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Asurion recalling counterfeit BlackBerry branded batteries due to fire hazard

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall alert for some counterfeit BlackBerry-branded batteries that are known to burn and are a fire hazard. The batteries were issued with Asurion replacement devices sent out prior to November 2009. The problem batteries date back as far as March of 2004 and should not be used. Customers who believe to have a battery meeting these...

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BlackBerry Smartphone reboot test - Bold 9700 vs. Bold 9650 vs. Torch 9800

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]Rebooting a BlackBerry - something we hate doing yet something we (unfortunately) need to do. Battery pulls, "soft reset" or whatever you want to call it, it has to be done. Historically our devices have taken nothing short of an eternity to reboot, pushing toward 10 minutes in some instances just to get up and running. Well with the new BlackBerry Torch...

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BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6 now available for download

BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6 now available for download

After a few weeks of waiting and a leak or two, BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6 is now available for download. This version is for the PC, so Mac users are still left with what they have. The latest and greatest adds some cool features and a totally revamped design as well as support for the Torch 9800. Updates include: An improved, simpler design for the software Added BlackBerry Media...

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US Weekly delivers celebrity news through BBM

US Weekly delivers celebrity news through BBM

This is the first time I've seen something like this, and I can't decide if it's cool or would be totally annoying. US Weekly has embraced BlackBerry and is offering daily celebrity updates via BBM. All you need to do is add their PIN (226B95C0 or scan the barcode) and you will get updates right to your BBM. Pretty cool huh? I'm not one to keep up on the celebs but I suppose if thats your...

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FileScout 2.0 - Updated to support BlackBerry 6 and new features. Win 1 of 35 free copies!

With BlackBerry 6 well on it's way now, we'll be seeing a lot of applications get updated with some new features and new support. One such application that I'm rather happy to see get updated so quickly is FileScout. Matthias, has released v2.0 of FileScout which adds some new features to the app and ensure BlackBerry 6 support. New features include: RibbonBar for TouchScreen Devices (incl...

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T-Mobile officially announces release of the BlackBerry Curve 3G in the coming weeks

As expected, T-Mobile has officially announced that they too will be carrying the BlackBerry Curve 3G in the coming weeks. The announcement as posted on the T-Mobile press release website: Bellevue, Wash. — Aug. 9, 2010T-Mobile is excited to announce the upcoming retail availability of the BlackBerry Curve 3G – a practical yet functional option to help manage the hectic pace of work and...

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RIM 'BlackPad' tablet shipping in November, priced at $499?

RIM 'BlackPad' tablet shipping in November, priced at $499?

In between all of the ongoing phone rumors sits the much debated "BlackPad" rumors. The latest comes in from Apple Daily stating that the RIM tablet (maybe BlackPad, maybe not) will be shipping as early as November of this year and be priced at $499. The tablet is said to be sporting a 9.7 inch display along with Bluetooth, Wifi and front and rear facing cameras. We've heard so much...

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RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Curve 3G Smartphone!

RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Curve 3G Smartphone!

No surprise here considering Rogers in Canada already announced the new BlackBerry Curve last week, but this morning it became official on a Research In Motion level. Like the Pearl 3G, the new BlackBerry Curve will be known as the BlackBerry Curve 3G. It's the next generation of the 8500 series, which basically remains the same entry level device as the 85xxx, but now has 3G. Also, while the...

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 8 August 2010

Droid 2 "coming soon," leaked, leaked again, leaked some more and finally as dummy phones at Best Buy. Leaked HTC phone may be a Verizon world phone. Have questions about the Evo 4G Froyo upgrade? BlackBerry Torch Review BlackBerry 6 Review, FAQ and New Features Full BlackBerry Torch Coverage...

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CrackBerry reminder: What you may have missed this week - Torch, BlackBerry 6 and more Torch!!

