BlackBerry News and Reviews

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!

For more information and to sign up to beta test JeeoSuite

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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). *

Download OS 6.0.0.443 for the BlackBerry Bold 9650
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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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ÜberTwitter not working for you? You're not the only one

Have you noticed your ÜberTwitter is no longer working while trying to update your Twitter account? Sure you have. Don't worry though, you're not the only one out there this is happening to. According to a posting made to the Twitter support page and sent off to various users, ÜberTwitter has been suspended from being used on Twitter due to violations of Twitter policy. What exactly, that means we're not entirely too sure but we'll keep you updated if and when we do find out the details. In the meantime, relax. The world is not over nor is skynet taking over. There are other Twitter clients available to you.

*UPDATE* - Twitters reasoning can be found after the break

Source: Twitter

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BlackBerry App Roundup for February 18th, 2011! Win 1 of 25 copies of InfoBox!

Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! I read Kevin’s email to Rovio, in which he was wondering/pleading/praying Angry Birds would eventually see the light of a backlit BlackBerry screen. Remember Kevin, that it is all fun and games. Angry birds in real life are far from fun. They tend to get pretty good at aiming their little “bombs”.

Today, we announce the winners of the PhotoClub giveaway and also give you the chance to win one of 25 copies of InfoBox! Have a rootin’ tootin’ weekend! Giddy up!

Freebies of the Week: uTrack Lite, Share A Photo, Pro Football Draft Insider – NFL News

In Case You Missed It: Photo Translator, BlackBerry Travel

New This Week: Target date, Home Screen Notes, MyBinaryClock

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Smart Pilot

Contest: Win one of 25 copies of InfoBox!

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Learn More About NFC on BlackBerry Smartphones (video)

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Following up on the official word that upcoming BlackBerry Smartphones will support NFC, Dougie from the InsideBB blog interviewed Andrew Bocking, VP of Handheld Software Product Management for RIM, on the topic. Check out the video above to learn more about  what Near Field Communication is, what it could be potentially used for and get a bit of a glimpse of thinking on how Research In Motion is going to utilize NFC in your next BlackBerry Smartphone. 

As for what phones will be getting NFC? The odds are if you read CrackBerry regularly you already know, but if not, jump over to our 2011 BlackBerry Smartphone Roadmap and get a sneak peek.

Source: InsideBB

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How do you use your BlackBerry: What do you do with your device when you're sleeping?

  What do you do with your device while your sleeping?online surveys  

I know this one sounds a bit weird but I am generally curious what everyone does with their device at night. I have always been a big fan of the charging pod/bedside mode combo, but I know others use the Auto On/Off (as I did when I got my first device). I'm curious what the majority of you do when you put your device to bed at night. Do you use bedside mode like me? Auto On/Off? Do you just power off your device before you go to bed? Cast your vote in the poll above then leave a comment letting us know!

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Customize your photos with PixTrix for BlackBerry

If you feel like you're missing out in the Instagram craze, look no further than PixTrix. PixTrix is a BlackBerry application that lets you apply a bunch of custom filters to photos right on your device. Open an image and choose from filters such as double exposure, vintage, saturation and more. From there you can choose to save the image back to your device or upload to Facebook.

While PixTrix isn't perfect, it does get the job done. The interface is a bit clunky and had an awkward layout. Some processes take a bit to get done and I feel some things could be fixed to make the app much better (like choosing an image) but free is free right? Grab it from the link below then drop a comment and let us know what you think!

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Review: BlackBerry 1-Click Installer (BBOCI)

I've probably upgraded, downgraded, and reloaded the OS on every device I've ever owned more times than I can keep track of. However I've experienced a few bugs here and there over the years when restoring my third party applications. Sometimes Desktop Manager says there's a required update to the OS even after I just reloaded it, asks to downgrade BlackBerry Messenger, or has various compatibility or application load errors.

