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New BlackBerry PlayBook ad - Why can't every tablet do that?

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Another new ad for the BlackBerry PlayBook has been added to the BlackBerry YouTube page, although we've not seen it air on as of yet -- it's a pretty awesome video that oddly enough, shows off some clips of the upcoming Thor movie as well. Have a look, drop some comments in the forums or on the post and let us know your thoughts. With a new software update rolling out, Facebook now available and more on the way -- I think we'll see plenty more RIM marketing for the BlackBerry PlayBook arrive soon. 

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NFC Video Demo on the BlackBerry Bold 9930!

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Following up our first hands-on of the new BlackBerry Bold 9900, we re-visited the experience room at BlackBerry World to get a closer look at some of the first touchscreen Bold's features. In this video we take a look at NFC. This is the first BlackBerry Smartphone to support NFC, or Near Field Communication, which is a short-range wireless technology (4cm or less) that allows two devices to communication - there's always an initiator and a target. On a device like a BlackBerry, that can mean a few things... like bringing the phone close to a poster to launch an action like downloading an app, or pairing accessories together, or even making wireless payments. RIM is committed to NFC so expect to see a lot of progress here over the months and years ahead as you start using it for more and more things.

Be sure to check out the video above to see NFC in action! Big thanks to Annu for the demo!!

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BlackBerry PlayBook Mobile Tour - Get up close and personal with the BlackBerry PlayBook

If you've not had the chance to pick up and play with a BlackBerry PlayBook then you may be in luck. RIM  has announced the BlackBerry PlayBook Mobile Tour which kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3rd from 9 AM to 5 PM, in New York’s Herald Square (Broadway and 34th Street). The PlayBook Mobile Tour is a tractor trailer completely outfitted to create an immersive PlayBook experience. Visitors will be able to:

  • Sit in the PlayBook Theater and watch a video showcasing all the benefits of the tablet
  • Get hands on at one of the demo stations to get a hands on tutorial of the stand out features of this powerful, ultra portable 7” tablet, including true multitasking, uncompromised web browsing with full Adobe Flash, rich multimedia and numerous apps from AppWorld designed specifically for PlayBook
  • Visit the bridging station and experience BlackBerry Bridge™, allowing secure access to BBM™, email, calendar, contacts, memo pad, tasks from your BlackBerry smartphone

Head on over to the BlackBerry PlayBook Mobile Tour site for more details and to see if your city is listed as one of the venues.

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BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 Photo Gallery

In addition to our hands-on video we have a simple collection of BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 photos for your viewing pleasure. This is one sweet device and the pictures don't do it justice - you really do have to see it live and up close. This is RIM's thinnest device to date and with its all-around stainless steel bezel, full QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen, the BlackBerry Bold Touch is definitely one of the best looking devices as well. If you haven't already, check out all of our BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 coverage for more on RIM's latest Bold.

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CrackBerry Coverage goes to Orlando this week for BlackBerry World 2011!


Bla1ze, Kevin, Adam... if you see us wandering around BBWorld be sure to yell CrackBerry!

BlackBerry World 2011 is now upon us, and as you've probably figured out from all of the live coverage today, the CrackBerry team is live on location in Orlando reporting back all the news. BlackBerry World technically kicks off tomorrow, May 3rd, but today was press day and RIM made a whack load of announcements which kept us busy. The big news for CrackBerry readers was of course the official unveiling of the new touchscreen BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, but beyond that RIM made a number of other announcements, including BlackBerry Balance, PlayBook Video Chat, FaceBook for PlayBook, Multi-Platform BES support for Smartphones and Tablets and more.

With all the news today we're really curious to see what'll be in store for us in tomorrow's keynote session. We're not totally sure... but we do expect a surprise or two so we'll be LIVE BLOGGING the whole thing. Be sure to turn into CrackBerry at 8:30am ET Tuesday morning for all the action!

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Facebook for the BlackBerry PlayBook now available!

Earlier today it was announced that Facebook would be coming to the BlackBerry PlayBook this week but it has just now appeared in BlackBerry App World. The details of the press release weren't too in depth, but now we have some more info as to just what the application features. Facebook for the BlackBerry PlayBook has the usual messages and news feed as well as Facebook chat and more. It looks to be a great start and one of the first "big name" apps we've seen for the PlayBook. Here's to hoping more follow very soon. Keep reading for details on the app or hit the link below to download.

