CrackBerry Podcast 060: Verbal BlackBerry Bold 9780 review, BB6 debate, rumors & more!

Finally!! It's been just over six weeks since our last podcast (my bad - I blame CB Redesign as soaking up all my time), which means we cover a lot of good stuff in this show. While my written BlackBerry Bold 9780 review will be hitting the blogs soon (Monday Tuesday, don't miss it!), in the mean time you can listen to our verbal review. We dive into this discussion just a few minutes in. From...

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CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guide - Accessories & applications for music lovers

CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guide - Accessories & applications for music lovers

The Holiday Season is almost here and what better time to take out your wallet and open those piggy banks then by sharing your love of all things BlackBerry with family and friends. Need help finding just the right gift for those music loving BlackBerry addicts? Whether they are out and about, at home, or in the car, we've got your covered. These products will be sure to put a smile on any...

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Untappd launches mobile site for BlackBerry OS 5 users

Untappd launches mobile site for BlackBerry OS 5 users

A few weeks back we checked out the beer lovers social network Untappd. Unfortunately until now, only those on newere devices with BlackBerry 6 could get in on the fun due to the design of the mobile site. Well today Untappd announced that they have made a BlackBerry OS 5 site that will work on older devices as well. So now anyone not running BlackBerry 6 can get in on the fun as well....

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Calling all lab rats! SHAPE Services invites you to join in on Photo Translator beta testing

SHAPE Services has an impressive list of applications to stand behind. In the past, we’ve looked at Mobiola xPlayer, IM+: All-in-One Messenger and Business Card Reader; just to name a few. Recently, SHAPE Services contacted us to extend an invitation to the CrackBerry nation to join in on the beta testing for their newest creation called Photo Translator. Currently in version 0.9, Photo...

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Colorware adds BlackBerry Bold 9780 to custom device lineup

Colorware adds BlackBerry Bold 9780 to custom device lineup

The latest addition to the Colorware catalog is the BlackBerry Bold 9780. If you are a big fan of the already blacked-out 9780 design, you can take you pick of loads of custom colors and have your very own creation. Go all white, CrackBerry purple/orange or hot pink -- it's totally up to you. Colorware does great work and even drops a sweet prize for a CrackBerry contest here and there. A full...

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CrackBerry Santa Contest: Win an IOU for a BlackBerry PlayBook this Christmas!

CrackBerry Santa Contest: Win an IOU for a BlackBerry PlayBook this Christmas!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a BlackBerry PlayBook! * December 24th Update: This is it folks, we're into the final hours of our Win an IOU for a BlackBerry PlayBook this Christmas contest. If you haven't left a comment yet for your chance to win, do it now! Good luck to everyone, and MERRY CHRISTMAS! * We usually get pretty festive here around CrackBerry during the holiday season...

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Bring that Quantum of Solace feel to your BlackBerry with Quantum theme - 50 copies to be won!

Quantum is a new theme from BBThemes that is based loosely on the UI of the wall phone used in the Quantum of Solice Bond film. It features custom icons, meters, wallpaper today screen, and some very handy hotkeys. The theme also comes with a hotspot for BerryWeather and QuickLaunch, which in my opinion is a must for any theme. You can pick up Quantum theme at the CrackBerry App Store on...

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PETCO launches new mobile-optimized site

PETCO has launched a new mobile-optimized site for online shopping and pet care. The site can be accessed from any mobile device and features a store locator, product descriptions, customer reviews and more. The new site, powered by Digby, aims to help pet lovers keep in touch when on the go. "With mobile shopping adoption increasing so rapidly, PETCO is expanding into the mobile channel...

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[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] Research In Motion quietly announced some BIG news this morning via a blog post by RIM's CTO, David Yach. They have acquired tat - The Astonishing Tribe - which as David says: Today we are pleased to confirm plans for The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) team to join Research In Motion (RIM). We're excited that the TAT team will be joining RIM and...

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eBay for BlackBerry updated - Now includes Deal Finder to help you find the best offers

With the holiday shopping season well underway already, eBay and RIM have just updated eBay for BlackBerry to better help you out if you're shopping plan consists of online shopping. Updated to version 1.0.3.5, the eBay app for BlackBerry smartphones will now include great deals from Deal Finder, which will replace the Daily Deal feature in the application. Deal Finder is a great way...

