Contest Winners: Role Call Tasks, Cellunlock & Maritime Master

I hope everyone had some good times over the holidays! Sadly its now back to the grind for most of us. We're changing things up a bit in 2010, but you can still count on as many contests as we can find. We'll be moving some into our weekly theme roundup, but you can be sure there will be plenty of others spread out along the way. Hit the jump for the full winners list - congrats to everyone and Happy New Year.

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Review: Food Network Canada Mobile App for BlackBerry

The best part of big family dinners is, of course, the food. Admit it or not, we like to see what everyone is bringing, and what to avoid like the plague. I can’t say much for myself; I’m hovering around below average for my cooking skills (my wife can attest to that). Despite the lack of knowledge in the kitchen, I do fully support her adventurous palate. When you are trying to focus on eating healthier, you may initially think that your choices are quite limited. It’s this mindset that may cause you to revert back to your poor eating habits; would you like fries with that? My wife and I started looking for ideas online, in a magazine, or even from peeking in Momma Blundell’s super secret recipe cards/book. That last one runs the risk of the perpetrator getting hit by a wooden spoon. A great source of fun, facts, frustration (still fun for us) and food, is the Food Network and Food Network Canada. Your brain will salivate as much as your mouth will, when you watch the various reality and cooking shows.

Canadians can take all of this information with them in a doggy bag with the Food Network Canada Mobile application. More after the chomp, I mean, jump.

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Headed To CES 2010? Be Sure To Grab CES Mobile For BlackBerry

In just a few short days the International CES is kicking off in Las Vegas, Nevada. The International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow and no event like this would be complete unless there was a BlackBerry application to go along with it. The CES Mobile app has been put together for BlackBerry smartphones by the good folks over at Boopsie.

CES Mobile was created to assist those attending CES with making the most of the event. From within the application you can search exhibitors, access your My CES planner, get updates delivered right to your device and finally, help you navigate your way around Las Vegas. It's something you'll want to add to your must-have items for attending CES.

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Elecite released a cool new theme a few days ago now. Plasma is the first animated background theme from Elecite. The pulsating wallpaper in the background is rather eye catching and can be turned on or off directly from the homescreen depending on your mood. An integrated weather slot and 11-12 icons take up the homescreen which allows for easy access to applications.

When clicking to the application screen you are welcomed with some unique icons. The icons are pictures of the applications you're trying to access, only minimized as seen in the video above. The notification system in Plasma is also one that is unique. If you have unread messages of any sort you will see the yellow star at the bottom turn red and then yellow again as messages are checked. Be sure to read the reviews from other users to get an idea of how it may function on different devices.

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Official BlackBerry Bold 9000 OS 5.0.0.411 Released By Bell Mobility

Here we go folks. Something many of you all have been waiting for. Finally, an official 5.0 release for the BlackBerry Bold 9000. As it was posted in the CrackBerry forums, Bell Mobility has made OS 5.0.0.411 available for everyone to download. If you've been running the previously leaked version there is no reason to update but if you haven't grabbed a leaked version yet you'll want to get your hands on this one. Remember to delete your vendor.xml file if you are not a Bell Mobility subscriber. Here's to hoping we'll see a bigger roll out across carriers for all devices still needing OS 5.0.

Download The Official 5.0.0.411 For The BlackBerry Bold 9000
Instructions: How to Upgrade your BlackBerry's Operating System
Instructions: How to Downgrade your BlackBerry's Operating System
Instructions: Mess things up? Fix a Bricked BlackBerry Here

 
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Leaked OS 5.0.0.436 For The BlackBerry Storm 2 9520

Leaked OS 5.0.0.436 For The BlackBerry Storm 2 9520

Alright, the year started off with a leak for the BlackBerry Tour 9630. But I just got an email from an anonymous CrackBerry forum member leading the way to OS 5.0.0.436 for the BlackBerry Storm 9520. Details are short with this one in how it actually performs so I'll leave it up to you all to discuss those aspects in the CrackBerry forums. Remember, back up your data folks. Enjoy!

*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). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

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    BlackBerry Theme Weekly Roundup for January 4th 2010

    Contest: 50 Copies of iPhony Theme to be won. Leave a comment!

    We have decided to do something a little different with the theme blogs here at CrackBerry, so instead of posting individual themes on the front page quite so often, we would like to introduce our new weekly theme roundup! Every week, myself (obi) and michaelwpg will be bringing you our top picks for both free and paid themes. Due to different theme styles, features, and availability for different devices, we will pick some for touchscreen as well as non-touchscreen devices. Depending on the generosity of the developer community we will try to run a contest weekly, giving away some copies of one of our weekly themes. So hit the jump below and check it out, we also have a contest running.

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    Leaked: OS 5.0.0.419 for the BlackBerry Tour 9630

    Leaked: OS 5.0.0.419 for the BlackBerry Tour 9630

    The time has finally come - Tour users have endured endless OS leaks with no love of their own, but BBleaks has just posted OS 5.0.0.419 for the Tour 9630 which is a decent step up from the last leaked OS. No reports on whats good, bad or indifferent, so if you feel like giving it a go be sure to drop a comment and let us know how it is. Keep in mind (as usual) this is not an official OS, so install at your own risk.

