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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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Ascarii-Get Your BlackBerry In Gear!

Ascarii-Get Your BlackBerry In Gear!

Elecite/eVeek launched this new theme a little while back now, but I just had it get it up in the blogs... those who like car-styled themes will really appreciate this one. Ascarii is styled in red and black colors and looks great, especially on a Bold (Rogers Bolds have red keys) and the chrome in the theme matches that of the frets between the rows of keys on the keyboard as well. You can grab this hot theme from Elecite.com for $6.99. It is available for 83/88/90XX series devices.

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[ This BlackBerry Accessory Review comes to you via our Community Reviews Forum and was recorded by CrackBerry member jreel. Be sure to post your BlackBerry Smartphone, Accessory and Software reviews in our Community Reviews forum! If promoted to the blogs you'll receive a $20 coupon to ShopCrackBerry.com! Click Here for more details. ]

CrackBerry Member jreel did up a double header video (watch it above!) of the CaseMate Smart Skin for the BlackBerry Bold as well as the OEM BlackBerry Skins. Both products come in a variety of colors so be sure to follow the links below for more information. You can also see jreel's unboxing video after the jump. Enjoy the vids! Great job jreel!!

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Now THIS is Frak'n Sweet!!! Storm Level Pro by Mobigloo is the first app for the BlackBerry Storm that makes use of its built-in accelerometer. Never again will you need to hunt down a ruler or level! Storm Level Pro features include:

  • Calibration for maximum accuracy
  • Level for both vertical and horizontal measures
  • Automatically adjusts to portrait and landscape modes
  • Includes 2 rulers, inches and centimeters 

Storm Level Pro sells for $4.99. This is definitely the coolest app I have seen for the BlackBerry Storm to date. It looks good and is USEFUL... qualifies as a must-have app in my book! Makes me wish my Bold and Curve 8900 also had an accelerometer!!

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Bplay Release New York Times Crosswords!

Bplay Release New York Times Crosswords!

As much as I love BrickBreaker, after seeing it get named the BlackBerry Game of the Year in our Best of 2008 Cracky Awards, I can't help but want to see another game title take this most-coveted award for 2009. The BlackBerry gaming year is off to an intellectual start with Bplay's latest release, New York Times Crosswords! Here's the official verbage:

Play the same crossword puzzles published daily in The New York Times on your mobile phone. There are also up to 30 classic puzzles bundled in the game.

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Enter to win a BlackBerry Curve 8900 for you and 5 friends!

** UPDATE: Yup, it looks like this is a DAILY contest, so each day a new prize pack of 6 BlackBerry Curve 8900 devices is being given away. GO ENTER!! **

Hey CrackBerry Nation, it looks like BlackBerry and T-Mobile are running a contest giving away the Curve 8900 to one lucky winner, and five of their friends. The image below says prize packs are awarded daily, but the contest rules say the contest opens and closes today! Maybe they change the rules each day, either way hurry and enter for your chance to win!

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Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 024

Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 024

2008 is long gone folks! 2009 is off to a great start for all of us around here at CrackBerry. Lots of stuff is planned for the CrackBerry Nation in the coming months as the community keeps growing.

One thing I have noticed in the past year is that many more BlackBerry users are starting to utilize the media functionality of their devices and columns such as this one are gonna be used to help you utilize those features of your devices. 

Now, let's put those new SD cards you got for Christmas to work!!

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Preview: Bolt Browser for BlackBerry - Get Your Beta Copy!

We Have 1,000 2,500+ Private Beta Invites To Give Away. Details Below!

* UPDATE 2: Gotta love Private Betas! From Bitstream...

Sometime after noon Eastern today, the server handling the downloads "blew up." We are now in the process of switching over to a dedicated server we're confident can handle the demand. We appreciate everyone's patience. We expect the new server to be online by 4:00 PM Eastern today. Also, to those who have already downloaded BOLT, a big thank you. From feedback we've received just since yesterday we've already made improvements to BOLT, and our beta is only about 24 hours old.

* UPDATE: John from Bitstream sent me an email with some updated information on the Bolt Browser Private Beta....here's the update:

We were overwhelmed by requests to participate in the private beta, so this morning at 9:00 AM Eastern we cut over from a manual process to an automated one. We've already exceeded 1000 downloads on the CrackBerry code, and we're continuing to distribute download links to those who use it. The automated system still takes about 2 to 3 hours to process these requests. But if anyone has applied for a link before 9:00 AM ET and have still not received a link they can either reapply and get into the automated queue or wait until tomorrow when the backlog will be completed by hand.

Thanks to beta testers the BOLT browser has also been upgraded, just since yesterday. Yesterday we were sending links to build 0.7 and now we're sending links to 0.73. Beta testers identified some issues and they've been corrected. Most notably, people will notice that the trackball will scroll much easier now; it won't take as many scrolls to navigate. If anyone wants to get the new version to replace the old, the process is fairly simple. I haven't done it myself but I'm told they will be prompted to replace the existing install with the new version and also ask if they want to keep their current settings (which they should reply "yes").

At this moment we're not shutting down the private beta and will try to accommodate all the requests. We have shut down outreach to more so it's just those we've already engaged who are getting referral codes. We greatly appreciate the enthusiastic response from your readers, as well as the invaluable data we're collecting from their use which has already led to software improvements!

* Original Post: I received an email from Bitstream letting me know about their new J2ME mobile browser called Bolt. the Bolt mobile web browser is in Private Beta mode right now (you'll need an invite to download it) and as the name suggests is built for speed. Server side rendering makes it uber-fast and it's based on the WebKit engine and Bitstream's ThunderHawk browsing technology so the pages render accurately. Bolt does not support flash, but it will display YouTube vids which you can then launch and watch.

The Miracle on the Hudson River had me distracted from my inbox for a few hours, so it wasn't until later in the evening that I installed Bolt on my Bold and gave it a go. As you can tell from the time of this post and if you watch the video above, this smok'n hot web browser had me too excited to sleep so I figured I'd better put the time to productive use and get this post up asap. You can check out the video above for a slightly loopy hands-on overview of Bolt and for full details can view the Bolt browser fact sheet after the jump. Our buddy Doug has spent a few hours on Bolt too and has put together some initial observations that you may want to check out. Bolt is definitely still in beta... but you can call me IMPRESSED. I like speed and Bolt delivers.

Private Beta Invites: Bitstream gave us 1,000 invites to get CrackBerry Nation rocking on the beta of Bolt. If you want to give it a go, hurry on over to BoltBrowser.com and sign up using the referral code CrackBerry. Please keep in mind it is not an instant download. Once you register, Bitstream will get back to you (could take several hours) with your one time use download link. *

If you're lucky enough to download the beta, be sure to report back in the comments with your observations and findings. In the meantime, I'll start bugging the folks at Bitstream to up our # of Invites... 1,000 just isn't enough! 

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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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