BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6 to be released in limited beta starting today!

Well, this came out of nowhere. Inside BlackBerry has just let everyone know that starting today, beta invites will go out to BlackBerry Beta Zone members so that they may have access to the all new, all fresh looking BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6. Certainly not a lot of details were posted other than that. Instead, Inside BlackBerry let the pictures do the talking for them. The design is that of what Mac Desktop Manager users have had for a while now, except its got way more polish added too it and it looks great. If you have yet to sign up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone you might wanna finally get on that! What do you all think? Looks great right?!? More pics after the break.

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Zoombak tracking application for BlackBerry now available in BlackBerry App World

Zoombak is well known for its personal GPS locators that can be used in many different situations. The company allows customers to access real time tracking information, whenever they need it. The service has endless possibilities; track missing bags, locate a stroller, fetch the family dog or even figure out where Grandma took off to on her scooter (this time). The locator itself is lightweight, small and is water resistant. If a customer wanted to track an item while on the move, they would create a “safety-zone”. They would then receive SMS or email notifications when the locator breached the safety zone.

Zoombak recently launched their BlackBerry mobile application and is now available in BlackBerry App World. Instead of running to their computer, Zoombak customers can now launch the app on their BlackBerrys and have the option to find the current location of the lost person/item. They can also choose to track; receiving updates every five minutes. While the application is free, keep in mind that the services that Zoombak offers start at $9.99 per month, on top of the cost of the unit. I think that this was an excellent move on Zoombak’s part. If one of their customers needs to track something or someone, they would want to keep as mobile, and portable, as possible.

Source: Business Wire

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 Add a new look to your device with Ubuntu by Big Papa Designs - 25 free copies to be won!

Matt from BB Theme Labs is heavy into his theme development, and his site is an excellent resource for any developers looking for tips, help, or elements for their themes. He also makes some pretty kickin' themes himself, and his latest shows his skills well. Completely custom, including the icons, meters and every other element you can think of, this theme give the look and feel of the Ubuntu OS on your device. Fast and smiooth, the theme is heavy on function, featuring a drop down hidden dock, fully user defined, that shows the name of the application next to the icon. Rounded out with a hidden today, the function meets the form beautifully for one great theme.

Contest: We have 25 copies of Ubuntu 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 5.0.0.822 For the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Bold 9000

Two more for everyone. Again, courtesy of Driphter.com. This time we have the OS 5.0.0.822 for the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and the BlackBerry Curve 8900. You all know what to do. Back up your data and get your swagg on. Leave us comments if ya find anything cool.

*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: Driphter.com
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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.822 For the BlackBerry Curve 8520

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.822 For the BlackBerry Curve 8520

Fire up your computers and grab your USB cables folks, seems Research In Motion has sprung a few leaks today courtesy of the folks over at Driphter.com. As always, you guys know the drill back up your data and don't shoot us if things go the wrong way. Ya dig? Alright then.

*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). *

Source: Driphter.com
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Leaked: BlackBerry Desktop Manager 5.0.1.40

Leaked: BlackBerry Desktop Manager 5.0.1.40

Been a while since we've seen a leaked version of BlackBerry Desktop Manager. The folks over at Driphter.com have taken care of that though. You can hit the download link to grab v5.0.1.40. Doesn't appear to be a whole lot of changes with this release, most likely just updates to support some of the newer devices to soon be released. That said, if you all spot something we may have missed let us know in the comments folks. Shout out to my better half for taking the pic for us since I don't have Windows on my Mac.

Source: Driphter.com

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Wow, check this out. Salomondrin has again teamed up with Terrible Bean to bring us another look at BlackBerry 6. This time, we get the set up video for the BlackBerry 9800. The video walkthrough is quite impressive to see on it's own but I'm really digging the boot animation that gets shown off. Check it out, let us know what you think in the comments. You're turn RIM. Show us something else cool about BlackBerry 6. Maybe have it running on a full QWERTY non touch screen? We'd all enjoy that video.

Source: Salmondrin

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Did Verizon halt BlackBerry 6 testing on the BlackBerry Storm 2?!?

Some interesting new comes to us from the good folks over at Gizmofusion today. It's certainly not the greatest news if you are a BlackBerry Storm 2 owner but, we'd be remiss to say that it wasn't expected. According to the article, a reliable source has advised Gizmofusion that Verizon was testing builds of BlackBerry 6 for the Storm 2 but has since halted testing due to its inability to function correctly on the device.

