ScreenShot updated to 2.0 - free version now available!

One of most important tools I use is a screen capturing application. When reviewing applications, it’s important to realize that the phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, really does hold value. It’s one thing to talk about an application; it’s another to be able to view its images. Not only that, but it’s good to have images as proof in certain situations, or to even help with troubleshooting.

S4BB recently announced that version 2.0 now brings a free version of ScreenShot, on top of the already existing full version. ScreenShot supports the following image formats: JPG, GIF, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG and WBMP. One feature I like is the ability to set a delay, enabling you to capture hard to get shots (this is available in the full version only). Main features for both versions include:

  • Screen shot can be viewed right after it was taken
  • Screen shot can be sent out by email conveniently after it is taken
  • Camera shutter sound
  • 1 click image capture

The full version also allows you to change the shutter sound, modify the file name and select the image format. The full version typically goes for $4.99, but it’s on sale for $2.49 until July 22nd at the CrackBerry App Store. Funny, BlackBerry App World has the same application on sale for $4.99 from $9.99, go CrackBerry!

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iPlus4 by BerryMobi - A fresh new look for your BlackBerry, on sale now!

So Apple finally caught up to BlackBerry in some areas with IOS4, adding folders and "multi-tasking" to it's OS. Still, I'll take my BlackBerry any day, nothing else quite compares to the experience. There are those that love the look and feel of the Apple platform, and for them, there are themes like iPlus4. A full set of iPhone icons are included, and every component in the theme has been fully skinned to provide the overall look and feel of the iOS, with the function of a BlackBerry. Three homescreens provide access to 16 user-defined applications, a "mini" screen which shows only the bottom dock of icons, and a dedicated wallpaper view. Round it out with a hidden today, and you have agreat new theme for your BlackBerry device. Available from the CB store, on sale for $3.99 until July 18th.

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BlackBerry Protect Preview - RIM introducing FREE remote backup, restore and locate service to BlackBerry owners!

Whether a big innovation or small, we tend to always get hyped up at CrackBerry.com when Research In Motion introduces a new product or service to BlackBerry users (what can we say.. we love BlackBerrys!). Today's official word of the coming of BlackBerry Protect, which will be available in limited beta later this week and open beta later this year via the App World test center, is totally deserving of some genuine excitement. BlackBerry Protect is a free service offering from RIM that allows BlackBerry smartphone customers to remotely backup, restore and locate their BlackBerry smartphone, from wherever they are via their destkop computer. CrackBerry readers will be familiar with SmrtGuard, an application we've raved about here since it was still in beta... you can think of BlackBerry Protect as free RIM-built version that mainly accomplishes the same things. Key BlackBerry Protect features include:

  • Remote Device Management: Locate on map; Activate lound ringer; Lock / password change; Lost and Found screen; Device wipe
  • OTA Backup and Restore: Contacts and Calendar; Memos and Tasks; Browser bookmarks; Text messages
  • Administration: Based on new BlackBerry user account system (BlackBerry ID); Web-based end user portal; operator call center access

I had a chance to get a sneak peek of BlackBerry Protect and and am definitely happy to see RIM bring this service offering to its (consumer/BIS) customers for FREE of charge. Bottom line is it works as advertised and as you'd expect - the features/capabilities of BlackBerry Protect sort of speak for themselves. While the OTA backup and restore features are nice (would have love to have had these for a long time now), it's the remote device management that will make you say THANK YOU RIM if and when you ever have to use it (like if you ever misplace your device). Definitely another compelling reason to be a BlackBerry owner. Keep reading for some more images and details!

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Slacker for BlackBerry Review

Slacker for BlackBerry Review

Review of Slacker Radio for BlackBerry Smartphones

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For me discovering Slacker was like discovering a gem amongst the plethora of blackberry apps available via download from the BB App World store. Sure there are plenty of music apps out there, but there is no other app worth coining with the phrase "radio on demand." And even though that term seems like a contradiction in the sense of what traditional FM radio is about, Slacker has gone to great lengths in providing a true ‘variety of music' experience while giving the listener the maximum control over their preferences and tastes.

