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BlackBerry 8830 World Edition coming to Sprint

Our friends at Sprint have set up a website for the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition to let us know it will be available in July. Such a tease!

Talk about the 8830 Sprint site in the CrackBerry forums!


Verizon/BlackBerry 8830 World Edition

Following yesterday's RIM/Verizon announcement of the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition, we're pleased to show you an image of this sweet-looking device. I can't wait to get my hands on one!

Talk about the 8830 in the CrackBerry Forums


CrackBerry.com WAP Site Gets Even Better!

CrackBerry.com has been online now for nearly two months (seems like we have been around forever doesn't it?) and while we have accomplished a lot on our way to establishing the #1 site for BlackBerry users on the web, the Crack Team still has a lot of items left to check off on the CrackBerry.com To Do list.

But I'm happy to announce we checked one more item off the list yesterday with further improvents to the BlackBerry-friendly version of CrackBerry.com. When you visit http://wap.crackberry.com on your berry, you can now view all of the news and blog posts that are featured on the main website (in either text-only or with-image versions). 

This improvement follows last week's long-awaited addition of the WAP friendly version of the CrackBerry forums. Add these recent improvents to our existing berry-friendly store (that features tons of software downloads (with lots of free trials!)) and our massive link directory (that features hundreds of links to all the best mobile sites for viewing on your berry), and wap.crackberry.com is the only url you need to remember and the first place to go when firing up your mobile browser (actually, if you just type in crackberry.com it should redirect you to the wap site, but incase it ever doesn't, you know the full url).

And if you don't like typing in URLS, you can download our Desktop Launcher from the wap site so you're never more than one click away from us.

Stay tuned for further announcements...as Happy Gilmore said to Shooter McGavin, "We've Only Just Begun".


Confessions of a Young CrackBerry Addict

The following was posted in the CrackBerry Forums in the Confess Your BlackBerry Addiction thread by a young member of CrackBerry.com community. I thought it would make a nice post to get the weekend started. In fact, I think I'm going to get a new blog category created on this site called "CrackBerry Confessions" and we'll post some of the best stories we hear in the forums to it regularly.

Reasons I'm a CrackBerry
by member Businessceo1

I have a million reasons why I'm a CrackBerry, this is just a start: 

  • I was on my blackberry all through Church
  • I'm on it at work, between food orders (KFC)
  • I was Suspended from school for refusing to give it to teacher, after being caught using it during her Spanish class.
  • I fall asleep with it in my hands
    • and end up falling asleep much later because of it
  •  I find women blackberry users extremely attractive
  • I tend to have more respect for people who have blackberries
  • I'm in love with the LED light (Green or Red)
  • It has become my 7th finger, even when off
  • Longest distance without it was to the bathroom from my bedroom
  • I get mad, and ready to fight when some asks "is it a game?" or says "that thing"
  • It takes me twice as long to eat, because I won't put it down

Any of these sounds like you? I'm not 100% sure what a 7th finger is (I thought I had 10 to begin with??), but you definitely can't argue with his finding women blackberry users to be extremely attractive!! Anyways, I thought that was pretty good for a young CrackBerry Addict who still has so many years ahead of him to further fuel his BlackBerry addiction.

And speaking of BlackBerry Addictions, if you haven't registered yet for our Confess Your BlackBerry Addiction and WIN Giveaway , you had better get on it. You still have three big chances to win. May 1st we are drawing for the "Pimp my Berry" prize, which is $500 credit in the CrackBerry.com store which you can put towards software and accessories to take your Berry to the next level. And on June 1st we are having our Grand Prize Draw, the winner of which will receive $2,000 towards either "Getting Some Rehab" (a weekend vacation to getaway from your BlackBerry) or "Getting a Fix" (put that cash towards Berry stuff!).

To get in on the draw, all you have to do is become a Registered Member of CrackBerry.com. Once you're a member, you can give yourself an additional chance to win by telling us your best CrackBerry Addiction story. We have a panel of judges who are going to go through the confessions on June 1st and the best Confession will get a "special" prize (trust us, it will be good!).

Have a great weekend! 


JOB FLASH: BlackBerry Engineer wanted at AeroPrise, Inc.

AeroPrise Inc., based out of Mountain View, California, is seeking a BlackBerry Engineer to join their company. AeroPrise is an emerging leader in the HOT sector of enterprise wireless. Click Here for Full Job Details.

Have a BlackBerry job to fulfill? Post it now on the CrackBerry.com Job Board


R.I.M. Steps Forward with Reason for BlackBerry Failure

It looks like the Men with BlackBerries have finally come forward and offered an explanation for the Great BlackBerry Outage of 2007.

