New BlackBerry Theme Studio available with support for Pearl 3G and Bold 9650

We asked complained, they listened. Fresh out of the frying pan comes the latest BlackBerry Theme Studio. What should have popped up long before the new devices were even released has finally made its way to developers. The latest version adds support for both the Pearl 3G and Bold 9650 and is ready to roll. The newness comes in the form of a service pack (add-on) that adds onto the original theme builder - so download, install and get to theming. You an grab it free from the link below.

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Are you a Documents To Go user? We need your help! 5 $50 Shop CrackBerry gift certificates to be won

The good folks at DataViz are seeking some feedback regarding their popular Documents To Go for BlackBerry. The software comes pre-installed on most newer devices and is really beneficial when viewing Office documents from your device on the go. Both casual and business users have found a multitude of uses for Documents To Go, and DataViz wants to know all about it. 

What we need from you: If you're a full-time Documents To Go user, DataViz needs your feedback regarding how you use it in both personal and business environments. Leave a comment on this post with your experiences - how you use Documents To Go, how the software helps you, how it has helped you in the clutch, what you find best about it. We'll be picking 5 winners who best describe how they use the applications in either their business or personal life (or both!). Keep in mind we're going for quality on the comments for this one. Also, your comments may be used in future marketing materials, so keep in mind anything you say may be public forever. The 5 chosen winners will each reveive a $50 gift certificate that is good for accessories at Please only leave a single comment, contest ends Sunday at midnight PST. 

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VQ Mileage Tracker

After some great customer feedback, VQ Mileage Tracker has been updated with some cool new features that make it even better. The handy app automatically tracks your mileage every time you drive so you don't need to keep track of things manually when on the road. VQ Mileage Tracker gives you the total miles, address you drove to and date/time for each trip. New features in v 3.2 include:

  • Auto-Report Generation: Users can set VQ Mileage Tracker to automatically email them weekly, monthly or quarterly Mileage Report spreadsheets
  • Track to nearest tenth of mile/km: Users can track to the nearest tenth of a mile/km or to the nearest mile/km (feature added based on numerous user requests
  • Time Tracker: In addition to reporting start and end address and distance travelled, VQ Mileage Tracker now also reports trip duration in hours and minutes so users can more accurately track time spent driving for business
  • Advanced Address Capture: VQ Mileage Tracker can now even capture the address user parked at when they park underground.

The latest version is available in the CrackBerry App Store and sells regularly for $19.99. To coincide with the release of the new version, you can grab it for just $9.99 through June 30th.

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BlackBerry Shield images and features leaked

BlackBerry Shield images and features leaked

We have heard bits and pieces about the upcoming BlackBerry Shield, but nothing very solid as of yet. Today dropped a few images as well as some features to be included. The service will be free for BIS users and is said to be entering the testing phase "soon". Features look to include:

  • Remote Device Wipe - Users will be able to remove all data from the device and memory card remotely
  • Display 'Lost & Found' -  Information to display on screen should the device be lost or stolen
  • Remote Password - Ability to remotely set a password for the device
  • Device Tracking - Remotely track your device via GPS 
  • Remote Backup - Backup/restore of the device data

Both the web interface (above) and mobile interface (after the jump) look very user friendly. Certainly there will be a few more features thrown into the mix, but this is definitely a good start. Still no official word on when this will pop up in either beta or public form, but from the looks of things it shouldn't be too much longer (in RIM time anyway). More pics after the break.


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CrackBerry guide to mobile banking on your BlackBerry Smartphone: Part 2

Welcome to part two of the CrackBerry Guide to Banking on your BlackBerry. I hope you enjoyed the first installment, in which we took a look at Bank apps and launchers. In part two, we will be rounding up applications and presenting you with the best of the third party banking and finance tracking applications. Some applications can provide access to your account, just as the mobile site for your financial institution. Others, which have little or no access, can still assist you in tracking how your money travels into and out of your bank account.

If you prefer standing in line, waiting for a bank teller, then read no further. If you yearn to keep your bank account accessibility as mobile as your wallet, then take a look at these applications. Whether you feel confident about mobile access to your account or not, your BlackBerry has you covered.

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Bitbop for BlackBerry - No longer in beta and ready to rock

We covered the beta of Bitbop not too long and now, glad to say that it has passed it's beta testing phase and moved into a full on roll out of services. Bitbop brings a lot to the table for US customers who are looking for great media content on the go. Headed up by the folks at Fox Mobile, the wide array of streaming content is something a lot of users having been asking of big media for a while now. Shows such as 30 Rock, American Dad and Family Guy are all available to view as well as many others from Global partners which Fox has teamed up with.

