HedoneDesign OS6Like premium theme- 50% off sale!

There is a lot of talk lately about BlackBerry 6, the new operating system RIM is rolling out. While new devices will come with it pre-loaded, and some already released devices will get OS upgrades, not all existing BlackBerry smartphones are going to get it. This is a disappointing reality for a lot of BlackBerry owners who are feeling left out because their device isn't compatible. HedoneDesign heard the call, and designed a new theme called OS6Like.

OS6Like is a very close replica of BlackBerry 6, and is available for a wide range of devices that won't be getting the upgrade. 85xx, 89xx, 9000, 95xx, and 96xx owners can rejoice, knowing they too can at least have the look of BB6 on their current device. 9650 and 9700 owners haven't been forgotten either, so if you own either of those devices, and like the new look but either can't wait for the official release of the OS or are not interested in actually upgrading, this is a good option for you.

Hedone's expert team has meticulously recreated the look and feel of the new OS, incorporating the icons, fonts, and menu colors seamlessly. You will find 16 homescreen icons (12 user customizable) on Bold, Tour and Curve series and 20 (16 user customizable) on Storm series. Zen and TodayPreview versions are available. Currently on sale for 50% off, you can pick up OS6Like for just $3.49 through September 23rd in the CrackBerry store. 

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Rogers BlackBerry Torch 9800 dummy units have started to arrive

If you're Canadian and awaiting the Rogers release of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 this should come as some good news for you all. Rogers dummy units have started to arrive at Rogers locations which, has always been a clear sign that the devices will soon go on sale. The reported ones have been showing up in the GTA area but, I'm assuming most locations will see them in store by launch. The launch date was rumored to of have been pushed back but it appears thus far that Rogers is still on time for their September 24th release date. Upon release, you can pick up the BlackBerry Torch from Rogers for $199.99 with a new 3yr contract.

Source: TheCellularGuru
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Love What You Do on BBM contest winner announced

 

Back in May Inside BlackBerry fired up a Love What You Do on BBM contest and asked users to submit a short story or video on how they use BBM. The community voted on the submissions and the winner was crowned with a $5,000 prize. There were loads of amazing submissions, but only one true champ. When all was said and done, J. Reyez took the grand prize with his stellar video. He showed off BBM in addition to his skills as a rapper and beat box. Definitely a cool video and a job well done. So which tune do you like better - this one or Riz's Ping Me Baby? Leave a comment and let us know!

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GesturePad - Add efficiency to your touchscreen BlackBerry!

GesturePad by Tafasa is a new application designed to make using your BlackBerry Storm or Torch more efficient. This app eliminates the need to fumble through multiple screens and menus to open the app you want. Instead, you simply swipe your screen in a shape you've chosen and your desired function is activated.

Features:

  • Unlimited number of custom gestures can be added
  • Gesture to compose an email to a specific address
  • Gesture to compose an SMS to a specific number
  • Gesture to call a specific phone number
  • Gesture to show all of a person's contact information
  • Gesture to open a specific website
  • Gesture to launch an application
  • Option to have a confirmation prompt after gesture
  • Option to have the application close once the gesture is recognized and the action is performed

The developer recommends assigning the app to a convenience key, for ease of use. From there, setup is pretty simple. Just add a new gesture from the options screen of the application by drawing the desired gesture, giving it a name and then telling it what action to perform. Once you save your changes, you can swipe that gesture on the main gesture screen and your action will be performed. You can even go back into the options and modify any gesture or delete it.

GesturePad is only for your BlackBerry Storm running OS 4.7 or 5.0, and the BlackBerry Torch on BB6. Available now in the CrackBerry App Store for the low price of $.99, I definitely think it's worth trying out! Let us know in the comments below what you think if you give it a go.

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BlackBerry Devcon Mobile Guide now available; Reminder: Don't forget to RSVP for the CrackBerry Awards 2010!

Fresh off the app assembly line is the new Devcon Mobile Guide for BlackBerry. The app will help attendees of the BlackBerry Developers Conference schedule sessions and keep up with whats happening in San Francisco. You can view full lists of sessions, check out speakers, search sponsors and much more. The app is also useful in that you can fill out on-site breakout session surveys, review conference maps and check out blogs. The Devcon Mobile Guide is totally free and is available from BlackBerry App World.

If you're going to be in San Francisco for Devcon, you won't want to miss the CrackBerry Awards which will be presented LIVE Wednesday night. We're throwing a party with the help of Xobni and the BlackBerry Partners Fun with free booze, grub and plenty of schmoozing. So if you're going to be at Devcon, you definitely don't want to miss it. You can still RSVP but do it now before it fills up!!

