Check out Startup Weekend in Toronto September 24-26; Win 1 of 4 free passes to the BlackBerry Developers Conference

With the BlackBerry Developers Conference right around the corner, RIM is sponsoring Startup Weekend September 24th to the 26th in Toronto. The event will pull together loads of developers, people in marketing, graphic artists and many more to help bring some great startup ideas to life.

"Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and projects. It is an amazing opportunity to connect with other passionate and skilled individuals, and perhaps even find a co-founder or two to transform your idea into reality.

About 1/3 of your communities brightest will have 60-90 seconds to present ideas for new startup ventures, we then crowd source the favorites and form teams around those ideas. Teams are between 4-10 people, and consist of about 50% technical people and 50% non-technical. You then spend the entire weekend getting advice from professional mentors, and building a proof of concept, demo, or sometimes even a finished product."

In addition there are four free passes to Devcon up for grabs. All you need to do is find a creative way to tweet about the event. Details can be found here.

For more on the event, check out the full page at toronto.startupweekend.org.

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BlackBerry 9570 spotted running BlackBerry 6 but what is it?
 

With all the talk of surrounding the BlackBerry Storm refresh and BlackBerry Storm 3, a new picture has emerged of the BlackBerry 9570. What is it? We're not really sure to be honest. We're certainly under the impression that this is indeed the BlackBerry Storm 2 refresh we seen pop up though. The question really is what will it go to market as? BlackBerry Storm 2? That name has been used already. BlackBerry Storm 3? Well, that previously leaked image was thought to be the BlackBerry Storm 3 but that may or may not be the case.

While those questions can't be answered as of yet we do know some specifics on the "BlackBerry 9570" though and that's the reasoning why for now, we'll call it a basic Storm 2 refresh until we know more. Basically, you're getting a SurePress device with 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera and fully BlackBerry 6 capable. And of course, a presumed 624mHz processor that RIM is so fond of (although Qualcomm 528mHz are more commonly used for CDMA so that's more likely). All of which is running on CDMA and looks identical to a BlackBerry Storm 2. That's all we know for now folks but, I'm sure some more information will come out now that it's been publically shown off. How do you BlackBerry Storm 2 owners feel about this devices arrival? Would any of you non Storm owners consider buying this with the minor upgrades it has?

Source: BBLeaks

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BlackBerry Tablet, Storm 3, new OS and more to arrive at DevCon?!

Just in case you weren’t excited about the upcoming BlackBerry Developers Conference before, some information being tossed around today may change your outlook on the situation. According to the folks over at the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Post, RIM is seemingly poised to launch some new hardware and services at this year’s event. Of course, for all you CrackBerry readers this may not exactly be new news or come as a surprise at all. In reality, we've been talking about a new OS developed by QNX and the BlackBerry Tablet for months now. Go back as far as WES 2010 and even more recently, the last CrackBerry podcast and you'll hear us speak of QNX, the OS they are developing and what exactly, it would be released on and what RIM has planned for it as a long term solution.

The news today was that, Research In Motion would be announcing (or at least showing off) the BlackBerry Tablet at the BlackBerry Developers Conference. Which would indeed be running the new OS as developed by QNX software. In addition to that, it was also noted that the OS would eventually carry over to newer, upcoming devices such as the BlackBerry Storm 3. While we have heard before that it was Research In Motions intentions to demo the device we've since heard that idea got put on the back burner but, it's anyone’s guess now. Finally, the last piece of information to come out today was the Research In Motion is also planning to announce a new advertising service using Mobclix. Rumours have been abounding for a while about the RIM and Mobclix connection but nothing solid has ever come from those rumours.

All this information is great to see as we draw closer to the opening of the BlackBerry Developers Conference but, one thing to remember is that until announced they are just rumours. It's rather easy to take every rumour from the past 6-8 months that has never fully come to light yet and say yes, that's what Research In Motion is going to announce. But, the fact is it's all speculation until those press releases start to roll out. We'd be remiss though if we didn't say that the excitement of seeing what we've been talking about for months now turn to reality is high.

