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BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 Hidden Country Flags

If you are amongst the swarms of people who have downloaded the leaked versions of BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 then you will surely have noticed the Canadian and American flag that now show up as "smileys". But curiously other country flags are missing and after I had installed BBM 5.0 I began to wonder why such a worldly device would leave a lot out. I just chalked it up as maybe it's a localized thing and more will show up later on as official releases get pushed out.

Then, while checking on Twitter last night I was forwarded a message from @PatWallace by @phishgirl3 that shows how to access different country flags within BBM 5.0. Technically, the smileys are just letters and numbers and @PatWallace found by using different letters you can find different flags.

Some examples are *AM* *AN* *BZ* *BB* *VC* *SD* *MM* *TR* *UY* *RE* *GH* *LK* *CV* *BN* *IT* *QA* *WS* *SZ* *KM* *CF* *VG* aside from that there is many more listed on @PatWallace's twitter account be sure to check em out. Anyone else find any easter eggs? Let us know in the comments.

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Camera To Go Helps Silence BlackBerry Camera Shutter Noise and Adds Picture Timer

CameraToGo is a neat little application that adds great function to your BlackBerry. A lot of people always ask if it's possible to mute your shutter noise on your camera. Well yes, there are many applications out there that allow you to do so, none of which add a timer that allows you to set up a timed interval for your device to takes pics though like CameraToGo does.

So maybe you want to get a group photo of the crazy pub crawl you went on or maybe you are just on a family outting and just need a quick picture to upload to Twitter or Flickr and are not really feeling like asking a passerby to snap a pic. CamaraToGo could come in handy in these cases where you can set up your shot, set the timer and step back and be in the photo yourself. A free trial is available in the CrackBerry App Store and CameraToGo sells for only $4.99. Check it out, you may just need it sometime. Please note though-- CDMA devices do not have the ability to suppress shutter noise.

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Free BlackBerry Media Roundup For July 18th 2009

Free BlackBerry Media Roundup For July 18th 2009

Hey Everyone! We're back again with another exciting Click's Picks. Be sure to click through on the image above to see my favorite BlackBerry wallpapers, ringtones and video picks for the week past.

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T-Mobile Releases BlackBerry Curve 8900 OS 4.6.1.231

T-Mobile Releases BlackBerry Curve 8900 OS 4.6.1.231

Good news for BlackBerry Curve 8900 users on T-Mobile as updated firmware is now available for your device! OS version 4.6.1.231 for the Curve 8900 is now available for. At this point 4.6.1.231 is an official OS download so if you have been holding off on an update due to it being a leaked version, you need not worry here. Some changes to look forward to with htis OS:

  • Improved battery life
  • Improved performance and stability
  • Improved UMA and data performance
  • Enhancements to audio and the speakerphone
  • Fixes myfaves issues
  • Fixes uncaught exception errors

You can now find the version available to download via the T-Mobile BlackBerry Upgrade page. We had a ton of excited T-Mobile customers send this info into us. Thanks to all. Now go get your update on!

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Contest Winners -  Leave It On LCD Screen Application

Sooo many contests! It looks like we missed annonuncing the winners to one when we posted earlier this week. Don't want to leave anyone hanging, so here are the winners to our Win a Copy of Leave It On LCD Screen Application. If you didn't win, you can still grab a copy from the CrackBerry App Store for $1.49 through the end of the day today.

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Leaked: New BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 for Most Devices!

Leaked: New BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 for Most Devices!

* Update: Oct. 7, 2009 - BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 has been officially released. DOWNLOAD HERE. Check out our full BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 Guide for full walk-through. *

We have all gotten a good look at the new BlackBerry messenger on numerous occasions. Now, you can download an unofficial release (leaked version!) to your device and check it out hands on for yourself. All versions have been posted at BlackBerryOS right down to a compatible version for 83xx devices. The Storm, Tour, Bold and 8900 are all there. Be sure to check it out and remember, these are leaked and NOT official - if you lose all your BBM contacts we cannot be held responsible so back up your data before you try these! Only play around with this if you're comfortable in doing so.

