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May 30, 2012


Hey New York Times: Get a clue

* Update: It looks like NYTimes is updating their story to make it more accurate - they've already updated the headline. *

It's one thing for a journalist, analyst, or investor to have an opinion on something. But it's unacceptable for a writer to completely miss basic facts and pollute a story so badly, as the New York Times did with respect to the BlackBerry World news today.

Check out this opening paragraph and try not to laugh or cry. 

Research in Motion unveiled Tuesday morning the new BlackBerry 10 phone and operating system that the company hopes will be its salvation, in a form that looked quite rough around the edges. Among the features missing on the prototype phones given to software developers was the ability to actually make phone calls or access wireless networks.

Hello? McFly? Is there anyone home? How can a news source that is supposed to be as credible and authoritative as the New York Times completely miss the concept behind a developer alpha unit?

RIM was very careful to repeatedly and consistently use the nomenclature "developer alpha device". In fact, here is what Alec Saunders, RIM's VP of Developer Relations said at the time of the announcement:

The purpose of this seeding is to give BlackBerry 10 Jam developer attendees a testing device to create excitement as they start to develop BlackBerry 10 applications alongside us. 

To be clear, this is not a BlackBerry 10 device. It's the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha. It includes a modified version of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS which shows the path to the BlackBerry 10 OS, which has been customized to a phone. This device will allow developers to test the applications they are building with our BlackBerry 10 toolsets. 

So, New York Times ... it's time to clean up this kind of garbage. Don't put writers on stories who clearly have no clue what they are talking about.

CrackBerry BeBold Video Contest winner announced!

It was a heated race in our BeBold Video Contest, but the results are in and we have a winner. There were so many great entries it was really hard to choose for this one. The Crack Team was pretty torn over who would ultimately take home the grand prize, but the winner is ...

Grand Prize: Ryan Reyes - BoldMan

While Ryan is our grand prize winner, we couldn't let the rest of our top ten go away empty handed. We originally planned to give out two runner-up prizes, but since we had such a hard time choosing a top three, everyone else in the top ten will receive a $50 ShopCrackBerry gift certificate and some cool CrackBerry schwag.

We'll be following up with Ryan about his gran prize trip to BlackBerry World 2012, but a shout out to everyone that participated - thanks for your amazing videos. It's always great to see what comes out of the CrackBerry Nation in our video contests. We'll get in touch with the winners to organize your prizes. Thanks again to everyone that entered!

BlackBerry PlayBook Accessory Roundup - Leave a comment for a chance to win a PlayBook accessory!

Contest: Win a BlackBerry PlayBook accessory of your choice! Keep reading for details.

You got your BlackBerry PlayBook updated to the latest OS, but now what? How about some fancy new accessories to keep your PlayBook love going strong? We have just what you need to accessorize the best you can. There are plenty of new accessories in stock at so no matter what you need, we've got you covered.

So what do you want? Maybe just a simple skin case or super-charged OtterBox? Or maybe just a spare travel charger? Check out the best-selling BlackBerry Convertible Case and the BlackBerry PlayBook Rapid Charger.

See our full line of BlackBerry PlayBook accessories and keep reading for your chance to win a BlackBerry PlayBook accessory of your choice!

Accessory Roundup - Win a BlackBerry accessory of your choice!

Contest: Keep reading for your chance to win an accessory of your choice!

By now many of you are enjoying a new BlackBerry 7 phone, while others are still in the market for a new device. The one thing I hate when getting a new phone is having to rebuild my accessory stash. I can't seem to live without my BlackBerry charging pod as well as a few cases and a spare battery or two. If you're in the same boat then don't worry. We have a full supply of all the best accessories for your BlackBerry phone. Be it cases, chargers, batteries or whatever you need -- we've got you covered. If you can't quite decide what accessory to pickup for your device, keep reading to check out all the available accessories and details on how to win an accessory of your choice.

What's the difference between Lock and Standby on the BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0?

Back when the BlackBerry PlayBook was first available for sale, power options weren't readily available. You could tap the Turn Off icon from the home screen or you could hold down that much-maligned power button. That was pretty much it.

In later OS updates, Research In Motion introduced a popup window to give you more options however. Tapping the battery icon at the top of the home screen would give you the status of the tablet's battery as well as options for turning off, restarting, and placing the PlayBook into standby. These newer options worked quite well with one exception: if you had set a password on the device, standby would almost immediately lock it, requiring you to enter your password before the tablet would awaken.

The new PlayBook OS 2.0 software addresses that problem with a new fourth button on the battery popup window: Lock. If you haven't set a password on your PlayBook, you won't see the new control; but once you set a password, the Lock button will be there. So that begs the question: what's the difference between Lock and Standby?

Simply put, tapping the Lock button will immediately place your PlayBook on Standby and require you to enter your password before you can use your tablet again. Tapping the Standby button will allow you to awaken your tablet with a single swipe across the screen, no password needed. I should note that if you leave your BlackBerry tablet in Standby mode for long enough - from 10 to 30 minutes depending on your settings - it will lock itself and require that password.

So what is your choice? Do you use a password to lock your PlayBook? Or do you just opt for the simple standby mode? Sound off in the comments!

New iPad vs. ASUS Transformer Infinity (Android) vs. BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0

With Apple having now taken the covers off their "new iPad", the folks over at iMore have been rocking out the news to the masses. If you're into that sort of thing, you can head over there and check out the craziness for yourself. If you're more comfortable right here on CrackBerry, you can at least have a look at how the new iPad stacks up against the BlackBerry PlayBook along with the ASUS Transformer Infinity. No matter what you think of Apple though, if nothing else -- that display is packing some serious pixels.