Sources: WSJ, FP
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Yesterday I got my hands on a new Curve 3G 9330 from Verizon (review to follow) and decided to fire it up and install OS 6. Through much trial and error I finally got OS 6.0.0.222 installed and running. Overall I can say it runs very smooth. All of the features are there and nothing is laggy or sluggish at all. As expected, OS 6 brings along some very cool features to the device like Social Feeds, Universal Search, updated calendar, multiple views and much more. Again we have to keep in mind that the Curve 3G is really an entry-level device for new users, so even though it may seem "cheap" or outdated to some, people who are new to BlackBerry and just need the basics can still get it all on the Curve 3G. Check out the video above, and stay tuned for the full review. In the meantime you can read Bla1ze's review of the Rogers Curve 3G here.

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CrackBerry BlackBerry 6 Logo

Everyone seems to be very excited about 6.0.0.222 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650. This OS is one that was a best friend to many, and a worst enemy to others. Now of course we know this was a leak and there are going to be some issues at hand with it, but one of the biggest issues that many users were seeing was that the webkit broswer, that we have all waited so patiently for, was not functioning if the device did not have a wifi connection. After doing some of the normal troubleshooting like deleting service books, resending service books, rebooting the device, and whatever else would come to mind, the problem still persisted, which began a slight uproar in the forums. Xandermac quickly came to the rescue with an Updating to OS6 and want everything to work? thread which nicely outlined exactly how to fix these issues. Depending on your situation, whether you have another device or this being your only one affects how easy the fix is, but the fix is tested and verified to be 100% true. So, if you upgraded or are on the fence about upgrading, be sure to check out this thread to make sure that you get everything all set up the way it should be.

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Super Mario Bros v3.0 by BerryGoodThemes - 25 free copies available!

I used to love playing Super Mario Brothers as a kid. Really, who didn't? Unfortunately, now that I'm an adult, I don't have the time I did back then to spend helping Mario rescue the Princess. But, all the fun doesn't have to end just because I can't hook up the Nintendo and play for hours as I did as a kid. 

A while back, the crew over at BerryGoodThemes released Super Mario Brothers, a great theme to help capture those memories of fun-filled afternoons right on your BlackBerry. Well, they have been hard at work and have just released an update to this theme, bringing you BB6 icons, new call screens, and the addition of a customizable 6-icon hidden dock on the home screen. The home screen also includes a bottom dock with four fixed icons, disguised as the actual backdrop from the video game! It really looks like you're playing the game as you move Mario between Messages, SMS, Browser, and Calendar! The developers really put a lot of thought into this one, and the tiny details throughout really make this colorful theme fun and enjoyable. It's currently available for most BlackBerry Smartphones, with Storm and Pearl versions on the way. 

It's hard to believe this month marks Mario's 25th birthday. In honor of him, and all the fun he's brought us over the years, BerryGoodThemes is offering Super Mario Brothers v3.0 for only $2.50 this week! That's half off the original price folks, so grab it while it's on sale. 

Contest: To show their love for Mario and their appreciation to all the people that helped make this a best selling theme, BerryGoodThemes has given CrackBerry 25 free copies of Super Mario Brothers v3.0 to pass on to you. Just leave a single comment on this post to be entered. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PDT.  

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 given the once over on video

We've seen bits and pieces of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 on video and in photos, but haven't really delved deep into the device hardware and software. Well the folks at TechnoBuffalo got their hands on a pre-release device and gave it a pretty solid look. There isn't a whole lot separating the Bold 9780 from the Bold 9700 aside from some updated specs and a different colored bezel (for now at least). We do know that the new device should be shipping out with BlackBerry 6 ready to go and you can bet it will quickly become a fan favorite when it finally hits the streets. And for those of you wondering, yes the contacts on the bottom of the device are for the charging in the charging pod (conductive, not inductive) -- just like nearly every other BlackBerry :-) Check out the video above for some great 9780 action.

Source: TechnoBuffalo 

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Prenatal Yoga - A simple guide to prenatal yoga for your BlackBerry

When you are pregnant, one of the most frustrating things you face is not being able to relax. Everything is uncomfortable. Sleeping, sitting, standing... it's all a struggle as the months go on. Yoga has long been practiced to help increase strength, flexibility and promote relaxation, especially during pregnancy. Now you can take some basic yoga moves and tips for helping you get comfortable with you anywhere you go, with Prenatal Yoga by Dawnsun Technologies, LLC

Prenatal Yoga is divided into trimesters, so you can follow along with appropriate moves and tips for each stage of pregnancy. Colorful illustrations and simple instructions help guide you through each position. Prenatal yoga can be a very effective, low impact workout during your pregnancy, but as with any excercise you may want to consult your physician if you have any specific concerns about it.

