Verizon and AT&T team up in hopes to kill off credit and debit cards using smartphones

They don't often agree on much, but when they do it could prove a huge blow. Such is the case as they team up along with T-Mobile USA to take on Visa, MasterCard and the like in hopes of bringing mobile payments to smartphones. The new system is being tested in Atlanta and 3 other US cities and allows users to simply swipe their smartphone to make retail payments. This could be a huge move in...

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BlackBerry theme roundup for Aug 2, 2010 - 25 copies of Evolution OS6 to be won!

BlackBerry theme roundup for Aug 2, 2010 - 25 copies of Evolution OS6 to be won!

Contest: 25 Copies of Evolution OS6 to be won. Leave a comment! I love writing the theme roundup every week, getting to see the hot new themes as they come out, and building a working relationship with theme developers, both established and new. I really had a great week last week for tips, with my BBM, twitter, and email all filling up with some awesome new themes. Hit the jump and check out...

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Google Maps updated to v4.4 - Adds Places features for improved local search

Google Maps has been updated to version 4.4 and now includes Google's Places feature. Places allows you to quickly search and locate ATMs, restaurants, hotels, attractions, gas stations and more. You can find all you need to know about a location with the items Places page so you have all of the information right in one spot. Some other background fixes as well in this version to keep things...

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 1 Aug 2010

Two Galaxy S-class reviews: Samsung Vibrant Review, Samsung Captivate Review. Froyogeddon has begun. We go hands-on with Android 2.2 on the Evo 4G, the original Droid gets Froyo this week, and the Droid X gets Froyo "later this summer." Check out our Android tips and tricks, including The Android Dictionary. RIM purchases BlackPad....

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.862 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.862 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Eh? It's been a while since we seen a leak for the BlackBerry Bold 9700. Last one was OS 5.0.0.743 which, went official shortly after it leaked anyways. Many other leaks have happened in the mean time for the 9800 and 9330 but really, they serve no purpose to the majority of folks out there. Hybrid makes can use some of the files but even then, they don't support the new APIs found in...

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UAE to block BlackBerry services starting October 11th

UAE to block BlackBerry services starting October 11th

Following up on earlier statements calling BlackBerry a "security risk", the United Arab Emirates will be fully banning BlackBerry services as of October 11th. This means no BBM, no email, no nothing for UAE BlackBerry users. In addition to that, it also looks like Saudi Arabia may also be the next to start blocking access. "With no solution available and in the public interest ......

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CrackBerry reminder: What you may have missed this week

CrackBerry reminder: What you may have missed this week

What You May Have Missed BlackBerry Bold 9780 - Running BlackBerry 6 gets shown off again >>  BlackBerry 9780 caught on video running BlackBerry 6 >>  RIM purchases "BlackPad.com" domain >>  BlackBerry Bold 9650 spotted running BlackBerry 6! >>  AT&T sending out invites to special BlackBerry event in NYC?! >>  Another BlackBerry Bold 9780...

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QuickLaunch 3.0 now available for Storm devices - 25 copies to give away!

QuickLaunch 3.0 now available for Storm devices - 25 copies to give away!

We just got word that QuickLaunch 3.0 is now available for all Storm devices. Unfortunately it's not quite ready for trackball/trackpad devices just yet, but should available very soon. The new version includes a slew of new updates that continue to make QuickLaunch on the of the top apps for BlackBerry. Features of version 3.0 include: Border size - you can now speciry the border size of...

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Dropbox for BlackBerry goes into limited beta

Dropbox for BlackBerry goes into limited beta

Well, we've seen it arrive on practically every other platform before BlackBerry but, either way it is here now. Dropbox, the online storage solution which offers users 2GB of space for free has just gone live with their beta application for BlackBerry. You'll have to act fast though, the forums posting says 500 users and no one knows how many have already taken that count down. Check it out...

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How Do You Use Your BlackBerry: What browser do you primarily use on your device?

