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Body Glove Snap-On Case for BlackBerry Torch 9800

Body Glove Snap-On Case for BlackBerry Torch 9800
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In my pursuit of the best BlackBerry Torch case I came across the Body Glove Snap-On Case for BlackBerry Torch 9800. The case works the same as most of the other snap-on cases we have seen, but has a different feel to it as well as a cool "kickstand". The case fits on snug and is easy to grip, and you can choose to use it either with or without the included kickstand/belt clip. This one gets a good rating due to the fact that it is multi purporse and can be used in a few different ways. I did struggle a bit with the stand at times (if you don't get it to go the right way the device just falls over -- as you can see in the video I struggled with it quite a bit at first) but once you get the hang of it you'll be fine. If you don't need the clip, just pop it off and you're left with a flat back on the case. Overall a good buy if you're a Torch user especially if you watch many videos and need a good home for your device. Available at ShopCrackBerry.com for $24.95. Check out the video above and keep reading for more images.

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FontCollection v1.6 by Almoko - Customize your BlackBerry with different fonts!
Almoko has released a new app called FontCollection for your BlackBerry. Personally I was super excited when I saw this in the CrackBerry store, because I love fonts and the chance to add some cool new ones to my BlackBerry was intriguing. Usually you are stuck with the stock fonts on your device, or if you change themes, the font that the theme developer used. With FontCollection you can browse through more than 60 fonts, right on your BlackBerry! You install the fonts you want, and then access them through your Options menu. FontCollection is available for just $.99 in the CrackBerry store and is compatible with devices running OS 5.0 and BB6.

Important notes:

  • All fonts in the FontCollection are free for commercial usage.
  • English fonts only are supported at this moment.
  • BlackBerry OS 5.0+ supported.
  • Small footprint
To purchase FontCollection in the CrackBerry store
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TimmyMe Tim Hortons location finder now available for BlackBerry Bold 9780; still waiting on Torch support

BlackBerry Bold 9780 owners who are fans of Tim Hortons (or Timmy Ho's as I like to call it) will be happy to hear the the TimmyMe app is now available from App World for the 9780. Unfortunately, Torch owners are still waiting for support on this one (it seems in installing the TimmyMe .jad on the Torch that the app works fine in landscape, but things get cut-off in portrait mode). If you're not familiar with TimmyMe, it takes advantage of your BB's GPS to offer up these features:

  • Automatically detects your current location and provides nearby restaurant information and addresses
  • Can provide a map to your selected location
  • Contains the most current Restaurant information
  • Finds stores with a drive-thru
  • Provides a notepad to save your friends orders 

Most Tim Hortons addicts know every location within 25 miles of home/work, but if you're traveling it's definitely a handy app to have if you can't get through the morning without your Double Double. You can visit TimmyMe.com for more info, and grab the app from App World at the link below. And hopefully Torch support is will be available soon.

Download TimmyMe for BlackBerry from App World

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Contest Winners: Corky, IM+, Devilish, and Jessica Simpson Christmas!

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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Free Newegg Mobile app for BlackBerry now available in BlackBerry App World

Like buying electronics? Of course you do, everyone does at some point. Newegg, has made the process of buying electronics from them on the go even easier for better or for worse. They've just released a mobile app to BlackBerry App World which allows you to browse and purchase items directly from their site on your BlackBerry smartphone. Some of the key features for the app:

  • Comprehensive product specifications.
  • 1.7+ millions customer reviews. 
  • Detailed item image gallery. 
  • Quick and simple shopping flow. 
  • Simple and quick search function. 
  • Good for deal hunting: Shell Shockers, Daily Deals and Free Shipping. 
  • All purchases made on Newegg Mobile are routed through Newegg's secure servers. 

The sad news? Well, despite BlackBerry App World indicating that it is indeed available for all devices, it is not. Although I did not test all devices, I can confirm it's not yet available for the BlackBerry Torch (unless it's just blocking me in Canada). Which really, is fine with me at this point. The last thing i need in my life is an easier way to buy electronics. But if you're looking to spend  some of that cash you got for the Holidays then by all means, check the app out. Some great deals are to be had on Newegg.

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Leaked OS 5.0.0.1041 for the BlackBerry Storm 9530

Leaked OS 5.0.0.1041 for the BlackBerry Storm 9530

BlackBerry Storm 9530 owners, you're in luck as well. The same OS, 5.0.0.1041 has leaked for your device.Again, it's a leaked OS so be sure to back up your data before loading it up. Also, be sure to drop some comments here or in the CrackBerry forums about what, if anything is new within the OS itself so that others may know. Enjoy folks, this one has been a while coming.

