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FREE BlackBerry WallPaper Maker

CrackBerry.com Wallpaper Maker CrackBerry.com is happy to announce version 1.0 (still in beta) of it's free BlackBerry Wallpaper Maker! It's easy to use - simply upload any .jpg or .png image off your harddrive (keep it to a megabyte or less), choose the berry you have, choose the file type you want the output image to be (I personally like the .png - you don't lose any image clarity), and then enter the email address of your BlackBerry! Once the image arrives in your BlackBerry email box, simply save it to your pictures folder and "Set as Homescreen Image". You can thank Tom, our resident genius, for setting this one up. We're working on some version 1.01 already that will make this even slicker (color palette picker, and we're thinking of adding of adding a public wallpaper gallery - when you create your wallpaper you will have the option to add your creation to the public folder to be shared with other CrackBerry.com visitors!). But you know us - we can never wait to get things launched. It'll only get better! Give it a Go! Let us know how you like it! You can find the WallPaper Generator under Tools in the main menu, or by clicking here. For now, only registered users have access to the wallpaper generator. Not a registered member yet? Click here to join the community!

BlackBerry Job Board on the way!

CrackBerry.com Job BoardCrackBerry.com & Jobcoin.com will soon be launching a job board for Blackberry professionals.  If your company is looking to hire Blackberry admins, developers, support staff, or sales/marketing staff in the BlackBerry space – we think the CrackBerry audience is an ideal place to search.  If you have immediate positions to fill, contact phartge@jobcoin.com about posting a job right away so you it can be listed for the launch of the new job board! We're aiming to go live for this Friday, so hurry!

In addition to everyone who visits this site, your job will also syndicate to other partner sites who are participating in the job board. Your job will be presented to 700,000 targeted visitors over the next 30 days (3 million pageviews!). 

RIM and Gameloft Team Up With Game Offerings

gameloft asphalt


Europe’s largest game provider for mobile phones announced today that it is getting in on the CrackBerry revolution.

Gameloft has announced that the first of a number of games for BlackBerry will be released. Asphalt Urban GT2, Lost, New York Nights, Midnight Pool, Block Breaker Deluxe and The Prince of Persia:The Two Thrones will be the first six games on offer with the promise of more to follow.

Games have been available on the BlackBerry for some time, with companies like Electronic Arts taking a lead in supplying gaming to RIM devices. Today, the market for games on mobiles is estimated to be more than $750 million annually.

The games will be priced from $5.99 to $7.99.

Developments in the operating platforms of RIM’s devices, especially the Pearl and the 8800, have made them much more versatile and compatible with a whole range of gaming platforms. The fact that BlackBerry usage has reached 8 million subscribers worldwide meant that Gameloft could no longer ignore the potential market.

According to Jeff McDowell, Vice President, Global Alliances, at RIM "Our robust, standards-based development platform has paved the way for leading developers such as Gameloft to provide complementary applications. We are extremely pleased that Gameloft is expanding their portfolio of mobile games to support the BlackBerry platform."

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Idokorro's new Citrix Presentation Client is a Hit!

Mobile Citrux Client for BlackBerry


I just touched base with the marketing director over at Idokorro to see how the release of their highly anticipated Citrix Presenation Server Client is going. The early results are in and it looks like Idokorro is going to score another slam dunk! The product launched this morning and the application has already received a lot of downloads and a lot of purchases (the numbers impressed me - and I'm not easy to impress!). This is no surprise considering every application produced by the company turns out to be the category killer for that segment.

If you haven't seen the release yet, you can read it in full after the jump: 

Idokorro Launches the Citrix Presentation Server Client for BlackBerry

Ottawa, ON, March 26, 2007 - Idokorro Mobile Inc., the leading innovator in mobile access solutions and provider of award-winning applications for wireless handhelds, is pleased to announce today's launch of their Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry®. Idokorro's solution gives BlackBerry users the ability to access and use any Windows application that is deployed on the Citrix Presentation platform.

Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry is a hotly anticipated solution for BlackBerry and Citrix users, giving them the ability to run Citrix-published applications like the Microsoft Office Suite, SAP, PeopleSoft, Crystal Reports, Cognos management tools and their Desktop-even view the graphical windows and control the mouse and keyboard-directly from a BlackBerry smartphone. By delivering a secure and reliable way for mobile employees to access important corporate resources, Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry significantly extends the value of both the Citrix Presentation Server platform and the BlackBerry wireless solution by increasing employee efficiency and productivity.

