Durak - Fans of card games beware, addictive!

Durak - Fans of card games beware, addictive!

Durak is a popular card game, originating in the Soviet states, that pits player vs player in an attack/defense style card-shedding game. The last player to get rid of all his cards, is the "durak" or fool. BerryBlow has brought this game to the BlackBerry platform, and done it well, with great graphics and addictive play. With the ability to play a game with anywhere from 2 to 4 players, and 3 levels of AI difficulty, it will be a long time before you get bored playing. The rules of the game is simple yet challenging and thankfully included in the app for those not familiar with the game. Well put together and a great way to kill some time whenever the need arises, the app is also on sale right now in the CrackBerry App Store for $2.99 until July 31st. After that, it's only $4.99 - still a good price for an app that will keep you occupied for a good while. 

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 - Running BlackBerry 6 gets shown off again [video]
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Here we go! Another round with the BlackBerry Bold 9780 running BlackBerry 6 has shown up along with some up nice, bright clear pics of the device over at BBleaks. Sure, we know it's just an upgraded BlackBerry Bold 9700 and aside from the OS and 5MP camera there really isn't anything ground breaking here. But, it's just so nice to see some iteration of the the 97xx series running BlackBerry 6 since, we're STILL waiting for an official response from RIM regarding what devices are BlackBerry 6 capable but, I digress a little. Hit the jump for the images.

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Mysterious monoliths appear in AT&T stores but what's inside?!?

Since the word "monolith" has been making vast amounts of headlines today, we figured we'd toss in our thoughts on the mysterious pillars that have shown up in some AT&T stores recently. AT&T employees have been silent on the matter, some folks are even saying they have been sternly warned to not even joke, nor talk about the possibility of what may be underneath.

Many conclusions have been drawn up as to what it may be. It could be the Android packing Dell Streak, it may also have something to do with the upcoming Windows Phone 7. Some have even gone so far as to say it may be iPhone 4 related but that seems a little off base, since the iPhone 4 has already launched. Of course, this being CrackBerry and all; we'd like to think it's related to BlackBerry 6 and the upcoming BlackBerry 9800 aka Torch release. How frack'n cool would it be too see a huge Torch underneath there! Either way, time will tell what it is. I just hope it's something really cool for all the hype it's received thus far.

Source: Gizmodo

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With the majority of focus being placed on BlackBerry 6 these days, Research In Motion hasn't forgotten that they need to attract business users as well. The latest video posted to the BlackBerry YouTube account does just that. It highlights the many benefits businesses gain when deploying the BlackBerry Platform across organizations. Pretty cool! I like how they made the video that's for sure.

Source: BBNews.pl

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Huddle  - the latest solution to group collaboration, now live in App World

Crazy schedules and today's fragmented workplace create a need for services that allow groups to collaborate on projects without the need to be in the same room. The ability to have every member of a group given access to the ideas, materials, and progress of a group can make the difference in a contract being landed, or a new presentation being done on time. There are services out there in the market right now that have been offering this ability for a long time, but there are few available on the BlackBerry platform. One in particular that I have used is Upvise, which gets the job done, but can be very clunky and hard to manage.

Lately, I have had the opportunity (or app-ortunity, inside joke) to give a new application a whirl, and I'm pleased to say that it has treated me very well in the process. Huddle is no stranger to the group collaboration service, having an online service that has been going strong and helping businesses for quite a while. They have just released their BlackBerry application into App World, taking productivity to new levels for businesses willing to make the change.

The app itself has a very professional, clean UI, with a dashboard front and center for easy navigation, broken down into "workspaces", "tasks". "Files", and a "What's New" section that really helps when you have a large group contributing, allowing you to see everything that has been added since your last login at a glance. Moving into a workspace allows for the down and dirty work, setting and managing tasks, editing and uploading files, participate in discussions, and see who is currently sharing the workspace. One feature I found extremely useful is the "Whiteboard" section of the workspace, which acts as a kind of group board, allowing information like meeting minutes, etc to be shared and kept accessible for the group.