*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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Leaked OS 5.0.0.1041 for the BlackBerry Tour 9630

Leaked OS 5.0.0.1041 for the BlackBerry Tour 9630

BlackBerry Tour owners have kind of been left in the dark when it comes to OS leaks. But, today ends that drought. OS 5.0.0.1041 has just sprung up for all you Tour owners who are looking for a new OS. We don't have to tell you this but we will anyways, it's a leaked OS so be sure to back up your data before loading it up. Also, be sure to drop some comments here or in the CrackBerry forums about what, if anything is new within the OS itself so that others may 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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A History of Research In Motion - part 1

A History of Research In Motion - part 1

The future of Research In Motion hangs in the balance. It is the early summer of 1997, and Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie stand in a BellSouth conference room. They've spent the last few years trying to convince the world that mobile email is the future. They're almost there. RIM has already produced one device, the Inter@ctive Pager 900; and is developing a second - sometimes called the Leapfrog.

But BellSouth - the one and only customer for RIM's soon-to-be Leapfrog - isn't happy. They've spent $300 million to buy and build the Mobitex wireless network. But without products to make use of that network, BellSouth finds itself with an unprofitable enterprise. If BellSouth goes through with plans to sell the network, RIM loses its Leapfrog network and the only customer for the device.

RIM Co-CEO's Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have but one chance to change the minds of the high-level executives in that room. The executives "walked in there thinking they were going to pull the plug," says Jim Hobbs, VP Operations, BellSouth Mobile Data. As Lazaridis begins the presentation that will decide the future of his fledgling company, he comes to a horrid realization. He and Balsillie had been so nervous about the meeting that they had left the models of the Leapfrog in their taxi. It was a make-it or break-it presentation, and the most important parts were lost.

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Code Muncher for BlackBerry easily scans QR codes
You know, as much as we love our smartphone keyboards, some of us really don't like to type on them any more than we have to. That's one reason why QR codes are becoming more and more popular; ease and speed of use, marginal room for error vs manual input, and versatility. We reviewed some of the available options a few months back, with Joseph comparing four different apps to see what worked and what didn't. This week a new app has appeared in the CrackBerry store, from popular developer motek mobile, called Code Muncher.

Code Muncher scans and reads QR codes in real time by simply pointing the BlackBerry camera at a QR code and taking a picture of it. Upon recognition of a QR code, the application will instantaneously process and decode the image. Users can view web sites, send SMS messages, call phone numbers, and save contact information from QR codes.

Motek mobile has two versions of Code Muncher available: a free, ad supported version and a paid version for just $.99. There are some options built in to the app to customize it, such as different sound effects while scanning and different colors for the little muncher guy. Overall, the app does what it says, and you can't beat free. The only catch is that so far Code Muncher is only available for the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and Torch 9800, BB6.

To check out the free version of Code Muncher in the CrackBerry store
To purchase the ad free version for just $.99 in the CrackBerry store

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Groupon for BlackBerry now available!

Groupon for BlackBerry now available!

Deal-of-the-day provider Groupon has just released an application to help out BlackBerry users. Available in the US and Canada, the Groupon app allows you to find local deals and display coupons right on your device. Use the app to display local deals, then bring up the coupon to show to the retailer. You'll never have to print another coupon again to snag a deal. Groupon for BlackBerry is totally free and is available in BlackBerry App World.

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Review: Ringtone Remix for BlackBerry

Review: Ringtone Remix for BlackBerry

Some BlackBerry users take a lot of pride in personalization of their smart phones. This covers everything from wallpapers to home screen management to ringtones. Ah, those ringtones – the window into our true character. Tired is the cliché of the interaction between the boss and their employee; where the employee’s phone rings and the tune is…less than appropriate. We can’t help it. We hear a song – we love a song, we want that song as our ringtone. Creating the perfect ringtone from the perfect song isn’t so perfectly easy for everyone to do. Think about it, how often do you search for a ringtone already made for you?

Ringtone Remix puts the power back in your hands. You decide what you want your BlackBerry to blare. The application makes it easy to take your favourite song, select a portion of it and make it into a ringtone – all from your BlackBerry. Admit it or not, there’s a slight sense of disappointment when you have your favourite song as a ringtone, but not your favourite part of the song. Ringtone Remix helps you express who you are – the way you want to.

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BBThemes end of year sale - 10 themes on sale for just $.99 each through Dec 31st!
If you're still looking for that last minute Christmas gift, or maybe itching to buy yourself something but feeling guilty about spending extra money this time of year, worry no more. BBThemes has just announced their New Year's Sale on 10 of their most popular themes! Prices are reduced to just $.99 until December 31st so go ahead and grab as many as you like. You can choose from Quantum, BeAmplified, iPulse, !Design, Mono, Purity, Koncept, Mono in Pink, Colourize Candy and !Design Ultra. Get one, get several, heck buy them all! Give your BlackBerry a gift it can use year round.

