Official OS 4.6.1.309 for the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 Now Available from Verizon Wireless

Pearl Flip owners rejoice - Verizon has officially released OS 4.6.1.309 for the 8230. Again, no 5.0 love from Verizon, but we should be thankful for any updates at this point. No news on what is new in thise release, so if you're a flip owner, give this one a shot and let us know if anything special pops up. This is an official release, but please use caution when updating you OS. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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Aces Traffic Pack

Aces Traffic Pack is a take on the classic parking lot game. You haev to move your car and others around the parking lot and help set your car free. There are over 400 puzzle layouts, each with varying difficulty. This mind game is sure to keep you entertained for hours. Features include:

  • Over 475 puzzles of increasing difficulty.
  • Immoveable objects, such as rocks, corners and potholes, to test your brain and increase difficulty.
  • Vibrant and attractive graphics.
  • Fun sound effects.
  • Play each pack straight through or select any puzzle using "Choose Puzzle" option.
  • Unlimited amount of undo and redo moves!
  • Records the best time, lowest move count, and how many undo and redo moves.
  • Automatically tracks your statistics, including how many moves made in each puzzle and how much time it takes to complete.
  • 6 level packs of varying difficulty with 80 puzzles in each!

Aces Traffic Pack is on sale in the CrackBerry App Store for $3.99 until December 13th. It is available for all devices running OS 4.2 or higher.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.405 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.405 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

The folks at BBLeaks have tracked down another new OS for the Bold 9700. OS 5.0.0.405 has leaked on the interwebs and is available for download. It feels like a new OS pops up for the Bold 9700 every week now (keep 'em coming!). If you find anything new and exciting in this build, be sure to leave a comment and let us know.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

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CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guide: Accessories and Applications for the Music Lover
[ Our Holiday Gift Guides hope to get you going in the right direction when shopping for your BlackBerry family and friends this holiday season. This list comes courtesy of our twelpers obi and michaelwpg ]

Accessories and Applications for the Music Lover

So you have a fellow BlackBerry addict on your list, and they also love music. Or perhaps, you happen to be that particular music enthusiast, and just need to drop some not so subtle hints to your friends and family on what to get you? We're here to help, with 5 top gift ideas for the music lover this holiday season.

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BlackBerry App World Updated to 1.1.0.24

BlackBerry App World Updated to 1.1.0.24

BlackBerry App World has again been updated - this time to 1.1.0.24. This is only one click up from the last update, so nothing fantastic to report. If you find anything new or different be sure to let us know in the comments. You can grab the update by heading to blackberry.com/appworld from your device.

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Research In Motion Joins Wireless Power Consortium

Research In Motion Joins Wireless Power Consortium

Engadget caught the information regarding Research In Motion joining the Wireless Power Consortium recently. The Wireless Power Consortium is comprised of many technology driven companies such as Samsung, Energizer and Nokia, all with one goal in mind. How to free you from wires and charge your devices through the air. The concept is a great one that has a ton of potential for the future but currently still needs more improvement, which is why the consortium was established.

The current rates in which devices are charged through the air is substantially less then that of it's wired counterparts making the technology not as usful as it could be. As more companies get on board with the idea, more testing and innovation in the sector can be achieved. And with that, we can one day hope to never have to be reaching for an extra battery or looking around a busy airport for a unoccupied plugin which is well, pretty impossible to find. Hard to say when we will see this technology come to market but it's getting closer with each company that signs on.

[ Engadget ]

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BlackBerry App Roundup for December 4th, 2009!

A very happy December to everyone out there. The holiday shopping season is well and truly upon us now, and up here we've finally got some snow on the ground. Not sure if that's a good thing or not!? At any rate, as per usual we've got a lot of good titles for you in this weeks' edition of the roundup. Check 'em out below:

Covered this week in the roundup are the following titles:

In Case You Missed It: Net Nanny Mobile, PC Mag Releases List of Top 20 Free BlackBerry Apps, Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 Now Available, Trapster Gets an Update, BerryWeather 2.0 Release

New This Week: Mini Email, Cardiac Risk Calculator Pro, Palm Reader, Role Call Reminder Lists, Snowman Theme

Cool at BlackBerry App World: EasyBartender

Freebie of the Week: Being Me Sucks

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AT&T Drops Prices On All BlackBerry Smartphones

AT&T Drops Prices On All BlackBerry Smartphones

BoyGenius had heard "whispers" about AT&T having a big sale on BlackBerry devices, turns out the whispers are now loud and clear. AT&T has put the page up on their site and all BlackBerry smartphone pricing has been reduced. Even that BlackBerry Bold 9700 gets in on the action being reduced to a comfortable $99.99 after MIR. Restrictions apply of course but that's standard. If you been thinking on a new BlackBerry or wanna give one as a holiday gift, jump on it. No end date for the sale is listed on the site so get in on it..before it's gone.

