BlackBerry News and Reviews

Using CostSplitter helps you keep track of where to send the hired goons

I’m not usually one to split a bill when it comes to a night out with friends. Most of the time, it ends up as “We’ll get it this time”, followed (hopefully) by “Ok, next time, it’s on us”. Since we frequent the same places, it tends to work out. Not everyone is like that, and not every situation is like that. You may prefer to keep track of the expenses, debts, and payments for everyone involved. Somebody has to do it right? So why you, you ask? Well, maybe you were put in charge of a group budget, maybe because you have a BlackBerry PlayBook, and maybe because of an app called CostSplitter that may help you out. CostSplitter, an application by Soulid Studio, is a much easier way to track than jotting info down in a memo on your smartphone.

The application organizes everything by events – could be a family bbq, a road trip or an out of town work function. There’s no help or options menu to be found, so you will have to rely on the sample event they provide. When you open an event, you can swap between three different views; Participants, Expenses and Report. In the Expenses section, you note down each item as an expense. You can then assign participants to the item. From there you can record who hasn’t paid, who has and how much. The reports screen then automatically summarizes who owes what to whom – based on the payment records you captured. I don’t worry too much about things like this, because it all tends to work out in the end with the people we know. If you do worry about such things, you may want to check CostSplitter out. You also may want to look at who you’re hanging out with. I did like how effortless it seemed to jot details down. I especially liked how I had the debt calculated for me. One feature I would like to see, is the possibility of exporting the report in a message, you know, as a friendly reminder. It sure beats busting some kneecaps. You can pick up CostSplitter for $0.99 from BlackBerry App World.

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T-Mobile's BlackBerry Bold 9900 coming August 31st?

We've heard dates aplenty for the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9900 already but one thing has remained true -- the month will be August. A new leak is pegging the date for August 31st to be more precise, and along with that leak is the fact that T-Mobile stores are now also putting out some promo material for the device.

T-Mobile was among the first carriers to confirm release of the BackBerry Bold 9900 when it was first announced, so when ready -- we're pretty sure they will go pretty hard at promoting the device. Judging from the info, customers will also get a $50 MIR when you opt in for a $20+ data plan.

Source: Phone Arena, T-Mo News

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Girls, check out Summer Mermaid by ale7714 Designs and enter to win a free copy

Hey girls, summer may be half over, but your BlackBerry doesn't need to know that! Check out Summer Mermaid Theme by ale7714 Designs, and get ready for a huge dose of cute. BB6 icons and fun fonts in an aqua hue contrast nicely against purple backgrounds, ensuring the cheerful sunshine message notifiers pop for at-a-glance readability. My favorite part is the mermaid wallpaper on the home screen, it's adorable and pulls the whole theme together nicely!

Ale has customized every element of this theme, and her attention to detail is flawless. You can get Summer Mermaid for your BlackBerry 8350i. 85xx, 89xx, 9000, 91xx, 93xx, 9630/50, 97xx or 9800 for $2.99.

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Contest: If you want a chance to win a free copy of Summer Mermaid, leave a comment below! Ale sent us 50 free copies to pass on to you, so get your entry in! One per person, of course, and as usual the contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST.

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Flip Silent by S4BB updated to v2.5 – Reduces footprint and adds new features

The folks over at S4BB let us the know of a recent update to one of their newest applications for Storm and Torch devices. If you not familiar with Flip Silent it's a simple to use application that activates silent mode for all incoming calls with just a flick of the wrist. For me that means no more fumbling with my device to hit ignore or going back and forth with my sound profiles all day at work. It's embarrassing to have to pick up my device and try to shut it off when my boss is standing next to me. Believe it or not it's loud even on vibrate. 

Flip Silent now runs silently in the background thereby consuming less power and space so it no longer appears in the application switcher screen. Another addition is that the missed call notification will remain on the screen when you flip it back over. Flip Silent v2.5 features include:

  • Flip your phone to silent
  • Silences all incoming calls 
  • Flip your phone back to deactivate Flip Silent
  • Silence your phone with a cool gesture
  • Small footprint; Flip Silent 2.0 runs in the background
  • Auto notifications

This is a rather unique and sort of cool way to change the sound profile on your device without pressing buttons or going through the menu options. That way next time my boss decides to stop by I can nonchalantly flip my device and silence it immediately. Flip Silent works just like it says as long as the device is in the face up position to begin with. The only downside is that it only works for incoming calls and no other message types. 

Flip Silent 2.5 is available for Storm and Torch devices running OS 5.0 and higher for only $0.99.

