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KidsABC by ToySoft - Teach your child the alphabet on your BlackBerry

Toysoft has just released a fun little game called KidsABC that is designed to help you teach your child the English alphabet through pictures and sound. Each letter has been assigned a colorful picture with a corresponding animal. You can choose to have the application read the letters out loud, or you can use it with the volumn turned off as a way to quiz your child. You can use the easy on screen controls to navigate forward and backward through the alphabet, and touchscreen is also supported. What a great way to entertain your toddler and teach them letters and animals when you're stuck in line at the bank or in a waiting room. Pick this one up today for only $.99 in the CrackBerry store.

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Calling all established and aspiring app developers... Enter the DragonRAD 14-Day App Challenge!

When we blogged about the beta of dragonRAD back in August it got a lot of interest from the CrackBerry community, generating a ton of downloads of Seregon's powerful app development tool that makes developing for BlackBerry easy. Following up on that initial success, dragonRAD is throwing an app challenge out at the CrackBerry development community to see who can build the best app using their software. Note - if you want some guidance in using dragonRAD, they have a Webinar coming up on Oct. 27 titled "How to Build an App in 30 Minutes Using DragonRAD" (register here). Read on for the full challenge details... let's see those awesome apps!

DragonRAD 14-Day App Challenge Contest Details

Description: Contestants have 14 days to build any mobile business app using DragonRAD and submit it for a chance to win a Free 1-Year License of DragonRAD. The app can be for internal use or one intended for resale.

Starts: Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ends: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 (Last day for app submission). The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Prize: 1-Year Paid Subscription of DragonRAD License ($4,900 value). Plus CrackBerry will throw in some Cracky prizes to the winners and runners ups.

This allows you to build and deploy an unlimited number of apps to an unlimited number of users. More details at

How to Enter:

  1. Sign Up (
  2. Download DragonRAD (
  3. Use the word "Contest" for the Software License Key
  4. Start Building!

The app will be judged internally by DragonRAD and will be based on the following criteria:

  • Uniqueness - innovative and creative use of DragonRAD technology
  • Usability - intuitive and easy to use
  • Business Value - solves a business need
  • Integration - use of native device features (GPS, Camera, Media, etc.)

Submission Details: Users must send the app URL to on or before Tuesday, November 2 2010 at 11:59pm EST to be eligible to win.

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Contest Winners - SLATE, Mr. Number Pro, AppLock, Player For YouTube, and Accessory Roundup!

Here are the winners from last weeks 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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BlackBerry theme roundup for October 18, 2010 - Halloween Edition!

Contest: Enter to win the official John Carpeter's Halloween theme!

Halloween is fast approaching, and that means it's time for the CrackBerry Halloween Theme Roundup! I searched the forums looking for as many free Halloween themes as I could find for you guys, so I hope if you're getting in the Halloween spirit you will find something you like in the post below. There are a few premium themes as well that were sent in to the tip email so I have included those. Enjoy this week's picks!

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HootSuite for BlackBerry released - download the free public beta

HootSuite for BlackBerry has finally been released in beta form to the public. It was back in July that it was first announced and users were asked at that time to sign up for the beta. Now today, Hootsuite is sending out notifications that the application has indeed gone into public beta and is now available for download. If you've signed up for the beta you should get a link soon and if not, well then you can just use the link below to get started. Keep in mind though if you download, it is a beta and you should file feedback with any concerns you have so that the Hootsuite folks are aware of it and can improve the app over time.

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Review: BerryMail for BlackBerry

I swear - if I get one more email about me being an heir to some overseas dead relative’s fortune, I’m going to scream. It seems as though unwanted email messages sometimes find a way to sneak through the guarded borders of your precious inbox. What’s worse is when that email is pushed to your BlackBerry. There you are in a meeting, a theatre, or having a romantic evening-You are already fighting your BlackBerry addiction; trying to stay in the moment. Then you feel the vibrating alert of a new message. INCOMING!! You succumb once again and sneak a peek. Then anger begins to fester, as you realize you risked getting caught, only to find an email promising to help you enlarge a specific part of the human anatomy (some of you even more upset at being bothered, as you don’t even have the part to begin with!).

BerryMail provides its services which include being another filter and managing the emails that see the light of day on your BlackBerry. It makes sense to manage filters directly on your BlackBerry – seeing how you are on the go anyway.

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WordPress for BlackBerry updated To v1.4.4

Wordpress for BlackBerry just issued their latest update. Version 1.4.4 is now available for download from the Wordpress website directly or from within BlackBerry App World. If you're not seeing it in BlackBerry App World as of yet, that just means it's still making it's way through to your area but, the Wordpress direct download will work if you cannot wait. This release mainly addresses issues on the BlackBerry Torch and improving Wordpress for that device but, does have a few overall changes that will make it better no matter what device you are on.

