New Fun App: Face Lift for the BlackBerry Storm

I got a sneak peak of this app back at WES 2009 in May when I interviewed three prominent BlackBerry Game Developers. I wanted it right then was wondering when it would get released... a couple months later and it's finally here for the BlackBerry Storm!

Face Lift is a fun little app that allows you to manipulate and distort images right on your device. You can load up a photo or snap one on your camera and from there have some fun editing it up. Think you could use having a little work done?? Simply shoot a self-portrait and you can see how you'd look with a stubbier chin or longer nose (I'm thinking I need a Jay Leno-esque chin.. lol)!

Face Lift is currently available for the BlackBerry Storm and sells for $4.99 (no free trial available). Be sure to follow the link below to learn more and you can check out an additional screen capture of Face Lift in action. Hopefully in the weeks ahead we'll see it roll-out to non-touchscreen models as well. I'm sure there will be many a new BlackBerry Tour owner out there who will want to put their 3.2 megapixel camera to use.

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New Skyfire Beta Released To All Private Beta Testers!

The good folks at Skyfire have been hard at work trying to get the BlackBerry version of their browser primed and ready for release. Beta testing at this point has not been without its bumps though and while work moves forward, bugs and kinks are still indeed being worked out through testing.

You can check out the latest feature improvements and known bugs below. Some are to be expected and some of the changes are just simply awesome, especially the option of using Skyfire as the browser to launch when clicking on a link - this is not the option to set it as default, but it's close enough to not complain as a menu item is added when hovering over thinks that allows you to choose "Switch to Skyfire" which will launch Skyfire instead of the native BlackBerry browser. Read on for more information and a few screenshots.

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Free BlackBerry Media Roundup For July 11th 2009

Free BlackBerry Media Roundup For July 11th 2009

Hey Everyone! We're back again with another exciting Click's Picks. Be sure to click through on the image above to see my favorite BlackBerry wallpapers, ringtones and video picks for the week past.

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Premium Xune Theme By KD For BlackBerry Storm

Premium Xune Theme By KD For BlackBerry Storm

KD released a new theme not too long ago and as with all his themes Xune is unique in style and functions well on the Storm due to KD's perfectiontist attitude toward theme making. The theme itself has three stationary icons that are not user customizable - Profiles, Options and Application menu. However, the other icons for the most part are customizable although the included weather bug integration slot has to be in the first slot location. Overall the theme has great functionality and looks nice on the Storm display.

As a special bonus KD has given us a coupon code for the first 100 users to get the Xune theme for the low price of $0.99. When you are checking out use the coupon code "100xune"  and that's it, a slick new theme for a great price. Please note the coupon will only work in our on-device app stores (either visit in your berry's browser or download our app store client - Big thanks to KD for getting this out for the CrackBerry Nation!

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Verizon Fios Mobile Application For BlackBerry Storm

It seems that Verizon Fios is slowing trying taking over the cable TV market. A recent addition to their arsenal is a Fios mobile application. Currently only available for the Storm, the application lets you easily record shows, view TV listings, set parental controls and manage space on your DVR - all from your mobile device. If you're a Fios user this app can come in very handy when you're not near your DVR. Check it out Fios TV Central, and download the app free OTA at

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Friday Fun Photo: Working on a Review of the Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630... Any Questions?

As I sit in my office working on a review for the Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630, I just took notice of the mess of BlackBerry smartphones around me and couldn't help but think they'd like to pose for a quick photo for CrackBerry Nation. Think you can name all the devices pictured above? If so, you definitely pass the "BlackBerry Enthusiast" test -- though there are a couple of tricks to naming them all right.

Being the Fearless Leader of CrackBerry Nation has its perks, like the ability to justify owning way too many BlackBerrys and getting away with the excuse of "I'm working!" when using them at totally inappropriate times. But there is a drawback too... sometimes I get too focused on the little techy/geeky stuff and forget about the BlackBerry basics and what it's first like to get hooked. Having already taken a solid look at a pre-release BlackBerry 9630 (review part I | review part II), for the "official device" reviews I wanted to go back to basics a bit more and really make sure we address the Tour from all relevant perspectives, ie. those looking to buy their first BlackBerry; those looking to update from a Curve 8330/8830; those contemplating a jump over from the Storm, etc..

So to that end, if you have any specific questions or concerns or items of interest you want us to tackle in our BlackBerry Tour Reviews, be sure to drop them in comments to this post and we'll be sure to cover them in the reviews. Have a good weekend everybody!! 

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Attention Canadians: Bell Online Sales For BlackBerry Tour Go Live Ahead Of Telus!!

Let the madness in Canada begin, for Bell customers at least. Most were expecting Telus to get out of the gates first in the BlackBerry Tour race but Bell has gotten the early jump on them and have just posted up their purchase options via their website.

