BlackBerry News and Reviews

Tagged releases free app for BlackBerry

Tagged is one of the biggest social networking sites in the US, with 100 million users worldwide. The site is a bit like a mash-up of Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace all rolled into one, but instead of focusing on people you already know, you use Tagged to meet new people. If you are a member of Tagged, you'll be interested to hear that they have released a new Tagged BlackBerry app!

With the application you can view your friends, messages, photos, requests and more! The full press release can be found after the break, and if you're interested in more screenshots and to download the Tagged BlackBerry app, hit the link below.

For more information/download Tagged for BlackBerry

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Contest winners: 16GB SD card, Morph, Fancy Widgets, Aquilles, and themes by AG Designs & Graphics!

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)crackberry.com 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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Take playlists one step further with Moodagent for BlackBerry devices

I have a hard time deciding what music to listen to on my BlackBerry. I usually cop out and press shuffle or just play a specific song and that's about it. While perusing through BlackBerry App World the other day I stumbled across an app called Moodagent by Syntonetic. Previously available for iOSAndroid, and Nokia, it's a cloud based music player that creates randomized playlists from your music library and suggests music from the web based on your mood. At any given moment my mood and musical tastes change so I thought I'd give it a try. It's a pretty cool twist on creating playlists with added features not available on other platforms.

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No Words With Friends for BlackBerry? Check out these alternatives!

We get asked a lot if there is a Words With Friends for the BlackBerry platform. If you have somehow not heard of it, Words with Friends is a Scrabble like game for iOS and Android that you can play against others online. It's one of the most popular games for both platforms, and BlackBerry owners have thus far been left out of the popular game. However, don't be sad, there are always options and alternatives.

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Tether for BlackBerry on sale - 50% off for a limited time!

Tether is one of the most popular apps for BlackBerry, and I can say it's one I have used in the past with great success. Tether is an application that allows your PC to take advantage of your Blackberry's data plan, allowing you to access the Internet on your laptop anywhere there is cellular coverage from your BlackBerry. It doesn't come without a cost though, as most good things don't. If you've been waiting for Tether to go on sale before you buy, this is your lucky break! You can pick up Tether for BlackBerry (or for Android, for you bi-mobile types) for half off, bringing the price down to $24.99 for a limited time.

On top of this sale, Tether is giving away a BlackBerry Playbook! To enter all you need to do is: 1) Leave a review of Tether on BlackBerry AppWorld, either good or bad. 2) Give them your email and username to enter into the drawing. Easy peasy! Please note, the PlayBook contest is all Tether, CrackBerry is just helping spread the word. Leaving a comment here will not enter you in the contest, nor will it increase your chances of winning.

More information / purchase at the CrackBerry App Store
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Mobile payments coming to a BlackBerry near you courtesy of CSI Virtual MasterCard

The rumor mill is buzzing once again and it looks like CSI Enterprises and MasterCard are teaming up to bring some mobile payment goodness to BlackBerry smartphones. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 should be launching in the next few months (please RIM get on with it already!) and will be sporting NFC for the first time on a BlackBerry. The CSI Virtual MasterCard app hopes to take advantage by letting GlobalVCard holders use their NFC-enabled device to make payments on the go. The app is scheduled to release in July, so hopefully they know something we don't (like an official launch date) and aren't just pushing out the app before the device hits the market. Pretty cool stuff here and hopefully much more NFC fun to follow down the road.

Source: Engadget

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Tapatalk for BlackBerry Officially Available - Makes participating in forums from your BlackBerry Smartphone a joy!

Get Tapatalk for BlackBerry at the CrackBerry App Store for only $2.99. That's a full $1 less than in it will be in App World!


Good news BlackBerry owners who like to visit online forum communities such as our own CrackBerry forums.... you can now get the official version of the wildly popular Tapatalk Forum App for BlackBerry! Tapatalk is the #1 Social app in the Android Marketplace, a Top 5 app in Apple's App Store, and now it's finally available to us BlackBerry owners. Best yet, CrackBerry.com is the official BlackBerry partner of Tapatalk. What's that mean? It means that while you soon will be able to download Tapatalk from BlackBerry App World for $3.99, you can get it today and always from our CrackBerry App Store for only $2.99. That's right, we'll always have CrackBerry TapaTalk for $1 less than App World in the CrackBerry App Store.