Features: 

  • Recommended postures
  • First Trimester Yoga
  • Second Trimester Yoga
  • Third Trimester Yoga
  • Sun Salutation
  • Postpartum Yoga
  • General Remedies

Available now for $1.99, this is an app worth checking out if you're pregnant. And if you're not pregnant, Dawnsun Technologies has developed a few other yoga guides for BlackBerry that may interest you, including travel, facial, and office yogas. Check them all out in the CrackBerry store

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Qwell takes call monitoring to the next level

Call monitoring applications can be your best friend or worst enemy, while they keep away the calls you don't want to come through, they can just as easily be keeping away some of the extremely important calls that you do want to come through. Setting up lists that allow and don't allow certain calls to filter through at various times can be a bit of a daunting task since you don't want to miss any on the allow list that could possibly cause you to miss that important phone call from the school or a doctor. Qwell is a new BlackBerry application that will change the way users have to monitor their calls since there is no longer and allow and do not allow list that has to be created. 

Instead of creating lists, users will activate the application which then is good for all inbound calls. Now don't fear, this does not mean that you are then rejecting all the inbound calls, instead it gives the caller a chance to decide the importance of the call. While the application is active it will give the callers a message stating that you are not accepting calls currently but if it is important they can then chose to have the call connected anyway which sends the call to your device. If the caller decides it is not an urgent matter they are then able to leave a voice mail for you to return their call at a later time. While your device is in "Qwell Mode" it keeps track of any missed calls or voice mails that took place during that time so that users are easily able to view this log once they are done with the activity they were doing. Be sure to check out the video after the jump and for more information on this service, as well as a download link head to the Qwell site.

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Contest Winners - MeterBerry and Camera Plus!

Contest Winners - MeterBerry and Camera Plus!

Here are the winners from last weeks 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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The other day when we posted the above video of the BBM theme song we thought it was really cool. Apparently, we weren't the only ones. Yesterday, the creator of the song Riz emailed us and asked if we could actually go ahead and post up the ringtone for everyone to download. Reason being, he can't keep up with the requests for it any more as he's been dolling out the link individually on his own. Needless to say, we kinda feel a bit responsible for that happening so alas, we've posted the ringtone for Riz and you all in the CrackBerry ringtone gallery for quick and easy downloads. Be sure to check it and the many other ringtones available there or create and upload your own for for all to enjoy!

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Meebo launches instant messaging application for BlackBerry

Meebo, the web service that offers online instant messaging across multiple social networks has rolled out their BlackBerry client in beta form. Users looking for a better way to keep all their social network friends together can now download the free application to their devices to get started. The application, which uses a custom built UI allows you to access your Meebo account on the go. Since Meebo supports AIM, Yahoo, GTalk and more you shouldn't have to really worry about not being able to stay in touch again. You can learn more about Meebo via their website and if you're wanting to take the application for a spin, registration can be completed on your BlackBerry. Hit the link below to download and view more details about the Meebo for BlackBerry app

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RIM files SurfBook trademark - possible name for BlackBerry tablet?

RIM has never been one to wait on things when filing for trademarks and patents. While waiting on any solid news up the upcoming BlackBerry tablet we've seen a few different names tossed around, of which "BlackPad "seemed to stick the most yet prove the most ridiculous. Well apparently RIM had filed for a trademark of the name "SurfBook"  in early August leading us to believe they may have made a semi-decent table name choice after all. There are no documented patents under the same name as of yet, but it looks like things are moving along in tablet land. So what do you think of the name "SurfBook"? Drop a comment with your thoughts.

Chatting with Kevin on this his thoughts are that it totally breaks their standard naming convention. Typically they stick with straight up, one word, one syllable names (Curve, Torch, Bold) so "SurfBook" seems a bit off -- but just calling it "BlackBerry Surf" wouldn't be bad at all and would fit much better with the current brands. Also, they would never cut their gabillion dollar brand name in half and use something like "BlackPad" (and BlackBerry BlackPad) is just wrong. Regardless of the name they go with, don't get your hopes up that you'll be seeing a BlackBerry tablet under the Christmas tree - early 2011 (late January if things go well) is where were thinking the release date is at now. Though that doesn't mean they won't announce it sooner. Fingers crossed we learn more about the tablet at DevCon next week.

