Eerie- New Dark Style Premium Theme From Elecite

Eerie- New Dark Style Premium Theme From Elecite

Elecite is back. It's been a while since we have seen a new theme come from Elecite but this time around they have dropped Eerie on us all. Eerie is a darker, grungier theme that really will not suit everyone but will appeal to those who like that darker style, myself included. One unique thing about this theme that works really well on the Storm is its dual screen option. Sadly dual screen will not work across all devices and is not available on 83/88XX devices.

Eerie is available for Bold, Storm, 8900, 83XX and 88XX devices but be sure to check out all the screenshots as theme appearance will differ from device to device. Eerie is available now from Elecite for $6.99.

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RIM Product Manager Discusses the BlackBerry Curve 8520

RIM Product Manager Discusses the BlackBerry Curve 8520

It's been a while now since RIM has launched their own blogs and so far it's mainly consisted of tips and tricks and tutorials posted on an infrequent basis -- always good, but readers such as myself were expecting a deeper look into things. The latest entry on the blogs is more of what I was looking for really... an interview with RIM's BlackBery Curve 8520 product manager. A rather interesting readb-- even despite its sales pitch feel ;)

Pankaj took the time to explain why WiFi was placed in the device as well as shares his feelings on the new trackpad since this is the first device out the door with it. It offers a different look at RIM, a much more personal one, although as our pal Ronen points out, some "hard hitting" questions were left out such as why no GPS was integrated or why no flash was put in place on the device.

Sure it's an "entry level" device (Wal-Mart will have it for $48.88 on qualified upgrades) and they are using some left over 83xx series parts (the 320 by 240 display), but I'm sure they could have worked in a flash - the original 83xx series had a flash with no impact on battery life.

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The above video is a recap of where BlackBerry came from. Now RIM needs to look toward where they are going. RIM has been promising lots and lots of new developer tools for the past while now which I assume is in hopes of getting more developers turned on to the BlackBerry platform. In the meantime, developers have been coping with the tools available and most have their tales of frustrations to share -- some, unfortunately, have even been frustrated enough to move on to different platforms. With the BlackBerry Developers Conference just around the bend in November, hopefully RIM will be able to attract some new talent to bring us great applications. In the mean time though RIM has launched new tools to help create web-based applications.

The BlackBerry Web Development Plug-in for Eclipse, will allow developers to create web applications and content more easily and in a familiar Eclipse 3.4 environment. This plug-in opens up more rich internet applications using AJAX, Silverlight, PHP, ASP, Ruby on Rails, JSP, and Python.
The BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio version 1.2, allows developers to create web apps and content whithin Visual Studio 2008. This is another tool that is going to bring more developers into the fold, allowing them to make apps running AJAX and ASP.Net.

This is a great start to more applications, hopefully more feature-rich ones. However, web apps? Is that really the way we need to be going at this point? I believe we have heard the term web apps before, can't quite place where... maybe I should ask the folks over at TheiPhoneBlog -- Hmm, I do remember though they did not fair well. So developers, what do you all think -- are these new tools going to help you all create great applications or is it just a stepping stone for RIM to offer you even more tools needed? Let us know in the comments.

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Even Puppies Love BlackBerry

Even Puppies Love BlackBerry

This is probably one of the biggest fears of the dog-loving BlackBerry owner. Leaving your precious device along during the night, only to have it destroyed by mans best friend. Forums member michaelbrandonw had this happen. Check out the pictures if you think you can handle them. If you have a story of your own, send it to editorial(at)crackberry.com. 

I know these stories can be a little bit of comedic relief and heartbreaking in the same respect, so naturally I felt the need to share.

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SkyFire Halts BlackBerry Beta Testing After Files Leaked

On Monday afternoon Skyfire made the announcement that some of us all were expecting. It was announced that all beta testing on the BlackBerry development of SkyFire was to be put on hold, reason being that the files had leaked onto the internet. Also during that time, BlackBerry users of all devices were acessing the files and from the SkyFire blog came this.

"During the time it was leaked, there were many BlackBerry users trying the alpha release on Curves, Storms, and other BlackBerry models--it was not intended for these devices."

The real story there is the fact the SkyFire beta was set up to allow a limited number of users to gain access and test the services at a time, if too many users were on --further connections would not be allowed. After the files were leaked legitimate users and testers were no longer able to access the files.

This folks is a prime example of why certain things just simply, should not be leaked. The development of SkyFire has just been set back and now it will be even longer before we see it launch on BlackBerry. Another fine reasoning, even mentioned by SkyFire is the fact the version leaked was not even the most recent version and this alone could have negative effects on users opinion now and even after launch.

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    SmrtGuard Your Smartphone Guardian

    SmrtGuard Your Smartphone Guardian

    Your BlackBerry; your life is literally in your hands. You’ve confided in it more information than you would ever dare to with your significant other or best friend. Private personal messages, embarrassing photos, delicate corporate information; your BlackBerry smartphone can store it all. But what happens if your BlackBerry loses it? Or worse yet - you lose your BlackBerry? Dun Dun Dunnnnnnn!!! You feel your body go cold and numb with fear, except for the incredibly sick feeling that’s building up in your stomach. Your lips fight to hold back the flurry of expletives demanding to be released.

