Watch Live TV On Your BlackBerry with VuiVision

Watch Live TV On Your BlackBerry with VuiVision

*Update* - looks like we crashed their servers (oops!) ... hang tight and hopefully they'll have things up and running soon. 

Yesterday this thread popped up in our forums letting users know about a cool new service. While it may be a bit buggy, vuivision.com allows you to watch live streaming TV right from your device - with no catch! Simply point your browser to vuivision.com, agrees to their terms and you're done. You can currently choose from NBC, CBS or ABC. Some are reporting some sporadic usage, but give it a shot anyway (just not all at once or it may crash :-) ). The resolution isn't all that great, but it is only a few seconds behind the live feed on my TV. We'll have to see how long this service lasts (or stays free) but it definitely shows a ton of potential.

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Quadratic Theme for BlackBerry Storm

Quadratic

R&R Designs have landed another great theme for the Storm. Quadratic has a ton of awesome features and plenty of custom goodies. The theme sports access to a crazy 22 applications right from the homescreen, as well as custom icons and indicators. There is a hidden dock to give you a great view of your wallpaper, and the theme works on all Storm OS versions. I really dig the icons on this one, and green color scheme flows well with the design. If you want to give it a go, Quadratic is available for $5.00 in the CrackBerry App Store. Currently only for the Storm, but more versions should be available for other devices very soon.

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The Definitive Guide to BlackBerry Messenger 5.0

The Definitive Guide to BlackBerry Messenger 5.0

BlackBerry Messenger has come a long way over the years. The latest version of BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 has tons of great features to make BlackBerry to BlackBerry messaging easier and more productive. Things like barcodes, groups, recent updates and avatars all add to the BBM flair and step up the game. Here we will take a cruise through all the aspects of BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 (keep in mind that some screens may vary, as this 101 is described using OS 5.0)

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CTIA 2009: Hands-On Photos of the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and BlackBerry Curve 8520 in WHITE!

As far as wireless conferences go, CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2009 has been a quiet event, both in terms of corporate attendance and big announcements. I was pretty pumped to see BlackBerry set up at the Mobile Focus event Wednesday night, however, where they had on hand both the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and BlackBerry Curve 8520 in white.

I'm not sure what it is about BlackBerry Smartphones in white, but I gotta say I just absolutely love them. The white BlackBerry Curve 8520 is now available on T-Mobile's website, and the word on the white Bold is that AT&T will get it just after the middle of the month (was told 18th but that's a Sunday?). Don't go walking into your local AT&T store asking to buy it just yet though - the other word we're hearing is that this one is going to be an online-only sort of deal, straight through AT&T's website. We'll keep you updated as we hear more. The white Bold is really slick though. I've gotta get my hands on one of these to keep for sure. 

There are a bunch more photos below, so scroll down and take a browse. 

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Rogers Officially Launches BlackBerry Curve 8520

Rogers Officially Launches BlackBerry Curve 8520

Time for an official announcement from RIM and Rogers finally. The press release is now out regarding the availability of the BlackBerry Curve 8520 on Rogers. As expected, most stores should now have their stock available to sell to those who have been waiting. From the press release:

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

Beginning today, the BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone is available in black from Rogers from $99.99 with activation on any combination of a 3 year voice and data plan with minimum combined monthly service fee of $45 per month from Rogers. Some conditions apply. The BlackBerry Curve 8250 will be available in violet from Rogers in the coming weeks.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • 512MHz Processor
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • 320×240 Display
  • 2MP Camera (No Flash)
  • 256MB of RAM
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Trackpad
  • Wi-Fi with UMA
  • 3.5MM Head Jack 
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a great device over all. Sure it is not as feature packed as other BlackBerry Smartphones available, but it is still worthy of the BlackBerry name.
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    BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 Now Available!

