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Ascarii-Get Your BlackBerry In Gear!

Ascarii-Get Your BlackBerry In Gear!

Elecite/eVeek launched this new theme a little while back now, but I just had it get it up in the blogs... those who like car-styled themes will really appreciate this one. Ascarii is styled in red and black colors and looks great, especially on a Bold (Rogers Bolds have red keys) and the chrome in the theme matches that of the frets between the rows of keys on the keyboard as well. You can grab this hot theme from Elecite.com for $6.99. It is available for 83/88/90XX series devices.

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CrackBerry Member jreel did up a double header video (watch it above!) of the CaseMate Smart Skin for the BlackBerry Bold as well as the OEM BlackBerry Skins. Both products come in a variety of colors so be sure to follow the links below for more information. You can also see jreel's unboxing video after the jump. Enjoy the vids! Great job jreel!!

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Now THIS is Frak'n Sweet!!! Storm Level Pro by Mobigloo is the first app for the BlackBerry Storm that makes use of its built-in accelerometer. Never again will you need to hunt down a ruler or level! Storm Level Pro features include:

  • Calibration for maximum accuracy
  • Level for both vertical and horizontal measures
  • Automatically adjusts to portrait and landscape modes
  • Includes 2 rulers, inches and centimeters 

Storm Level Pro sells for $4.99. This is definitely the coolest app I have seen for the BlackBerry Storm to date. It looks good and is USEFUL... qualifies as a must-have app in my book! Makes me wish my Bold and Curve 8900 also had an accelerometer!!

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Bplay Release New York Times Crosswords!

Bplay Release New York Times Crosswords!

As much as I love BrickBreaker, after seeing it get named the BlackBerry Game of the Year in our Best of 2008 Cracky Awards, I can't help but want to see another game title take this most-coveted award for 2009. The BlackBerry gaming year is off to an intellectual start with Bplay's latest release, New York Times Crosswords! Here's the official verbage:

Play the same crossword puzzles published daily in The New York Times on your mobile phone. There are also up to 30 classic puzzles bundled in the game.

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Enter to win a BlackBerry Curve 8900 for you and 5 friends!

** UPDATE: Yup, it looks like this is a DAILY contest, so each day a new prize pack of 6 BlackBerry Curve 8900 devices is being given away. GO ENTER!! **

Hey CrackBerry Nation, it looks like BlackBerry and T-Mobile are running a contest giving away the Curve 8900 to one lucky winner, and five of their friends. The image below says prize packs are awarded daily, but the contest rules say the contest opens and closes today! Maybe they change the rules each day, either way hurry and enter for your chance to win!

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Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 024

Bla1ze's Picks! BlackBerry Media Roundup 024

2008 is long gone folks! 2009 is off to a great start for all of us around here at CrackBerry. Lots of stuff is planned for the CrackBerry Nation in the coming months as the community keeps growing.

One thing I have noticed in the past year is that many more BlackBerry users are starting to utilize the media functionality of their devices and columns such as this one are gonna be used to help you utilize those features of your devices. 

Now, let's put those new SD cards you got for Christmas to work!!

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Preview: Bolt Browser for BlackBerry - Get Your Beta Copy!

We Have 1,000 2,500+ Private Beta Invites To Give Away. Details Below!

* UPDATE 2: Gotta love Private Betas! From Bitstream...

Sometime after noon Eastern today, the server handling the downloads "blew up." We are now in the process of switching over to a dedicated server we're confident can handle the demand. We appreciate everyone's patience. We expect the new server to be online by 4:00 PM Eastern today. Also, to those who have already downloaded BOLT, a big thank you. From feedback we've received just since yesterday we've already made improvements to BOLT, and our beta is only about 24 hours old.

* UPDATE: John from Bitstream sent me an email with some updated information on the Bolt Browser Private Beta....here's the update:

We were overwhelmed by requests to participate in the private beta, so this morning at 9:00 AM Eastern we cut over from a manual process to an automated one. We've already exceeded 1000 downloads on the CrackBerry code, and we're continuing to distribute download links to those who use it. The automated system still takes about 2 to 3 hours to process these requests. But if anyone has applied for a link before 9:00 AM ET and have still not received a link they can either reapply and get into the automated queue or wait until tomorrow when the backlog will be completed by hand.

