BlackBerry News and Reviews

Bing and My Verizon Being Pushed To Verizon Storm Users

We've been down this road before, and it looks like Verizon is yet again pushing out some apps to Storm users. We've seen Slacker and VCAST apps magically pop up, and now it appears as if both the Bing app and My Verizon are being pushed out by Big Red. Previously My Verzion was available for download and actually wasn't a terrible app. The new Bing app looks to be a love it or hate it as well. Keep in mind the pushed icons are just shortcuts to download the apps, so if you don't want them just hide the icons. Unfortunately there is still no way to completely remove them. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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bbOSalert Instant Alert for OS Releases - 50 Free Copies

Last week we took a look at the new app bbOSalert. The app installs on your device and gives you a popup alert instantly when a new OS is released anywhere on the web. You can tweak the settings so you are only alerted for devices you choose, and you can also pick to be notified for hybrids, official releases and leaked OS versions. You will receive a popup on your device when an OS is released and thats that. A very cool app to have on your device if you want to stay up to date with the latest OS releases. bbOSalert sells in the CrackBerry App Store for $2.00.

Contest: If you're not ready to drop $2 on the app just yet, you can get in on a chance to win 1 of 50 free copies. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST. Please only leave one comment, multiple entries won't count.

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Super QWERTY - One Key Access To All Applications

We all love making things easier for ourselves. Super QWERTY is an app that can make a whole lot easy on your BlackBerry. Super QWERTY allows you to create one key shortcuts for all applications on your device. Much like how RIM includes a few directly into the OS (although, recently has been removing some) you can now create your own one-key services.

Features:

  • The fastest way to access your applications at present.
  • Quick start with the key "q" in main screen.
  • You can start Super QWERTY in the system menu, launch from anywhere.
  • Up to 80 shortcuts, you can set as much as your favorite applications.
  • Friendly design, attention to the used shortcuts, never mess up.
  • You can enter the applications in Super QWERTY simply by clicking your trackball/trackpad/enter.
  • Easily to compose a SMS/PIN/Email text to your contacts.
  • Your settings will be saved even your reinstall Super QWERTY.
  • Lifetime free upgrade.
  • Support Bold2 9700 

Sadly, no free trial is available for Super QWERTY but the application is pretty straight forward in how it works. It's available for all devices with the exception of the BlackBerry Storm2 for only $3.99. (Please, note no OTA is available. Desktop installs only)

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FileScout for BlackBerry v1.4.0.0 Released

*UPDATE: Now at version 1.4.1.0*

For those of you who read the CrackBerry blogs daily, you've likely read previous postings about FileScout. Personally for me this application is one of the best tools to install on your BlackBerry Smart phone, ever. So many uses for FileScout that to not have it installed on my device would just feel wrong. With that said, the newest version is now available for download. New features and bug fixes are on the agenda for this release. You can check it out below.

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 1 Nov 2009


Contest Reminder: Unlock Codes, Iris Theme, BerrySilent, Snap Cases, Storm2 Cases, TweetGenius, Bold 9700 and More!

A great variety of stuff to be won this week. Some great apps, unlock codes, cases,  a Bold 9700, Garmin Nuvi and TweetGenius goodness. If you didn't get in on the action yet, you still have a few hours left. You have no excuse to miss out this time around, so check out the posts below to have a chance to win. Be sure to leave a comment on the original blog posts (you can leave one to this post if you want, but it won't help you win). Good luck!

As for the CrackBerry Video Contest, we're going to get the grand prize winner voting started on Monday (running through end of day Thursday). Stay tuned for that and more bonus round vids this coming week.

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Contest: Win 1 Of 100 Copies of StormSlider For Your BlackBerry Storm2!

With the BlackBerry Storm2 reaching the hands of many CrackBery readers now, it's only fitting we have a contest for those who picked one up. LeetCom aka dmglakewood, has stepped up to the plate this time around, hitting me up saying lets do something for all the new BlackBerry Storm2 owners out there and give a little back to the community. Up for grabs with this contest is 100 free copies of StormSlider (BerrySlider) which changes the lock screen of your BlackBerry smartphone so you can have a "Slide To Unlock" feature for your BlackBerry Smartphone.

[ We'll let this one run until November 5th then winners will be chosen. Only one entry per person folks, duplicate entries will be excluded and good luck to everyone that enters. Big thanks to Leetcom for offering this for you all. ]

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Verizon BlackBerry BOGO To End November 7th?!

