Reminder: BlackBerry Developer Webinar Today!

Reminder: BlackBerry Developer Webinar Today!

Just a quick reminder for all the current and want to be BlackBerry developers out there that RIM's holding a webinar today at 2pm EST. The free webinar will present an overview of web development for BlackBerry smartphones and describe best practices for creating great mobile web applications. It will also be available for download on the BlackBerry Developers Blog a few days down the road...

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Should RIM Offer System Status Notifications?

Should RIM Offer System Status Notifications?

After yesterday's BIS outage I began thinking how nice it would be if RIM were to offer some sort of "System Status" notification system. Some way, for BIS customers to know exactly what to be expecting from the services that we pay for and often times, mean so much to us. As RIM continues to grow and add new customers we have seen an increasing amount of times where BIS services have...

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The License Plate Game, Now On Your BlackBerry

The License Plate Game, Now On Your BlackBerry

Ever been on a long trip be it as a child or even as an adult and began playing the license plate game? I know I have pretty vivid memories of playing it as a child with my cousins on trips we used to take. Now, you can take it on your BlackBerry device with you all while learning educational facts about the areas in which you are seeking out. Features of The License Plate game include: 51...

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Top 10 Best And Worst Devices For Cellular Radiation

Top 10 Best And Worst Devices For Cellular Radiation

A little back Kevin did a review for an application called RadGuard and while at the time we had some fun with it on the post and on the podcast a new report could possibly explain why eveytime Kevin tried to use his BlackBerry with the app installed it set off the radiation alarm. A non-profit research and advocacy firm called Environmental Working Group has done testing and ranking on over 1...

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Our good friend Corey Visto is back with a brand new theme. BeMeemo has a sleek look and clean icons, and great minimalist banner. There are custom icons, custom dialog buttons and a pop-up today area. I like the darker colors on this one and the way the icons stand out. The fonts through the menus are clean and crisp and not difficult to read like some other custom themes. BeMeemo is...

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New BlackBerry Storm for Dummies Book Coming Soon... Think You Have What it Takes to be the Technical Editor?!

If you follow me on twitter (@crackberrykevin), you may have caught my tweet this past Friday saying Sweet... Am co-authoring BlackBerry Storm 2 for Dummies! Any tips you think I should work in be sure to send em to me. Yep, Wiley's next BlackBerry Storm for Dummies book is already in the works, and this time around I'm joining authors Rob Kao and Dante Sarigumba on the mission. This edition...

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LaterDude Pro gets Updated to 2.1.06!

LaterDude Pro gets Updated to 2.1.06!

Back in August, we had a look at an amazing callback reminder application that came in two flavours; LaterDude, which was free and the premium version LaterDude Pro. With the Pro version, you can also create Email and SMS reminders. Now you’ll never forget to respond to the people who are the most important to you. If you find that you are continuously multi-tasking, or are quite forgetful,...

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Free BBampd Theme for BlackBerry Tour

Free BBampd Theme for BlackBerry Tour

  Forums member Natemz gave us a great Tour theme when he dropped his BlackBerry Pro v3, and he is back with his latest creation, BBampd. Available in six colors, BBampd has a great look with its unique design and custom icons. Featuring customizable icons, hidden dock, OCD icon slots and more. If you are a Tour owner you should definitely check this one out. With so many choices, there is a...

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Celebrating 10 Years of Smartphone Communities

Leave a comment on this forum post for your chance to win one of ten $50 coupon codes for accessories from ShopCrackBerry.com... enter here! Ten years ago today, 9/9/99, our fearless leader Marcus Adolfsson launched VisorCentral.com - a community providing news, reviews and forums focused on a single product: the Handspring Visor.  The Visor, you may recall, was the PDA that was destined to...

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Alert: BIS Outage.... You Getting Your Emails?!

Lots of reports are coming in from BlackBerry BIS users reporting issues of delays in receiving emails. Verizon appeared to be the first carrier to experience the issues, but reports have come in from several carriers now. Check the latest CrackBerry Forum posts and use the comments below to stay on top of it! VZW BIS Outage? >>  VZW BIS Site Down? >> Suddenly unable to receive...