Thanks to beta testers the BOLT browser has also been upgraded, just since yesterday. Yesterday we were sending links to build 0.7 and now we're sending links to 0.73. Beta testers identified some issues and they've been corrected. Most notably, people will notice that the trackball will scroll much easier now; it won't take as many scrolls to navigate. If anyone wants to get the new version to replace the old, the process is fairly simple. I haven't done it myself but I'm told they will be prompted to replace the existing install with the new version and also ask if they want to keep their current settings (which they should reply "yes").

At this moment we're not shutting down the private beta and will try to accommodate all the requests. We have shut down outreach to more so it's just those we've already engaged who are getting referral codes. We greatly appreciate the enthusiastic response from your readers, as well as the invaluable data we're collecting from their use which has already led to software improvements!

* Original Post: I received an email from Bitstream letting me know about their new J2ME mobile browser called Bolt. the Bolt mobile web browser is in Private Beta mode right now (you'll need an invite to download it) and as the name suggests is built for speed. Server side rendering makes it uber-fast and it's based on the WebKit engine and Bitstream's ThunderHawk browsing technology so the pages render accurately. Bolt does not support flash, but it will display YouTube vids which you can then launch and watch.

The Miracle on the Hudson River had me distracted from my inbox for a few hours, so it wasn't until later in the evening that I installed Bolt on my Bold and gave it a go. As you can tell from the time of this post and if you watch the video above, this smok'n hot web browser had me too excited to sleep so I figured I'd better put the time to productive use and get this post up asap. You can check out the video above for a slightly loopy hands-on overview of Bolt and for full details can view the Bolt browser fact sheet after the jump. Our buddy Doug has spent a few hours on Bolt too and has put together some initial observations that you may want to check out. Bolt is definitely still in beta... but you can call me IMPRESSED. I like speed and Bolt delivers.

Private Beta Invites: Bitstream gave us 1,000 invites to get CrackBerry Nation rocking on the beta of Bolt. If you want to give it a go, hurry on over to BoltBrowser.com and sign up using the referral code CrackBerry. Please keep in mind it is not an instant download. Once you register, Bitstream will get back to you (could take several hours) with your one time use download link. *

If you're lucky enough to download the beta, be sure to report back in the comments with your observations and findings. In the meantime, I'll start bugging the folks at Bitstream to up our # of Invites... 1,000 just isn't enough! 

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BlackBerry Theme Central Contest!

BlackBerry Theme Central Contest!

I think it's safe to say everyone out there likes to dress up their BlackBerry, be it with themes, apps or accessories. The good folks from BlackBerry Theme Central know this as well and have lined up a great contest for the CrackBerry Nation. From now up until January 31st when you leave a comment to this blog post telling everyone Why you are a CrackBerry Addict you will be entered into a draw for $100 from BlackBerry Theme Central to be used in the Shop CrackBerry Store. The lucky winner can put their hundred bucks towards whatever he/she wishes, be it software or accessories. That's it. Entering to win is EASY.

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BlackBerry Software Roundup for January 16th, 2009!

Plenty of time this week to check out lots of new BlackBerry Software? Why? Well, first off there have been a lot of releases... Second, it's been roughly -40 (Celsius) up here. A little too cold to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Covered this week in the roundup are the following titles:

New BlackBerry Software: VyMail - Visual Voicemail for YouMail, StormLock, Ez Weight Tracker, BilbyFile, Wine of the Day, Platypus for the BlackBerry Pearl

Updated BlackBerry Software: tiggit mail, Profiler

Free BlackBerry Software: BilbyLight

Cool Stuff: Trapster.com, Homes for Sale

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The Funny Side Of Obama's BlackBerry Predicament!

The Funny Side Of Obama's BlackBerry Predicament!

