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ForceRadioOn - Keep on Truckin' When Your Battery Is Low

I'm all about apps that help fix the little things RIM won't let us change.  Bla1ze checked out LEDReset a few days ago which is a great app, and today I came across ForceRadioOn from our buddy Fabian Heuwieser.  ForceRadioOn does just was it says - it will keep the radio on your device active when you get the dreaded "Battery too low for radio use" message.  The app is very small and runs any device with OS 4.3 or higher.  Best of all it is 100% free.  You can grab ForceRadioON from your device OTA at CrackBerryAppStore.com.

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WhitePages Mobile for BlackBerry Smartphones

WhitePages Mobile for BlackBerry Smartphones

Being a BlackBerry user and abuser, I can admit that I find myself spending nearly zero time using a Phone Book. You know, those rather large books filled with names, numbers and (if you're really lucky) listings and menus of restaurants. Now, when I say "zero time", I mean when my BlackBerry device is charging or if someone else is at the computer, so pretty much almost never. I'm sure I'm not alone when I think that they're becoming nearly obsolete, especially when everything you ever wanted to know about anything is so readily available. Isn't it much easier to keep a BlackBerry device in your pocket rather than a phonebook?

Adding to the ever evolving accessibility to information is WhitePages Mobile for your BlackBerry Smartphone. Last month, Kevin let us know that this application, which had seen previous success with its Android and iPhone versions, had been unleashed upon the BlackBerry App World. Some of you may have even made use of m.WhitePages.com in your searches. From WhitePages Mobile, you can perform reverse lookups, contact management and Company searches. If you've got a few phone books lying around, stack them up, use them as a foot stool, and read on.

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Back in January we ran a post here on the blogs about an upcoming cross-carrier Push-to-Talk solution called HipVoice. By using data, rather than a single carrier's built-in PTT network, HipVoice allows for quick communication between smartphone users (or groups of users) on just about any device, any network, located almost anywhere (you'll both need that data connection). It's a compelling premise, and definitely a solution that can benefit both business and consumer end users.

HipVoice just launched for BlackBerry today. You can watch the video above to see it in action or jump over to learn more. We'll be following up in a few days with a more in-depth CrackBerry look at HipVoice in action. In the meantime, you can sign-up below to actually give HipVoice a try for 7 days free of charge, after which you can either sign-up or walk away. Pricing varies a bit (volume discounts, etc.) but costs as low as $10/month ongoing - not bad for a solution that can really change the way you work and use your BlackBerry. 

Sign Up for a 7-Day Free Trial of HipVoice for BlackBerry

* After registering, Hipvoice will follow-up with an email including your username and password as well as video on how to use HipVoice *

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iBerry Theme For Storm, Bold, Pearl And Curve Devices

In case you haven't heard, the new iPhone 3G S was announced today at the WWDC and needless to say the good folks over at theiphoneblog have been bringing us all the latest and greatest news. So, in honor of the excitement today we have a stylish iBerry theme for you from Lunars Edge, currently available to Storm, Bold, Curve (83xx) and Pearl devices.

iBerry has crisp graphics which fit the theme nicely, all of which are user customizable as it's made with the latest version of the Plazmic CDK. I tested this theme on my Bold and Storm and it flowed very well on each device with no lag (which is always a bonus in my book) Overall as an iPhone theme this one is great - be sure to check it out it for only $6 at ShopCrackBerry.com.

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DemoMaker Screen Recorder From ToySoft Inc.

DemoMaker Screen Recorder From ToySoft Inc.

If you have the need to record video on your device, you may be at a loss looking for a good app.  Unfortunately there really aren't too many inexpensive options available.  Enter DemoMaker from ToySoft Inc.  This unique application lets you "record video" directly on your device.  To achieve this, the application takes a series of screen captures and saves them to your memory card.  You later convert the images to a standard movie file on a computer and you're done.  You can choose the frame rate and compression as well at the maximum frames to be stored.  The app is easy to use once it's all set.  You start recording, run through your screens and stop recording.  You also have the ability to setup an intro and credit screen (beginning and end) with totally customizable text.  The downside to this app is that you will have to use a JPG to AVi (or other movie format) converter on your PC, and tweak the settings to get the movie to turn out well.  DemoMaker has a quick walkthrough in the Help screen that will give you all the steps.  I'm sure this kind of application isn't for everyone, and it's not perfect, but if you have been searching for a way to get video from your device this is a great option.  The app works on all devices running OS 4.2 or higher.  You can grab DemoMaker from ShopCrackBerry.com for a special price of $2.95 (regularly $4.95) through June 30th. 

