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Capture It! - Gone but not forgotten (and maybe not gone)

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Capture It? Can't find.

A few weeks ago, I found - to my detriment - that BlackBerry Protect works really well. Not only does it help me find my phone at least once every week, but the remote wipe features are top notch. I'm still recovering from that help article and am slowly reinstalling apps as I need them. To my disappointment, I find my favorite screen capture program, Capture It, can no longer be found in BlackBerry App World or the CrackBerry AppStore.

There are many reasons to grab a screenshot, an image capture of your BlackBerry's screen. You may want to prove a high score, show an error to technical support, or even post particularly interesting BBM conversations on Facebook. For me, I use it to capture apps; menus; and games in action, so I can include them in articles.

Capture It worked perfectly. Assigned to my Convenience key, all I needed to do is press the key for a screen capture. This is one app where I appreciated the lack of options. Capture It didn't ask you where to send the picture, what to call the picture, or where to store the picture. It just worked - and did so well.

These days, Capture It - that wonderful application for many BlackBerry models and OS versions - has become much more difficult to find, disappearing from where it once thrived. Still, the internet has a long memory. Things once forgotten have a way of showing up. You need only to look in the right places.

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Twitter for BlackBerry v2.0.0.16 now available

A few weeks back Twitter for BlackBerry was updated in the BlackBerry Beta Zone with a revamped UI as well as some other tweaks and fixes. Today RIM has made the latest version (2.0.0.16) available for all in BlackBerry App World. The new version is quite a step from the last and should keep avid fans of the app from jumping ship to other clients. Updates include:

  • Color Refresh: This update features a lighter color scheme consisting of light blue with a shade of white. This new, smooth color scheme makes it easy to follow where you are in the timeline and has been incorporated throughout the app.
  • Compose a Tweet: It's all about options! By default, the Tweet composer is "hidden" from the Home timeline but accessible from the new "Compose Tweet" bar located below the nav bar as displayed in Option 1 below. Clicking the "Compose Tweet" bar will bring up the Tweet composer at the bottom of the screen, similar to if you're composing a Tweet via the Menu or by using the same hotkey that you would use to compose an email message from the BlackBerry message list (for example, in English, the hotkey is ‘c' if using a QWERTY keyboard). Alternatively, you can choose to display the Tweet composer as a static fixture at the top of the Home timeline (see Option 2).
  • Trending Topics now with local trends support: A Trending Topics icon has been added to the nav bar and now includes local trends support. Local trends helps you keep in touch with the trends in your area while on-the-go with the Twitter app.
  • My Profile: Now you can access your profile quickly and easily from the nav bar (or the Menu). And, you'll notice that the icon is personalized with your profile picture to better help you identify the account that you're logged into (teaser: this feature will be especially helpful should we include multi-account support in a future release. #justsayin =D).
  • Performance Enhancements: Last but certainly not least, we've included some performance enhancements to improve the overall usability of the app.

The update will be live in BlackBerry App World today, so if you're not yet seeing it just check back later. Thanks Ross!

More information/download of Twitter for BlackBerry

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New BlackBerry devices said to be arriving at Bell before the end of August

While waiting for some more accurate release dates for the upcoming BlackBerry devices, TechFIBE has posted a portion of Bells Q3 BlackBerry lineup that shows off the BlackBerry Torch 9810, BlackBerry Torch 9860, BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360. The first three devices are listed with a launch date of late August with the Curve 9360 being shown as September. While we know these early docs don't always hold true when it comes to actual release dates, they do give us a pretty good idea of what to expect. Aside from flying rumors of the Bold 9900, we haven't really seen too much regarding dates on any of these other devices, so it's good to finally have a timeframe to work with. Surely once the Bold 9900/9930 hits the public the other devices will pop up one after the other, so just hang tight for a few more weeks.

