BlackBerry Theme Roundup for January 25th 2010

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Well folks it's that time again and we have received some great tips this week for some awesome themes to present to you in our weekly roundup. We are always trying to bring you the best of the best, so click the jump, read it over, and be sure to leave your comments after the post! It always helps to send those suggestions on to us at themeroundup@crackberry.com. The more tips and suggestions we get, the more content we can sift through to bring you what YOU want to see.

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Google Reader iPhone WebApp Works for BlackBerry Smartphones ... Sort Of

Its no secret that I'm a huge Google Reader fan, and one of my most wanted apps is Google Reader for BlackBerry. There are many RSS alternatives, but I'm all for an official Google app that syncs feeds and does things only Google can do. Ronen at BerryReview keyed me in to the Google Reader WebApp that is designed to work for Android and iPhones, and it seems to work fairly well on BlackBerry (on my 9700 at least). Not all of the features are alive and well, but it does get the job done. It doesn't seem to sync read/unread feeds, and when trying to view "all feeds" the site hung up and I didn't get a response. They key is bookmarking the www.google.com/reader/i site in your browser and making sure JavaScript is enabled. Obviously not the greatest solution, but it is a step up from the super-slim mobile version of Google Reader. Drop a comment and let us know if the WebApp is working for you. If anyone at Google is reading this - no I'm still not satisfied, please get it together and release an official Reader app for BlackBerry.

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More Rumored BIS 3.0 Additions Come To Light

More Rumored BIS 3.0 Additions Come To Light

It wasn't that long ago we heard rumors of BIS 3.0 and 3.1 coming our way soon and bringing with it, a bunch of highly anticipated changes. This time around, we're hearing from BBLeaks that there are a few more additions we can expect as well. 

  • Support For OpenOffice Documents - Presentations, Text documents and spreadsheets
  • Support for WMA (Windows Media Audio)
Support for OpenOffice is interesting to see. Not quite sure how much market space OpenOffice has for users but I've used it on occassion and can see why RIM would be adding it. As for WMA I have to question as to why this is even still unsupported? I honestly thought this was taken care of when WMV was added to the media player for videos. Granted, I don't get many WMA attachments but it seems like a lot of you all out there do so that will be a big improvement. Of course, these are just rumors at this time but rumors that make sense given what they bring to the platform.
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Contest: Global Unlock Codes - 50 Free Codes for T-Mobile, AT&T and Rogers

Global Unlock Codes is giving away 50 free unlock codes to the CrackBerry Community. The codes will be vaild for T-Mobile, AT&T and Rogers devices only. The services sell regularly for just $1.99, but now is your chance to grab one free. If you're in a rush you can check out all of Global Unlock Codes BlackBerry services where you can purchase a code for any Verizon, Rogers, AT&T or T-Mobile device and receive it within a few hours. To enter to win one of 50 free codes, just leave a comment on this post. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only enter once - multiple comments won't count!

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Best Buy Letting BlackBerry Tour 9630 Stock Deplete?

Best Buy Letting BlackBerry Tour 9630 Stock Deplete?

According to some whispers heard by Boy Genius it seems as though Best Buy is selling off all their BlackBerry Tour 9630 stock and not planning on adding any more to replace the sold out item. Now, while it's pretty much safe to assume the reason for this is due to the fact the Tour2 will be releasing at any point now. It's not however, an automatic assumption that the original BlackBerry Tour is to be discontinued.

