Biston - Premium theme from Hedone Design

Biston - Premium theme from Hedone Design

Having been using the BlackBerry Pearl 3G for the past little while, I was starting to miss the big screen my BlackBerry Bold 9700 offered so I switched back for a little while yesterday. One email I got while using my Pearl 3G was from Hedone Design letting me know of his latest theme Biston. Given that I couldn't use it on the Pearl 3G I decided upon switching back to check it out and was quite pleased.

Biston is a animated theme which is both fast and sharp looking. It offers you 9 customizable main screen icons with an integrated today feature. Custom battery and signal meters are easy to read andare organized nicely for optimal space leaving a big background for you to view. Some themes often lock down font size changes but Biston leaves them user selectable. Biston is available for Curve 85xx, 89xx as well as Bold, Storm and Tour series devices.

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MobileQs Trivia Game updated adding more expansion packs - 100 copies to be won!

MobileQs Trivia Game (best selling trivia game for BlackBerry) has now added more great expansion packs, giving you thousands of new questions. There is a huge variety of categories in the question packs, including Sports, TV, Books & Literature, Movie Classics, Comics & Superheroes, and many more. This trivia game is one of my favorites, and is great to play when you have a few spare minutes, or even a few hours, thanks to their seemingly limitless amount of questions. You can pick up MobileQs Trivia Game on sale for $1.98 until June 30th at the CrackBerry App Store. It is compatible for all devices running OS 4.6 and higher.

Contest:  We have 100 copies of MobileQs Trivia Game to give away.  Just leave a comment on this post to enter.  Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST.  Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count. 

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Verizon BlackBerry Bold 9650 unboxing [video]

Verizon BlackBerry Bold 9650 unboxing [video]

I finally got my hands on a shiny new Bold 9650 from Verizon. I'm very excited to check it out and be back on CDMA (for a while at least) since I've been rocking the Bold 9700 on T-Mobile for months. I was a big Tour fan when it came out, but now having the optical trackpad as well as Wifi (among other things) on the Bold 9650 is definitely a bonus. Nothing too exciting in the box that we haven't seen before. The standard world charger with adapters, a few manuals and the leather holster (no fun new charger like with the Pearl 3G). Check out the video after the jump for a quick unboxing, and stay tuned as I'll have a full review in the next few days.

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Stay up to date with soccer news from the World Cup and around the globe with the Goal.com app

Just in time for the World Cup, Goal.com, the Worlds #1 source for global soccer news, and Handmark have updated Goal.com Mobile for the BlackBerry platform. The application delivers instant, real time access to breaking Goal.com soccer new. This includes coverage of the Champions league, and is now available for BlackBerry users everywhere. When opening the Goal.com app, you have tab options for World Cup 2010, Live Scores, and Breaking News. Overall it is great hub for all things soccer. The application is available in 9 different languages including English, Spanish, French, and Italian. If your a soccer fan, and want to keep up with the latest soccer news from around the world, click the link below for an over the air download, and check it out. The Goal.com app is free of charge, and available for most devices.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.722 for the BlackBerry Curve 8530

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.722 for the BlackBerry Curve 8530

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. 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).  *

Source: BBleaks
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CogniCard scans and emails business cards to your BlackBerry

CogniCard understands that business cards are great to have, but entering the information into your BlackBerrys address book can be time consuming. Some BlackBerry users have a block of time set aside to sit down and enter cards in one at a time. Sounds like a fun filled afternoon, right? I didn’t think so either. CogniCard is a business card scanner, with a bit of a twist. Some scanners cannot decipher all of the information correctly, especially if you are using a BlackBerry with a 2MP camera or lower. The result is pure gibberish.

With CogniCard, you can either snap and send an image as usual, or upload an image directly to their site. You can now sit back, relax and let CogniCard do the rest of the work. Between Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology and good old human attention to detail, the details found on a business card are easily captured and recorded. The information is then emailed back to you in a VCF file, which is easily imported into your address book. CogniCard does stress that any information that they process is secure and won’t be used by anyone else. Benefits and pricing after the jump.