Available for a one-time cost of $5.99 in App World, check it out today, it may very well change the way you do business.

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BlackBerry App World 2.0 launched in BlackBerry Beta Zone!

As we've known for a while now, BlackBerry App World 2.0 was set to arrive eventually. Today as it turns out, happens to be just that day. BlackBerry Beta Zone participants have been sent out invites to the all new BlackBerry App World 2.0 release and can now sign up for the download if you are indeed eligible.

Lots of new features have been built into version 2.0 as well, the layout of how things are displayed has also changed for users. We've outlined a lot of the changes previously in our "What's coming in BlackBerry App World 2.0" so that is certainly worth a look over. We'll get a better review up here in a bit for you all but, right now it seems as though the downloads have slowed Research In Motions servers to a crawl. Stay tuned folks. If you managed to get it downloaded, please feel free to leave your comments on what you think about it. Full press release now available after the jump.

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Using the Gmail app for BlackBerry

Using the Gmail app for BlackBerry

The Gmail app for BlackBerry has been kicking around for quite a while now, yet many users won't give it a second look. I can't really blame them, since having a BlackBerry means having a BIS or BES, so who needs an app for email? Although my BIS email is for my main accounts, I do have some shared email addresses that I don't want being pushed to my device, so this is where the Gmail app comes in handy (I'm sure there are some other good reasons to use it as well). While not totally perfect, its not terrible either. It does have some great features as well as some really bad ones. Hit the jump for a look at what its all about.

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BlackBerry Skin Case for the BlackBerry Bold 9650

BlackBerry Skin Case for the BlackBerry Bold 9650
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What can you say about the BlackBerry skin case? Almost everyone has one, be it for looks or protection, and it is probably the most common case there is. The skin case covers the back and sides of the device protecting it from daily bumps and bruises, while giving you some style in the process. The cases some in a variety of colors, so you can be sure you'll find one that fits you (and your device!). If you like to keep it simple and don't want to go overboard with an insane amount of protection, this might be the case for you. Check out the video about for a quick look, then hit the jump for some images.

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RIM & eBay team up to help promote celebrity auction

RIM & eBay team up to help promote celebrity auction

Now that we have an official eBay for BlackBerry application, Research In Motion has wasted no time in thinking of ways to help promote said app. When visiting the BlackBerry website and clicking on the features tab, you're shown a really sharp looking promotion for eBay on BlackBerry. Heather Locklear (MPTF Foundation Committee) and Jeffrey Katzenberg (Chairman, MPTF Foundation Committee) are putting on the eBay Celebrity Charity Auction where you can bid on some cool stuff. Things such as celebrity signed BlackBerry devices, a tour of Dreamworks Studios and even a day on the set of Criminal Minds. If you're interested in participating check out the eBay Celebrity Charity Auction page. The auction is live and will end on Friday, August 6, 2010 at 4:00PM PT.

Via: BBRocks
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Hot new theme from KDThemes - aeroCenter on sale until the end of July

When I first came across this theme, it was just a "Coming Soon" teaser in the forums, and based on the screenshots alone I bookmarked it for the theme roundup. When I got a chance to actually play with it on my BlackBerry however, I could easily see that it needed it's own spot on the blogs. KD really outdid himself this time, putting together a theme that is not only beautiful to look at, but supremely functional. Six user defined icons sit in a static bottom dock, but the magic really happens in the center bar. Scrolling up through the available menus gives you access to 4 different sets of icons accessible in the bar. The menus are intuitive, with the Control Panel selection providing access to functions like Manage Connections, and the Media Center giving access to Camera, Vidoes, etc. All told, you have access to 26 different apps right from the homescreen, and the Messaging menu includes a 3 line Hidden Today. Perfectly skinned, with awesome colors and elements that flow throughout the theme, and a full set of custom icons, this theme is a pleaser for sure. Avaliable from the CB store for $4.99, it's on sale for only $2.99 through July 31st.

