BlackBerry Essex Spotted; Dakota to Use Liquid Lens Tech?
 

Our pal sal is continuing his BB leak streak, this time bringing some photos of the BlackBerry "essex" and a little update on the BlackBerry codenamed "dakota" (formerly codenamed "magnum").

BlackBerry Essex: As you can see from the photos above (note - there's plastic covering over the display/trackpad... it is a standard trackpad), on the front side the BlackBerry essex is essentially a BlackBerry Tour with a trackpad (my previous essex quick photoshop job was actually spot on!). As a CDMA follow-up to the Tour, in addition to the trackpad replacing the trackball, the essex (Tour 2?!) will sport WiFi and by the sounds of it, an improved camera - though nobody seems to be quite sure on the megapixels just yet. As for release date, I've been hearing the essex could arrive as early as late January/February. Historically that would be really soon for RIM to release a follow-up device, but seeing as how everything is going trackpad now and that VZW mandated for all future BB's to pack WiFi, pushing this out asap makes sense.

BlackBerry Dakota: We've talked quite a bit about dakota in previous CrackBerry podcasts and a little bit in the blogs prior back when it was codenamed magnum. Surprisingly, no photos have ever dropped to date of magnum or dakota, but essentially it will be RIM's first hybrid device (GSM) that combines a front-facing full qwerty physical keyboard with both a touchscreen and a trackpad. The new news dropped by sal today is that it sounds like RIM may be going in a different direction with the camera lens technology on this one and utilizing a liquid lens

I'm as excited as all heck for the upcoming releases of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Storm 9550/9520, which are both going to be stellar BlackBerry devices, but can't help but get really excited for the new form factors it looks like RIM will be introducing next year (keyboard + touchscreen, vertical slider). It's funny... the stock may have recently taken a beating, but I'm feeling better than ever about the future of BlackBerry!

[ Salomondrin.net ]

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ClearView Premium Theme For Tour, Pearl, 8900 and 83xx Series Devices

Here is a nice new theme that just showed up earlier today. ClearView is a premium theme that has been designed for the BlackBerry Tour, Pearl, Curve 8900 and 83xx series devices that looks really sharp no matter which you own. The icons as shown above are more like tabs that pop up on the main screen and are all customizable to your liking when it comes to order.

ClearView is available with or without weather slot options so if you have no need for that icon slot just look at getting the basic version of this one. Overall it's a very minimalistic theme that is easy on the eyes and well priced as well as it rolls in at just $2.99 for any version you do choose. No Bold or Storm love as of yet for this one, but hopefully that'll be coming soon.

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BlackBerry Advertising Shows Up In Formula 1 at the Japanese Grand Prix

You can correct me if I'm wrong in the comments, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've ever seen BlackBerry advertising show up at a Formula 1 Grand Prix... The season may be winding down with only two races left to go (Brazil, Abu Dhabi), but this weekend at the Suzuka race track for the Japanese Grand Prix the BlackBerry billboard was hung proudly in pit row, strategically placed right below the podium.

Formula 1 doesn't have that big of a following in North America (though there are definitely some hardcore fans there), but on a worldwide stage is the biggest racing series there is. Whether this is a one-off just to get some additional advertising exposure for BlackBerry in Japan or is the beginning of a larger F1 campaign, I'm not sure, but personally would love to see more of BlackBerry in the sport. Telecommunications carriers  are no strangers to F1 and BlackBerry has received some benefit from that before -- remember Lewis Hamilton driving his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 car remotely from a BlackBerry Storm -- but actual advertising or even sponsorship of a team would take it to the next level.

Hmm... now that's a good question... If RIM were to sponsor a Formula 1 team, which team should they sponsor? Ferrari (see this post)? Red Bull? McLaren? Brawn GP?? Toss your opinion in the comments!

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I'll never stop being amazed by the things people send in to us on the CrackBerry Tips line... 

Ever wonder what happens when a hockey loving, BlackBerry-using family gets together on a Saturday evening to celebrate a birthday? Apparently after the cake is eaten they gather around the pool table to leave Research in Motion's co-CEO Jim Balsillie a little motivational message.

Don't worry Jim. Your attempt to buy the Phoenix Coyotes may not have gone down as planned, but we all know you'll get your hockey team sooner than later. Stick with it. Want my advice? Offer the NHL that you'll buy two teams. I'm sure if you told Gary Bettman you'll stick one of the teams back in Winnipeg (Bring Back the Jets!) they'll let you put your second team wherever you want it. Hell, I'll even manage the Jets for you!