What You May Have Missed BlackBerry Torch 9800 Hands-On Video First Look! >>  BlackBerry Torch 9800 First Impressions >>  BlackBerry Torch Review >>  BlackBerry 6 Review, FAQ and New Features >>  Comparison: WebKit Browser vs. the Competition  >>  AT&T BlackBerry Torch 9800 Video Unboxing! >>  BlackBerry Torch 9800 Images...

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Research In Motion reaches deal in Saudi Arabia?

Research In Motion reaches deal in Saudi Arabia?

Sure seems that way according to a report from MSNBC. The agreement, which was advised to MSNBC by a Saudi regulatory official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the details of the deal with the media, would have Research In Motion installing a BlackBerry server within Saudi Arabia. If this report is in anyway accurate and Research In Motion is...

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Middle East issues with BIS causes huge increase in Nimbuzz user base

Middle East issues with BIS causes huge increase in Nimbuzz user base

With the latest news of Saudi Arabia shutting down BIS service to their population, and the other countries threatening to cut off BIS access to devices in their respective countries, I found this little tidbit to be interesting. Tobias from Nimbuzz fired me an email this morning, letting me know that he has seen a massive increase in registrations for the free multi-platform instant messaging...

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Official: OS 5.0.0.862 released by Vodafone for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Here we go with an official update for the BlackBerry Bold 9700. This time around, Vodafone has rolled out OS 5.0.0.862 which was previously leaked. If you downloaded the leaked version you already you may pass but, if you were wating for an official realease you can hop on over to the Vodafone site and grab it. If Vodafone is not your carrier be sure to check for the vendor.xml file and...

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BlackBerry Torch promo video shows off some features of BlackBerry 6

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]Rolling right along with all the crazy news on the BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry 6 we have a new promo video. The video shows off the device and some of the main selling features of BlackBerry 6. Its a pretty good spot and while obviously way too scripted actually shows off some great features (but I'm not sure that things like zooming on photos really...

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BlackBerry Podcasts app soon to be released?!?

BlackBerry Podcasts app soon to be released?!?

It looks as though T-Mobile may have spilled the beans on this one, possibly. It's no secret that Research In Motion has a dedicated podcast app in the works. Of course, that application is directly built into BlackBerry 6 but it is designed to work on other devices as it stands now. A lot of folks have mentioned the concern over it not arriving on other devices but logistically this makes no...

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Celebrity Sighting: Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald uses a white BlackBerry Bold

It's not often that we find celebs using the stlyish white Bold, but Larry Fitzgerald happens to be one. We're not 100% sure if its a 9700 or 9000 (looks more like a 9000) but it's definitely a BlackBerry. This photo was snapped during his teams training came, and while not actually "using" the device, like any true BlackBerry addict it isn't far from his side. Maybe RIM can do another BBM ad...

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Twinkler Software weekend application sale - All apps 30% through Sunday

Twinkler Software weekend application sale - All apps 30% through Sunday

As a special mid-summer weekend gift, Twinkler Software is offering 30% all of their apps through this Sunday. Grab one or more for yourself before the weekend is over and get great savings. Choose from: AddOnis - The Swiss-Army Knife of Blackberry Apps WiFi Hero - Controls your WiFi & saves your battery power for when you need it most InstantLog - Backs up your SMS Messages and Call...

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Saudi Arabia stops BlackBerry data service for a few hours; RIM stock drops $2.7 billion

As of today Saudi Arabia had officially blocked data service to all BlackBerry devices, but it seems that after only 4 hours service has been restored. Details are still sketchy at the moment, but earlier today it was noted that users were only able to make and receive calls and not use any BlackBerry data service. Due to these events and facing bans in other countries, RIM stock has lost $2.7...

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[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ] Since the BlackBerry Torch was announced AT&T and Research In Motion have been pushing out videos which help promote the device. The above video has more of a business focus for people out there that are interested. It features Chris Hall, Senior Director of Product Management at AT&T and Carlo Chiarello Vice President GSM/UMTS Business Unit...

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