Corey Visto 50% Off Theme Sale

Corey Visto 50% Off Theme Sale

Corey Visto just dropped me a note to let me know he is running a 50% off theme sale from now though October 31st. The sale is for a few of his best themes, so if you haven't grabbed them yet, you can get them at a great price. Choose from Droid, Docked, OSX, or Grayonic. Themes for devices across the board, so you have no excuse not to pick one up. Head over to the CrackBerry App Store to pick up one (or all) before the 31st. 

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Signs Of The BlackBerry Storm 2 Appear On Verizon Website

Not really too much to say about this other then the fact that Verizon really should just send out the official announcement we all know is coming. The BlackBerry Storm 2 forums filled up earlier with some findings on the Verizon website as shown above, where users through some url magic are now able to view the 360 degree demo of the BlackBerry Storm 2. Kevin gave his thoughts earlier this week on the when and why of the delayed announcement and maybe Verizon is finally going to change things up. So, what do you all say should Verizon just get it out the door already or what?

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BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac Updated to v1.0.1

It looks like the less than a month old Desktop Manager for Mac has already received an update. Reports are flying in that the software has been updated to v1.0.1 Build 2. What does that mean? Well we're not totally sure as there is no updated changelog posted yet for 1.0.1 at docs.blackberry.com. But we do know the first build had a few bugs left in it. If you find something different be sure to leave a comment and let us know. 

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First Images: BlackBerry Watch is FOR REAL!

First Images: BlackBerry Watch is FOR REAL!

* Update 2 - October 26th, 2009 - the inPulse Smartwatch for BlackBerry Smartphones has been officially announced and is now available for pre-order! *

* Update - Just to be clear as I've seen some confusion in the commments, but as far as we know at this time the inPulse watch is not being made by/for BlackBerry (it won't feature a BlackBerry logo), but is being made for use with BlackBerry Smartphones. However, this is in fact "the BlackBerry watch" that has been referred to previously in articles dating back to WES in May. There isn't another RIM-built BlackBerry watch out there. *

Remember that story about a Bluetooth BlackBerry Watch accessory being in the works? In case you were doubting it, today we can say with certainty that it's happening, it's getting announced soon, and what you're looking at above (another image below) are actual renderings of the real deal. Key features we've been told so far about the BlackBerry-connected smartwatch by our source:

  • it has been designed specifically for use with BlackBerry Smartphones from the ground up - developed by a new BlackBerry-dedicated accessory company
  • it features an OLED screen that we hear is "big, bright and beautiful" and optimized for displaying text clearly, and thanks to OLED has solid battery life
  • it's designed to show you notifications and previews of messages arriving on your BlackBerry
  • judging by the filename of the photos as they were sent in to us, we're thinking it's going to be branded the inPulse smartwatch

The intent of the watch isn't to replace using your BlackBerry to view messages. Rather, it's for those occassions when your BlackBerry is tucked away - while in a meeting, while driving, or while you're out for a bike ride and you feel it vibrating in your camelback. When you get that impulse to stop what you're doing and pull out your BlackBerry, now you can quickly glance over at your inPulse and decide if you need to pull out your BlackBerry to address that message now or if it can wait fifteen minutes you're free.

Definitely a cool accessory. And because this smartwatch is desiged specifically for BlackBerry, we're thinking hoping that at somepoint the watch APIs will become available to BlackBerry app developers so even notifications from third party apps could be displayed. CrackBerry heaven! We'll bring you the official details on this when they emerge soon.

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Larry David Needs His BlackBerry Bold

Curb Your Enthusiasm is one of my absolute favorite shows and if you've been watching this season (which has been hilarious so far imo) then you've likely spotted Larry David with his BlackBerry Bold in hand on more than one occassion.

The BlackBerry Bold and Larry's addiction to the device (hello BrickBreaker!) were put in the spotlight on last night's episode. Check out the clip above - minor language warning.

Now be honest. Would you have done the same thing as Larry in this situation? :)

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BlackBerry Device Software Web Update Now Working with Firefox - Finally!!!!

Until now the only way to use the BlackBerry Web Update to upgrade your device software was through Internet Explorer. It looks like now the updater is also working with Firefox (finally). I'm not sure how many actually use the web update as opposed to Dekstop Manager or App Loader, but at least now the option is there. Apparently RIM wasn't willing to go all out and fully integrate however, since Firefox requires an "Apploader Web" MSI download (about 30mb) before you can get up and running. Regardless, a much better option now if you are unwilling (like myself) to use IE more than you have to. Thanks to Stephen for sending this in!

