BlackBerry News and Reviews

Verizon Offers slotRadio+ microSD Cards Loaded with 1,000 Songs and 4GB of Storage

Verizon seems to think that BlackBerry users are looking for a better way to get songs on their device. Transfering media to a microSD card for playback on your BlackBerry is far from difficult, but with slotRadio+ you can cut out all the hard steps. The $49.99 microSD card comes pre-loaded with 1,000 MP3s and boasts an additional 4GB of storage. The Billboard HITS and Billboard DECADES cards are loaded up with 8 preset "handcrafted playlists" and make it easy as can be for you to listen to music on your device. Just pop in the slotRadio+ card, fire up your media player and you're done. The catch seems to be that you can't play the songs in any order you want -- you have to use the preset playlists, and cannot shuffle or rearrange anything. Still, you'll have some cheap tunes and an extra 4GB of storage to do with what you please. Both cards are available from Verizon for $49.99, which seems like about $30 more than you need to spend on a 4GB card for your device. Regardless, if you're feeling lazy and want to pick up the HITS or DECADES card, head over to Verizon Wireless for more info.

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BlackBerry Developer? Learn How To Plug Those Memory Leaks In Your Applications

As a BlackBerry user, we've all seen some applications here and there that leak memory and it can be quite a pain. As a BlackBerry developer this can be an extremely frustrating thing to have to deal with, especially if you have a amazing application you wish to release but just cannot find the memory leak. While checking out the BlackBerry developers blog the other day I began reading the two part series "How to find that memory leak" that was written up to assist BlackBerry developers with not only finding memory leaks but also plugging them.

Whether you are a BlackBerry developer or a BlackBerry user, you may wish to give them a read through. While most of the terms are outlined for developers, a user can get the basis of why memory leaks happen. And for all you developers out there, you can learn some best methods to help prevent those memory leaks in your apps and save yourself some hassle.

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16 Year Old Creates Communications Link for Underground Workers and Scientists

Its long been an issue of concern for deep underground workers but has never really had an answer. How to communicate underground when cell phones and walkie talkies no longer work? Well, turns out that question has been solved by a Los Alamos, New Mexico 16 yr old partaking in the 2009 International Science Fair, which he ended up winning.

Alex Kendrick, has managed to create a system that transmits data using low-frequency radio waves that can penetrate rock more easily than that of high-frequency transmissions. The utilization of this method could mean many things to cave rescue workers and scientists abound. A life saving tool, a method of communicating research studies and much more lay ahead for this system to which Alex has been praised for creating. Impressive if you ask me. What were you doing in highschool? I know I wasn't thinking of this kind of stuff. Congrats, Alex.

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Fido Releases OS 4.6.1.320 For The BlackBerry Curve 8520

The official release of OS 4.6.1.320 on Fido really isn't that big of a deal. The real news here is in the fact the Fido posted OS 4.6.1.320 without actually having yet put the device on sale- Ooops. You might remember a week or two back now we posted that Fido was set to get the BlackBerry Curve 8520, SKUS were loaded into the system yet, no official release date was available. So all this really means is the Fido BlackBerry Curve 8520 is that much closer to release, thanks for the confirmation!

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 31 Jan 2010


Leaked: OS 5.0.0.463 for the Blackberry Curve2 8530

Its been quite slow on the OS front these days but here is a little something for all you BlackkBerry Curve 8530 owners out there to check out. OS 5.0.0.463 was leaked not too long by the folks over at BBLeaks. If you have nothing better to do today, might as well fire up app loader and check it out.

*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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Road Mania: New Must-Have Game for the BlackBerry Storm!

Weekend Sale: Save $2.00 and Get Road Mania this weekend for only $2.99 >>

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The folks from Mobigloo, makers of such BlackBerry game classics as Nintaii, Next Dual Pack and Air Traffic Control, are back with a new game for BlackBerry Storm users called Road Mania. The goal of Road Mania is simple yet oh soooo challenging (and addictive and fun).... All you have to do is keep the traffic flowing! Here's the official verbage:

Road Mania puts you in charge of keeping the traffic flowing on busy junctions and preventing crashes. Vehicles approach the crossroads from all directions. Your role is to either speed them by flicking them with your finger or make them stop by simply tapping on them. For every vehicle that makes it to the other side, you score a point. But if there's a crash, the game ends. Features include:

  • 9 scenes to play (Main Street, Freeway, Downtown, Interchange, River, Rio, Tramway, New York and Roundabout)
  • Many types of vehicles: cars, convertibles, bikes, trucks, pick up, buses and even a tramway!
  • Amazing graphics and smooth animation
  • Warning: highly addictive

The graphics are really solid in this one and the game play is smooth and fun. I gave it a go and like it a lot. Two CrackBerry thumbs up! Road Mania works on both the BlackBerry Storm 9530/9500 as well as the BlackBerry Storm2. Road Mania sells for $4.99 and you can learn more and purchase from the CrackBerry App Store by following the link below.