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HTC 8300 Series Edition Theme From EThemes

HTC 8300 Series Edition Theme From EThemes

Forums member elycruz0102 is known for cranking out some gorgeous themes for the Bold, 8900 and Storm.  Well today I stumbled across his HTC 8330 Series theme for OS 4.5, and I must say it will definitely be staying on my Curve for a while.  I have been using a default theme for months now since I haven't really found another to keep me happy.  I really dig the look of this as far as colors, layout and design.  The icons are crisp and clear, and the look is super clean.  I know many of you hate "look-a-like" themes, but in my opinion a great theme is a great theme.  It is obvious that a ton of time and effort went into the layout and design on this one.  It has a great sliding icon highlight on the home screen, and it is totally customizable.  My only gripe is that the focus icon is a bit hard to see at times, making it difficult to tell which icon is highlighted.  This one is definitely worth checking out.  It is avaiable at ShopCrackBerry.com at a special price of $1.99 (down from $2.99) through July 4th.

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President Barack Obama's BlackBerry Hacked?

President Barack Obama's BlackBerry Hacked?

According to FoxNews.com, Kasper Hauser has done the impossible - hacked into President Barack Obama's BlackBerry.  All messages will be copied into a new book that will be released today by publisher Little Brown and Company. Obama's Blackberry features sensitive BlackBerry messages from the Commander in Chief, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, and even Nuclear Command Control itself.

Really, how could the President be so careless and foolish?  How could this situation seem so... surreal?  Well, maybe because it is.

Fear not, Kasper Hauser is a San Francisco-based comedy group that wrote this book containing intermittent text messages between political figures so don't worry; the future of Western Civilization is not as endangered as we may have thought.

The book's press release clearly states that it "is not endorsed, sponsored, affiliated with, or otherwise authorized by Research in Motion Limited, the owner of the trademark BlackBerry."

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Seinfeld Dissing iPhones And BlackBerrys?!?

Here's some food for thought.. it might help ya get over the case of the Mondays you may be having. Not exactly sure when the original airdate of this was, but Jerry Seinfeld was on with Conan O'Brien and the topic of iPhones and BlackBerrys came up, check out the video and see if you can relate to any of what Jerry says. I know I did.

[ Thanks, Mark! ]

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Sexy Dice Now Available for Non Touch BlackBerry Devices

When we first posted about Sexy Dice for the BlackBerry Storm the Borat photo got such a great response we just haddddd to use it again....

The headline tells the story here. Sexy Dice, which is currently the #2 selling game in the CrackBerry App Store, is now available for non-touchscreen BlackBerry smartphones. So those of you rocking a Curve, Bold, 8800, etc. running OS 4.5 or 4.6 can have some Sexy Time fun.  If you missed our first post on Sexy Dice, be sure to check it out

Keep in mind while the app offers normal dice and PG dice (pictured above), if you enable the adult mode option things get a little more... errr... ya know. So don't download if you take offense to those kinds of things. Sometimes you just have to laugh though.... our #1 selling game is about dealing drugs (BerryWars) and #2 is about bedroom fun. Talk about keeping the crack in CrackBerry :)

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LEDReset for BlackBerry Resets Ghost LEDs

LEDReset for BlackBerry Resets Ghost LEDs

Who out there hasn't had this happen? You get a message, maybe you leave it for a bit,maybe you check it right away, but no matter what the case may be even after checking it your LED light stays on. We all love the attraction that tiny little light causes but sometimes it has a habit of not wanting to shut off.

RIMGeeks has just the trick for everyone and it's a free application as well, so while you may not have to use it often, it sure is good to have around. The application of course is called LEDReset and does just as it says. It resets your LED light from blinking. Great application. Great price. 

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 7 June 2009

New: Word Shuffle for the BlackBerry Storm

New: Word Shuffle for the BlackBerry Storm

A new game just popped up in the CrackBerry forums and CrackBerry App Store that should be a hit with BlackBerry Storm owners... Word Shuffle!

Developed by Epic Applications, the same developer who brought you Berry Wars (the #1 selling game in the CrackBerry App Store), Word Shuffle was built from scratch with the BlackBerry Storm in mind and in just a few minutes of playing I can already tell is an addictive little game (word scramble games tend to be that way!). Here's the official verbage:

Word Shuffle is a new addicting word game for the Blackberry Storm. Given a scrambled set of letters, see how many words you can find! But theres a catch, you only have 2 minutes and you have to get a certain amount to move to the next level. Immerse yourself in this highly replayable and fun game through sounds and vibrations, and even learn new words! With over 100 levels and more being added, hours and hours of fun and learning can be had! Features include:

  • Over 100 levels!
  • Designed for Blackberry Storm
  • Full touch support--swipe to do things!
  • Vibration support--pulses when you are running out of time!
  • Sound support--custom design sounds!
  • Highly addicting gameplay\
  • New words being added in updates
  • Uses TWL dictionary--same as Scrabble tournaments!

Word Shuffle sells for $2.99 but if you GRAB IT QUICK from the CrackBerry App Store you can save yourself $1 (no coupon required, sale ends June 7th). A free trial is available. You can visit the Word Shuffle forum thread for more details and if you give it a go be sure to drop a comment.

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BlackBerry Storm vs. Palm Pre, According to Verizon

The Palm Pre, available from Sprint, just went on sale in limited quantities this morning (check out PreCentral's Line up shots) but #1 BlackBerry carrier Verizon didn't even wait until the Pre went on sale to start educating their sales agents as to all of the Pre's shortcomings as compared to the BlackBerry Storm. The memo above went out yesterday and below you can find Big Red's Palm Pre Competitive Comparison charts, which pits the Pre side by side with each big US carrier's top line products. If you're not up to speed on the Pre, be sure to check out Dieter's comprehensive Palm Pre Review.