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Thumbplay Music Store for BlackBerry Review

Thumbplay Music Store for BlackBerry Review

Review of Thumbplay Music Store for BlackBerry Smartphones

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Streaming Music is now as much as part of the BlackBerry Culture as e-mail, BBM, and track pads. Personally I use my BlackBerry more than any other source for music. Having a great music application, for many, is really a need and not just a want. Thumbplay introduced their own version of streaming music/music store just a little while ago and CrackBerry has given a lucky few some free three month subscription. Promising effortless playlist creation from millions of tracks, access to any album and artist, and wireless sync with you PC or Mac make this app look like a contender. In a world dominated by internet streaming radio for your BB device with great apps like Pandora, iHeart Radio, an app like Thumbplay might get overlooked, but this app should be on your radar.
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Wanna get a better look at the BlackBerry WebKit browser? See it in action! [video]

Here is a nice surprise for everyone as we head into the weekend. The good folks over at Driphter.com have just posted up a pretty nice video of the new BlackBerry WebKit browser running on a BlackBerry 9800. So far, videos have for the most part skipped over showing the WebKit browser so this is certainly the best look at it for now. Hit the video after that jump and let us all know what you think in the cooments. Personally, to me it's looking mighty fine now all we need is RIM to start rolling it out to users.

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CrackBerry Podcast 055: BlackBerry Juice. Or is it Jam?

Just in time for the weekend, we have a new CrackBerry Podcast recorded for your listening pleasure. What can I say about this one? Umm.. errr... you'll just have to listen I guess. We start off a bit slow, but there's some fun topics covered along the way. if you're a BlacKBerry enthusiast, you'll want to tune in!

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BlackBerry App Roundup for July 9th, 2010!

BlackBerry App Roundup for July 9th, 2010!

July 9th already? Time sure does fly. Of ocurse with summer and all things tend to go faster cause you never want it to be over.  In any case, Below are the apps I'm going to take a look at in the BlackBerry App Roundup for July 9th! Hope you guys find them all interesting and next week, I promise we'll have a contest again for you all.


Freebies of the Week: Weather Plus Lite, Weight Tracking, Stocks+

In Case You Missed It: Screen Muncher, Twitter For BlackBerry, Reuters Galleries

New This Week: System Dash, Drink Buddy, imgEdit

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Aces Classic Traffic Game

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TeleNav announces new partnership with US Cellular

Great news for all US Cellular customers today! TeleNav has announced a partnership with US Cellular to be their navigation service on several devices. Starting today, US Cellular customers with a BlackBerry Tour 9630, Curve 8530, or Pearl Flip 8230 can download Your Navigator Deluxe to their devices.

The best part is that US Cellular is following Sprint's lead and bundling the navigation service into their existing $30 data plan for the BlackBerry devices. I wish all other carriers would follow this approach.

In case you aren't familiar with TeleNav, here is what the service will bring to your device:

  • 3D turn-by-turn navigation
  • Speech recognition
  • Traffic rerouting
  • More than 12 million business listings
  • Restaurant reviews
  • Daily gas prices
  • Weather information
  • Integration with email/contacts/calendars
  • An online trip preplanning site (http://uscc.telenav.com)

Check after the jump for the full press release.

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RIM employee spotted using BlackBerry 9800?!?

RIM employee spotted using BlackBerry 9800?!?

We'll let this one speak for itself really. You can take it all for what it is. A poster in the forums with a great story and a pic to go with it. Some will scream Photoshop, some will accept it. In the end, it is what it is. As the story goes from GoBlue in the forums:

A few weeks ago I was at my kids event and saw some person sporting a slider....no big deal I thought until I saw him slide it and saw the BB Logo....I asked him it that was the new BB Slider and he yep. Played with it a few, it was running 6.0. No idea what build. He basically said this would be out in November. I asked how he had and he is in public relations for RIM here in Chicago. I was a huge BB fanboy and if I had not gone Android, I would be creaming. The UI was nice, very smooth and FRIGGIN Fast. Again, I mean no disrespect, I can not answer any questions, just here to say those that are staying BB will definitely enjoy.