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BlackBerry 9670 makes its video debut

BlackBerry 9670 makes its video debut

With all the buzz about our new friend the 9800 Slider, we seem to forget about the ol' 9670. Today this little guy landed on video courtesy of driphter.com and gives us a new look at all it has to offer (be it good or bad). This is the first real look we've had at the device aside from a few blurry pictures, so time to decide once again if you love it or hate it. There is also a good look at the OS that shows off the front screen as well as the OS itself. Hit the jump for both videos and be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts.

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Dragon dictation for email updated - Now supports BlackBerry Tour smartphones

The Dragon for email application is simply put, awesome! I have it on numerous devices (BlackBerry and iPad) and it has never failed with dictating my emails so far. Sure, at first it had some issues with my "aboots" and "eh's" but once you learn to get past that it's pretty sweet.

The intial realese of Dragon was not that great for some BlackBerry Tour owners though. Many experienced issues with the application not loading correctly or just simply not working at all. Nuance, the makers of Dragon for email have corrected the issue with their latest release which is currently available via BlackBerry App World. Honestly, I'm not sure as to when it was updated exactly but I am told this will resolve the issue for Sprint Tour owners. Sadly, the app is only available in the US so if you live elsewhere you may have issues finding a direct download for the latest version which is currently sitting at 1.6.2.

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BeeJive IM releases v2.1 beta for BlackBerry

BeeJive IM releases v2.1 beta for BlackBerry

BeeJive IM has long been a go to application for BlackBerry users not satisfied with the built in BlackBerry instant messaging clients. Given that BeeJive IM combines all your IM applications (GTalk, MSN, AIM etc.) into one, it makes it easier to manage. The latest version was released a few days ago in beta form. Version 2.1 can now be downloaded OTA direct from the BeeJive website. One thing to consider is that it is a beta application, so some bugs are pretty much expected. You can help by offering some feedback in the BeeJive IM support forums.

Updates & Bug fixes in this release:

  • Notifications & Alerts updated.
  • Chat scrolling updated.
  • Global Pop-ups fixed.
  • various other bug fixes & enhancements

New features from current production version:

  • added a preference to launch BeejiveIM when the device starts up.
  • added ability to send image / file from camera app. 

If you're interested in checking out the beta which is available is available for devices running OS 4.2.1 and up, be sure to grab the right version for your device. Otherwise, you may have some issues with compatability.

Source: BBRocks
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Review: iLock for BlackBerry

Review: iLock for BlackBerry

iLock keeps prying eyes, and quick thumbs, from accessing private information on your BlackBerry. It’s a quirky relationship between you, the world and your BlackBerry. You want to use your BlackBerry to gain access and learn about everything in the world. You also don’t want the world to gain access and learn about everything on your BlackBerry. Is it selfish? No, you just want to make sure personal information remains personal. As it stands, the current BlackBerry security options seem to take the ’all or nothing’ type of approach; either you block access to the BlackBerry entirely or leave it open for the world to see. What if you wanted to show off an image or video from your last family vacation? Passing your BlackBerry onto another will allow them access to private emails, notes and other documents. Choosing to hide these items doesn’t always work either.

iLock goes one step further into providing personalized security. This application has the ability to set a security password for each individual application, folder, file or module. You can show your boss your report from your last business trip, without him seeing what else you got up to (wink wink). Let’s check it out.

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Push2TalkPush2Talk

New to the CrackBerry app store is a cool app called Push2Talk. It does just what it says, providing two-way push to talk communication over BlackBerry devices. There have been a few attempts at this in the past (remember HipVoice?) and Verizon has even added the feature to the Tour 9630 and Bold 9650. The feature can be useful for a number of reasons, and $4.99, it's not going to break the bank.

