Friday Fun Photo: Working on a Review of the Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630... Any Questions?

As I sit in my office working on a review for the Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630, I just took notice of the mess of BlackBerry smartphones around me and couldn't help but think they'd like to pose for a quick photo for CrackBerry Nation. Think you can name all the devices pictured above? If so, you definitely pass the "BlackBerry Enthusiast" test -- though there are a couple of tricks to naming...

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Attention Canadians: Bell Online Sales For BlackBerry Tour Go Live Ahead Of Telus!!

Let the madness in Canada begin, for Bell customers at least. Most were expecting Telus to get out of the gates first in the BlackBerry Tour race but Bell has gotten the early jump on them and have just posted up their purchase options via their website. You can now order your Bell BlackBerry Tour via the site. However, after having called 4 different locations (within Halifax) you as of...

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Contest: ShortcutMe Gets an Update - 50 Free Copies!

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win! Near the end of May, we had a look at one of the shortcut applications available for the BlackBerry smartphone - ShortcutMe. Amongst its many features, the application allows you to add multiple shortcuts to one or both of your convenience keys. You can find ShortcutMe at the CrackBerry App Store. Sam from Fonware Ltd let me know that they've...

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Review: OtterBox Defender Series Case for the BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve 8900

I have tried just about every kind of case/holster out there to use on my Sam Browne, and have never found the perfect one until now. OtterBox Defender Series cases are rugged and can easily withstand the abuse of day to day use in Emergency Services. The case is available for almost all current BlackBerry devices, and comes in either all black, or a black/yellow combination. Most of you...

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BlackBerry App Roundup for July 10th, 2009!

BlackBerry App Roundup for July 10th, 2009!

Howdy folks. Hope you all had a great week. Was a busy one here at CrackBerry, with news of the Verizon  and Telus BlackBerry Tour available for pre-order being among the more notable posts of the week... and of course, we can't forget that Craig's 'My BlackBerry Curve' book is now available for pre-order as well. Way to go Craig! In Case You Missed It: Phone Assistant Version 1.4.2,...

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Podcast Episode 038: Emotional BlackBerry Rollercoaster

Podcast Episode 038: Emotional BlackBerry Rollercoaster

  A little late, but better than never. Craig and I jumped on Skype last night and were joined by special guest Marcus Watkins, developer of Podtrapper (which lets you download and listen to podcasts on your BlackBerry) as we chatted about all things CrackBerry-related. As always, we went way too long, went off topic, I talked too much (went on a few long-winded raves and rants)...

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BlackBerry Onyx with Trackpad Spotted

BlackBerry Onyx with Trackpad Spotted

When we first reviewed the BlackBerry 9020 (Onyx), we made note of how much we'd love to see that trackball replaced with a trackpad. It was widely believed to be coming and we made note a few weeks back that trackpad 9020's were finally in the wild, so it's almost surprising that it took this long for a photo to pop up that shows the refined device. Hopefully we'll be able to do more than see...

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Contest: Win a Copy of Leave It On LCD Screen Application!

Contest: Win a Copy of Leave It On LCD Screen Application!

Leave A Comment On This Post For a Chance To Win A Copy Of Leave It On. 100 Free Copies to be Won!! It's the simple things in life that make it great. In the BlackBerry world this means simple applications that make everything just that much easier. Leave It On, from ShaoSoft, is one of those simple applications as it does something that was seemingly overlooked in the BlackBerry OS. Leave...

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MinuteSaver: Free App Helps Save You On Minutes!

MinuteSaver: Free App Helps Save You On Minutes!

Sure, it's a rather simple application but really it's quite effective, especially if your carrier uses per minute billing. FabianMH has released his latest application which is aptly named MinuteSaver. MinuteSaver will do one thing and one thing only - cause your device to vibrate every 55 seconds to let you know that you are indeed reaching another minute used on your device. By using...

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Sprint Launch Training Event To Shows Off BlackBerry Tour and New Curve Colors?!?

Some material sent to the CrackBerry tips emails reveals that while Sprint is gearing up for the BlackBerry Tour, they are also gearing up to release two other devices. The other devices in question are not new, just freshly painted if you will. The above image shows off the new "Inferno" 8330 and the Red Curve 8350i. This makes me wonder though, with the BlackBerry Tour hitting Sprint in...

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Ooops... My Bad - Google CEO Caught Using a BlackBerry!