Updates and Changes:

  • Rotate uploaded photos.
  • Better integration with BlackBerry Torch 9800.
  • Fixed the media uploading issue on the 9800. It requires AtomPub to be enabled on your blog.
  • Fixed an issue that would sometimes occur with long post titles.
  • Fixed issues with orphan categories.
  • Fixed issues with the blog shortcut icon which would appear too big sometimes.
  • Minor bug fixing. 

Current users will be alerted of the update within the application, the links below will take you to the download if you do not already have Wordpress installed.

Source: @WPBlackBerry

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TELUS confirms they'll be carrying the BlackBerry Style as well

Just in case you were wondering if the BlackBerry Style would get any Canadian carrier love, TELUS has confirmed they'll also be offering the device at some point in the near future.

“Today Sprint announced that they will offer the BlackBerry Style 9670. I wanted to reach out to confirm that TELUS will be offering the BlackBerry Style here in Canada. Pricing and availability information still to come.”

I'm pretty sure TELUS will not be the only carrier either. As noted though, no date or pricing has been confirmed at this time. But, it's always nice to see carriers confirm a future release date rather than leaving customers wondering. 

Source: MobileSyrup

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New info: BlackBerry PlayBook battery rated at 5300mAh and 64GB version to be available

We knew the BlackBerry PlayBook would be the first BlackBerry device from RIM to feature a non-removable battery, but since the PlayBook was unveiled at DevCon many of us have been wondering just how big of a battery would be inside the new tablet. Afterall, the PlayBook is fairly small in total size, but with dual core gigahertz processors and the ability to run flash, the PlayBook is going to want to suck back the juice.

Thanks to Jim Balsillie's speech at GITEX, we now know the answer to this one... 5300mAh. To put that into perspective, the BlackBerry Torch has a 1270mAh battery and the Bold 9700, known for it's uber long battery life, has a 1550mAh battery. So with 5300mAh, I'm guessing even with fairly heavy use the PlayBook should be able to make it through the work day and play time afterwards. I pinged Rene over at to see what size of battery the iPad sports, but apparently Apple doesn't give out those specs. One thing is for sure - RIM has always cared about the battery life of their products, and I don't think they'd make an exception on their first tablet.

On the memory front, while RIM didn't announce anything officially at DevCon they did have both 16GB and 32GB models on display. Also new on the GITEX PlayBook slides was the mention of a 64GB model. Good stuff - that's the one I'll be buying! :)

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RIM’s co-CEO Jim Balsillie shows off the BlackBerry Playbook at GITEX

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This year at DevCon we got to see President and Co-Chief Executive Officer Research In Motion, Mike Lazaridis speak about the BlackBerry PlayBook. Now, come time for GITEX (Gulf Information Technology Exhibition) we get to hear Co-Chief Executive Officer Research In Motion, Jim Balsillie drop his thoughts on the upcoming tablet. In addition to introducing the BlackBerry PlayBook to the Middle East, Jim Balsillie also announced BlackBerry App World 2.0 and the BlackBerry Torch. While not much new was noted, any PlayBook news is great news to us. You all still excited? 

Source: TBreak

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Research In Motion website mistakenly shows off BlackBerry Bold 9780 info

Let's face it, Research In Motion never really has been great at keeping secrets on their website. With UAProfs for unreleased devices easily accessible by anyone who knows a model number it's rather easy to confirm some devices that are out there before announcement. One thing they did manage to keep secret though was the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 however, well that's not really a secret any more especially after today when information acknowledging the device showed up on the site. As you can see in the photo above it looks like Research In Motion is getting the site ready for launch of the device as demos and links are being set up. All of it appears to have been cleaned up now but, we're sure it'll all appear again soon. Must have been a glitch in the Matrix that made it all show up suddenly then disappear again.

Source: BGR

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BlackBerry Style Promo Video!

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Following up on the official press announcement, features and specs sheet, and photo gallery, you can also check out the official RIM product video for the new BlackBerry Style 9670 Smartphone from Research In Motion.

The BlackBerry Style is the first flip phone from RIM to feature a full qwerty physical keyboard and will be available from Sprint this Halloween. Check out the video above and sound off in the comments!

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BlackBerry Style Officially Announced! New Full Qwerty Flip Available from Sprint Oct. 31st for $99.99

We've been following the BlackBerry 9670 for a long time now, so it's awesome to see the Sprint exclusive BlackBerry Style 9670 get announced today. The BlackBerry Style will be available from Sprint this Halloween for $99.99 (after mail-in rebate) on a 2 year contract. The Style will be styling in two colors at launch: Steel Gray and the pretty sweet looking Royal Purple (see BlackBerry Style Image gallery). 

