BlackBerry Proxy Server Should Speed Up Handheld Internet Browsing According to New RIM Patent

Since the introduction of Wi-Fi on the BlackBerry, and the Bold 9000, RIM's first 3G BlackBerry, surfing the web on our handsets has been faster than ever. Still, BlackBerry users will be getting an extra kick in speed according to a recent patent application by RIM entitled, "SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING NETWORK BROWSING SPEED BY SETTING A PROXY SERVER ON A HANDHELD DEVICE." Who doesn't want faster browsing speeds?

The patent sheds a little light on how data is transferred now, and the solution RIM plans to offer to make that process more efficient. RIM states, "One reason is that the data is sent across the air uncompressed. This increases traffic and lowers browsing speed." Ever the innovative engineers, the folks at RIM have come up with a clever way of enhancing current technologies by creating a proxy server on the handset in order to compress and transcode HTTP requests before it hits the air. A quick glance at the patent summary reveals:

"A system for enhancing network-browsing speed by setting a proxy server on a handheld device comprises a browser for sending a request for requesting a message from a website and receiving a response in response to the request, a proxy server for transcoding and compressing the request, and transcoding and decompressing the response including the requested message in response to the request, a wireless network communicably linked to the proxy server, Mobile Data Service (MDS) gateway for transcoding and decompressing the request, and transcoding and compressing the response including the requested message from the website."

So, instead of having to send data back and forth several times just to get information to load on your browser, a proxy server should be able to handle compressing, transcoding and decompressing much faster. Now we just need to couple this technology with a brand new WebKit-based browser and then maybe we'll finally have that kick-butt web surfing experience all of us BlackBerry users have been waiting for.

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Your BlackBerry and the Great Outdoors

Your BlackBerry and the Great Outdoors

There’s nothing like the Great Outdoors (that covers both the movie and the actual outdoors). Breaking away from your desk, breathing naturally circulated air and basking in the light of that glowing ball thingy in the sky; is there a better feeling? You finally have a chance to recharge and relax. Soothing sounds soon caress your ear; the swishing of wind blowing through the trees, birds singing, a babbling brook, a BlackBerry notification tone…

Wait, a BlackBerry? Who brought the BlackBerry way out here? Oh, that’s right, you did. For those who tell you that you should have left it at home, let them know that it’s always a good time for a BlackBerry. It “IS” designed to keep you mobile, after all. The scout motto is “be prepared”, so isn’t carrying your smartphone the right thing to do? To back up your claim, I hit the trails in search of applications you can use while you’re out and about. Though it won’t tell you the best way to toast a marshmallow (there should be an app for that!), your BlackBerry can be turned into an excellent guide. Let’s gather around the campfire, it’s time for a story…

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BlackBerry Curve 8530 Now Available on Telus

BlackBerry Curve 8530 Now Available on Telus

Well, well, well... it looks like the BlackBerry Curve 8530 has finally made its way to Telus. The latest CDMA device was destined to show up in Canada at some point, and today it finally appeared on the Telus site. The Curve 8530 is available with a 1-year contract for $299.99, a 2-year plan for $249.99 or the "sell your soul" 3-year contract for $49.99. The latest addition to the Telus lineup is available in a cool new silver or red colors, so you won't be stuck with the standard black or scream'n purple we saw with Verizon and Sprint. Head over to Telus for all the details.

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Video: CrackBerry Kevin Gets First Schooling in Nokia, Smartphone Round Robin

Week #5 in the Smartphone Round Robin is here, the last week of trying smartphones outside of BlackBerry, and it has me on two Nokia devices, the N97 and N900. Picking up these phones, I can honestly admit I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT NOKIA SMARTPHONES. Nokia seems to take a back seat in the North American marke, but on a worldwide scale they're HUGGGE. I didn't know what to expect at all when I sat down with Matt Miller of NokiaExperts.com, but quickly learned that Nokia's smartphone offering is actually pretty intense. Who would have thought they've had a Webkit-based browser for years (before Apple's Mobile Safari browser even) or that 5 megapixel cameras with double LED flashes that take pretty frick'n amazing pictures are sort of a standard thing. If you've got ten minutes to klll, check out the video below to get a glimpse into the world of Nokia.

