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BlackBerry 9900 outed via UAProf document?

If you've been following BlackBerry pre-release devices for a while now you'll know the BlackBerry 9900 is a number that has been referenced on many occasions in the past. The only problem with that is that its reference alone leads down a long path of both real and fake devices. Most of which are touch based, Bold iterations. The latest usage of the BlackBerry 9900 is massive step forward to everyone seeing a device bearing those numbers become a reality. 

As we saw on the BlackBerry 2011 Roadmap the "Bold Touch" or BlackBerry Dakota (GSM) and BlackBerry Montana (CDMA) are now in the works and the referenced but never used BlackBerry 9900 now has a UAProf document to go along with it. When looking at the document you can note it was created on February 23. Previous to that, and shortly after the BlackBerry 2011 Roadmap leaked out the document never existed. I know because I checked looking for this exact UAProf to reference to, the server only returned errors. The fact that it is now there, only leads me to believe we're one step closer to seeing the BlackBerry Dakota show up fairly soon.

*UPDATE* As PacFu noted in the comments, this could also be the BlackBerry Torch 2 given that it states QWERTY rather then virtual as shown on what is presumed to be the Monaco / Monza also now listed as the BlackBerry 9850.

Source: N4BB

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Leaked Software Roadmap Shows BIS 4.1 and BlackBerry 7 Are Coming!

There's nothing better than leaked BlackBerry info on a Saturday! These new 2011 BlackBerry Software Roadmap slides (more below) show off some interesting details. Most of it is pretty basic and what you'd expect - updates to apps including Facebook, Twitter, Ticketmaster, Social Feeds, App World, BlackBerry News, etc.. Ugrades to BIS are also coming.

The most exciting item listed on the Roadmap above of course is the one coming last in the year, and that is BlackBerry 7 core integration. Though no other information is provided, you almost *have to assume* BlackBerry 7 would be the jump from the traditional BlackBerry Operating System we know and love (and occassionally hate on) to the QNX-based operating system that is used to power the BlackBerry PlayBook's BlackBerry Tablet OS. It makes sense RIM would go with a branding jump from 6 to 7 for a BIG OS change like that in BlackBerry Smartphones (especially considering we're about to see the move from BlackBerry 6 to 6.1). But who knows. It's early days and RIM has a lot of work ahead of them in pushing the PlayBook to market and building up that platform so it works in BlackBerry Smartphones as well. But damn... I have goosebumps. BlackBerry SEVEN. Exciting stuff. :)

Source: N4BB

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BlackBerry Protect now available (open beta) in North America and Latin America

RIM just let us know that the long talked about BlackBerry Protect app/service is now available to users. We took a detailed look at this wayyy back in July 2010, so check out our BlackBerry Protect Preview to get up to speed.

BlackBerry Protect is a free application that allows users to wirelessly backup, restore and locate their BlackBerry smartphone. In the event that their BlackBerry smartphone is misplaced, lost or stolen, BlackBerry Protect provides features like: remote device wipe, remote device lock, ‘Lost and Found' screen, locate device on a map, remote activation of the BlackBerry smartphone loud ringer, and wireless device backup and restore. 

Key features of BlackBerry Protect include:

  • Remote Device Management:
    • Remote wipe
    • Remote lock and ‘Lost and Found' screen
    • Remote activate loud ringer
    • Cell Tower and GPS device tracking
  • Over the Air (OTA) Backup and Restore:
    • Contacts and Calendar
    • Memos and Tasks
    • Browser Bookmarks
    • Text Messages
  • Administration:
    • Based on BlackBerry ID system
    • Web-based End User portal
    • Operator Call Center access

If you want to give it a try, you can find the BlackBerry Protect app within the Test Center in BlackBerry App World (note for some users it may take up to 24 hours for it show up) and you can head to blackberry.com/protect to download, login to the web interface, and for more info.

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Official OS 6.0.0.415 for the BlackBerry Style 9670 from MTS Mobility

Here you go Style users. MTS Mobility has released OS 6.0.0.415 for the taking. No reports of the good, bad or ugly on this one yet, so give it a go and let us know. We haven't seen too many updates for the Style since release, so hopefully this one is fairly solid. Play around a bit then head into the forums and post your findings. As always, use caution when updating you device. If you're looking for the latest, higher official release though you can check out the CrackBerry BlackBerry Style forums.

