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A quick look at Sudoku Pro for the BlackBerry PlayBook by blueinc multimedia

Sudoko Pro by blueinc multimedia

Are you a fan of Sudoku? Or maybe you always wanted to try it, but never got around to it? Blueinc multimedia has developed an awesome Sudoko app specifically for the BlackBerry PlayBook called Sudoku Pro. This version of the popular number puzzle game features 9 X 9 and 16 X 16 grids, 4 levels of difficulty, auto-hinting and more! Displayed on a beautiful background with pleasing colors, it is sure to give both the novice and the seasoned puzzler hours of fun.

I tried out the free version, which gives you 10 days to play to your heart's content. Some of the options are disabled, such as loading a saved game and different difficulty levels, but that is to be expected in a trial and is nothing that hinders gameplay at all. Sudoku Pro is laid out really nicely, with the game board on the left of the screen and all the options on the right. Playing is simple, and requires little explanation, though a help screen is available if needed. There is a little status bar at the bottom that tells you how many squares you have left to fill and how long you've been playing the current game, which is nice. The developers are planning many updates in the near future including custom backgrounds, score sharing, new puzzles, and portrait mode.

For more information/screenshots and to download the trial of Sudoku Pro
For more information and to purchase the full version of Sudoku Pro for $4.99

RIM sells through 250,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks according to RBC

BlackBerry PlayBook

If you're looking for any sort of numbers regarding BlackBerry PlayBook sales then you should be looking in the direction Mike Abramsky, General Manager at RBC Capital Markets. According to Abramsky, RIM has sold approximately 250,000 units since it's retail launch back on April 19. If these numbers are in anyway accurate that means the BlackBerry PlayBook has had faster adoption then that of the Motorola Xoom and if sales continue as estimated by Abramsky, then RIM will have sold 500,000 PlayBooks in the first quarter and a total of 3 million units in 2011.

So what does all this mean for BlackBerry PlayBook buyers, owners? Well first off, you're proving all the pundits wrong -- people REALLY do want a 7" tablet and the numbers are proving it. Secondly, despite all the harsh reviews and lame comments about a power button that many folks don't even use -- RIM is doing just fine with the BlackBerry PlayBook. And finally, we can all look forward to more developers hopping on board to work on the BlackBerry PlayBook and help make the BlackBerry eco system better as a whole.

Even if the numbers here are little off, as they often times can be -- that doesn't take away from the fact the outlook for the BlackBerry PlayBook and RIM has now changed if, only even slightly. Realistically, I'm not a numbers guy -- nor do I pretend to be but I do know the potential is there for RIM to make even greater penetration in the tablet space. They've got a good run out of the gates, and now they need to keep that momentum going.

Source: Business Insider

BlackBerry theme roundup for May 18, 2011 - Win 1 of 50 free copies of Reflex by Gray Matter Themes!

Enter to win a free copy of Reflex by Gray Matter Themes! Details below!

BlackBerry theme roundup

Hey everyone, welcome back to the BlackBerry Theme Roundup! If you have developed a theme you want to share or be featured in the contest, or if you just see a really good one out there somewhere, send it in! Send an email to themeroundup[at]crackberry.com for consideration. In the meantime, check out this week's picks and enter to win a free copy of Reflex by Gray Matter Themes! Contest details after the break.

Contest: Win 1 of 50 free copies of SeaBattleSE by Toysoft and challenge your friends over BBM!

SeaBattleSE by Toysoft

Who wants some head-to-head SeaBattleSE action with your BBM buddies?! You know you do, and Toysoft knows it too, which is why they have updated their SeaBattleSE game to take advantage of the new features coming with BBM6. Most everyone is familiar with the board game Battleship by Milton Bradley, and even if you're not, you won't have trouble picking up on the rules and strategy behind SeaBattleSE. The goal is to find and destroy your enemy’s ships before they destroy you. Each player starts with five ships of varying sizes and the first player to destroy all the enemy’s ships wins the game. SeaBattleSE is available for just $.99 and is compatible with BlackBerry 89xx, 95xx, 9630/50, 97xx, and 9800.

