Podcast Episode 040: Best CrackBerry Podcast Ever!

Well, I'm not really sure that this is the best CrackBerry Podcast ever, but with Adam jumping ship on this show in order to spend some time with his family (son's birthday!) I figured I'd rip him a bit by giving Episode 040 an illustrious title like that.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for August 21st, 2009!

Cheers to another great week... hope everyone out there is doing well. Lot's to talk about as per usual in the Roundup, so let's get right down to it, shall we? Covered this week we have the following titles:

In Case You Missed It: bChat Threaded SMS, BerryAddon Utility, PaderSyncFM Mobile File Manager, Compass Lite for the Tour 9630, I Charge Cool

New This Week: HoneyDew Synchronized Todo List, Dog Whistle, Countdown for the BlackBerry Storm, Debt Rescue 911

Apps on Sale: MemoryUp Professional, BlackBerry Executor Keychain, Jewel Breaker, NetworkAcc, RollerFlash

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Yankees.com and RedSox.com BlackBerry Shortcuts

Freebie of the Week: Mango

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Free BlackBerry Pro v3 Theme for Tour 9630

Free BlackBerry Pro v3 Theme for Tour 9630

CrackBerry member natemz let me know about his latest theme creation, BlackBerry Pro v3. Currently for the Tour, this theme is available in six colors - plenty of choices to suit everyone. You can choose from black, red, blue, orange, green and pink. This clean theme features a bottom launch bar, weather slot, custom icons and more. There is even a full set of wallpapers available if you'd like to mix and match. BlackBerry Pro v3 is totally free, and you can check out the full forum thread here, or jump to the OTA download links below.

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AT&T Potentially Getting Ready for the Bold in White?

You might not want to read into this too much, but I was snooping around AT&T's account manager and noticed that the list of devices says "Bold Black". I'm always on the account manager and this is the first time I noticed that it didn't just say "9000 (Bold)" like it normally does. When photos dropped on BGR the other day of a Bold in a white (click here for photos) some people responded that it was a third party casing which potentially it may have been, but this change on AT&T's site further adds to the claims that RIM may be about to unleash some white Bolds on the world. Some may have done the modifications to their devices already, but at least if you buy it white, you don't have to go through the hassle of changing out the housing when you need to exchange the device. It also minimizes your chances of voiding the warranty when having to ensure you don't harm the precious little warranty sticker when taking off the screws. I definitely ripped mine when blacking out my Bold (but I didn't care, I knew I'd never use warranty).

Would you like to see the BlackBerry Bold Offered in White?(poll)

I'm definitely waiting for this to drop as I love when the work is already done for me. Anyone else waiting for the white bold to be released? Anyone dropping their current ones to get the new one? And how many of you are saying "Who cares, bring on Onyx"? Sound off in the comments!

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Alltel Wireless BlackBerry Tour 9630 Now Available

We knew it wouldn't be much longer, and today it was announced that Alltel has released the BlackBerry Tour 9630 for purchase both online and in retail outlets. The CDMA device is available for $199.99 (after $100 mail-in rebate) on a 1-year contract. You'll have to select one of Alltel's Smart Choice packs that include a national minute plan, email, web browsing and My Circle. The Tour will be available to new customers still under the Alltel (not Verizon) service areas. For more information, check out the full press release or visit alltel.com.

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Contest: 500 Free Copies of LaterDude Pro!

Just leave a comment to this blog post for your chance to win a free copy!

Just last week we ran an in-depth review of LaterDude Pro here on the CrackBerry blogs. This week it's back on the homepage and we're giving away FIVE HUNDRED FREE COPIES thanks to developer Fabian Heuwieser. All you need to do for a chance to win your free copy is login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment to this post. It's as easy as that. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please just enter one comment. To learn more or purchase/download, follow the links below.

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We got word this morning from the company that SocialDeck has released the first cross-platform game that can be played in real time across networks. Users can play on iPhone, Facebook or BlackBerry and interact regardless of their device or platform. Shake and Spell is a simple spelling game that has been available on both Facebook and iTunes for a while, but now user can experience gameplay no matter where they are. You have the ability to chat and interact with players, discover friends and view leaderboards. All of the same options are present on all platforms. When starting the app, you'll see your Game Feed notifying you of games, updates etc. You can even start a game on one platform, then move to another. The Facebook application is obviously the most full-featured, but this is a big step for mobile gaming. For more information, head over to http://www.socialdeck.com/. Check out the full press release after the jump. It's interesting to note that this app was funding by the BlackBerry Partners Fund. Be sure to give it a whirl!

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New SCARY App: RadGuard Aims to Minimize Your Exposure to Radiation Emitted from BlackBerry

Are you worried about the potential effects of radiation emitted from your BlackBerry?(answers)

Seriously. This RadGuard app scares the sh!t out of me. Why? Because I pretty much have my BlackBerry (often more than one BlackBerry) with me 24/7, typically carrying it around not so far from my you know what. And the number of times I've fallen asleep with my BlackBerry on my chest or beside me just inches away from my head (which contains my brain) the last thing I want to think about are the things potentially happening to my body caused by radiation emitted from my trusted electronic companion. It's not typically my style, but with this argument/issue I'd rather remain as blissfully ignorant as possible. Enough with the drole... so what's RadGuard? Read on for the details:

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Lois Lane Uses a BlackBerry Storm?

