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To call it a unique app would be a lie, but to call it a bushel of awesome is the total truth. If you plan on rocking out this summer, you'll need to have the Molson Canadian Seize the Summer app along for the ride. While it's pretty much the closest thing to foursquare since foursquare, this app wants you to share your love of summer and earn badges along the way. You can earn a "Summer Awesomeness Badge" for doing summer stuff like mountain biking, road trips, seeing a moose, doing a cannonball or my personal favorite "barbeque a variety of meats". Each badge is in turn posted to your Facebook page so your friends know just how much cool stuff you do over the summer. During the course of earning badges you'll also be entered to win an "amazing trip" so at least you have some incentive to go big or go home. Check out the video above for more, then download the app from the link below to get started. 

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How Do You Use Your BlackBerry: How do you reset your device?
How do you reset you BlackBerry Smartphone?online surveys

Being BlackBerry users we face the truth and know that we have to resest our devices more than we'd like. It's and unfortunate truth, but we just kind of roll with it. Most users rely on a good ol' battery pull to do the job, while others use the keyboard shortcut and some stick with a 3rd party app. Whatever you choose, they all serve the same purpose. Here's to hoping that soon we won't have to worry about reseting, but for now we want to know how you reset your device. Do you do a battery pull, alt-shift-del key combo or a different 3rd party app like QuickPull or QuickLaunch? Leave your vote in the poll and drop a comment letting us know why. Thanks Diego!

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Xobni for BlackBerry Beta - Rolling out bug fixes and improved BlackBerry performance soon

In our "What's on A CrackBerry BlackBerry" article, Xobni was insanely popular among the staff here. And with good reason as well. If you all listen to the CrackBerry podcast you've likely heard Adam profess his love for that many times as well but also, heard him mention of a few bugs that still remain. No worries though, Xobni has sent out their latest beta version to some of the original beta testing using and it has looked at and improved upon many users feedback. Some of the changes and additions are as follows:

  • Performance improvements for BlackBerrry local data integration
  • Performance improvements for scrolling in the search results
  • Better integration with Blackberry Address book
  • Trials and gift code activation
  • Phone number source and email snippet from Xobni One/Outlook
  • Xobni one status dialog
  • LinkedIn “Sign-in” integration for additional data access (in Options)

The update is said to be rolling out to the masses as soon as enough feedback has been generated from the beta testers. So far, in my using the application I can say it seems faster to access data and appears to have adjusted some of the slight lag seen when using the applicatiion. All in all, it was never really bothersome anyway in my opinion but, it does seem to of have been corrected with this release.

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Hedone Designs, Thank You Sale - Most popular themes now available for only $1.99

As winner of the Mobihand Theme Throwdown 2010, Hedone Designs has decided to post a sale for all of our readers in thanks. For today and tomorrow, you can now grab some of the most popular Hedone Designs themes for only $1.99. You'll have to use the coupon code "CBHDTY" in order to get the discount, so be sure when checking out that you are indeed seeing the reduction in price. If you've been holding out on any theme purchases now is a good time to check out whats available. Please note: the coupon code will only work through our mobile app store or mobile app store client on your device.

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Official OS 5.0.0.810 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650 now available from Alltel

Happy Friday Bold 9650 users - Alltel has just officially released OS 5.0.0.810. This is the newest official software, so if you're rocking a 9650 give it a whirl and see how it is. This beats out the official release of 5.0.0.732 from Verizon a few weeks back, so hopefully a few good fixes/updates in the mix. While this is an official OS, always use caution when upgrading. Hit the link below to download.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for July 23rd, 2010! Win one of 20 copies of Find My Phone

As we get set to roll into the weekend, it's time for another round up. This week we got a nice assortment for you all. Plus, we've worked out the winners for the 50 copies of Weather Plus. You'll wanna read on through and find out what's good. This week, 20 copies of Find my Phone are to be given away so, be sure to drop us a comment folks. Cheers, enjoy your weekend folks!