  • Supports BlackBerry OS5 and 6, touch and non-touch devices.
  • Invite any player in your BBM contact list to play, but both players MUST have BBM6 to use those features.
  • Random deployment of ships for quick game
  • Cool animation of ships on fire and vibration when ship is sunk
  • Chat with player during the game
  • Keep track of your wins and losses
For more information/screenshots and to purchase SeaBattleSE
Chat about the game in the forums

Contest: We have 50 free copies of SeaBattleSE for you guys courtesy of Toysoft! To enter, make sure you have a compatible device and the new BBM and then leave a comment below. Rules as usual: one entry per person, contest ends this Sunday at midnight. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go sink Bla1ze's battleship. :P

Review: Arkon CM910 Vehicle Mount Kit and Universal Holder for BlackBerry smartphones

Want to win an Arkon Vehicle Mount Kit and Universal Holder? Keep reading for contest details!

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The cup holder in my old vehicle was the battleground between my BlackBerry smartphone and whatever drink I wanted to consume. The battles were fierce and the victor was rarely the same twice. The problem was almost solved with the new vehicle, as my device can now choose between 4 cup holders. Now I say almost solved because of on little teeny tiny fact: legality. Like most places, it’s illegal to use/hold an “electronic device” while driving here. I was already a Bluetooth veteran, but I was getting tired of having my BlackBerry smartphone tucked away; especially when I wanted to use the GPS. There’s quite of few car mounts on the market, which one do I choose?

The Arkon CM910 Vehicle Mount Kit and Universal Holder is one of the options available. This car mount helps keep your BlackBerry smartphone close at hand in 3 different ways – from your windshield, air vent or dash. While it has the word universal in the name, it may not be the perfect fit for every BlackBerry. Read on for more.

How Do You Use Your BlackBerry PlayBook: How often do you use Video Chat?

 PlayBook Video Chat How often do you use Video Chat on your BlackBerry PlayBook?online survey  

Since returning from BlackBerry World I haven't really been able to use Video Chat all that much. Although Kevin calls me all the time, I personally don't think to use it at all when I call someone. While we were in Orlando we used the crap out of it calling anyone who would answer, but since returning home I don't think I've used it more than 3 or 4 times. I suppose it's not my first instinct to pick up my PlayBook and call someone as it is to just use the phone. So we're curious to know just how many of you use Video Chat and how often. If you're a Video Chat user then cast your vote in the poll above (and if you're not you should definitely try it out at least once!). Leave a comment letting us know why you choose Video Chat and how it helps you out.

TuneIn Radio updated to v2.1

TuneIn Radio updated to v2.1

TuneIn Radio user? If so, you'll want to hit their website for the latest update available -- which, is now v2.1. Quite a jump from the previous version being 1.9. Unfortunately, no changelog has been created to go along with this update but we're guessing as soon as it hits BlackBerry App World the CrackBerry forums post will be updated with release notes.. But for now, you can grab v2.1 directly from the TuneIn Radio link below.

Download TuneIn Radio v2.1 directly

Source: BerryReview

BlackBerry Convertible Case for the BlackBerry PlayBook

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I have to admit that when I first picked up the convertible case for the BlackBerry PlayBook I was totally in love. It showed everything a great case can do. It was multi-functional, stylish and just all around awesome. I could carry my PlayBook in a "low key" way, keep it protected and use the case as a stand. I loved the overall design and feel and was a happy camper. As the days went on however my love started to fade. The power and volume buttons became increasingly more of a pain to press with the case on - sometimes not working at all. I realized that I enjoyed the "naked" feel of my PlayBook more than while it was in the case as well. So I've since moved on to try other cases that better fit me, but I don't think the convertible case is a total loss. It has some downsides that some could easily overlook. Word on the street is that RIM may actually be revamping the case due to various other issues as well so we'll see what happens on that front. 