To install via standard method, download the zip to your pc and extract. From there you open Desktop Manager, then Application Loader, browse to the folder containing the file and continue on. If that doesn't work, you can try copying the files to where your OS is installed and overwrite the existing ones. Then run and load Desktop Manager it should now show as 5.0 BBM.

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BeBerry Theme For BlackBerry Bold, Storm and Curve 8900

Checking through the forums today I came across the BeBerry (formerly known as PreBerry) theme for the Storm, Bold and Curve 8900. The theme has clean icons inspired by the Palm Pre and is laid out very well. BeBerry has custom menus and dialogs, customizable home screen icons and a custom wallpaper design. There is also a cool plugin to go along with the theme.

The innovative BeBerry Theme Plugin, launched via the About button, gives details of your Blackberry Smartphone including Battery level and free memory available. We plan to ehance the plugin with new features and functionality including, where possible, those requested by BeBerry customers via the Feedback menu on the About screen. Join others now in helping to shape your theme's plugin features. 

You can grab BeBerry for the Storm, Bold or Curve 8900 at the CrackBerry App Store for $5.99.

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Bplay Launches Storm Specific Site

Bplay Launches Storm Specific Site

 

We just got word that Bplay has launched a Storm specific mobile version of their site. The site is formatted specifically for the Storm, and users are able to browse and purchase all of the Storm-compatible games, themes and ringtones available on the full-featured site. This is definitely a big help since graphic intensive sites like Bplay take quite a while to load on a mobile device, and are extremely difficult to navigate at times in their native form. Head over to Bplay.com from your Storm to check it out.

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BlackBerry Desktop Manager Version 5.0.0.8 Officially Available to Download for All

It seems we've seen BlackBerry Desktop Manager 5.0 pop up in the blogs quite a bit the last few days. First it showed up on the CD shipped with the Tour, and then it popped up on Verizon's site a few days later. Users who didn't have the CD or a Verizon phone number were sadly out of luck. Well now its "official" - BlackBerry Desktop Manager is available for download from BlackBerry.com for everyone. This is the same version (5.0.0.8) but it is available in multi-language or with/without Media Manager. Head over to the BlackBerry software downloads page to grab a copy.

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BlackBerry Tour Coming Soon To Cellular South

BlackBerry Tour Coming Soon To Cellular South

Not many detail go along with this one (well actually, no details), but it looks like Cellular South will soon be getting the BlackBerry Tour as well.  On Thursday they announced on both their Facebook page and Twitter that the BlackBerry Tour is "coming soon to Cellular South". We'll be sure to have some more details when they pop up, but unfortunately for now we don't have much to go on.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for July 17th, 2009!

BlackBerry App Roundup for July 17th, 2009!

Yet another Happy Friday to you all! Another great week for sure. The Tour is out and about, and the Gemini 8520 should be dropping soon. All good stuff no matter how you look at it. Getting down to business, the following titles are included in this weeks' BlackBerry App Roundup:

In Case You Missed It: New Skyfire Beta Released, Face Lift for the BlackBerry Storm, Score Mobile Updated, IM+ All-in-One Mobile Messenger Updated, Google Voice for BlackBerry

New This Week: BBTanks for the BlackBerry Storm, Yippidu WorldNews, SAFE, Whereabouts Location Tracking

Apps on Sale: MemoryUp Professional, Kama Sutra, Backgammon for Storm 9500 and 9530, VibAndRing, BlackBerry Executor Keychain

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Daily Horoscope

Freebie of the Week: YouMail Visual Voicemail Plus

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Win a Free Unlock Code for your Verizon, Bell or Telus BlackBerry Tour Courtesy of Cell Unlock - 50 to be Won!!
Courtesy of the folks at Cell Unlock.net, we have 50 FREE Unlock Codes to give away for the Bell, Telus or Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630. You'll be wanting to do this if you want to run your Tour on a GSM carrier in North America.