    We knew it was coming as we saw this email drop to some partners earlier in the week, so it was just a waiting game. A lot of you have been playing around with leaked versions of BBM5 and never wanted to see a standard BBM version again - well now you don't have to! BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 is now officially available in BlackBerry App World for devices running OS 4.5 and higher. Check out the link below to download. As for what's new in BlackBerry Messenger 5.0, here's the quick summary:

    • Avatars can be easily set up and then populated from BlackBerry Contacts
    • Group Functionality - allows groups of friends, family and personal contacts to stay connected & share experiences instantly on their BlackBerry smartphones:
      • ongoing group chat
      • sharing pictures
      • organizing tasks and events with shared lists and calendars
    • Bar-code identity - easily add/invite contacts to BlackBerry Messenger by displaying a 2-dimensional bar code that the invitees can capture with their BlackBerry camera
    • Large Media File Transfer - up to 6MB

    * Note: While BBM 5.0 will definitely work on official releases of OS 5.0, we're not sure yet as I post this if it will work on previously leaked versions of OS 5.0. Be sure to report back in the comments if you're having success or not, and back up your BBM contacts before upgrading. *

    Download BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 From App World 

    Visit blackberry.com/messenger from your BlackBerry's web browser to download without App World

    Read our Definitive Guide to BlackBerry Messenger 5.0

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    Hippopost Update:  Send Up To 10 Free Postcards Per Day and Now With 40% More Photo

    * Update: My bad. I received a mailer from Hippopost with the info and immediately assumed it was for the BlackBerry App. FOR NOW the 10 free postcards/day limit is for the online service only (BB app is at 2/day), but the BlackBerry limit will be going up soon too. Also, if you read the comments to this post, you'll see that the Storm version is high on the list of priorities and cards start shipping to the US soon - maybe prior than the October 15th target initially stated. *

    We dropped word of Hippopost for BlackBerry on the blogs back on September 23rd, and the app was met with a lot of excitment from the CrackBerry community and generated a ton of downloads. Today, Hippopost released word of some great news for those who have been using (or plan to take advantage of) their free postcard service:

    Thanks to everyone who's taken the time to share their feedback over the past few weeks! We've received some great suggestions about adding new features and making Hippopost even easier to use. We do listen to your feedback and are working as fast as we can to continue to evolve Hippopost.

    This week we're pleased to announce that we're allowing www.hippopost.com users to send up to 10 FREE postcards per day , and we've ramped up production so your postcards will arrive MUCH sooner!

    We're also very pleased to announce that we've dedicated almost 40% more area on the front of each postcard for YOUR photos!

    If you missed our first post on Hippopost (that's a mouthful), be sure to check it out for a bunch more info. And if you don't have it yet you can download Hippopost for BlackBerry from mobile.hippopost.com.

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    Verizon Storm 2 Training Video Caught On Camera!

    Wow, Storm 2 material just keeps popping up everywhere. Be it training materials, promo materials right down to listings in carriers systems there is no denying we are getting closer to launch every day. Have a look at the video that was delivered to Verizon employee's recently to review that BerryScoop got a hold of. It's a little blurry but it gets the point across. Now, RIM your turn. Can we get an official annoouncement or shall we just pretend like we dunno about it?

    [ BerryScoop ]

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    Vodafone Preparing For BlackBerry Storm 2 Launch As Promo Material Appears

    We just got this photo of a Storm 2 display backing sent into us from Dave (Thanks Dave!) that was caught at a Car Phone warehouse location and posted on the Official Vodafone forums. Seems as though some employees were a little over zealous in having put promo material on display and one savvy BlackBerry user happened to catch a pic of it. Now that we know promo material is showing up launch cannot be that far off.

    [ Vodafone U.K ]

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    e-GPS Lets You Remotely Track & Wipe Your Device

    e-GPS

    If you worry about your device being lost or stolen you're not alone. Your BlackBerry has precious info that you just can't afford to lose. e-GPS will help ease your anxiety with some very cool remote features. The app works much the same as Smrtguard, allowing you to easily wipe or track the device and email data to yourself. You simply send a command via SMS or email, and the device will perform any number of features. You can use it to locate you device if lost around town or just in the couch cushions. A very cool alternative to some other feature rich applications. e-GPS sells for a one-time fee of $4.99 in the CrackBerry App Store. *As a special, the first 200 users to purchase e-GPS will receive a $1 off coupon that can be used on any Elecite theme.*

    Contest: We have 50 free copies of e-GPS to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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    BlackBerry Widgets- A Better Understanding Of What They Are

    As some of you may have read, RIM recently released a brand new SDK for BlackBerry Developers. This SDK consisted of the tools needed in order to make "BlackBerry Widgets". Widget is a term we have heard used many times before in regards to the BlackBerry Smartphone platform, but this is the first time will we get to see the fulll implementation of what exactly it means to BlackBerry.

