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CrackBerry Poll: What Twitter app are using on your BlackBerry these days (and why!)

What Twitter app are you using on your BlackBerry these days?survey software

It wasn't all that long ago that the official Twitter for BlackBerry app didn't exist and us BlackBerry users had no choice but to seek out and use a third party twitter client (see our ultimate twitter cilent roundup). And even with T4BB now out and getting a lot of use, I still see a lot of BlackBerry tweets coming from third party apps like UberSocial (formerly UberTwitter), and I know I personally use SocialScope (which is still in beta).

So I'm curious to know, CrackBerry Readers, which Twitter app is your favorite these days, and why? Vote on the poll above, and then let us know in the comments why a particular app is your favorite. Is it that Twitter for BlackBerry is good for basic tweeters and UberSocial wins the power tweeter award? Or do you favor one over the other for another reason? Have you used one app the whole time, or have you swapped between them and picked your favorite? Or maybe you just hate twitter altogether and think it's stupid (that's ok, tweeters won't be offended). Wherever you're at with the twitter, we want to know. Oh, and don't forget to follow @crackberry (and i'm @crackberrykevin). I'm curious to see the poll results and comments on this one, so have at it!

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BlackBerry PlayBook coming to Bell Mobility

While Rogers confirmed they'd be carrying the BlackBerry PlayBook for quite some time now, the majority of other carriers in Canada have not really had too much to say. Bell however, might as well have just confirmed the device on their network through no doing of their own. The Source's latest flyer contains the "coming soon" ad you see above. Considering the Source only sells Bell products there is no way it's a slip up. Sadly, the details stop there though. No date or pricing has been noted but now that its been outed I'm sure more details will follow along soon.

Source: MobileSyrup

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Spec Comparison: BlackBerry PlayBook vs. Apple iPad 2 vs. HP Touchpad and Android Tablets

After Apple's media event yesterday, the stage is now *relatively* set for the 2011 tablet wars. RIM has the BlackBerry PlayBook, Apple has the iPad 2, HP (formerly Palm) has the TouchPad, and there are a bunch of Android 3.0 tablets in the mix like the Xoom, Optimus Pad and Galaxy Tab 10 (and I'm sure we'll see a whack load more of Android tablets before the year is through). The chart above nicely sums up where things stand right now and while I think it's hard to declare a "winner" here based on the tale of the tape, one thing that is certain is there will be no lack of options for enterprises and consumers looking to pick up a new tablet in the near future.

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BlackBerry Messenger coming to Android and iOS?!

It looks like the wait may finally be over. BGR is reporting that RIM may finally be making it's BlackBerry Messenger service (BBM) available to both Android and iOS devices. This is a huge step (be it good or bad) for RIM that will leave non-BlackBerry users rejoicing. Sources state that the service may require a one-time or recurring fee and will be a stripped down version of what BlackBerry users know and love. Other platform devices may not be able to send files, images or location information. With plenty of other cross-platform messengers like Kik floating around, BBM is the obvious choice for a unviersal messenger. Back in November we asked if you thought BBM on other platforms was a good idea. Over 23,000 voted and 56% said they thought it would be a good thing, while only 38% said the contrary. The Android version is said to launch before the years end, but not much other information is known for now. You can be sure we'll see what we can find out.

Source: BGR

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Uppidy lets you store your SMS messages for free

If you've been searching for a way to keep track and backup your SMS messages - search no more. Uppidy is a free service (currently in beta) that lets you store your SMS messages on their secure servers. No longer will you have to worry about losing messages should you misplace your device or have something happen to it. All of your messages will be safe and sound on the Uppidy servers. View the messages in real-time and search to find just what you're looking for. If this sounds like something you may need, check out Uppidy from the link below. It's free for now but once it leaves beta you never know :)

More information/download of Uppidy for BlackBerry

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BlackBerry Protect rumored launch dates emerge

It's been quite some time since we posted our intial preview of BlackBerry Protect. While it's been in the BlackBerry Beta Zone all this time, it's only been available for a limited amount of users. With it being there we've heard plenty of times that it's coming soon but there has never been a date associated. The latest rumors however have an area-specific rollout happening by way of open beta on the following dates;

  • March 5th (North America / Latin America)
  • March 19th (EMEA)
  • April 2nd (Asia Pacific)

We won't hold anyone to those date but a complete roll out would be great to finally see happen. Anyone waiting to get their hands on BlackBerry Protect still or have you moved on to one of the many alternatives now available? Let us know in the comments folks.