The cause? It was the installation of an insufficiently tested piece of software that set off a chain reaction through RIM's systems which quickly escalated into leaving five million BlackBerry users in North America without wireless email and web applications. Talk about forcing CrackBerry Addicts to quit cold turkey!

As CrackBerry.com earlier reported, the problem did indeed develop at RIM's network operations center which processes every e-mail message that travels to or from every BlackBerry in North America.

RIM said that the defective software was intended to improve the operation of the BlackBerry handling system’s cache. RIM did not believe the upgrade would turn into the mess that unfolded. Instead of improving operations, the upgrade “triggered a compounding series of interaction errors” between the cache and the database that is used to track operations. I would hate to be the guy who flipped the switch that made this all happen. (Note: if anybody at RIM is out of a job over this, be sure to send us an email - we'd gladly hire you to report/write for CrackBerry.com!).

It seems things then went from bad to worse. When the company determined that the database and the cache were not functioning properly, it attempted to switch to a backup system, by activating a "failover process" which of course then failed. "The failover process did not fully perform to R.I.M.’s expectations and therefore caused further delay in restoring service."
 
While RIM now says the system "continues to operate normally," it also noted that the company had not yet completed its analysis of the failure or fully developed a way to avoid it in the future.

"Proper analysis can take several days or longer and RIM’s commitment is to provide the most accurate and complete information possible in such situations." The company did confirm that the fault was not related to "core software infrastructure," hardware, a security breach or a lack of capacity.

I've already forgiven the Men with BlackBerries for the little hiccup in service. I'm just glad to have my BlackBerry up and running. But comes on Boys, lets make sure it doesn't happen again! 


North America Service Update from RIM

Here's a screen capture of RIM's North America Service Update that went out to BlackBerry Customers. We used our cleverness to make sure we stay on RIM's good side - we are not republishing the announcement, we are merely linking to a picture sent to us by a CrackBerry.com member that may contain some words of interest for our loyal and growing readership. 


Image courtesy of Pinstack.com.

Massive BlackBerry System Failure

Updated: Since approximately 7:15pm EST last night, reports have been coming in that Research in Motion is suffering a major outage all over the United States. Initial reports thought the problem was with local carriers, but as the issue has begun to unfold it is becoming clear that the problem lies within RIM's data network.

In addition to U.S. carriers, Rogers in Canada has been affected as well. In some cases users  are reporting they cannot send/receive email, access BlackBerry Enterprise Servers, or access the web or their service books. BlackBerry messaging seems to still be working, and some users seem to be exceptions to the rule with service still working (though be it slowly or erraticly). I can't even access the CrackBerry.com WAP site - what a shame!

Thanks to Harvey who got this news to me right away and is staying glued to the story over at his site FiscalTimes.com with updates:

Update, 11:22 pm, EST: There are scattered reports that some users are able to receive mail.

Update, 11:44 pm, EST: Reports indicate that all users of North American based Blackberry Enterprise servers are being affected. This includes users accessing North American BES servers internationally. RIM currently has no estimate on when they will be back online.

Update 12:23 am, EST: Some users claim that email has resumed.

Update 12:48 am, EST: Users who have spoken with RIM tech support are saying that this event started at 7:15 pm, EST. A few T-Mobile users are experiencing an intermittent resumption of email.

Update 2:35 am, EST: WNBC has picked up the story. According to them, “Officials said the problem would carry into the morning. For the moment, RIM officials recommend all who depend on their blackberry as a major way of communication should make some back-up plans.”

Update 7:00 am, EST: System remains down for most users.

Update 9:41am, EST: Some users are reporting that powering the device on and off will get messages flowing. Service still out for most of the United States with sporadic exceptions.

Update 10:15am, EST: CNN Money Reports RIM's email is back up, though some users may experience a delay in receiving messages as the backlog of emails is pushed through. A statement from the RIM said: "A service interruption occurred Tuesday night that affected BlackBerry in North America. E-mail delivery was delayed or intermittent during the service interruption. Root cause is currently under review, but service for most customers was restored overnight and RIM is closely monitoring systems in order to maintain normal service levels," the statement said.

We got on the story within minutes of the issue occuring, which has now been picked up everywhere. Be sure to report your status and talk more more about the BlackBerry System Failure in the forums. Were you affected? Are you back up running yet? History is being made with this one! 


Who is Mobilizing with BlackBerry? Free Video Case Study

Something free to get your Friday started right...

