Calling All Theme Builders!

Our friend Steve is putting on a contest for budding BlackBerry Theme Builders! $250 of cold hard cash to whomever designs the Zen theme that gets the most votes in a two-week open poll. Entries must be submitted prior to February 15th with voting taking place from the 15th to 28th. The contest rules are pretty stringent, but they make sense and should hopefully make for some great themes....

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Alltel Wireless Offers BlackBerry Pearl 8130 in Red

Alltel Wireless Offers BlackBerry Pearl 8130 in Red

We were tipped off (err..notified by a  PR agency) this morning that Alltel Wireless is now offering the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 in Red. The 8130 is selling for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate to new customers of Alltel who sign-up for a 2-year service agreement. The same price is also available to existing customers with qualifying rate plans. This is not suprising news with Valentine's Day...

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Software Update: Ascendo Photos Version 3.27 Released

Software Update: Ascendo Photos Version 3.27 Released

For those of you that have picked up Ascendo Photos from ShopCrackBerry.com, you'll want to check out the new version. 3.27 brings more features that are rumored to put the built-in media manager on your Berry to shame. You can now save and store image on an SD card and even play audio during a slideshow.  The features of Ascendo Photos are too many to list. You can check out a full feature...

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RIM's BlackBerry Remote Stereo Gateway

RIM's BlackBerry Remote Stereo Gateway

Updated: Well I didn't see missed this coming, but I like it. The Financial Post published a story this morning unveiling RIM's BlackBerry Remote Stereo Gateway device, based on info dug up from the good 'ole FCC. You have to love FCC filings, they divulge a ton of info. Funny thing though - this isn't even news. This actually debuted at CES earlier this month, but I missed when it was posted...

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Verizon BlackBerry News: RED BlackBerry 8830; BlackBerry Professional Software Available!

Lots of Press Releases coming out from RIM today, and two of them concern everybody's favorite CDMA carrier Verizon (that'll be a joke for some, true statement for others!). RED BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Just in time for Valentine's Day, Verizon is releasing a RED version of their BlackBerry 8830: The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition in red will be available online Friday at www....

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BARRT: BlackBerry Application Reregistration Request Tool - Free Public Beta Available for Download

If you're into testing beta applications and are a hardcore BlackBerry user, meaning you have more than one device/switch devices fairly often, you're going to like love this. It's simple and gets the job of balancing PINS and Apps done! I just tested out the beta of BARRT and have made it available on the CrackBerry.com servers for easy download. What is BARRT? Straight from BARRT's User...

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Looky Looky...It Is Here! The Rogers BlackBerry Pearl 8110

Looky Looky...It Is Here! The Rogers BlackBerry Pearl 8110

** UPDATE: January 31st, 2007: It's Official. Read the Rogers/RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8110 Press Release. The release says to visit www.rogers.com/8110 for more details, but that site isn't working at the moment. You can also visit www.blackberrypearl.com.  ** We brought you pictures two days ago of the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 and Red Curve 8310 demo units reaching Rogers Distributors. Now we'...

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Viigo Updated: Now Includes Google Reader Support!

Viigo Updated: Now Includes Google Reader Support!

Ask any hardcore BlackBerry user to name their Top 5 Must Have BlackBerry applications and you are just about guaranteed to hear Viigo named among them. Why? Well for one, it's FREE. And for two, it's pretty darn good. If you're not familiar with Viigo, it's an awesome RSS client for your BlackBerry. and with the version 2.2.82 the already-awesome app just got awesomer. Version 2.2.82...

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FlipSide Music Player: Version 1.07 Released and Now Available from ShopCrackBerry.com!

I just received an email from FlipSide letting me know they have released a new update to their BlackBerry Music Player and better news yet, it's now available from our own ShopCrackBerry.com Software Store!! FlipSide Version 1.07 offers a number of performance improvements, particularly when loading music for the first time. If you're not familiar with FlipSide, it's a very graphical and...

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Review: Empower HTML Viewer Pro Edition

Review: Empower HTML Viewer Pro Edition

If you are searching for an alternative to viewing email on your BlackBerry, Empower's HTML Viewer Pro edition should definitely be considered. It only seemed to be a short while ago when this was available in Beta, my how time flies. If you are like me, you would agree that not being able to view HTML emails on your BB natively is a bit of a nuisance. Not all emails are simple...