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BlackBerry Storm 9550 Emulator Arrives In Verizon Systems

Just in case there was any doubt regarding the launch of the 9550 coming soon, you can clearly see that the emulator Verizon support reps use has been loaded into the Verizon systems and is now available for employee's to review. Not much else to say about this other then it's coming and soon the wait will indeed be over. Huzzah! Thanks to briankeith513 for posting the pics for us all.

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BIS 2.8 Launched For All North American Carriers

BIS 2.8 Launched For All North American Carriers

In the wee hours of the morning, RIM was hard at work upgrading all North America BIS systems to the latest version being 2.8. BIS 2.8 brings with it some long awaited changes for BIS users but still leaves some room for improvement  for a later time. A quick look at what's new is listed below:

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If you check out the paid games category of BlackBerry App World, you'll see that Next Dual Pack is one of the top five best sellers. Regularly priced at $4.99, this weekend you can grab it from the CrackBerry App Store for just $2.49 - that's 50% off! Available for the BlackBerry Storm and all non-touchscreen device models, it offers 128 levels of addictive and challenging entertainment. You can check out the video above to get a good look at it and grab it from the link below. Enjoy!

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Contest Reminder: Mapper Pro, Sticky Notes & Plantronics Discovery 975

Not too many contests to enter this week, but we snuck in a couple for good measure. You still have time to get in on the action, so if you didn't already, be sure to leave a comment on the original contest posts. All contests end Sunday at Midnight PST - so don't miss out! Oh, and this week we'll be announcing yet another crazy CrackBerry contest. You won't want to miss out on this one!

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Dress Up Your BlackBerry For Halloween With Themes, Wallpapers And Ringtones From CrackBerry!

Halloween is creeping up on us rather fast and what better time than now to get in the spirit of things and dress up your BlackBerry to have a little fun. If themes are what you are looking for the CrackBerry App Store and forums are full of free and premium themes for all devices. Wanna scary or just festive wallpaper for your device? Be sure to check out the Crackberry wallpaper gallery and pick something you like. And finally, we cannot forget Halloween ringtones to give your BlackBerry a ghoulish ring. Check out all the things for Halloween and happy haunting!

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Will.i.am On Hand In Australia To Help Launch the BlackBerry Curve 8520

Will.i.am has long been a supporter of the BlackBerry platform and his recent events are indeed no exception to the rule. Will.i.am was on hand in Australia as part of the Black Eyes Peas' The E.N.D. World Tour which coincided with the launch of the BlackBerry Curve 8520. While being interviewed Will had a few things to say about the iPhone, which sound all too familiar:

"I prefer buttons as a touch screen is confusing," he said. "I can't text on the iPhone. I like this phone [the BlackBerry], it's like it was made for me. If I was to design a phone I'd have designed it like this one."

Clearly Will likes the BlackBerry technology and shows no sign of giving it up anytime soon for some other device. However, I can't see him switching from his Bold to an 8520 at this point, he needs to be rocking 3G for his dipdive application.

[ Good Gear Guide ]

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Out With The Old, In With The New?

Out With The Old, In With The New?

After waking up this morning and checking my Tour (as I always do when I roll out of bed) I had NO emails! None! I immediately jumped on my PC to look into things, and sure enough, my emails had come in and just had not made it to my Berry. I know there was a scheduled BIS outage, so I logged on to my BIS and tried to resend my service books - but wait - where is the Service Book tab? A quick cry for help on Twitter and I found that it has been moved from the main screen to the Help section. A sigh of relief and I was on my way. I'm still only receiving less than sparatic emails, but its a good start. Is BIS 2.8 upon us? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know whats going on with your BIS. 

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BlackBerry 9700 Shows Up In Bell System Again, This Time 8530 Joins It As Well

This isn't the first time we have seen the BlackBerry 9700 show up in the Bell system. Last time it was caught on blurry cam. This time it's crystal clear as to what it is listed, that we are all waiting patiently for. Alongside the 9700, BoyGenius also posted a look at the BlackBerry Curve 8530 which is also now showing up and nearing release. All these devices showing in so many systems, it's time to just get em out the door and into our hands don't you all think?

[ BGR ]

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New TweetGenius Available for Original Customers - Soonish for Everyone Else

Half of you have been patiently waiting for the new TweetGenius and the other half probably don't even know it exists. Boy Genius Report teamed up with the folks at Beejive months ago and went into hiding so they could crank out the biggest, baddest Twitter client of them all. SocialScope and Ubertwitter are the most talked about Twitter clients of late, so people seem to forget that TweetGenius broke the mold with a "poof" and was the first premium Twitter client for BlackBerry. We first scoped it out way back in May, and it was received well overall. I have to say the new TweetGenius is amazing in its most recent form. Version 1.0.9 is available now for previous customers, and will drop soon for the rest of the world. If you are an avid BlackBerry Twitterer, you should definitely check it out. More information and tons of screenshots over at BGR.