CrackBerry.com in its partnership with TradePub is pleased to offer a Free Video Case Study entitled "Who is Mobilizing with BlackBerry?".

This short video highlights BlackBerry customers in government and SMB using the wireless capabilities of BlackBerry for more than just email applications (and no, they are not using it to play in online poker tournaments!). In this video you will see how "mobility" is being redefined by BlackBerry, including:

  • Where the BlackBerry solution is being used
  • Types of BlackBerry device users
  • Types of applications being used
  • Size of deployments

If you have BlackBerries in your organization you will want to watch this video. You might just unlock some ideas to take things to the next level!

Watch the Video Here!

Image Courtesy of MiiCreator.com. I just started playing with a Nintendo Wii this week. The addiction is already starting - between CrackBerry Addiction and Wii Addiction I'm in serious trouble! Be sure to have a Great Wiikend!


YouTube Videos On Your BlackBerry

Thanks to the BlackBerry Web Video Generator you can now download and view YouTube clips right on your BlackBerry Pearl or BlackBerry 8800.

The software automatically downloads, converts, and optimizes the videos for play on your berry. The software is easy to install, easy to use, and only costs $20. If you pick it up from the CrackBerry.com store, use the discount code "SPRING10" and you'll save yourself 10%.

Need a good video to test it out on? Go for the CrackBerry anthem by Jack Benney!!


Vodafone BlackBerry 8300 Spotted!

This came up in the CrackBerry.com forums yesterday - it seems photos of a BlackBerry 8300 have been spotted on flickr! I guess this means our European Blackberry Addict friends may just be lucky enough to be using 8300s by summer!

Thanks Mr. M for taking the photos - see his 8300 collection here.


A BlackBerry Smartphone You Can't be Without?!

If you're a regular visitor to the site, you probably noticed last week that we made some changes to our main menu. In addition to the cool forums widget at the top right hand corner of the site that pulls the latest action in the forums, we've also introduced two new content areas - Job Board and Publications.

You'll be hearing more about the job board in the days ahead, but today I wanted to highlight our partnership with TradePub, which offers CrackBerry.com visitors and members the ability to subscribe for FREE to receive Trade Magazine Publications and Technical Whitepaper downloads. The offering is HUGE and covers a wide range of fields, so I guarantee you will find something relevant and worth reading in here. Please do check it out.

And in the meantime, for the BlackBerry Addicts out there, may I recommend checking out the on demand Web Cast Review of the BlackBerry 8800 entitled "A BlackBerry Smartphone You Can't be Without"


Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to our Early Bird Winners in the "Confess your BlackBerry Addiction and WIN Giveaway". Member mousie won the "Give Me a Taste" prize of $250USD to spend in the CrackBerry.com store. Our "Fridays in March"winners each pick up $30USD to spend in the CrackBerry.com store as well!

We still have two HUGE prizes to giveaway, so if you are not in the contest yet, get CRACK'n. All you have to do is become a registered member of CrackBerry.com (it's free, and only takes a minute). May 1st we are drawing for the "Pimp my Berry!" prize of $500 spending cash in the CrackBerry.com store. And on June 1st we have the GRAND PRIZE DRAW of $2,000USD. The money can either go to "Getting a Fix" ($2,000 worth of BlackBerry stuff) or "Getting Some Rehab" ($2,000 towards a Vacation from your BlackBerry getaway).

Check out a picture of the winning ballots after the jump. 


All of the winners are being contacted today, and have 5 days to claim their prize. Any unclaimed prizes will be drawn again. As we get more information on the winner's and the prizes they pick we will update it in the forums.

Congratulations again to the Winners! 


Aliph's Jawbone Bluetooth Headset

This surfaced in the CrackBerry forums late last week, but if you haven't it seen it yet, what you are now looking at is Aliph's new "Jawbone" bluetooth headset. It is VERY cool (unless of course you're a hater of bluetooth headsets in general - then they'll always look strange to you and you'll nevre see the beauty!).

Lots of pictures and a review of the Jawbone can be found at the-gadgeteer.com.

I've been working on a review of Motorola's H700 headset, which I bought a month ago. The H700 is a slick, smooth operating device, but seeing this almost makes me want to trade up!


Windows Live Search BETA available for BlackBerry

Windows released a BETA version of its Windows Live Search application for BlackBerries this week. Many Windows Mobile users have claimed Live Search as being even better than Google, but I don't think that can be said for the BlackBerry beta version just yet. I downloaded it, but my patience ran out fast when trying to use it (too S L O W). Granted it is still in Beta, so I'll uninstall the app for now and wait for the full release before I make my real judgement call.

