Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

Not even a week after release and we have our first leaked OS for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 thanks to ChadH42 and orleff. AT&T officially released OS last week, and today we have OS for download. We're not sure whats new and improved but its most likely worth checking out. Keep in mind this isn't an official release, so use caution when installing so you don't screw up your new toy :-)

*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). *

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You can haz weather on your homescreen with iHazweather!

There are a few weather apps available for those that want to add weather to their homescreen. Depending on your preferences, you can use BerryWeather, Weatherbug,or maybe WeatherEye, some of which have tons of different customization options to tweak every little thing. Personally, I'm not a fan of bloated weather apps, simply looking to have the current temp and conditions displayed. I finally have a simple solution with iHazWeather. With a tiny footprint of just 190KB, this simple app gives you just that, the weather. Current conditions are displayed on the homescreen, and launching the app provides a snapshot of the day and a 3 day forecast. A tip of the hat to the developer for displaying the temp in both Fahrenheit and Celsius, there aren't many that allow for the fact that Canadian (and other metric countries) users exist. Set your location, or allow the app to use your current GPS location, choose your refresh rate and you're set. That easy. If you're looking for an app that will give you a full forecast, or tell you how many inches of rain are currently falling on your head, you have lots of choices. If you just want a simple icon on your screen with the current conditions, check this one out. Available in the CB store for $1.99 for multiple devices, including the Torch.

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Official OS  released for the BlackBerry Curve 8350i

If you're still making use of a BlackBerry Curve 8350i, you'll be glad to know that OS updates haven't seemed to stop as of yet for your device. As posted on Berryreview, OS was found on the Sprint BlackBerry download website for anyone wanting it to grab. Be sure to check it out if you're on a BlackBerry Curve 8350i. Let us know in the comments how it works.

Source: BerryReview
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BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300) now available from Telus

BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300) now available from Telus

Just as Rogers did a few weeks back, Telus has released the new BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300) via their website for purchase. The device is available on various contract pricing including 3 years ($79.99) and a no-term of $329. The device has the same specs across the board and works on the Telus 3G+ (HSPA) network. No word if it is available in stores just yet, so if you happen to come across one be sure to leave a comment letting us know. Thanks Shawn!

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BlackBerry theme roundup for Aug 16th, 2010 - 20 copies of Garminfone to be won!

Contest: 20 Copies of Garminfone to be won. Leave a comment!

This last week has seen a lot of great new themes, and cruising the forums I have managed to dig up some great older, overlooked themes that you really need to check out. The forums here on CrackBerry are a weatlth of great stuff for theme junkies, if you haven't taken a cruise through, you're really missing out. I'm anxiously awaiting the day when a new update comes out for Theme Builder so I can start adding 9800 themes into the weekly roundup, but until then, hit the jump and we'll take a look at this week's picks.

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Fancy Characters 4.0 released - 50 copies up for grabs

Sergey let me know that Fancy Characters has been updated to version 4.0. If you're not familiar with the app, it easily lets you add characters from your BlackBerry to your emails, BBM and more. Fancy Characters shows all of the country flags, smilies and icons your device has to offer and lets you add them with just a few clicks. New features of version 4.0 include:

  • Added few missing flags and fixed existing codes.
  • Reworked flags list to include countries names.
  • Flags list can be filtered quickly by typing country name for fast access.
  • OS 6 and Blackberry Torch compatibility.
  • Transparent smiles background on OS 6 and latest BBM.
  • Keep Field Visible mode - option to ensure that FC popup do not cover bottom text field.
  • Side Convenience key support for the fastest access experience

Fancy Characters sell for $1.99 in the CrackBerry App Store, but we have 50 copies to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PDT.

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7digital updated, now OS 6 ready

7digital updated, now OS 6 ready

Kevin first gave us a taste of what 7digital had to offer at WES 2009 and again this year when attended the Mobile World Congress 2010 back in February. In fact, Mike Lazaridis noted that their app was a Super App in his MWC keynote speech. 7digital is one of the leading digital media providers, with over 10 million (fully licensed) tracks in their global catalogue and is continually growing.

