Iconify updated to v 1.46

Iconify updated to v 1.46

The Iconify application allows you to access your favourite websites, files/folders and contacts, with the use of a simple link on your homescreen. It’s faster than book marks, more powerful than hotkeys, able to leap tall buildings in a...wait, I’m thinking of something else now. Iconify can help you choose what type of contact you want to make; IconifyMailLink handles multiple email addresses, SMS and PIN numbers, while IconifyDialLink takes care of multiple numbers. These links can be personalized with your own images as well. We actually had a chance to review an earlier version of Iconify back in March.

A few days ago, Matthias emailed me to let me know of the latest update to Iconify. Here is what he had to share:

What's New?

  • Dialogs that require textual user input will now all render the input fields with a border - This change should make it way more easier to identify in which area of the dialog you can specify additional values.
  • Reading Webpage Titles for Iconify-WebLinks will now handle entities.
  • Iconify can deal with BES-ProxyServers that require authentication

What's Fixed?

  • Connection issues fixed
  • "Numbers to Hide" working now also with 'Others'

Iconify comes in a 50 link version for $3.99 or a 15 link version for $2.49. There is also a 14 day free trial available that allows you to manage 10 links. You can pick up either version of Iconify from the CrackBerry App Store.

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BlackBerry theme roundup for Sept. 27th 2010 - 50 copies of BANdroid up for grabs!

Contest: 50 Copies of BANdroid to be won. Leave a comment!

It's a busy week here at CrackBerry. Most of the team is off to San Francisco for DevCon, and we are all anxiously waiting to hear what news RIM has to share with us. I know a lot of people are are the edge of their seat to find out if the new Theme Studio will be released this week. Until that happens, all the BlackBerry Torch owners are stuck with the preloaded theme, which I know makes a lot of people antsy. So let's all keep our fingers crossed for that announcement and more later this week. In the meantime, enjoy the weekly theme roundup after the jump. 

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Alarms App  Alarms App

As we all know the native BlackBerry alarms application is rather simplistic and extremely basic when it comes to features that it offers, and this does not meet everyones needs unfortunately. Previously it had been shown that additional alarms besides the one that is allowed in the alarms application could be added through your calendar, but for people with busy calendars this may not be ideal either. The folks over at JoPs agreed that this was an area that was lacking on BlackBerry devices, and have come out with a rather feature loaded replacement for everyones enjoyment called Alarms

Alarms allows users to set up multiple alarms with five different frequency options, one time use, hourly, daily, weekly or monthly. Another feature of this application is that you are able to customize the alert of the alarm beyond just the sound. Users can select a picture to popup when the alarm sounds, or even a video file to play in the popup. For users who want a more simplistic experience it can also be done as just plain text like a regular alarm as well, but once you try the custom options you will be hooked. Along with LED support, Alarms also offers a status indicator so you will see an icon for upcoming alarms in your notification bar, which is very convenient to see how many alarms are still upcoming. Alarms is available for all devices running OS 4.7 and above and available in the CrackBerry store for $2.99 for a limited time.

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Contest Winners - ICONIC, Super Mario Bros v3.0, and Koncept!

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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CrackBerry Coverage goes to San Francisco this week for the 2010 BlackBerry Developers Conference!

The Crack team has arrived in San Francisco safe and sound, and we're excited for the week ahead! Adam, Bla1ze, Isaac, Dave Peckens (our CrackBerry Idol winner!) and myself are all on hand to bring back the BlackBerry news as it happens. It's shaping up to be a good DevCon so let's hope for some big news!

We'll be live blogging the General Session keynote, which takes place today (Monday) at 1pm PDT. Being a conference for developers we're expecting a lot of news for developers, but you never know - hopefully we'll see some of the DevCon rumors become reality and we'll finally find out RIM's plans for entering the tablet world. Be sure to check it out.

And when the official news ends, we'll be following up with loads more content in the days ahead - interviews with developers, RIM folk and more. We'll be firing up the CrackBerry.tv video camera every chance we get! And when Wednesday night rolls around, we'll cap off #DevCon10 with the CrackBerry App Awards party. For details and to RSVP, click here. We hope you enjoy the coverage. Stay tuned!!! 

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 26 Sept 2010

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It's not her first video appearance and you'll have your own opinion as to whether it looks good or not, but if you are craving to see more of the BlackBerry Style, keep reading. PoderPDA has namely put up a couple of videos on youtube showing the clamshell in all its glory. This particular device rocks firmware v6.0.0.203 and makes the Pearl Flip look unstylish in comparison (sorry for the pun). The first video (above) shows off the hardware while the second video (below) takes a look at BlackBerry 6. The videos are en Español, but there is not much we already do not know about. So grab some snacks, lean back and enjoy the show!

