A New CrackBerry Addiction to Worry About?

brickbreakerBlackberry addiction makes the front page of the Wall Street Journal. But it isn’t what you think. As addicting as our little e-mail pushing devices are, there is something even more insidious that lurks within.

Yep it's BrickBreaker.

According to the WSJ report, that most basic of games has a hard core of addicts who will even play during high stakes Wall Street conference calls. (The article is available online for subscribers) Brickbreaker has become so addicting for some executives that they are forced to remove it from their Berries. Apparently, its easy access on the Blackberry makes it too tempting to ignore and endless hours are being lost to this simple game that comes standard on the BlackBerry. The fact that is also so handy is what makes it so addicting say some executives.

The game seems positively ancient, in effect it is Pong 2.0. Basically you move a paddle left to right with the track wheel to bounce a ball upwards which destroys bricks. After removing all the bricks you move up to another level. Each level is more difficult than the last. Sometimes special bricks fall from the top to give you extra points or extra skills.

Perhaps it is this simplicity and retro-ness that makes it so much fun. It has developed a cult following and there are now groups of people who exchange strategies and brag about high scores. In one case, an attorney from New York was on an expedition on Mount Everest and he e-mailed a co-worker with his high score from the mountain base camp. You can in fact register you high scores on RIM’s site. The current registered record-holder is Daniel Allen, a 34-year-old economist in Santa Monica, Calif., who has racked up 1,392,260 points.

RIM developed the game to test the earlier BlackBerries and then to showcase the new colour screens. They, according to the article, were as surprised as anyone at the way the game has taken off. Top players have reported a frustrating tendency for the game to crash when scores start getting up to record levels, and they have learned to photograph record breaking levels before the fatal crashes occur.

So Much For The Release Date

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You have to love a company that picks a launch date and then sticks to it. Then there is RIM. The official launch date for the new BlackBerry 8800 was today, but people have been finding and picking up new the devices all week. In fact, reviews and videos are cropping up all over the web already.

So, if you are sitting back waiting for the release you might want to run down to your local mall ASAP. People on our forum have already been picking them up. Visit our forum to find out the latest opinions of fellow CrackBerry addicts about the new version.

Your local Cingular/AT&T store will probably have them on the shelves right now…if they have any left.

No news on whether Rogers in Canada has the new version in stores yet.

Thanks to BoyGeniusReport for the image.

Update - Off to a Good Start!

Get your Email AddressHappy Monday!

We have been running live for a few days now, and the initial response we have received from the blackberry addicts who have stumbled upon the site has been overwhelmingly postive.

I think members are loving the fact they can register an email address, and the action in the forums shows me that the blackberry community is eager to turn into a site they frequent on a regular basis.

I still consider the site to be in pre-launch mode.  We have some tweaks and improvements to make over the next few days that should really help with the the functionality and usability of the site. Once complete, our efforts will turn towards promoting and growing the awareness and content of  So if you can have some patience with the Crack Team over the next few days it will be very much appreciated.  If you notice anything really awry with the site, please don't hestitate to contact us.  And if you have any ideas or suggestions on how to make even better, feel free to stick them in the comments section of this post.

To all the people who have registered with the site, thanks for getting us off to a great start! Spread the word!  And if you haven't registered yet....what are you waiting for?!

New HTC Smartphone Launched

If you are a gadget junkie you should have been in Barcelona, Spain this week at the 3GSM Convention. RIM rolled out its new Blackberry 8800 there and their European partner of sorts, HTC , rolled out their new smartphone. The HTC S710 smartphone (previously known as the Vox), comes with a nifty little slide out Qwerty keyboard. It's HTC's first phone to be based on Windows Mobile 6, although its S620 is upgradeable from Windows Mobile 5.0.

European provider Orange will be bringing out the S710 in Europe in the next couple of months, although there is no date for a UK rollout. Yves Maitre, Orange's vice president of devices, called the S710 the "Ferrari of the mobile phone". The device comes with stereo Bluetooth, 2MP camera, Wi-Fi and Windows Mobile 6's handy integration of Hotmail and Live Messenger. Might be more of a Nissan 350Z.

Co-Pilot GPS System Now on BlackBerry

co pilotALK Technologies Inc has launched the first “off-board” version of its Co-Pilot satellite navigation mapping application. The BlackBerry Pearl and 8800 are both compatible with the system. There are types of GPS systems - on-board and, not surprisingly, off-board. On-board systems carry all the amps from which routes are calculated on the device, while off-board systems carry only the ability to display the route info that is downloaded over the air from a central server.

To date, New Jersey-based ALK Technologies has been strictly an “on-board” player since it launched CoPilot in the late 1990s. The software was first launched on laptop computers where on-device storage is less of a constraint. CoPilot Laptop is currently at version. 10, Recently however the company developed versions for portable devices, initially for the iPAQ PDA and now for smart phones, such as the BlackBerry. The product's presence in Europe is currently on Windows Mobile devices from HTC and Symbian phones from Nokia.

