RIM's Kavelman Challenges Buble to Karaoke Sing-Off

Although Buble undoubtedly thrashed Kavelman with his rendition of 'summer wind' at a local karaoke bar in Waterloo, Kavelman was happy with his performance. "I gave it all I had, but in the end, Michael was just too much for me."

RIM CFO Kavelman and Buble

In the coming months, Kavelman plans to challenge world competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi to a duel with poutine as the food of choice.

One Berry. One Britney. One Beer.

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Britney gives us a visual checklist of all those things a superstar needs when in rehab. Here, Britney checks herself out for the third time in as many weeks with the things she holds dear.

1. Journal in which to write 12 step progress and meaningful lyrics. Check.

2. Wedding Ring. Cus you love K-Fed so much n’all. Check

3. Cheap lighter. To see in the dark and not to light up. Check.

4. Paris Hilton’s dog. Hey how’d that get here? Check.

5. Really bad wig. But, we liked the cue ball look. Check.

6. BlackBerry. The best device in the world and the only way to communicate with children’s father, lawyer, agent, dealer, manager and Paris. Check.

So we are all set, y’all.

CrackBerry On The Radio

cbc logoA big thanks to the everyone at the Morning Edition of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio. This morning, yours truly " a true CrackBerry head" was interviewed about and we got to talk about the tremendous response we have been getting as well as some of the features of the site and the nature of crackberry addiction.

So thanks to Terry McLeod and the producers (Leighton and Bertram) for having us on. And thanks to everyone who tried to fire up my Berry while on air.

But here is one thing we found out this morning…Berries don't work in radio studios. As soon as I stepped out of the booth my BlackBerry went nuts. Now, to reply to all those who buzzed me…

You Know you Have too Much Money When...

Russia has its fair share of gazillionaires these days. And their tastes run from cool, European sophistication to the type of style sense that would make even the worst subject of “Cribs” throw up. We at think the phone just slides into the sophisticated camp, but the box is definitely in the later. Nokia introduced the 8800 Sirocco Edition recently but has now upped the ante with the lavish Monaco Edition.

nokia monaconokia box Nokia says it will come “in various colors and designs, all variants are crafted with jewelry and have their own design.” So if you own half the oil reserves in the world and want to show off, why not buy Svetlana one of these little puppies.

Russian vendor ISSE plans to begin selling the Monaco Edition 8800 soon and the rest of the world can start saving up shortly thereafter.

What is Better than a CrackBerry? Two CrackBerries

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Jamie Foxx can seem to do no wrong these days. From an Oscar winning turn in "Ray," overshadowing Tom Cruise in "Collateral" and last year holding his own among the outstanding ladies of "Dreamgirls," the actor is on top of his game. He is so in demand he actually needs two CrackBerries to keep up with the offers.

Here he is at the wrap-party for the new movie "Unpredictable" filming in Toronto sporting both a Pearl and an 8700. Maybe one is for business one for pleasure.

Ah to be rich, handsome, famous and that CrackBerry addicted.

RIM Fallout Continues

rim headacheThe fall out from the big accounting mess announced on Monday by Research In Motion continues.

RIM, makers of the BlackBerry released the results of a seven-month internal review on Monday, saying it identified hundreds of options granted to employees between 2002 and 2006 that were issued with “incorrect measurement dates” Employees were given the right to acquire as many as 4.6 million shares.

That news didn’t have an impact on the company stocks on the stock market and most analysts say this option issue is a common problem for companies that are growing so quickly. By identifying the problem and correcting the mistake now the company is hoping to head off even bigger problems down the road. It did mean that RIM’s Chairman Jim Balsillie resigned, although he remains co-CEO.

But the biggest hit might come to the hundreds of employees of the Waterloo, Ontario based company who may be required to refile income tax statements and take a one time tax hit for all the gains these stock options might have made over the years. Those tax bills might also include penalties and interest on the money.

Usually, gains on options are taxed at a preferential rate in Canada, but the RIM options apparently had some value already when they were granted which opens up any profits to regular income tax rates. Which if you live in Canada is quite the hit to the cup. Employees could be on the hook for increases in share prices from .50 to $80 per share.

In the US there has been some sympathy for employees caught in these accounting screw ups and lower tax rates can be granted in some circumstances. Revenue Canada hasn’t issued a similar ruling.

So, I think there are going to be some very cranky employees at RIM this week.

The Hottest Phones for Linux Fanatics

Linux PhonesLooking for a new cellphone? Are you Linux Fanatic? Well then, this may be of interest too you. Ministry of Tech had a neat piece on 'The 5 Hottest Phones for Linux Fanatics'.

I gotta say, some of these do look pretty cool. The Grundig B700 has a nice stylish blackberry look, but has a built in 2 Mega Pixel digital camera, as well as mp3 and fm radio playback.

