Standard colors not good enough? Grab an 18 carat gold BlackBerry Torch instead

If picking up a BlackBerry Torch in red or white isn't your thing, maybe you'll want to spring for an 18 carat gold one instead. This creation from Alexander Amosu will run you a bit more than the normal off-contract price however at about $12,000 USD. The mid plate of this tircked out Torch is solid 18 carat gold, while the rest of the pieces are colored in metallic gold. The unit weighs 38 grams and is available in yellow, rose and pink gold. You can also add diamonds to the design if you need some extra bling and every unit comes with a matching crocodile or python case (I guess plastic is so 2010). If you have a few thousand to blow and want to pick one of these bad boys up, head to for more.

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New webcast series - BlackBerry WebWorks for Tablet OS

Starting next Friday will be a new series of webcasts for the BlackBerry Tablet OS. The series will deal with BlackBerry WebWorks and help developers get started in developing for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The four part series will cover everything there is to know about delving into the BlackBerry WebWorks platform on the tablet OS.

With the power of WebWorks, developers with experience building in HTML5 and CSS3 can leverage all that knowledge and build for the BlackBerry platform, but there's an additional layer - the Javascript wrapper (or packager). With the Javascript wrapper, developers can take advantage of native BlackBerry APIs for full, true integration with BlackBerry's powerful, scalable and reliable platform.  

The times and dates for the series are: 

  • Feb. 1, 2011: Getting Started (2:00 PM EST)
  • Feb. 3, 2011: My First App (2:00 PM EST)
  • Feb 8. 2011: BlackBerry PlayBook Integration (2:00 PM EST)
  • Feb. 10, 2011: User Interface Guidelines and Best Practices (2:00 PM EST)
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Like the sport of Curling? Watch CrackBerry-sponsored Team McEwen today at 1pm ET in the Canadian Open finals! (Update: We Won!)

Not familiar with curling? Check out the wikipedia page to learn more.

* Update: Wow. It came down to the final rock in an extra end of play, but we pulled it off. Team McEwen wins their second Grand Slam of the year! * 

Like the sport of curling? If you do, or want to check it out for the first time, be sure to tune into CBC television today at 1pm ET (viewers outside of Canada can watch online) to watch Team McEwen take on Team Howard in the finals of the BDO Canadian Open, which is the third Grand Slam of Curling event this season (where the world's best curlers from around the world play for $$$ and glory). 

I'm actually the 5th man (alternate player... if one of the boys is sick or has to miss a game I fill in) for Team McEwen and personally sponsored them this year - you gotta love the CB logo on the jerseys and down the pants! And what a year it has been. The team is sitting at the top of the World Curling Tour money list for the 2010/2011 season, and is also ranked #1 in Canada on the CTRS points system which is used to determine which teams will go to the Olympic Trials to duke it out for who gets to play for Canada in next winter Olympics. Team McEwen won the first Grand Slam of the season, lost out in the semi-finals of the 2nd Slam after going undefeated in the round robin, and are undefeated this week leading up to the finals against Howard, who has the homecrowd advantage with the event being held in Ontario. It should be a great game.

If you're curious to meet the CrackBerry curling team, I've posted a couple of Team McEwen videos below (and yes, everybody on the team is a hardcore BlackBerry user and we have a BBM group to keep things in order). As for the question of can I get a curling game for my BlackBerry? the answer is you used to be able to... Curling Challenge was one of the first reviews I ever wrote for CrackBerry back in 2007 when I played it on my 8700. It looks like the game is no longer available though, so it would be great to see a good curling game hit for the PlayBook!

For more info on the team, be sure to check out and you can also follow us on twitter at @mcewencurling. That's it. Rock on! Be sure to tune into the game!

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BIS outage across multiple North American Carriers

BIS outage across multiple North American Carriers

*Update 2* - 11:35am EST Many reports of BIS being back up rolling in across all the carriers in question. Issue seems to be resolved. Give it a little time to hit all users across the many regions in question.

*Update* - 11:20am EST - It looks like users (including myself) are now able to send emails, but still not receive. Hopefully full email capabilities will be back up soon.

It's been quite a while since we had an outage across multiple carriers and regions in North America, but it looks like BIS email is down for most carriers across the US and parts of Canada. No one is receiving email, but it appears that browser, BlackBerry Messenger, voice and SMS are still working however. It looks like the outage started in the wee hours of the morning today, but there is no word on when they'll be up and running. Keep it here and we'll report anything as it pops up. Jump into the forums for more discussion.

