Articles by Jared Dipane

Weekly Accessory Roundup - Win a retractable USB cable for your device!

Contest: Enter to win a retractable USB cable for your device! Keep reading for details.

One accessory that is often forgotten about, but more important then we really realize is the USB cable that comes with our BlackBerry devices. Sure we always think we will have one when we need it, but has that new OS ever leaked and you began downloading, and then looked for a USB cable to install it, only to realize that you didn't in fact have one with you? A simple solution to your problem could be to add a USB cable to each location that you travel to, but who really wants to buy that many. The best solution to be found is to simply add a Smartphone Experts retractable Micro-USB cable to your bag that is carried around, and you will never be in that sticky situation again.

The Smartphone Experts Micro-USB retractable cable is an extremely smart purchase for anyone who is on the go, and has experienced a tangle of their cords. Simply pull the 2 ends apart if you need to make the cable longer, and then pull them a little further when you want to retract them. At only 4.5 inches long when wound up, it expands to two feet in length when opened, allowing it to fit just about anywhere, even if your pocket if you wanted. Whether always on the road, or just an occasional traveler, this is a must have accessory for anyone who needs to connect their device to a computer to charge or have some fun with the OS.

Review: Unique Autosport Pocket Pouch for the 9650 -Enter to win one of your own!

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I'll be the first to admit, I am not always as careful as I should be with my BlackBerry 9650, and this is probably a large part of the reason that I continually look for a case to put on the device. While I have explored options such as the Otterbox Commuter, and a few others, often times I prefer the feel of a naked device, which leaves me with the issue of how to protect it, when not in my hands and being used. The predicament I was in led me to think that maybe a leather holster was the best bet, and the Unique Autosport Pocket Pouch was the one that jumped out at me.

Review: Seidio 2600mAh battery for the 9650 - Enter to win an extended battery!

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If you are like me, and struggle to get a full day per charge on your standard battery that came with your 9650, then you are probably looking for new battery options. While hunting around, I came across the Seidio 2600mAh battery for the 9650, and while initially I was rather hesitant to add the size to gain the capacity I decided the pull the trigger on the battery anyways, and give it a shot. This decision is one that I am forever going to be happy with, and let's hit the jump together to see if this battery is also right for you.

Review: Otterbox Commuter for the 9650

Review: Otterbox Commuter for the 9650

Protecting my BlackBerry is always something that is important to me, and if it is important to you as well, then you have probably invested some money is various cases, looking for the perfect match for your device. Otterbox, a company that many of us have heard about, and know for making very protective cases, is one of my personal favorites and I have had them on previous device, such as my Storm 2. If you are looking for a new case that adds some rugged protection, and feels good in the hand, hit the jump with me as we take a look at the Commuter series case for the BlackBerry 9650.

Wifi manager makes using your devices Wifi easy

Wifi manager makes using your devices Wifi easy

Wifi on BlackBerry devices is a great thing, but as great as it is, it can quickly become an enemy as well with the excessive battery consumption when it is not in use. Throughout the course of the day many of us travel between locations that have WiFi, most spots are programmed into your device to auto connect upon arrival, but that precious time inbetween the two locations is unfortunately draining your battery.

WiFi Manager is a great application that takes this excessive drain out of the question by allowing users to whitelist various locations, which are determined by cellular tower, and upon entering those areas the WiFi of the device will be turned on, and after exiting these pre-determined areas the WiFi will be turned off. If you are an avid Wifi user, and travel a lot with your BlackBerry device, this application is perfect for you, set it once, and let it do all the work for you.

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Geodelic makes its way onto BlackBerry devices

Geodelic makes its way onto BlackBerry devices

For many of us who are constantly on the go, our BlackBerry devices are about the only way to gather information while on the run. Whether traveling to a place you have never been or looking for somewhere new to visit in your town, trying to get there can be a struggle. Geodelic, a great location based application that has been available for iOS and Android for a while now, is finally available on the BlackBerry platform. Geodelic brings real time information to users based on their currently location, they are able to find directions to the nearest Starbucks, best Happy Hour deals while traveling or how to get to a local grocery store that supports your need to be green. The application is loaded with information and for trying it out and checking into various locations for four days in a row, you enter yourself for a chance to win a 16gb wifi iPad. The more you use, the better your chance to win, so what is your delay? Download from the link below.

