A closer look at the BlackBerry 6 home screen

A closer look at the BlackBerry 6 home screen

With the release of BlackBerry 6 getting closer, everyone is curious to see more of what makes it tick. This morning Inside BlackBerry posted up some more screens as well as a short interview with Joey Benedek, Director of UX Research at RIM. We can see here (as we knew already) that the home screen is totally redesigned, but as noted is still familiar - meaning you won't have trouble finding things or getting around. The home screen will have 5 different views to scroll between, including Favorites, All, Frequent, Media and Downloads. Another cool feature is the "quick access areas" that will allow you to select different items such as the clock or signal meter to be taken right to the app or settings. Overall a much better experience that is definitely worth looking forward to.

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Monsoon Multimedia now taking pre-orders for the Vulkano streaming media device

Streaming media devices such as Slingbox have been around for awhile, but today Monsoon Multimedia announced they would be taking pre-orders for their new Vulkano media device. According to what I've read in their press release, the Vulkano takes streaming media experience to a whole new level.

"When connected to a set-top box and a TV, Vulkano enables a complete video experience across Android, Blackberry, iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs and the living room TV. Vulkano allows users for the first time to experience their TV channels, videos and photos on whichever screen they want, when they want it." 

Vulkano users will have the ability to download an application to their BlackBerry and then watch and control any home TV channel through a wired, Wi-Fi, or 3G connection from anywhere in the world. Users will also be able to access a program guide and schedule recordings, and watch those programs at anytime on their BlackBerry. 

I am extremely excited for the Vulkano, and you can count on us to post a full review just as soon as they are released. For now, you can go to the Vulkano website for info on pricing and to pre-order. Check after the jump for the full press release.

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Contest winners: BeFroyo, Ubuntu, VQ Mileage Tracker, BlackBerry case and more

Another week down with some great contests. We gave away a BlackBerry case of choice as well as some great themes and a few apps for good measure. Thanks to everyone for dropping a comment, and congrats to all the winners. Hit the jump for the full list!

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BlackBerry Curve 3G coming to Bell Mobility August 12th

It looks like Bell Mobility is all set for the release of the upcoming BlackBerry Curve 3G (Curve 9300). The carrier is ready to drop the HSPA device on August 12th and should be getting units in stock as early as next week. We did see this coming a few days ago, and the "Curve 3G" name looks to be the winning moniker for release as well. The device will carry the standard features including 256MB flash memory, a full QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth and the fleet of native apps. No word if the Curve 3G is headed to any other carriers just yet, but it's safe to assume it won't be long before it lands elsewhere.

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Official: OS 5.0.0.748 released by Bell for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G (9100, 9105)

Yes, it's true. I missed out on this realease when it first came out. For that, I apologize. But, I do have good reason. You see, the OS 5.0.0.748 that Bell made official recently was actually leaked even before the BlackBerry Pearl 3G had even managed to hit any carriers and since I had it loaded, I totally became oblivious to the fact that it had never launched with that OS. In any event, it's here now for anyone who owns a BlackBerry Pearl 3G to download and enjoy. It's a solid OS on a solid device. Remember though, if Bell is not your current carrier you will need to remove the vendor.xml file before installation. Hat tip to everyone who sent this in to us, noting we had missed it. ;)

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BlackBerry 9800 and BlackBerry 6 Ready to go for BlackBerry App World?

When the BlackBerry Pearl 3G launched just about 2 months ago now, some new owners were quite saddened by the fact that BlackBerry App World was not updated to reflect the device launch. Launching BlackBerry App World on the BlackBerry Pearl 3G showed you some applications that may have worked on your device but, it also showed you themes that certainly did not work.

Research In Motion seems to be jumping ahead this time around and preparing BlackBerry App World ahead of schedule by already having it listed in the developer portal. This will allow BlackBerry developers to upload already tested applications to BlackBerry App World in time for launch.No telling what, exactly the theme situation will be when it launches considering Research In Motion just not too long ago updated Theme Studio but as expected made no mention of the BlackBerry 9800 at that time.

Here's hoping the SDK's needed for BlackBerry 6 enabled devices are more then readily available to all soon. PS: Developer downloads have been showing the BlackBerry 9800 devices downloading apps from App World for a while now, so I'm guessing field testers and Research In Motion have certainly been putting it to the test.

