Hands-On Review of the BlackBerry Charging Pod for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

* ShopCrackBerry Update: The demand for the BlackBerry Torch Charging Pod has been so high it's been tough to keep them in stock, but a fresh supply just arrived so if you've been wanting a Torch Charging Pod today is the day! *

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Hands down my all-time favorite BlackBerry accessory, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 Charging Pod is one that no Torch owner should be without. In addition to providing you with a simple way to charge your device, the charging pod also allows you to turn your device into an alarm clock and take advantage of BlackBerry's awesome bedside mode feature [see video on using bedside mode]. You can also hook the pod up to your PC or Mac and use it to sync your device as well. A truly invaluable accessory that should definitely be in your arsenal. The BlackBerry Charging Pod for the BlackBerry Torch is available at ShopCrackBerry.com. The BlackBerry Charging pod is avaiable for a lot of different device models, so if you don't have a Torch you should still grab a charging pod for your device [see all charging pods].

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StopMail Pro for BlackBerry

If you travel a lot to far off destinations where you want to cut all email ties, or sometimes just need a break from the daily grind, you know what its like to try and stop email from coming to your device. You can turn off data completely, totally remove the email address or simply just not use your device. All good options but they can still be a pain. StopMail Pro hopes to solve this problem but letting you disable emails to your device without actually removing them completely. The app stops emails and prevents the annoying "catch up" when they are re-enabled. StopMail Pro also allows you to schedule block times so you can choose when you want to stop your mail delivery (ie. weekends or holidays) so you don't have to worry about it. Overall a very cool option that can save much time and frustration. StopMail Pro is available in the CrackBerry App Store for $4.99 but is on sale for just $2.99 through the end of the day.

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Contest Winners - Schlage, Hypoxia, Slacker Radio, Internals and more!

Here are the winners from last weeks round of contests. If you won you will be receiving an email either directly from us or the retailer/developer directly in the next few days. If for some reason you don't receive an email within 7-14 days (be sure to check your spam/junk folder just in case, and verify your registered address associated with your CrackBerry account) you can email us at sitesupport(at)crackberry.com and we'll be sure to get you taken care of. Please be patient as some emails may take longer than others to arrive. Hit the jump for the full list - congrats to all the winners!

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Take control of your signature with SmartSig 2.0 - 25 free copies to be won!

There are some of us that have a need to add a signature to our email messages, and some (like me) that tend to be too lazy to change the "Sent from my BlackBerry" one set by BIS. Even editing that BIS signature isn't a perfect solution though, as it gets put smack at the bottom of the email you are sending, instead of at the end of your particular reply. SmartSig allows you to make a custom signature, and actually insert it where you normally would if using Outlook. A variety of options are available, with filters determining when the signature will be applied. You can even backup and restore your signatures using Desktop Manager, saving you time and effort when upgrading your OS. Available with support for OS 4.5 and up, including OS 6 in the CB store for $2.99.

Contest: We have 25 copies of SmartSig 2.0 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 won't count.  

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Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Curve 3G

Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Curve 3G

If you are new BlackBerry Curve 3G owner you may want to look into installing this. No, it's not quite a BlackBerry 6 build that your device is destined to get eventually but, it is likely one of the last OS 5.0 build you will see for it. We've not gathered any feedback on this release so do yourself a favor and follow the usual tips. Back up your data before loading and of course, be sure to delete any vendor.xml files if one is indeed present.

*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. *

Source: BBLeaks
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    BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review from the perspective of a Power Businessman

    BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review - Power Businessman Perspective

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    So you’re on the go and want to stay connected to your business information and communications. Well what better choice for both security and ease of use than the new BlackBerry Torch? It’s a touch screen world phone featuring the new BlackBerry 6 operating system, minus SurePress, plus a slide-out qwerty keyboard.

    Whoa, that sure was a mouthful.

    In this review, I am looking at the Torch as an experienced business user might. I will be tapping a more corporate perspective and covering not only my first impressions, but also how the Torch holds up with messaging, phone use, and other industry applications all in the name of greater productivity. Or so we shall see ...

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    Two hot games by aBs JMicro SRL on sale - SuperBlackJack 2.0 and MegaBlockz

    I got an email the other day, letting me know that aBs JMicro SRL is having a sale on all of their apps. These two games in particular are favorites of mine, staying at the ready in my Games folder for the occasions when I find myself with time to kill.

    SuperBlackJack 2.0 is a simple blackjack game, well rendered for a highly polished feel. The graphics are slick and smooth, and the controls are intuitive, allowing for easy pick up and play action. Full rules are included within the application for beginners, and the rules are pretty standard for veterans. Hit, stand, or double down, the only option I miss is the ability to split, but otherwise it's a well thought out, great game. Available on sale in the CB store for $1.99 until Sept 1st, it's regular $6.99 and supports non-touch devices running OS 4.1 and up. 