"As a global company, providing services around-the-clock is imperative. One way to accomplish this is to provide our employees with access to a wide range of applications from BlackBerry smartphones. By delivering these capabilities in a secure, intuitive, and easy-to-deploy solution, Idokorro's new mobile Citrix client will quite simply change the landscape of productivity," says Bill Townsend, System Analyst from CH2M HILL a global leader in full-service engineering, consulting, construction and operations.

"The world's largest and leading businesses rely on BlackBerry and Citrix Server implementations to help maximize their resources. It was a logical step to marry these two powerful technologies by developing a robust and intuitive Citrix client for BlackBerry smartphones. Our research also strongly indicates that demand for this kind of solution is very high," says Rob Woodbridge, President and CEO of Idokorro Mobile, Inc.

"Idokorro's Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry represents a significant step forward for mobilizing Citrix customers. By combining the pervasive BlackBerry smartphone with Citrix Presentation Server for application delivery, Idokorro's solution provides Citrix users new freedom to access their mission critical applications beyond email," says Chris Fleck, Citrix Vice President of Strategic Alliances.

"Idokorro continues to expand the horizon for mobile productivity by enabling BlackBerry users to now access the wealth of enterprise applications available through Citrix Presentation Servers," said Jeff McDowell, Vice President, Global Alliances, Research In Motion.

Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry is part of the Idokorro suite of applications for wireless handhelds that give users secure access to networks, servers, desktops and other devices, allowing most computing tasks to be performed from almost anywhere. The Idokorro suite currently consists of Mobile Admin, Mobile SSH, Mobile Desktop and Mobile File Manager. Mobile Admin allows IT administrators to use their wireless handheld to manage network servers including Microsoft Windows, Active Directory, Exchange, SQL; Lotus Domino; Oracle; Citrix Presentation Server; BlackBerry Enterprise Servers and much more. Mobile SSH supports full VT100, 5250 and 3270 terminal emulation so users can access and manage a wide range of network devices including Unix, Linux, Novell Netware, AS/400 servers, IBM mainframes, routers and switches. Mobile Desktop is a Remote Desktop and VNC client that lets users access computers from their wireless handheld, even view the desktop and control the mouse and keyboard. Mobile File Manager, designed for BlackBerry smartphones, is a professional file manager for remote and local files and supports Windows File Sharing, WebDAV, FTP and SFTP connections.
Citrix Presentation Server™ Client for BlackBerry and all other Idokorro products are available for 30-day fully functional free trials from the Idokorro website: www.idokorro.com .

About Idokorro Mobile, Inc.
Idokorro was founded in 2001 and is now the leader in providing mobile access solutions. Idokorro's products allow users to monitor, maintain, and manage their networks, computers, and other network devices from practically anywhere - streamlining operations, decreasing costly network down-time, and accelerating service responses. The company is self-financed and serves a global customer base of over 2000 corporations. For more information, please visit www.idokorro.com , or call 1.613.789.1818.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM assumes no liability and makes no representation, warranty or guarantee in relation to third party products or services. Citrix® and Citrix Presentation Server™ are trademarks of Citrix Systems, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners. 

Texas Hold 'Em Kings 2 Multiplayer Tournament

BlackBerry Poker TournyAttention all crackberry gaming addicts. There is a new Texas Hold 'Em Kings 2 Multiplayer Tournament available for download. This claims to be the largest ever Blackberry Tournament.

There are some great prizes being offered including two trips to Orlando, Florida with a seat in bplay's LIVE tourny at WES2007.

Go to mobile.blackberry.com from your device to download the game.

Let the fun begin!

Could CrackBerry Addiction Actually Cost You Money?

blackberry taxesIf you are in the UK and you use a BlackBerry come tax time you might be in for a surprise. And not a good one according to some tax accountants. And if it works in the UK, the IRS and Revenue Canada will be looking closely at Britian’s new tax measures with anticipation.

BlackBerries allow you to be available 24/7 and make it easy for you to interact with your office from wherever and whenever. But for a lot of people that handiness has turned into an addiction and a lot of time spent on the BlackBerry is not necessarily work related.

And therein lies the rub.

The British Treasury Department (their version of the IRS) has said that employees using their BlackBerries for “significant private use” could face a significant tax bill.

