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BlackBerry Theme Central Contest!

BlackBerry Theme Central Contest!

I think it's safe to say everyone out there likes to dress up their BlackBerry, be it with themes, apps or accessories. The good folks from BlackBerry Theme Central know this as well and have lined up a great contest for the CrackBerry Nation. From now up until January 31st when you leave a comment to this blog post telling everyone Why you are a CrackBerry Addict you will be entered into a draw for $100 from BlackBerry Theme Central to be used in the Shop CrackBerry Store. The lucky winner can put their hundred bucks towards whatever he/she wishes, be it software or accessories. That's it. Entering to win is EASY.

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BlackBerry Software Roundup for January 16th, 2009!

Plenty of time this week to check out lots of new BlackBerry Software? Why? Well, first off there have been a lot of releases... Second, it's been roughly -40 (Celsius) up here. A little too cold to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Covered this week in the roundup are the following titles:

New BlackBerry Software: VyMail - Visual Voicemail for YouMail, StormLock, Ez Weight Tracker, BilbyFile, Wine of the Day, Platypus for the BlackBerry Pearl

Updated BlackBerry Software: tiggit mail, Profiler

Free BlackBerry Software: BilbyLight

Cool Stuff: Trapster.com, Homes for Sale

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The Funny Side Of Obama's BlackBerry Predicament!

The Funny Side Of Obama's BlackBerry Predicament!

Ronen over at BerryReview noticed this, but everyone knows of President Elect Obama's predicament with him wanting to keep his BlackBerry (who could blame him?) throughout his presidency. It just seems as though those pesky advisors of his are still going after him about getting rid of the device he loves so dear, even going so far as to try and force him to use some crazy Windows Mobile device. The NY Daily News reached out to some players in the advertising world and had them create some mock-up advertisements to show their support for the President of the United States being a BlackBerry user. Quite hilarious. Check em out!

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Best of 2008 Cracky Award Winners!

Best of 2008 Cracky Award Winners!

We're half way through January which means 2009 is well underway. But before we get too much further into the new year it's time to hand out out some Best of 2008 Cracky Awards in a variety of BlackBerry & CrackBerry-related categories.

Readers' Choice Awards voting came to a close in the forums this past Sunday, so after the jump you can check out the final results and see who gets bragging rights for the next 11.5 months as crowned by the CrackBerry.com community.

And the winners of the Best of 2008 Crackies go to....

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CES 2009: Poynt Does Local Search Right

Here's another BlackBerry application that is no stranger to the CrackBerry blogs. Ryan reviewed Poynt back in June, in August in made our list of Great Free & Paid BlackBerry apps, in October it was announced as a Finalist in the BlackBerry Developer Challenge (Personal Productivity and Lifestyle Category) and ultimately went on to be named a Grand Prize winner in that same Developer Challenge!

But if for some reason you're still not familiar with Poynt, be sure to watch the video above for a quick live demo and click the links below for more information and to download this awesome local search (and more!) application for BlackBerry.

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When Bla1ze dropped word of Pageonce in the blogs at back in October, he referred to it as one of the most useful applications EVER! In case you missed that review, you can check it out here.

Want the Cole's notes version? Pageonce allows you to search out and add your accounts from literally thousands of providers (financial institutions, carriers, utilities, etc.) and bring them all into onc location on your BlackBerry. On one page you have quick access to alll your important data and it's smart data - can trip alerts, etc.. You can watch the video above for a better hands-on explanation and walk through (note - we had some reception issues in the CES hall so there's a couple choppy parts, but althogether not too bad!).

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CES 2009: Verizon Navigator Walk Through

NIM aka Networks in Motion (rhymes with Research in Motion!) had a pod for themselves at the CES BlackBerry Booth where they were displaying their handywork via the VZW Navigator app found on the BlackBerry Storm. If you're not familiar with NIM, they do a lot of the backend work on these types of apps (AAA Mobile is another good example!).

Nothing too exciting here for Verizon subscribers / Storm owners, but if you haven't seen this app in action before it's still a video worth checking out!

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iLane was on hand at CES displaying their new hands-free solution for BlackBerry. What is iLane? Here's some of the official verbage...

iLane is an intelligent, portable device that lets you control your smartphone using simple voice commands when you're inside your vehicle.

  • Hear verbal notification of incoming emails as they're received
  • Listen as your emails are read aloud to you
  • Compose new emails by speaking
  • Manage your inbox with simple voice commands like "Delete", "Call Back" and "Reply"
  • Access and control other smartphone applications like phone and calendar
  • Popular News, Sports and Weather Services Out Loud and On-Demand!

Check out the video above for a product overview straight from the source.

