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650,000 BlackBerry Gamers and Counting...

Jessica Simpson playing Sudoku on her BlackBerryBPlay Vice President Nicholas Reichenbach recently estimated the BlackBerry gaming community to be in excess of 650,000 and counting.

That's a lot of gamers!

As the games for BlackBerries continue to evolve and get much more fun and entertaining, we have no doubt this number will grow.

We've seen a number of game releases lately that have put certain developers to shame (note to MagMic Games). We're excited to see where this industry evolves to!

As you can see, even Jessica Simpson enjoys playing games on her BlackBerry. We bet she's playing Sudoku or some sort of brain teasing game. She's a smart gal.

If you have a game you love and would like us to review, contact me at james AT CrackBerry.com and I'll do my best to do a comprehensive review!

In the meantime, you can check out games we have for sale in our store

Vodafone BlackBerry 8300 Spotted!

This came up in the CrackBerry.com forums yesterday - it seems photos of a BlackBerry 8300 have been spotted on flickr! I guess this means our European Blackberry Addict friends may just be lucky enough to be using 8300s by summer!

Vodafone BlackBerry 8300

Thanks Mr. M for taking the photos - see his 8300 collection here.

RIM Proven Market Leader in First Quarter 07

RIM Proven Market Leader in First Quarter 07

Our friends at SeekingAlpha recently published the above graph showing RIM is winning the current market share over Palm.

Also interesting is the fact that RIM has been steadily increasing their market share over the past year and a half, while PALM has been much more volatile, jumping up and down in market share.

Steady growth usually means good things to me.

Check out the full article here. 

New Service by Willcom to Compete Against BlackBerry?

Willcom Sync Mobile Service

Willcom Inc. recently announced that they will be launching the WILLCOM Sync Mobile Service on April 16. This service connects enterprise systems and Willcom's PHS handsets.

In a nutshell, this service will allow corporate users of groupware (like Microsoft's Exchange Server or Lotus Notes/Domino) to check and update their schedules... and even receive emails from outside the company via PHS handsets.

Personal computers will be equipped with a monitoring program, which will connect to an Intellisync server running at Willcom's data center.

For more details, click here.

A BlackBerry Smartphone You Can't be Without?!

BlackBerry 8800 If you're a regular visitor to the site, you probably noticed last week that we made some changes to our main menu. In addition to the cool forums widget at the top right hand corner of the site that pulls the latest action in the forums, we've also introduced two new content areas - Job Board and Publications.

You'll be hearing more about the job board in the days ahead, but today I wanted to highlight our partnership with TradePub, which offers CrackBerry.com visitors and members the ability to subscribe for FREE to receive Trade Magazine Publications and Technical Whitepaper downloads. The offering is HUGE and covers a wide range of fields, so I guarantee you will find something relevant and worth reading in here. Please do check it out.

And in the meantime, for the BlackBerry Addicts out there, may I recommend checking out the on demand Web Cast Review of the BlackBerry 8800 entitled "A BlackBerry Smartphone You Can't be Without"

Contest Winners Announced!

Early Bird Winners

Congratulations to our Early Bird Winners in the "Confess your BlackBerry Addiction and WIN Giveaway". Member mousie won the "Give Me a Taste" prize of $250USD to spend in the CrackBerry.com store. Our "Fridays in March"winners each pick up $30USD to spend in the CrackBerry.com store as well!

We still have two HUGE prizes to giveaway, so if you are not in the contest yet, get CRACK'n. All you have to do is become a registered member of CrackBerry.com (it's free, and only takes a minute). May 1st we are drawing for the "Pimp my Berry!" prize of $500 spending cash in the CrackBerry.com store. And on June 1st we have the GRAND PRIZE DRAW of $2,000USD. The money can either go to "Getting a Fix" ($2,000 worth of BlackBerry stuff) or "Getting Some Rehab" ($2,000 towards a Vacation from your BlackBerry getaway).

Check out a picture of the winning ballots after the jump. 

Winning Ballots

All of the winners are being contacted today, and have 5 days to claim their prize. Any unclaimed prizes will be drawn again. As we get more information on the winner's and the prizes they pick we will update it in the forums.

Congratulations again to the Winners! 

Verizon Wireless and SanDisk Introduce 4-Gigabyte MicroSDHC

SanDisk 4GB microSDGood news for all Pearl and 8800 users. SanDisk will be releasing their 4GB microSD High Capacity card on May 1st, 2007. Initial plans are to launch this on Verizon with V Cast capable phones.