Seems quite a few people are jumping on the rumor and taking it to the limit. If anyone thinks the Tour is going to be ripped off he shelves never to see the light of day again, think about all the other devices that are still selling while their successor devices are there right along side of them. You can still buy BlackBerry Pearl 8100's and BlackBerry Curve 8310's not to mention original BlackBerry Storm 9530's (If ever there was a device that should be....err..nevermind). It's simply another variation of BlackBerry that some users will opt to buy into, especially after a price drop.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 24 Jan 2010

Feedback Wanted: BerryWeather 2.1 Public Beta Available

Henrik from BellShare just sent us an email letting us know that BerryWeather 2.1 is now available in Public Beta form and that they're looking for feedback from CrackBerry readers to help put the finishing touches on it. Henrik says this version will be a lot faster and easier on memory than previous versions (good stuff!). The full changelog is as follows:

  • Complete rework of the core. BerryWeather will now fully close when sent to background. The homescreen wallpaper and icon will keep updating.
  • Using new server protocol to improve update speeds and minimze CPU load
  • Changed forecast/advisory update settings. New option 'With Forecats' for advisory will update advisories whenever forecasts are updated, 'Never' will never update advisories
  • Added data+settings backup to memory card
  • Added support for setting the icon size on homescreen walllpaper
  • Added support for blacking out the settings screen (on by default)
  • Added support for selecting whether to show radar/webcam links in internal viewer or browser (allows adding mp3/video/hrml links)
  • Fixed lag on image browser for background image selection
  • Fixed lag issues on BlackBerry Tour (and other devices)
  • Fixed several potential memory leaks
  • Fixed errors on first time built-in map loading
  • Version 2.1 is using a new storage format. This means all data will be lost.
  • We strongly recommend uninstalling any previous version before installing version 2.1
  • You will need a valid BerryWeather 2.x license or this beta will be limited to a 3 day trial.

You can follow the link below to jump over to BellShare's forum for the download links. Feel free to leave feedback there or in the comments of this blog post. If you don't have Berry Weather 2.0 yet, you can purchase 2.0 here to have the 2.x license.

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Rogers Releases BlackBerry Curve 8520 In White

Rogers Releases BlackBerry Curve 8520 In White

I don't think we have seen a device have this many colors since the days of RIM releasing the BlackBerry Pearl and BlackBerry Curve 83xx series in a whole rainbow of colors. Rogers stores are getting geared up for the release of the white BlackBerry Curve 8520 as noted by Kyle over at BlackBerryCool.

All together that means Rogers will have the 8520 in three colors. White, Black and Lavender. Pick your color, all three are available for $49.99 each with a 3/yr contract. The white BlackBerry Curve 8520 is not currently available on the website as of yet so if you want one, give your local Rogers location a call and see if they have gotten their stock in. If not, you could always grab a white BlackBerry Bold for $99.99 on a 3/yr.

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Motorola Files With ITC To Have Ban Placed On BlackBerry Smartphone Sales in the United States

In what seems to be a never ending battle between Research In Motion and Motorola, Motorola has once again filed patent complaints against Research In Motion. This time however, things are little different. Motorola has stepped up to the ITC (International Trade Commission) to ask them to investigate RIM and their continued use of Motorola patents as well as impose and Exclusion Order to stop RIM from importing, selling and marketing said infringing products. The five patents listed in the complaint pertain to WiFi, power saving methods, application management and user interface. For lack of better word, Motorola is pissed off at RIM.

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Support Haiti: Download the Help Haiti App for BlackBerry Smartphones and Make a Donation Today!

Brought to you by XtremeLabs, CrackBerry.com and MTV...

Haiti Needs Your Help! In the wake of the tragic earthquake and aftershocks in Haiti, the great folks at XtremeLabs in partnership with CrackBerry.com and MTV have put together the Help Haiti app for BlackBerry Smartphones. The Help Haiti app makes it easy to donate to charities in both the USA and Canada that are working hard to help in Haiti's relief and recovery. Donations are made via SMS in $5 or $10 amounts and are added to your monthly cell phone bill. Charities to donate to include:

  • Canadian Charities: Salvation Army in Canada, Plan Canada, World Vision Canada, on behalf of Rogers
  • US Charities: Yele Foundation, Clinton Foundation Haiti Relief Fund, Salvation Army, UNICEF, National Religious Broadcasters, Save the Children Federation, World Vision, International Medical Corps, Oxfam America, CARE, Americares, Habitat for Humanity, on behalf of MTV telethon, American Jewish World Service, American Red Cross in the U.S.

