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AT&T Bold Device Software Updated

AT&T Bold Device Software Updated

Okay, so it may not be a huge update, but it's an "official" update at the least. It looks like AT&T users are receiving emails that the device software for the BlackBerry Bold has been updated. The apps are at version 4.6.0.167 (up from .162) and the platform has been updated from .157 to .217. If you're a Bold user you can grab the software from http://na.blackberry.com/eng/update/ (you'll need to use Internet Explorer). If you "upgrade" leave us a comment below with your findings. 

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* Update: The Live Webinar is over, but you can catch the replay...just click the image above and you're there! *

Normally us smartphone bloggers are hidden behind our desks and computers and cameras and copious amounts of mobile devices, but at WES 2009 last week a few of us got on stage as part of the BoxTone User Conference to talk BlackBerry Predictions live and in person.

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TODAY: WES 2009 Enterprise IT Highlight Reel Webinar

If you're in the business of BlackBerry but were unable to attend WES 2009 last week in Orlando, then we've got you covered! Our friends at BoxTone and Port3101.org are going to put on a 90 minute Webinar today and walk through the highlights of this year's big show. It's most fun to listen live, but if you can't make it you will be able to hit up the archive later. Here's the official blurb:

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Storm Rotation Wizard Lets You Control Display Rotation

Storm owner? Do you find your Storm's display rotates from portrait to landscape or vice-versa when you don't want it to? If so, you'll want to check out Storm Rotation Wizard from Mobireport (developers of Pimp my Pearl and Berry Locator).

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Review: PrimeTime2Go from QuickPlay Media

Review: PrimeTime2Go from QuickPlay Media

"Watch your favorite shows anytime, anywhere on your mobile device." These very words are taken directly from the PrimeTime2Go website. We first heard about PrimeTime2Go last month when Kevin went to CTIA. He did a quick video review, and the very idea of having my favorite TV shows on my device intrigued me, however the service hadn't launched yet.

While attending WES last week, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that PrimeTime2Go has been launched on BlackBerry App World, and was now available for download on BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900 devices. Luckily for me, I have one of each of those devices, and I was ready and willing to test out the app. 

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Looking for a hot new theme for your BlackBerry Storm or Bold? JC Designs has just released a fresh new Real iBerry theme for your devices that is sure to please. With hidden buttons for profiles and clock options and a slide in, slide out interface of 16 crisp icons and plenty of space to show off your own personal wallpaper this is a welcomed revision of the popular iBerry series.

Transitions between screens is nice and fast as John has taken the time to ensure the theme is not to heavy for either device in which they may be running on, especially the Storm where lag is often an issue. If iBerry themes are what tickles your fancy be sure to grab this one up.

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BlackBerry 9630 (Tour) Appears In Bell Inventory System

We've seen the accessories appear in Telus systems, this time around BGR got the above pic of Bell's inventory system showing the actual device being listed along side the $599.95 price which of course will be decreased by the time it hits market after Bell promotions and subsidized pricing kicks in.

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Contest: Win a Free BlackBerry App from SimpleLeap!

GO NUTS CONTEST: Login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment to this blog post for your chance to win a free copy of Cram, Appetite or TalkLater from SimpleLeap. In a GO NUTS Contest you can leave multiple comments to improve your odds of winning. 60 Free Apps to be Won!

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AT&T Curve 8900 Going For $199 on 2/yr Agreement

AT&T Curve 8900 Going For $199 on 2/yr Agreement

What's this? A pricepoint for the long delayed awaited AT&T 8900? It sure is... BGR got a tip on some upcoming AT&T device prices via their price sheet for the South Western region which shows the AT&T 8900 coming in at $199 after $100 mail in rebate. Nice price for the 8900 considering when I purchased my 8900 through Rogers it was approx $350 with a 3 year agreement!!

Also, as a side note when looking at the BlackBerry.com where to buy page AT&T is now listed for the 8900. Can ya feel it? That's the feeling of a launch coming soon.

[ BGR ]

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WES2009: Secure BlackBerry Communication via MicroSD

During his annual tour around the Solution Showcase at WES 2009 last week, Research in Motion's President and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis stopped at the Giesecke & Devrient booth to get an overview of their microSD product. This made me very curious to find out what it is all about (if it caught Mike L's eye it has got to be good). Basically, what they offer is a smart card in a microSD form factor. Since you use the card inside the BlackBerry, you don't have to bother with external readers any more. They also showed me a version of this secure microSD card that, in combination with an antenna, can be used for contactless applications. I can think of a number of ways in which this microSD smart card can be useful... I'm going to follow up in the next couple of weeks with a more hands-on review, but you should definitely watch the video above to learn more in the meantime - this is some cool stuff. By the way, the Gi & De is one of the biggest printers of banknotes and SIM cards worldwide.

