BlackBerry News and Reviews

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, 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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BBSAK updated to version 1.9 - Now available in 8 languages

If you haven't used BBSAK, it's desktop software used to perform a wide variety of tasks for your BlackBerry, replacing the BlackBerry Desktop Manager. With BBSAK you can wipe your device, backup/restore your applications, load new or old OSs (without uninstalling OS from your computer), and install and remove CODs. The application is one of the most handy if you install OSs frequently, and is very easy to use.

One of the biggest requests at BBSAK, was support for multiple languages. Now with version 1.9, you get support for 8 languages including English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, and Spanish. They are also looking to expand to vietnamese, russian, and italian. So if you speak any of these languages, head over to their thread in our forums. This version of BBSAK also fixed a couple of minor bugs, including the collapse button bug. Their new website has also launched, since the last time we posted on them, and includes a button for direct download, no more mirrors :)

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Fighting Fire with Facts: RIM posts BlackBerry PlayBook vs. Apple iPad Web Browser Comparison Video

Oh man, I love the new attitude we're seeing from RIM with the upcoming launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Check out the video above and you'll see what I mean. RIM posted a new video on the BlackBerry youtube channel that puts the pre-release PlayBook head to head against the Apple iPad in a comparison and test of web browser performance and fidelity. The PlayBook fairs pretty well in this one. 

Following up the whole Steve Jobs 7" ain't big enough comments of a few weeks back which was followed by an official response from RIM's Co-CEO Jim Balsillie, it's good to see RIM putting up a video like this. Fighting Fire with Fact. It's fun for the fan boys, good for the street (RIM stock has been moving up again) and good for building up some consumer demand. Of course the Rene Ritchie Apple response on this one will be let's see how the PlayBook compares to the iPad 2, which is valid, but I'm still thinking we won't see flash support from Apple on that one either. Sound off in the comments!

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Rdio - A cross platform streaming music service for BlackBerry

Rdio is a new streaming music service, available on the web, desktop, or your BlackBerry. You can add as many songs/albums to your online collection, accessible from any of these platforms. Rdio also supports playlists, and people (similar to Apple's Ping). Possibly the coolest feature is the ability to resume a song/album/playlist from where you left off last, when transitioning from desktop to mobile, or vice versa. Their collection of music seems very complete, and every song I searched for was found, and available for play. Rdio streams over WiFi, 3G and EDGE, comes with a 3 day free trial,  and is completely ad free.

Overall, I think $4.99 per month is a fair price for those who listen to a lot of music, and may not have the space on their device to store enormous amounts of music. It brings unlimited music to you, wherever you are, even if you don't have a cellular signal (available music caching). However, this probably won't entice the casual listener, or those who listen to free streaming radio services like Slacker, and Pandora. But, it is another choice. It is now compatible with the Bold, Tour, Curve 8500, and Storm devices.

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Contest Winners - Win7Ultimate and the BlackBerry Charging Pod!

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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F1 Championship celebration sale! Get FileScout for just $2.56

To celebrate the F1 championship Matthias let us know that he is running a sale on his best-selling (and CrackBerry favorite) app FileScout. Matthias knows I'm a big Formula 1 fan so thought it would be a good gesture...and I agree!!! FileScout is essentially a file browser for your BlackBerry, letting you browse files, copy, move, rename, delete and even zip any files on your device. Truly an awesome utility, FileScout is definitely feature packed with way more than we can fit into one blog post. The latest update brings along a screenshot utility as well as some playlist enhancements.

FileScout sells regularly for $6.99, but to celebrate Vettels victory in the F1 championship you can grab it for just $2.56 using the code CB4VETTELWC in the CrackBerry App Store. It's a clever price, considering Sebastian Vettel won the driver's championship with 256 points! Please note that the code will only work from the mobile app store or app store client from your device. Hit the link below to download. What better way to celebrate the crazy end of the season than with an app sale!

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BlackBerry theme roundup for November 15, 2010 - Win 1 of 25 free copies of Galaxy Ring!

Contest: Enter to win one of 25 free copies of Galaxy Ring! 

It's a new week, and we are back again with a new BlackBerry Theme Roundup for your enjoyment. I changed up the format a little this week so I hope you all like it. Keep sending in your creations and suggestions to themeroundup[at]crackberry[dot]com. Please keep in mind that the roundup is simply a sampling of themes found in the CrackBerry forums and in the store and that it isn't a competition between developers, so there is no winner among them. The roundup is just a way to highlight what is posted and hopefully bring your attention to something you may have missed during the week. With that said, enjoy this week's picks, and be sure to read all the way through for the contest at the end! Have a great week everyone!

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Official OS for the BlackBerry Curve 8530 from Virgin Mobile Canada

BlackBerry Curve 8530 users get a treat today with this latest OS. Coming from Virgin Mobile Canada OS (what a nice round number) is ready for download. If you're running an 8530 you may want to give this one a go. Be sure to drop a comment letting us know how its working for you as well. As always, use caution when installing a new OS.

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Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9780

Just in case you're not happy with the latest official OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9780, you can now take the leaked OS for a test drive as it's now available for download. As always, with leaked OS' we're not sure what's new, broke, fixed or changed so use caution and be sure to back your data up. Let us know in the comments or in the forums what you dig up.

*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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Ten ways to make a phone call using your BlackBerry Smartphone

Did you think there was only one way to make a phone call from your BlackBerry Smartphone? Many people do, but we're here to tell you 10 ways you can make calls from your device. We'll start with the standard most common way, then work our way up to some others you made not know about. Read on to see them all.

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Research In Motion BlackBerry 6 Developer webcast to be held tomorrow

If you're a BlackBerry developer concentrating your efforts on the BlackBerry Bold 9650 or the BlackBerry Curve 9300 you'll want to tune in to the developer webcast being held by Research In Motion tomorrow. As part of the ongoing series, Research In Motion will be highlighting those devices tomorrow as Verizon plans to make BlackBerry 6 available soon and developers need to be prepared.

Date: Tuesday November 16, 2010
Event Start Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Brian Zubert (Team Lead, Developer Relations)

Topics that will be covered include:

  • BlackBerry 6 overview – learn about improvements to the UI and new APIs that you can take advantage of when creating your applications
  • Master new Super App capabilities like Universal Search
  • Learn about the new BlackBerry platform services
  • See what you can do with the new BlackBerry Browser and BlackBerry® WebWorks Platform

Registration is now open for those of you planning on attending. Intersting that Research In Motion has claimed BlackBerry 6 will soon be arriving on Verizon though. Wonder if that means sooner, rather than later?

Source: BBDevBlog

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    Contest: SmartJump your way to your newest notification with beSmart - 75 copies to be won!

    beSmart by Twinkler Software is a neat application that allows you to jump between apps quickly and easily. This application automatically detects notifications from your core apps, as well as any 3rd party apps that use notifications. Want to get to your newest notification with one click? Just set one of your convenience keys to beSmart and click it to take you to your most recent notification. beSmart also features Search&Go (similar to universal search) a quick way to search all of the applications you have installed on your device. These are just a few of the many features beSmart -- click the link below for a complete list.

    Contest: We have 75 copies of beSmart to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count. 

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