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BlackBerry Pearl: It Is Official!

After months of speculations, this is now official. The new BlackBerry Pearl will be available with T-Mobile beginning Tuesday, September 12. RIM even launched a dedicated site for the event, http://www.blackberrypearl.com

BlackBerry Pearl 8100
Front and Back View of New Pearl

The Pearl specifications are listed below:

  • BlackBerry Internet Service™ - allows access to up to 10 personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts
  • Popular instant messaging clients: AOL®, Yahoo!® MSN® and ICQ®
  • 1.3 megapixel camera with 3 zoom levels (up to 5X) and built-in flash
  • Multimedia player with stereo headset jack for MP3 and AAC music files, as well as MPEG4 and H.263 video formats
  • High performance HTML browser for visiting your favorite web sites while on the go
  • A newly enhanced version of RIM’s popular SureType™ keyboard technology that makes typing email quick and easy
  • An incredibly intuitive user interface with an easy-to-use trackball, dedicated ‘menu’ and ‘escape’ keys, and context-sensitive menus that make navigation feel instinctive and fast
  • Intuitive call management features such as smart dialing, conference calling, speed dialing, and call forwarding
  • First-rate phone features with Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD), dedicated ’send’, ‘end’, and ‘mute’ keys, speakerphone, and Bluetooth® support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits and Bluetooth peripherals
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE network support for international roaming
  • BlackBerry Maps – a new application which adds mapping and location based services to the BlackBerry Pearl. BlackBerry Maps works together with other BlackBerry applications enabling users to send maps via email and launch maps from other applications, including contacts in your address book
  • Support for polyphonic, mp3 and MIDI ring tones
  • A large, ultra-bright 240×260 color display that brings images to life
  • An innovative light-sensing technology that automatically optimizes the screen, trackball and keyboard lighting for indoor, outdoor and dark environments
  • 64MB built-in flash memory, expandable via MicroSD expansion slot
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ support – integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino® and Novell GroupWise® environments and features a new set of IT policy controls for IT departments to administer camera and expansion memory settings.

## This Article Was Originally Published on AllBlackBerry.com on September 7, 2006

Motorola Q Sneak Peek

I got an early look at the new Motorola Q, affectionately known in some circles as the "RAZRBerry". Available "any day now", this fun little device sports a QWERTY keyboard in a light, slim package, advertised as the thinnest QWERTY device in the world.

From the Motorola website, here is a list of the key features:

  • One of the first devices to run on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0; Optimized for Microsoft Exchange 2003 and a variety of third party e-mail solutions that enable a broad set of corporate e-mail capabilities*
  • Thinnest QWERTY device in the world - 11.5mm
  • Full, ergonomic QWERTY keyboard, 5-way navigation button and thumb wheel
  • Video clip capture and playback
  • Connectivity via Bluetooth, IrDA and mini-USB; compatible with Motorola's line of Bluetooth-enabled wireless headsets
  • Multi-Media Messaging (MMS)
  • Dual, stereo-quality speakers
  • Audio formats supported: iMelody, MIDI, MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA, WAX, QCELP
  • Image formats supported: GIF87a, GIF89a, JPEG, WBMP, BMP, PNG
  • Video formats supported: H.263, MPEG-4, GSM-AMR, AAC, WMV
  • Mini-SD removable memory card slot
  • Large, high-resolution display (320 x 240 pixels, 65K TFT
  • 1.3 mega pixel camera with photo lighting
  • PIM functionality with Picture Caller ID
  • Advanced speech recognition and speakerphone

I was told that this device will also feature BlackBerry Connect, enabling it to take advantage of the BlackBerry push technology for e-mail. All those BlackBerry users out there clamoring for a camera on their BlackBerry might have a reason to jump over to Motorola.

But with so much time spent thumbing away on a QWERTY device, form factor is pretty important. How does this one feel? As I picked it up, I was reminded of my old Scientific Calculator that I (thankfully) haven't touched in years. It was solid and thin. And a little blockish. It lacked that sort of smooth rounded back the makes a BlackBerry nestle so snugly into your palm.

It is light. Oh my is it light. I briefly slipped it into my shirt pocket and it was so slender that I barely felt it. Very nice. Current BlackBerry users might miss the familiar rounded edges and comforting heft of their traditional Berries. Or they might not. But with a camera, memory card slot, Bluetooth, and BlackBerry Connect all crammed into the thinnest and lightest QWERTY device on the market, this is a very compelling product for some.

I whipped out my camera to take a few pictures, and the Moto Q was quickly squirreled away. Here's what I managed to get.