    *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). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

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      Shameless Plug - CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse Available on the Amazon Kindle

      * Update - to those in the comments asking for it, I posted the link to the straight .pdf version. *

      Have a New Year's Resolution to get your BlackBerry use under control? Get an Amazon Kindle for Christmas? If so, then just type the word "crackberry" into your Kindle and you can pick-up CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse. This is not a BlackBerry how-to book, but rather a book full of real-life stories of BlackBerry use gone too far as well as lots of tips and tricks to get your smartphone use under control (even though it was written for BB, the strategies are good for anybody who can't put down their mobile device).

      The paper back copy of this book came out in November 2008, and the Kindle version actually was released in May of 2009, but of course it was only since I personally picked up a Kindle this Christmas for myself (contributing to these sales stats I guess) that I even realized it was available in Kindle-format! The Kindle version actually sells for $6 less than the paperback.

      All in all, if you're one of those hardcore BlackBerry users you should appreciate it - it's kinda funny, slightly disturbing and actually has some really helpful and useful information. Definitely take the BlackBerry Addiction quiz. And one of these days we'll have to follow up with an updated version - so if you have good stories to share jot them down and be ready to send them in for when we do a call for stories.

      I guess now all we need is that Amazon Kindle for BlackBerry app to get released! :)

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      One of the most forgotten features in the BlackBerry OS has to be Bedside Mode. This feature was first introduced on the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and is on all devices featuring version 4.6 > software. Many users swear by it, while others don't even know it exists. There really isn't much to setting it up, but it can come in handy if you're like me and use your device as an alarm clock or don't turn it off when you go to sleep (but let's be honest, what BlackBerry addict does?). Bedside Mode is a great way to tweak your device with some quick settings that will activate when the device is charging. You can choose to disable the LED, turn off radio, dim the screen and more. The device will automatically enter Bedside Mode when a charger is attached, and if you're at your desk or in a car or anywhere you don't want to activate the feature, you can easily exit simply by pressing the back button. Check out the video above for a quick look at setting up and using Bedside Mode on your BlackBerry Smartphone.

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      [ Forums member moviemogul gave us a this great video review of the Case-Mate Barely There Case for the Storm 2. This video comes from our Community Reviews forums. Post your review and if we promote it to the blogs you'll receive a coupon for free accessories or apps. While we don't currently have the Barely There Case for the Storm 2, we should have it in stock in the near future. Check out all of the Case-Mate cases at ShopCrackBerry.com. ]

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      Contest: 75 Free Unlock Codes from Carrier Unlock

      Contest: 75 Free Unlock Codes from Carrier Unlock

      Carrier Unlock is again offering up some free codes to the CrackBerry Nation. The codes will be for Rogers, AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Cincinnati Bell, Centennial, Cellular One, and Suncom. As an added bonus, with the coupon code CB the above carriers can be unlocked for just $6.99 during the contest, or the code will take $3.00 off any of the other products Carrier Unlock offers. Head over to carrierunlock.com for more info or to purchase. Just leave a comment on this post to enter the contest - ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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      New GStyle Magazine Theme Now Available For Free

      New GStyle Magazine Theme Now Available For Free

      I've always enjoyed reading some of the articles over at GStyle Mag - they're always funny and informative. This post though is not about their great articles. Rather, it's about the new theme they had designed for them by CockyCulture, who we know from their previous theme creations. GStyleCity is now available as a free download for everyone. Currently the theme supports Blackberry Bold 9700, Bold, Curve 8900, Curve 85xx, Tour, and Storm models.

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      Research In Motion CEO Jim Balsillie Named Business Newsmaker of the Year for 2009

      As the Canadian Press proclaims, Research In Motion's co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, has been named business newsmaker of the year. Jim and his team at Research In Motion had its ups and downs but still came out of 2009 looking pretty good if you ask me. The Canadian Press announcement focuses more on Jim's attempted Phoenix Coyotes take over purchase this past year, moreso than his involvement with Research In Motion and the making of BlackBerry Smartphones.

      In any event, a lot of 2009's news segments were indeed dedicated to much of what Balsillie was up to on all fronts be it the NHL, BlackBerry outages or just simply Research In Motion's stance in the wireless market. Jim Balsillie made plenty of headlines in 2009 and the award seems quite fitting to me. Congrats on the award Mr. Balsillie, but as a BlackBerry user I can only hope there will be less outages in 2010 for news outlets to report on.

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      BlackBerry Theme Builder Webinar Reminder

      BlackBerry Theme Builder Webinar Reminder

      Are you a theme builder? Maybe you want to take up theme building? Well, Research In Motion will be holding another webinar aimed at developers who want to learn more about the processes and tools used. BlackBerry Theme Builder 5.0 will be at the forefront of some of the information shared and with access to the webinar available to all you can pick up some tips from the experts on how to build, customize and profit from your work. The webinar will be held on January 12th, 2010 at 2PM EST, be sure to sign up.

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      Best of Smartphone Experts, 3 Jan 2010

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      AT&T started airing a new Luke Wilson commercial promoting their 3G Network and since it went live we've received a bunch of emails on the tip line alerting us to it. Why? Because the premise of the commercial will be all too familiar to regular CrackBerry readers. Remember our BlackBerry Messenger Stress test? Watch the video above and you'll know what we're talking about (see our BBM 5.0 stress test aftermath video below). Solid commercial AT&T! We won't bug you for any royalty checks, but how about you send 20 BlackBerry Bold 9700s to us for the idea inspiration and we'll hold a contest to give them away to our readers?! Sounds like a GREAT way to start off 2010! :)  Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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