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Wifi manager makes using your devices Wifi easy

Wifi on BlackBerry devices is a great thing, but as great as it is, it can quickly become an enemy as well with the excessive battery consumption when it is not in use. Throughout the course of the day many of us travel between locations that have WiFi, most spots are programmed into your device to auto connect upon arrival, but that precious time inbetween the two locations is unfortunately draining your battery.

WiFi Manager is a great application that takes this excessive drain out of the question by allowing users to whitelist various locations, which are determined by cellular tower, and upon entering those areas the WiFi of the device will be turned on, and after exiting these pre-determined areas the WiFi will be turned off. If you are an avid Wifi user, and travel a lot with your BlackBerry device, this application is perfect for you, set it once, and let it do all the work for you.

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The CrackBerry.com Guide to CrackBerry.com - Part I: the Articles

This article is the first in a series to showcase just what CrackBerry.com can do.  In this article, we'll show you how to quickly find just the stories you want to read.  You'll also become familiar with our superpages; pages that provide an easy way to access a wide array of information about a single product.  For example, our BlackBerry OS Superpage lists all of the newest official and leaked OS's for all the latest BlackBerry smartphones. 

Back at the end of 2010, CrackBerry.com got a remodel. It was on November 22 that we announced our completely redesigned website. On the surface, we added many visual improvements; larger headers, easier-to-spot titles, and a much more legible comment system.

Yet we changed more than just the way the site looks; we updated the way the site works. The other day, Kevin showed me this page about the BlackBerry Torch. Impressed, I asked him when he'd put that page on the site. Apparently, it's been there since the redesign.

There are a whole host of site improvements that we've made but haven't discussed. Today that changes. Whether you're new to the site or CrackBerry guru, here's how to get the most out of your CrackBerry.com.

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Quintell Dashboards; business analytics on the go from your BlackBerry

Viewing spreadsheets on the BlackBerry can be a pain if the worksheet is full of data and field comments.  I know many who print off the spreadsheet and carry it with them so they can have a better view of the data.  The challenge with that is that comments are not viewable and data can't be manipulated while on the go.

Enter Quintell with their Dashboard that provides mobile analytics to decision makers.  With the dashboard you can:

  • Spot reg flags easily
  • Drill down to discover trends 
  • Compare Performance
  • See the big picture
  • Display comments for additional insight
  • Contact the right people without leaving the dashboard
  • Share screenshots
  • Access all your dashboards in one place - online or offline
  • Launch Quintell Dashboards from your email inbox

The company offers a free 15-day trial and the cost to purchase is only $29.99 for a permanent license with no recurring payments. Check out a quick video after the break or hit the link below to download.

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Leaked OS 6.0.0.461 for the BlackBerry Bold 9780

Well happy President's Day, let's celebrate with a leaked OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9780! OS 6.0.0.461 appeared in the CrackBerry forums a bit ago, thanks to ALKi3. Be sure to let us know in the comments below what you think of it if you install it, and don't forget to do a backup of your device, just in case. 

*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). *

To download BlackBerry Bold 9780 OS 6.0.0.461
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Leaked OS 6.0.0.461 for the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

I noticed the other day in the comments some BlackBerry Curve 9300 owners were asking where their latest OS leak was. So here you all are, fresh from the CrackBerry forums. Give this OS a go and let us know how it works out for you all. Remember, back up your device before loading.

*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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Wizard's Dungeon - An absorbing new game from Carbide Software

You have been captured by the evil wizard Kerberos and sent to your doom deep in his dank, foul dungeon of lost souls. Every second is a fight to stay alive as orbs holding the souls of his countless victims descend upon you. Unleash the power of the four magic orbs to aid in your survival. Burn them with Fire Rage, impale them with Lightning Tower, freeze time itself with Ice Storm, and destroy the darkness with Holy Light! Will you survive, or will you become yet another soul lost to the darkness of the Wizard's Dungeon?

