BlackBerry Pearl 9100 now available from Cincinnati Bell

A pretty decent surprise on this one, but it looks as if Cincinnati Bell is the first US based carrier to offer the Pearl 9100. While we were expecting it to land on AT&T or maybe even T-Mobile before anywhere else, the device seems to be fully available through the Cincinnati Bell website. Nothing new from other carrier releases we saw as it still includes the standard fare including 256MB flash memory and a 3.2 megapixel camera. So if you happen to be a Cincinnati Bell user and have been waiting for a device upgrade, head on over to their site and be one of the first to pick this guy up. Thanks Pat!

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BeFroyo from Ahaz and JMal Designs - THE Android theme for your BlackBerry - 25 copies up for grabs

I covered BeFroyo in last week's Theme Roundup,  and the response from the community was so favorable that the developers contacted me wanting to give a little back. In case you missed it last week, here's an excerpt from the article to give you some background on the theme.

Ahaz and JMal make some quality themes, no argument there. Their latest creation takes the Froyo look from Android and brings it to your BlackBerry home screen. A full set of Android style icons, and some serious homescreen function will really amp up your Curve. A dedicated today scree, which is becoming more prevalent in these types of themes, is a nice touch, and a personal favorite. Fully skinned, in every minute detail, this theme is a must for any BlackBerry user that craves the Android look and feel. Available in the CB store for just $2.99 for multiple devices.  

Contest: We have 25 copies of BeFroyo 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 won't count.  

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SugarSync v1.5 adds streaming music to their cloud storage and synch app for BlackBerry

SugarSync has released the lastest version of their cloud storage and synching application for BlackBerry. SugarSync v1.5 now includes the ability to stream music direct from their servers to your BlackBerry device. This is of course in addition to the other added features for the app as noted in the press release:

SugarSync for BlackBerry features the ability to remotely access, open and easily share your computer files, including documents, photos and more stored in a SugarSync account. With an appropriate document editor, files can be edited as well and synced back.

With the new version, people may stream non-DRM protected music - synced from their computers to the cloud – directly to their BlackBerry handheld device, and save local storage for favorite tunes, photos, videos, and more. The built-in music player enables people to play full sets, not just single songs.

The new version also includes email auto-complete, a time-saver feature which allows people to even more quickly share a files with colleagues or friends, as well as performance enhancements and bug fixes.

Lately, I have become quite a fan of cloud storage applications. With SugarSync adding music streaming to the list of offerings, it will push them beyond other services such as Evernote. When you sign up, you get 2GB of storage allocated to you for free with larger packages available for purchase starting at only $4.99/mnth.

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Inside BlackBerry shows off BlackBerry 6 multimedia experience!

The push for BlackBerry 6 is still on a roll. Although, a few days behind what Salomondrin posted; Research In Motion has now posted their own walk through of the BlackBerry 6 Multimedia capabilities. While no videos were included in the walk through, it certainly outlines some of the finer aspects of things to come from BlackBerry 6.

A new improved camera UI, better picture handling and organization, improved YouTube integration which allows for streaming, sharing and uploading of videos. And one of my personal favorites, built in Podcast app so that you may enjoy the CrackBerry podcast on the go. Finally, better ways to handle and organize your music and videos. As I've mentioned before, media capabilities always felt like a back burner issue on BlackBerry and it's nice to see that Research In Motion has brought it forward with BlackBerry 6. More shots and info after the break.

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CrackBerry guide to BlackBerry stocks and investments apps

Turn your BlackBerry into a virtual stock broker with these amazing apps for Stocks and Investments!!

Not too long ago, we’ve covered some of the best BlackBerry applications that are designed to help you manage your bank accounts. You can find them in the CrackBerry Guide to banking on your BlackBerry. Obviously, we know that your financial concerns don’t stop there-your money can also be found in stocks and investments. In recent years, especially with the economic crisis, it hasn’t been the best of times (for some). With that said, anyone who does dabble in the stock market and such could, and should, use any tool at their fingertips.