Push2Talk installs on your device and has a simple interface. You can add contacts via PIN, and when accepted they instantly show in your contact list in the application. After you're up and running and have added a contact, just press the left convenience key and talk away. While the message isn't transmitted in real time, its pretty darn close. In tests it ran clear for the most part, with some messages getting clipped at the end (I found holding the key a bit after speaking helped this). There are a few downsides, the biggest of which is the app takes over the left convenience key. If you're on the homescreen and press the key, you'll be taken into the app (unfortunately there is currently no way to change this). Also, the messages are limited to 10 seconds or less which at first was kind of annoying, but once you get into it doesn't seem all that bad. There are two volume options and a message history (the app doesn't save messages, just shows a log) but no real settings after that. I didn't like the fact that the messages just start playing, and would have preferred an alert of sorts on the first message. Overall though Push2Talk is a pretty cool app that I'm sure some will find useful. For a one-time $4.99 fee its not a bad price if you have a good use for it. Hit the link below for more information.

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Contest Winners: OS6, ColorStarBB, BatteryEx, slotRadio+ and more

A good variety in the contests this week with some more great prizes. We had a few cool themes, a great utility app and some nice accessories. If you didn't win this week, as always just keep trying. More stuff on the way so you'll always have to chance to get in on the action. Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

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Stay out of summer school next year with Student Buddy

New to the CrackBerry Store, is Student Buddy, brought to you by Collaber Solutions LLC. I am prepared to be beaten for posting about an app to help you with school-in June. I also know that school should be the last thing on anyone’s mind right now, unless you are attending summer school. It is, however, best to be prepared. You want to start the new school year on a good note. One option is to start polishing apples. The other option is to try out Student Buddy. This application is a much more powerful itinerary than the ones you get at school (the ones you write all over). Student Buddy helps you manage your schedule, assignments and due dates. Features of Student Buddy include:

  • Today view in the home screen automatically displays summary of current classes and tasks after basic schedule was input.
  • A very detailed schedule planner.
  • Interactive multifunctional calendar including expanded month and week views.
  • Differentiate all the courses using colour labels.
  • Distinguish all the class types using predefined set of around 30 icons.
  • Automatic back up of the application can be taken using Desktop Manager.
  • Export & Import all the data in the application.
  • Reset the data whenever required.
  • Call your instructor directly from the application.

So the next time your teacher tells you to put your BlackBerry away, tell them “But, it’s my Student Buddy”. Just make sure you close BlackBerry Messenger, or whatever else you are actually doing, before they ask to see it. Student Buddy is on sale in the CrackBerry App Store for $4.99 until July 31st.

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Review: Ace Weather Forecasts for BlackBerry

Review: Ace Weather Forecasts for BlackBerry

How is the weather over there? The rainy May we had has started to spill over into the month of gloom, I mean, June over here. I’m sure it will clear up soon, so I can finally work on my Twilight complexion, minus the sparkles. It’s true! My BlackBerry told me so. How do you check the weather on your BlackBerry? Some users point their mobile browsers over to their trusted weather stations mobile site. Others decide to either slap on sunscreen or throw on a raincoat based on what their friends and family say on Facebook, Twitter, etc. For those who want the latest conditions and forecast information, I say it’s time for a BlackBerry weather application.

One of the many mobile mini meteorological marvels to mention (whew!) is Ace Weather Forecasts. Regardless of whether you are wondering about the conditions of where you are, where you’ll be or where you wish you were, Ace Weather Forecasts provides in-depth weather conditions for nearly every location around the globe. There’s a 100% chance of a review after the jump.

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Ok, RIM. Where is the latest theme builder for new devices?

It's been quite some time since I've felt the need to rant about BlackBerry Theme Builder. Yes, it still has some issues but with the last update it turned out to be the best of what has been offered so far. Now we are once again reaching that point where I'm beginning to wonder what exactly is going on. The last time we looked at some of the issues with theme builder it was when the previous version (Plazmic) and its website went missing. At that time, we were told that Plazmic was being brought in house at Research In Motion so that it could be looked at closer and be given the proper treatment and makeover it deserved.

