BlackBerry News and Reviews

Automatically lock your device with AutoLock for BlackBerry

AutoLock for BlackBerryAutoLock for BlackBerry

Let's face it - we've all "butt dialed" at some point in time. It's a fact of life and it just happens. I suppose with a BlackBerry it's more of a "butt email" or "butt Tweet" or what have you, but you know how it goes. If you don't remember to lock your device with either the lock button or a password, this can be a major issue for some. I've found many apps that automatically lock my device, but AutoLock seems to work the best for my needs. AutoLock is a simple tool that lets you set a timeout on your device at which point it will lock automatically. You can unlock with the * Send combo or by pressing the lock button itself. You can choose an lock interval from 10 seconds up to 10 minutes and also choose native and third party apps to not allow locking. Overall very cool stuff and a handy tool to have. AutoLock is available for $2.99 in the CrackBerry App Store.

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Quick Tip: Simplify your BlackBerry Profiles

BlackBerry Profiles

Sometimes having too many sound profiles on your BlackBerry can be annoying. Normal, Loud, Quiet, Silent, Vibrate ... do you really need them all? Personally I really just stick with Silent, Medium and Vibrate for most uses. I've actually migrated my Medium profile to Normal seeing as the Normal profile I rarely touched. I've eliminated all the profiles that never got used, making switching between them easier and slimming down in the process. If you're like me and don't go crazy with profile switching you can knock out a few as well. Keep reading for a few quick steps on how to delete those unused sound profiles on your BlackBerry.

Free Hangman game for the BlackBerry PlayBook

Hangman BlackBerry PlayBook 

If you're looking for a fun, free game for the BlackBerry PlayBook the entire family can enjoy, look no further than Hangman. This classic game comes to the PlayBook in style and is tons of fun. With a bunch of themes and a huge bank of words, Hangman has loads of replay value so you'll rarely see a repeat. You can enjoy the game by yourself or have at it with the whole family. (This one is a personal favorite of mine for those long car trips) If you get into the groove you can rock out that high score and get achievements along the way. All in all this one is definitely a great game to have on tap. Check it out free in BlackBerry App World. Also available for most phones.

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More than one language on your BlackBerry? Make that "bug" go away

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Hide that language bug! 

Puedo hablar (más o menos) dos idiomas, español e ingles. En éste mundo, es una buena habilidad de tener. Usualamente escribo a maqunina en ingles; pero a veces, necesito usar español en mi BlackBerry... Oops.

I really do speak two languages, conversationally at least. I may miss a verb conjugation here and there, but I'm not bad at it. I'll put it this way: I can think in Spanish. Like many in our worldwide audience I have more than one language installed on my BlackBerry. The Spanish alphabet has more letters than English; so I need the other language for those extra characters and accents. Typically, I'll switch to Spanish for a few messages and then switch back to English.

Very helpfully, the BlackBerry lets me know what language I'm using when typing. It puts a little black box in the corner representing the selected language. It does this all the time, and it's what is supposed to happen. For me though, that little EN is unnecessary and annoying. I know what language I'm using, I don't need to be reminded each time I type an email!

It's a trivial annoyance, I know; but if it annoys me, it probably annoys someone else. Here's how to turn that off. Open your options menu; choose Typing and Input, then Languages. Scroll down to the bottom where you'll see Display Icon. Select Hide from the drop-down list. No more annoying black box. Again, I know it's a minor annoyance. But for some reason, it annoys me all the more knowing a just a minor tweak will make it all go away.

BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing now available

BlackBerry Mobile ConferencingBlackBerry Mobile Conferencing

A few weeks back we saw BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing hit the Beta Zone and today it has been officially released via BlackBerry App World. The app simplifies conference calling from your BlackBerry, allowing you to schedule, join and rejoin calls with ease. BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing integrates with your native BlackBerry calendar so there is no extra app around to get in the way. Features include:

  • Join Now - when it's time for a conference call to begin, the reminder notification will allow you to join the call without having to remember or dial lengthy telephone or access numbers. Join anytime from the calendar appointment.
  • Reconnect - it's just one click to rejoin if you are disconnected from the call.
  • Easy Scheduling - store your personal conference bridge details in the Calendar to easily schedule conference calls. Your host code is hidden so participants only see the information they need to join.

BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing is a free download and is available for most devices from BlackBerry App World.

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Sprint WiFi BlackBerry PlayBook coming June 5 according to Sprint Market Director

BlackBerry PlayBook Sprint 4G

We've been wonering when Sprint was going to release the BlackBerry PlayBook and now we know it'll be June 5, thanks to Sprints Market Director Gerald Evans. No, the announcement didn't come from Sprint directly -- rather, it was posted to his personal blog where he announced:

The much anticipated BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet with Wi-Fi® connectivity and 16 GB of storage will go on sale in all Sprint direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) on Sunday, June 5, for $499.99 (plus tax).

