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Bono Allowed To Enter RIM Labs?

Bono Allowed To Enter RIM Labs?

Ok so when the news first broke of U2 collaberating with RIM it was kinda of maybe we'd end up with some cool promotional stuff for our devices, but beyond that I personally didn't give it any real thought as it's no different then say Madonna or John Mayer pushing BlackBerry devices at their concerts. However, seems Bono wants to be more hand on as he was quoted by the Globe And Mail as saying.

“I’m very excited about this. Research In Motion is going to give us what Apple wouldn’t — access to their labs and their people so we can do something really spectacular.”

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Rumors... WiFi, New Screen and More?!

Lots of BlackBerry device rumors this week! Following up on the Magnum / Driftwood / Onyx specs, the net got a little excited yesterday when SlashGear posted a story saying they got word the 'BlackBerry Storm 2' is in the works for Verizon for September and would have WiFi this time around.

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Sneak Peek: OS 5.0 Running on a BlackBerry Curve 8900!

Last week when I posted our follow-up BlackBerry 9630 Review and took a look at OS 4.7.1, I made note that from what I had been hearing it appeared 4.7.1 in its current form on the 9630 would essentially be the same as OS 5.0 running on the Bold and Curve 8900 once updated (essentially, 4.7.1 will get re-labeled and become 5.0 at some point, as will 4.6).

Well we can wonder no more to similarity of 4.7.1 and 5.0 as the proof is in the pudding.. or.. err...  more like the video after the jump. A fan of CrackBerry's got us some footage of OS version 5.0.0.83 running on a BlackBerry Curve 8900 that I've pieced together and uploaded for your viewing pleasure.

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Meterberry - Diagnostics For Your Storm!

CTIA 2009: Zeemote for BlackBerry Demo

I first saw Zeemote for BlackBerry back at the BlackBerry Developer Conference late last year when it was in its early stages. Zeemote will be launched this summer (first in Europe by the sounds of it) and will enable you to play BlackBerry games using the Zeemote JS1 Bluetooth controller so long as you have the Zee Key app on your device (which remaps your Berry's buttons and trackball to the remote's inputs). Pretty cool! You can learn more at Zeemote.com.

Question of the Day: I'm really curious to know how many CrackBerry readers out there are interested and would buy/use the Zeemote on a regular basis? Are you ramping up your BlackBerry gaming??

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Much to the delight of BlackBerry owners, with the launch of BlackBerry App World last week came the unveiling of Shazam for BlackBerry. Seeing as how Shazam is already one of App World's top downloads, this post won't be news to many of you, but if you haven't tried Shazam out yet for yourself the video walk through above provides a decent overview (for more info check out our original Shazam post).

I've been liking Shazam for BlackBerry so far but have a couple of gripes with it... one, I'd rather be able to buy and download the mp3 immediately vs. getting sent off to Amazon to purchase the CD (do people still buy cds?!) and two, I wish the enhanced version was free.

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Walking through the CTIA Mobile Focus exhibition hall I came across the guys from LogMeIn and had them demo their Remote Support solution for BlackBerry. This is more of an enterprise tool than consumer app of course, but the video is worth checking out just to see LogMeIn Rescue in action so you know what it's about. Having the ability to turn control of your device over to IT so they can fix your issues up could likely come in handy for a many users out there.

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CTIA 2009: SugarSync for BlackBerry

A crew from SugarSync was on-hand at CTIA last week, and they gave me a good walk through of their SugarSync for BlackBerry solution (apologies on the video quality - tried out a flip cam at pepcom which apparently doesn't work so well for this kind of thing). If you're not familiar with SugarSync, it's a very powerful and comprehensive solution that combines secure online backups, automatic file synchronization, remote access, remote editing and file sharing:

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BlackBerry More Profitable For Carriers?

BlackBerry More Profitable For Carriers?

As we reported last week, there is nothing wrong with RIM when it comes to profit margins these days. Somehow, despite the current state of the economy they are not not only showing no sign of slowing down any day soon, but seem to be growing and thriving. But one question was raised over at Seeking Alpha which is something I have been really wondering for a while now. What about RIM makes it so profitable to carriers to constantly push products? Thankfully, co-CEO Jim Balsillie was able to answer this question to Seeking Alpha in an interview with them. The answer in one word is Bandwidth... it's Bandwidth makes RIM profitable for carriers.

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Device Rumor Specs: Onyx, Driftwood, Magnum


it's just a sunglass cleaning cloth over a Storm... don't get too excited! :-)

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What's this we have here folks? A nice fresh, new theme from JC Designs-Gadgetbean, that's what! After having spent that last few days in Canada, where John was cuddled around the warmth of his laptop cause it was entirely too cold for him to go outside, he was able to come up with this clean looking theme. Genesis is now available to all Storm, Bold, Curve, 8900, 8350i, 8800 and Pearl users and even includes weatherbug and weather eye integration (seperate downloads). Genesis is a nice break from the often dark themes that I usually prefer. Icons are swanky on this one and the theme flows nicely on all the devices I tested it on.

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Best of SPE, CTIA 2009 Edition

Best of SPE, CTIA 2009 Edition

This week three of our intrepid editors headed out to CTIA 2009 in Las Vegas to catch as much coverage as we could -- and catch it we did. From the Palm Pre emulating the PalmOS to BlackBerry App World to Hands-on time with the Nokia E71x to hands-on time with half a dozen Windows Mobile devices, it's been a pretty crazy week.