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Dropbox for BlackBerry now available for download

Dropbox for BlackBerry now available for download

After what seemed like an endless limited beta Dropbox has finally been released for public consumption. The app can now be installed on your device totally free and allow you access to your files on the go. Dropbox is a very cool and probably one of the most easy ways to share files across platforms. Features of the app include:

  • Access your Dropbox on the go
  • Upload files and sync them to your Dropbox
  • Share links to files in your Dropbox

If you're a Dropbox user head over to dropbox.com/anywhere to download and install the app. If you haven't yet checked out Dropbox you really should. It's totally free and totally worth it. Hit the link below for more and check out the press release after the jump.

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60 Day BlackBerry Fitness Challenge best before/after winner announced!

Well that's that - the votes are in and we can finally crown a winner of the best before/after photo in the BlackBerry Fitness Challenge. We had some amazing contestants with amazing results, and after all is said and done, the winner of the best before/after photo is:

kilted_thrower 

Following up in second place was lee_, then joryyoung and yester18. Congrats to kilted_thrower who really tackled the challenge and went all out. You can still check out the photos from the final four entries to see what it all came down to. As the winner he will receive a great prize pack that includes a free BlackBerry Smartphone, 1 pair of Nike Free 5.0 shoes or Vibram Five Fingers and $100 of free accessories from ShopCrackBerry.com! We'll be in touch to get you your prizes. Thanks again to everyone that participated in the Fitness Challenge! Everyone is a winner in my book. Hopefully next year I can stick with it and beat you all -- Kevin 3.0 baby!!

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Check out Startup Weekend in Toronto September 24-26; Win 1 of 4 free passes to the BlackBerry Developers Conference

With the BlackBerry Developers Conference right around the corner, RIM is sponsoring Startup Weekend September 24th to the 26th in Toronto. The event will pull together loads of developers, people in marketing, graphic artists and many more to help bring some great startup ideas to life.

"Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and projects. It is an amazing opportunity to connect with other passionate and skilled individuals, and perhaps even find a co-founder or two to transform your idea into reality.

About 1/3 of your communities brightest will have 60-90 seconds to present ideas for new startup ventures, we then crowd source the favorites and form teams around those ideas. Teams are between 4-10 people, and consist of about 50% technical people and 50% non-technical. You then spend the entire weekend getting advice from professional mentors, and building a proof of concept, demo, or sometimes even a finished product."

In addition there are four free passes to Devcon up for grabs. All you need to do is find a creative way to tweet about the event. Details can be found here.

For more on the event, check out the full page at toronto.startupweekend.org.

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BlackBerry 9570 spotted running BlackBerry 6 but what is it?
 

With all the talk of surrounding the BlackBerry Storm refresh and BlackBerry Storm 3, a new picture has emerged of the BlackBerry 9570. What is it? We're not really sure to be honest. We're certainly under the impression that this is indeed the BlackBerry Storm 2 refresh we seen pop up though. The question really is what will it go to market as? BlackBerry Storm 2? That name has been used already. BlackBerry Storm 3? Well, that previously leaked image was thought to be the BlackBerry Storm 3 but that may or may not be the case.

While those questions can't be answered as of yet we do know some specifics on the "BlackBerry 9570" though and that's the reasoning why for now, we'll call it a basic Storm 2 refresh until we know more. Basically, you're getting a SurePress device with 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera and fully BlackBerry 6 capable. And of course, a presumed 624mHz processor that RIM is so fond of (although Qualcomm 528mHz are more commonly used for CDMA so that's more likely). All of which is running on CDMA and looks identical to a BlackBerry Storm 2. That's all we know for now folks but, I'm sure some more information will come out now that it's been publically shown off. How do you BlackBerry Storm 2 owners feel about this devices arrival? Would any of you non Storm owners consider buying this with the minor upgrades it has?

Source: BBLeaks

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BlackBerry Tablet, Storm 3, new OS and more to arrive at DevCon?!

Just in case you weren’t excited about the upcoming BlackBerry Developers Conference before, some information being tossed around today may change your outlook on the situation. According to the folks over at the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Post, RIM is seemingly poised to launch some new hardware and services at this year’s event. Of course, for all you CrackBerry readers this may not exactly be new news or come as a surprise at all. In reality, we've been talking about a new OS developed by QNX and the BlackBerry Tablet for months now. Go back as far as WES 2010 and even more recently, the last CrackBerry podcast and you'll hear us speak of QNX, the OS they are developing and what exactly, it would be released on and what RIM has planned for it as a long term solution.