The main reasoning being lack of RAM of course, among other un noted reasons. The 256MB in Verizons eyes simply was not enough for the device to handle BlackBerry 6 thus causing it to under perform. The common consensus is that, any device running 256MB won't be able to handle BlackBerry 6 but that information is consistently conflicted as well. New rumors suggest builds for the 9700 are out there and that they are simply not "watered down" versions of what BlackBerry 6 is supposed to be. Time will tell in the end but really, it would just be nice of Research In Motion to just tell us. Least then we'd know for sure. Knowing is half the battle.

Source: Gizmofusion

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BlackBerry Accessory Roundup - Win the case of your choice from ShopCrackBerry.com!

Contest: Don't let your device be naked! Leave a comment telling us which BlackBerry Case you'd like from ShopCrackBerry.com and you could win it!

Lets face it - there are TONS of accessories for BlackBerry. Bluetooh headsets, memory cards, charging solutions, batteries and more. But when it comes down to it, the thing most users pick up first and always seem to always have more than one of is a case for their device. There is such a wide variety of cases out there that for the most part there is something to please everyone. Cases not only help us express our personality, but also protect your device from the daily bumps and brusies. From your basic skin case all the way up to the insane protection of an OtterBox, there are loads to choose from. So youre mission this week is to leave a comment letting us know which case available at ShopCrackBerry.com you'd like to call your own. Be it a silicone sleeve, snap-on hard case or something stylish, let us know what and why (and be sure to include your device) and it could be yours!

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Want to keep up on the latest BlackBerry device rumors? Bookmark crackberry.com/rumored-devices and find it all in one place!

With BlackBerry 6 getting closer and upcoming BlackBerry device chatter and excitement heating up again (think slider, tablet, curve 9300, storm3 and more...) we figured we'd make things easier to follow moving forward by bringing it all together in one place. The CrackBerry blogs will always bring you the latest information daily, but if you find yourself having trouble keeping all the rumors straight or just need to get caught up in one shot, our rumored devices page will help you out.

When you visit crackberry.com/rumored-devices you'll find a nice one page table summary with the latest information on the rumored upcoming BlackBerry devices we've been hearing about. We'll do our best to always keep the page updated and current. It often starts with a codename, then a device model number and some specs. Then you get more specs, and finally pre-release photos and videos emerge as the device gets closer to market. Enough talk. Follow the link below to check it out. Don't forget to bookmark the page!!

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BlackBerry DevCon 2010 - Full session catalog now available for viewing

Just a little something for those of you who still may be on the fence in your decision to attend the 2010 BlackBerry Developers Conference. The full session catalog has now been posted online for viewing. Taking a brief look through the sessions, I noticed quite a few new items listed. I think it's pretty safe to say that part of Research In Motions ongoing marketing strategy was to start releasing little tidbits of information as a lead up to the BlackBerry Developers Conference. Have a look at a few of the sessions:

  • The BlackBerry Smartphone Advantage: Do What Others Can't
  • WebKit Apps & BlackBerry OS 6
  • Power up Your (Super) App with the Google App Engine
  • Take Advantage of the New Universal Search API 
  • New Mapping Tools in BlackBerry 6 
  • Building Next Generation Context Aware Applications using BlackBerry APIs 

It looks as though the BlackBerry Developers Conference this year will be the event that will showcase some of the stuff folks were hoping to of have seen at WES. WebKit, BlackBerry 6, new devices. All these things are certainly on the agenda which makes me excited when I sit back and wonder what might happen there that we do not yet, know of. Maybe we'll see a preview of the BlackBerry Tablet? Pipe dreams maybe but, if it happens you heard it here first.

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CrackBerry Launcher

** Update: Note, right now the App World version and CrackBerry version are the same builds, which feature the trimmed down links (no downloads or app store) that App World required. We'll soon get back up the updated CB version into the CB App store that will have all of the links. Thx for the patience! **

This is exciting! Our CrackBerry Launcher application, built for us by Fabian Heuwieser (thanks Fabian!), has been updated to version 1.93 and is now available in BlackBerry App World! The CB Launcher app places a shortcut on your BlackBerry homescreen, which when clicked on opens a simple app that allows you to jump to specific areas of the m.crackberry.com mobile site. 

