BlackBerry News and Reviews

Leaked OS 6.0.0.524 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650

Leak Monday? I hope so.. I'm sure we'd all like some new OS' to play around with but we''ll have to see how things pan out. in the meantime, BlackBerry Bold 9650 owners feel free to grab your USB cables, back up your device and load up OS 6.0.0.524.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). *

Download OS 6.0.0.524 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650
Discuss it in the forums

Source: N4BB

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[Poll] How do you feel about the AT&T T-Mobile acquisition?

AT&T/T-Mobile Users: How do you feel about AT&T buying T-Mobile?survey software

By now the news of AT&T working with Deutsche Telekom to acquire T-Mobile has no doubt crossed your ears. While it'll take a year -- or more, depending on FCC and DOJ approval for things to go into full effect, the feelings from T-Mobile and AT&T users has been plenty colorful. Looking at the situation from a device stand point it really doesn't mean all that much to BlackBerry users as much as it may mean to other platforms such as Android and iOS since RIM has yet to release any LTE / 4G devices aside from the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook.

But from a consumer perspective -- many folks have expressed concern about losing "choice" when it comes to carriers. Rather then get into the nitty gritty of the details behind the acquisiton, we're just curious about how everyone feels about the situation. If you're a T-Mobile and/or AT&T user, cast your vote in the poll above, then leave a comment with your thoughts below!

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BlackBerry PlayBook landing page goes live on Sprint - Launching this summer

While we stay in constant pursuit of an official announcement from RIM on the elusive BlackBerry PlayBook, Sprint has finally put up a landing page for the 4G version of the tablet. While it doesn't give us much new information, it does have the wonderful "Sign up now" link to be notified when more information is available. No solid date is listed on the page aside from stating "arrives this summer", so we'll have to see just what Sprint/RIM's idea of "summer" is before we get too excited. This is the first big page we've seen from any carrier, and here's to hoping we get some more details this week during CTIA.

Check out the BlackBerry PlayBook at Sprint

Via: BGR

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Copy multiple items with MultiCopyPaste

When I'm blogging away during the day there have been numerous times where I've wanted to copy multiple items at once. Having a 3rd party app on my Mac for that definitely streamlines things for me. Having the same on my BlackBerry has always been something I've wanted but was never a reality. Enter MultiCopyPaste. Added is the ability to copy multiple items on your device and paste at will - the app even saves items after a reboot. Copy text as usual and when pasting just choose MultiCopyPaste from the menu and you'll be presented with a list of all your copied items - it's that simple. I can't count the times I've had something copied and then copied over it, thus having to search for what I needed. I can say I'll be putting this one to good use. MultiCopyPaste sells for $1.99 and is available in the CrackBerry App Store.

More information/download of MultiCopyPaste

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Encapsulated by The Theme Box - Cover your BlackBerry in awesome

The Theme Box is quickly becoming known for creating unique and beautiful themes for your BlackBerry. The latest release from this talented team is called Encapsulated, named as such because of the vertical sliding dock on the home screen. When you don't need the dock, it tucks up under the banner, out of the way but not completely hidden. The meters for battery and signal are easy to read, yet unobtrusive as they are vertical, hugging the side walls of your home screen. Throughout the theme you will see textured icons and green accents which contrast nicely with grey backgrounds. Everything has a subtle shimmer to it, as though it was wrapped in glass. It's a very soothing and elegant look for your device, and a theme I will be using for quite a while.

Encapsulated is available for $2.99 and is compatible with BlackBerry 8350i, 85xx, 890xx, 91xx, 93xx, 95xx, 96xx, 97xx, and 9800 devices, OS 4.6 and up!

For more information/screenshots and to purchase Encapsulated

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Contest winners: Crescent, the Neon Series, and a Mobi Products Cradle!

