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BlackBerry App World v1.1.0.15 Now Available

BlackBerry App World v1.1.0.15 Now Available

Shortly after the last update, we now have version 1.1.0.15 available for users to download. At this time there is no current change log available for the newly released version, but users will find the download OTA and BlackBerry.com. If some of you had issues loading it before, give the new update a shot as it may work a little better for you. We'll try and get you a changelog as soon as possible, but in the meantime let us know in the comments if you find anything new.

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Contest - Brain Teaser 50 Free Copies

Brain Teaser

One more to throw in before you start the weekend. Derek of Epic Applications just released a great app called Brain Teaser and was kind enough to give us 50 free copies. Brain Teaser lets you test your mind with various math problems. A great way to stay sharp while you're on the go or just killing time at your desk. You can play multiple game lengths, store high scores and never experience the same game twice. Brain Teaser works on devices running OS 4.6 and higher and is on sale for just $0.99 through Sunday. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered for one of 50 free copies. Only leave one post - multiple submissions won't count. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST.

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As with any launch of an electrical device it has become customary to buy it and then of course--rip it apart on camera for all to see. The folks over at Nation Link Wireless have done just that for us. Not sure when you may have to do this as the new trackpad design seems to have been well worked out to avoid the need for replacement, but I'm sure over time as more and more parts become available for the 8520 there will be those--such as myself that may wish to add a different casing, maybe swap to a colored keypad or what have you this is a great guide to have as a reference point. Proceed with caution - we are not responsible if you screw up your device =-)

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    Contest - SlideBerry Zoom Theme 50 Free Copies

    SlideBerry

    With the exception of our BlackBerry Curve 8520 giveaway, we've been lighter than normal on contests this week. For some last minute weekend fun, the good folks at R&R Theme Designs are offering up 50 free copies of their SlideBerry Zoom theme. This clean theme features custom icons, signal meters and customizable homescreen icons. Available for the Bold, Storm and Curve 8xx series, SlideBerry Zoom normally sells for $5.00 at the CrackBerry App Store. Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win one of 50 free copies. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST - please leave only one comment, multiple submissions won't count.

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    Show Your Support for CrackBerry on Twitter with a Twibbon

    Hey all you CrackBerry fans! Show your support for CrackBerry.com by adding a Twibbon to your Twitter avatar. The Twibbon will simply add a small CrackBerry logo to the upper right corner of your avatar. If at anytime you change your avatar, you'll have to add the Twibbon again. If for some strange reason you don't want the Twibbon after a while, all you have to do is update your avatar on your Twitter page and it will be replaced. Let's see how many supporters CrackBerry can get! 

    While you're at it, make sure you follow the CrackBerry Team:

    Kevin Michaluk - Founder/Fearless Leader
    Adam Zeis - Editor/Forums Manager
    Bla1ze - Editor/Forums Manager
    David Boyd - Blogger/Forums Moderator

    For those of you not following Kevin, don't forget about this awesome Twitter contest he is running. There have been several winners already!

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    Curve 8520 Available on Vodafone UK This Weekend?

    Curve 8520 Available on Vodafone UK This Weekend?

    We heard through the wire that the Curve 8520 will be available on Vodafone UK this weekend. We're not sure when exactly you'll be able to pick up the device, but you shouldn't have to wait much longer. Point of sale kits and dummy phones arrived earlier this week, and the actual devices are starting to land in stores now. So if you're on Vodafone and have been patiently waiting for your upgrade, it looks like you only have a few days to go. If you happen to pick one up be sure to leave a comment and let us know!

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    Deal of the Day: IM+ All-in-One Messenger for 50% Off!

    * Update: 1:50pm EDT: The issue has been fixed. You can select your device, and purchase at the DoD discount. If you have purchased today and got the incorrect version, please contact customersupport at mobihand.com.

    * Note: 12:50pm EDT: Little glitch with the app store today on this particular promo - will be fixed shortly (~ within next 15 minutes). If you ran into any issues, email crackberrysupport at mobihand.com. *

    It's always easy to follow the CrackBerry Deal of the Day. You can visit CrackBerry.com and click the App Store link on the main menu above, or from your web browser head straight to CrackBerryDealoftheDay.com (be sure to select your BlackBerry smartphone to show a DoD that's compatible with your device model).

    As we head into the weekend, Friday's DoD is definitely one to be aware of. From ShapeServices, IM+ All-in-One Messenger is on sale for 50% off! That's $19.97 vs. its regular $39.95 price. IM+ integrates pretty much every popular instant messaging service (now including twitter support) into one feature-rich BlackBerry application. Some great new features were added recently (speech recognition!) so be sure to jump on over to the product page and read the description for all the details and check out the customer reviews. A free trial is available, so you can quickly give it a go. If you like what you see, you have until midnight tonight to pick it up for half price!

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    Dear Berry: Sleep Berrying or Annoyed Wife?

    Dear Berry: Sleep Berrying or Annoyed Wife?