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Accessories

BlackBerry Storm 2 Accessories

Following up on our BlackBerry Storm2 Review, we received a number of comments, tweets and emails related to BlackBerry Storm2 accessories. Will the 'insert name here' case / accessory I already own for my Storm work with the Storm2 or will I have to buy a new one? What accessories should I buy first? Is there anything else I should look out for? We figured a quick post and poll could quickly get soon to be and new BlackBerry Storm2 owners pointed in the right direction.

What is the first accessory you will buy for your BlackBerry Storm2?(poll)
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Labyrinth Lite - Now Available In Free Edition For BlackBerry Storm Users

One of my favorite games got somewhat of revision a few days ago. BerryBlow has released a new version of Labyrinth. While some new features were added, it's not really an update but more of an alternative to the fully featured game it's worth mentioning. Labyrinth Lite is a free offering from BerryBlow and while the original Labyrinth has an infinite amount of playable levels, Labyrinth Lite cuts off at just 10. In short, a great free option for those who just want to have a quick go at it in their spare time.

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RIM Rolling Out Google Contact Sync Across Carrier BIS Services; OS 5.0 Hopefully Coming Soon

Over the weekend many users have reported seeing the "Contacts" options start appearing on their Gmail accounts while logged into their carrier's BIS sites. Telus, AT&T, Rogers, T-Mobile and Verizon have all been accounted for at this time and I'm sure many others are to follow. This was one of the highly noted upgrades to BIS 2.8 that was stated as coming approximately 2 weeks after launch.

While it's been a little longer then 2 weeks it is nice to see it actually being enabled at this time. However, it does not seem to be fully functioning as of yet either. OS 5.0 is required in order for it to work, which if you have downloaded any of the leaks you should be able to use it but when checking the box to enable it produces an authentication error. It's safe to say RIM has not fully enabled it as of yet but it is coming soon and quite possibly OS 5.0 will come with it. Here's to hoping RIM makes it happen soon.

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Free Glasskart Series Themes For BlackBerry Bold Devices

Rockdog97 has been busy filling the CrackBerry Bold theme forums up with a bunch of free themes. The Glasskart series he has been mixing together takes a really minimalist approach to design while at the same time including some of everyones favourite options. In all there are six themes in the series that are available for the BlackBerry Bold and you'll wanna check each out. Between all the options of quicklaunch, no quicklaunch. Hidden today, no hidden today. Hidden buttons, no hidden buttons you're sure to find something you like for your Bold out of the choices given.

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Free BlackBerry Developer Webinar This Week - Mobile Application Design

Just a reminder for anyone who is either a BlackBerry developer or looking into becoming one. RIM will be holding their latest webinar on October 20th and it's one that you will not want to miss.

Overview:
Join us in an online discussion for BlackBerry Java developers which will help you better understand mobile application design considerations through best practices and real world examples.

We'll help you address design considerations specific to mobile applications, from Network Communication and User Interface, to Data and Memory management. We'll also take a look at how you can leverage the BlackBerry® Java Development Tools for debugging and optimizing your BlackBerry applications.

Come join us to learn best practices and see real world examples of how you can improve your application experience. And, after the information is presented, you will have an opportunity to interact with BlackBerry experts in a real time Q&A session.

Heading up the session will be Sarim Aziz, Senior Application Development Consultant, Developer Relations along with Mike Kirkup, Director, Developer Relations as a panelist. The hour long session will start at 2:00PM EST on October 20th.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 18 Oct 2009

Bla1ze's Picks - Free Media Roundup

Bla1ze's Picks - Free Media Roundup

That time again folks. Time for another media round up. Last week you all were upset at the loss of Click, that's understandable. This week though, with more time available I gathered up some goodies for ya. We got ringtones. We got wallpapers. We got themes and finally, we got videos. Dig in and enjoy.

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Reminder: Last Chance to Get Your I LOVE MY BLACKBERRY Videos Recorded and Submitted!

If you're reading this and somehow don't know what the I Love My CrackBerry Video Contest is all about, do yourself a favor and click the image above to jump to the contest page for full overview and details right now!

For everybody else, this is a friendly reminder that we're nearing the end of our video contest entry period. You have until Midnight PST tonight to get your I Love My BlackBerry videos up on youtube and send us the link. Great prizes are up for grabs, like a new Macbook (in honor of Desktop Manager for Mac being released!), a BlackBerry Bold 9700, a BlackBerry Storm2, Schlage Home LiNK system (thanks Schlage!) and more. 

So what are you waiting for? Grab your friends, grab some drinks, grab a video camera, whip out your BlackBerry and start recording! We're going to make sure everybody who submits an entry walks away with a prize, so there won't be any losers here. Just winners and more winners. Get it done! And Good luck!!