The BlackBerry Style is the first CDMA BlackBerry to launch with BlackBerry 6 and also the first flip phone from Research In Motion to feature a full physical qwerty keyboard. We had the chance this past Friday to get briefed on the new phone by David Smith, VP Product Management at RIM and David Owens, VP Marketing at Sprint, who were both excited about the Style on Sprint. For more info you can check out the BlackBerry Style tech specs, visit and keep reading for our notes from that call and for the  the full press release.

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BlackBerry Style Features and Specifications

The BlackBerry Style 9670 is the first CDMA BlackBerry to launch with BlackBerry 6 and is also the first flip phone from Research In Motion to feature a full qwerty keyboard. Launching in the USA as a Sprint exclusive, it also rocks a 5 megapixel camera and dual displays - in addition to the internal display there is an external display for previewing messages.

For the full features and technical specifications list on the BlackBerry Style, you can download the official BlackBerry Style Tech Specs .pdf and keep reading more info. 

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BlackBerry Style Images and Photos

We've been following the evolution of the BlackBerry 9670 since the first photos of it popped up back in April. When it comes to the look of the BlackBerry Style, the opinions have varied. At first the push back was pretty negative on this full-qwerty flip, but as we've come closer to the official announcement and seen more photos and vids pop up on the Style, from my obversations of the comments to date it seems more people are starting to like the look of the Style. I know wasn't a fan of it at the start, but the official press photos and images of the Sprint BlackBerry Style are looking pretty good. I'm actually really loving the look of the Royal Purple - it's not a color scheme I'd rock personally (the Steel Gray would be more my style... or all white of course!) but I can definitely see this one proving to be a hit with all the Sprint BlackBerry ladies out there. I just showed the photos to Miss CB and her reactions we're "it's kinda cute!" 

There are plenty more images of the BlackBerry Style below, and for more information be sure to check out can out the BlackBerry Style Announcement, BlackBerry Style Features & Specs page, and BlackBerry Style forum.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 17 Oct 2010

BlackBerry Pearl 3G and BlackBerry Curve 3G now available from AT&T

If you've been holding out for a BlackBerry Pearl or Curve 3G, now is your chance to finally pick one up from AT&T. Announced previously while we were at DevCon10, AT&T has kept to the date listed in the initial press release. If you're looking to grab either one of these devices the break down in pricing is as follows:

  • BlackBerry Pearl 3G - $149.99 after instant rebate.
  • BlackBerry Curve 3G - $99 after instant rebate.

Those prices assume a new 2 year contract and a data plan of at least $15 or more is required to be purchased as well. Remember, both of these devices are BlackBerry 6 capable despite coming pre loaded with OS 5. But what I really wanna is, any former 8100 users out there excited to finally see the 9100 arrive on a US carrier? Thanks C_h0use!

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CrackBerry reminder: What you may have missed this week

Dropbox for BlackBerry updated to v1.0.34

Another Dropbox for BlackBerry update has arrived. In case you missed it, version 1.0.34 is available for download. Updated from version 1.0.32 this release covers quite a few bugs that users had submitted. The full change log is below:

  • saving non-ascii texts results in garbled text
  • handling of edge cases when running out of space on sd card and in device memory
  • open-edit-upload usecase wasn't working for devices with encryption enabled
  • share link freezes for some users
  • open-edit-upload usecase fails for files with non-ascii filenames
  • "would you like to allow logging" dialog shouldn't appear on first launch
  • on rotatable devices, in image gallery, the displayed/cached image is smaller than screen size (shouldn't happen)
  • app should ask for permissions in advance on first launch
  • app should support multiple third-party app associations for a given file type (e.g multiple pdf viewers)
  • music/video stops when screen fades out
  • user gets a "not enough room to write file" message when trying to open a file that's already open in docs2go

If you've had issues with previous releases you'll want to make sure you update. Each update seems to get better and better so be sure to fire off some feedback if you experience issues.

Source: Dropbox

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New official NFL themes for your BlackBerry available now!

Airborne Studios has just released something exciting for the 2010/2011 NFL season for all the football fanatics out there. Not one but 32 new animated themes, officially licensed by the National Football League, are now available to purchase. Turn every day in to game day, and proudly show off your love for your favorite team. Each theme is custom made including a sharp set of football icons that blend perfectly with the colors for each team. Brand new battery/signal meters and message indicators show that no detail has been overlooked. And one of the coolest features is the animated homescreen with hidden dock, configured to only show the animation when you scroll around your homescreen so battery life is conserved.

All in all I think any BlackBerry owner would be happy to have such a well built theme on their device, and any football fan would be even prouder knowing they are supporting their team by sporting team colors everywhere they go. These NFL animated themes are available now for $5.99, and a wide variety of devices are supported. Check them out, I think you'll be impressed!

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