Articles by Bla1Ze

TetherBerry Mac Beta Updated

We've been following TetherBerry for a while now (we even had the guys sit in on a podcast with us while at WES) and back then they were speaking of their Mac Beta that was continuing to be developed. As of now they have a newer version that is available for Beta testers to try out.

Currently working on Mac OS X Leopard, Tetherberry is putting their efforts towards getting it to work with Tiger as well. Be sure to check it out and sign up for their Beta if you are a Mac user.



iBerry Theme For Storm, Bold, Pearl And Curve Devices

In case you haven't heard, the new iPhone 3G S was announced today at the WWDC and needless to say the good folks over at theiphoneblog have been bringing us all the latest and greatest news. So, in honor of the excitement today we have a stylish iBerry theme for you from Lunars Edge, currently available to Storm, Bold, Curve (83xx) and Pearl devices.

iBerry has crisp graphics which fit the theme nicely, all of which are user customizable as it's made with the latest version of the Plazmic CDK. I tested this theme on my Bold and Storm and it flowed very well on each device with no lag (which is always a bonus in my book) Overall as an iPhone theme this one is great - be sure to check it out it for only $6 at ShopCrackBerry.com.


Seinfeld Dissing iPhones And BlackBerrys?!?

Here's some food for thought.. it might help ya get over the case of the Mondays you may be having. Not exactly sure when the original airdate of this was, but Jerry Seinfeld was on with Conan O'Brien and the topic of iPhones and BlackBerrys came up, check out the video and see if you can relate to any of what Jerry says. I know I did.

[ Thanks, Mark! ]


LEDReset for BlackBerry Resets Ghost LEDs

Who out there hasn't had this happen? You get a message, maybe you leave it for a bit,maybe you check it right away, but no matter what the case may be even after checking it your LED light stays on. We all love the attraction that tiny little light causes but sometimes it has a habit of not wanting to shut off.

RIMGeeks has just the trick for everyone and it's a free application as well, so while you may not have to use it often, it sure is good to have around. The application of course is called LEDReset and does just as it says. It resets your LED light from blinking. Great application. Great price. 


Qik Adds YouTube, Twitter And Facebook Auto Uploads

Qik version 0.1.15 was released yesterday and this time around some more automatic upload features were added. Supported sites include Youtube, Twitter and Facebook, with all of the account configurations having to be done on the Qik site but once configured you are ready to roll.

For those new to Qik, it's an on device application which allows you too stream video from your BlackBerry device directly to the Qik website and post your videos to other social networks as well. Data is sent using WiFi or you cellular connection and supported devices include the BlackBerry Curve 8900, Bold, 83XX Curves, and 8120 & 8110 Pearls.


RIM Confirms Dash Navigation Acquisition

After an article was published by GPS Business News, rumors aplenty flew across the internet yesterday regarding the possible acquisiton RIM had recently completed or was in the process aquiring Dash Navigation. Dash Navigation was falling on some rough times with their LBS offerings and while the services were great, Dash just simply could not push the units out there door despite having their services and API's being put to use by many other organizations. While the rumors were flowing, the confirmation came shortly after from RIM that yes, they had indeed aquired Dash Navigation but remained quiet about their intentions with the company.

The potential uses for Dash Navigation in the BlackBerry ecosystem could really lead anywhere or end up nowhere, possibly a BlackBerry Maps alternative, maybe a whole new application more akin to Telenav and others, or maybe even a stand alone GPS unit that works in conjunction with BlackBerry devices. No one at this point (other than RIM) is certain. But I wouldn't be one bit surprised if the above interface shows up in some way, shape or form on a BlackBerry device at a later time.

 [ Boy Genius ]


BlackBerry Tour Spec Sheet Leaked

While we are all patiently waiting for the BlackBerry Tour to launch on Verizon and other CDMA carriers, the good folks over at Mobile Syrup have posted up the spec sheet for the BlackBerry Tour sent into them from some tipsters on the "east coast" which of course, looking at the spec sheet is Canada considering its Bell documentation.

This isn't the first sign of Bell promo material for us to be seeing either and Mobile Syrup is stating a mid July release for the Tour is pretty much locked in at this point for the Canadian release. Full specs after the jump.


ÜberTwitter Beta 3 Update Coming Soon

The good folks over at ÜberTwitter have been hard at work on their latest version of their Twitter client. This time around the list of bug fixes is again huge as they are listening to the users. However, this time around ÜberTwitter may be bring with it some unwelcomed changes.

First, the what some may consider bad news. ÜberTwitter will now be coming in two different flavours, a paid version and an ad supported version. The ad supported version will randomly insert advertisements into your timelines where as the paid version when finalized will have this absent. Now the good news... ÜberTwitter will be integrating BlackBerry Maps for the "Tweet My Location" function so now rather then opening up a url, users who have BlackBerry Maps installed will see your location on that. 

