BlackBerry News and Reviews

Official OS for the BlackBerry 9780, 9800, 9100 and 9105 released by AVEA Turkey

Although all of these OS' were previously leaked, it's pretty awesome that AVEA just unleashed them all at once for everyone who either may not have had a chance to grab them yet or prefers to stick to official OS releases from a carrier. OS is now available for the BlackBerryBold 9780, BlackBerry Torch 9800 and finally, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G (9100/9105). If you're not on AVEA just remember to delete the vendor.xml file before installing and you'll be good to go. Thanks @rr_yy!

Download OS For the BlackBerry Bold 9780
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Mr. Number updated - new status feature helps block even more unwanted calls and text messages

If you frequent using Mr. Number, the free call and text message blocking application then you'll want to make sure you grab the latest update available as it adds some pretty neat features to the service as a whole.

The latest version of Mr. Number brings status to your calls and texts. You can let your friends know when you’re free for a call, when you prefer text, and when you’re tied up. When you need some time Mr. Number can send all your calls to voicemail; your friends will see that you’re out of action and not waste their time. Mr. Number can even let them know when you’re available again.

In order for the status feature to work though, you'll have to use it and others looking for your attention will also have to use it. But if you've installed Mr. Number you've no doubt suggested to others to use which makes the new feature a great addition to the app as a whole. You can grab Mr. Number now for free from BlackBerry App World.

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Golla Wallets for your BlackBerry - Carry your device & basic necessities in style

I admit my BlackBerry is rarely out of my hand. On those rare occasions that it is, it's usually in my back pocket or my purse. Now that my kids are getting older and I'm not required to carry a multitude of toys and assorted baby paraphernalia, I've been looking at the variety of cases available for the multitude of BlackBerry devices. On most days, I just need something to hold my BlackBerry, Driver's License, debit card and some cash. Back in April, Michelle showed us two of the Golla Smart Bags, the Sabine & the Riley. While both come in a variety of colors and are great for carrying your device and a few items with it, neither seemed to be able to hold everything that I needed it to. I really loved the overall style of those bags so I decided to see what else Golla had to offer. My search led me to the Golla Phone Wallets.

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Apply vintage photo effects to images with Pixlr-o-matic on your BlackBerry PlayBook

If you're looking for something along the lines of Instagram or Hipstamatic for the BlackBerry PlayBook, we have a temporary solution. Forums member daspop spotted a great website called Pixlr-o-matic that works great on the PlayBook. To use it is simple - head to in your PlayBook browser. Choose "computer" and open a stored image, then choose your filter from the scrolling list at the bottom. When your're done choose Save and the image will be saved to your pictures folder - that's it! Granted it's not the best solution as an app with these features would be way better, but it's pretty sweet and totally free. Get started at Check out a few images after the break.

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Save the universe on your BlackBerry PlayBook with Aitch by Birnam Designs!

You are Mr. Aitch, assistant to a brilliant but dangerously forgetful scientist. You must go behind him and turn off his experiments before they wreak havoc on the universe! So begins the description for the BlackBerry PlayBook game Aitch, by Birnam Designs. Curious, I downloaded it and discovered a really fun, and quite addictive, new favorite game.

At the start of each level you are presented with a scene in space, with asteroids, planets, stars and so on, and it's your job to launch your ship through these and to the goal. Sounds easy enough, but it gets tricky as different elements of your surroundings affect your ship and can alter the course you planned. You earn points by interacting with the different elements and for accuracy. Some of the levels are pretty simple and easy, but as the game progresses they get more difficult, and some I had to keep trying at for quite awhile to get passed.

This free version gives you 36 levels and one type of ship, and a premium version should be released soon. I can't wait for that, I know I'll buy it when it is available. Aitch ran really smoothly on my PlayBook with no glitches or lag, and the graphics are really well done. One of my favorite parts is the "encouragment" the game gives you when you pass or fail a level; it's heavy with sarcasm and actually pretty funny. It's nice to see a developer take an offbeat approach to an often unnoticed area of a game. If you're looking for a new game for your PlayBook, I really suggest downloading Aitch and trying it out!