Not a whole lot more can be said there, except -- I guess we'll have to wait around for an official announcement from RIM and/or Sprint. We still don't have an date for the 4G version as of yet but, "summer" is still on target.

Source: TheBerryFix; via: Weekly Wireless Updates

How Do You Use Your BlackBerry: What type of hands-free solution do you prefer?

Hs-300 Headset Which type of hands-free solution do you prefer?online survey

There are tons of hands-free solutions for smartphone users. Wireless headsets, wired headsets, stereo headphones, car kits, speakerphones and more. They all work in a "to each his own" kind of way, with users taking what works best for them as their favorite option. When on the go I typically like to use the BlackBerry Visor in my car for hands-free use, but sometimes turn to my old HS-300 as a backup. I'm honestly not a big phone talker so choosing a setup isn't a huge deal for me, but for many that are constantly on the go a solid Bluetooth solution is essential. So what we want to know is what type of hands-free solution works best for you. Are you a headset user? Do you only use your integrated car system? Cast your vote in the poll above and leave a comment letting us know why what you do works best. Thanks rrebo!

Have an idea for a How Do You Use Your BlackBerry poll? Check out this thread in the forums and let us know!

Foursquare for BlackBerry updated to version 1.9.96


Foursquare for BlackBerry has again been updated. This time the updates include some minor tweaks and tinkerings to correct some issues. Some users reported they were unable to locate venues or make requests but things should be good to go now. This version also includes updates from previous releases including improved friend management, automated app persmission checking and the addition of specials 2.0. Head to the link below from your device to download.

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BlackPad: Why we want a virtual trackpad on the BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackPad? 

A few weeks ago, our own CrackBerry Kevin made a suggestion for the BlackBerry PlayBook's gestures. Just as a single finger swipe bezel-to-bezel will wake the tablet, Kevin suggested a two-finger gesture to put the device to sleep.

In that spirit, I thought I'd make my own suggestion to the PlayBook. You know a diagonal swipe from either of the two bottom corners will open the virtual keyboard. Wouldn't it be nice for Research In Motion to design a virtual trackpad, too? They could even call it the BlackPad, resurrecting that name from the past.

I have big ol' fingers, and sometimes they just aren't good enough for the millimeter precision required for editing text. I have a knack for typing browser addresses that are just slightly wrong. When I go to edit them, I invariably miss the letter I was trying to select; instead selecting somewhere nearby. I'm forced to backspace over perfectly good text to get to my error. It would be so much nicer to be able to slide the cursor just a little bit one way or the other.

The Flash experience on the BlackBerry PlayBook is arguably unequaled in the tablet world; and Flash works spectacularly well on the device. That being said, there is something important missing from this experience: right-click. Many web interfaces need that right-click functionality. The best example of this is remote management software. Using free programs like LogMeIn and TeamViewer, you can control your computer perfectly through the PlayBook...except for right clicking. And double-clicking, but that's something that could be accomplished with a virtual trackpad as well.

Is there anybody else out there with inaccurate fingers? Would a virtual trackpad help you? Do you need right-click abilities at websites you use? Sound off in the comments.

Automatically download email images with Show Me The Images - Get it today for 50% off!

Show Me The ImagesShow Me The Images

BlackBerry users know it's a pain having to download images for HTML emails. More often than not you'd just like the images to load on their own and be done with it. Show Me The Images is the solution to that problem. The app can be setup with various options and will automatically download images in all emails or just those you specify. You can choose to setup a safelist for downloading images for specific contacts, use the menu option to Show Me The Images or just have them download for all emails. Various options in the app let you tweak things a bit so you can pick what size images to download, how to mark emails as read and more. Show Me The Images is an app that I always have on my devices and it truly is on my list of must haves. It sells regularly for $2.99 but today you can grab it at 50% off for just $1.49 in the CrackBerry App Store.

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BlackBerry remains the top smartphone brand in Canada

Research In Motion Halifax

Back in May, ComScore released some numbers regarding smartphone marketshare statistics in the U.S. At that time, they were showing that RIM was fighting the good fight against Google and Apple but, was losing out to Google. Flip the markets around and look at it from the Canadian perspective just one month earlier and the results show a different landscape. In fact, the Canadian consumer market for RIM is looking just fine these days.

In March 2011, 6.6 million people in Canada owned smartphones, representing one-third of the total mobile audience. RIM was the leading mobile smartphone operating system with 42.0 percent share of Canadian smartphone subscribers. Apple ranked second with 31.0 percent share, followed by Google with 12.2 percent, Symbian with 6.4 percent share and Microsoft with 5.1 percent share.

