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If I Called the Shots at Research in Motion, Here is How I Would Fix BlackBerry App World

Within App World, Let's Keeps Apps, Games and Themes Separate

If you didn't catch my article titled How Are You Liking Theme World So Far? I recommend you go read it before continuing with this post if you want the full understanding of where I'm coming from on this. To summarize, while 89% of our poll respondents are happy to see themes finally come to App World, 85% of those same respondents think RIM got the implementation of themes in App World wrong (myself included). In RIM's App World, themes are currently treated the same way as apps. While themes do have their own category, they compete with apps for rank on the Top Paid and Top Free download pages and are side by side with apps in sections like the Featured Items carousel (and we've already seen themes also creep into non-theme categories like Entertainment > Personalization).

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BlackBerry Enterprise Server SP1 MR 1 Adds Support For Exchange 2010

A little while back we covered the release of BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 SP1 and today Research In Motion has released the maintenance release 1 package that adds fully certified support for Exchange 2010. If you are a BES admin you can now grab the download from the Research In Motion website or reach out to your Enterprise support team for further information on obtaining the MR1 package.

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Dilbert And The New Yorker Help Bring Some Humor To Your Daily Events

RingTales has teamed up with Metranome and just launched two new products via BlackBerry App World that and Dilbert or The New Yorker fan will be sure to love. Cartoon Calendar is a fully integrated calendar for your BlackBerry smartphone that aside from being functional in all respects, brings a smile to your face every time you open it.

On any given day when accessing the application you can view the "Cartoon of the day" right in the application it's self. The videos are high quality and look great on your BlackBerry. Any Dilbert or New Yorker fan would surely enjoy this app. Pricing in BlackBerry App World is $9.99 (6 mnths subscription) for each version but free trials of each are available and I suggest trying the application before you buy it. The list of supported BlackBerry smartphones starts with the 81xx series and goes up from there, so check compatability in BlackBerry App World.

[ BlackBerrySync ]

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CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guide: Accessories and Applications for Business Users

With the number of days until start of the holiday season, it's time to start thinking of the BlackBerry business users on your list. Below is a list of useful accessories that will put a smile on the face of the BlackBerry owner on your list (even if that's you). This articles comes courtesy of forum moderators amazinglygracelss and yester18

Perhaps the most popular use for BlackBerry devices is business. Even business users need to stock up on supplied to get the most from their device. From charging to cases to applications, everyone needs a little something extra. Check out this guide to find out just what to buy for the BlackBerry business user in your life.

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Do Not Disturb Automatically Blocks Incoming Calls

Annoyed by phone calls from unknown or private numbers? Don't want your girlfriend/boyfriend calling while your spouse is home? Do Not Disturb gives you the power to automatically block unwanted callers, sending them straight to voicemail. You can choose from 4 different call blocking options; specific numbers, unknown numbers, private numbers, or set a time frame in which all calls will be sent to voicemail. When activated, the application screens the incoming call, decides if the call is wanted, and either cancels the ringer or allows the call based on your preset parameters. Do Not Disturb is a great solution for those plagued by telemarketers, or those of you who want just a little more say on which calls come through to your device. Its available for $6.99 untill Mid-December and supports all devices.

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Twinkler Software Birthday BOGO Sale

In honor of lead developer Navidev's birthday, Twinkler Software is having a BOGO sale on on some of their best selling apps. You can snag the bundled applications for discounted prices through the CrackBerry App Store through Midnight tomorrow. The sale includes:

  • Buy AddOnis - Get WiFi Hero FREE! (Regular Price: $14.94 / A $4.99 value FREE)
  • Buy WiFi Hero - Get AddContactX FREE! (Regular Price: $7.98 / A $2.99 value FREE)
  • Buy SendX - Get AddContactX FREE! (Regular Price: $5.98 / A $2.99 value FREE)
  • Buy AddContactX - Get SendX FREE! (Regular Price $5.98 / A $2.99 value FREE)

To pick up the apps, head over to the Bundles catgory from the CrackBerry App Store on your mobile device. No coupon code needed - just select the bundle and the discount will appear automatically.

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Contest: Win One Of 500 Unlock Codes From Cellunlock

"Wishing you and yours, A safe and happy holidays - Cellunlock"

In keeping up with the season, Cellunlock reached out to me the other day and wanted to give a little back to the community. Cellunlock has offered up 500 BlackBerry unlock codes for you all. Any BlackBerry smartphone on any carrier this time around. We know a lot of you will be picking up new BlackBerry smartphones for friends and family so this comes at a great time. Big thanks go out to Cellunlock for offering this up for us and the community!

[ Remember folks, enter just once. Multiple entries will be excluded from the drawing, contest closes in one week. Winners will be notified shortly after by registered email ]

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Pageonce Reaches 1 Million Users And Gets New Round Of Funding

I've been using Pageonce since it's release on BlackBerry long ago and it's always one of my top apps for BlackBerry. Since Pageonce launched back in 2008 they have seen significant growth for their application and services and have recieved numerous awards for their offerings. The most recent news to come from Pageonce is that they just reached their 1 millionth user across their offered platforms.

