All Elecite Premium Themes Now 50% Off For A Limited Time

Elecite is having a sweet sale for all of you who have held off on buying themes due their cost. Right now until September 5th, all Elecite themes are on sale for 50% off the original price. When purchasing just use the coupon code 0909 at checkout and you are set to go. 

* A note for all Storm .151 users - Elecite has been able to make some of their themes compatible with the OS, so be sure when purchasing to review the compatible OS in the bottom of the themes description to ensure the one you will be purchasing will work *

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Premium Dark Room Theme for Bold, Tour and Curve 8900

Following up on his awesome SWINE and Real Icon themes, Dave has recently released his latest creation, Dark Room, for the Bold, Tour and Curve 8900. This one is the best by far in my opinion. The obvious factor that makes it really unique is the design and placement of the battery and signal meters. It just looks awesome with the custom icons and head-to-toe design. There is a hidden dock, 3D icons and a very cool focus icon. This theme is sure to take any device to the next level. Dark Room is available for $5.99 in the CrackBerry App Store. While the price may be steep for some, it is money well spent give the time and effort that goes in to a theme like this.

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Arr! SS - Simple RSS Reader for BlackBerry

Arr! SS - Simple RSS Reader for BlackBerry

Cruising the forums I ran across Arr! SS and decided to check it out (mostly because of the sweet name). Just as it sounds, Arr! SS is a simple RSS reader for BlackBerry. It is still in the early stages, but many updates are on the way. The installation is simple, and the interface is as easy as can be. There is currently a free and premium version available. The free version gives you all the basic features, allowing you to add feeds manually and some other mild tweaks. If you are looking for something more, the premium version easily integrates with Google Reader and allows you to quickly import feeds (more premium features will be added that won't be found in the free version). The UI is plain and simple - just click the feed title and you are taken to the article list where you can expand one by one. If you aren't a fan of a fully charged RSS readers, you should check out Arr! SS. The premium version is well worth the $1.99 tag, and with more updates on the way, you really can't go wrong. 

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Taking Great Pictures With Your BlackBerry

Taking Great Pictures With Your BlackBerry

Brought to you by James Sanders of SLRJAM.COM - SLRJAM - is Photography in Action!

So you have this great idea to take some pictures and decided today is the day to get it right!

Ok what do I want to take a picture of and will it work? Hmmm - you have to decide on the topic and if its a moving object, person, animal, landscape etc. Why? Because the light is different with all of these topics and its important to qualify your subject.

And you have to decide on your weapon of choice. So lets see Blackberry 8300x series, 8900, 9000, Storm, Tour all have camera's and your hand dandy Pearl. For the most part you are going to be operating on a 2 mega-pixel base line here which will take a pretty great shot despite what all the camera manufacturers will tell you.

Now, lets make sure you have an SD Card inserted or enough room on your phone to get the job done (4GB card should do the trick, but there are bigger ones out now, like 8GB and 16GB) 

Ok Great! Now get out your BlackBerry and let's take some pictures!

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Deal of the Day: Get Alarms Pro for 50% Off - Only $2.49!

Here's a solid CrackBerry Deal of the Day offering I just had to post here in the blogs... until midnight CST tonight, you can get BBSmart Alarms Pro for 50% off its regular price - $2.49 vs. $4.99. Considering when this app initially came out on the market it sold for $15.00 (and was still at the top of the best sellers list at that price), to now be able to grab it for $2.49 is a steal.

If you're not familiar with Alarms Pro, be sure to check out our CrackBerry Review on it or jump over to the product page for customer reviews. Alarms Pro is a powerful multi-alarm application that offers the following features:

  • No limits! Create as many alarms as you want!
  • Choose from four cool alarm sounds or pick your own mp3's to wake up to!
  • Set snooze times for 1, 2, 5 minutes all the way up to an hour
  • Easily set quick alarms - perfect for alarms to grab the washing (30 minutes from now), or just to grab a quick power nap (wake me up in 15 minutes!)
  • Friendly, easy to use software designed by people for people (big buttons easy to read in the morning with sleepy eyes)
  • Create alarm templates so setting new alarms with your favorite preferences is a breeze!   