Source: CIPO 
Via: Engadget 

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New device photo emerges - Is this the BlackBerry Storm 3??

With most of the "new device" hype over the Torch 9800 dying down, hardcore users again will surely turn to the ever-speculated BlackBerry Storm3. We're pretty sure the device is out there somewhere but don't have any solid proof just yet. We did see the "Odin refresh" training slide that gave us some hope, but today BerryReview posted up this photo of what could possibly be the elusive device in the flesh. Their intel says the device will sport a 3.7 inch screen and 8GB of internal memory as well. It does look like a Storm, so we'll expect uncover some more details on this one when we can. So for now leave a comment with your thoughts - do you think this could be the BlackBerry Storm3??

Source: BerryReview 

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Leaked OS: 6.0.0.246 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

Leaked OS: 6.0.0.246 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

After an exciting weekend of OS6 action we have yet another new OS for the Torch 9800. Courtesy of Driphter.com OS 6.0.0.246 is now available for the Torch 9800. This is the latest leak for the Torch and as we've seen with the last few things keep getting better. So if you're a Torch user and want to give it a go, be sure to drop a comment and let us know how it is. As always, use caution when installing a leaked OS.

*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.com
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bbCasa for BlackBerry - Finally a better way to use Picasa on your device

Way back in January of 2008, word came from CES that Picasa had developed an official app for BlackBerry that promised to be more than just a launcher for the web album site. The app was rumored to make tagging and uploading your pictures from your BlackBerry's camera to your Picasa Web Album simple and quick. Unfortunately, that app was never released to the public, and all talk of it died out shortly after.


Fast forward to September 2010, two and a half years later, and the release of bbCasa by Bul System. This new app allows you to have all of the functionality of Picasa right on your BlackBerry! You can now upload photos to your online web album as soon as you take them, right from your device.  You can also share albums, view info about pictures and albums, view and post comments, and create new albums.

bbCasa is compatible with all devices running OS 5.0 and greater. If you have a Picasa Web Album and want to be able to update it easily right from your BlackBerry, wherever you are, bbCasa is the app for you. It's available right now, in the CrackBerry store, for $2.99.

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BlackBerry theme roundup for Sept. 20th 2010 - 50 copies of Koncept up for grabs!

Contest: 50 Copies of Koncept to be won. Leave a comment!

We heard your cries last week when we failed to bring our loyal readers a theme roundup, and we are very sorry, but sometimes things happen that you can't control. Either way, we are back in the swing of things here and we are happy to bring you another great edition of the roundup. With just a week left until DevCon many of us are wondering what we will see, and having just loaded BB6 on my 9650, I am hoping that a new Theme Studio will drop so I can get some new icons and more on my device again.

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The Toronto International Film Festival shut down as of last night. The event which ran from Sept 9-19th was indeed an event not to be missed if you were in the Toronto area at that time. Sadly, not everyone who wanted to attend the events could go, myself included. However, that shouldn't stop anyone from catching up on the happenings of what went down in Toronto. You see, BlackBerry was a huge sponsor of the event and as such has acumulated a wide array of videos and photos from the festival, which we can all now look at. 

The folks from Research In Motion went all out. Even so far as to ensure BlackBerry users in the crowds had fresh batteries for their devices, all you had to do to get one was well, BBM them. How cool is that? If you're like me and missed out on the events be sure to check out all of the content via the BlackBerry website which has links to the Facebook, Twitter and Youtube accounts. Needless to say, the folks from BlackBerry did a great job covering the event and I one am glad I can now go back and catch up on the events missed.

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BlackBerry Developers Conference 2010 - Things to look forward to

The BlackBerry Developers Conference is a mere 6 days away from now. Since we're getting ever so close, the common question asked is what will we be seeing come from from Research In Motion during that time? This year, Research In Motion has been rather giving in terms of the information being relayed about what to expect. Through videos and blog postings we now know that they'll certainly be showing off BlackBerry 6 on a number of devices including the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and the BlackBerry Pearl 3G (sure would be nice if they'd just release that already!). Check out the videos and info after the break to learn more about some of the stuff we're looking forward to seeing.

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