A few changes had to be made to get the CB Launcher app into App World, like removing our CrackBerry App Store and Downloads links, but it's still super cool to see it make it in there - be sure to give it a download and a nice 5 star rating and positive review and I'm sure we'll see it introduce CrackBerry.com to a new audience of BlackBerry users who may not be as familar with CrackBerry Nation. The updated version also includes updates to keep things current, including links to our new BlackBerry 6, Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G forums.

Now that we've seen the CB Launcher hit App World, we have two goals left to tackle: get this baby featured on the App World featured apps carousel (let's make it happen RIM!) and build out a more fully-featured and integrated application for getting CrackBerry on your BlackBerry. You'll want to stay tuned for that!

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WooHoo! ShortcutMe 4.1 ready for the BlackBerry Tour 9630 and Bold 9650

Sam from Fonware let me know that the multitasking shortcut application, ShortcutMe 4.1, is now available for the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and Tour 9630. To recap, ShortcutMe nearly turns your entire BlackBerry into a giant convenience key. Picture having multiple applications at the ready, with only have to click your convenience keys or space key multiple times. For example; you can click once for browser access, twice to call your mom or thrice to clean your device memory. The application also contains built in screen capture, stock market and weather forecast access.

With over 150 customizable BlackBerry tasks and apps to play with, ShortcutMe is nothing short of fantastically handy. No more having to decide which two apps you want to assign to the left and right convenience keys. Composing messages, adding calendar entries or tasks have never been easier to initialize. In version 4.1, some of the new features include:

  • Added cascaded shortcuts to supported apps:

    Allows creating a shortcut to run several shortcuts one after each other. For example; create a 'Leaving Home' shortcut that turns off WiFi, turns on cellular radio, turns on Bluetooth and launches your favorite music, so that you can hear it in your cars handsfree. You can then create an 'Entering Office' shortcut and so on. (allows to make any combinations of users own shortcuts).

  • Allows creating a shortcut to toggle Mass Storage Mode
  • Allows creating a shortcut to ‘Receive_Using_BT’ feature on BlackBerry.
  • Allows adding symbols to shortcuts
  • When editing or creating shortcuts, 'Show Me Online Info Page' takes users to an online page, where they can read about the selected application.

Shortcuts are the best way to get the most out of your time, and your BlackBerry. You’ll find yourself more efficient than ever with an application like ShortcutMe on hand. You can pick up ShortcutMe for $4.99 from the CrackBerry App Store.

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BlackBerry Pearl 9100 now available from Cincinnati Bell

A pretty decent surprise on this one, but it looks as if Cincinnati Bell is the first US based carrier to offer the Pearl 9100. While we were expecting it to land on AT&T or maybe even T-Mobile before anywhere else, the device seems to be fully available through the Cincinnati Bell website. Nothing new from other carrier releases we saw as it still includes the standard fare including 256MB flash memory and a 3.2 megapixel camera. So if you happen to be a Cincinnati Bell user and have been waiting for a device upgrade, head on over to their site and be one of the first to pick this guy up. Thanks Pat!

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BeFroyo from Ahaz and JMal Designs - THE Android theme for your BlackBerry - 25 copies up for grabs

I covered BeFroyo in last week's Theme Roundup,  and the response from the community was so favorable that the developers contacted me wanting to give a little back. In case you missed it last week, here's an excerpt from the article to give you some background on the theme.

Ahaz and JMal make some quality themes, no argument there. Their latest creation takes the Froyo look from Android and brings it to your BlackBerry home screen. A full set of Android style icons, and some serious homescreen function will really amp up your Curve. A dedicated today scree, which is becoming more prevalent in these types of themes, is a nice touch, and a personal favorite. Fully skinned, in every minute detail, this theme is a must for any BlackBerry user that craves the Android look and feel. Available in the CB store for just $2.99 for multiple devices.  

Contest: We have 25 copies of BeFroyo 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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SugarSync v1.5 adds streaming music to their cloud storage and synch app for BlackBerry

SugarSync has released the lastest version of their cloud storage and synching application for BlackBerry. SugarSync v1.5 now includes the ability to stream music direct from their servers to your BlackBerry device. This is of course in addition to the other added features for the app as noted in the press release:

SugarSync for BlackBerry features the ability to remotely access, open and easily share your computer files, including documents, photos and more stored in a SugarSync account. With an appropriate document editor, files can be edited as well and synced back.