I'm sure there is a direct relation to loyalty in the brand there when it comes to Canadian users but this is good news for RIM. Aside from the U.S. market the Canadian market is one the largest markets for BlackBerry smartphones and the new numbers released today how the Canadian market is not slowing down in terms of growth.

Source: ComScore

Ederra theme for BlackBerry - 50 copies up for grabs!

Ederra for BlackBerry

Ederra is the latest creation from AG Designs and is now available. This great theme brings some updating to the look of the stock BlackBerry theme with the new OS 7 icons that will be seen in upcoming devices. Ederra lets you show off any wallpaper on the homescreen and with its stylish, updated design you'll give your BlackBerry a breath of fresh air.

For non-touch devices there is a hidden dock lying below the screen that is easily revealed by scrolling down. The user will notice that the icons pop-up "on-demand" when scrolling down - there are two rows and a total of 12 icons. The icons will then disappear when scrolling back up and the wallpaper will become fully visible. The theme is also equipped with our "Smart Banner". This banner has shortcuts built-in to each piece of information displayed, the time will take you to the Clock app, date to Calendar, notifications to Messages and the signal meter will take you to Manage Connections. Along with the shortcuts - the banner also incorporates a weather slot that also stays there on the lock screen. 

Ederra is available for most devices and is on sale for $3.99 in the CrackBerry App Store.

Contest: We have 50 copies of Ederra to give away. Just leave a single comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight ET. 

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Mooo for the BlackBerry PlayBook - more fun than cow tipping!

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Test your cow rolling abilities with Mooo,a new BlackBerry PlayBook game by Richard Hoddinott, with 30 unique and challenging levels of trying to get your cow to the milk bottle. A game of both skill and strategy, you must work out the best way to roll your cow over the obstacles to the milk bottle and fill it up with fresh milk. Tapping on the haystacks will remove them which allows you to make strategic alterations to the layout of the levels. The more advanced levels introduce new challenges like bubbles and bombs. The game also includes super challenging unlockable bonus levels for even more fun.

It works flawlessly on the BlackBerry PlayBook without any lag or glitches that I've seen and at a price tag of only $0.99, it's sure to be a hit among many. It would have been nice if tilting the PlayBook from side to side would roll the cow utilizing more of the device's capabilities but aside from that, the game is so much fun that I couldn't put it down. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that more levels are released soon! Roll that cow folks!

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Leaked OS for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

BlackBerry 6 Logo

For anyone out there keeping track, builds of OS have made their way out for the BlackBerry Pearl 3G, Curve 3G and even the Bold 9700 but nothing for the BlackBerry Torch 9800. That is, until now. Yup, OS is now available for your downloading pleasure. So if you're down with running a leaked OS, have at the source links below

*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). *

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Source: n4bb

BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac updated in Beta Zone - Brings BlackBerry PlayBook media import and sync

BlackBerry Desktop Manager Mac

BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac has been waiting on some BlackBerry PlayBook funcitonality for a while now, so we were glad to see the latest beta release show up in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The new version is at 2.1.0 (build 19) and includes some support for the BlackBerry PlayBook (yes only some). When connecting the PlayBook you now have options for both importing and syncing media from your Mac. This includes music, movies and photos but that's it. Sadly no sign of backup/restore or any other new features, but I suppose it's a step in the right direction. We're not sure if this is a wide rollout or only certain users are seeing it, so if you're a Beta Zone member login and let us know if it's popping up for you. Also no word on an official public release but we'll keep you posted. Thanks James!

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TuneIn Radio Pro spices up on the go radio with tons of features - 50 copies to be won!

TuneIn Radio Pro

Having music in my pocket with me while on the go is definitely something that I find to be a necessity, and while I don't like to load my SD card up with tons of music, I do like to have a variety with me in case I am in the mood for something different at that time. Some local radio stations play quite a nice mix of music around me so at times I find myself wanting to listen to the radio, but while not near a car or a desk it can be a bit hard -- that is until TuneIn Radio. We have previously talked about TuneIn Radio, but they now have a Pro version which allows users to record the radio content or to pause the live radio if they wish, which are pretty handy features for users on the go. Whether a casual radio listener, or a music lover, this is a must have for all BlackBerry devices!

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Contest: We have 50 copies of TuneIn Radio Pro to give away courtesy of TuneIn! To enter, leave a comment below. One entry per person please, contest ends this Sunday at Midnight. Good luck!  

A guide to LastPass on the BlackBerry PlayBook

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 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. 

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

BlackBerry Bold 9900

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....


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!!

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

The Ultimate Drinking App

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.

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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 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.