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Free CB 2.0 Theme Now Available for 8800 and 8300 Curves

During our CrackBerry Birthday week festivities we released the Free HD CB 2.0 BlackBerry theme for the Storm, Bold and Curve 8900. Built for CrackBerry readers by Hedone Designs, the theme has already receieved over 20,000 downloads!

By way of popular demand, Hedone went back to the Plazmic drawing board and has now released the free CB 2.0 theme for the BlackBerry 8800 and Curve 8300 series devices. Sweeet. THANKS HEDONE!!

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Thought Piece: What to Call Future Palm Pre Owners....

Having attended CES earlier this year and both witnessing the unveiling of the Palm Pre and getting to go hands-on with it, I know when it officially gets released (assuming Palm lasts that long of course) that it will be a device worthy of the CrackBerry title Public Smartphone Frenemy #2. It's a big compliment to Palm that a crazy CrackBerry Addict like myself and an Apple fanboy for life like Rene Ritchie (of TheiPhoneBlog) both see innovations in the Pre and Palm Web OS that we wish our favorite devices possessed.

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BlackBerry Sponsoring the U2 360 Tour

BlackBerry Sponsoring the U2 360 Tour

Any U2 fans here in CrackBerry Nation? If so, this announcement may give ya cause for excitement... it was announced at U2.com today that BlackBerry will be sponsoring U2's upcoming 360 Tour. Produced by Live Nation Global Touring, U2 will kick things off in Barcelona on June 30th and visit 14 cities across Europe before jumping over to North America in September. On the topic of the BlackBerry sponsorship, U2's manager Paul McGuiness commented,

"This tour announcement marks the first stage of a relationship and shared vision between RIM and U2 that we expect will lead to new and innovative ways to enhance the mobile music experience on the BlackBerry platform for U2 fans. We look forward to sharing more details as the relationship unfolds." 

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Free Titanium Series Themes For Your BlackBerry Storm!!

This is amazing! With over 7,000 thread views and only one screenshot ever posted before last night and the promise of it coming soon CrackBerry Forums member Zodiaq has finally set loose his Titanium series of themes coming in 6 different colors. This being Zodiaq's first theme, I have to say it has blown me away with the amount of detail and work put into all of them and it really shows. All 6 themes are available in the CrackBerry Forums for free (donations are accepted) in zip and OTA format for your downloading pleasure.

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Buy and Read Books on your BlackBerry via Shortcovers

Last week I discovered the newly-launched Shortcovers (which I told Rene over @ TheiPhoneBlog about and he posted) and finally over the weekend I created an account and put it to use.

Launched by Canadian book seller Chapters/Indigo, Shortcovers is a North American (USA and Canada) service that allows you to browse and purchase the electronic versions of books for reading both online (@ computer) and from your mobile device. Shortcovers currently offers both a BlackBerry and iPhone app. The video above has a way too much iPhone presence for my liking (a Bold and 8800 make appearances at least), but it does provide a good overview of the service.

I installed the Shortcovers BlackBerry app on my Curve 8900 (which their download page still refers to as the Javelin - and yes they do have a Storm version) without a hitch. The app is pretty basic, but is easy to use and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the app does make use of BlackBerry shortcuts. T and B will take you top and bottom while reading, and N and P will take you to the next and previous pages and you can scroll down with the spacebar. The mobile client even offers some social networking components -- such as the ability to Tweet what you're reading -- which is nice to see. There are a couple screen captures after the break so you can get a closer look. All in all, I'd say Shortcovers is off to a good start. With an app and service like this it's only after you launch that you can really see how people use it and gain insight from their feedback. So if you give it a go, leave your comments to this post and I'm sure Shortcovers will see it, listen to it and make version 2.0 of their client even better.

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BBFileScout - BlackBerry File Explorer And More!

For the past little while I have been testing out applications which allow you to manage your device and SD Card a little bit better in an effort to try and keep things a little more organized for myself. I have also been testing out alot of applications that allow me to create zip files on my device to allow for easier emailing of files that are often times larger then what BIS services allow me to transfer through email.

Enter BBFileScout, an amazing file explorer and zipping application that has just about everything I was looking for. I can view files, rename files, move files, hide files, zip filles and heck, even associate files to a specific application ie: .doc to Documents To Go. It also includes a c nicely integrated text viewer.

Here is a quick rundown of the BBFileScout features list:

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Click's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 025

Click's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 025

I'm BACK!!! I want to thank Bla1ze for stepping in while I was out. Like I said I'm back to bring you some Media to your berry to make you love it just a little more! Now I know there are new CrackBerry addicts out there so I'll give a quick run of what I do. Every week I bring you Wallpapers, Ringtones, and Movies for your beloved BlackBerry. Now with that out of the way, here is to my first pick in almost 8 months!

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Dark Cerulean Theme Now Available For Bold!

Around SPE for 8 March, 2009

Around SPE for 8 March, 2009

This week CrackBerry.com broke the first real photos of the BlackBerry "Niagara" 9630, WMExperts brought you hands on details of Internet Explorer Mobile 6, Android Central brought you a walkthough of buying apps in the Android App Market, and PreCentral.net wondered whether Palm would survive long enough to release the Pre. Plenty more happened this week in the smartphone world, naturally, so the thing to do is continue reading to find out what you may have missed this week around the Smartphone Experts network.