Luckily, this so happens to be the CrackBerry Guide to BlackBerry Stock and Investment apps. What we have here is a collection of some powerful applications that will help out anyone- from stockbrokers, to the person who only wonders about stocks and investments. If you have these types of applications on your BlackBerry, you will truly have a portable portfolio with which you can really keep a tight grip on. Without further adieu, let’s check out what applications are up to the challenge.

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Slacker Radio adds ABC News integration

Slacker Radio adds ABC News integration

Slacker Radio announced today that they have added a standalone ABC News station to their already extensive lineup. The channel is available by itself, or you can choose to add "top of the hour" updates to any Slacker channel. The ABC News station is available within Slacker under the "News" category or by visiting from a web browser. Headline News updates for music stations can be activated from from your Slacker account or by selecting "Fine Tune" while listening to any station on the Slacker web application. Check out the full press release after the jump.

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foursquare for BlackBerry v1.9 now available

foursquare for BlackBerry v1.9 now available

The folks at foursquare have been hard at work tweaking their BlackBerry app and today have released version 1.9 with some new improvments. The features as still coming along, and some minor tweaks and fixes have helped out things like battery life this time around. Updates include:

  • Sort Check-ins - Quickly sort your nearby check-ins by time (most recent check-in) or by distance (closest check-in).
  • Photo Upload - Now change/upload a profile photo via your BlackBerry!
  • See Specials Nearby - Now you can see what venues feature specials when searching for what's nearby.
  • BlackBerry Maps Integration - From a venue details page, click on the Google map tile and automatically get launched into BlackBerry maps.
  • Improved Battery Life - foursquare is always focused on battery performance and has made a few improvement. Expect even more improvements in the future.
  • Improved Location Support - Additional improvements have been made to location, allowing for better location support when checking in.
  • Small Tweaks & Fixes - foursquare is always listening to user feedback and making small fixes & tweaks along the way.

To download foursquare for BlackBerry free and check out all of the new features, head to from your device

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Now where did I leave my BlackBerry? - Find it with Find My Phone from Shaosoft

Personally, my device never seems to leave my hand for more than a few seconds at a time, and yet I am constantly looking around to find it when I need it, particularly when I'm at home. To make matters worse, I tend to leave it set to the silent profile so it doesn't annoy everyone around me with constant notification tones. This can make things rather difficult, and I have spent many frustrating episodes cursing while tearing my house apart. There is a new app on the market that aims to make this easier. The app is simple. It triggers a very loud alarm, lights up the screen, and flashes the front LED, making it impossible to miss. Able to be triggered by three missed calls (you can even set your preferred number), email, or SMS, the app even overrides the profile you currently have set, so you can use it even when set to silent. There are a load of features that can be customized, making it easy to customize it to exactly what YOU need.

There are a few apps out there that have the same functionality included with other features (like remote wipe. tracking and more) including SmrtGuard or the upcoming RIM issued BlackBerry Protect - so make sure you do your research to decide exactly what is right for your needs. However, if you are looking for something a little more focused, you may want to take a look at this one. On sale for only $1.99 until July 31st, it's a very cheap way to prevent the inevitable frustration. If you still aren't sure, try the free 3-day trial and give it a try before you buy.

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Jersey Shore's Snooki makes another bad decision and accidentally posts her PIN on Twitter

This week Snooki of 'Jersey Shore' fame made yet another bad decision as she posted her PIN on Twitter. Word on the street is that it was an accident, but her BlackBerry apparently "blew up" as loads of her 310,000+ followers sent her BBM requests. She promptly ditched her old BlackBerry and grabbed a new device (maybe she upgrades from the Tour to the Bold?) but I'd love to know just how many requests she got before the swap. While it was kind of an impromtu BlackBerry Messenger Stress Test, it's something that I wouldn't wish upon anyone. As Kevin has proven in the past, relentless BBM requests can kill your device, and I'm sure poor Snooki had a fit as the requests came pouring in. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

Source: TMZ

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BlackBerry theme roundup for July 20th, 2010 - 25 copies of MONO to be won!