Alarms Pro was recently updated to version 2.2, which added support for the BlackBerry Tour, added in the option to disable the banner icon and also fixed a number of small bugs.

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Review: TuneWiki for BlackBerry

Review: TuneWiki for BlackBerry

“There’s a bathroom on the right..”

No wait… that’s not it. Don’t you hate it when you get the lyrics to a song wrong? It’s especially embarrassing when it’s karaoke night, which you may have been dragged out for, and you belt out gibberish. You hang your head in shame as you leave the stage. Or perhaps you’ve downloaded a song that a friend recommended and you have no clue what the heck they’re saying. Even with the heavily doctored music that continues to be pumped out, you may have difficulty grasping the right lyrics.

I know I’m not alone on that one. Not only have I found a solution to this musical mystery, but I can connect to others and see what song is stuck in their head. I came across TuneWiki while roaming through the BlackBerry App World. TuneWiki has done an excellent job of mashing up music stored on your BlackBerry - a lyric database that would make any karaoke junkie cry and a vast social network made up of fellow music lovers. It’s a fantastic way to learn about music you never thought to download before. So turn the music on, crank it up and let your favourite sounds be heard.

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Last week we ran a poll on the blogs asking CrackBerry readers how they felt about RIM's SurePress technology and forcing people to "click" the screen. Over 17,000 votes were cast. The results? 31% said they loved the click, 26% said scrap it (they'd rather have an iPhone-styled touchscreen) and the 43% said they wanted both options - SurePress, and also the ability to disable it.

A new video by our pal Salomondrin shows that this may not be too far fetched a dream afterall. Check out the video above! We know there are some cool looking sensor/button thingies under the screen and that the display goes to a fixed/immovable state when powered down - if the option was added into the operating system to fix the screen when powered up (OS option not shown in video however - could be this is just a buggy pre-release device giltch??) then this would be pretty huge news. You'd still be able to turn on an audible click when something is selected if so desired, but the need for the screen to physically be pressed down would be gone (or up to you to keep it). So how much more would you like RIM's next touchscreen BlackBerry if you had the option to disable SurePress on command? Sound off in the comments and on this forum thread!

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Next up in the seemingly endless run of pre-release hands-on BlackBerry smartphone videos (that apparently get posted here late at night) is a look at the upcoming BlackBerry 9700, also known by its codename onyx. The folks at feedberry posted this one up, which gives a quick video overview of what the Bold II is all about it. I know lots of you out there are itching to get your CrackBerry thumbs on this one! If you haven't seen it yet, you can check out our BlackBerry 9700 review and BlackBerry 9700 forum for more on the device.

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AppleBerry Theme Suite on Sale - 100 Copies To Give Away

We had a contest for AppleBerry Dark a while back, and it went over so well we figured a second one couldn't hurt. We have 100 free copies of AppleBerry goodness to give away. Winners will have their choice of AppleBerry Theme Suite for Storm, 8900, 88xx and 83xx or AppleBerry Dark for the Storm. Lots of options to choose from on this one, so you don't want to miss out. AppleBerry is also on sale for only $3.99 through Sunday. If you can't hold out to see if you've won, you can buy now and have your payment refunded if you are chosen as a winner (can't beat that customer serivce). Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment - multiple entries won't count.

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Pipe Dreams - Awesome New Game From Epic Applications

Epic Applications is back with a brand new game for everyone. Since the description for the game really is the best way to get the point across (other then just saying the game is wicked awesome), I'll just post that for everyone.

Fast paced and challenging, Pipe Dreams is a race against the clock to create a pipe structure that controls and directs the flow of water. Points are earned for each square water flows through; however, the game is lost if the water leaks at any point.
Each level begins with a randomly located water main. A series of pipe pieces are given to you. Place them together as quickly as you can to form the longest chain possible. Once the timer runs out, water begins to flow and the pressure mounts!
If you get enough points for the round, you move on to the next round where the water comes quicker, flows faster, and more points are needed to move on. In between rounds, you can save your progress and return to it another time.
Pipe Dreams features 4 difficulty modes -- Easy to Expert. As the difficulty increases, the water flows faster and starts sooner, flooding the screen and requiring quick reflexes. Graduate to Expert and you will face additional challenges -- like the inability to swap-out existing pipe segments.

