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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.1022 for the BlackBerry Curve 8900

And just in case you thought you'd never see another OS for the BlackBerry Curve 8900 here is OS 5.0.0.1022 for it as well. Be sure to back up your data for this one as well, it's not an official OS yet.

*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). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

Source: BBLeaks

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    Leaked: OS 5.0.0.1022 for the BlackBerry Curve 8520

    Wow, been a while since we seen a leaked OS for the BlackBerry Curve 8520 that's for sure. in any event, we now has OS 5.0.0.1022 up for grabs. While we're not sure as of yet what may have changed within the OS, we do know it's unofficial and with that you should be sure to back your data up before loading 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). Follow the links below for more information and instructions. *

    Source: BBLeaks

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      White BlackBerry Torch 9800 now available from Rogers

      If you've been waiting on that shiny white BlackBerry Torch 9800 to arrive at Rogers, the wait is over. The device is now available on their website for purchase. You can snag it now for $229 on a 3-year term, $499 on a 2-year term or $559 on a 1-year term. Still no sign of a white Bold 9780 however, but we can't imagine that being too far off. No word on if the white Torch is available in stores just yet, so be sure to leave a comment if you come across one.

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      BlackBerry Traffic leaves beta - Download it today!

      RIMs own BlackBerry Traffic has been updated to version 1.3.1.207 and is officially out of beta. BlackBerry Traffic is a simple little app that lets you plan your driving route and gives you an eta, traffic delays and alternate routes. You can grab addresses from your contact list and even send an email to let your firends know what time you'll be arriving. While it doesn't have the features of a bigger, full GPS app, BlackBerry Traffic is handy to have is you spend much time on the road. Download if free from BlackBerry App World.

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      BlackBerry Developers Challenge regional winners announced

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      Last night I ventured into New York City to check out an event being held for the BlackBerry Developers Challenge. There they announced all the regional winners (four in total) that will be moving on. The participants competed for over $1.5 million in prizes. The regional winners are:

      • North America: Poynt
      • Latin America: Vlingo Plus
      • Asia Pacific: Love Indonesia
      • EMEA: UbiNav EU

      You can check out a video from the event above. All in all some great stuff from all of these super apps. Congrats to all the winners! Keep reading for the full press release.

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      More than apps, super apps - BlackBerry App World commercial hits the air

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      The latest commercial from BlackBerry shows not a device this time, but BlackBerry App World. Its good to see the apps getting some love and not just the devices. This ad shows off Pageonce in one of what I'm sure will be many more app commercials. There are tons of apps that would turn into great ads, and with the way RIM has been rolling out commercials, I'm sure we'll see a bunch pop up on the airwaves soon.

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      Register for the third BlackBerry PlayBook developer webcast today!

      The third installment of webcasts for BlackBerry PlayBook developers kicks off tommorow. Continuing on with the BlackBerry Tablet SDK and Adobe AIR integration this webcast will cover a larger portion of testing and debugging your apps once created. The full break down is below:

      Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
      Time: 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST

      Summary:
      Join our webcast to learn how to integrate your application with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. We’ll provide examples on how to integrate your application with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using the Adobe AIR 2.5 APIs and the BlackBerry Tablet OS APIs. The following topics will be covered during the webcast:

      • Adobe AIR 2.5 device integration APIs
      • BlackBerry Tablet OS device integration APIs
      • Testing and Debugging your application BlackBerry Tablet Simulator
      • Live Q&A with experts from Research In Motion Limited and Adobe

      Presenters:
      Prosanta Bhattacherjee, Application Development Consultant, Research In Motion Limited
      Renaun Erickson, Adobe Developer Evangelist, Adobe Systems Incorporated 

      If you are planning on attending, you can get yourself registered via the webcast login page today. There will only be 2 more upcoming webcasts to attend, so best to take them all in when you can.

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      Touchcuts - Using shortcuts on your touchscreen BlackBerry

      The Storm and Torch devices use an on-screen keyboard. Because of this, some of the shortcuts used for others' BlackBerry smartphones may not always apply when using touchscreen devices. Fear not, for those shortcuts are not gone. They've simply been lost in translation.

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      MovieTickets.com app coming soon to a BlackBerry near you

      Update: The app is available now - click here for more info.

