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A guide to LastPass on the BlackBerry PlayBook

 

LastPass should be easier to use on the BlackBerry PlayBook. LastPass, if you haven't read before, is an online password management service. More than that, LastPass has taught me to make better passwords. Each of my websites has a different, randomly-generated password. About the only thing I do know is my LastPass master password (incidently, one that would take 54 quadrillion years to crack using a brute-force attack).

So when I visit my various websites, I need LastPass to tell me what my password is. On the PlayBook, the only way to do this is through the LastPass website; and I must say, it's a cumbersome process.

Begin by opening the PlayBook's web browser and navigating to www.LastPass.com. Enter your login credentials. Find the site you are planning to visit and touch edit. Make sure you select the Edit button for your site. You may need to zoom in to make sure you select the site you want. Hmmm... the design of the site makes that difficult. Well, good luck anyway.

Clicking edit will open the site information window. Next to the password box, touch [show]. Now that the password is visible, touch and hold to select the text for copying. Move the selecting bars around so that the entire password is highlighted. This may take several tries. Once selected, touch Copy. Now open the website you would like to visit in another tab. In the password field for that website, touch and then hold until the paste option appears. Repeat as necessary to copy the username. 

There needs to be a better way. 

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and the winner of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 / 9930 IOU is ...

May has come and gone so that means it's time to crown the winner of our BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 IOU contest. We had nearly 10,000 comments on the post in the last 30 days and it looks like everyone is as exicted as I am to get their hands on one of these hot little numbers. So without further delay ... the winner of a BlackBerry Bold 9900 or 9930 is....

mpagano37

Congrats!!! I'll be sending you an email with the details and when the Bold Touch hits the market we'll have one with your name on it. Thanks to everyone that participated!!

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Party til the sun comes up with The Ultimate Drinking App for BlackBerry

If you've ever been out at a long all-night party, BBQ, frat part or whatever - you know that there are times you want to rock out some new drinking games but just aren't sure what to play. You have some comitted to memory, but playing them over and over gets a bit dry. Enter The Ultimate Drinking App for BlackBerry. This free app will leave you wondering no more. Enter the number of people playing and some other info and the app will throw back some suggested games complete with easy to understand rules. With over 100 games this app is certainly going to be the hit of your next party. Remember kids - you must be of legal drinking age to consume alcohol.

More information/download of The Ultimate Drinking App

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Remove fingerprints, restore shine & disinfect your BlackBerry in one swoop with the iKlenz Cleaner Solution

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I have 3 children (one under 5), work in a daycare and use the BlackBerry 9670 & BlackBerry PlayBook daily. As most of you can imagine, that combination leads to a whole lot of fingerprints and who knows what else on my devices. Just the other day I had a kid get sick all over me while my 9670 was sitting in my lap. Needless to say, I didn't want to touch that device again until it had been cleaned. When glancing through ShopCrackBerry.com a few weeks ago, I happened upon the iKlenz Cleaner Solution by iKlenz and decided now was the perfect time to give it a test run.

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Snakes Classic brings back mobile gaming memories

Remember the days of Snake being the only game on your cell phone, and competing with your friends to see who could muster up the highest score? While gaming on mobile devices has come quite a long way, sometimes it is nice to go back and enjoy the simple classics that got us started. Snakes Classic is a great free game for your BlackBerry device that brings you right back to those days with a fun game. Users can configure the speed of the game, so you are able to start of slow to get back in the grove, and then speed it up as you get used to it again, and users can also configure the keypad controls, which will allow you to select buttons which are easy for you to reach and remember. If you want to kick it old school for a little, and enjoy some throwback memories, be sure to download your free copy from AppWorld today.

More information / download of Snakes Classic 

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Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones v2.0 Beta 3 now available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone

Today RIM released another update for Facebook for BlackBerry. This update builds on version 2.0 bringing it to beta release 3. Included are some features that users have requested as well as some other minor tweaks and fixes. Updates to the new version include:

  • Wi-Fi support
  • The ability to delete comments and posts
  • New delete prompts

Members of the BlackBerry Beta Zone can login and grab the update now. If you aren't already registered, you can sign up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone to gain access to Facebook 2.0 and other upcoming beta releases.

More information in the BlackBerry Beta Zone.

