BlackBerry Storm 3 (9570) cancelled on Verizon?!

BlackBerry Storm 3 (9570) cancelled on Verizon?!

Looking for some more BlackBerry Storm 3 news? Well, here is a little tidbit of information that may interest some of you all out there. It seems as though the BlackBerry Storm 3 on Verizon has indeed been cancelled. Reason? It's too close to the BlackBerry Storm 2 and not enough of an upgrade to make it to the Verizon line up of BlackBerry smartphones. So, does that mean the Storm 2 refresh really was to launch as the BlackBerry Storm 3? It all seems kind if weird to us and well, we can certainly see Verizons stance on the situation of all this turns out to be true. That said, we can't help but wonder whether or not we'll see another "Storm" series device elsewhere.

Straying away from the BlackBerry Storm 3 news, it also seems that Verizon is set to "update" other devices such as the BlackBerry Bold 9650, Curve 3G and Tour for known issues. While the BlackBerry Tour will just be another 5.0 OS update the others are at some point, slated for BlackBerry 6. These updates are noted to be rolling out in October so, could this possibly mean that Verizon has certified BlackBerry 6? We can certainly hope so.

Source: Engadget

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BlackBerry barcode and scanner apps decoded

BlackBerry barcode and scanner apps decoded

We use many types of bar codes in our everyday life. Nearly everything we buy has a UPC code printed on it. The CrackBerry app store features QR codes in the description for every app. Magazines and even books use these codes to rapidly steer their readers to more information.

To make use of all these codes, you need a good scanner. I tested four of them: Edocrab, ScanLife, Sccope, and Microsoft Tag. A good barcode app is one that scans easily, understands a variety of codes, and gets you to the correct information. Only one actually met all of those qualifications.

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Redial On! - Call back dropped calls automatically!

Dropped calls are a fact of life when you use a cell phone. No matter what carrier you have, or what kind of phone, you will eventually have a dropped call. Redial On! is a small utility application for BlackBerry that will automatically call back for you when your call is dropped due to network error. You simply set up the criteria you want the app to function under, and it runs in the background, ready to spring into action when needed. There are several options you can choose, such as having the app only run during scheduled hours/days and number of redial attemps.

Another aspect to Redial On! is for outgoing calls. It can be really frustrating to need to talk to someone, but when you call all you get is a busy signal. Redial On! can be set to continue trying to call back for you until the call goes through, or for as many times as you set it for. No matter how you use this app, there are a lot of different options so you can customize it to your specific needs.

Redial On! is on sale in the CrackBerry store for $3.99 (normally $5.99), and a free 7 day trial is available. If you live in an area with spotty coverage, or frequently call people who don't have call waiting, this app may be just what you need! Try it out, let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Contest: Simplified for BlackBerry Torch by BBThemes. 100 copies to be won!

One of the most exciting aspects of being the owner of a BlackBerry Torch is the operating system, BlackBerry 6. While not an entirely new concept for RIM, the new OS gives your BlackBerry screen a nice built-in facelift. Many people like to customize their device with new themes, but until this week when BlackBerry Theme Studio v6.0 beta became available, Torch users were out of luck. There are also people that really love the native look of their BlackBerry and don't use themes at all. Whichever type of user you are, BBThemes has now given you a way to customize your Torch with splashes of subtle color, without losing the look and feel of the OS.

Introducing Simplified. Traditional BB6 UI shines through in 5 different color variations. Red, Purple, Pink, Green and MonoChrome are each available in the CrackBerry store for just $0.99 each! Grab one, or grab them all. For such a low price you can't go wrong. BBThemes posted a giveaway in the forums when they released the theme, so you may still be able to grab a free copy there. 

Contest:  BBThemes was kind enough to give us 100 copies of Simplified to give away this week! Just leave a single comment on this post to be entered in the drawing. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PDT.

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Press Release: Personal Guardian released in BlackBerry App World!

If you've ever been worried about your safety when walking alone at night, or while in unfamiliar territory, then you know how valuable a peace of mind knowing help is at the push of a button can be. Personal Guardian is a one-push panic button that when activated will silently trigger a call to an emergency (or pre-configured) number as well as an email, SMS message, and Tweet with location information. In an emergency situation, it is a fast and easy way to alert your loved ones and 911 that you need assistance. After setting up, Personal Guardian also alerts you when an unauthorized SIMCard is used on your BlackBerry. With the alerts, it will also turn on real time tracking. You can manage your account and track your phone via web.

Personal Guardian is available now in BlackBerry App World for the one time fee of $19.99.

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Kobo eBook reader to be pre loaded on the BlackBerry PlayBook!

