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Latest BlackBerry PlayBook demo gives us a further look at games, Youtube and more

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If you think that the BlackBerry PlayBook has lost its shine due to its prolonged timeframe to finally get out of the door and into the public, think again. Once more caught on video, the BlackBerry PlayBook is shown here in raw detail, fluid motion and vigorous processing capabilities to take what we currently understand as multitasking above and beyond. Our friends across the pond as they have laid their hands on a BlackBerry PlayBook with a seemingly recent build of the BlackBerry Tablet OS, which should give a realistic but slightly vague idea of how the BlackBerry PlayBook will function when it’s prime time. Dig the video, things are looking pretty awesome – enjoy.

Source: Tracy and Matt

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Foursquare for BlackBerry updates beta to v1.9.77

I love updates that come on the weekend. Earlier we had a Twitter for BlackBerry update, and now foursquare has also updated! Foursquare v1.9.77 was released earlier today and can be downloaded at foursquare.com/blackberry/beta on your device. The update will also be available in BlackBerry App World at some point as well. 

A quick overview of some of the improvements made to this version:
  • Now able to add comments to a friend's checkin.
  • New trophy case view of all of your badges.
  • The ability for users to "Check for updates" straight from the app!
  • Addition of a photo gallery viewer.
  • To enter this view, click on a photo in venues to enlarge photo, then click one more time to enter the gallery view.
  • The friends dashboard now shows if the checkin has comments or photos.
  • Speed improvements for rendering the dashboard screen
  • Fixes to add friends and profile photo upload.
  • Improved data connection for users having issues connecting via https
  • And much much more!
To download the update from foursquare on your device
To download the update via BlackBerry App World

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Brain Cube by Ximad - A challenging game for your BlackBerry

I'm always looking for games that are challenging, yet don't require tons of time and that I can play in idle moments. I was happy to discover Brain Cube by Ximad, as I used to play a similar game on my Bold 9000 a couple years ago, and it was a lot of fun.

The concept is easy: roll your cube through the puzzle to the hole on the other side. There are different obstacles to overcome on each level, making them all unique and a fun addition to this game over ones I played in the past are special squares that when landed on in the right way change either your cube or the puzzle itself. The interface is easy to use either with the trackpad/trackball or touchscreen. The graphics in Brain Cube are really decent and fun to look at, and playing it on my Torch was smooth.

Brain Cube is available for $1.99 in the CrackBerry store and is compatible with BlackBerry Bold 9000, Bold/Tour 96xx, Bold 97xx, Curve 8330/8350i, Curve 85xx, Curve 89xx, Curve 93xx 3G, Storm 95xx, and Torch 9800.

For more information/screenshots/video and to purchase Brain Cube

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Twitter for BlackBerry updates to v1.1.0.17 for BlackBerry Beta Zone members

If you are a member of the BlackBerry Beta Zone then here's some news for you. The Twitter for BlackBerry beta has updated to v1.1.0.17 and is available for download. They fixed a ton of bugs that were reported by beta testers, so make sure you download this one. There are still some known issues that RIM is working on as well as some requests for additions to the application, so you'll want to be sure to read through those on the site when you download. As this update is part of the Beta Zone program, a new keycode is required for the app to work after installation. A new one will be emailed to you, so be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Mine arrived in my inbox before I even finished downloading the application, so hopefully they are quick for everyone.

Some of the fixes include:

  • Push @mention issues
  • Updates to Geo-tweeting User Interface
  • Errors with posting/opening shortened links
  • Occasionally when you send a Direct Message, the message fails stating "Cannot send a message to a user who is not following you"
  • Lock icon overlaps the Name in the conversation screen for protected user
  • Conversation Screen font does not change until it is reloaded
  • Notification count includes non-followed users mentions
  • Shortening link not working, original link not getting replaced
  • Twitter is not listed under social feeds application options
  • Delayed/bad char count on conversation message screen on Pearl
  • After sending a long message and receiving a short message, the 2 messages overlap on the conversation list screen
  • Additional fixes for those people using the app in French
For full details and to download the Twitter for BlackBerry update visit the BlackBerry Beta Zone!

