Opera Mini 5 Beta Now Available For Download!

Opera Mini 5 Beta Now Available For Download!

Just the other day we reported Opera Mini 5 may be coming soon to your BlackBerry and turns out soon, meant really soon. As of now you can grab the new version from the Opera web site (visit m.opera.com/next from your berry's browser) and check out all the new features within Opera Mini 5 Beta. Rather then me talking about how great or bad it is at this point, it's probably best if you just download it and check it out for yourselves and make the determination on how you personally feel about it. But just to give you all an idea of what to expect here is a quick list of what's new.

  • Tabbed browsing-Browse several Web sites at the same time. Jump easily from one to another.
  • Speed dial-Your favourite sites are just one click away. (Similar To Safari's new UI)
  • Touch & Keypad-The interface optimizes the display for both touchscreen and keypad phones.
  • Password manager-Log on to your email, social network and other sites with just one click.

I'm positive you all will find many other new features not really mentioned so sound off in the comments. Let us know what you think about the new Opera Mini 5 Beta, especially all you Storm owners out there considering the forums are filling up with people saying it will not work with their Storm. I find this rather odd since all the promo material used at this point shows it working on a BlackBerry Storm, most users would expect if the images used are that of the Storm -- it would work on it right?

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OS 5.0 Update: Official Statement from Research in Motion

The three big questions in the CrackBerry world right now are When is the BlackBerry Storm 9550/9520 getting released?, When can I buy a BlackBerry Bold 9700? and last but not least, When is OS 5.0 going to get rolled out?

While I kind of enjoy that anxious excitement of waiting to get my hands on a new BlackBerry, waiting on OS 5.0 has been a bit more frustrating of an experience. Back in May, RIM officially unveiled its BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 offering at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium event. Throughout the week at various sessions (including a press session) and in speaking to different individuals, I was informed on more than one occasion that the corresponding 5.0 device software should be available in the early fall (ie. late August/early September as it was told to me). With August gone and September flying by, I turned to RIM this week to get an official update, and was provided with the following statement:

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The Score Launches Enhanced Version Of ScoreMobile For BlackBerry Smartphones

The Score has updated their Score Mobile application. Already a popular download in BlackBerry App World, the new features in version 1.2 are something that all sports fans should be able to appreciate, especially now that the fall sports season is well under way. New features include:

  • Tracking of Favourite Leagues - users will be able to manage which sports they choose to see and hide on their device making tracking and staying up to date on their favourite teams easier than ever before
  • Addition of Game Reminders - with two quick clicks, users will be able to add a game to their BlackBerry(R) Calendar so favourite games will never be missed
  • Optimization of Navigation and Display - users can now take advantage of speedier data display and simplified navigation

In addition to the new features added, The Score has also added NFL and NCAA football stats, UEFA Champions League soccer statistics for everyone. You can grab the application now via BlackBerry App World.

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New BlackBerry Game Balloon Filler is Fun!

The folks at Mobigloo have just released their latest game for BlackBerry, Balloon Filler.  Balloon Fillers works both on the BlackBerry Storm and trackball/trackpad device models and sells for $2.99.

You'll want to watch the video above to see Balloon Filler in action, but the concept is pretty straight forward. The goal is to fill the screen up with balloons while avoiding the bouncing balls. You only have so many lives and balloons per level, so you have to think quick and act fast if you want to keep progressing. No free trial on this one, but it's definitely a lot of fun for just a few bucks.

Learn more / Purchase Balloon Filler for BlackBerry

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Tale of the Scale, Part II: Gone Digital - BlackBerry Storm 9550 Is Not Fat, It's Just Big Boned


BlackBerry Storm 9550 Weighs in a Little Heavier Than Its Predecessor

Yesterday's The Tale of the Scale post got some really interesting comments, from bored much Kevin? to I like my phone with a little extra heft - more to love and my personal favorite, if you're complaining about a gram or 2..... get a gym membership! I even got a tweet saying I was on crack to think the 9550 weighed in heavier than the Storm 9530. I think the best comment came from member NDonline though, who noted it's nearly 2010 and I should really invest in a digital scale as it would likely be more accurate and easier to read the numbers. Touché. Consider it done, and I'm back with a new crack(berry) scale and a second set of more refined results. The table below sums up the findings and you can click the images (more below) to zoom in on the scale to see the weights (in grams) for yourself:

 Device Model  Weight in Grams
Weight in Ounces
 BlackBerry Storm 9550
 165  5.9  BlackBerry Storm 9530
 158  5.6  BlackBerry Tour 9630
 132  4.7  BlackBerry Bold 9000
 138  4.9  BlackBerry Curve 8900
 111  3.9  BlackBerry Curve 8520
 104  3.7  BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220
 104  3.7  BlackBerry 8700r
 140  4.9  BlackBerry 7290
 144  5.1  Apple iPhone 3GS 32GB  135  4.8

