Last fall I was a judge in the BlackBerry Developer Challenge in the Games category, and after hours of game battling were finished and the smoke cleared and dust settled, it was ultimately Nintaii that took the title of Best BlackBerry Game. Nearly a year later it's still one of my favorite BlackBerry games and one that I recommend to all new BlackBerry owners. Check out the video above to see it in action. Warning: It's addictive!

ON SALE THIS WEEKEND: The folks at Mobigloo have slashed the price on Nintaii in HALF for Saturday and Sunday. That means you can grab it for $2.49 vs. it's regular $4.99 price. If you don't have it yet, it's a no brainer purchase. Nintaii is available for both the Storm and non-touchscreen device models. You can follow the links below for more info, to see customer reviews and ratings and to purchase and download. 

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.230 For BlackBerry 8230 Pearl Flip

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.230 For BlackBerry 8230 Pearl Flip

And out of nowhere we have a leak for the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230. While many Pearl Flip users out there  love their device (a few probably hate it too, listen to the podcast), let's be realistic here, it's not on RIM's top seller list. However, it does serve a purpose and fulfill the need for a flip BlackBerry device. Many users probably thought this of all devices would be the last to see a leaked version of OS 5.0 show up anytime soon, but it's here and available to download.

*OS Disclaimer - This is 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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Contest: BlackBerry Premium Multimedia Headsets and BlackBerry Visor Mounts!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a pair of BlackBerry Premium Multimedia Headphones or a BlackBerry Visor Mount. 2 of Each to be Won!!!


   Premium Multimedia Headset
Visor Mount Speakerphone

I'm kinda ticked off about the whole CREED streaming live concert / 250 free licenses thing not going so smoothly tonight, so to make up for it here's a little impromptu contest. Two of my favorite BlackBerry accessories are the Premium Multimedia Headset and the BlackBerry Visormount Speakerphone. And we've got two of each are up for grabs. If you want to learn more about the prizes, follow the links below (oh, and for a fun look at the Visor Mount you can check out this video). Just leave a comment for your chance to win. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight pst... only leave one comment as multiple comments won't count. Good luck!

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Watch the CREED Concert Tonight LIVE On Your BlackBerry - We Have 250 Free Passes - 1st Come 1st Served!!

* Update Again - We still might get a link for the mobile app tonight, but best bet now if you really want to see the concert is watch the stream for free on your computer at rockpit.com *

* Update - OK, if the rockpit.mobi site isn't working, apparently you can go to wirelessconcerts.com and you should be able to gain access from there. Note - apparently the Tour and Storm are not yet supported. Fail. Keep in mind, this is kinda whack. At the wirelessconcerts.com url I can't find any link to download the mobile app nor use the coupons we were provided. I guess this is a beta / first attempt and it's not quite running so smooth. If you get it figured out post it the comments, or just bail on tonight's attempt and we'll try this again. I really wanted to see what a live streaming concert on a BB would look like. D'oh! *

* Update - 7:27pm EST: The mobile site still isn't up yet. I've emailed the promoters in hopes of getting a direct link to download the mobile app - once installed that's all that should be needed to stream the concert live. Hopefully they get back to me with that shortly. If not, hopefully they'll give us double the licenses to their next concert if this doesn't pan out tonight. I'm really curious to see how this looks on my Bold! *

The press release below goes over all the details of what's going on, so give it a read. And if you want to take in the CREED concert tonight via your BlackBerry (pretty cool concept!) then we have 250 FREE licenses for the show. Download the Rockpit mobile app and use the code CREED2009. It's first come, first serve, so once it's been used 250 times that's it. If you miss out on the coupon above but still want to watch, licenses cost $14.99. The Rockpit.mobi site is JUST going live as I type (DNS still propogating through so you might have to wait a bit before it goes live and starts working) so have patience and keep refreshing. In the meantime, you can visit the rockpit.com site for more info. Enjoy the show!

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RIM Working on a Native Twitter Client... Should They?!
Should RIM Build a Native Twitter Client?(poll)

A while back now I heard that RIM was working on their own Twitter client (project banshee) and with some word of it starting to surface today figured it was about to time drop some details. It'll be a BIS-B Push based handheld client leveraging RIM's past app experiences and making use of the new components being developed within MySpace projects. It will feature core BlackBerry application integration, and be tied in to the address book, browser and device setup wizard. You can expect the user interface to be along the same lines as other RIM-built social networking apps and offer a similar experience. As for features, it'll have everything you'd expect a twitter app these days to have, including trending topics. All in all, it sounds good.

Over the past few months we've seen lots of developers throw a lot of time and effort (and $$ no doubt) at their third party twitter clients and over time have built up a lot of users of those apps. There's no doubt that whatever RIM pushes will likely become the most-used client, hence the poll at the top. I'm curious what all of the current BlackBerry/Twitter users out there think of this. Feel free to sound off in the comments!

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Podcast Episode 042: It's a Full House!

Podcast Episode 042: It's a Full House!