Now the only question is.... Will it work with the Pearl and 8800, or will we need an operating system upgrade to take advantage of it???

Read the Press Release

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Aliph's Jawbone Bluetooth Headset

Aliph's Jawbone

This surfaced in the CrackBerry forums late last week, but if you haven't it seen it yet, what you are now looking at is Aliph's new "Jawbone" bluetooth headset. It is VERY cool (unless of course you're a hater of bluetooth headsets in general - then they'll always look strange to you and you'll nevre see the beauty!).

Lots of pictures and a review of the Jawbone can be found at the-gadgeteer.com.

I've been working on a review of Motorola's H700 headset, which I bought a month ago. The H700 is a slick, smooth operating device, but seeing this almost makes me want to trade up!

The BlackBerry Mascot

CrackBerry Mascot

Saw this picture at Gizmodo and just had to get it up here. Thanks guys. I really, really want to go as the BlackBerry Mascot for halloween.  That's only seven months away. Somebody MUST be able to hook me up with a costume by then?!

Does This Berry Make my Ass Look Big?

p diddy blackberry

Uber producer and sometime singer Sean P Diddy Combs with the new BlackBerry 8700. Is it just me or does Sean's bad posture make for a less than flattering look?

RIM to Sell BlackBerry to Palm

Question This PostRIM announced in a press release today. that it will be selling the BlackBerry platform to Treo maker, Palm , in a record $169 Billion dollar deal.  Asian reporter, Trisha Takanawa was the first to report this story on the Quhaog, RI news early this morning.  The main reason cited for RIM's decision was that RIM wanted to show its BlackBerry users the robust and stable experience that could be had by using PalmOS.  All BlackBerry users are urged to call 1-800-555-6227 for more information in exchanging their BlackBerry's for Palm Treo 8800 models.

Happy April Fool's Day everyone! :) 

Whoa BlackBerry!

Whoa, BlackBerry, ram-bla-dam...

Windows Live Search BETA available for BlackBerry

Windows Live SearchWindows released a BETA version of its Windows Live Search application for BlackBerries this week. Many Windows Mobile users have claimed Live Search as being even better than Google, but I don't think that can be said for the BlackBerry beta version just yet. I downloaded it, but my patience ran out fast when trying to use it (too S L O W). Granted it is still in Beta, so I'll uninstall the app for now and wait for the full release before I make my real judgement call.

At this time, the Live Search app can be downloaded for the United States and the United Kingdom (what - no Canada?!), and most versions of the Berry are supported. 

On your BlackBerry, head to wls.live.com and give it a try.

Your thoughts? 

Hollywood Upgrades to the BlackBerry 8800

Lindsay, Paris and Nicky upgrade to the 8800

It sure didn't take long for Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and her sister Nicky to toss their 8700s and move up to the new BlackBerry 8800.

I wonder if they even pay for these things?!

ShowMate Wins Most Innovative Wireless Device Award

ShowMate wins Andrew Syebold AwardLaptops are out. BlackBerries are in. If you haven't heard of or seen the ShowMate yet, the odds are you soon will.

In case you didn't know, the Impacta ShowMate is pocket-sized device that weighs less than three ounces that enables mobile professionals to travel with nothing more than a wireless handheld on their hip and a ShowMate in their pocket. Full-featured PowerPoint presentations can now be viewed on the handheld or projected wirelessly by connecting the ShowMate to any projector or monitor. Presenters can roam freely to engage the audience, navigate to any slide to answer a question or emphasize a point and even view their notes on the handheld while presenting. The ShowMate transforms the handheld into a wireless remote control and personal teleprompter — it's the ultimate presentation tool. 

Better yet, the ShowMate is a winner! It was JUST awarded the Most Innovative Wireless Device Award at the Andrew Seybold Choice Awards presented this week at CTIA.

"Each of this year’s award winners have made significant progress in simplifying the user experience, which is critical to expansion in the wireless industry," said Andy Seybold, President and CEO of Andrew Seybold, Inc. "Impatica ShowMate goes a step further by adding a critical capability for the mobile professional - the ability to deliver PowerPoint presentations from their mobile device without having to drag along a laptop."

"What a great honor," exclaimed Michael Doyle, Chairman and CEO of Impatica Inc., "to win the Most Innovative Wireless Device category in the Andrew Seybold Choice Awards. This award is a tribute, not only to all of the dedicated employees at Impatica, but also to our strategic partners at RIM, Sony Ericsson, Palm and Microsoft and to our numerous customers, distributors and carrier partners who have consistently provided insight, encouragement and guidance in the development and evolution of the ShowMate."