So there you have it. The Storm 9550 is a bit of a porker. Personally, I'm of the same nature as many others out there who prefer a device to be on the heavier side. It gives off that feeling of durability, quality and makes it feel more tool-like vs. some cheap gadget manufacturered using parts supplied by the lowest bidder. The point of this exercise wasn't too harp on the Storm 9550's heft (though it is kind of fun to do so), but simply to answer with some actual evidence the question that has popped up several times in the Storm II forum asking whether the device weighs more or less than the first Storm. So while the answer is that the 9550 does weigh more than the 9530, in my opinion it feels a lot better in the hand despite the few extra grams, which I'm certain you'll agree with once you get your hands on one.

Done. That's it for the discussion of weight. Unfortunately, that means now it's back to the WAIT. Come on RIM / Verizon / Vodafone... let's get this phone announced and released!!

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U2 Mobile Album Now Available In BlackBerry App World

We've been watiing for what seems like forever for the U2 Mobile Album to be released as we had heard all kinds of news about it in the last few months, but had no real release date. Well today the U2 Mobile Album became available for download in BlackBerry App World. This free app lets you follow the band on their No Line On The Horizon tour and offers a load of great features.

  • Get inside the album with access to songs from No Line On The Horizon, essays from the band, and video clips
  • View the original, origami-style photo displays inspired by the music
  • Access dynamic news feeds from U2.com and receive alerts when new content is available
  • View exclusive images of the band in the recording studio and on the road
  • Mark your place in the crowd with geocoding, chat and share images with other fans, and view postings from the band (coming soon!)
  • Tap into the Who's Listening section and see when and where other users are listening to the album (coming soon!)
  • Track the tour as the band moves across the globe - see where they're going and where they've been (coming soon!)

The U2 Mobile Album is available for all devices running OS 4.5 or higher. Head over to the application page in BlackBerry App World to download.

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It's a tricky question to answer. Get a BlackBerry Storm 9530 today, or wait a little longer and get a Storm 9550? Temptation is a difficult thing. All I can say is watch the video below...

and hopefully you'll figure out what's best for you! :-)

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Contest: 50 Free Unlock Codes from Carrier Unlock

Contest: 50 Free Unlock Codes from Carrier Unlock

We can't let a week go by without giving away some unlock codes, so this week CarrierUnlock.com has offered up 50 free codes for CrackBerry readers. Their codes are only good for Verizon (Storm & Tour), T-Mobile, AT&T, Fido & Rogers however, so if you are on another carrier you'll have to sit this one out. As an added bonus they are also running a promo to go along with the contest. CrackBerry readers can receive codes for the above carriers for only $5.99 or $4.00 off all other products. Just head over to CarrierUnlock.com and use the promo code CB at checkout. To enter the contest, 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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Cocky Culture 2-Day 50% Off Sale on All Themes

Cocky Culture 2-Day 50% Off Sale on All Themes

I got an email from Tony of Cocky Culture themes this morning that he is having a 2-day sale on all of his themes. This means you can grab awesome themes like Leatherberry, Robotika, Revolver and more for 50% off. Almost all of the themes are regularly priced at $4.95, so you get a great savings during this sale. Just visit crackberryappstore.com from your device and pick out a Cocky Culture theme. Enter the coupon code 2d50off at checkout and you will receive 50% off. The sale runs today and tomorrow only, so don't miss out!

* Please Note: Coupon code will only work in our mobile app store (crackberryappstore.com) or via our app store BlackBerry client (download from crackberry.com/appstore on your berry's browser). Coupon code will not work in our pc-optimized store. *

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Contest Winners: TetherBerry, Colorware Tour, BuzzMe Pro, Money For BlackBerry, CANDi and Empower SMS Viewer

* Update: Had a little copy and paste glitch on the TetherBerry winners where the full list wasn't included past the letter R. Full list now pasted. Sorry about that. Calm down... there's always winners right to the end of the alphabet, even Zzzz. * 

We had a blowout over the last two weeks with contests, and we know you've all been waiting for this post. We have one lucky winner of a brand new custom BlackBerry Tour from Colorware, and 1,000 copies of TetherBerry. We also threw in some other great apps like Money For BlackBerry and Empower SMS Viewer. So hit the jump to see all the winnners. Congrats to everyone! Be sure to check in this week to see what other contests we have in store.

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Here's some cool news for the hardcore BlackBerry users and enterprise travellers out there. The folks at Celio Corp have hooked us up with an exclusive video first look at their BlackBerry driver support for the REDFLY Mobile Companion. If you haven't heard of the Celio REDFLY before, it's essentially a dummy monitor/keyboard for your smartphone that allows for an improved typing and viewing experience. Previously the REDFLY has been available to Windows Mobile-powered devices.

