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BlackBerry PlayBook possible pricing?!

* Update from Kevin: As noted my some members in the comments here, when I saw this post I also thought what's with the 8gb version? We previously saw word from RIM at Gitex that the PlayBook will be hitting in 16gb, 32gb and 64gb versions. I still assume the 8gb version sourced here is a mistake, so it's more likely the 16gb pricing is what's stated as being for 8gb, the 32gb is the 16gb price, and the 64gb price is what's stated as the 32gb price. At least I hope that's the case. *

Back in September we ran a poll here on CrackBerry asking what folks thought the BlackBerry PlayBook would cost. The results of that poll showed that most folks were expecting that $400-$500 mark to be the spot with $300- $400 being the next in line. Today, some rumored pricing was revealed and it seems to fit right in line with both of those options. So, what's the pricing look like?

  • 8GB: $399
  • 16GB: $499
  • 32GB: $599 

A rumor of course but realistically, this pricing seems totally accurate. The BlackBerry PlayBook would need to come in at this pricing in order to stay competitive with everything else that is out there. Also noted in today’s rumors was the information that all versions released first will be Wi-Fi only with the ability to tether to a BlackBerry for data service. Something that has been mentioned before but, the source claims WWAN ability will arrive in 2012. Seems a bit far off for our liking but that's why it's a rumor for now. However, that pricing is something we can deal with for sure, what about you all?

Source: Mobility insider

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Review: Dex Mobile for BlackBerry

Take a minute and ask yourself this question: How often exactly do you ask someone for information? I bet you it’s not nearly as often as it used to be. The cliché argument over stopping and asking for directions, or other info, is becoming slowly (but hopefully surely) a thing of the past, in my opinion. Why? You can thank that BlackBerry that’s in your hand right now. From it an immense amount of data can be retrieved, from directions, locations to contact info and pricing. The question is – how easy is it to access?

You may remember Brian Stepanek, playing the know-it-all Dex in the funny Dex One commercials. He consistently offered a plethora of detailed, local results to all who inquired. My favourite commercial was the one where he broke into song in mid-search result - obviously being used on a mobile device (just so happens to be a BlackBerry!). Dex One offers rapid local searches through print, Dex Knows online and through Dex Mobile. At this time, Dex Mobile is only available to users in the United States, but that didn’t stop this Canuck from checking out the app! Well, with some help of course.

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Contest: Slacker Radio announces the availability of holiday stations

It's once again that time of year where the weather gets cooler, the leaves turn colors and the holiday music hits the airwaves. Our friends at Slacker Radio have informed us that they have launched their Holiday Station lineup and to celebrate it, we have teamed with Slacker to give away some Slacker Radio Plus subscriptions! Their holiday station lineup includes:
Contest: We have five 1-year subscriptions and five 3-month subscriptions up for grabs. The contest is open to all US and Canadian residents where Slacker Radio service is available. To enter, just leave us a comment below. While you're at it, make sure to visit Slacker's website and check out all these great holiday stations!

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AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9780 shows up on video

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]

Yesterday we saw an image of an AT&T branded BlackBerry Bold 9780, and today we get a step up and see it live on video. Nothing really new here to look out for as the device is already available on multiple carriers in Canada and T-Mobile in the US, but it's just further confirmation that it is indeed coming to AT&T very soon. It's not the most stimulationg video ever, but check it out above to get your fix. 

Source: PocketBerry

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Contest: SixTools adds features to your BlackBerry 6 experience - 50 copies to be won!

 

New from ShaoSoft comes SixTools - a handy app that adds some great features to your OS 6 BlackBerry. The app takes on some much needed functionality and gives you more options and control over your device. With SixTools you can add extra convenience keys (using volume and mute/play buttons), a battery meter, holster sounds and more. Torch users even get slider sounds and an orientation lock. Having the extra convenience keys is worth the price alone. SixTools sells for $3.49 in the CrackBerry App Store.

Contest: We have 50 copies of SixTools to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. Note: Since SixTools is specifically for OS 6, if you are still running OS 5 we will give you a copy of ShaoSoft's ExtraKeys (added convenience keys) instead. Good luck!