When it comes to reloading applications it's always good to have choices. So in addition to AppLoader, BBSAK, and DM, there's another utility program out there that you can add to the list. BlackBerry 1-click installer (or BBOCI) by Bach Khoa University is an easy to use desktop program that allows you to quickly install third party applications to your device without using Desktop Manager or any other program for that matter.

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TAT shows off more BlackBerry PlayBook capabilities

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We keep seeing more and more good things come from RIM and others on the PlayBook front, and with TAT on board it's full steam ahead. We already saw a sweet scrapbook application running on the PlayBook, and now the guys from IntoMobile have snagged the above video of some more amazing demos. The first app shown is a media viewer hooked up via HDMI to an external display. It shows extremely well and even has some crazy 3D too. Then we get another look at Scrapbook, and finally check out a multimedia app called Frontrunner. All of them look amazing and really show off the capabilities of the PlayBook. The apps look so smooth and run without a hitch - that "double multitouch" really wows me too. Take a look at the video above for all the goods then sound off in the comments.

Source: IntoMobile

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Find local breweries with Brew World for BlackBerry

If you are a frequent traveler or just a weekend excursioner and happen to be a fan of beer, we have just the app for you. Brew World for BlackBerry is an awesome app that lets you locate local brew pubs and craft breweries right from your device. Brew World uses your current GPS location to search near you or you can input a US city or zip code or search by brewery name. There is an extensive and growing list of over 1,600 breweries and 3,000 beers. Each brewery page contains contact and location information as well as a full list of beers they offer. You can even register to review beers within the app. So if you plan on getting out and like to check out the beer world, grab Brew World free from BlackBerry App World.

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Hour to kill? Watch the App Circus Spotlight on BlackBerry from MWC!

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]

The word from Barcelona is that Research In Motion has had a pretty successful show all around, with a lot of interest especially being shown by developers for the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook. One of the side-shows at App Planet this year was App Circus, where developers take to the stage for a few minutes at a time, to talk about their apps in front of a panel of judges. 

Above you can watch the App Circus Spotlight on BlackBerry (warning, it's a 52minute video), and get a glimpse and further insight into some current and future apps for BlackBerry. If you want to skip the video and just get to who won the App Circus competition, you can already download the winner Gbanga and runner up Urban Step from App World. I haven't watched the whole video yet (I *wish* I could watch it on my PlayBook when going to bed tonight.. hurry up RIM!) so if you do watch it be sure to drop some comments below with any of the highlights.

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NFC support on upcoming BlackBerry Smartphones gets official

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]

One of the biggest announcements from Research In Motion at Mobile Congress World 2011 wasn't made via a press release, but rather by RIM's Co-CEO Jim Balsillie when he was on stage during a keynote yesterday. The announcement? He confirmed Near Field Communication (NFC) support on future BlackBerry Smartphones. Of course CrackBerry readers already knew this was coming via the leaked 2011 BlackBerry Smartphone Roadmap, but apparently the greater world did not as RIM's stock actually rallied up a few dollars yesterday on the news. We're still trying to hunt down the video with Jim's speech, but you can check out the video above of Mike Kirkup from BlackBerry Developer Day where he again confirms the NFC news (as well magnetometer support in BlackBerry 6.1).

If you're not familiar with NFC, there are three main ways to put it to use in mobile:

  • Card emulation - the NFC equipped BlackBerry behaves like an existing contactless card
  • Reader mode - the NFC equipped BlackBerry is active and reads a passive RFID tag, for example for interactive advertising
  • P2P mode - NFC equipped devices are communicating together and exchanging information (between two phones, or phones and accesssories equipped with it, etc).

So what kind of specific uses can we expect to see in the future? Think mobile ticketing in transportation, swiping into your office building with your BlackBerry, mobile payment (your BlackBerry is now your credit card.... scary thought?!) and one of the big things it could also help in is the automatic pairing of two Bluetooth devices.