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RIM Goes Live With BlackBerry App World Test Center

RIM Goes Live With BlackBerry App World Test Center

In an effort to get better feedback from users Research In Motion has gone live with what they refer to as "Test Center" for BlackBerry App World. You may have noticed it in your BlackBerry App World listing over the past few days or maybe not. Test center is a spot for new applications that are deemed "Beta" by RIM and needing more feedback from users. How does it work? What can be improved? Any issues you come across you'd like to see fixed? All questions that are relative to applications listed in Test center.

In order to leave comments, you can simply just do a review as you would with any other application in BlackBerry App World. Your comments will be posted and reviewed by Research In Motion and taken under consideration for the next iteration of the application in which you reviewed. An awesome way to collect user feedback on an application I think, give it a shot. Right now you can currently find eBay and MySpace 2.0 listed in test center with more apps on the way.

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 Available from AT&T Today?

BlackBerry Curve 8520 Available from AT&T Today?

Word on the street is that the Curve 8520 is available from AT&T starting today. While there hasn't been an official announcement, we've had loads of tips from members saying they've managed to get their hands on one. As you can see from the image above, the Curve 8520 is available for premier accounts to purchase on the web, but hasn't made an appearance for regular customers just yet. Again, nothing set in stone, but the wheels are in motion. Hopefully we'll get something official in the next day or two. 

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MySpace 2.0 For BlackBerry Smartphones Now Available

MySpace 2.0 For BlackBerry Smartphones Now Available

*UPDATE* -Change Log is now available via the RIM knowledgebase*

This is for all you MySpace fans out there. Research In Motion has released version 2.0 (2.0.0.19 to be exact) of the popular social networking application. Currently no changelog is available and it seems that it's only downloadable via BlackBerry App World as the site still shows version 1.5 (If you see 1.5, sit tight it's still being rolled out). In the meantime, if you are a MySpace user fire up BlackBerry App World and grab the download. If you spot anything new, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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Yelp Arrives In BlackBerry App World

Yelp Arrives In BlackBerry App World

Yelp has been available for a while on BlackBerry smartphones. Oddly enough though, the forums are often filled with users asking if there is an application even available. Hopefully the inclusion of Yelp in BlackBerry App World will get Yelp out there and installed on a lot more BlackBerry smartphones as it's a great application for user reviews of restaurants, shopping and nightlife. It's a user driven service so you can add your own reviews, pictures and information if you wish. Yelp is now available via their site as well as BlackBerry App World, give it a look. The app performs really well on BlackBerry smartphones and is way better then utilizing the mobile website.

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Research In Motion Releases More Tools For BlackBerry Widget Developers

While at the BlackBerry developers conference I had some time with Tim Neil at a "Talking With The Experts" session. While my questions were simple, I was able to walk away with a greater understanding of how widgets function, the tools used to make them and what we as BlackBerry users should expect from them. Todays developer announcement from Tim, brings us all one step closer to getting some live widgets on our devices. 

From The Article:

We are excited to announce that the BlackBerry® Web Plug-in version 2.0 Beta1 editions of our web tooling for Eclipse® and Microsoft® Visual Studio® are now available for download.  You will also notice that with this release there have been some naming changes for these two tools which show their common purpose.  Beta1 of the 2.0 version continues support for debugging and profiling web sites using the BlackBerry® Browser.  New to this release is the capability to also perform these web site debugging tasks on the BlackBerry® Device Software version 5.0.

The BIG news for this release is the new support for building BlackBerry® Widget projects.  These tools will allow you to create BlackBerry Widgets in a much more automated manner compared to calling the BlackBerry Widget SDK via the command line. We have also added a getting started page that will appear when you start using the tooling that will connect you with the right online resources, forums and content to speed your widget development.

With more tools now available to BlackBerry developers, I'm pretty stoked to see what type of widgets the community will come up with. I have already seen a few. Everything from a Google reader widget to a full blown Twitter application. All of which developers stated they were needing more tools to finalize their projects. Hopefully, this will get them there.

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Research In Motion Updates Their Corporate Homepage

Research In Motion Updates Their Corporate Homepage
Wow. Considering I was just looking through the Research In Motion homepage last night, to wake up and see that it has totally been revamped was quite a shock. The corporate homepage was long overdue for a revamp and Research In Motion has decided to bring it line with the rest of their network of sites, giving them all a familiar interface. It looks great and is more refined making it much easier to navigate and search for the information you are seeking. Be it a press release or just looking to learn more about new products, the new site works nicely.