At this time, the Live Search app can be downloaded for the United States and the United Kingdom (what - no Canada?!), and most versions of the Berry are supported. 

On your BlackBerry, head to wls.live.com and give it a try.

Your thoughts? 


ShowMate Wins Most Innovative Wireless Device Award

Laptops are out. BlackBerries are in. If you haven't heard of or seen the ShowMate yet, the odds are you soon will.

In case you didn't know, the Impacta ShowMate is pocket-sized device that weighs less than three ounces that enables mobile professionals to travel with nothing more than a wireless handheld on their hip and a ShowMate in their pocket. Full-featured PowerPoint presentations can now be viewed on the handheld or projected wirelessly by connecting the ShowMate to any projector or monitor. Presenters can roam freely to engage the audience, navigate to any slide to answer a question or emphasize a point and even view their notes on the handheld while presenting. The ShowMate transforms the handheld into a wireless remote control and personal teleprompter — it's the ultimate presentation tool. 

Better yet, the ShowMate is a winner! It was JUST awarded the Most Innovative Wireless Device Award at the Andrew Seybold Choice Awards presented this week at CTIA.

"Each of this year’s award winners have made significant progress in simplifying the user experience, which is critical to expansion in the wireless industry," said Andy Seybold, President and CEO of Andrew Seybold, Inc. "Impatica ShowMate goes a step further by adding a critical capability for the mobile professional - the ability to deliver PowerPoint presentations from their mobile device without having to drag along a laptop."

"What a great honor," exclaimed Michael Doyle, Chairman and CEO of Impatica Inc., "to win the Most Innovative Wireless Device category in the Andrew Seybold Choice Awards. This award is a tribute, not only to all of the dedicated employees at Impatica, but also to our strategic partners at RIM, Sony Ericsson, Palm and Microsoft and to our numerous customers, distributors and carrier partners who have consistently provided insight, encouragement and guidance in the development and evolution of the ShowMate."

Read the Full Release here...

Learn more about the ShowMate here...  


Thanks Steve! Apple's iPhone to boost BlackBerry sales

Look what just came in on the CrackBerry.com Bloomberg terminal...

"Hats off to Steve'' Jobs, Apple's leader, Research In Motion co-Chief Executive Officer Michael Lazaridis said in an interview yesterday at the CTIA Wireless conference in Orlando, Florida. "He made smartphones cool again. Now everyone wants one. He helped the entire industry."

"We complement each other really well," Lazaridis said. "We both focus on two entirely different markets. One is pure consumer and pure consumable. One is pure function and pure productivity.

Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, declined to comment.

My initial feeling when the iPhone was announced was that it might just turn out to be good news for RIM in the long run. I guess only time will tell... your thoughts?

Read the full story here.  


FREE BlackBerry WallPaper Maker

CrackBerry.com is happy to announce version 1.0 (still in beta) of it's free BlackBerry Wallpaper Maker! It's easy to use - simply upload any .jpg or .png image off your harddrive (keep it to a megabyte or less), choose the berry you have, choose the file type you want the output image to be (I personally like the .png - you don't lose any image clarity), and then enter the email address of your BlackBerry! Once the image arrives in your BlackBerry email box, simply save it to your pictures folder and "Set as Homescreen Image". You can thank Tom, our resident genius, for setting this one up. We're working on some version 1.01 already that will make this even slicker (color palette picker, and we're thinking of adding of adding a public wallpaper gallery - when you create your wallpaper you will have the option to add your creation to the public folder to be shared with other CrackBerry.com visitors!). But you know us - we can never wait to get things launched. It'll only get better! Give it a Go! Let us know how you like it! You can find the WallPaper Generator under Tools in the main menu, or by clicking here. For now, only registered users have access to the wallpaper generator. Not a registered member yet? Click here to join the community!

BlackBerry Job Board on the way!

CrackBerry.com & Jobcoin.com will soon be launching a job board for Blackberry professionals.  If your company is looking to hire Blackberry admins, developers, support staff, or sales/marketing staff in the BlackBerry space – we think the CrackBerry audience is an ideal place to search.  If you have immediate positions to fill, contact phartge@jobcoin.com about posting a job right away so you it can be listed for the launch of the new job board! We're aiming to go live for this Friday, so hurry!

In addition to everyone who visits this site, your job will also syndicate to other partner sites who are participating in the job board. Your job will be presented to 700,000 targeted visitors over the next 30 days (3 million pageviews!). 

