Articles by Jared Dipane

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!


CrackBerry guide to weather apps revisited

No one enjoys being caught off guard by a sudden downpour, or step outside without a coat into the freezing weather, do they? We know that life gets busy, and it is not always convenient to stop and watch the news to see what the weather is, but there are many simple solutions to keep you informed while on the go, right from your favorite BlackBerry device. For me I always left it to chance, hoping that I would get lucky and have cooperative weather, but one to many sudden downpours and getting caught in a few too many snow storms, I figured it was time to keep myself informed, and when I began my hunt I realized there was quite a number of options for me to use. Last year we took a look at some of our favorite weather applications available then, so let's take another look at what is available for everyone this year.


Transform your BlackBerry device into a Windows Phone 7 wannabe with Mo7 from drkapprenticeDESIGNS

It should come as no shock to any of us OS replica themes have been around for a long time, and for some reason we love them so much, giving us a feel of another platform with the greatness of the BlackBerry behind it. The folks at drkapprenticeDESIGNS appear to have spent quite a large amount of time and effort and are happy to bring us Mo7, a Windows Phone 7 replica that carries quite a few options along with it. With 3 homescreens, 7 color choices, 4 opacity options and 23 icons at your fingertips, to say it is customizable would be an understatment. In addition to all of this there are a few hot keys set in the theme, as well as a fold away dock, which is quite neat to watch in action. Check out the video above of the theme in action, and be sure to pick up your own copy today while it is on sale for only $1.99!

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Making the best use of that second hand BlackBerry

As we all know, keeping up with devices can be a difficult task. Carriers requiring us to lock into two or three year contracts to get affordable pricing, then dropping a new device the next year, and many of us take to the second hand market to keep our device addiction more affordable. Have you ever bought a used device and had trouble activating the BIS service because the PIN was still tied to the previous owners account? Or ever had tons of requests from the previous owners BBM friends? Well, there are a few simple steps you can take once you purchase that second hand BlackBerry that will enhance your experience and take away from some of the confusion that you may experience.


RIM working on a BlackBerry Media Box similar in concept to Apple TV

A few weeks ago the folks at N4BB reported that RIM has been working on a BlackBerry Media Box, which was going to be similar to Apple TV in concept, and rumors about the device have begun surfacing again. The folks at Nerdberry have apparently been given some inside information about the device, and from their understanding the device has received the codename of the BlackBerry Cyclone, and it is apparently due out this fall.

The BlackBerry Cyclone is said to be Netflix ready, WiFi enabled, have HDMI out, and even potentially run a QNX based operating system. While the rumors have been circling for a while, there is still no concrete evidence of the device, but previous questionairres RIM sent out do certainly guide us to believe this could be true. This would be a whole new branch in the RIM ecosystem, something we have yet to see from them before, and would be a great addition to the family.

Source: N4BB


CrackBerry Asks: What features are most important in your BlackBerry smartphone?

  What feature is most important on your BlackBerry?  

Each of us use our BlackBerry devices for different purposes. Some because it is a work device, others because it's the easiest way to keep in touch on the go with family and friends, and a few simply because of the overly awesome keyboard on the device. While we all have our own reasons for using the devices, we wonder which of the features do you find to be most important on your day to day use? We know that there has been quite some negativity towards RIM and BlackBerry users lately, but most of you are still holding loyal to the device, so let us know what is most important about it to you? Is it that stunning keyboard, the ability to change themes on the fly, the simplicity of keeping in touch, or the secure messaging allowing it to double as a work device as well? Cast your vote in the poll above (you can choose more than one option) then leave a comment with your thoughts.


RIM begins BlackBerry developer video series - - First up is Paul Haenel

Many would say that application development is not one of the strong points of the BlackBerry platform, but in RIM's latest efforts they have taken to their YouTube account and begun a new series of videos. The series, Developer Stories, is aimed to give BlackBerry app developers some time in the spotlight to share their stories and explain to us why they love the BlackBerry platform. The series starts with Paul Haenel who tells us why he loves developing applications for BlackBerry and gives us a little bit of information behind his logic when he begins to write a new application. Be sure to check out the video above, and keep your eye out for more to come in this series.