Fun factor here is awesome and with an infinite amount of levels to go through, you will always find this game challenging to say the least. Compatible with any device OS 4.6+ , check Pipe Dreams out. As a special offer from Epic applications you can grab it now until September 4th for only $2.99.

Download Pipe Dreams From The Shop CrackBerry App Store

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FaceBook 1.7 Coming Soon, Bringing OS 5.0 Compatability With It?

Ahh, FaceBook. The RIM built application users love ... and hate. Word is that FaceBook version 1.7 is coming soon and this time around the release (or leak?) will cover one major problem that all leaked OS users have been seeing for a while - OS 5.0 compatability Ever since OS 5.0 started leaking, some users have upgraded it to it, only to revert back to a lower OS based on the fact FaceBook simply just does not work on 5.0. From the information available, it seems this will no longer be the case as 5.0 and FaceBook 1.7 will work together.

This indicates a few things, of course first being obvious that FaceBook 1.7 is coming soon and that OS 5.0 is just that much closer to being completed if RIM is putting more effort into their own secondary applications working on it. Other details on FaceBook 1.7 are slim, but we'll keep you posted.

[ BBNews.pl ]
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TrainSchedule GPS Updated - 50 Free Copies to Give Away

We checked out TrainSchedule a while back, and I must say I've been a big fan all along. The app allows you to easily view train schedules, map your trip and more. TrainSchedule has just been updated to version 2.2 which includes live train delay updates (from NJ Transit, LIRR, SEPTA, MARC and Metrolink) and other real-time information. This is an awesome update, and only adds to the great functionality of the app. To celebrate we are giving away 50 free copies of TrainSchedule (a 3 month subscription). To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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Contest Winners: Twitterlerts, Missed Call Alert and Express Unlock

Not a huge week for contests, but we already have a bunch lined up for the next few days to make up for it. We saw new client Twitterlerts, Missed Call Alert and some more unlock codes from Express Unlock. If you didn't win on this round, you can grab Missed Call Alert at 50% through September 8th by using the code MCACBHALF in the CrackBerry App Store (the code will only work from a device in the mobile app store). Stay tuned for more contests, and as always, congrats to all the winners!

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Free DashboardOne Theme for Bold

Free DashboardOne Theme for Bold

Forums member RedZapper is at it again. Following up on the success of his SodaBerry and 3G themes, his latest creation DashboardOne, does not dissapoint. Currently only for Bold, this cool theme looks like ... well ... a dashboard. It has great custom icons, hidden today, analog-style battery and signal meters, Quicklaunch and more.  This is just another in the great line of free themes from RedZapper. Definitely worth checking out for Bold users. If you are looking to snag it for aother device don't fret - I'm sure it will pop up soon enough.

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BoxTone Announces New User Self-Service Module

BoxTone Announces New User Self-Service Module

BoxTone announced today its new User Self-Service Module which helps IT staff and MSPs to provide quality service while lowering costs. This software allows users to easily check their mobile service status in real time, and provides easy access to solving common issues without the help of IT staff.

In this scenario, executive Kevin has logged into BoxTone User Self Service SmartPortal deployed by his IT department. With BoxTone USS, he can quickly look up the status of his BlackBerry device, resolve issues or take action without the need to call help desk or IT. He can do this at any time anywhere he can get web access. In this case, he's frustrated that he's "not getting email" on his BlackBerry. In less than a minute, he logs in, clicks on "report a problem" and it immediately shows him what his problem is and how to fix it. Turns out his problem is not the BlackBerry, it's his mailbox and it's full. He needs to log into Outlook and take action. Further instructions are available via the embedded web link on managing his outlook box. Because BoxTone uniquely monitors real-time status for every user across the entire BlackBerry service for thousands of potential issues, he can quickly identify any issue and resolve it quickly. This means that Kevin stays productive and rarely has downtime... and never has to sit on hold for long time with the help desk. 