Ooops... My Bad - Google CEO Caught Using a BlackBerry!

D'oh! Once a BlackBerry Addict, ALWAYS a BlackBerry Addict. It seems Google's CEO Eric Schmidt was recently caught on camera at the Allen & Co Media Summit in Sun Valley using, you guessed it, a BlackBerry! Now I can't say that I blame him for using a BlackBerry... and I guess he could get away with the excuse of beta testing the new Google Connector for BES or trialing an upcoming...

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myCopernic is a cool new PC/BlackBerry application that allows you to access and search files on your PC direct from your BlackBerry smartphone. It does so by having you download a "connector" application which when installed creates a link to your BlackBerry direct from your BlackBerry's web browser. With the link created, you can then download OTA documents, pictures, movies, music and...

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Sorta Leaked: OS 4.7.0.151 for the BlackBerry Storm 9530!!

Sorta Leaked: OS 4.7.0.151 for the BlackBerry Storm 9530!!

What's a 9530 Installer File Doing up in a 9500 section?! Who knows..but we'll take it! * Update - Be sure to follow the forums links for feedback from the err guineau pigs addicts. Only install if you're comfortable in doing so. There's already lots of alternative download sites popping up in the forums as well (which are quicker and in case this link disappears) * Hhmmm... this one is...

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New: Bubble Defense Game for BlackBerry

Second Gear Games has just released a new game for BlackBerry Smartphones called Bubble Defense. The video above shows it in action for the BlackBerry Storm, but you can also run it on non-touchscreen models including the Tour, Bold, Curve 8900 and 83xx/88xx series devices. The goal of the game is to pop the bubbles before they reach the end of the path (beware the evil red bubbles!). Game...

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BBScanner: Listen to Police & Fire Scanners On The Go

BBScanner: Listen to Police & Fire Scanners On The Go

Anyone ever have an uncle or grandfather that used to sit around listening to police and ambulance scanners back in the day? I know I did. My grandfather used to love that scanner. Now a days the scanner listening folks have moved onward and upward to the mobile world and now you can tune into them all on your BlackBerry using a cool new application called BBScanner. BBScanner supports...

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(this is not a) First Live Photo of the BlackBerry Magnum!

(this is not a) First Live Photo of the BlackBerry Magnum!

In the past couple of weeks RIM has been taking a bit of a beating in the online techsphere for their BlackBerry firmware, which is arguably becoming a little dated in terms of looks and mechanics when compared to some of the newest operating system entrants in the consumer smartphone market (ie. Apple, Palm WebOS, Android). It seems Research in Motion is really taking the criticism to...

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SIM Detective Helps Thwart BlackBerry Thieves

SIM Detective Helps Thwart BlackBerry Thieves

Let's face it, BlackBerry devices are a hot ticket item when it comes to thieves. Every day someone will either lose or have their BlackBerry stolen and while a lot of protection goes into enterprise customers BlackBerry devices with remote lock and wipe options available through BES, to date RIM hasn't put quite the same emphasis on consumer devices via BIS. This leaves a door open for...

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BBFileScout Upgrade Adds Image Resizing and More

BBFileScout Upgrade Adds Image Resizing and More

BBFileScout has been a longstanding favorite application of mine as we have covered it on numerous occasions on the blogs. The best part about it though is that while it's a "DonationWare" application the developer never stops making it better. This time around is no different - new features have beeen added and many bug fixes have been put into place. One of the best features added this...

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Ongoing Twitter Contest: Follow @crackberrykevin to Win Apps, Accessories and Even a New BlackBerry!

Twitter. Some of you like it, some of you hate it and some of you are as addicted to it as you are your BlackBerry (gasp!). While we mainly use our @crackberry twitter account for CrackBerry blog post headlines or special event coverage, I tend to use my personal @crackberrykevin account to highlight the BIG stories, share my thoughts here and there on various things, to poll the community...

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Seidio Innocase 360 Review for the BlackBerry Storm

Seidio Innocase 360 Review for the BlackBerry Storm

[ This review comes to you via CrackBerry member Morf32. Post your BlackBerry Smartphone, Accessory and Software reviews in our Community Reviews forum! If promoted to the blogs you'll receive a $20 coupon to ShopCrackBerry.com! Click Here for more details. ] Out of the box, it is obvious that this case has the same nice qualities as the other Innocases sold by Seidio. The finish on the...

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