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Get Your BlackBerry Whip On!

Get Your BlackBerry Whip On!

Here is my official time waster for the week. BlackBerry Whip from Fabian Heuwieser. Now honestly there is not much too this application aside from the humor that could ensue from its usage. I have actually given this a lot of thought in terms of how and when to use this virtual whip and have come up with the following examples:

Say you are the bar with your buddy, whose girlfriend or wife does not let him get out much, and all of a sudden his phones rings. It's his girlfriend (or wife), telling him he simply must get home right now, even though he just got to the bar only a little while ago... Time to bring out the whip folks and let him know just what ya think about that. Let him know, he's whipped!!

Now all you ladies out there, before ya get mad at me I thought about you too.

Say you wake up first thing in the morning, you wanna have a nice breakfast cooked and brought to you in bed. You turn to your significant other and ever so sweetly ask him to make and bring you some breakfast. He of course agrees, then as he walks out the door you give a giggle, a smile and then bring out the whip!! Careful though with this one, you may go hungry. :-)

BlackBerry Whip is available from your PC in the Shop CrackBerry store for $2.99 and a free trial is available. If you purchae on your BlackBerry device through CrackberryAppStore.com or from the new CrackBerry App Store client you'll find BlackBerry Whip currently on sale for a limited time at $1.99 (no coupon code required). Please keep in mind the following note from Fabian... Remember to set permissions to allow in order to use this application and to read the Help-Menu in the application. Only for OS > 4.7.0.78.

Grab it and have some fun... but don't blame me if flicking the whip gets ya slapped!

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Cop Crashes Car Due To BlackBerry Use?

Cop Crashes Car Due To BlackBerry Use?

Here is a little humor to brighten up everyone's day, mixed in with a few words of caution for all you drivers that happen to be BlackBerry users as well. Mauricio over at BlackBerryRocks! found this tidbit of news regarding a police chief, his BlackBerry and an accident that happened. Oops!

The police chief of the south Seattle suburb of Federal Way has issued a public apology for a minor traffic accident that happened while he was checking his BlackBerry in his unmarked police car.

The city summed it up Thursday in a news release that began “Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson is mortified.” Apparently Wilson stopped for a red light on March 18 and glanced down at his BlackBerry to view newspaper headlines and e-mails. He then took his foot off the brake and collided with the car in front of him.

The Seattle Times reports no one was injured and the cars weren’t damaged. Still, City Manager Neal Beets gave Wilson a verbal reprimand. The police chief says he takes full responsibility.

It just goes to show no matter what laws may be in place you really can't stop the addiction of that darn blinking red light and while there is humor in it being a police chief at the root cause of this one, don't berry and drive folks, it's dangerous (and not funny) for you and others out there.

[ BBrocks via AZ StarNet ]

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Help Us Help You: Call for BlackBerry 101 Article Ideas

There is a wealth of BlackBerry knowledge within the millions of pages that comprise CrackBerry.com. Some of it is buried in old forum and blog posts, while other handy articles reside in our BlackBerry Tips, How to & FAQ forum, Storm FAQ forum and BlackBerry 101 Lecture Series. Click around and you'll likely find the content you need to go from newbie to expert in no time!

That said, with CrackBerry.com attracting readers from all parts of the BlackBerry life cycle -- those looking to purchase, new owners, addicts and long-time users -- we know there's no way we have it all covered. So we're looking for your help to help us fill in the gaps.

If you have any ideas for BlackBerry 101 articles or other pieces of content you'd like to see appear in the blogs and/or elsewhere on the site, please email it in to editorial @ crackberry.com. If you can make the email subject BlackBerry 101 Idea that would be greatly appreciated. 

As always, thanks for making and keeping CrackBerry.com the #1 Site for BlackBerry Users (& Abusers) Worldwide!!

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4.7.0.122 Released By Bell For BlackBerry 9530!

Alright folks, here is one that will make some users really happy or possibly really mad at the same time. As of yesterday, Bell customers who connected their BlackBerry Storms to their computers and ran Desktop Manager were given the option to go ahead and download and install 4.7.0.122 to their Storms. Now under normal circumstances any user would simply be able to log on to the BlackBerry downloads page and grab the installer and install it and then upgrade their device even if they were NOT a Bell customer by simply deleting one file (vendor.xml). This time though, no installer was posted (still the case as I write this) and the download only came through Desktop Manager making it difficult for users on other carriers to install it (not something that's encouraged by RIM and/or carriers but it's something us BlackBerry addicts do all the time).