Source: BBLeaks

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BlackBerry 9800 coming to Vodafone UK in Sept / Oct?

BlackBerry 9800 coming to Vodafone UK in Sept / Oct?

Since we have AT&T, Rogers pretty much nailed down for the BlackBerry 9800, BBLeaks has been hearing that users of Vodafone UK may soon also be able to get their hands on it as well. Of course, we have to take it all with a grain of salt but a September / October timeframe has been placed thus far. Any Vodafone UK users out there hoping this is more fact rather then rumor? Even if it doesn't turn out to be Vodafone, surely some UK carrier across the pond will pick this device up? You betcha.  BBLeaks also points out that Telefonica, Orange, T-Mobile UK and O2 are currently testing as well.

Source: BBLeaks

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Updated NFL Mobile now available from Verizon Wireless

Starting last week the updated NFL Mobile app was being pushed to Verizon Bold 9650 users. The app has the same guts as in previous years but adds in some features to keep things fresh. While it rings in at a whopping 2.8MB download, it does pack quite a punch if you're at all a fan of the NFL. You can get breaking news, highlights, video on demand and more. Follow the preseason with stats and updates all the way to kickoff. When the season starts, NFL Mobile brings live video and audio as well as the RedZone Fantasy Tracker. Verizon 9650 users should see a download icon pop up if you haven't already.

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UAE calling BlackBerry a security risk; Future for device's unknown

The United Arab Emirates is calling BlackBerry devices a security risk. The UAE telecom regulator said "BlackBerry operates beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation" since the data services for the device all take place offshore and stated usage may have "serious social, judicial and national security repercussions". Since all BlackBerry data is relayed through servers that are not operated directly by local mobile carriers, their operation is said to be outside the national security legislation from 2007. There have been no comments from either the UAE or RIM directly, so the future of BlackBerry devices there is still unknown for the time being.

Source: Yahoo!

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NextMail now available on all Sprint BlackBerry devices

Sprint announced today that their NextMail service is now available across all of their BlackBerry devices. The service allows users to easily send voice messages to up to 50 email or SMS contacts with a few simple clicks. This is extremely useful for businesses or consumers on the go who need a way to send messages quickly without having to fire off an email/SMS while driving or having to wait in a phone queue for a dispatcher.

NextMail allows mobile professionals to instantaneously send a recorded voice message to up to 50 e-mail addresses, or also send the voice message via text message to up to 50 mobile devices and receive a "Listen to" notification. The message can easily be sent with the push of a button (Direct Connect on a Nextel device, or Send on any Sprint or Nextel device). It is a quick and simple way to record, document and share information from the field to office colleagues - no more need for handwritten notes or thumb-typing on small keypads.

In addition, NextMail Professional (previously known as NextMail Locator) enhances the standard service by offering users the ability to include location information and pictures with a NextMail message. For example, first responders, inspectors and others can use this tool to document, validate and share the details involved in an incident, including its GPS location and interactive map, photos and provide their command centers with real-time situational awareness.
 

The NextMail service is available for $7.50/month per user, and NextMail Professional is available for $19.99/month per user. To learn more, check out the demo via the link below or head to NextMail.com.

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BlackBerry theme roundup for July 26th, 2010 - 25 copies of !Futurism to be won!

Contest: 25 Copies of !Futurism to be won. Leave a comment!

I spent a lot of time sifting through the forums this week, looking for a few good themes to include in the roundup alongside some of the great tips I received on the tip line. If you happen to be a theme junkie, yet haven't browsed through our forums, you really are missing out, I would suggest you remedy that as soon as humanly possible to get your hands on some seriously good themes. That said, I have a few great ones to show you, so hit the jump and see the best of the best for this week!

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Howdy CrackBerry Idol fans! It's Monday morning as I type this and we figured the timing was right to post a little update on where things are at in the competition. Round 1 saw 24 competitors duke it out with their BlackBerry app reviews and 10 competitors get voted on by the community to Round 2. Round 2 is the featured BlackBerry accessory review, and the competitors have all picked their review topics and are now hard at work on their next round of entry posts. So while the blogs will be quiet this week, don't fret... CB Idol is still in action and behind the scenes the tough work is being done. Next week we'll start posting the reviews to the blogs - one per day. Check out the video above and stay tuned for more!

