BlackBerry Theme Studio v6.0 beta 1 download now available!

BlackBerry theme designer? Well, you'll wanna head on over to the BlackBerry website. BlackBerry Theme Studio v6.0 beta 1 is now available for download. One little caveat for the download though, see below:

BlackBerry Theme Studio v6.0 beta only supports the BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone and BlackBerry® 6 OS. This version is recommended for experienced users who want to experiment with the latest BlackBerry technology and don’t need a full set of documentation (the software comes with a description of the new features only).

You'll still need BlackBerry Theme Studio 5 for all other devices but, now is your chance to get some rocking BlackBerry Torch 9800 themes out there for everyone in the mean time.

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BlackBerry Java tools Eclipse plugin now available for Mac - download today!

Something that BlackBerry developers have been wanting for a while now has finally arrived. While it's just a tech preview for now, the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse now runs on Mac OS X and is available for download today. You can head on over to the BlackBerry Developer page to get started. There, you can download the tech preview and get a good look at things to come on for BlackBerry developers running Mac OS X.

Features include:

  • On device loading and debugging over USB. No BlackBerry Smartphone Simulator required.
  • Includes all the features of the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse v1.1.2, including:
    • The ability to package a BlackBerry smartphone app project for multiple versions of BlackBerry® Device Software
    • Support for Eclipse project artifacts and folder structures
    • The ability to leverage familiar Eclipse functionality for BlackBerry smartphone app development
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BlackBerry PlayBook announced!

Watch the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet preview video!

Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow. This is purely awesome. Seriously, we've been talking about the QNX OS and BlackBerry tablet rumors for months now, yet somehow I wasn't convinced we'd actually get to see the tablet get announced at BlackBerry DevCon this year.  But wow, did it get announced, and WOW.. is it frack'n awesome. The BlackBerry PlayBook is the OS and the type of product we've been wanting to see from Research In Motion for a long time now.  And it looks like it's going to deliver. An operating system that delivers EVERYTHING... awesome web, gaming, video experience. Awesome hardware specs. It doesn't sacrifice the BlackBerry enterprise heritage. The future of BlackBerry looks promising once again!

Key features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook include:

  • 7" LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Memory: 16GB, 32GB and 64GBB versions to be available
  • 5300mAh battery
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi - 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
    • Measures 5.1"x7.6"x0.4" (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
    • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.

* RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

Watch the video preview above and check out the full press release below. You can also visit blackberry.com/playbook for more info.  Excited yet? How about that name PlayBook? I'm LOVING it. Drop us a comment with your thoughts or talk about in our BlackBerry PlayBook forum.

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Press Release: RIM to launch free BlackBerry Analytics Service

RIM announced today that they are working with Webtrends to bring analytics to the BlackBerry developer community. The BlackBerry Analytics Service will allow developers to easily add measurment tools to their applications. The tools will help developers gather insight into how users are using their apps and help find ways to increase use and better ways to evolve applications.

Press Release

RIM and Webtrends to Launch Free BlackBerry Analytics Service

Analytics service offers developers deep insight into how customers are using their BlackBerry smartphone applications

San Francisco - BlackBerry DEVCON 2010 - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM;

TSX: RIM) and Webtrends today announced they are working together to deliver free enterprise-class analytics to the BlackBerry® developer community. The BlackBerry® Analytics Service, powered by Webtrends, will allow developers to quickly and easily add measurement into their applications.*

BlackBerry developers will be able to use the mobile analytics service to discover insights about how customers use their apps and to evolve their applications in ways that will drive loyalty, increase use, and potentially lead to new and more successful avenues for revenue and monetization.

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Press Release: RIM launches BlackBerry Advertising Service

RIM today launched their BlackBerry Advertising Service. The service for the BlackBerry platform allows developers to easily integrate advertising into new or existing applications. The advertising can be integrated into applications with just three lines of code, making it super easy to get things rolling. The ads will be relevant to the application as well as be able to tie into native BlackBerry applications like email, maps, calendar and more.

Press Release

RIM Launches BlackBerry Advertising Service

New service gives developers the ability to add advertisements from a large number of advertising networks in their applications, with only a few lines of code

San Francisco, CA - BlackBerry DEVCON 2010- September 27, 2010 - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today launched its advertising service for the BlackBerry® Application Platform. The BlackBerry Advertising Service helps developers integrate advertising in their BlackBerry® smartphone applications quickly and easily, while also allowing advertisers, agencies and brands to work with a broad selection of advertising networks.

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BlackBerry DevCon 2010 Keynote Live Blog!