Carbide Software has taken the classic bubble popping game and given it a whole new angle with Wizard's Dungeon. With this game you have two different styles of game play to choose from: Torment (swap existing orbs to survive as long as you can) and Despair (summon orbs to clear the level before being crushed). Each mode has three levels of difficulty. Wizard's Dungeon has a good set of instructions for how to play, though I didn't read them and still found the game easy to pick up on as I went through it. The animation and graphics are good, and there are a lot of cool details that you don't see often in this type of game.

You can purchase the premium version of Wizard's Dungeon for $1.99, but there is also a demo version that's free. The demo limits gameplay to 3 minutes at a time, and you can't save your scores, but there are no ads so that's nice. I recommend downloading the demo version and giving it a try, and then going back and buying the premium so you can play as long as you like. Compatible with most devices.

For more information/screenshots and to download the free Wizard's Dungeon demo
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Geodelic makes its way onto BlackBerry devices

For many of us who are constantly on the go, our BlackBerry devices are about the only way to gather information while on the run. Whether traveling to a place you have never been or looking for somewhere new to visit in your town, trying to get there can be a struggle. Geodelic, a great location based application that has been available for iOS and Android for a while now, is finally available on the BlackBerry platform. Geodelic brings real time information to users based on their currently location, they are able to find directions to the nearest Starbucks, best Happy Hour deals while traveling or how to get to a local grocery store that supports your need to be green. The application is loaded with information and for trying it out and checking into various locations for four days in a row, you enter yourself for a chance to win a 16gb wifi iPad. The more you use, the better your chance to win, so what is your delay? Download from the link below.

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Ringtone Remix receives a healthy update

A few months back we took our first look at Ringtone Remix, and while at the time of its launch the application contained a lot of great features, it definitely lacked in some areas. Luckily, the developers understood the initial release was not picture perfect, and took to the books to continue refinment of the code, and to make things better. The latest update includes a huge speed increase, so a lot less lag time when ringtones are played, more degrees of zoom, making it easier to find the clip you wish to use, as well as a new song picker which makes it much easier to find the song you wish to use. If you are a current user, be sure to check out this update, and if do not currently use the application, be sure to give it a shot!

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    Contest Winners: Blue Smoothie, Rubus, and a leather BlackBerry pouch!

    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)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. Hit the jump for the full list - congrats to all the winners!

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    UberSocial, formerly ÜberTwitter, now available for download

    For those of you still lost when it comes to what Twitter client to use we have some great news of you're a former UberTwitter user. Twitter has removed the suspension on the oh so popular Twitter client after the changes were submitted for it to be known as UberSocial. UberSocial has been re-enabled and as such can now be downloaded directly from the UberSocial website. Now that the mess has been cleaned up and things are right in the Twitter universe again, enjoy folks!

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    BlackBerry Torch 2 outed via UAProf?!

    In Kevin's BlackBerry Roadmap, he talked about the devices we can expect to see in 2011. One of these devices is the next generation BlackBerry Torch, and it looks like we just got some more confirmation on that. According to UAProf documents found online, the BlackBerry 9810 has the same 480x640 screen resolution that the Torch 2 is rumored to have. Add it up, and it looks like the Torch 9800 has a new family member.

    Current specs for the Torch 2 are said to be:

    • Processor: 1.2 GHz processor
    • Radio: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE ; Tri-band HSPA 14.4Mbps
    • Display: 3.2" VGA - 480 x 640 capacitive touchscreen display
    • Memory: 8GB storage + 512MB RAM + up to 32GB MicroSD
    • Connectivity: WiFi + Bluetooth + NFC
    • Camera: 5 MP
    • Battery: 1300MAh battery
    • Dimension: 14.6mm thick 
    • Sensors: magnetometer

    Of course these are speculated, and could change before the device is actually released. With all these great devices coming out this year... which are you going to pick?

    Source: BBNews.pl

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    Live Photos of the BlackBerry Bold Touch (montana) Emerge!