Source: TechFIBE

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Official OS 6.0.0.600 for the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and BlackBerry Pearl 3G from Vodafone

Sprint officially released OS 6.0.0.600 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650 yesterday, and here we have two more of the same for both the Bold 9780 and Pearl 3G. Vodafone has officially released OS 6.0.0.600 for these devices so if you're a Pearl 3G or Bold 9780 user get out those USB cables and try this one out. No reports of the good or bad on these just yet, so be sure to leave a comment or hit the forums for more.

Download OS 6.0.0.600 for the BlackBerry Bold 9780
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Download OS 6.0.0.600 for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G
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Source: BerryReview

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The Way I See It CrackBerry Nation, We've Only Just Begun...

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There's a scene in the movie Fight Club where Tyler Durden pours acid on Edward Norton's character and says to Edward as he screams in pain "It's only after we've lost everything that we are free to do anything." Think of that article I wrote on 10 Reasons Why Google Will Buy RIM as symbolically freeing myself. It's only in acknowledging that RIM could go away that I now truly feel free to tackle the task of leading the good fight for BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry PlayBook wins 2011 Stevie Award!

Last month Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook was the recipient of a 2011 Stevie Award in the category of New Product or Service of the Year - Hardware. Congratulations RIM!

With categories including Computer Services, Software, and Consumer Products, the Stevie Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide. For a complete list of categories and winners, you can check out www.stevieawards.com.


Source: BlackBerry BizBlog

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Official OS 6.0.0.600 released by Sprint for the BlackBerry Bold 9650

And seemingly out of the blue comes an OS update for Sprint for the BlackBerry Bold 9650. Considering the last official OS released by Sprint for the Bold 9650 was that of OS 6.0.0.415 you'll no doubt wanna fire up BlackBerry desktop manager and get OS 6.0.0.600 loaded up. As always, drop some comments once you get it up and running and let us know how it's working out for ya. Thanks, @BlkScorp33

Download the official OS 6.0.0.600 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650
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BlackBerry App World webstore now fully supports Mac

Along for the ride with the latest update to the BlackBerry App World webstore was full support for Mac users. No longer will you see the dreaded "Unsupported OS" page plus, you can now also install apps directly to your BlackBerry just like Windows users have been enjoying for a while. Give it a shot, and let us know in the comments how it's working for you.

Check out the new BlackBerry App World webstore

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Filter your photos with FilterLab for BlackBerry

Everyone seems to love applying fun effects to their photos and BlackBerry users are no exception. We've been somewhat lacking in the app department however with very few making the cut or getting the job done well. One of the best we've seen thus far is InstaPhoto which sadly is still only available on the BlackBerry PlayBook. FilterLab is a new player to the photo fun game and is shaping up to be a pretty good solution. FilterLab lets you take photos (or choose an existing photo) and apply one of twelve fun effects to the image. Choose from 35mm, vintage, Discotek and more. Drop on a filter, let er rip and share with your friends. You can save the images to your SD card or send them to Facebook or Twitter right away. FilterLab is a pretty sweet app overall but it does lag quite a bit between processes. If you're looking to add a bit of spark to your photos however then it's not a bad choice at all. Check out more at the link below.

More information/download of FilterLab for BlackBerry

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Three UK launching the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in black on September 15th - White version to follow

An unofficial Three UK blog has rumored that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will be available for purchase on September 15th. This is the first solid date we've seen for the device thus far, though keep in mind it was posted on a Three UK rumor blog and not via an official press release or site. Noted is that the device will be available in black at launch with an all white version to follow a month down the road. We've seen the device listed on the Three UK coming soon page more than once now, so it's good to finally have a date to put in the books. Hopefully other carriers will kick into gear now and drop some release dates of their own. Bring on the Bold 9900!!