The British Chancellor, Gordon Brown, stuck a little provision in his last Budget, and most Blackberry users are unaware they will be charged 20% of the Blackberry's original price, if they are found to be using their device for significant personal activity.

Of course, the tax people are vague about what constitutes “significant” personal use and even the most ardent CrackBerry addict is not likely to be spending eight hours playing BrickBat.

The rule originally applied to PCs and laptops, but as of April of last year Blackberrys were considered a computer rather than a cell phone. Personal use of a cell phone provided by your employer is still tax free.

In the UK, businesses could give their staff up to £2,500 worth of equipment as a “benefit” without any tax consequences for private use. But now anyone who is suspected of using that “benefit” for personal use could face a £500 tax bill.

Companies are now being encouraged to state in writing that company-supplied BlackBerries should be used solely for business use and employees should keep a log of their usage.

North America obviously has different tax regimes than the UK, but as a lot of people here do write off their BlackBerries as business expenses, we shouldn’t be surprised if the IRS or Revenue Canada start asking for some usage documentation in the future.

Research in Motion to Sponsor Formula 1?

RIM to Sponsor Formula 1?This isn't even a rumor because I just made it up. It's Friday afternoon, and I just came across the greatest commercial ever to be made (just released this week) and needed a corresponding story so I had a reason to put it on the site.

Below is the Shell/Ferrari commercial that celebrates their 60 year relationship together. They shot the commercial in some of the greatest cities in the world - Rome, Monaco, New York, Hong Kong, Rio, and Sydney and is rumored to be the MOST EXPENSIVE commerical ever created. 2 minutes of pure joy - watch it!

But seriously, RIM really should consider sponsoring Formula 1. Their brand is already established in North America and there is no other sport/sponsorship venue that embraces international brands and has a worldwide following as big as Formula 1. Afterall, it is Research in MOTION, and the fit with Formula 1 technology and speed makes sense.

As for which team they should sponsor, I would of course rather see their logo on a RED car (a.k.a. Ferrari) despite their lead product being named BLACKBerry. 

Airtel & RIM bring the BlackBerry 8800 to India

blackberry 800 from airtelThe BlackBerry 8800 is making its way around the world in near record time. Airtel and RIM this week announced the introduction of the the BlackBerry 8800 to India.

"We are very excited to bring the innovative and feature-rich BlackBerry 8800 to India for our high-end customers,” said Sanjay Kapoor, President, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel.

“They will get an opportunity to experience a world-class product which is elegant, stylish and equipped to deliver a power packed performance. This exceptional device reinforces our commitment to bringing the latest and best communication experience for Airtel’s business customers.”

"The new BlackBerry 8800 is as stylish as it is powerful," said Norm Lo, vice-president of RIM's Asia-Pacific operations. "It is the ideal mobile communications tool for India’s dynamic business environment and we are very pleased to introduce this impressive smartphone together with Airtel."

Read the full press release here.

Learn more about the BlackBerry 8800 from Airtel here.  

Is Palm Deal Done?

palm logoPalm was a pioneer. I think most of us heard the phrase 'Palm Pilot' long before we heard 'BlackBerry.' But the company that led the way in creating the smart phone, and the maker of the Treo, might not exist as an independent company for much longer if persistent rumors turn out to be true.

Palm, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, has been the subject of takeover rumors for more than a month. Texas Pacific, Nokia, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola are all reported to be interested suitors.

Palm isn't doing too badly in terms of revenue. Palm reported revenue of $410 million in the reporting quarter that just ended, up from $389 million in same quarter in 2006. And this despite some delays in getting their new model out. In 2006, Palm shipped 2.4 million devices, a 20 percent increase over 2005.

But the smart phone business is a fast moving one. Where RIM and Nokia, for example, are bringing out multiple devices this year, Palm hasn't kept up and their devices are looking distinctly clunky and thick. The Palm hasn't altered substantially since the introduction of the Treo 600 back in 2003. And while sales are up, those 2.4 million units only represented three percent of the 74 million smart phone units sold in 2006.

But this is nothing new. People have been saying these things for a year. Why the sudden interest?

Firstly there is a belief that the costs with introducing new operating systems and introducing a radical new design will have to be addressed in the next six months. Furthermore, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that Palm had retained the Morgan Stanley company to shop the company around to potential buyers.