    At this point, you’re frantically searching for it, calling it, desperately hoping to hear it ring or vibrate. Some are lucky and are reunited, others have to come to terms with their loss. Despair quickly shifts back to fear as you realize another reality – Whose hands are my BlackBerry in now?!? Unless they’re a good Samaritan, they now have access to everything, reveling in what was once your property. If only you had backed up your information. If only you could track its location. If only you could wipe it remotely. If only…you had SmrtGuard!

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    Reversi for the BlackBerry StormReversi for the BlackBerry Storm

    Looking for an addicting and challenging game to play that runs smooth on your BlackBerry Storm? If so, you may want to check out Reversi for the BlackBerry Storm. Released just yesterday by Tafasa, who's done up many Storm games in the past, you'll get tons of play out of this mindbender of a game. The description:

    Reversi, also known as Othello, is the fun and famous strategy board game that is easy to play, but hard to truly master. Now the game is available on your BlackBerry so you can play everywhere! The game provides 5 different computer difficulty levels to challenge all people regardless of experience or skill. You can also challenge your friends in a 2-player match to see who is the real champion. This fun, animated and graphical game is easy to use and will keep you entertained for hours.

    The rules of the game are simple. The goal is to try to have more of your color pieces on the board by the end of the game. You place a piece on the board so that your pieces surround one or more of your opponent's pieces. In doing so, you will conquer your opponent's pieces and they will change to your color. You alternate back and forth until the board is full or no one can make a move. The winner is the person with the most pieces on the board.

    Reversi sells for $2.99 but is on sale until the end of this month (July 31st) for only 99 cents in the CrackBerry App Store. Keep in mind it will only work on the BlackBerry Storm. Follow the links below for more information.

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    CarFinder Application Remembers Where You Parked

    CarFinder

    VQ CarFinder, now available in BlackBerry App World, automatically remembers where you parked your car. The application, which works on all GPS enabled devices, remembers where you parked so you only need to launch the application to find your vehicle, unlike other applications that require you to note where the vehicle was parked. CarFinder works off Bluetooth in your vehicle. When the Bluetooth signal is iniated upon starting your car, the application activates the GPS. When you park and turn off the vehicle, thus turning off Bluetooth, CarFinder notes where the vehilce is located. If you don't have Bluetooth in your car, you can purchase a Bluetooth car charger from within the application for $19.99. A pretty cool app if you find you can remember where you left your car often, but most probably won't find the need to spend the money. CarFinder is available as a free trial, and a full license is available for $9.99. Check out http://www.4carfinder.com/ for more information, or head to BlackBerry App World to download.

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    Slacker Radio Now Pushed To Verizon Tour?

    Slacker Radio Now Pushed To Verizon Tour?

    Just a week or so back we found out that Slacker Radio was being pushed to the Verizon Storm, and today it looks like the Tour may be following. A quick reboot of my device after updating an application, and there was a lonely Slacker Radio icon sitting on my homescreen. I clicked it and sure enough it dragged me along to the download page. If you are a Verizon Tour owner and don't seen the icon, try rebooting or sending your service books. Could this be a sign of things to come? And is it only happening on Verizon for now? Leave a comment and let us know you thoughts and findings.

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    Leaked: OS 4.7.0.164 for 9500 Storm!

    Leaked: OS 4.7.0.164 for 9500 Storm!

    Seems like this week is the week of leaks all around. This one folks is for all you 9500 owners out there, especially if you are not interested in any of the other buildS that are floating around such as the 5.0 iterations which of course suffer from some applications not working. Give this one a shot and share your impressions in the forum.

    *OS Disclaimer - This is an unofficial release. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

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    WHERE Available For BlackBerry Tour; Top Download from App World!

    WHERE launched for the Tour shortly after the device's release, and the folks from WHERE happily et us know this morning that they're the Number 1 BlackBerry Tour Top Download in App World so we definitely thought it deserved a plug! Although, at the time of this post, my Tour is actually showing Metova's Vision for YouTube app at #1 and WHERE at #2. Ahh well. In any event, about 22,000 Tour owners are rocking WHERE each day. If you haven't given it a go yet, you should give it a try and see if it's for you.

    Using your GPS or a location you set manually WHERE can help you find just about anything you need, be it phone numbers, the nearest Starbucks or if you just simply want to check on traffic. WHERE is there to help!

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    Contest Winners - Wallpaper Shuffle, Media Fly and Cocky Culture Themes

    Some more great contests last week. We had 500 copies of Fabian's Wallpaper Shuffle to give away, as well as two great themes from Cocky Culture. We also have one winner of $200 towards a new device from Media Fly. If you didn't win this time don't fret, we have plenty more contests on the way. You can also pick up Wallpaper Shuffle for 50% off using the coupon code cool in our mobile app store or mobile client.

