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BlackBerry EMEA Alliance Summit: BlackBerry Innovation Awards 2009 Live Blog!

BlackBerry EMEA Alliance Summit: BlackBerry Innovation Awards 2009 Live Blog!

You know that saying When in Rome?  Well, I'm actually in Rome and going on right now at 7pm local time is the BlackBerry Innovation Awards 2009! The Innovation Awards are held as part of the annual BlackBerry EMEA Alliace Summit, a conference held each year that brings together BlackBerry Alliance partners in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region for a few days of information, networking and fun. The Innovation Awards recognize outstanding applications and innovations from various partners in various enterprise and consumer categories. Watch all the fun live above! I'll be tweeting with photos, so follow the twitter links within the live blog above to see the pics. Once it's all said and done, we'll update this post with some photos below.

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Happy Thanksgiving from!

Happy Thanksgiving to the CrackBerry Nation. I'll be off eating my way through the day with my family, and hope you all will be doing the same. Its not often that I have an excuse to eat more than one dinner and double dessert, so I take full advantage of the holiday. If you can handle it, try to put the Berry (or Berry's) away for a bit and spend some time with family and friends. Don't worry - we'll still be here tomorrow when you get back, so a day away from us won't kill you :-)

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Bplay's 7 Days of Deals November 25th to December 1st

Bplay is running a great promo on themes and games now through December 1st. Their 7 Days of Deals will feature a different item each day. Each deal will run through the day, and end at 8am when the next deal starts. There are some great items in store, so be sure to check back each day for all the details. To start it off, if you buy Madden NFL 10 today you get the Space Slideshow theme absolutely free! Head over to Bplay now (and for the next 6 days) to check out the goods.

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NY Times Releases Free BlackBerry Application For Tour, Bold, Storm and 8900

Ronen over at BerryReview spotted the new NY Times BlackBerry application is now available for download for free from their site. Previously the NY Times had only offered a home screen launcher which led to their web site. The new application allows for offline reading, but sadly it's only supported on the BlackBerry Tour, Storm 1, Bold, and Curve 8900 - every other device just gets redirected to NY Times mobile site.

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Google Apps Connector Gets Updated

When Google first announced their Apps Connector their main focus was to be placed on those companies that were running a BlackBerry Enterprise Server with a couple hundred BlackBerry smartphones attached to it. Google quickly realized that users of all sizes were taking on Apps Connector and found they needed to grow their support sizes to what is now 500 users per BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which is double the previously supported number. Have a look at the features and see if it's a fit for your business.

Overview of features:

  • Messages sent to your Gmail inbox are pushed to your BlackBerry within 60 seconds.
  • Emails read/deleted on your BlackBerry are marked as read/deleted in Gmail, and vice-versa.
  • Synchronize BlackBerry folders with labels in Gmail.
  • Search for email addresses and phone numbers of other users on your company domain.
  • View your Google Calendar schedule on your native BlackBerry application, with one-way synchronization from Google Calendar to your BlackBerry device.
  • Contacts in Gmail are automatically synchronized with your BlackBerry address book
  • BlackBerry Professional Software is now supported

Google Apps Connector is great for businesses who are looking to save some money on their networking cost but it does still fall short in some areas of PIM function especially when it comes to two-way sync of calendars. Here's to hoping that Google will see the need and get to work on that.

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R&R Theme Designs 50% Off Sale

The sales just keep rolling in, this one comes to us courtesy of R&R Theme Designs. From now up until November 27th, all themes by R&R Theme Designs are on sale for 50% off. No coupon code needed for this one folks, just pick your theme and check out and you're done. Big thanks to Rooster for the sale and giving back to the community!

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Cocky Culture 3 Day 50% OFF Themes Thanksgiving Sale

Cocky Culture is having a 50% off sale from now up until November 27th. If you been holding off on dressing up your BlackBerry in some new colors now is a great time to do so. Process is simple, just visit the CrackBerry App Store from your mobile device, pick out your theme and when asked for a coupon code be sure to enter - 3d50off- check out and you're done.

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Elevated Automotive Loan & Lease Calculator - 5000 Free Copies

Elevated Automotive is testing out their new loan & lease calculator app. The application hopes to make buying or leasing a car as easy as can be, and soon to be a complete car buying tool. They have just updated to version 1.5.1, and have 5000 free copies to give away.

The calculator's simple, clean interface allows users to quickly compute their exact car payments using the same information that dealers use to calculate payments in their computer systems. Whether you need to see the difference in your payment based on the length of the loan, you need to see exactly how much that extra down payment will affect the loan, or you just want to see the difference between a loan and a lease, you no longer have to wait for your salesman to go back and forth to his boss to make a decision. 

To check it out, just head over to Elevated Automotive to download the free app. 