In the end, savvy users were able to grab the files from their cache on their PC and upload them for other users to have and install. The process is not for the faint of heart though as it requires downloading the files and overwriting any current OS installation you may have already on your PC. Not very user friendly and some users may not be comfortable in doing this which is understandable.

A link in the CrackBerry forums posted by andybrydon will lead you to the downloads if you wish to take on the task as again even now, there is no installer downloadable. So please use caution if you decide to update. While it is an official update, the method of installing it is far from official... at least for non-Bell users. 

Grab The Files From The CrackBerry Forums To Download And Install 4.7.0.122 >>

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Leaked: OS 4.6.0.259 for the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220!

What's this? A leaked OS for the BlackBery Pearl Flip 8220?! Yup! It seems on the blog we often spend a bit too much time talking Full Qwerty and touchscreen BlackBerrys, so it's nice to see an updated OS for all the Pearl Flip owners out there hit the interwebs. If you jump over to the 4.6.0.259 forum thread you can find a list of fixes associated with this OS build. Enjoy!!!

* Keep in mind this is NOT an official release, so install at your own risk and only if you're comfortable with doing so. If you've never installed an OS beta before be sure to dive into the CrackBerry forums and read all of our tutorials and learn the ins and outs of beta releases. Keep in mind that these leaked OS's sometimes take a step backwards in one area while making a leap forward in another. If you're on the fence, there's lots of findings and feed back in the forums already on this one. Follow the links below. *

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OS 4.7.0.108 Gets Official on the Etisalat Storm 9500

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion and carrier Etisalat announced yesterday the introduction of the BlackBerry Storm 9500 to the to United Arab Emirates.

Today, if you make your way to blackberry.com/support and click into Etisalat's carrier device software downloads section, you'll find that OS version 4.7.0.108 is available for download. So if you're looking for something a little newer/different to try on your 9500 Storm that's an official release, you may want to check this out.

[ Image: IntoMobile, Source: BlackBerryBase.de ]

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SlickPool - Free Animated Theme For Bold!

Oh yeahh! Here is a nice animated theme for all you Bold owners out there straight from the CrackBerry Forums. Obscene has been hard at working making a great many themes lately but this one really stood out to me as I watched the video of it in action. Personally, I have never really been a fan of animated themes as they often times cause some lag on devices, but this one runs absolutely smooth on my Bold.

Crossbar style, base icons, simplistic approach all wrapped up into a nice, useable, animated theme and best of all it's free! You really can't beat that now can ya? You can check out more information in the forums, where obscene has posted a thread for the SlickPool discussion or you can check out his site in the links below. And of course, donations are accepted for the hard work.

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Howard Stern Goes Bold, Passes On Palm Pre!

Howard Stern Goes Bold, Passes On Palm Pre!

The shock jock of Sirius has become a BlackBerry convert. Long time Palm user Howard Stern is trading in all things Palm after getting himself a hands-on demo of the Pre last week. As an avid user of Lotus Notes only to be told that the Palm Pre would not be supporting the synch services directly, Stern seeked out a new passion for mobile devices and found that love within the BlackBerry Bold.

Now while all this is good and I'd really like to see Howard toting around a sexy BlackBerry Bold, the reasoning behind his choice has already been debunked by the good folks over PreCentral.net. Ya see, if Howard had asked all the right questions or if Palm had presented this option to him we may not have had such a massive smack in the face to Palm going on right now. Reason being as PreCentral points out, forthcoming software for the Pre WILL meet Howard's needs for synching with Lotus Notes. So the ball is in Palm's court I guess, maybe they should give Howard another demo once the Companion Link software is up and running. Though Palm had better hurry... once you go BlackBerry, you never go back! 

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There's no mention of BlackBerry smartphones in the video above and a Palm Pre is shown at the end, but no matter how you slice it this latest commercial from Sprint is pretty cool. Give it a watch for some geeky data stats that'll make you sound smart at the dinner table tonight!

[ Precentral.net ]

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Windows Live Search For BlackBerry Updated!

Windows Live Search For BlackBerry Updated!

Seems it was forever ago now that Windows Live Search for BlackBerry was announced, and seemingly even longer for any updates to come to the application. But the wait has ended for all you Live Search fans out there. 

Windows Live Search for BlackBerry has been updated to support all the new devices, with support for 4.6, 4.6.1 and even 4.7 so Bold, Curve 8900 and yes, even Storm users can now get in on the action. Personally it's not my favorite application, but I know plenty of you out there do use it and love it.

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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.”

