Five ways BlackBerry Bridge could be further improved

I've had a few days now to play around with BlackBerry Bridge on my PlayBook, and I have to say I do love the functionality. Granted it's not perfect (yet) but for the most part it does get the job done. While the obvious lack of BBM is a big issue at the moment, I am still hopefully that we'll see it (along with other apps) in the near future. I do have some gripes thus far -- some are big...

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Updated: BlackBerry News Feeds in the Beta Zone

  For all you lucky BlackBerry Beta Zone members, BlackBerry News Feeds just got updated to version 1.0.1.5. BlackBerry News Feeds just got updated to version 1.0.1.5.  If you're not familiar with it, BlackBerry News Feeds is an RSS reader, designed to fetch the latest stories from your favorite blog. We've reviewed the application before and found some faults. Since then, the app...

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Conan O'Brien has a little fun with The "iDea"

We saw Conan use a BlackBerry Torch to tweet during his show back in December of 2010, and last night he mentioned the BlackBerry PlayBook during his opening monologue. He didn't seem to spend much time on the new tablet from RIM, but he did have an amusing iDea for the next offering from Apple. Watch the video above to see what Conan predicts for the competition. Thanks to 2001bmw330xi for...

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Review: Golla Smart Bags - Enter to win one for your BlackBerry!

Enter to win a free Golla Bag of your choosing! Details below! If you find yourself walking frequently, as I do, you know it can sometimes be a hassle to juggle your BlackBerry, keys, wallet, mp3 player (if you don't use your BlackBerry as one), and whatever else you need while you're out. It's not always practical or possible to carry a purse or shove all of that in your pockets. I've always...

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Vibrance by WJD Designs - 25 copies to be won!

After a brief hiatus, WJD Designs is back with another awesome theme for your BlackBerry smartphone. As with all of his themes, Vibrance is totally custom, and personalizes the theme thoroughout. It's custom battery and signal meters along with very bright colors really makes this theme jump out at you, hence the name. Vibrance is very wallpaper friendly, and each version contain a weather...

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BlackBerry PlayBook now available at Rogers

  If you're in Canada and haven't yet made your way out to pick up a BlackBerry PlayBook, you now have one more option to add to the list. Rogers Wireless stores are now stocking all 3 version of the PlayBook. The prices are the same across the board with the 16GB, 32GB adn 64GB coming in at $499, $599, and $699 respectively. No major bonus to buying at Rogers but they are the one of the first...

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So this is pretty awesome for all you hardcore CrackBerry readers + PlayBook owners out there who want your PlayBook to have the absolute latest software on it, even if it's an internal build that will never get pushed out to PlayBook owners via the WiFi update. This means if you Check for Updates on your PlayBook, none will be available (it says your OS is current), but if you follow the...

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NYTimes David Pogue Pokes Fun at the PlayBook (video)

Ahhh David Pogue. I don't know whether I should kiss you or kick your ass for this one. I guess we'll see what happens the next time we meet. Check out the video above for a little NY Times video skit which shows off the BlackBerry PlayBook hardware, and points out some of its awesome features as well as its current shortcomings, which I hlghlighted in our BlackBerry PlayBook Review. Be sure...

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RIM releases two free Spring themes in BlackBerry App World!

RIM is back with more free BlackBerry themes! You may recall back in December they released free Christmas themes, and more recently they released a theme for those with visual disabilities. This time around they have published two lovely spring themes, Roots of Spring and Spring Blossom. Roots of Spring has a sweet tree wallpaper and flowers and suns sprinkled throughout. Spring Blossom has a...

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Hulu now blocked on the BlackBerry PlayBook, big media strikes again

Some sad but expected news folks -- we've started getting tips in the forums and through the CrackBerry support tips line that Hulu has gotten a little cranky about offering content on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Although PlayBook owners previously have had access to all movies and TV shows it now looks that Hulu has added the BlackBerry PlayBooks browser string to their blocked list. Overall...

