-y-r, 2 hidden rows show up: Data Usage and Voice Usage. What do they mean? Should I be worried that I've exceeded these amounts? I've looked all over the web for an answer and can't seem to find it.

For users who may be on a BES, typing buyr on the options > status screen will let you know if an IT Policy is enabled on your device. If you're a BIS customer, you'll get the Data Usage and Voice Usage stats. Lisa's question had us stumped on the podcast, and to be honest, we're still not totally sure what the verdict is here. If you don't have the exceeded 250k data / exceeded 60 minutes voice message, what you'll see are actual figures of data used and minutes of voice used. Some googling around found that **maybe** this exceeded message (which can't be reset as far I know) is related to an old warranty/return type thing from RIM - once you've used over 60minutes voice/250k data the device is yours to keep whether you like it or not. But not all devices seem to show this message even when going over the limits. Below you'll see some screencaps sent in by Dave snapped from his Curve 8520, Curve 8900 and Storm. All of them are running on unlimited plans and the messages displayed are all different - on his Storm he gets the exceeded limits message, and on his 8520 he has exceeded the limits but the usage stats keep rolling. Does whether or not the exceeded message appears depend on the device, OS version, carrier, plan, BIS vs. BES, etc.? Maybe if you unlock your device the exceeded message goes away? As pointed out in the comments, does BUYR = buyer's remorse??

I'm an addict (never claim to be an expert just in case things like this pop up and I don't know the answer!), so on this one we'll throw it out to the community and hopefully somebody reading this can explain exactly what these messages refer to and why they are there. I bet it's something simple like the max usage allowed before a return, but I just don't know for sure! Type BUYR into your Status screen and see what you get. Any ideas here? 

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Digital Theme by Hedone Designs

Digital Theme by Hedone Designs

Here's my pick for theme of the week... Digital by Hedone Designs! The best thing about HD's new Digital theme is that's available for most BlackBerry smartphone models, including the 83xx, 88xx and 87xx series phones (on OS4.5) and newer devices including the Curve 8350, 8500, 8900, Bold, Tour and Storm (sorry Pearl users). As for the theme itself, here are the official words on it:

Elegant and simple, however sophisticated and advanced HedoneDesign Digital theme combines fast performance of your BlackBerry, usability, reliability, yet graphic sophistication and as many as eight color backgrounds, that will change your blackberry to exactly that image that best suits you.

Higher models (8900, 9000, 9500 and 9600 series) allows the closure of navigation panel (icons) on homescreen. That allows you to have a better view on the desired wallpaper.
The higher series have enabled a quick navigation to specific content. You can quickly get to the button for clock (alarm), options and manage network connections, as is reflected in the attached image. Eight different colored backgrounds can be downloaded free of charge from HedoneDesign website.

The Digital theme sells for $6.99 and is available via the CrackBerry App Store. It's definitely a classy theme for your BlackBerry. If you're heading to a fancy event this weekend (wedding, ball, gala, soiree, etc.!) it'll definitely go nicely with your dress attire. :)

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Contest: 50 Free Copies of Twitterlerts

Contest: 50 Free Copies of Twitterlerts

After our contest blowout last week, we wanted to sneak in one more before the weekend so we don't seem like slouches. You may remember we checked out Twitterlerts earlier this month. The app is a twist on the standard Twitter client, and lets you search for topics or keywords and set alerts on your device. Its a handy app to have to keep tabs on your brand, favorite topics and more.You can set multiple alerts, and never miss a thing on Twitter. Twitterlerts is on sale now in the CrackBerry App Store for $4.99.

We have 50 free copies of Twitterlerts to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple submissions won't count.

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BBFileScout- Renamed, Updated And Now Better Then Ever!

BBFileScout- Renamed, Updated And Now Better Then Ever!

