Candy Defense for BlackBerry now available

Candy Defense for BlackBerryCandy Defense for BlackBerry

We just got word that our friends at Nickel Buddy (makers of Fierce Towers) have just released their newest creation Candy Defense. If you remember during WES 2010, we got a quick preview of the upcoming game and it looked sweet :-). Candy Defense takes on classic tower defense strategies and has you defending Candy Island from the invading pirates. There are 4 difficulties on 4 different maps and the game automatically saves on exit (very cool for playing in short spurts). This one is a great time killer that is sure to provide hours of entertainment. You'll never have the same game twice and it is definitely worth checking out. Candy Defense is available now for all devices (OS 4.6+) in the CrackBerry App Store for $4.99.

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Verizon BlackBerry Bold 9650 Review

Verizon BlackBerry Bold 9650 Review

Coming off my 8330 I was more than excited to pick up a Tour 9630 the day it was released. I was one of a dozen or so people in line at my local Verizon store, and was in and out in a few minutes. I rushed home to get up and running on my new device. I fell in love with the higher resolution screen, keyboard and all around design. Thankfully I didn't have the trackball issues like some, but my battery door did come loose at times. I was happy to finally have the latest device on Verion's network (not such a big fan of AT&T or T-Mobile here in New Jersey).

Enter the Bold 9700. The feel of the device combined with the trackpad and overall "smoothness" just left me thinking "where is my CDMA version"? Rumors started flying, and sure enough talk of the Tour 2 popped up. Wifi and a trackpad on my Tour? Yes please. As with everyone else I was asking why Verizon didn't do it right the first time with the release of the 9630, but hindsight is 20/20. Months down the road, doubled memory, a trackpad, Wifi and a bit of rebranding leaves us with the newly released Bold 9650. Read on for my review.

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Getting Started on the BlackBerry Bold 9650; Learn the Basics of BlackBerry [video]

So you just got a new BlackBerry Bold 9650 ... now what? If you're new to BlackBerry things may be a little overwhelming. While the included manual can get you started, its not always the easiest to understand. Here is a quick video that will explain the basics of the Bold 9650 and a few of the applications. Seasoned BlackBerry users will probably want to pass over this one, but if you've just picked up a BlackBerry for the first time this should help you understand the basic applications a bit better. Nothing complex in this one, just an explanation of the basic native apps, shortcut icons, moving/hiding items and a bit more. Check out the full video after the jump and when you're done read my full review.

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Contest: Asteroid Blast - an addictive retro game for your BlackBerry - 25 copies to be won!

I remember spending hours as a kid, glued to my screen, blasting away at pixels vaguely resembling the objects they were supposed to represent. Imagination was a major part of gaming back then, and even with the high-end graphics available to me nowadays, I still get a kick out of retro style games. Asteroid Blast satisfies that craving, and does it well, giving you a classic game feel right on your BlackBerry device. I bought the app and got right down to playing, and to be honest, it took me a while to remember to put it down and write this post. Gameplay is smooth and the graphics are simple, making this a great time-wasting addition to any device. Available for all devices, both touch and non-touch running OS 4.2 and up, it's available in the CrackBerry App Store for $4.99.

Contest: We have 25 copies of Asteroid Blast to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count.  

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Rogers gets in the World Cup spirit with the Rogers 2010 FIFA World Cup Mobile Portal

Rogers Wireless has gotten into the World Cup spirit, bringing all kinds of goodies to their subscribers this week. For those looking to get their FIFA fix, there are tons of offerings available to satisfy the need to stay up to date and show your pride. The Rogers on Demand Mobile application allows live streaming of matches directly on your BlackBerry device - although it is currently only available for the 9000/9100/9700. A one-time fee of $10 gets you all the coverage you could want and the monthly subscription of $5 keeps you connected long after the final whistle blows.

Rogers has also introduced their new Rogers 2010 FIFA World Cup Mobile portal, a free offering for Rogers customers with plenty of goodies. Featuring ringtones, wallpapers, and SMS alert packages, it will give you plenty to show your pride and stay up to date. Simply text SOCCER to 555 to gain access to the WAP site.

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Quick tip: Setting multiple alarms on your BlackBerry Smartphone

The BlackBerry calendar application not only allows you to set new events, but also will allow you to add alarms easily. For those of you who use alarms throughout the day as reminders, you can now set alarms to wake you up, walk your dog, take medicines or whatever other reminders you may need throughout the day. What's great about this is that you are easily able to set multiple alarms for the same day, and they don't have to be the same time as yesterday or tomorrow's alarms. Now, how do you add these you may ask, well lets take a look at this very simple procedure.

