CNN Weighs In On Last Weeks BlackBerry Outage

Just yesterday we got a great video from CNN on the BlackBerry Boom in Indonesia, and today we came across this one courtesy of @impalass96 regarding last week's data outage. The video makes some good points that we can all relate to ("a stressful period for some") and gives a brief description of what happened to cause the outage. While it doesn't reveal anything terribly detailed, they did quote Kevin's original blog post about the outage (but managed to steal my BBM title to throw on top of it?). I wonder if anyone in the video is a CrackBerry user? :-)
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Cocky Culture Themes - New Years Sale, 65% Off!

Cocky Culture Themes - New Years Sale, 65% Off!

The guys over at Cocky Culture have decided to bring in the new year right with a huge sale on ALL themes.  Their selection ranges from such fun themes as m[i]Berry to professional themes like LeatherBerry Executive and many in between.  The sale is simple, just enter the coupon code 2010newyear during checkout* and receive 65% off of any of Cocky Culture's themes.  You can download these themes at sale price until this Sunday, and with the multitude of themes available there is sure to be a theme for all. 

*PLEASE NOTE: The coupon code will only work in our mobile app store or mobile app store client from your device.

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    Review: Shazam for BlackBerry Smartphones

    Review: Shazam for BlackBerry Smartphones

    Some of my favourite songs and artists were discovered by accident. Whether a song was heard while passing by a store or used in a movie, some songs instantly find a way to connect to you. All it takes is a simple beat, a line or a snippet of the melody and you find yourself in a determined mindset, bent on discovering what you have just heard. You may find some success in using a line or two while searching online, but other than that, you'll have to ask around. Then again, you might be too shy or embarrassed to start a beat way off key, almost cracking glass, to ask someone:

    "What's the name of the song that goes ba da da dum dee da…?"

    Some carriers, like Rogers Wireless, used to offer a service where they would find the artist/song in question for you and send it to you via SMS. For Rogers, the service was called #DJ. To be honest, I used the service only once…maybe twice. To find true musical discoveries, you only need to utter the one word that a handful of characters like Gomer Pyle and Billy Batson have wielded - Shazam. There's no magic lighting required though it would be pretty cool. The only magic present is what information you may uncover.

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    The Financial Post Tech Desk Interviews Mike Lazaridis

    The Financial Post Tech Desk Interviews Mike Lazaridis

    Just the other day we got a good look back at 10 years of BlackBerry from the folks over at Engadget which was a great article. Engadget was not the only resource to focus on the past ten years of BlackBerry. The Financial post also found the time take a walk down memory lane as well as get a sneak peek into the future by interviewing the Founder and co-CEO of Research In Motion, Mike Lazaridis. The interview is an enjoyable read and gives great insight into where the co-CEO thinks things are headed in the coming years. I found some of the responses quite interesting, especially the ones regarding mobile browsing and its impact on mobile carriers. Give it a read and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments.

    Final thought. I know it never happened in 2007, 2008 or 2009, but I wonder if 2010 will be the year that Kevin gets to interview either Mike Lazaridis or Jim Balsillie for a CrackBerry.com interview. If that ever happened, what are the questions you'd want to ask RIM's head honchos? Throw those in the comments too!

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    The BlackBerry Developers Blog Lists Accomplishments In The Development Sector

    There is no doubt that the recently-held BlackBerry Developer Conference was a huge success for Research In Motion and BlackBerry developers around the world. A lot of new changes were announced at the event in San Francisco, California which open quite a few doors for all those out there looking to get involved or are already involved with BlackBerry development. The BlackBerry Developer Conference was RIM's time to show their dedication to the developer community and win back some of those who may have had doubts about the future of development for the BlackBerry platform.

    Over at the BlackBerry developers blog, Mike Kirkup, Director for the Developer Relations program at Research In Motion has outlined all the developer accomplishments for everyone to have a look at. When outlined as Mike has done, it shows Research In Motion is listening, accepting feedback and putting that feedback into action with their developer community which is good for all involved. With excitement being restored, that means more and more ideas are formed by developers and with the tools given to them, the ideas become reality and end upon our BlackBerry smartphones. As end users, we can all appreciate that.

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    Help I Crashed My Car - A Safety Application For Those In Car Accidents

    Summit Software Solutions has a great application that I checked out free from BlackBerry App World last night. Help I Crashed My Car is aimed to consumers as a safety application for drivers who potentially could be in an accident. Getting in an accident is never a good thing for those involved, that just goes without saying. The best you can really hope for at those times is that no one is seriously injured and all are safe.