You can now order your Bell BlackBerry Tour via the site. However, after having called 4 different locations (within Halifax) you as of yet, still cannot pick one up in store. All locations contacted stated the device have been ordered and delivery is expected on Monday. If you hear of any locations with devices on hand and selling them, let us know in the comments or via the CrackBerry tips email because as of now BGR is reporting that sales will be limited as of tomorrow in stores. So, who placed their order? Big thanks to jbezeau for posting this in the forums.

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Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win!

Near the end of May, we had a look at one of the shortcut applications available for the BlackBerry smartphone - ShortcutMe. Amongst its many features, the application allows you to add multiple shortcuts to one or both of your convenience keys. You can find ShortcutMe at the CrackBerry App Store. Sam from Fonware Ltd let me know that they've added a slew of requested features in recent updates. Here is a sample of the additions now available since our initial review:

  • Create shortcut to toggle Bluetooth
  • Airplane toggle mode: double click the convenience key to toggle all radios before boarding and after leaving the plane
  • Create shortcut to GPS Configuration page which makes it easier to toggle GPS and conserve battery life
  • New transparent, easy to use interface
  • Take screenshot images
  • View 5 day weather forecast for up to 4 cities
  • Create shortcuts to Media Explorer
  • Support for launching BlackBerry Wallet

We have 50 free copies of ShortcutMe to give away; all you have to do is leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. Contest entry ends Sunday at Midnight PST.

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Review: OtterBox Defender Series Case for the BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve 8900

I have tried just about every kind of case/holster out there to use on my Sam Browne, and have never found the perfect one until now. OtterBox Defender Series cases are rugged and can easily withstand the abuse of day to day use in Emergency Services.

The case is available for almost all current BlackBerry devices, and comes in either all black, or a black/yellow combination. Most of you are familiar with the OtterBox cases already, but in case you aren't, here is some info about them:

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BlackBerry App Roundup for July 10th, 2009!

Howdy folks. Hope you all had a great week. Was a busy one here at CrackBerry, with news of the Verizon  and Telus BlackBerry Tour available for pre-order being among the more notable posts of the week... and of course, we can't forget that Craig's 'My BlackBerry Curve' book is now available for pre-order as well. Way to go Craig!

In Case You Missed It: Phone Assistant Version 1.4.2, Facebook Version, Wordpress Beta for BlackBerry, BlackBerry App World Expanding, BBFileScout Updated

New This Week: Mars Lander for the BlackBerry Storm, Kyranda, SpongeBob StormPants, mailTalk, Sim Detective

Apps on Sale: StopTilt, PatternLock, BerryLabyrinth, BB:Robot Scheduler, WiFi File Transfer

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Pageonce Personal Assistant for BlackBerry

Freebies of the Week: Taxi Magic

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Podcast Episode 038: Emotional BlackBerry Rollercoaster

A little late, but better than never. Craig and I jumped on Skype last night and were joined by special guest Marcus Watkins, developer of Podtrapper (which lets you download and listen to podcasts on your BlackBerry) as we chatted about all things CrackBerry-related. As always, we went way too long, went off topic, I talked too much (went on a few long-winded raves and rants) but at the end of the day covered a lot of stuff.

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BlackBerry Onyx with Trackpad Spotted

BlackBerry Onyx with Trackpad Spotted

When we first reviewed the BlackBerry 9020 (Onyx), we made note of how much we'd love to see that trackball replaced with a trackpad. It was widely believed to be coming and we made note a few weeks back that trackpad 9020's were finally in the wild, so it's almost surprising that it took this long for a photo to pop up that shows the refined device. Hopefully we'll be able to do more than see soon, because adding a trackpad to to a BlackBerry that already has 3G, WiFi, GPS, and a 3.2 megapixel camera seems like just the right move.

[Source: BBU via our forums, New Image Source ]

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Contest: Win a Copy of Leave It On LCD Screen Application!

Leave A Comment On This Post For a Chance To Win A Copy Of Leave It On. 100 Free Copies to be Won!!

It's the simple things in life that make it great. In the BlackBerry world this means simple applications that make everything just that much easier. Leave It On, from ShaoSoft, is one of those simple applications as it does something that was seemingly overlooked in the BlackBerry OS.

Leave It On gives you the option to choose to leave your LCD screen on when utilizing certain applications such as BlackBerry Maps, Google Maps, Web Browser, the Media Player, etc. Often times situations arise where you do not want your LCD to shut off. Leave it on allows you to do just as it says, Leave it on. Leave it on is now available in the Shop CrackBerry store with a free trial and is only $1.99 to purchase (currently on sale for $1.49!). Of course, you can also leave a comment to this blog post for a chance to win a copy for free. Contest entry ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Good Luck!

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MinuteSaver: Free App Helps Save You On Minutes!

MinuteSaver: Free App Helps Save You On Minutes!