Shortly after that came the release of BlackBerry Theme Builder at the BlackBerry Developers Conference. In that time a lot of emphasis was placed on themes with the launch of BlackBerry App World and then the subsequent addition of themes into BlackBerry App World. After the intial hoorah, not much has been happening on the BlackBerry Theme Builder front

We now have two brand new devices on the market being the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Awesome. So what's the problem? Developers have no way to build themes for these devices as of yet based on the fact that Research In Motion has not released a compatible version of BlackBerry Theme Builder. (Yes, workarounds exist for the 9650 but still, they shouldn't be needed) It seems as though BlackBerry theme developers have been left behind once again here. One could reason and say maybe they are waiting for DevCon to release the newest version but, try telling that to the folks who are missing out on themes. 

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Backupify – free backup for your mail, contacts & calendar

My personal email account is managed through Gmail it works well and it's free. Truthfully I don't stay up at night worrying that Google is going to come crashing down one day and I'm going to lose my data, but if there was a free automated independent service why not put it to work? Enter Backupify; they are powered by Amazon S3 so it's reliable. Backupify offers free automated storage for multiple accounts: Flickr, Twitter, Hotmail, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Address Book and Facebook.

I first learned of this service when I was looking to close my Facebook account and wanted an easy way to get my data out of that privacy nightmare. After a few quick clicks I had a Backupify account and a couple clicks later it was backing up Facebook, every 7 days automatically. When the weekly backups are complete I receive a status update email reporting that the backup was successful.

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LinkedIn for BlackBerry updated - Now includes support for Pearl and Storm users

LinkedIn for BlackBerry just got a nice update to correct some bugs and add additional features. Version 1.1 is now available for download via BlackBerry App World and the LinkedIn website directly. The latest version adds some long awaited support for the BlackBerry Pearl and BlackBerry Storm as well, include many bug fixes for other devices. Check out the breakdown of new features listed below:

  • Localized for members in Italy and Brazil
  • More detail is provided of what your connections have changed on their profile. You can now see what sections have been changed (Education, Headline, Experience, etc.), as well as when your connections adding things like an Instant Messenger account, Twitter account, or adding their birthday to their profile.
  • Bug fixes like improvements to BlackBerry font usage and the BlackBerry Contacts application is updated if you’ve enabled address book integration with LinkedIn. 

If you are a LinkedIn user, this update should correct some, if not all the issues you have been seeing with the application. Check it out, let us know in the comments if this release is working any better for you.

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Virtual Vault is a soon to be released app that simply backs up your emails to the micro SD card in your device. If you get many emails throughout the day, you know that some go missing from time to time or get deleted by mistake. With Virtual Vault you can be worry free, knowing that all of your sent and received emails are safe on your memory card. Use the app to archive emails or even move them to another device. A consumer edition will be available, as well as a planned Enterprise edition later this year.

Contest: Virtual Vault will be publicly available soon, but we have 10 pre-release copies so a lucky few can get in on the action early. Just leave a single comment with your device model and OS version, and we'll pick 10 winners to check out the app. Contest ends Sunday at midnight PDT. 

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BlackBerry Pearl 3G unboxing video and first impressions

Hands-On Unboxing Video and Kevin's First Impressions of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G and going the SureType lifestyle

Bla1ze already posted a great BlackBerry Pearl 3G review up here on the CrackBerry blogs (check it out if you missed it), but I just had to follow-up with a little unboxing video of my own. Bla1ze's Pearl 3G came as a review loaner unit from Rogers, so it actually didn't have the same packaging and stuff in the box that you'll get if you buy one of these devices for yourself. Having been jonesing to try the new Pearl out for a while now, I went down to my local Rogers dealer on Thursday evening (June 3rd) and picked one for myself and have been exclusively using the device for a full three days now. I recorded the unboxing video on Friday afternoon, halfway through the first day of use, and followed up Saturday and Sunday putting the new Pearl to everyday use. Keep reading for the unboxing video and some first impressions.

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