Articles by Jared Dipane

BlackBerry Bold 9790 makes its way into UAProf document status

The BlackBerry Bold 9790, you know the clone of the 9780 but with the awesome added functionality of the touchscreen, has shown up yet again for us all to see, and this time via a UAProf Document. We have seen some previous news of this device, some leaked photos, a leaked OS, and a device tutuorial, but now we have some more official type documentation which shows RIM is planning on actually releasing this. While the exact specs of this device have yet to surface, and there is no release timeframe showing just yet, it is still exciting to see things moving forward with it. Is the 9790 with the smaller size and touch screen the next device that interests you, or would you rather the larger screen a bigger keyboard that the Bold 9900 brings?

Source: N4BB


Behind the scenes look at the life of a BlackBerry Developer

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A few days ago I was lucky enough to get to attend the BBM Hackathon event in New York City, where they brought together around 30 BlackBerry developers. The event was put together to bring some developers into the same room as the experts from RIM to see what they could develop from the BlackBerry Messenger Social Plaftform. This experience was rather eye opening as I am not sure that many end users understand just what goes into development of these applications that we love so much. While at the event I was able to gain a lot of insight from these guys, and there was tons that needed to be shared with you, so let's take a deeper look into what goes on behind the scenes, why these guys love the BlackBerry platform so much, and how much of a struggle they go through to determine proper pricing for their application.


BlackBerry Curve 9380 debuts in its very own silent film

A few days ago one of our forum members was lucky enough to show off some pictures of the BlackBerry Curve 9380 for us all to see, and now the folks at MacBerry.de have taken it infront of the camcorder to show it off a little bit more. The video shows off just how small the device is in comparison to some other devices, and while we are still boggled by the naming scheme that RIM has chosen, the device does look like one that will interest quite a number of you. The 3.25" display is powered by a 800MHz processor with 1GB of flash memory and 512MB of RAM on board. Hit the break to take a glance at some more pictures.

Source: MacBerry.de


BlackBerry Torch 9810 landing on AT&T on August 21

 

If you are on AT&T and have been dying to get your hands on one of the new BlackBerry 7 devices that just launched, your time is approacing. We have seen the coming soon page go live, and Bla1ze has been hard at work on a full review of the BlackBerry Torch 9810, but has teased us with a nice hands on, along with everything you need to know in under 10 minutes.  AT&T has posted on their Facebook page that the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is set to release on AT&T on August 21, and they are still touting it to be the first 4G BlackBerry Smartphone. Will you be picking one up, or are you waiting for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 to make its way to AT&T?

Update - AT&T has listed a price of $49.99 on a 2 year contract, which is quite a great price for this device. Does that sway your decision at all? 

Source: AT&T


Google set to supercharge the Android ecosystem after acquiring Motorola Mobility

 

Some rather interesting news taking place out in the Android world today as Google announced this morning that they have acquired Motorola Mobility for 12.5 billion dollars. This move is huge on Google's part, and they have said that they made the move to "supercharge the Android ecosystem" and believe that it is beneficial to partners, developers and consumers. While we all know the Kevin believes that Google should buy RIM, do you think that the move to buy Motorola Mobility was their first of many, or a solo deal just to get the patents that they owned, and that is it? Be sure to let us know your thoughts!

Source: Android Central 


Press Release: RIM Announces BlackBerry Management Center for Small Business

 

In efforts to continue to embrace new users and attract even more business users, RIM has announced that they will be launching a BlackBerry Management Center to cater to small business' of under 100 users. The goals of this are to make it easier for small companies to manage not only business owned, but also personal BlackBerry devices. The cloud styled service will allow users to back up their devices, wipe remotely including the SD card, reset passwords, and more with ease, and the best part is that it is a free online service for the users.

Press Release

RIM Announces BlackBerry Management Center for Small Business

Free Online Service Helps Small Businesses Centrally Manage and
Protect BlackBerry Smartphones in the Cloud

WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 08/15/11 -- Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) today announced BlackBerry(R) Management Center - a free online service(i) for small businesses to centrally manage company- or employee-owned BlackBerry(R) smartphones in the cloud and protect business-related content stored on the handsets. The service is designed for businesses with up to 100 BlackBerry smartphones that access email ervices from an Internet service provider (ISP) or web-based email services like Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo!.


Building on the BBM Social Platform - Kisai Labs shows us an early version of their latest creation

Some rather amazing things were happening at the BBM Hackathon, more to come on that later, but we were able to pull Jerome Carty from Kisai Labs away from the coding madness to show us an early version of his latest creation. The application, a Connect Four styled application, still remains nameless while features are added and the game development continues. This game is built on the BBM Social Platform, allowing nearly real time game play between BlackBerry devices.