    MegaBlockz is an old favorite of mine, with an addictive, simple premise. Your gameboard is full of brightly colored dots, and you have to clear them by breaking them in groups. The remaining dots fall into the space left, and your goal is to leave few, or none, of the dots behind. Larger groups score larger points, and it's easy to keep playing long after you intended to stop. Available in the CB store on sale for $1.99, it's regular $5.99 and supports non-touch devices running 4.1 OS and up.

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    Smokey violet BlackBerry Curve 3G now available from Rogers

    If you're looking for a new BlackBerry and don't really need all the bells and whistles the Torch offers, then maybe the BlackBerry Curve 3G is the device for you. Rogers, having previously released the BlackBerry Curve 3G in grey now has the "Smokey Violet" version available for purchase. The BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 specs are great for a cost effective BlackBerry purchase. QWERTY keyboard, 2.0 MP camera, built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, holds up to 32GB with a mircoSD card and a trackpad. It would have been nice to see a better screen but, as it stands the 320x240 display serves it's purpose just fine. Picking one up will only set ya back $49.99 on a 3/yr contract with Rogers.

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    CrackBerry Idol back in action - FINAL ROUND device reviews hit the blogs this week!





    Aloha Joe

    When we first launched CrackBerry Idol 2010 competition we knew the event would carry on for the better part of the summer - a competition like this takes time. What we didn't know though was just how talented and fierce the competition would be! After literally months, we're down to the nitty gritty... the final five in the final round of CrackBerry Idol. In the end, the community will vote for ONE winner, but first we'll get to see a lot of great reviews hit the blogs this week.

    Final Round - the Device Review: The final round of CrackBerry Idol is the BlackBerry device review. To keep the content interesting for our readers and fair yet challenging for our competitors, each finalist received a BlackBerry Torch 9800 (that they'll get to keep) and has been assigned a particular usage profile from which to review the device (business user, new to BB, social user, etc.). I've already done the full-out CrackBerry BlackBerry Torch Review, so these will be follow-up reviews that assess the Torch's performance based on how a person would use the device given a particular set of needs. It's going to be good! The first review will go live later tonight. Stay tuned. And good luck to our competitors!

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    60 Day BlackBerry Fitness Challenge Now Over!

    60 Day BlackBerry Fitness Challenge Now Over!

    61 days ago we kicked off our BlackBerry Fitness Challenge. An ambitious undertaking to say the least, but an event where those participating would be winners just for taking part. Of course, CrackBerry and our friends at Gym Technik upped the stakes and provided some extra incentive with some extra awesome prizes to compete for. If you check back to our original contest post, you'll remember there were three contests tied to the event - a random winner (based on a random tweet from all #blackberryfitchallenge tweets), the most workouts winner (based on most tweets) and the best before/after photos. Read on for an update and to see who pushed out the most workouts in 60 days!

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    Review: PingChat 2 unites BlackBerry, iPhone and Android users through IM

    One issue I had with my friends is that, for some strange reason, were using other platforms besides BlackBerry. I know, crazy right? Communication was never the same after they left. Sure, we had SMS, email or even social networks; but it wasn’t the same as BBM. It wasn’t the same as seeing that little, yellow, smiley face staring at you. That friendly grin reminded you of that special connection you once shared exclusively between your respective BlackBerrys. Once part of your elite group of BBM contacts, they now reside with the rest of the masses in your address book or social network. Now while you may never get that feeling back again, there are alternative means to keep in touch, regardless of platform. One of which is PingChat 2.

    PingChat 2 offers cross platform chit chatting between BlackBerry, Android and iPhone users in a way that beats the pants off of simple SMS or email. PingChat 2 provides message notifications, group chat capabilities, media support and more. If certain people out there are reading this (you know who you are), have a look and realize that you can run from my BBM, but you can’t hide from PingChat! Mwa-hahahah!

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    Rendezvous helps manage deadlines with your native calendar - 50 free copies up for grabs

    Deadlines are a way of life nowadays. Whether it's my day job, blogging, or a home project, keeping track of the time I have available makes a world of difference, and can really help motivate me instead of putting it off "one more day". The developer of Neelam has come out with this simple time management app that helps manage those minutes left until that report is due. Acting as a simple extension to the native calendar, the app will allow you to display exactly how long until an event will occur. If you need to remember to do something 20 days from now, instead of pulling out the calendar and counting the days, you can use the app to set the event at a particular interval with no fuss. You can display the time remaining right down to the second, or choose to have it display a much more general "2 days". Even leap years are accounted for, if you are planning that far in advance. Available in the CB store for $1.99 for all devices running 4.5 OS and up.

    Contest: We have 50 copies of Rendezvous 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 won't count.  

