Water and electricity do not mix. All those electrical components and doodads inside your BlackBerry are carefully insulated… with air. Air is a wonderful insulator; it doesn’t conduct electricity. Otherwise, we’d all get horribly shocked every time we went to unplug a lamp. Water conducts electricity; poorly, but it does. When your smartphone gets dunked in water, all those carefully...

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[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] No stranger to the CrackBerry blogs, Will.I.Am. is a well known BlackBerry user and RIM spokesperson. He's performed at WES (now called BlackBerry World Conference), appeared at various product launches, and even had a BlackBerry PlayBook in a Black Eyed Peas music video before it was available for purchase. The Black Eyed Peas were in France...

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Comb Over Charlie - fun for your BlackBerry PlayBook

  At first, Comb Over Charlie appears to be less than it actually is. The graphics, though beautifully rendered, are simple; looking like they were drawn by Napoleon Dynamite or Demitri Martin. Comb Over Charlie has two controls: float and fire. Sound effects are minimal and perhaps a bit cheesey. The "ouch" sound made by the giant at the end of each level is a good example. Imagine a...

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PaperPlane for BlackBerry PlayBook updated with all new levels!

PaperPlane by BBThemes is one of the best selling games for the BlackBerry PlayBook to date, and for good reason. The simple concept combined with smooth gameplay and awesome graphics pave the way for hours of entertainment as you try to best your score with every throw. As Kevin let you know back in May, BBThemes was working on plans to expand the game with the addition of more levels. I'm...

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It's been a couple of months since we saw the last update to the Adobe AIR SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook, but it seems that RIM slipped out an update (bringing us to v1.0.2) at the end of May without us noticing. It doesn't appear that there are any dramatic changes or additions, which is likely why RIM didn't send this one out with a bunch of fanfare, but an update is an update nonetheless...

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An in-depth look at the features of BlackBerry Messenger vs. iMessage

Yesterday, we gave you all a head to-head look at BlackBerry Messenger vs. iMessage. Where it was meant to be a quick look at things we never really got to show off some of the additional settings and user customizable options for each of the messaging applications instead, we concentrated on just the general functionality of each. Today, we're going to break it down a little bit more and do a...

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Mobile Nations Podcast: Episode Zero

Introducing our cross-platform podcast, the state of the union for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Phone! Mobile Nations is our brand new podcast, bringing together the heads of state from Android Central, CrackBerry.com, PreCentral.net, TiPb.com and WPCentral for full on round-table action. This week Phil, Kevin, and Rene discuss new Gingerbread phones, iOS 5 and iCloud, Playbook...

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Slide Show Maker puts your images to music. Warning: tender moments may occur

  When looking at images on your BlackBerry, you may have noticed the View Slide Show option. Your images you have stored are panned through with style. That’s…pretty much it. Oh, wait, sorry. From the options menu you can only change the interval from 4 to 8 seconds between images. What slideshow maker does is give you more options to manage the slideshow experience. First off, you can...

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Contest: Win a free copy of FokClear by Dohzen - 30 free copies up for grabs!

Minimal themes and BB7 icons are high in demand these days, and I found an awesome one for you guys to check out. FokClear by Dohzen is a fantastic new theme with a very open layout that will showcase your favorite wallpapers to their fullest extent. The top left corner holds your signal meter, network, bluetooth, etc. The top right is a weather slot. The bottom of the home screen has a spot...

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Weekly Accessory Roundup - Win a BlackBerry Charging Pod for your device!

Contest: Charge your device in style with a BlackBerry Charging Pod. Leave a comment to win! When I think of accessories for BlackBerry, I always come back to the BlackBerry Charging Pod. By far one of my favorite and most used accessories, it has definitely got the most use out of all my other BlackBerry goodies. Use Bedside Mode on your nightstand to view your clock and disable alerts at...

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A quick look at BlackBerry News

  I love it! That's it; BlackBerry News is awesome. End of story; enjoy the rest of your day. I suppose I should go into a little more detail. Just yesterday, Research In Motion released BlackBerry News for the PlayBook. If you don't know, BlackBerry News is a Really Simply Syndication (RSS) feed reader. Most RSS readers, like BlackBerry News Feeds for the BlackBerry smartphone, give...

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Organize your files with File Browser for the BlackBerry PlayBook

As a commuter I need to keep the train and bus schedules handy. When the bus broke down last week though I was all out. So I whipped out my PlayBook, fired up Wi-Fi, and went to the site. Thing is the schedule could only be downloaded not viewed. I quickly realized that there's just one teeny, tiny thing wrong with this scenario: no file explorer. Rather than risk dropping my precious tablet...

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Leaked OS 6.0.0.600 for the BlackBerry Curve 9300

Looks like the BlackBerry Curve 9300 users get some Friday lovin' as well. We have leaked OS 6.0.0.600 ready for the taking. Again, hot off the presses so be sure to drop a comment if you do install. Let us know the good, bad and ugly for this guy. Pop out those USB cables and get on it! *OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported...

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Leaked OS 6.0.0.600 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Happy Friday Bold 9700 users. Here we have a fresh leak in the form of OS 6.0.0.600. It's hot off the presses, so if you're big on leaks then fire this one up and report back. You can drop a comment here and let us know whats new and good or if we should steer clear. As always, use caution when installing any leaked os. *OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official...

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Word Substitution: possibly the best feature on a BlackBerry

BlackBerry 101: Word Substitution/AutoText For me I'm asked one question almost every day "Why do you use a BlackBerry?"  I'm asked it by friends, family members, clients and in radio interviews. Unlike many people I can't give the easy answer "It's what my company gave me" no, I need a real answer.  I fully understand the question from those who don't know how cool a BlackBerry really is.  I...

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InstaPhoto for the BlackBerry PlayBook now available

InstaPhoto for the BlackBerry PlayBook is a sweet app that allows you to choose from a library of 25 preset effects you can apply to your photos for all kinds of camera happy fun. Along with standard effects, InstaPhoto also has plenty of special filters including periscope and retro poster. The app is super easy to use so you'll have no problems getting up and running, and anything you...

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Use the red phone key to power down your BlackBerry

Wait, wait; hang on. We put a lot of effort into our CrackBerry Tips, and we've specifically crafted them to appeal to users of all levels. Even though the subject may be simple, we try to delve just a little bit deeper to find some nugget of wisdom that many people can find useful and helpful. Today, we look at that red phone key. I'll get the really basic stuff out of the way first. To...

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Site News: Google +1 Button added on CrackBerry!

Like CrackBerry? Hit the +1 Button Below! [ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] Buttons on blogs. You either use them or you ignore them. At the bottom of each CrackBerry article we have been rocking Facebook's Like and Twitter's Tweet buttons for a while now, and last week we added the newest one to hit the scene, Google's +1 Button. If you're not familiar with the +1 Button, the...

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BlackBerry PlayBook Launching in 16 Additional Markets Over Next 30 Days!

Research In Motion announced via a press release today that it plans to launch the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in an additional 16 markets around the world over the next 30 days. The BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to launch in the following countries: UK Spain France Netherlands Germany...

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Head to Head Video: BlackBerry Messenger vs. Apple iMessage!

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] During this week's Apple iOS 5 announcement, Steve Jobs fired a shot at Research In Motion when he announced Apple's version of BlackBerry Messenger, iMessage. While not as feature rich as good 'ole BBM, it does offer send and read indicators which give it that much-treasured BBM feeling. Rather than delivering the experience in a separate...

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