The contest is open to anybody who owns (or plans to own in the very near future) a Bell, Telus or Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630! To enter, just be logged in to CrackBerry.com and make a comment on this blog post. The contest will close Sunday at midnight PST (winners announced on Monday), so post your comment now! And don't forget, we have another Tour unlock code contest running at the same time... so your odds of winning @ CrackBerry are improving!

Big thanks to Cell Unlock - you can visit their site @ CellUnlock.net!

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Slacker Radio Now Pushed To Verizon Storm

Slacker Radio Now Pushed To Verizon Storm

If you're a Verizon Storm owner and you've been having difficulties deciding what streaming radio service is best for you, let us help you out. Starting today, Slacker Radio is being pushed out automatically to all Verizon BlackBerry Storms. This is one of the few applications out of the social networking genre (IM clients, Facebook, MySpace etc.) to be pushed to devices directly from a carrier. The icon should already be on your device, but if not it should be popping up sometime today. The cool feature of this service is that while playing songs in Slacker, an icon will appear allowing you to easily purchase the track from V CAST Music with Rhapsody with one click. While some users will no doubt be upset that you can't avoid the Slacker push, it is definitely a cool addition to the already stellar Slacker service. Check out the full press release after the jump.

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Leave a comment to this post for your chance to win a copy of MindBerry!

A few weeks back we dropped word of MindBerry in our BlackBerry App Round-Up. In case you missed it then, MindBerry is mind-mapping software for your BlackBerry. For those who use mind-mapping software regularly, this app is a no brainer to have on your device. When you're on a plane, in a cab or anywhere your laptop/computer isn't available and you have that inspired idea that you need to map out immediately, you'll be glad to have MindBerry in hand. If you're not familiar with mind-mapping, you can learn more about it from this wikipedia page. Features of MindBerry include:

  • Fast, intuitive navigation, MindBerry using the BlackBerry trackball or the numeric keys to navigate from a node to another node.
  • Support Folding/Unfolding with Spacebar key.
  • Use shortcut to access all editing features.
  • Drag and Drop selected nodes
  • Cut'n'Paste selected nodes
  • Scrolling mindmap using Trackball
  • Decorate nodes with icons, colors, fonts, styles.
  • Attach note to mindmap.
  • Can edit long multiline nodes
  • Save and Load mindmaps to/from BlackBerry Media Card or Device Memory
  • Send mindmaps via email.
  • Import and export both Freemind and MindManager.  
Win a Free Copy of MindBerry: At $16.95, MindBerry isn't what you'd call a "cheap" app, but for those who appreciate mind-mapping it's a worthwhile investment. You can download a free trial, and the developer Glam Software has also given us 20 free copies to give away to lucky members of CrackBerry.com. Just leave a comment to this post for your chance to win (entry ends Sunday Midnight PST). And if you're looking for a mind-mapping challenge, I'd love to see your mind maps of how you would best organize our CrackBerry forums!
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Contest: 100 Free Copies Of ZenMinder To Give Away!

Contest: 100 Free Copies Of ZenMinder To Give Away!

Leave A Comment On This Post To Win 1 Of 100 Free Copies!!

ZenMinder has been released by the good folks over at BBHacker. ZenMinder is great application that can help you set your days straight with giving you the ability to set multiple reminders which, if you are like me and have trouble keeping track of things in the run of a day will make great use of.

An overview of the features:

  • Simple and elegant user interface for a remarkable user experience
  • Set reminder at a certain date and define recurrences
  • Four available Zen reminder sounds
  • Possibility to play custom sound files from your BlackBerry
  • Unlimited number of reminders
  • Notification with vibration
  • Deactivation of reminders on weekends or manually
  • 12/24 hour time format
  • Optional auto-delete of expired reminder

As a bonus for all CrackBerry members, the developer has given us 100 free copies to be given away for a contest. Leave your comments here and you could win a free copy for yourself and in the meantime if you think as though you may have no chance of winning you can purchase the app for 50% off  today using the coupon code ZENFIFTY. That makes the price $7.49. Keep in mind the coupon code works only in the mobile app store -it will (click here for the mobile link). The app is regularly sells for $14.99 and is currently selling at a reduced price of $9.99. The 50% coupon is from the regular price (you get the lowest price of two current promotions). 