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    My Verizon Mobile updated with new look and better features

    The My Verizon Mobile app has been updated with some newness that includes a better look and some new features. The app, which is available on most Verizon devices, allows you to easily check out your account information and more on the go right from your device. Features include:

    • View minute, message and data usage
    • Adjust allowance minutes on current plans
    • Make one-time payments and set up and maintain auto-pay
    • View upgrade eligibility and contract end date
    • Manage Friends & Family numbers

    Users can also manage their account information, check balances, change address and use Family Locator. The updated version of My Verizon Moible is currently available for the Storm and Storm2 with rollouts to other devices coming in the next few months.

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    BlackBerry Curve 3G available from T-Mobile September 8th for $79.99

    Today via their Facebook page, T-Mobile announced that the BlackBerry Curve 3G will be available starting September 8th. The latest entry level device will carry a great price tag of just $79.99 with a two-year contract. The Curve 3G will ship with OS 5.0 installed but is said to be BlackBerry 6 ready so we'll see what happens down the road. In true T-Mobile fashion the device will most likely be available in multiple colors at some point as well.

    Via: Phonescoop

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    BlackBerry theme roundup for Aug 30th, 2010 - 25 copies of HTC Incredible to be won!

    Contest: 25 Copies of HTC Incredible to be won. Leave a comment!

    Happy Monday theme junkies! This is the last theme roundup for August, it seems like the summer flew by, and school is right around the corner. Theme devs have been hard at work lately, filling up my tip line with tons of great themes, and I have some of the best to show you here today. Hit the jump and take a look at this week's picks.

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    Best of Smartphone Experts, 29 Aug 2010

    Chat it up with Chatmosphere - Full featured IRC client for BlackBerry

    Once upon a time, IRC was all the rage, allowing users to connect in real time across the world. It evolved into the instant messaging clients we know and love today, but there are still millions of people that communicate via IRC even today. To date, there really hasn't been much in the way of IRC clients for BlackBerry, and I have seen many requests for an app in the forums. I gave Chatmosphere a whirl the other day when it landed in my inbox, and I was pretty impressed with how well it works. 

    The home screen (seen above) gives you the option to select from various popular topics, search what you're interested in, or just hit up a random chatroom to start connecting. A quick search of "BlackBerry" yielded several results from different countries, and I was connected with a chatroom in France in no time. After spamming them with a few test messages, a quick click in the menu allowed my to change my nickname to one other than what was randomly generated for me. Surfing through several chatrooms was a breeze, and the chat itself was quick and seamless, with no lag on my 9700. The application even supports emoticons and font colors, just like you were sitting at a PC. Clicking someone's nickname opens a prompt where you can choose to private chat in a separate window, or ignore the user. Clicking the BB Key allows you to either go back to the Search page, leaving the chatroom, or to add another chatroom. 

    Chatrooms are tabbed at the top of the screen, allowing you to participate in multiple chats at the same time, switching with a click. A few shortfalls I noticed while using the application, there is no support for the BlackBerry typing shortcuts (ie: space twice for a period), and the application doesn't remember the nickname you set between sessions, instead randomly generating a handle for you each time. All in all a very good solution for those looking for a way to use IRC from their BlackBerry device, and hopefully future updates will resolve those minor issues.

    Available in the CB store on sale for $4.99, it's regular $7.99. The app includes a 14 day trial, so I would suggest giving it a try to see if it's what you need before shelling out the cash. If you're a dedicated IRC user though, you'll likely find yourself considering purchasing the app.

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    Future Shop systems showing Sept 15th release date for Rogers BlackBerry Torch 9800

    We've been hearing for quite some time that release dates for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 on Canadian carriers was set for September. The big three, Bell, TELUS and Rogers have all confirmed an inevitable launch but no dates were set by any. Rumors suggest TELUS will launch on Sept 16th but, we now have the above information which suggests a Rogers release one day earlier on the 15th. We're assuming the $999.99 price point is just a Future Shop place holder so, nothing can be said about official pricing from this information. We'll be sure to keep you all updated though as we find out more information. So, who's grabbing a Torch on launch day in Canada?

    Source: TrustedNerd

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    BlackBerry App Roundup for August 27th, 2010! Win 1 of 100 Unlock Codes from CellUnlock!

    Hey folks, here we go with another app round up for you. This week, we tried to stay away from too much focus on the BlackBerry Torch as it's been highlighted quite a bit. That said though, we do have a great contest for new BlackBerry owners in general. This week, we got 100 unlock codes for you from CellUnlock. And of course, the winners of Hypoxia are also listed within. Be sure to drop some comments for your chance to win. Here's to hoping you all have a great weekend. :)

    Freebies of the Week: iGolf, Tag Reader, BiblioSearch

    In Case You Missed It: ShortCut Manager , Trillian For BlackBerry, Internals

    New This Week: CountIt, GPS Guru Pro, Rendezvous

    Cool at BlackBerry App World: Short Cut Lite

    Contest: Enter to win 1 of 100 Unlock Codes From CellUnlock!

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