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BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review - part II

BlackBerry Tour 9630 Review - part II

A Preview of OS 4.7.1 on the BlackBerry Tour & More Initial Impressions...

** Be Sure to Read Part I - BlackBerry Tour Hardware Review & Comparison **

* Update - It looks like the BlackBerry 9630 might just have an official name to be branded under... the BlackBerry Tour 9630! *

Surprising to us, our little spur-of-the-moment April Fool's joke yesterday caught more than a few readers out in initially believing it as true (don't worry, it happens to the best of us!). So to get back any CrackBerry love that may have been lost for aggrevations caused, we figured the timing was right to follow up our initial BlackBerry 9630 Hands-On Hardware Review with a second look, now that we've had a chance to get some up and running usage time on the 9630 and its version 4.7.1 operating system. If you're one of the many BlackBerry users out there waiting for the "Niagara" to hit a CDMA carrier near you, you'll want to check this out!

* Disclaimer: Like all of our pre-release reviews, please note that as of yet this is still a non-commercially available device which means things could change by the time it comes to market. *

Read on For Photos, Video and User Impressions of the BlackBerry 9630 >>

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Pyxis Mobile is on hand at RIM's CTIA BlackBerry booth showing off their capabilities along with their popular end-consumer app, Movela Netflix Queue Manager. If you're a Netflix subscriber you'll want to check this app out ($2.99 @ App World).

I caught up with Michael yesterday who walked us through Netflix Queue Manager. In the video above he also let us know that a CraigsList BlackBerry app is on the way. And STORM OWNERS will want to watch the video right to the end for a nice testimonial.... Michael loves his Storm (& CrackBerry.com!)!!

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One of the coolest things to be announced at CTIA yesterday for BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900 users in the US is the coming of PrimeTime2Go, expected in early May, which brings full-length television episodes to BlackBerry. You can check out our initial coverage here and watch the video above for a more personalized explanation.

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CTIA Wireless 2009 kicked off yesterday morning with a big general session event. And among the distinguished keynote speakers to take the stage was none other than our fearless leader, Research in Motion's Founder, President and Co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis.

Knowing our CrackBerry readers are the hardcorest of hardcore, I busted out the video camera and taped the whole speech for your viewing pleasure. For those who couldn't attend CTIA but wanted to be there, hopefully this will fill the void (apologies in advanced for my lackluster recording skills). So grab your cup of coffee or a glass of water, kick back and enjoy the show!  

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CTIA Wireless 2009 is now in full swing, and I spent the better part of the day at the Las Vegas convention center taking it all in. The event is definitely quieter than I remember it being last year, but the BlackBerry booth is as BUSY as ever. Seriously, from the moment the exhibitor hall opened the BlackBerry booth was packed. Just as we did with our CES coverage in January, I'll be bringing you some video recaps from the BlackBerry developers and partners displaying their apps and services over the days ahead. Some of these vids may be news to you while other videos will be of apps you may already be familiar with... but it's still nice to see it presented live.

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Bolt Browser Updated, Many Great Changes!

Bolt Browser Updated, Many Great Changes!

Bitstream, the makers of the awesome browser Bolt are at CTA this week and they brought along with them a nicely refreshed version Bolt. This is what I would consider a major update for the application, lots of feedback was generated from previous beta builds and Bitstream has taken all of that under consideration and has come up with a massive list of improvements especially when it comes to usage on the BlackBerry Storm. You can grab the update from the public beta link at http://boltbrowser.com/ full press release and noted changes after the jump.

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PrimeTime2Go Coming To A Bold And 8900 Soon!

PrimeTime2Go Coming To A Bold And 8900 Soon!

We dropped the "rumor" that this was coming as few days back now, but at this time with CTIA pretty much in full effect we can now give you all the official nod that Primetime2Go will bring full-length television shows to such devices as the BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900 (initially, more support is expected later).

Some big studios such as NBC, CBS and MTV have signed up to get their share of profits as from the Toronto-based QuickPlay that will charge a monthly subscription fee of $7.99 for its PrimeTime2Go service, which it will deliver only over Wi-Fi links so that their is no carrier involvement. So will this feed the entertainment needs of BlackBerry users? 

[ Engadget Mobile ]

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Shazam- BlackBerry App World Surprise!!

Shazam- BlackBerry App World Surprise!!

With the launch of BlackBerry App World, many users were surprised when they were able to login that one of the most wanted applications for BlackBerry was indeed now available for download.

That's right, Shazam has gone live in what appears to be beta form on BlackBerry devices, sadly it does not seem 100% compatible with all devices, with the Storm getting the regular half screen treatment we have seen from other applications. In any event I'm sure Shazam will be working on that and extending their reach to more then just the BlackBerry App World as well, as you all know by now BlackBerry App World is well..not so worldly as it currently only supports the US, Canada and the UK, Get Crackin on that RIM if you're serious about making App World work. Full Shazam press release after the jump.

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Ringtone Maker- RingTones Made Easy!

Ringtone Maker- RingTones Made Easy!

Contest: Leave a comment to this post for your chance to win a Free Copy of BlackBerry Ringtone Maker and Ringtone Shuffler!

