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Lets Golf 2 HD for the BlackBerry PlayBook updated to v2.0

One of my favorite games for the PlayBook, Lets Golf 2 HD, has just been updated to version 2.0. No changelog with this, but expect a few new features as well as PlayBook 2.0 optimization, as we are seeing with other PlayBook app updates. Also, this popular multi-platform game is a bit cheaper in price (was $6.99 when I bought it). You can grab it in BlackBerry App World for your PlayBook for $2.99.

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[Updated] Foodspotting for BlackBerry - Brings new icon, UI, and better performance

*Update 2- Version is now available to everyone.

*Update- Looks like there is a bit of a bug here. This update wasn't supposed to hit until next week, but is showing up for some (mainly those who have the previous version installed). We will update when it becomes available to everyone.

Do you like taking pictures? Do you like food? Well maybe you would like taking pictures of food, then. Foodspotting is a service that lets you take pictures of food, upload it, add restaurant you are currently at, and review or comment on how that particular food is. It's great for discovering food and restaurants nearby, and the app integrates with foursquare and Twitter.

Foodspotting for BlackBerry has finally been updated to version 1.1, and they did a complete overhaul. The previous version was laggy, quite ugly, and overall just didn't work very well. Thankfully, this version fixes all of those problems, and brings you the same experience you would see on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 with their Foodspotting app (finally). No actual changelog here, but besides the enhancements I listed, I did notice that the app shrunk by 1/3 in size, which is always welcomed. Screenshots after the break.

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Dream Sounds for BlackBerry will help help you get your Z's

Do you have trouble falling asleep? I sure do. And the old sleep therapy sound machines are just too low-tech, and outdated for me. But I need something, so I gave Dream Sounds a shot on my BlackBerry. The app is quite simple. Choose a sound, set the volume, add a timer if you wish, and drift away. The different sounds available include:

  • Babbling Stream
  • City Noise
  • Crickets
  • Rain
  • Thunderstorm (my favorite)
  • Tropical Rainforest
  • Waterfall
  • Waves
  • White Noise
  • Wind Chimes

I did have a few hiccups with the app shutting down on me, but after the last update I have no problems. Dream Sounds will set you back $3.99, which may sound steep to some, but I think it is definitely worth it. All devices running OS 5 and up are supported. Hit the break for a couple screenshots.

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Review: BlackBerry J-Series Extra Battery Charger Bundle for Bold 9900/9930

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I finally got myself a Bold 9900 a few weeks ago, and to my surprise (as with many others) the battery life didn't stand up to what I am used to with BlackBerry. On the plus side, BlackBerry users can always carry an extra battery and swap it out when necessary. But sometimes just getting an extra battery isn't enough. You would have to charge both batteries via your BlackBerry, and that could be time consuming and annoying. And frankly, I am too lazy for that. So instead of just grabbing an extra battery, I decided to go with the BlackBerry J-Series Extra Battery Charger Bundle, which includes a standalone battery charger. It was a wise decision.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS v2.0 Developer Beta updated

The developer beta for the BlackBerry PlayBook v2.0 has been updated. With it brings just a few improvements to help developers in creating their apps. The first is that BlackBerry WebWorks applications can now call the GPS. Secondly, Wi-Fi profiles are now saved and do not disappear after rebooting your PlayBook. After registering to receive the developer beta software, an icon will appear in the status bar on their BlackBerry PlayBook to notify that the update is available. At that point you'll have 24 hours to complete the update of software on your PlayBook. After 24 hours, developers can reregister to receive the Developer Beta of PlayBook OS 2.0 as long as the beta is still open.

If you are already running the developer beta, by now you should see a gear symbol signifying that there is an update available. To update simply tap the top right corner of your screen, select Software Updates, Check for Update and complete.

*Update* - Looks as though RIM decided to put BlackBerry App World back into the build. They've adjusted the information on their blog and it no longer reads that App World will not be loaded. Try reregistering your PIN if you have issues though as suggested in the comments.

Source:  Inside BlackBerry Developer's Blog

Official OS for the BlackBerry Curve 9350 from Reliance

Reliance has released OS for the BlackBerry Curve 9350, the latest official OS for the device. No word on what has changed in this version, but if official OS' are your thing, go grab it and let us know what you find in the forums. As always, use caution when updating your device. 