It wasn't all Vegas Baby, however. TiPb has been all over the rumors of next-gen iPhone hardware and both the iPhone and Android picked up new document editing capabilities.

You'll find the details on all of that and much more inside as we round up the best of Smartphone Experts!

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Click's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 028

Click's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 028

Hello everyone! I know we are all still buzzing with App World launching, and if you've been living under a rock for the last couple days here is what App World is. So now onto this week's picks! I have another surprise for you Storm users out there! :) 

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Bad Economy? Not If You Ask RIM!

Bad Economy? Not If You Ask RIM!

With the world concentrated on the state of the economy, RIM has released their 2009 and 4th Quarter Financial Reports which surprised even those within RIM as profits exceeded those expected.

Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 was $3.46 billion, up 24.5% from $2.78 billion in the previous quarter and up 84% from $1.88 billion in the same quarter of last year.

The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 83% for devices, 12% for service, 2% for software and 3% for other revenue. Revenue for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2009 was $11.07 billion, up 84% from $6.01 billion last year.

RIM shipped approximately 7.8 million devices in the fourth quarter and approximately 26 million devices during fiscal 2009.

With $11 Billion in revenue, over 50 million BlackBerry devices shipped and revenues only expected to increase, I'd say RIM is doing something right.

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Call Client - Call Manager for your BlackBerry

Last time I talked about SimpleLeap Software, we looked at their callback reminder app TalkLater. With that application, you can create call reminders using pop-ups, vibrations, ringtones or combinations of all three. It's a very useful tool, especially if you're like me; a hectic schedule mixed with a bit of absent-mindedness. The folks at SimpleLeap recently announced their application family had a new arrival. Call Client - their first FREE application - is an impressive call management solution. The application helps you create and maintain numerous call lists as well as allowing you to indicate the status of a call and add call notes with ease. For a free application, Call Client (combined with TalkLater) seems to be a promising alternative to some of the costly call management solutions available.

Besides TalkLater, we've looked at their study buddy app Cram and their waistline widening Recipe. Call Client, in my opinion is ideal for outside sales reps, busy families or even social butterflies that love racking up airtime.

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BBFileScout Updated to v0.5.14!!

BBFileScout Updated to v0.5.14!!

Well that didn't take too long. We just had a look at BBFileScout and compared it to File Manager Pro and now Matthias Marquardt (EMAC) let me know of a very, very, very recent update to BBFileScout. Here's what's new:

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Sprint/Nextel Update BlackBerry Curve 8350i!

Sprint/Nextel Update BlackBerry Curve 8350i!

For those of you out there with an 8350i who may have missed the information from Nextel, we can finally say there has been an update released by RIM and Nextel which once again, claims to fix alot of the existing issues with the device's operation.

Such fixes are said to include:

  • Echo Issue (Thought they fixed this last time?)
  • MMS Improvements: Remove original message when replying; Cursor now defaults to message body when replying
  • Quiet and vibrate profiles will now not have incoming Direct Connect calls blaring over your speakerphone
  • Master Radio Reset will no longer cause the device to reboot

Feel free to let us know in the cooments if any of the said fixed issues actually were corrected and don't forget to visit the 8350i forums for a lot more information and discussion.

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4.6.1.199 Gets Official Treatment For Curve 8900!

Been holding out on upgrading your BlackBerry Curve 8900 because leaked OS' are not your thing? No problem the good folks at Indosat have just the answer for you and an official version of 4.6.1.199 has been released through their site. Be sure to check it out.

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RIM Updates App World To Fix Connection Issues!

RIM Updates App World To Fix Connection Issues!

*UPDATE* Now running at a version 1.0.0.28, wow that was quick.

Well it's only been a few short days now since the launch of the BlackBerry App World and while for the most part everything does seem to be working for those who can access the services some users out there were having connectivity issues within the application.

That appears to of been adjusted rather swiftly by RIM and if you are still running 1.0.0.26 of BlackBerry App World, you are encouraged to download it again so that you may get the update to version 1.0.0.27, which is said to of corrected connectivity issues. If anybody has downloaded this that was having issues previously, let us know in the comments how it's working now!


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BlackBerry App Roundup for April 3rd, 2009!

What an awesome week. We've seen the announcement of the CrackBerry On-Device App Store, and a few days ago (April 1st) the launch of BlackBerry App World. Things are good in the World of BlackBerry software these days. Lots of new apps coming out, new delivery options... Gotta love it. Covered this week are the following titles:

Featured BlackBerry Apps: PhoneyFart, Doodle, BerryWeather

New BlackBerry Apps: Zodiac, Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary Flashcards, BBCard, Tideberry

Free BlackBerry Apps: Cortado Save the Weekend, Voxofon Call Abroad

Updated BlackBerry Apps: Stock Manager v1.3.3, BizTrackIt Time Tracker v2.0.1, DateMathica Date Calculator v2.0, AreaCode411 Area Code Lookup v2.0, acceloDex v1.5.3

Top 10 Best Sellers: iVista 2, Real iBerry Blocks Custom L, BerryBuzz, STORM Today Plus, QuickLaunch, StormLock, BBSmart Alarms Pro, Storm Level Pro, BatteryBooster, StormYahtzee

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