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Goal.com Mobile for BlackBerry Smartphones Now Available
 

The Goal.com mobile application was announced today, just in time for the FIFA World Cup Draw. The app will deliver instant news including breaking news, World Cup 2010, Champions League, England, Italy and Spain. Articles can be saved from within the app and sent via email or to social networking sites. There is also a "my feeds" tab so users can set custom feeds with news or team-specific items.

Goal.com is known for its colorful, in-depth editorial content and breaking news, covering all the major international football leagues including The World Cup, Premier League, Serie A and La Liga. Its team of live, on location reporters publishes up to 125 articles per day in more than 17 languages around the world, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.

To download the Goal.com mobile app, just head to m.goal.com/app from your mobile device.

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Contest: 75 Free Unlock Codes from Carrier Unlock

Contest: 75 Free Unlock Codes from Carrier Unlock

CarrierUnlock.com has again offered up 75 free codes for CrackBerry readers. Their codes are good for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile & Rogers devices only this time around. They are also running a promo to go along with the contest. CrackBerry readers can receive codes for the above carriers for only $6.99 or $3.00 off all other products. Just head over to CarrierUnlock.com and use the promo code CB at checkout. To enter the contest, just leave a comment on this post. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment - multiple entries won't count.

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SmartBCarMode

When enabled SmartBCarMode displays 6 large buttons for easy access while driving. These icons can be customized to your liking, adding useful quick access to applications such as voice dialing, maps, contacts, and search. The time, battery level and network coverage are also displayed at the top of this app and the orientation is locked to portrait mode to prevent unwanted rotation while driving. Having this app makes accessing your BlackBerry a lot less difficult while on the road. SmartBCarMode is $0.99 and is available for the 95xx in the CrackBerry App Store.

Contest: We have 50 free copies of SmartBCarMode 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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CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guide: Accessories and Applications for the Organized Mom and Dad

Accessories and Applications for the Organized Mom and Dad

With the holidays rapidly approaching, the hunt for the perfect practical gift is getting more stressful, and becomes a pain in your side. Well, rest assured, this year we are here to help with some great gift ideas for the Organized Mothers and Fathers. As we all know, there are many BlackBerry users out there who are just at the tip of the iceberg as far as uncovering exactly what it can do, and having all the correct accessories to allow these things to be done, but rest assured, let us do the work for you.

As we all know, the BlackBerry Smartphone continues to grow in popularity, and everyday there are many new users introduced to the BlackBerry world. Do you know someone who became an addict this year? Wondering what the perfect gift for them would be? Let's take some time to go over a few practical, yet interesting accessories for these devices that organized mothers and fathers will get some great use out of.

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ÜberTwitter "Rogue" Beta v0.932 Available For Download!

Some of you may have caught wind of the fact the developer build of ÜberTwitter was leaked yesterday. Sometimes when leaks happen developers take their offerings and head underground so to speak and leaks never happen again, SkyFire is a good example of that. Other times, developers see it as a chance to actually grab new users and reach a broader audience. Such is the case with ÜberTwitter. ÜberTwitter has actually put their leaked version out there for everyone now. @Codewarden has outlined as to why the release has been made available and what to expect from the next version of ÜberTwitter.

We have been working very hard to provide you with a 'knock-out' release for Beta-6. Unfortunately, the first pre-release of this version was shared widely beyond our group of testers, and to compound this, they didn't properly post the correct BlackBerry OS builds. We recognize that many of our users unfortunately downloaded this version, most with the wrong OS build. In order to rectify this problem, we are putting the first pre-release out there for anyone that wants to download it and give it a try. We have builds for 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, and 5.0. Please understand that this is not a finished product, the UI, colors, and some inner workings are not complete, but do work. The final release is still a few weeks away, but I hope that you agree that it will be well worth the wait!

Lot's of good thing are coming to the ÜberTwitter client as soon as the kinks are worked out, be sure to check out the full details via the ÜberTwitter website.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.386 For The BlackBerry Curve 8530

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.386 For The BlackBerry Curve 8530

*UPDATE*- My bad folks, got all excited over the leaks happening-- it's OS .386 not .385 *

Well, ok then. Got a new BlackBerry Curve 8530 and want a newer OS then what is on it now? 5.0.0.386 has now leaked online and is said to be the OS that TELUS will officially launch with. Again, not technically official as of yet but could end up being. Disclaimers have to be tossed in there for this one as well.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. * [ BBLeaks ]
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