BlackBerry News and Reviews

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 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

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) 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 - 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! 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 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 @! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

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    Setting up Twitter for BlackBerry

    There are TONS of Twitter clients available for BlackBerry. We've checked out a bunch in our Ultimate Twitter Client Roundup, but if you want to stick with what you know, then maybe Twitter for BlackBerry is the way to go. This client comes directly from RIM and is dubbed a "super app". It gets the job done and has lots of extra features to keep even the hardcore Twitter users happy. Read on for all the details on how to get started with Twitter for BlackBerry.

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    Cross platform messaging service Pinch coming soon to BlackBerry

    [ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]

    With so many people changing devices and jumping from BlackBerry to Android to iPhone to BlackBerry, it's getting harder to keep up with family and friends. SMS is the old standard, but some choose not to pay the fees or be limited in the number of messages they can send. Pinch hopes to ease the pain with their cross-platform messenger that is very similar to Kik messenger (which was recently pulled from BlackBerry App World). Pinch runs across Android and Apple devices for the moment, with a BlackBerry app coming in the near future. Features of Pinch include:

    • Makes it easy to stay connected and interact with your contacts, without having to switch between applications. With Pinch you can send messages and animated emoticons, explore cities through games and competitions, and find people with an interactive pin-map powered by Google.
    • You can add friends directly from your phone contacts, Facebook, or Twitter and group them by category. Your friends, colleagues, and family can each be kept in their own easy- to-access group.
    • Never spend money on SMS again. Pinch uses your existing data plan to find and interact with friends from all around the world, without using your phone's SMS function.
    • Pinch's unique leaderboard adds games and friendly competition for users. Every time you use Pinch to send messages and check locations, accumulate points to win prizes, such as the iPad and other fun giveaways.

    Pinch incorporates not only messaging, but some foursquare-esque features to earn points as well as a few other location based/map features. You can also share images and attachments (unlike Kik) which puts Pinch a step ahead. Check out the video above then head to for more.

    More information on Pinch
      Via: BerryReview

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      RIM and the Middle East: The journey continues

      It has been a little over two months since I wrote my analysis of RIM in the Middle East. At that time, much was open to discussion and debate, and many questions were waiting for an answer. Now, a lot has changed.

      RIM has done great progress in the Middle East and hopefully will continue to do so, but it can not always be good news. During the ongoing struggle between RIM and the needs of Middle Eastern governments, it seems that security and especially consumer privacy have become topics of interest in the media. I shall warn you of the technical content in this article, but do not hesitate to keep reading. Please, be my guest.

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      Sean Kingston gets into the BBM song game

      [ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]

      Sean Kingston is the latest star to get in on the BBM song action. This latest release is titled BBM (imagine that) and features Soulja Boy & Teairra Mari. Its all about BBM and that's that. This is yet another catchy tune we'll have to add to the already growing list of BBM songs like Ping Me Baby and BBM Me Up. Have a listen to the video above. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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      BerryBuzz for BlackBerry updated to version 3.2

      Henrik let me know that the best selling app BerryBuzz has just been updated to version 3.2. This version includes some minor fixes as well as some added app support. If you haven't heard of BerryBuzz, it is a small app that lets you totally customize the LED color on your device. No longer will you need to rely on audible alerts for emails, SMS and phone calls. Let BerryBuzz show you the light and give you more control over your alerts. Updates include:

      • BerryBuzz settings can now be opened right from the homescreen icon
      • Added support for Visual Voice Mail
      • Added support for IM+ Lite
      • Added support for SBSH Calendar Pro
      • Storing license key in backup file and prefilling the activation screen after restore
      • Moved 'My Contact LEDs' and phone group to the top
      • Merged SMS/MMS into 'Text Messages' on OS 6.0
      • Fixed group expansion state not correctly persisted
      • Fixed support for multiple contact lists
      • Fixed support for contacts from AT&T address book on BlackBerry Torch 9800
      • Minor changes to settings screen
      • Fixed reboot (battery pull) needed after initial installation
      • Other minor bug fixes

      Users of BerryBuzz3.x can grab the update for free, while new users can pick it up for just $5.99. Hit the link below to download.

      More information/download of BerryBuzz 3.2

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      Hangman for BlackBerry updated to v3.2

      Back in August ( the weekly roundup told you about a free game called Hangman by Spice. This app brings the classic word guessing game to life with vivid graphics and an easy to use interface. Players can choose from an assortment of categories/themes (Kids, Places, Movies, Mix, etc.), add new ones and can select the level of difficulty (Relaxed, Thinker, Maestro, Ultra) which should keep you occupied for quite awhile.

      This app is a great way to kill excess bouts of boredom especially if you're like me with a long commute to/from work. It's no wonder that it's one of the top free apps in App World. Spice has systematically been updating this app from 2.1.1 to 3.2 for additional features as well as support for the Torch. New Updates Include:

      Ver 3.2

      • 6 New themes - Soccer, Tennis, Politics, European Places, Basketball and Cricket.
      • Exciting new 'Ultra Mode' - think you are a Hangman Pro, try out this mode and let us know.

      Ver 3.1

      • A fresh new theme - 'Music'.
      • Two themes (Kids & Places) now come with special sub-themes.
      • Hangman now learns as you play and adjusts the difficulty level of words automatically.

      Ver 3.0

      • Special Daily Mode
      • Get to play a set of new words each day, compare your score against other players and get yourself ranked
      • 2 new themes - Hollywood & Business - and more words across existing themes

      Hangman is available for free through BlackBerry App World from the link below.

      More information/download of Hangman for BlackBerry

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