Some nice looking devices. Check 'em out.

Tag: on Manitoba's SuperStation CJOB

CJOBThanks to Richard Cloutier over at CJOB for having me on his radio show this morning.  We had a grand ole time talking about  If you head over to the Audio Vault , you can listen to the show.

Choose the March 7th, 10am segment.  The piece is about 5 minutes in length, and starts 35:15 into the live replay feed.

New Red Pearl Expected

red blackberry The latest rumors making the rounds are on the release of a new red BlackBerry in the very near future. Well, we have a blue, white, black and silver BlackBerry already so why not red. Personally, I am holding out for the champagne colored one. Pretentious? Moi?

Apparently, employees at Cingular have noticed a sales item on their new price lists indicating the price of a new Red 8100 Pearl Blackberry.

Although it looks like the color scheme was dreamed up by the European Vodaphone people.

Is Your Berry Ready For Daylight Savings Time? Clock - Daylight Savings is Near!This year, the powers that be have decided to change the onset of Daylight Savings Time in North America. And the potential problems for computers and smartphones such as the BlackBerry have some people warning about a mini Y2K problem.

Fool me once etc…so we are not worrying too much about the end of the world and 747s dropping out of the sky. However, if you own an earlier version BlackBerry you may have to do something to adjust you device to accommodate the time change.

You may need to install a software patch to your BlackBerry in order for it to correctly display time and calendar events. If your organization is using BlackBerry Enterprise Server, your IT department may already be planning to update your BlackBerry remotely. If you haven’t heard from your IT department check with them to see if there is a plan in place.

For those of us without IT departments, we may to have to install a patch but it is a pretty easy task. Daylight Saving Time (DST) will now begin on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November in North America. The result is three weeks of additional daylight saving time in the Spring, and one week in the Fall.

The changes come as part of the US Energy Policy Act of 2005. Both the US and Canada will be implementing the new DST changes this year. This means BlackBerry users in the US and Canada will need to install a software patch to their BlackBerry in order for it to recognize the new Daylight Saving Time changes.

If you don’t get the patch your Berry will will display the incorrect time for certain time periods during the year. This means any appointments (and their reminders) will appear one hour late.

Fixing the problem

First you must check your BlackBerry to confirm which version of the software you are using. To do this, open “Settings” then "Options" and then "About." The third line in the information screen, will tell you what device you have… something like “ v4.1.0.21 (Platform”.

If the software version displayed is v4.1.0.375, v4.1.0.377, or v4.1.0.378, your BlackBerry already has the updated DST information and you do not need to install a software patch.

If the software version displayed is v4.0.0.x or earlier, you will need to update the DST information on your BlackBerry by installing a software patch. Installing the patch? If your organization is running BlackBerry Enterprise Server, your IT Administrator may be able to administer the patch to your smartphone remotely. Check with your IT department for more information.

BlackBerry users can install the software patch in one of two ways:

Via USB Connection

On your laptop or PC, visit

To apply the patch, plug in your BlackBerry. The system will automatically identify the BlackBerry and apply the right patch file (.cod file) immediately.

From your BlackBerry Browser,

Got to and download the “Patch Manager” application. Patch Manager will determine the appropriate patch required given the target BlackBerry (if required), and automatically retrieve and install the right patch file (.cod file) immediately.

You may be prompted to reset your BlackBerry.

It really is quite easy and painless so get to it before this Sunday, we’d hate you to be late for an important meeting. For more information please visit .

Google Phone Coming?

GooglePhone It seems like Google is trying too diversify their portfolio some more, like they don't have enough projects on the go already?

Nevertheless, rumors report that Google and Samsung are teaming up on a new phone to compete with the upcoming IPhone, possibly named the Google Switch. The phone seems to be a complete touch screen device, but does not seem as flashy or sleek as the IPhone. Could this be the IPhone killer or just a internet photoshopped hoax?

Read more about this story over at Engadget


New Blackberry 8300 Daytona Discovered

These photos cropped up this week on a Spanish website. They are of the new BlackBerry 8300, which has the zippy codename of “Daytona.” It is a fine looking device that blends the best of the 8700 with the Pearl.

This demo version --- it says Evaluation Unit Not For Sale on the back—features a 2.0 mexapixel camera, GPS, and Wi-Fi.

This would be one of the new models RIM is breaking this year following on from the recently released 8800.

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All The Hottest Stars Are Carrying Them

amanda bynes blackberryIn 2006, Amanda Bynes was named one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25".

Last month 2007 Bynes was named to Forbes annual list of Entertainment's Richest Celebrities under 21. Rounding out the top 5 at number 5, Amanda was listed as profiting $2.5 million dollars last year.

She the star of 'She's The Man' and 'Hairspray.' Oh and what is that in her hand? Yep, the latest BlackBerry of course. Thankfully that takes your eyes off the godawful ugly shoes.