If you've been thinking about picking up a new BlackBerry Smartphone from Verizon, you may want to move quick. Assuming the info we just received above holds true, it shows that Big Red is looking to end their current Buy One, Get One BlackBerry promotion next Saturday, November 7th. I'm sure the BlackBerry BOGO will make its return at somepoint in the not so distant future, but we're not exactly sure when or for how long. So if you've been eyeing up the Verizon BlackBerry Tour or newly-launched BlackBerry Storm2 for you and a loved one, there's no time like the present!

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Elertify - Get Alerted Of Emails, Calls And SMS From Your BlackBerry Right On Your PC!

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Elertify is a new app to the CrackBerry app store and is simply awesome. Elertify is for those users who often sit at their PC and have their BlackBerry by their side at all times. Elertify can display a popup message on your PC when you receive incoming Email, SMS and Phone calls on your BlackBerry. You can even hear who's calling, texting, or emailing you by using the built voice synthesizer. Check out the video for a good look of it in action. After having tested it earlier today I'll be surely adding this to my collection and right now, up until Nov 15th you can get it for only $4.99.

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New Premium Theme Released From Elecite - Shell

Elecite has a sexy new theme available. Shell integrates color changing options from right within the theme itself. You can choose between black, red, white and finally blue background images to suit your mood.  Four dedicated application buttons on the bottom help you stay organized and up to nine hidden icons are accessible through the hidden hot spots within the theme. Shell is available for the 9630, 95xx, 9000, 8900, 8530 and 8350 series devices for $6.99.

As a special CrackBerry offering, leave a comment on this post and we'll pick out 50 winners to pick up a copy of Shell for free. Thanks to the folks over at Elecite for showing the CrackBerry community some extra love.

* Please Note: The issues seen with 5.0 OS may be present for some BlackBerry Storm users, keep that in mind as it's not a 100% fixable issue until RIM releases an update version of Plazmic*

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BlackBerry App World: Got Questions About It? RIM Wants To Hear Em!

A new blog post went up yesterday over at the Inside BlackBerry blogs. It may be of a lot of interest to those among us here in the BlackBerry community. RIM wants to hear all the questions you have about BlackBerry App World.

Inside BlackBerry writer and Product Manager, BlackBerry App World Alex. K has stepped up to the plate to address what is the first part of what I assume, is many articles regarding BlackBerry App World. Ever since the launch of BlackBerry App World there have been some questions which have remained unanswered -- be sure to check it out if you have any that you would like to see addressed.

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Slacker Radio Updated: Version 2.0.91 for BlackBerry Smartphones Now Available For Download

Slacker Radio got a little bump in versions recently. Version 2.0.91 is now available for download from the Slacker Radio website. Now would be a good time to get in on their Halloween music channel as well if you have never checked Slacker out before.

Sadly, no changelog is available at this time for what exactly the update corrects. From my checking of it, it appears to be some if not full support for OS 5.0. but if you notice anything else don't hesitate to drop us a note in the comments or in the CrackBerry forums of your findings.

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BlackBerry App World Version 1.1.0.23 Released

This is more so for those of you who have never installed BlackBerry App World before, because those of you who have it already should have gotten the notification update by now. In any event, BlackBerry App World has been updated once again and now sits at version 1.1.0.23. While no changelog came with this release I'm sure once it gets in the hands of more users we'll see some information about what has been addressed with this release in the forums. So, have you downloaded it? Any new changes or things you notice, feel free to drop em in the comments folks.

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Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9700 Launch Approaching Fast!

We've been hearing some rumors for a few days regarding Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9700 release. Finally, it seems they are rumors now more. Rogers has sent off the emails to CSR's telling them to take the BlackBerry Bold 9700 training courses in the Rogers Fastrack system, while Rogers BlackBerry Tech agents have already been trained up. We were also hearing that the devices were sitting in the warehouse, flashed with the latest 5.0 OS and all packaged up for Rogers customers across Canada. All of this is now confirmed.

All that's really left right now is for dealers to place their orders and get them shipped off to retail locations. Shipping will be available from November 2nd and with some retailers receiving their devices possibly as soon as November 4th. The final rumor that has been passed around is that Rogers is planning on doing a soft launch of the device and while this still remains a rumor until some are actually sold, retailers will have the devices on hand and they're already in the system to be processed. And of course, Rogers may want to be getting ahead of Bell in the sales department if even just by a day or two. So, who's excited for the Bold 9700 now? Gonna be hitting up your local Rogers location to grab one of these?

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TweetGenius Officially Released (Again) - 50 Free Copies!

Simply login and leave a comment to win 1 of 50 copies of TweetGenius!

