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Power User Must Have: Fuel Case for the BlackBerry Bold

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Hands-On Look at the Case-Mate Fuel Case for the BlackBerry Bold

Power user? BlackBerry Bold not making it through the day? You need to pour some FUEL into it! What you're looking at in the photos above is a new carrying / charging solution from the folks at Case-Mate that will power your BlackBerry Bold for a long, long time without adding any size or bulk to the actual smartphone you hold in your hand.

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Evernote Now Available For BlackBerry Curve 83XX Series

We covered the intial launch of Evernote on the Bold, Storm and 8900 series devices and Evernote left us with the promise that older devices would indeed, soon be supported. A few upgrades later,a few kinks worked out within BlackBerry App World and we now have a compatible version for ALL 83XX Series devices. Be sure to check it out via BlackBerry App World or direct from the Evernote website.

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Coming Soon: BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605

We first got word of this new BlackBerry accessory back in January at CES in Las Vegas. At that time, it did not have an official name, and was simply being called a "bluetooth visor". Apparently the RIM marketing folks have been hard at work, and have now come up with the name of... Wait for it... Wait for it... Wait for it... BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone VM-605. Whoa! Where's the creativity RIM, that was the best you could do???

All kidding aside with the name, this is will be nice addition to the BlackBerry lineup of accessories. It will feature hands-free calling, no installation of the device, up to 13 hours talk-time, and the best part yet, is supposed to be compatible with GPS mapping applications. No firm details on release date yet, however you can sign up on the BlackBerry website to be notified on its release, and keep your eyes posted to ShopCrackBerry.com for when it hits the store.

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Telus Mobility Releases OS 4.5.0.160 for CDMA Curve 8330

Telus Mobility has released OS 4.5.0.160 for the BlackBerry Curve 8330.  This is an offical release for CDMA devices, just be sure to delete the Vendor.xml file if you are not a Telus user.  

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IM+ Beta Contest Winners!

IM+ Beta Contest Winners!

A little while back now we had a look at Shape Services IM+ offerings and with that Shape Services was kind enough to give us 30 activation codes for some lucky CrackBerry Nation members to make use of. Read on for a list of our winners and don't forget if you are not among the winners IM+ is available in the Shop CrackBerry Store and does offer a free trial so you can give it a go before you buy. Winners after the jump and thanks to all who entered. 

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Software Update For VZW Storm Owners May 31st?

Software Update For VZW Storm Owners May 31st?

With all the talk of the Storm 2 happening in the past few days, it's good to finally see some news for current Storm owners as well. The Crackberry tip line has been busy for the past few days with scattered reports of a new OS to be issued to Verizon customers. 

From the information in this image, it looks as if tommorrow the software will see technical acceptance, and then be issued to customers starting on May 31st.  This of course assuming it actually gets approved by Verizon, since we all know what happened last time.

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Fabian Heuwieser BlackBerry Apps on Sale for 99 cents!

Fabian Heuwieser BlackBerry Apps on Sale for 99 cents!

Let the sales on awesome applications keep rolling. Fabian Heuwieser (@FabianMH on Twitter) has also posted all of his great apps on sale for just $.99 cents up until May 31st. No coupon code required. There are lots of popular titles here, including VibAndRing, BlinkWhileCall and my personal favorite time waster TyperSpeed! Also, while your perusing the paid applications, Fabian also has some great free apps as well.

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BlackBerry Storm 2 To Launch In Next 6 Months?

BlackBerry Storm 2 To Launch In Next 6 Months?

Rumors, rumors everywhere. Last week the word all over was that the Storm 2 would (hopefully) launch by the end of June (or maybe July). Wishing it to be true but his gut telling him otherwise, to that end Kevin announced CrackBerry's Storm 2 contest. In yesterday's podcast where we caught up on a bunch of devices and release rumors, we concluded it could easily be another six months before Storm 2 would hit. It just wouldn't make sense for Verizon to release it much less than a year earlier than Storm 1. And it looks like that speculation is a bit more official. As it turns out, Reuters has reported that Lowell McAdam of Verizon stated in a webcast today:

"Over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre and a second generation Storm," on the Verizon Wireless network.