Contest: 25 Copies of MONO to be won. Leave a comment!

Here we are again, another Monday, another roundup. The tip line was eerily quiet the last week, likely due to everyone being off enjoying the summer, but it has exploded with some quality themes in the last 24 hours. Hit the jump and see the best of the best for this week!

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Contest winners: SmartBDocs, Frozen Yogurt, ImgEdit, handsfree accessory and more!

Another week of successful contests. Some great stuff out to the CrackBerry Nation as our thanks to you. We'll have plenty more coming as always, so stay tuned for some more freebies. If you didn't win this time around keep trying! Thanks to all our great developers and retailers for all their help!

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BlackBerry Curve 9300 headed to Rogers Wireless for Q3 in exclusive color?
*UPDATE - Looks like grey and violet will be the colors*

Information regarding the BlackBerry Curve 9300 has been in excess today. The latest piece of information to come to us via the CrackBerry tips hotline is that Rogers will be releasing the device as well Q3. While clearly, from the Bell post today the BlackBerry Curve 9300 will not be an exclusive to any one carrier, carriers do have their own way of requesting a sort of exclusivity when it comes to device color choice.

This came from a recent q3 2010 training at Rogers... it appears bb 9300 is confirmed for Q3 in exclusive color.

Not a whole lot of detail there of course but, it's still nice to know Rogers will be adding the device to their line up. I'm sure it's one of many to come in the next months. Sadly, this piece of information leaves me to wonder what color exactly? Red, purple, white? Guess we'll just have to hold out for more information there. Thanks Mike!
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BlackBerry Storm 3 details shown off in training slide?!? Looks like Mobile Hotspot is coming to BlackBerry!

We've been hearing plenty of rumors surrounding the BlackBerry Storm 3. As with all rumors you kind of have to take them all with a grain of salt until those rumors get confirmed one way or another. Today, Engadget posted up the above image for which they were advised was from a training slide that outlines details of the upcoming device. Well, technically the info is for an Odin refresh, which sort of seems like it means Storm 2.5 vs. Storm 3, but you never know how things things will get branded and labeled this far in advance. All in all, it looks to be a minor refresh but, there is a few notables here and one insanely huge one to point out.

  • BlackBerry 6
  • WebKit Browser
  • 512MB Of RAM
  • 5MP Camera With new UI
  • World Edition
  • 802.11n WiFi
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot (Coming Soon)

Wait, what?!? 3G Mobile Hotspot? Yes, it's noted as a coming soon feature and from the looks of it, the biggest upgrade to the device aside from the normal items that were already assumed or known about. Also, if you'll notice at the bottom of the image the month listed for release ends in "---ember". Previous rumors have put the device on Verizon in time for the holidays, so that still looks to be holding strong. What do you all think?

Source: Engadget

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Hot off the tip line comes this image of a Bell flyer. From the looks of it Bell may be one of the first carriers to snag the upcoming Curve 9300 (codename 'kepler') which is being shown off here as the BlackBerry Curve 3G. This little guy has been on the bottom end of the rumor mill as of late thanks to the Slider and 9670 but is still something to look forward to. The Curve 3G is coming soon according to this flyer, and will run on Bell's HSPA network and include 256MB flash/256MB SDRAM, full QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooh 2.1 and of course BBM. No exact date on this one but seeing it in print is always a good thing.

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RIM introduces new geolocation feature - no GPS required!

Back during the BlackBerry Developers Conference last year, Research In Motion showed off a new, at the time yet to be released geolocation feature. The feature itself allowed developers to be able to quickly get your current location information simply based off the cell towers in which you were attached too. The idea behind this of course, is that many applications can now access your location data without ever having to initialize your device GPS which, if used often enough can severely drain your battery. As we were advised:

Today, RIM introduced a new geolocation feature of the Locate Service. The Geolocation service uses cell towers to gather quick location information and deliver it to applications on BlackBerry smartphones. Because it uses cell tower information, no GPS is required – meaning developers can have their applications call on location information in areas where there is no GPS coverage.