With the service now out of beta Bitbop has had to put a price tag on their offerings which, has turned out to not be that bad at all. A free trial is available to BlackBerry users wherein after the trial a subscription model has been established for $9.99/mnth which allows for unlimited streaming and temporary downloads. Full press release is available after the jump.

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Learn to type better on your BlackBerry with TyperLearn

So you think you can type? Well, so did I, until I got an email from Fabian with his latest application, TyperLearn. While downloading I was thinking to myself, "I got this, I've been typing on these things for years." Well, wow was I wrong. TyperLearn is a rather simplistic style application with a nice straight forward user interface, but overall it is extremely helpful. After completing lessons you will be presented with your words per minute per lesson as well as your overall average speed for all completed lessons.

Within the application you will find lessons you have to complete, each of them geared towards learning a different part of the keyboard. You will start with the basics, learning your keyboard size, then move on to mastering the left hand, right hand and more which proves to be very helpful. If you are thinking that this application isn't useful to you and that you have already mastered your keyboard, give it a shot and see if you notice the same results after. This is a great way for BlackBerry beginners to easily learn and master the BlackBerry keyboard. TyperLearn is on sale for $4.95 until June 26th.

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Tank Recon 3D

A few weeks back we first checked out Tank Recon 3D for the BlackBerry Storm2. This awesome game takes advantage of the OpenGL support and shows off some great 3D graphics. Through various game modes you take on different missions in your tank shooting down AT guns, planes and more. Tank Recon 3D sells regularly for $7.99, but it is today's Deal of the Day so you can grab it for just $3.99 (that's 50% off!). Keep in mind this is only for the Storm2 so don't bother trying to get it if you have any other device. Here's to hoping we see more games like this with 3D support come to BlackBerry soon :-)

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Got an iPad you want to tether with your BlackBerry? Maybe this can help

Love it or hate it, the iPad has made waves across the world and judging by the amount of people in the CrackBerry forums that have one, it's safe to say we better start acknowledging some of the stuff out there that is BlackBerry / iPad compatible. Which when you really think about it is quite a bit to cover, really. Everything from making use of accessories that work with iPad and BlackBerry right down to sending documents from your BlackBerry to your iPad.

We'll be sure not to go too iPad overboard here on CrackBerry but one interesting thing that popped up in the forums was a method where you can actually tether your BlackBerry to your WiFi-enabled iPad if it's been jail broke. Now, to say this is a perfectly working solution would be a lie. I personally never got it to work for any great amount of time but many others in the forums have done so with great success.

The process requires you to download a cydia app called iBluever and a BlackBerry application called PDANet. After a few setting adjustments you technically should be up and running using your BlackBerry data plan with your WiFi enabled iPad. That said, you should keep in mind that anytime something is interacting with your carrier data, you could incur extra charges. if you decide to set this up, you do so at your own risk. Thanks to aohus for posting this up for us.

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PayPal for BlackBerry updated - Minor bug fixes included

PayPal for BlackBerry has just been updated. BlackBerry App World recently gave out the notification for users to go ahead and download the update. As noted in the release, it is just simply bug fixes for the application. Personally having used the app since its intial release, I've never really had any issues with it. If you frequent using the PayPal app from your BlackBerry, you'll want to grab the update in case it covers some bugs you may have noticed that I have not. Keep in mind it may not as of yet have filtered all the way through BlackBerry App World, so if it's not showing yet, just check back later. Oddly though BlackBerry App World online shows .309. Might just be an error in the listing but I'm not certain. When the download is done, it does show as .301

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Get to know the CrackBerry Idol competitors - watch their audition videos! (part 3)

OK, we're back with our third preview of five more of the contestants competing in Round 1 of CrackBerry Idol. The CrackBerry Idol winner will become a regular contributor to the CrackBerry blogs, so among the audition vids you'll be witnessing a future CB blogger. Who that person is will be up to the community to decide, so be sure to watch all of the audition videos as we get them up here, so when it comes to the competition rounds (app review, case review, accessory review, device review) you'll know who each competitor is.

Next up we have Martin, Todd, Gregg, David L. and Bryan. Each of them is ready and more than willing to be the next CrackBerry Idol, and they each have some compelling arguments as to why they should be the next CrackBerry Idol. Watch their awesome audition videos below and be sure to leave some shoutouts of encouragement in the comments - the road to becoming the CB Idol is paved with hard work! Keep in mind the community judging starts with the app reviews (not the audition vids), so please keep your comments relevant and constructive.