    Bold 9700 (left) vs. the new BlackBerry Bold Touch (right)

    Gotta love it when a plan comes together! Following up on the 2011 BlackBerry Smartphone Roadmap leaks of January, we're starting to see these devices take shape for REALZ in February. We saw the monaco/Storm 3 show up on video yesterday, and now today we're looking at live photos of the BlackBerry Bold Touch, which currently goes by the codename dakota. As you can tell, the newest Bold (pictured above on the right) looks more like the original Bold 9000 from the front than the smaller Bold 9700/9780 we're currently used to. I can't wait to pound out emails and BBMs on the Bold Touch's keyboard... that is the Cadillac of smartphone keyboards right there. As for what the Bold Touch is packing inside, here's the specs as they have been rumored to date:

    • Dimensions: 115 x 66 x 10.5mm
    • Radio: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; Tri Band UMTS
    • Display: 2.8" diagonol - VGA 640 x 480, resolution 287dpi
    • Camera: 5mp - Flash - Image Stabilization - HD Recording (720p)
    • Navigation: Capacitive Touch, Optical Trackpad
    • Keypad: Wide QWERTY - Physical Send, End, Escape, Menu, Right Side Convenience Key, Volume Control
    • Memory: 8GB - 768MB RAM - up to 32GB MicroSd Card
    • WiFi: 2.4 GHZ b/g/n - 5GHz a/n - Mobile Hotspot
    • Connectivity: Micro USB - Bluetooth - NFC
    • Sensors: Magnetometer - Accelerometer - Proximity

    Lots more photos after the break, so check them out! Looks like we'll need to see some new Bold Touch cases for this one too. You don't want to miss the one where you see that the trim around the Bold Touch's keypad LIGHTS UP!!! Who's waiting on this one?? I know I am!

    Source: N4BB

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    Leaked: Twitter for BlackBerry v1.1.0.13

    If you are a Twitter for BlackBerry user, or if you were affected by yesterday's UberTwitter fiasco, you may want to check this out. Twitter for BlackBerry v1.1.0.13 was leaked online today! Beyond the normal bug fixes you would expect, this update also comes with some UI changes to your timeline. The icon is now a cute little Twitter bird instead of the old "t", and you can view DMs by bubbles or stripes. It looks like this version is only compatible with BB6. If you choose to download this leaked version, let us know how it works for you in the comments below! Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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    Contest: Win a free copy of Rubus by Pootermobile!

    Pootermobile is back again with a slick new BlackBerry theme called Rubus. As always Poots had his thinking cap on when he designed this theme, and he added some innovative features that aren't found elsewhere. For example, he kept Universal Search on the home screen, which many other theme developers have removed. What really sets Rubus apart from the others is the addition of widgets, which allow you to add or remove the calendar, weather slot, and icons on the home screen. The ability to customize a theme to your liking right on your device is really cool!
    Other features include:

    • Customizable icons on home screen - (5 for keyboard devices, 8 for touchscreen devices, 4 for the BlackBerry Style)
    • Weather widget 1st position in the applications screen - (weather application of your choice required but not included)
    • Widgets Options Page - click the options icon on the bottom left banner
    • Universal search on home screen - (only for devices running BlackBerry 6)
    • Wallpaper friendly
    • No carrier
    • Transitions throughout
    • Trackpad on the home screen for the Torch has been disabled because of a conflict in the Widgets page.

    Compatible devices include BlackBerry: 8900 (Curve), 8910 (Curve), 8930 (Curve), 8980 (Curve), 9000 (Bold), 9500 (Storm), 9530/9530T (Storm), 9550/9520 (Storm2), 9630 (Tour), 9650 (Bold), 9670 (Style), 9700 (Bold), 9780 (Bold), 9800 (Torch)

    For more information/screenshots and to purchase Rubus for $3.99

    CONTEST:

    If you'd like to try your luck at winning a FREE copy of Rubus and you have one of the devices listed above, go ahead and drop your comment below to enter the contest! We have 50 copies to give away, so hurry and enter! (One entry per person, contest ends Sunday at Midnight PST.)