Still, nothing is set in stone, and over the next six months does it mean it could be sooner than later... but we will see what pans out. Hopefully sooner. And I guess it sounds like Verizon may be offering up the Palm Pre at some point as well. I wonder what will be the bigger seller in 2010 for Big Red.. Storm 2 or a VZW Palm Pre? 

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BlackBerry Growth in Indonesia

Yesterday's blog post on the official release of SmrtGuard jogged my memory on something I've been wanting to make mention of here on the blogs for a while... the explosive growth we're beginning to see of BlackBerry in Indonesia. If you listened to our WES 2009 Wrap Up Podcast, you'll remember one of the coolest things Bla1ze and I had a chance to attend at this year's WES was the signing ceremony between Indosat and SmrtGuard. After the business dealings were done, we had a great chat with the Indosat team members present and learned A LOT about the uptake of BlackBerry in the Indonesian market.

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Help The Lance Armstrong Foundation!

 Livestrong

When opportunities come to give back to the community, we try and help out when we can. Twitter has been buzzing with news about the Lance Armstrong Foundation. An annonymous contributor has agreed to give the LAF a $25,000 donation if President and CEO Doug Ulman reaches 25,000 followers on Twitter by the end of the month.  @LIVESTRONGCEO has had a boost in the last few days, but he currently sits at around 20,000 followers. Surely we can help him add another 5,000 followers in 2 days. We all know Lance Armstrong himself is an avid BlackBerry and Twitter user, and this donation would be a huge help for the LAF. If you haven't already, please follow @LIVESTRONGCEO on Twitter and help spread the word. 

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Tafasa BlackBerry Apps on Sale for 99 cents until May 31st!

Over the past few months we've covered several of Tafasa's BlackBerry apps here on the blogs, including PatternLock, Flight Path and Doodle. Until May 31st, Tafasa has reduced the price on all of their paid apps to that magical 99 cent price point. No coupon code is required, so if you want to get in the savings just click the image above to jump over to the CrackBerry App Store, take a browse, and let the app fun begin.

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Who Wouldn't Want to Live Here?

Who Wouldn't Want to Live Here?

No, BlackBerry Circle isn't located in Waterloo (RIM's World Headquarters) but rather beautiful Colchester, Vermont. But seriously, who wouldn't want to live on a street that shares the name of their favorite smartphone?

The only thing I can think of that could be better than this would be living on CrackBerry Street (or Drive or Avenue... I'm not picky!). So yeah... if anybody out there wants to rename a street CrackBerry, let me know  when the official unveiling is and I'll be there! Thanks to AJ for sending this in.

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Podcast Episode 036: CrackBerry A.D.D. Again...

Back in February we called Episode 031 CrackBerry A.D.D. because we bounced all over the place. I'm pretty sure that name serves Episode 036 pretty well too. With some technical glitches, no real script or agenda, and lots happening as we recorded in real time, this show is definitely a messy one. BUT...it's a good one for all the podcast listeners out there. Adam, Craig and I work through the news and rumors and leaks of the past few weeks since WES. We had some reports that our podcast player was slowing down some web browsers, so we put it "after the break". Click on through to take a listen!

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RIM Isn't Done With SurePress Just Yet

RIM Isn't Done With SurePress Just Yet

OK BlackBerry Storm followers, we've got some new news here. RIM's Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis was just on stage at D7 and told Walt Mossberg and the crowd that "SurePress is here to stay" (big ups to Engadget for live blogging). We had heard that SurePress would be a thing of the past on the next gen device, but haven't really known exactly would that would mean. We heard previously that TruePress could be the new name and that there would be some sort of physical feedback at work, but the early Storm 2 photos and review by Engadget showed a display that looked less than clickable. But according to the head honcho it sounds like we'll see SurePress in one form or another on the next Storm. Most people like the concept of seperating navigation from confirmation but in practice on the original Storm it tends to slow you down more than it aids you (especially while typing). It is still unsure what exactly SurePress will mean on the Storm 2 (be it a physical screen click or something under the screen that registers pressure or something entirely different) but with all the rumors flying around, we are sure the real answer will be known sooner than later. 

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BlackBerry JDE 5.0 Beta Now Available for Download!

Calling All Developers... BlackBerry Java Development Environment (BlackBerry JDE) version 5.0 (Beta) is now available for download from BlackBerry.com. You can click the image above to jump over and get started.