Here are the winners from last week's round of contests. If you won you will be receiving an email either directly from us or the retailer/developer directly in the next few days. If for some reason you don't receive an email within 7-14 days (be sure to check your spam/junk folder just in case, and verify your registered address associated with your CrackBerry account) you can email us at sitesupport(at)crackberry.com and we'll be sure to get you taken care of. Please be patient as some emails may take longer than others to arrive. Hit the jump for the full list - congrats to all the winners!

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BlackBerry App World v2.1.1.2 now available for download

I was wondering why BlackBerry App World was acting a little strange today. As it turns, Research In Motion temporarily removed BlackBerry App World from -- well, BlackBerry App World and made it not downloadable during that time. Now that it has returned, users are getting the notification that BlackBerry App World v2.1.1.2 is now available for download.

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Three UK leaked roadmap has the Wi-Fi only BlackBerry PlayBook arriving in June

If there was any doubt remaining about when the BlackBerry PlayBook was launching in the UK, the above image should put some folks minds at ease. Taken from their leaked roadmap, Three UK has the BlackBerry PlayBook in the Wi-Fi only flavor pegged for a June release date. This timeline does back up the rumors circulating over the past few days about a June UK launch. All we can do now is hope that release date sticks for those of you in the UK. In the meantime, we're still hanging on for a US and Canada launch.

To discuss the PlayBook UK Launch

Source: Engadget

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BlackBerry Protect now available in Europe and the Middle East

When BlackBerry Protect launched as an open beta a few weeks back, the service was limited to BlackBerry users in the Americas only. Now, however, the service was expanded to support Europe as well as the Middle East. This only leaves out BlackBerry users in Asia, but rest assured BlackBerry Protect will arrive there at some point too. And remember, when used consistently and correctly, your BlackBerry smartphone will offer reliable protection... a little bit of extra protection is not bad though, so head over to BlackBerry App World for the download, will you?

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CrackBerry Reminder: What you may have missed this week


Looking for a challenging puzzle game? Try Room Escape by Ivywire!

You're locked inside a mysterious room, with no obvious way out. There are ordinary objects all around you, but how can you use them to escape?

It almost sounds like a movie or a dream, but really it's a puzzle! Room Escape by Ivywire is a game that's sure to challenge you and make your brain work overtime. Clicking on some of the furniture and objects in the room moves them to reveal pieces to the puzzle, but how do the pieces work together to reveal your way out? There are two separate challenges in the form of rooms, each with their own set of clues and secrets. Can you find your way out?

Room Escape is available for $.99 in BlackBerry App World and is compatible with most BlackBerry smartphones (though I don't see any Storm devices listed, sorry folks) on OS 4.2 or higher. I played the game for an hour straight and found less than half of the clues in the first room, so I think it's a dollar well spent as I will be playing this game for awhile.

For more information and to purchase Room Escape
To discuss Room Escape in the CrackBerry forums

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MyCart by AppGenius - Create, save and share all your lists directly on your BlackBerry!

I might be one of the few people out there that actually enjoys grocery shopping.  I can't tell you though how many times I have sat down and made a shopping list and then realized when I got to the store I left it at home. I'd even given up making lists, but inevitably I return home and have forgotten to buy a key item. So either way, I was losing. Then I discovered MyCart for BlackBerry.

MyCart by AppGenius isn't a new app, and in fact we've covered it a few times in the blogs here at CrackBerry. It's been awhile though, and I figured if I hadn't heard of it, then maybe some of you haven't either. This is more than just a list app, or memo pad. MyCart has a ton of features to make shopping easier, and help you budget! There is a free version and a paid version to choose from.

