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Get Your Valentine's Day Groove On with Slacker Radio Love Stations - 10 Subscriptions Up for Grabs!

 

Nothing says "I love you" like a good love song. To help get you in the Valentine's Day spirit, Slacker Radio has some great stations for you to get into your love groove. In addition to creating your own romantic mega-mix, you can check out some of Slacker's stations featuring Love Songs, Rock Ballads and even Broken Hearts. You can stream music right from your device and help make your Valentine's Day events that much sweeter. Slacker is available as a free download, but if you want to kick it up you can enter to win 1 of 10 free subscriptions and get the benefits of ad-free listening, unlimited skips, full song lyrics and more. We have 3 one-year subscriptions and 7 three-month subscriptions to give away. To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling us how Slacker would sweeten your Valentine's Day. Please only leave one comment - contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.484 For The BlackBerry Storm 9500

Been a while since we seen a Storm OS leak. The folks over at BerryReview got their hands on OS 5.0.0.484 for you all to check out. If you got a 9500 and plan on loading this up, be sure to leave some comments here and in the forums on how it's working out for ya. As always, caution advised as it is a leaked OS and be sure to back up your data.

*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. *

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Ultimate Twitter Client Roundup Bonus Round: Video First Look at Official Twitter for BlackBerry Smartphones App

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In the midst of our Ultimate Twitter Client Roundup, a late entry showed up and we just had to let it in. Twitter for BlackBerry has been buzzing for a few weeks now, and here is the first official look at the client. I've played around with it for a bit, and I have to say its a good start, but still has a way to go. It doesn't load terribly fast, and the amount of tweets you can see on each timeline is very slim. It features the usual timelines, mentions and direct message, as well as the ability to view your profile and search Twitter. There are a few options to set the refresh rate, and in true RIM fashion you can set the app to show tweets in your you inbox, as well as send a Twitter update from the Messages menu. Other features include:

  • View friends timeline, mentions and direct messages
  • Message list integration
  • Ability to use BlackBerry Shortcuts
  • Ribbon notifications
  • Search Twitter
  • Compose Tweets from menu 
  • Post links from Browser

Check out the video above for a quick walkthrough of all Twitter for BlackBerry has to offer (we'll have a more in-depth review after we play around a bit more). And you can sign up for updates from RIM at blackberry.com/twitter. Also, be sure to leave a comment on our Twitter for BlackBerry Officially Announced in Invite-Only Beta; Contest: We've Got Invite Codes We're Giving Away! post to have a chance at being one of the first to check out Twitter for BlackBerry!

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Twitter for BlackBerry Officially Announced in Invite-Only Beta; Contest: We've Got Invite Codes We're Giving Away!

Win an Invite Code to Download an Early Copy of Twitter for BlackBerry! Just leave a comment to this post that contains your twitter username.

It's no secret that Research in Motion has been working on their own Twitter for BlackBerry Smartphones client for some time now. Word of it has popped up on the blogs a few times now and we've seen it make tweets and it has even been mentioned at recent BlackBerry launch events. Twitter users will be happy to know that today Twitter for BlackBerry has taken a big step closer to becoming a reality for users out there has RIM has announced it in beta form and made it avaliable for invite-only download from blackberry.com/twitterdownload. And you can sign up to receive updates from RIM on the availability of the Twitter for BlackBerry Smartphones at blackberry.com/twitter. Right now, the invite-only beta is available in six languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese and it's looking like the beta should last "around a month" after which I can only imagine it will soon become available to everyone.

While Adam goes to work whipping up a video review of the new Twitter for BlackBerry Smartphones client as part of his Ultimate Twitter Client Roundup (we'll report back soon with more), here's an exciting contest...

Win an Invite Code to Try the Official Twitter for BlackBerry Smartphones App before everyone else: Yup, that's right, we were able to get hooked up with some extra invite codes and we're giving them away to lucky CrackBerry readers. We'll be spreading this one out.  We have a couple we'll give away tomorrow and a bunch more we'll announce to winners over the course of next week. To enter, just leave a comment to this blog post that contains your twitter user ID. While you're at it, why not tell us what features you value most in a twitter client. GOOD LUCK!

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Create Simple or Complex Filters on your BlackBerry with MailRuleManager - 25 Free Copies!