Check out all these awesome themes from BBThemes in the CrackBerry store

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Grab some Holiday media with the Jessica Simpson Christmas app - 50 copies to be won!

The holiday season is upon us, and if you are still looking for ways to get your BlackBerry device in that holiday mood, check out the official Jessica Simpson Christmas app from BigTinCan. The app includes 4 Christmas songs from Jessica, including My Only Wish, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Mary Did You Know, and Merry Christmas Baby. It also includes exclusive images of Jessica from her time with the US Troops (her favorite charity). Don't worry, the app is good for more than just the holiday season. It also comes with BuzzMe, an app to customize your LED colors, vibrations, and ringtones. You can pick up the app for $4.99 at the CrackBerry App Store. It is compatible with all devices running OS 5 and up.

Contest:We have 50 copies of the Jessica Simpson Christmas App to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count.

More information and download of Jessica Simpson Christmass App

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And the winner in CrackBerry's Win an IOU for a BlackBerry PlayBook Contest is...

It's December 25th. Christmas Day. And you know what that means, right? It's time to announce the winner of CrackBerry's Win an IOU for a BlackBerry PlayBook Contest! Over 11,000 entries later, it all boils down to this. And the lucky winner of an IOU for a BlackBerry PlayBook is.....

ryanwilyamz

Congrats Ryan! We hope your Christmas just got a little more awesomer (I'll shoot you an email shortly with details on getting your PlayBook). To everybody else, thanks for participating and Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and everything else! Don't worry, I'm sure we'll be doing another contest (or two) for the BlackBerry PlayBook as it gets closer to being released. I'm stoked for it. 2011 is going to be a great year! 

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BlackBerry App Roundup for December 24th, 2010! Win 1 of 100 copies of Trillian!

Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! We’ve corralled some apps we reckon you folks want to take a gander at. This is it folks; if you left your Holiday shopping until the last minute I suggest you get out there now. Santa is making his visit tonight, so get out those cookies and milk! If you have a BlackBerry user on your list, maybe you should check out the app gift ideas. Today, we announce the winners of the GPS Ski Maps giveaway and also give you the chance to win one of 100 copies of Trillian! Have a rootin’ tootin’ weekend! Giddy up! Ho-Ho-Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Freebies of the Week: Code Muncher Free, CallTick, TheBirthdayApp

In Case You Missed It: SOTI Pocket Controller-Pro, BlackBerry News Feeds

New This Week: ControlExtra Ultimate Edition, KeepMySms, An Office Fitness (Yoga)

Cool at BlackBerry App World: urArtist

Contest: Win one of 100 copies of Trillian!

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Santa Tracker for BlackBerry - Keep tabs Saint Nick on Christmas eve
If you have children than you know the #1 question they are constantly asking during this time of year (especially if they're under the age of 4) -- and that question is "How many more days until Christmas?" Well with the Santa Tracker application by Kathryn Lahrs, you can answer them down to the second! Also included in the app is the option for your children to write a letter to Santa and even have Santa respond. I'm usually not a fan of paid apps (only $1.99) especially for something I won't use often, but with a 3 year old in the house I thought this would be fun. Keep reading for more details.
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Made Simple Learning Update: Torch videos and book now available; Save with holiday pricing!

If Jolly Old St. Nick drops off a shiny, new BlackBerry under your tree this Christmas and you just don't know where to begin, you may want to check out the learning materials from our friends at Made Simple Learning. Until the end of the year they're running a 50% off sale on all videos and select-books. BlackBerry Torch owners will be glad to hear they've just released their Torch Videos and eBook. Jump on over to their website at the link below for more details.

And don't forget, if you're in no need of learning but moreso have to deal with BlackBerry overuse, you'll want to check out our BlackBerry addiction book, CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse!

Made Simple Learning Holiday Sale

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Trapster acquired by NAVTEQ - Strives to improve upon the popular service

Trapster, the popular speed trap alert service, has recently been acquired by NAVTEQ. If you haven't used Trapster before, it's an application that lets users share tips on conditions and speed traps with others across multiple platforms. Trapster's user base is already close to 10 million and NAVTEQ is looking to increase this already huge number. NAVTEQ is also on a mission to bring more features (like parking availability) to the application and also to improve and fine tune the core features that made Trapster such a popular app. Combining the Trapster application with NAVTEQ's map expertise is sure to bring a great app to you, and the other 10 million users out there. Trapster is free of charge and they want it to be known that they have no intention to change this. It is availbable for a variety of BlackBerry devices. 

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