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T-mobile 8900 Pricing And Launch Date for Biz Customers!

The T-Mobile 8900 saga continues as the day of February 11th may seem miles away for those who have waited this long for the device to show up. Now we have heard on many occasions that business customers are going to get an early launch of this device on January 19th. But what we have not heard is any sort of indication on pricing for said business customers, untill now that is.

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Introducing DroidBerry for the BlackBerry Bold

Introducing DroidBerry for the BlackBerry Bold

Now this is some awesome stuff we got going on here! Jason Calhoun dropped by the forums yesterday to let the CrackBerry Nation know about his hottest new theme for the BlackBerry Bold. I have to say I’m blown away by this one - the time he spent on DroidBerry really shows. Styled of course after the Android mobile operating system, this theme looks sharp, with 5 homescreen icons that are user customizable and all notification, battery and signal icons are the exact icons from Android. A little note about the clock though... it don't work (RIM - we need widgets!). However, it is optional as you can get the theme without it. DroidBerry is available from the ShopCrackBerry.com Software Store for $7 and is a true Android replica with BlackBerry style... yeah baby!

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PreCentral.net - Your # 1 Source For All Things Palm Pre!

I'd like to pause the BlackBerry news for a minute to give a big CrackBerry welcome to our new sibling site, PreCentral.net, your #1 Source For All Things Palm Pre!

PreCentral.net is the newest member of the Smartphone Experts family of sites and as you may expect, is going to be closely tied to the always-popular TreoCentral.com. You can expect PreCentral.net to be the leading Palm Pre focused site on the web, bringing you the latest Pre news, Reviews of Pre Accessories and Software, and will of course be home to best Palm Pre Forums around.

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SocialScope Amps Up The Twitter Game

SocialScope Amps Up The Twitter Game
   

While traveling for CES last week I was in pursuit of another Twitter application to use so I could update my own feed via TwitterBerry as well as the CrackBerry feed from one device. On Friday I finally received an invite to Socialscope the newest player in the Twitter game (keep reading after the jump - we have 200 free invites to give away!).  For the longest time I had been a big TwitterBerry fan, since it was the only app that came close to how a "true" Twitter application should look and function.  Yet from the minute I opened SocialScope, I was instantly drawn in.

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Get Tiltris Game, Free For BlackBerry Storm!

Time to show all you Storm owners out there some love of course! BBWorld.info found this interesting game floating around on GetJar. As seen in the video it's basically Tetris with a twist, quite literally. Tiltris makes use of the Storm's built in accelerometer and looks like it will have you twisting, turning and ...umm... in my case, cussing in no time.

You can grab the download from GetJar's mobile site, using the access code 40256 for absolutely no charge. Let us know in the comments what you think about it!

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BeamReader For BlackBerry Moves Out Of Beta!

When Slacker was first announced back at the fall CTIA show, on the live blog a lot of us were thinking Slacker Who? Since then, we've been getting educated in the ways of Slacker's brilliance and the Slacker Who? has turned a bit more into Pandora Who? (you'll have to listen to our CES Podcast to further qualify that statement!).

Slacker was finally released during CES (not in Canada yet - but it's coming... darn those pesky music industry licensing agreements) and on-hand at the CES BlackBerry booth was Slacker's Director of Marketing Communications, Zach Hill, to show it off. Check out the video above!

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We first heard about FlyCast at the BlackBerry Developer Conference, which left us all jonesing for its release which came in early November. The initial app was great which has given FlyCast a loyal CrackBerry following and at CES FlyCast sweetened the pot with a whole lot of platform enhancements. Check out the video above for an awesome overview by one of FlyCast's co-founders. And remember..when you use FlyCast, be sure to click the ads once in a while. Everybody's gotta make a living!

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CrackBerry readers should be famiiar with the name Nobex Radio Companion. They were a finalist in the BlackBerry Developer Challenge and after winning the BBCool 15 event at DevCon were chosen as a Grand Prize winner by the BlackBerry Partners Fund. We've of course given Nobex Radio Companion a thorough CrackBerry review as well. Therefore it was really cool to meet Nobex's President and CEO, Gadi Mazor, and have him give a quick run through of Nobex for CrackBerry Nation.  Check out the video above!

