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BlackBerry Theme Central's $3 Theme Sale!

BlackBerry Theme Central's $3 Theme Sale!
I love these types of sales! A few hours ago I got an email from Shayne over at BlackBerry Theme Central letting me know he was planning on having a HUGE sale on all his available themes. Almost everyone can get in on this action (Sorry, new Storm owners), whether you are still rocking an 8700 or if you have managed to upgrade to a brand new Bold, you can now grab a nice new theme for the small price of only $3. Be sure to check the OS requirements on the themes and your device as well, as the themes come in varying array and the sale ends on Nov. 25th.

Bud Light Party Favors Application!

Bud Light Party Favors Application!

Here is a cool little application that is bound to give people a few laughs, especially if you like cheesy pick up lines and bar games. The application being given out as a party favor for the Bud Light Party Cruise, consists of 4 mini applications built into one. 

Bud Light Locator
Bud Light wants to help you find the next party. Put in your address and search. We'll even give you directions to the new bar. (Awesome, indeed)

Pick-Up Line Generator
"Never be without a good pick-up line." --Aristotle (or was it Mark Twain?). With Bud Light Party Favors you'll always have something "charming" to say. And if the bar is loud, you can just show them your phone! (Don't hold me accountable if you get slapped lol)

Cards
Whoever gets the highest card loses and has to buy the next round. It's a great game to make up your own rules! (A quick game to play for beers)

Not IT!
Now you and your friends have a way to determine who has to buy the next round of Bud Light without the mess. What can you do with a spinning Bud Light? (Think of a modern day Spin The Bottle lol)

Overall a cool application to get a few laughs and win ya a few beers next time while you are out at the bar. You can grab the application from the Bud Light Party Cruise website for free and is available for all devices. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.

Nitro Bottom Zen Now Available For The Bold!

Nitro Bottom Zen Now Available For The Bold!

This theme has me stoked. I remember when I got my Curve many, many moons ago and one of the first themes I had purchased (Renegade) was from ThemeBerry. Now having retired my Curve, I was wondering if I would ever get a chance to have that theme I purchased on my Bold.

As luck would have it the guys at ThemeBerry reached out to me a few days ago and let me know they were indeed planning on bringing forth some Bold themes for all us new owners out there. This is the first of those. And what a way to start off! Nitro is amazing with its crisp icons and overall sharp look to it (gotta love the Bold's display). The best way I can describe it is "smooth" feeling. The icons of course are user customizable and definitely look right at home on this theme.

Nitro Bottom Zen theme is available for $7 and can be purchased in the ShopCrackBerry.com Software Store and is also avaible in L and Today/Bottom Zen versions. If you don't have a Bold, be sure to check out the other themes from ThemeBerry (which were all recently updated to make the icons user customizable) as well as their forum thread which tracks all their latet releases.

Instango 2.0 Now Available For BlackBerry!

Instango 2.0 Now Available For BlackBerry!

One of the best things about our beloved BlackBerry devices is the multitude of options available for communications while using them. Everything from MSN, Google Talk, right down to ICQ (does anyone even use that any more?!). The only problem with all of these options, especially if you are a user of several messaging platforms, is that it means having to open numerous applications all at once on your device, which becomes a pain in the butt. Instango looks to be able to solve this problem for us BlackBerry users and gives us a convergance of those applications and much more.

Their newly updated version of Instango is vastly improved upon the previous versions and brings a ton of new features to the table as well. They have listened to the community and brought us the following with their latest update:
  • Complete rewrite of the user interface
  • Multiple Account support (ie: 2 AIM, 1 MSN Accnt.)
  • WiFi Support
  • Improved battery cosumption when running the app
  • Better usage of data compression,saving on data usage
  • Message list integration on OS 4.6
  • Many, Many Bugfixes

Having used this application at its first launch, I can say this version is a great improvement over what it was and well worth a look.

For a further peek into the application, head on over to the features page and have a look. The services expand well beyond just IM integration all the way to now using Instango as an RSS reader and sending voice messages, files and pictures. 

Curve 8900 Simulator Now Available!

Curve 8900 Simulator Now Available!

Time for a little break from all the Storm news. This is for all of you who are actually waiting for the BlackBerry Curve 8900! Made available yesterday on BlackBerry.com, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 device simulator is now available for all to grab. So if you want to get a fake "hands on" with the device (although I see it as just a big tease), be sure to head on over to the BlackBerry download site to get your fix.

[ Hat Tip ]

MySpace Finally Hits BlackBerry!

MySpace Finally Hits BlackBerry!

Well it's been a long wait for MySpace fans, but the time has come. Announced back in September officially, the new MySpace application is now available from the MySpace dedicated BlackBerry page as well as being placed on the BlackBerry homepage. I'm personally not a MySpace user but I know a lot of the CrackBerry nation is, so with that being said be sure to let everyone know what you think about the new application in the comments.

What to expect from the new application:

  • A full messaging interface, including comments, bulletins and messaging Real time status and mood updates.
  • Find, add, and respond to friend requests.
  • Camera integration and optimized photo management allowing users to snap, sort and upload pictures anytime and anywhere.
  • View and comment on friends’ albums and photos.
  • Notification of new MySpace events (message and friend requests).