Yesterday, Palm released their quarterly results, which showed that while revenues were up there was a drop in profits for this quarter, but all questions were about the takeover. "As you can imagine, there's a lot of rumors and speculation out there and we're not going to comment on that stuff," said Palm Chief Financial Officer Andrew Brown.

Palm's stocks had been going up in response to all the trade rumours. But yesterday, when news began to float around that Motorola and Palm would not announce a deal, Palm's stocks took a nose dive. It remains to be seen if a deal can be reached or if another company is going to step into the breach.

What this means for BlackBerry and RIM is unclear. One less player in the field would be viewed as a good thing, but with Palm dropping to just three percent of the market, it is increasingly seen as a minor player in the smart phone industry.

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Beware the BlackBerry Addict in the Office?!

beware of blackberry addictThe Nanaimo Daily News published a short blackberry piece in their local paper this morning that I thought made an interesting point - basically that Loose Lips Sink Ships and BlackBerry Addicts have the Loosest Lips of them all. Here are some of the bits by Howard Levitt:

... Employees are using PDAs while driving, walking on the street, at restaurants, bars, and even at the gym. Many employees feel be-holden to respond immediately to the beep of a pending message. Hence, the reference to "Crackberrys." Common sense seldom prevails. Often, they don't know who is listening or peering over their shoulders.

While employees may be blithe, employers should be concerned because they ultimately are the ones responsible for employees' actions.

Any information leaks could expose employers to liability for a multitude of infractions. Betraying a client's confidentiality, violating privacy rights, even damaging misstatements or defamation could result from a PDA "slip." And it won't be long before employers are making large payouts as result of these "indiscretions."

It also won't be long before the first $1-million damage award against an employer from a driver or pedestrian injured by an e-mailing employee...

So what you do think? Are you a loose talking blackberry user? Do you check to see who's listening in nearby before you "slip" and blab away about confidential information on your berry? Do you think this is really a problem or overblown?

CrackBerry.com - Tag Line Call for Help!

Help!Having launched less than a month ago, CrackBerry.com is by all means still a very new site. We've made a great start - thousands of visitors are coming to the site each day, registered membership is steadily climbing, repeat visitors are high, response from the blackberry community has been overwhelmingly postive and word is spreading worldwide. It's just a function of time before every CrackBerry user out there knows there is a kick-butt dot.com associated with the name.

When we launched the site, we needed a tagline to go with the domain.  Our initial tag line was CrackBerry.com - the #1 site for BlackBerry Users & Abusers. We thought it was clever and funny and great to launch with. But since our goal is to really turn CrackBerry.com over to the BlackBerry-using community, we want to get your thoughts on what our tag line should be.

Here's some potential ideas:

CrackBerry.com - Uniting BlackBerry Users Worldwide

CrackBerry.com - the #1 site for BlackBerry Users (& Abusers!)

CrackBerry.com - Helping the BlackBerry Community One User at a Time 

What Should Go here?

The Next Step:

Post your thoughts/suggestions in the Comments to this Blog Post (you must be a registered member or logged in to do so). Once we have 5 - 10 good ideas, we'll set up a poll for everyone to vote on, selecting the ultimate winner. Maybe the current tag line will be voted in for the long haul, or maybe it will be something new - it's up to YOU!

Managers Can Help With BlackBerry Addiction

Blackberry airportWe at CrackBerry.com have a BlackBerry addiction problem and we are OK with that. It’s kind of our job. But what if you are an employer and your entire staff is addicted? What if your team’s productivity is being negatively impacted by overuse of personal devices, excessive e-mail checking and time wasting messaging? Then you have a problem.

It is not just a time management issue either. Workers are now reporting increased stress levels linked to being available 24/7 on their BlackBerries.

A recent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management examined BlackBerry use and corporate behavior associated with the devices.

According to the study, BlackBerry addiction is a tangible thing, 90 percent of respondents at one company studied said they felt “some degree of compulsion” in their BlackBerry use. They admitted they checked their messages often at work. However, even though these employees were not required to be on call, those people in the study also said they felt the need to often check their messages on evenings and weekends, at church, at the gym, while travelling, at the airport prior to and after flying, and at social gatherings.

The MIT study concluded that this problem often begins at the top. Senior employees often establish a pattern of use that their subordinates adopt. If a manager sets the tone by always being available in their BlackBerry, junior employees will follow their lead and conclude that continual connection is expected even though it may be expressed explicitly otherwise..