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GetGlue now available for BlackBerry 7 devices

GetGlue has finally updated their app in BlackBerry App World to show support for BlackBerry 7 devices. While it did not actually "update" the app itself (as they have no intention of continuing development for BlackBerry) at least those who use the service can actually download it for their BlackBerry 7 device. Maybe if we complain enough they will bring all the new features and the new look (like in the updated Android and iOS version) to BlackBerry someday. Until then, I guess we will all have to make the best of it ;-)

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Fourplay for the PlayBook updated to v1.1.20

*Update: Looks like this version hasn't finished approval in App World yet. Should be soon.

Fourplay is a great app for that PlayBook that just got better, visually and functionally. They picked up a new graphics designer to help out, and it really shows. Some of the many new updates include:

  •  Full Screen viewing of photos from your friends check ins
  • Popup Badges more streamlined
  • Time stamp added to each check in
  • Many new menu options for navigation
  • Detailed info on mayorship and check ins
  • Venue specials details
  • Customizable radius search
  • New Venue details
  • New Specials screen shows nearby specials
  • Complete, detailed leaderboard

As always, Fourplay for the BlackBerry PlayBook is free of charge and completely ad free, and they say this will never change. Nice to have an awesome app that has no monetary catch to it. Definitely check it out.

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Humans vs Aliens updated - 100 copies to be won!

A while back we posted on Epic Applications' new game, Humans vs Aliens. It is a very fun game, that seems to take full advantage of the current BlackBerry capabilities. The gameplay is very smooth, and I seem to find myself playing it for hours on end. In this update, they have made the following changes:

  • Support for 85xx and 93xx (320x240 screens)
  • Significantly improved graphics for all phones
  • Improved memory usage for even smoother running(it’s already one of the smoothest games out)
  • Various other bug fixes

You can pick up Humans vs Aliens on sale at the CrackBerry App Store. Normally $5.99, they have cut the price to $.0.99 for a limited time. It is available for the Bold 9650, Bold 9700, Bold 9780, Curve 8330, Curve 8350i, Curve 8520, Curve 8530, Curve 8900, Curve 8910, Curve 8930, Curve 8980, Curve 9300 3G, Curve 9330 3G, Storm 9500, Storm 9530/9530T, Storm2 9550/9520, Torch 9800, Tour 9630.

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Zagat for BlackBerry updated to v8.0

Zagat is an application that lets you search, view, rate, map, and make reservations for restaurants across the nation. It is a great app to have while traveling, but it also good just to search restaurants you may not know about in your area. New features in this update include:

  • Support for the newest BlackBerry devices
  • Location-based search- Get ratings on restaurants that are nearby
  • Reservations- Make restaurant reservations right from the app
  • Map view- View Zagat-Rated restaurants on a map, for your location or within a search

You can pick up Zagat for BlackBerry for $1.99 per month, or $9.99 per year. However, they do offer a 14 day free trial, so you can give it a try with no commitment. It is available for all BlackBerry devices running 4.5+.

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Slick theme from WJD Designs - 25 copies to be won!

Slick is the newest theme creation from WJD Designs. As with all of WJD's themes, Slick is totally custom and features icon set alterations of red, green, blue, and yellow. These icons are also animated and bounce when you scroll through them. This theme also sports a very slick wooden dock, and is very wallpaper friendly.

Overall, Slick is a very nice theme, and great way to spruce up your device, giving it a cool, custom look. You can pick it up at the CrackBerry App Store for $2.99. It is compatible with the 9000,95xx, 96xx, 9700, and Torch 9800.

Contest: We have 25 copies of Slick to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count.

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Humans vs Aliens from Epic Applications - Both fun and addicting

New from Epic Applications is a very cool game, Humans vs Aliens. For some of you who play games on other mobile platforms, this game may seem a bit familiar to you, but is also quite different. The point of the game is just what the name would suggest, guiding your humans to protect the earth from the alien invaders. Throughout the game you will see a number of different obejects such as pitchfork armed farmers, army personel, and many more. The game is definitely a great time waster, and sure to provide hours of fun.

Overall, Humans vs Aliens is one of the best games I have seen on the BlackBerry platform. It's smooth graphics and freedom from lag make this one a great buy. It is available for the 8900, Storm, Tour, Bold, and Torch devices. You can pick it up at BlackBerry App World for $3.99.