** Live Blog Now Over ** Click this Link for all DevCon10 Posts

It's time folks! BlackBerry DevCon 2010 is now in full swing and the keynote is where we'll hear the big news. It's a developer conference so we're expecting lots of developer related news, but you know how it goes - what's good for developers is usually good for the end user. 

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Press Release: RIM Announces New BlackBerry Enterprise Application Development Platform

BlackBerry developers concerned with creating applications for Enterprise have have some new tools to consider. The announcement of BlackBerry Enterprise Application Middleware (BEAM) brings the capabilities to create and build Super Apps for enterprise. With big names such as Oracle, IBM and ING Direct already making use of the environment to create compelling applications for their users. Read on for the full press release after the jump

Press Release

RIM Announces New BlackBerry Enterprise Application Development Platform to Accelerate Creation of “Super Apps” for Business

BlackBerry Enterprise Application Middleware to Ease Development of “Super App” Enterprise Applications for BlackBerry Smartphones

San Francisco, CA – BlackBerry DEVCON 2010 – Onstage at the BlackBerry developer conference, DEVCON 2010, in San Francisco today, Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM, TSX: RIM) previewed BlackBerry® Enterprise Application Middleware – an innovative application development platform that will enable commercial enterprise and corporate developers to more easily build “super app” enterprise applications and services for BlackBerry® smartphones. IBM Interactive and customer ING DIRECT, Oracle, and SAP joined RIM on-stage at the conference today to present their plans to enable “super app” development solutions and services using the new platform.

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Press Release: RIM rebrands widgets as WebWorks; Releases open source code to developer community

RIM announced today their new WebWorks platform (what we knew as widgets) that will allow developers to build full applications in HTML-5, Javascript and CSS. The applications can take advantage of features through API's and other services as well. RIM is also working with the community to allow for use of open source components to help in the evolution of the platform.

Press Release

RIM Launches Next Generation BlackBerry Web Application Platform, Releases Code to Open Source Community

New BlackBerry WebWorks app platform merges simplicity of HTML5 with the power of BlackBerry services, true multi-tasking, true Push technology and more Developer community can now access and contribute to the BlackBerry open web application platform and tooling components

San Francisco, CA - BlackBerry DEVCON 2010 - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM;

TSX: RIM) today announced its next-generation web-based development platform, BlackBerry®
WebWorksTM, which enables web developers to build full-featured applications for BlackBerry smartphones entirely in HTML-5, CSS and JavaScript. With the new web application platform, developers can leverage their HTML skills to create rich, integrated web applications for BlackBerry® smartphones that take advantage of advanced features through APIs and services, just as BlackBerry Java® applications can do today.

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Foursquare for BlackBerry updated to version 1.9.5 with push notifications and more

Hot off the presses comes a fancy new update from foursquare. The new version sits at 1.9.5 and brings some great updates including push notifications. Users can now receive instant notifications via the BlackBerry push service. Updates include:

  • Push Notification - Now receive check-in notifications instantly via BlackBerry's push notification service!
  • Faster User and Venue Screens - Now foursquare loads user and venue data as it gets downloaded, allowing you to view a user profile instantly without having to wait for all the data at once.
  • Improved Battery Life - With true push notifications enabled and a few additional tweaks, battery life continues to improve.
  • UI Improvements for Touch - Additionally we've focused on the experience for BlackBerry touch users. Improving the menu system and making small changes throughout the application

To update to the new version head to foursquare.com/blackberry/beta. You can also upgrade by heading to BlackBerry App World.

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Iconify updated to v 1.46

Iconify updated to v 1.46

The Iconify application allows you to access your favourite websites, files/folders and contacts, with the use of a simple link on your homescreen. It’s faster than book marks, more powerful than hotkeys, able to leap tall buildings in a...wait, I’m thinking of something else now. Iconify can help you choose what type of contact you want to make; IconifyMailLink handles multiple email addresses, SMS and PIN numbers, while IconifyDialLink takes care of multiple numbers. These links can be personalized with your own images as well. We actually had a chance to review an earlier version of Iconify back in March.

A few days ago, Matthias emailed me to let me know of the latest update to Iconify. Here is what he had to share:

What's New?

  • Dialogs that require textual user input will now all render the input fields with a border - This change should make it way more easier to identify in which area of the dialog you can specify additional values.
  • Reading Webpage Titles for Iconify-WebLinks will now handle entities.
  • Iconify can deal with BES-ProxyServers that require authentication

What's Fixed?

  • Connection issues fixed
  • "Numbers to Hide" working now also with 'Others'

Iconify comes in a 50 link version for $3.99 or a 15 link version for $2.49. There is also a 14 day free trial available that allows you to manage 10 links. You can pick up either version of Iconify from the CrackBerry App Store.