Through their 7digital Music Store BlackBerry app, users can easily browse (by artist, tag or album) and buy DRM-free high quality MP3 music. Included in the application is a media player; enabling you to import your playlists and MP3 files. You can also check out the charts, weekly features and new music. The application has been updated to version 1.4.5 and now includes the following:

  • New: Support for Torch 9800, Curve 3G 9300 & Pearl 3G 91xx smartphone
  • New: Universal search support on OS 6.0
  • New: Filter support on Storm series smartphones
  • New: Last.fm recommendations on hi-res devices
  • New: Launch shortcut from built-in media player
  • New: Integrated Sign-up and Add Card screens
  • Improved: More featured content on hi-res devices
  • Improved: Battery performance on OS 4.6 devices
  • Improved: 7digital download performance
  • Improved: My Music album art handling

When I get my hands on a Torch 9800, I will be definitely be adding 7digital music right away. You can pick up 7ditigal Music Store, for free, from BlackBerry App World.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 15 August 2010

Review: QuickBubble for BlackBerry

Review: QuickBubble for BlackBerry

Take a second and think about how many times you’ve found yourself in the middle of something and you realize your forgot to do something else. The problem is you don’t want to necessarily stop what you’re currently doing either. At best, you want to take a brief moment to pause and complete the remembered job. What do you normally do in this case? Put in as little effort as possible; minimize the impact it has on what you really want to do. The same goes for your BlackBerry; you’re busy catching up on Twitter when you need to create a memo. What do you do?

Floating into the scene is QuickBubble. This bubble wants to make your BlackBerry pop with features that include popup shortcuts to key native tools (email, calendar, etc) and popups for incoming email or text messages. Will QuickBubble offer enough pop to stay on top? Will it only end up getting blown away? Let’s take a look.

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It's time folks! Over the last two weeks you've witnessed ten in-depth BlackBerry accessory reviews from our ten Round 2 competitors in CrackBerry Idol. The judges gave their feedback on each review and now it is in YOUR HANDS to decide which FIVE competitors will continue on to the FINAL round. Below you will find the links to each of the accessory reviews, as well as the CrackBerry Idol voting poll where you can vote for which competitors (up to a max of five) you want to see advance. We'll leave the poll running on this post right up until midnight PST, this Sunday August 15th. Voting is below. Think hard before you vote. Now go vote!

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BlackBerry Torch OtterBox Commuter Case Now Available!

BlackBerry Torch 9800 OtterBox Commuter Case Now Available in Black and Black/Pink Color Combinations!


New BlackBerry Torch owners looking to protect their investment will definitely want to check out the OtterBox Commuter Case for the BlackBerry Torch. These literally just arrived to our ShopCrackBerry.com warehouses and are now available for purchase (OtterBox.com doesn't even have them up for sale yet - I told you our e-commerce teams were working hard to get you BlackBerry Torch Accessories fast!).

The Commuter Case combines the hard protection of the Defender Series line with the silicon skin-like Impact Series line to provide the best of both worlds in a BlackBerry Torch case. It offers maximum protection while maintaining its day to day ease of use. The BlackBerry Torch Commuter Case retails for $34.95, but you can get it for less ($32.95) at the link below, along with more information and photos.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for August 13th, 2010! Win 1 of 10 copies of  Quicklaunch!

Boom! Another week in the history books. We've seen BBM updated, RIM release new devices and new apps. We've spent all week talking about the Middle East and issues with BlackBerry Bans. We've done reviews, hands on and much more. Now, time for a relaxing weekend, hope you all do the same. This week Durak winners are announced and we got new apps and a new Quicklaunch contest. Dig in folks, be sure to leave comment so you can have a chance to win 1 of 10 copies of Quicklaunch.

Freebies of the Week:  7Yes, Aces™ Cribbage Classic, PocketGrapes

In Case You Missed It: PlugItIn , BlackBerry Messenger Updated, FileScout 2.0

New This Week: Clipboard  v1.0, Lottery Picker (Mega, Powerball, Regular)  v1.3, Memooo - Note On Wallpaper  v1.0

Cool at BlackBerry App World: TyperLearn

Contest: Enter to win 1 of 10 copies of Quicklaunch From Nikkisoft!

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The latest AT&T/BlackBerry Torch commercial makes for some good Friday fun. It's clear on this one that they are out to convey the "business meets fun" motto with the new BlackBerry Torch. I'm happy to see the commericals moving in a good direction unlike the Love What You Do ads that never really made a point as to what BlackBerry was/did at all. I'm sure more of these will be coming in the near future now that the Torch is officially upon us. So take a minute or so and check this out. Happy Friday.