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Its not the first device we've seen on video running BlackBerry 6, but new is always fun. We don't know a whole lot about the upcoming BlackBerry 9780, but we do know its most likely taking over for the Bold 9700 and will obviously be running BB6. The video here from the guys at Driphter gives a quick overview of some of the features of the software and shows off a bit of the browser. Not much on the device itself, but we'll no doubt see more on that in the coming weeks. Sit back for a few minutes and check it out.

Source: Driphter.com

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RIM purchases "BlackPad.com" domain - Is the BlackBerry Tablet now one step closer to reality?

Interesting. The folks over at MobileCrunch earlier today posted that Research In Motion has recently taken over the domain name "BlackPad.com". Now, despite what you think of the name itself, many folks are eluding to the fact that this URL could be one of many used for the rumored upcoming BlackBerry Tablet. Now while we here would like to believe that as well, the fact is Research In Motion owns over 4,000+ registered domain names already.

Practically every single device that Research In Motion has put out they have taken the domain name for, even the code names and numerical versions of such. For example, the most recent iterations are that of BlackBerry9780.com, BlackBerry9800.com and finally, BlackBerrytorch.com. It's Research In Motions right to protect their Intellectual Property from cyber squatters, they've even been known to ask domain registrars and ICANN to hand over domain names from their owners if they are even remotely related to BlackBerry.

That said, from the information available to us; Research In Motion appears to have no trademark holding over "BlackPad" and while yes, it's possible it could be used rumored upcoming BlackBerry Tablet it's not such a far stretch of the imagination to just assume Research In Motion just wanted the domain just to have.

Source: MobileCrunch

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Contest: Want to carry your device in style? Leave a comment and you could win a sweet Golla case for your device!

Golla Sabine Smart Bag

While almost every BlackBerry user has a case of some sort, most choose it for protection over style. If you're more insterested in keeping your device safe AND looking good, you can check out the full line of Golla cases available at ShopCrackBerry.com. These great cases all sell for $16.95 or less and keep your device secure while some even carry other items as well. There loads of different options, such as the best-selling Golla Sabine Smart Bag, Golla Hasty Smart Bag and Golla Haley Pouch. Not matter what your preference, you're sure to find one that fits your personality. Check out the full line of Golla cases and pick up one today!

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One of my all-time favorite BlackBerry games Fierce Towers has just been updated to version 1.8. The new release brings some great new features that truly help make it one of the great tower defense games on BlackBerry. Back in May I did a mini-review and pointed out the finer points as well as what the game lacked, and I have to say the new version does not disappoint. Updates include:

  • Damage bonus for fully upgrading tower.
  • Assorted bug fixes.
  • New scoring system.
  • Displays tower range when tower is highlighted.
  • Points are displayed when enemy is killed.
  • Optional tower level indicator to see how many times a tower has been upgraded.
  • Upcoming waves are displayed.
  • Tower info is now available to display tower damage, range, and cost for each upgrade.

To celebrate the release, both Fierce Towers and Candy Defense are on sale for 50% off until August 2nd. So you have no excuse not to check out these sweet games - hit the links below for more.

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BlackBerry Bold 9650 spotted running BlackBerry 6!

Bold 9650 users rejoice! Thanks to BBLeaks here are the first images of the latest CDMA device running none other than BlackBerry 6. We've seen loads of images and video at this point of the 9800, 9780 and even the 9670 all running BlackBerry 6, but here is the 9650 live and in the flesh ... er, plastic. While we're still not sure of an exact release date, we know that the 9650 will be getting an update mostly thanks to its 512MB of memory.