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    And now it's truly official with the Press Release just crossing the wire....

    T-Mobile USA and RIM Introduce the New BlackBerry Curve 8520

    Approachable New Smartphone Offers Email, Messaging, Social Networking, Music and Entertainment for People on the Go

    BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 27, 2009) - T-Mobile USA, Inc., and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the new BlackBerry Curv 8520 smartphone, a new addition to the BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones, with availability expected on August 5.

    The slim new BlackBerry Curve 8520 is an incredibly approachable smartphone that comes in two attractive colors from T-Mobile - black and frost. For people who like to be connected, it provides easy mobile access to email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites (including Facebook and MySpace) and features a highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard for comfortable, accurate typing. It also features rich multimedia capabilities and access to music, games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go.

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    Wicked Wordpress App for BlackBerry V1.0 Released

    I've mentioned this great application before here on the blogs, to which a lot of you picked up on and took interest in. Wicked Wordpress is, as the name states, a wicked wordpress application which goes head-to-head with the official Wordpress application and does so amazingly well.

    After having used the application for quite some time now I can comfortably say that it is well ahead of the official application. However, one thing that may hinder Wicked is the fact that it is indeed a paid application where as the official Wordpress one is not. Wicked does offer a 14 day free trial though and is $30/year after that.

    The added features such as twitter integration and built-in support for error messages really do make it worthwhile and Software updates & support are included. Important things for the hardcore Wordpress users out there. You can purchase the license straight from the BlackBerry app itself, and you can run it on 3 BlackBerry devices concurrently. Wicked will run on devices OS 4.6+.

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    RIM Acknowledges BlackBerry Curve 8520's Existence; Shows Up on BlackBerry.com Website

    *Update* - Press release now available.

    Despite that fact there is still no "official" press release for the device, RIM is openly placing the BlackBerry Curve 8520 on their main site as well as on BlackBerry.com. They have also posted the BlackBerry 101 demo for the 8520 as well. By now we all should know that T-Mobile will be getting the first trackpad device on August 5th --still no word on a Canadian carrier though which I find rather disturbing. But from the landing page RIM is touting "out of the box" Mac compatability, which really does not jive with the information regarding BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac which is rumored to be arriving in September --or will it be sooner?

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    Leaked: OS 5.0.0.130 for Bold and Curve 8900!

    Leaked: OS 5.0.0.130 for Bold and Curve 8900!

    In the world of CrackBerry I don't think there's any better way to start a new week than with a good OS leak (hey, I rhymed that real good). This time around it's the BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900 getting some 5.0 love in the form of OS 5.0.0.130. The builds don't have RIM internal apps installed (quincy) so no worries there, but also do not have the 5.0 version of BlackBerry Messenger built-in and you'll find some of the RIM apps (App World) don't want to work. Otherwise, I've been finding the Bold build to be real nice. You'll want to watch our OS Beta forums for finds threads to pop up.  

    *OS Disclaimer - This is an unofficial release. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *
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    Best of Smartphone Experts, 26 July 2009

    CrackBerry Contests Reminder... Enter Now!

    CrackBerry Contests Reminder... Enter Now!

    If you visit CrackBerry often, you've probably noticed we've upped the volume of our contest posts. There is nothing we like better than to give stuff away for free! What you may not have noticed though is that we've sort of set a standard at typically having our contests end at Sunday Midnight PST. That means there's still some time to enter this week's set of contests - just follow the links below and leave a comment on each respective post. And to all the developers / companies out there, if you want to run a contest on CrackBerry just shoot us an email to editorial @ crackberry.com and we'll hook it up.

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    Leaked: OS 5.0.0.140 for the BlackBerry Storm 9500

    Following up on 5.0 love for Storm 9530 owners, this morning OS 5.0.0.140 leaked out for the BlackBerry Storm 9500. It's popped up in our CrackBerry forums early this morning, but here's some link love for others who got it on their blogs.

    *OS Disclaimer - This is an unofficial release. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

    * Don't Forget: Once you install the OS onto your PC, go to Add/Remove programs and uninstall RIM Internal Apps 5.0. If you leave this installed on your PC, when you update your device Qunicy will get loaded up too (RIM's beta tracking program). Also, if the download link goes down, just be sure to surf through the forums to find a mirror. *

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    Imminent Launch Of BlackBerry Curve 8520 August 5th

    Imminent Launch Of BlackBerry Curve 8520 August 5th

    Just in case there was any doubt left in your mind of when the Curve 8520 was to be launched, CellPhoneSignal posted this image to clear all that up for you. The BlackBerry Curve 8520 will hit T-Mobile, WalMart and of course be available through customer care upgrades on August 5th, despite any official announcement from T-Mobile as of yet. If you are planning on picking one of these up be sure to check out our review to find out what the 8520 is all about, especially if you are a current 8320 owner as this is indeed the device which is claimed to be its replacement rather than the 8900.

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