Impacta Showmate

Read the Full Release here...

Learn more about the ShowMate here...  

Is Bart Simpson A CrackBerry Addict?

Earlier today confidential sources in Springfield reported that Bart Simpson himself was written up for using his CrackBerry in class!  He had to serve his detention writing on the board as usual.  We have exclusive footage here at CrackBerry.com.  When asked why he was using his BlackBerry, Bart simply replied, "Eat my shorts, man."

Bart

Everything But The Missing Sync

Hey all you Mac CrackBerry addicts out there!  Now you too have everything and the Missing Sync !  Released today from MarkSpace, the Missing Sync gives you the supported ability to synchronize your CrackBerry with your Mac OS X computer.

The Missing Sync software effectively synchronizes your Mac Address Book, calendar entries in iCal, and if you are a Pearl user, you also have the ability to sync photos and music from iTunes...

If you have are a Mac user and a CrackBerry addict, then you should try it.  Price is 39.95 US for download.  The desktop software runs on G4 or G5 PowerPC and also has support for Intel Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.8 (Tiger) or higher.  It supports most BlackBerry devices as well.

Missing Sync for BlackBerry

Thanks Steve! Apple's iPhone to boost BlackBerry sales

Steve JobsLook what just came in on the CrackBerry.com Bloomberg terminal...

"Hats off to Steve'' Jobs, Apple's leader, Research In Motion co-Chief Executive Officer Michael Lazaridis said in an interview yesterday at the CTIA Wireless conference in Orlando, Florida. "He made smartphones cool again. Now everyone wants one. He helped the entire industry."

"We complement each other really well," Lazaridis said. "We both focus on two entirely different markets. One is pure consumer and pure consumable. One is pure function and pure productivity.

Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, declined to comment.

My initial feeling when the iPhone was announced was that it might just turn out to be good news for RIM in the long run. I guess only time will tell... your thoughts?

Read the full story here.  

Pinger Expands Voice Messaging Service to Blackberry Users

logo pingerSan Jose-based Pinger, Inc. announced today that it is expanding its messaging service to millions of Blackberry users. Pinger, which provides text messaging for your voice, today released a mobile application to optimize the Pinger experience for Blackberry users. Pinger is also expanding general support for mobile phones on nearly every US mobile carrier. Pinger claims they can cover over 95 percent of US mobile subscribers.

According to Pinger, the application is an easy and fast way to message groups or individuals.

"With the Blackberry application, we've finally made it easy for Blackberry customers to message with their lungs when they can't use their thumbs," said Greg Woock, CEO of Pinger.

Pinger, which was started in 2005 by two former Palm executives, has grown rapidly since its beta launch in September 2006, increasing its user base by an average of 20 percent per week

"With this upgrade, getting your first Pinger voice message is as easy as receiving a text message," Woock said. "Pinger already is changing the way people communicate by bringing back the personality of voice to today's mobile messaging mix." People can receive their first Pinger message without having to sign up for the service.

After importing and adding contacts, Pinger members can send a message by simply saying the name of the person or group they want to message. Pinger members also can access, manage and even send and receive voice messages through a web interface.

Pinger's heaviest users according to the company are mobile professionals who rely on Pinger voice messaging to stay in touch while in the car, walking between meetings or otherwise on the go. The Pinger Blackberry application gives users one-click access to their last 10 Pinger messages and streamlines the notification and retrieval process. Blackberry customers will automatically get the Pinger Blackberry application when they sign up to Pinger at http://www.pinger.com/.

Pinger no longer requires new users to sign up for the Pinger service to begin receiving voice messages on their mobile phones. Instead, Pinger members can send Pinger voice messages to new users, directly to their mobile phone, even if the intended recipient is not a Pinger member. Recipients receive a text message prompting them to click and call a local phone number to instantly hear the Pinger voice message with no annoying prompts or lengthy greetings.

BlackBerry 8800 Now Available at Rogers

BlackBerry 8800 from RogersFor those Canucks out there (myself included) that were patiently waiting for the 8800 to be released in Canada... The wait is over. 

The 8800 is now available at Rogers. To check out the terms and pricing, click this link:
BlackBerry 8800 from Rogers Communications

Pricing Details:

$599.00 with a 2-year term
$649.99 with a 1-year term
$499.99 with 3-year term after rebates on
select Voice & Email packages.

Should I upgrade? Running the 8700 over here and that 8800 sure looks sweet! 

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