Moto Q

## This Article Was Originally Published on AllBlackBerry.com on May 19, 2006.

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Do You Suffer From Ringxiety?

ringxiety The world of the CrackBerry is now afflicted with yet another form of anxiety disorder. According to the Guardian Newspaper in the UK, the latest form of distress to haunt Blackberry and mobile users is called “ringxiety.”

Britain apparently is coming down with this latest of maladies. “Many of us will be familiar with the basest form of ringxiety - when one phone rings and everyone in the vicinity suddenly starts checking their pockets or handbags with frantic abandon,” says the article’s author. But some cases are far more serious and some individuals have reported hearing their phone ring at concerts, while driving or even while in the shower.”

The anxiety is being compared to phantom limb syndrome, where amputees still feel the sensations of a limb that isn't there any more.

The phrase came from a professor from California (of course). David Laramie, at California's School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles claims he is a sufferer himself, and believes even some inaudible sounds can create the perception that his phone is ringing. He also claims his ringxiety can be sparked by simple things such as TV or radio commercials.

We at CrackBerry.com experienced this ourselves yesterday. We posted a commercial on the site. The ad features a ringing BlackBerry and every time someone in the office watched the video everyone looked at their own BlackBerry. Very strange.

According to the Guardian story even vibrations can trigger the same response.

Vanessas Corner: Quiet Please

Vanessa's CornerImagine you’re on a very long flight dying to catch some zzzs and the guy next to you is on his cell phone going on and on about something that doesn’t concern you. Nightmare? Unfortunately not.

Emirate airlines will be allowing in-flight cell phone usage as soon as January 2007 and many other airlines will follow. Can you picture it? I suggest you stop at the nearest pharmacy on the way to the airport and get yourself a good pair of earplugs ’cause you’ll need them soon.

Vanessas Corner: a CrackBerry World

Vanessa's CornerAs some of you might know, the dictionary has a new addiction, errrr, I mean, addition. CrackBerry. And I guess almost everyone knows what it means but I don’t think that everybody understands how one gets caught in the BlackBerry web. You might be new to the Crackberry experience or you might know someone that is deep and lost to its sleepless powers. Here’s a true story.

Interview with Magmic CEO John Criswick

John CriswickMagmic Games is a leading developer and publisher of mobile entertainment, offering a wide variety of games for BlackBerry handsets. John Criswick, founder and CEO of Magmic Games was kind enough to take a few minutes and talk with us.

First of all, how do you pronounce your company's name? Is it a "g" like in "magic", or a "g" like in "magma"?

John: It is a G like in magma, in fact the word magmic has the same roots as magma as in a "slow moving hard to stop fluid".

Last summer you launched a new division called "Bplay" to focus exclusively on the BlackBerry community even though the name "Magmic" is practically synonomous with BlackBerry games. Why did you feel the need to create a new BlackBerry-only identity?

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Interview with Pinstack Founder Hayden James

PinStack.com is a free Internet forum community for BlackBerry users. It started in 2004 and has become an extremely popular destination and a valuable resource for BlackBerry owners. Pinstack's founder, Hayden James, was kind enough to give us a few minutes for a quick chat.

PinStack

Interview with Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData

Morgan SlainNovember 30th, 2006: Hi Morgan, thanks for agreeing to talk with us today. Let's start with a little background information. How long have you been interested in mobile software?

Morgan: Absolutely, my pleasure. I've been a mobile applications enthusiast since I bought my first Palm Pilot in 1997. I became interested in the business side of mobile software when I joined Palm, Inc. at the beginning of 2000. One of my first projects was to take a look at the Palm applications market and figure out how we could make it bigger.

Vanessa's Corner: Introducing Vanessa's Corner

Vanessa's CornerI’d like to take a moment to introduce our new contributor: Vanessa!

Although she once formerly disdained the BlackBerry, a fateful 12 hour car trip with a BlackBerry changed her perspective and Vanessa has been assimilated converted amazed to find that her BlackBerry has now become an integral part of her life.

We’re so happy to have her on board that we’re giving Vanessa her own little corner of the website, Vanessa’s Corner, where she will offer her own unique insights into BlackBerry ownership.

Please join me in welcoming Vanessa to the site!

## This Article Was Originally Published on AllBlackBerry.com

CrackBerry.com Goes Worldwide - NetworkWorldAsia

Network World AsiaI had a nice interview today with Lalou Ramos of Network World Asia . We discussed CrackBerry.com and a host of topics surrounding the online space. One of the questions Lalou asked about CrackBerry.com is whether or not we have plans to offer the site in other languages. My answer was of course Yes!!!  But we currently don't have the in-house capabilities to make this happen. If there's anybody out there who would like to help us take CrackBerry.com to all corners of the globe in all languages, please be sure to contact us and help make it happen!