Tapatalk for BlackBerry supports all vbulletin forums where forum admins have installed the tapatalk plugin (there's a ton of them these days), so you'll have no shortage of forum communities to login to and participate with. Major features of the app include:

  • Auto-save your account information, no need to login every-time
  • Super-fast loading of forums and topics
  • Read and reply to discussions
  • Private Messaging
  • Forum and Topic Subscription
  • Plus many other usual forum features 

Our own CrackBerry forums mod team has been beta testing the app, and Tapatalk has been working hard to refine it and make it better and will continue to do so. In the meantime, it's been getting lots of 5 star ratings and the early reviews have been really positive in AppVerse, such as this one left by billschusteriv:

The refresh and release of the Tapatalk Forum App for BlackBerry is much needed and definately worth the price. The new user interface (UI) takes some use to become familiar with it but, once you've used it to read and post a few times, it is easy to use and a huge improvement over previous versions of this application. One of the best looking, designed, and functional apps that I have bought for my BlackBerry. The previous summary is accurate: "Makes reading and posting to forums on the BlackBerry very easy and convenient."  

You can jump over to the Tapatalk product page at the link below for more screen caps, more info, more reviews and do purchase and download. See ya on the forums!

Download TapaTalk for BlackBerry from the CrackBerry App Store

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BlackBerry Travel 1.1 now available

BlackBerry Travel 1.1 has been released today in BlackBerry App World. The app has been updated with a few new features to add to the fun including global rental car booking and a world clock. BlackBerry Travel has only been available for a short time, but it's already one of our favorites. No matter if you're a frequent or weekend traveler, BlackBerry Travel has the right stuff. Keep track of your hotels, flights, rental cars and more. Connect with contacts via LinkedIn and even check the weather for your destination. BlackBerry Travel now also supports hotel and rental car booking in over 20 currencies and localized versions have been introduced in 5 languages and 49 countries. For more on BlackBerry Travel check out our full review.

More information/download of BlackBerry Travel

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Challenge your friends and earn real-life rewards with Bouncity on your BlackBerry

Bouncity is a new location based social gaming platform that certainly everyone will compare to foursquare. While it does have some similarities, the differences really set it apart. With Bouncity there is essentially a three step process: Go places, do challenges and get rewards. As you venture out into the real word (which hopefully you do) you'll have to complete challenges are various venues that include checking in, answering questions, taking quizzes, taking photos and more. Along the way you'll earn different rewards in Bouncity which you can turn into real-life goods by allocating your rewards points. There is of course integration with other social networks like Facebook and Twitter as well. Overall Bouncity is a pretty sweet social game to take on with your friends. If you're a fan of foursquare, Gowalla and the like, this one is definitely worth checking out. Grab the BlackBerry app free from the link below.

More information/download of Bouncity for BlackBerry

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Bix: Simple yet highly addictive puzzle game for your BlackBerry devices

The folks over at Padadaz need to come up with a 12-Step rehab for those of us who have become addicted to this game. Bix sounded like a simple game that would help me waste a few minutes here and there. Truth be told, it is a simple game but as you level up it becomes increasingly more difficult. The object of the game is to use your tracer, a little white ball, to create different shapes on your screen. When you close a shape, you gain control of it. The bigger the shape, the more points you get. When you control 75% of the game surface, you advance to the next level. To make the game challenging there are bouncing balls that you must avoid touching or the game is over. You can capture special balls to unleash special powers.

While the game is simple, it brings back that old school feel of Atari arcade games and reminds me of playing around with an Etch-A-Sketch. Bix is available for pretty much every device and the BlackBerry PlayBook. For a limited time, the PlayBook version is FREE! There is also a Bix Free version for your BlackBerry (available via App World) that you can test out before purchasing the full version but, which will give you just 6 levels to play with.

More information / purchase of Bix
More information / download of Bix free
More information / purchase of Bix for the PlayBook

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A crash course in the history of BlackBerry smartphones

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Ever wonder what the first BlackBerry was, but not interested in reading so much as watching or listening to the information?  Put together by Phones4u, this is a fun look at the history of smartphones RIM has produced. Take a quick tour through the past and see how BlackBerry has evolved over the years. 

Source: Phones4u

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Check those pesky OBD-II trouble codes from anywhere with your BlackBerry

  

Whether you are a full time mechanic, or just a hobbyist, keeping track of all the different OBD-II codes for various vehicles is a nearly impossible task, and while not everyone wants to keep their laptops handy with them, odds are you do have your BlackBerry with you. If this is the case for you, then we have just the app for you, OBD-II Trouble Code Lookup, which allows users to access nearly 11,000 diagnostic trouble codes while on the fly right from their device. Simply select the make of your vehicle (over 20 brands recognized currently), and the code that you have, followed by pressing the search and just like that you are finding out what is going on. The application will create a pop up that tells you what the issue is, then give you an option to dismiss the pop up, or search the web which will give you even more information on the issue. If you are into cars, and like to get hands on and do things yourself, this is a must spend $1.99 for you.