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Ringtone Remix receives a healthy update

Ringtone Remix receives a healthy update

A few months back we took our first look at Ringtone Remix, and while at the time of its launch the application contained a lot of great features, it definitely lacked in some areas. Luckily, the developers understood the initial release was not picture perfect, and took to the books to continue refinment of the code, and to make things better. The latest update includes a huge speed increase, so a lot less lag time when ringtones are played, more degrees of zoom, making it easier to find the clip you wish to use, as well as a new song picker which makes it much easier to find the song you wish to use. If you are a current user, be sure to check out this update, and if do not currently use the application, be sure to give it a shot!

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    Bring your favorite FM stations to your BlackBerry with TuneIn Radio

    If you have dabbled around with any other operating systems and enjoy listening to music on your device, odds are that you have already had an experience with TuneIn Radio. This application is near the top in its respective category on both iOS and Android, and today it is available for all via a free download on your BlackBerry device. With over 50,000 radio stations, music streams and podcasts from around the world there is sure to be choices that will appeal to everyone. By default the application will use your devices WiFi and / or GPS signal to determine which stations would be considered local AM/FM to your position and display those as well as give an option to search for different stations if wanted.

    If you enjoy music, and want an application that will deliver you a huge variety of music at any time while on the go, this is a must have. TuneIn Radio will launch with a $0.00 price tag and a few ads throughout the application, and can be downloaded directly to your BlackBerry device running OS 4.5 and higher here. Go check it out, and be sure to let us know what you think of it!


    Ever been watching a video clip on your BlackBerry device and wish that you could take a screen shot of the scene to post to Twitter or send to a friend? Previously, this was no easy task and users would have to try and pause the video at the correct point, and then screen shot that after waiting for the on screen information to disappear. Luckily these days are gone as VideoShots allows just this exact functionality with just a single click. Regardless of the media type, if your BlackBerry device will play it, VideoShots will allow you to take a screen shot of the single frame to save and share however you wish. If you love videos, and you love to share memories in everyway possible, this application is a must have for you. Check it out today in the CrackBerry Store for only $2.99.

    Contest - We have 50 copies of VideoShots to giveaway!  Simply leave a comment here for your chance to win. Contest ends Sunday at midnight PST. Duplicates will not be counted.

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    Over the years we have seen many different OS replica themes come across our forums, some replace just the icons while others go for a whole device overhaul, and this is exactly what BlingBerry Themes has done with their latest. The iPhone Simulator is a very fitting name for this theme as it will leave users wondering if they are really playing with a simulator, or still using their BlackBerry device. The attention to detail in this theme is unmatched by any other theme, from the way the custom folder icons were created, to the custom SVG work which allows the look of multitasking how it is done on the iOS devices. Also, included in this theme is a calendar application which allows the icon to change dates, which gives an even truer experience to the iOS devices, because every detail counts. Words really don't do true justice for this theme, so check out the video above, and be sure to grab your very own copy today from the CrackBerry Store for $3.99 while it's on sale.

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    If you're an active member in the CrackBerry Themes forum, which we know you all are, you have probably already seen Hastings AppleBerry Theme Suite, but for those who are living in a nutshell, you won't want to miss this. This update brings graphical enhancements, a reworked "stacks" mechanism (which is so awesome) that actually allows users to see what icons are being hidden in the bucket, which is something that nearly no other theme allows for. Often times users purchase a hidden today theme, then the next week wish that they had the non hidden today, and well with this theme suite you won't have to worry about that!

    Included in the theme suite users will find a minimum of eight different themes ranging from hidden today, to stacks, to weather and just basic. This allows the use of this theme at nearly all times since there is one to fit just about any requirement you may have on your device. Many people aren't a fan of transitions in themes, but they are implemented extremely well, and allow for an overall very smooth flow to the whole theme. Whether you are an Apple fanatic, or just someone who loves theme options on their BlackBerry device, this is one theme you will not want to pass up. 

