Leaked OS 6.0.0.418 for the BlackBerry Curve 9300

Leaked OS 6.0.0.418 for the BlackBerry Curve 9300

These leaks seems to come in pairs (or more) lately. Here we have OS 6.0.0.418 for the BlackBerry Curve 9300. Some more fun for Curve 3G users to get in on. If you install this one be sure to jump into the forums and post your findings. Hopefully it fixes some of the bugs from the last leak, so be sure to let us know. As always, use caution when installing a leaked OS.

*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). *

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Source: BBLeaks

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Contest: Win an Innocase Surface for your BlackBerry Torch or Bold 9700/9780

Tis the season for giving! While you're busy wrapping gifts for everyone on your wish list, why not wrap your device in a shiny new Seidio Innocase Surface Combo? This great hard case will protect your device from daily bumps and bruises as well as those unexpected drops on the pavement. Featuring the combination of the Innocase Surface and Innocase Holster, this case will keep your device safe and sound no matter what you subject it to. 

  • Slim case that provides scratch protection
  • Easily put on your case with our snap together design and opening slot for easy removal
  • Allows full access to touch screen, front buttons, and slide out keyboard
  • Precision cutouts for access to all the ports, controls, speaker and camera
  • Outer chrome is protected
  • Will not block or interfere with the phone's sensors

Contest: We have 5 each of the Innocase Surface for the Torch 9800 and Bold 9700/9780 to give away. Just leave a comment on this post telling us how you would use the case (or would you give it away?) and we'll pick 10 winners. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. 

More information/purchase of the Seidio Innocase for the Bold 9700/9780
More information/purchase of the Seidio Innocase for the Torch 9800

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Leaked OS 6.0.0.418 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Leaked OS 6.0.0.418 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Not so long ago we were waiting anxiously for an OS 6 leak for the Bold 9700 and now we've had quite a few to play around with. The latest comes from BBLeaks in the form of 6.0.0.418. Things seem to keep getting better as the versions go up, so give this one a go and report back in the comments and forums with your findings. Use caution when installing any OS on your device.

*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). *

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Source: BBLeaks

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Free BlackBerry exclusive holiday themes now available in BlackBerry App World

If you're looking to spruce up your device for the holiday season and have already checked out our CrackBerry Holiday Theme, why not try a theme straight from RIM? There are three new BlackBerry exclusive holiday themes available in BlackBerry App World. Happy Holidays Red, Let It Snow Blue and Share The Joy are all great themes that give your BlackBerry the holiday spirit. Complete with custom wallpaper and icons, these themes will keep you merry all season long. Each one is 100% free and supported on most devices, though sadly listed as USA and Canada only. Get yours today from the links below.

Download Happy Holidays Red theme
Download Let It Snow Blue theme
Download Share The Joy (green) theme

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RIM launches BlackBerry News Feeds beta

RIM launches BlackBerry News Feeds beta

RIM has launched their BlackBerry News Feeds app today via the BlackBerry Beta Zone and BlackBerry App World Test Center. The app is an integrated RSS reader for BlackBerry that makes it easy to catch the news and share with contacts. Unlike other 3rd party RSS readers, BlackBerry News Feeds will be more integrated with the BlackBerry OS to create a better overall experience. The app will be rolling out to the Beta Zone and BlackBerry App World Test Center over the course of the day today, so if you don't see it now just check back later.

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Win great prizes in the ScanLife Holiday Giveaway

ScanLife Holiday Giveaway

Want to win some great prizes for the holidays? Sure, we all do. Well scanning app ScanLife is making it super easy to get some really cool stuff with very little effort. Through Thursday you can get in on the action simply by downloading the ScanLife app and following a few simple steps when you use it:

  1. Using your ScanLife app -- scan any UPC barcode on a product of your choice.
  2. Once your content loads, click on the Daily Holiday Giveaway banner (shown above)
  3. Now, all that's left is to select the "Twitter" button to follow us or "Facebook" button to post on your wall.
  4. Congrats - you're entered!

Prizes range from a Kindle to an Apple TV, so you certainly don't want to miss out. Head over to ScanLife to install the app and get started.