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Your BlackBerry: Hanging on for dear (battery) life

Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do? Oh, and your BlackBerry's battery is about to die. The correct answer of course is that you jump off the bus at the earliest opportunity (be sure to tuck and roll) and charge your BlackBerry.

While the events of the movie Speed are thankfully uncommon, a battery drained BlackBerry isn't. The device is a victim of its own success; our CrackBerrys typically last a day or more on a single charge.  Why would you charge a device that doesn't need it? Then, towards the middle of the day, the battery level drops into that dreaded yellow zone. Less than 30% power remains. Be it a USB cable, wall, or car charger; get your BlackBerry some juice, stat. If that's not an option, there are a few things you can do to minimize your power use. You and your BlackBerry just might be able to limp along until the end of the day.

Turn off the radios. The Bluetooth, Wifi, and GSM/CDMA radios use a lot of power. If you're not using them, turn them off. I suggest turning off Bluetooth and Wifi first. You'll still be able to get messages and emails through the mobile network.

Close unused applications: Every application in your app switcher is silently draining power from your battery. From processor cycles to contacting servers on the internets, everything these apps do is slowly killing the remaining power in your battery. Close those resource hoggers.

Turn off the phone: There is a danger of draining the battery in your BlackBerry too much; if it dies too much, it won't hold a charge. There are systems designed to prevent this, but that doesn't mean you can't help. At less than 5% charge, your device will automatically shut off all radios. That's pretty much the signal for you to power down. Hold down the red key until the phone "shuts down."

Or, you could simply carry a spare battery. Oh, and please don't try that jumping off the bus thing. It seriously hurts. 

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Find installing outlets electrifying? Try Wiring Diagrams for the PlayBook

 

Let’s see a show of hands-how many people out there have stuck their finger, or anything, into a socket at some point in their life? Hmm, I’m impressed…that you could hold your hand up without twitching. As people grow older, they (hopefully) outgrow the need for plug covers – only to be confronted with a new electrical enemy…home renovations. I can handle drywall, painting and flooring, but wiring makes me cringe.

With Wiring Diagrams you can check out a dozen basic reference images for when you need to look at wiring configurations. There’s not much to the application – it doesn’t display proper grounding or anything like that; just the basics on how to connect to receptacles, a light to a switch and lights to multiple switches (or vice versa). The images are large and crisp, making for a quick reference guide to glance back upon. It also includes a link to LightingCatalog.com to shop around and get ideas from. I'm hoping the developer will start to add more views and perhaps instructions in the future. If you are looking to be enlightened (get it?), Wiring Diagram is free for your PlayBook from BlackBerry App World.

More information/download Wiring Diagrams for the PlayBook

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Contest winners: Extended battery, Torch charging pod - plus games and themes!

Here are the winners from last week's round of contests (note: we'll the announce the winner of the Bold 9900/9930 contest in a separate post later today, and the winner of the podcast contest will be announced on the next podcast (so you can still enter that one). 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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Rumor: BlackBerry PlayBook 2 details and specs

If you've been reading up on all things PlayBook then it'll come as no surprise to hear that it's been suggested a 10" BlackBerry PlayBook is in development cycles already. In fact, we've noted it on more then one occassion in the past and have always held the firm belief that the next generation of PlayBooks will offer more choice when it comes to size. Details for the device however have been sketchy at best and now some new rumors have popped up for consideration. According to the rumors suggested now, the BlackBerry PlayBook 2 will be rocking:

  • Black & white colored models
  • SIM card slot
  • 4G/WiFi only, no 3G version
  • Thinner frame around screen
  • Able to connect to BES without BlackBerry Bridge

The black and white options are pretty much a no brainer, we've already seen colored versions but have yet to see them come to market. The rest, well -- we'll leave those rumors with you all. Sound off in the comments.

Source: n4BB

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Remote control your Mac or PC using your BlackBerry PlayBook

 

Geek Pro rules are simple. Accomplish the most complicated of tasks in as few steps as possible; bonus points if you can do so without getting up from the couch. TeamViewer and LogMeIn are two remote management programs that allow you to access your computer.... well, remotely. Similar to Go to My PC, both of these services allow you to control your connected computer through any web browser. Unlike GtMPC, both TeamViewer and LogMeIn are completely free for non-commercial use.