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BlackBerry PlayBook gets shown off in portrait mode at SXSW

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During a demo at SXSW, the BlackBerry PlayBook was finally shown off in detail using portrait mode. We have seen PlayBook in portrait before, but not to this extent. The transition between landscape and portrait looks to be quite fast, and smooth as silk. It's great to see RIM's latest build for PlayBook so polished, especially so close to the device finally launching. Skip to 5:45 on the video to see the PlayBook in action using portrait mode. 

Source: Intomobile

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More Staples information confirms April release date for the BlackBerry PlayBook

We've just recieved some more details about a Staples release date. Basically confirming the April 17 date range from our previous post as it shows the sign that will be in stores for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Doing the math here March 15 and then 33 days later puts us in that April 17/18 timeframe quite nicely. No pricing details but since we've seen some of those in the past already so we're pretty comfortable with $499.99 price point to start. Thanks, anon!

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Sears sending out BlackBerry PlayBook pre-order details to affiliates, ship date 4/10

First time we've heard of this but it looks as though Sears will also be selling the BlackBerry PlayBook in Canada. Even weirder is the fact they are now emailing affiliates with information about pre-orders and ship dates. According to Sears they'll be starting up pre-orders tomorrow and BlackBerry PlayBooks will start shipping as of April 10. So, that's two dates floating around now. Note though, the time is wrong for any time in Canada at the moment and lots of typos here, so legit? Comments welcome. Thanks, willwnet -- now set your iPads clock right ;)

PS: Sears does have their page up, so you can yell at the person who compiled the email for failing at spell check and abiding by best practices of the research In Motion trademark.

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Staples BlackBerry PlayBook official release date 4/17?!

 

The above just popped up in the CrackBerry forums for all to see and as you can tell it looks to be what the demo display for the BlackBerry PlayBook will look like in stores. While the information clearly says *ad date 4.17* that could mean when the signage is supposed to go up-- and presumably, PlayBooks will be allowed to be sold at that point. No sense in putting signage up if you have no retail devices to sell right?! Thanks staples111, and Mike!

Discuss in the CrackBerry Forums

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BlackBerry App Roundup for March 11th, 2011! We have 5 copies of KFlicks to give away!

Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! After Last week’s CrackBerry Birthday Extravaganza, the site was abuzz with more info on the PlayBook, new leaks & some very cool apps. While we still don’t have an exact release date on the PlayBook, March is almost half way over so it must be soon!

Today, check out some goodies we’ve found & see what you may have missed over the course of the week and enter to win 1 of 5 copies of KFlicks! Have a rootin’ tootin’ weekend! Giddy up!


Freebies of the Week: The River Test, Activity Log Classic

In Case You Missed It: Word Sleuth, BlackBerry Protect

New This Week: Toddler Days, BeInfo

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Word Hunt 2

Contest: Win one of 25 copies of Blink!

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WordPress for BlackBerry updates to v1.4.6.1 bringing added security and bug fixes

If you have a WordPress blog then this update will be an important one for you. WordPress has released a security and communications update for their BlackBerry app bringing the version number up to v1.4.6.1. Due to these changes when you first use the upgraded version your app will transfer your credentials to a new, strongly encrypted storage model which may cause a need to re-add your blogs/sites. Because of these changes the WordPress developers decided not to include any other new features in this release to ensure a smooth transition to the new storage model.
Some of the other bug fixes include:

  • You can now select which type of the Media API that should be used for uploading photos and videos.
  • Added the Preview for Private Posts/Pages
  • Improved the preview screen, which is now using the BlackBerry browser or any browser installed on your device.
  • Fix for VideoPress issue when uploading multiple videos.
  • Fix for app permission issues that could freeze the app if all permissions are not set to Allow.
  • Fix for postID that are bigger than the XML-RPC specification.
  • Improved the communication layer.
  • Improved the XML-RPC calls.
  • Fix for post/page comments setting that allow people to post comments on new articles created using the app.