More information / purchase Flip Silent at BlackBerry App World 
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Nitobi PhoneGap v1.0 released, allows use of JavaScript to create cross-platform mobile apps

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Developers, ahoy! Nitobi has come up with version 1.0 of its PhoneGap product, which essentially allows software developers to use their existing JavaScript knowledge to create cross-platform mobile apps. PhoneGap currently supports iOS, Android, HP webOS, BlackBerry and Symbian, with support for Windows Phone 7, MeeGo and Samsung bada coming soon. So, how does this all work? Instead of building apps for each platform, a software developer can use PhoneGap's API to create an app, then submit the app to PhoneGap Build, which in turn gives back compiled binaries that are ready to submit to the various app stores out there.

A dream come true? The concept is much like BlackBerry WebWorks in that a software developer can create apps without learning Objective-C, Java or the like. In fact, PhoneGap works hand in hand with BlackBerry WebWorks to extend the functionality of the underlying framework. From there, once an app is built and ready, it is simply a matter of submitting the app to BlackBerry App World and done! PhoneGap also supports all the open frameworks you're used to working with, such as jQuery and Sencha, so there is no looking back. I personally am excited about this product and will eventually try it out -- it seems like a natural step forward when it comes to the development of mobile apps.

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RIM announcing new BlackBerry OS 7 devices at BB7 Fan Night

With RIM's BlackBerry 7 Fan Night coming up on Wednesday in Toronto, rumors are flying around about what exactly is going to happen there. Of course it will be a party, but aside from rubbing elbows with other BlackBerry addicts, nomming on hors d'oeuvre, and of course getting that much anticipated BlackBerry 7 device, just what else is planned?

Well, your first clue is right there. Research In Motion is throwing in a BlackBerry 7 device as part of the prize for those lucky winners from the Twitter contest last week. Since they didn't specify the prize is a BlackBerry Bold 9900/30 and the event isn't called BlackBerry 9900 Fan Night, it stands to reason that they have plans to announce at least a few more of the seven devices they assured us were coming this year. Maybe the attendees will even get some hands on time with devices like the BlackBerry Torch 2 9810, or the Torch 9850/60

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Motorola MOTOROKR T505 - Wireless phone integration for your car

One lucky reader will win a MOTOROKR T505! Read on for details.

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If you've caught any of my other Bluetooth device reviews (even back to my very first CrackBerry Idol review), you know that I have a certain... dislike of wires. They tangle. They limit and tether your device. Any technological thingamajig that can take the place of those wires is a good one in my book, and the MOTOROKR T505 is a welcome addition to my car.

Motorola MOTOROKR T505 is, for whatever reason, difficult for me to say, the words don't trip lightly from the tongue. The device itself though couldn't be easier to use. After a simple and standard pairing with my BlackBerry, music; podcasts; and phone calls come over the speakers of my car.

Like many newer cars, I can now stream music from my phone - even web services like Pandora - over the speakers in my car, free from the tyranny of wires.

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Contest: Win 1 of 250 BlackBerry unlock codes from Horizon Wireless!

It's been quite some time since we ran an unlock contest here on the blogs but our friends from Horizon Wireless have just opened up their new website and to celebrate the occasion they've let us know they'd like to give away 250 unlock codes to some lucky readers out there in addition to the sale they're currently having -- only $5 for an unlock code.

Entering is easy, just go ahead and leave a comment below letting us know which new BlackBerry device you're waiting for and that's it -- we'll pick 250 of you all to win one free unlock code for your current BlackBerry. If you're impatient and need an unlock now -- go check out Horizon Wireless' new website and get yourself an unlock code for $5.

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New BlackBerry PlayBook commercial talks BlackBerry Bridge and sports a video chat cameo

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There have been a few BlackBerry PlayBook commercials floating around that I'm sure most of you have caught during your prime time TV viewing. The latest caught my eye over the weekend. This ad features mostly BlackBerry Bridge but manages to sneak in a Video Chat cameo as well. Take a look at the ad above (sorry for the quality - we'll get a better version posted ASAP) and let us know your thoughts. Do you think it's a good move to run an ad with BlackBerry Bridge? Do you think they should show off other features as well? Sound off in the comments!

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Avatar Builder for BlackBerry updated - Now available in more countries

The popular Avatar Builder for BlackBerry was updated this weekend. RIM added a bunch of countries to the supported list so if you were unable to download it before, you may be able to now. Also, word has it the app is now compatible with BlackBerry OS 7 devices so if you're one of the lucky few that has one of those unreleased devices, go ahead and download Avatar Builder and give it a go.