Lois Lane Uses a BlackBerry Storm?

Yes you read the title correctly. It looks like well known reporter Lois Lane certainly does use a BlackBerry Storm. Reading through Action Comics #880, one CrackBerry member came across this image of Lois Lane's phone, and it sure does look like a Storm. While any details like "BlackBerry" or "Verizon" don't appear, any CrackBerry user knows exactly what device it is. That familiar Deeet Deeet ringtone is a dead giveaway as well. Heck, maybe its a Storm 2? Superman surely must get her some great gifts - maybe he has some pull at RIM. Thanks to Alberto for sending this in!

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Contest: 200 Copies of UberTwitter to Give Away

Excited to get your hands on the new UberTwitter update? Well maybe you can get away without paying for it. With the release of the 0.912 update, UberTwitter has been kind enough to give us 200 copies of their new ad-free version to give away. The update provides users with a free ad-supported version, as well as a paid ad-free version. The paid version is $4.99 for a year of full service and upgrades. Not really a twerrible price if you use UberTwitter as your main Twitter client. On a side note, their new TwitVid support is great (especially since TwitVid actually works on mobile devices now). To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment - multiple submissions won't count.

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Tour Week! Day 4 Special: Get Berry Wars for $1.99 - 50% Off!

Deal of the Day BlackBerry Tour week continues and Day 4 is GAME DAY. With a domain name like CrackBerry.com, I guess it's only fitting that the game we're offering at half price is about dealing substances of the addictive nature. Berry Wars is a throwback game, based on the ultra-popular Drug Wars. Since it launched back in early May it has basically been one of the top selling games in the CrackBerry App Store, so you know it's good and addictive. For the details on Berry Wars, be sure to click over to the product page for full description, screen caps, video and customer reviews.

Keep in mind that while this may be BlackBerry Tour Week, Berry Wars is also available for the Storm, Bold and Curve 8900, so you can get in on today's savings if you're rocking any of those devices.

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Use Your BlackBerry as a Modem on a Mac

Use Your BlackBerry as a Modem on a Mac

Those of you looking to tether your BlackBerry to your Mac look no further. RIM has published an article with a step-by-step of just how to do it. The article How to set up an IP modem using Bluetooth on an Apple Macintosh computer has plain and simple steps to get the job done.

A BlackBerry smartphone with tethered modem over Bluetooth® capabilities can be used as an external modem to connect an Apple Macintosh computer to the Internet. To set up an Internet Protocol (IP) modem over Bluetooth on an Apple Macintosh computer, complete the following tasks.

The full article can be found in the BlackBerry Technical Solution Center. This is a simple solution for Mac users, yet many don't know how to set it up or never cared to try. If you have tested out this method, be sure to leave a comment and let us know your findings. 

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This one popped up in the CrackBerry forums this morning and is good for a Thursday morning chuckle. Be sure to watch the advertisement above for Microsoft's new FUNE phone. Any BlackBerry users out there thinking about switching? ;)

[ College Humor via WJDDesigns ]

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Why I Love My BlackBerry Curve 8520

 Why I Love My BlackBerry Curve 8520

Everytime I mention owning a BlackBery Curve 8520 to another smartphone user, be it in person or on Twitter or in the CrackBerry forums, I often get a similar grilling across the board. These response is usually in the form of a question along the lines of Why would you use an 8520 over your Bold? or You actually use that thing? These questions really make me wonder if people are aware of how great the little device actually is.

What is your favorite BlackBerry method of navigation?(poll)

Let's start with some basics that some may not be aware of or have forgotten. The processor in the Curve 8520 is the very same one that is in it's big brother the Curve 8900 so you know already that the device is snappy. Also like the Curve 8900, the 8520 comes with 256MB of RAM on board which is actually double the Bold's 128MB of RAM. This jump in RAM makes a big difference in everyday use, especially if you have a lot of apps installed and tend to keep many open. No camera flash a concern for you? I can understand that, however, even without the flash I find the Curve 8520's 2 megapixel camera takes better pictures than the Bold's 2 megapixel camera in most lighting conditions (no, it doesn't touch the 3.2 megapixel camera w/flash found on the Tour/8900/Storm).

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Free Priority Theme For The BlackBerry Tour 9630

Free Priority Theme For The BlackBerry Tour 9630

Here is a wicked BlackBerry Tour theme from SocksInsideOut. Priority is nicely laid out and as you can see from the pic above the usage of tabs in the theme is a great addition as well. A few other themes out there have used this feature before but not to the extent that is used within Priority. As of right now the theme is just in a testing phase so be sure to check out the thread in the forums and post any feedback or bugs you may have so the developer can ensure they are corrected.