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Students, get organized for free this year with Student Diary

Genius Development, the team that brought us MyCart and Genius Medical Diary, have come out with another incredibly useful application, this time geared towards keeping students organized and productive. There are a few Student organizer apps out there right now like Student Docket and Student Buddy, but this app holds one major difference over them, in that it's completely free. As you can see in the screenshot above, the app is fully featured, allowing you to keep track of your class schedules, assignments and major projects in one convenient place. One incredibly useful feature is the ability to keep your school contacts in the separate index, and easily import them from your native address book. The app will also allow you to set reminders for your assignments and projects a week, three days, (or for you major procrastinators) one day in advance of the due date. All around a great app to have on your device for any student, it's available as a free download from the CB store for devices running OS 5.

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ShortcutMe 4.3 is OS 6 ready – 20 copies to give away

ShortcutMe is no stranger to the CrackBerry blogs. If you’re new to CrackBerry, or just too forgetful to remember (and too lazy to search through the blogs), I’ll fill you in. The application screams shortcut supremacy. BlackBerry users will find efficiencies where they didn’t know it could exist. Instead of assigning a single application or PIM tool to each convenience key, you can assign multiple ones! Not to mention the space key; which acts as a third convenience key. Couple that with customizable keypad shortcuts and you’ll wonder how you ever got around without it. I almost forgot- ShortcutMe also includes quick access to weather, stock market and a screen capture feature. It’s fully customizable as to the shortcuts you want to use. Whether it’s emailing your favourite contact, cleaning memory or pointing your browser to the CrackBerry mobile site, ShortcutMe has you covered.

Sam shot me an email, telling me that ShortcutMe is OS6 ready; in fact, it’s now available on all touch screen BlackBerrys, on top of previously supported models! Check out ShortcutMe 4.3 in action after the jump.

Contest: We have 20 free copies of ShortcutMe to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered into the draw. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment - multiple submissions won't count.

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Ignite your device with a great free theme by BuiltByRequest

BuiltByRequest makes some great themes, and I've had the opportunity to deal with him for the weekly Theme Roundup on a couple of occasions. His ability to create a great custom theme with unique function is cause for respect, there aren't many devs that have his ability to work an SVG. He fired me a BBM last week to let me know he was reworking one of his classics, and he has really done it well. It is so rare to see a free theme offered for such a wide variety of devices, and to get premium quality for free makes it all the sweeter. The weather slot shows on both the home and lock screens, and the bottom dock is a very unique concept. Hidden, each icon pops up individually as you scroll across, keeping a clean homescreen no matter what you're doing. The orange hues run throughout this fully skinned theme, flowing nicely from screen to screen. 

Check it out today, it's available for all devices running 5.0 from his site.

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RIM Sponsors BBM Lounge Party in LA

RIM Sponsors BBM Lounge Party in LA

At the BBM lounge after hours event held recently in LA there were some fun times to the be had. The photographers of the event were kind enough to send us over some of the pics they had been taking during the whole show, which turned out to be quite impressive. The BBM Lounge is a series of events, the second of which will take place in LA sometime in September. Below is a list of celeb attendees:

  • Mel B, Spice Girls/DWTS   
  • Mark Salling, Puck from Glee
  • Quinton Aaron, The Blind Side
  • Vienna Girardi, The Bachelor
  • The Alchemist, hip hop producer and DJ to Eminem
  • Gabe Saporta, lead vocalist of Cobra Starship
  • Olivia Munn, Maxim model and actress (Iron Man 2; Date Night)
  • Alessandra Torresani, television actress (CSI; Bones)
  • Lauren C. Mayhew, singer and actress (ECW on SyFy; CSI: Miami)

Hit the break for a few more pics of the event Or, you can head on over to the Flickr page and view the entire set from Xomad. Next time, I think we'll have to RSVP.

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Two BlackBerry Enterprise Servers in one company?

Two BlackBerry Enterprise Servers in one company?

So you purchased a BlackBerry on your own and you traveled down to the IT Dept hoping they will add you to the almighty BES only to be told you are not BES worthy. "What?!?" you ask, and the IT dude tells you that CALs (client access license) cost money and your department doesn't have a budget for everyone to be on the BES.

You are not alone in this situation. In my day job I've encountered this many times with my customers who won't put many employee's personal BlackBerry devices on the BES because they must preserve CALs for more "BES worthy staff". It's understandable from the CFO's standpoint - CALs cost money. However, from a corporate efficiency they should want everyone on the BES working more hours away from the office with no overtime pay.

RIM feels the same way and have recently released a business case for companies to have a two BES solution. They recommend a BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express in addition to their standard BES.

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