It seemed like it came and went. TweetGenius, the first premium Twitter client for BlackBerry, swooped in and then in a poof it was gone again. If you didn't get to purchase it upon the initial release, you were sadly out of luck for the last few months. Well the good news is that its finally here. The minds behind TweetGenius teamed up with BeeJive (makers of the amazing BeeJive IM) and have finally dropped a crazy new pollen-infused version of TweetGenius. The early version had some struggles on older devices (like my 8330) and people had some complaints. Well no comments went unnoticed, and the new version of TweetGenius is much improved, faster and ready for the world again. 

Get TweetGenius: TweetGenius is available for all devices except for the Pearl and Pearl Flip for $7.99. It may seem a bit steep for a Twitter app, but it is well worth the price. It has been overhauled and works with OS 4.3 or higher. You can buy it now from tg2.beejive.com.

Contest: We've got 50 free copies of TweetGenius to give away for free to the CrackBerry Nation! 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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Get Tetherberry for 50% Off - Today Only!

Today the CrackBerry Deal of the Day is a great application at a great discount. Tetherberry made its name offering an easy and affordable way to tether without the need for extra services or carrier fees. The application usually sells for $49.95 which is a turn off to some users, but today only you can get Tetherberry for only $24.97 - thats 50% off! This is a great discount if you've been contemplating pick it up but just haven't pulled the trigger. I've been using it on my netbook since release, and I must say there is no easier way to tether. Just install the app on your device and PC or Mac and you're set. Head over to the CrackBerry App Store to check it out.

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CallerInfo for BlackBerry Storm Shows City, Birthday and More

Toysoft has dropped another great app for the Storm and Storm2 called CallerInfo. The app displays custom information on the screen for incoming calls. When a person in your contacts calls, CallerInfo shows their city and last call date as well as any custom info you have entered (birthday, anniversary, note). When a call is ended, the app will prompt you to enter a note that will display the next time the user calls. If you are looking to get a little more out of your device, you may want to give this app a go. It is cool to see the info when the contact calls, and you can be sure you won't forget important dates (just pay attention so you know if someone is calling you on their birthday!). CallerInfo is on sale in the CrackBerry App Store for $2.99 until tomorrow.

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Business Trip or Backpacking, Bring your BlackBerry

After writing the review for GPSed, I had the urge to go on another trip. During the summer, we took an amazing family trip to Gibsons, British Columbia. I did promise not to touch my BlackBerry during that week, and I did surprisingly well (I only twitched a little). A promise is a promise, but I didn’t even think to argue its usefulness; even on vacation! It only makes sense to do anything possible to make your trip (business or personal) productive, stress-free and exciting…or relaxing. The last thing you want to do is become stressed with planning your vacation and even more stressed during it.

So, without jumping off the travel train, I’ve compiled a list of applications you may want to look at before your next trip. Have to check your flight? Need to choose a hotel?
Where are you going to eat? How do I say this? With so many applications available to you, it’s hard to decide which ones you actually need. I’m pretty sure you don’t want to juggle through applications that aren’t required, and miss enjoying your trip. Before you pack your bags, pack your BlackBerry with much needed travel apps!

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Windows 7 Ultimate Theme for All Devices

With the recent official release of Windows 7 for your home PC, we have now been offered a Windows 7 Ultimate theme for our BlackBerry devices. The Windows 7 Ultimate theme is available for all BlackBerry models from the 81xx series and above. If you are looking for a feature loaded theme that offers a very easy to use interface and runs about as smooth as Windows 7 for a PC, the look is over. This theme offers a fully functional Start Menu, which allows you quick access to your media center, music, settings, connection manager, sound profiles, your application screen, and finally a shut down button to power down the device. Along with the Start Menu icon, the theme offers four slots which are user defined that allow for quick access to any other application that you use on a regular basis. Some of the devices support a hidden today feature from the home screen icons, which is very easy to read since all the icons line the left side of the screen. If you are looking for a clean theme which is easy to use and offers quick access to many features of your device, check out Windows 7 Ultimate by VSMThemes while its on sale for the low price of $2.49 through November 1st.

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Free FancyLog App Lets You Quickly Access the Event Log

Sergey let me know that he released a small app called FancyLog that allows quick access to the Event Log. As most know, access the event log means cranking out a key combo that can sometimes be a hassle. With FancyLog, just click the icon and you're in. This app is a great tool for developers or hardcore users who often need to access the Event Log quickly (it is especially handy for Storm users). The app has a super low footprint and is compatible with all devices running OS 4.2 or higher. Best of all, its totally free.

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