So what do you all think? Tweet Genius was the first Twitter application to come to market as a paid one. Having used ÜberTwitter for so long now with no ads would you still use it if that ads are there? Or would you pay for the premium version to have them gone? Or would you just simply move to a different Twitter client where all was still free and none of that was a worry? Let us know in the comments.


BlackBerry Tour In Esquire Photoshoot?!?

* Update from Kevin: This is fun. Scroll down (after the story break) and we have recreated the towel shot with a Curve 8900 and Tour 9630 side by side. It's definitely a Curve 8900 in the photo above (the angle at which the bottom of the phone slopes in is a bit longer/sharper and the keyboard frets are missing - that is a spaced out keyboard) but it's easy to see how it could be confused, especially when the photo is shrunk down and the keyboards are a bit more difficult to distinguish and the towel is covering up a bit of the corner of the phone. *

* Update: D'oh!!! Early morning blogging with no cup of coffee and these things can happen... UPON CLOSER inspection, that's actually a BlackBerry Curve 8900 in the photo. Though from that angle, it's fairly easy to confuse both devices. I guess it's wishful thinking... if you really, really want a 9630 then maybe that's what you see. We'll take a comparison photo and post it here shortly so we can all be educated. *


Official Wordpress BlackBerry App Confirmed

I have spoke about this before once or twice before mainly because I think with the amount of blog owners that just happen to be BlackBerry owners as well, this would be a great application if done right. Well, it seems part of my hopes and dreams for this app becoming a reality are that much closer as Matt Mullenweg, founding developer of Wordpress has confirmed at WordCamp in San Francisco during his “State of the Word” presentation that a "new Blackberry App [will] be released soon."

With those few words, my heart just grew bigger for Wordpress, but all is not rosy as of yet. Wordpress has an iPhone app which was part of my frustration and curiousity as to why a BlackBerry version did not exist. Now that we have confirmation, I hope the developers will take it to the next level and make it functional as it should be. In the meantime, I'll continue to use work around solutions such a Mobile Press, vPost and BlogLive. Gotta be some bloggers out there. What do you use for Mobile blogging and are you excited for a Wordpress application?

[ BerryReview ]


Free "Don't Be Bored" Application

During one of my late night very early morning blogging sessions, I decided to take a break from writing up an article and check on my twitter account and see if anything new was going on. I came across a tweet by one of my followers @BBHacker who had just posted a link to an application he had created entitled "Don't Be Bored." The title alone interested me so I downloaded it and installed it.

The application, prefectly titled by the way, is a small one which really is just a launcher for the site, redirects you to www.bbhacker.com/dbb which is a collection of random and hilarious images from around the internet, for me it was the perfect little time waster. It took up no space on my BlackBerry and amused me so much that I just has to tweet the image that made me chuckle. Overall, awesome fun and compatible for every BlackBerry 4.2+ OS!


Rogers Targets Heavy Data Users

Ok, so maybe the title is a little misleading as it does not indicate where Rogers is targeting these "Heavy Users" but quite clearly it's their wallets. Our friends over at TiPB have posted some interesting news coming out of the Rogers camp via iPhoneInCanada.

According to the information, Rogers is intending on launching a new $150/15GB data plan which needless to point out is just insane considering their other offers such as the somewhat reasonable $30/6GB plan (still available but only for Android users now although people are trying to add it BlackBerry devices). I'd like to say they are targetting businesses with this plan as they are offering tethering with it, but Rogers past performance indicates this is something they would push on the average consumer as well. In any event, I'll be sticking to my $30/6GB plan. I still can't believe that for $150/mo they can't just say unlimited already but still need to cap it at 15GB. Any CrackBerry abusers out there gonna jump on this one?


Mechanism Premium Theme From Elecite

Elecite is back with another sweet looking theme. Mechanism is the latest out the shop and it looks mighty sweet on all devices it supports, including the BlackBerry Bold, 8900 and Storm. With a nice futuristic look to it and 4 static buttons right on the home screen as well as 7 user customizable ones, if flashy themes are your thing this is one too check out. A word of warning though for those concerned with available space on their devices, this one does roll in at just over 1MB in size, which is something to consider. More screenshots are available at Elecite and this premium theme will set ya back $7.