Monster Truck Muddle game for BlackBerry

Monster Truck MuddleMonster Truck Muddle

Every now and then I look to that no-brainer game that is both simple and entertaining. I certainly love games that challenge my mind, but sometimes you just want to play for fun and not have to think. Monster Truck Muddle gets that job done. The simple racing game has a bit of an Excitebike feel to it and is totally fun to rock out with. No hard rules to follow on this one - just complete some challenges or enter race mode and get your monster on. Monster Truck Muddle is great fun (albeit there isn't much to it) if you're looking to change things up. It does look and play much better on the bigger Torch screen, but it's available for other devices as well.

More information/download of Monster Truck Muddle

Contest: Win 1 of 50 free copies of the new app BeBlank from SCrApps!

BeBlank by SCrid2000 Ever find the perfect theme for your BlackBerry, then realize it has a weather slot or dock that you just don't like? Or maybe you normally like the layout, but there is an icon or two covering up your kid's head in that picture you want to use as a wallpaper. No need to give up on that theme, now you can add in blank icons to help eliminate this problem! BeBlank is a new application from SCrApps that adds in blank placeholder type icons so your screen has the appearance of gaps between icons, wherever you want them.

BeBlank comes in 4 versions, each containing different numbers of the blank icons. You can choose from 6, 12, and 24 icons for $.99, $1.99, and $2.99 respectively, or if you'd like just one icon to try out you can download that version for free. When you install the version of BeBlank you choose, you will see that the corresponding number of icons has been added to your app screen. From there you can move them where you need them, and hide any extras you don't need. Since they are simply blank icons, you use the same menu options for moving and hiding them as you would for any other icon. All-in-all this is a pretty neat little app for anyone out there that wants a little more control over the way themes look on their BlackBerry. The single icon, free version of BeBlank can be downloaded from any of the links below.

For more information and to purchase BeBlank - 6 Icon Version
For more information and to purchase BeBlank - 12 Icon Version
For more information and to purchase BeBlank - 24 Icon Version

Contest: SCrApps has provided us with 50 copies of BeBlank to pass on to you! (Winners get to choose which version they want.) To enter, leave a comment below. Winners will be chosen at random this Sunday at midnight PST. One entry per person please.

BlackBerry Bold 9900, apollo and monza all headed to T-Mobile

T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9900

We like carrier road maps here at CrackBerry. They often give us a great perspective of what is up and coming for specific carriers. That said, road maps when leaked can often times be a little old and out of date so -- try and keep that in mind as we go through the following list of devices seemingly slated for T-Mobile.

No, this isn't the first time we've heard of these devices all being brought to T-Mobile. Previous rumors suggested all of them listed within similar time frames as well -- the problem we have with this listing is the fact the BlackBerry Bold Touch is already confirmed for T-Mobile while, the BlackBerry monza hasn't even received an official welcoming to the family from RIM. Sure, it's totally possible these dates are accurate but if you find the BlackBerry Bold 9900 on shelves before the monza, we'd not be surprised at all.

In any event, we'll just have to wait and see how this road map turns out. No matter how you look at it, we're just super stoked to see some actual dates at all for the next generation of BlackBerry smartphones.

Source: ThisIsMyNext

RIM played a part in the making of Twitter

RIM 850

Granted, it's a small part but when speaking of Twitters early days Twitter founder, Jack Dorsey credits the use of his then RIM 850 as a tool that helped spark status updates across the World.

"I had a RIM pager, the 850, the first email device. I programed a system where I could fire off an email from that and set my status from anywhere. And it worked! And I was able to also at a regular interval pull my buddy list and get those updates sent to my email address. It was awesome! But the number of people who had those mobile devices was so minimal that the timing was just not right. This was 2001."