As you can see above the gameplay is smooth and rather speedy, and while it sits a little on the basic side currently, tons of ideas are running through his head which he hopes to impliment soon. This is only the start of plenty of great things to come. The developers' poor fingers probably want to fall off at this point from all the coding, but they certainly are excited about everything that is coming!


DailyFinance names RIM Co-CEO's on Top 9 CEO's who need to be fired list, do you agree?

  Do you think RIM's Co-CEO's should be fired? 

An interesting piece was published this week by the folks at DailyFinance and it got us here at CrackBerry talking quite a bit about it, tossing around some ideas and thoughts, and we wanted to get your input as well. The article dives into 9 CEO's that they believe should be fired, and some of the business results behind why they say that.So it got us wondering, would it be a good idea to start fresh with some new CEO's at the top? We certaintly don't think so, but unfortunately some of you do agree.

We know RIM has been coming out with some new great stuff, look at the BlackBerry PlayBook, and the BlackBerry Bold 9900, but could the envelope be pushed even further with some fresh blood at the top of the food chain? Or should the folks who founded the company and have seen it through all the changes continue to reign at the top? We know change is usually good, but is this the change that RIM needs? Let us know what you think!

Source: DailyFinance


New BlackBerry 7 devices recap, roundup and more!

The past week or so has been full of some extreme CrackBerry madness. So much has gone on with devices being officially announced, full specs revealed and tons of hands on time was spent with these devices. There is no doubt that with everything that took place you may have missed some of it or perhaps there was just something you want to go back and read again. While Kevin madly cranks out his BlackBerry Bold 9900 review and Bla1ze is hard at work analyzing the BlackBerry Torch 9810 for his own review, let's check out some of the unboxing, specs, photos and more for each of the new devices along with some of the carrier announcements we saw.


BlackBerry developers taking their skills to NYC for the BBM Hackathon - We're on site all day long

Last month we announced that RIM was going to be sending a number of developers to NYC to attend a BBM Hackathon event, and the event is today! There are about 30 developers who will be all in the same room, putting their minds to work developing some new things and transforming ideas into real life applications. We are live on scene here and will be keeping tracks of the events all day long. Our winning developer Michael Barnes of Nickel Buddy is ready to rock as well. Be sure to follow along with us today as we cover the event and see what they are able to bring to the table!


Pre-orders for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 now being accepted from Vodafone UK

It should come as no surprise that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is a highly anticipated device, and many of us are waiting anxiously to get our hands on it as soon as we can. Vodafone UK customers can now begin to pre-order the device via the Vodafone site, and they are aiming for delivery of the pre-orders prior to August 16, just a week away. The device is listed on the site for free with price plans of £41 and above, or you can pay £399 upfront and then have a lower monthly plan. Carphone Warehouse is offering the device for free with a plan of £31 a month, or £500 off contract. Excited much? Head over, place your pre-order, and be sure to give us a shout when your brand new, shiny Bold 9900 arrives!
Source: Vodafone / Carphone Warehouse

Fake BlackBerry Bold 9900 already spotted in Dubai

 

Well that sure didn't take long, the device has yet to even hit the market, and the fakes are already rolling around. Above is a fake BlackBerry Bold 9900 that was found in a store in Dubai called Dragon Market, and at first glance it would be kind of hard to even tell it is a fake. The device is running a price tag of an impressive $100, but who knows just how many years they want to lock you in for. One more picture after the break. 

Thanks, Stefan! 


Weekly Accessory Roundup - Win a set of v-moda Vibe stereo headphones!

Contest: Win a set of v-moda Vibe headphones! Keep reading for details.

Ever been sitting somewhere, totally bored, wishing you could listen to music? Only to be sad when you realize you have no headphones around? Often times many people forget about headphones, not that they don't want them, but more so that they aren't on the top of their mind. The past few months I have been using the v-moda Vibe in ear headphones and I must say I am quite surprised. An important thing about headphones is the ability to handle a wide variety of sounds and music genre's, and these headphones do this quite perfectly. Whether listening to top 40 tunes, hip hop, R&B or classical music -- the sounds are amazing and extremely crisp. Don't be caught without a nice set of headphones while on the go anymore! Enter below to win your own set today!