All you will need to do in order to set up your various alarms for that day would be to enter your calendar application, press menu and then scroll to new alarm. Here you can set a subject for your alarm - a quick reminder of why your phone is ringing - followed by the scheduled time of the alarm, and finally the occurrence. After you have selected all your details you can go ahead and save it, and move on to your next alarm. You will be able to set as many as you wish now for each day, you can have them go off at various times, and set them to reoccur on a schedule that works best for you.

For those of you who have overlooked this functionality, don't worry, you are far from the only one who has done this. So, what are you waiting for, don't you have some alarms to go set or something? As always, any helpful hints you may find or information you wish to share, be sure to jump in the forums and let the CrackBerry world know, or send us an email to tips(at)crackberry.com.

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RIM to announce first quarter fiscal 2011 results

RIM to announce first quarter fiscal 2011 results

Some interesting times for Research In Motion coming up on June 24th. That is the date when they will be releasing their first quarter fiscal 2011 financial results. As always, interested folks can tune into the conference call by either calling in directly or listening to the event online via the Research In Motion website. Both of which will begin at 5PM, ET with a replay at 7PM ET. Given all the changes happening in the mobile space, these reports will be interesting as it will give us some insight as to how well RIM is fairing these days financially.

Source: Marketwire

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Reminder: Last weekend to work on your CrackBerry Idol auditions - your chance to be a regular CrackBerry contributor!

Been wishing you could write for CrackBerry.com? Here's your chance!

Heading into the weekend we wanted to post up a friendly reminder that the deadlne to submit your CrackBerry Idol 2010 audition video is nearing (must be in to us by midnight on Tuesday, June 15th). If you've been thinking about doing one up.... getter done!!! And if you don't yet know what CrackBerry Idol is all about, keep reading or jump over to crackberry.com/idol for full details. If you've ever wanted to be a regular contributor to CrackBerry.com, this is your chance!

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Good Video Browser updated to version 1.4 - 200 50% coupons up for grabs

A couple weeks ago, we brought word of the release of Good Video Browser. The feedback the developers received from the CrackBerry community was huge, and they have stepped up to the plate big-time. Alex fired me an email the other day with the changelog, and it's quite evident that they have geared this update towards satisfying the requests of their users. Included in this newest update:

  • List View. Lets you see more detailed information about each of your videos. Filename, folder, file size.
    Expanded Search. All your videos will be found - no matter which folder you place them to.
  • Folder Support. Sort your videos by folders they are located in.
  • Up to 1,000 videos can now be added to the gallery, for the heavy duty users.
  • Improved UI in the Grid View. See more of your videos on the screen. Filenames are visible (for non-touch devices).
  • Launch Video Camera right from Good Video Browser. Watching your videos may inspire you to make a new one - it's quick and easy now!
  • Support for MP4, 3GP, 3G2 and MOV files.
  • Smart Thumbnails for your movie files. You'll be able to tell your MP4 files apart now

The application is also now available in BlackBerry App World. To celebrate, they have offered up 200 coupons to the CrackBerry community to thank them for their support.  Just use the coupon enjoyvideo in the mobile CB store to get 50% off. This is not a contest - just use the code to get 50% off the application.

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ShortcutMe, 40% off for the next 5 days, shows FIFA spirit

*Update: Had a minor mixup and the discount wasn't showing earlier but it has been fixed now and is showing properly - thanks for the patience *

We’ve seen ShortcutMe mentioned in the blogs many times before. It’s one of the fastest BlackBerry shortcut applications on the market. If you haven’t heard of it before, the application allows users to assign multiple applications to each convenience key, including the space key, on top of keypad shortcuts. Some of the many features include:

  • Double click the convenience key (from anywhere) to lock your Blackberry.
  • 150 customizable shortcuts for major BlackBerry applications.
  • Access to other applications while internet browsing without exiting the browser.
  • Turn your Blackberry quickly to a Flash Light from any application.
  • Shortcuts are active from anywhere, so press the shortcuts and fire an application without closing the current app.
  • Transparent Background

Sam from Fonware, who developed ShortcutMe, informed us that the application will be available for 40% off the regular price of $4.99. The FIFA 2010 wallpaper, pictured above, can be downloaded from within the application. In the spirit of FIFA, this discount begins today and continues for 5 days. How’s that for showing your spirit?