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    JeeoSuite updated with new features, still in beta testing

    A few weeks ago we let you know about a new app for BlackBerry from mblware called JeeoSuite that is currently in private beta testing. JeeoSuite is a wifi web-portal for your BlackBerry, and it's well on its way to becoming one of those "must have" apps that all BlackBerry users are going to want to get their hands on.

    The early phases of testing revealed a ton of handy features, and we just learned that the next phase is rolling out soon and it's going to have even more cool functions for you to drool over. On top of the features listed below, you will now also have access to Mail (webmail for your BlackBerry), Calendar, Memos, and a Photo Browser! The team has also overhauled many other features of the app including the wifi File Browser. This is a really exciting update, and

    I'm anxious to try out the new features! According to the JeeoSuite Twitter account, all of these features will be available in a free version, with a pro (premium) version to be released later. If you would like to sign up for beta testing, you can do so at the link below and you can check out the rest of the features and screenshots after the break!

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    CrackBerry Reminder: What you may have missed this week


    Leaked OS 6.0.0.443 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650

    It's not often that OS leaks go backwards in numbers but that's seemingly what happened here. If you've not been satisfied with the 6.0.0.446 then 6.0.0.443 might be worth -- downgrading to. Sounds weird right?! Remember to back up your data before you load this up. Also be sure to drop comments letting us know how it all turns out for ya's!

    *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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    CrackBerry Podcast 064: Looking Back on a week of BlackBerry Mobile World Congress 2011 News!

    Mobile World Congress 2011 is now over, and it helped to deliver a bunch of news and interesting posts to the CrackBerry blogs this week (click here to see MWC related posts). More PlayBooks were announced (I'm still waiting for the WiFi only one!), NFC on upcoming BlackBerry Smartphones got official, and we saw a bunch more demos of apps running on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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    First Video of a Real BlackBerry Monaco (aka Storm 3) Emerges!

    [ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]

    * Update: The original poster of this video removed it from their youtube account as quick as they posted it, but luckily I we got it yanked from youtube in time (thx Bla1ze! I managed to get a copy recorded on my 9780 too). Check out the video again above. Enjoy! *

    As I mentioned in our 2011 BlackBerry Smartphone Roadmap post, we're still not sure if the next-generation of full touchscreen BlackBerry is going to carry the Storm name or something different, but that hasn't stopped a Verizon branded version of it from popping up on youtube. Codenamed monaco, the device in the video should be rocking BlackBerry 6.1 along with the following specs:

    • Dimensions: Sleek, thin profile - 11.5mm thick (120 x 62 x 11.5 mm)
    • Processor: Qualcomm 1.2GHz Processor
    • Radio:Dual band CDMA, EV-DO Rev A, RX Diversity ; Quad band EDGE / Single Band UMTS
    • Display: 3.7" - 800x480 resolution, 15:9 aspect ration, 253 DPI
    • Camera: 5 MP - Flash - Image Stabilization - HD Video Recording (720p)
    • Navigation: Capacitive touch + BlackBerry navigation keys + optical navigation module. One convenience key
    • Memory: 4GB storage + 768MB RAM + up to 32GB MicroSD
    • WiFi/GPS: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + GPS + Bluetooth 2.1 EDR + Mobile HotSpot
    • Connectivity: Micro USB - Bluetooth - NFC
    • Sensors: Magnetometer - Accelerometer - Proximity
    • Software: Enhanced BlackBerry SW v.6.1, BlackBerry Evolution 6, Open GL ES 2.0, APIs for magnetometer and augmented reality apps

    With this device not really expected to be announced until BlackBerry World in May, there's still lots of time for RIM to work on the software. But all in all it's looking good! Check out the video above and drop us a comment with your thoughts. Let's hope we see a more in-depth follow up video in the not so distant future.

    Source: CrackBerry Forums

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    UberMedia issues official statement addressing the ÜberTwitter suspension

    As we noted earlier, ÜberTwitter and various other Twitter clients such as Twidroyd have been suspended by Twitter. Although it came as a shock tomost users out there, the fix for the situation is well under way and things should be back to normal as soon as possible. If you head on past the break, you can view the full response from UberMedia that outlines the whole situation.

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