More information/download of SixTools
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AG Canada launches Canadian farm & market news mobile app

 

Farmers are busy people. They spend the majority of their time in their tractor, half-ton or combine, and not in front of a computer. Yet, much of their critical business information is available on-line: weather, market prices and agricultural news. And when the weather or the market prices change, farmers want to know immediately.

The AgReader application, developed for Farm Business Communications, is a leading edge mobile application that combines secure enterprise publishing and RSS integration with Sherpa Digital's push mobile application that works on the Blackberry. The application features customizable news feeds, weather and market information all from a easy-to-use Blackberry application that works wherever coverage is available.

To make the application even more useful, farmers can choose to receive Environment Canada weather alerts, set commodity price alerts and other critical notifications. Non-critical news and information remains on the device until the farmer has time to review them.

Today's farmers are becoming increasingly reliant and familiar with mobile technology. By bringing information that adds real value to the farmer's daily business practices directly to their Blackberry smartphone, Sherpa Digital and Farm Business Communications have become the technology partner of the Canadian farmer. Full press release after the break.

The app, available free at AgReader.ca, is now available for BlackBerry smartphones.

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BlackBerry PlayBook spotted in latest Black Eyed Peas video!

The latest video for the Black Eyed Peas was posted to Will.I.Am's Dipdive website not too long ago in support of their new upcoming album, The Beginning. While it takes a few mins for the video to get rolling, you'll quickly notice some strategically placed BlackBerry PlayBook shots. Awesome but not all that surprising. Will.I.Am is a hardcore BlackBerry user and being a futurist and all it makes sense he’s already got a BlackBerry PlayBook. Thanks Obi!

Click Here To View The Video On Your BlackBerry Smartphone

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Official statement from Research In Motion regarding the removal of Kik

Well, that didn't take long. We just received an official statement from Research In Motion regarding the removal of Kik messenger from BlackBerry App World. While the statement makes no mention of the revocation of Kiks signing keys or anything like that, it does clarify the situation a little further, which is what we were hoping for. Below is the statement from RIM regarding the Kik application:

RIM became aware of a number of issues and customer concerns regarding the Kik app and service. Following discussions with Kik, the app was removed from BlackBerry App World on November 12. Upon further investigation, RIM concluded that Kik had breached contractual obligations. Based on the broad scope and seriousness of the issues and concerns, RIM terminated its agreements with Kik and withdrew RIM’s support for Kik’s service.

Interesting developments, that’s for sure. After reading that, I'm not so sure Kik will be allowed back into BlackBerry App World. Of course, that’s just my personal thoughts on the situation, share yours in the comments.

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Kik pleads with RIM to keep on trucking

Today Kik posted a blog explaining just what's going on with their Kik Messenger BlackBerry app. If you remember last week, their app was pulled from BlackBerry App World without explaination, and since then has been nowhere to be found. Delays of up to one hour have been occuring for Kik users, and the whole mess has been kind of up in the air.

The blog post today straight from Kik is basically an open letter for users asking RIM not to keep the app off BlackBerry. There is really no good explaination from RIM, but it's a safe bet the BBM likeness of the app isn't one of their favorites -- kind of goes against Kiks tagline of "play nice" huh? From Kik's blog:

We have worked day and night to build a super-fast, reliable and free cross-platform instant messaging app. This includes more than a year of development for BlackBerry smartphones. We have worked cooperatively with RIM at every step. We think it's fair to say that, until very recently, our relationship has been nothing less than friendly.

RIM placed Kik on BlackBerry App World without issue. Kik's upcoming mobile music service received a special award at BlackBerry DevCon about a year ago, and was named by RIM just six weeks ago as one of the first five featured apps to be included in its upcoming BBM platform.

We'll see what details we can gather on all of this and where things are heading. For now you unfortunately can't download Kik for BlackBerry (and without Push who would want to) but other platforms are still up and running. Keep reading for the full Kik post.