And if you're a Nokia expert or want a chance to win a Nokia smartphone, be sure to chime in on my post over at NokiaExperts.com. Final review coming later this week!

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BeNexus Theme Gives Your BlackBerry That 'Nexus One' Look - 50 Free Copies!

The guys over at JMal and Ahaz Designs have done it again with another great theme release, BeNexus. Like their previous release BeDroid, BeNexus is another feature packed theme that really brings that Nexus One look to your BlackBerry Smartphone. BeNexus is totally customized with replica icons, wallpaper, lock screen, and even a Google search widget. They have also included the Android like notification panel that drops down, giving you easy access to your messages and calendar events. Just like BeDroid, you can also download a version that includeds Epic Applcation's popular Storm app Stop Turning ($1.99 value), which locks the screen orientation of your 95xx device. BeNexus is full of shortcuts, Storm optomized, and one of the best themes i have seen due to its many integrated features. You can download it at the CrackBerry App Store for $3.99 until January 24th. The theme is compatible with Bold, Tour, Storm and 8900 devices. For a video walkthrough of BeNexus on the Storm click here.

Contest: We have 50 copies of BeNexus 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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mblware 

Chad let me know that mblware is having a winter sale through the end of the month. All of their best-selling software is on sale at a great savings of 30-40% off. The sale includes BlackBook, mblVault, ContactOrder, ShakeItUp, faceRate and mblStats. Some great utilities to be had if you're looking to get the most out of your BlackBerry. All of the prices have been discounted, so you don't even need a coupon code to get in on the fun. Head over to the CrackBerry App Store to check out all the discounts.

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BlackBerry: My First, My Last, My Everything

BlackBerry: My First, My Last, My Everything

First loves. No one ever forgets them. Whether it's your first girlfriend or boyfriend, first car or first pet, you rarely ever forget that experience and what it taught you along the way. But I'm not here to reminisce about old flames and puppies; this is a BlackBerry site after all. When Kevin gave me the opportunity to contribute to the blogs here, I thought the most appropriate thing to do was to introduce myself by gushing about my first BlackBerry and how I got addicted. So, I'm here to talk about my first BlackBerry love (which you'll find wasn't technically my very first device), what I went through along the way, and how I came to love our favorite brand of smartphone.

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Contest Winners: Blurts, BerryJoose, KBLauncher & Music Skins

*Update: Developer Day winners posted after the jump as well. Congrats! *

Time to spread the contest love and announce this weeks winners. Another good spread off goodies were offered up this week, and some of you will walk away happy winners. We had offering from Blurts Pro, KBLauncher, BerryJoose and Music Skins. Thanks to everyone who entered and congrats to all the winners. Remember, if you'd like to run a contest of your own, just contact us at editorial(at)crackberry.com.

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SearchIt for BlackBerry Updated to v1.44 - Adds Opera/BOLT Support and More

SearchIt by Shaosoft was just to version 1.44 adding many new features. If you have not heard of SearchIt, it is a pop up application that gives you quick search access to many popular sites including custom user defined websites - great for Verizon users who don't want to be stuck with only Bing! New features in this version include:

  • Opera Mini 5 and Bolt Browser support
  • Live suggestions that pop up as you type your search
  • Recent searches are saved and can be accessed by pressing enter in blank search field
  • Option to configure menu button
  • Paste function: Press space 3 times
  • New sites added
  • 2nd custom site spot added
  • Text selection menu option added: Highlight text in another app, press menu button, and select SearchIt. Text will automatically be put into the search bar.

SearchIt is now on sale for $2.49 until January 23rd at the CrackBerry App Store, and is available for all devices running OS 4.2. The application is great for anyone who would like to search specifc websites easily, and for people on Verizon who are of course stuck with Bing as their only search option. You can find a full introduction to the application here.