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Berry Labyrinth v.0.90 BETA For Your BlackBerry Storm!

Beta tests are always fun! This one especially, considering it's a beta test of an already awesome game, which can only get better from here on out. Berry Labyrinth is designed for the BlackBerry Storm and at this point consists of 10 playable levels of pure enjoyment.

The object of the game is to get the ball through the maze while avoiding any obstacles that may be in the way until you get to the other side where you drop the ball into the hole. The developers of the game Berry Blow are offering the game up for free while they beta test it and improve up on it, which they are dedicating a lot of time to.

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Today Plus Themes For Your Storm!!

In my hunt for a nice speedy Today Plus theme for my Storm I was checking out the CrackBerry App Store to see if there were any that would be fitting and to my liking. To my surprise, I found exactly what I was looking for. A nice, sharp looking, speedy business-like theme that was functional, yet different at that same time.

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Leaked: OS 4.6.1.174 for the BlackBerry Curve 8900

I love weekends! Seems to the the time that the latest BlackBerry OS's always leak. Last night in the CrackBerry Forums member Vicious_Cid dropped a links to the latest for the BlackBerry Curve 8900, OS 4.6.1.174. Click the image above to download from one of several mirrors.

Reminder: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release, so install at your own riskand 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. Keep in mind that these leaked OS's sometimes take a step backwards in one area while taking a step or two forward in another. If you're on the fence, you're best off waiting until the Discussion & Findings thread fills up with some data.

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What's On Your BlackBerry's Device Memory?

New BlackBerry owner? Be sure to check your device memory... you never know what you'll find! Zach sent in the picture to us above which he discovered on his brand new BlackBerry Storm. He was thinking "did I get a refurb?!" but judging by the other Storms and the red/green paper in attendance, we're thinking it's a photo that was taken during camera testing that never got wiped from the device. This wouldn't be the first time we've seen pics like this surface. It's always fun to see pictures of baby Storms at birth!

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Poynt Updated To 1.0.1.59  For BlackBerry 8xxx, Bold, Storm

Here is one of those cases where an already great application has just gotten even better. Poynt, which was recently updated to version 1.0.1.59 comes with a slew of new changes all of which just make the application that much better. Aside from the noticeable UI changes, which are amazing, there is a lot more going on under the hood which makes this update so good. Have a look after the break and you'll see what I mean.

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Facebook 1.5 for BlackBerry *Tries* to Make an Appearance

After seeing the Facebook 1.5 app get an early review last week and the MySpace app get officially updated to version 1.5, I know a lot of you are eagerly awaiting the release of the Facebook 1.5 app. We've got some positive and negative news on that front...

On the postive side, it seems a little snafu happened yesterday that points to a release being potentially near at hand - it seems RIM published a bunch of Knowledge Base articles about Facebook 1.5 to their Technical Solution Center (details/links below) which they then promptly removed from public access when somebody realized it wasn't yet available (thank you Google Reader for caching the feed and big thanks to Jerry for the tip):

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Bold OS 4.6.0.247 Leaked Online!

Bold OS 4.6.0.247 Leaked Online!

Here we go again folks! After last weeks leaks of .244 and .245, and even after an official launch of .244 on A1, we have yet again another new OS for the being .247. Now having just gotten a Storm myself, I feel a little less interested in the Bold OS leaks at this point simply because I want my Storm to work better lol. However, If you are a Bold owner who likes to keep "up to date" be sure to grab this one and you all know the drill by now!

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LocationProfiler Changes Your Profile With Your Location
 

Kevin has had a dream for a while that his BlackBerry would switch profiles depending on his location, or that he could become Canada's Next Top Model... today, one of his dreams came true. ToySoft announced the beta of its new application LocationProfiler. This handy app automatically changes your BlackBerry's profile depending on your location. Supporting multiple profiles, the application lets you choose locations (ie. Work, Home, School) and create profiles based on each one. So when you leave home you can set your profile to Loud, then when you arrive at work it can change to Quiet.  When you leave work and head to the bar, you can have it change to Vibrate. This is definitely a great application to have if you're constantly on the go. I know I always forget to change my profile when I get to work so this will definitely come in handy.

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Decisions, Decisions... Make Them With Free Coin Toss App!

Just hitting the ShopCrackBerry App Store in time for the weekend, our friends at Nickel Buddy just released a fun FREE app called Coin Toss!

Versions are avaiable for both trackball BlackBerry models and the Storm. Simply press a key or tap the screen to flip the animated coin and it'll land on heads or tails. The app always tracks the results, just in case you wanna make it a best out of 3 or 5 or 7 or... well, you get the picture. Enjoy!

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Elecite Rocks Your Storm And 8900 Curves!

Elecite Rocks Your Storm And 8900 Curves!

The good folks over at Elecite have been mad busy as of late pumping out some nice new themes such as Droid and iBerry 3G and the new Windows 7-inspired Inspirat. Aside from making those slick interactive themes for the Storm, they have been digging back in their catalogue to make all their themes available for the 8900 Curve and the Storm.

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The good folks over at TetherBerry have got the CrackBerry Forums all excited with almost 60 pages of questions, comments and users sharing information on the application. That being the case, it's about time we have a look at what exactly TetherBerry is and I think most of you out there will be pleasantly surprised with it if you give it a go.

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