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BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac

BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac

[ Note from Kevin: We know a lot of you were excited to see the Facebook note and tweet from @BlackBerry today that Desktop Manager for Mac was now available. While that didn't pan out and it's not officially available yet, we figured we'd bring you a little DM for Mac fix via a BlackBerry 101 article. Our pal Gary Mazo, VP and Partner of Made Simple Learning put this one together, which will...

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SmrtGuard Updated To Version 1.98 With More New Features Coming Soon!

The folks at SmrtGuard have been collecting feedback from users for quite some time now. With all the feedback and support for SmrtGuard, they have been able to make some nice additions to the application while addressing a lot of user concerns at the same time. An update for SmrtGuard is now available for all users pushing it to version 1.98, all existing users are indeed recommended to grab...

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RIM Giveth Desktop Manager For Mac, Then Taketh Away!

RIM Giveth Desktop Manager For Mac, Then Taketh Away!

* Update from Kevin: It was a boo-boo on somebody at RIM's part. Desktop Manager for Mac will not be launching today. However, we will bring you a little something special shortly though to get your Mac Desktop Manager fix for the day. * We all got a glimpse of BlackBerry Desktop Manager by now, be it through the leaked versions that popped up online or through the reviews and walk throughs...

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Palm Unveils the Pixi Phone

It's a bit of a slow news day in the world of BlackBerry (other than @BlackBerry announcing Desktop Manager for Mac was available today, which was a mistake and in fact is not... d'oh!) and it has been a while since we've ran a post in our Berry-Free Talk blog post category, so I thought we'd bring you a look at the newest smartphone to be making a splash on the interwebs - the Palm Pixi...

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New Lucky7Slots Slot Machine Game for Storm, Tour and Curve 8900

Looking for a quick, easy game to play? Well check out Lucky7Slots. We all know how the game works, so you're ready to play as soon as you download. Lucky7Slots has amazing graphics, realistic slot machine sounds, the ability to bet multiple credits and more. You can "swipe to spin" on the Storm or use the animated handle - you can even save your credits so you don't have to worry about losing...

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Get BBTran Pro for 50% Off Today Only!

On the heels of our contest last week, Sergey has decided to give away his BBTran Pro app for 50% off today. That means you can snag it for only $2.99 from the CrackBerry App Store (down from $5.99). BBTran Pro is a must have if you travel often or just find yourself needing a quick transaltion. It works for emails, sms, memos and more. The app supports over 50 languages and is one of the most...

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Slacker Radio Updated To Version 2.0.49

Slacker Radio Updated To Version 2.0.49

Just a few days ago there was an update to Slacker Radio and apparently it's already that time again. Slacker Radio has been updated from version 2.0.45 to 2.0.49 this time around and while there is no mention of a change log on the Slacker forums as of yet, some users were indeed having issues with 2.0.45 on their 9630's so maybe this is the fix for those bugs. If we come across a changelog...

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 Marketing Image!

T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 Marketing Image!

Our pal Al Sacco scored a bank error in his favor this morning when T-Mobile sent him a marketing image of the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9700 which was not accompanied by any embargo terms. I brought you live images of the T-Mobile branded Bold 9700 previously, but this marketing shot sure looks sweet. T-Mobile also sent along the following blurb, which still makes use of the "onyx" codename...

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Contest: 50 Free Copies of Empower SMS Viewer

Contest: 50 Free Copies of Empower SMS Viewer

Its no secret that BlackBerry users want threaded SMS, and back in July we got a great offering with Empower SMS Viewer. The application is totally customizable, and allows for threaded SMS that actually integrates with the native BlackBerry client. The features are endless, having the ability to change backgrounds, fonts, templates and more. SMS Viewer has been a big hit, and more features...

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What's Going On With Plazmic?

What's Going On With Plazmic?

*UPDATE* - Just got an email from Mike Kirkup, Director, Developer Relations at Research In Motion explaining the happenings with Plazmic and their site and it is as I had hoped, an effort to reorganize and provide better offerings for developers. Thanks to Mike for taking the time to explain it for us all. This is one step among many to bring the Plazmic products inline with the other...

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