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BlackBerry 101: The CrackBerry.com Desktop Launcher

BlackBerry 101: The CrackBerry.com Desktop Launcher

Last week in our BlackBerry 101 lecture we pointed you towards the CrackBerry forums, where our moderator Trevor has been hard at work building the CrackBerry Forums How To thread. Since the last lecture he's added a few more lessons, so be sure to drop by and check it out. If you're a new member to CrackBerry.com or are getting your BlackBerry-using colleagues to join the site, this is one...

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Mac Users: Microsoft Entourage 2008 Missing BlackBerry Syncing Features

Mac Users: Microsoft Entourage 2008 Missing BlackBerry Syncing Features

Our friends over at Mactropolis have reported that some real notable features have been dropped from Microsoft Entourage 2008. If you use your BlackBerry with a Mac this isn't good news at all. Basically, in this iteration of Entourage direct syncing has been disabled. On top of that, plug-in support has been disabled as well. Plug-in support had allowed BlackBerry/Mac users to run such apps...

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BlackBerry Pearl 8110 Makes its way to the UK on Vodafone

BlackBerry Pearl 8110 Makes its way to the UK on Vodafone

Spain has it, Canada will have it in a few days, Italy will have it soon... And now it's coming to the UK. Looks like the US may very well be the last to get their hands on the 8110! Vodafone is offering the 8110 from Free to £102.13. Plans are starting at £27, and you get 12 months of Vodafone Sat Nav service included. Key Features of Vodafone Sat Nav: Real-time GPS satellite navigation...

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Review: Replacement Battery Cover for BlackBerry Curve

Review: Replacement Battery Cover for BlackBerry Curve

When Your BlackBerry Takes a Beating, Think Replacement Parts! Whether you baby your BlackBerry or abuse it there will likely come a time in your BlackBerry-ownership life where you will be in need of a replacement battery cover. Maybe you'll drop your BlackBerry on the ground and the battery cover will fly off and get stepped on, or you'll accidentally key it carrying it in your purse,...

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Fill Out a Survey, Get 50% Off Your Next Bplay Purchase

I received an email from Bplay yesterday letting me know they needed my help! Here's what it said: Dear Magmic Games/Bplay Customer: We need your help! In an effort to deliver our customers better mobile entertainment products, we are interested in learning more about you and your preferences with respect to entertainment products for use on a BlackBerry or smartphone device. To do...

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Rogers Rumors Coming True - BlackBerry Pearl 8110 and RED BlackBerry Curve 8310

Rogers Rumors Coming True - BlackBerry Pearl 8110 and RED BlackBerry Curve 8310

It looks like two of our three recent Rogers Rumors are coming true. Rogers distributors, dealers and reps will be getting their hands on the new Rogers BlackBerry Pearl 8110 and RED Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8310 demos any day now if they haven't already. Now we just have to wait for Rogers to release a WiFi-enabled BlackBerry. It just doesn't seem to be a priority for them! As for these...

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Mobile Firefox Coming in 2008

Mobile Firefox Coming in 2008

Mozilla has been working on a mobile version of their Firefox browser. And now they have released initial designs of Mobile Firefox’s user interface. The design considers two classes of devices: touch screen enabled devices and devices where screen navigation is performed with a keyboard or similar. Looking at the non-touchscreen devices, there are some interesting notes about how the UI will...

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And CrackBerry.com's Most Downloaded Wallpaper is...

And CrackBerry.com's Most Downloaded Wallpaper is...

CrackBerry.com's free BlackBerry Wallpaper Maker Tool and User-Contributed BlackBerry Wallpaper Gallery have been big successes, with hundreds of wallpapers being generated each day and shared with our member community.  The Wallpaper gallery now has thousands of wallpapers in it with many more on the way (it's become a full-time job just to moderate and publish contributed wallpapers - the...

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Stakes Raised in the Mobile Browser Game - Enter SkyFire

Stakes Raised in the Mobile Browser Game - Enter SkyFire

A couple weeks back I went off on a RANT about the web browser that ships standard on BlackBerrys, basically saying that it's nothing to brag about and that while there is a place for optimized web browsing (necessary for those who have limited data/speed) what the world now wants is full-web browsing on a smartphone. In that article I named the iPhone's Safari browser the best of class...

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BBGeeks BlackBerry Geek Contest

BBGeeks BlackBerry Geek Contest

Our friends at BBGeeks have been pretty good to ole CrackBerry.com since they launched a few months back - letting their readers know whats going on at CrackBerry with our promotions and free galleries and forums and such. It's only fair that we return the favor and announce the promo they're running in which you can win yourself a New BlackBerry, a year of hosted email, and a free license for...

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