Source: PoderPDA

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BlackBerry Style 9670 appears in Sprint internal systems

Yesterday we saw the upcoming BlackBerry Style 9670 pass through the FCC systems. Today, we get an internal shot of Sprints imagery material database which shows us that the BlackBerry Style is set to get all gussied up for Sprint marketing. Word is once device reach this stage in the game, it's typically only a matter of a few weeks before the device gets announced and then another 60 days for release. If all that holds true, we could possibly see an announcement at DevCon with a actual device roll out sometime in November. Looks like Kevin was right about the name though. Glad I never placed any bets with him. Thanks Anonymous.

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Review: BerryBuzz for BlackBerry Smartphones

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It's been a while since we've checked out BerryBuzz for BlackBerry and there have been quite a few improvements and additions over the last few months. The app is without a doubt one of my favorite applications and one that I can seem to be without. I love being able to kill all the alerts on my device and just have different colored LEDs lighting my way. BerryBuzz is totally customizable and has support for email, phone, SMS, contact alerts and a ton of 3rd party apps. It truly is a great utility for BlackBerry and can totally change the way you use your device. If you haven't yet checked it out, watch the video above to see all thats new in the updated BerryBuzz, then pick it up for yourself for $5.95 in the CrackBerry App Store.

There is also a free slimmed-down version of BerryBuzz (BeBuzz) available in BlackBerry App World. The free version was recently updated with some major fixes for the Torch/OS 6 and is a good trial to see if BerryBuzz is right for you. You can give it a whirl and see how you like it, then upgrade to the full-featured version like the rest of us :-)

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It seems like the BlackBerry Torch commercials just keep on coming. The latest round of spots features various users and the benefits of using the BlackBerry Torch. Some use it for the media, some for the BlackBerry Messenger. I love how RIM is marketing the device and showing off how anyone can use it. While it may not be the "future phone", it definitely has its perks and features to help get things done. Check out some more videos after the break.

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BlackBerry 9670 strolls through FCC seeking approval

BlackBerry 9670 strolls through FCC seeking approval

The above image looks to be that of the BlackBerry 9670 in all it's clamshell glory. Also known as the BlackBerry Style, the BlackBerry 9670 is now showing up in the FCC database and is seeking approval. It carries the CDMA bands of Sprint and Verizon along with the test reports confirming that 802.11 b/g/n are on board as seen in the previously leaked UAProf documents. Love it or hate it, the BlackBerry 9670 is coming and we'd not be at all suprised to see some information about it show up during the BlackBerry Developers Conference. We'll keep you all up to date though if it does. We'll have an onslaught of coverage from DevCon this year so, stay tuned.

Source: Engadget

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Vodafone UK delays the release of BlackBerry Torch as well

At this point it seems if you're on any carrier other then AT&T chances are your purchase of the BlackBerry Torch is going to be delayed. While we can't say exactly for certain the reasoning for it, it's certainly no longer just bound to Canadian carriers any more. Vodafone UK, which was set to release the BlackBerry Torch 9800 on September 27th has now updated their website to show that orders will not ship until October 1st. I'm inclined to believe it's so that the OS' can be updated on the devices but, that of course hasn't been proven as of yet. In any event, you can still pre order the BlackBerry Torch on Vodafone UK. Hit the link below to get started.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for September 24th, 2010! Win 1 of 50 copies of MiniNotes!

Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! This week we’ve seen some mighty purdy pics of the BlackBerry Storm 9570 struttin around with OS 6, and even some Rogers dummy units of the Torch 9800. I was hoping to lasso one myself, but it looks like I’ll be chompin’ at the bit for another week, while I wait for the release date of September 30th. Maybe I can get the rest of the Crack Team to nab one when they mosey on down to Devcon. Today, we announce the winners of the Tether giveaway last week and put up 50 copies of MiniNotes to give away. Have a terrific weekend! Giddy up!

Freebies of the Week: Dropbox, Look and Listen – Memory Game

In Case You Missed It: GesturePad, bbCasa, Meebo

New This Week: BBTweet Media Player, Picture Time Stamp, Data Monitor

Cool at BlackBerry App World: BlackBerry DEVCON mobile guide

Contest: Enter to win 1 of 50 copies of MiniNotes!

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PictureTimeStamp - Easily add text and logos to pictures on your BlackBerry!