Sure, it's a rather simple application but really it's quite effective, especially if your carrier uses per minute billing. FabianMH has released his latest application which is aptly named MinuteSaver. MinuteSaver will do one thing and one thing only - cause your device to vibrate every 55 seconds to let you know that you are indeed reaching another minute used on your device. By using this application you can keep track of your per minute charges rather easily which in the long run could amount to quite a bit of money saved from your carrier.

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Sprint Launch Training Event To Shows Off BlackBerry Tour and New Curve Colors?!?

Some material sent to the CrackBerry tips emails reveals that while Sprint is gearing up for the BlackBerry Tour, they are also gearing up to release two other devices. The other devices in question are not new, just freshly painted if you will. The above image shows off the new "Inferno" 8330 and the Red Curve 8350i.

This makes me wonder though, with the BlackBerry Tour hitting Sprint in the next few days who would even pick up one of the freshly painted 83XX Series devices? Why not just take the leap to the Tour if you are going to be signing up for a two year agreement anyways? Would any of you all NOT take a Tour and go with an 8330?

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Ooops... My Bad - Google CEO Caught Using a BlackBerry!

D'oh! Once a BlackBerry Addict, ALWAYS a BlackBerry Addict. It seems Google's CEO Eric Schmidt was recently caught on camera at the Allen & Co Media Summit in Sun Valley using, you guessed it, a BlackBerry!

Now I can't say that I blame him for using a BlackBerry... and I guess he could get away with the excuse of beta testing the new Google Connector for BES or trialing an upcoming version of Google Maps for BlackBerry but when you're trying to make a new platform like Android gain traction in the market place it doesn't really make sense for the CEO of the company to be using the competition. I'd argue this is more of a I can't get through the day without my BlackBerry thing. At least he put a Google sticker on the device. Or hey, let's think big... maybe RIM is building Google some hardware that runs the Android platform?! 

That all said, I say big props to Eric Schmidt... though I'm not sure the folks at AndroidCentral will ever forgive you. :)

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myCopernic is a cool new PC/BlackBerry application that allows you to access and search files on your PC direct from your BlackBerry smartphone. It does so by having you download a "connector" application which when installed creates a link to your BlackBerry direct from your BlackBerry's web browser.

With the link created, you can then download OTA documents, pictures, movies, music and pretty much what ever else you could possibly need to access. The service itself is a great solution and the cost is relatively small for such features as it sells for $9.95/year. Sadly, no mac support is as of yet available nor is their a free trial to check out.

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Sorta Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Storm 9530!!

What's a 9530 Installer File Doing up in a 9500 section?! Who knows..but we'll take it!

* Update - Be sure to follow the forums links for feedback from the err guineau pigs addicts. Only install if you're comfortable in doing so. There's already lots of alternative download sites popping up in the forums as well (which are quicker and in case this link disappears) *

Hhmmm... this one is interesting. Bank error in the favor of BlackBerry Storm 9530 owners. It seems carrier Iusacell accidentally uploaded Storm 9530 firmware into the Storm 9500 section of their website. So no, this isn't Verizon / Telus / Bell certified, but it is available for download from (better than grabbing it from Megaupload right?). You can click the image above to jump over to to download it, and check this forum thread for more details (there's already successful installs onto 9530s).

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Even though this is downloadable from, we'll put the same disclaimer up as for an unofficial release... 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. *

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Second Gear Games has just released a new game for BlackBerry Smartphones called Bubble Defense. The video above shows it in action for the BlackBerry Storm, but you can also run it on non-touchscreen models including the Tour, Bold, Curve 8900 and 83xx/88xx series devices.

The goal of the game is to pop the bubbles before they reach the end of the path (beware the evil red bubbles!). Game features include:

  • 7 unique maps
  • 200 enemy waves to destroy
  • 4 upgradeable towers
  • 5 difficulty levels from "so easy anybody can do it" to "this is insane!"
  • Hours of exciting gameplay

Like most tower defense games I have played, Bubble Defense is totally addicting and definitely looks good the Storm. It sells for $4.99 and a free trial is available so you can try before you buy. You can grab it via App World or the CrackBerry App Store (link below). If you like the looks of Bubble Defense you should also check out Bubble Army by the same developer.

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BBScanner: Listen to Police & Fire Scanners On The Go

Anyone ever have an uncle or grandfather that used to sit around listening to police and ambulance scanners back in the day? I know I did. My grandfather used to love that scanner. Now a days the scanner listening folks have moved onward and upward to the mobile world and now you can tune into them all on your BlackBerry using a cool new application called BBScanner.

BBScanner supports scanner stations in Australia, Canada, Germany and of course the United States. Being up front, the app's user interface leaves a lot of room for improvement but it works as described for anyone who might be interested in such listening. It's free (for now?) and is currently supported on all devices running OS version 4.3 and greater (but the Storm may need compatability mode set). Be sure to adjust your APN as well using the guide provided as it uses your carriers data.

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