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BlackBerry Books That Will Help You Get BlackBerry Smart

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I've got to do some cleaning this weekend and in looking around my mess of a home office I noticed I had a pile of BlackBerry-related books lying around. So I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone and while carrying them off to the bookshelf give them a few minutes of fame in youtube video primetime action. You can check out the video above for a quick look at BlackBerry books that will help you get BlackBerry smart. And for more info on each of the books mentioned in the video or to purchase, you can follow the links below:

Happy Reading! While you can usually find any answer you need for free in our CrackBerry articles or forums, books are always tend to be nice to have around and are especially good for those just getting their first device - step by step how tos and help make learning easy. And for BlackBerry Application development, the clear and precise instructions and theory are a big bonus. If you know of other good BlackBerry-related books out there you have read, you can make mention of them in the comments. Now go get BlackBerry smart! :)

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The BlackBerry Bold 9700 Arrives in India

A quick note for all of the good folks in India today (errr... well, yesterday technically). Looks like RIM has officially launched the BlackBerry Bold 9700 in India. Woohoo! The 9700 is now available nationwide in retail stores serviced by Redington India... Plus, it is now on hand at Airtel, Aircel, BSNL, Idea Cellular, Loop Mobile, MTNL, Reliance, Tata and Vodafone locations.

For users of the ever popular Bold 9000 in the region, the 9700 may draw more than a few looks. The design has been updated, and packs the touch-sensitive trackpad, a high-performance 624MHZ processor, 256MB of on-board flash memory, a 3.2MP camera (with video), OS 5.0, and a heck of a lot more.

For more details hit up http://in.blackberry.com or check out the full press release after the jump.

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Nokia Smartphones from the Perspective of a BlackBerrry User, Smartphone Round Robin

Talk about procrastination. My final Nokia review for the Smartphone Round Robin should have been up last Friday, but here it is a week late. Everytime I sat down to start writing it, I always managed to find a distraction compelling enough to pull me away. This one is definitely tough for me to write. For every other platform I've looked at over the past 6+ weeks that the Round Robin has been on, it has never been difficult for me to find something to say; in fact, I have had the problem of always having too much to say (apologies for some of those lonnnng articles). But writing is easy when you have strong opinions and I definitely had my viewpoints on the Droid, iPhone, Palm's WebOS and even Windows Phones - both for specific devices looked at and the platforms and where they fit into the Smartphone Hierarchy of Needs and the greater smartphone market.

Coming into the event, Nokia was the platform I knew least about. Though Nokia sells oodles of handsets around the globe, in the North American market their smartphone penetration is still pretty non-existent. Being unfamiliar with the devices, I had no preconceived notions. And after getting to know the devices and spend some time on them, I definitely leave the Round Robin with a better appreciation for what Nokia has done to date with their smartphones, but I'm still really sort of lost as to where they fit into the current landscape (especially in NA) and can't help but wonder what they're going to have to do in order to get some sort of piece of consumer mindshare and momentum. Read on for more Nokia thoughts!

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GPS Provider Nav4All Shut Down by Navteq for Good

It looks like former GPS great Nav4All will be calling it quits for good in just a few days. In an email sent to all 27,625,631 customers, Nav4All stated that their contract with Navteq was not extended and that they will be shutting down completly. Apparently they had trouble coming to terms with the Nokia subsidiary, and since finding another source in such a short time isn't really an option, that was that. In their email, Nav4All stated:

We greatly regret the fact that we have to suspend the operation of our service. With your help, we have developed Nav4All into a global product with 27.5 million users in 56 languages, in 5 years. This has made Nav4All the largest navigation supplier. This large number of users also has to do with the fact that Nav4All works on hundreds of ifferent mobile telephones of many makes such as Blackberry, Sony ricsson, Samsung, Motorola, Android, HTC, Nokia, LG, Iphone, Ipod etc. 

We're definitely sorry to see this happen, but so it goes in the technology circle of life. If any current customers have questions or need more information, you can head to nav4all.com/support. Check out the full email after the jump.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.464 for the Bold 9000 & 5.0.0.461 for the Curve 8900

Surprisingly as of late we've actually seen more official OS releases than leaks, but today we have an OS leak for both the Bold 9000 and Curve 8900. BerryMe has posted OS 5.0.0.464 for the Bold 9000 as well as 5.0.0.461 for the Curve 8900. If you're having a slow Friday, give these a go and let us know what you find out. No word of the good or bad, so drop a comment if you install on or the other. As these aren't official OS', use caution when upgrading your device. Hit the links below to download.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for January 29th, 2010!