With the new version, people may stream non-DRM protected music - synced from their computers to the cloud – directly to their BlackBerry handheld device, and save local storage for favorite tunes, photos, videos, and more. The built-in music player enables people to play full sets, not just single songs.

The new version also includes email auto-complete, a time-saver feature which allows people to even more quickly share a files with colleagues or friends, as well as performance enhancements and bug fixes.

Lately, I have become quite a fan of cloud storage applications. With SugarSync adding music streaming to the list of offerings, it will push them beyond other services such as Evernote. When you sign up, you get 2GB of storage allocated to you for free with larger packages available for purchase starting at only $4.99/mnth.

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Inside BlackBerry shows off BlackBerry 6 multimedia experience!

The push for BlackBerry 6 is still on a roll. Although, a few days behind what Salomondrin posted; Research In Motion has now posted their own walk through of the BlackBerry 6 Multimedia capabilities. While no videos were included in the walk through, it certainly outlines some of the finer aspects of things to come from BlackBerry 6.

A new improved camera UI, better picture handling and organization, improved YouTube integration which allows for streaming, sharing and uploading of videos. And one of my personal favorites, built in Podcast app so that you may enjoy the CrackBerry podcast on the go. Finally, better ways to handle and organize your music and videos. As I've mentioned before, media capabilities always felt like a back burner issue on BlackBerry and it's nice to see that Research In Motion has brought it forward with BlackBerry 6. More shots and info after the break.

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CrackBerry guide to BlackBerry stocks and investments apps

Turn your BlackBerry into a virtual stock broker with these amazing apps for Stocks and Investments!!

Not too long ago, we’ve covered some of the best BlackBerry applications that are designed to help you manage your bank accounts. You can find them in the CrackBerry Guide to banking on your BlackBerry. Obviously, we know that your financial concerns don’t stop there-your money can also be found in stocks and investments. In recent years, especially with the economic crisis, it hasn’t been the best of times (for some). With that said, anyone who does dabble in the stock market and such could, and should, use any tool at their fingertips.

Luckily, this so happens to be the CrackBerry Guide to BlackBerry Stock and Investment apps. What we have here is a collection of some powerful applications that will help out anyone- from stockbrokers, to the person who only wonders about stocks and investments. If you have these types of applications on your BlackBerry, you will truly have a portable portfolio with which you can really keep a tight grip on. Without further adieu, let’s check out what applications are up to the challenge.

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Slacker Radio adds ABC News integration

Slacker Radio adds ABC News integration

Slacker Radio announced today that they have added a standalone ABC News station to their already extensive lineup. The channel is available by itself, or you can choose to add "top of the hour" updates to any Slacker channel. The ABC News station is available within Slacker under the "News" category or by visiting slacker.com/ABCNews from a web browser. Headline News updates for music stations can be activated from from your Slacker account or by selecting "Fine Tune" while listening to any station on the Slacker web application. Check out the full press release after the jump.

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foursquare for BlackBerry v1.9 now available

foursquare for BlackBerry v1.9 now available

The folks at foursquare have been hard at work tweaking their BlackBerry app and today have released version 1.9 with some new improvments. The features as still coming along, and some minor tweaks and fixes have helped out things like battery life this time around. Updates include:

  • Sort Check-ins - Quickly sort your nearby check-ins by time (most recent check-in) or by distance (closest check-in).
  • Photo Upload - Now change/upload a profile photo via your BlackBerry!
  • See Specials Nearby - Now you can see what venues feature specials when searching for what's nearby.
  • BlackBerry Maps Integration - From a venue details page, click on the Google map tile and automatically get launched into BlackBerry maps.
  • Improved Battery Life - foursquare is always focused on battery performance and has made a few improvement. Expect even more improvements in the future.
  • Improved Location Support - Additional improvements have been made to location, allowing for better location support when checking in.
  • Small Tweaks & Fixes - foursquare is always listening to user feedback and making small fixes & tweaks along the way.

To download foursquare for BlackBerry free and check out all of the new features, head to foursquare.com/blackberry/beta from your device

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