SmartAlerts

Its no secret that SmartAlerts is one of my favorite BlackBerry apps. I do think that the functionality should have been included in the standard OS, but I'm glad that Bellshare took advantage and came up with this great piece of software. If you haven't heard of SmartAlerts, it is simply an app that lets you add all kinds of custom features and filters to your emails, sms and more. You can specify custom actions and profiles for specific messages according to sender, recipients or subject. It works best when paired with BerryBuzz, but is a great standalone product. Today Bellshare announced a price drop, and you can snag SmartAlerts for only $4.99 through the CrackBerry App Store. To celebrate, we've be given 50 free copies to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one entry, multiple submissions won't count.

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Quick Tip: Inserting an X for Dialing Extension When Saving Contact Info

I bumped into an acquaintance on the weekend that I haven't seen in a long time, and before parting ways we did the good 'ole exchange of contact information. Thankfully he was a BlackBerry user and was sporting a Curve 8900 (which btw he loved). I didn't want to send him my full vcard, so dictated him my office line to save directly into his address book. When I gave him my extension, I got a little miffed to see him hit the menu key and then the Add Pause option before typing in the extension digits. I couldn't help but say... you know you don't have to do that, you can just type an X (alt X) after the main number (before the extension) and the BlackBerry will automatically put in the pause for dialing the extension. It's quicker!

Did you know you could insert an X while saving a number in contacts to prompt the dialing of an extension?(opinion)

Reflecting upon the event made be realize that putting in an X might not be the most intuitive thing, and that even the Add Pause / Add Wait thing can be a bit confusing. It's not really standard lingo considering most people think of dialing either extensions or passwords or menu option numbers after the main number is called. Below is a quick walk through.

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Fancy Characters

*Update* - We now have 300 free copies to give away!

If you remember way back (almost a year ago) we first heard about how to get cool custom text characters into BBM, emails and SMS. There we endless threads about "character swapping" and everyone was getting in on the action. Sergey just let me know about an app that makes all of this much easier. Fancy Characters allows you to put any of these custom characters in your emails, SMS, BBM and more with just a few clicks.The app adds in a menu item so you can drop a cool character into almost any text field on your device. Fancy Characters is available in the CrackBerry App Store for only $0.99

Contest: We have 200 300 free copies of Fancy Characters to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment - mulitple entries won't count.

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Swine Flu

Oh Gawd... we guess it was only a matter of time. Swine Flu - The Game is now available for BlackBerry Smartphones. First off, there is absolutely no serious aspect to this game. It is completely for fun, and though some will argue it's maybe in poor taste, at least it does not dissapoint in terms of fun. The main objective is to dodge the "pig poo" and attempt to shoot the flying pigs with your shotgun. On each hit, the pigs turn into bacon, ham hocks or ham sandwiches. This is one of the most entertaining and stress releiving games I've played in a long time. There are multiple levels to conquer, and Swine Flu works on all devices (the game play on the Storm is the best by far). Now through September 8th you can grab Swine Fly for only $0.99 in the CrackBerry App Store

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Contest: Help Rename BerryAddon and You Could Win!

We first got word of BerryAddon a few weeks ago, and it has quickly become a favorite among the community. The all-in-one utility lets you easily tweak your device by adding a firewall, email signature, vibration features and more. The beta has gone over well with users thus far, and more features are sure to follow. BerryAddon is on its way to a full release and head to BlackBerry App World, but as we all know, RIM frowns upon apps with any "Berry" name in their title.

Since BerryAddon needs a new name, we extend this mission to you, the CrackBerry community. What do you think is the perfect name for this app? BerryAddon is a great fit, but it needs a RIM/BlackBerry-less title to make it App World friendly. Leave a comment on this post with what you think would be the best title for BerryAddon. What do you think BerryAddon should be called? Super Utility? Sir Tweaks-A-Lot? The folks at Twinkler Software will choose what name they think best fits and will rebrand BerryAddon for its journey from here on out. The grand prize winner of the chosen name (1st to submit chosen name if submitted more than once) will receive a full lifetime license for the renamed BerryAddon as well as a $50 ShopCrackBerry.com Gift Certficiate. We also have 50 free copies of the software to give away, and by leaving your comment/name suggestion you will be automatically entered to win. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. The software should sell for around $14.95 on its full release (should be available for purchase in about a week), so you don't want to miss this chance. Only one comment per person please, and remember you can't use "Berry" in the title. Be sure to follow all the latest news and updates from Twinkler Software on Twitter @twinklersoft as well.

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Desktop Manager: v5.0.1.16 Leaked; 5.0.1.18 Sneak Peek Shows Off New Features - IP Modem and Email Settings!

Looks like we're kicking off the week with some BlackBerry Desktop Manager news. First, lets talk about the image above. What you're looking at is BlackBerry Desktop Manager version 5.0.1.18 (not currently available) which shows off a new icon that adds an exciting feature to the desktop software - IP Modem (also in .16). The new feature allows you to easily setup your BlackBerry so you can tether it as a modem to your laptop. Be aware of your carrier's tethering charges. Also displayed is a new icon Email Settings that will allow you to create filters or change email forwarding right from your desktop. 