Read more at Three UK blog

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BlackBerry App World webstore gets a UI overhaul

We knew this was coming thanks to some tipsters who let us know about the BlackBerry App World 3.0 update yesterday. It looks like now the new App World webstore is up and running for the most part. The webstore is sporting a totally new UI that looks a bit better than the clutter we were growing used to. The main page as well as individual app pages are all shiny and new and much easier to get around. A bit of clicking around still gets you a site maintenance message at the moment but hopefully things will be fully up and running before long. Here's to hoping we'll see a new version of BlackBerry App World hit devices as well. Keep reading for some more images and hit the link below to check out the newness for yourself.

Check out the new BlackBerry App World webstore

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Phil and Friends jam BlackBerry style

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This one has been floating around the web for a while it appears, but Matthew brought it to our attention yesterday and I'm not sure how we missed it for so long. This is by far my favorite of all the BlackBerry themed songs we've posted thus far. Here we have Phil & Friends in and informal jam session singing about all that is BlackBerry. The song is super catchy and really well done, and once again sure to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Granted there is an iPhone floating around in the video, but since the song is so good we'll let them slide just this once. Check out the full video above and get your BlackBerry jam on :-)

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RIM begins BlackBerry developer video series - - First up is Paul Haenel

Many would say that application development is not one of the strong points of the BlackBerry platform, but in RIM's latest efforts they have taken to their YouTube account and begun a new series of videos. The series, Developer Stories, is aimed to give BlackBerry app developers some time in the spotlight to share their stories and explain to us why they love the BlackBerry platform. The series starts with Paul Haenel who tells us why he loves developing applications for BlackBerry and gives us a little bit of information behind his logic when he begins to write a new application. Be sure to check out the video above, and keep your eye out for more to come in this series.

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Tots for the BlackBerry PlayBook helps teach your kids about letters and numbers

 

We've seen many apps and games on the PlayBook that are geared towards children. I'm guessing developers are focussing on the Play in PlayBook. Honestly, a good tablet is a tablet that the whole family can share and enjoy. If you need another excuse to put a PlayBook in the hands of your child, then have a read. The Tots application helps your kids learn their letters and numbers and spelling, match upper and lower case letters and help them practice writing letters and numbers. It currently offers two themes; dinosaurs and flowers. It also has 4 different games to choose from – a whack-a-mole type game, catch letters to spell a word, write numbers and letters and associate upper case letters with their lower case versions.

To aid in the learning process, Tots provides both visual and audio positive reinforcement with each correct answer. The dangling light bulb in the right corner can be turned on or off to activate or deactivate in-game hints. The background music plays with simple childish levity that gives a fast paced feel to the game play. Isn't it great when a game helps educate your child even when they don't know it (or don't want to be)? Tots is available for $2.99 from BlackBerry App World.

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Play UK now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Bold 9900

As the wait continues for the BlackBerry Bold 9900, it seems UK retailers are pretty much set to roll this thing out even before RIM is. We've seen Vodafone UK give us a walk-through, Amazon UK list a white BlackBerry Bold 9900 and now Play has the device listed for £519.99 sim-free (no contract) on pre-order. The date listed for release is August 12, but Play has been known to change launch dates on the fly -- sometimes, without letting those who have pre-ordered know. So, it's a wait and see scenario if you're planning on placing a pre-order. Thanks, Dave!

Check out the pre-order listing on Play

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From the Forums: 9900 vs Torch 2, Photo Studio in public beta, and Fireworks video from the PlayBook


It was a pretty quiet weekend around here, with Canada Day on Friday and Independence Day here in the US yesterday. We hope you all had a great weekend, whether you celebrated either of those holidays or not. Have you checked out the forums yet today? If not, now's as good a time as any, so get too it!

Found an interesting article you want to share with CrackBerry Nation? Have a burning question about that feature you just can't figure out? There is ALWAYS more happening just a click away in the forums. You can always head over and join in the conversation, search for answers, or lend your expertise to other members of our community. If you aren't already, take a moment to get registered in the CrackBerry forums today!