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BlackBerry Made Simple Thanksgiving Sale Get 35% Off eBooks And Videos

The CrackBerry forums are great for new and old BlackBerry users alike but let's face it, not everyone has the time to set aside and search through the forums for information at all points in time. Some people would prefer a book or a video to learn more about their BlackBerry devices. This is where BlackBerry Made Simple comes in. With ebooks and videos available for all your BlackBerry training needs, you can take the time to learn about your BlackBerry when ever you want.

Made Simple learning is having a sale from today up until November 28th on all digital media (eBooks and videos) where you can save 35% off all purchases. The process is simple as well, head on over to their website, click on any item you wish to buy and during check out use the coupon code 29833EDA32 and you should now see the discounted price.

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WiFi Hero Automatically Controls Wifi Power Status - 30 Free Copies

WiFi is a power saving application for your WiFi capable BlackBerry smartphone. It offers 3 different modes to control the on/off status of your WifFi, hence saving your battery.

  • Location Based: WiFi Hero will learn the location of the hotspots you connect to. When you are out of range of your hotspots WiFi will be turned off, when you are back in range it will be turned back on.
  • Screen Status: In this mode WiFi will be automatically turned on when screen is on, and turned back off when screen is off.
  • Charging Status: This mode allows you to have WiFi on only when the phone is charging, once disconnected it will turn off until you charge again.

WiFi Hero is a very small application and a great way to save power for those who use WiFi on their BlackBerry. It is available for $4.99 from the CrackBerry App Store and is compatible with OS 4.5+

Contest: We have 30 free copies of WiFi Hero 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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Black Friday Starts Wednesday 50% Off Sale from Twinkler Software, Toysoft, Fabian Heuwieser and Trimax84

The folks at Twinkler Software have partnered with Toysoft, Fabian Heuwieser and Trimax84 to bring a great sale for the holiday weekend. A total of 61 apps and themes are all on sale now through Sunday for 50% off. You can choose from all of the apps from these developers including AddOnis, SendX, Sea Battle, Ballz, ProfilerPro, VibandRing, Laterdude Pro and the Elverado and Momentum series themes. This is a great start to the holiday and you can grab some great apps before all the Black Friday madness. Check out the links below for more info. Be sure to enter the coupon codes at checkout to receive the discount. The codes will only work from the mobile app store or mobile app store client on your device.

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Fandango App for BlackBerry Smartphones Coming Soon


Fandango has long been the leader of the online movie ticket game, and it looks like they will soon be bringing their movie addict fun to BlackBerry. No word on availability just yet, but they have posted a coming soon page on their web site. The promo shows that we will be able to check showtimes, watch trailers and buy tickets right from the application. The Fandango app looks promising, but we'll have wait and see how it turns out. For now, you can head over to their site and enter your info to be notified when it launches.

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Twixtreme Twitter App Now Available in BlackBerry App World

The guys at Xtreme Labs (developers of the sweet urbanspoon and NBA Game Time apps) let me know that Twixtreme has made it into BlackBerry App World. The Twitter client is relatively new to the list of BlackBerry clients, but it does not disappoint. The ad-free app lets you view timelines, post, upload pictures and more. If you are looking for a good alternative to Ubertwitter and haven't made the cut for Socialscope, Twixtreme is definitely worth checking out. The app runs on all devices using OS 4.6 and higher and is 100% free. Head over to BlackBerry App World for more information.

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BeDroid Theme From AHAZ and Jmal Designs - 50 Free Copies

AHAZ and Jmal Designs have teamed up to bring you another gorgeous premium theme for your BlackBerry smartphone. BeDroid brings the newly popular DROID feel with its replica icons, status bar, wallpaper, signal meters and lock screen. User customization is high with this theme, giving you 8 icons that you can place as you like, as well as the DROID tab that allows you to place 16 more applications in a way similar to a quick launch. It also features a custom about screen, giving you easy access to information such as your PIN, OS version, Battery level/temp and free memory. Storm owners get a nice bonus of Stop Turning! by Epic Applications, which comes built into the theme. BeDroid is on sale for $4.96 until November 23rd via the CrackBerry Store, and available for the 83XX, 85XX, 87XX, 88XX, 9000, 95XX, 9630, and 9700 devices.

Contest: We have 50 free copies of BeDroid 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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Beta eBay Application for BlackBerry Smartphones Now Available

I have to admit I've been waiting on this one for quite a while. When we saw the eBay app in action at the Developers Conference, we were told it would arrive by the end of the month and it actually popped up on time. The beta eBay application for BlackBerry is now available via BlackBerry App World. You can search, bid, buy, watch items and more all from your device. The app gives you the option of adding items to you calendar so you don't miss the end of an auction, and will also send you alerts if you are outbid. You can even add your PayPal account so you can purchase items right from your device. Keep in mind that this is a beta, so if you have any bugs or feedback to report, you can do so at I'm sure I'll be spending more time than usual (is that possible?) on eBay now with this app, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Head to the link below to download.

