uZard web browser for BlackBerry shows some promise

uZard web browser for BlackBerry shows some promise

As BlackBerry users, the choices for browsers on our devices really are not that broad. Sure we have Opera Mini, we have Bolt and we have the built in BlackBerry browser. We could have had Skyfire but they suffered from failure to launch syndrom and have since moved on. While we know Webkit is in the works for our beloved devices we still have no indication as to when that may actually arrive. Many folks enjoy the options that are available and others simply just are looking for more.

As one of our forums moderators, Shao128 pointed out. We seemed to of have passed over another option. uZard is seemingly a beta browser for BlackBerry that offers a lot according to their website. Fast, desktop like experience with uploads and downloads of files included in the feature set. As well as on device conversion of flash videos. Having only tested it for a little while on my 9700 I can say it shows some promise but it may not meet the needs of all users. But, that's not to say it shouldn't be considered. Currently the site indicates it's available for the BlackBerry Bold 9000 but it does indeed run on other devices. Download, install and let us know what you think. It appears to have some issues on Storm devices so please, keep that in mind.

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CrackBerry reminder: What you may have missed this week

This week we saw a great video of BlackBerry 6 running on the upcoming 9800 Slider (the video has since been taken down). We got a glimpse of the AT&T splash screen as well as a quick runthrough of some of the device apps. All around some pretty cool stuff. The white Bold 9700 landed on T-Mobile, and two-way Gmail sync kicked in. Not too much in the contest department, but we have a few to keep the streak alive.

What You May Have Missed

Contest Reminders 

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Verizon BlackBerry Bold 9650 available for direct fufillment June 3rd; In stores June 10th?

Could it be? Could Verizon customers actually be able to grab the BlackBerry Bold 9650 through direct fufillment on June 3rd and then head on into a store to grab one on June 10th? Sure seems that way if the internal pic above is to be believed. If it turns out to be correct then it should make some Verizon customers out there who have been waiting what seems like, forever for this device. Thanks to everyone who sent this in and exploded our tip line.

Via: BerryReporter

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TELUS launches Pink BlackBerry Pearl 3G; Available in black soon

Hot on the heels of the Rogers launch announcement, TELUS has announced the availablity of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G in Pink and also stated that users will soon also be able to grab the device in Black. Even though the announcement was put out, users may still have some issues with actually getting the device in their hands. Online sales are available and only some stores have stock at the moment. You can hit up the TELUS website for more information or give a shout to your local dealer and see of they have any available. Price? $29.99 on a 3 year contract, $249.99 on a 2 year and $299.99 on a 1 year. If you want no contract expect to pay $349.99. No matter which pricepoint you choose, TELUS will donate $25 towards Breast cancer research. Thanks to everyone who sent this in, happy hunting if you're looking to pick one up

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It's nearly seven days ago to the minute that we announced the availability of Pinball Deluxe for BlackBerry here on the CB blogs. It quickly shot up the CrackBerry App Store's Best Sellers list and is currently the #1 Best Selling Game in the catalog (it's not available via App World yet), maintaining a 5-star rating and gaining a lot of positive reviews. Coming from Mobigloo, makers of the uber-popular Nintaii for BlackBerry, Pinball Deluxe is available for pretty much every device model, is easy to play, is a lot of fun with nice graphics and smooth game play. If you didn't pick it up last, it's one to grab right now so you have it to while you're relaxing this Memorial Day weekend.

Win a Free Copy of Pinball Deluxe: If instead of buying it outright you'd rather try your luck at winning a free copy of Pinballl Deluxe, we've got 100 free copies to give away. To enter, simply leave a comment to this post letting us know what's the next type of gameboard theme you'd like to see Mobigloo put into the game next (personally I've always been a HUGE fan of the original Twilight Zone Pinball, so anything space related is good with me). Just leave one comment. We'll let this one run until the end of day Monday,  May 31st. Just leave one comment please. Good luck!

More info, screen captures and download Pinball Deluxe for BlackBerry

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One of the best-selling cases in the OtterBox line is the Impact case. This skin gives you good protection on your device without adding too much bulk. Essentially a silicone skin, the design has a bit more texture and a better feel than other skins. It provides coverage around the back and sides of the device, leaving open the ports and camera/flash. It has a great feel overall and I really like the thought that went into the design. It fits on snug and feels almost like its part of the device, and it doesn't get in the way of typing or accessing the device. Check out the video above for a quick review.

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Stream Over 300,000 Sermons to Your BlackBerry With SermonAudio

If your a person of faith but don't have the time to make it to church each Sunday (or would just like to hear more sermons), you may want to check out SermonAudio. The application allows you to stream over 300,000 media files right to your BlackBerry device. Other key features include:

  • Browse, search, and stream Audio/Video sermons
  • Browse through the News in Focus audio commentaries
  • Browse churches by name, location, and denomination
  • Use the Local Church Finder to find a church in your area
  • Search sermons by Bible reference, Book, chapter, or verse
  • Browse by topic, category, staff picks
  • Built in player for fast, easy listening, or play in BlackBerry media player

SermonAudio is free to download and available for all BlackBerry devices running OS 4.3 and up. Pick it up in App World via the link below.