If you haven't had a chance to contribute to Haiti's recovery yet or want to contribute again, please download the Help Haiti app for free from App World or the CrackBery App Store via the links below and make a donation. It's easy and it will help. Let's make a difference CrackBerry Nation! 

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At CES, Thumbplay was showing off their music app for BlackBerry and announced a private beta for the new service. The Unlimited Music App is a subscription based service that allows you to stream music (you don't actually purchase the songs) from Thumbplay's huge database on both your device and PC. You can create playlists, wirelessly sync, use autoplaylists and buy songs right from the app. The full app should be available in the coming weeks and will be priced at $9.99/month.

Contest: The Thumbplay Unlimited Music App is currently in private beta, but we have 50 free 30-day subscriptions to give away. This will get you a sneak peak before everyone else. To use the app, you'll have to have a US phone number and be using either a Tour 9630, Bold 9000 or Curve 8900. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Contest ends this Monday at Midnight PST. Good luck!

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CrackBerry Colorware Bold 9700 Finds Its New Home

CrackBerry Colorware Bold 9700 Finds Its New Home

If you remember back to last year (not that it was that long ago) we ran a huge CrackBerry Colorware Contest so one lucky member could have the best Christmas ever and get a new custom Coloware Bold 9700.  Well its been a few weeks, and our grand-prize winner missginacandy sent me an email to let me know that her new 9700 had made its way to a good home. She went with a cool "pink all over" design and it turned out great. Many thanks again to everyone who took part in the contest, and congratulations to missginacandy. We hope you enjoy your new device and you make stock 9700's everywhere pink with envy. Check out some pics of the custom device after the jump.

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Official OS 5.0.0.438 for the BlackBerry Curve 8330 from Boost Mobile

Yesterday we noted that the Curve 8330 from Boost Mobile was shipping with OS 5.0.0.438, and now it looks like its officially available for download. 8330 users can jump over to the BlackBerry Software Downloads page and snag the latest update. If you're not on Boost, just remember to delete the vendor.xml file before upgrading and you should be good to go. Glad to see that the 5.0 updates are floating in from various carriers, but as with most of you, yes I'm still wondering when we'll see another official release for the Tour :-)


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Review: Blueant Q1 Voice Controlled Bluetooth Headset

While at CES, I had the opportunity to meet the great folks over at BlueAnt and have a chat with them about their Q1 headset. This sexy little piece of hardware had me smitten from the get-go, and I fell completely in love with it during the course of testing it out for this review. It seems like many people are tossing Bluetooth headsets to the curb lately, but the little guy is sure to stick by my side for a while. I haven't used a headset quite like the Q1 before, so lets get going and see how it holds up.

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Cincinnati Bell Launches Bold 9700; Alltel Launches Curve 8530

It looks like two more carriers have jumped in on the trackpad fun. Cincinnati Bell has released the Bold 9700, and Alltel Wireless has launched the Curve 8530. The 9700 will set you back $299.99 even after instant savings and a $100 rebate. A bit pricey with a 2-year contract, but some Cincinnati Bell users may have no other carrier options. Alltel users will have better luck since they can pickup a Curve 8530 for just $49.99 after $100 mail-in rebate. Some good options on both ends, but it looks like Alltel users get the win this time around.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for January 22nd, 2010!

BlackBerry App Roundup for January 22nd, 2010!

As per usual I've got a great batch of apps for you all to check out this week, many of them free. With that in mind, let's get right down to business. Covered this week in the App Roundup are the following titles:

Freebies of the Week: Golf Channel Mobile, Slacker Radio Canada, Binary Clock

In Case You Missed It: MyWeather Mobile, Blurts Updated to 1.1, eBay for BlackBerry Updated, SearchIt for BlackBerry Updated with Opera/BOLT Support and More

New This Week: Super Mario Brothers Animated Theme, BBScanner, Quick Call, SeaBattle - Battleship for the BlackBerry

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Mobiola Web Camera

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