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Review: Seidio Innocase Active Holster and Seidio Innocase Active Case for the BlackBerry Torch 9800

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A couple of weeks ago, I realized it was time to replace my old case. I'd never let my BlackBerry go anywhere without one, but this case was looking pretty ratty. I knew I wanted something to protect against my arch-enemy, gravity, as well as everyday dings and scratches. I found what I was looking for in the Seidio Innocase Active Case. Trouble is, I hate carrying by BlackBerry in a pocket. That's where the companion holster comes in to play.

The Seidio Innocase Active Holster is specifically designed to securely hold your BlackBerry while it is protected by the Case. Using these two products, I get the security of a case with the convenience of a holster. Featuring a strong multi-direction belt clip and sleeper magnet, the holster comes with the best securing clip I've ever used. Using not one, but two springs; the holster firmly holds your BlackBerry in place and is easily opened when it's BlackBerry time.

Researching the Case, I found a number of people who claiming it caused their BlackBerry to lock up. This happened to me as well; the case just holds too tightly to the body of the phone. By carefully stretching out the case around the exterior buttons, I was able to prevent it from happening again. It's also useful to put the flexible inner bit on before adding the outer shell. This is certainly a situation where "tight and secure" is both a good and bad thing.

From Seidio comes an amazing pairing of products that combine to give me the ultimate in convenience and protection. It certainly saved me from a cracked screen when my Torch landed face-down on concrete last week. With the holster, I can have my BlackBerry ready to go faster than you can say "CrackBerry.com."

Contest: Want to get one of these for free from ShopCrackBerry.com? Just leave a comment to this article and tell us about the worst time you dropped your BlackBerry. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST. Please only leave a single comment. One lucky winner will get this shipped direct from ShopCrackBerry.com. 

More information/purchase Seidio Innocase Active Case for Torch 9800
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LiveProfile for BlackBerry nears release; Servers upgraded in anticipation

I have never really been into any of the cross-platform, BBM-like instant messaging services. But LiveProfile is the one that I have been waiting for. I have used it for iOS and Android and must say, it is my 2nd favorite IM client, behind BBM of course. The app features familiar sent, delivered, and read notifications, "is typing a message", as well as a PIN system for adding friends (although you can scan your address book for email addresses of current users). You will also get the usual amenities like status updates, online availability, and file transfers. For months their site has shown it's availability for BlackBerry as "Coming Soon" and it looks like later this week the wait will be over. The official LiveProfile Blog had this to say:

In anticipation for our BlackBerry launch this week we began to upgrade our infrastructure to handle the flood of new users.

It's nice to see a company upgrade their servers before releasing their app, instead of crashing them and then upgrading. I really look forward to the app's release. I dare say it is the most instant of the instant messengers out there. I just hope they don't pull a kik. At least they don't have any former RIM employees on their staff, that I know of. Hit the break for some pics of the app.

More information on LiveProfile's website

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BlackBerry PlayBook coming to Bell Mobility

While Rogers confirmed they'd be carrying the BlackBerry PlayBook for quite some time now, the majority of other carriers in Canada have not really had too much to say. Bell however, might as well have just confirmed the device on their network through no doing of their own. The Source's latest flyer contains the "coming soon" ad you see above. Considering the Source only sells Bell products there is no way it's a slip up. Sadly, the details stop there though. No date or pricing has been noted but now that its been outed I'm sure more details will follow along soon.

Source: MobileSyrup

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Spec Comparison: BlackBerry PlayBook vs. Apple iPad 2 vs. HP Touchpad and Android Tablets

After Apple's media event yesterday, the stage is now *relatively* set for the 2011 tablet wars. RIM has the BlackBerry PlayBook, Apple has the iPad 2, HP (formerly Palm) has the TouchPad, and there are a bunch of Android 3.0 tablets in the mix like the Xoom, Optimus Pad and Galaxy Tab 10 (and I'm sure we'll see a whack load more of Android tablets before the year is through). The chart above nicely sums up where things stand right now and while I think it's hard to declare a "winner" here based on the tale of the tape, one thing that is certain is there will be no lack of options for enterprises and consumers looking to pick up a new tablet in the near future.

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BlackBerry Messenger coming to Android and iOS?!