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RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis set to appear at D: Dive Into Mobile conference

RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is no stranger to the stage of All Things Digital. The above image (video here) is from his 2009 appearance there, which, he took the time to hash a few things out with Walt Mossberg about the direction of Research In Motion and how he felt about the competitors, such as Apple, Google and Palm. Now, Mike Lazaridis is slated to be speaking at the recently announced "D: Dive Into Mobile" conference in San Francisco on December 6th and 7th. No doubt there will be a lot of talk about the BlackBerry PlayBook during the interview. It's always interesting hearing from the folks who actually run the show as it often gives greater insight to some of the thought processes for the organizations in which they represent.

Source: All Things D

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BlackBerry BBM/Text Roulette - A funny but dangerous game to play [video]

The folks over at College Humor have come up with an awesome new video where they set up, what could be a rather dangerous game of roulette with peoples BlackBerry smartphones. In order to win $100 folks were asked to spin the wheel and then having whatever it landed on sent out via BBM or SMS to one of their contacts randomly selected. After which, they had to allow 5 minutes for a response then they could advise the contact that it was just a joke. Some funny stuff, I'm thinking we need to get a CrackBerry street team together and start coming up with our own videos.

Source: IntoMobile

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Leaked: BlackBerry Desktop Manager v6.0.1.13

If you fancy running a beta version of BlackBerry Desktop Manager on your computer then today, is your lucky day. BlackBerry Desktop Manager version 6.0.1.13 has shown up online and actually carries some noticeable and noted improvements with it. Some of the finer highlights include:

  • Microsoft Outlook & Exchange 2010 64-bit are now supported
  • Administrator silent install
  • Organizer sync improved
  • Wi-Fi sync streaming now supported for over SSL (BlackBerry 6)

Personally, I'm not one for using BlackBerry Desktop Manager. I just simply use AppLoader for everything and just do wireless back ups but a lot of folks out there still make use of BlackBerry Desktop Manager for syncing and organizing. Have at it if you're among those who still use it. Let us know in the comments how it's working after installing.

Click Here To Download The Leaked BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6.0.1.13

Source: BBOS

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Using the BlackBerry Browser on OS 6

Hailed 'round the world as the savior of the BlackBerry web experience, the Webkit-based web browser found in OS6 is fast, sleek, and – most importantly – usable. The browser supports Javascript, CSS3, and HTML 5. What do all these letters mean? Basically, the OS6 web browser is very similar to the browser on your home computer. The web pages you see at home look about the same on your smartphone, just a little smaller.

Sure, you've probably used the browser quite a few times since finding it loaded on your device. But do you know all the ins and outs? How well do you really know your BlackBerry's web browser?

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AT&T branded BlackBerry Bold 9780 spotted

 

While some US customers are happy with the release of the BlackBerry Bold 9780 on T-Mobile, many are left asking when it will land on AT&T. We know it is coming, it's really just a matter of when. BerryCN posted this image of an AT&T branded Bold 9780 a few days back that reassures us it is indeed out there. Some recent emails to the CrackBerry tip line also let us know that apparently consumer demand for the device is very high, so AT&T is hoping to move things along quickly and we should see a release in the coming weeks. Fingers crossed on this one -- maybe we'll even see a white version come out of AT&T as well. 

Source: BerryCN

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Fantasy Football app for the BlackBerry PlayBook gets shown off

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]

Last week we got to see a first look at the PlayBook in the wild, and now we finally get to take a tour of a full out application walk through for the BlackBerry PlayBook. This Fantasy Football application sports a ton of nice features and looks super smooth even at this early stage. Universal Mind has this to say about the SDK and overall developer experience:

"The framework SDK is integrated into Flash Builder which made for a very familiar dev environment. Compiling the application and deploying it to the PlayBook Simulator is quick and easy with multiple ways to see your application in a working environment. Without a actual device in hand we relied on the Simulator to test all the interactions, so it was a key piece of the workflow. We also reused several pieces of code, which made creating interactions even faster. The SDK controls made creating interactive lists a snap: all the kinetic interactions are built into the controls, like pulling on a list and getting the elastic snap that many users are familiar with. Integrating video is seamless with the built in video controls, which also allowed for customization. The framework also allows developers to create consistent applications using the array of controls that are built into the OS."
Sounds good right? Hopefully this ease of development, compared to development in the past, will really entice a lot of developers to create some great applications for the PlayBook. This app looks awesome so far and I know I'm excited to see what else is to come down the line.