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Twitter for BlackBerry reaches v2.0 - Available at the BlackBerry Beta Zone

Today, some of you Twitter users are in for a treat. Available for most BlackBerry Beta Zone users is Twitter for BlackBerry The update brings a brand new and very attractive interface, and seems to make better use of your BlackBerry's screen real estate. Other new features include:

  • Redesigned Navigation Bar
  • New Compose Tweet Button
  • Single Search Screen
  • External Notification- New app header shows you notification from other apps like email, BBM, etc.
  • New Black/Chrome Color Scheme

Overall this is a great update, adding a lot of features. So if you are a Beta Zone user, head on over and check it out. Hit the break for more screen shots.

Download T4BB v2.0 at the BlackBerry Beta Zone

Official OS for the BlackBerry Curve 9330 released by Sprint LP!

To go along with the official OS Sprint released last night, we now have the same version for the Curve 3G 9330. It is great to see official OSes roll out, and maybe we will see a couple more this weekend. If you are a Curve 3G owner, hit up the link below to download and discuss.

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Print, view, and send content wirelessly from your BlackBerry to PC with Tazzle IT

A question I am often asked is "How can I print from my BlackBerry?". Tazzle IT is one of the ways to do this. Not only does it print, but it alslo allows you to view content from your BlackBerry, on your PC. Tazzle IT is also great for controlling PowerPoint Presentations and more. It does require the purchase of their bluetooth enabled USB key, but for professionals who need these features it is definitely worth it. If you haven't checketd out Tazzle IT, you should definitely give it a look. The app itself is free and very simple to use. It is available for all BlackBerry devices.

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Vibrance by WJD Designs - 25 copies to be won!

After a brief hiatus, WJD Designs is back with another awesome theme for your BlackBerry smartphone. As with all of his themes, Vibrance is totally custom, and personalizes the theme thoroughout. It's custom battery and signal meters along with very bright colors really makes this theme jump out at you, hence the name. Vibrance is very wallpaper friendly, and each version contain a weather dock as well as a hidden dock.

All in all, Vibrance is a very good, wonderfully colorful theme sure to spruce up your BlackBerry. You can pick it up at the CrackBerry App Store on sale for $1.99. It is available for the 9630, 9650, 9700, 9780, 95xx, and the Torch 9800.

Contest: We have 25 copies of Vibrance to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count.

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Review: Jabra Cruiser 2 Bluetooth Car Kit Speakerphone

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I have been using a Jabra SP700 for a few years now, and figured it was time to pick up a new one. When it comes to bluetooth I have always been a big fan of Jabra. Their products are always high quality, long lasting, and have never let me down. So while browsing I came across the Jabra Cruiser 2, and immediately loved the look. Upon receiving the device, I was immediately impressed with the hardware. Very solid build quality, and dedicated buttons for send/end, mute, volume up/down, and the ever important (to me anyways) on/off switch.

JeeoSuite beta update to version 1.0.37 - Several bugs fixed

One of my favorite apps, JeeoSuite, had an update for their beta yesterday, bringing many improvements. If you haven't heard of JeeoSuite before, it is a WiFi Portal for your BlackBerry. Giving you access to your device's email, calendar, files, bookmarks, memos, photos, and device stats. It also has various tools including my personal favorite, screen capture. This update includes several bug fixes and overall performance optimization. JeeoSuite is still in public beta, and free to download for most devices, via the link below

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Quick Review: BlackBerry Traffic - My recent road trip

Recently I made a road trip down to Virginia Beach for a wedding. Usually I know the roads I am traveling quite well, but in this case the route was very foreign to me. I have never been a fan of carrier navigation apps (mainly because of the monthly price) and have just used Google Maps if I found myself in a bind. Luckily, when I purchased my Hummer last year, they threw in a free GPS unit (refurbished of course) and I have kept it in my vehicle should the occasion arise where I would need it. Enter BlackBerry Traffic. I have heard of the app before, but never tried it or even read up on it extensively, due to the name. To me, the name made it seem like the app served one purpose, to keep you up to date with the traffic in your current region. I don't think it is such a far fetched assumption, but boy was I wrong....

Video tutorials for the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 extracted

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The recent leak of OS seems to be full of goodies. First some extracted apps, then a peak at some new icons, and then earlier today the entire icon set. Now we get a couple of tutorial videos for the hardware, homescreen, placing a call, SIM insertion, and some basics. This is also gives us a nice 360 degree view of the device itself in (simulated) action. I don't know about you all but I'm pretty stoked for this device. Jump on past the break for all the videos.

Source: N4BB