      MovieTickets.com, one of the leaders in online tickets for all things movies, will soon be releasing an application for BlackBerry smartphones. The app will allow users not only to purchase movie tickets, but also to browse films, view movie posters and check out movie trailers. The app will utilize GPS to locate the closest theaters and showtimes for each user.

      "Many movie-goers expect to quickly and conveniently access information and make ticket purchases anytime and anywhere," said Joel Cohen, CEO, MovieTickets.com. "Over the past couple of years, we've provided our ticketing solutions to many of the most popular apps in the market. We recognize the demand for MovieTickets.com-branded applications and we hope to see a positive response with this launch." 

      The app is on the way and should be available in the next few months. For now, users can check out mobile.movietickets.com for more. 

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      BlackBerry native IM apps updated to 2.5.69

      The native BlackBerry IM clients got another round of updates earlier this week. Google Talk, AIM, Yahoo!, MSN Messenger and ICQ all now sit at version 2.5.69. Most likely just some minor updates and othing major from what I can tell, but an update is an update. You can grab all the latest versions from BlackBerry App World.

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      BlackBerry Partners Fund announces 12 regional finalists in the Developer Challenge

      The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced the 12 reginal finalists for the BlackBerry Developers Challenge. The apps were judged on how well they incorporated "super app" capabilities as well as quality and user experience. Participants are competing for prizes totalling over $1.5 million. The 12 finalists include:

      • North American Finalists:
        • Dictionary and Thesaurus - Dictionary.com
        • Poynt
        • Vayyoo
      • Latin America Finalists:
        • Navita Sports
        • Vlingo Plus - Voice App
        • Waze (LATAM)
      • Europe / Middle East / Africa Finalists
        • CamCard(Business Card Reader)
        • n-tv mobil
        • UbiNav EU
      • Asia Pacific Finalists
        • Forum for BlackBerry
        • Love Indonesia
        • Ramadhan Pocket Guide

      The 4th round of judging takes place today so we'll be winding down the apps once again. Soon a champion will be crowned and we'll know which Super App stands above the others. Hit the link below for more on the Super Apps Challenge.

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      Labyrinth 2 - Now available for the BlackBerry Torch and Storm

      Labyrinth 2 has finally been released for BlackBerry Torch and Storm owners. The follow up to the original Labyrinth game now has some new features added to it and comes in both paid and free versions. Some of the recent additions to the game include:

      • Levels for beginners;
      • Over 80 new levels (quiz, maze, speed levels);
      • New elements: buttons, lasers, gates and magnets;
      • New game effects. 

      Having been a fan of the original game, the new version was a nice surprise. Playing it on the BlackBerry Torch, just feels right given the nature of the game and the new additions overall add a new twist to an old favourite. You can try either the free or paid ($4.99) versions on your Torch or Storm.

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      BlackBerry PlayBook in the wild emerges along with video and some first impressions

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      Oh boy, the BlackBerry popo are going to be busy today.  It seems an unofficial, early-build BlackBerry PlayBook has landed in the wild with Ryder posting about it on a blog called Mobility Insider. No doubt he sold his soul for this one (I'd sell my soul three times to have a production PlayBook right now), but there's a video above to prove he has it and apparently a longer video is on its way.  In addition to the teaser video, a bunch of first impressions were posted.  Here's the short version:

      • UI - fluid, fast and easy to navigate
      • Look and Feel - solid and well built, 7" tablet is easy to type on. He feels Job is wrong on 7" not being big enough
      • Cameras and Multimedia - front and rear cameras are working well, and apparently the media player is awesome

      It's a good start to a pre-release review. Let's see if they add more. In the meantime, for all the latest info on the BlackBerry PlayBook, click here.

      Source: Mobility Insider

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      BlackBerry Bold 9780 now available from T-Mobile USA

      If you've been been waiting for the BlackBerry Bold 9780 to hit a US carrier then tonight is the night. T-Mobile has now posted up the BlackBerry Bold 9780 in black and white. $129.99 with a new 2 year contract and it's all yours. if retail price is more your style and you like not having a contract then you'll be looking at $449.99 as your final damage. Some areas are still showing the device as back ordered but, other areas show it as available. Our guess is that it's still filtering through the site so if your zip isn't showing it as available yet, it will be shortly.