While Desktop Manager 5.0.1.18 software is not available yet, over the weekend version 5.0.1.16 leaked onto the interwebs for all to enjoy by our German friends at benezblog. This version may not be the latest and greatest out there, but does include the new IP Modem feature. You can follow the links below to download.

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AddresSave - Adding Contacts Made Easy

AddresSave - Adding Contacts Made Easy

Here's a quick utility from Fabian Heuwiser that was just released the other day. AddresSave allows for automatic adding of contacts that email you with their name and email address being placed in all the correct fields. AddresSave also has built in "blocking" of email addresses as well, so if you don't want to have FaceBook, MySpace or Twitter etc. email addresses being added to your address book you can block them and never have to worry about it.

After having used Gwabbit and Anagram I can safely say I prefer this application over them both as it's simple, no third party servers are involved and it just works in the background with no interference. I can see how some may not appreciate it adding certain items but that is of course a personal preference. For me this is a great alternative. You can download Address Save for only $1.49 until September 4th from the CrackBerry App Store (regular price is $2.99).

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Elecite Releases Premium Theme Focus With Rotating High Resolution Wallpapers

Elecite has launched a new animated theme for you all. Focus is nicely designed and functional as you have 8 icons in a circular pattern all of which are customizable to your choosing. The animation in Focus is utilized through the wallpapers as hourly they will change to one of ten, high resolution backgrounds and look great on any device.

Focus will not work OS .151 (Storm) or any device lower than 4.6, so keep that in mind when deciding to purchase the theme and be sure to check out all compatible devices and screen shots at Elecite. Focus is available for $6.99 via Elecite's website.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 30 August 2009

Storm 2 User Guide Found In 5.0.0.191 Storm OS Leak

RIM has always had a habit of putting userguides in all their downloads, leaked or official you'll always manage to find one within the packaging--even if it may be the incorrect one. Often times before, if you reviewed the files in the OS as well such as the BlackBerry.alx file you'd learn the codenames of unrealeased devices rather easily.

For a while now, RIM was seemingly wise to this fact and has since stopped listing unreleased devices within said files but this time they have moved on to sliding in the userguide for the 9520/9550 (Storm 2) in the packaging for all to view. Check it out, nothing out of the ordinary in there but it does clearly outline the WiFi inclusion into the OS. Big up's to blackBerry-pimp for spotting this one.

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Weekly CrackBerry Contest Reminder

Weekly CrackBerry Contest Reminder

Another Sunday, another reminder that you have until tonight at midnight PST to get in on this week's CrackBerry contests. It wasn't our biggest week for giveaways, but you still have plenty of chances to win a free app, unlock code and more (you'll have to listen to the podcast to find out what the and more prize is and how to enter). Visit the links below to post your comment to be entered. Good luck!!

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OS Leaks For Storm, Tour And Bold Including New Versions Of 5.0 Roundup!

The past two days have been heavy on OS leaks, we have seen Tour, Bold and Storm leaks all pop up everywhere on the net and the forums are full of people not entirely too sure what's going on so we decided to do a little bit of a OS round up for you all just to set a few things straight in the OS department here. First, these are NOT official OS builds and in such, you WILL find glitches, general weirdness within them but more on the disclaimer later--lets have a look at what popped up in the past few days.

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Click's Picks! Free BlackBerry Media Roundup For August 29th

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 *THEMES* picks for the week past.

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iDrive Allows Wireless Back Up Of Your Contacts For Free!

Lately there have been a lot of applications coming out that offer wireless back up of your contacts, which is great -- choice is awesome and everyone can have their own personal preference as to which is the "best". Aside from using SmrtGuard I did find iDrive lite to be a great free service to do back up your contacts and only your contacts. Online accounts are created from within the application itself which allows you to administer your contacts all from a nice PC-based user interface.

iDrive is a nice and lite application that does just as it says, backs up and allows you to restore your contacts whenever you choose to do so and stores it all within their secure servers. iDrive lite is available from BlackBerry App World now and is indeed worth checking out to see if it will fit your needs. Keep in mind, this application does contacts and that's all--no emails or anything else will be backed up.

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BIS 2.8 Rollout Coming in September?

BIS 2.8 Rollout Coming in September?

It looks like Ronen got a good scoop on the upcoming release of BIS 2.8. Some good things in store, including Two-way Google contact sync, automatic login and Hotmail revalidation. It looks as if the new features may only work with devices running OS 5.0 however. The upgrades are set for Setpember 10th, with some other features coming shortly after. I'm not sure how I feel about the Google contact sync without two-way IMAP - but we'll see what pans out. What are your thoughts? See details of what's new below. And thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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On Tuesday we told you about a new game for BlackBerry by Epic Applications called Flood. Over the past couple of days I've wasted a bunch of time playing Flood because I just couldn't put this addictive puzzle game down (it's such a bitter sweet when that happens - I feel guilty when there's other more pressing things to be done).