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BlackBerry theme roundup for Sept. 27th 2010 - 50 copies of BANdroid up for grabs!

Contest: 50 Copies of BANdroid to be won. Leave a comment!

It's a busy week here at CrackBerry. Most of the team is off to San Francisco for DevCon, and we are all anxiously waiting to hear what news RIM has to share with us. I know a lot of people are are the edge of their seat to find out if the new Theme Studio will be released this week. Until that happens, all the BlackBerry Torch owners are stuck with the preloaded theme, which I know makes a lot of people antsy. So let's all keep our fingers crossed for that announcement and more later this week. In the meantime, enjoy the weekly theme roundup after the jump. 

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Alarms App  Alarms App

As we all know the native BlackBerry alarms application is rather simplistic and extremely basic when it comes to features that it offers, and this does not meet everyones needs unfortunately. Previously it had been shown that additional alarms besides the one that is allowed in the alarms application could be added through your calendar, but for people with busy calendars this may not be ideal either. The folks over at JoPs agreed that this was an area that was lacking on BlackBerry devices, and have come out with a rather feature loaded replacement for everyones enjoyment called Alarms

Alarms allows users to set up multiple alarms with five different frequency options, one time use, hourly, daily, weekly or monthly. Another feature of this application is that you are able to customize the alert of the alarm beyond just the sound. Users can select a picture to popup when the alarm sounds, or even a video file to play in the popup. For users who want a more simplistic experience it can also be done as just plain text like a regular alarm as well, but once you try the custom options you will be hooked. Along with LED support, Alarms also offers a status indicator so you will see an icon for upcoming alarms in your notification bar, which is very convenient to see how many alarms are still upcoming. Alarms is available for all devices running OS 4.7 and above and available in the CrackBerry store for $2.99 for a limited time.

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Contest Winners - ICONIC, Super Mario Bros v3.0, and Koncept!

Here are the winners from last weeks round of contests. If you won you will be receiving an email either directly from us or the retailer/developer directly in the next few days. If for some reason you don't receive an email within 7-14 days (be sure to check your spam/junk folder just in case, and verify your registered address associated with your CrackBerry account) you can email us at sitesupport(at)crackberry.com and we'll be sure to get you taken care of. Please be patient as some emails may take longer than others to arrive. Hit the jump for the full list - congrats to all the winners!

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CrackBerry Coverage goes to San Francisco this week for the 2010 BlackBerry Developers Conference!

The Crack team has arrived in San Francisco safe and sound, and we're excited for the week ahead! Adam, Bla1ze, Isaac, Dave Peckens (our CrackBerry Idol winner!) and myself are all on hand to bring back the BlackBerry news as it happens. It's shaping up to be a good DevCon so let's hope for some big news!

We'll be live blogging the General Session keynote, which takes place today (Monday) at 1pm PDT. Being a conference for developers we're expecting a lot of news for developers, but you never know - hopefully we'll see some of the DevCon rumors become reality and we'll finally find out RIM's plans for entering the tablet world. Be sure to check it out.

And when the official news ends, we'll be following up with loads more content in the days ahead - interviews with developers, RIM folk and more. We'll be firing up the CrackBerry.tv video camera every chance we get! And when Wednesday night rolls around, we'll cap off #DevCon10 with the CrackBerry App Awards party. For details and to RSVP, click here. We hope you enjoy the coverage. Stay tuned!!! 

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 26 Sept 2010

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It's not her first video appearance and you'll have your own opinion as to whether it looks good or not, but if you are craving to see more of the BlackBerry Style, keep reading. PoderPDA has namely put up a couple of videos on youtube showing the clamshell in all its glory. This particular device rocks firmware v6.0.0.203 and makes the Pearl Flip look unstylish in comparison (sorry for the pun). The first video (above) shows off the hardware while the second video (below) takes a look at BlackBerry 6. The videos are en Español, but there is not much we already do not know about. So grab some snacks, lean back and enjoy the show!

Source: PoderPDA

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BlackBerry Style 9670 appears in Sprint internal systems

Yesterday we saw the upcoming BlackBerry Style 9670 pass through the FCC systems. Today, we get an internal shot of Sprints imagery material database which shows us that the BlackBerry Style is set to get all gussied up for Sprint marketing. Word is once device reach this stage in the game, it's typically only a matter of a few weeks before the device gets announced and then another 60 days for release. If all that holds true, we could possibly see an announcement at DevCon with a actual device roll out sometime in November. Looks like Kevin was right about the name though. Glad I never placed any bets with him. Thanks Anonymous.

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