Let me go out on a limb here... I'm going to PREDICT (I'm pretty much 100% confident we'll see this happen) that when the next generation of BlackBerry Smartphones hit the market that are NFC equipped, you'll be able to create the BlackBerry Bridge between your BlackBerry Smartphone and the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet simply by bringing the phone next to the tablet - you won't have to manually setup any of the Bluetooth pairing... it'll just happen via the magic of NFC. 

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Mega Tower Assault for BlackBerry Smartphones now available

I'm a big fan of tower defense games, and being able to take them with me on my BlackBerry is a huge plus. The latest comes from Gameloft Inc and is called Mega Tower Assault. The game provides you with 8 different types of towers with which to defend youself. There are 12 maps in 4 settings including beach, snow, platform and lava. The graphics are great and the game is sure to provide hours of entertainment. If you've never tried tower defense before, this is definitely a great way to get started. You'll surely become addicted and won't want to put this one down. Mega Tower Assault is available in BlackBerry App World for just $0.99.

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Want Angry Birds for BlackBerry? Read This...

* Update: @RovioMobile shot us a couple of replies.. One and Two. They have no plans for Angry Birds for BlackBerry Smartphones on the BlackBerry OS right now, but the PlayBook is a definite possibility (which to me sounds like they're not working on it yet). Keep up the demands in the comments... maybe we change their minds! *  


It only took me seconds to Photoshop Angry Birds onto BlackBerry.
Is it that hard to make it happen for real? Please help us Rovio! :)

An Open Letter to Rovio on behalf of BlackBerry users everywhere who would rather be playing Angry Birds right now than reading this...

Dear Geniuses at Rovio,

I commend you on the success of your Angry Birds franchise. In app stores/marketplaces where the title is available, you have emerged in the coveted position of being that first game everybody wants to download. Heck, you're almost a tax at this point - think of the millions of minutes of wasted time that could be saved if Angry Birds just came preloaded on devices and the cost was built into the price of the phone/tablet/other gadget. People are going to buy it anyways, so think of all of the time people would save that could go into something productive, like curing... ahh, who am I kidding? It would just go into playing more Angry Birds. I guess what I'm really saying here is Congratulations! You're #1! But what about us freak'n BlackBerry users?!

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Leaked OS 6.0.0.461 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Hey BlackBerry Bold 9700 users, looks like we have something for you tonight! OS 6.0.0.461 has leaked for your device, so if you're into that sort of thing go ahead and give it a go. As always, back up your device data first please. We'd hate to see you lose anything. Let us know what you see that is new and improved, and hop on over to the forums to discuss it further! 

*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 dowload OS 6.0.0.461 for your BlackBerry Bold 9700
To discuss fixes and findings in the forums

Source: N4BB

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BlackBerry Repair Services Now Available from ShopCrackBerry.com!

Get your broken BlackBerry fixed with our selection of Repair Services!


Don't worry... I'm not actually the one doing the repairs. The experts at PDA Repair World are!

Finally! It gives me great pleasure to announce that BlackBerry Repair Services are now available via ShopCrackBerry.com! Since literally the day CrackBerry went live four years ago our e-commerce support team has been regularly fielding phone calls and emails asking if we can fix a broken BlackBerry and if not, who can. We discovered the best surgeons in the business are PDA Repair World, so we've partnered with them to make their services available directly via our store. 

So what kind of BlackBerry ailments can be operated on? Pretty much everything! Battery Terminal Problems, Camera Issues, Housing Replacement, Keyboard Issues, Microphone & Speaker Issues, Screen Replacement, Sidekey Issues, SIM Card Issues, Trackpad & Trackball Issues, USB Port Problems and much more. And as you might hope, expedited return courier services are offered for your fixed BlackBerry. Click the link below to view all the repair services available for your BlackBerry.

Browse all BlackBerry Repair Services available at ShopCrackBerry.com

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