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SmrtClipboard - Get It Today For 50% Off

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One of the mind boggling things about the BlackBerry OS is it's copy and paste functionality in some areas of it. Not all areas allow you to copy and paste all the information you may want to and in turn that often times has you copying one item, pasting then returning back to copy even more needed information. SmrtClipboard from SmrtGuard looks to offer a solution for this.

Features Include:

  • Copy multiple pieces of info into clipboard
  • Paste with visual clipboard
  • Get copy confirmation with a short, crisp sound confirmation
  • Copy from Email Application and Paste to Calendar, Memo Pad, ToDo Item, Call Notes.
  • No fuss, no setup. Just install and works!
  • 5 Day Trial 
Now you can grab Smrtclipboard for only half price when you use the coupon code "SMRTCLIP" and in addition to that if you grab SmartGuard monthly services today, you can get Smrtclipboard for free. Just add SmrtGuard to your cart and then add Smrtclipboard and the price will adjust automatically.

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Elecite Is Back With A Fresh New Look And A Huge 50% Off Sale

The folks over at Elecite have been mad busy the past little while. In addition to pumping out some nice new themes they have been working behind the scenes on launching a fresh new site for everyone to make use of. Elecite is back now in full force, new themes are on there way and to celebrate the relaunch as well as the holidays, Elecite is having a massive 50% off all themes sale. No coupon code needed, no fuss. Just great themes at a great price. Be sure to check out the full selection and screenshots folks.

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*UPDATED* Leaked: BlackBerry Messenger 5.0.0.55

*UPDATE*- Seems this one might go official. It's showing up on the BlackBerry site  *UPDATE 2*-Officially released version now available, will be avail. in BlackBerry App World.

Another day, another BlackBerry Messenger leak appears. This time we have 5.0.0.55 now available for download. Remember folks, these are all just maintenance releases if you have a working BlackBerry Messenger now, not any huge changes will come from installing the leaked versions that are showing up.

This one is for OS 4.7 and up like the last one and remember to back up your contacts before installing. If you get errors on the download, try again later or wait for a mirror to show up in the forums or comments.

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.428 For The BlackBerry Storm 2 9550

Hey, Storm 2 owners looks like your OS dry spell is over. BBLeaks has just dropped OS 5.0.0.428 for you all to download and install. Word is it's a fairly decent OS that brings a lot of bug fixes to it and users should be quite happy overall. As always though, it's not an official OS so keep that in mind. Disclaimer is applicable for this and all leaks. Back up your data folks if you are gonna jump in on this one.

*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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Droid Hands-On Video, Smartphone Round Robin

It's Smartphone Round Robin time and we're kicking off Round #1 with CrackBerry taking Android for a spin! I know a lot of you out there are wanting to hear my thoughts on the Verizon/Motorola Droid, since it's a device that many BlackBerry Storm 9530 owners have either been tempted by or even jumped ship to rather than making the organic upgrade to the BlackBerry Storm2. So instead of making you all wait, we figured it was best to tackle this alien baby right away. 

Below you'll find a hands-on video of me taking my initial walk through of both the Droid and Sprint Hero with our resident Android expert, Casey Chan of AndroidCentral.com. As part of the discussion, I've created a CrackBerry on Android thread over at the Android Central forums as well. Speaking of forum threads, you'll want to jump into our CrackBerry forums to help out Matt Miller (palmsolo) who is off his Nokia devices to give the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Storm2 a go this week.

My full analysis and review will come on Friday, so stay tuned for that (teaser: there's things I like, things I really like and things I just can't stand). In the meantime, be sure to check out the video below and drop your thoughts in the comments. And don't forget - for your chance to win a device, you need to participate in the forum discussion (full details here).