BlackBerry Bold And 8900 Price Cut On AT&T

Upset AT&T killed off their $199.99 refurbished Bold deal? Just buy a brand new 8900 and pay $199.99 for it? Then you might want to reach out to AT&T customer service and give them a call. Today they have cut the Bold from $299.99 down to $199.99 and their brand new BlackBerry Curve 8900 from $199.99 down to $149.99, so if you were holding out for either device no better time then now to grab one of these up. And in case you spent more on either device from AT&T, AT&T does have a 30 day buyer's remorse period in effect. I'm just saying... you know, in case you want to call and ask for a nice "courtesy" credit :)

Of course, if you're looking to pick up an 8900 from AT&T you should jump over to wireless.crackberry.com and take a look. Right now you can actually get the BlackBerry Curve 8900 for FREE on new activations. 

[ Engadget ]


Orange UK Launches 8900 Curve For Prepaid Services!

There has been plenty of talk across the pond and here in North America as well regarding BlackBerry devices heading towards more availability on pre paid services. Orange UK has increased their options having previously only offered Pay As You Go services on the BlackBerry 8120, which began at the beginning of this year, but have now made it official that they will indeed also be offering the BlackBerry Curve 8900 as well for their customers:

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone will be available at launch with six months’ free Internet access. To take advantage of the Orange Pay As You Go BlackBerry smartphone offer, customers must first purchase the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone for £245. They can choose one of Orange’s existing Pay As You Go animal packages, offering a choice of free rewards, and will receive free Internet access for the first six months. After that, customers can take out Orange’s Pay As You Go BlackBerry® Internet Service for just £5 per month, on a monthly rolling subscription.

With each carrier push, Pay As You Go BlackBerry seems to be an almost imminent thing to happen and with the carriers backing it so far, it could turn out to be a great venture for RIM.


BlackBerry Tour Promo Material Arrives At Bell!

Just in case there were any doubters out there that the BlackBerry Tour wasn't close to being launched, this should put things to rest. BGR posted up the above materials which have been showing up in some Bell locations. Sadly, no release date is accompanied with the material but it's a sure hint that the time is drawing closer. Two more pics after the jump which outline the specs for the Tour.

[ BGR ]


BBPF Developers Challenge Registration Now Open

DevCon is fastly approaching and with RIM's call for papers last week from developers the most recent news comes to us from the BlackBerry Partners fund where in which they have announced that registration for the BlackBerry Developer Challenge is now open for anyone wishing to participate.

16 finalists will be chosen from all the applicants. Finalists will each receive a prize package valued at more than $5,000 (USD) and be invited to compete for a grand prize package valued at over $100,000. Runners up don't walk away empty-handed either, with their prize worth more then $25,000. Over the 4 month challenge judges will be focused on the most compelling product or service, clearly defined value proposition and most importantly how it can be excecuted technically.

In the end, 4 finalists will be chosen at the end of each 'contest month' and the challenge is on to present in 5 mins their application and/or service to a panel of judges at the “BlackBerry Sweet 16" event, which takes place at the BlackBerry Developers Conference, November 9 - 11 in San Francisco. With the winners being announced as part of the keynote address on November 10th!


PodTrapper Updated To Version 2.1.0

I love it when great apps just keep getting better. PodTrapper which we have covered on numerous occasions here at CrackBerry has just gotten that much better with the recent changes that have been put into effect. For those unaware of how or what Pod Trapper is, Craig's review is something you'll want to have a look at if being able to download podcasts direct to your device is something you need in your life.

For those of you all out there that have been happily using PodTrapper for a while now, the change log has some fine points in that are worth mentioning:

  • Multiple playlist support
  • Preserve episodes from auto deletion
  • Rearrange playlists
  • Ability to pause via mute key on top of handheld while locked/holstered
  • Ability to assign actions to convenience keys while BB is locked

While those are the major changes, there is a whole laundry list of minor changes that have been considered as well. You can read the full changelog here. And for those new to the PodTrapper application, a free trial is available in the Shop CrackBerry Store, after which the application costs $9.99.


Premium Bussfast Theme From Hedone Designs

One of what I would consider the top theme makers out there is back after a short break! Hedone Hawker has come back and dropped his latest piece of art on us named Bussfast. With support across the board for all qwerty BlackBerry devices, Bussfast lives up tp previous work done by Hedone in the fact it simply looks sharp on any device.

Today plus features, user-customizable icon placement and straight up good looks make this one a hot item to have. Welcome Hedone back to the BlackBerry world and keep your eyes out for more of his work...  he's looking to impress us all with some mad theming skills.


Leaked - OS v4.7.0.151 for Storm 9500!

Storm 9500 owners out there should be pleased to see this one, 4.7.0.151 has leaked online and is now available online for all too grab, of course again this is NOT an official RIM release of the OS so standard disclaimers apply. Be sure to share your findings in the CrackBerry forums. And all you 9530 owners, sit tight if the 9500 is showing up now history tells us the 9530 version is not far behind.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. * 


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