It is up to companies to help their employees control their BlackBerry use, concludes the study. Those explicit instructions about not being on call must be made clear and senior management must set the example. Training should be instituted that that enables people to learn how to batch and queue their messages so they can view and reply to e-mails when it is more convenient. One tip is to use header codes when sending e-mails – “urgent” or “no response needed.”

Some companies are now prohibiting BlackBerry use during meetings and have even gone so far as to ask their employees to leave their BlackBerrys in a box outside the meeting room. Some companies have found that cold turkey is hard on employees and have had to schedule breaks to allow people to check e-mails.

So I Forgot my BlackBerry at Home...

Never Forget Your BlackBerry at Home!Made my way to the office this morning, and it wasn't until I walked into the office that I realized... I forgot my BlackBerry at home! My colleagues here at CrackBerry.com immediately started laughing and pointing their fingers at me (ok, they didn't really do that) but they did realize that this was a perfect situation to analyze my CrackBerry 'withdrawal'. Can I survive without it? Am I going to be ok? Or should I take the half-hour drive home to go pick it up?

Throughout the day today I am going to update this post to let you know how I'm doing. At the moment I feel fine, but it is still early!

'Berryless' Breakdown by the Hour:

9:00 AM: Realized I'm 'Berryless' for the day. Feeling ok. We'll see how things go.

9:30 AM: Had an urge to type a random email into my BlackBerry. No particular reason. Felt strange.

11:00 AM: Feelin' ok! No symptoms yet but I am getting hungry for lunch. Maybe I should pop home and pick it up? Nah... 

1:00 PM: Eating a late lunch. Kind of feel the urge to check if I have any email or messages but will fight it. Go home to pick up the 'berry? Nah... I can do this!

3:00 PM: Suprizingly not feeling any withdrawal symptoms. I thik I'm going to make it.

3:30 PM: Reached for my berry and it wasn't there. Force of habit... I'll shake it off.

4:20 PM: It's that time... and I made it :)

How would YOU do??? Talk about it in the CrackBerry Rehab Forum.

Dont Get Caught DWT - Driving While Texting

texting while drivingWe have heard of DWI (driving while intoxicated) but legislators are now trying to make DWT (driving while texting) an offence. This is of special interest to BlackBerry users who are being singled out by both legislatures and insurance companies as especially bad examples of the new and dangerous trend.

To most people it would make sense. Trying to type on the small keypad of a phone or BlackBerry while operating a vehicle sounds stupid and dangerous, but with more and more people relying on their PDAs and smartphones, the incidents of collisions and deaths as a result of this are on the increase.

A new survey by the Liberty Mutual Insurance company, 37 percent of American teens surveyed said they found text messaging to be extremely or very distracting while driving. Another study conducted by Nationwide Mutual Insurance found that 19 percent of all drivers text message behind the wheel and that percentage goes up to 37 percent for younger drivers.

On a recent report on CBS television, a reporter showed how easy it is to become distracted while attempting to text on her BlackBerry. Luckily her resulting “accident” was in a simulator but, as was detailed in the report, there are plenty of examples of real tragedies.

In Tennessee in 2005, a man died when he drove off the road and down and embankment while texting. The CBS report detailed an accident in Colorado where a teenager struck and killed a bicyclist while texting a friend. The teen served 10 days in jail. The US federal government has estimated that as many as 30 percent of all crashes in the United States involve driver distraction.

According to the Wall Street Journal, 38 states are now in the process of passing laws banning the use of cell phones. Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and California already have laws in place. The District of Columbia does too and also fines motorists for any distractions including putting on makeup while driving or reading e-mails behind the wheel. In other states bills are pending. In both Arizona and Oregon, new laws would allow for heavy -- up to $720 -- for any driver caught texting while driving.

The insurance industry is getting ahead of the curve on the issue and isn’t waiting for legislation. Allstate has released a series of TV commercials in which a businessman is shown holding a BlackBerry and while balancing the business section of a newspaper on the steering wheel while weaving through traffic. It warns of the dangers posed by too many distractions behind the wheel.

Remarkably, lobbyists for the wireless industry are working hard to oppose any legislation that would limit cell phone and PDA use in cars, saying education is better than more restrictions. They also point to the issue of enforceability. If you were facing a $750 fine if you crashed your car while texting would you own up to that? Few would.

Enforceability aside it seems that legislation will be here sooner rather than later so us CrackBerry users had better get used to it.