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Super apps. We hear the term being used more and more these days when describing BlackBerry applications and while many out there have made up their own definition of what one may be, Research In Motion are the people to explain it best. As seen in the above video from WES 2010, super apps can be defined as applications which make use of all the BlackBerry resources available. From usage of notification pop ups, context menu integration right down to being able to access any application from within anywhere on the device. Deep integration across the whole device.

2010 BlackBerry Developer Super Apps Challenge: This year the BlackBerry Partners Fund is looking for anyone who is building super apps. Be it an application which you feel is already a super app or a new app you are currently working on. They want to see it. The challenge is set. The stakes are over $1.5 Million worth of prizes and includes developer services from leading industry partners, featured placements on BlackBerry App World, marketing programs from Research In Motion and much more. So what are you waiting for? If you are a BlackBerry developer who is delivering super apps, you'll want to take on the BlackBerry Developer Fund's 2010 Super Apps Developer Challenge. The full list of contest prizes, eligibility and requirements are available on the BlackBerry Partners Fund website, just click the link.

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Bling - A Series Of Premium Themes From Ninja Themes

Bling - A Series Of Premium Themes From Ninja Themes

I was attacked by a Ninja last night. Yes, it's true. He snuck in, attacked me and then proceeded to bling my BlackBerry out. After I woke up from my daze I was left with a with a note that demanded I make this post and give away 30 free copies on a first come, first serve basis. Said Ninja was from Ninja Themes who recently released the above Bling series of themes for guys and gals. If you're looking to bling out your BlackBerry this is the theme to have. You can pick it up for only $2.99 and if you act fast and use the coupon code BLINGCB30 on the mobile store you can get your copy today for free. Now, I'm off to my self defense training class so I'll be better prepared to handle any future attacks.

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BerryBuzz Version 3.0.66 Maintenance Release Now Available

Having long been a user of BerryBuzz, I'm always glad to see when a new release is pushed out. This time we have version 3.0.66 now available. This version is maintenance release that adds new items to the list of options and fixes up some general bugs that were found through testing. Check out the list of changes:

  • Added support for YouMail Visual Voicemail
  • Added support for Tweetissimo
  • Added support for crunchSMS
  • Improved contact matching for incoming calls (fixes LED not working for some contacts)
  • Fixed SocialScope support
  • Fixed clearing of IM+ notifications
  • Clear messages on first key activity' now applies to messages, not only e-mail/SMS
  • Fixed activation not working via direct TCP/IP
  • Fixed custom profiles being deleted on BerryBuzz deinstallation (OS 5.0 only) 

If you are new to BerryBuzz, you can grab the free trial that is available and give it a test drive. If you're already a BerryBuzz user, you can download the update now to make sure you are indeed running the latest version.

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Google Buzz With Location Support Now Available On BlackBerry Through Your Browser

I'm not sure how many of you all out there are Google Buzz users. Personally, I checked it out for about 20 mins when it was first released and then spent the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to disable it on my Google account. In any case, Google had promised that Google Buzz would be available on BlackBerry one way or another and now, we have support.

Although the support doesn't come via a dedicated BlackBerry app, users of Google Buzz will be pleased to know you can now point your browser to http://buzz.google.com and be served up an XHTML version right from within.  From there, you can post and view all your Buzz content and if location services are enabled, you'll also be able to see who is buzzing around you in your area. Let us know in the comments how it works for ya, if you use Google Buzz that is.

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CrackBerry Celebrity Sighting: F1 Driver Nico Rosberg

It looks like Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg is a loyal BlackBerry user. Here he is seen trucking along with his BlackBerry in hand. Nico drives for the Mercedes GP Formula One team, and this image was snapped during preparations for the Turkish Grand Prix taking place this weekend. We're glad to have him on our team of BlackBerry users, and here's to hoping he isn't a fan of texting while driving :-)

The Canadian Grand Prix is just a couple weeks a way now and our own CrackBerry Kevin will be on location to watch the racing action. I'm sure he'll have his new DSLR fired up to catch every celebrity BlackBerry sighting shot he can snap. Stay tuned for that!

Free Formula 1 Live Timing App: If you're an F1 fan and haven't downloaded it yet, be sure to grab the free Official Formula1 Live Timing App for your BlackBerry!

Thanks to Adam B. for sending this in!

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Having Issues With Your BlackBerry Data Service Today?

Having Issues With Your BlackBerry Data Service Today?

We've been getting reports from users letting us know that BIS email services are not working right at the moment. This was verified by the folks over at @BlackBerryHelp as well, as you can see in the tweet above. Other than that we don't have much other information to go on. Personally, I'm not having any issues at all on Rogers but I have spoken to others that are. How about you? Any issues with your BIS?