Wow. We did it. We recorded another podcast. After going weekly for a few episodes, we fell off for a stretch, but today over lunch we got on Skype and recorded a CrackBerry Podcast. And this wasn't just any podcast... but a very special edition. It took 42 episodes, but today we had a female voice on the show!

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BlackBerry Messenger Upgrade WANTS To Be Available?!

* Update: OK... We're starting to get word from people in the know that RIM has updated the BBM servers to the newest version of BBM. It's likely this prompt some of us have seen was not intended/supposed to happen (just yet). So that *should* mean things are basically ready to go... RIM just has to decide to pull the trigger and the new BBM update will be pushed out. We're not sure when that will be exactly, but hopefully soon! Stay tuned... *

How's this for some Friday afternoon weirdness? I go to click on BlackBerry Messenger from the homescreen and look what pops up! I grabbed a screen cap immediately, but from there the prompt went away and hasn't come back yet for me to click on a link. Following up with Bla1ze and Adam though, both each got the same upgrade prompt but the link when clicked takes them to download the existing version of BlackBerry Messenger. 

So what's going on here?! Is RIM getting ready to push out an update to the BlackBerry Messenger or are we facing some gremlins in the system. Have you experienced this yourself yet? Sound off in the comments... and cross your fingers that NEW BBM (2.0 or 2.5 or whatever it's going to be called.. it's not called BBM 5.0) gets released soon.

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BlackBerry Storm 2 Stripped Down To The Nitty Gritty!

BlackBerry Storm 2 Stripped Down To The Nitty Gritty!

Some interesting things to be saw over at The BlackBerry Zone today. Britishturbo has taken the time to strip a Storm 2 down to all its naked splendid glory to show you all exactly what's up inside. A completed tear down wouldn't be complete without an explanation of how the keyboard will work, and Britishturbo does an awesome job of explaining how and why Kevin was indeed correct with his Piezo technology usage in the device. Be sure to check it out - it's a great run through of the device.

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Back at WES we took a great look at the upcoming 7digital Music Store (video above), and today they have launched a preview so everyone can check out the service. 7digital will allow BlackBerry users to easily browse and download music straight to any device. The official launch will take place in London on October 6th, but users in the USA, UK, Spain, Italy and Germany can check out a preview version now. Sadly no support for Canadian users in the preview (coming on the 6th), and you must have either a Bold or Curve 8900 to get in on the action. Upon the official release further devices will be supported and we'll hear all the details on the "click to buy" integration with other music applications. We'll have more on this much anticipated app upon the full release, but at least for now we can get a sneak peak of what it sure to be a much-used application by many BlackBerry users out there.

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DriveSafe.ly Reads Your Emails and SMS Out Loud

DriveSafe.ly

There is an endless line of applications that try to make it safer to drive with your BlackBerry. As CrackBerry Abusers, we find it near impossible to drive without checking our emails or SMS on the road. DriveSafe.ly hopes to help keep us all safer on the move with their free application. As emails or SMS messages come in, DriveSafe.ly will read them out loud so you don't need to take your eyes off the road. You can choose to have the messages automatically played, or on-demand through the menu. The obvious downside to the free version is that there are sponsor messages which can become annoying after time, however there is also a pro version of the application that adds additonal voices and is sponsor free. DriveSafe.ly is available as a free download in the CrackBerry App Store.

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All Toysoft Storm Games Only $0.99 Today Only

All Toysoft Storm Games Only $0.99 Today Only

Danny from Toysoft just dropped me a note to let me know that all of his Storm games are only $0.99 today. You can choose from Ballz, GoFish, Lucky7Slots, BattleShip, TapOMania and WackOMole. If you are looking for some great games for your Storm, Toysoft has some of the best. For only $0.99, you really can't go wrong. Check out the links below for more information and to download.

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The World's Most Expensive BlackBerry - A $240k Curve 8900

I remember wandering around Vegas at last year's CES and Kevin and I took a stroll by the Vertu store. We admired their offerings, but in no way could have coughed up the $12k to buy one. Well it looks like we'd have to save a bit more to snag the highest-end BlackBerry device to fit our obession. It looks like the world's most expensive BlackBerry is a diamond encrusted Curve 8900 that rings in at $240k. Our good friend Al Sacco has all the details, so check out his blog for the full scoop. Even if you could afford this... would you really want to? 

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A to Z with BerryBuzz

** BerryBuzz is today's CrackBerry Deal of the Day - if you like it, you can grab it at half price! **

This is the first in what I hope will be a great resource for the CrackBerry readers. Each week I plan to take an application from A to Z and give a brief and hopefully useful overview/review. Sure you can look at pictures and read reviews all day long, but wouldn't you rather see it in action? I know when I go to pick up an app, I sometimes have specific questions about functions, options etc. and I want to see it live. So I hope to give you a broader look at some of the most popular and newest BlackBerry Apps through the power of video (and a fantastic narrative) as we go from A to Z. 

This week we will start off with what is one of my favorite apps for BlackBerry - BerryBuzz. I won't get into the details here and I'll let the video do the talking. 