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First Look: BlackBerry Pearl 9100 / 8100 Comparison Photos


BlackBerry Pearl 8130 (left) vs. the new BlackBerry Pearl 9100

It looks like Christmas came early on the good 'ole CrackBerry tip line. I woke up this morning to some nice 'presents' in the form of these BlackBerry Pearl 9100 photos. A few weeks ago we dropped a number of first-look BlackBerry Pearl 9100 images here on the blogs, but missing from that set of eyecandy were comparison photos to the original BlackBerry Pearl.

In these photos, the new Pearl is compared to a dummy unit of the Telus BlackBerry Pearl 8130. Though the 8130 is a dummy unit, it's a solid representation and gets the job done. As you can see, at first glance the new and old Pearl are similar in appearance, and then the latest RIM BlackBerry styling from devices like the Storm2 and Bold 9700 jump out at you on the 9100 - trackpad and beveled edges on the glass like the Bold 9700, battery door cover like the Storm2, sliced into a narrow form factor with a fierce looking keyboard.

My big question to everybody.... do you think now that the trackball (the original PEARL) is gone from the device, that the new Pearl needs a more manly name?? Sound off in the comments!

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Control Your Email with MailMinder - 50 Free Copies

If you get tired of seeing junk mail when you see that flashing LED on your device, or only want to be notified of important messages, MailMinder may be just what you need. The app acts as a filter of sorts, letting you be alerted for only important messages, and having junk mail or other messages slip through the cracks. Features include:

  • Select email messages from your Inbox and set rules based on the sender or the subject of each email to automatically do one of the following whenever you receive a matching email:
    • Refrain from blinking the indicator light on the phone
    • Mark the email as read
    • Delete the email
    • Alert you that the email has been received (by turning on a solid message light and vibrating, playing a tone, or both)
  • Use as a junk mail filter and to prevent unnecessary new message indicators
  • Use to notify you when you receive an important email
  • Very easy to use with your BlackBerry email accounts
  • Audible alerts for important emails work regardless of the device's current ringer (sound profile) setting

MailMinder is available in the CrackBerry App Store for $2.99 through December 31st, but we have 50 free copies to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. 

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Call Blocker Professional By Epic Applications Updated

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Call Blocker Professional from Epic Applications has just seen a great update come its way. The application has seen many changes and growth in it's lifetime and now this, the 5th revision is brings quite a few changes to it. Call Blocker Professional offers nearly every feature you could imagine for a call blocking app.

Check out the extensive feature list:

  • Pick up and hang up on the caller, or send them to voicemail
  • Extremely quick blocking and efficient operation through integration with Options screen, along with an icon to show you the current mode (Enabled or Disabled)
  • Comprehensive bulk blocking options--private numbers, unknown numbers, numbers not in your contacts, or even all numbers for privacy
  • Easily add numbers from your call logs or contact list, or by entering by hand
  • Block entire area codes (800, 866, etc)
  • Automatically send SMS to callers to let them know you are busy, or any other message you want
  • Automatically turn on and off at given times
  • Whitelist to allow for certain callers to always get through
  • Back up and restore your settings to avoid ever having to re-enter
  • Fully customizable to fit your needs

Having used similar applications in the past and having tested Call Blocker Professional, I would have to say it is my preferred application for this type of service. Call Blocker Professional is fully integrated with the Options screen. It also lets you know when it's enabled by notification icons and updating the app icon on your screen as well (OS 4.7+ only). And best of all, it actually works as advertised and the timer mode allowing you to enable and disable at set timed intervals is awesome. You can get Call Blocker Professional now for only $3.99 until December 31st after which, it will go back to the $5.99 price.