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How Do You Use Your BlackBerry Series: Do You Use Auto On/Off?
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We had another close race last week. It looks like the vote is pretty even when it comes to using a holster or not. This week we'll find out how many of you use the Auto On/Off feature (Options > Auto On/Off). This feature is very convenient and come in handy for multiple needs. I used this all the time when I have my 8830, setting it to power off my device at night when I went to bed, and having it come on about and hour or so before I woke up. I love having it and it made BlackBerry that much cooler in my eyes. After a while when I upgraded myself to BlackBerry abuser status, I realized that turning off the device at all was strictly forbidden. So our question this week: Do you use the Auto On/Off on your device? Leave your vote in the poll and drop a comment letting us know why you do or don't use this feature.

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Good Video Browser – A New Way to View Your Vids – 200 50% Coupons, Get Em While They Last!


Ever have that one great video on your device that you want to share with everyone? Your kid's cute moment, or maybe that time your buddy tried to be Tony Hawk and ended up looking more like something out of Jackass? You whip out your device and open your vids, only to find you have a long list of text entries because you were too lazy to rename the file. Now you have to search through, hunting for the right vid so you can show it off.

I got an email last week about a new application that aims to solve this problem.  Titled simply "Good Video Browser", it's a simple application that does exactly what it's supposed to do, and does it well. Simply click the icon, and it will scan your device and media card for video files, displaying them as thumbnails rather than text. This makes it so much easier to find that exact file you want. The scanning is quick, and if you have a lot of vids, it can be paused and resumed later. The app remembers what has been scanned, and only scans when a new file has been added to the device.

Simple, straight-forward, and useful, this is yet another app that helps fill the gaps left in the OS, making an area most people just deal with a little easier to navigate. Available in the CrackBerry app store for all devices running 4.7 OS and up for $4.99. As a thank you to the CrackBerry community for their support, the developer has offered up 200 coupons of 50% off each. These are first come/first served, so get it while you can, using the coupon goodvideo. The coupon code will only work in the mobile app store or superstore client. 

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iHeartRadio Rolls Out Their Latest Update, Boasting OS 5 Compatibility & More

iHeartRadio hasn't had an update in quite some time now. That is, until now. The latest release is now at version 2.3 and brings OS 5 compatibility along with many other bug fixes. Check out the full list of changes below:

  • More than 750 of America’s favorite local radio stations, celebrity-hosted channels from Christina Aguilera, Eagles and Weezer, local traffic reports and exclusive videos.
  • Improved load time, performance, and stability
  • Commercial-free premium content from America’s favorite talkers: Sean Hannity, Dr. Laura, Jim Rome and Bob & Tom
  • Favorites: Now you can set a station to play automatically at App launch; Toggle between favorite stations and songs
  • Offline mode allows users to listen to podcasts without connectivity
  • Ability to toggle/skip ahead on downloaded podcasts
  • BlackBerry 0S 5.0 compatibility

The update is available for download now via the iHeartRadio website and some may find that it is also available in BlackBerry App World. If you download it, be sure to leave some comments on what you think of the new changes.

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Ingboo Updated - Fully Featured RSS Reader and More

I love to remain connected to what's going on in the world, in fact I absolutely crave it. Ever since my days with Viigo, I have been on the lookout for a decent RSS reader app. I've tried a few, and recently caught wind of a new app, so I gave it a whirl. The app is relatively small, for an RSS reader, making it a good candidate among some of the other bloated apps that can slow down some older devices. The UI is simple and straight-forward, with everything located on the "home" screen, so you don't have to click through a ton of menus to get to the content you want. The popular feeds are arranged vertically, with the additional services you can add located in a scrolling dock at the bottom.  

Someone certainly put a lot of thought into this application, adding as many services as they possibly could. Not only do you have the standard blogs and news services, but the application will also pull updates from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and many others. One feature I found intriguing, due to the amount I use it, is the ability to add your Google Calendar and be updated on calendar events via the app. This is the first time I have seen this particular feature integrated, and I was impressed at the consideration that would add something most of us take for granted.

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BerryMobi Theme Promotion - 50% Off All Themes til June 1st

The guys over at BerryMobi are having a huge theme sale for the entire CrackBerry community. All 7 of their themes are now available, from now until June 1st, for 50% off! To take advantage of this great deal, just use the coupon code crackberry50bm when checking out at the CrackBerry mobile store (the code will only work in the moible app store or Superstore client). Their selection is nice and the price is right, so head over and check them out via the links below.

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London Evening Standard Mobile App Now Available

This may not be an app to interest all our readers, but for anyone interested in the news in London and southeast England, this is definitely something you'll want to check out. Powered by Handmark, the London Evening Standard is now available in a free mobile application for your BlackBerry device. To be honest, actually getting the application was a little tedious, as it required me to go through the Handmark system and create an account. Once I had done that, however, the application was a breeze to install, and Handmark sent me an email with the details for future reference.

What really impressed me when I launched the app was a brief "tutorial" on its use, It quickly runs through the navigation and shortcuts of the application, without having to dig into menus to find that info, or learn through trial and error.  This is definitely a feature I would like to see in more consumer applications.

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