    With the release of the SDK came a lot of questions - specifically revolving around the fact that users wanted to be sure these widgets were not just simply web launchers or browser homescreen links. After having spoken with Mike Kirkup, Director Of Developer Relations at RIM, I can gladly say this is not the case.

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    Contest Winners: Plantronics 975, BigTinCan Mapper Pro & Sticky Notes Theme

    Here we go - more winners from more great contests. Only three this week, but we still kept the weekly contest string going strong. While we like throwing out the "leave a comment" contests, we are giving everyone their chance to be a star with our I Love My CrackBerry Video Contest. The contest has one of our biggest prize packs ever, so you really don't want to miss out. Thanks again to everyone that entered last week. Now, on to the winners!

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    BlackBerry 9500 Simulator Released Using OS 5.0.0.252

    BlackBerry 9500 Simulator Released Using OS 5.0.0.252

    Whoa! Don't go getting too excited folks, it's just a pic from a simulator - not an actual leaked OS or anything. In an effort once again to bring developers up to speed with the 5.0 OS platform, they have gone ahead and released the BlackBerry Storm simulator for everyone to download and play with. This one does come with 5.0 loaded on it so developers may put that to use to debug applications, and it should help create new ones considering all the new developer tools being made available.

    While it was released for developers, this does not stop anyone from downloading it and poking around with it. Might want to check it out, especially if you have never installed a 5.0 OS onto your device. It's a great look at what's up and coming for it.

    [ BBOS ]
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    Facebook Mobile Site Gets a Facelift

    Facebook Mobile Site Gets a Facelift

    I received a Facebook message last night, I clicked through a link and was taken to a strange version of Facebook mobile. I assumed that m.facebook.com had received an overhaul, but after refreshing I saw the same ol' Facebook mobile. A quick bit of recon turned up nothing and that was that. Well browsing through my RSS feeds this morning I came across a post on our sister site precentral.net that said Facebook mobile has been revamped. Apparently x.facebook.com is the way to go for smartphone users. This mobile site is optimized for smartphone browsers, and this is the site that is sporting a new look. I had no idea x.facebook.com exsited, but it definitely will land in my bookmarks now. 

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    Bolt 1.5 Released - Moved Out of Beta Bringing Speed and New Features

    Bolt 1.5 has finally been officially released. In the 8 months of the public beta, Bolt has seen some fantastic growth in its user base and within the application itself. Many new changes are upon us with the launch of version 1.5, and if you have never tried Bolt before, now is a great time to give it a look

    New features and enhancements to BOLT 1.5 include:

    • Cache Support to speed users’ ability to move quickly back and forth between the currently and previously viewed Web pages through the use of backward and forward navigation.
    • Download Manager for easy download of files directly from BOLT and the ability to save them to specific folders on the mobile phone (requires JSR75 support on the device).
    • Support for Streaming Videos of Any Length that overcomes limitations on some phones’ ability to stream videos of longer lengths.  The new approach ensures video clips will play on all devices, for any length video.
    • Video Wizard to assist users in configuring their device for optimal video playback.
    • Dedicated Search Bar on home page, for easier and faster online searches.
    • Improved Ability to Manage RSS Feeds by allowing users to arrange and file feeds just as they do with their favorites and bookmarks.
    • Enhancements for Touch Screen Devices such as simple volume controls for the BOLT media player which now offers volume controls on the screen.
    • Enhancements for BOLT Servers in the cloud, which increase the already fast BOLT mobile browser by an additional 10 to 20 percent.

    With over 2 million downloads in 190 countries Bolt has done a great job in bringing desktop web browsing to the BlackBerry Smartphone platform and with the launch of 1.5, it's quite clear they have no intention of slowing down in their development any time soon.

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    Snaptu- A Multi Resource App For Your BlackBerry

    Snaptu- A Multi Resource App For Your BlackBerry

    [ This post comes via our Community Review forums from member irie. Post your review and if we promote it to the blogs you'll receive a coupon for free accessories or apps from ShopCrackBerry ]

    This is a great application that seems to have been overlooked on the blogs, but certainly not in the forums. While digging through the forums and App World my girlfriend pointed out Snaptu and one of the threads which explains it quite nicely. I had not heard of Snaptu until just then so I installed it right away to check it out.