BlackBerry and Kobo have just announced a pretty awesome partnership. In addition to Kobo adding BBM integration to their BlackBerry application, they have now also confirmed the application will come preloaded on the all new BlackBerry PlayBook. Of course, looking back at the BlackBerry PlayBook video one could have guessed that this was coming. As you can see in the above pic from the video, the application is there and running on the device but to outright comfirm preloading of it shows that developers are certainly onboard and highly interested in what the BlackBerry PlayBook is bringing to the table. No press release has been issued as of yet but, the confirmation came through the BlackBerry Twitter account.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.973 for the BlackBerry Storm2 9520

It's been a while since the BlackBerry 9520 saw any love, so I'm sure a lot of you out there are happy to see OS 5.0.0.973 pop up over at BBLeaks today. Grab your cables and fire up apploader or desktop manager to get started. Remember folks it's a leak, not currently an official OS, take caution. Disclaimers apply as always. Let us know in the comments any changes you see!

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. 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). *

Source: BBLeaks
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Don't Disturb Me! - The ultimate SMS firewall for BlackBerry!

Unwanted SMS messages are annoying. It seems like every week I get a new one, promising I have won something, or that my debt can easily be erased. Sure it's easy enough to just delete the message and forget about it, but what if you could eliminate it from ever hitting your device?

This is where Don't Disturb Me! (DDM) from Mobile4Life comes in. This app is the ultimate firewall for your BlackBerry. With DDM you can block SMS messages by sender's number or by keyword, so you don't have to receive them. You also have options for being notified when a message has been blocked, and you can configure how the message is handled from there. This is great if you get a lot of spam or harassing SMS messages.

Features:
  • Block SMS by sender's number or number prefix.
  • Block SMS by user defined keywords.
  • Use "safe sender" list to ensure your important sms will not be blocked.
  • Use password to protect DDM's setting
  • Backup number/keyword/safe sender list to SD card or restore from SD card.
  • Display block indictor and number of sms blocked on top of screen.
  • Configurable sound/vibrate/led notification when blocked a SMS or totally key silent.
  • View detailed infomation of blocked SMS and reply it.

You can pick up Don't Disturb Me in the CrackBerry store for $2.99 until September 30th when it returns to the normal price of $3.99. A free trial (50 blocked messages) is also available if you prefer to try before you buy.

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Reminder: CrackBerry App Awards Party Tonight!!!!

It's almost party time folks! We're nearing the end of DevCon10 so it's time to let loose and celebrate! The stage is set for the CrackBerry App Awards Party which takes place TONIGHT. If you're attending DevCon or in San Francisco and want to come by and check it out, just RSVP and jump on the shuttle buses.

CrackBerry Party Details:

  • Location: Xobni Headquarters (click for map). It's a short walk from the Marriott Marquis or better yet, grab one of the shuttles leaving from the Marriott.
  • Free Shuttles: Shuttle buses will start taking people to the party at 6:30pm.  Just head to the front doors of the Marriott. Just look for the person wearing a Xobni shirt and holding a CrackBerry Awards party sign. It'll be one shuttle (that holds 50 people) going back and forth, so if you don't see the shuttle don't panic - it'll be back shortly.
  • Time: The party will be going strong from 7pm to 10pm. Around 8pm we'll do up the awards ceremony portion so there'll be plenty of time to drink before and after.
  • Free Booze:  HELLZ YEAH!
  • CrackBerry.TV: We'll have our big azz CrackBerry.TV camera on hand. If you're a developer and want to show case your app or do a quick interview that'll end up here on the site, you'll have your opportunity. And if not, don't worry... we won't force you.
  • PRIZES!!!! We'll have some sweet prizes we're giving away to some lucky winners in attendance. My favorite of the bunch? An IOU from CrackBerry for a free BlackBerry PlayBook
I think that covers the details.  You can RSVP HERE and we'll see you tonight!!
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AT&T announces BlackBerry Curve 3G and BlackBerry Pearl 3G as coming soon

After a long wait, AT&T has finally made it public information that they will indeed be offering the BlackBerry Pearl 3G and the BlackBerry Curve 3G. Why exactly, it took AT&T so long to add the Pearl 3G to their line up we're still not really certain as of yet. One guess is that they were waiting for BlackBerry 6 to get to a more ready stage and then make the device available and now, in that time the BlackBerry Curve 3G has also become available. With offering both those and the BlackBerry Torch it gives AT&T a strong BlackBerry lines up and when BlackBerry 6 rolls out for them all, it should put them in line to be the carrier with the most BlackBerry 6 capable devices. Keep reading for the full press release announcement.

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Rogers BlackBerry Torch 9800 now available!

Rogers BlackBerry Torch 9800 now available!

If you've been waiting for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 to arrive on Rogers then today is your lucky day. If you head on over to the Rogers website right now you can place your order for only $199.99 on a new 3 yr contract. Of course, if contracts aren't your thing you can go no contract but that will set you back $609.99. So, who on Rogers is going to be ordering one? Maybe holding out to see what other carriers offer in terms of pricing? Let us know in the comments folks, we're curious to see how well sales go in Canada for the Torch.

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The latest email to the tip line let us know that we have yet another BBM song to add to the CrackBerry playlist. This one is by Riley and called BBM Me Up. All about BBM all the time -- the way it should be. This one is pretty good - I'm not sure I like it as much as Ping!!! Me Baby but it gets the job done. You have to hand it to RIM too - they brought out Riz to the DevCon party last night to sing Ping!!! Me Baby live. 