So if you're looking for a fun game to play on your BlackBerry this weekend or want a new app to kill some time before falling asleep at night, now is the time to grab Flood or another application by Epic. This weekend they have all of their apps on sale for 99 cents including popular titles like Berry Wars and Bartender Pro. Follow the link below to browse all of Epic's latest apps for BlackBerry.

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Slacker Radio Updated to version 2.0.45 for BlackBerry Bold, Tour and Curve

The folks from Slacker just let us know there is an update to the Slacker Radio mobile application that extends the same benefits to all BlackBerry users that rolled out to Storm owners two weeks ago. This update provides a noticeable improvement for Curve, Bold and Tour owners. Version 2.0.45 features:

  • Improved battery life up to 2x (over previous versions) while streaming
  • Improved usability enhancements to the interface, including a "Home" button to quickly access the station list
  • Added ability to toggle the explicit content filter (on/off) from the main menu

The update is available by visiting Slacker.com from the BlackBerry mobile browser today, available soon on AppWorld and via an update notification over the coming week to the existing application. When you visit from your browser, make sure your browser identification is set to BlackBerry (vs. IE or FireFox) so you get their mobile site.

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Toysoft $0.99 Storm Applications Sale Today Only!

Toysoft $0.99 Storm Applications Sale Today Only!

Storm owners - if you're looking for a cool app or game to play with over the weekend, check out some great offerings from Toysoft that are only $0.99 today. You can choose from 10 all together and snag some great savings through the end of the day. Greats like Ballz and Fake Call, as well as newcomer Wack-O-Mole are all on sale. This is for the Storm versions only, so everyone else is sadly out of luck. Check out the full offering below.

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Exceeded Data/Voice Message on Options > Status Screen (Type B U Y R). Qu'est-ce que c'est?!

I'm pretty sure that's the weirdest looking blog post title ever to appear here on CrackBerry.com, but bare with me and I'll explain... As we were winding down Podcast Episode 041, we got a last-minute email from Lisa (who by the way has listened to every single episode - totally hardcore!) that posed the following question:

About 6 months ago, I bought a BlackBerry Curve 8330 through Verizon's New Every Two program for 49.99 and let me tell you I totally love it. My question is when you go into Options and Status and type the letters b-u-y-r, 2 hidden rows show up: Data Usage and Voice Usage. What do they mean? Should I be worried that I've exceeded these amounts? I've looked all over the web for an answer and can't seem to find it.

For users who may be on a BES, typing buyr on the options > status screen will let you know if an IT Policy is enabled on your device. If you're a BIS customer, you'll get the Data Usage and Voice Usage stats. Lisa's question had us stumped on the podcast, and to be honest, we're still not totally sure what the verdict is here. If you don't have the exceeded 250k data / exceeded 60 minutes voice message, what you'll see are actual figures of data used and minutes of voice used. Some googling around found that **maybe** this exceeded message (which can't be reset as far I know) is related to an old warranty/return type thing from RIM - once you've used over 60minutes voice/250k data the device is yours to keep whether you like it or not. But not all devices seem to show this message even when going over the limits. Below you'll see some screencaps sent in by Dave snapped from his Curve 8520, Curve 8900 and Storm. All of them are running on unlimited plans and the messages displayed are all different - on his Storm he gets the exceeded limits message, and on his 8520 he has exceeded the limits but the usage stats keep rolling. Does whether or not the exceeded message appears depend on the device, OS version, carrier, plan, BIS vs. BES, etc.? Maybe if you unlock your device the exceeded message goes away? As pointed out in the comments, does BUYR = buyer's remorse??

I'm an addict (never claim to be an expert just in case things like this pop up and I don't know the answer!), so on this one we'll throw it out to the community and hopefully somebody reading this can explain exactly what these messages refer to and why they are there. I bet it's something simple like the max usage allowed before a return, but I just don't know for sure! Type BUYR into your Status screen and see what you get. Any ideas here? 

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Digital Theme by Hedone Designs

Digital Theme by Hedone Designs

Here's my pick for theme of the week... Digital by Hedone Designs! The best thing about HD's new Digital theme is that's available for most BlackBerry smartphone models, including the 83xx, 88xx and 87xx series phones (on OS4.5) and newer devices including the Curve 8350, 8500, 8900, Bold, Tour and Storm (sorry Pearl users). As for the theme itself, here are the official words on it:

Elegant and simple, however sophisticated and advanced HedoneDesign Digital theme combines fast performance of your BlackBerry, usability, reliability, yet graphic sophistication and as many as eight color backgrounds, that will change your blackberry to exactly that image that best suits you.

Higher models (8900, 9000, 9500 and 9600 series) allows the closure of navigation panel (icons) on homescreen. That allows you to have a better view on the desired wallpaper.
The higher series have enabled a quick navigation to specific content. You can quickly get to the button for clock (alarm), options and manage network connections, as is reflected in the attached image. Eight different colored backgrounds can be downloaded free of charge from HedoneDesign website.

The Digital theme sells for $6.99 and is available via the CrackBerry App Store. It's definitely a classy theme for your BlackBerry. If you're heading to a fancy event this weekend (wedding, ball, gala, soiree, etc.!) it'll definitely go nicely with your dress attire. :)

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