The BlackBerry connects to the REDFLY either over USB connection or via Bluetooth and from there it is the actual BlackBerry operating system that shows up on the REDFLY's screen. You're still using your berry - just via a much bigger screen and even bigger/faster to type on keyboard. Currently the REDFLY comes in two models, 7" or 8," and has an MSRP of $199 and $249, respectively. Celio says we can expect the BlackBerry support driver to become available in early Q4, which should mean it's just a few weeks away. Watch the video above to see it in action.

Now for the big question... what do you think?! Netbooks are getting smaller these days and tethering with your BlackBerry is easier than ever, so the immediate Wow factor maybe isn't what it would have been a year ago. I do think one of the big draws to the REDFLY, especially in the enterprise space, is that you can improve the BlackBerry experience (pound out massive emails quickly) without having to leave BlackBerry's secure environment, similar in fashion to what Bayalink achieves with their Liberty product. We'll definitely give this a CrackBerry hands-on review when it becomes available.

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Sensobi a better address book for your BlackBerry

Have you ever actually sat down and looked at your Address Book on your BlackBerry smartphone? I mean “really” sort through it. I bet that there are a good number of contacts that you don’t even need. When was the last time that you talked to so – and – so? You may have some of those contacts; the type that you quickly throw into your address book. They are saved, but forgotten for many reasons; it may be because you think you may need to reach them at some point in time, or you make brief contact and want to talk at a more convenient time. Whatever the reason is, these lost souls occupy your address book and continue to grow. At this point you either keep them or delete them. I try to keep my address book trimmed down, but I always find a stray contact or two that have snuck in.

A while ago, Bla1ze turned my attention to an impressive Address Book alternative that helps you to see who you have talked to, what you’ve said, how often you want to talk and more. This application is called Sensobi Contacts. Rather than trying to remember when you’ve talked to this person last, let Sensobi Contacts fill you in. Lets see Sensobi Contacts in action!

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ÜberTwitter Launches With TweetPhoto Integration!

ÜberTwitter Launches With TweetPhoto Integration!

ÜberTwitter, the awesome Twitter client for BlackBerry devices has been growing at a rapid pace these days. After being named the top Twitter client for BlackBerry, it then teamed up with Twitvid.com to use their services to send videos to Twitter right from your device.This time around ÜberTwitter has teamed up with TweetPhoto to use their wide array of API's to provide everyone with a great device to Twitter picture posting process. Today's announcement shows that ÜberTwitter has no plans in slowing down on its development and plans to bring even more to its users. Full press release is after the jump. 

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Astrasync For BlackBerry Updated To Version 3.1

Astrasync For BlackBerry Updated To Version 3.1

Astrasync for BlackBerry is a great solution for those who need two-way over-the-air synchronization of email, calendar and contact data with a Microsoft Exchange, MailSite Fusion, CommuniGate Pro, Zimbra, Scalix, FirstClass or Kerio MailServers. Astrasync has been offering their services for quite some time and have most recently updated to version 3.1.12 and as such, have implemented a lot of user requested changes such as the following:

  • Support for Multiple Folders - You can now choose to sync emails from any folder in your email account. You can also move and copy messages between folders.
  • Save Messages as Drafts - AstraSync now includes a drafts folder where you can save partially composed messages allowing you to complete and send them at a later time.
  • Full Outbox- You can now view the AstraSync outbox to see any messages that have not yet been successfully sent due to a network outage.
  • Client Side Search - With AstraSync 3.1 you can now search your email folders to find the email you need. Client side search looks at the message headers, subject and body of downloaded messages.
  • Global Address Book Improvements - The Global Address Book lookup now retrieves full details for each contact. You can then choose to save the contact to your device address book for future reference.
The new update is available now via the Astrasync website and if you haven't checked Astrasync out before, now is a good time to start.
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Leaked OS 4.6.1.305 For BlackBerry Curve 8520

Leaked OS 4.6.1.305 For BlackBerry Curve 8520

Hmm.. Seems not that long ago we posted a leak for the 8520 and here we go already with another one. OS 4.6.1.305 has leaked out onto the web for all Curve 8520 owners to download. I installed this update and gave it a spin, off the top nothing noticeable has changed but I'm sure there are a few bug fixes in the OS that we can't see due to there being no changelog available. It's no Storm leak, but I'll take what I can get.

*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. * 

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BlackBerry Bold OS 4.6.0.301 Goes Official On AVEA

BlackBerry Bold OS 4.6.0.301 Goes Official On AVEA

For all those that didn't already grab the leaked version, AVEA will fill your OS needs in the official format. As posted in our forums, you can now download OS 4.6.0.301 from their download site just remember if AVEA is not your carrier to delete the Vendor.xml file before installing. Remember to always check the forums for the latest OS releases. 