Freebies of the Week: Zhiing, OutOfBattery, River Water

In Case You Missed It: Find My Phone, Foursquare v1.9, SugarSync 1.5

New This Week: SecurePhoto, Vault, Attack Alarm

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Cravings Manager

Contest: Enter to win 1 of 20 free copies of Find My Phone

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BlackBerry Curve 8530 comes to MetroPCS; Brings $60 unlimited data plan

MetroPCS announced today that they are now offering the BlackBerry Curve 8530 to customers. The device will carry a flat-rate $60 plan that includes unlimited talk, text, web, data, email and turn-by-turn GPS. This brings along another option that is a great alternative to higher priced contract devices of bigger carriers and continues the trend of lower priced BlackBerry plans. While Virgin Mobile still holds the prize of being the cheapest (for now), this is definitely a great alternative if MetroPCS suits you better. For more information and service locations, you can check out metropcs.com/blackberry. Full press release after the jump.

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Keep it clean and simple with Silverite for your BlackBerry

I know lots of you like to do up your devices with the latest and greatest themes, but I like to keep things simple. I'm not a big fan of hidden trays hot-spots and just like to change up the look of things. For that reason I think Silverite is good choice for those looking for something new. The theme is custom from head to toe and features custom banner meters, custom icons and a hidden dock. I like the overall simplicity and clean look of this theme. You can grab Silverite for the 9700, 96xx and 89xx series devices for $4 in the CrackBerry App Store. Corey has dropped the price on all of his older themes as well so be sure to check them out.

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Xtreme Labs releases Antenna Meter for BlackBerry

Xtreme Labs releases Antenna Meter for BlackBerry

With the internet still buzzing over the whole iPhone 4 Antennagate debacle, Xtreme Labs has teamed up with the folks from Fixmo Tools to help create Antenna Meter. The application itself is pretty straightforward. It allows you to test out different "death grip" scenarios and visually measure what, exactly is going on with the device while doing so. Does your signal drop? If so, by how much? You can also share your stats with others via email. Of course, we would be remiss if we didn't also mention that same information can be gained by pressing ALT NMLL on your devices keyboard. After which, your "bars" will then be displayed as more accurate dBm levels. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to grab a few things in preparation for the iPhone 4 launch in Canada.

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New in the CrackBerry App Store - Scan an item's barcode to easily move from desktop to device!

We always try to keep the CrackBerry App Store updated with the latest and greatest features to make browsing and purchasing apps as simple as possible. The latest feature is a welcome one and helps to make finding exactly what you need quicker and easier. Now when browsing the store from your computer, on all application pages you'll see an individual QR code (barcode) specific to each app. When you find an app you like, simply scan the barcode and you'll have more info right in your mobile browser. You can take advantage of the many free barcode readers available for BlackBerry (they can be used to scanning barcodes everywhere) and check out this cool new feature. Head into the CrackBerry App Store from your PC/Mac to check it out!

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VQ Mileage Tracker

The folks at Xpressions Inc. (makers of VQ Carfinder) have again upated their VQ mileage Tracker software. If you haven't seen it before, the app automatically tracks the distance you drive, date and time for your trip and the address to which you drove. New features include:

  • Auto-Report Generation: Users can set VQ Mileage Tracker to automatically email them weekly, monthly or quarterly Mileage Report spreadsheets
  • Advanced Address Capture: VQ Mileage Tracker can capture the address where the user parked even if they parked underground
  • Track to nearest tenth of mile/km: Users can track to the nearest tenth of a mile/km or to the nearest mile/km
  • Time Tracker: In addition to reporting start and end address and distance travelled, VQ Mileage Tracker now also reports trip duration in hours and minutes so users can more accurately track time spent driving for business

VQ Mileage Tracker is on sale for $9.99 (regularly $19.99) in the CrackBerry App Store and a free trial is available.

Contest: We have 20 free copies of VQ Mileage Tracker to give away. Just leave a single comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PDT.

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Google Voice for BlackBerry updated to v0.2.0.2

Google Voice for BlackBerry updated to v0.2.0.2

The Google Voice app for BlackBerry has been updated version 0.2.0.2 (what a fun version number!). An update for the app has been long overdue, and this version includes an option to check your balance, faster dialing and banner notifications.