MailRuleManager is a great solution to filter your precious email on your BlackBerry. The application allows you to apply 16 different types of conditions, such as filtering by subject, sender, specific email account, key word in subject, and many more. In each filter you can set an action to be taken, wether you want that filter to automatically delete the message, forward the email, or even automatically reply. You can get really creative and more in depth by adding exceptions, creating very complex, very detailed filters to fit almost any situation. MailRuleManager is on sale until February 12th for $4.99 and available on all devices running OS 4.2.1 and higher.

*Note: As with all Empower software, installation of Empower Central is required. Download link for Empower Central is included when purchasing MailRuleManager.

Contest: We have 25 copies of MailRuleManager to give away. Comment below your moat creative, complex, funny, or innovative filter that you can think of, to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries wont count.

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Happy Valentine's Day Helps You Get One on One With Your Loved Ones - Contest for Free Software Bundle!

Twinkler Software has brought us a new app just in time for Valentine's Day. Happy Valentine's Day is integrated into your device's options menu. Upon opening, you select an image, audio file, and save. The next time you open the app it will display your image, while playing your preselected audio in the background. This is when you pass the device on to your nearby sweetheart, promoting that "one on one interaction". Happy Valentine's Day is available for $0.99 for all devices running OS 4.5+.

Contest: Twinkler Software in conjunction with Toysoft are sponsoring a Valentine's Day contest which will end this Sunday at Midnight PST. 4 lucky winners will win the ENTIRE catalog of Twinkler Software apps, as well as their choice of 8 apps from Toysoft for themselves or their sweethearts! Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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Ultimate Twitter Client Roundup Part 5: Twixtreme

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The next stop in our Ultimate Twitter Client Roundup is Twixtreme from Xtreme Labs. Twixtreme hasn't been around all that long, but more and more users are picking it up and seem to be happy with the interface and features. It doesn't have the full-blown features of some older clients (or nearly as many options) but it does have a great look and some cool animations. The guys at Extreme Labs are still hacking away and sneaking in some updates, so I'd say Twixtreme will stick around for a while, although it may not be everyone's first choice for a BlackBerry Twitter Client. Check out the video for a quick walkthrough.

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Official OS 5.0.0.484 for the BlackBerry Tour 9630 Now Available from Sprint

Hot off the presses - Sprint has become the next carrier to officially launch OS 5.0 for the Tour 9630. Reports are flying in that the download is currently available via Desktop Mananger for Sprint Customers, and devices will be upgraded to OS 5.0.0.484. This leaves Big Red as one of the few carriers to still not drop an official 5.0 for the Tour. No download link listed just yet, but it should pop up on the BlackBerry Software Downloads page in the next few days. So what are you waiting for Sprint users?! Plug in and get upgrading!! Thanks Thomas for the screencap.

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The Missing Sync For BlackBerry Updated To Support OS 5.0 On Mac

Just in case you're not too fond of RIM's BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac, The Missing Sync is still going strong with its updates to its Mac offerings. The latest editions to come from MarkSpace is the addition of support for OS 5.0 devices. For those unfamiliar, The Missing Sync allows you to sync your BlackBerry device with your Mac and even allows it to do so via Bluetooth. Calendars, contacts, media files among other things are supported via Bluetooth transfer. If you are already using The Missing Sync the upgrade is available for free and if you are among the unintiated, you can grab The Missing Sync for only $39.95 via the MarkSpace website.

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Facebook Streams Not Refreshing for BlackBerry Users

* Update #2: As of Thursday morning, it looks like everything is working again. If you're still having issues, try a battery pull.

* Update from Kevin: No word from RIM on it, but Facebook dropped an official update to Erictric on the subject... here goes.. from Facebook:

"We're currently experiencing issues with our APIs, and as a result, some users may be unable to access the site from their devices at this time. These APIs are designed to make it possible for mobile partners to provide users with their respective Facebook applications. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible." *

It looks like most of the day many Facebook users have been having a ton of issues with their streams in the Facebook app. Reports are all across the board, but most attribute it to the new Facebook web layout. I for one didn't have an issue when the new layout first popped up, but I am indeed having trouble getting my feed to refresh today. No word of exactly what is causing the issue or when it will be fixed, but we'll try out best to find out and keep you posted. Head into the forums for more discussion.

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Google Buzz Takes Over Gmail Inboxes Everywhere But Brings No BlackBerry Support - Will You Use It?