The news today was that, Research In Motion would be announcing (or at least showing off) the BlackBerry Tablet at the BlackBerry Developers Conference. Which would indeed be running the new OS as developed by QNX software. In addition to that, it was also noted that the OS would eventually carry over to newer, upcoming devices such as the BlackBerry Storm 3. While we have heard before that it was Research In Motions intentions to demo the device we've since heard that idea got put on the back burner but, it's anyone’s guess now. Finally, the last piece of information to come out today was the Research In Motion is also planning to announce a new advertising service using Mobclix. Rumours have been abounding for a while about the RIM and Mobclix connection but nothing solid has ever come from those rumours.

All this information is great to see as we draw closer to the opening of the BlackBerry Developers Conference but, one thing to remember is that until announced they are just rumours. It's rather easy to take every rumour from the past 6-8 months that has never fully come to light yet and say yes, that's what Research In Motion is going to announce. But, the fact is it's all speculation until those press releases start to roll out. We'd be remiss though if we didn't say that the excitement of seeing what we've been talking about for months now turn to reality is high.

Sources: WSJ, FP
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Yesterday I got my hands on a new Curve 3G 9330 from Verizon (review to follow) and decided to fire it up and install OS 6. Through much trial and error I finally got OS 6.0.0.222 installed and running. Overall I can say it runs very smooth. All of the features are there and nothing is laggy or sluggish at all. As expected, OS 6 brings along some very cool features to the device like Social Feeds, Universal Search, updated calendar, multiple views and much more. Again we have to keep in mind that the Curve 3G is really an entry-level device for new users, so even though it may seem "cheap" or outdated to some, people who are new to BlackBerry and just need the basics can still get it all on the Curve 3G. Check out the video above, and stay tuned for the full review. In the meantime you can read Bla1ze's review of the Rogers Curve 3G here.

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CrackBerry BlackBerry 6 Logo

Everyone seems to be very excited about 6.0.0.222 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650. This OS is one that was a best friend to many, and a worst enemy to others. Now of course we know this was a leak and there are going to be some issues at hand with it, but one of the biggest issues that many users were seeing was that the webkit broswer, that we have all waited so patiently for, was not functioning if the device did not have a wifi connection. After doing some of the normal troubleshooting like deleting service books, resending service books, rebooting the device, and whatever else would come to mind, the problem still persisted, which began a slight uproar in the forums. Xandermac quickly came to the rescue with an Updating to OS6 and want everything to work? thread which nicely outlined exactly how to fix these issues. Depending on your situation, whether you have another device or this being your only one affects how easy the fix is, but the fix is tested and verified to be 100% true. So, if you upgraded or are on the fence about upgrading, be sure to check out this thread to make sure that you get everything all set up the way it should be.

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Super Mario Bros v3.0 by BerryGoodThemes - 25 free copies available!

I used to love playing Super Mario Brothers as a kid. Really, who didn't? Unfortunately, now that I'm an adult, I don't have the time I did back then to spend helping Mario rescue the Princess. But, all the fun doesn't have to end just because I can't hook up the Nintendo and play for hours as I did as a kid. 

A while back, the crew over at BerryGoodThemes released Super Mario Brothers, a great theme to help capture those memories of fun-filled afternoons right on your BlackBerry. Well, they have been hard at work and have just released an update to this theme, bringing you BB6 icons, new call screens, and the addition of a customizable 6-icon hidden dock on the home screen. The home screen also includes a bottom dock with four fixed icons, disguised as the actual backdrop from the video game! It really looks like you're playing the game as you move Mario between Messages, SMS, Browser, and Calendar! The developers really put a lot of thought into this one, and the tiny details throughout really make this colorful theme fun and enjoyable. It's currently available for most BlackBerry Smartphones, with Storm and Pearl versions on the way. 

It's hard to believe this month marks Mario's 25th birthday. In honor of him, and all the fun he's brought us over the years, BerryGoodThemes is offering Super Mario Brothers v3.0 for only $2.50 this week! That's half off the original price folks, so grab it while it's on sale. 

Contest: To show their love for Mario and their appreciation to all the people that helped make this a best selling theme, BerryGoodThemes has given CrackBerry 25 free copies of Super Mario Brothers v3.0 to pass on to you. Just leave a single comment on this post to be entered. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PDT.  