Get it now>>>

50% Off All Elecite Themes This Weekend!

50% Off All Elecite Themes This Weekend!
Been holding off on getting that nice new theme for your BlackBerry? Now is the time to head on over to Elecite because for this weekend only they have all their premium themes on sale for 50% off the original cost. All themes have been exported to be user customizable as well, so grab yours using the coupon code "elecite" at checkout. They have quite a few new themes, such as their new iBerry Bold as well as Cynosure. Their is something here for all devices, so get crack'n on this one cause it's only a short sale ending on the 9th.

New Bold Animated "Jet Fighter" Theme From Elecite!

New Bold Animated "Jet Fighter" Theme From Elecite!

By now you are probably just getting comfortable with your new BlackBerry Bold, whether you bought it for use on AT&T or unlocked it for another carrier. And of course with the purchase of a new device, comes the oppurtunity to get some new things to go along with that new device, be it software, accessories or personalization media like ringtones, wallpapers and themes. What better way to start dressing up your Bold than with a new theme to show it off?. Elecite has just launched a new animated theme for the Bold and with a slick interface and custom icons. This one is sure to please a lot of you new Bold owners. Check out a video of the high flying "Jet Fighter" theme in Bold action after the jump.

FlyCast Goes Live On BlackBerry!

FlyCast Goes Live On BlackBerry!

This folks is something I have been waiting for ever since Kevin mentioned it even before the BlackBerry Developer Conference. Now while the wait was a little bit of a killer for me personally, I'm finally able to say the wait is indeed now over and was well worth the it. FlyCast has come to your BlackBerry and has come bringing all of what it promised.

Never heard of FlyCast? You should read CrackBerry more! With over 1,000 channels of Music and entertainment, FlyCast stands and delivers an experience that I think BlackBerry users have been waiting for, with all this content being able to be streamed directly to your device for no charge to you, who can refuse. Content is king and FlyCast brings it to you.

A Fresh Today Plus Theme For Your Bold!

It's another lazy Sunday for me, hope you all are enjoying what's left of your weekend, since the BlackBerry news has been kind of slow today I wanted to take the time to let you all know about a new theme from JC-Designs . John has been busy making a good amount of themes lately and this one should appeal to the person who's not so big on custom icons, but actually prefers the styling of the built in Bold icons.

Here we have a Today Plus theme for the Bold (OS 4.6) with a few twists to it, the bottom dock rise's up when icons need to be chosen and they also jiggle. You'll find some unique icon placement here with an application (of your choosing) up in the top right, which makes for convenient switching of apps. As stated this uses base icons, so if you're like me and find the Original icons just as nice as some of the "custom" icons be sure to check this theme out.I know I use this one when I need to be kept "organized", now stop laughing..I do have some organizational skills, but only because they are built into my BlackBerry lol.

The Today Plus Bold theme is available for $7 and can be purchased in the ShopCrackBerry.com Software Store or on your device at CrackBerryAppStore.com.

Real iBerry Blocks Today Plus!

Hope everybody's week is off to a good start. Just wanted to do up a post and let you all know that one of the most popular themes in the CrackBerry Store got another wicked update a few days ago. The Real iBerry series is now available in a fresh new Today Plus version for the Bold, and this time around you have all the features of a Today theme but now you also have an animated zen bottom dock. The bottom dock is hidden until you scroll over top of it, then almost like an elevator it pops up and displays your shortcuts, which are animated as well, and give you a nice "jiggle" effect when chosen. Icons, as always with JC Designs themes, are nice and crisp and just feel like they belong. Enjoy this one folks.

The Real iBerry Blocks Today Plus Bold theme is available for $7 and can be purchased in the ShopCrackBerry.com Software Store or on your device at CrackBerryAppStore.com.

*UPDATE*-John has updated this theme to be compatible with other devices, with slight differences and added a new "crossbar" style as well.

You can check out the new revisions in the forums, with 83xx,88xx and even 87xx devices being supported.

Can PageOnce Help You?

Can PageOnce Help You?

Life can be a little disorganized at times, between appointments, family time, bills, work and just about anything else that happens to pop up in the run of a day that may often cause chaos for a lot of people trying to juggle all those things. A new free application for your BlackBerry has been released to help over come some of those frustrations.

One thing I noticed in the forums that gets asked a lot is "is their an app that can help me control....", and this question usually pertains to an aspect of life such as bills, credit card statements, online purchases etc..etc. Now finally, I have an answer that fits into so many of those blank spots that it is simply amazing. Allow me to introduce you all to PageOnce.

Qik Now Available For BlackBerry!

This is awesome!! Long something that was available on Nokia phones and even the iPhone, Qik has announced and released (I love it when a company announces AND releases same day... RIM could learn from this!) a version that is compatible with BlackBerry devices. Never heard of Qik you say? Well it's like this - it's a streaming video application made for your phone which allows you to record videos using your devices camera and upload them live to Qik.com. Friends and family can then log in and watch you streaming or after the stream is completed they can view and even download the videos. Qik also has many social network integration options such as Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube, Blogger and more. Pretty Cool if ya ask me!