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Hot off the tipline, users are slowly reporting the release of BlackBerry App World version 1.1.0.35 being available for download. While I was not personally able to get it to show up in BlackBerry App World as a download, I was however able to directly download it using the BlackBerry website. As of now, I'm not exactly sure what has changed. I'm guessing it's just bug fixes as we are awaiting the release of BlackBerry App World 2.0 as the next big jump. Hit up the download in BlackBerry App World if it's showing. If not just use the direct link off the BlackBerry website. Thanks to everyone who sent this one into us.

Click Here To Learn More And Download The Latest BlackBerry App World Release

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.743 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.743 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

 *UPDATE* - This one has just gone official from Optus. Official download can be found here*

BlackBerry Bold 9700 owners have been stuck on OS 5.0.0.680 for a while now. So, why not go ahead and give OS 5.0.0.743 a spin around the block. I've not had the time to test this out in any fashion so like always, be sure to back up your data first. Let us know in the comments how it works out for you all.

*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). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

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Verizon prepping OS 5.0.0.732 update for the BlackBerry Bold 9650

If you are among those who purchased a brand new BlackBerry Bold 9650 from Verizon, you'll be happy to know that big red isn't lagging in getting software updates out to you all for the device. As posted by the folks over at GizmoFusion, Verizon already has OS 5.0.0.732 waiting to be issued out to customers. As the pic tells us, it will enable the Push To Talk application as well as address some issues with the notification system in the OS. The update will be available on 06/11/2010 via OTA and presumably file download at a later time.

Source: GizmoFusion

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Service pack 2 for BES 5.0 specs leak out

Service pack 2 for BES 5.0 specs leak out

Just this week RIM released maintenance releases for BES 5.0 SP1 for both the Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino platforms. Both release have a laundry list of 5 pages of notes detailing the fixed issues. Now we have a news from BBNews.pl of details of the upcoming Service Pack (SP2) that many BES admins have been waiting for.  Originally the expeted release target was July, and it now may be pushed back to September. 

Not that BES 5.0 has been unstable or plagued by problems however it like all software is not immune from problems. Many of the advancements in SP2 will offer a nicer user experience for both the BES Admin and the end BlackBerry user. One of these enhancements will be additional supported web browsers for the BES Console and the Web Desktop Manger.

The Web Desktop Manager is a very cool feature that was included with BES 5.0 allowing end users to backup, restore, change sync settings etc. without needing to install a desktop software on the PC. If you are as tired as I am of those annoying popups on your PC informing you that there is an updated version of desktop manager, than not having any software loaded on the PC is a godsend.

Currently the web console is only compatible with IE 6 & 7, I don't even have to get into why this is unacceptable so I will just say that IE 8, Firefox 3.6, Chrome 4.0 and Safari 4.0 for Mac are all now supported. Ya!!! Running IE 8 in compatibility mode has not been the most ideal of situations. In fact BES is one of the only reasons I need IE as 99% of all my web work is now done in Chrome. For full details on what BBNews.pl have uncovered pop on over to their site.

Source: BBNews.pl

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Community Review: OtterBox Defender Heavy Duty Belt Clip

[This review comes to us from the forums courtesy of Guzman. If you have any stories/reviews of your own you can send them along to editorial(at)crackberry.com and they may get posted up on the front page]

Men and Women in Law Enforcement, Public Safety, Fire and Rescue, and the military all know how brutal our line of work can be on items we use daily like sunglasses, watches, and of course our BlackBerry's! I've gone through my fair share of all of the above from nice Bullova watches, Oakley Sunglasses, and even BlackBerry Curves and Pearls alike. But then one day the clouds parted and up from the sea arose a company who's main objective was to stop me from destroying at least one thing I held dear. Enter... OtterBox.

Now I'm going to delve a little bit into why I love and cherrish my OtterBox and why so many of my colleagues have been influenced into leaving their lesser cases for this durable and rugged system. For those who do not know, the OtterBox system incorporates a plastic dust sheild (however I did cut it off around the camera and flash to keep my picture quality from degrading), a hard plastic case, and a rubberized outer skin. Then to top it all off Otterbox throws in a belt-clip holster to sweeten the deal making this one of the most cost effective ways to protect your Berry.

