BlackBerry News and Reviews

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

 More information / download of Neon Dots

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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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BlackBerry OS 7.0.0.187 leaks out for the Bold Touch 9900/30, Torch 9850/60, and Curve 9350/70

Someone call the plumber, the leaks are flooding in this morning. This time around they come in the form of OS 7.0.0.187 for the unreleased BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900/9930, and the still unannounced BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 and the BlackBerry Curve 9350/9370. Obviously, these don't do us common folk much good, but if you're one of the minority and happen to have one of these devices, you might be interested in downloading these and giving them a go. Do not go crazy and try to install them on your current device if you don't have the ones listed above! No they will not work on your PlayBook, Bold 9700, or Curve 8320.

Pssst... RIM, if you're reading this, why not just go ahead and announce the new Torch line and those Curves? They aren't really a secret anymore anyway.

*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). *

Download OS 7.0.0.187 for the BlackBerry Curve 9350/70
Download OS 7.0.0.187 for the BlackBerry Torch 9850
Download OS 7.0.0.187 for the BlackBerry Torch 9860
Download OS 7.0.0.187 for the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900
Download OS 7.0.0.187 for the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930

Thanks again Mr/Ms Anon!  ;)

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Test your music knowledge with Name This Song for the BlackBerry PlayBook

Name This Song for the BlackBerry PlayBook by JimmyO Software combines two of my favorite things into one package: trivia and music. Growing up I was always a fan of the game show Name that Tune so it was a no-brainer when I saw this one in App World. I find it to be a fun and addicting game to play if not frustrating at times. There are just some songs I am not familiar with at all (sorry Country). If you're looking for something to keep you entertained click on the break for more information and screen shots. 

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BlackBerry App Roundup for June 24, 2011 - 30 copies of Fancy Widgets to give away!

Want to win a free copy of Fancy Widgets? We have 30 copies to give away! Details below.

Welcome to this week's BlackBerry App Roundup! This week we have 30 copies of Fancy Widgets to give away! 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 and enter the contest! 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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Mobile Nations Podcast Episode 001: Where the Magic Happens

Mobile Nations is our brand new podcast, bringing together the heads of state from Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Phone for full on round-table action. This week Phil, Kevin, Dan and Rene discuss Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, the new Verizon data caps, and the state of the BlackBerry. This is Mobile Nations!

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Video tour of the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900!

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If you're like us here at CrackBerry, you can't wait for the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 to release, and you're soaking up all the information you can until that glorious day arrives. This video is from the Pepcom event Digital Experience! that was held earlier this week in New York City. The RIM representative gives us a really good look at some of the features being implemented with the upcoming device, including the Liquid Graphics touchscreen and NFC capabilities. The video is great, and good quality compared to some we've seen, so give it a look and be prepared to drool.

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Contest: 25 copies of Morph by Russell Nash to give away!

I'm always on the lookout for new themes and just happened to see Morph by Russell Nash posted in the forums the other day. With Morph, you get to try your hand at creating your own unique theme. Your options for customization are endless. Select a wallpaper and then customize the theme around it. You have the options of moving icons, changing the layout or color scheme as well as selecting which icons and how many appear on your homescreen.

With an easy to use UI and no lag, this will be a theme you're sure to love. Morph is available for $2.99 and is compatible with BlackBerry 89xx, 91xx, 95xx, 96xx, 97xx, and 9800. 

Contest: We have 25 copies of Morph to give away this week courtesy of Russell Nash! To enter to win a free copy, make sure you have one of the compatible devices listed above and leave a comment below. One entry per person please and it all ends this Sunday at midnight PST.

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Pick up the trash with Space Junk for the BlackBerry PlayBook

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If you're looking for a good, inexpensive time killer on your BlackBerry PlayBook, look no further than Space Junk. The game is simple but will draw you in and keep you coming back for more. Space Junk is great for kids of all ages with it's great graphics and fun gameplay. The premise is simple - guide your rocket through space in an effort to collect all of the junk floating around. As you collect more and more your score goes up but your speed increases as well. Avoid crashing into planets and asteroids and be on the lookout for mind-warping black holes and tricky lost astronauts. Space Junk is available in BlackBerry App World for just $0.99. Check out the video above to see it in action.

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From the Forums: Show off the BlackBerry PlayBook browser with We Choose the Moon!

CrackBerry member Maxxberry shared in the forums an awesome website for showing off the BlackBerry PlayBook's browser. The site is called We Choose the Moon and honors the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It's chock full of flashy goodness, and really shows what the PlayBook is capable of on content-rich websites. Not only that, the site is really interesting! My daughter and I watched Apollo 11 launch into space, and spent quite a bit of time looking through the media, learning about the shuttle and mission - all on my PlayBook.

We Choose the Moon: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

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Twitter for BlackBerry v2.0 updated in the BlackBerry Beta Zone

Twitter for BlackBerry has again received an update in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. Some new UI tweaks and enhancements keep the goods coming in this round. RIM took in tons of customer feedback and has pumped out a new beta version (which sadly I've yet to find in the Beta Zone myself) with great new features. Updates in Twitter 2.0 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.

Twitter for BlackBerry should be showing up in the BlackBerry Beta Zone today for registered users (if you don't see it now keep checking back). If you're not yet registered, head to the link below to get started.

Register for the BlackBerry Beta Zone

Source: Inside BlackBerry

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Best Buy kicks off summer with the BlackBerry PlayBook

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Best Buy is kicking off summer with a big push on tablets. While they stock quite a few so consumers have their choice, it's good to seem them pushing the BlackBerry PlayBook as well. This time the PlayBook gets it's own spot (which I caught on TV last night) and is shown off doing what it does best. Nothing super special in the ad but I'm still a big fan of seeing commercials for RIM products since they have been so lacking the past. Check out the full commercial above.

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