BlackBerry News and Reviews

Review: WebStart for BlackBerry

Ingboo WebStart calls itself “your internet launchpad”. Sure, you can hit your BlackBerry browser to go and search for the information you want. Do you really want to put that much effort into it? No, not really. You want a simple and concise connection to the information you need; bringing the facts to you, rather than you having to hunt for it. You’re too busy to afford the time it takes to look up everything that catches your fancy (or at least you pretend to be that busy). Let’s face it, your brain is the ultimate couch potato; it holds the remote and is flicking channels, looking for stimulation.

Put down the remote, pick up your BlackBerry and have a look at Ingboo WebStart. I did, after Michael posted about it back in May. Ingboo WebStart offers a smooth and compact way to view what interests you the most. Whether it’s the CrackBerry Blogs, Investment information or even Twitter and LinkedIn; you will be easily able to scan through and catch up on the world as you want to see it.

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Constructive criticism: How BlackBerry can get fresh again

If you follow the stock market and/or the press surrounding smartphones (or visit the CrackBerry forums for that matter), you won't be surprised to hear that as of late it seems RIM has been taking more than its fair share of a beating. The stock is down, even the loyalist of users are getting a bit antsy wanting an updated/new OS, more apps and new spec-rich hardware, and potential BlackBerry buyers have more competition to look at than ever. While RIM's market share and user base speak to their success of the past, much of the discussion taking place currently is directed toward the future and what RIM should be doing to make sure they remain a top player in the smartphone game.

Normally when you read rants or articles giving this kind of advice, they come from end consumers, analysts or bloggers like me, which is fine... but I find it very compelling and telling when it comes from somebody like Nadav Gur, who is the founder of WorldMate. Over the weekend Nadav posted to his blog an article entitled How BlackBerry Can Get Fresh Again, which outlines his thoughts on this whole discussion. Give a it read below and be sure to post a comment with your own thoughts. Agree with his thesis? Disagree? Sound off!!

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Contest Winners: deBattGym, SmrtWallet, Default Theme, iDesign and more

Hopefully everyone had a great holiday weekend. We have some more love to spread with some great BlackBerry apps and accessories. More contests are on the way, so again if you didn't win this week don't give up. Hit the jump for the full list of winners. Congrats to everyone that won!

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CrackBerry Idol Quick Update - How Voting Will Work, Round Two Changes and More!

Howdy CrackBerry Idol fans and participants! As you may have noticed, we took a break for the July 4th weekend from running Round 1 BlackBerry app reviews here on the blogs, so wanted to get back into the swing of things with a little update post. Keep reading for the details...

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Queen Elizabeth gets a Tour of RIM and a white BlackBerry Bold 9700

 

On her tour of Research In Motion over the weekend, Queen Elizabeth not only got shown around by RIM's founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis himself, but also was presented with brand new white BlackBerry Bold 9700. We say that was a great choice, considering in the poll we ran last week that over 51% of you thought the white 9700 was the current BlackBerry device model best suited for the Queen. Greeting her on her new device was an image of children offering flowers to the Queen. Definitely a sweet gift to receive first-hand.

No real details emerged on what the Queen got to see in Waterloo, but were sure it was was certainly worth the trip and something all of us BlackBerry entusiasts would love (maybe she got to use BB6 with the new WebKit browser, or played with the new slider, or saw the storm 3?!). Now there's just two other things I'd love to know....  1. what do I have to do in this world to get a Mike. L tour of RIM? and 2. where can I snag one of those sweet RIM lab coats? Talk about style! :-)

Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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Reuters Galleries now available as a free BlackBerry app

Reuters has released a pretty cool application for BlackBerry if you find yourself enjoying their collection of picture galleries. The application itself is pretty straightforward, you simply install it and you instantly have access to view all of the available picture galleries. Not much else goes on with the app but, it does function well and pics load up rather quickly which is always nice to see. It's currently available for the Bold 9700, 9000 and Storm series devices.