    Snaptu is a widget based application which is customizable on your BlackBerry and offers a wide array of "applications" to choose from. Everything from news to Google calendar right up to Twitter is covered in Snaptu and is done so in a small but well running interface. Some portions make it seem just like a mobile launcher but for the most part everything is integrated in the application itself. Be sure to check Snaptu out today, I think you'll be impressed with it.

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    Free CrackBerry Halloween Theme for Bold

    Free CrackBerry Halloween Theme for  Bold

    October is here and that means Halloween is almost upon us. A few days back we gave you some links for Halloween ringtones and wallpapers. Well our own phishgirl3 did a little theme making (her very first one) and came up with this great Halloween theme for the Bold. It has great themed colors and cool pumpkin notifications. If you're a Bold user and looking for something festive to carry you through the month, you should definitely check this one out.

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    DUB, your mobile business card (for BlackBerry)

    DUB, your mobile business card (for BlackBerry)

    It may be an exaggeration, but sometimes it feels like my wallet won’t stay folded. It’s not only because of membership, credit and debit cards; it’s all of the business cards I seem to accumulate. I’m not sure how they all get there. Maybe it’s a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. In this case, the hand is nabbing every card in sight. I also know that I’ve lost access to some extremely important contacts, all because of a misplaced card. Besides your wallet, your corkboard or cubicle wall could contain enough business cards to make it look like a shingled roof. A cleaner, greener approach is to use your address book (duh!), but this can be time consuming. For some, vCards could also be an issue. “Here’s your card?” Here’s MY card, compliments of DUB.

    By using DUB, you can easily send and receive detailed contact information right from your BlackBerry smartphone. Your risk of outdated contact information is greatly reduced thanks to DUB’s ability to automatically maintain an up to date contact list. So, leave your George Constanza sized wallet at the door and check out DUB.

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    4.5 OS Updates For Many Devices Comes Along

    4.5 OS Updates For Many Devices Comes Along

    Seems RIM is really trying to bring all devices up to the same level these days, maybe it's with the launch of 5.0 or maybe it's simply due to the browser issues that were noted last week that the updates have come out. I really never though I would have to make another 4.5 OS round up post but, here it is folks.

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    RIM Announces Widget SDK for the BlackBerry Platform

    RIM Announces Widget SDK for the BlackBerry Platform

    RIM has announced a new SDK for BlackBerry developers which looks and sounds promising. The new Widget platform is now available for all developers to download.. RIM has been speaking about and ramping the information about widgets for quite some time - as far back as the release of 4.5 there was indication of these things coming sooner or later. And with the BlackBerry Developers Conference and the imminent release of OS 5.0, I guess they felt now is as good a time as any to get this one on the go. From the press release:

    A BlackBerry Widget uses the BlackBerry® Browser engine to render an application's user interface using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Developers are able to use existing web content to create BlackBerry Widgets and extend the capabilities of their web applications using BlackBerry Widget APIs.

    Using the new BlackBerry Widget APIs, developers can, for example, create seamless interaction between a widget and the BlackBerry email and calendar applications, create widgets with the ability to view or edit files and documents stored on the smartphone, access location-based services or the media player, and more. Developers can also take advantage of RIM's unique push technology, enabling dynamic widgets that can run in the background and provide proactive alerts to users in a timely manner.

    "BlackBerry Widgets open up a world of opportunities for developers to build and bring to market web applications for BlackBerry smartphones that offer advanced, integrated functionality and an always-on user experience," said Alan Brenner, senior vice president, BlackBerry platforms at RIM. "We are very excited by the prospects of this new widget development platform which combines the ease of development of standard web languages with the rich functionality of Java development."

    These are some of the tools we have heard about at WES and even earlier, I'm glad to finally see this stuff get out the gates and even more excited to see how it will all be utilized in the long run. I'm just hoping that it leads to more than just simple web launcher applications which seem to be filling BlackBerry App World up. If launchers were what I needed I would have them made up by EDLIndustries

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