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Deal of the Day: Get BerryBuzz for 50% Off!

Deal of the Day: Get BerryBuzz for 50% Off!

Another Friday, another pretty awesome CrackBerry Deal of the Day. You can grab BerryBuzz for 50% off it's regular $5.95 price until midnight CST tonight. That's $2.97 for what is a really popular and useful BlackBerry application. 

If you're not familiar with BerryBuzz (BBuzz on App World), it unleashes the power of your BlackBerry's alert system, allowing you to customize the color of the LED and create repeating audible reminders for many alert types. You can jump over to the product page at the link below for more info, customer reviews and to purchase.

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Viigo Pushes Out its 2009/2010 Hockey Service

Viigo Pushes Out its 2009/2010 Hockey Service

Everybody knows Research in Motion's Co-CEO Jim Balsillie LOVES hockey, so you know he's already on top of this. But for everybody else who loves the sport, you'll want to know that Viigo has rolled out their 2009/2010 hockey service. You can start following today with preseason scores and schedules and once the regular season starts next week there will be a rich set of team and league stats available. If you're not a Viigo user you can grab it at the link below or visit crackberryviigo.com on your Berry's web browser.

Have you tried Viigo on your BlackBerry before?(opinion)

Viigo is one of those free BlackBerry apps that gets a TON of downloads and use (they recently broke the 1.5 billion article views mark) so I figured for some fun I'd toss a little poll along with this post. You can cast your Viigo-usage vote above.

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AddOnis Price Lowered to $9.95 - On Sale for $7.47

AddOnis

The CrackBerry Nation has spoken, and Twinkler software has listened. After some less than steller feedback on their AddOnis release, they have lowered the price from $14.95 to $9.95, and it is on sale for only $7.47 through September 30th. This is somewhat more reasonable, but I'm sure some of you will still have something to say about it. The good folks at Twinkler Software wanted to relay the following notes:

  • If you have paid the FULL PRICE of $14.95, you will be receiving and email informing you that you will be entitled to any TWO apps from Twinkler Software AT NO CHARGE! (licensed of course).
  • If you have paid $11.96 using the Trial Certificate offer, you will be receiving an email informing you that you will be entitled to ONE app from Twinkler Software AT NO CHARGE! (again fully licensed).
  • If you have used the original "TAKE50INTRO" offer and paid $7.47, we want to say thank you for your support and we hope you are enjoying your app! We have designed our pricing so that until the end of the month, EVERYONE (except Beta Testers) purchasing AddOnis will pay the same price.
  • And if you are a Beta Tester, watch your email and PM (Private Message) area here on Crackberry for information enabling you to purchase AddOnis for $4.99!

This just goes to show that your comments don't go unnoticed. Twinkler Software has excellent customer service, and this just shows that some developers really do listen to what you have to say.

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Slacker Radio Plus On Sale Get 6 Months For Only $19.95

In case you been holding out on getting Slacker Radio Plus, you may wanna check out the deal they have going on now and get in on it while you can. Slacker comes of course for free but then you deal with some ad's that play and you onlt get 6 allowed song skips, so if you are like me and enjoy being a "song skipper" you will blow through them awful fast. Slacker Radio Plus is one way to avoid that from happening be sure to check it out!

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BlackBerry Tour OS 4.7.1.53 Official Again - Not From Verizon!

Wow, ok. So after being leaked, released, then pulled, BlackBerry Tour 9630 OS 4.7.1.53 is once again official but this time around it's coming from Reliance and not Verizon. Of course, it can still be loaded onto your Verizon Tour if you missed out on the leak, release and pulling debacle just follow the tutorials at the bottom to get started on it. As for the Verizon official release, the forums are full of reasoning as to why - there's been no official announcement so you might want to read up on the unofficial reasons.

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Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8520 OS Shows Up Before Launch

Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8520 OS Shows Up Before Launch

A few days ago we told ya Rogers was ramping up their training for the launch of the BlackBerry 8520 which is coming the first week of October. Now, RIM and Rogers have posted the latest OS for the 8520 on their download site being 4.6.1.290 for everyone to grab. Training is done, launch date is nearing, OS is posted --Rogers, just release it already. And, while you're at it bring on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 instead of plotting your next way to rip people off.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for September 25th, 2009!

Unbelievably (to me anyways), September is fast coming to an end. Things are getting colder, but that's not stopping things in the BlackBerry App realm from heating up *groan*. Sorry bout that :) Getting down to business, below are the apps covered in this weeks' edition of the roundup:

In Case You Missed It: BerryPopup Updated, AddOnis Now Available, bQuiet Automated Sound Profile Switching, Hippopost Mobile Postcard, WorldMate Live 3.0 Released

New This Week: The Big Event, Countdown to Important Dates, BugMe! Notes and Alarms, Palm-Berry Theme, Twitterlerts

Apps on Sale: THE Flashlight, Orbital Series Theme, I Charge Cool, Lock Tilt, Card Pack Gold

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Freebie of the Week: ScoreMobile for BlackBerry

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