Happy Friday all! Hope you're having a good week. Some really good BlackBerry apps to talk about this week, so lets get right down to it. Covered in this weeks' BlackBerry App Roundup are the following titles:

Freebies of the Week: Download the Help Haiti App, BlackBerry Theme Store, acceleGraph

In Case You Missed It: TripIt for BlackBerry, Foursquare for BlackBerry, Tvider Twitter Client, Rogers Sportsnet Launches Free BlackBerry App

New This Week: Connect 4 Fun, Astraware Casino Card Games, Masterpiece Theme, Nursing Calculator, InstantLog Updated

Cool at BlackBerry App World: TheStreet Mobile

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T-Mobile Soon To Offer Free BlackBerry Trackball Replacements

Good on T-Mobile USA for this one. T-MoNews is reporting come February 15th, T-Mobile USA will be launching free BlackBerry trackball replacement program for those out there who are still making use of either Pearl or Curve series devices. Specifically, the BlackBerry Pearl 8100/8120 and BlackBerry Curve 8320. Anyone having issues can head on down to their local T-Mobile retail store and collect. Keep in mind, it must be a T-Mobile branded device. Now if only we could get all carriers to adopt this. In the meantime, if you can't wait or are on a non-T-Mobile BlackBerry and need a replacement trackball, you can pick them up from our own ShopCrackBerry.com store... Buy replacement BlackBerry trackballs here.  Have fun with the dirty and sticky ball jokes folks! 

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Guitar Studio For BlackBerry Looking For Beta Testers

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This is so cool! LCAmobile is seeking out some beta testers for their new BlackBerry app, Guitar Studio. With Guitar Studio you can load Tab and Chordpro files onto BlackBerry and play them. Not only can you play them back but Guitar studio also has a guitar tuner, recorder and finally a 30,000+ chord library with fingering to guide you.

If you're a guitar enthusiast and have a Curve, Bold or Tour you can get in on the beta testing right now. Just remember folks, if you are beta testing to provide feedback, it's key to making an app better.

[ BBCool ]

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Share Tips With The New Loopt For BlackBerry Update

Loopt has just released their most recent update to the popular location based service. The new update offers the ability to add "Tips" about the locations you share with the Loopt community. Leaving tips for others is a simple process, you just go to the Discover tab and select the place that you want to leave a tip for and enter the information which you can also then share on Twitter.

In addition to tips being added, Loopt has also included addressbook integration. So now you can launch Loopt directly from your contacts list which allows for faster access and easier lookup of all your friends. You will also notice maps now has it's own tab, a feature which has been requested for a while now.

This latest update of Loopt for BlackBerry is available to U.S. users on the BlackBerry Curve 8520, 8530, 8900, BlackBerry Bold 9000, 9700, BlackBerry Tour 9630 and BlackBerry Storm 9530 & 9550. The previous version of Loopt is still available for legacy devices such as the 8330. To see if your device is supported and get Loopt, visit www.loopt.com using your BlackBerry browser.

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CrackBerry Podcast 046: We talk Magnum Prototype, Tour 9650, Apple iPad, Avatar the Movie and More!

Bada bing bada boom.... two weeks go by and we're back with another CrackBerry.com Podcast! On this episode we plow through a bunch of the BlackBerry and other news that's popped up recently. We talk about that magnum video, that Tour 9650 unannouncement, cover a lot more BlackBerry stuff (Foursquare, 5.0 updates, RIM Twitter client, etc. etc.) and even talk some non-BlackBerry stuff like Apple's iPad.

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BlackBerry Apps to use during Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

If you haven’t heard by now, there’s something big coming to Vancouver in just over two weeks. Some kind of…winter….sport…..competition….thing. Vancouver 2010. I can’t believe that we found out about Vancouver –Whistler hosting the Winter Games, almost seven years ago. It’s amazing to think that the world will be looking in this direction and watching what I call home (hey you! Stop picking your nose!). With the temporary surge in the population, there will most definitely be a surge of BlackBerry users as well. With this in mind, I looked for applications, sites and themes to bring you what you need to experience the games. Just a fellow BlackBerry user looking out for another BlackBerry user. Time to bring home the Bold, I mean, Gold.

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WiFi_BTPower Schedules Your WiFi and Bluetooth Radio - 25 Free Copies

WiFi_BTPower by Toysoft Development is a great solution for those who use WiFi/Bluetooth on their BlackBerry SmartPhone. The application allows you to control when you want your WiFi and Bluetooth radio on, saving your battery power. You can choose what days of the week, and the precise time you want these radios to turn off or on. This application is great for those who use their WiFi and/or Bluetooth radios often, and want to save their BlackBerry's precious battery power. I personally have mine set to turn off WiFi everyday of the week from 2am till 7am, I figure why waste the power when I am sleeping. WiFi_BTPower is available for $1.99 until January 31st for all devices running OS 4.2 and up.

Contest: We have 25 copies of WiFi_BTPower 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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