If you have any pictures of celebs with their BlackBerries and you didn't climb into their houses to get it please send it along to us at [email protected]

CNET's Review of the BlackBerry 8800

Since we're still waiting to get our hands on an 8800, we'll have to direct you in the meantime to CNET's can't argue with an 8.0/10!  Good job RIM!

Read CNET's Review Here. featured @

eWeekA big Hello, Happy Birthday and Thank You go to Wayne Rash over at eWeek who took the time to chat with me this week about Wayne told me his birthday present from eWeek was that he had full reign to pick a fun story he personally want to do and put it on his show, and bada bing bada boom he chose us!

You can find the Wayne's Wireless Wired podcast featuring here.

Thanks for the help in spreading the word Wayne!

New PocketMac Links Macs With Berries

pocketmac Macs are wonderful. A couple of the guys have them here at the office and we all marvel at their clean colours, softly rounded edges, their purring noises and sounds. We look at them with envy. We all want one.

But, while the Mac is great to look at and great for some applications in reality they have barely made a dent in the corporate market. And from our point of view they didn’t synch up well with Blackberries and the enterprise server.

Well, up until now. Macs have made significant gains in connectivity with enterprise systems over the years, including Windows 2003 networks and Exchange Servers, but they don't work seamlessly with BlackBerry handhelds. Fortunately, PocketMac for BlackBerry 4.0 is a free app that alleviates this problem.

The guys over at Smart Device Central took a look at the new PocketMac for Blackberry application and came to some conclusions on the efficiency and the drawbacks of the new tool.

For the full story read here.

RIM: Great at Devices. Bad at Math.

jim balsillie under fireResearch in Motion announced this morning that it misstated past earnings to the tune of a quarter billion dollars, which resulted in the resignation of Chairman Jim Balsillie and a significant shake up at the company.

Research in Motion, the maker of the Blackberry mobile phone and email device, said on Monday it would have to restate earnings figures since 2004 and lower them by $250m after an internal review found errors in its stock options accounting.

And the fall out is pretty big. Jim Balsillie will resign as chairman of the company, although he will stay on as co-chief executive with Michael Laziridis. Dennis Kavelman, chief financial officer, will become chief operating officer. Both men were implicated by the review as having had control of the stock options granting process.

As a result of the announcement the stocks took a tumble this morning, which probably isn’t good news for the stock market either. RIM stocks were down nearly four percent on Monday morning trading.

What is it with Canadian companies and their accounting controls? Nortel, the telcom giant, has been off by the odd few hundred million in earning reports a couple of times too.

We at still love you Jim.

Read the full story here. 

BlackBerry Orphans

CrackBerry OrphansA new alarming trend is happening, and it can be blamed on none other than the little BlackBerry and Smart Phones we’ve come too love. My apologies if you’ve read this already, as this article is a few months old, but The Wall Street Journal Online had posted an article titled ‘BlackBerry Orphans’. Parents are actually neglecting or often even endangering their children with their constant use of the BlackBerry. Typing away as they drive, and sneaking around the house hiding their addiction from their children. Check out the Article on The Wall Street Journal Online .

Dont Berry And Drive In The UK

crackberry driverThis from the Intranetics Motoring News Service (Who knew that Intranetic Motoring was so important it required its own news service). If you are a motorist in the UK who likes to put the foot down and use your BlackBerry at the same time -- watch out, you might be in for a nasty shock.

The UK is now covered with mobile speed cameras and they will soon be used for some extra detective work. If you are photographed using you Blackberry, PDA or cell phone while driving you can expect an extra ₤60 pound fine ($100) and three points on your license.

Although the primary function of the cameras will continue to catch people doing five clicks over the speed limit, police forces now say that anyone photographed by cops using their mobile device are going to be prosecuted.

Meredydd Hughes, the head of roads policing for the Association of Chief Constables and the chief constable of South Yorkshire, is quoted as saying "If officers using mobile cameras see someone using a hand-held phone, whether with their own eyes or through the lens of their camera, then they are fair game….there is no policy currently to trawl photographic evidence from speed camera images to target mobile phone users. However, that is not to say that we can't change the policy."

Official figures indicate that in 2005, 13 people were killed and 400 injured in car accidents in which a driver was using a mobile, according to the Scotsman newspaper.
In the UK it is now illegal to use a mobile device such as a BlackBerry without a hands free function while driving. However, the new ruling also says that motorists deemed to be “unduly distracted by hands free devices” can be prosecuted. Most driving organizations are on board with the police chief, but we can see a more than a few angry motorists getting a shock in the mail.

We at CrackBerry suspect it’s only a matter of time before this little trend makes it to North American where the movement to ban mobile use while driving is already well underway and the police services are always eager to capitalize on new revenue.