More information / download of OBD-II Trouble Code Lookup 

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Check out the Summer Steal Sale from AG Designs & Graphics and enter to win a free theme!

It's summer time and what better way to kick it off than with a theme sale? Andrew over at AG Designs & Graphics let us know that they are having a Summer Steal Sale and have their four most popular themes on sale at 50% off from now until July 4th! That means you can pick up Reflect7 Carbon, Prestige, Aspire, and Ederra for just $2.99 each. These themes are compatible with BlackBerry 8330/50i, 85xx, 89xx, 93xx, 95xx, 9630/50, and 9800.

To kick off this sale, AG Designs & Graphics has sent us coupons for 10 free copies of any of these themes. If you'd like to enter to win a free copy of your favorite of these awesome themes, you have to act fast and leave a comment below! We'll choose winners tonight at midnight. Good luck!

Check out Reflect7 Carbon, Prestige, Aspire, and Ederra in the CB store

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Easily add new numbers to your contacts with Add to Existing Contacts (ATEC)

 

One thing that has always bothered me was receiving a call from a friend that was not from the number I had stored for them, whether it was an alternate, or secondary number, and trying to add that to their existing contact card was quite a pain. Luckily, gone are the days of writing it down to edit the contact from another screen, or copying and pasting to add it, instead meet ATEC, or Add to Existing Contact. The folks at MRythm Technologies must have also felt our pain, and that is what inspired them to make the experience easier for all BlackBerry users, and for that we are very thankful.

The process is quite simple, after receiving a phone call from a number you wish to add, press the menu button then select Add to Existing Contact, and from there you can replace the old number you have stored, or add it in addition, and you can select what type of number it is as well, be it cell phone, work, home, etc. Just like that you have added an additional phone number to a contact of your address book, without ever having to leave your phone application. The application is available for $2.49, which is a small price to pay for the added convenience that this brings.

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Bring out your inner artist with Scroodle on your BlackBerry PlayBook

Scroodle, by Aberrant Software Inc, is an interactive drawing application with two differant colored chalk board backgrounds and a white board. With Scroodle on your BlackBerry playBook, you can draw and paint using your fingers as the chalk or markers. You can choose the colour and size of your drawing tool then create your doodles, tasks, notes or keep a 4 year old amused while you're waiting in line at the grocery store (trust me, it works!). Your work can be saved so that you can refer to it later or email it out to all your friends to show your artistry. It also has a built in screenshot option to cature the image (although using the volume keys is just as easy).

The app itself is very responsive although sometimes switching colors is a bit difficult. The app even works well when using a stylus which makes it great for jotting down a quick note or teaching my daycare kids how to write their alphabet. Best of all this app is totally FREE!

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Hey RIM, Malcolm Gladwell says bronze is the new gold!

Last Monday, at the annual Cannes Film festival, Canadian-born author Malcolm Gladwell made a statement in regards to the business world; in so many words getting the bronze is worth more than getting the gold. What that means is that it’s not always who does it first, it’s who does it best. More often than not the ‘late-starter’ ends up being more successful. I guess you could say it’s a modern day take on Aesop’s Tortoise and the Hare. In his speech, Gladwell didn’t actually call out RIM by name, but he did allude to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and how his ability to come fashionably late to the party has definitely paid off; even the biggest BlackBerry abusers can admit that. As he said, it’s not necessarily the innovators, but the “tweakers and implementers” who create profitable businesses.

“If you look at the history of Apple, they’re always the last to the party,” said Mr. Gladwell. “They’ve made a business out of being late.” Steve Jobs, he added, “is the archetypal entrepreneur of our age, right? And he is not an innovator, right? He’s the guy who comes second or third and makes it better.”

RIM did come out with the PlayBook long after the iPad made its debut, but has been heavily criticized (I still love it though). Now think about it for a minute, RIM was the leader of the pack for a long, long time. Those who have been nipping at its heels on the hardware and software side are now giving them a run for their money. It wasn’t necessarily ground-breaking, brand spanking new inventions that brought humanity to a new level of awareness. It was a tweak and a twist of a pre-existing product or idea. So maybe RIM should block out the deafening cries for something no one has seen before, so that they can work on implementation versus innovation think of the -. Take a bite out of Apple with a riper BlackBerry. It’s worked vice versa.