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Leaked OS for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

Well after a long drought for the BlackBerry Torch 9800, we got not one but two OS leaks today! This morning we saw, and now has appeared out of nowhere. No word on why this one came out so soon after, so if you see anything that's fixed or changed let us know!

*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).

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CrackBerry Podcast 063: BlackBerry Roadmap 2011 - PlayBook and Phones Galore!

The last couple of weeks have been full of leaks regarding the 2011 BlackBerry Smartphone roadmap, so we had a LOT to talk about on this CrackBerry Podcast. But before we get to the phones, we first spend a bunch of time talking BlackBerry PlayBook, going through many of the frequently asked questions that have been popping up in the forums. 

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BlackBerry App Roundup for January 28th, 2011! Win 1 of 20 1 year subscriptions to MemoryUp Pro!

Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! This week we’ve seen a slew of CDMA BlackBerrys that are on the 2011 Roadmap. Shoot, just when you finally lasso one of the latest BlackBerrys, more pop up in the pipeline. Of course you shouldn’t get frustrated and curse what you just bought, as it’s still an amazing smartphone to own. Hold your head (and BlackBerry) up high!

Today, we announce the winners of the Ringtone Remix giveaway and also give you the chance to win one of 20 copies of MemoryUp Pro! Have a rootin’ tootin’ weekend! Giddy up!

Freebies of the Week: bPRIVATE Free, Hours Tracker Free, Groupix

In Case You Missed It: KidsMath, Gymtechnik NextGen

New This Week: Mobitee GPS Golf Assistant, Clip Mailer, Alerts Master

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Burnout Check

Contest: Win one of 20 1 year subscriptions of MemoryUp Pro!

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While looking for additional accessories for the BlackBerry Style, I came across the Night Ize Cargo Clip Case. It's compatible with the Style 9670 as well as several other BlackBerry devices.

The case is constructed from durable material with heavy duty elastic sides. It has a hook and loop (velcro) closure, interior pocket to hold identification/credit cards, money, etc. as well as an exterior elastic loop that's perfect for holding your Bluetooth headset. There is an additional small pocket on the back that you could use as well. The belt clip rotates a full 360 degrees and has 8 locking positions. The clip design makes it easy to remove from your belt yet also keeps the case from accidental dislodging. The belt clip is not removable from the case. This case does not feature the sleeper function for BlackBerry devices.

The Night Ize Cargo Clip Case is available in our for $12.95 and is available in solid Black, Mossy Oak & Khaki.

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Leaked OS for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

Leaked OS for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

Well, after seeing other devices get updated to .448, I guess the BlackBerry Torch had to have get it as well. Good thing, considering OS is pretty old as of now. Torch users give a go, be sure to drop a comment and let us know how it is. As always, use caution when installing a leaked OS.

*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).

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In the latest BlackBerry App World commercial, Poynt takes its turn in the spotlight. What is perhaps the epitome of a "super app", Poynt is deeply integrated with the BlackBerry experience. The latest spot shows a couple using the app to get things done. I kind of enjoy seeing these commercials in the midst of my primetime TV viewing but I'll admit they are a bit cheesy. Carry on RIM :-)

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BlackBerry Theme Studio v6.0 leaked online!

BlackBerry Theme Studio v6.0 leaked online!

*UPDATE* As expected RIM did officially release Theme Studio v6.0 today. If for some reason you were waiting for the official release and didn't already grab the leak, you can download it from the link below.

This is going to make so many people happy. The long awaited and recently announced update to RIM's BlackBerry Theme Studio has just leaked! What does this mean for you? Well, if you are a theme developer it means themes can now be made for devices running BB6 besides the Torch. If you are a theme junky that recently upgraded either your BlackBerry or the OS to 6.0, it means you can get ready to start buying/downloading themes again because they will soon be available! Hopefully it also means that Torch themes will be less buggy. Keep in mind this isn't an official release, it's a leak, so expect to see an official announcement from RIM sometime in the near future.

So theme developers, go get it and start making us some spectacular themes!! I wonder who will be first to release a theme made from Theme Studio v6.0 for a device other than the Torch? 

For more information and to download the BlackBerry Theme Studio v6.0 official release
Direct download for Theme Studio v6.0 leaked version

Source: @triax0 and @AnthonyScags via Driphter

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Exclusive: CDMA BlackBerry Roadmap 2011 - Montana, Monaco, Sedona, Malibu, BlackBerry 6.1 Evolution and more!