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Apple iPhone 3GS From the Perspective of a BlackBerry User, Smartphone Round Robin

Yin and Yang is the concept of duality forming a whole. In our every day lives, we see many examples of Yin and Yang before us. Think of pairings like night and day, or female and male. Diving deeper into the principles of Yin and Yang in Taoism, you'll find that neither are absolute, nor are they static, and that the summation of Yin and Yang form a whole and that their balance can be skewed due to outside influences. Over thousands of years a LOT of things have been sorted and grouped under Yin and Yang classification systems. You know where I'm going with this. When it comes to smartphones, there has been no example more clear in demonstrating Yin and Yang then that of Apple's iPhone and Research in Motion's traditional (non-touch) BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry Theme Studio Webinar Follow Up

BlackBerry Theme Studio Webinar Follow Up

Just in case some of you all out there missed out on the BlackBerry Theme Studio 5.0 webinar, you can now head on over to the registration site and sign up. Once signed up, you will then gain access to the archive in order to watch the rebroadcast of the event. You may also want to check out the BlackBerry developers blog post as well, Mike Kirkup has made his follow up post as well. If you watch the rebroadcast, be sure to complete the survey at the end as it will help improve further webinars.

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Official BlackBerry Tour 9630 OS 5.0.0.419  Released By MTS Mobility

Gotta love the fact smaller carriers roll out OS release faster then the larger ones. One would think the larger carriers would want their customer on the latest given their install base. But, method to the madness I suppose. MTS Mobility has released OS 5.0.0.419 for the BlackBerry Tour 9630, previously we have seen this as a leaked version so if you have this installed already you'll have no need to reinstall it. If you were waiting for an official carrier release, have at it just remember to delete the vendor.xml file if MTS is not your carrier.

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Virgin Mobile Canada To Offer BlackBerry Bold 9700 And BlackBerry Curve 8530

We here at CrackBerry love Virgin mobile. Ok, ok - maybe that's a slight bit over exaggerated - we actually love the ad's they have put out in the past. But here is some BlackBerry news to get excited over - if you are a Virgin mobile Canada user. As reported by MobileSyrup, they will be launching the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and BlackBerry Curve 8530 sometime in the near future.

Given that they are set to launch HSDPA in February, it's safe to assume that is when the BlackBerry Bold 9700 will show up, but since the BlackBerry Cuirve 8530 is CDMA that could drop at any moment. In all fairness, coming with that HSDPA launch will be the iPhone as well so add Virgin mobile to the list of carriers in Canada for that. All this information was posted on the Virgin website, but appears to have since been removed.

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BlackBerry Theme Roundup for January 18th 2010

BlackBerry Theme Roundup for January 18th 2010

Thanks to all of our readers who have been keeping the theme roundup email blowing up all week with tips and suggestions on free and paid themes. Keep them coming folks, we will bring you the best of the best every week. We have some really great themes to feature this week from both new and already established developers so click the jump to read on.

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Official OS 5.0.0.419 Released for the BlackBerry Storm 9530 from Bell Mobility
 

It looks like Bell Mobility is the latest to jump in on the official 5.0 fun. The tip line was on overload this morning with reports of the official release. OS 5.0.0.419 is now available for download for the Storm 9530 from Bell Mobility. Glad to see that the update has finally landed for Bell users, and hopefully more carriers will drop 5.0 for other devices in the near future. This is an official release, but as always use caution when upgrading your device. Hit up the link below to download. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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eBay For BlackBerry Updated:  Additional Devices Now Supported

The official eBay for BlackBerry application saw a little bump in versions for the the first time since it's release back in November. Seems some may not have gotten the BlackBerry App World push update for it yet, but in any case if you look in BlackBerry App World now you should see that eBay was updated from from version 1.0.0.38 to 1.0.0.40. Luckily, this time around there is an actual change log within the description of the application its self which states:

This version supports additional devices such as the 8520, 8230, 8350 and 8530 models to widen our beta user base. Minor usability issues and some visual fixes were addressed. Passwords with special characters (e.g. $ & *) are supported. The new version will support 9700, 9520, 9550 and 9530 users shortly.