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Better manage your contact list with Contact Import/Export for BlackBerry

This is one app that I can say I am instantly in love with. No matter how many ways you backup your contacts, sometimes it's just not that easy to get what you need to do done. Be it updating, backing up or even switching to another device, sometimes it's not as easy as it seems. That's where Contact Import/Export hopes to solve your problems. This handy app lets you both import and export (backup) your BlackBerry contacts to vCard or CSV file on your PC. Keep a current backup of contacts or edit the file right on your PC instead of on your device. You can even email the exported file right from the app. There are loads of options to set like backup frequency, where to backup, import confliction and much more. Contact Import/Export sells for $2.99 in the CrackBerry App Store and a free trial is available.

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Walmart shows off a BlackBerry 6 Ready Curve 8310 - False advertising at its finest

This one definitely made me chuckle a bit. Nigel sent in the above image of an AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8310 on display at a local Walmart. It seems that wires got crossed somewhere as the device is being advertised as BlackBerry 6 Ready. As we all know, the 83xx series will never see BlackBerry 6 (unless Walmart knows something we don't) so it's safe to assume that this tag belongs to another device on display. Hopefully no BlackBerry rookies pick one up expecting to rock BlackBerry 6 :-) Thanks Nigel!

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Contest winners: Powermat, Arkon CM910 kit, leather pouch, tons of apps and themes, and a PlayBook from BBThemes!

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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The BlackBerry PlayBook Application Initiative: Working together to get the third party apps we want ASAP!

The BlackBerry PlayBook has been on the market for a little over a month now, and while we've seen the catalog of PlayBook apps grow, we have yet to see most of the BIG TIME services that sooo many of us use daily on our computers and other mobile devices come to the Tablet OS platform (seriously, I can't even imagine going back to life without Kindle, Skype, Dropbox or Evernote and desperately want these apps on my PlayBook). 

Not wanting to wait around in limbo, PlayBook owners have been reaching out to companies via email, phone and forums since the PlayBook's launch to find out when these apps are going to become available. The responses have been mixed -  some favorable and some that are less than inspiring. For example, the response I received from Skype was that they're in a "wait and see mode" and "certainly not committing anything at this stage around development for PlayBook." This wait and see mode seems to be a popular trend which means it's on us CrackBerry Nation to let these companies know that we don't want to wait for their apps... we need them ASAP!

To that end, CrackBerry forums member technomensch had the inspired idea to startup the BlackBerry PlayBook Applications Initiative thread, which puts into one place all of the user outreach to these companies. Follow the link below to jump over to the thread where you can find out how you can help contribute to the cause and see where these popular companies are at with their PlayBook apps. Let's make it happen!!

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Video tutorials for the BlackBerry Curve 9350/9370 extracted

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Just like last time a new OS leaked for a yet-to-be-released device, folks have already ripped through it to see what, exactly if anything was new. CrackBerry forums member, Lucky45 was quick to extract and let us know that within that BlackBerry 7 OS leak was the tutorial videos for the BlackBerry Curve 9350/9370. (sedona / apollo) In addition to the tutorial videos, Lucky45 also let us know that the OS contains a vendor theme as well which is of course, T-Mobile. That lends a lot of credit to the previously leaked information about BlackBerry Bold 9900, monza and apollo all coming to T-Mobile. 