    What is your PRIMARY browser choice on BlackBerry?survey software   With BlackBerry 6 hopefully not too far away, the shiny new WebKit browser will be upon us. We'll finally have a better browsing experience and be able to hold our heads high. As it is now, the only real options are the default BlackBerry browser (which I don't mind but some really despise), Opera Mini and BOLT....

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White Out from Ninja Themes now on sale - Enter to win 1 of 35 free copies

Many of you out there may remember when Ninja Themes released BlackOut. I happened to post a screen shot of it before it was released and that post ended up actually being more about the theme then what I had actually written about. Not too long ago, the legend only known as Ninja went back to the dojo and began working on a follow up for users. Now we have available, WhiteOut which makes...

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RIM soon to be getting developers ready for BlackBerry 6

RIM soon to be getting developers ready for BlackBerry 6

Some cool happenings over at the BlackBerry Developers Blog. Today, they posted some good news for developers as well. In the next little while, that BlackBerry Developers Blog will be compiling a bunch of new BlackBerry 6 information and posting it for everyone. Oddly though, the post makes no mention of when exactly the tools needed for BlackBerry 6 will be available but we're guessing a...

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Quick Tip: Change the look of your BlackBerry using accessibility options

Quick Tip: Change the look of your BlackBerry using accessibility options

There are loads and loads of options buried in the BlackBerry OS, some of which we never even touch (or have any idea what they do). One of the most common overlooked is the accessibility options (Option > Advanced Options > Accessibility). This set of options helps people with disabilities better use there BlackBerry by helping with vision or hearing. From here, you have the option to...

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FindMeHere and Textender -Two useful utilities, free until the end of July!

FindMeHere and Textender -Two useful utilities, free until the end of July!

*UPDATE - Some folks have noticed the download link is missing, use code "berrycodesfree" Coupon code only works in the MOBILE app store or app store client. it won't work in the main site. Be sure your cart is showing $0.00 before you complete checkout. Sale extended to August 3rd!*. We have covered Textender and FindMeHere on the blogs before, and today on Twitter I noticed a little bit of...

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Durak - Fans of card games beware, addictive!

Durak - Fans of card games beware, addictive!

Durak is a popular card game, originating in the Soviet states, that pits player vs player in an attack/defense style card-shedding game. The last player to get rid of all his cards, is the "durak" or fool. BerryBlow has brought this game to the BlackBerry platform, and done it well, with great graphics and addictive play. With the ability to play a game with anywhere from 2 to 4 players, and...

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BlackBerry Bold 9780 - Running BlackBerry 6 gets shown off again [video]

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]Here we go! Another round with the BlackBerry Bold 9780 running BlackBerry 6 has shown up along with some up nice, bright clear pics of the device over at BBleaks. Sure, we know it's just an upgraded BlackBerry Bold 9700 and aside from the OS and 5MP camera there really isn't anything ground breaking here. But, it's just so nice to see some iteration of...

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Mysterious monoliths appear in AT&T stores but what's inside?!?

Mysterious monoliths appear in AT&T stores but what's inside?!?

Since the word "monolith" has been making vast amounts of headlines today, we figured we'd toss in our thoughts on the mysterious pillars that have shown up in some AT&T stores recently. AT&T employees have been silent on the matter, some folks are even saying they have been sternly warned to not even joke, nor talk about the possibility of what may be underneath. Many conclusions...

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[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]With the majority of focus being placed on BlackBerry 6 these days, Research In Motion hasn't forgotten that they need to attract business users as well. The latest video posted to the BlackBerry YouTube account does just that. It highlights the many benefits businesses gain when deploying the BlackBerry Platform across organizations. Pretty cool! I like...

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Huddle - the latest solution to group collaboration, now live in App World

Huddle  - the latest solution to group collaboration, now live in App World

Crazy schedules and today's fragmented workplace create a need for services that allow groups to collaborate on projects without the need to be in the same room. The ability to have every member of a group given access to the ideas, materials, and progress of a group can make the difference in a contract being landed, or a new presentation being done on time. There are services out there in...

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