Features include:

  • Add/Edit/Delete items
  • Email/Import Lists
  • Custom Highlight Colours
  • Automatic Backup & Restore!
  • Optional Quantity, Aisle, Prices fields
  • Convenient 'Send to Clipboard' for emails
  • Ticked items pushed to the bottom of the list
  • List status indicator (i.e. Complete, x items left, Empty)
  • "Budget Minder" get warned if you go over budget and by how much.
Additional Features in MyCart Pro:
  • Searching
  • Flag/unflag all items
  • Hide Unflagged &/or Checked items
  • Auto Suggest (Suggests items entered previously)
  • Blackberry to Blackberry Sync (Manual & Automatic) with Sync Alert
  • Fully Customizable List (Includes more colors (Banner and LED color same as Ticked color)
MyCart is available for BlackBerry 82xx, 83xx, 85xx, 87xx, 88xx, 89xx, 9000, 93xx, 96xx, and 9700. It doesn't look like either version is ready for BB6 yet, but hopefully in the future it will be!

For more information/screenshots and to download the free version of MyCart
For more information/screenshots and to download MyCart Pro for $.99

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BlackBerry First Steps: How to Setup Wi-Fi on OS6

Every day, thousands will pick up a new BlackBerry. For a good many of them, this will be their first BlackBerry; maybe even their first smartphone. We've all had that first day; poking and prodding a new BlackBerry, trying to figure out how it works. This series aims to make that process a bit easier. 

Do you experience "blind spots" (no internet, email, or BBM) on your carrier? Are you having problems choosing the right data plan for your device? Is 3G just not enough G's for you? Have no fear; your Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry is here. Wireless internet technology is a wonderful thing for users to take advantage of. It offers faster speeds, bypasses your data plan, and - with certain carriers - allows you to make unlimited phone calls (e.g., T-Mobile UMA). Thanks to coffee shops; airports; hotels; restaurants; and cable companies, Wi-Fi is everywhere. It's easy to enjoy the speed of Wi-Fi; click past the jump for step by step instructions.

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Xobni for Gmail enters private beta - Other platform versions coming soon

One of the Crack Team's favorite apps just got favoriter (not quite a word but it sounded good in my head). Xobni for Gmail has started a private beta, and just like the Outlook version, if you're a Gmail user you'll now be able to keep your email contacts in sync with your BlackBerry. The Xobni for Gmail plugin works with Chrome and Firefox and easily keeps all your contacts plugged into Xobni and up to date. You'll now have all of your Gmail contacts at your fingertips when composing emails from your BlackBerry.

"Initially, Xobni focused on providing a search and contact add-in for Outlook. Today we're much more," said Jeff Bonforte, Xobni CEO. "Our users have been telling us they needed Xobni for all their many inboxes and devices. We wanted to be there too, so we built a cloud infrastructure that unifies your contacts, enhances them with third party content, and makes them accessible from multiple touch points." 

Xobni also plans to launch their mobile application on both Android and iPhone in the coming months so if you're a multiple device user you can stay in sync across the board. Read more at the Xobni blog.

To get in on the Gmail beta, head over to xobni.com/gmailbeta to sign up. Keep reading for the full press release.

More information/download of Xobni for BlackBerry

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Case-Mate Smooth Case for BlackBerry Bold 9780 and Bold 9700

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The Case-Mate Smooth Case for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 & 9780 is a plain and simple, get the job done kind of case. It features a 2-part snap-on design that gives you some extra beef and protection on your device. Just slide the device in, snap on the bottom and you're ready to roll. There are openings for all the ports and it adds some good feel to the device making it easy to hold on to. It will protect from some bumps and bruises, but the front of the device is still left open to the elements. Check out the quick video review above, then pick one up at ShopCrackBerry.com.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for March 18, 2011 - Win a free copy of Mega Knight by MMMOOO!

Welcome back to this week's BlackBerry App Roundup! The past week brought several updates to popular apps including Twitter for BlackBerry, Foursquare for BlackBerry, Shortcut Me, and Facebook v2 for BlackBerry. If you haven't checked those out yet, you're going to want to be sure to do it. Twitter and Facebook were rolled out via BlackBerry Beta zone so if you haven't signed up there yet and you're interested head on over and get that taken care of. This week our contest is courtesy of MMMOOO. They have a new app called Mega Knight they just released, and we were lucky enough to snag 20 copies to pass on to you. We have searched high and low and found some neat apps to share with you this week, so head on past the break to check them out, enter the contest, and see the winners from last week's contest!