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Foursquare for BlackBerry alpha updated to v1.9.89

As long as you don't mind running a alpha version of Foursquare for BlackBerry, you can now go ahead and update whatever version it is you currently may have installed. Foursquare for BlackBerry is now sitting at v1.9.89 which is seemingly just a minor bump from the last version being v1.9.85. List of some of the changes is now available below:

  • Improved friend management
  • Changes to location support, let us know if this improves your location lookup
  • Addition of specials 2.0
  • Automated checking of app permissions
To download the update from Foursquare on your device

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BlackBerry App World updated to v2.1.2.19

BlackBerry App World updates have been coming faster these days, just last week we saw roll out to user and now its received yet another minor bump up to v2.1.2.19. Like always, it's not showing up for everyone as of yet so you can try downloading it directly using the link below or you can simply just wait until you get notified on your device. Again, no change log has been offered up but we'll leave the digging around to you all. Feel free to drop some comments if you spot anything new in the latest release.

Download BlackBerry App World directly on your smartphone

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Here come the BlackBerry 7 OS leaks

That time again folks, the time when OS leaks start turning up before the actual devices. BlackBerry 7 is of course the next OS to be appearing on BlackBerry smartphones after it was announced that RIM would be bypassing BlackBerry 6.1 on future devices.

Now, as the devices are getting even closer to launch, the OS' for them have now started to turn up. That said, you have to keep in mind that these OS' mean very little to any regular folks out there, aside from hybrid builders who may choose to mix and match some of the BlackBerry 7 files into the current breed of Blackberry 6 OS devices and extract some apps like, BlackBerry App World which is sitting at v2.1.3.7 in these OS' leaks.

In other words, for those of you asking "Will this work on.." no, it won't. The files are pretty much useless to any regular folks out there and those that have the devices they could work on, already have access to OS install files anyway.

Download the leaked OS for the BlackBerry Curve 9350 / 9370

Source: N4BB

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From the Forums: How to get Duck Hunt running on your BlackBerry PlayBook!

If you have a BlackBerry PlayBook, chances are good that you are itching for some great games. There are some good ones in BlackBerry App World, and more to come, but one of the coolest things about the PlayBook is the built in flash support, which potentially opens up the door for a ton of awesome games that can be found free, right on the internet. CrackBerry forums member Lucky45 laid out a simple way to get the retro Nintendo game Duck Hunt running on your PlayBook.

It's as simple as saving a file to your PlayBook, browsing to where the file is stored and opening it - which will launch the browser. From here you can add it to your home screen or to your browser bookmarks and enjoy Duck Hunt on your PlayBook anytime you like! Full details, including screenshots, are posted in the forum at the link below (as well as other games as people discover what works and what doesn't) so be sure to head over there and get your Duck Hunt on! Thanks Lucky45 and everyone else that has contributed!

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Unleash your inner Bob Barker with Game Show Soundboard for the BlackBerry PlayBook

Let me start by saying yes, I know that this is a novelty app and isn't very practical for most users. That being said, it is actually very amusing providing you can find an implementation for it. Game Show Soundboard is a fun app that lets aspiring game show hosts live in their glory. With a complete soundboard, timer and scoring, Game Show Soundboard brings out your Wink Martindale and brings family game night to a whole new level. I do have to say that I cannot wait to use this on the next podcast and annoy the crap out of everyone. Not much else can be said on this app, so I'll let the video above do the talking. Don't forget to have your pets spayed or neutered!

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Quick Review: BlackBerry Charging Pod for Torch 9800

Want to win a BlackBerry Charging Pod for the Torch 9800? Keep reading for contest details.

When it comes to my BlackBerry I am a certified addict. From the moment I wake up to the minute I go to bed my BlackBerry Torch never leaves my side. The only problem is that my constant use puts a significant drain on the battery. I'm sure you're all familiar with the utter frustration that follows finding a dead battery. For me I don't even make it to lunch. This makes me one unhappy camper.

To get me through the day I use the BlackBerry charging pod. It is the first accessory I purchase for each and every device I own. I hate to say this but I never go anywhere without it. At home it's either on my nightstand as an alarm clock or connected to my PC for syncing and charging. At work it's never more than an arm's length away to make sure I have enough juice for the journey home. I love that I can dock my device and spend all day listening to my music library or stream my favorite radio stations. 