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The Tale of the Scale: BlackBerry Storm 9550 Weighs In Against Siblings and Competition


BlackBerry Storm 9550 Weighs in Same (or slightly more??) than 9530

One of the topics of interest that has popped up more than a few times in the Storm II forum and which I came across again today is in regards to the weight of RIM's next-generation touchscreen BlackBerry. One of these days RIM will acknowledge the existence of the next-generation BlackBerry Storm and when they do we'll get to see its official features and specifications sheet, but since we're all tired of waiting for that to happen I figured it was time to bust out the good 'ole crack(berry) scale and see how the new Storm weighs in against its BlackBerry siblings and the competition (iPhone 3GS).

The original BlackBerry Storm 9530/9500 is a hefty device, so many have been hoping that the Storm 9550/9520 would weigh (a lot) less. The scale doesn't lie though, and by the looks of things the new Storm is just as heavy -- maybe even heavier by a gram or two, at least according to the 9550 in the photo above (very new hardware, unit has WiFi) -- tipping in at just over 6 ounces, or ~170 grams. This shouldn't come as a total surprise though. As we've seen already, the components under the screen are more heavy duty in the 9550 compared to the 9530, and the 9550 does contain WiFi (which I'm assuming may add some heft). Ahh well, RIM can always market the new Storm as good for weight loss. Between pressing in on the SurePress screen and carrying around the extra mass, you can burn more calories in a day using the Storm than another smartphone. I can already see the late-night infomercial. I'll take two please! Joking aside, despite the 9550's weight it feels better than the 9530 in hand.  

There are more images of other devices below, which you can click on to zoom in and read the weight measurement. All devices contain their OEM battery as well as a 16GB microSD card. Keep in mind the scale may not be 100% precise down to the nanogram, but should be more than accurate in comparing the devices in sequence as done here for the purpose of this post.

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BeBeMe Bursts on to the BlackBerry Scene ... Kind of

BeBeMe Bursts on to the BlackBerry Scene ... Kind of
 

As bloggers our duty is to carry forth the news of the BlackBerry world and pass it along to the CrackBerry Nation. We are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest, and try to keep everyone in the loop the second something new comes along. This morning I had a mixed emotion when I received this tweet from a new service called BeBeMe. At first I wrote it off as spam since it just magically popped up on my timeline (along with numerous other users timelines apparently), but after looking into it I discovered it was actually a new service and it piqued my interest. Unfortunately I didn't get too far. I did read over their press release from this morning and learned that the service apparently lets you convert your BB PIN and email to an "alias" and use their features such as a global address book, IM and RSS content. I couldn't for the life of me find a sign-up link on the page, and after numerous attempts to "See if your BeBeMe is available" with handles such as azeis, adam and even my PIN - I was told all were unavailable. I had no idea what BeBeMe wanted, but finally put in one of the numbers in the "range" on the lower portion of the page. I entered 8001 and was told it is available ... for $2,800! What?! I don't get what is going on with BeBeMe. This isn't so much of a rant as it is a plea for someone to please explain what BeBeMe is all about and what service it actually provides. Check it out for yourself at BeBeMe.com.

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Sports Illustrated Now On Your BlackBerry

Sports Illustrated Now On Your BlackBerry

* Update from Kevin: We got a note from Polar Mobile, who developed the app, that clarifies what's going on for some people. The app is available globally but they were asked to list two versions in App World so that the app can be featured separately in different geographic areas. This is causing confusion that they will approach BlackBerry about to get straightened out.

Long story short, there is a shortcut to just getting the application. Click to http://app.si.com to download the Sports Illustrated app directly. *

Sports Illustrated which is read by over 23 million people has finally made it's way to BlackBerry. This time not just in the form of a mobile site, but a full-on BlackBerry application designed by Polar Mobile. All the news, scores and stats you can handle right in your hand with plenty of user customizable options available so you get the information you want - no more, no less. Need to send an article to Twitter? Share the link with friends or bookmark it for later? Send it to delicious? You can do it all. You can tweak every aspect of the app so you only see the sports, news and scores you want, when you want. A very cool offering from SI that will definitely give other sports apps a run for their money. Check it out via BlackBerry App World.

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Free SmartBBattery Shows Battery Status As An Icon

SmartBBattery

I came across a cool free app this weekend called SmartBBattery. The app is simple - it places an icon on your screen that displays you current battery status. The icon changes color (green, yellow or red) depending on your charge, and also shows the remaining battery life as a percentage. Thats all there is to it. SmartBBattery is a no frills app that gets the job done. The app works on all devices running OS4.2 or higher.

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