The other great news is that Pageonce has just wrapped up a round of funding with Israeli Venture firm Pitango Venture Capital and brings the total raised to date to $10M. ($6.5 Million most recently) In speaking about the agreement Guy Goldstein, CEO of Pageonce stated:

"One million registered users is a big milestone for us, and it clearly shows we are the leader in mobile personal finance management," said. "Our goal is to own the personal information management category on the mobile platform. We are thrilled to have Pitango as a great partner for us as they understand the potential of the market we're addressing and they have been big believers in the mobile space since the beginning."

This type of funding will allow Pageonce to continue on developing and expanding their application to better suit the needs of it's users base. Which is something we all can appreciate if it makes our lives easier in the day to day functions. Congrats to Pageonce on their 1 Million users and continued success.

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BlackBerry App World Updated To Version

*UPDATE* - Weird. The update being pushed now  is old but some are just getting it. *

That time again folks. BlackBerry App World version is now being pushed to devices and should be showing up in your messages list soon if not already. If it's not updated as of yet, hang tight as Research In Motion has been staggering new releases out rather then just pushing them to everyone right away. No indication as to what exactly is new in this release but I'm sure you all will something there. If a changelog comes through for us, we'll post it up and let you all know. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if ya spot anything new.

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CrackBerry / TeleNav Giveaway - Win a One-Year Subscription to TeleNav and a $100 Gift Certificate

The Holiday season is here, all of us here at CrackBerry are in the giving spirit. We kicked off things with our CrackBerry Colorware Contest, and now we've teamed up with TeleNav to bring you CrackBerry's Telenav Giveaway. We figured we'd deviate a bit from the normal contests make this one a bit more interesting. The holidays are about getting together with friends and family, so we're taking a social approach on this one. For your chance to win you'll have to do the following:

That's all there is to it! It's a bit of work, but it's worth it! If you win you will receive a one-year subsctiption to TeleNav GPS Navigator, a $100 gift certificate, a car charger and device car mount. In addition, we'll also be giving a $100 donation to Toys For Tots in your name. We'll also draw for two second place winners that will also receive a one-year subscription to TeleNav GPS Navigator. So what are you waiting for?! You only need to enter once, and winners will be announced on December 24th - so get going!

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CrackBerry Poll: How Do You Like Theme World So Far?

With BlackBerry themes just starting to appear in BlackBerry App World this week maybe it's a little too soon to be running this poll, but honestly, I just couldn't help myself. I want to know what everybody out there thinks. When I opened up App World on my Bold 9700 this morning and found that 8 of the 9 featured items were themes and that themes are already starting to populate the top free and paid downloads categories, I got a bit frustrated. Then when I went to the App World catalog's new page (image above), I found only three new apps out of 102 new additions: 88 themes in the themes category, three apps in the Sports and Recreation Category and then nine more themes in the Entertainment category, which were placed into the Personalization subcategory though I'm guessing their more appropriate location should have been the themes category. One of the things I really like about App World is that it has made it easy for BlackBerry users to find apps. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love themes, and think it's great for BlackBerry users out there that themes now be part of App World -- there's nothing like a cool new theme to freshen up your BlackBerry user experience -- but do think RIM's implementation of themes within the App World offering may need to be addressed sooner rather than later. More thoughts and poll questions below!

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Seesmic For BlackBerry Updated To Version 1.1.10

It hasn't been all that long since the initial release of Seesmic for BlackBerry. After having users submit bugs and requests a new version of Seesmic for BlackBerry is now available for Twitter users. At this time, we don't currently have a full change log since @loic is busy with LeWeb. Off the top though, font size is now adjustable and the notification icon no longer shows all the time. If you download the latest version let us know in the comments what has been updated folks, I'm sure you will find a few other changes as well. 

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RingScheduler Automatically Changes the Profiles on your BlackBerry - 50 Free Copies

If you are like me, there are certain times of the day/night where you routinely change your BlackBerry's sound profile. In fact, quite often I find myself forgetting to change the profile back and missing calls and messages. CellAvant has created a solution to make controlling these profile changes easy and automatic. RingScheduler allows you to set what sound profile is active based on the day of the week, time of day, and many different calender options. For example, if my calender shows I have a meeting from 1pm-2:30pm, my BlackBerry will change to silent for that period of time allowing the meeting to go uninterrupted, based on my preset calender appointments profile. The application also gives you the option to set contact exceptions so that you will never miss those calls from your favorite or important contacts. RingScheduler is compatible with devices running OS 4.3+ and available for $2.99 from the CrackBerry App Store.

Contest: We have 50 free copies of RingScheduler 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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Announcing The 3rd Annual Smartphone Round Robin!

We are ridiculously excited to announce that today we're launching the 3rd annual Smartphone Round Robin! If you've never heard of the Round Robin, buckle up: Each year the sites of the Smartphone Experts Network spend some time out of our comfort zone, examining the platforms of our sister sites and learning how other smartphone users live. This year, the event will span six weeks, eight sites, over a dozen phones, over five hours of video, hundreds of photos, several hours of podcasts, dozens of discussion threads, and of course dozens of comparison reviews. Seriously.