Interesting changelog with some great changes. Nice to see security updated and a broader range of devices supported. However, a few discrepencies in it as well considering the above picture was taken from a BlackBerry Bold 9700 which according to the log isn't supported with version 1.0.0.40 as of yet. BlackBerry App World did allow me to install it, so I say go ahead and grab it if it's showing for you.

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Are "Push" Services RIMs Strength And Weakness?

Are "Push" Services RIMs Strength And Weakness?
Is "push" both a blessing and a curse?(online surveys)  

When it comes to email any BlackBerry user will tell you that they love their BlackBerry smartphone for how fast they can get email. RIM has been doing "push" email for a long time now and has  become the leader in that area - No doubt about that. Only now is the smartphone market catching up to BlackBerry and it sure as heck still has a long way to go as of yet in the area of push.

As much as we love our push email and applications, with the recent outages I can't help but wonder if the strong point RIM has made with BlackBerry is also a weakness of the service. Think about this for a second. While other Platforms such as iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile do have some push capability for the most part, they also have "pull" capability at the same time built directly into their individual OS'. If the iPhone push services go down at any point, which they do, you can still pull your email into your device using your carrier data. The same goes with Android and Windows Mobile as well. The power of being able to pull email is not given to BlackBerry users due to the fact RIM is always touting the push benefits with email and even apps more and more.

BlackBerry users however, are well, kind of stuck for the most part. Sure you may be able to use the GMail application to check your GMail or your browser to access some other popular POP3 accounts, but that's assuming those items are working as well. As we know, some applications use RIM data services and some applications use your carriers data network. This area becomes fragmented as to which apps will work on your BlackBerry if there is a RIM outage. As RIM moves forward more and more with push applications, again I have to wonder, is push a benefit but also a hinderence to the the BlackBerry offerings at times? Should BlackBerry users have the ability to pull their data if they do so choose? Cast your vote and let us know, then sound off in the comments and tell me if you think I'm crazy or if you see my point.

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Wallpaper Shuffle Now Supporting OS 5.0 Devices

Wallpaper Shuffle Now Supporting OS 5.0 Devices

Fabian Heuwieser has updated one of his best selling BlackBerry applications to support all OS 5.0 devices. Wallpaper Shuffle as you may remember, was an application first for the BlackBerry Storm and later the BlackBerry Tour that allowed you to swap out your wallpapers at a timed interval. Effectively, ensuring you never get bored of seeing just one wallpaper all the time while having minimal impact on battery life. With the latest update you can now get Wallpaper shuffle on any device that is running os 4.7 and higher. From now until January 25th you can pick it up for only $1.95 in the CrackBerry App Store.

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Enter To Win 1 Of 15 Epik Cases For Your BlackBerry Smartphone

The folks over at Degasis.net reached out to us a few days ago and let us know they were interested in having a contest for the CrackBerry nation wherein they were wanting to give away and Epik case and one screen protector to 15 lucky CrackBerry members. 

What can we say? We're love contests and enjoy giving back to the community whenever possible so, lets do it up. Leave your comments here to win 1 if 15 Epik cases and a screen protector from Degasis.net. Supported device are 8300, 8500, 8900, 9000, 9500, 9550, 9630 & 9700. Just let us know any stories or incidents you may have had where a Epik case would have come in handy. Drop your new BlackBerry even before you had a chance to buy a skin? Maybe it fell in a snow bank as you stumbled out the bar? Let us hear it folks. Contest will run until Friday with the winners chosen by Monday, January 25th. Thanks to the folks at Degasis for offering this up. One entry per person folks, all duplicate entries will be ignored. Good luck to you all

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