For full details and to download the update from BlackBerry App World

Source: WordPress

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Shazam for BlackBerry updated to v2.7

 

If you frequent using Shazam to help you find out the names of songs and artists you through out the run of your day, then you'll want to fire up BlackBerry App World if you haven't already and grab the latest update available. v2.7 was posted and looks to fix some bugs within the app you may have been experiencing.

  • Fixed Twitter
  • Implemented “Share by Facebook”
  • Setting Icon added to homescreen
  • Fixed permissions issues for people using Company phone
  • Reduced App size

Not a huge update but and update nonetheless. The download is live and available now in BlackBerry App World. If you're not seeing it, simply refresh app world and it should appear for you after that.

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Take a look at BlackBerry Mobile HotSpot and tethering for OS 6.1

Back when the leaked 2011 road map came out we saw some of the details about BlackBerry Mobile HotSpot and how Research In Motion was expanding upon their devices tethering abilities. After that, not much more information leaked out. Today though, some newer slides detailing the process and what it will all look like have appeared online. Personally, I'm glad to see RIM rolling this feature out finally, since its been known to be arriving since back when the BlackBerry Storm 9570 was outed for the first time. Nice to know that feature didn't die with that device. Jump on past the break for some shots of the UI and further details.

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CrackBerry Podcast 065: PlayBook, PlayBook, Apps, Phones, PlayBook and More!

We recorded Episode 065 as a LIVE podcast and as promised are following up with the .mp3 download of the show so you can listen to it at your convenience. All in all it went pretty well! With the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook drawing near, we spent a lot of time talking about RIM's first tablet. I debrief on the NYC Playbook media event I attended, and talk about some of the new little things observed there (notification in top left corner of display, freezing apps when minimized, etc.).

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PSHD from Hedone Design - A theme designed for gamers and everyone else!

If you frequent the CrackBerry blogs, then undoubtably you have seen themes from Hedone Design. They've produced many popular themes, and one reason they are so well received is the incredible attention that is paid to every detail of their work. The latest release from Hedone Design is called PSHD, and is their homage to Sony and the Playstation interface. If you have experience with the PS3, then I'm sure you recognized this right off without me telling you.

The home screen experience on PSHD closely mimics that of the PS3. Five columns across your screen give you access to different categories of icons. Favorites is the first, and allows you to place your choice of icons under it. The next column is Media, third you have the Phone column, Web is the 4th column and Utilities is the last. That's a total of 20 icons (25 on non-touch devices as each column has an additional icon) within easy reach on your home screen, yet placed in a way that doesn't clutter it up. The battery meter is custom and changes from green to red as your battery level drops. Keyboard shortcuts are also included.

PSHD is a great theme, sure to please both gamers and those of you who just like having something unique and easy to use on your BlackBerry. I want to point out that this theme is fast, as it was entirely hand coded, ensuring a flawlessly smooth user experience. You can grab it today for $6.99 in the CrackBerry store for your BlackBerry Bold 9000, Bold/Tour 96xx, Bold 97xx, Curve 8350i, Curve 85xx, Curve 89xx, Curve 93xx 3G, Storm 95xx, and Torch 9800 (OS 5.0 - 6.0 only.)

For more information/screenshots and to purchase PSHD

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RIM working on their own video conferencing app for the BlackBerry PlayBook

If you've looked around the BlackBerry PlayBook homepage lately then this may not come as a huge surprise -- and really it shouldn't as the real news here isn't that the BlackBerry PlayBook has the ability to do video conferencing. But rather, that Research In Motion is working on their own application that enables video conferencing on the BlackBerry PlayBook instead of relying on a third-party developer such as Skype or say Qik to do it for them (though nothing would prevent third parties from developing these apps on their own as well).

As noted by our friend Al Sacco in a recent interview he had with RIM's VP of enterprise strategy, David Heit, Research In Motion has been working on a peer-to-peer video-conferencing app similar to that of Apples FaceTime video chat and is expected to have it available soon and presumably on the BlackBerry PlayBook at launch.