It looks like the wait may finally be over. BGR is reporting that RIM may finally be making it's BlackBerry Messenger service (BBM) available to both Android and iOS devices. This is a huge step (be it good or bad) for RIM that will leave non-BlackBerry users rejoicing. Sources state that the service may require a one-time or recurring fee and will be a stripped down version of what BlackBerry users know and love. Other platform devices may not be able to send files, images or location information. With plenty of other cross-platform messengers like Kik floating around, BBM is the obvious choice for a unviersal messenger. Back in November we asked if you thought BBM on other platforms was a good idea. Over 23,000 voted and 56% said they thought it would be a good thing, while only 38% said the contrary. The Android version is said to launch before the years end, but not much other information is known for now. You can be sure we'll see what we can find out.

Source: BGR

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BlackBerry Protect rumored launch dates emerge

It's been quite some time since we posted our intial preview of BlackBerry Protect. While it's been in the BlackBerry Beta Zone all this time, it's only been available for a limited amount of users. With it being there we've heard plenty of times that it's coming soon but there has never been a date associated. The latest rumors however have an area-specific rollout happening by way of open beta on the following dates;

  • March 5th (North America / Latin America)
  • March 19th (EMEA)
  • April 2nd (Asia Pacific)

We won't hold anyone to those date but a complete roll out would be great to finally see happen. Anyone waiting to get their hands on BlackBerry Protect still or have you moved on to one of the many alternatives now available? Let us know in the comments folks.

Source: N4BB

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Official OS 6.0.0.436 for the Blackberry Bold 9650 from Alltel

Here's one for the Bold 9650 users. Altell has released OS 6.0.0.436 today for public consumption. While it isn't really a huge jump (or much of a jump at all) from the last official OS for the 9650, new is new right? It looks to be good from early reports, so get out the USB cables and have at it. Be sure to hit the forums and post your findings. Thanks rroyy

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Facebook for BlackBerry officially updated to version 1.9.0.27

Update: Looks like some users are seeing verison 1.9.0.28 while some aren't seeing any update at all. If you don't have it yet, keep checking back. We're told it should be available for all in the next few hours. 

Facebook for BlackBerry has finally received another official update. The latest version fixes some of the issues that have been causing problems for a few weeks now. The newest version is 1.9.0.27 and seems like a pretty solid update. New features/updates include:

Email Notification Improvements
Previously, if you turned on email notifications using the Facebook.com website, then logged out and logged back into Facebook on your BlackBerry smartphone, your email notification settings would be turned off. Now, with Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 1.9.0.27, email notifications are left enabled if you change email notification settings using Facebook.com, then log out and log back in to Facebook on your BlackBerry smartphone.

Background Polling
Previously, if you set the background polling option to Never, then logged out and logged back into Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones, the polling setting would be set to 10 minutes instead of Never. This issue has been corrected so the background polling option will remain at the Never setting.

Photo Upload Freeze Fix
In the past, users may have seen their BlackBerry smartphone freeze when sending a photo to Facebook from the Media folder on their BlackBerry smartphone. This issue has been corrected by this maintenance release so no further freezing should occur.

The new version should be available in BlackBerry App World but it looks like it's not yet showing for all users. Head over to the link below and see if it is showing for you. Be sure to leave a comment and let us know!

More information/download of Facebook for BlackBerry

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CrackBerry Birthday Contest: Win an IOU for a BlackBerry PlayBook!

Leave a single comment to this post for your chance to win an IOU for a BlackBerry PlayBook!

What birthday celebration would be complete without a grand prize? The pièce de résistance?!? Well we have just that - a BlackBerry PlayBook!! Ok, well maybe we don't actually have a BlackBerry PlayBook, but we're still giving one away! In continuing the celebration of our 4th birthday, we're giving away an IOU for one BlackBerry PlayBook. Whenever RIM gets it together and releases it (early April-ish?), we'll send you one right out of the gate.

Enter Contest: Leave a single comment on this post to enter to win an IOU for a BlackBerry PlayBook. Contest ends Sunday March 12th at midnight PST. Good luck!

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BlackBerry PlayBook set to launch April 10th?

According to BGR, the BlackBerry PlayBook looks to be somewhat on schedule and set to launch April 10th in the US in at least some retail channels. While we originally were told by RIM the device would be out and about by the end of March (aka it would launch sometime in Q1 2011), we'll definitely settle for April. As we knew already it looks like it will be sold in retailers like Staples and Office Depot among others, as well as via carriers. Details are pretty sparce at the moment, but with the date just over a month away we should (hopefully) get some more info soon.