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I was trying so hard to not think about Google Buzz, let alone write about it, but I came across this article from the National Post and just couldn't resist. It appears that Buzz was the work of Google's Waterloo office -- right around the corner from good ol' RIM HQ. It turns out that Google has had an office in Canada for quite a while now, while most know them as being solely in California. Buzz is the latest and greatest addition to the Google lineup, and it seems to have some users jumping for joy, while others are just plain confused. Buzz integrates with your Gmail inbox and lets you share updates, photos and videos with friends and followers. You can add in your Google accounts (Flickr, Picasa etc.) and even Twitter to receive all your updates in one handy spot. While some are embracing the fun, I was delighted to find the "turn off buzz" link in the bottom of my Gmail page, as I feel its fairly intrusive and semi-annoying at the moment. I'm sure down the line a Buzz app will pop up for BlackBerry that might make things more interesting, although at the moment it looks like iPhone and Android users are really the only ones that get to have the most fun with Buzz for now. So we ask you this CrackBerry Nation - what do you think of Buzz? Is the the greatest thing ever or just plain dumb? Will you use it daily or just turn it off. Take a vote in the poll and let us know what you think.

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Mike Lazaridis To Keynote At Mobile World Congress- App Planet

Mobile World Congress is set to start in just a mere 5 days in Barcelona. With the event running from February 15th-18th, we're sure to hear lots coming from the mobile industry in general. One thing to note however, is that on February 16th, Mike Lazaridis, Research In Motion Co-CEO will be keynoting at the App Planet event. In addition to that keynote, Mike will also be leading the way for the BlackBerry Developer Day proceedings as well. The BlackBerry Developer Day will be a time for those in attendance to take part in break out sessions, hands on labs and take some time to get information from the experts. Kevin will be on location in Barcelona covering the events so we'll be sure to keep you all updated with the happenings. Here's to hoping we see some cool stuff before WES 2010.

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Free Cowbell app from Bell to help cheer on Team Canada

When you hear the word cowbell, you can’t help but think of the classic SNL sketch featuring Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken. I think the world would be a better place with more cowbell, especially the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Bell thought so too, in fact they said:

“If we’re going to win more medals, we’re going to need more cowbell!”

So c’mon you Canuckleheads, support Team Canada by downloading the free Cowbell app from Bell. The sound is activated by shaking, touching the screen or pressing a key. Show you spirit and wave your BlackBerry high- not too high or else someone may nab it. The following BlackBerrys are supported:

Bold 9000, 9700 / Curve 8530, 8330 / Pearl 8130, Pearl Flip / Storm / Tour / 8830

Bell customers can text COWBELL to 2010. Customers of other carriers can hit up bell.ca/cowbell. In case you missed it, a week ago I put together a selection of applications you can use while you are at the Olympics. The Bell Cowbell app makes a nice addition.

“I’ve got a fever (Olympic Fever), and the only prescription… is more cowbell!”

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RealPlayer SP Video Converter Now Available For Mac

Having been a user of RealPlayer SP's video conversion tool for a while now, I can say it's quite a handy application to have installed. The application it's self allows you to download videos direct from your browser and have them then converted to file formats which are compatible with multiple devices. BlackBerry, iPhone, iPods even PSP if you do so choose. The end result of conversions is typically always high quality depending on your source but now with Youtube and other sites moving more and more content to HD high quality content is aplenty.

The PC version of RealPlayer SP has been available since June of 2009 but finally, Real Networks has rolled out the Mac version for users to take advantage of. If you've been looking for a way dead simple way to convert those internet videos for your BlackBerry this is the best way to go. While I cannot personally try out the Mac version, I'm quite certain it will be on par with that of the PC version, if not better.  The basic version is available for free with the premium version setting you back $39.99. Personally, I see no compelling reason to pay for the premium offerings as the free version works great for conversion for BlackBerry but, that might be just me. Oh yes, for those that will ask. Real Networks is still very much alive ;)

[ IntoMobile ]

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Contest: Show Your BlackBerry Some Love This Valentine's Day.. Win a Free Schlage LiNK Starter Kit & 3 Mo. Free Service!

You love your BlackBerry... why not give it a special treat for Valentine's Day - the Schlage LiNK System & App! The Schlage LiNK App allows you to control you home, security, and energy from anywhere through the Schlage LiNK mobile application. For the person looking for control, convenience, and peace of mind, giving their Blackberry the Schlage LiNK App is a true sign of love, not only for the phone but the owner as well!