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BlackBerry Messenger stress test 2 conclusion and video highlights; Bold 9650 did better than 9000 but not all was :)

That's it. I'm done with BlackBerry Messenger stress tests. Well, at least I'm done with them for a little while. Maybe I'll give it another go once we have a new device rocking BlackBerry 6 and a 1GB of memory (Storm3 perhaps?!). While the Sprint BlackBerry Bold 9650 we conducted this BBM stress test on did run a LOT smoother throughout the process than the Bold 9000 we did our original stress test on, at the end of the day the flood of thousands of contact requests, maxed out BBM contact list and hundreds of open chats seemed to be just a little more than the 9650 and the BlackBerry Operating System could handle. 

Below you'll find the video highlight reel of the BlackBerry Messenger madness. I chopped it down to 10 minutes from about 90 minutes of recorded footage (apologies for some of the blurry bits - learning to use a new camera and apparently don't know how yet). You'll see how I approved two thousand contacts, the device bricked and then how I persevered to max out the contact list yet again and tested out a broadcast message (didn't go so well) and contact list backup. It was fun and stressful all at once.

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Wondering about the inner workings of the BlackBerry Beta Zone? Find out just what goes on

We've been talking a lot lately about the BlackBerry Beta Zone. While the rules of the BlackBerry Beta Zone often restrict what people can and cannot say about it, the folks over at the Official BlackBerry blogs have taken the time to expand upon some of the information for us. The two part interview with the folks who actually run the BlackBerry Beta Zone is available now for reading.

The interviews posted are of course, not overly revealing considering they still have rules to follow as well. It does however, offer some insight to the reasoning why things are the way they are and what the plans and future are for the BlackBerry Beta Zone and how Research In Motion is going to make use of the feedback given. One key comment that stuck out for myself regarding the future was "More programs, more people, more countries, more feedback, more changes." I like changes, changes are good. The interview is set in two parts, I certainly suggest giving it a look if you're interested in learning more about the BlackBerry Beta Zone.

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T-Mobile killing service to unlocked Storm devices?

T-Mobile killing service to unlocked Storm devices?

Tips have been flying in one, and it looks like a good number of you are having all kinds of issues. It appears as if T-Mobile may be denying service to many Storm users, resulting in mass chaos. While the Storm isn't a T-Mobile device, an unlocked Storm has no problems working on T-Mobile service (with a few tweaks), but now it appears that the devices aren't functioning properly on the network at all. Users are reporting that they have no data service, and calls to customer service result in no help at all or hearing "your device is not supported". We're not totally sure whats going on with all of this, but if you are trying to use your unlocked Storm on T-Mobile, leave a comment and let us know if its working for you and/or what your story is. Hit up the forums for more discussion.

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Goal! Capture FIFA fever with the ScoreMobile world football bundle

You better have June 11th marked in your BlackBerry calendar; it’s marks the start of the FIFA 2010 World Cup! Last week, Bla1ze let us know about the free World Cup 2010 app that was made available and here’s another option for you to get your head in the game. The Score (behind the widely popular ScoreMobile application) and theme crazy Motek Americas Inc, have joined forces to present an impressive FIFA bundle; The Score Mobile World Football Theme and ScoreMobile FC application. The hidden dock theme allows FIFA and other leagues news to be streamed directly to you. Other theme features include:

  • Soccer balls on top left and right increase and decrease based on strength of battery and wireless signal
  • Red Card icon for new message alerts
  • Rotating soccer ball hourglass icon
  • Additional options to customize your Country with wallpapers for all 32 World Cup teams!

Additionally, ScoreMobile FC app lets you check out stats, scores, video commentary and more.

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Biston - Premium theme from Hedone Design

Biston - Premium theme from Hedone Design

Having been using the BlackBerry Pearl 3G for the past little while, I was starting to miss the big screen my BlackBerry Bold 9700 offered so I switched back for a little while yesterday. One email I got while using my Pearl 3G was from Hedone Design letting me know of his latest theme Biston. Given that I couldn't use it on the Pearl 3G I decided upon switching back to check it out and was quite pleased.

Biston is a animated theme which is both fast and sharp looking. It offers you 9 customizable main screen icons with an integrated today feature. Custom battery and signal meters are easy to read andare organized nicely for optimal space leaving a big background for you to view. Some themes often lock down font size changes but Biston leaves them user selectable. Biston is available for Curve 85xx, 89xx as well as Bold, Storm and Tour series devices.

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