By now, you've probably figured it out. Your BlackBerry PlayBook is ready, willing, and able to use the web interface for both of these products. The web interface uses the client application already installed on your home or office computer to communicate using their respective websites. In your PlayBook's browser, you'll be able to control your computer almost exactly like you were sitting in front of it.

You'll first need to register with one or more of the sites and install the client. This client will run on your computer at all times. Without it, you won't be able to remotely connect to your computer. Once you've signed in and accessed your computer, you'll be able to use your it as if you were sitting in front of it. You can open files and folders, move files around, and even email yourself that presentation you forgot this morning. All from your PlayBook's browser.  

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QR Clock: The coolest app you’ll see all day that does nothing.

 

To put it in the developer's own words, "[QR Clock] really has no purpose unless you've got a sense of humor." The application simply displays the current date on the right and an ever-changing QR code that displays the time in seconds. It really only serves to be a difficult to use clock - whipping out your BlackBerry, opening App World, and scanning a bar code is a bit far to go just to find the time - for geeky people who like weird clocks (e.g., me).

So why are we even blogging about this app? Take a look at this iPad app in the iTunes App Store. Now, take a look at this application in the Android Market. Finally, one more in BlackBerry App World. Notice a theme? Those aren't just similar applications. They're the same app. Quite possibly, QR Clock is the first application built from a single project to be deployed to all three of these app stores.

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Celebrate the return of the Winnipeg Jets with 1996 free BlackBerry apps from Toysoft!!

The only thing more Canadian than BlackBerry is hockey, so it's a no brainer that I'm super stoked about the return of the Winnipeg Jets to Canada. My hometown city is buzzing now that our Jets are coming back, and to help celebrate their return the folks at Toysoft are giving away 1996 free BlackBerry apps (1996 was the year the Jets moved from Winnipeg to Phoenix for those of you that don't know hockey).

The full list of apps/games includes pretty much all of Toysofts offerings, so you can grab some great stuff totally free from the CrackBerry App store. The first 1996 people to redeem the code can snag a free app, and the only thing we ask is that you are honest and only use the code one time for yourself (don't want people being greedy and using up all the codes). Keep reading for details and the full list of apps you can grab. Thanks to the guys at Toysoft for the great offer! Go JETS Go!!

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BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 now available for download, includes new device simulators and more

During BlackBerry World it was announced the BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 would be released in beta form at some point this month. Keeping good on their word, RIM has now made the files available for download. BlackBerry developers looking to ensure their applications are BlackBerry 7 ready will certainly want to check the full package out.

We've looked at the changes in the past, and there is a lot that is new being made available to BlackBerry developers within the BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0. The release notes specifically for the BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 can be found here but you'll want to check out the full source link below for the full details.

Download the BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 beta

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Some hands on time with the BlackBerry Curve 9360

Adding to the influx of upcoming device news we've seen lately is some more fun with the BlackBerry Curve 9360 (aka apollo). BGR dropped some new images of the newest member to the Curve family. BlackBerry Curve users will love the redesigned device that features the classic Curve stylings with some new flair (the backlight on the trackpad looks sweet!!) as well as updated specs.

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Specs:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Tri-band UMTS/HSPA 7.2Mbps
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 512MB of eMMC, 512MB of RAM
  • 5-megapixel camera with flash
  • HVGA 480 x 360 display
  • 1050 mAh battery
  • Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU
  • BlackBerry OS 7
  • 11mm thin

All in all this looks like the BlackBerry Curve 9360 will be a sweet device if you're a longtime fan of the Curve form factor. Some great updates in the 9360 keep the Curve series going strong. Keep reading for more images.

Source: BGR

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Taking pictures in a flash (pun totally intended)

 

Think about the (next / last) time your (child / pet / friend) does something that's so (cute / amazing / hilarious) that it deserves to be (sent to grandma / uploaded to YouTube / submitted to FailBlog). Too bad you don't have a camera. Wait, this BlackBerry takes pictures, right? Does it do video, too? Where's the... is in Media.... Uh... Blast. You've missed it.

Stick a pin in that thought. How easy is it to find your pictures or video on your BlackBerry? All you have to do is get to the media screen and then click / tap pictures or video. If you're a media-lovin' fool like me, you know how to start playing a video pretty quickly. Instead of choosing a video to watch or a picture to look at, take a look at the top of the screen.