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RIM emails BlackBerry App World 3.0 Upgrade Notice to Vendors

RIM is gearing up to roll out a new version of BlackBerry App World! Developers were notified today that changes to the Vendor Portal are happening this week. Phase one is starting July 6th with the Vendor Portal going down for maintenance from 2am - 6am EST, so there will be no access for developers to make submissions or changes to their products. During this time there will be two new fields added in: Short description and Feature Image.

  • Short Description: This is your feature description or your one line sales pitch. Please provide a “short description” of each of your items to make your app more discoverable. We support multilingual short descriptions so you can make your sales pitch more local and relevant to better attract users who speak more languages around the globe.
  • Feature Image: You can now upload a featured app image. This is required if you want your application to be considered for feature. It will make your application much more discoverable. Image Specifications: 1920 x 1186 pixel .PNG file.
If you don't currently have items for sale in BlackBerry App World, this probably isn't very exciting news for you. However, keep in mind that this is the first step towards the rest of us getting some much needed updates to App World. Of course, no word on when exactly we'll be seeing those changes, or what they are, but they are indeed coming. What additions and changes do you want to see come to BlackBerry App World? Let us know in the comments. Thanks Dave!

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BlackBerry Dev offers his take on developing for BlackBerry and why he does it

While everyone else was busy discussing the open letters sent to RIM execs and concentrating on the all the doom and gloom surrounding the situation -- one BlackBerry developer took it upon himself to write up his own open letter. Not to make the situation worse, but in an effort to show people it's not as bad as some would have you believe.

“Letter from Outer Space” was written up by a developer named Ekke over at his personal blog -- Ekkes Corner and having been a long-term BlackBerry developer Ekke highlights the many reasons he sticks with BlackBerry development and his thoughts on all these letters from purported RIM employees. Ekke touches on a lot of things in his letter and even offers his outlook on the future of RIM in a portion he titled "RIM – Research in Motion in Transition", quite fitting really.

If you've not read the letter as of yet, and are tired of all the dramatic horror stories then it is certainly a suggested read. As each day passes, more people are ready to put the final, final nail in RIM's coffin but Ekke offers a his perspective from the outside looking in -- something that more developers and users should be doing. 

Read the full version of “Letter from Outer Space”

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BlackBerry Convenience key - TO THE MAX


Imagine this. You're at a crosswalk waiting for the light to change. Suddenly, three men (though one of them might be a lady, it's kind of hard to tell with the ski masks) wearing ski masks burst forth from a nearby bank. They make a dash for a black 1986 Chevy Caprice. You have just one chance, one small opportunity to save the day. Pulling your BlackBerry forth from its protective holster, you press the convenience key, instantly opening the camera. A second press focuses and snaps a picture of the car (and its unmasked occupants) just before the vehicle tears away. When you get that photo to the police, you'll be a hero. Those bank-robbing thugs are going to get a little justice - BlackBerry style.

Yeah, that doesn't happen too often. In my experience, it is a rare time indeed that I need to take a picture at a moment's notice using my smartphone. That's why my convenience key was long ago relegated to other functions. Out of the factory, the convenience key on your BlackBerry is set to open the camera. For some that's perfect; for me, that key could be doing so much more. 

In my humble opinion, the secret to good Convenience key use is to avoid having it start your most used apps. Think of the five or six (or even ten - it's your BlackBerry) apps you use the most on your smartphone. Chances are, no matter if these are grouped at the top of your All pane or scattered about your BlackBerry,, you can find those most-used apps pretty darn quickly. Why set a key to do what you can already do easily?

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RIM demos BlackBerry Balance in new video

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Back during BlackBerry World when RIM announced BlackBerry Balance there was nothing more then a press-release given explaining that the services were now available to IT admins. RIM has has posted up a video giving everyone a look at what, exactly BlackBerry Balance can do for them. You'll not be making use of this on your personal device but, if you are attached to a BES through work you may start to see some usage of it on your device now.

Via: BerryReview

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