Source: N4BB

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Official OS for the Blackberry Bold 9650 from Alltel

Here's one for the Bold 9650 users. Altell has released OS today for public consumption. While it isn't really a huge jump (or much of a jump at all) from the last official OS for the 9650, new is new right? It looks to be good from early reports, so get out the USB cables and have at it. Be sure to hit the forums and post your findings. Thanks rroyy

Download OS for the Bold 9650 from Alltel
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Facebook for BlackBerry officially updated to version

Update: Looks like some users are seeing verison while some aren't seeing any update at all. If you don't have it yet, keep checking back. We're told it should be available for all in the next few hours. 

Facebook for BlackBerry has finally received another official update. The latest version fixes some of the issues that have been causing problems for a few weeks now. The newest version is and seems like a pretty solid update. New features/updates include:

Email Notification Improvements
Previously, if you turned on email notifications using the website, then logged out and logged back into Facebook on your BlackBerry smartphone, your email notification settings would be turned off. Now, with Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones, email notifications are left enabled if you change email notification settings using, then log out and log back in to Facebook on your BlackBerry smartphone.

Background Polling
Previously, if you set the background polling option to Never, then logged out and logged back into Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones, the polling setting would be set to 10 minutes instead of Never. This issue has been corrected so the background polling option will remain at the Never setting.

Photo Upload Freeze Fix
In the past, users may have seen their BlackBerry smartphone freeze when sending a photo to Facebook from the Media folder on their BlackBerry smartphone. This issue has been corrected by this maintenance release so no further freezing should occur.

The new version should be available in BlackBerry App World but it looks like it's not yet showing for all users. Head over to the link below and see if it is showing for you. Be sure to leave a comment and let us know!

More information/download of Facebook for BlackBerry

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CrackBerry Birthday Contest: Win an IOU for a BlackBerry PlayBook!

Leave a single comment to this post for your chance to win an IOU for a BlackBerry PlayBook!

What birthday celebration would be complete without a grand prize? The pièce de résistance?!? Well we have just that - a BlackBerry PlayBook!! Ok, well maybe we don't actually have a BlackBerry PlayBook, but we're still giving one away! In continuing the celebration of our 4th birthday, we're giving away an IOU for one BlackBerry PlayBook. Whenever RIM gets it together and releases it (early April-ish?), we'll send you one right out of the gate.

Enter Contest: Leave a single comment on this post to enter to win an IOU for a BlackBerry PlayBook. Contest ends Sunday March 12th at midnight PST. Good luck!

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BlackBerry PlayBook set to launch April 10th?

According to BGR, the BlackBerry PlayBook looks to be somewhat on schedule and set to launch April 10th in the US in at least some retail channels. While we originally were told by RIM the device would be out and about by the end of March (aka it would launch sometime in Q1 2011), we'll definitely settle for April. As we knew already it looks like it will be sold in retailers like Staples and Office Depot among others, as well as via carriers. Details are pretty sparce at the moment, but with the date just over a month away we should (hopefully) get some more info soon.

Source BGR

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Contest: Win 1 of 50 copies of Ciel by Raypho!

*Update* Raypho is so excited by the feedback on Ciel, he has given us 20 more copies for you guys, bringing the total up to 50 themes to give out! Thanks Raypho!