We'd like to pretend we are surprised at this news but really -- we're not. People tend to forget that RIM was one of the first companies to make use of mobile data. The RIM 850 provided e-mail and WAP services, with limited HTML all across what was then basically a 1G network, called Mobitex. The inter@active pager was in the hands of approximately 400,000 users in 1997 then blew up to 51 million users by 2002.

Source: Gizmodo

Blocked Traffic Free - the deceptively simple game for BlackBerry

Warning: Blocked Traffic should not be played while studying or before bedtime. Players may experience time distortions as the phrase "just a minute" gets stretched to its breaking point. This game will amuse you with its simplicity and confound you with its complexity.

A couple of Christmases ago, my then four-year-old nephew got a present I couldn't put down. On the surface, the game was simple. You're parked in the World's Most Annoying Parking Lot; mini-vans, cars, and taxis block your way. Only through moving the other cars around in the proper order can you hope to escape this nightmare garage. The 80 levels of this free app are true to that game.

In both the app and physical versions of the game, cars can only move up and down or left and right. In the first few stages, this is fairly simple to do. The first ten levels' puzzles are easy to solve, taking less than ten moves to complete.  These are the green levels.

The yellow levels have puzzles that are a bit more complicated and more frustrating, requiring in the neighborhood of 25 moves to solve. Remember, there's only one pattern of movement that will allow your car to escape the car park; finding that pattern can be maddening. In these puzzles, the cars are jammed in tightly, with hardly any room to move at all. I'd almost swear some of the levels don't have solutions.

For those times when it all becomes too much, a tap of the solution button shows me the answer with a smug, "Well obviously this is the answer, see?" Blocked Traffic Free is available for many devices running OS 4.2+ and for all countries except Australia and South Korea. A paid version with 1,000 puzzles and a more difficult Pro Version with 3,000 - I actually had it right the first time in the video - are also available.

More information / download Blocked Traffic Free from the CrackBerry AppStore
More information / download Blocked Traffic Free from BlackBerry App World

Dress up your BlackBerry with Attire by Pootermobile - 50 free copies up for grabs!

Attire by Pootermobile

Attire, as a verb, means to "put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive". No wonder Pootermobile chose Attire as the name of his latest BlackBerry theme! This is like that little black dress you always turn to; comfortable, classy, functional and flexible. Attire sports customizable text icons in a bottom dock (2-4 depending on device), a fixed application button, a weather slot, and custom battery and message indicators. The clock and date are clear and easy to read, as are the fonts used throughout the rest of the theme. Now, if you know Pootermobile, you know they always throw in a little something extra, and Attire is no exception. In the top banner you have not only a profiles icon, but also a short cut to the BlackBerry music app and a widget to toggle the weather slot on and off!

This is a theme you will be returning to again and again for its versatility and ease-of-use. And since it's wallpaper friendly, you know you can really make it yours by accessorizing with your favorite images! Attire is available for $3.99 and is compatible with BlackBerry 89xx, 9000, 91xx, 95xx, 96xx, 97xx, and 9800.

For more information/screenshots and to purchase Attire

Contest: We have 50 free copies of Attire to pass on to you lucky ducks, courtesy of Pootermobile!! To enter the giveaway, check the list of compatible devices above. If your Blackberry is on the list, go ahead and leave a comment below. One entry per person, please. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight!

Weekly Accessory Roundup: Win a BlackBerry Leather Pocket Pouch for your device!

The BlackBerry Leather Pocket Pouch is a great mix of style and protection. Contest: Leave a comment for your chance to win!

BlackBerry Leather Pocket Pouch

Pretty much every BlackBerry user has a case of some sort. Be it a skin case or hard case there is usually a reason behind it. Some choose their case for style, while others need protection. Depending on your job and your needs there is a case that will be fit for you. Maybe Barak Obama could use one of these guys if his holster doesn't work out. If you can't decide on what you like or prefer that "naked" look, a better bet may be a BlackBerry Leather Pocket Pouch. With the pocket pouch your device stays protected when not in use, but is at the ready when you need it. With its solid leather design and no clip, its sturdy yet sleek. The pouch can fit in a purse or pocket with ease and even has a proximity magnet to put your device to sleep when it's not in use. There is a full line of pouches available for all devices so be sure to check them out today. Keep reading for your chance to win one for your device!