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CrackBerry Poll: Which upcoming BlackBerry Smartphone will you be buying?

Which upcoming BlackBerry Smartphone will you be buying?online survey

With all the BlackBerry PlayBook talk over the last month or so, it's easy to let all of the phone news slip through the cracks. Lots of people are still buzzing about the PlayBook and the Tablet OS news certainly won't be trailing off any time soon, but I still like to keep things coming on the phone front as well. At BlackBerry World we were excited to see the announcement of the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 (I'm just going to make things easier and call it the Bold Touch one way or another) and although we don't have a release day yet, it looks to be one of the best devices to date and undoubtedly the one I've been wanting for what seems like forever. While we were somewhat disappointed in the fact that we didn't get any more details on the other rumored devices like the BlackBerry Touch or Torch 2, we do know they're coming and will launch fairly close to the Bold Touch (RIM wants to pump all of these 2011 phones onto the market as quick as they can).

So on that note, we want to know which of the upcoming BlackBerry Smartphones you're most excited about. Are you ready for the Bold Touch that we've all been waiting for? Or are you more of a full touchscreen BlackBerry Touch kind of person? Maybe the revamped Torch 2 is for you? Perhaps you're sticking with the Curve you know and love? Let us know in the above poll which device will be your next BlackBerry, then drop a comment with your opinions on the new devices. 

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Win a free copy of DE-LEXION by Walker Themes - 30 copies up for grabs!

Not long ago we brought you a closer look at DE-LEXION by Walker Themes. One of the first of it's kind, this theme is set apart from others by the beautiful icons that reflect against the shiny dock. Not just stock icons either, but 3rd-party icons as well, which until recently, I had never seen done before. The home screen is fully stocked with a hidden today plus area, weather/profiles slot (also hidden), 4-6 user customizable icons in a bouncing dock, and other custom elements throughout. You can pick up DE-LEXION in any of 3 different colors (green, pink, or blue) on sale for $3.99 (regularly $5.99) for your BlackBerry 85xx, 89xx, 91xx, 93xx, 95xx, 96xx, 97xx, and 9800.

For more information/screenshots and to purchase DE-LEXION

Contest: Walker Themes has given us 30 copies of DE-LEXION to start this week out right. To enter to win a free copy, make sure you have one of the compatible devices listed above, then drop a comment below. Winners are chosen at random Sunday at midnight PST. Good luck!

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Travel the world on your BlackBerry PlayBook with What's It Like In... by jbloomDesigns!

If you travel frequently for business, you may know what it feels like to be headed to a new town, and not know anything about it. Sure, you could use Google and hunt around for information, but why do that when an app like What's It Like In… is available? This new app for the BlackBerry PlayBook by jbloomDesign is a good way to discover upcoming events, weather, and recent pictures on Flickr of the destination. With over 22,000 cities worldwide that you can choose from, you're sure to find some cool stuff. And if you're not a traveller, this is a fun way to find out about what's going on around the world. Take the kids on a vacation without ever leaving the couch, and it only costs $1.99. I hope with future updates they can include local attractions and tourist hotspots, but for now it's an interesting little app and fun to browse through.

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BlackBerry Travel now available in over 40 countries

Bitten by the travel bug? Well, here is something for you and all the other keen travelers: BlackBerry Travel is now available in 45 different countries! Since its inception BlackBerry Travel has enjoyed a lot of attraction from numerous people worldwide, but to the disappointment of many, it was initially available only in North America, UK and Spain. But that should not matter anymore, as RIM has actively rolled out its application in more countries over time, effectively reaching a broad, worldwide audience.

Countries supported by BlackBerry Travel currently include Argentina, Aruba, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, British Virgin Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands.

No excuses this time not to download the application, so head over to BlackBerry App World for the download. If your country is not listed above, no worry, the application will likely find its way to other countries with time - patience is key.

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