Source: Universal Mind Via: BGR

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Pass the time with WordSearch - Now with a free version

WordSearch is a great game to fill those moments of boredom. This classic word game brings countelss hours of fun with it's huge library of words, and seemingly infinite number of puzzle combinations. Selecting your found words is simple. With your touchscreen device, just drag your finger from the start of the word to the end of the word. The same goes for non-touchscreen devices, using the trackball/trackpad.

Overall I have found WordSearch to be a very nice game, and great time waster. You can pick up the WordSearch free or paid version at the CrackBerry App Store (paid for $2.99). Both versions are compatible with all devices running OS 4.5 and up, including BlackBerry 6.

More information and download of WordSearch Free>>
More information and download of WordSearch paid version>>

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Contest Winners - Galaxy Ring, BlackBook 3, and SmartJump!

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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Introducing the New CrackBerry.com - A Site Redesign for the Next Era of BlackBerry!


the New CrackBerry: better looking, easier to navigate, more fun to use

Welcome to the new CrackBerry.com! Click around and get to know us - we're sure you'll like what you see. We've got a new look, new navigation and some great new content areas (don't miss the BlackBerry Devices section or BlackBerrry OS Superpage - they're my favorites!). Of course the accessory store and forums have received makeovers and our App store, Canada store, Phone store and m.crackberry.com sites will be getting the redesign treatment soon. All in all it's a better looking and more professional CrackBerry that's easier to navigate and more fun to use. And don't worry - if you liked the old site, you're going to LOVE the new site as we've made sure not to lose any of the crackiness that has made CrackBerry so successful to date. Keep in mind this is the first phase of a larger plan to fully revamp CrackBerry, which means there are even more changes to look forward to in the months ahead.   

Go explore the site and hurry back to this article and keep reading and I'll fill in the details of what's new, why we did what we did and what's coming next. With a major overhaul like this I'm sure there will still be some tweaks and fixes for us to make post re-launch (supporting older web browsers, etc.) so consider us in *public beta* and don't mind if you run into the odd loose end. We've setup a forum thread to report any errors or bugs and we'll be working overtime to make things perfect. In the meantime, read on for more of the story behind the CrackBerry redesign and let us know what you think of the new CB in the comments!

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TELUS BlackBerry Style priced at $49.99 according to Future Shop ad

Chalk this one up as another case of big box outlets outing carrier device prices even before the carriers get a chance to announce them. Future Shop, has posted the BlackBerry Style 9670 pricing for TELUS on their website. As was mentioned previously, BlackBerry Style dummy units have already arrived at TELUS. With this information now being posted up, it's pretty safe to assume that we'll get to see an "in time for the holidays" launch of the BlackBerry Style for TELUS' remaining CDMA users. Just remember folks, this is a CDMA only device it cannot be unlock for use on Rogers or any other GSM carrier and that's $49.99 with a 3-year contract.

Click Here To Check Out The Ad Via The Future shop Website
    Source: MobileSyrup

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    BlackBerry theme roundup for November 22, 2010 - Win 1 of 50 free copies of BeAmplified!

    Contest: Win 1 of 50 free copies of BeAmplified! Details below!

    Thanksgiving week is upon us here in the US, which means Christmas is just around the corner! Don't worry, I'm not busting out the Christmas/holiday themes just yet, it's still a bit early I think. However I hope all of you theme developers out there are working on your holiday offerings, as I can't wait to devote a whole roundup to them in the coming weeks! Enjoy this week's picks everyone; there is even one below that is compatible with the Pearl Flip, which seems pretty rare. Don't forget to send your creations and recommendations in to themeroundup @ crackberry.com! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

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