Devices currently supported are as follows: BlackBerry Pearl 8120, BlackBerry Pearl 8130 (Running 4.5 OS is a must), and BlackBerry Bold. BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 will follow soon. Now keep in mind this is a new app which is currently in Alpha form, I had some issues with getting it to work on my Rogers Bold, took me 3 installs to get it too function but don't let that scare you away from trying it. Also fair to point out best results were with WiFi then 3G and then of course EDGE.

Read the release notes first as they contain instructions and then create an account. If you give Qik a go, be sure to report back in the comments and let us know how it went!

*UPDATE* - Qik has just informed us that the BlackBerry Curve 8320 and 8330 are now listed under supported devices.

AT&T Releases Bold OS 4.6.0.167!

AT&T Releases Bold OS 4.6.0.167!
With all the news surrounding the AT&T Bold launch one of the questions I have seen frequently asked in the forums is "What OS is it coming with?"..well currently up on the AT&T Software download site is 0S 4.6.0.167 , this is the latest official OS that is available even the Rogers Bolds are now just getting their upgrade to 4.6.0.162, maybe some of you out there will wanna grab this and try it out and as always if you are new to updating your OS, be sure to check out our BlackBerry 101: How to Install or Upgrade to a New RIM BlackBerry Operating System (OS).

Thanks to Hooper for sending this in!

San Francisco Hosts AT&T Bold Launch Party!

San Francisco Hosts AT&T Bold Launch Party!

While the rest of the general public is still waiting for an official launch from AT&T, guests that were in attendence at the AT&T Bold launch party in San Francisco last night actually walked away with the devices in hand. Now this news makes me wonder -- considering there was an AT&T branded device that went up on sale on ebay earlier on, did someone get their hands on one of those devices a little early or are we actually gonna get to see an official launch soon on AT&T due to all these devices actually being handed out now? If you all remember previous Bold launch party attendees got vouchers -not the device in hand.

 [ via BlackBerryNews ]

T-Mobile Shows 8320 Some 4.5 Love

T-Mobile Shows 8320 Some 4.5 Love
This post is for all you T-Mobile 8320 users out there that have been hesitant in updating your device using another carriers OS. T-Mobile has posted their official 4.5 OS for the 8320 Curve, after the upgrade you will be rocking the official 4.5.0.81. And of course, if you are unsure of how to upgrade your OS, we got you covered check out our BlackBerry 101: How to Install or Upgrade to a New RIM BlackBerry Operating System (OS).

Go Grab The Update>> 

Plazmic 4.6 Gets Official Treatment

Plazmic 4.6 Gets Official Treatment

Hey everybody,I figured I'd get this out of the way before Kevin comes along and steals my spotlight by showing you some nice new pictures of the Storm and whatever else he can dig up at the Developers Conference lol. I had a sneaky suspicion this was coming anyways - it really would make no sense at all if this didn't show up at DevCon.

Now all you theme makers out there will have a great interest in this little bit of news, so I'm glad to bring it to you. The Plazmic 4.6 CDK has gone official on the BlackBerry site and is available for download. The upgrade you will see is from bundle 20 to bundle 24, and yes I can confirm that nasty crash bug with using your own fonts has indeed been corrected. With an official launch and less crashyness, let's get crack'n on some nice themes everyone.

Grab it over at BlackBerry.com >>

Introducing iBold From Elecite

Introducing iBold From Elecite
A few days after blogging about some unique themes from Elecite, where I made mention of hoping some BlackBerry Bold themes were coming soon, Peter took the time to email me and let me know they definitely had Bold themes in the works.

The iBold theme is the first theme for the BlackBerry Bold from Elecite. With user-arranged icon locations, a nice fullscreen banner and great animation for icons when selected, this is truly a clean and unique looking theme. I love how the calendar sits in the "blank" spot allowing for daily events to be highlighted.

You can pick this new theme up over at Elecite for $6.99 and while you are there might as well check out the contest from eVeek and Elecite, especially if you are a theme maker... you could win yourself some cash and prizes, with a total of $500 being given away to those who showing off the best theme building skills.

CrackBerry 4.5 OS Roundup.

CrackBerry 4.5 OS Roundup.

With a lot of the CrackBerry news as of late being focused on newly released and soon to be released devices, it's easy to forget that a lot of BlackBerry users out there are still waiting for official versions of the 4.5 OS to be launched. Before any of this Storm and Bold and Kickstart stuff even surfaced users concentrated on who had the latest 4.5 release, well... finally... I'm glad to say the search is coming to a close as more and more carriers quietly announce 4.5's availability. After the jump I've gathered up offical links for the latest in 4.5 OS versions for everyone. If you are having issues with updating your OS, you can always refer to the BlackBerry 101 on just how to do it. Don't forget, you can also visit BlackBerry.com/upgrades (need to use Internet Explorer) and follow the instructions on screen to find and install the latest officially available OS for your device.

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