Was going to post this weeks ago, but had no proof, and well even with my post count, some would be skeptical. However, weeks later we were together at an "event" taking pictures of our kids after wining a "game" and just saw that I had a pic of it.

It is very small, feels very solid, and again if I had not experienced Android I'd want this phone. 

And that's the tale of the spotted BlackBerry 9800. Pretty awesome. Considering I live in Halifax which has a RIM call centre, I've seen my fair share of pre release devices walking the street but, have yet to see a 9800 anywheres while out and about. All I can say is at least it wasn't left in a bar and appears to be getting some real world testing. Hopefully, we'll see a launch soon.
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To celebrate the great launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9650 on Verizon, the Live Bold. Be Bold 2010 Tour is hitting stops across the US to find out how you live your life bold. The tour is hitting New York, Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco, but you can also submit your own video online. Just catch yourself telling the world how you live bold, and you can win an insane "bold" adventure to the Costa Rica rainforest, a classic Kenya safari or a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. You can hit up the tour on the following dates:

  • July 10th & 11th - New York @ South Street Seaport
  • July 16th & 17th - Chicago @ Wrigley Field
  • July 24th & 25th - Atlanta @ Centeniial Olympic Park
  • July 29th & 30th - San Francisco @ Union Square 

Did you read that right? All you need to do is get to one of these stops or submit a video and you could be off on a CRAZY trip. You can also enter to win a BlackBerry Bold 9650 by becoming a fan of the Live Bold. Be Bold Facebook page. So what are you waiting for? Head to liveboldbebold.com for full details.

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BerryReader for BlackBerry now available - Google Reader client with loads of features - 50% off through Sunday!

Bellshare has been hard at work and have just released another great app. This time it comes in the form of an RSS reader with BerryReader. BerryReader is a great Google Reader client that has loads of features. I've been searching for a decent Google Reader app for ages and this one totally fits the bill. Features include:

  • Access your All Items, Starred Items, Shared Items, a single feed or a single folder for reading
  • Automatically update in the background every 15, 30, 45 minutes, 1 or 3 hours
  • Manage (add/remove) subscriptions from your device
  • Quickly toggle an article's Starred, Like, Unread and Shared labels or edit the article's tags for later filtering.
  • Read the current list even while offline, changes to labels and tags will be cached and automatically synced when network coverage is regained
  • Get notified whenever new articles are available (Includes custom LED color support through BerryBuzz)
  • Integrates into the device's messages list showing a BerryReader item whenever new articles are available
This app really has some great features and the updates will keep coming. BerryReader is available for $9.95 (a bit steep, but totally worth it for the sync and other features) and a 7-day trial is available. If you pick it up before Sunday using the code berryreader50 you can save 50% (this code only works in the mobile app store or Superstore client). You can grab it at the link below or via our recently-updated on-device CrackBerry App Superstore client.
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Tether for BlackBerry Review

Tether for BlackBerry Review

Review of Tether for BlackBerry Smartphones

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Tether by definition is:

  1. (noun) a cord that anchors something movable to a reference point, which may be fixed or moving.
  2. (noun) an application that allows you to access the Internet on your computer anywhere there is cellular coverage, through your Smartphone.

Today, I will be reviewing the latter of the two, as I don't think anyone wants to hear how well my new surfboard leash (a.k.a. tether) has been working out for me. For those still in the dark...not to worry, just "hang loose for a minute" and I'll do my best to get you up to speed. Tethering, is the use of a mobile device, such as a BlackBerry, to supply Internet access for another device (i.e. computer), which is otherwise unconnected, using the Smartphone as a modem. This can be done through Bluetooth wireless technology or cables (such as USB). Now that the technicalities are out of the way, let's get to the meat and potatoes, or as we say here in the Islands...Fish and Poi.