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BigTinCan Mapper Pro - 50 Free Copies

Mapper

One more contest before everyone hits happy hour today. BigTinCan Mapper Pro is a cool app that lets you be a part of OSM (Open Street Mapping) by mapping your area and adding points of interest. The app lets you track your route, check out live GPS details and even send the map as an ALX or GPE file to a PC. BigTinCan Mapper Pro obviously isn't for everyone as it targets a specific audience, but if you want to help map the world then you should absolutely check it out. It is a very cool app and a great OSM utility. BigTinCan Mapper Pro sells for $4.99 in the CrackBerry App Store, but you can win one of 50 free copies by leaving a comment on this post. A slimmed down free version is also available. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for October 2nd, 2009!

BlackBerry App Roundup for October 2nd, 2009!

Howdy folks, happy October to all! Yes, things are getting decidedly chilly up here in Canada... Time to put away the golf clubs and pull out the hockey gear, right? Right. Yet another interesting week in BlackBerry Apps, so lets get right down to business. Covered this week in the BlackBerry App Roundup are the following titles:

In Case You Missed It: BlackBerry App World Updated to 1.1.0.19, LaterDude Pro Updated to 2.2.51, LaterFlag, AOL Radio Player for the Bold, Viigo 2009/2010 Hockey Service Now Available

New This Week: BlackBook, Smart Lock and Wipe, BBCurrencyConverter, Speed

Apps on Sale: Empower SMS Viewer, In Case of Emergency, Video Light - LED Camera Flashlight, Jewel Breaker, Hangman for BlackBerry

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Color ID

Freebie of the Week: Talk Like A Pirate

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Forums moderator yester18 took the time to do up this review of BBScanner for us. He goes over the multiple features, feeds, settings and more. If you don't want to shell out over $100 for a full-featured police scanner, this is a great app that lets you listen to a ton of police, fire & EMS radios. BBScanner is available for just $2.99 from BBScanner.com.

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Sticky Notes

The week is almost over, and we wanted to sneak in a quick contest or two. Artem just let me know that he wants to give away 50 free copies of his Sticky Notes theme for the Storm. This totally custom theme has icons that feature - what else - sticky notes. There are custom battery and signal meters, as well as a hidden dock. If you're looking for something unique for you Storm, give this one a go. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Remember this will only work on the Storm. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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Powermat Charges Your Device Without Any Wires

This is totally cool - the mat charges pretty much any electronic device with no cables or plugs. You just throw on of the "receivers" on your device and drop it on the Powermat. It then charges as it normally would, just by sitting on the mat. A light lets you know its charging, and you can do  up to three devices at once. This is a great way to clean up your desktop or nightstand and keep it wire-free. The only hassle I can see is having to use the receivers on the various devices. I know I won't want to have the receiver on my BlackBerry all day, and why waste time changing the door just to charge? We'll have to see what pans out, but this is definitely a great idea. The Powermat will be available in the upcoming weeks, but no word on exact pricing just yet. Head over to powermat.com for more info.

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Download BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac!

Download BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac!


11:32am EDT: WOOOHOOOO!!! RIM WAS EARLY! Click the image above to download now!

10:00 am EDT: Oh Happy Day! I know I should probably wait until BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac is available for download at 1pm EDT this afternoon, but I just couldn't wait and had to get a post started for it asap. Consider this the official BDM for Mac waiting room and we'll update this post as the time approaches. This is like New Year's Eve for BlackBerry + Mac users. In the meantime, you can express your wantingness for BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac in the comments and if you're like me, keep refreshing the page over at blackberry.com/mac waiting for the download to go live.

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Deal of the Day: Easy Bartender for 50% Off!

I gotta feeling... tonight's gonna be a good night! I don't know about you, but I've had one helluva week, so I know what I'm doing tonight (am I allowed to say that on the blogs?? Ahh well, it's the truth)..... drinking. If you're in the same frame of mind as me today, then it's fitting that today's deal of the day is Easy Bartender! Until midnight CST tonight, you can get it for $3.99 - that's 50% off its normal $7.99 price. Easy Bartender features include:

  • more than 5500 cocktail recipes to explore
  • Easy search by name, alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks, by glass type and preparing method
  • Detailed cocktail description: components, preparing, garnishing, serving
  • My Bar functionality: see what you can do with the drinks in your bar
  • Fully mobile application, no Internet or other connection required

For a full walkthrough, check out the video above put together by our pal Stefano over at BBWorld.info. It's not in english, but that doesn't matter...you'll figure it out! Grab it at the link below for all BlackBerry Smartphone device models.

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