Hippopost Lets You Snap Photos On Your BlackBerry And Send as Real Physical Postcards For Free!!

This app has me pretty damn excited. I travel a lot and never in my life have taken the time to mail a postcard (I know my mom has always been disappointed in her son on the postcard front). But that's going to change now though thanks to HippoMobile's Hippopost!

Hippopost was actually started by a couple of ex-RIM employees and is a new mobile service that allows you to snap a photo on your smartphone, add a personalized note and submit it to hippopost via their on-device app. From there, hippopost prints out the physical postcard and mails it to the recipient, which they receive 7 to 10 days later. It's a painless process, and best of all, it's FREE. Hippost supports the free service by placing a sponsored ad on each card it sends out (front frame and small one on the back). You can actually choose the sponsor from a list of ones provided so you're showing the recipient something that'll jive for them (see image below for an example). You can send up to two free postcards per day, each and every day, and if you want to send more than two per day, you can purchase additional credits. Hippopost plans to up the daily free limit as more sponsors come on board, but two free per day is more than solid to begin with.

* Take Note: Hippopost let us know that while Canadian cards are being processed daily, US delivery from the mobile app begins October 15th (or hopefully sooner - they're just inking some final sponsor deals to cover freight). Users can go ahead and create their US destined postcards anyway and they'll queue them up for mailing in a few weeks. And International delivery will also begin this fall (limitation is not delivery, it's sponsors - they need to line them up so they can can keep this free to consumers). *

Offering a service like this that's advertising revenue supported is pure awesome. Keeping it free of charge for the sender makes using it a no-brainer, and I doubt the recipients will mind an ad in the least bit. For the advertiser, it's a pretty compelling opportunity as well... as I'm typing this I just snapped a photo and sent it to my mom as a postcard and you just know she'll be hanging onto that for years to come (if you read this and decide to approach hippopost about advertising, be sure to tell them you heard about hippopost on CrackBerry!). Being RIM guys they started with what they know - a BlackBerry app, but with time you'll see them push hippopost out to more platforms. Download it and give it a try and be sure to report back in the comments with who you sent your first BlackBerry postcard too!

Download: It should be available from App World soon, but in the meantime you can download Hippopost for your BlackBerry by visiting http://mobile.hippopost.com on your BlackBerry's web browser. 

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RIM Goes In-Depth on BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac

Previous rumors put the official release date of BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac to this Friday, September 25th, which is sounding better then ever given the fact over at the Inside BlackBerry blog they just posted an in-depth walk through of it. Interestingly enough, they refer to it as BlackBerry Desktop Software throughout the write-up (screencaps say BlackBerry Desktop Manager), so it seems like this highly-anticipated piece of software won't get any sort of exciting name, but simply be the Mac-compatible version of BlackBerry Desktop Software.  Follow the links below to learn how to use it.... and let's just hope it gets released soon!

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AT&T Officially Releases Bold OS 4.6.0.297 ... Again

AT&T Officially Releases Bold OS 4.6.0.297 ... Again
 

Reports are flying in this morning that AT&T has released OS 4.6.0.297 for the Bold 900 (again). This update seemingly fixes some isuse that were had with the last version. Hopefully everything is solid again in this release. If you didn't get in on it last time, you can grab the upgrade from the BlackBerry Software Downloads page.

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Ajani Infotech $2.99 Anniversary Sale - Two Days Only
 

Ajani Infotech (maker of Empower apps) is celebrating their one-year anniversary and spreading the joy all over. To share the love, they are running a two-day sale and all of their apps are only $2.99 through friday. You can snag some awesome apps like Empower SMS Viewer, Quick SMS and Call Later. The Empower suite of apps is definitely worth checking out, and for only $2.99 you really can't go wrong.

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Mobigloo's Air Traffic Control is one of my absolute favorite games to play on my BlackBerry Storm, so for it to go half price as one of today's CrackBerry Deals of the Day is good news. ATC was a top-selling game in our CrackBerry App Store for a long time after its release and is currently one top of the top selling games in BlackBerry App World as well. Normally priced at $4.99, you can grab it until midnight CST tonight for just $2.49. Well worth it. If you're not familiar with the game, the premise is simple - land as many airplanes as you can without crashing into another one! You can watch the video above to see it in action.

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Elecite Contest - 100 Copies Of Spear Theme To Be Won!

Elecite Contest - 100 Copies Of Spear Theme To Be Won!

Not too long ago, Elecite announced their latest theme Spear was available for download. This time around, rather then announcing a new theme's availability, Elecite wants to give a little love back to the CrackBerry community by offering up 100 free copies of Spear to some lucky winners out there.