Obama's BlackBerry takes a dive - Proves it's still affected by gravity

Obama Drops BlackBerry

A while back we posted a poll asking how many of you have dropped your device. Over 80% of those that voted have dropped their device at least once, with a crazy 26% dropping it five times or more. Well President Barak Obama is now part of the dropped BlackBerry club as he was actually caught on camera as he dropped his device on a recent trip to Tennessee. It appears that it wasn't his slippery fingers that lost it but maybe a sub-par holster clipped onto his pants. As he was trotting along, the device seemed to pop off and take a short trip to the pavement. Word is that all is well since the device was safely inside the holster case, but perhaps Mr. Obama might want to invest in some better protection like an OtterBox or an upgraded hard case? Keep reading for more images.

Source: Daily Mail

Slacker Launches Slacker Premium with On-Demand services

Slacker Radio

Slacker today launched Slacker Premium Radio, a new service that provides on-demand access to the Slacker music library. Slacker Premium is available today via the BlackBerry app and other platforms as well. With the launch of Slacker Premium Radio, Slacker becomes the first music service to deliver three complementary tiers. Slacker Premium enables listeners to search and play specific songs and albums from the Slacker library. Users can also access top songs and artists from each of the Slacker stations. Slacker is available free for BlackBerry Smartphones and a premium version is also available. Hit the link below for more and keep reading for the full press release.

More information/download of Slacker Radio

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Official OS 6.0.0.524 for the Curve 3G 9330 and Bold 9650 from Verizon

BlackBerry 6

Verizon users get another update today as both the Bold 9650 and Curve 3G 9330 have some new software. OS 6.0.0.524 is official from Big Red and ready for the taking. Things look to be good on both of these, so if you are a 9650 or 9330 user then fire up the ol' USB cables and get to installing. If you get up and running, leave a comment here or in the forums with your findings. As always, use caution when installing any OS.

Download OS 6.0.0.524 for the Curve 3G 9330 from Verizon
Discuss more in the forums

Download OS 6.0.0.524 for the Bold 9650 from Verizon
Discuss more in the forums

VQ Mileage Tracker adds Outlook Calendar integration - 20 copies up for grabs!

VQ Mileage Tracker

VQ MileageTracker now automatically adds Outlook Calendar events to user's mileage tracking reports. In addition to the already great set of features, the app will now automatically add all of your tracked events to an Outlook calendar for easier tracking. VQ Mileage Tracker automatically tracks your mileage every time you drive and also captures date, time, distance, start address, end address and other log info for you. Also available is VQ CarFinder, a great app to help keep tabs on where you park your car -- either via Bluetooth or manual entry. Check out both in the CrackBerry App Store from the links below.

Contest: We have 20 copies of VQ Mileage Tracker up for grabs. Just leave a single comment on this post to enter to win. Contest ends this Sunday as Midnight ET. 

More information/download of VQ Mileage Tracker
More information/download of VQ CarFinder

BlackBerry PlayBook to hit UK shores on June 16th - Buy at Carphone Warehouse/Best Buy, Dixons Stores Group, Insight & Phones

PlayBook in the UK

The above tweet from UK_BlackBerry says it all. The BlackBerry PlayBook is now available for pre-order and come June 16th will be available to folks in the UK. Finally!!  Retailers announced in the tweet include Carphone Warehouse/Best Buy, Dixons Stores Group, Insight and Phones 4U. The tablet will run you £399 for the 16GB, £479 for the 32GB and £559 for the 64GB version.

If you're in the UK and want to get primed and ready, be sure to to check out our PlayBook 101s and take a stroll through the PlayBook forums and PlayBook accessory store. June 16th can't come soon enough!

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