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IM+ IM client for BlackBerry updated to v8.5; brings along updated UI for the ride

SHAPE Services has recently updated their IM+ application for instant messaging across multiple clients. The new version features an updated UI which offers a much more refined appearance over previous versions. The UI changes were not the only thing added to the v8.5 release however, a few other big fixes and adjustmnents have been made to help make IM+ better for end users. They include:

  • Convenient history review for all conversations
  • Improved multichat support for MSN and Skype 

If you are already an existing user of IM+ then you may grab the download direct from the SHAPE Services website. And if you have yet to check out IM+ you can get yourself a license in the ShopCrackBerry App Store for $39.95 (yeah we know.. pretty pricey - don't shoot us, we don't set the prices) and a free trial is available if you'd rather just check the app out before purchase.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 5 July 2010


BlackBerry Curve 9300 seeks FCC approval, sure to get it

** Update:  Sorry folks. Looks like this one isn't actually the Curve 9300 but rather a refresh of the 8530 device, now supporting CDMA AWS 1700. *

Research In Motion has seemingly snuck the BlackBerry Curve 9300 into the FCC recently. We've seen the BlackBerry Curve 9300 show up on many occassions now, even sporting quite a few odd colors. It's arrival in the FCC database seems to lend it's hand to the fact we'll soon be seeing it arrive in stores. As noted by Engadget, it's being shown off with the technical specs that meet that of some regional carriers in the fact it's listed as having Triband CDMA. If you're looking for a new Curve series device, this will soon be the best option. Those of you looking for a more spec'd out device; hang tight while the 9670 and 9800 finish baking.

Source: Engadget

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ToySoft - All apps 50% off original price right now

ToySoft, the company behind quite a few popular apps in the ShopCrackberry Software Store let us know they are currently running a promotion. The promotion itself requires the use of a coupon code when checking out but, allows you to get 50% off any app they have made available. The process is easy, just pick the app(s) you're wishing to purchase and add them to your cart. Once added, enter coupon code "JULY50" and be sure to update your cart once again. You'll then see the promotional price reflected in your cart. Leave some comments if you happen to grab something cool for your BlackBerry. Personally, I grabbed Lucky7Slots. Please note: Coupon code will only work in our mobile store or mobile store client from your device.

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BlackBerry theme roundup for July 5th, 2010 - 50 free copies of osXv2 to be won!

Contest: 50 Copies of osXv2 to be won. Leave a comment!

Happy Monday theme junkies! Whether you are nursing the after-effects of your 4th of July festivities, or just relaxing and enjoying a day off, it's a perfect time to take a look at a new theme for your device.  I've sorted through what has come in on the tip line, and taken a cruise through the forums looking for some good ones. Hit the jump, and let's take a look at what I have for you this week.

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LittleBrother - The zero power consuming tracking solution

LittleBrother, the new beta application from eMacBerry is very small GPS utility that is being offered to users who wish to keep friends and family members aware of their location. The biggest claim for the application however, is that it uses the least amount of power and resources available in order to provide such information. In the past, GPS utilities have been known as power hungry, data intense applications. LittleBrother is looking to change that by offering a zero power consuming tracking solution.

LittleBrother Core Features:

  • Automatically send eMail and/or SMS notification when the device is leaving a certain area:  If your device will be moved into an area where you normally never would going too [could be ideally combined with other applications like SmrtGuard to wipe your device remotely]
  • Automatically send eMail and/or SMS notification when the device is returning into a certain area: Let your loved once know, that you are coming home soon (e.g. returning from work)
  • Export the local CellTower Database (locations) to a KML-File and send it via eMail: To be used with GoogleEarth to get an overview of all the CellTowers you have recorded so far.
  • Support for device 'Backup & Restore': Keep all your LittleBrother CellToer Records when you updating your OS or change your BlackBerry® device! 

Since LittleBrother is a beta application, users are encouraged to download the app and test it out. Of course, if you have any suggestions for additions you can always forward them off to Matthias for consideration. If you're looking for a simple tracking solution and a way to inform friends and family of where you are, maybe LittleBrother is just the app you need.

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Happy Independence Day! Take a look back at CrackBerry this week as you celebrate the 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day to all of our dear CrackBerry readers in the good 'ole US of A. We hope you're enjoying your weekend with friends and family! If you missed our 4th of July Roundup, be sure to check it out!! We kicked off CrackBerry Idol and things are in full swing, and the BlackBerry Fitness Challenege is underway as well. A few contests this week but unfortunately not much great BlackBerry news. Don't forget you can always send in any news tips to tips(at)crackberry.com so we can get them posted in the blogs. Check out the links below for all the news. 

What You May Have Missed

CrackBerry Idol Reviews (14 more reviews to come next week!)