Download Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook

Source: Inside BlackBerry

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Some of the technical details behind video chat on the BlackBerry PlayBook

While the General Session for BlackBerry World has yet to take place, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer Research In Motion, Mike Lazaridis has been dropping plenty of details about upcoming services launching on the BlackBerry PlayBook -- stopping just short of divulging to much right away. One of the services discussed was Video Chat for the PlayBook, where Mike dropped the following on us all:

  • Video Chat is maintained in the cloud and utilizes the RIM NOC
  • Initialized from the cloud but once connected is point-to-point
  • Developers will gain access to API that will allow integration with BBM Social Platform
  • Uses BlackBerry ID to locate friends and contacts
  • Will work behind corporate and individual firewalls
  • Newly developed SIP based system acts as he controller

As noted, these are some of the behind-the scenes technical details and may not mean much to a lot of folks but looking past that and taking it for what it is -- technical info. It does show RIM has placed a lot of thought on the video feature and how best to implement it for all. Makes that wait for its release just that much worse, knowing the work that was put into it.

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS v1.0.3 update details - BBM, Video Chat and more

We heard earlier today that a new OS update for the BlackBerry PlayBook would be made available as early tonight and now we have some details as to just what will be included in the new software. OS 1.0.3 will include both the much anticipated video chat as well as BBM (via Bridge). Document editing via Bridge is a new feature that will allow users to edit documents stored on your phone via the PlayBook, and also users will now have the ability to create browser bookmarks on the homescreen for one-click access.

The update is scheduled to roll out later this evening and should be fully available by Tuesday. To check for the update, go to Settings > Software Update on your PlayBook (or just wait for the notification). Keep reading for full details on all the included features. 

Source: Inside BlackBerry 

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Gist - Now available for the BlackBerry Torch

It wasn't all that long ago now that RIM acquired the social CRM, online contact management service -- Gist. Now, here we are only a few months later and Gist has just announced the release of their BlackBerry application. While limited to just the BlackBerry Torch for now, Gist is available in BlackBerry App World for download. So, what can you do with Gist for BlackBerry?

Use Gist for BlackBerry smartphones to:

  • Search and view complete business profiles for contacts across email, mobile, and social network accounts; and add contacts from your BlackBerry smartphone automatically.
  • See your important contacts first, including easy access to contact info, photo, and social updates; share a link through email; or take a note to remember later.
  • Use the “Get the Gist” context menu instantly to build a profile or get a quick update for any email recipient or person in a calendar invite. 

If you're already a Gist user, then downloading it is a no brainer. If you're new to Gist, then you can jump on past the break for a video explaining the services and to see the app in action. You can also hit the source link for further details or just head on over to App World for the download.

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Twitter for BlackBerry v2.0 beta coming this week!

During his presentation on the BlackBerry Social Platform today, Tom Goguen, VP, Collaboration & Social Networking at RIM, announced the upcoming beta release of Twitter 2.0 for BlackBerry in what he called "the coolest Twitter app for mobile". The new version is a super app and will have the ability to send a Tweet from within any app on the device and will also tie into Universal Search. Stay tuned for more!

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Wikitude augmented reality browser comes pre-loaded on the new BlackBerry Bold 9900

You may or may not have heard of Wikitude but -- if you have plans on picking up a new BlackBerry Bold 9900 then you're going to start seeing a lot of the their augmented reality application. Wikitude will come pre-loaded on the device when it launches. Right now, we've not had a chance to go hands-on with the app but here is what Wikitude had to say about the launch:

“The Wikitude team is very excited to see its AR browser as part of BlackBerry’s new device proposition” said Martin Herdina, Wikitude’s CEO. “BlackBerry’s Super Apps concept is the perfect environment for Wikitude to show its full potential as it seamlessly integrates with other applications on the device”.

“Combining Wikitude with the overwhelmingly large user base of BBM around the world creates a completely new form of social interaction. This is the very first time that instant messaging is rolled out in AR on such a large scale” says Andy Gstoll, Chief Marketing Officer at Wikitude.

Using the browser is rather easy -- just load it up and point your finder around to see integrated overlays within the app itself. Wikitude will fully integrate the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) allowing you to interact with their BBM contacts and meet new people in augmented reality as well share info from various places such as YouTube, Twitter and more.

Source: Wikitude

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Free Scrapbook app now available for the BlackBerry PlayBook!

We learned back in February that The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) was working on a fun Scrapbook app for the BlackBerry PlayBook, and it was finally released today at BlackBerry World Conference! With this app you can easily transform your pictures into playful scrapbook style pages with the use of wallpapers, stickers, and text, and then browse or display them in a "clothes line" style layout. Best of all, this application is completely FREE! Check it out at the link below and let us know what you think in the comments or in the forums!

For more information and to download Scrapbook for your BlackBerry PlayBook
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CrackBerry Contest: Win an IOU for a BlackBerry Bold 9900 or 9930!!!