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Pandora News: Free Streaming Radio App for BlackBerry Updated with New Features and Fixes

Pandora got some great updates and new features over the past day or two, if you have been using it be sure to upgrade to the newest version--being 1.1, to ensure the best experience possible with your streaming audio.

New Features

  • Significantly better audio quality over mobile network - now using stereo AAC+ (HE-AAC) for both Wi-Fi and mobile connections
  • Listener preference option to select “High” quality stream over mobile network or “Normal” for slower connections. Both are stereo.
  • Create Station screen now has auto-complete functionality as you type
  • Added user preference option to enable or disable station auto-start
  • Moved “Log Out” from main menu into Options screen, it now shows the currently logged-in username
  • Visual overlay when changing volume; easier to see actual volume level
  • Application will check for correct application permissions on startup, and offer to set them to appropriate values if required
  • You can now get to the “Options” screen from the menus of both the Station List screen and the Now Playing screen
  • Reduced download size of app by about 30-40%
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BlackBerry OS 5.0 To Have Tabbed Browsing!

BlackBerry OS 5.0 To Have Tabbed Browsing!

We all love our BlackBerry devices, but one thing you may not like about it is the built in browser. RIM has improved their browser over the years, most noticeably at first with the launch of OS 4.5. And here we are now about to roll into version 5.0 device software and though we have already seen a good glimpse of it in action (many of us have tried the previously leaked betas), RIM has snuck a new feature into the most recent builds - tabbed browsing.

Tabbed browsing in the BlackBerry browser is finally a reality! Now while it's not earth shattering news it does show that RIM is still working on giving us a functional browser. The only problem with such a thing though is that while they may be working on the browser, it still doesn't feel right. At this point, the implemenation of the tabs is menu based which makes it less than user-friendly. At least RIM has really improved the speed of the browser in recent builds. Now it's a matter of working out the kinks for the rest of the browser that is the issue. Check out some more screen shots after the jump and be sure to let us know what you think of tabs in the browser.

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The MobileHeist is Back! Save 50% on 15 Exciting BlackBerry Apps Until this Monday, July 20th

It's time for another CrackBerry App Store MobileHeist! This time around we have 15 hot BlackBerry apps on sale for 50% off until this coming Monday, July 20th. To get in on the savings you just need to visit the MobileHeist page - you can click the image above or visit this link from your BlackBerry's web browser.

Several of these on sale apps are brand to the CrackBerry App Store. These include Berry Wars, Mars Lander, Flag your Emails, Bartender Pro, Altitude, Storm MultiClock, and the latest version of RDM+. In addition to these exclusives, a few other top sellers are included: IM+ for Skype, Ace Email Viewer, Aces Solitaire Pack, Aces Texas Hold'em, Real iBerry Blocks, Full Screen Caller PictureID, Mobile Checkbook, and MemoryUp Pro.

To learn more about each app, just click through to the MobileHeist page and click on a specific app title. Enjoy the savings!

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Setting Up Your BlackBerry Tour 9630 - Homescreen Basics

So you just bought a new BlackBerry Tour, now what? You don't even know where to start. Your icons are a mess, you aren't sure what applications to download and you want to know how to "tweak" your new device. Well lets run over some of the basics and get everything up and running. We'll look at organizing all your application icons, settings your favorite apps, using folders and customizing wallpaper.

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Want to Buy a T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8520? It Looks Like Walmart Will Have it on August 5th Exclusively!

Nice. We had a couple of tips emailed into us stating August 5th would be the launch date for the BlackBerry Curve 8520 from T-Mobile and a Walmart tipster further backed up that info with the image above they sent in to Engadget.

Not only does it say that the BlackBerry 8520 will become available on August 5th, but it also makes not that it will be exclusive with Walmart right up until October 5th. Though the BlackBerry Curve might not stack up to units like the Curve 8900 or Tour in terms of features and specs, it will be the first BlackBerry to ship with the trackpad, and the device overall feels super nice in the hand and to use. At everyday low pricing, it should be a big hit.

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