    Contest: We have 50 copies of AppleBerry Theme Suite to give away! Simply leave a single comment on this post to win! Contest ends Sunday at midnight PST.

    BlackBerry theme roundup for Sept. 27th 2010 - 50 copies of BANdroid up for grabs!

    Contest: 50 Copies of BANdroid to be won. Leave a comment!

    It's a busy week here at CrackBerry. Most of the team is off to San Francisco for DevCon, and we are all anxiously waiting to hear what news RIM has to share with us. I know a lot of people are are the edge of their seat to find out if the new Theme Studio will be released this week. Until that happens, all the BlackBerry Torch owners are stuck with the preloaded theme, which I know makes a lot of people antsy. So let's all keep our fingers crossed for that announcement and more later this week. In the meantime, enjoy the weekly theme roundup after the jump. 

    Alarms App  Alarms App

    As we all know the native BlackBerry alarms application is rather simplistic and extremely basic when it comes to features that it offers, and this does not meet everyones needs unfortunately. Previously it had been shown that additional alarms besides the one that is allowed in the alarms application could be added through your calendar, but for people with busy calendars this may not be ideal either. The folks over at JoPs agreed that this was an area that was lacking on BlackBerry devices, and have come out with a rather feature loaded replacement for everyones enjoyment called Alarms

    Alarms allows users to set up multiple alarms with five different frequency options, one time use, hourly, daily, weekly or monthly. Another feature of this application is that you are able to customize the alert of the alarm beyond just the sound. Users can select a picture to popup when the alarm sounds, or even a video file to play in the popup. For users who want a more simplistic experience it can also be done as just plain text like a regular alarm as well, but once you try the custom options you will be hooked. Along with LED support, Alarms also offers a status indicator so you will see an icon for upcoming alarms in your notification bar, which is very convenient to see how many alarms are still upcoming. Alarms is available for all devices running OS 4.7 and above and available in the CrackBerry store for $2.99 for a limited time.

    CrackBerry BlackBerry 6 Logo

    Everyone seems to be very excited about for the BlackBerry Bold 9650. This OS is one that was a best friend to many, and a worst enemy to others. Now of course we know this was a leak and there are going to be some issues at hand with it, but one of the biggest issues that many users were seeing was that the webkit broswer, that we have all waited so patiently for, was not functioning if the device did not have a wifi connection. After doing some of the normal troubleshooting like deleting service books, resending service books, rebooting the device, and whatever else would come to mind, the problem still persisted, which began a slight uproar in the forums. Xandermac quickly came to the rescue with an Updating to OS6 and want everything to work? thread which nicely outlined exactly how to fix these issues. Depending on your situation, whether you have another device or this being your only one affects how easy the fix is, but the fix is tested and verified to be 100% true. So, if you upgraded or are on the fence about upgrading, be sure to check out this thread to make sure that you get everything all set up the way it should be.

    Qwell takes call monitoring to the next level

    Call monitoring applications can be your best friend or worst enemy, while they keep away the calls you don't want to come through, they can just as easily be keeping away some of the extremely important calls that you do want to come through. Setting up lists that allow and don't allow certain calls to filter through at various times can be a bit of a daunting task since you don't want to miss any on the allow list that could possibly cause you to miss that important phone call from the school or a doctor. Qwell is a new BlackBerry application that will change the way users have to monitor their calls since there is no longer and allow and do not allow list that has to be created. 

    Instead of creating lists, users will activate the application which then is good for all inbound calls. Now don't fear, this does not mean that you are then rejecting all the inbound calls, instead it gives the caller a chance to decide the importance of the call. While the application is active it will give the callers a message stating that you are not accepting calls currently but if it is important they can then chose to have the call connected anyway which sends the call to your device. If the caller decides it is not an urgent matter they are then able to leave a voice mail for you to return their call at a later time. While your device is in "Qwell Mode" it keeps track of any missed calls or voice mails that took place during that time so that users are easily able to view this log once they are done with the activity they were doing. Be sure to check out the video after the jump and for more information on this service, as well as a download link head to the Qwell site.