    Help I Crashed My Car serves as a tool to assist those involved in an accident by providing all important critical information in your hands. With a little set up you can store emergency contact information, insurance company, policy and agent information and pertinent vehicle information. You can also enter, store and send a basic accident report which allows you to take, attach and send accident photos and access information about what to do in case of an accident. With the push of a button, you can advise those important to you of the accident via SMS, email or even a phone call. Other features of the application include things such as locating a body shop and using GPS services to find the nearest car rental locations. It's quite a powerful, useful offering if you ask me. One of those insurance apps - hopefully you will never have to use but it's good to know you have it, should you ever need it.

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    CNN on the BlackBerry Boom in Indonesia

    Back in May, following up on WES 2009 where I had the chance to meet some representatives of Indosat, I ran a post on the blogs in regards to the explosive growth of BlackBerry use in Indonesia. Just yesterday, CNN posted the above video which gives a first-hand look at the crushing dominance of BlackBerry in the region. Check it out! 

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    Have you ever used a software application on your BlackBerry and said, "That's great, but why doesn't the app do this, or do that"? Well now is your chance to get involved in the process and provide feedback on the future of TeleNav.

    If you live in Seattle or San Jose areas, you may be eligible to participate in the TeleNav First Look program. If you use TeleNav on your AT&T Bold 9000, Sprint Tour 9630, or Verizon Tour 9630 you should head over to the TeleNav Blog and take the survey to see if you qualify. 

    Full details and eligibility requirements can be found on the TeleNav Blog. What are you waiting for... this is your chance to boldly go where no man has gone before. OK... that was a little cheesey, but this is a great chance to get involved in the process and make a difference. Good luck to all who apply.

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    Getting to Know CrackBerry.com

    Getting to Know CrackBerry.com

    So you have finally got that BlackBerry that you had been hoping for all year? Now that you have it all hooked up on your cell phone plan, you're probably wondering what to do next. Many new users head to CrackBerry to gain information, but as we all know the site contains so much that it can almost be intimidating and at times frustrating to try to find what you are looking for. New users may be a bit overwhelmed by all that CrackBerry.com has to offer, but you shouldn't be. Let's take some time to review the basics of the site, so that you can make your first experience as great as we planned for it to be, and ensure that you come back for more as your days as a BlackBerry user go by.

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    Sure The Kindle and eBooks Did Well, But So Did BlackBerry

    A few days ago Amazon posted some details of their big sellers over the holidays. The biggest news to come from that press release was the fact Amazon's Kindle and Kindle books were the biggest sellers, wherein Kindle books sold more on Christmas day than their physical counterparts - which honestly makes a whole lot more sense then people are giving credit for. Of course they sold more, what else would you do with a Kindle that you just got? Go out an buy a physical book? Not very likely.

    However, if you looked further down the list of the highest selling items for the holidays you would have noticed that the AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9700 was the hottest selling device in the "Wireless" category with cellular service. The only item ahead of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 when speaking of devices was the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic which was sold sans contract and unlocked. Not too shabby if you ask me, I bet AT&T and RIM were glad to see that happen - I just wish Amazon would have released some numbers to go along with it to give us a better sense of volume.

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    Contest Winners: SearchIt, TeleNav, Colorware & SmrtCase

    The holidays blew by, and I didn't even realized until Friday we only had one app contest for the week! We'll make it up for sure so don't worry. The winners of the SearchIt contest are listed after the jump. Just a quick recap as well - if you didn't see the winners announcements from our TeleNav, Colorware and SmrtCase contests you'll want to check them out from the links below. Congrats again to all the winners!


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    Liquid - A Premium Quick Access Theme From Elecite

    Liquid - A Premium Quick Access Theme From Elecite

    The days are winding down to take advantage of the Elecite 50% off sale, which ends December 31st. All themes including the newer Liquid shown above are included in the sale. Liquid is one of the ones I personally grabbed due to the fact that it offers a quick access dock built right into the theme itself. Beautiful wallpapers, great icons and hidden today options make this one perfect for just about anyone. Supported devices include BlackBerry 8900, 9000, 9500, 9600 and 9700.

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    Beta Testers Wanted: Introducing Fixmo Tools for BlackBerry

    Ok CrackBerry readers, it's time for some beta testing! Fixmo is a new entrant in the smartphone mobile app space and they want your feedback on the beta of their new Fixmo Tools offering. Started up by Rick Segal, formerly with the BlackBerry Partners Fund, Fixmo is looking to shake things up in the world of mobile utilities. If you think of what Norton Utilities was to computers back in the day, that's the sort of position Fixmo is taking within mobile - rounding up useful individual tools that increase device functionality and packaging them into one application that remains current as time goes on and the need for new / different utilities emerge.