Hidden in plain sight at the top of both the pictures and video apps are links to start the respective cameras. I, for one, have an oddly difficult time finding the icons for the cameras; and my convenience key has long since been dedicated to other functions. So I found a better and faster way to get to my cameras.

I just open the media folder and click or tap which ever app was most like what I wanted to do (e.g., pictures app to take a picture, etc.). I know exactly how to find and use those media features. By clicking one more button, you can quickly add some new memories to your BlackBerry.

Media -> Pictures -> Camera, done! Media -> Video -> Video Camera, done!

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Blaq for BlackBerry PlayBook now available - Get your Twitter on in style

 

Been waiting on a Twitter client for your BlackBerry PlayBook? Well the wait is finally over. Blaq for BlackBerry PlayBook is here and ready for you to get your Twitter on. This awesome app comes from Kisai Labs and is the best Twitter experience on the PlayBook by far. Blaq has a great UI, plenty of what you expect from Twitter including native or editable retweets, in-app notifications, web and image previews and best of all real-time updates. Until now there have really been no other solid Twitter apps for the PlayBook, so it is well worth the $1.99 for Blaq if you're at all a Twitter user. Check out the link below for more or head to BlackBerry App World from your PlayBook to download.

More information/download of Blaq for BlackBerry PlayBook

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Weekly Accessory Roundup - Gear up for summer with great BlackBerry accessories! Leave a comment to win!

Enter to win one of these great accessories just in time for summer! Keep reading for details!


Golla Sabine Smart Bag Ventev PowerCELL Aquapac for BlackBerry

Summer is just about here (or it is here depending who you ask) and being on the go, you'll want to make sure you have the best gear for your BlackBerry. Whether headed to the beach or Wally World, these accessories will make sure you're ready for the trip.

  • Golla Sabine Smart Bag - This top loading trendy pouch, made from durable but soft material, will keep your device secure no matter where life takes you. The sturdy D-ring attached at the top of the pouch, which is also fully removable, clips easily to your belt loop or purse strap, or you can attach the included lanyard for more carrying options
  • Ventev PowerCELL - Designed for the on-the-go user, the PowerCELL was specifically engineered with the smartphone user in mind. This innovative, universal solution enables you to deliver portable power from the PowerCELL to your phone by utilizing the USB data cord that accompanied your original device.
  • Aquapac for BlackBerry - The Aquapac case is fully waterproof to a depth of 15 feet. It is also salt-water and UV (sunlight) resistant, this case will keep your BlackBerry clean and dry in any conditions, the Aquaclip seal makes sure it stays free from dirt, dust and sand. The Aquapac is a tough, waterproof plastic sheath with a patented Aquaclip Locking Closure System.

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BlackBerry apps for teachers - a CrackBerry guide

No more apples for the teacher with these BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook apps

  

Another year of school is coming to an end- for some, it already has. For the following couple of months you can relax, enjoy the sun and forget about the next school year. At that point, you ready your new school clothes, supplies and hopefully a new BlackBerry. That’s fine and dandy, but as you run out of the halls, and into the outside world, most forget about another group of people that have worked so hard the past year – the teachers. Yes the Coopers, the Kotters and the Beldings (wait… he was a Principal).

In the past, we have covered applications geared towards helping students throughout the year, as many others have as well. Not so much when it comes to teachers. I’m pretty sure that they need less apples and more applications these days. Welcome to the CrackBerry Guide to Teacher Applications. I’ve tried to put together a list of applications that teachers could benefit from. I’m not, nor have I ever been a teacher – in fact, it’s been quite a few years since I’ve even sat in a classroom. Hopefully teachers will give me extra credit for this list.

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Contest Reminder: Last chance to enter to win an IOU for a BlackBerry Bold 9900 or 9930!

May 31st is here which means today is the last day in our Earlybird Win an IOU for a BlackBerry Bold 9900 or 9930 Contest. To enter for your chance to win you need to visit the original contest post and leave a comment on that post.

The contest is open worldwide and the deadline is midnight PST tonight. We'll announce the winner tomorrow, June 1st. Only one comment per person please. When the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 becomes available for purchase CrackBerry will purchase and send you the phone.  How can you argue with that?!

If you haven't entered yet, what are you waiting for?! Go to the contest post and enter. Do it now!!  Good luck!!

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