Keep in mind - this is CDMA (hence why you're not seeing Torch2 or apollo listed). Also means
we could see GSM releases sooner than the CDMA timeline above... plus things often change from plan.

In the last couple of weeks we've learned a lot about RIM's 2011 BlackBerry pipeline thanks to a handful of device leaks. After months (and in some cases over a year) of speculation, we saw specs and renderings show up for the dakota (touchscreen GSM Bold), monaco (aka Storm 3, though possibly will not fall under Storm branding at launch), Torch 2 and apollo (new curve). All that was followed by rumors of another Curve, sedona. Despite the windfall, what we've been looking at only told about 65% of the story. Today, thanks to a whack load of CDMA carrier roadmap slides, we can further fill in the gaps and clarify the codenames and even product names of what's coming up in 2011, including an entirely new device that really hasn't been touched on yet (Curve Touch!).

Further BlackBerry Smartphone Roadmap Highlights and Clarifications

  • new BlackBerry Bold Touch: dakota is the GSM version, while montana is the CDMA version
  • next gen Curve: apollo is the GSM version, while sedona is the CDMA version
  • new Curve Touch: not previously mentioned, malibu is a new CDMA touchscreen Curve (likely to be a GSM one in the works too of course)

On the BlackBerry 6.1 front, beyond what we learned at DevCon Asia, we can see some of the other goodies coming our way. Included in the update is a faster user experience via "liquid graphics", a faster web browser experience (thanks to hardware acceleration and more mhz in the new devices), more homescreen customization options and even voice-activated universal search. 

All in all, things are really starting to make sense and look good! There's plenty to look at below, so keep reading and be sure to sound off in the comments with your thoughts!

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Exclusive: New BlackBerry Curve Touch Image and Specs!

While the BlackBerry apollo and sedona are looking to be the next update to the entry level BlackBerry Curve line in a non-touchscreen format, following those devices a touchscreen variant is on the way. Pictured above is the BlackBerry codenamed malibu, the CDMA flavor of what will likely go to market as the BlackBerry Curve Touch, which is slated to be released in late 2011/early 2012 as the first Curve to lack a keyboard. Proposed Specs include:

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM 8655 800MHz CPU
  • Radio: CDMA - EvDo Rev A
  • Display: 3.25" 480x360 HVGA
  • Navigation: Trackpad & Nav Keys
  • Keypad: Virtual QWERTY
  • Camera: 5 MP (with HD Video recording)
  • Memory: 1GB Flash + 512MB RAM, Hot Swap MicroSD slot
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • GPS: Autonomous & A-GPS
  • Connectivity: NFC, Micro USB, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Sensors: Ambient Light Sensor, accelerometer

While the malibu is the CDMA Curve Touch, it only makes sense that a GSM version is in the works too. Looking like a sweet entry level BlackBerry!

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Exclusive: BlackBerry montana is CDMA BlackBerry Bold Touch - Image and Specs!

While we recently saw information and photos leak to the net about the gsm BlackBerry dakota, you can think of the BlackBerry montana as dakota's CDMA sibling. With both the montana and dakota likely to hit the market under BlackBerry Bold Touch branding, this is RIM's thinnest BlackBerry ever with premium materials and finishes and a forged, machined stainless steel frame. The BlackBerry Montana's features and specs include:

  • Dimensions: 115 x 66 x 10.5mm
  • Processor: Qualcomm 1.2GHz CPU
  • Radio: 800/1900 MHz EvDO Rev A with Receive Diversity (PCS Only); Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; Dual Band UMTS (HSPA 7.2/5.76) 900/2100MHz
  • Display: 2.8" diagonol - VGA 640 x 480, resolution 287dpi
  • Camera: 5mp - Flash - Image Stabilization - HD Recording (720p)
  • Navigation: Capacitive Touch, Optical Trackpad
  • Keypad: Wide QWERTY - Physical Send, End, Escape, Menu, Right Side Convenience Key, Volume Control
  • Memory: 8GB - 768MB RAM - up to 32GB MicroSd Crad
  • WiFi: 2.4 GHZ b/g/n - 5GHz a/n - Mobile Hotspot
  • Connectivity: Micro USB - Bluetooth - NFC
  • Sensors: Magnetometer - Accelerometer - Proximity
All in all, if you like BlackBerry Smartphones with keyboards and are on a CDMA carrier, this will be the device to have! 
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How do you use your BlackBerry: Do you use your BlackBerry as a multimedia device?
  Do you use your BlackBerry as a multimedia device?Market Research  

I've never been one to use my BlackBerry as a media player. Honestly as soon as I get a new device, I always hide both the music and video icons and rarely ever use them. I've had my trusy iPod for as long as I can remember, and when I'm on the go it's my music player of choice. Part of me just likes having a separate music player, and I suppose part of me worries that I'll eat up my BlackBerry battery when I'm out and about if I use it as a media player. So today I have to ask - do you use your BlackBerry as a multimedia player for music and/or video? I'm sure lots of you have all your music loaded up and ready to roll, while others are like me and use a separate device. Cast your vote in the poll above, and leave a comment letting us know why.