RDM+ from Shape Services gets approved for the BlackBerry PlayBook, Available now

As we know Shape Services has had quite a run around going on with IM+ for the BlackBerry PlayBook, but that has not stopped them from continuing their development for other applications. Another of their popular applications, RDM+ has just been approved for sales through AppWorld. RDM+ is a remote desktop application which has been available for BlackBerry devices for quite some time now, and it will be officially available in AppWorld for your PlayBook shortly. If you have been waiting to be able to manage your computer via your PlayBook, be sure to hop into AppWorld and grab a copy for yourself today for the introductory price of $9.99!

More information / purchase of RDM+ for BlackBerry PlayBook


iSpeech launching SDK to easily allow developers to incorporate text to speech and speech recognition

We have taken a look at Drivesafe.ly, an application that reads your messages out loud while driving, quite a number of times here, and the developers have hit us with some rather interesting news. iSpeech is the latest from the same folks, and they will be releasing a free, yes free, multi platform SDK that will allow developers instant access to these features, allowing them to build them into their existing applications.  Their services have been used over a billion times to date, with over 3,000 registered developers, which is expected to grow hugely thanks to the SDK.

The SDK will launch with 40 different voices and 25 free languages available, with the option to purchase additional voices. Whether a developer, or not, get excited, as this means that developers can now begin to impliment this additional functionality in a much simpler fashion than ever before. So developers, will you be adding these features to your existing applications? If so, let us know! Full press release after the break.

For more information / getting started with iSpeech


BlackBerry developer series continues, this time Damian Keeghan is at the plate

Early last month we saw that BlackBerry was taking to its Youtube account to give developers some spotlight, giving them the chance to explain why they develop for the platform and their thoughts. We saw Paul Haenel speak about his feelings on supporting the BlackBerry platform, and this time we have Damian Keeghan speaking about his PlayBook development. Damian loves the fact that you are able to take your web development, use a couple of tools that are supplied by RIM, and have a web app for the PlayBook that can be shared with all the users. Check out the video above for all of his thoughts, and be sure to keep tuned for the next video in the series.


ShootnShare BlackBerry theme series brings quality themes along with a fun mini-app inside

Over the years we have seen tons and tons of BlackBerry themes come and go, many of them offering unique features like sliding docks, animations, and much more, and the folks at ShootnShare didn't want to feel left out of the fun. They have created a mini application, ShootnShare, which has been built into a number of themes in a series, and it is pretty neat.

The idea behind ShootnShare is to take a shot of what is on your screen, make some minor edits to the image, and share it directly to your Twitter or Facebook account. No more taking a screen shot, opening up your social application, navigating to the image, and uploading, instead it is all done in one quick and easy process. Some themes that include the application are Holiday PostcardStickers (this one has a custom CrackBerry template you can download too!) and many more which can all be found at their website


AT&T partners with universities, brings campus applications to mobile devices

AT&T has announced that they will be partnering with 2,000 campuses across the country to bring mobile applications to the attendees instead of handing out campus maps and other paperwork. The applications are designed to enhance the experience of the people attending, giving them easy access to campus maps, phone directory, courses, and campus events. AT&T is working with DubMeNow to provide this service to the students, and users can even customize the application to reflect their school colors, change the banners, and much more. Not only will your BlackBerry be the key to your communication throughout college, but also your one stop shop for what is going on at campus.

Source: AT&T


BlackBerry Bold 9900 dummy units begin to arrive at Vodafone UK locations

 

Earlier this month we saw that Vodafone listed the Bold 9900 as "coming soon" and it appears as though the dummy units have begun appearing in stores. As the past has proven, once dummy units begin to arrive at stores, usually the device is not far off, so could we possibly see the Bold 9900 land in stores in August? Vodafone customers, can you feel the excitement? Be sure to hop in the forums and let us know if you will be snagging one of these upon release, or waiting to see some reviews first. Thanks, Dave!


Staples giving $100 off select tablets, PlayBook included

Whether you have been waiting to gather all the funding, hoping for a sale or in the market for a second BlackBerry PlayBook, Staples has made a deal that is a bit difficult to resist. Currently Staples has a coupon that lasts until the end of this month that will drop the price of select tablets $100 and unlike the Kindle or HP Touchpad, the PlayBook is not excluded from the deal. That means you -- yes you -- can print the coupon out, go to your local Staples and grab a brand new BlackBerry PlayBook for $100 less than what you originally intended on paying! The deal is only valid until July 30th and unfortunately only applies to US based stores, but it is definitely not something you want to miss out on. Have you picked one up on this coupon or plan to in the coming days? Be sure to let us know about it in the forums. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!


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