Straying away for the norm with this one CrackBerry Nation, with all the talk of BlackBerry App World and memory and such on devices, I figured it would be kinda cool to cover an application not intended for your device specifically.

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April Fools: BlackBerry Storm Officially Discontinued!!!

* Update from Kevin: Sorrrry Guys. Ya know, we talked about doing up an April Fool's joke a couple weeks back and decided we weren't going to do one. Then this sort of just happened spur of the moment and well... it turned out to be a good one. A little too good maybe?? Be sure to read through the comments for page after page of hilarity and frustrations...and if we nearly gave you a coronary from the original post or caused you grief at your job today (sorry VZW call center peeps), our sincerest apologies... you'll know for next year to read past the headline! We added 'April Fools' to the title (and this update now) so hopefully you're all good to go from here out. Keep Crack'n Storm owners!! *  

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Slacker vs. Pandora – Internet Radio Smackdown

It is good to be a BlackBerry user these days. Developers are embracing the platform and options exist today that didn't just a year ago. One of my favorite programs over these past few months has been Slacker Internet radio. Since I cancelled my satellite radio subscription, I have been using Slacker almost exclusively as a way to keep my music fresh and varied.

A few weeks ago, Adam let us know that Pandora Internet Radio (which had long been a favorite when I would stream music from my PC or Mac) was now available for the BlackBerry. Sadly, being a T-Mobile subscriber this wasn't available for us...yet. Just last week, a new update made Pandora available for T-Mobile customers (and, I presume, most others) in the US.

So, what do we do now? Which is the king of Internet radio for the BlackBerry? I did a full comparison and have my thoughts on the matter below.

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BlackBerry App World Goes Live!

BlackBerry App World Goes Live!

True to their word and not a moment to soon, Research in Motion just launched BlackBerry App World. You can head on over to mobile.blackberry.com on your BlackBerry or blackberry.com/appworld from your PC to download the App World client. For an overview of RIM's new app store, be sure to check out this BlackBerry App World Overview .pdf.

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New: CrackBerry On-Device App Store Client *Beta*

With RIM set to announce their BlackBerry App World offering any day now, we figured it was about time for us to announce the beta of our new and improved CrackBerry On-Device App Store Client!

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BBFileScout - Review and Comparison to File Manager Pro

So who can out bench press, as well as compress? Who can claim their file management kung-fu is strong? That's what I was hoping to find out. Last week, we took a look at Terra Mobility's File Manager Pro. Taking a look at some of your comments, the obvious choice would be to see how these two file management solutions compare. The big difference was cost. File Manager Pro is $11.95 and BBFileScout is Donationware (please give generously). Besides the price tag, I wanted to see who offers more; does one outperform the other?

As I mentioned in my review of File Manager Pro, the features found within the application are essential to anyone who wishes to manage large amounts, and various types of files. Though my trusted BlackBerry does an excellent job of helping me manage my projects, reports and CrackBerry reviews, I always hoped to take it to another level. And now for a look at BBFileScout, as well as how it stacks up to File Manager Pro. It's going to be a zipping and extracting good time!

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Berry Weather Launch And Give Away!!

Berry Weather Launch And Give Away!!

An awesome new weather application has been released from the makers of Berry Buzz. Introducing Berry Weather, a visually impressive weather application for BlackBerry devices running 4.2.1 OS and higher.

While being visually stunning Berry Weather has many other highlights built right into the application, let's have a look at them.

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Elecite Releases Playstation 3 Based Theme!

Elecite Releases Playstation 3 Based Theme!

A hot new theme from Elecite strikes two chords with me mainly because it captures two things I love - video games and BlackBerry. PSB is a Playstation3-based theme which looks great and flows well on all the devices it supports.

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Mike Lazaridis Speaks On RIM's Future!

Mike Lazaridis Speaks On RIM's Future!

With CTIA kicking off in Las Vegas, Andrew Berg of WirelessWeek got some time with President and Co-CEO of RIM, Mike Lazaridis before things got too busy in an effort to get his insight and thoughts on what the future may hold for RIM.

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It was pop icon Andy Warhol who is credited as first saying that we all get "15 Minutes" of fame in this world. Now, some of us get a little more than our allotted "15 Minutes" and some of us get a little less.

Very recently, my friend and colleague, (our beloved CrackBerry Kevin) met me in New York City for what turned out to be our "15 Minutes." Now, Kevin is pretty famous and has gotten more than 15 minutes of fame - but this was a pretty cool thing we did for CrackBerry Nation - so watch the video above for the end result and read on for the details behind it all after the jump!!

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Skype Coming To BlackBerry In May!

Skype Coming To BlackBerry In May!

This information has been floating around for a while now, but it seems this time around we can toss the 'official' flag over it rather then just the 'rumor' one. With CTIA just around the corner, it seems as though a lot of companies are already giving up some of the goods as to what they will be announcing at the Las Vegas Mobile showcase event, Skype included.

Come May BlackBerry users will be able to get in on the Skype action as reported by Reuters who spoke with Skype's Chief Operating Officer Scott Durchslag who also verified it would become available for iPhone and iTouch users as well.

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