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Flash and Silverlight on the way to BlackBerry?

BGR dropped the word that RIM may soon be loading up both Flash and Silverlight on BlackBerry devices. Flash is one of the most sought after features, and the inclusion would surely make for loads of happy campers. As of now, there are no workarounds or even 3rd party apps that cleanly allow Flash video on BlackBerry. No word of a release time or any solid details really, but I suppose its something else to look forward to down the line (knowing RIM make that way down the line).

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Tour Week! Day 3 Special: Get BerryBuzz 2.0 for $2.97 - 50% Off!

BlackBerry Tour Week continues, and today's app is an in-demand one! in fact, before I even had a chance to blog this up several threads popped up in the forums about BerryBuzz being available today for 50% Off!

If you're not familiar with BerryBuzz, it allows you to REALLY customize the alerts and notifications on your BlackBerry. This is CrackBerry Adam's favorite BlackBerry app... so I'll quote him from a previous post he wrote up on BerryBuzz 2.0:

Of all the applications I have used while owning a BlackBerry, I have to say that BerryBuzz is by far my favorite. The first release was awesome in that it easily let you specifiy different LED colors for emails, SMS and phone calls. In the newly updated BerryBuzz 2.0, Bellshare has stepped up their game. There are a ton of additional options in this update. You can set LED alerts for emails, SMS, phone calls, calendar events and more. You can tweak the LED flash settings like interval and slow flash time. There is even a "disco" light which flashes different colors and is hard to miss (check out this video for a demo). The biggest addition has to be the ability to set an LED alert for BlackBerry Messenger - which in the past "couldn't be done".

There you have it! You can jump over to the product page for more information, customer reviews and to buy it today (you have until midnight CST) for only $2.97 - 50% off it's regular price.

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TwitVid Launches Application For Uploading Videos From Your BlackBerry To Twitter

TwitVid has been getting a lot of press as of late, first with their launch as the integrated video hosting provider used within UberTwitter and now they have gone ahead and released their own video uploading application for all BlackBerry Smartphones via BlackBerry App World.

I tested the application out and it does indeed work as advertised, but one problem does exist. I touched on it a few days ago with a quick tip I posted but for those of you who may have missed it I'll repeat. The videos uploaded from you BlackBerry to TwitVid are not even playable on your BlackBerry via TwitVid after being posted. What this means is if you share your video as TwitVid wants you too, another BlackBerry user cannot visit the link provided and view your video they will get the "Please Install Adobe Flash" error as the videos are encoded to flash video. So while some of you may be satisfid with just reaching out to those on your Twitter stream sitting at a PC, most of my followers are themselves BlackBerry users and most likely will not be at their PC to even view the video. If you are looking for a solution that does offer uploading and viewing from your BlackBerry, check out Moby Picture.

Word around the camp fire is that TwitVid is indeed working on a solution that will allow both, uploads and viewing from BlackBerry Smartphones, but as of my testing this morning that has not happened. If viewing your uploaded videos from your BlackBerry is not a concern for you or your followers, be sure to check TwitVid4BB out. Full press release is available here.

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CANDi Theme Now Available for the BlackBerry Tour; Contest: 50 Free Themes to be Won!

Our friend Wayne from WJDDesigns has updated his vibrant Candi theme for the BlackBerry Storm so it's now compatible with the BlackBerry Tour. If you missed our first blog post about CANDi, you can check it out here (video walk through shown). CANDi for the Tour has a hidden today feature (scroll down to access it), a weather app slot, and the icon order is fully customizable. Definitely hawt. Be sure to click through to the product page for more details.

Contest: Just leave a comment to this post before Sunday Midnight PST for your chance to win a free copy of CANDi for the Tour. Leave just one comment and you're in (additional comments ignored). 

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Must-Have BlackBerry Tour Accessories Contest Winner

Last week we ran an article here on the blogs called Must Have Accessories for the BlackBerry Tour Owner. The article got a great response, with hundreds upon hundreds of members listing their personal top-five list. If you haven't checked it out, you should - it'll definitely contribute to making your own hit list of accessories to purchase. In the weeks ahead we'll be following up with more articles that dig down a bit deeper into realm of accessories - what to look for in a case, the ins and outs of going hands-free, reviews of the most-popular accessories, etc. etc.

In the meantime, with that Must Have Tour Accessories article we promised one lucky CrackBerry member a $100 coupon for accessories to the ShopCrackBerry.com store. The lucky winner is Hywelbane who's top five favorites were:

1. BlackBerry Charging Pod (Who knew these were so popular?)
2. Bluetooth Headset (Currently an Aliph Jawbone, but eyeing up a Blueant Q1)
3. 8 or 16GB MicroSD card
4. BlackBerry Skin
5. Invisible Shield screen film

Big congrats to Hywelbane! And to everybody else... thanks for participating. You know another chance to win something good from CrackBerry is always just around the corner. 

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