BlackBerry News and Reviews

Press Release: RIM Announces Java SDK to Support New BlackBerry 6

BlackBerry developers can now get started on making BlackBerry 6 compatible applications. In addition to the unveiling of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and announcement of BlackBerry 6, Research In Motion has also made the BlackBerry Java SDK v6.0 available for all. You can grab it via the BlackBerry developer page. Full press release after the jump for the details of what is all new.

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Developers: BlackBerry Torch 9800 Simulator now available for download

If you are a BlackBerry Developer looking to test your applications on BlackBerry 6, now you can. Research In Motion has added the BlackBerry Torch 9800 simulator to the available downloads section. Head on over to to grab it. For others, you might just wanna download and install it just to play with BlackBerry 6 up close and personal.

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    Press Release: Research In Motion unleashes BlackBerry 6

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    Along with the announcement of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 came the announcement of BlackBerry 6. Since the BlackBerry Torch 9800 will be the first device running on BlackBerry 6 a press release for BlackBerry 6 in general has been released on it's own. Hit the jump for the full details from that release. The news we all wanted can be found in this statement:

    BlackBerry 6 will debut on the new BlackBerry® Torch™ smartphone (announced today) available from AT&T on August 12 and it is also designed to run on select BlackBerry smartphones already in market. Subject to carrier certifications in the months ahead, the new OS is expected to be available for the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 and BlackBerry® Pearl™ 3G, as well as future BlackBerry smartphones.

    Now all we need is a really fast roll out to other devices and even faster carrier adoption.

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    BlackBerry Torch 9800 goes live on BlackBerry site!

    If you're looking for all the official goodness you can now check out the BlackBerry Torch 9800 via the web site. The full break down of the device has been posted up for everyone to look at, including a full 360 degree view of the device itself.  What do you guys think, with the $199.99 price point on AT&T grabbing one?

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    Press Release: Official AT&T BlackBerry Torch 9800 Availability and Pricing Announced; First Device with BlackBerry 6!

    It's a HAPPY DAY for BlackBerry users, especially those on AT&T. Today AT&T and Research In Motion have officially announced the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the first BlackBerry to feature a sliding form factor. The Torch 9800 offers users the best of both worlds with a full physical keyboard and touchscreen. The highly-anticipated BlackBerry 6 operating system also makes its debut on the BlackBerry Torch 9800, ushering in the next-generation of messaging and multimedia on BlackBerry. Read on for the full details!

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    BlackBerry Torch 9800 site goes live on AT&T a little early.

    Ooops..seems AT&T has let the cat out of the bag a little bit early on this one. As you can see, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 has just gone live on AT&T website for all too see. Kinda ruined all the fun there AT&T, it's ok though. Stay tuned as we bring you all more information from the live RIM & AT&T event. Thanks everyone for crushing our tips email.

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    Live Blog: Special AT&T / BlackBerry Event in NYC!

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    AT&T/BlackBerry Special Event Live Blog!

    The BIG day is here! AT&T sent out invites last week to attend an exclusive BlackBerry event in NYC and both Adam and I are here in attendance to see it all go down. Let's hope we see a little BlackBerry 6 slide into our lives via the BlackBerry 9800. Enjoy the live blog and we'll have lots more coverage coming your way. Keep it locked to!

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    BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6 to be released on August 10th?

    If you've been making use of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6 beta, you should be pleased to know that it should soon be going official. With the expected release of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 to arrive anytime now, it only makes sense to accompany that device which will be running BlackBerry 6 with BlackBerry Desktop Manger 6. Rumor has it we'll see release of BlackBerry Desktop Manager 6 roll out on August 10th, which puts it right in line with the rumored release dat of the BlackBerry Torch 9800. No word on a Mac version release as of yet but, heres hoping Research In Motion doesn't wait too long to roll it out.

    Source: BBLeaks

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    Google Ad gives up the official release name of the BlackBerry 9800 aka Torch

    We've been hearing the name BlackBerry Torch for a long while now. Kevin touched on it back in June in a poll to see what users thought of the name. As it turns out, many of you out there liked the name and hoped that Research In Motion would release the new device as such. Seems Spanish BlackBerry site MiBlackBerry has caught a look at a Google ad which basically confirms the new BlackBerry device / family as to be named BlackBerry Torch. Pretty cool, I never really liked the name but since first hearing it, it has grown on me and well, it's a differentiator from the Bold series naming.