 

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RIM in Release Mode

blackberry 8800 I think I have suitably recovered from my green beer induced haze and recovered my BlackBerry from the bottom of the spittoon at the local Irish pub. Durable little puppies those CrackBerries.

The BoyGeniusReport is claiming this morning the new BlackBerry 8300 (right) is due to be released by AT&T in just three to four weeks. This is following fast on the heels of the newly released 8800. But with the market turning over so quickly it seems Research In Motion do not want to get caught napping when it comes to the consumer mobile market and really wants to be in a strong position once that Apple iPhone is launched sometime this summer.

One caveat about the launch date, however, is that the second version of the 8800, the 8820, hasn’t been launched by T-Mobile yet and if RIM does not want to trip over itself with roll-outs then all the talk of 8300 releases is a little premature.

It should also be noted that the 8800 has still not even been released by Rogers in Canada yet. Word from their stores this morning is it will be about two weeks before they are in and for sale in Canada.

Paris, Nikki and Pearl! - What A Great Combo!

The Hilton sisters out on the town with Blackberries close by. 

Paris called me that night to invite me out with them, here is what was said:

Paris:  Hey, Jack O' Boy, you like wanna hook up with me and Nikki later?

Jack:  Hmmm, whatcha gonna be doin?

Paris:  First we are going to catch a drink at the terrace, then maybe go clubbin.  I talked to Lindsey earlier and I was all like...  You just gotta meet Jack from Crackberry.com.  That site is hot!  And so is he!

Jack:   Wow, cool 'Ris (I call her 'Ris sometimes... It's a thing we got together, ya know) thanks, but it sounds kind of boring.

Paris:  As if, old man...

Jack:   Don't hate the player Paris, hate the game!

Paris:  laterz.

Jack:  Peace out.

Paris and Nikki Hilton

Tori, Is That A Crackberry Underneath That Sandwich?

Yes we know that actress Tori Spelling just gave birth to her new son, Liam, last Tuesday, so all those whole wheat sandwiches paid off! Here we see the happy thespian getting ready to eat for two with her Pearl in hand. 

When asked about her Blackberry she admitted, "My Blackberry never leaves my hands.

Obviously she wasn't kidding. 

Tori's Blackberry Pearl

Barack Loses The CrackBerry Primary

Crackberry Obama

US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama loses the annual Washington BlackBerry Quick Draw Contest to fellow Democrat Ken Salazer of Colorado. Said Obama after the defeat "I think my holster was a little too much to the left, although not as far left as Hilary's!"

Vice President and a past winner, Dick Cheney was banned this year after hitting fellow Republican Chuck Hagel in the face with his BlackBerry last year. 

A Good Looking Swiss

zenum opusWe at CrackBerry love our BlackBerries and there is nothing better. We love all the features etc and are addicted to the functions. So, we are wed to our devices. But a man can look can't he?

So, when this little device showed up our eyes wandered for a little bit. It might not be the BlackBerry but it is one sexy looking device.

Meet the "Opus Operis" from the Swiss company Zenum. It is a pocket PC that works on the Windows Mobile 5 platform, although that might be upgraded to version 6 by the time it is rolled out sometime this spring. No news on whether this will be available in North America.

But at least we gaze upon its picture.

The Opus has a QWERTY keyboard includes 128MB ROM, 64MB RAM, a two megapixel camera, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 1.2, and a tri-band GSM radio.

Probably the best looking thing to come out of Switzerland since Martina Hingis.

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"Crackberry Thumb" Sufferers You Have Hope

Ouch, my thumb hurts!If you are like me and most crackberry addicts, you probably suffer from the physical condition known as "Crackberry Thumb" or "Crackberryitus".

We crackberry addicts have had to silence our cries, swallow our pride and suck up the agonizing pain we feel in our thumbs.

Until now...

Graceful Services, a premier day spa located in New York City, is now offering relief for us poor crackberry users. Along with a wonderful massage of the body, mind and soul, they offer an exclusive "Blackberry Finger Massage" for only $60 per hour. As a complement to this they also offer "Cell Phone Face" head rub for an additional $80 per hour.

CBS NY has a nice little video documenting the new services.

Thank you Graceful Services for your gift of hope for the millions of crackberry thumb sufferers in the world!

I wonder how many more day spas that offer treatment for "Crackberry Thumb" will begin to spring up all over the globe? 

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