PictureTimeStamp by Toysoft Development Inc is a really handy new app just released in the CrackBerry store. If you've ever had the need to watermark a picture on the go, or add time/date stamp to a picture, this application is perfect for you. Easy to set up, you'll be snapping pictures and adding text or logos to them in no time! Even pictures you have already taken can have the text or logo added to them.

Features:

  • Automatically print the text and logo on the picture taken with the Camera app
  • Automatically rotates the picture if taken in different orientation
  • Automatically resize the picture if it is too big
  • Save all pictures to a different folder
  • Control the text font, color, size and position
  • Logo printed can be any size and format can be jpg, png and bmp
  • Optionally delete or keep the original picture
  • Integrates with the System Camera, Media and Files applications
  • You can time and logo stamp and picture using the Media or Files applications
  • On the fly custom text. You can enter a different custom text whenever you take a new picture
  • Optionally prompt you to stamp the picture

Personally, my first thought when I saw this app was "Cool! Now I can add sappy notes on all those pictures of the kids I send to Bla1ze!" PictureTimeStamp is a valuable tool, and whatever your needs are, I think you'll find an option that will suite you. The full version is only $2.99, and with a free trial available, you really can't go wrong. Download it today, and let us know in the comments what creative ways you find to use PictureTimeStamp!

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Rogers BlackBerry Torch available September 30th

Rogers BlackBerry Torch available September 30th

In some other Canadian carrier Torch news, Rogers customers looking to pick up their BlackBerry Torch should be advised that Rogers has changed their release date as well now. Previously set for launch today, that date has now been changed to September 30th as per the information posted on their company blog and on the BlackBerry Torch landing page they have set up. With all the delay announcements and rumors that happened this was pretty much inevitable, now all we can do is hope that Rogers takes a marketing hint from Bell and reduces their pricing as well. But I'm guessing thats a no because the landing page still says $199.99.

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CrackBerry App Awards Party this coming Wednesday! If you are going to be at BlackBerry DevCon or in San Francisco come on down!

Just a friendly reminder to anybody who is attending the BlackBerry Developer Conference or will be in San Francisco next Wednesday evening (Sept. 29th) to swing by the CrackBerry App Awards party. Hosted by our friends at xobni and sponsored by the BlackBerry Partners Fund (free booze!), the party will kick off at 7pm at xobni's headquarters (twitter's old offices). Shuttles will be running from the San Francisco Marriott Marquis hotel where DevCon is being hosted right to the party, so getting to the event will be easy. It'll be a good time, so commmmme on down! You can RSVP now by clicking on the image above or link at the bottom of this post.

The polling is over now for the 2010 CrackBerry App Awards and the votes have been tallied. Heck, we've even ordered up some Cracky trophies for the winners. All that's left to do now is get on stage and announce the winners at the CrackBerry Awards Party! If you're a developer and were nominated for an award, we especially hope to see you there!

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Bell launches BlackBerry Torch for online sales only!

Bell launches BlackBerry Torch for online sales only!

In a weird twist of events, Bell this morning has posted the BlackBerry Torch 9800 online for sale. Although Bell had previously stated they would not release the device until October 1st, customers can now head on over to the Bell website and place their order for a brand new Torch with a shipment date of September 29th. To further the twist, retail locations will have the device available September 30th and Bell has even reduced their original asking price. The BlackBerry Torch on Bell was once set at $199.95 and now shows a price of $179.95 with a new 3 year contract.

Source: MobileSyrup
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BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife (BBSAK) updated to version 1.8

After a fairly long break from development, BBSAK (BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife) has been updated to version 1.8. The update brings with it some fixes as well as a few new features. If you aren't familiar with BBSAK, it is a desktop utility that allows you to do a ton of stuff for your BlackBerry like wipe, load a new OS, install CODs from your desktop, take screenshots and much more. In my use I have to say it's one of the best ways to salvage your device from the dreaded 507 error. Features include:

  • Wipe Blackberry leaving a 507 error
  • Reset Blackberry to factory state removing any IT Policy.
  • Take Screenshots of your Blackberry (Screenshots stored in My Pictures\BBScreenies)
  • Auto-Detects if phone is plugged in first
  • Displays PIN so you know your connected
  • Will not let you do any actions until phone detected
  • Load OS will auto delete Vendor.xml and start Loader.exe. (BBDM is needed for this)
  • Backup 3rd Party Apps
  • Restore 3rd Party Apps

Before installing v1.8 you'll need to remove any previous versions of the app. BBSAK is available free from the link below.

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