Cortado Flight Mode allows users to download emails prior to turning off data connections

Ever been sitting on the plane mid-flight when you decided to pull out your BlackBerry and catch up on reading some emails, only to realize that half of them have not fully downloaded, and with no data connection you can't fetch the rest? Don't worry, you aren't alone. It happens to a lot of people, as we never really think about it because generally we have a data connection and we can download the extra. Luckily the folks at Cortado have created a simple way to solve this issue.

Cortado Flight Mode is a great application that allows users to switch their device to Flight Mode by turning off all wireless connections, but it is delayed by a user defined interval (set standard to 60 seconds) allowing recent mail to continue to pull from the server and store on your device. By pulling the mail from the server, users will no longer be stuck with only part of the email on their device wishing they could read the rest, instead they will have the contents of the email, but attachments will not automatically be downloaded. Fear not, if you are a heavy email user, you can set it to only pull contents of emails from the last 24 hours, or light users can remove that cap and have it set to pull all of them. Upon landing, simply launch the application again and it will re-establish your connections for you and you are good to go. For only $1.99 this is a great application for those e-mail hungry, travel happy individuals.

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AT&T finally approving BlackBerry Bridge (doesn't allow for free browsing!)

 

Remember when the PlayBook was released, and everyone was all giddy to go and download BlackBerry Bridge was soon as it was live, only to realize that AT&T customers were not supported? Well, after what feels like an eternity it appears as though today AT&T customers will have the ability to download the application officially through BlackBerry App World. Users will be able to access information that is coming to their BlackBerry device, such as emails and calendars, free of charge, but if you want to use the web you will be forced to sign up for the $20 tethering package. Keep in mind, you can still download the "unofficial" version from right here but AT&T could still try to charge you in order to get tethering to work.

Source: AllThingsD

Update - It's official, folks. A tethering plan will be required for web browsing, and full information on the release can be found here


American Airlines application now available for BlackBerry devices

American Airlines has officially announced the release of their BlackBerry application today, which is aimed to help users flying their airline have a much better experience and give them all the information they need while on the go. Whether a frequent flyer, or an occassional traveler, navigating airports while trying to keep informed about the status of your flight, your departure gate, and whatever else is going on can be a daunting task, but now American Airlines users can stay informed of all of this while on the go, all from their BlackBerry devices. This free application is available for BlackBerry devices running OS5 and OS6, and while it doesn't show official support for the BlackBerry Storm, it will work on the device.

Download the American Airlines application from your BlackBerry


Check those pesky OBD-II trouble codes from anywhere with your BlackBerry

  

Whether you are a full time mechanic, or just a hobbyist, keeping track of all the different OBD-II codes for various vehicles is a nearly impossible task, and while not everyone wants to keep their laptops handy with them, odds are you do have your BlackBerry with you. If this is the case for you, then we have just the app for you, OBD-II Trouble Code Lookup, which allows users to access nearly 11,000 diagnostic trouble codes while on the fly right from their device. Simply select the make of your vehicle (over 20 brands recognized currently), and the code that you have, followed by pressing the search and just like that you are finding out what is going on. The application will create a pop up that tells you what the issue is, then give you an option to dismiss the pop up, or search the web which will give you even more information on the issue. If you are into cars, and like to get hands on and do things yourself, this is a must spend $1.99 for you.

More information / download of OBD-II Trouble Code Lookup 


Easily add new numbers to your contacts with Add to Existing Contacts (ATEC)

 

One thing that has always bothered me was receiving a call from a friend that was not from the number I had stored for them, whether it was an alternate, or secondary number, and trying to add that to their existing contact card was quite a pain. Luckily, gone are the days of writing it down to edit the contact from another screen, or copying and pasting to add it, instead meet ATEC, or Add to Existing Contact. The folks at MRythm Technologies must have also felt our pain, and that is what inspired them to make the experience easier for all BlackBerry users, and for that we are very thankful.

The process is quite simple, after receiving a phone call from a number you wish to add, press the menu button then select Add to Existing Contact, and from there you can replace the old number you have stored, or add it in addition, and you can select what type of number it is as well, be it cell phone, work, home, etc. Just like that you have added an additional phone number to a contact of your address book, without ever having to leave your phone application. The application is available for $2.49, which is a small price to pay for the added convenience that this brings.