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With SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry finally available (in public beta form), many of you have already experienced the joys of viewing your SlingBox-recorded content on your BlackBerry first hand. But hey, it's CES and it's always good to see an overview of the product direct from the source. Enjoy!

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At RIM's CES 2009 BlackBerry exhibit they had a cool Home & Entertainment demonstration going on at least every hour on the hour showing off some of the cool things you can do with your device. The white leather couches were always packed when Katie and Becky took the stage to run through these awesome BlackBerry solutions, including Schlage LiNK, Unify4Life, SlingBox, Slacker Radio, Zeemote and more! Check out the video above for a crash course in BlackBerry goodness.

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PocketDay Start! for BlackBerry Smartphones

Everyday, you try to become more productive, faster, more efficient. You try doing something today and maybe you'll do it differently tomorrow, seeing if you can shave off more time. Besides being the ultimate smartphone, the BlackBerry can help you become better than you were before. Better, stronger, faster. Okay, maybe not like the Six Million Dollar Man, but at least a little better. What if you had an application that could help you quickly manage your day to day routine with minimal effort? Say, something that "redefines Shortcuts?"

From Cross River Systems comes PocketDay Start!. This application enables you to gather up your favourite contacts, applications and links into a stew. Add a dash of Message Management to the mix, and you have a recipe for simplicity. For those sporting a Storm, PocketDay Start! currently has an open Beta. Want the link? Well, you'll just have to read the full review.

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New Storm Optimized Game: Solitaire Buddy Gold

Storm owner looking for a new game to play? You might want to check out NickelBuddy's Solitaire Buddy Gold for the BlackBerry Storm.

The game has been revamped to work on the Storm's touchscreen, so you can easily move cards using drag and drop, or just by touching source and destination stacks. You can double tap the screen to undo moves and use finger swipes to change backgrounds and card sizes. The graphics have been completely redone to take advantage of the huge screen on the Storm.

Solitaire Buddy Gold includes the following 13 games: Klondike, Freecell, Spider, Golf, Pyramid Golf, 3-Peaks Black Widow, Beetle, Spiderette, Will o Wisp, Poker, Canfield, Pyramid.

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Bawahahahahhaha... Introducing the BlueBerry L900i

I had to post this in the "humor" category cuz it made me LOL...

If immitation is the highest form of flattery, then the good folks at Research in Motion should feel real honored right now. What you're looking at above (plenty more images after the jump) is the BlueBerry L900i, which is a knock-off of our beloved BlackBerry Bold.

Head on over to ChinaGrabber.com and you can pick up the BlueBerry L900i for the low low price of $164.99.  Here's a snippet from the sale page:

The L900i is a beautiful and useful phone.It looks very like BlackBerry, but we call it BlueBerry. It boasts Full QWERTY keyboard with intelligent input for easy one-handed typing.The keypad is very soft and delicate for users, The phone has 2.4 inch 240*320 pixels screen, bluetooth, and so on. The new design compromises the nobler and interest styles. It is a good choice for you.

What's more, the L900i is and affordable solution for DUAL GSM lines. Bluetooth headset is only supports the master SIM card calls but not the slave SIM card. Without switching the phone off, it allows for you to use 2 different sim cards to standby, but only one call can be received each time.

Dual SIM Card slots? Sign me up! haha. You can click on over for the full features and specs list. If anybody out there actually buys one of these things, please email me a full review. I'll be sure to run it on the blogs. OK RIM Legal... go get 'em boys!!

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Does Your BlackBerry Messenger Show Hotlinks? If Not Read On to Learn the Quick Fix!!

Have any of you out there ever found yourself copy and pasting URLs or phone numbers directly from BlackBerry Messenger and either inputting them in your web browser or adding them to your contacts? I know I have for sure and often wondered why they were not converted to hyperlinks and creating menu items for phone functionality.

Well, long time friend of CrackBerry, Stinsonddog has the answer for us on how exactly to get that fixed in 4.6/4.7 OS, so that those items do indeed show the way they should as elsewhere in the BlackBerry OS. This is something that seemingly was overlooked by RIM and hopefully they fully fix it for all us Bold and Storm owners.