Source BGR

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BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet for Business [video]

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Ever since the announcement of the BlackBerry PlayBook, Research In Motion has been touting the fact that it is the first “Professional Grade Tablet" and that it was built with Enterprise environments in mind. However, thus far the majority of videos and demos given appear to have been focused on the consumer market. The above video, released towards redirects that focus back to the fact that the BlackBerry PlayBook was built for business and enterprise environments. Is Research In Motion going about this the right way or -- should they be more consumer focused with the BlackBerry PlayBook? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts, be it from a consumer or potential business user perspective.

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Leaked OS 6.0.0.480 for the BlackBerry Bold 9780

This one slipped by us yesterday, but OS 6.0.0.480 for the Bold 9780 turned up online. The latest leaked OS looks to be a good one, so if you're sporting a Bold 9780 fire up App Loader or BBSAK (or whatever it is you use) and get to installing. Be sure to hit up the forums and leave a comment with your findings.

*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). *

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BlackBerry Analytics Service SDK now available to developers

RIM announced today that the BlackBerry Analytics Service SDK is now available to developers. The SDK allows developers to now integrate BlackBerry Analytics into their applications. The Service consists of the SDK, developer documents and a web-based reporting interface that allows developers to log in and quickly and easily see the data they are collecting around their applications. The BlackBerry Analytics Service allows BlackBerry developers to ntegrate tracking into their applications with just a few lines of code.

Analytics insights include:

  • Overview metrics showing active users, new users, frequency of use, engagement in duration and depth of use, number of screens viewed, and conversions
  • Detail in usage of screens, content, media, features, products, in-app search, and in-app ads
  • User information including country and language, device characteristics, carrier, connection type and errors
For more information head to blackberry.com/developers/analyticsservice

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Adding fuel to the fire: "We'll also support Android apps" heard during PlayBook demo at MWC

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These days we've been hearing plenty of rumors about Research In Motions BlackBerry PlayBook having the ability to run Google's Android application. Whether or not it turns out to be true remains to been seen but the evidence is mounting at a rapid pace. While Mobile World Congress brought us some information surrounding the BlackBerry PlayBook and we did get to see some cool demos overall, not much more then what was already known was revealed in Barcelona -- or was it?

The above is of course a YouTube video that was sent into us. At first glance it just appears to be a normal walkthrough of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Nothing different from each and every other demo that was given during Mobile World Congress. However, the details are in the audio for this one. While the background noise is heavy if you pay attention around the 0:14 second mark the person giving the demo clearly states, "We'll also support Android apps". That's a pretty bold statement to be making during Mobile World Congress without some sort of information being known to back it up. Is it confirmation? No, not exactly. But why would that even slip out if there was no basis for it?

Source: Twitter

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CrackBerry.com Turns Four Years Old Today and We Are Going to Celebrate for a Week! Lots of Great Contests Coming Up!!

Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us.... that's right, Saturday, February 26th, 2011 marks four years to the day that we fired off our Hello World Press Release and officially opened the doors to CrackBerry.com. In true CrackBerry fashion and in keeping with our birthday tradition, we're going to be following up with a week's worth of crazy awesome contests and giveaways to celebrate this milestone (and I do mean CRAZY AWESOME).

You would almost think in the online world that by our fourth year we'd be showing some signs of aging, but with the site redesign that went live this year I think we're feeling and looking better than ever! And it's because of our awesome readers and members that CrackBerry.com continues to be the leading BlackBerry resource and community site that it is today and we thank you for it! You'll want to keep it locked to CrackBerry this week (the first contest post will kick off Monday morning) to get in your chance to win some awesome prizes. What kind of prizes you ask? I said.. Crazy Awesome ones. You'll just have to keep it locked to CrackBerry to find out!

Thanks again to everybody for making the past four years amazing and we look forward to an even crackier good time the next four years. Now let's PARTTTTY!!!! :)

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Bank of America testing Mobile Wallet program using NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphones

We didn't expect to see much of NFC until the rumored 2011 devices hit later this year, but Bank of America is already putting the NFC technology to good use. They have started a trial of their Mobile Wallet program that will allow testers to receive a new battery door and microSD card to NFC-ize their device. The program lets users make payments using only their NFC outfitted BlackBerry (currently supported are the Curve 85xx, Tour and Bold series) anywhere MasterCard is accepted. The trial looks to start sometime this spring and is invite only. Great stuff!

Source: BGR

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