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Citrix Receiver Arriving This Month For BlackBerry Smartphones

Citrix has been around for a while now and chances are you may have used their offerings without even really knowing it. Be it to access documents from the office while at home or attend an online meeting. Citrix powers a lot of the internet happening with their products and connectivity options. As they are to PC's, Citrix is making a name in the mobile market now as well. Currently, Citrix has applications out for iPhone and Windows Mobile so stepping into the BlackBerry smartphone sector was indeed, the next step. For connectivity to remote PC's, Citrix is offering this:

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Get More Out of Your Mobile Number with Google Voice

For years I stuck with the mobile number I was issued way back in 1996 when I purchased my first cell phone. I never thought of switching carriers, and I was happy to know that everyone that needed to contact me could do so easily. About a year ago after my BlackBerry addiction started to overtake me full-time, I realized that having a CDMA carrier number that wasn't easily portable wasn't the best thing. I thought about it for a while, and as the idea of carting around multiple devices all day didn't appeal to me, I decided to finally give up my roots and give Google Voice a shot. I had registered with the service ages ago, but left the number untouched for months. Now was the time to make it mine and spread my new number to the few people that actually call me.

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BerryWeather Updated to 2.0.63 - Add Your Own 'Weather Slot' to Any Theme

Just a few weeks back BerryWeather 2.0 was released with a ton of new features. Among them is my favorite of being able to have the weather info display on your homescreen backgound. My only gripe was that there was no way to disable all the excess text (conditions, location, etc) and show just the icon. Well in their latest update, Bellshare has given the option to completely customize this feature. Now you can create your own "weather slot" theme and tweak it to your liking. You can choose to show or hide the location, conditions, tempature, 'Feels Like' temperature, Hi/LO and observation time. You can choose where the icon is placed, as well as what wallpaper is displayed. I have to say I'm a huge fan of this update since I can now place the weather icon anywhere on my homescreen, ultimately making any theme on my device a "weather theme". BerryWeather is one of the higher priced apps at $9.95, but is well worth it in my opinion. 

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BlackBerry Pearl 9100 To Support 802.11n WiFi?

The other day Boy Genius posted that he heard from one of his solid connects that the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 has seen a little revision change since we last heard some specs on it. The change, was that of 802.11n WiFi capability being added to next gen Suretype BlackBerry smartphone.

We're going to toss some gas on that fire as well as I have done some digging around and found the above .rdf profile for the BlackBerry Pearl 9100. That's not to say it will show up in the final revision, but Research In Motion notes the files with the WiFi radio in the title and well, there is no 9100_802.11g/b to be found at this time. So does anyone actually need or want 802.11n on their BlackBerry smartphone to make this feature?

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 13 Dec 2009


Freddy Jump for BlackBerry Smartphones

Big fan of the oriiginal best-selling game for BlackBerry, Freddy Falling? If so, then then you'll love the next game in the Freddy Falling series called Freddy Jump. New from Lone Dwarf Games, this one is addictive! If you're rocking a touchscreen BlackBerry, Freddy Jump uses your Storm's accelerometer to control Freddy as he bounces his way up and up. During your climb you will encounter such things as spring pads, jet packs, and the umbrella which slows your descent, giving Freddy maximum maneuvering time. With Freddy Jump you can also save your current game, submit high score to the internet, and my favorite feature, select the background song straight from your BlackBerry's media. You can download Freddy Jump from the CrackBerry App Store for $3.99 and is available for all touchscreen and non-touchscreen devices with OS 4.5 or higher. And if you grab it today you can save 50 cents!

More information and download of Freddy Jump

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Mord Theme by Calx Design for BlackBerry Bold 9000, Bold 9700, Tour 9630 and Curve 8900

The latest offering from Calx Design, Mord is sure to clean up your Berry with a professional feel, while adding a little fun to the mix. With a weather icon in the top center of the homescreen flanked by two today docks, the balance of this theme makes it a hit for me right from the start.

Mord features a slot for your favorite weather app in the top center, below the clock, also 6 slots where you can select the icons of your choice and there's also a central "Today" section which conveniently summarizes your next 4 appointments and latest 4 unread messages. Next to the quite standardized (by Calx standards) metering there is also a icon for switching profiles directly from the homescreen.

Mord is available in the CrackBerry App Store for $4.99 for the Bold 9000, Bold 9700, Tour 9630 and Curve 8900. 