This is a good example of how great donation ware gets better. BBFileScout has been updated recently as BBRocks pointed out to me. Lots of new stuff was included with this version's changelog including a name change for the application itself, BBFileScout from here on out will just be named FileScout. For those of you out there who have used the app on occassion know how great it is, and for those of you who don't now is the time to download this awesome file explorer for your BlackBerry. New changes include:

  • ‘BBFileScout’ is now called ‘FileScout’ The double ‘BB’ was removed from the application name cause of legal concerns – actually this change requires, that you have to delete your current BBFileScout installation [Options - Advanced Options - Applications] (reboot might be required) before you can install FileScout v1.2.0.0. I am sorry for this inconvenience.
  • New Option: ‘Check for Updates’ – allows you directly from FileScout to check, if a new Version of the application is available.
  • Renamed ‘Stack’ to ‘vClipboard’ in the hope that this is easier to understand for most of the users how copy and move operations can be performed.
  • New “Search for text” function in the integrated text editor (incl. “Find next” function and case sensitive/case insensitive switch)
  • New keyboard shortcut: + (M)odify Image
  • New Thumbnail Option: ‘Do not try to reload broken images’ – when you have specified a ‘Thumbnail-Store Directory’ FileScout can also store the information about broken images – so the next time folders with broken images are opened there will be no warning message for the same files again.
  • If ‘Confirm Delete of files & directories’ is enabled, and you want to delete multiple files you have a new checkbox in the confirm dialogue: ‘Do not ask again for this selection?’ – once this is checked, all files of the selection will be deleted without additional confirmation.

Some great changes there but please keep in mind, you must be running OS 4.3+ to use this application. As always, this application remains donationware meaning if you download it, use it and love please donate to help keep the development going.

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Training Center DVDs for BlackBerry Smartphones Now Available from Made Simple Learning

Our friends at Made Simple Learning have just released their new suite of BlackBerry training products, the All-in-One Training Center! Available on DVD from Amazon or by download from MadeSimpleLearning.com, this is a good alternative for those who want a comprehensive package they can work through to get up to speed with their device. The training center includes:

  • Videos Now - full Video Library (over 80 Videos per device) which can be viewed on any PC or Mac
  • Videos to Go - full Video Library in a self-installing file (for PC users) and easy install (for Mac users) which loads the videos right onto your Micro SD card. (Videos to Go requires a BlackBerry 96xx, 95xx, 90xx, 89xx, 88xx, or 83xx BlackBerry Smartphone with at least 250 MB free on a Micro SD media card)
  • Made Simple Guide Book - The most comprehensive Guide Books available for BlackBerry Smartphones

The training center DVD are currently available for $31.99, which is 20% off its regular list price. You can grab the training center for the BlackBerry TourStormBold, Curve 8900, 88xx Series, Curve 8350i and Curve 83xx series and DVDs for other devices will be available soon. And once you get hooked on your BlackBerry, you may want to check out our CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse book so you can get your addiction under control. PS. You can now pick up the CrackBerry book for your Kindle for just $7.99.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for August 28th, 2009!

BlackBerry App Roundup for August 28th, 2009!

Howdy folks, hope you've all had a great week. Lots to get talkin' about in this weeks' BlackBerry App Roundup, so let's get down to business. Covered in the Roundup this week are the following titles:

In Case You Missed It: V CAST Video Available for the Storm, LaunchPad Updated to v1.5, BerryScroll Flick Scrolling for the Storm, Poynt Adds Local Restaurant Search, BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife Updated

New This Week: UnlockIt, ControlBBanel, Squirrel Hunter, Call Blocker Pro

Apps on Sale: I Charge Cool, Empower SMS Viewer, LaunchPad, SlickTasks, MP3 Ringtone Creator

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Tiger Woods PGA Tour '09

Freebie of the Week: Blink Previous

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$1.00 Off All Bplay College Themes Through Sunday

$1.00 Off All Bplay College Themes Through Sunday

Its that time of year, students heading back to school and leaving the summer behind. If you're looking to show some love for your school, you can check out the great line of college themes from Bplay. They have many top schools like Arizon, Boston College, Colorado, Duke, Florida State and many more. Each theme has custom icons in school colors and is complete with a logo wallpaper. The themes normally sell for $5.99, but now through Sunday you can save $1.00 on all 40 college themes. Head over to CrackBerryBplay.com to check out the full lineup.