Contest Prize and Entry: In 50-ish words or less, leave a comment describing why giving your Blackberry the Schlage LiNK system is the ultimate Valentine's Day gift! The winner will receive a Schlage LiNK Starter kit of their choice and 3 months of free service! The deadline is 12 noon PST on Valentine's Day and Schlage will pick their favorite entry and we'll announce the winner on the blogs that evening.

Not familiar with Schlage LiNK? Schlage LiNK allows you to....

  • Improve security by easily accessing your lock away from home- no more hiding keys!
  • Manage your security by receiving text message alerts when specific codes are entered at the door
  • Save money by turning down your heating and cooling while away and by reducing energy consumption
  • Simplify your life by easily scheduling the Trane Remote Energy Management thermostat from the Schlage LiNK interface
  • Customize the system to your lifestyle by adding additional Z-Wave products to your Schlage LiNK system for further control
For more information on the Schlage LiNK system, jump on over to link.shlage.com. Spread the word, share the love and best of luck in the contest!

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Official OS 5.0.0.461 for the BlackBerry Curve 8900

I guess a few carriers were in cahoots on this one, and it looks like they all decided to release OS 5.0.0.461 for the Curve 8900 at the same time. Carriers Cosmote, Globul, Jersey Telecom, Mobiltel and Sunrise have all released an official version. You can hit up the links below to download from any one of them (just delete the vendor.xml file if the carrier is not your own) and get in on the action. Be sure to drop a comment and let us know your findings. Thanks Phillip!

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BlackBerry Application User Interface Design Webinar February 16th

Research In Motion will once again be holding a webinar for all. The focus this time around will be on application user interface design. In other words, how to make your applications look great and appealing, all the while remaining functional and fitting with the flow of the BlackBerry design core.

The Small Screens, Big Dreams: a Detail-Oriented Approach to BlackBerry Application User Interface Design webinar will be held at 2:00PM (EST) on February 16th. Heading up the event will be Brian Zubert, Sr. Application Development Consultant at Research In Motion. If designing any BlackBerry apps is on your agenda, you'll not want to miss this chance to get in on some tips and tricks.

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Didiom Pro Streams Your Audio Collection to Your Device - Win 1 of 100 Free Subscriptions!

 

Didiom Pro may seem like your everyday streaming music app at first glance, but its not. Didiom Pro lets you stream your personal audio collection from your PC to your device over 3G and Wifi. You can stream music, podcasts, audiobooks or any other audio stored on your computer, and also download the items to your device for offline listening. Didiom Pro requires an application to be installed on both the device and PC, and the PC must be on (with the app running) in order to stream music. The Didiom Pro interface on your mobile device looks similar to the controls of an iPod, allowing you to play, pause and skip tracks. The controls can be a bit touchy (hitting the trackpad to the left or right accidentally skipped tracks without even clicking) but overall they work well. You can choose to browse by track, title or artist to easily find what you're looking for when on the go. Didiom Pro sells for just $0.99 a month (or $9.99 for the year) and is available in BlackBerry App World.

Contest: We have 100 Didiom Pro subscriptions 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 won't count.

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Twinkler Software 20% Off Valentines Day Sale

To celebrate Valentines Day, Twinkler Software is having a 20% sale on all of their great BlackBerry applications. Now through February 14th you can pick up AddContactX, AddOnis, InstantLog, NotifyX, SendX and WiFi Hero for a cool 20% off. A good discount to grab a new app for that special someone for Valentines Day. All the prices are discounted in the CrackBerry App Store, so jump in and pick up one (or all) of these awesome apps before Sunday.

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RIM Advertising Their Twitter Client For BlackBerry In India?

Hey, it's no secret. Much like the BlackBerry Tour 9650 and the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 we all know "Twitter For BlackBerry" is coming at some point in time, we just don't know when exactly. Alas, I guess we can take this latest piece of information spotted by Rajrani in our very own forums as even further confirmation. When I look at this info, I see one of two things here:

1). RIM actually is advertising their RIM-built Twitter for BlackBerry.

2). They are using the Twitter name as selling leverage in India.

BlackBerry users know they can access many Twitter clients on their devices. For that matter even the mobile Twitter site is accessible enough through the BlackBerry browser. So, I guess there is the distinct chance for a third slot there. Being that RIM knows they have a Twitter client coming, it's not fully completed yet but they are using the Twitter name as leverage in the mean time cause they know no matter what, users can still access Twitter.

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