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BlackBerry On Fido Getting Closer!

BlackBerry On Fido Getting Closer!

Sure we have seen it before, we've even seen the BlackBerry roadmap for Fido most recently, but it seems that day is getting closer and closer now. According to BGR the parent company of Fido, being Rogers wireless has finally given in to user demand and are now getting ready to launch their BlackBerry devices and are currently in the process of getting all their CSR's trained up on their BlackBerry skills.

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BlackBerry Storm Coming to India on Vodafone Jan. 15th

With news of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 coming to India, I knew it was only a matter of time before we heard more Bold or Storm news within the country. Sure enough, I noticed not long ago that the BlackBerry Storm is due out in India on January 15th. The Storm will be offered via Vodafone Essar, and will fetchRs. 27,990 (around $580 USD).

Spokesman for Vodafone Essar, Harit Nagpal commented on the release:

'The BlackBerry Storm offers our customers easy access to voice and e-mail, a range of social media applications, multimedia content, satellite navigation and many other services on the move in a single device.'

You're darn right, Harit.

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Podcast Episode 029: Live From Las Vegas for CES 2009!

Update: 1:41pm CST - My bad. I accidentally linked to the last Podcast in the RSS feed (that plays above and goes out to iTunes). I just fixed it, but it usually takes a little while for the RSS update to push through. The direct MP3 link below works, or you can just give it a little while and it'll be good to go. Sorry about that! Just made the fix from the airport as I'm about to board a plane...talk about dedication! *

As promised in Podcast Episode 028, we recorded a Special Edition CES 2009 CrackBerry Podcast live from Las Vegas. After the "work" day was done on Saturday we left the Convention Center and made our way to the Heart Bar at Planet Hollywood for some liquid relaxation. But before the evening festivities got too full into swing, we fired up the podcast recording gear and went around the circle to reflect on the big show.

With Craig Johnston not in attendance for this podcast, we had lots of co-hosts on the air to fill the role of Expert. Joining me was our old friend Al Sacco (CIO.com), new friend Nan Palmero (BBCool) and our on location Crack Team bloggers and forums moderators Adam Zeis, David Boyd and Leo Garcia.

This episode is rough - lots of background noise, no editing and yes we do take a couple of short breaks to order more drinks (more than once!). But if you're a CrackBerry Podcast listener this is an episode you won't want to miss. Enjoy the show!!

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CES 2009: Viigo to Get Twitter, Shopping, Porfolios and more

I know a huge number of our readers are fans of CrackBerry Viigo, so it was exciting to catch a glimpse of the latest alpha of Viigo (coming your way as a beta in the near future) which further builds onto the app's already awesome features.

New and notable are the addition of Social Networking and Shopping channels as well as improvements to Stocks & Finance which now allows you to build and track your own portfolio. The Shopping channel will allow you to browse software (think along the lines of our CrackBerry App Store within Viigo) and the Social Networking channel will allow you to do all your uhh... social networking... right within Viigo.

What had our on-location Crack Team most excited (I'm looking at you @azeis) was the addition of Twitter to Viigo. TwitterBerry is good and SocialScope is promising... and putting Twitter within Viigo is a whole new level of cool (so much so that I finally broke down and started up a personal twitter account. You can now follow me at twitter.com/crackberrykevin).

I also got the impression that all of this is just scratching the surface of Viigo's plans for 2009. You'll want to stay tuned for more. Lots more pictures after the jump. And if you don't have Viigo yet, you can pick it up for free from CrackBerryViigo.com.

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CES 2009: Unify4Life Game|Shadow for PS3

Also in action at CES from Unify4Life was their Game|Shadow solution which allows you to use your BlackBerry as a remote control for your PS3. You can even use your berry's keyboard to browse for text input on the PS3's web browser. Here's the official description:

Game|Shadow: can be used standalone, allows your smartphone to control your PS3 DVD. In addition you'll now be able to surf the internet on the PS3, using your smartphone as the keyboard. When used with the AV|Shadow you'll be able to seamlessly change inputs on you AV system and be taken to any book marked website you choose. Game|Shadow will be available in April 2009 with an MSRP of $39.99. 

Be sure to watch the video above to see Game|Shadow in action!

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