Check out Lalou's CrackBerry.com article here...  

New Avatars Available in the CrackBerry Forums

Custom BlackBerry AvatarsAttention forum regulars!

New avatars have been created and uploaded to the forums for your enjoyment.

The avatars are a collection of every BlackBerry model ever produced.

To select one of these new avatars:

1. Login to CrackBerry.com and go to the 'Forums'
2. Click on the 'User CP' link
3. Click on 'Edit Avatar'

On this page you will see all of the avatar options. Click through them until you find the BlackBerry model you're looking for.

You can also upload your own custom avatars as well! 

Enjoy!

Visit the CrackBerry Forums

CrackBerry Addiction Gone Too Far?

Excellent funny Blackberry Commercial from the UK. you know your addiction has gone too far when...


Blackberry Addiction - The best home videos are here

RIM to Launch New Model: The Halle Berry

RIM today announced that it will launch yet another BlackBerry based on the latest 8800 model.

Fully endorsed by movie star Halle Berry, this new model is to be sleeker, have more buttons, and will look good even if it isn't turned on.

Halle Berry

What's Going Down2Night? Check Your Berry

down2nightWhen we saw that headline on a press release we feared that maybe this was Wang Chung's official website. But, thankfully Down2Night is a new web application to help people find out what is happening in various locations each night. Talk about mobile 2.0.

Web-savvy users now have a social meet-up subscription service that gives them up-to-date SMS alert info on parties, drink promotions, live events and nightly happenings at venues they choose. They can also access the application to search for events on their BlackBerry and other mobile devices. Users can subscribe to their favorite nightlife venues and receive SMS alerts on their mobile phones about events happening on the nights that interest. No more "So what's going tonight? I dunno" type conversations.

Subscribers can set the venues they would like to know about and receive an alert on the BlackBerry or any mobile device telling them what is going down tonight. You can also pick particular nights you want to hear about. Other features include "What's Down," a dynamic menu of the event and promotion lists by each venue; "I'm Down," a user powered ranking of events at individual locations. And "Browse," and "search" features that enables users to search by pre-selected criteria such as "My Spots," "Most Popular" or all the venues in the database.

The service is already up and running in Seattle, San Francisco, and Tri-cities, Washington. Down2night will be launching in New York City, Las Vegas, Boston, Austin, Madison, Miami, Denver, Portland, Vancouver, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Atlanta, and Houston in the very near future.

BlackBerry Stocks To Soar

RIM Ramping up BlackBerry Production Research in Motion, the makers of our favorite little device the BlackBerry, is set to outperform its rivals in the stock market according to RBC Capital Markets financial analysts. We’d like to think this is tied to the launch of CrackBerry.com but we suspect it might have something to do with RIM’s plans for extensive product rollouts over the next year.

According to a story on the Bloomberg financial wire, RIM will begin an “unprecedented product cycle” that will drive RIM stocks skyward and up 29 percent. That assessment according to RBC analysts Mike Abramsky and Paul Treiber.

This month, RIM launched the 8800 and there are plans for a sustained roll out of products that incorporate elements from both its business-oriented devices and its more consumer-friendly devices such as the Pearl. Depending on how RIM handle their “consumer strategy,” the two Toronto-based analysts suggest that stocks could go from $140 a share to $180. This despite earlier fears that Apple’s entrance into the market would have a negative impact on BlackBerry’s consumer sales.

As Abransky is quoted as saying “Strap on your seatbelts.” Of 33 analysts cited in the Bloomberg story 17 are positive on RIM, 13 non committal and 2 negative. RIM will supposedly bring out eight new handhelds in the next 24 months, including variations on the 8800, newer versions of the Pearl, a striped-down entry-level BlackBerry and, allegedly, a device designed to squarely take on the iPhone.

Read the full story here.

Welcome! CrackBerry.com is Open for Business!

Open Sign

Read the official press release on PRWeb.
Read the official press release on 24-7 Press Release. 

Welcome to CrackBerry.com! We actually put the site up live just over a week ago so we could make sure everything was running smooth prior to our official launch, and in that time the site has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from the BlackBerry Users and Abusers who have managed to find their way here.

We're still working to add a few finishing touches to the site, but since things were over 98.6% there we simply could not keep quiet any longer.  The time to start spreading the word about CrackBerry.com is Now!