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Review: Gym Technik NextGen for the BlackBerry

I don’t know how some people do it; I know I haven’t had much luck. To those who are able to fit a healthy lifestyle into the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I salute you. Excuse after excuse run through my head; I’m too busy, I’ll start tomorrow, I’ll just pick something up on the way home. It almost sounds like I’m a contestant on the Biggest Loser (which I watch), but that’s how I feel. I’ve started to make the change and I have the support of my wife and son behind me. I can also use my BlackBerry as a guide and tracker.

Just over a year ago, I reviewed Gym Technik and their web mobile site, which offered its services as a workout tracker. They’ve grown leaps and bounds, providing health and nutrition tips, tackling Oxygenfit integration and lifestyle advice. Earlier this month, Kevin gave us a taste of Gym Technik’s brand spanking new app, Gym Technik NextGen for the BlackBerry. Imagine having access to hundreds of workouts and exercises, as well as track your body stats on your smartphone spotter. I’m excited to get the rest of my life back on the right track and equally excited to have all the help that I can get.

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Interview with Fabian Heuwieser, BlackBerry App Developer

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If you follow me on twitter (@crackberrykevin), you may have caught wind of the fact that I'm in Europe right now, hitting up Paris first for a few days and now stuffing my face with pizza in Roma. More articles will be popping up over the next week or so with some of observations I have made in terms of BlackBerry in Europe, so stay tuned for that.

The first BlackBerry highlight of the trip was getting to meet app developer Fabian Heuwiser in person. Now, the video above is not of me interviewing Fabian, but rather our pal Nan Palmero, who met Fabian in Germany on a recent trip for a beer. It just so happened that Fabian was in Paris the same weekend I was, so he ran over and met me at the Galleries Lafeyette late Saturday afternoon at the 1st floor Dom Perignon bar (every mall in the world should have one of these) while Miss CrackBerry continued to shop. We didn't have time to conduct a formal interview, so props to Nan for getting this video done up for BBCool. Watch it above!

Regular readers of will be familiar with Fabian's apps, such as ForceRadioOn, LaterDude Pro, TyperSpeed and the historically popular VibandRing. You can check out all of Fabian's apps here. Fabian has been working on a new CrackBerry mobile launcher as well, which we'll be launching here on the blogs next week. Keep it locked to CB to catch it when it drops. Great meeting you Fabian!

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Get On Your BlackBerry, Kinda..

The CrackBerry tip line has been hot today with our users letting us know about the "new" application that is available for BlackBerry smartphones. Now we totally love our tipsters, so we're gonna put this up but just to clarify a few things. The app is not new, it's actually been available for a while and the reason why it's been low key so far is the fact it only supports US (AT&T, T-Mobile) and UK BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve 8900's.

Not a huge outreach there with such limited support. But, here's to hoping all the press has received forces them to update the application for newer devices. Making it available to even more carriers would certainly take the cake as well. For those of you that can use it, you like it? Let us know in the comments folks!

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AstraSync For BlackBerry Version 4.0 Now Available

Astrasync for BlackBerry is a great solution for those who need two-way over-the-air synchronization of email, calendar and contact data with a Microsoft Exchange, MailSite Fusion, CommuniGate Pro, Zimbra, Scalix, FirstClass or Kerio MailServers and more. Their latest version, 4.0 is now available and has a ton of added features to it.
  • Support for HTML Email -You can now choose to display message content in HTML or Plain Text format.
  • Hotlinks in Messages- AstraSync now supports hotlinks in messages for telephone numbers, email addresses and website addresses. Hotlinks work in HTML and Plan Text modes.
  • Meeting Requests- You can now view meeting requests and decide whether to accept or decline the request.
  • Message Flags and Priority- AstraSync now supports the display and setting of message Flags. The message Priority is also displayed.
  • Message Multi-select- You can now select multiple messages in the message list and can perform a single operation on those messages (for example Move). Two modes are supported: Group-select to select a list of adjacent messages and Multi-select to select non-adjacent messages.
  • Brand new User Interface- All of the AstraSync screens have been updated with a brand new modern interface. The AstraSync configuration screens are now more consistent with the native BlackBerry Options screens.

Current Astrasync users are alerted automatically of updates, but if you are new to Astrasync and have a need for their service check em out.

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All Sid Meier's Titles 20% Off Through November 30th


If you're an old-school PC gamer like me, you know that Sid Meier's games loads of fun to play (and insanely addicting). Concrete Software has some great Sid Meier's titles available in the CrackBerry App Store, and through November 30th they are all 20% off. Pirates (a finalist in the BlackBerry Developers Challenge), Railroad Tycoon and Civilization IV are all on sale for only $3.99. Each simulation has great in-depth play that is sure to keep you busy for hours on end. These titles break from the standard "arcade" games on BlackBerry, giving them hours of replay value. If you're looking to pick up a great game to kill some time after Thanksgiving dinner, check out the links below.

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