So as with all CrackBerry contest, process is simple-- leave a comment on this post letting everyone know that you'd love to get a free theme and you may be one of the lucky 100 chosen for a free copy of Spear for your device. (Bold, 8900, 8350, 9630 and finally 8520 owners only, Storm version is not available sorry!) Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment - multiple entries won't count.

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RIM Updates All Instant Messaging Clients v2.5!

RIM Updates All Instant Messaging Clients v2.5!
Over at the BlackBerry Support forums it's on record that all Instant Messaging clients did get a refresh and are now available for download. Seems this is the only official announcement after updating of Facebook, MySpace and BlackBerry App World applications as well for 5.0 OS, yet RIM remains silent about those. Some additions to the applications are:
  • Add dedicated icons to the Home Screen for one-click access to conversation boxes of specific contacts. The icon appears as the contact’s display picture or avatar.
  • Add contacts and display pictures or avatars to the address book to easily instant message, email, SMS, or call right from the address book or conversation box.
  • Search through saved conversations
  • Add dedicated emoticon icons in the conversation box

So if you haven't already grabbed the individual updates and use the IM applications on a daily basis, you just might want to grab the latest and load them up and see what else is new that you can find within them.

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MetroNews Launches Localized News BlackBerry App (Viigo) With A Great Slogan!

Ok, so maybe it's not totally a new application. It's really just a branded version of Viigo that MetroNews is pushing but hey, using a slogan such as "Better Crack For Your CrackBerry" is totally worth a mention on the CrackBerry blogs for sure!

Using MetroNews' branded version of Viigo allows for great access to Canadian cities such as Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver newspapers, which will help keep you up to date with the local happenings in your city. We advise using the CrackBerry version of Viigo, but we are indeed a little bias in that respect.

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BGR's BlackBerry 9700 Initial Impressions

BGR's BlackBerry 9700 Initial Impressions

Saying the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is a highly-anticipated device is a bit of an understatement. Like the Bold 9000, the 9700 represents the pinnacle of what the traditional BlackBerry experience is all about, though compared to its predecessor packs more punch into a much smaller package.

We brought you our initial BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review back in May, when the pre-production "onyx" aka 9020 units were still sporting a trackball and plastic battery cover. Since then we've seen the device get christened as the 9700, we've seen it get a faux-leather door along with the touch-sensitive trackpad introduced on the Curve 8520. We've also seen it pop up in T-Mobile clothing as well, which apparently under the hood has some slight differences than its AT&T (& other GSM carriers counterpart) in we **think** the form of a different battery and processor. 

In the weeks ahead we'll undoubtedly start "officially" seeing and learning more about the next-generation Bold, but in the meantime the Boy Genius has added to the ton of pre-release coverage that's been hitting the web recently and given his thoughts on an early Bold 9700 unit, which in reviewing the hardware proclaims it as the finest BlackBerry ever crafted, which I know is music to the ears of all who are jonesing for this device. If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to jump over and read his review. It's solid. 

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Facebook Version 1.6.0.22 Launches Bringing OS 5.0 Compatibility!

*UPDATE*-Seems as though users who are NOT running 5.0 OS on their devices are having issues with downloading, OTA links can be found in the comments for users running anything less then 5.0.

One of the major concerns with running a leaked version of OS 5.0 has been the fact most RIM designed applications were not yet compatible with OS 5.0. Facebook is of course one such application that until earlier tonight was among the non working applications, but RIM has rather quietly updated Facebook to version 1.6.0.22 which does indeed make it compatible at this time. So if you have been running any of the leaked version 5.0 operating systems and been missing Facebook you can grab the updated version and be back in business.

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Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8520 Employee Training Started - Launch Early October!

We've known for a while now the BlackBerry Curve 8520 will be coming to Rogers and today we got some more information regarding its official launch time frame. An email went out to some Rogers employees today declaring the Curve 8520 is indeed coming and that all employees were to login to their training systems and get fully trained up on the device itself.

BlackBerry Curve 8520 Smartphone

The National Sales & Service Training team is very excited to announce the launch of the new BlackBerry 8520 Smartphone E-Learning training program now available on Rogers FastTrack.
The 8520 BlackBerry Curve has great new features that will help you stay connected both professional and socially. The dedicated media keys, track pad technology, media sharing apps and sleek new design will satisfy any customer. This short e-learning module will demonstrate the features of the BlackBerry Curve as well as help you qualify your customer.
Now come and learn how to position the BlackBerry Curve 8520 as a solution for your customers need.

You can expect the Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8520 to launch the first week of October, but of course I'm guessing if you're reading this and on Rogers you're more than likely holding out for the BlackBerry 9700 which should hopefully launch shortly after.