So what do you think CrackBerry Nation, Verizon Storm or Sprint Pre? As always, you can sound off in the comments or in our Palm Pre forum.

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Click's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 037

Click's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 037

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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All KD Storm Themes 40% Off Through Sunday!

All KD Storm Themes 40% Off Through Sunday!

I just got an email from forums member kdjayo letting me know that all of his awesome Storm themes are 40% now through Sunday.  You can check out some really cool themes like his HTC Touch Slide, Vista Complete, xCite and his newest called Optix.  All of the themes are available from ShopCrackBerry.com on your computer or from your device at CrackBerryAppStore.com or our App Store client (download at crackberry.com/appstore) for only $3.00 (regularly $5.00) through Sunday. No coupon required.

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Per the request of the member, we have removed this image.

* Update: OOOPS... Friday afternoon slowness on our part. Turns out these photos actually FIRST surfaced in our very own CrackBerry Forums. Thanks for posting dave8964!!! *

We'll let the picture do the talking. Look at the pretty smile on that Telus Tour! You can spot a couple more photos over at BlackBerry Sync.

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Facebook for BlackBerry 1.6 Now Available!

Facebook for BlackBerry 1.6 Now Available!

* Update: Now Available. Read through the comments for the feedback. *

Good news Facebook users! RIM just gave us an update on Facebook 1.6...

The new version will go live this evening at 6 p.m. (PST). Anyone can access it from their BlackBerry Browser ( http://www.blackberry.com/facebook/mobiledownload ) or from the desktop at www.blackberry.com/facebook.

Here's a highlight of new features:

  • Status updates and highlights on the home page - you can now view your friends' most recent status updates right on the home page. Highlights like photo uploads and wall posts are just a click away and you can comment on a photo, poke a friend, etc. right from the home page.
  • Wall access from within Facebook for BlackBerry - with one click on your friend's profile picture from the home page, you can access their wall without having to go to the mobile site.
  • Photo viewing in a simple, easy-to-use slideshow format - check out your friends' latest photo albums with improved photo viewing, and view albums in a simple and easy-to-use slideshow format. Just scroll back and forth through the thumbnails along the bottom to display the larger picture in the center of the screen.
  • Facebook for BlackBerry 1.6 will also support three new languages:
    • Thai
    • Indonesian
    • European Portuguese

If you're looking to see Facebook 1.6 in action ahead of time, be sure to check out the sneak peek we brought you a couple weeks ago, full of screen captures and detailed change log. And once the update comes, be sure to post your initial impressions and findings in the comments!

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Contest: Trick Out Your Berry Courtesy of Horizon Wireless!

The good folks at Horizon Wireless have been kind enough to give us some goodies to help some lucky members trick out their BlackBerry device. It seems that a lot of CrackBerry addicts these days are looking to customize their Berry and set themselves apart from the standard off the shelf look. One of the more popular looks right now is the blacked-out BlackBerry.

For some weekend contest fun, Horizon Wireless has hooked us up with 5 black Bold bezels, 5 black Curve 8900 bezels, 5 black Storm bezels and a few colored trackballs.  To get in on the action, make sure you are logged in and leave a comment on this post - and don't forget to tell us what part you would like and what device you have! Contest ends Sunday at Midnight PST. Thanks Horizon Wireless, and good luck everyone!

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BlackBerry App Roundup for June 5th, 2009!

BlackBerry App Roundup for June 5th, 2009!

Happy June to all! Hard to believe that we're almost halfway through 2009, but here we are. Lots of good stuff to look forward to in the second half of 2009 for sure... For now, lets take a look at some new and exciting BlackBerry Apps. Covered this week in the BlackBerry App Roundup are:

New This Week: EasyCalc, The Insult Calendar, Daily Bible Verses, Dr. Tie, MindBerry for BlackBerry Storm, Aviation Theme

Apps on Sale: Robotika, Tip Calculator, FreeCell, BatteryBooster, PhoneFace Photo Speed Dial, Chess, PhoneLog, Flashlight! for BlackBerry, Adorno! MultiAlarm Pro

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Opera Mini 4.2

Freebies of the Week: Golf Distance, Nickel Buddy Coin Toss

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Qik Adds YouTube, Twitter And Facebook Auto Uploads

Qik Adds YouTube, Twitter And Facebook Auto Uploads

Qik version 0.1.15 was released yesterday and this time around some more automatic upload features were added. Supported sites include Youtube, Twitter and Facebook, with all of the account configurations having to be done on the Qik site but once configured you are ready to roll.

For those new to Qik, it's an on device application which allows you too stream video from your BlackBerry device directly to the Qik website and post your videos to other social networks as well. Data is sent using WiFi or you cellular connection and supported devices include the BlackBerry Curve 8900, Bold, 83XX Curves, and 8120 & 8110 Pearls.

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