Here are a few links to get you started on your way:

1.  Our Official Welcome - explains what we're about!

2.  The Crack Team Story - explains how this site came into existence.

3.  The CrackBerry Store - downloads galore, plus any accessory you could ever want to buy for your Berry. If you need anything BlackBerry, think CrackBerry.com.

4.  CrackBerry Forums - this is where registered members hang out and converse on all things CrackBerry.  Rumors, News, Help, and more.

5. The CrackBerry WAP Site - Check it out now on your PC.  This is the site you will get when you visit CrackBerry.com on your BlackBerry.  It's basically your portal to the mobile web - all the best sites that are viewable on your berry, plus lots of games, downloads and more. Download the desktop launcher (works on Pearl & 8700s) and you're never more than one click away from CrackBerry.com. You will LOVE this site when it comes to killing time at the airport.

6.  Register Now -  Registering is free, and it gives you full access to all content areas of the site, full access to the forums, and allows you to create your FREE @ CrackBerry.com email address.  If you're a true BlackBerry User & Abuser, getting an @CrackBerry.com is a must!  You simply choose any [email protected] you wish, and then specify an address and any emails sent to your @CrackBerry.com email will automatically redirect to the final destination you have chosen. Easy, Painless, and FUN.  The good names are going quick, so hurry!

There are nearly 10 Million BlackBerry Users out there.  We'd like to see 1 Million of them admit their addiction and become members of CrackBerry.com.  We want to make this the biggest community of BlackBerry Users ever!  Register Now!  

Enjoy the Site! 

Jessica Biel and the Powder Blue Pearl

We saw her at the Oscars this evening looking forlorn as she blabbed into her Blue BlackBerry Pearl hoping her ride would show up to take her to the ball. If we were her driver we wouldn't be keeping her waiting for anything. If we find an Academy Award pic we'll post it as soon as we can. In the meantime, here's a close up look at the powder blue Pearl. With Jessica attached at the Sundance Festival.

jessica biel blackberry

Forbes Editor Cannot Live Without His CrackBerry

The Editor of Forbes Magazine tries to go seven days without e-mail, BlackBerry, and cell-phone. And he cries like a baby. Sweet. Enjoy the Vid.

RIM Picks Up iPhone Gauntlet

Jim BalsilieThere is a big change coming in the way we listen to music and if RIM CEO Jim Balsillie has anything to do about it BlackBerries will be among the leading providers of mobile music in the near future.

According to a piece in today’s Globe and Mail, Balsillie wants the Blackberry to be leading the revolution in blending professional communications tools with music listening devices. “Apple has done us an enormous favour by saying you should expect music on your cellphone,” he said. “I think it’s 10 if not 100 times harder to do the communications aspect onto an MP3 player than to do the mass media player onto a communications framework. I think we’ll absolutely nail it before some new entrant comes even close. You know, everyone’s brave in the locker room. Let’s get it done.”

Clearly the maker of the CrackBerry is picking up the gauntlet thrown down by Steve Jobs last month when he unveiled the new iPhone with its graphically exciting iPod features.

This is hardly good news for the entertainment industry. That industry's efforts to protect its content online through Digital Rights Management (DRM) software are holding up development of the wireless industry, says Balsillie. He went on the criticize the DRM software that controls how consumers access and use the music tracks they buy online by saying it has become a messy process that essentially charges people twice for the same music if they use incompatible devices and discourages the wider adoption of portable digital music. A recent report on the BBC reported how some people paid two dollars for song download but then found a 20 dollar bill on their cell phone bill in data download and time usage bills “I think [DRM is] just going to break down with the normal proliferation of the Internet,” said Balsillie. “It’s going to be tough. I think content providers are going to have to shift their business models. But they will go down swinging.”

The music industry again seems to have been caught napping by changes in the way the internet and digital communications are evolving. Late onto the downloading bandwagon they are again scrambling to catch up to the proliferation of mobile communication devices.

The indication that RIM is not interested in joining the increasingly complicated milieu of DRM technologies, is bad news for the entertainment business which has thrown its weight behind DRM in an attempt to prevent online digital piracy. RIM who primarily sells wireless technology to businesses and government, has moved into a broader market with its first consumer device, the Pearl. It’s a market that RIM want to expand into and mobile music players and cameras are add-ons that are attractive to the consumer marketplace.

RIM expects to add one million new BlackBerry users this quarter and will likely announce deals to bring music and other content, such as picture messaging, to its new consumer BlackBerries before the end of this year.

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