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BlackBerrius Maximus: Berrys at the Ballpark

BlackBerrius Maximus: Berrys at the Ballpark
 

There is nothing like summer in New England, if you live up here, you know what I mean. If you are a baseball fan - there is just no place like Fenway Park - the place to be - in the summer here in Boston.

Recently, I was able to score two tickets to Fenway (no easy feat in this town) and I took my BlackBerry toting 17 year old with me. Two red sox fans, two BlackBerry 8900s and two tickets to Fenway Park - what could be better.

Since my son Dan is just about as much of a techie as his old man, he affectionately has earned the title "Maximus Junior" around here. We decided to use both Berrys to the max that day.

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Contest: 100 Free Copies of Missed Call Alert

Missed Call Alert

If you're constantly on the go and find yourself missing calls, this app is for you. Missed Call Alert integrates with your device and provides you with recurring audible alerts for missed phone calls. You can choose to have it repeat every 30 seconds, 5 minutes or more. You simply set the options and pick an alert in your profiles and your done. Missed Call Alert even supports both vibrate and silent profiles. The app regularly sells for $4.99, but to celebrate the launch, we have 100 copies to give away free. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment - multiple entries won't count.

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Free SleekBerry Theme For BlackBerry Curve 8900!

[ This is a guest review written by Phishgirl3 Write your own review of a device, app or accessory and if we feature it in the blogs we'll give you a coupon for accessories or apps from ShopCrackBerry.com! Details here. ]

Perusing the 8900 theme forums late last night I came across a new hotness called SleekBerry, by the up-and-coming Yves. I installed right away and was immediately impressed with his choice of icons and clean layout for this theme. The gray, black, and white color scheme and high transparency of the icons and menus makes this theme a great candidate for all you wallpaper lovers out there.

Six user customizable icons plus weather slot round out the much sought after personalization we all crave for our home screens. Warning for you that like bigger fonts: Yves went with a small one on this theme. Personally I love it, as I look for small fonts in themes I download. But, since I see a lot of requests for bigger fonts on the forums, I figured it fair to warn any potential users.

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BlackBerry Storm II's Popping Up on Ebay

BlackBerry Storm II's Popping Up on Ebay

Itching to get your hands on Research in Motion's next touchscreen BlackBerry Smartphone? A couple of Storm 2's have popped up on ebay recently and as you can tell are generating some bids. Legit or scam? When it comes to pre-release devices on ebay we've seen both happen, but in this case the seller has a solid rating so the odds are good it's legit even though the image used on the auction is one that was previously posted on the web.

Should you try and pick one it up? Having been there and done that, I'd probably recommend waiting for the production units to hit stores if it's something you plan to actually try and use. Though for many the appeal of having that little something you really shouldn't have may justify the cost even if the hardware is wonky, the pin gets killed, and the unit won't take newer software updates (aka... is a paperweight). At the time of this post there is a little over 13 hours left to go on the auction - I'll be curious to see what it goes for. Any bets??

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New Twitter Client TwiXtreme Now Available

New Twitter Client TwiXtreme Now Available

There is a new player in the Twitter client game, and it's making an entrance in grand fashion. TwiXtreme by Xtreme Labs gives BlackBerry users yet another option for their Twittering delight. I've played around with the app a bit, and I must say it is off to a great start. It has very cool animations, is ad-free and you can do all the usually Twitter actions like uploading pictures, retweets, mentions, trends and more. The app is has just been released, so I'm sure some updated will follow based on user feedback. If you're looking for a new client, or just something different, definitely check out TwiXtreme. A free OTA download is available here.

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Zeemote JS1 Mobile Gaming Controller Now Available

Zeemote JS1 Mobile Gaming Controller Now Available
Would you want a bluetooth gaming controller for your BlackBerry?(online surveys)

A while back we talked about the Zeemote Gaming Controller coming to BlackBerry but had no definite release date. Well it looks like it is finally available for purchase at shopblackberry.com for $39.99. You can use the Zeemote to control many popular games on your device, and the purchase even includes a free download from Gameloft. You can also navigate applications like the web browser, media player and maps using the remote. Honestly I think you'd have to be a pretty hardcore gamer to even think about picking up this $40 accessory, but to each his own. Anybody out there going to grab one of these? 

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