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Hip Hop Berry

They dont call him cool for nothin'

LL Cool J chillin at a book store it seems sporting the latest in hip Berry ware.

As the guy with the little PDA on the left looks on in envy. (Insert own joke here)

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BlackBerry 8800 Video!

Captured by Shiny Shiny , here's a peak at the new BlackBerry 8800 that was announced by RIM at the 3GSM World Conference.


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RIM Officially Launches BlackBerry 8800

CrackBerry Addicts Rejoice! After months of rumors, speculation and online debate, RIM has officially announced the launch of their new BlackBerry 8800 Smartphone. will dive into the features of the new 8800 Smartphone in the days and weeks ahead, but for now you can get your fill at RIM's official site - .  RIM's official press release for the new device can be found here.  

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10 Great Time Savers for CrackBerry Users

Crackberry users are all about the time savings. The handy little PDA can save us all a lot of time. Yet, there are lots of little hints that can save even more time. So in order to save you from perusing the manuals to find all these little gems we present our top Crackberry shortcuts.

1. Perhaps the best time saving key is the easy uppercase function. Press and hold any letter in order to capitalize.

2. In a related short cut, if you are need of an accent grave or an umlaut press both the Symbol key and the letter you need modified and then turn the side wheel until the appropriate letter character shows up. Great for those German or French CrackBerry addicts. Pressing the symbol key alone will bring up a number of useful symbols and currency signs.

3. If you find you get lot of e-mail or a lot of spam you can avoid deleting each e-mail separately and can delete all of them with one click. Click on the ‘date’ field above that day’s mails and then choose Delete Prior from the menu.

4. To navigate around the Calendar press D for Day, W for Week, M for Month, and A for Agenda. You will need to set the Enable Quick Entry field to No under Calendar Options first for this to work.

5. When using the web browser function you can access your favourite sites by hitting the K key to open up you bookmarks. If you want to add a site to your bookmarks just hit the A key.

6. To find a contact in your address book type the contact's name or initials, separated by a space.

7. When typing an e-mail address hit the Space key to enter an @ symbol. Press the Space bar again to insert a period in the address.

8. To move down a page while reading a message just press the Space key. To move back up a page press Shift plus the Space key.

9. To dial a phone number with letters such as 1-888-GOT MILK press the Alt key and typing each letter with the keyboard.

10. To activate the back light, press (but don't hold) the Power button. Double press for brighter light.

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How To Install GPS on Your CrackBerry

I was having dinner with a friend who works in the Transportation Department aof the local government and he was marveling about the new Blackberry Maps feature and how it will aid him in his job. "If only it had GPS" he lamented. Well, Martha it is now possible to get GPS on the CrackBerry. As you would expect it isn’t as easy as simply downloading a software program but here is how you can do it.

BlackBerryMaps is only available for devices running software 4.1 and newer so, for the purpose of this article, we will use the new Pearl and how to synch the GPS with Blackberry Maps. If you want to use the Location Based Services (LBS) features of BlackBerry Maps, you will need either a BlackBerry with an internal GPS (which can be very slow) do it is recommended that you have get Bluetooth GPS Receiver (GPS Puck).

1. Turn on your GPS receiver. Initially, the puck will take some time trying to locate and acquire a satellite signal. This can take as long as 10 minutes. Subsequent acquisition times will be significantly lower (usually 30 to 60 seconds). Ensure that the GPS puck acquires a signal before you turn on the BlackBerry Bluetooth or you fire up BlackBerry Maps But to ensure your puck has acquired the signal first will reduce the performance of the puck it will have a harder time searching for a signal.

2. Select “Set Up Bluetooth” option from the main application menu on the BlackBerry Pearl.

3: In the dialog box it should read “Please Ensure your Bluetooth Device is in Pairing Mode.” Press OK. The Blackberry will search for Bluetooth devices within range. This usually takes about 30 seconds.

4. The Pearl will list all the devices in range (which may be many if there are a number of devices nearby with Bluetooth capabilities). The GPS puck will have “GPS” in the device name. Select it and the Pearl will ask you for a “Pass Key.” Unusually this is either 0000 or 1234. Once that is entered the Bluetooth is enabled and your device is listed.

5: Although the Bluetooth in now enabled on your BlackBerry, it is not necessarily “On.” Applications like BlackBerry Maps will actually indicated that the BlackBerry is paired to a device even when your Bluetooth is not on. Ensure the Bluetooth connection is “On” by selecting the Bluetooth icon in the main application menu.

6: Now enter BlackBerry Maps and select “Options” from the menu. Highlight “GPS Device Option,” click the TrackBall or select “Change Option” from the menu. The device you just paired should appear as one of the devices listed. Select it and click the TrackBall. The GPS receiver icon should now be highlighted. Save your changes when you exit the menu.

7: From BlackBerry Maps menu select “Start GPS.” If the puck has acquired its position, you should see a Chevron indicating current bearing and speed. If you zoom in it should indicted the street. Some people want North to always be “up” on the screen. If so, select “North Up” from the main menu. If you prefer the map to show up as the direction of travel “Track Up.”

8: On the Pearl, hitting the Q key will give you information such as the time, battery strength, and how many satellites you are accessing (you need to access at least three for the GPS to work). On devices with a full keyboard, hit the “U” key. To display the map full screen, hit the space bar and the GPS mode switches to “Map Mode”. (The GPS is still active but the info is not being displayed).

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Welcome to, the #1 site FOR CrackBerry Users and Abusers, built and operated BY CrackBerry Users and Abusers.

To find out more about how this site came into existence and why, and who we are, click here for the full story.  In the meantime, here is a quick overview of what you can expect from the Crack Team and

Our aim is simple – we want to establish as the premier resource for anything and everything BlackBerry.  Whether you are at an airport with time to kill and want some games to play, need a replacement case for your Berry, want to stay on top of the latest news and rumours in the mobile industry, want to buy a Bluetooth headset but don't know which one to buy, or are not quite up to CrackBerry Addict status yet and need help figuring out how to use your BlackBerry, is the first place you go.

We view the BlackBerry as a serious device that also has a lighter side and we've built to reflect that.  We've done our best to keep the site simple and intuitive while providing all the features we thought a site with a name worthy of the "2006 Webster's New Word of the Year" award should have.

We've broken the website down into three main categories – Community, Forums, and Store.  Think Community for news, reviews, rumours, entertainment and useful information for new and experienced berry users alike. The Forum is your way to interact with other CrackBerry users  and the store will offer you the latest software, hardware accessories and downloads for every type of BlackBerry.

If you register with the site you have the option of setting up your free @ email redirector.  Set up and the system will redirect emails sent to your new address to any existing email address you specify.  It's simple. For those of you whose BlackBerry addiction has reached the point of unhealthy, be sure to check out the Rehab section.

We've built the wapsite as your portal to the mobile web.  Using the mobile browser on your wireless device, visit (or if you don't get automatically redirected).  The site features hundreds of links to the best mobile sites.  You can download the CrackBerry launcher (it installs a sweet icon onto your BlackBerry's desktop) to make it easy for you to use as your starting point on the mobile web.

Enjoy the site!

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New Years Resolutions Your BlackBerry Can Help

It is that time of year again, well the beginning of it, where we all feel like we have to change and improve. It is time for some New Year’s Resolutions. We’ve looked at the top 5 resolutions and put the BlackBerry to work.

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