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 given the once over on video

We've seen bits and pieces of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 on video and in photos, but haven't really delved deep into the device hardware and software. Well the folks at TechnoBuffalo got their hands on a pre-release device and gave it a pretty solid look. There isn't a whole lot separating the Bold 9780 from the Bold 9700 aside from some updated specs and a different colored bezel (for now at least). We do know that the new device should be shipping out with BlackBerry 6 ready to go and you can bet it will quickly become a fan favorite when it finally hits the streets. And for those of you wondering, yes the contacts on the bottom of the device are for the charging in the charging pod (conductive, not inductive) -- just like nearly every other BlackBerry :-) Check out the video above for some great 9780 action.

Source: TechnoBuffalo 

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Prenatal Yoga - A simple guide to prenatal yoga for your BlackBerry

When you are pregnant, one of the most frustrating things you face is not being able to relax. Everything is uncomfortable. Sleeping, sitting, standing... it's all a struggle as the months go on. Yoga has long been practiced to help increase strength, flexibility and promote relaxation, especially during pregnancy. Now you can take some basic yoga moves and tips for helping you get comfortable with you anywhere you go, with Prenatal Yoga by Dawnsun Technologies, LLC

Prenatal Yoga is divided into trimesters, so you can follow along with appropriate moves and tips for each stage of pregnancy. Colorful illustrations and simple instructions help guide you through each position. Prenatal yoga can be a very effective, low impact workout during your pregnancy, but as with any excercise you may want to consult your physician if you have any specific concerns about it.

Features: 

  • Recommended postures
  • First Trimester Yoga
  • Second Trimester Yoga
  • Third Trimester Yoga
  • Sun Salutation
  • Postpartum Yoga
  • General Remedies

Available now for $1.99, this is an app worth checking out if you're pregnant. And if you're not pregnant, Dawnsun Technologies has developed a few other yoga guides for BlackBerry that may interest you, including travel, facial, and office yogas. Check them all out in the CrackBerry store

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Qwell takes call monitoring to the next level

Call monitoring applications can be your best friend or worst enemy, while they keep away the calls you don't want to come through, they can just as easily be keeping away some of the extremely important calls that you do want to come through. Setting up lists that allow and don't allow certain calls to filter through at various times can be a bit of a daunting task since you don't want to miss any on the allow list that could possibly cause you to miss that important phone call from the school or a doctor. Qwell is a new BlackBerry application that will change the way users have to monitor their calls since there is no longer and allow and do not allow list that has to be created. 

Instead of creating lists, users will activate the application which then is good for all inbound calls. Now don't fear, this does not mean that you are then rejecting all the inbound calls, instead it gives the caller a chance to decide the importance of the call. While the application is active it will give the callers a message stating that you are not accepting calls currently but if it is important they can then chose to have the call connected anyway which sends the call to your device. If the caller decides it is not an urgent matter they are then able to leave a voice mail for you to return their call at a later time. While your device is in "Qwell Mode" it keeps track of any missed calls or voice mails that took place during that time so that users are easily able to view this log once they are done with the activity they were doing. Be sure to check out the video after the jump and for more information on this service, as well as a download link head to the Qwell site.

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Contest Winners - MeterBerry and Camera Plus!

Contest Winners - MeterBerry and Camera Plus!

Here are the winners from last weeks round of contests. If you won you will be receiving an email either directly from us or the retailer/developer directly in the next few days. If for some reason you don't receive an email within 7-14 days (be sure to check your spam/junk folder just in case, and verify your registered address associated with your CrackBerry account) you can email us at sitesupport(at)crackberry.com and we'll be sure to get you taken care of. Please be patient as some emails may take longer than others to arrive. Hit the jump for the full list - congrats to all the winners!

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The other day when we posted the above video of the BBM theme song we thought it was really cool. Apparently, we weren't the only ones. Yesterday, the creator of the song Riz emailed us and asked if we could actually go ahead and post up the ringtone for everyone to download. Reason being, he can't keep up with the requests for it any more as he's been dolling out the link individually on his own. Needless to say, we kinda feel a bit responsible for that happening so alas, we've posted the ringtone for Riz and you all in the CrackBerry ringtone gallery for quick and easy downloads. Be sure to check it and the many other ringtones available there or create and upload your own for for all to enjoy!

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Meebo launches instant messaging application for BlackBerry

Meebo, the web service that offers online instant messaging across multiple social networks has rolled out their BlackBerry client in beta form. Users looking for a better way to keep all their social network friends together can now download the free application to their devices to get started. The application, which uses a custom built UI allows you to access your Meebo account on the go. Since Meebo supports AIM, Yahoo, GTalk and more you shouldn't have to really worry about not being able to stay in touch again. You can learn more about Meebo via their website and if you're wanting to take the application for a spin, registration can be completed on your BlackBerry. Hit the link below to download and view more details about the Meebo for BlackBerry app

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