    Source: MiBlackBerry 

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    BlackBerry Torch 9800 Gets FCC Approval!

    Though the FCC filings refer to the device pictured as "RCY71UW" rather than the 9800 or talledaga or Torch, there's no mistaking the BlackBerry slider just got its approval.  While the RC style name is new to the blogs, they're not new to RIM employees - in addition to the funky codenames that get tossed around, early-stage devices usually get referred to by an Rxx name. Cool stuff.

    The timing of this couldn't be better - today AT&T and RIM are holding a special BlackBerry event which hopefully will officially give the RCY71UW a product name and introduce BlackBerry 6 to the world! Live blog coming up at 11am EST, so keep it locked to CrackBerry!

    via: Engadget

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    SK Telecom and RIM Introduce the First Touch-Screen BlackBerry Smartphone in South Korea

    As most of us here in Canada and the US are waiting on newer devices, Research In Motion and SK Telecom have just announced the release of the BlackBerry Storm 2 into the Korean market. With Research In Motion expanding to different market areas, it's almost certain we'll see a bigger line up of devices eventually hit those areas. The BlackBerry Bold 9000 was released in 2009 on SK Telecom and did quite well, the jury is still out on how well the first Touchscreen BlackBerry will make out. Full press release is after the jump.

    The New BlackBerry Storm2 Features Innovative Technology, Advanced Communications and Multimedia Features for Both Work and Play

    Seoul, South Korea - SK Telecom and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of the first touch-screen BlackBerry smartphone - BlackBerry® Storm2™ - for customers in South Korea. The BlackBerry Storm2 offers advanced communications and multimedia features, enabling customers to stay connected to co-workers, friends, family and a broad range of content while on the go.

    The BlackBerry Storm2 offers South Korean customers a new mobile experience based on a powerful touch-screen design that can meet their needs for work and play.

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    5BARz Road Warrior Review

    Review of 5BARz Road Warrior for BlackBerry

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    Have you had a problem with keeping a steady signal on your Smart Phone device? Maybe you're driving and you lose reception going downhill. Maybe you've dropped a few calls while talking at home, or better yet, you have to go to a kitchen corner for better reception. Well the kind people at 5BARz have come up with a possible solution for those of us that live out in the sticks with no reception, called the ROAD WARRIOR. The slogan for 5BARz is "Always On! Always connected! Anytime. Anywhere." Sounds tough doesn't it? After all, it's a WARRIOR!

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    Leaked: OS for the BlackBerry Storm 9500

    Something for all you BlackBerry Storm 9500 owners out there. has posted up OS This has been one of few leaks to filter out for the BlackBerry Storm 9500 so finally nice to see something arrive. You all know the drill, standard disclaimer applies. Take note, this version is slimmed down and lacks some of what would normally be included with an OS ie: BlackBerry App World, some preloaded files etc. Keep that in mind as you may have to re-download a few apps you'd expect to be preloaded.

    *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).  *


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    AT&T Code Scanner for BlackBerry now available

    AT&T Code Scanner is a new barcode scanning app for BlackBerry being made available to -- you guessed it -- AT&T customers. The free app reads both 2D (QR) codes and 1D (UPC) codes giving you instant access to mobile content on your device. The app also includes Create-A-Code which allows users to create their own personal codes that can be used to send friends and family to Facebook, a personal blog or favorite website. AT&T Code Scanner is currently only available for all devices on AT&T and is available in BlackBerry App World as a free download. 

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    CrackBerry Idol back in action! For Round 2 the top 10 give us their accessory reviews

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    The CrackBerry Idol top 10 has been hard at work on their accessory reviews for the last week. They had some late nights and sore fingers and churned out some great stuff. We have a load of great reviews on the way, and starting today we'll be posting one each day for you to check out. After all the reviews are posted we'll once again be narrowing down the field to see who moves on. Watch each one as they are posted and then think about who did the best job. We'll be asking for your votes as we did in the last round, so it's ultimately up to you who will be crowned CrackBerry Idol. Stay tuned for all the reviews!