OK CrackBerry Nation... here's your FIRST CHANCE to win a FREE BlackBerry Bold 9900 or 9930 (your choice!) from CrackBerry.com. In honor of Research In Motion's official Bold 9900/9930 announcement, we're going to give a lucky reader the chance to win a the phone for FREE along with $100 of free BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 Accessories from ShopCrackBerry.com.

To Enter: Just login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment to this blog post. If you want to dress up your comment a bit, why not tell us what you're loving most about the newest Bold and why you want it. 

Details: Contest open worldwide. Deadline on this earlybird contest is midnight on May 31st, 2011. We'll announce the winner on 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.

That's it. Good luck everybody. Be sure to check out our BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 First Impressions. It's an awesome device!

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BlackBerry Messenger v5.0.3.22 now rolling out through BlackBerry App World

In what is likely the first of a few updates to come over the next few days, BlackBerry Messenger version 5.0.3.22 is now available in BlackBerry App World -- of course, anyone in the BlackBerry Beta Zone has a higher version currently but if you're not really into dealing with beta bugs, go ahead and fire up BlackBerry App World as the update should be showing for most users. If not, just wait it out a little longer -- or refresh App World and it will show up. Thanks, to everyone who sent this in!

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 coming to T-Mobile later this year!

With the announcement of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 comes confirmation from T-Mobile that they will indeed be making the device available to their customers. Sadly, no official date has been set as of yet or pricing terms but for some folks, just knowing T-Mobile is adding it to their line-up will be enough to hold them over. Of course, we expect other carriers to make their announcements as well so, stay tuned! Did we mention it was HSPA+ enabled? It is.

Source: Twitter / Facebook

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BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 Hands-On Video and First Impressions

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* Update: We've posted more hands-on videos below. Check them out!!! *

OK, so the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 Experience Room at BlackBerry World is a zoo right now, but I just managed to spend a few minutes of hands-on time with RIM's newest Bold and all I can say is wow wow WOW WOW WOW. For anybody out there who wants a Smartphone with a front-facing full qwerty keyboard, THIS IS THE BLACKBERRY FOR YOU. We'll be reporting back later with a lot more info, but you can check out the video above to get a quick look and comparison to the Bold 9780, and keep reading for some initial impressions!

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BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 promo video

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We haven't seen a full-fledged promo video from RIM yet on the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 or 9930, but there is a short video playing around here at BlackBerry World. Nothing special in this one, just a quick 360 of the device along with a few of the top specs. If you're itching to get your hands on one, this gives you a good view of the device and should tide you over a bit. Check out our hands-on for more.

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BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 Cases and Accessories

* August 2011 Update: BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 Cases and Accessories are now shipping from ShopCrackBerry.com! Choose from the selection below:

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BlackBerry Bold 9930 Cases
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* Original Post, May 2011: The BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 was announced today during BlackBerry World, and of course the new device will bring along new cases and accessories. RIM had a few BlackBerry Bold 9900 cases on hand (behind glass of course) but we get a good look at what we can expect come launch. There will be the standard BlackBerry Bold 9930 leather pocket pouch (renamed BlackBerry Pocket), the BlackBerry Hard Shell, BlackBerry Soft Shell and BlackBerry Swivel Holster. You can be sure we'll have plenty of BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Bold 9930 cases in stock at ShopCrackBerry.com when the device launches as well. We'll see if we can track down any more new accessories, but for now there looks to be a good selection at launch to fit everyone's style. Keep reading for more images.

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BBM up and running on the BlackBerry PlayBook

 

The number one sought-after feature since the inception of BlackBerry Bridge has finally come in the form of a BlackBerry Bridge update. Members of the CrackBerry nation are awe-struck since the unraveling of this long-awaited feature and finally it is here. A couple of reports mention compatibility with BlackBerry 6 only, but a BlackBerry OS 5.0 compatible version is likely to follow. It seems that you'll need both BlackBerry Bridge 1.0.0.83 (AT&T users can download OTA here) as well as BBM from the Beta Zone, but many users have it up and running in full force. Check out more in the forums. Thanks Maiev for the image!

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Press Release: RIM announces Multi-Platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution for Smartphones and Tablets

Press Release

RIM Announces Multi-Platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution for Smartphones and Tablets

Device Management Solution to Provide Security, Management, and Control of BlackBerry Devices, Plus Secure Management for Other Mobile Devices

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM, TSX: RIM) is announcing today plans for a multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution for managing and securing mobile devices for enterprises and government organizations. The solution will make available the market-leading management, security and controls of BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express for BlackBerry® devices plus, through RIM’s pending acquisition of ubitexx (creator of the ubi-Suite device management solution), the solution is expected to incorporate secure device management for Android and iOS based devices and tablets, all managed from a single web-based console.

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