The location data provided by the Geolocation service is quick and general, so not as specific as GPS information, but perfect for applications that need to point to close by areas of interest or other geographical points/information without going into too many details. And once a user is back in GPS coverage, the application can call for more detailed information, if needed.

The Geolocation service joins existing capabilities in the Locate Service for the BlackBerry Application Platform, which include:

  • Reverse geocoding capabilities enable applications to convert a user’s latitude and longitude to an address
  • Integration with BlackBerry Maps Service offers a variety of app features, ranging from navigation directions to POI recommendations. BlackBerry Maps Service compliments Locate Service by providing map displays that can be invoked or embedded to indicate a user’s location

This is certainly great news for developers and BlackBerry users. These days, more and more applications seem to be relying on your GPS location data. To have a non intrusive, non power consuming way to access that data is huge. It does come with a few caveats however, you must have a device running OS 5.0+ and carriers need to support these capabilities. That said, most carriers allow this access already and well, if you're running a device with less then 5.0 you should really look into upgrading anyways.

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One of the most common things BlackBerry users need to do is unlock their device for use on another carrier, prepaid SIM or "just to do it". Looking around a bit we realized we had no real instructions posted anywhere for easy access on getting it done, so here we are. The quick video above shows how to unlock your device after obtaining an unlock code. I did it here on my Bold 9650 and full instructions for other QWERTY devices as well as Storm and Pearl devices are posted after the jump. If you need an unlock code you can sometimes get one straight from your carrier, or you can check out our BlackBerry Unlocking forums for more information/discussion on unlock companies and even check out current contests and promotions for unlock codes.

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Kim Kardashian really is a BlackBerry addict [video]

Ok, I'll admit it. Ever since we posted those Kim Kardashian BlackBerry + Bikini pictures a few months back (images re-posted above and below for your viewing pleasure) I've been spending a little more time Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I mean really, it's part of my CrackBerry job duties now. Suffice to say, I was really happy to see the video segment (posted below) where Kim's BlackBerry abuse comes to a head. She's totally my kind of girl! Think you could go 48 hours without your phone? Enjoy the video. Happy Monday! 

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CrackBerry Idol Round 1 winners announced; Stay tuned for Round 2 - the featured accessory review!


Aloha Joe







Dave P.

Here it is folks... the big moment our contestants and sooo many of you have been waiting for in our CrackBerry Idol 2010 competition. Big congrats go (in random order) to the ten contestants who were voted by the CrackBerry community to move on to Round 2: Kerri, Aloha Joe, Brittany, Shankeith, Tim, Joseph, Alicia, Dan, Josh and Dave P!

To the winners: We'll follow up shortly via email with instructions pertaining to your Round 2 reviews. Look for it soon.

To those not moving on: A HUGE thank you goes out to all of you for participating in the CrackBerry Idol competition. It's a big time commitment and you all did a great job. We'll be following up with an email soon with some 'parting gifts' so stay tuned for that. 

What's to come in Round 2: Next up is the featured accessory review. The ten contestants will have the next couple of days to decide what they're going to do for their review, we'll get them the accessories from (with next day shipping of course!) and from there they'll have to the end of next week to crank out their masterpieces. The reviews will start hitting the blogs on August 2nd. So while you won't see any CrackBerry Idol posts between now and then on the blogs, don't worry, it just means the contestants are hard at work. Stay tuned for Round 2!

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Blackberry 6 Overview ( running on BlackBerry 9800 [video]

Last one for this round. So far, we've all been getting to see early release versions of BlackBerry 6 running on the BlackBerry 9800 and the BlackBerry 9670.  This release is seemingly no exception to that. While it has been updated from .91 it still has a few bugs and kinks in it that RIM will need to work out. That said, I'm starting to like BlackBerry 6 just a little bit more each time I see it. What do you guys think? Is it growing on you? Need to have it yesterday? Video after the break.

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