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BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6 to be released in limited beta starting today!

Well, this came out of nowhere. Inside BlackBerry has just let everyone know that starting today, beta invites will go out to BlackBerry Beta Zone members so that they may have access to the all new, all fresh looking BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6. Certainly not a lot of details were posted other than that. Instead, Inside BlackBerry let the pictures do the talking for them. The design is that of what Mac Desktop Manager users have had for a while now, except its got way more polish added too it and it looks great. If you have yet to sign up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone you might wanna finally get on that! What do you all think? Looks great right?!? More pics after the break.

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Zoombak tracking application for BlackBerry now available in BlackBerry App World

Zoombak is well known for its personal GPS locators that can be used in many different situations. The company allows customers to access real time tracking information, whenever they need it. The service has endless possibilities; track missing bags, locate a stroller, fetch the family dog or even figure out where Grandma took off to on her scooter (this time). The locator itself is lightweight, small and is water resistant. If a customer wanted to track an item while on the move, they would create a “safety-zone”. They would then receive SMS or email notifications when the locator breached the safety zone.

Zoombak recently launched their BlackBerry mobile application and is now available in BlackBerry App World. Instead of running to their computer, Zoombak customers can now launch the app on their BlackBerrys and have the option to find the current location of the lost person/item. They can also choose to track; receiving updates every five minutes. While the application is free, keep in mind that the services that Zoombak offers start at $9.99 per month, on top of the cost of the unit. I think that this was an excellent move on Zoombak’s part. If one of their customers needs to track something or someone, they would want to keep as mobile, and portable, as possible.

Source: Business Wire

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 Add a new look to your device with Ubuntu by Big Papa Designs - 25 free copies to be won!

Matt from BB Theme Labs is heavy into his theme development, and his site is an excellent resource for any developers looking for tips, help, or elements for their themes. He also makes some pretty kickin' themes himself, and his latest shows his skills well. Completely custom, including the icons, meters and every other element you can think of, this theme give the look and feel of the Ubuntu OS on your device. Fast and smiooth, the theme is heavy on function, featuring a drop down hidden dock, fully user defined, that shows the name of the application next to the icon. Rounded out with a hidden today, the function meets the form beautifully for one great theme.

Contest: We have 25 copies of Ubuntu to give away! 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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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.822 For the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Bold 9000

Two more for everyone. Again, courtesy of Driphter.com. This time we have the OS 5.0.0.822 for the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and the BlackBerry Curve 8900. You all know what to do. Back up your data and get your swagg on. Leave us comments if ya find anything cool.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

Source: Driphter.com
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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.822 For the BlackBerry Curve 8520

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.822 For the BlackBerry Curve 8520

Fire up your computers and grab your USB cables folks, seems Research In Motion has sprung a few leaks today courtesy of the folks over at Driphter.com. As always, you guys know the drill back up your data and don't shoot us if things go the wrong way. Ya dig? Alright then.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). *

Source: Driphter.com
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Leaked: BlackBerry Desktop Manager 5.0.1.40

Leaked: BlackBerry Desktop Manager 5.0.1.40

Been a while since we've seen a leaked version of BlackBerry Desktop Manager. The folks over at Driphter.com have taken care of that though. You can hit the download link to grab v5.0.1.40. Doesn't appear to be a whole lot of changes with this release, most likely just updates to support some of the newer devices to soon be released. That said, if you all spot something we may have missed let us know in the comments folks. Shout out to my better half for taking the pic for us since I don't have Windows on my Mac.

Source: Driphter.com

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Wow, check this out. Salomondrin has again teamed up with Terrible Bean to bring us another look at BlackBerry 6. This time, we get the set up video for the BlackBerry 9800. The video walkthrough is quite impressive to see on it's own but I'm really digging the boot animation that gets shown off. Check it out, let us know what you think in the comments. You're turn RIM. Show us something else cool about BlackBerry 6. Maybe have it running on a full QWERTY non touch screen? We'd all enjoy that video.

Source: Salmondrin

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