It seems like there is a neverending supply of BBM songs and I had no idea there were so many out there. Give it a listen and drop a comment with your thoughts! Thanks Mike!

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Datepedia updated to version 2.0

Datepedia updated to version 2.0

Say you're looking to determine the exact calendar date of your favorite holiday or sporting event. Or perhaps you're scrambling to remember how many days are left until your next birthday or anniversary celebration. Wouldn't it be great if there was an easy way to import this information directly into your BlackBerry Calendar? If that sounds useful to you then Mobatech's Datepedia is your app.

Datepedia version 1.0 has already been out for a few years and was previously reviewed by Ryan Blundell back in 2008. And now, almost two years later, Mobatech is ready to release version 2.0 (see press release) and CrackBerry.com got an exclusive first look!

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Is ShopSavvy in Our Future?

Is ShopSavvy in Our Future?

ShopSavvy, the popular Android/iPhone/Windows 7 Phone app, should be coming soon to a BlackBerry near you. ShopSavvy is a barcode reading application - and much more. Basically, you scan a barcode, and ShopSavvy gives you information about the product. In the Android and iPhone versions, users get access to product reviews and local and online pricing. The few BlackBerry scanner apps don't include local, brick-and-mortar stores.

Alex Muse at Big in Japan has let it slip that they've finally completed the back-end work for their BlackBerry scanner. One truly remarkable feat they've accomplished is live barcode scanning. Currently, BB scanners take a picture and analyze it, looking for a barcode. ShopSavvy will be different. Working with live video coming from the camera, the app will focus and scan the barcode automatically. For folks like me who tire of having to take and re-take pictures of barcodes just to get the scanner to work, live scanning is almost a miracle.

The BlackBerry program libraries for the scanner are complete. All that is lacking is the user interface (what most people would call the actual application) to introduce ShopSavvy to the BlackBerry world. With more than six million users and around 1.3 million scans each day, ShopSavvy has a wide base of users. Word on the street is that Big in Japan is looking for a developer to build the BlackBerry UI. Any takers?

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Review: VQ Mileage Tracker for BlackBerry

Review: VQ Mileage Tracker for BlackBerry

For the majority of us, we still rely on gas to make us go (and no I’m not talking about bodily functions). Regardless if you are a road warrior, or a weekend sports parent, you want to keep an eye on your gas tank, as well as your mileage. Now that I think of it, you probably want to add up all of your travelling expenses; you do have to figure in your morning coffee right? Every expense adds up, sometimes even faster than the pile of fast food garbage in your backseat. The next thing you know, your office car pool, or family trip will include a wagon tied to a bicycle. Whether you need to report your expenses to your boss, or to your other half, your BlackBerry has it covered.

Let’s take a look at an application that offers to keep its grip at 10 and 2 on your mileage and expenses; VQ Mileage Tracker. This application can automatically track the mileage you travel and maintain a record of your expenses for future reporting. Do me a favour and tell those kids to settle down back there. I’ll turn this BlackBerry around and they’ll be no review for anyone!

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CrackBerry Podcast 058: BlackBerry PlayBook and DevCon10 Super Special!

Slightly recovered from our BlackBerry PlayBook shell shock yesterday, we sat down late this morning to record our DevCon10 podcast. On this show we have Bla1ze, Adam, myself and our recently crowned CrackBerry Idol champion, Dave Peckens.

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Get 50% off all MLHSoftware apps for the remainder of DevCon10!

The BlackBerry Developer Conference is well under way and many of the developers are here on site with us. One of those such developers is MLHSoftware, who makes many great applications as seen above. Now and for the remainder of DevCon you can check out any MLHSoftware developer application for 50% off the original price. Process is simple, on your BlackBerry head on over the Shop CrackBerry Software store and select you application. In the coupon are enter in the code "MLHDEVCON10" and click on update. Once your cart shows 50% off you can then proceed to checkout. Remember, it must be done on your BlackBerry for the code to work.  Many thanks to MLHSoftware for the sale!

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Paragon by AHazDesigns released for BlackBerry Torch!

Well, it didn't take long for BlackBerry Torch themes to start pouring in once the BlackBerry Theme Studio v6.0 beta download became available! The first I saw available for the 9800 was Paragon by AHazDesigns. This theme was recently released for other devices, and Alex was very quick to get it converted for all of you Torch users out there that were anxious to download your first themes. It looks great, and is on sale now for $2.99 in the CrackBerry store! This is just the start of many new themes that will rollout, check the forums for many more free and paid themes now available.

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A discussion with Dan Dodge co-founder and CEO of QNX Software Systems

A lot of talk has been happening at the BlackBerry Developer Conference regarding QNX Software. More specifically, the OS that will be running on the sexy new BlackBerry PlayBook. The official BlackBerry blogs were able to catch up to Dan Dodge, co-founder and CEO of QNX Software Systems. In the talks, they discuss QNX, the OS and it's role in the new BlackBerry Tablet OS ecosystem. If you're interested in learning more about QNX Software be sure to give it a read through, rather interesting in how the OS works.

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