Source: BBLeaks

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SearchItSearchIt

If you're looking for an easy way to expand your search horizons beyond that of Google and Bing, SearchIt is your solution. With SearchIt you can instantly search loads of popular sites with a nifty popup right on your homescreen. The app comes with preset sites to search, but you can add your own customs searches as well. The app even includes support for Opera and BOLT as well as customizable skins. Features include:

  • Live suggestions that pop up as you type your search
  • Recent searches are saved and can be accessed by pressing enter in blank search field
  • Option to configure menu button
  • Text selection menu option added: Highlight text in another app, press menu button, and select SearchIt. Text will automatically be put into the search bar.

SearchIt sells for $2.49 in the CrackBerry App Store and is available for all devices. We have 50 copies of SearchIt to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PDT.

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New AOL mail icon showing on BIS for BlackBerry users

Just like the Hotmail icon that started showing up for BIS users about a month ago, it appears as if AOL mail is now showing a new icon of its own. Adrian let us know that this AOL icon is now showing on the device replacing the standard globe icon. So far just Hotmail and AOL are showing off, while a few users have reported seeing this for Yahoo! as well. We're pretty sure this is an after-effect of the updated BIS rollout but haven't been able to verify it. No love on the Gmail front however, but if things keep up we may see that change in the near future as well. Thanks Adrian!

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Quick Tip: Give your email folder a custom name

Quick Tip: Give your email folder a custom name

If you have trouble keeping your email folders straight, or just get tired of looking at jumbles of email addresses, this one's for you. In BlackBerry OS 5.0 you have the option to give a custom name to your email folder using the Manage Internet Email service. While these settings let you add, delete and tweak your email addresses, there is an often overlooked setting in the mix. While editing your address, you can choose an email account name that will show on your device homescreen. So instead of showing [email protected] you can have it display Adam's Email or Primary Email or whatever works for you. Just a cool feature to help keep things clean and organized. To check it out, head to the Manage Internet Email icon on your device and then choose (or add) an email address to edit, and simply enter a custom name into the "Email account name" field - thats it!

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First BlackBerry retail store opens in China

First BlackBerry retail store opens in China

It was announced today that RIM has opened their first retail store in China. There are only a handful of BlackBerry retail stores and this move hopes to bring BlackBerry back into the mainstream there since the devices have been mostly been sold through third-party distributors for the last few years. The BlackBerry store should bring a better consumer experience and help sales increase. The only devices currently available are the newly released Curve 8910 as well as the Curve 8310 which will both operate on the China Mobile network, but there is no mention if more devices will follow. There are also plans to open more retail stores in China sometime in the future.

Via: CIO

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Personal Assistant updated to 3.0, now zippier and peppier

I was wrong. There, I said it. When we took a look at Phone Assistant back in April, I mentioned that this application acts as, well, your personal assistant (coincidence? I think not). Personal Assistant keeps you in the loop for a variety of important issues throughout the day. From this application, you can keep an eye on your travel itinerary, bill management (with mobile minute tracker), banking, portfolio and credit card management. Your information is laid out in front of you in amazing detail. This makes it easy to get updated at a glance, which allows you to focus on making the most of your day to day.

So what was I wrong about? Well I was wrong in saying that it didn’t suck up to you (the boss). Why do I say that? Just check out what’s available in the latest update made back in May to Personal Assistant 3.0; from their product description:

  • Integration with your calendar, all upcoming events, including bill due dates and upcoming itineraries will automatically be added to the calendar.
  • The application is running in the background and as a result is now super fast, over 1000% performance improvement from previous versions.
  • The Enhanced Notification feature was already introduced in version 2.5 and now has enhanced capabilities with more alerts, such as APR change to your credit card and more. Also, all alerts are shown aggregated in a new alert tab.
  • More readable account information screens and ability to refresh all accounts at once (refresh all available only for the premium version).

Still no word of when it will be able to get you your coffee or not, though you could call and order it yourself. Personal Assistant comes in a free and premium version, both of which are available in BlackBerry App World. I'm not sure why Pageonce sent an email to subscribers almost 3 months after it was updated, claiming it was "new" and "now available". It even caught me off guard. Thanks to those who pointed it out to me.

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