No indication was given if and, or when we may see it on the BlackBerry smartphones but as the article states, it appears to be a BlackBerry PlayBook specific app only at this time as none of the current BlackBerry smartphones can even make use of the feature. Hit up the source link for the full details of the interview.

Source: PCWorld

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Leaked: OS 6.0.0.499 for the BlackBerry Curve 9300!

Wow, three leaks so far this evening! Now all you BlackBerry 9300 owners can join in with updating your OS to 6.0.0.499 like the 9700 owners are. Give this OS a go and let us know how it works out for you either in the comments below or in the forums. Remember, back up your device before loading.

*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 6.0.0.499 for the Curve 9300
Discuss more in the forums

Source: N4BB

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BlackBerry security breached at Pwn2Own 2011

This year's Pwn2Own event is well underway in Vancouver. The yearly event takes the best White hat hackers and challenges them to exploit computers and operating systems so that their vulnerabilities may be shared with the owners of those operating systems in an effort to make them more secure. In previous years, Research In Motion has stood its ground but this year results are now in for BlackBerry. The news however, isn't the best. This year, a BlackBerry Torch running OS 6.0.0.246 was successfully exploited using the long awaited WebKit browser. The browser exploit allowed Vincenzo Iozzo, Willem Pinckaers and Ralf Philipp Weinmann to gain access to all contact information as well as the image database. Research In Motion's director of security, Adrian Stone was on hand to confirm the exploit and made the following statements about it:

“It happens. It’s not what you want but there’s no such thing as zero code defects,” in addition to that statement Stone also advised that RIM's security team would analyze the date to see if it was a true zero-day flaw and if so, then a fix would created and then rolled out to carrier partners so that end-users get it. This situation of course assumes that it hasn't already been fixed in a later revised OS. But that could not be confirmed at the time.

Given that Research In Motion doesn't use any underlying security in its OS such as ASLR or DEP and others do, it is something that Research In Motion is looking to be adding at a later time. When asked about the security within BlackBerry devices Vicenzo Izzo noted “The advantage for BlackBerry is the obscurity. It makes it a bit harder to attack a system if you don’t have documentation and information," which leads into the fact that WebKit while Open Source, is an Apple derived product with lots of detailed information about it being available to all.

Source: ZDNet

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Leaked: OS 6.0.0.499 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700!

Hey BlackBerry Bold 9700 users, let's not let the Torch owners have all the fun! OS 6.0.0.499 has leaked for your device, so if you're into that sort of thing go ahead and give it a go. As always, back up your device data first please. We'd hate to see you lose anything. Let us know what you see that is new and improved, and hop on over to the forums to discuss it further!

*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). *

To dowload OS 6.0.0.499 for your BlackBerry Bold 9700
To discuss fixes and findings in the forums

Source: N4BB

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BlackBerry Wallet v1.2.1.2 released - New UI and features added

It's been quite some time since the initial release of BlackBerry wallet. In that time, a few revisions have been made to the application but nothing substantial. That being the case, the latest version has just been released and places it at v1.2 and brings a whole new UI revamp as well as some extra features not in the originally released version.

Features

  • Save time by automatically filling in forms with credit card information, billing addresses, shipping information and more
  • Use BlackBerry Wallet to store and retrieve reward program numbers and info
  • Enter and retrieve account info for logging into your favorite shopping websites
  • Advanced password security keeps your credit card and billing information protected
  • Add and retrieve gift card or loyalty program information to accumulate points, rewards
With the new functions added, this update should make BlackBerry Wallet a bit more useful in the long run if you have a need for such an app. You can download the latest version from BlackBerry App World now. That version was updated as of yesterday but the web based download still shows an older version.

Download BlackBerry Wallet v1.2.1.2

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Leaked OS 6.0.0.486 for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

Oh Torch leaks, it's been a while since we had one that's for sure. The last leak was for 6.0.0.450but here we have 6.0.0.486. Give it a go and let us know in the comments and in the forums about what's good, and what's bad. Remember, be sure to back up your data before loading this one up.

*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 6.0.0.486 for the Torch 9800
Discuss more in the forums

Source: N4BB

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