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* Update: It appears things are all good now! *

Lots of talk in the forums today about BlackBerry BIS email being down. Not all carriers are reporting issues. You can follow the links below to stay on top of it or drop a note in the comments. When these types of outages happen a ton of threads pop up in the CrackBerry forums, so we went ahead and created a new forum to keep them all grouped together. The current/main thread for an outage will remain stickied until the issue has been resolved.

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Orbital Series Theme - 100 Free Copies To Give Away

Orbital

Alex from AHazDesigns was kind enough to give us 100 free copies of his Orbital Series theme to give away. Orbital features custom icons with a circular scrolling dock and a hidden today screen. There are multiple versions in various colors, so you're sure to find one you love for your device. To enter to win one of 100 free copies, 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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Contest Winners Announcement: iSkins, Carrier Unlock, Centrifuge and BerryScroll

Here we are again with more contest goodness. Some great cases from iSkins, as well as a ton of apps this week. If you missed out, we already have contest for Textender and some eThemes running so go get your comment on. Stay tuned as well since a few more are on the way. Don't forget, if you are a developer or a retailer you can run a contest of your own - just drop an email to editorial(at)crackberry.com to get going. Congrats to all the winners!

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bQuiet - Automate Sound Profile Switching

bQuiet

When you're running around all day from meeting to meeting and office to office, the last thing you want to remember is to change your BlackBerry profile. We've all been there - sitting in a meeting when your wild ringtone blasts out because you forgot to silence your profiles. Well with bQuiet this task will be much easier. The app allows you to quiet your profiles and will automatically turn them back on after a set amount of time. This means you can kill your alerts with one click, and not have to worry about anything going off. You can choose anywhere from 15 minutes to 10 hours before your profiles return to normal. Knowing your schedule you can just click bQuiet on, and set the length depending on your needs. This can definitely help out in preventing any ringtone embarassment. bQuiet is available in the CrackBerry App Store for $2.99.

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All R&R Themes 50% Through The End Of The Month

All R&R Themes 50% Through The End Of The Month

I just got word that all R&R Themes are 50% off through the end of the month. This means you can snag a great discount on themes like SlideBerry Zoom, BlockBerry, bPhone and more. Most of the themes sell regularly for $5.00, so it should be a no brainer to grab them for only $2.50. You can even get Glowberry for just $1.75. Check out the full line of R&R Themes on sale in the CrackBerry App Store.

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DulyNoted Pro for BlackBerry

DulyNoted Pro for BlackBerry

How often do you make notes throughout the day? Quite a bit, I would imagine. There’s always something that catches our eyes, even for a second or two. Those that are note-worthy, must be written down before you forget. I know I would. Can you count how many times you said “Where did we find those…” or “What was the name of that place again?” My BlackBerry's note pad has dozens upon dozens of notes that I’ve quickly typed out. I would typically capture the name and basic details, sometimes leaving out location and such. This isn’t a big deal for places you’re familiar with, but what about that small exotic restaurant or boutique you happened to stumble across? Sometimes you drive by a sign that grabs your attention. Even though you try to remember to check it out, you forget where it was…or what it was.

By jogging your memory, DulyNoted will be a string on your finger. Well, a string as in an application…and finger as in your BlackBerry. With DulyNoted, you can create notes that are geotagged. Now you can see where you were when an important note/reminder was made. Travel back there with certainty! Let’s have a closer gander at DulyNoted.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.230 for the BlackBerry Tour!

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.230 for the BlackBerry Tour!

Another week, another leaked operating system for one BlackBerry device or another. This time it's OS 5.0.0.230 for the BlackBerry Tour! These newer OS 5.0 builds are getting pretty sweet, so hopefully one of these days soon RIM will just release it for reals. Read the disclaimer and check the forums for feedback. Enjoy!

*OS Disclaimer - This is an unofficial release. 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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YouTube App Being Pushed to Verizon Storm

YouTube App Being Pushed to Verizon Storm

Following in the footsteps of Slacker and Facebook, Verizon is now pushing the YouTube app out to Storm users. Reports have been flying in of the icon popping up, and if you haven't seen it yet you will after a reboot. The app has been available for download for a while, and if you haven't checked it out you may want to give it a whirl. It looks like its only hitting the Storm for now, but other Verizon devices are sure to follow. Just a reminder that the pushed icon is a shortcut to download the app - so if you don't want it you'll have to just hide the icon and be done with it. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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BlackBerry Storm 9500 OS 4.7.0.173 Now Available from Vodafone UK

We've been so mixed up in OS leaks and 5.0 installations that we seem to forget that carriers are still updating their OS versions. Vodafone UK dropped the official 4.7.0.173 for the Storm 9500 over the weekend. Not the latest OS by far, but if you're one of the few that hold out for an official upgrade, this one is for you. No download for this one yet, but if you are a Vodafone 9500 owner you should be notified of the upgrade through Desktop Manager.

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