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BlackBerry 6 earns FIPS Security Certification for U.S. Government Agencies

In a press release issued early this morning, Research In Motion confirmed what most folks out there already understood. When it comes to security on handheld devices Research In Motion, BlackBerry devices and now, their latest BlackBerry 6 OS rank as high as you can get when it comes to security. BlackBerry 6 is now FIPS 140-2 certified. In layman terms, it's ok to load BlackBerry 6 onto...

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CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guide - Gifts for the BlackBerry Student

CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guide - Gifts for the BlackBerry Student

I always enjoy this time of year, getting together with family and friends. I especially love giving perfect gifts. To qualify as a Perfect Gift, it must meet three standards. A) The gift should be something the giftee has little or no knowledge of. B) The gift must be useful to the recipient. C) The gift must be something the receiver probably would not buy for him or herself. The reward...

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Review: Where's My Phone

Review: Where's My Phone

Whether lost in the bedsheets or lost at the movie theatre, Where's My Phone has you covered.Where did I put my phone? It was right here. Maybe over… no. Okay, how ‘bout… no. Not there either. Has anybody seen my phone? Anybody? It’s black…If you’re like me, you’ve misplaced your phone a time or two. My BlackBerry is almost glued to my hand. If it’s not there or in my holster, something’...

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Calling all developers: BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR beta 2 now available!

Leading up to their fourth webcast on developing for the BlackBerry PlayBook, today RIM has made available the beta 2 release of the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. Highlights in version 0.9.1 include: BlackBerry OS UI Component bug fixes: Some tweaks were made to the API to make it better for you, and some beta bugs were fixed as well. Windows 64-bit support: The installers now work...

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Contest: Win 1 of 100 free copies of !Aspire by AG Designs & Graphics!

Contest: Win 1 of 100 free copies of !Aspire by AG Designs & Graphics!

In this week's Theme Roundup we included a brand new theme from AG Designs & Graphics called !Aspire. This theme is really well put together, and has a ton of great features that I'm sure you're going to love. All graphics were meticulously created and specifically optimized for BlackBerry. Each device's Home Screen was custom-coded separately to achieve the "best of both worlds:" a...

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(Updated) Oh SNAP! Research In Motion suing Kik for patent infringement

(Updated) Oh SNAP! Research In Motion suing Kik for patent infringement

* Update: Statement of Claims are publicly viewable documents, so if you want the details on RIM vs. Kik you can click here to download the pdf and check them out for yourself. In addition to the claims of infringing on three patents, another issue at play here is that Kik's founder Ted Livingston used to work for RIM... wait for it... on the BlackBerry Messenger team. Ouch. You can check out...

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BlackBerry PlayBook webcast continues tomorrow

BlackBerry PlayBook webcast continues tomorrow

The fourth in the five part series of the BlackBerry PlayBook developer webcast continues tomorrow. The session is entitled "User Interface Guidelines for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet" and will deal with UI for applications on the PlayBook. RIM will provide information on icons, screen layouts and more. The series has been an overwhelming success so far. Date: Thursday, December 2, 2010...

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Stream your iTunes library to your BlackBerry device with Jam11 - Now in beta

Jam11 is a new app (currently in beta) that allows you to stream your iTunes library to your BlackBerry smartphone. It also streams over 40,000 SHOUTcast internet radio stations, from around the globe. During my testing, I have personally experienced lightning fast streaming over 3G and Wifi. It is also nice that the app will also stream over sub-3G connections, a feature that a lot of apps...

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FCC outs the BlackBerry Curve 8980

FCC outs the BlackBerry Curve 8980

The little-know BlackBerry Curve 8980 has been revealed by the FCC today. We saw the device a while back with China Mobile branding, but haven't heard much since then. The Curve 8980 resembles the Bold 9700 from head to toe with the exception of the Curve 8900 keyboard. It sports a 3.2MP camera, quad-band GSM antenna, Wifi b/g/n and looks to be running OS 5. The device has yet to pop up on the...

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