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Best Yet: OS 4.7.0.90 Leaked for the Storm 9530 & 9500!

So long .86! Another week, another leaked OS for the BlackBerry Storm. Can I hear a w00t?! A helpful friend put OS 4.7.0.90 into the wild for the both the BlackBerry Storm 9530 and 9500 and the initial impressions from this unofficial release are that it is yet one more step in the right direction... as in probably worth installing. You'll want to check the CrackBerry forums threads on it for all the details. It sounds like it's mainly all good, minus some minor camera bugs, but every tid bit of what's good and bad is sure to pop up in the hours/days ahead so keep your eyes on the forums.

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Feeling Patriotic? Presidential Coveroos are on the Way!

Gotta luv the timing on this one... the good folks over at Coveroo just emailed to let me know they have licensed both the Presidential Seal and Air Force One for use on their BlackBerry Coveroos.

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RIM Spreads BlackBerry Love Globally!

RIM Spreads BlackBerry Love Globally!

Plenty of device launches have been been happening globally over the past two weeks, which is always great to see. A quick glance at January 2009 launches so far shows us just how far the CrackBerry addiction does extend.

Most of the recent launches have been for the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 and the BlackBerry Curve 8900, with the lone exception being that the BlackBerry Storm was launched in India by Vodafone. Let's have a quick rundown shall we?

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BlackBerry Services Returning To Nokia Devices?

BlackBerry Services Returning To Nokia Devices?

It's been several months now since Nokia announced their new new E71 and E66 devices, and while the announcement came as great news to S60 and Nokia fans, Nokia darkened their day by letting them all know that BlackBerry Connect was not going to be supported on Nokia devices any longer. Nokia's explanation of course was that their devices and new email system they were working on (Nokia Messaging) was a much better email solution as it catered to all users, not just business users. In a recent interview with Tom Furlong, Nokia's head of messaging,  he stated that Nokia's messaging service is up and running and people are using it but he also mentioned the following as well.

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No Rogers Storm 9520 or 3G Pearl Flip on Q1/Q2 Roadmap?!

Rewind to Christmas morning and the blogosphere was full of leaked images from a Rogers 2000 Guide which clearly showed that the BlackBerry Storm 9520 and a 3G BlackBerry Pearl Flip were on their way for early 2009. Heck, even another image of the Storm 9520 surfaced on Monday. All good evidence that a Storm is coming to Rogers sooner than later.

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Updated: QuickText for the BlackBerry Storm

I received an email from David at Cannon Software letting me know that their popular QuickText application for the BlackBerry has been updated:

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I'm pretty sure you're looking at the first of what will become a trend in BlackBerry themes... themes that automatically rotate wallpapers!

Bplay has just released their new Solar Slideshow theme for the BlackBerry and it is pretty cool. In this theme, 10 images combined of the sun and nine planets in the solar system rotate on your screen's background. The image changes once per 30 minutes, so your device will continually look fresh with stunning celestial imagery.

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Have Fun With Your BlackBerry Photos with Picture Magic!

Time for a CrackBerry Contest! This one is for the fun little app called Picture Magic. Here's the official word...

Picture Magic is a photo editor that lets you to add some fun into your photos. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and that's why we created Picture Magic, so you can share funny and entertaining photos with friends, family and co-workers. Did your co-worker do something funny at the bar last night and you just happened to snap a photo of it on your Blackberry? Add some funny captions or put a funny hat on them and pass it around the office or your school. Have a laugh and share a memory.

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Worldbook: World Encyclopedia for BlackBerry

Beyond our BlackBerrys, a world lays before us. This multi-coloured ball sits third in line from our sun. Our solar system can be found with countless others in the Milky Way Galaxy, which in turn, is found along with an unknown number of other galaxies within our universe. Wow, we seem pretty small don't we? Almost the size of a trackball. Despite our technological advances, which allow us to communicate with people over vast distances, the world is still a pretty big place.

With the world becoming more mobile, having information right at your fingertips is a must. You may talk to someone on the other side of the planet, but how much do you know about their country? Do you want a broader view of the world besides your city?

Check out Worldbook, the World Encyclopedia for BlackBerry. With Worldbook, you can view a location's economy, government, map view, flags and more. If you're ready for a world adventure, pack your suitcase and follow me after the jump.

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Crazy. Now that's how you make a commercial. Apparently this was filmed at 11am on January 15th at Liverpool Street Station. Probably a pretty big budget and a logistical nightmare to get this one recorded... though still probably not as pricey to produce as my favorite Shell/Ferrari commercial (after the jump for your viewing pleasure).  Congrats T-Mo UK. Great job!

[ via MobileSyrup ]

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Wanted: Nine BlackBerry Operating System Tweaks in 2009!

The modern world of smartphones is rapidly evolving, to say the least. And this fact has never been clearer to me than when CrackBerry Kevin and the other SPE folks recently undertook their yearly Smartphone Round Robin which is now winding down -- so many great devices, each with its own cutting-edge features and functionality, some of which didn't even exist just a year ago (fyi - Kevin tells me his Back on the Bold final review is coming tomorrow and the grand prize winners will be announced Thursday!). The SPE boys (and girl!) and their toys really got me thinking that it's time for RIM to not only step up to the plate with regards to the BlackBerry OS, but to hit one (way) out of the park -- at least if the company wants to continue competing with Apple, Microsoft, Palm, Google and the other handset heavies.