So watch out world, ya might have a Bono and Edge designed BlackBerry heading your way, well..ok maybe not, but when Bono was questioned if that meant they were designing a BlackBerry application for US fans, Bono only stated "You're not far off" and then shuffled through a crowd. How omnious of you Bono drop words like that and leave. What do ya's think just an app or will we see the U2 branded BlackBerry devices out there?

[Story: The iPhone blog, Image: BBCool ]

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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.

BoyGeniusReport followed up the story a short time later, confirming that rumor and adding some more spice - putting out there that Storm 2 should have a new and improved touchscreen and that they heard RIM may be contemplating a name change for their touch technology from SurePress to TruePress (just to confuse everyone). A 5 megapixel camera could be in the works on this one too.

A few weeks back on CrackBerry Podcast 033 we did a big BlackBerry device rumormill catch-up, where we talked about Storm 2 (along with Magnum and Onyx as well). We had heard a while back that Storm 2 was going by the codename "Odin" though with so many codenames floating around now (and don't forget the Storm/Thunder antics RIM got up to with their first touchscreen) we wouldn't be suprised to hear it's now something different. We would be (pleasantly) surprised to see it launch in September though... but have a feeling it'll be later into the year or even into 2010 before it does.

Question of the Day: With the 'Storm 1' taking its fair share of beatings both by the media and owners of the device, do you think when 'Storm 2' hits that RIM should continue with the Storm name? Or should they start fresh and shed the controversial brand baggage and call 'Storm 2' something else?? Heck, maybe they should let Bono design and name this one. Drop your thoughts in the comments!

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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!

Meterberry - Diagnostics For Your Storm!

So I was "convinced" to use a BlackBerry Storm for a while. Skeptical at first - I'm slowly adjusting. As I was loading up as many apps as I could find, I stumbled across Meterberry. It immediately piqued my interest and I added it to my list of installs. Once I was fully operational I fired it up and I must say I was very impressed with all the information it provided. Now we all now that battery life slowly decreases during use, and our device memory tends to slowly "leak" throughout the day. The cool thing about Meterberry is it gives you logs of exactly how much. It displays your battery level, temperature, voltage and even the average discharge rate. You can also see all your memory specifications - application free and a + or - change since startup. I love checking out the memory log to see at what points my memory is dripping out the most. It was also really cool to see that at points it actually went up! Another great feature is the ability to change the homescreen icon to a battery level or temperature meter, memory icon or uptime indicator. You can also choose to reboot your device from inside the application. If you're a Storm user and want to get the most from your device, definitely check out Meterberry. It's available for only $2.95 at ShopCrackBerry.com.

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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.

Any new thoughts from all the BlackBerry Shazamers out there now that you've had a solid few days to get to really use it?!

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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:

  • Remote File Access and Editing: Retrieve, edit and upload files stored on other computers and the Internet (including Microsoft Office docs, music, videos, and more).
  • Shared Folders: Send files and folders (large and small) to anyone via an email sent directly from the Blackberry, and collaborate on projects through a Web-based Shared Folder (which can sync back to the Blackberry).
  • Powerful Photo Features: Easy browsing with a thumbnail wall display of photo albums, enjoy detail with high resolution photo viewing, and directly upload and sync photos taken with the integrated Blackberry camera.

SugarSync for BlackBerry officially graduated from "beta" just last week and is definitely worth checking out. You can download a 45 day free trial and from there a variety of packages are available, starting with a monthly fee of $4.99.

For more information on SugarSync for BlackBerry click here, and to give it a whirl visit sugarsync.com/downloads.

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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! :-)

There's nothing like fresh BlackBerry device rumors to get the community revved up for the week! Yesterday afternoon BGR posted info they received on a few of RIM's upcoming BlackBerry 9000 series devices. While the "Onyx" and "Magnum" names are not new to the blogs, the "Driftwood" name is, and based on the similar specs between Magnum and Driftwood BG figures it likely is the the same device as the Magnum but with a different carrier in mind. All three devices sport 3G and QWERTY keyboards, but no specific details on form factor are listed in these confirmed specs (previously has been rumored that Onyx is a 3G Pearl Flip and Magnum is a Full Qwerty + Touchscreen with a 8900-like form factor). You can jump over for the feature breakdown.

Other notable rumors stated in the post:

  • We learned that RIM might be slowly refreshing the Bold with a UMA-capable version  
  • Remember the BlackBerry Gemini? Well, it seems as if that's not just one device, but rather an entire line of devices.

NICE. Definitely a good load of rumors to kick off the BlackBerry week. Be sure to jump over to BGR for the full details. And you know we'll be getting these devices up for hands-on review just as soon as we can. Stay tuned!

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