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    BlackBerry Theme Developers - Real BlackBerry 6 icons now available [multiple resources]

    If you're a BlackBerry theme developer whos been waiting for real BlackBerry 6 icons to show up you now have a multitude of resources to choose from. Many folks have stepped up and offererd "Official" icons taken from devices running on BlackBerry 6. The CrackBerry forums started filling up with them on Friday and others have also now stepped up offering a few more packages and even some have taken the time to rename them all so that they may load into BlackBerry Theme Studio faster for you. Check em out, we've gathered most of the source links for you all to make use of.

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    Take the CrackBerry addict quiz - leave a comment for your chance to be in the CrackBerry book v2

    Hello CrackBerry Nation! CrackBerry - True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse - Second Edition - is coming to your bookstore around the globe this fall. Myself, Gary and Martin are teaming up again to help the world understand why our BlackBerry's are so damn addicting. We enjoyed some success with the first edition and a great time putting it together. Now, we need you guys again. This edition will be bigger and better and will enjoy a worldwide distribution through Apress Publishing.

    We need to gather some empirical data - some hard facts of BlackBerry use and abuse to add to the book. Over the next two weeks, we will post a BlackBerry Addiction Quiz and a Moral Inventory of BlackBerry Abuses. We are asking you, loyal CrackBerry readers, to take a few minutes and take the quiz and post your responses. Some will be chosen for the book. If your selection is chosen, not only to you receive fame and recognition - you will also receive a free copy of the book!

    Hit the jump to take the CrackBerry addict quiz, then leave a comment with your score and tell us about your BlackBerry use. Score in the addict range? Let us know why you can't put your BlackBerry down. Not addicted? What are the secrets to keeping your use in check? Have fun and be responsible in your BlackBerry use.

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    Leaked Developers briefing documents outline BlackBerry 6 APIs

    As we move forward, still waiting for BlackBerry 6 to arrive alot of focus has been placed on developers within the new OS. A ton of new APIs were built in order to allow a more robust BlackBerry experience  over all and until now things have been kind of quiet on the developer front. Research In Motion is just now gearing up the BlackBerry Developers Blog to start pushing some BlackBerry 6 information out but, over at BBCool we can now get a great look at what we can expect as soon as the developer tools arrive.

    The documents posted today outline a ton of information about how developers can use the new APIs offered in BlackBerry 6 to better enhance the end user experience. Everything from the UI right down to how user input methods are used. Most stuff seen in the slides is pretty damn exciting and I'm sure developers out there are starting to get excited seeing the potential of what can now be done that wasn't available before.

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    adidas miCoach now available for BlackBerry Smartphones

    New from adidas comes the miCoach app for BlackBerry. The app is essentially a personal trainer for your BlackBerry including specific programs for basketball, football, running, soccer and tennis. miCoach uses GPS on your device for real-time pace-based coaching as well as location tracking.

    "The introduction of the miCoach app and sports-specific training plans was the natural next step to bring miCoach to an even wider audience. At adidas we work with the world's best coaches and athletes and we wanted to share this knowledge and experience with our consumers to inspire and to help them reach their personal goals," says Bernd Wahler, Chief Marketing Officer of adidas Sport Performance. "Our service approach is unique and sets new standards in terms of personalization in the entire sporting goods industry." 

    miCoach can sync with your account at so you can share and view your workouts and see your elapsed time, burned calories, pace and more. The app also lets you play music during your workout, and if you were looking for an added bonus - it tracks your shoe usage as well. adidas miCoach is available as a free download from BlackBerry App World.

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    Verizon and AT&T team up in hopes to kill off credit and debit cards using smartphones

    They don't often agree on much, but when they do it could prove a huge blow. Such is the case as they team up along with T-Mobile USA to take on Visa, MasterCard and the like in hopes of bringing mobile payments to smartphones. The new system is being tested in Atlanta and 3 other US cities and allows users to simply swipe their smartphone to make retail payments. This could be a huge move in the smartphone market, giving us one more "all-in-one" use for our devices. The project would require NFC chips in said phones and new terminals for merchants, but it would make things much easier on both ends so don't forsee much resistance.

    Via: Engadget

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