Ever since I got the BlackBerry Torch, I've had trouble finding themes I like and can stick with for any amount of time. There have been a few that I like, thankfully and Ciel by Raypho is definitely one of them. From the moment I installed it, I knew it was a keeper for me. Raypho has included a hidden dock (with 6 - 10 icons depending on device) and hidden today area on the home screen as well as a dedicated weather slot and shortcuts to the clock, connections, and profiles. I love the icons in this theme as well as the semi-transparent menus and dialog boxes. All in all it is a really classy theme, and runs smoothly on my BlackBerry Torch.

Ciel is available on sale right now for $3.99 (normally $5.99) and is compatible with the BlackBerry Bold 9000, Bold 9650, Bold 9700, Bold 9780, Curve 8330, Curve 8350i, Curve 8520, Curve 8530, Curve 8900, Curve 8910, Curve 8930, Curve 8980, Curve 9300 3G, Curve 9330 3G, Storm 9500, Storm 9530/9530T, Storm2 9550/9520, Torch 9800, Tour 9630 (OS 4.6 - 6.0).

Contest: Raypho has sent me 50 copies of Ciel to pass on to all you theme lovers out there! You know the drill. Leave a comment below to enter. One entry per person please, and the contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST!

For more information/screenshots and to purchase Ciel

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Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express app for BlackBerry now available

If you're a road warrior and Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express is your hotel of choice, you'll be happy to know that apps for both have just been released for BlackBerry smartphones. The apps are your travel companion, giving you hotel details and locations worldwide. View and cancel reservations, find locations, view Priority Club Rewards and much more. The apps are both 100% free and great to have when on the road. Grab them from the links below.

More information/download of Holiday Inn app
More information/download of Holiday Inn Express app

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Mobiola xPlayer for BlackBerry updated to version 2.0

The multimedia player application known as Mobiola xPlayer was recently updated to 2.0. xPlayer has been around for quite a while, in fact it was one of the first applications I’ve ever reviewed on CrackBerry. It originally, and continues to, offer multimedia management options above and your beyond what your BlackBerry currently can. Yes, that means going past shuffling songs, listening to podcasts and creating playlists. With this application you can also open the door to over 100 predefined radio stations. Both podcasts and radio stations can be accessed through WiFi, direct TCP, BIS or BES. Rather than focusing on flashy looks, it brings functionality and control. Check out what SHAPE Services brought to the table with version 2.0:

  • Full support for OS 6.0 devices
  • Dropbox integration: if you have a Dropbox account, you can log in to your Dropbox directly from xPlayer, add files to playlist from Dropbox, manage playlists with Dropbox files and playback mp3 files directly from Dropbox. You don't need to download them. It's recommended to use Unlimited data plan or WiFi connection to playback files from your remote Dropbox. To create a Dropbox account, go to
  • SHAPE Services split xPlayer into xPlayer (LITE version with Ads) and xPlayer Pro (with 7 days trial)
  • SHAPE Services cut prices to xPlayer Pro to $9.99.

More information/download xPlayer 2.0
Check out the original xPlayer review

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BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet for Business [video]

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Ever since the announcement of the BlackBerry PlayBook, Research In Motion has been touting the fact that it is the first “Professional Grade Tablet" and that it was built with Enterprise environments in mind. However, thus far the majority of videos and demos given appear to have been focused on the consumer market. The above video, released towards redirects that focus back to the fact that the BlackBerry PlayBook was built for business and enterprise environments. Is Research In Motion going about this the right way or -- should they be more consumer focused with the BlackBerry PlayBook? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts, be it from a consumer or potential business user perspective.

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Review: SanDisk 16GB microSDHC Card

One lucky member of the CrackBerry Nation will win one of these.  Read on for details. 


Did you know that your BlackBerry is a voracious, memory-eating machine? Stills and videos taken with your BlackBerry camera, ringtones, music, email attachments, and even emails themselves take up memory. You need a memory card. To get the full use of the multimedia powers of your BlackBerry, you're going to need some space.