What's in it for you? Plenty, we hope. To start with, each site will be giving away one smartphone (or your choice!) representing its platform. We have a Twitter contest for accessory prizes every week too. You can find contest details here.

More than that, though, every year we hear from grateful readers who have said the Round Robin helped them decide on their next smartphone, made them happier about the one they have, or even compelled some to switch outright. Researching and learning six platforms and all the phones on each is a massive undertaking - so we're doing it for you and you can just follow along.

If you want to know more about how to play along with this crazy event, hit up, where we explain the contest, the schedule, the participants, and even have an archive of the last two events.

The event begins in earnest on Monday, but today we're releasing the first of several podcasts, all of which are hosted by our friends at The Cell Phone Junkie.  We'll toss direct links to download and subscribe after the break, plus let you know who's playing along this year.

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Video Walkthrough: How to Restore the Operating System on a Nuked BlackBerry

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If you haven't had the opportunity to restore the OS on your BlackBerry, you're lucky. Seeing a blank screen with "App Error 523" or something similar is not a pretty sight. Granted, it's a much less common sight these days then it was a few years back (how many of you reading can remember installing a OS 4.2 theme on a 8700 running 4.0? oops!) and it's really not that bad of a thing - you can always get up and running again if you know what to do. You can think of the process of reloading your BlackBerry's operating system as a CrackBerry right of passage.

With OS leaks still popping up on an almost daily basis, we thought maybe it was time we update our original  How to Reload the OS on a Nuked or Bricked BlackBerry tutorial with a video of the process that would make things even easier to understand should you encounter the need to fix your BB from scratch. Since everyone complained about how crappy the quality on some of my previous A to Z videos were, I busted out my new HD camcorder and did up this walktrough. So if you have no place to turn and just can't get your device up and running, check out this quick video and get back on your feet. Hopefully you won't need to do this, but if you do, this should help.

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Leaked: OS For The BlackBerry Curve 8520

Add the 8520 to the list of leaks for tonight. Another showing of OS for your downloading pleasure. Disclaimers apply of course.

*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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Leaked: OS For The BlackBerry Bold 9000 And BlackBerry Curve 8900

Wow, so much for laying down and having a nap. Here I thought I could nod off for a bit and when I do the whole internet explodes with OS leaks. Got a BlackBerry Bold 9000 or a BlackBerry Curve 8900? If so your OS drought is over. OS has now shown up online for everyone.Grab em, enjoy and be sure to report your findings in the forums.

*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. *

[ BlackBerryOS / BBLeaks]

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TD LTE BlackBerry Smartphones Coming To China As RIM Works With China Mobile

Seems Research In Motion has been spending quite some time over the past little while strengthening agreements in China. Just yesterday, we posted about the agreement made with Digital China for them to distribute devices through their operations in the Asian market. Today, another press release hits stating the Research In Motion and China Mobile have teamed up to made use of TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE networks in an effort to creat BlackBerry smartphones capable of running those services.

Now, an LTE BlackBerry is not something new to hear about. We have been hearing about LTE's BlackBerry smartphones since possibly before even the BlackBerry Bold 9000 launched as the first North American 3G device available in the US and Canada (8707v in the UK had UMTS). While this news is awesome, it may not mean we'll see any LTE BlackBerry smartphones here in Canada or the US for a while yet. China has had the services for a while where as carriers are just now ramping LTE up here. And, as Simon Sage points out you'll not be able to unlock it for usage on Canadian or US carriers sadly. We'll just have to sit back and wait.

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News from Loopt: Latest Version Now Also Available for BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Curve 8520/8530

* Update: You may need to wait until tomorrow before you can download from App World. Loopt updated the compatibility, but App World doesn't make changes like this in realtime, so you have to wait until the new updated cache kicks in. Keep checking back - it'll be there for your 9700 or Curve 8530/8520 soon enough! Thx for the patience. *

Nearly a month ago to the day, Loopt announced their biggest update to date for their BlackBerry app. At the time of that announcement, it was only available for the Bold 9000, Curve 8900 and Tour. Loopt hit us up and let us know about today's news:

Last month, Loopt launched a brand new version of Loopt for BlackBerry. Lots of people liked the new update - some even suggested it was better than our iPhone app. But, one thing we heard over and over again: "I want it, too!" We're excited to announce the new Loopt is now available on even more BlackBerry smartphones, including the BlackBerry Bold 9700, as well as the BlackBerry Curve 8520 & 8530.

No version for the Storm yet, but they are working on it (let's hope it's here soon). You can click here for a walk-through of all the features in the new Loopt for BlackBerry and follow the link below to download it now.

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BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac Updated to Version 1.0.2

Mac users have only had BlackBerry Desktop Manager for only a few months now. In that time a few bugs with the application have arisen. Research In Motion has just posted an updated version for everyone to go ahead and download, which will hopefully correct some of the exisiting problems. Users who update will be getting a version bump up to 1.0.2 with their installation of the updated version. If you have had issues with the previous version, be sure to grab the latest and see if that corrects them. Anything new you find, let us know in the comments.

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