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CES 2009: Dipdive App for BlackBerry

During the keynote speech at the BlackBerry Developer Conference a few months back, Will.I.Am took the stage to show off his favorite new application, Dipdive for BlackBerry. He was also in Vegas last week to pick up an award and to hang at the BlackBerry booth for a couple of hours (I just missed him) and show off Dipdive. This isn't exactly a mass consumer application, rather, Dipdive is an app built for musicians and artists to share their content (images, video and sound) in a rich way via the Dipdive network.

Take a look at the video above for more information and details. The user interface on this app is really sweet - definitely sets a standard that I hope lots of other apps follow in!

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CES 2009: AP Mobile News for BlackBerry

Associated Press was on hand at RIM's BlackBerry booth at the Consumer Electronics Show last week showing off their AP Mobile News App. We have dropped word of this feature rich news reader a couple times in the past, both when it launched and when it became available for the Storm.

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T-mobile 8900 Pricing And Launch Date for Biz Customers!

The T-Mobile 8900 saga continues as the day of February 11th may seem miles away for those who have waited this long for the device to show up. Now we have heard on many occasions that business customers are going to get an early launch of this device on January 19th. But what we have not heard is any sort of indication on pricing for said business customers, untill now that is.

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Introducing DroidBerry for the BlackBerry Bold

Introducing DroidBerry for the BlackBerry Bold

Now this is some awesome stuff we got going on here! Jason Calhoun dropped by the forums yesterday to let the CrackBerry Nation know about his hottest new theme for the BlackBerry Bold. I have to say I’m blown away by this one - the time he spent on DroidBerry really shows. Styled of course after the Android mobile operating system, this theme looks sharp, with 5 homescreen icons that are user customizable and all notification, battery and signal icons are the exact icons from Android. A little note about the clock though... it don't work (RIM - we need widgets!). However, it is optional as you can get the theme without it. DroidBerry is available from the ShopCrackBerry.com Software Store for $7 and is a true Android replica with BlackBerry style... yeah baby!

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PreCentral.net - Your # 1 Source For All Things Palm Pre!

I'd like to pause the BlackBerry news for a minute to give a big CrackBerry welcome to our new sibling site, PreCentral.net, your #1 Source For All Things Palm Pre!

PreCentral.net is the newest member of the Smartphone Experts family of sites and as you may expect, is going to be closely tied to the always-popular TreoCentral.com. You can expect PreCentral.net to be the leading Palm Pre focused site on the web, bringing you the latest Pre news, Reviews of Pre Accessories and Software, and will of course be home to best Palm Pre Forums around.

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SocialScope Amps Up The Twitter Game

SocialScope Amps Up The Twitter Game
   

While traveling for CES last week I was in pursuit of another Twitter application to use so I could update my own feed via TwitterBerry as well as the CrackBerry feed from one device. On Friday I finally received an invite to Socialscope the newest player in the Twitter game (keep reading after the jump - we have 200 free invites to give away!).  For the longest time I had been a big TwitterBerry fan, since it was the only app that came close to how a "true" Twitter application should look and function.  Yet from the minute I opened SocialScope, I was instantly drawn in.

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Get Tiltris Game, Free For BlackBerry Storm!

Time to show all you Storm owners out there some love of course! BBWorld.info found this interesting game floating around on GetJar. As seen in the video it's basically Tetris with a twist, quite literally. Tiltris makes use of the Storm's built in accelerometer and looks like it will have you twisting, turning and ...umm... in my case, cussing in no time.

You can grab the download from GetJar's mobile site, using the access code 40256 for absolutely no charge. Let us know in the comments what you think about it!

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BeamReader For BlackBerry Moves Out Of Beta!

When Slacker was first announced back at the fall CTIA show, on the live blog a lot of us were thinking Slacker Who? Since then, we've been getting educated in the ways of Slacker's brilliance and the Slacker Who? has turned a bit more into Pandora Who? (you'll have to listen to our CES Podcast to further qualify that statement!).

Slacker was finally released during CES (not in Canada yet - but it's coming... darn those pesky music industry licensing agreements) and on-hand at the CES BlackBerry booth was Slacker's Director of Marketing Communications, Zach Hill, to show it off. Check out the video above!

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We first heard about FlyCast at the BlackBerry Developer Conference, which left us all jonesing for its release which came in early November. The initial app was great which has given FlyCast a loyal CrackBerry following and at CES FlyCast sweetened the pot with a whole lot of platform enhancements. Check out the video above for an awesome overview by one of FlyCast's co-founders. And remember..when you use FlyCast, be sure to click the ads once in a while. Everybody's gotta make a living!

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CrackBerry readers should be famiiar with the name Nobex Radio Companion. They were a finalist in the BlackBerry Developer Challenge and after winning the BBCool 15 event at DevCon were chosen as a Grand Prize winner by the BlackBerry Partners Fund. We've of course given Nobex Radio Companion a thorough CrackBerry review as well. Therefore it was really cool to meet Nobex's President and CEO, Gadi Mazor, and have him give a quick run through of Nobex for CrackBerry Nation.  Check out the video above!

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