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Review Roundup

BlackBerry Storm 2 Review Roundup

When the clock struck 12:01am on Thursday, October 15th, a small herd of BlackBerry Storm2 Reviews took to the internet (well, one actually popped up a tad bit earlier). Unlike some BlackBerry device launches where you could spend the following two days reading through every word of every review and watching every second of video, the BlackBerry Storm2's official splash was a bit sparse (though I am liking the revamped look of BlackBerry.com's product pages).

For all the Storm2 chasers out there, you'll want to click through on the links below and take a read. It'll help kill at least a little time as you wait for the day when you can go to the store and buy one for yourself. There's still plenty of CrackBerry Storm2 coverage to come too, so keep it locked here. If we missed any review links, feel free to leave them in the comments and we'll update this post to include them (sifting through google news it's a bit tricky to tell announcements from actual hands-on opinion in some cases). And the odds are good another batch of in-depth Storm2 reviews will hit the web before it's available for sale, so we'll follow up with a Review Roundup Part Deux in a bit.

BlackBerry Storm2 Reviews

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Verizon's Intranet BlackBerry Storm2 Blog Post Updated: No Confirmed Launch Date At This Time?!

Remember that Verizon Intranet BlackBerry Storm2 blog post we told you about the other day? You know, the one that was also pointing to the rumored October 21st launch date? Well it turns out the post has now been updated, as shown by the photo snapped of it above, with some news that may not be received too favorably by those waiting on the new Storm.

Though Verizon does expect to launch the BlackBerry Storm2, the exact dates they are going to both announce it and release it are a little less clear than they were looking previously. As we pointed out earlier today, it's looking like the technical acceptance process was at the root (at least partially anyways) of the reason they didn't announce the Storm2 on the 15th at the same time RIM and Vodafone did.

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Where is the Verizon BlackBerry Storm 2 Announcement?

Since the BlackBerry Storm2 made is grand debut early Thursday morning via a handful of embargoed reviews, its appearance on BlackBerry.com and a joint RIM/Vodafone Press Release, I can't click into the forums, read a blog post comment or check my inbox or twitter without seeing the question Where's Verizon's BlackBerry Storm2 Announcement? I don't have an 'official answer' to this nagging question, but between logical reasoning, a bit of tipped info and putting the pieces together I do think we have a pretty clear picture of what's going on here...

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Arrives In Verizon Infomanager System

The CrackBerry forums have been a buzz with regards to the Storm 2. This time around that October 21st release has just a little bit more weight behind the possibility of it being correct though you might want to read this post before you get too excited. Tarheelace has stated that the Verizon Infomanager system was recently updated with the above documents, which again shows October 21st as being the release date for the BlackBerry Storm 2. Now I know it may still be a different date it launches, but that's alot of information stamped with the October 21st date we have seen in the past while.

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Facebook 1.7 Now Available for Download!

Facebook 1.7 Now Available for Download!

* Update: Facebook 1.7 is now live on the App World client as well! *

There were some rumors floating around the forums that Facebook 1.7 would make its debut today, and it looks like they panned out to be true! The update isn't live on App World just yet, but you can download it by visiting blackberry.com/facebook or m.facebook.com on your BlackBerry's web browser. So what's new?

Facebook Mobile for BlackBerry (version 1.7) provides the following feature enhancements:

  • News Feed Support - The ability to set the News Feed as the landing page
  • News Feed Filters - The ability to toggle between 'News Feed, Status Updates, Photos & Links'
  • Caching Improvements - The application uses the device memory more efficiently.
  • Feed Pre-fetching - The user will not be required to wait while their Facebook Feeds are updated
  • View Profile Menu Option - Clients may easily view their own profile by selecting 'View my Profile' from the menu. "
Give it a go and be sure to report your findings in the comments. Thanks to Jared for the tip! 
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When I headed out to San Diego last week for CTIA, I loaded up Fierce Towers onto my BlackBerry while waiting to board the plane. Good idea - the hours flew by. If you've never played a tower defense strategy game before, I highly suggest trying one out. It's a lot of fun, challenging and addicting.

And good news... this weekend you can grab Fierce Towers for BlackBerry for 50% off! That means you can grab it for $2.49 vs. its regular $4.99 price. The graphics are solid, the game play is smooth and at $2.49 it's definitely a must have game for your BlackBerry. It's available for both the BlackBerry Storm and non-touchscreen models running OS 4.6 or OS 4.7 (I have it installed on my Storm2 and it's running fine with OS 5.0 too).

You can jump over to the product page at the link below for more details and customer reviews. It has some pretty positive customer feedback, like Hands down the best game on the Storm. Loads of replayibility, would highly recommend it. Just don't blame us if you get hooked on it!

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