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      RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie Demos BlackBerry PlayBook!

      Following his Jim Balsillie's Web 2.0 Summit interview where he didn't show off the PlayBook on stage, the RIM Co-CEO did demo it to the guys from Engadget in a brief hotel hallway hands-on.  Check out the video above - you can see the multi-tasking card metaphor BlackBerry Tablet OS at work doing it's thing, and even get a quick glimpse of the front facing camera at work.

      With the BlackBerry PlayBook still months away from launch and plenty of time left to keep optimizing this baby, it looks like it's going to be a polished little tablet by the time it hits stores. Exciting stuff!

      Source: Engadget

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      Reading between the lines: Bringing the BlackBerry Tablet OS to the Smartphone "Isn't the hardest thing in the world to do"

      While appearing at the Web 2.0 summit today, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie was placed on the spot to answer questions surrounding Research In Motion, their upcoming products and finally their future. A lot of questions were asked near the end, one that stuck out was a reference to when Research In Motion was going to bring a better experience to their line up of BlackBerry smartphones. This is where things get interesting; Jim Balsillie then referred to the BlackBerry PlayBook and its tablet OS making the statement  "It's not the hardest thing in the world to repackage these things". When reading between the lines that could really be another way of saying that QNX will be the next operating system for BlackBerry smartphones.

      While most of us upon seeing the PlayBook figured that was likely to happen, Kevin's been saying since WES that the future of BlackBerry smartphones phones lies in the QNX OS. With statements such as the one from Balsillie today being made, it only leads to reason that eventually we'll be seeing QNX arrive in a smaller than 7" packaged form and personally, that kind of thinking makes me excited for the next BlackBerry platform. In addition to all the "non talk" talk about future devices, Balsillie was also asked about any upcoming NFC integration for BlackBerry smartphones. His reply to that was simple, of course RIM will be looking at NFC integration. "We'd be fools not to have it in the near-term, and we are not fools".

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      Review: Activity Log for BlackBerry

      Hey! What have you been doing all day?! Have you been on your BlackBerry this whole time?! Let me guess; Brick Breaker! We’ve all been there, at least once. I know I have many, many times. The truth is that when I’m at work, I work. Some may look like they are blankly staring at their monitors, but their minds are in overdrive as a whirlwind of thought processes furiously search for resolutions. Okay...some of them may be reading the blogs at CrackBerry.com, but that’s beside the point. There comes a time when your boss, or even yourself, would like to know where your precious time is being spent. As you begin to keep a real-time record of your day to day, you can’t help but think if this activity is actually wasting more of your time.

      Activity Log provides a way to record your activities while greatly reducing the time it takes to mark them down. In most cases, all you have to do is select one of the preloaded activities or add some of your own! Now you can truly tell how addicted to your BlackBerry you are.

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      RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie speaking live at Web 2.0 Summit at 2:40 EST today

      Hot off the Twitterverse comes word from @blackberry that RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie will be speaking live today during the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. At 2:40pm EST he is scheduled to go on and you can watch live here. The session is titled A Conversation with Jim Balsillie, CEO, Research In Motion. While we're not totally sure what topics will be covered, you can be they'll be some PlayBook talk among other things. Hit the link below to check out the live feed.

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      Funny: Windows/Mac Commercials go BlackBerry/iPhone parody thanks to Riz

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      It looks like Riz, the artist behind Ping Me Baby, is back at it with these funny iPhone vs. BlackBerry parodies. The two videos seen here poke some fun at iPhone on both the application and hardware fronts. Stuff like this always makes me chuckle a bit. Word is there are more on the way too so be on the lookout. Got to love Riz for sticking to his guns and being all about BlackBerry. For now all I want to know is where I can get that sweet jacket :-)

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      Setting up foursquare for BlackBerry

      Foursquare allows you to connect to and meet new friends while exploring your city using the GPS on your BlackBerry device. By exploring and finding new places, members are rewarded by earning points, badges and becoming mayor when they "check-in." Users can also share tips and their location with friends and followers by linking their account to Twitter and Facebook.

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