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 25 July 2010

More BlackBerry 9800 parts go on sale from Truesupplier as launch seems close
If you are among the folks out there who like to modify your BlackBerry devices with custom bezels, housings, trackpads and more then Truesupplier is looking to gail your love. They have most recently pumping out parts for the BlackBerry 9800 in a fashion not really seen with any other device. In the past, in order to get a lot of parts one had to wait until actual release of the device, then more and more parts became available. This doesn't appear to be the case with the BlackBerry 9800. Right now, if you check em out you'll find red, white and black housings available for the BlackBerry 9800 so if you're looking to get ahead a bit on your parts ordering you might wanna check em out.

Source: BBNews.pl

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Another quick look at the BlackBerry Curve 9300

Another quick look at the BlackBerry Curve 9300

The folks over at BBGeeks have brought us all another quick look at the BlackBerry Curve 9300. All in all, not a whole lot of new information has come about for the BlackBerry Curve 9300 but, we pretty much know all there is to know about it anyways. The specs have been known for a while now and we've even got the majority of carriers that will be taking it on, ie: T-Mobile, Bell, Rogers etc.

Some rather new information to come from the article over at BBGeeks though is that according to some of their sources, there is still a chance for those of you out there that pick up the BlackBerry 9300 to get at least a taste of BlackBerry 6 with this device. According to what BBGeeks has been hearing, there is still a slight chance (70/30) we'll see the WebKit browser placed into this device. So while it'll not be a full blown version of the media-centric BlackBerry 6 we've seen of late, it will have the updated browser.

All things considered, it really doesn't make sense to put a full blown version of BlackBerry 6 on the BlackBerry Curve 9300. It was not designed for that purpose. it was designed to be a cost effective communication tool and not a mediacentric workhorse that we've come to expect from say the BlackBerry 9800. Personally, if I was concerned about device cost yet, still wanted to have a functional BlackBerry device on hand there is no reason to not pick up the BlackBerry 9300 when it arrives across carriers. All too often we forget, some folks don't need the latest and greatest. Some folks just need something that just works.

Source: BBGeeks

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Help Us Help You: Take the CrackBerry Visitor Survey!

Pardon the interruption in our regularly scheduled cracktastic programming, but we need to pause for a few minutes to better learn about you! We know all readers and members of CrackBerry.com are interested in BlackBerry Smartphones (why else would you be here?!), but in an effort to better understand our site visitors and their needs and to make way for future site improvements, we want to know more.

If you're up for the challenge, it'll only take five or so minutes of your time and will help us pave the way for an even bigger CrackBerry.com that is better serving your needs. Much Thanks!!

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 - First live image!

BlackBerry Bold 9780 - First live image!

Well, that didn't take long at all. We noted the UAProf for the BlackBerry 9780 had been found now, Salomondrin has posted up the first live image of the device. BlackBerry 6 in full effect, taking on the form of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 except with a darker bezel that BlackBerry Bold 9780 is looking might fine to me. For me, the Bold 9700 is the perfect device so transitioning to the 9780 is fine by me.

All the other specs we noted are accurate now, we can add with certainty that 512MB of RAM is on board for this release. The 5MP camera has yet to be documented as fact but, it seems to be a BlackBerry 6 standard judging from all the recent devices. What do you all think, will you buying into a BlackBerry Bold 9780 or passing? I'll be the brave one and say it, anyone upset with RIM on account of this device? I mean, it's a Bold 9700 with some slight changes that's all. Seeing this device just again raises the question whether or not the Bold 9700 will even get BlackBerry 6?

Source: Salomondrin

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BlackBerry 9780 outted via UAProf document - Another Bold series device?!?

For those of you who checked out our BlackBerry rumored devices page, you may have noticed where we mentioned the BlackBerry 9780. At the time, we listed it as the 9780 aka Onyx II purely based off rumor. Now, we have just a little bit more information to back that rumor up. As we've seen in past, Research In Motion is required to fill out UAProf documents for upcoming devices and well, they make them rather easy to find if one has the right information to go by. The latest, was updated on July 20th and it's clearly shows the BlackBerry 9780. BlackBerry 6 ready, 480 x 360 screen, GSM with 3G and finally 802.11 b/g (no wireless N oddly) are all listed specs. No other details at this time but now that its been outted so to speak, hopefully we'll get more info. 

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