Contest Reminder

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Evernote for BlackBerry Review

Review of Evernote Application for BlackBerry Smartphones

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With the growing desire to capture information and access it later in a simple manner, a problem yet to be solved has come up: organization. Organizing our digital lives can be a tough procedure, but thankfully many services are available out there to help us take control of our data. Evernote is one of them, which makes note-taking simple and intuitive. Evernote allows you to create text notes, take snapshots, record audio notes and upload files. Once synchronized with the Evernote server, you may access your notes wherever you are and whenever you need them. With a Web interface and applications available for the PC and Mac as well as BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile and Palm webOS, Evernote has you always covered. But how well does the BlackBerry application perform? Read on to find out!

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Poynt for BlackBerry Review

 

Review of Poynt for BlackBerry Smartphones

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Poynt is definitely an essential when it comes to your BlackBerry. This app truly connects you to the world around you. You can use Poynt to find movies, restaurants, people, businesses and gas prices. Poynt uses your GPS location and puts the desired venues you are looking for in an easy to read list including the distance from your current location. As you select the certain venue it will pull up a menu that enables you to call the location directly or even map out the route. The many features of this app makes it one of the best utility apps offered by BlackBerry. If I haven't convinced you to download this app yet, keep reading!

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Get patriotic this 4th of July with these BlackBerry apps, wallpapers and themes

No matter what your plans for 4th of July weekend you'll be sure to have your BlackBerry by your side. Make sure you're loaded up with apps, themes, ringtones and wallpapers to help you through the weekend. Here we have a quick list that will help you find what you need no matter if you're traveling, staying at home or stuck someplace with your in-laws.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for July 2nd, 2010

Time for a new round up. Just a slight change however, until we get things fully sorted out for you all. James is working on a different project so I'll be filling in, just for a short while. As we run into the weekend after Canada day, folks are recovering from their partying. That said, folks in the US have Independence Day on July 4th to look forward to. So, let's get on with a look at some cool stuff for your BlackBerry this time around.

Freebies of the Week: Unibrowse, Photo Bucket Mobile, JConverter

In Case You Missed It: Lending Tree Mortage Fee Rate Finder, ePrayer Team, Carbonite for BlackBerry

New This Week: Memo Mailer, Spitfire RSS and Blog Reader

Cool at BlackBerry App World:  Receipt Organizer

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Pump up your device battery with deBattGym - 50 free copies to be won!

Battery life is a constant concern for any mobile device user, and even with the awesome battery life some of the newer devices are experiencing, we always want just a little bit more. This new app aims to help you montir your battery life, and to train it over time to be better overall. Simple and straight-forward, the app places a notification icon in your banner with your current battery percentage, color-coded for the amount of battery life you have left. Launching the app itself will provide you with a splash screen that shows your current battery life, temperature, and discharge. After a certain number of charge cycles, the app will prompt you on the best course of action to extend your battery life, then reset itself to count down to the next action. The option to set notifications through the native profiles ensures you'll never forget to charge your battery again, and over time you should see some improvement in the overall life of your battery. The app is available in the CB store for $4.99 for all devices running 4.6 OS and up, and a free trial is available for the first 15 days for those who like to try before they buy.

Contest: We have 50 copies of deBattGym to give away! Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PDT. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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New Themes by WJD Team - Synthesis/Opake/Pink Plaid

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The folks from WJD Designs have been hard at work preparing some new themes for everyone. Having recently teamed up with JP Designs they have also now welcomed aboard KD. The combined efforts of all three designers has been pretty awesome as you can tell from the video above. Three new themes have been launched now. Synthesis, Opake and Pink Plaid are all available in the shop crackberry store. And looking at the design flow going here, they all look to be pretty sexy. Opake even supports the BlackBerry Pearl 3G so if you are new to that device, you might as well grab yourself a new theme to go with your new Pearl.

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Craigslist for BlackBerry review

 

Craigslist Mobile App for BlackBerry by Movela Review

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Today I will be reviewing the Craigslist Mobile app by Movela. This application is the first version released by Movela and it's version is 1.0 . Most people in the United States have heard of the website craigslist.com. Craigslist is a website where people can post ads for everything and anything you can think of. This site is NOT just for things for sale, but also for things lost or found, activitiy announcements, garage sale listings and even the ever so popular "Personals" section where people can post personal ads. What this application does is allow you to browse the craigslist website on your Blackberry with out having to load the site on your mobile browser. So whether you are looking to find a local garage sale while out and about or looking for a "casual encounter" while out of town on business, Craigslist Mobile had you covered!

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