    Dear Berry,

    My story is odd but what do I do if I will never know the answer to
    something? Please let me explain. My wife and I went to sleep around our usual time (midnight). I have been checking my Blackberry a bit less because she was really getting irritated about my using it in almost all situations/venues. She was feeling neglected and a bit jealous and I thought this was a bit extreme. She is my wife and I love her and I certainly don't want her to feel this way. The Blackberry (while I'm admittedly obsessed) is just an electronic device. Clearly nothing compare to the love I feel for my wife!

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    BlackBerry App Roundup for August 7th, 2009!

    BlackBerry App Roundup for August 7th, 2009!

    I hope everyone had a great week. Lots going on here at CrackBerry as per usual, and the App Roundup is here to help you usher in the weekend. Covered this week in the Roundup are the following titles:

    In Case You Missed It: PortaServer Mini Web Server, Forward, Reply & Edit App, Start Me Up, Audible Audio Book App for BlackBerry Updated, Kayak Flight & Hotel Booking App

    New This Week: BerryFlash for the Storm, Summer Games 2008, Radio Saver, Mr. Martini

    Apps on Sale: TetherBerry, MemoryUp Professional, Jewel Breaker, HD Se7en Theme, HD FutureX Theme

    Cool at BlackBerry App World: OpenTable Mobile for BlackBerry

    Freebie of the Week: BuzzMe Standard

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    BlackBerry Tour Themes Now Available from Bplay?

    BlackBerry Tour Themes Now Available from Bplay?

    I was just cruising the forums and came across a few threads about Tour themes. It looks like Bplay dropped a few without notice yesterday and some users are reporting that they are working fine. While there is still no word on a new verison of the Plazmic CDK, it seems like Bplay's themes are all working without a hitch. They only have a few offerings for the time being, but more should be on the way. You can choose from Solar Slideshow, iBerry 2.0, Baseball and Saltwater to name a few. If you're a new Tour owner itching to get your theme on, head over to CrackBerryBplay.com and check them out. Be sure to leave a comment and tell us your findings.

    Discuss more in the CrackBerry forums:

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    3G Theme Now Available Free for BlackBerry Storm

    3G Theme Now Available Free for BlackBerry Storm

    You may remember the 3G theme we checked out a few weeks back. Sadly it was only available for the Bold, but after much begging, redzapper finally found the time to do it up for the Storm. 3G is one of the best free themes I have come across in a while, and I'm sure Storm users will be glad to finally get their hands on it. The theme features a hidden today screen, center banner slot for weather, QuickLaunch support and homescreen hotspots. 3G is available OTA for the Storm at this link.

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    Verizon Mobile Broandband Connect One Month Free Promo

    From what I understand this promo has been going on for a while, but I just came across it this morning. Verizon is offering one month free of their Mobile Broadband Connect serivce to customers until September 30th. This is a great chance to check out all of their tethering features if you've been on the fence about signing up for a full plan. I couldn't find any way to get in on it, but I suppose calling customer service will get you started. Just be sure you cancel before the end of the promo period or you'll end up getting rolled into a full plan.

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    Twitterlerts - Twitter with Search and Alerts

    Twitterlerts - Twitter with Search and Alerts

    I've had the pleasure of playing around with Twitterlerts for a while now, and I can say it is a very cool app for Twitter "power users". Twitterlerts lets you easily search Twitter right from your device, and you can save custom searches and even set alerts. Essentially a Twitter search app for BlackBerry, you can also sign in with your Twitter account and use Twitterlerts as a slimmed down client to send updates, replies and follow other users.

    Twitterlerts is the Twitter client that makes its easy to stay on top of the subjects that really matter to you - and reveal a world of ideas, comments and opinion on what is important in your life - your company, your products, your competitors, sports team or hobbies. 

    Sure there are search functions in other BlackBerry Twitter clients as well, but if you need to stay on top of things on Twitter, maybe you'll want to make life easier and give Twitterlerts as shot. It is available until August 31st for $4.99 and is regularly $7.99.

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    UberTwitter is the Most Popular BlackBerry Twitter Client

    I came across this article on Mashable.com yesterday and was stunned when I read it. According to TwitStat, UberTwitter is the most popular Twitter client for BlackBerry devices. I hadn't really thought about it before, but if I had I would have surely picked TwitterBerry given its age and ease of use. I guess UberTwitter has won over the BlackBerry nation thus far. UberTwitter accounts for 1.26 percent of Twitter users, edging out TwitterBerry's 0.87 percent. SocialScope, still in private beta, sits at 0.35. Clients like TinyTwitter and TweetGenius also made the list but they just didn't have a great showing. So why UberTwitter? Is it the UI or the ease of use? What has made it bigger and better than the rest of the pack? Weigh in and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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    Pandora for BlackBerry Updated to 1.1.1

    Pandora for BlackBerry Updated to 1.1.1

    Pandora for BlackBerry has been updated from 1.1.0 to 1.1.1 and fixes various networking issues. Users will be prompted to update when logging in. The update repairs issues that some users on certain devices were experiencing including HTTP 502 errors. Not all devices were having the same issue. From Pandora release notes:

    • Fixed HTTP 502 issue (and other networking-related issues such as the "connection closed" problem on the 8350i)
    • Fixed volume going to "full" after an audio system alert (phone, email, IM) on Storm
    • For listeners who use the low end of the volume scale, the jump from 3 bars to 4 bars isn't as jarring anymore 
    To download visit www.pandora.com from your device. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!
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    Podcast Episode 039 - The Three Crackateers are Back!