Ronen over at BerryReview noticed this, but everyone knows of President Elect Obama's predicament with him wanting to keep his BlackBerry (who could blame him?) throughout his presidency. It just seems as though those pesky advisors of his are still going after him about getting rid of the device he loves so dear, even going so far as to try and force him to use some crazy Windows Mobile device. The NY Daily News reached out to some players in the advertising world and had them create some mock-up advertisements to show their support for the President of the United States being a BlackBerry user. Quite hilarious. Check em out!

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Best of 2008 Cracky Award Winners!

Best of 2008 Cracky Award Winners!

We're half way through January which means 2009 is well underway. But before we get too much further into the new year it's time to hand out out some Best of 2008 Cracky Awards in a variety of BlackBerry & CrackBerry-related categories.

Readers' Choice Awards voting came to a close in the forums this past Sunday, so after the jump you can check out the final results and see who gets bragging rights for the next 11.5 months as crowned by the CrackBerry.com community.

And the winners of the Best of 2008 Crackies go to....

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CES 2009: Poynt Does Local Search Right

Here's another BlackBerry application that is no stranger to the CrackBerry blogs. Ryan reviewed Poynt back in June, in August in made our list of Great Free & Paid BlackBerry apps, in October it was announced as a Finalist in the BlackBerry Developer Challenge (Personal Productivity and Lifestyle Category) and ultimately went on to be named a Grand Prize winner in that same Developer Challenge!

But if for some reason you're still not familiar with Poynt, be sure to watch the video above for a quick live demo and click the links below for more information and to download this awesome local search (and more!) application for BlackBerry.

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When Bla1ze dropped word of Pageonce in the blogs at back in October, he referred to it as one of the most useful applications EVER! In case you missed that review, you can check it out here.

Want the Cole's notes version? Pageonce allows you to search out and add your accounts from literally thousands of providers (financial institutions, carriers, utilities, etc.) and bring them all into onc location on your BlackBerry. On one page you have quick access to alll your important data and it's smart data - can trip alerts, etc.. You can watch the video above for a better hands-on explanation and walk through (note - we had some reception issues in the CES hall so there's a couple choppy parts, but althogether not too bad!).

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CES 2009: Verizon Navigator Walk Through

NIM aka Networks in Motion (rhymes with Research in Motion!) had a pod for themselves at the CES BlackBerry Booth where they were displaying their handywork via the VZW Navigator app found on the BlackBerry Storm. If you're not familiar with NIM, they do a lot of the backend work on these types of apps (AAA Mobile is another good example!).

Nothing too exciting here for Verizon subscribers / Storm owners, but if you haven't seen this app in action before it's still a video worth checking out!

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iLane was on hand at CES displaying their new hands-free solution for BlackBerry. What is iLane? Here's some of the official verbage...

iLane is an intelligent, portable device that lets you control your smartphone using simple voice commands when you're inside your vehicle.

  • Hear verbal notification of incoming emails as they're received
  • Listen as your emails are read aloud to you
  • Compose new emails by speaking
  • Manage your inbox with simple voice commands like "Delete", "Call Back" and "Reply"
  • Access and control other smartphone applications like phone and calendar
  • Popular News, Sports and Weather Services Out Loud and On-Demand!

Check out the video above for a product overview straight from the source.

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CES 2009: Dipdive App for BlackBerry

During the keynote speech at the BlackBerry Developer Conference a few months back, Will.I.Am took the stage to show off his favorite new application, Dipdive for BlackBerry. He was also in Vegas last week to pick up an award and to hang at the BlackBerry booth for a couple of hours (I just missed him) and show off Dipdive. This isn't exactly a mass consumer application, rather, Dipdive is an app built for musicians and artists to share their content (images, video and sound) in a rich way via the Dipdive network.

Take a look at the video above for more information and details. The user interface on this app is really sweet - definitely sets a standard that I hope lots of other apps follow in!

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CES 2009: AP Mobile News for BlackBerry

Associated Press was on hand at RIM's BlackBerry booth at the Consumer Electronics Show last week showing off their AP Mobile News App. We have dropped word of this feature rich news reader a couple times in the past, both when it launched and when it became available for the Storm.

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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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