    BlackBerry theme roundup for Sept. 20th 2010 - 50 copies of Koncept up for grabs!

    Contest: 50 Copies of Koncept to be won. Leave a comment!

    We heard your cries last week when we failed to bring our loyal readers a theme roundup, and we are very sorry, but sometimes things happen that you can't control. Either way, we are back in the swing of things here and we are happy to bring you another great edition of the roundup. With just a week left until DevCon many of us are wondering what we will see, and having just loaded BB6 on my 9650, I am hoping that a new Theme Studio will drop so I can get some new icons and more on my device again.


    Whether keeping track of pin codes, lyrics, shopping lists or any other type of memo's, many of us use the stock MemoPad application on a regular basis. One of my biggest complaints is that it is extremely basic, and limits what is able to be done with how much potential it has. Well, it appears as though the folks at BB4 Software agreed and they have developed a replacement application called MiniNotes.

    This application takes the MemoPad experience to the next level, allowing users to customize many different aspects from the wallpaper to the font size and style to the color, flag style and various categories. Once the notes are entered, they are saved to your SD card so you won't have to worry about losing them during an OS update or an accidental device wipe, and these notes are also able to be exported to a text file if needed so you can easily view them on a computer. With as many features as it has included, the application is a breeze to navigate and with a price tag of only $2.99 it is something that should be found on nearly everyones BlackBerry device.

    Learn to type better on your BlackBerry with TyperLearn

    So you think you can type? Well, so did I, until I got an email from Fabian with his latest application, TyperLearn. While downloading I was thinking to myself, "I got this, I've been typing on these things for years." Well, wow was I wrong. TyperLearn is a rather simplistic style application with a nice straight forward user interface, but overall it is extremely helpful. After completing lessons you will be presented with your words per minute per lesson as well as your overall average speed for all completed lessons.

    Within the application you will find lessons you have to complete, each of them geared towards learning a different part of the keyboard. You will start with the basics, learning your keyboard size, then move on to mastering the left hand, right hand and more which proves to be very helpful. If you are thinking that this application isn't useful to you and that you have already mastered your keyboard, give it a shot and see if you notice the same results after. This is a great way for BlackBerry beginners to easily learn and master the BlackBerry keyboard. TyperLearn is on sale for $4.95 until June 26th.

    Quick tip: Setting multiple alarms on your BlackBerry Smartphone

    The BlackBerry calendar application not only allows you to set new events, but also will allow you to add alarms easily. For those of you who use alarms throughout the day as reminders, you can now set alarms to wake you up, walk your dog, take medicines or whatever other reminders you may need throughout the day. What's great about this is that you are easily able to set multiple alarms for the same day, and they don't have to be the same time as yesterday or tomorrow's alarms. Now, how do you add these you may ask, well lets take a look at this very simple procedure.

    All you will need to do in order to set up your various alarms for that day would be to enter your calendar application, press menu and then scroll to new alarm. Here you can set a subject for your alarm - a quick reminder of why your phone is ringing - followed by the scheduled time of the alarm, and finally the occurrence. After you have selected all your details you can go ahead and save it, and move on to your next alarm. You will be able to set as many as you wish now for each day, you can have them go off at various times, and set them to reoccur on a schedule that works best for you.

    For those of you who have overlooked this functionality, don't worry, you are far from the only one who has done this. So, what are you waiting for, don't you have some alarms to go set or something? As always, any helpful hints you may find or information you wish to share, be sure to jump in the forums and let the CrackBerry world know, or send us an email to tips(at)

    BlackBerry Accessory Roundup: One Free OtterBox Commuter Case Up for Grabs!

    This Week's Featured Item: OtterBox Commuter Series Case for the Storm2

    Last week we all saw Adam's charging pod he can't live without, and the week before Kevin's extended battery review (big shock he needs one of those huh?). This week's featured accessory is one that I have grown to love, the Otterbox cases. Otterbox has been around for quite some time now, making cases that date back to the 8800 series devices, if not even longer, but they continue to change and make their product even better. Hit the jump for some more info on OtterBox and this weeks newest accessories. Be sure to leave a comment to win an OtterBox Commuter case for your device.