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BlackBerry PlayBook first tablet certified for government use in Australia

The BlackBerry PlayBook was the first tablet to earn FIPS 140-2 certification in the US, then Russia started looking into using the tablet for its government officials. Now the PlayBook has been approved by the Defense Signals Directorate (DSD) of the Australian Government for use in government agencies, when using the BlackBerry Bridge application and connected to an approved BlackBerry smartphone.
“RIM continues to set the benchmark for government security and now with DSD approval the BlackBerry PlayBook is the first tablet to be certified for deployment in Australian government departments. This again demonstrates our leadership in the government sector and our commitment and investment in secure mobile technology," said Scott Deacon, Manager Security Certifications, Asia Pacific BlackBerry Security, RIM.
The Australian government has strict security standards, and the PlayBook is the first tablet they have certified to secure information with a classification of restricted or protected, which represents the majority of the government's day-to-day operational communications.

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Source: cfoworld

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Contest winners: PlayBook accessory, iLike, Insight, and SFX!

Here are the winners from last week's round of contests. If you won you will be receiving an email either directly from us or the retailer/developer directly in the next few days. If for some reason you don't receive an email within 7-14 days (be sure to check your spam/junk folder just in case, and verify your registered address associated with your CrackBerry account) you can email us at sitesupport(at) and we'll be sure to get you taken care of. Please be patient as some emails may take longer than others to arrive. Congrats to all the winners!

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Mobile Nations Monday Brief - August 1, 2011

Comb Over Charlie for PlayBook free today only!

The weekend is almost over, but the fun doesn't have to end! For today only you can get Comb Over Charlie for FREE for your BlackBerry PlayBook! We first told you about this game back in June (check out Joseph's review here), but if you didn't check it out then, go ahead and grab it today! Help Charlie get revenge for all those mean fish that mocked his hairstyle, and have some fun while doing it. Don't forget to leave a nice review in App World if you enjoy the game, and maybe a thanks for the freebie too! Post your high scores in the comments below. 

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 coming to O2 UK in August

If the BlackBerry Bold 9900 has captured your imagination and you happen to live in the UK, then listen. RIM's upcoming powerhouse of a BlackBerry smartphone has now made an appearance on O2 UK's website with a "coming soon" label pointing at an August release. No exact release date as of yet, but you can tell that the wait is soon coming to an end.

Other carriers in the UK have announced future availability of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 as well, with Three UK promising a September 15th launch and Vodafone UK taking it easy with only a "coming soon" banner and no mention of anymore detail. It should be noted that Phones4u has already revealed both pricing and details on availability (via Vodafone) with a delivery date of August 24th for pre-orders. Whether a release in late August or earlier, the release is near - I can feel it. Can you feel it, CrackBerry Nation? Sound off in the comments!

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CrackBerry Reminder: What you may have missed this week

BlackBerry App Roundup for July 30, 2011

Welcome to this week's BlackBerry App Roundup! We have searched high and low and found some neat apps to share with you this week, so head on past the break to check them out! If you have an app you want to see featured in the roundup be sure to check the end of the post for information on submitting it to us.

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From the Forums: BlackBerry PlayBook used to record Soundgarden concert

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Here is another awesome example of the BlackBerry PlayBook's video recording capabilities. CrackBerry member guyhockey took his PlayBook with him to a recent Soundgarden concert, and used it to record the first two songs of the concert! Not only does the video look great even under challenging lighting conditions, but the audio is pretty awesome as well. Don't be afraid to watch this one in 1080p and fullscreen, it looks terrific. Guyhockey previously posted a video taken with his PlayBook on a rollercoaster, which is also pretty cool. 

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ShootnShare BlackBerry theme series brings quality themes along with a fun mini-app inside

Over the years we have seen tons and tons of BlackBerry themes come and go, many of them offering unique features like sliding docks, animations, and much more, and the folks at ShootnShare didn't want to feel left out of the fun. They have created a mini application, ShootnShare, which has been built into a number of themes in a series, and it is pretty neat.

The idea behind ShootnShare is to take a shot of what is on your screen, make some minor edits to the image, and share it directly to your Twitter or Facebook account. No more taking a screen shot, opening up your social application, navigating to the image, and uploading, instead it is all done in one quick and easy process. Some themes that include the application are Holiday PostcardStickers (this one has a custom CrackBerry template you can download too!) and many more which can all be found at their website

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 launching in India on August 8th?

All of us here at CrackBerry are anxiously awaiting a release date for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in North America, but so far we're not hearing anything concrete. We've heard rumor that August 22nd will be the launch date in the UK, and now new word has it that India will be releasing it the second week of August, on the 8th. This will of course be the standard black version of the device, though the same source is reporting that a white version will follow in October.

With all the delays this BlackBerry has seen, it's nice to finally be seeing it get some release dates. My fingers are crossed now for some news for Canada and the US, as well as for those other as of yet unnanounced devices!

Source: iGyaan

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