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Quick TIp: Using the alarm, timer and stopwatch in the native clock application on your BlackBerry Smartphone

I'm always amazed when I find something new buried in the native applications on my device. Over the weekend I was playing around with the clock and discovered the built-in timer for the first time (yes, seriously). I knew about the stopwatch function, but somehow never realized there was a timer there as well. I've used the alarm itself as a timer tons and tons of times, doing crazy math to get it set when I needed. So needless to say, after stumbling across the timer feature I'm relieved that my alarm woes are gone. Tag-team this with the awesome Bedside Mode and the clock is one of my most used applications. I apologize if this is a "no-brainer" to some users, but I figured if I didn't know it was there then there must be others who didn't realize it either. Hit the video below for a quick look at the alarm, timer and stopwatch functions within the clock application.

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 Core Edition   Core Edition

If you mastered the routine in Nickel Buddy's original Anywhere Abs fitness application for BlackBerry you'll want to check out their newly-released next installment, Anywhere Abs 2: Core Edition. This edition features six now exercises focused on building up your core, which are broken out step by step. At any time you can pull up a detailed explanation of each exercise and the app features a countdown time and three different levels of difficulty.

As I said in my post to the original Anywhere Abs, just having it installed on your device is a good thing... never mind actually it, but just seeing the icon on the homescreen everytime you check your email forces you to sit or stand a little straighter and flex those abs. It sells for $2.99 and you can grab it at the link below.

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Imperia - Premium theme from Hedone Design now on sale for a short time

Amidst the BlackBerry Theme throwdown going on now, developers are still pushing out new themes for users to enjoy. In this case, Hedone Design has made available Imperia. A new premium theme that is available for 89xx, 90xx, 95xx, 96xx and 97xx series devices. Imperia uses 18 home screen icons to make everything easily accessible to users. It sort of falls under the category of a traditional icon theme with the exception here being that you end up with two home screen sections of icons. Both screens are easily navigated and switched between to ensure that you have your most used items in all the right places. Graphics on this one are of high quality as with all Hedone Design themes and for today only, you can grab Imperia for only $3.49. That's 50% off for those of you out there keeping track.

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Caller ID Reader for BlackBerry reads incoming caller's name aloud - 20 copies up for grabs!

From the creators of comes a new app that continues to help drivers keep their eyes on the road. Caller ID Reader does just as the name implies - it reads an incoming caller's name aloud so you'll always know who is calling without even looking at your phone. The app is compatible with most Bluetooth devices and can read aloud names, numbers and even SMS and email messages. The free version of Caller ID Reader reads the caller's name/number with an upgrade message every third use. The premium version is ad-free and is available semi-annually for $3.95 or a one-time fee of $9.95.

Just a note - If you are a CDMA user, when installing you will be prompted to turn your sound profile to vibrate as the device is only able to play one sound at a given time. On a CDMA phone, ringtones will cut off an incoming call being announced. Also, the first time a call is received, Caller ID Reader will read out the number, not the name. After the phone call is over, Caller ID Reader will download the caller's name to the phone from the iSpeech cloud. 

Contest: We have 20 copies of Caller ID Reader to give away. Just leave a single comment on this post to enter. Contest ends Sunday at midnight PDT.

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US Cellular getting BlackBerry Bold 9650 in 'early August'

US Cellular announced today via their Facebook page that the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is on its way. The device has already been released on both Sprint and Verizon, so as with the last few CDMA devices it's no surprise that US Cellular isn't far behind. 

We're thrilled to announce that the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 will be coming to U.S. Cellular stores in early August! It's got a 2.4 HVGA Display, 3.2MP camera, Wi-Fi, Optical Track Pad Navigation and World Phone capabilities. Yes, this is one great smartphone --- if we may be so, ahem, bold. :) 

No official date has been set but we should have more info in the coming weeks. Also, no sign of the device on their official site just yet, but it shouldn't be long before it pops up in "coming soon" style. 

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Official OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 now available from T-Mobile

T-Mobile has officially released OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9700. The software should be popping up via the wireless update on most devices (if you have an official OS installed already). If you don't have the option, you can grab the OS from T-Mobile for a desktop install (we created a mirror so you don't need to go through T-Mobile to get to the download). No word on whats new and exciting with this build, so be sure to drop a comment with your findings.

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Contest winners: Magic 8 Ball, Bingtastic, Thumbplay and a $200 Shop CrackBerry shopping spree!

A few contests this week (sorry we missed the winners post yetserday, but podcasting is more important). We had a few apps/themes to dish out as well as our great $200 Shop CrackBerry Father's Day contest. Not too shabby for a weeks work. Hit the jump for the winners.

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BlackBerry theme roundup for June 23, 2010 - Contest! 50 copies of LeatherBB to be won!

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

It would seem that the word got out there after last week's theme roundup, and my tip line has been filling up all week with tips and suggestions.  Thank you to each and every one of you thsat wrote in, you've really given me some great stuff to work with.  Hit the jump, and we'll get right to it, with some great themes to feature for a range of devices.

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