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Review: BlueAnt Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Speakerphone

As more and more states pass laws requiring that drivers use Handsfree devices - the choices for Bluetooth shoppers are almost staggering. Headset or speakerphone? Built in Bluetooth or use a peripheral? Responding to consumer needs and concerns - BlueAnt Wireless has updated one of their more popular products and made it even easier to use.

Last year, I was very pleasantly surprised by the BlueAnt Wireless Supertooth Light Speakerphone. It was so far ahead of others that I had tested that it eventually earned the coveted place of honor as the best of the best in my wife's car.

Well, the ST3 (SuperTooth 3) is even better - and, it is staying in my car!

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Visual Voicemail for BlackBerry Bold!

Visual Voicemail for BlackBerry Bold!

Now granted it's not the first time we have heard about visual voicemail being included in the BlackBerry Bold's latest OS (4.6.0.219, leaked anyway!), heck even the application center loads onto the device with the .219 OS albeit you can't find it to utilize it. This IS however the first pictures we have seen of visual voicemail in action on the Bold, running on and AT&T Bold for those interested in the specifics. The Boy Genius posted a bunch of screenshots for us all to feast our eyes on today and states that while there is no confirmation on an official availablity date "we’re hearing it might become available sooner than you might think - at least for some customers". I'll assume that means AT&T customers given the screenshots, but that is just my opinion lol! Peep the shots below and let us know what ya think in the comments or in the forums.

[ Boy Genius Report ]

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More Rogers BlackBerry Storm 9520 Storm Love

When it comes to pre-release devices, pictures are news! And what you're looking at above (courtesy of Rogers Dude to BlackBerry Cool) is another marketing picture of the WiFi/North America HSPA band equipped BlackBerry Storm 9520 that's due out on Rogers in the weeks/months ahead. The first pictures of this surfaced back on Christmas day.

For those of you north of the border chasing the Storm feel free to drool now :)

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Submit Your Apps for Inclusion in the BlackBerry App Store!!

Following the BlackBerry Developer Conference back in October, I followed up with an in-depth interview with RIM's VP of Global Alliances Jeff McDowell where we talked RIM's App Center and upcoming App Store (if you're confused between the two be sure to check out this article and press release).

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CrackMem and CrackUtil: the Story of an Old Man & a Phone

[ Editor's Note: After our CrackBerry forum moderator Pete6's software creations CrackMem and CrackUtil were voted Best BlackBerry Utility App of 2008 by the CrackBerry Community, we asked Pete6 to further educate our readers and give an overview of these awesome tools for the CrackBerry blogs. Here it is. Thanks Pete6! Enjoy!! ]

CrackMem

Back in the day, I used to remove files from the Java folder by hand. Trouble is, I'm getting old and kept forgetting which filenames I needed to delete. I had a couple of disasters caused by me removing the wrong files that resulted in my BlackBerry coming out of an OS upgrade as a paperweight with a white screen.

I had the idea of making up old DOS batch files to do the job for me and this grew into CrackMem version 1.0 which had a quite archaic user interface. Many revisions later and we have the familiar sky blue panel of CrackMem 3.x and up.

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Cipher Series Of Themes Available Now!

Cipher Series Of Themes Available Now!

John from Gadgetbean gave me a shout the other day to tell me about a new series of themes of his. My first thoughts were "Cool, another nice new theme" but then I got too actually downloading one from the series. It was all over from there... John has blown my mind with these themes! They are simply beautiful and well thought out. I grabbed Cipher Sidebar Xtreme - the side scroll has 15 icons in it that scroll vertically and even includes the function for 3rd party icons to be highlighted and look great at the same time, which some themes never accomplish. John has created a whole Cipher Series of themes for all the common devices, which are just amazing.

But really, talking about these themes really does nothing for them, check out the videos below for the full effect of the themes. Seriously, check out the vids!!

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When I was at CES 2009 in Vegas the other week I finally had a chance to get my hands on the new BlackBerry Curve 8350i from Sprint/Nextel. It's a cool device. When you see the pictures you think it's pretty much an identical form factor to the other Curve 83xx's, but in reality it's a bit chunkier/thicker. I wouldn't call that a bad thing though - it gives the 8350i a sort of "get work done" feeling which I think is what they're after here (the yellow John Deere/Cat-like accents bolster this impression).

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Personal Radar for your BlackBerry - Earthcomber Updated

It's a long time ago now since I first dropped word of Earthcomber in the blogs (try October 2007) but this location-based search app was well received and then and by the sound of things is even better now thanks to their recently launched Personal Rader 3.0 updates (press release after the jump). Big changes in this latest version include:

  • auto GPS detect
  • BIS networking instead of carrier gateway traffic jam; auto switching to fastest connection
  • and a Mercifully better UI!

If you're not familiar with Earthcomber, be sure to jump over to their website to learn more about it. It's a different experience when you drive around with Earthcomber running and set to 'My Radar' mode - it'll ding away at you... not just for the givens like restaurants and hotels, but with cool stuff like WiFi hotspots, historical stuff, hiking/biking trails, etc. Best part? It's free!

Keep in mind the Earthcomber application for BlackBerry smartphones is only available for trackball-equipped devices. Those on the Storm can visit mobile.earthcomber.com on their web browser for a pretty decent Earthcomber experience (Storm app on the way!).

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