    I got an early look at Fixmo Tools the other day and now Fixmo has set up a download site so CrackBerry readers who want to give an early (and free!) look at the beta can do so. Be sure to keep reading below for a message to beta testers from Fixmo. And once you've given it a try, be sure to send them in your feedback.

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    Engadget Reflects Upon Ten Years of BlackBerry

    Engadget Reflects Upon Ten Years of BlackBerry

    I love the end of December. It always brings about some good articles and posts looking back at the year and years gone by. Over at Engadget.com, Chris Ziegler posted up a great piece today looking back at Ten Years of BlackBerry. 2009 really was a milestone year for Research in Motion, so if you're not familiar with any of the history behind that device you're holding in your hand it's definitely worth jumping over and taking a read through. It's going to be exciting to see what RIM does in the next ten years!

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    Access Unlimited Premium BlackBerry Themes For Only $10 Offer Ends Today

    Enterprise Mobile Solutions has a big sale going on that we were just alerted of by BBCool. For today only, you can get unlimited premium themes from them for only $10. The unlimited service they offer usually goes for a whopping $99, so this is a pretty substantial savings. You're saving $89 by jumping on it today. Themes are updated every 7-14 days and you get point and click access to all the offerings for any device out there for a complete year through their downloadable application. In addition to the one year deal you can get a 2 yr deal for only $15 or a monthly package for only $5. Be sure to check out the reviews and comments before you give it a go though - it may not be for you. We just wanted to pass on the note of the deal to our readers when we heard about it due to the magnitude of the discount offered.

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    Video: Palm Pre / Pixi / WebOS Hands-On Walk Through, Smartphone Round Robin

    Week #3 of the 2009 Smartphone Round Robin has me on the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi, sampling Palm's new for 2009 WebOS platform. Think back to last year's Round Robin and Palm was on the brink of disaster. This year, they've pushed themselves back into the game with a very intuitive operating system that's really been designed for mobile use along with some decent hardware to get some momentum building again. You can check out the video below as I walk through the devices with Dieter Bohn of PreCentral.net.

    To get some guidance on my Palm WebOS experience, I've created a forum thread over at PreCentral.net. As for BlackBerry in the Round Robin this week, me and Dieter did a swap and he's using the Bold 9700 and Storm2. Be sure to check out his video and get him some help on his forum thread in the CB forums to make sure he gets the most of his device. I was **amazed** at how well he was able to type on the Storm2 the first time he picked it up. Be sure to post on these forum threads daily for your chance to win a new smartphone. Contest details here.

    Enjoy the video and stay tuned for the full CrackBerry on Palm WebOS review later this week!

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    Official: OS 5.0.0.395 For BlackBerry Curve 8530 Now Available From Sprint

    Any BlackBerry Curve 8530 owners out there not happy with their current OS can now head on to the Sprint BlackBerry download page and grab the latest official OS. 5.0.0.395 is what is up for grabs over there which is a few notchs above the release OS and still ahead of Verizons official which is still at 5.0.0.337.

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    Role Call Tasks Contest- 200 Copies to Give Away!

    Role Call Tasks Contest- 200 Copies to Give Away!
    Recently I had posted on a application called Role Call Tasks, an app that places all your to-do's into one organized spot.  This app is great for organizing monthly bills, items to purchase, or for the person who just has a lot to keep track of and is a little forgetful like myself.  Due to positive response, Blue Sky Analytics has decided to give 200 copies to the CrackBerry Community. They have made some great updated from your feedback, and are fixing up the app even more in the future.  As a reminder Role Call Tasks is compatible for all devices running OS 4.6 and up.  It is available for $3.99 from the CrackBerry App Store.

    Contest:  We have 200 copies of Role Call Tasks to give away.  Just leave a comment on this post to enter.  Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST.  Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count.

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    Maritime Master

    If you're a fan of Air Traffic Control, you should definitely check out Maritime Master. The game has a simple premise, but it is highly addictive and has endless replay value. You have to guide your ships to the dock by drawing their course through the water. After the cargo is unloaded, you draw another path off-screen for the boat to get away. The more you play the harder it gets, and you can unlock all 5 levels as you progress. Maritime Master is currently available for the Storm and Storm2 only (due to the unique "drawing" gameplay) and is available in the CrackBerry App Store for $3.99.

    Contest: We have 30 copies of Maritime Master to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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