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Contest: Win a free copy of Battery Saver Pro by MMMOOO!

A common complaint you hear among anyone that uses a smartphone, whether it's a blackBerry, iPhone, or Android device, is battery life. There is never enough charge to get us through as long as we would like, but there are several tips you can use to help extend the life of your battery. Battery Saver Pro by MMMOOO will help make these steps for you, so you don't have to think about it. With...

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Quick Tip: BlackBerry Podcasts vs. the Data Plan

Like many wireless customers, I live in fear of the day I go over on my data usage. I worry that one day, I'll open my bill and find that watching Sammy the Squirrel 132 times has increased my payment by a decimal place or two. That's never happened, and I doubt it will. But the spectre of that day still looms, so I tend to be pretty stingy with my data usage. I really like the ...

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Quick Review: Case-Mate Barely There Case for BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBook Case Contest: Leave a comment and you could win a Barely There case for the BlackBerry PlayBook! [ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] As one of my favorite cases for all my devices, the Barely There case for the BlackBerry PlayBook does not disapoint. It's a simple case that covers the back and most of the sides of the PlayBook, keeping it safe from scratches you...

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BlackBerry 101: the Help Me! screen explained

I tried to find something today, a tidbit of knowledge here at CrackBerry.com for Storm and Pearl users about getting to the Help Me! Screen. I couldn't find it. I remembered the gist of the information, I remembered writing the darn thing, and I still couldn't find it. When I finally tracked down the article, I realized the Help Me! Screen needed its own BlackBerry 101, and here it is....

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BlackBerry World Mobile guide now available in BlackBerry App World

If you're planning on attending the upcoming BlackBerry World Conference in May, you can now find the mobile guide app available in BlackBerry App World available for download, but if you're not attending -- that doesn't stop you from downloading it and following along with those who are. It has some cool features built into it for both attending and non-attending indivuduals. The 2011...

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Quick Review: Need for Speed Undercover on the BlackBerry PlayBook

One of the first games we knew was coming to the BlackBerry PlayBook was Need for Speed Undercover. RIM has packed it in totally free and it's by far the best game on the PlayBook. It has multiple modes so it will keep you busy for quite a while and the graphics look amazing. The story mode has some live motion video mixed in and it's sure to draw you in for hours at a time. It was built...

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  I love having a brand new device on hand with an OS we haven't played around with before. All these new things keep popping up and make me say "wow ... that's pretty sweet". Forums member cooleddie found something new that totally wowed me today. When your BlackBerry smartphone is bridged to the PlayBook, incoming calls show on the PlayBook screen in a caller-id sort of way. The screen dims...

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Desktop Manager for Mac Support for BlackBerry PlayBook coming this summer

Desktop Manager for PC (pictured) supports the PlayBook... Mac support coming this summer One of the questions that has been popping up a lot in our BlackBerry PlayBook Forum is in regards to BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac support. As it stands now, if you have Desktop Manager for Mac installed and plug in your PlayBook, nothing happens. It doesn't recognize the device. The reason for...

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Your Hidden BlackBerry - Tips and Tricks to get the Most from your Smartphone

This is a truly exciting time to be at CrackBery.com! New BlackBerry smartphones are on the way. I may not be conveying the proper level of excitement; let me try again. Faster processors with nearly double the computing speed of any BlackBerry currently on the market. More RAM. Increased storage. Magnetometers, augmented reality. NFC chips. New, awesome, kick-butt BlackBerry devices are coming...

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BlackBerry PlayBook - It's Here! Video Hits RIM's Youtube Channel

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] Well, I guess technically this video hit RIM's youtube channel yesterday to celebrate the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook, so forgive me for posting it a little late (we were kinda distracted by our new BlackBerry PlayBooks). Check it out though. It's a good little video. All I know is that whoever at RIM picked the quotes for this one did an...

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