More information / download of Add to Existing Contacts


Keep safe in the car with Speed Limit Alarm

 

Ever start driving down the highway, music blasting, windows down and next thing you know you look down and you are going 15 to 20 over the speed limit? Don't worry, you aren't the only one, sometimes it is to easy to get in the zone, and want to just go without checking the speedometer, but gone are those days. Speed Limit Alarm is a great app for any BlackBerry lover who spends a lot of time in the car, and the concept behind it is quite simple. The application contains a built in analog speedometer which users can set the speed of the designated roads (prior to begining your journey to keep it safe) and if your vehicle reaches this speed and exceeds it the device will beep alerting the driver they have exceeded the limit. For 99 cents this is a great safety application that should be installed on every BlackBerry to ensure that while on the roads you are alert and aware of your speed easily.

More information / purchase of Speed Limit Alarm from AppWorld


TuneIn Radio Pro spices up on the go radio with tons of features - 50 copies to be won!

Having music in my pocket with me while on the go is definitely something that I find to be a necessity, and while I don't like to load my SD card up with tons of music, I do like to have a variety with me in case I am in the mood for something different at that time. Some local radio stations play quite a nice mix of music around me so at times I find myself wanting to listen to the radio, but while not near a car or a desk it can be a bit hard -- that is until TuneIn Radio. We have previously talked about TuneIn Radio, but they now have a Pro version which allows users to record the radio content or to pause the live radio if they wish, which are pretty handy features for users on the go. Whether a casual radio listener, or a music lover, this is a must have for all BlackBerry devices!

More information / purchase of TuneIn Radio Pro

Contest: We have 50 copies of TuneIn Radio Pro to give away courtesy of TuneIn! To enter, leave a comment below. One entry per person please, contest ends this Sunday at Midnight. Good luck!  


Snakes Classic brings back mobile gaming memories

Remember the days of Snake being the only game on your cell phone, and competing with your friends to see who could muster up the highest score? While gaming on mobile devices has come quite a long way, sometimes it is nice to go back and enjoy the simple classics that got us started. Snakes Classic is a great free game for your BlackBerry device that brings you right back to those days with a fun game. Users can configure the speed of the game, so you are able to start of slow to get back in the grove, and then speed it up as you get used to it again, and users can also configure the keypad controls, which will allow you to select buttons which are easy for you to reach and remember. If you want to kick it old school for a little, and enjoy some throwback memories, be sure to download your free copy from AppWorld today.

More information / download of Snakes Classic 


Stream your favorite mixtapes on the go with DatPiff Mobile for BlackBerry

Music has always been a huge part of my life, and with an ever changing taste, and constant changes in musical taste I have found that mixtapes have become a personal favorite for myself. For me downloading and syncing music to my mobile device has never been something that I was interested in as I always forget to keep it up to date with the latest stuff I have downloaded, but those days are no more. DatPiff Mobile is a great application for users which allows you to stream mixtapes on the go, watch music videos from the site, as well as rate, search and favorite mixtapes for easy finding on the computer. Unfortunately the application is not compatible with the BlackBerry Torch, (though if you download the Storm version from their site it will work) and they are still in the process of developing their BlackBerry PlayBook version, but if you have a non-touch screen device, be sure to head to AppWorld and download your copy for free today!

More information / download of DatPiff Mobile


Wedding Organizer for BlackBerry Smartphones; keeping couples sane one task at a time

It should come as no suprise to anyone, there is a whole lot of stuff that goes into the planning of a wedding, and it can be rather easy to overlook something that needs to be done if you are not meticulous and extremely organized. No one wants to carry around a notepad with them everywhere they go so they know what has been done, and what needs to be done, so why not just keep all the information in your beloved BlackBerry since it is always with you anyways.

Inside the Wedding Organizer application you will find 172 tasks (told you there was a lot) organized into 17 categories such as attire, beauty, honeymoon and more, which allow you to focus on a single section if you want, or just complete the tasks randomly. Each task is given a timeframe for the completion, which is based on how far before the wedding it should be done, like 2 to 3 months or the day before, allowing you to know where you stand at all times. If the 172  tasks included aren't enough you are able to add your own to the list so you can ensure that you don't miss anything for your big day. So if you are in the planning stages, or plan to be popping the big question soon pick up your very own copy of Wedding Organizer for only $2.99 from the CrackBerry Store while it is on sale.

More information / purchase of Wedding Organizer


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