    I'm on vacation at the moment, but that didn't stop Craig, Adam and Bla1ze from getting a CrackBerry Podcast recorded. They jumped on the line Wednesday evening to discuss all things BlackBerry. I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, so this description will stay short and sweet... but based on the last show they did without me I'm sure it's great! If you're a BlackBerry addict you know you'll want to be listening to this one. Details below. Big thanks to Craig, Adam and Bla1ze for gettin'r done!

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    Kayak Releases Free Flight, Hotel Search And Booking Application

    Kayak.com has released a great application that allows you to search, book and compare pricing on airlines and hotels all from within one application on your BlackBerry. I tested the application out just to see how well it would function and what type of results I would have with it, and I'm pleased to say it works great.

    Best part for me was it actually included Canadian listings and recognized all major Canadian airports. The application is very light weight and looks nice considering, now I have nothing against using say--Worldmate, but some features of Worldmate are paid features that also get downloaded when even using the free version so it makes it a heavy application. This is a great alternative with a little bit more functionality added, Kayak supports all BlackBerry devices 81xx series and up.

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    Free Audible Audio Book App For BlackBerry Updated

    Free Audible Audio Book App For BlackBerry Updated

    Audible.com, which provides a free audio book application for BlackBerry devices, recently got a nice overhaul. Previously users had stated the application was a little slow and sluggish and really didn't perform that well on BlackBerry devices. This time around with the version being updated to 1.4.2, Audible has their application working quite fine. New updates and fixes are as listed below:

    • All screens have been optimized for faster loading.
    • No more waiting to get back to your audio. You are immediately taken to the player screen upon loading the application, if your last action within the app was listening to audio.
    • Performance of user-interface elements has been improved. (scrolling through lists, audio playback buttons, etc.)
    • My Library is now stored directly on your device for faster loading of your purchased titles.
    • Support for the Curve 8900
    • Audio playback bug while Audible for BlackBerry is minimized has been fixed
    • Improved support for BlackBerry Enterprise Servers
    • Landscape typing for the BlackBerry Storm now supported 

    If you have used the Audible application before and were not happy with it, try it out again as the update really does fix a lot of concerns. With over 60,000 titles available for download or streaming and plenty of free content to go around, surely worth a look.

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    Beautiful New Opus Theme Released By Elecite

    Beautiful New Opus Theme Released By Elecite

    Elecite has released their latest theme called Opus. Opus is another dark colored theme mixed with bright colors that shows really nicely on any supported device. Icons on this one are nicely laid overall and the wallpaper looks really sharp mixed with the chosen color. Opus is using the dual screen option we have seen in previous Elecite themes, but be aware this theme does NOT work well with .151 OS on the Storm (as Plazmic has not released the tools needed to make updates to the themes).

    Opus is available for all Storm, Bold, 83xx, 88xx and 89xx series devices for $6.99 from Elecite, but as of right now while supplies last, the first 200 users who purchase and use the coupon code "opus" will get an additional 30% off the purchase cost.

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    BlackBerry Holds High In Top Selling Smartphones for Q2

    In May we saw the Curve 8300 series sitting on top of the list of the best selling smartphones for Q1 of 2009. Yesterday research and consulting firm IDC released their findings for the top 10 selling smartphones in the US for the second quarter, and BlackBerry clearly stood tall taking 4 of the 10 spots (including the Curve series still sitting at number one). The top 10 are:

    10.HTC Touch Diamond
    9. HTC Touch Pro
    8. Palm Pre
    7. T-Mobile G1
    6. BlackBerry Storm
    5. BlackBerry Bold
    4. Apple iPhone 3G (8GB and 16GB versions)
    3. BlackBerry Pearl (81xx series but not the Pearl Flip)
    2. Apple iPhone 3GS (both 16GB and 32GB versions)
    1. BlackBerry Curve (83xx series and 8900) 

    Really no surprise that the Curve is outselling the rest as it is a widespread device sold on multiple carriers (and also add in the 8900 this time around). The Pearl came in at number three and both the Bold and Storm still hold their own as well (each being carrier specific). Not surprising that the iPhone is at number two since it is only available on AT&T. You can bet if it were available on more than one carrier (ie. Verizon) it would likely be taking the top spot based on the volume it's doing being available only from one US carrier. So who is surprised that the Bold is ahead of the Storm? Could it be that RIM is now putting less Storms into the retail channel to make room for the Storm 2?

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