As much as this is news for BlackBerry developers, it's great news for us end users as well. It means the roll out of OS 5.0 is approaching, and with the new APIs and enhanced capabilities offered in JDE 5.0 it means we're going to see BlackBerry apps get taken to the next level. w00t!

So get to work devs! Pizza, Red Bull, Candy... whatever it takes... make it happen! And if you need moral support or beta testers just jump into the CrackBerry forums and you'll find no shortage. In the meantime, we'll all start saving our $$$ to spend on future apps :-)

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SmrtGuard for BlackBerry Officially Now Available

When Bla1ze first blogged about the public beta for SmrtGuard back in March it got a huge response from the CrackBerry community. SmrtGuard worked with thousands of beta testers in both their private and public betas to refine the solution and just this week have officially made SmrtGuard availabe for purchase. To kick things off, they're also giving the first 1,000 users the chance to win a Nintendo Wii!

If you're not familiar with SmrtGuard, you can check out the video below and jump over to SmrtGuard.com to get all the details. For BlackBerry BIS subscribers, SmrtGuard makes it easy to back up the data on your BlackBerry and in the event of your BlackBerry getting lost or stolen provides a number of tools to help address the situation, including remote tracking and remote wiping of the handheld. For just a few bucks a month, it's definitely a worthwhile insurance policy of sorts to have on for what many is their most valuable asset (not just in terms of the the cost of the device, but what you keep on it!).

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FriendplayIM For BlackBerry Links Yahoo, MSN, Gtalk & AIM

*UPDATE* - Site servers appear to be having an issue, this went up on numerous blogs today so that's understandable.

Ahh, I love choices. And in the area of IM applications BlackBerry devices have no shortage with as the list of IM applications continues to grow. The newest "contender" on the block is FriendplayIM and they bring some neat features to the table that I hope other instant messaging clients will take on in the BlackBerry space.

FriendplayIM integrates all your favorite IM services but where the uniqueness of it comes in is that FriendplayIM allows you to create chat rooms as opposed to just chat windows for each individual user. Other cool features include back up services for all your buddy lists and contacts in the case your device might be lost or stolen or damaged, this information is retrievable just by reloading the application back onto your new device.

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Click's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 035

Click's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 035

Hey Everyone! We're back again with another exciting Click's Picks. With so much new device rumor and review stuff happening last weekend we held off on this issue and saved it for Wednesday. Hopefully there's some goodies here you'll like to get you over hump day. Be sure to click through on the image above to see my favorite BlackBerry wallpapers, ringtones and video picks for the week past.

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Since its debut here on the CrackBerry blogs, QuickLaunch has become one of the must-have applications for many BlackBerry users, especially Storm owners. Originally launching for the Storm and now available for other BlackBerry device models, QuickLaunch has been a staple on the CrackBerry App Store's Best Sellers list (check out our CrackBerry Review here) thanks to its ease of use and ability to speed up the BlackBerry experience.

With QuickLaunch version 2.0, this already solid shortcuts app has taken a step ahead in form and functionality. You'll want to watch the video above or jump over to the product description page for the full run-through of what's new. 2.0 is only available for the Storm right now, but other device versions will get 2.0 love soon. You can pick it up for $4.99 from the link below. Change log and pricing info for existing customers below.

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RIM Comes Out On Top In Mobile Security Report

RIM Comes Out On Top In Mobile Security Report

A report recently published by Maribel Lopez , formerly of Forrester Research that looks at mobile security options available in the mobile sector and which ones will provide you with the most security from unauthorized access has placed RIM BlackBerry devices at the top when compared to the offerings of other device manufacturers.

The report, which can be reviewed here, took specific items that are essential to security such as the device itself, the network it accesses and how it accesses said network. Is the transmission of data encrypted? Can control of the device be executed to the fullest extent? Is the removable media encrytable? All things considered to determine the effectiveness of security implementation built into mobile devices.

In a rating system which goes up to 4 divided into 4 sections, RIM BlackBerry devices scored a 4/4 in all sections where other devices such as the iPhone and Windows Mobile devices fell short with their offerings. Have a look at the report for a better look of where all devices were ranked.

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