Once, I figured 8 gigabytes of storage would be enough. Then I started added entire albums, entire anthologies of work - twenty-six albums take up a bit of room. Digital backups of shows I own on DVD - every Simpsons DVD to date - take up their share of room, too. With 16 gigabytes of memory, I can store over 2,500 6-megabyte MP3's or more than 80 half-hour shows (about 175 MB each).

San Disk is a name I trust and with's reputation, I know the card is good. Twice, I've been burned by bad memory cards bought on ebay. Never again. The 16 GB strikes a nice balance of providing lots of space without breaking the bank. I know I'll certainly put it to good use.

Contest: Want to get one of these for free from Just leave a comment to this review letting us know what music or videos you'd put on a 16 GB memory card. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. Please only leave a single comment. One lucky winner will get this shipped direct from

More information/purchase SanDisk 16GB microSDHC Card
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Official OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Curve 9300 from Telus

Today from Telus we have OS available for download for both the Curve 9300 and Bold 9780. If you're still using the Crack Team favorite Bold 9700 or a hot Curve 9300, then head over to Telus and download this one. After you install drop a comment or hit the forums with your findings. Even though this is an official OS, be sure to use caution when installing.

Download OS for the Bold 9700 and Curve 9300
Discuss more in the forums (Bold 9700)
Discuss more in the forums (Curve 9300)

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Leaked OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9780

This one slipped by us yesterday, but OS for the Bold 9780 turned up online. The latest leaked OS looks to be a good one, so if you're sporting a Bold 9780 fire up App Loader or BBSAK (or whatever it is you use) and get to installing. Be sure to hit up the forums and leave a comment with your findings.

*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). *

Download OS for the Bold 9780
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CrackBerry Birthday Contest: Win a Schlage LiNK Lock Starter Bundle and one-year of free service!

Leave a comment to this post for your chance to win a Schlage LiNK Lock Starter Bundle. Full Details Below

One of the staples of the CrackBerry Birthday contests comes from our friends at Schlage who are going to set one lucky winner up with a Schlage LiNK Lock Starter Bundle (your choice of deadbolt or lever) along with one year of free service. This set allows you to add some technology to your house with a great setup. You can control the devices right from your BlackBerry or through the web - totally cool stuff. We have an updated review of the entire Schalge LiNK line coming up in the next few weeks as well. Check out Schalge for more info on the full line of LiNK products.

Contest: To enter to win a Schalge LiNK Lock Starter Bundle for yourself, just leave a single comment on this post. Contest ends Sunday March 12th at midnight PST.

Check out more on the Schalge LiNK system

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BlackBerry First Steps: Operating systems - official, leaked, and unofficial


Every day, thousands will pick up a new BlackBerry. For a good many of them, this will be their first BlackBerry; maybe even their first smartphone. We've all had that first day; poking and prodding a new BlackBerry, trying to figure out how it works. This series aims to make that process a bit easier.

Look, I consider myself to be of fairly decent intelligence. I'm no rocket scientist or quantum theorist, but I know my way around technology. Yet, when I first visited, one of the hardest things to wrap my brain around is the operating system. Which BlackBerry operating system am I using? How do I upgrade it? What's a leaked OS? It took me a long while to figure this stuff out; I really wish I could have found an article explaining all of that and maybe more.

This is that article.

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Sprint Total Equipment Protection app now available

Ever set your phone down in your house somewhere only to find that someone (of course it wasn't you) misplaced it? Or left it in that rest stop along the highway? For those of us on Sprint whom are currently enrolled in the Total Equipment Protection plan, you may want to hop on over to and check out the new free app they announced on Monday.

This app allows the user to track a misplaced phone with directions on how to get to its' location as well as sound an alarm to locate your device when it's been lost in the sofa cushion (even when the device is on vibrate or silent). You can even remotely lock your device or erase all your contacts (your info is synced wirelessly & can be restored later or transferred to a new device) all from your computer. For more information and download head to the link below.

More information/download of Sprint TEP app for BlackBerry

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