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Zombie Horror Novel Written on BlackBerry by CrackBerry member sees release (stars me as the Michaluk virus...woohoo!)

Writing a novel is no easy task. For most people it's too daunting to even think about starting, never mind finishing. But how about writing a novel on your BlackBerry? Pure craziness in my opinion, but that's exactly what CrackBerry member Jessica Meigs (a_silent_song) did. She recently released her first novella in a five-part series, called The Becoming: Outbreak. 

The novel features a group of friends as they fight to survive the outbreak of a virus that turns its victims into homicidal cannibals (aka zombies). And the name of the virus? The Michaluk virus!! Yep, Jessica gave me the honor of being the first victim to bite the dust so the virus got named after me (in case you don't know how to pronounce it, it's Mitch-A-Luck). I read the novel on my flight out to Bali was thoroughly entertained by it -- I can't wait for part 2 to be released -- so do yourself a favor and pick it up. At 99 cents and written by a CrackBerry member on a BlackBerry, it's definitely an entertaining must read. The full press release is below and you can pick it up at the following links. Great job Jessica - two CrackBerry thumbs up!

Buy The Becoming: Outbreak for Kindle from Amazon
Buy The Becoming: Outbreak for Nook from Barnes & Noble
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BlackBerry service blocked in Egypt?

BlackBerry service blocked in Egypt?

On the heels of both Twitter and Facebook being blocked in Egypt, it looks like BlackBerry internet service may be the next casualty. The buzz on Twitter and some emails to the CrackBerry tip line let us know that BlackBerry users in Egypt are being denied access to their BlackBerry data. Reports are mixed at the moment and we're unsure as to what exactly is working and what's not, but we'll be sure to update this post as we find out more. Are you a BlackBerry user in Egypt? Leave a comment and let us know if you're still up and running or not!

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I'm now back home after my trip to Indonesia for BlackBerry DevCon Asia. There are a few posts left to hit the blogs from the trip (Indonesia internet didn't like me uploading vids to youtube for some reason), but in the meantime while I get those posts together here's a new user Indo BlackBerry Messenger user video. In this video, Bobby and Ucha from HellBobs talk about their passion in the art of tattooing and how BBM has helped them to connect with their clients and exchange ideas on what tattoo design is perfect for them.

Unless you actually hit a city like Jakarta and see it with your own eyes, it's actually pretty hard to convey just how over the top the BlackBerry use there is. I hit up some restaurants where literally every person had their BlackBerry either in hand or on the table, or in some cases two or three devices. It was pure BlackBerry craziness.  

In the video, Bobby says he belongs to 20 BBM groups and has over 500 contacts on his BlackBerry. Not too shabby. How does that stack up to your BlackBerry Messenger list?

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Contest: Win a free copy of Amor by Pootermobile for Valentine's Day! 50 copies available!
Valentine's Day is approaching quickly, and we have a beautiful new theme from Pootermobile to help get you in the mood! Amor is a well crafted theme that you can enjoy for Valentines, and long after. The home screen sports an awesome banner that you can customize with a special message, and unique battery and signal meters in blue. The colorful 3D icons are eye-catching and look nice against the red backgrounds on each screen. The u-shaped dock on the home screen has 6-7 customizable icons depending on your device, and can also be hidden for full wallpaper love. This theme has no screen or menu transitions, which is nice for this of us that don't care for them.

Overall Amor is a great looking theme for guys or girls, and would make a great addition to your theme stockpile. Additionally, Amor would be a great gift for that theme loving BlackBerry addict in your life! At just $3.99, it's cheaper than flowers, and will last a lot longer. ;) Compatible with BlackBerry Torch, Storm, Curve 85/89/93, Bold 9000/9700, and Tour 9600.

Contest: Pootermobile wants to share the love with everyone, and has given us 50 copies of Amor to pass on to you! Rules as always: Leave a comment below to enter. One entry per person please. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Good luck everyone!

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