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SmrtGuard for BlackBerry Review

SmrtGuard for BlackBerry Review

Review of SmrtGuard for BlackBerry Smartphones

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Have you ever misplaced your Blackberry? You start back-tracking in your mind, thinking to yourself, "Where do I last remember using it," while the sweat starts to form on your skin. The next thought on your mind might be, "When did I last back up my data, and why did I keep putting off adding password protection to it?"

I had an experience with one of my first cell phones where I lost it in a snow bank and ended up finding it a week later. Fortunately all I really had lost were the contacts on it, and there weren't that many on there at the time. Now with my Blackberry, I know how much information I have on it, and how much I'd hate to lose it. Fortunately for cases like these, SmrtGuard brings us some assurance.

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BlackBerry Accessory Roundup - Win an Overboard Waterproof Case for your BlackBerry

This Week's BlackBerry Accessory Feature: Overboard Waterproof Case

Summer is here (I can vouch for that with the crazy heat the East Coast is getting) and you'll most likely be off to the beach or waterpark at some point. If you plan on taking your BlackBerry with you, make sure its totally protected from the wet and wild. With the Overboard Waterproof Case you'll get peace of mind and know your baby is safe and sound, and during our After the 4th Explosion sale you can even save 10%. This new case totally protects your device and keeps it dry when things get rough. 

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ZoomSafer launches beta of Bluetooth-enabled safe driving software for BlackBerry

Texting while driving seems to be a growing issue, but the folks at ZoomSafer hope to have the solution. The new beta software not only keeps you from texting/emailing while driving, but it does it automatically. The new software works with your in-car Bluetooth and automatically enables/disables when you start or turn off your vehicle. If the user doesn't have Bluetooth in the vehicle, there are options such as the Bluetooth enabled car charger that can solve the issue. ZoomSafer is available for all devices running OS 4.2 and higher. Check out ZoomSafer.com for more.

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Screen captures from your device can be super handy. For the Crack Team we often use screenshots in reviews and posts, but there are loads of other uses. With Screen Muncher you can grab captures of BBM conversations, emails, Brickbreaker scores, homescreen layouts and tons more. Screen Muncher lets you do all that with ease and has a sweet munch sound to let you know its working. Just choose Munch Screen from your BlackBerry menu and then you can save or send off you image in an instant. The free version of Screen Muncher watermarks your images, but a full-version (that is watermark-free) is also available.

Contest: We have 50 free copies of the full-version of Screen Muncher to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PDT.
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60 Day Fitness Challenge Update: Gym Technik patch available (bug fixes); Reminder to submit before photos by July 15th

Take part in the BlackBerry Fitness Challenge! Even details below!!!

We're a week into the 60 Day BlackBerry Fitness Challenge now and things seem to be off to a pretty good start for all those participating. Remember, there are multiple ways to participate in this event (full details below), so it's not too late to get started and get involved. We have a very active BB Fitness Challenge Forum thread going on now as well as a BBM group for those who want to join, so if you have any questions jump onto the thread. Now for a couple quick updates: 

  • Gym Technik update/patch available: Gym Technik released an update today that addresses a few of the bugs people were experiencing with the built-in twitter functionality (hash tag not showing on long tweets, text entry field not scrolling properly, not being able to tweet from a cardio workout). To update, open the app, sync your data, and then click on the prompt to download the available update (new version is 0.9.111). You should be good to go!
  • Deadline to Submit your Before photos is July 15th: If you want to take part i the best before/after portion of the contest, be sure to get your photos submitted by July 15th. The sooner you get them done, the more days you have left to improve!

If you're not up to speed, the full contest details are below and you can post your questions in the forum thread as well. See ya at the beach!

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