Idokorro's new Citrix Presentation Client is a Hit!


I just touched base with the marketing director over at Idokorro to see how the release of their highly anticipated Citrix Presenation Server Client is going. The early results are in and it looks like Idokorro is going to score another slam dunk! The product launched this morning and the application has already received a lot of downloads and a lot of purchases (the numbers impressed me - and I'm not easy to impress!). This is no surprise considering every application produced by the company turns out to be the category killer for that segment.

If you haven't seen the release yet, you can read it in full after the jump: 

Idokorro Launches the Citrix Presentation Server Client for BlackBerry

Ottawa, ON, March 26, 2007 - Idokorro Mobile Inc., the leading innovator in mobile access solutions and provider of award-winning applications for wireless handhelds, is pleased to announce today's launch of their Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry®. Idokorro's solution gives BlackBerry users the ability to access and use any Windows application that is deployed on the Citrix Presentation platform.

Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry is a hotly anticipated solution for BlackBerry and Citrix users, giving them the ability to run Citrix-published applications like the Microsoft Office Suite, SAP, PeopleSoft, Crystal Reports, Cognos management tools and their Desktop-even view the graphical windows and control the mouse and keyboard-directly from a BlackBerry smartphone. By delivering a secure and reliable way for mobile employees to access important corporate resources, Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry significantly extends the value of both the Citrix Presentation Server platform and the BlackBerry wireless solution by increasing employee efficiency and productivity.

"As a global company, providing services around-the-clock is imperative. One way to accomplish this is to provide our employees with access to a wide range of applications from BlackBerry smartphones. By delivering these capabilities in a secure, intuitive, and easy-to-deploy solution, Idokorro's new mobile Citrix client will quite simply change the landscape of productivity," says Bill Townsend, System Analyst from CH2M HILL a global leader in full-service engineering, consulting, construction and operations.

"The world's largest and leading businesses rely on BlackBerry and Citrix Server implementations to help maximize their resources. It was a logical step to marry these two powerful technologies by developing a robust and intuitive Citrix client for BlackBerry smartphones. Our research also strongly indicates that demand for this kind of solution is very high," says Rob Woodbridge, President and CEO of Idokorro Mobile, Inc.

"Idokorro's Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry represents a significant step forward for mobilizing Citrix customers. By combining the pervasive BlackBerry smartphone with Citrix Presentation Server for application delivery, Idokorro's solution provides Citrix users new freedom to access their mission critical applications beyond email," says Chris Fleck, Citrix Vice President of Strategic Alliances.

"Idokorro continues to expand the horizon for mobile productivity by enabling BlackBerry users to now access the wealth of enterprise applications available through Citrix Presentation Servers," said Jeff McDowell, Vice President, Global Alliances, Research In Motion.

Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry is part of the Idokorro suite of applications for wireless handhelds that give users secure access to networks, servers, desktops and other devices, allowing most computing tasks to be performed from almost anywhere. The Idokorro suite currently consists of Mobile Admin, Mobile SSH, Mobile Desktop and Mobile File Manager. Mobile Admin allows IT administrators to use their wireless handheld to manage network servers including Microsoft Windows, Active Directory, Exchange, SQL; Lotus Domino; Oracle; Citrix Presentation Server; BlackBerry Enterprise Servers and much more. Mobile SSH supports full VT100, 5250 and 3270 terminal emulation so users can access and manage a wide range of network devices including Unix, Linux, Novell Netware, AS/400 servers, IBM mainframes, routers and switches. Mobile Desktop is a Remote Desktop and VNC client that lets users access computers from their wireless handheld, even view the desktop and control the mouse and keyboard. Mobile File Manager, designed for BlackBerry smartphones, is a professional file manager for remote and local files and supports Windows File Sharing, WebDAV, FTP and SFTP connections.
Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry and all other Idokorro products are available for 30-day fully functional free trials from the Idokorro website: www.idokorro.com .

About Idokorro Mobile, Inc.
Idokorro was founded in 2001 and is now the leader in providing mobile access solutions. Idokorro's products allow users to monitor, maintain, and manage their networks, computers, and other network devices from practically anywhere - streamlining operations, decreasing costly network down-time, and accelerating service responses. The company is self-financed and serves a global customer base of over 2000 corporations. For more information, please visit www.idokorro.com , or call 1.613.789.1818.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM assumes no liability and makes no representation, warranty or guarantee in relation to third party products or services. Citrix® and Citrix Presentation Server™ are trademarks of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners. 


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