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Capture Life with vPost for BlackBerry

Capture Life with vPost for BlackBerry

It's good to be a BlackBerry abuser. The connectivity I hold in my hands (or belt clip) never ceases to amaze me. You can be on vacation, out on the town or at a job site capturing video, pictures and audio. It's always nice to share - you might send it off for others to enjoy. Even the more advanced users know that this isn't instantaneous, especially if (for whatever reason) you want to include your current co-ordinates. You might get dizzy with all of the back and forth navigation.

Vayyoo's vPost takes on the task of helping you share your life with the world, in style. A couple of months ago, Bla1ze understandably, and passionately, announced its official unleashing upon the world. With vPost, you can easily handle multiple media files, your GPS location, and email them off, all without leaving the application. More recently, Vayyoo accounted that they are also offering a FREE version of vPost through the BlackBerry App World. I thought it would be fun to check out vPost, seeing how you can't say no to free, I dare you. Let's get to it shall we?

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CrackBerry Contest Winners Announced!!!!!

CrackBerry Contest Winners Announced!!!!!

w00t!!! Time to announce a whack load CrackBerry contest winners! Be sure to click through and take a look below to see if you're one of the lucky winners. If you didn't win, stay tuned... you know we LOVE contests and giveaways around here and your next chance to win is just around the corner. And if you did win, be sure to read our special note to you. BIG Congrats to the winners, and BIG Thanks to our contest sponsors!

* Update - had a little glitch with our randomized drawing system that picked a couple duplicate winners (didn't exclude any multiple entries as it should). Will redraw some extra copies on those and post below as well. Won't happen again. Anybody who complained in the comments will never win a future contest though (I kid, I kid!! Lots more freebies coming up!). *

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SkyFire Alpha 2 Delivered To Testers

SkyFire Alpha 2 Delivered To Testers

Don't let the blurry picture fool ya. SkyFire is shaping up to be a very nice browser for BlackBerry devices. Recently the Alpha 2 build was delivered to beta (Alpha?) testers and with the list of bugs that are being sorted out SkyFire is once again showing that they are indeed dedicated to bringing an awesome browsing experience to BlackBerry smartphones. As with all Alphas though, in fixing some bugs they have indeed broken a few other things but such is the way with building an app like this. Hopefully (sometime soon!) we will see a public beta considering how much effort is being put into the early-stage Alpha.

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BlackBerry Storm 9530 OS 4.7.0.141 Fails VZW Testing?!

This really shouldn't come as a surprise to any Storm owners out there who visit the Storm OS discussion forum but it does need a blog post mention. BGR has posted information on what was supposed to be "next official OS" for the Verizon BlackBerry Storm. OS 4.7.0.141 was destined to be delivered to Storm owners but at this point has apparently yet again failed Big Red's technical certification (it seems they're being pickier than other 9530 carriers as we have seen newer OS releases get official from Bell and Telus).

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Pimp Out Your 8350i With Some Hot Themes From Elecite

Some of you BlackBerry Curve 8350i owners out there may have been feeling a little left in the dark when it comes to theme availability for your devices. There's no need to worry about it any longer though. The folks at Elecite have been hard at work the past little while gathering up some of their best selling themes and making them Curve 8350i compatible. Read on for the full list of revamped Curve 8350i themes.

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Evernote For BlackBerry Released

Evernote For BlackBerry Released

Here is a great application that has been used on many other platforms and finally is now available on select BlackBerry devices. Evernote allows you to create notes containing text, snapshots, voice recordings, and file attachments. Once created, the new content is automatically sent to the Evernote Service, making it available across all the versions of Evernote that you use. You can also access your existing notes, search by keywords, filter by tags and notebooks, or simply browse.

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Virgin Mobile Canada Adds Pearl Flip 8230

Contest: 100 Free Copies of SmartAlerts!

Contest: 100 Free Copies of SmartAlerts!

Login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment to this blog post for your chance to win a free copy of SmartAlerts. 100 Free Copies to be won!

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New: Berry Wars for the BlackBerry Storm

New: Berry Wars for the BlackBerry Storm

One trend in smartphone gaming is to either license and mobilize classic old school games (think Pirates!, Monopoly, etc.) or to simply develop new berry-ized versions of them (Sea Battle, BBtris, etc.). 

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Poptiq Mobile Video For Bold And 8900 Devices

Poptiq Mobile Video For Bold And 8900 Devices

The news from WES 2009 is far from over for us here at CrackBerry as there are still lots of things to cover and get a closer look at. One of those things is Poptiq Mobile video that launched for 8900 and Bold BlackBerry devices and is currently available through BlackBerry App World for free. Poptiq is a video service that allows direct to BlackBerry downloads of high quality video. Similar in the way it functions to PrimeTime2Go, Poptiq downloads a wide selection of videos over WiFi so that content is constantly kept up to date. With selection ranging from Comedy, Music, Science & Tech, Sports, Nature and much more Poptiq is well worth a look, but I heed a warning the app does roll in at just over 5MB which is quite large for a download.

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