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CrackBerry Reminder: What You May Have Missed This Week

Time is flying faster this year for me. I feel like I'm busier than ever and I haven't even started shopping yet! We had some great contests this week to gear up for the holidays and spread some CrackBerry love. We're giving away a custom Bold 9700 in our CrackBerry Colorware contest as well as a great prize pack from TeleNav. If you still need some gifts for the BlackBerry user on your list, you'll want to check out our CrackBerry Holiday Gift Guides as well. Still a few hours lleft to get in on the contests, so after you catch up on the news, drop by the original contest posts and leave a comment.

What You May Have Missed:

Contests:

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Seesmic For BlackBerry Now Compatible With OS 4.5 Devices

It's only been a few days since Seesmic updated their Twitter application to version 1.1.10 for devices OS 4.6 and above. In that time, they have now released Seesmic for BlackBerry to devices running OS 4.5 which is a good share of BlackBerry owners out there. The request for a OS 4.5 versions was heard loud and clear and Seesmic delivered. Remember folks, it's still an alpha build so lot's of room for improvements but Seesmic is wasting no time getting the application to where it needs to be.

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BlackBerry App World Launches In Australia & New Zealand

It's been long awaited by many that I know who live in Australia and New Zealand but finally, Research In Motion has delivered BlackBerry App World. Folks in Australia and New Zealand can now download and install BlackBerry App World to their BlackBerry smartphones which of course, brings with it many other applications. No having to look for work arounds once things are fully up and running. Content currently is based on free applications but more and more apps will be loaded over the next little while to make it as robust as other countries offerings.

From The Press Release:

“BlackBerry App World makes it very easy for our customers to discover and download a wide variety of applications for their BlackBerry smartphone,” said Adele Beachley, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Research In Motion. “BlackBerry App World provides a fantastic new resource and enhanced experience for customers and an equally exciting business opportunity for RIM’s partners.”

Another milestone down in making BlackBerry App World a global offering as Research In Motion envisioned. Anyone from Australia or New Zealand out there currently using BlackBerry App World? Let us know in the comments folks.

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Rumored Twitter For BlackBerry Client by Research In Motion Makes First Tweets?!?

We have been hearing for the longest time now that Research In Motion was/is working on native BlackBerry client (so called 'project banshee') for the hugely popular service that is Twitter. We even posted a poll a while back to see if it was something people wanted, to which the majority of respondents who use twitter said they would like to see. Today, we happened to come across what could quite possibly be the first recognized tweets from the new RIM-built twitter client itself. We're pretty sure there have been others before it, but those would have all been listed under something generic such as "API" so as not to set off any alarms, a practice that is common when wanting to hide the name of an application while getting real world testing on Twitter.

Clicking on the application name in these tweets directs you to blackberry.com/twitter, which understandably serves up a 404 error page at this time. But with this information, one has to wonder how close Research In Motion is to launch. We haven't seen any leaked pictures of the UI in action, and no leaked "beta" versions have surfaced yet. We are sure that a client is coming, but am guessing it's still a little ways away and this broadcasting of the BlackBerry twitter client was unintentional (product team was probably sipping some spiked eggnog Friday afternoon which resulted in this little oversight in their latest beta version). 

Either way, it's all good. Whether it takes RIM a month or two or six to get this out, there are already a lot of great third party twitter clients available to BlackBerry users. That said, we sure are anxious to see what RIM has in store for us! 

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.303 For The BlackBerry Tour 9630

Well, it's been a while since the BlackBerry Tour 9630 had a leak so here it is. This has been floating around for a while now and let me just say when other devices are well into the .4xx it's probably best you skip over this one. It took this long to show up for a reason, the reports are the radio is bad in this one meaning you likely will have connection problems if loaded. Either way, I'm sure some of you will still check it out, worst case just downgrade again. Don't forget to back up your device.

*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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