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GroupMe for BlackBerry in open beta

GroupMe is a group texting and conference call application available for iOS and Android devices that recently entered into an open beta for BlackBerry. It’s like a private chat room over SMS, or reply-all text messaging. GroupMe enables you to organize and communicate with groups of people right on your device. Even people without a smartphone can participate by creating their groups online.

GroupMe has pretty straightforward directions for getting set up and forming your groups, and walks you through each step. Each group is given a unique phone number. When you send a text message to a it, the message is sent instantly to everyone in the group. When you call the number, it automatically dials all the group members for a conference call. You can save the number assigned to your groups in your Contacts for repeated use. You can also create groups that are short-term, which can be set up to expire automatically after a set amount of time. You can even send pictures to your groups.

GroupMe seems like a pretty cool application if you have a group or groups of people that you send SMS messages to frequently, or if you have a need for an easy way to set up call conferencing. The UI is simple and user-friendly, and you will be on your way to group texting in no time. While GroupMe is free to install and doesn't cost anything to use, it does use minutes and SMS from your mobile plan, so you will likely want to be sure you and anyone you add to your groups has unlimited texting, otherwise I can see this burning through their allotted monthly amount in no time. In order to be eligible for the beta your BlackBerry must be running OS 5.0 and higher, and you have to be in the US. Hit the links below if you're interested in downloading, and check out some screenshots after the break.

For full details and to download the GroupMe beta for your BlackBerry
To download GroupMe from BlackBerry App World
To discuss the GroupMe beta in the forums

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Follow the NCAA Men's tournament with ScoreMobile on your BlackBerry

 

While there aren't any specialized apps for keeping up with the NCAA men's tourney this year, you can certainly get all the latest scores and updates on your BlackBerry. Once again ScoreMobile comes through for BlackBerry users. The just updated free app provides up to the minute scores and tournament standings right on your device. You can check out schedules, rankings, injury updates, scores and much more. ScoreMobile can help you out on the go when that TV or PC is out of reach. In addition you can check out all ScoreMobile has to offer from the NBA, MLB and more. So don't fret - even when you only have your BlackBerry ScoreMobile has you covered so you don't have to miss a beat. Grab it free from BlackBerry App World.

More information/download of ScoreMobile for BlackBerry

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EasySmileys: Add some flourish to your texts, emails, and status updates

When it comes to expressing yourself via email, text, Facebook and Twitter, why not show everyone how you feel instead of using 140 characters to tell it. No matter what mood you're in, adding smileys or text embellishments is the perfect way to get your point across. With EasySmileys by LaurentCie you can insert characters without the trouble of typing on the keyboard or fumbling with the touchscreen.

EasySmileys is an easy to use application with over two hundred and fifty characters varying in topic such as animals, people, events, emotions, and anything else you can think of. These are definitely not your typical sad, frowning, and happy smileys. Sci-Fi fans can send representations of Princess Leia and Yoda while kids can giggle over Sponge Bob and Teletubbies. There are all sorts of smileys included for people of all ages to enjoy. I'm getting addicted to the bored, awkward or annoyed ones. Don't think that this list is set in stone. You can add your own or view updates by the developer on his Google Group site.

I fell in love with this app the minute I downloaded it. It's a fun to have on your device and takes up only 59kb of memory. So head on over to the CrackBerry app store now and start adding a little extra oomph to your status updates and messages. 

Features 

  • Create your own or manage your favorites in a separate list
  • Copy and paste directly into any BlackBerry and social networking application
  • English, French, Spanish, and Polish translations available
  • Assign to a side convenience key to easily open the application wherever you are
  • More than 250 smileys, art ascii, unicode, and text embellishments 

EasySmileys supports all BlackBerry devices and is available at the CrackBerry App store for $2.99. Keep reading for more images.

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