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White BlackBerry Bold 9780 now available from Rogers Wireless

If you've been holding out for that white BlackBerry Bold 9780 (ahem, Kevin) -- the wait is over. Rogers now has the device ready and waiting for a good home. The white Bold 9780 is on Rogers website and can be picked up for the standard rate - $149 on a 3 year term, $399 2 year, $449 1 year or monthly. Unlike the all-black Bold 9780, the white version isn't all white and has the chrome bezel just like the Bold 9700 along with a black mid-section which is kind of a drag, but it is what it is. No word if it is yet available in stores (although it should be) so if you come across one leave a comment letting us know! Thanks Natalie

See the white BlackBerry Bold 9780 at Rogers

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We've seen a lot of the BlackBerry PlayBook in the past few days and I'm guessing here but, I don't think that's going to be slowing down anytime soon. Between Research In Motion showing off the device at special PlayBook events and Mike Lazaridis among others, taking the device to larger audiences and conferences we're just getting started when it comes to getting a look at the BlackBerry PlayBook. The above video comes to us from Mike Lazaridis' appearance at All Things Digital: Dive Into Mobile conference. You'll want to listen carefully to this one since Mike talks iPhone, iPad and even Android

Source: All Things D

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BlackBerry App Roundup for December 10th, 2010! Win 1 of 25 copies of SBSH Calendar Pro!
 

Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! We’ve corralled some apps we reckon you folks want to take a gander at. Yee-haw! It wasn’t easy; some of them are mighty sneaky critters. One critter that ain’t so sneaky is the Playbook. That varment has been showin’s it face all over. I can’t wait to lasso that one! Today, we announce the winners of the Blurts 2.0 giveaway and also give you the chance to win one of 25 copies of SBSH Calendar Pro! Have a rootin’ tootin’ weekend! Giddy up!

Freebies of the Week: Speaker On, Advanced Call Manager Free, HipSnip

In Case You Missed It: ShowMe! Fotos, ReplyGuard

New This Week: Where is my car, FollowUp Reminder, Freedom

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Snoop Alert

Contest: Enter to win one of 25 copies of SBSH Calendar Pro!

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Cyborg theme updated with support for non-touchscreen devices - 50 copies to be won!

Cyborg is a very nice theme from Cocky Culture that was recently updated to support non-touchscreen devices. The theme features custom icons, homescreen layout, and really brings a unique look to your BlackBerry smartphone. My favorite customization in the theme is the actual cyborg head. The mouth moves as you scan through your icons, and the eyes dim and fade as your battery drains. Overall its a really cool, completely custom theme that is sure to make your BlackBerry stand out.

You can pick up Cyborg on sale at the CrackBerry App Store for $1.99. It is available for the 8500, 8900, 9100, 9300, 9500, 9600 and 9700 series devices.

Contest: We have 50 copies of Cyborg 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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VLC Remote Control for BlackBerry

VLC Remote Control for BlackBerry

Control your VLC media player over wifi using your BlackBerry

VLCRemoteControl rates quite high on the Geek Coolness scale. The application lets you control VLC media player wirelessly over your home network.  VLC Media Player is a separate program that runs on your computer. It is designed to play any type of audio or video that you throw at it. VLC has the ability to accept commands over the internet; VLCRemoteControl uses that ability to great coolness.

I imagine this app would be perfect for folks who don't sit in front of their computers. This is not as odd a circumstance as you might think. Many people - including myself - use a computer to watch videos on their TV's and listen to music through their entertainment system. VLCRemoteControl allows me to control any computer in my house running VLC media player.

The trouble is, it doesn't work all of the time.

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A look back at things we were told the BlackBerry "will never have"

I have fond memories of all the BlackBerry devices I've used over the years.  Back in the summer of 1998 my first RIM device was called the 'interactive messenger' -- it was similar to the BlackBerry device but had a couple of interesting features that were quite popular; "text-to-voice" and "text-to-fax" allowing you to compose a message and have it delivered by fax or by Stephen Hawking via phone.

As with any product that exists the people are never content with what they have and always want more, and I am certainly no exception.  Last week I was having drinks with a friend and was showing off my BlackBerry Torch and all it's BB6 goodness, and I started thinking about how far RIM has come in the BlackBerry world.