The new module is completely customizable by the IT staff based on the wants and needs of the mobile users. This creates faster resolution times, lowers downtime and creates an overall better user experience. For more infotmation, check out boxtone.com/uss. Read the full press release after the jump.

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* Update - October 15, 2009. Read CrackBerry.com's Official BlackBerry Storm2 Review *

I'm heading to bed, but we'll end the CrackBerry day with another video of the BlackBerry Storm part deux in action. This new video was done up by our Storm lovin' pal Salomondrin yet again (nice and in focus!) and this time around he's comparing a BlackBerry Storm 9520 vs. the first-generation BlackBerry Storm 9530. Take a watch to see his reasons as to why he thinks the BlackBerry Storm II is sooo muchhhh bettttter!  

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Yet Another Upcoming BlackBerry Smartphone: Codename Essex is Next Revision of Niagara (Tour)?!

Word of the BlackBerry codenamed "essex" has been making its way around the interwebs for the past 24 hours, starting off in our very own CrackBerry forums. The codename name isn't actually new - back in July when I did a forum re-shuffle I actually added the essex codename to the Other Rumored Devices forum description - it was a name that had come up a few times since WES in BlackBerry discussions. With the device moving along in RIM's development cycle, more details have now emerged about essex which is slated to be the next iteration of the BlackBerry niagara, aka the BlackBerry Tour (thanks salo!).

With the BlackBerry Tour barely out on the market, it seems a bit crazy for the shape of its successor to already be taking form, but essex's revisions are addressing the few complaints current Tour owners have. Mainly, essex will include Wi-Fi and the new touch sensitive trackpad that is found on the Curve 8520. And it will be a global phone with roaming between CDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS networks. Camera is slated at a minimum of 3.2 megapixels, screen resolution is 480 by 360 pixels and we're hearing the device may just feature an orientation sensor to boot. As always in the world of BlackBerry, all will be known in time. My only wish is that we could have skipped niagara and went right to essex - I want this device a month ago!! In fact, I wantz this device so bad I just photoshop hacked one into my hand!

[ CrackBerry Forums

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BlackBerry Storm Price Reduced To $49.99 On Verizon!

BlackBerry Storm Price Reduced To $49.99 On Verizon!

The time has come for Verizon to do a little housekeeping around their stores, no doubt to make way for the Storm 2 that will be making it's way to the hands of BlackBerry users reportedly in October. Right now if you have been holding out for a new BlackBerry you can surely walk your way into a $49.99 BlackBerry Storm if you do so wish, just keep in mind that is with a new 2 year contract. So when the Storm 2 hits, you'll be out of the running unless you want to pay full retail for it.

[ BGR/PhoneArena ]

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** Update: Boooourrrrns... the video has been yanked from iluvblackberry's youtube account **

Storm 2 Video time! It seems youtube user iluvblackberry is back in action with another video of the touchscreen BlackBerry Storm 9550, and this time around both the device and iluvblackberry's video skills are showing signs of improvement (though there's still room for just a bit more improvement... tip - if you don't like the music hit mute!). 

Compared to his first video, this time around the Storm 9550 shows off some nice flick scrolling action as well elasticity when scrolling. WiFi makes its appearance again (w00t!) and overall the device seems very snappy compared to previous videos we have seen of the Storm 9550 in action. Screen orientation adjusts fairly quickly, though for some reason iluvblackberry kept trying to make it orient upside down, which it won't do, so no worries there. For the web browser test, he brought up the full version of CrackBerry over Edge on Rogers, which takes a while (heavy site - visit m.crackberry.com on your berry - improved mobile experience coming soon!) but does render pretty well. All in all, this is a video Storm chasers should start getting excited about. I'm guessing the operating system code will get a couple more revisions by the time it goes to Verizon for technical acceptance, so based on the progress seen so far the Storm 9550 should be able to hit the ground running. 

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