Source: Globe and Mail

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Is it RIMAGEDDON? RIM Co-CEOs lose billionaire status while shareholder resolution seeks to split CEO and Chairman roles

Should RIM keep its current Co-Chairman/Co-CEO structure or change it up?online surveys

I much prefer to cover happy news stories related to BlackBerry phones, tablets, apps, games, accessories, etc. here on CrackBerry, but as the #1 Site for BlackBerry Users and Abusers we wouldn't be doing our jobs if we didn't also report back on at least some of the business stories related to Research In Motion that are taking place. Unfortunately, in the wake of their Q1 2012 Earnings, it has mainly been doom and gloom stories.

Despite their share price taking a tumble, I still have high hopes on the product development and sales front that RIM will plough through this transition and bring to market some killer new BlackBerry devices that will silence the hateration and kickstart the BlackBerry love again (and hopefully steepen their growth curve - remember, RIM is still growing... just not as fast as the street thinks they should be relative to the competition). But as if the the technical transition RIM is working through were not challenge enough, what I'm worried now makes the challenge even greater is the hostile investor and media environment RIM is now facing. Seriously, I'm not sure I've come across any stories written positively about RIM or BlackBerry in the last few weeks (if you have, drop the urls in the comments so I can check them out!). Heck, I've even coined the term and hashtag #RIMAGEDDON to sum it all up.

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Seeing spots? No, it's Neon Dots!

While scrolling through BlackBerry App World, I ran across this fun little game that brought back tons of memories from my childhood. Neon Dots, by TechSoft Ventures, is a fun take on an old school game that is generally played by two people on a sheet of dotted paper.Each person (or the computer) take a turn drawing a line to connect two dots, either horizontally or vertically. If a player makes the line that completes a box, that player scores one point and gets another turn. Once all the dots are connected, the player with the most points is the winner!

Features: 

  • 3 field layouts: 6x4, 9x6, 12x8
  • Play against the computer or 2 players mode

Neon Dots is available for FREE via BlackBerry App World for the following devices running OS 4.5 or higher: 83xx, 85xx, 88xx, 89xx, 9000, 93xx, 95xx, 96xx (excluding the 9670), 97xx, 9800 & 99xx

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BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 appear in CelleBrite System

We're all waiting anxiously for the new devices to release. The BlackBerry Bold 9900/30 has been announced, but we're left wondering about those "rumored" devices, like the BlackBerry Torch 9850. When will they release? When will RIM announce them? It's all a mystery, and all we can do is piece together clues until official word is given.

Some clues we use include screenshots of launch lists that carriers receive, leaked OS for unreleased devices, and an often used indicator is when devices get loaded into CelleBrite. CelleBrite can be used as a collaborative POS system, but also has the capability to allow transfer of contacts to and from wireless devices. It's used by quite a few carriers in their stores. What you see here is a screenshot of CelleBrite sent in by an awesome CrackBerry reader (thanks!), showing that the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 have been loaded into Sprint's CelleBrite already, leading us to think that maybe we'll see a launch date (and official announcement for the 9850) sooner rather than later.

That's all we have for now folks but as the day gets closer we're sure to see more clues pop up, so keep it locked on CrackBerry!

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Why I love Tether

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Friday 1:27 a.m. It's been a long day for me, but I'm not done yet. I'm usually up this late; and tonight is no exception. I'm working on the introduction to the Mobile Nations Podcast that's due to be recorded later in the day. I need to search the internet for some podcast-y music, but there's a problem. There's no internet to be found. You see, I've been away these last few days, visiting my grandparents and helping the family with a few things. They don't have an internet connection; but thankfully, I have Tether.

Tether is an application installed on my BlackBerry and laptop computer that lets me use my smartphone's data plan to connect that laptop to the internet. Most carriers charge an additional fee for doing this. I'm almost always around a WiFi connection, so I don't tether enough to really justify paying an extra $15 each month ($180/year) to my wireless carrier to make use of the data plan I already pay for.

Tether (note the capital "T") is one of the more expensive applications made for BlackBerry, but it well worth the cost. Each and every time that I've found myself in need of an internet connection and no router in sight, I'm thankful that I purchased it long ago. Tether proved its usefullness to me not only at my grandparents' but on the drive home, too.

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