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BlackBerry Style 9670 now officially available from Bell Mobility

Been holding out for the other large CDMA carrier in Canada to get the BlackBerry Style? If so, you can now head on over to the Bell Mobility website and pick up the all new BlackBerry Style for only $49.95 on a new 3-year contract. of course, if you're not looking to lock yourself in like that you can opt for the 2-year at 349.95 or 1-year at $374.95. And finally, you avoid that whole contract mess by ouright purchasing the device for #399.95. Don't forget, we gave the BlackBerry Style a pretty good run through in an earlier review so be sure to have a look at that before hitting up the Bell site. 

Click Here To View The BlackBerry Style 9670 On The Bell Mobility Website

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Review: Alarm Clock

Review: Alarm Clock

When one alarm isn't enough... Alarm Clock!

I admit it; I don't like to get up in the morning. I once accused a friend of lying about the existence of 5:00 a.m. I have even been known to set upwards of four alarms to make sure I get up on time. The alarm on my BlackBerry works just fine, but I need more. I need multiple alarms to wake me up.

Alarm Clock fulfills that need and so much more. An infinite number of alarms and alarm profiles allow me to completely customize when, how, and how often my alarm will sound. And gives me control over just how long that snooze will last.

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Official OS 5.0.0.807 for the BlackBerry Curve 8350i now available from Telus

If you're still rocking an 8350i you'll be happy to know that Telus has officially released OS 5.0. Not the biggest news, but if you're work-issued device is your old standby then the upgrade is ready to roll. You can grab it officially from Telus right now and keep your device running strong. As always, use caution when installing any OS. Download from the link below.

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SmartWiFi now 50% off - 25 copies to be won

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SmartWiFi is a great app to save battery power on your BlackBerry. It combines your WiFi data and location (by using cell towers) to determine your WiFi hotspot locations. When you are not in these locations, SmartWiFi will turn your devices WiFi off. This saves a tremendous amount of battery, that would normally be spent searching for a WiFi signal.

If you use your devices WiFi frequently, SmartWiFi is a must, especially if you find your devices battery not making it through the day. It is now on sale for $4.99 (normally $9.99) at the CrackBerry App Store. It is compatible for all devices running OS 4.6 and up.

Contest: We have 25 copies of SmartWiFi 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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RIM renames WES as BlackBerry World conference

RIM renames WES as BlackBerry World conference

We kind of saw this one coming, and in an official announcement today RIM has rebranded the Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) to BlackBerry World. A very fitting title given the history of the conference. It is definitely worldwide and the past few years we've seen our fair share of device announcements (maybe a Storm3 this year?!) and more. The conference will still hold the same breakout sessions, hands-on labs and certifications as in the past, while incorporating more from other areas of the BlackBerry platform as well. Attendees of BlackBerry World will be able to:

  • Hear the most current information about the BlackBerry solution, new application partners, and roadmaps for the future
  • See live demonstrations of the BlackBerry solution at work
  • Get answers from BlackBerry experts to develop value-driven wireless solutions, as well as carriers and vendors who can help provide valuable wireless research information
  • Meet and connect with key executives who are making the BlackBerry solution part of their business planning, and the industry leaders who are shaping the future of global wireless technology
  • Get training on the BlackBerry platform, with additional opportunities for technical certification
The flagship BlackBerry conference will be entering its tenth year and will be held from May 3-5 2011 in Orlando FL. Registration opens in January. For more check out blackberryworld.com.
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Torch Users: Do you use views in BlackBerry 6online survey Do you use views in BlackBerry 6survey software

It's been a much debated topic at CrackBerry HQ and beyond. Some users find the new views in BlackBerry 6 to be extremely useful, while some find them to be extremely pointless. Depending on your device (touchscreen or not) and how you use it, you may find that they are more a hinderence than help. On my Torch I tried to use them (and like them) but it was a no go. Now that I'm on my Bold 9780 I find them even less usefully and fairly annoying. As Kevin said in his Bold 9780 review, a big issue is that you actually scroll across views when you don't want to which just kind of sucks in general.

So our question today CrackBerry Nation is this -- do you use views on your BlackBerry 6 device? We want to see first off how many of you actually use the views, and second what the difference is between touchscreen and non-touchscreen devices. Cast your vote in one of the polls above and leave a comment letting us know why or why not and what device you are using. Make sure you vote in the correct poll - there is one for Torch users and one for non-Torch users. Lets hear it!

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