The new version, CoPilot Live BlackBerry Edition, is both the first appearance of the software on that platform and ALK's first foray into “off-board”. All the third-party GPS packages that run on BlackBerry, such as Telmap and Wayfinder, are off-board because off-board generates more data traffic, and is preferred by network operators who see greater revenue as a result. According to the company, the reason for the development of an off-board version of CoPilot for the two BlackBerry phones was that it was easier to implement on their Java RTE. An on-board version for BlackBerry is currently in development.

While use of ALK's GPS package on the Pearl still requires an external puck with the GPS silicon, the 8800 launched earlier this week is RIM's first device with the GPS chip built in. The 8800 also ships with some basic mapping capabilities developed by RIM itself, based on map info from TeleAtlas NV. ALK and other mapping specialists, including Telmap, say their products go a lot further and so believe their carrier partners will continue to mandate their software be loaded on the devices for their GPS services. The CoPilot's ability to calculate multiple routes for the same stops is particularly useful in fleet management for delivery environments.

CoPilot also uses maps from TeleAtlas's archrival Navteq. Another difference is the fact that CoPilot offers optional integration into ALK's FleetCenter multi-vehicle tracking and fleet management web site, an area where RIM itself does not offer something similar.


Seven in Ten Professionals Will Have Mobile E-Mail By Year End

mobile blackberry userSeventy percent of all professionals will be using e-mail pushing devices by year end according the results of a survey released this week. Visto Corporation, a company RIM has tangled with in the past over patent infringements, published the findings of a survey it commissioned late last year to identify those mavens who drive the desire for mobile e-mail adoption. Based on the research, Visto predicts that market penetration of mobile e-mail could reach as high as 70 percent of professionals by the end of the year.

The survey polled business professionals who rely on e-mail at their desk in the UK, Spain and the United States.

Almost 60 percent of those surveyed admitted that, just a year ago, they regarded mobile e-mail as solely the domain of “the elite within their organizations,” or “too expensive,” or “limited to a few special devices’ such as BlackBerries. But the survey indicated that those attitudes have changed drastically in the last 12 months, with 70 percent believing that the service had become less exclusive, more affordable and with far greater device choice.

While only 40 percent of those surveyed were currently using mobile e-mail, half of those had begun to in the last year, and a further 30 percent believed they would begin to use the service in the next three to 12 months. The research also showed evidence that choice was the overriding factor behind the surge in uptake.

Of those currently using the service, only 15 percent were doing so, because they had been instructed by their companies. Mobile executives appeared to be voluntarily using the technology, and specifically mobile e-mail, to increase their ability to manage both work and personal commitments.

The desire to balance work and life was emphasized by the fact that the largest number of people - 31 percent - were attracted by the ability to get work and personal e-mail on one device.

Hollywood Reporter, Adweek and Billboard Now Available to Crackberry Users

blackberry billboard NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nielsen Business Media announced today that its top web sites, including , , , and , have been mobilized using the technology platform. From breaking news articles and story archives to contact directories and casting notices, on-the-go readers can now access alternatively-formatted versions of these sites using any web-enabled mobile device, including the latest versions of the Blackberry.

“Nielsen Business Media is making history in the mobile marketplace in the same way that we made history online and in our print publications,” said Evan Ambinder, Director of Digital Strategy-eMedia for Nielsen Business Media. “Our online readers expect a robust content experience, and this sophisticated mobile solution will certainly meet their needs. We are proud to announce our partnership with and have clearly found the right platform for mobilizing our content and providing our advertisers with a powerful new distribution medium.”

Over the next several months, Nielsen Business Media will mobilize other web sites in its portfolio using’s technology. technology is compatible with all wireless carriers and any web-enabled mobile device that has a browser, such as a Blackberry, Treo, Windows Mobile, Sidekick, higher-end Nokia and Motorola Q handsets.Hundreds of the Internet’s top web sites are perfectly formatted for instant mobile accessibility by pointing a mobile web browser to

“This is an example of next-generation mobile content rendering,” said founder and President Keith Gerard. “In the case of Nielsen Business Media’s sites, the online content structure is multilayered and complex, and would completely overwhelm a traditional mobile site build. Our technology doesn’t have limitations in rendering content for web-enabled devices. delivers a 100% comprehensive mobile site in real-time. The results of our collaboration with Nielsen Business Media have benchmarked new standards of quality in format and feature-functionality for the mobile web experience.”

Nielsen Business Media’s mobile URLs include: licenses its mobile platform to a number of leading Internet content providers that include , The Wall Street Journal’s , , and the websites for all 41 print business journals at . A live demo is available through the company website at .

The Prada Phone by LG - How Will I Convince My Girlfriend to Buy a BlackBerry Now?!

The PRADA phone by LG For the past year I have been trying to get my girlfriend Erika to buy a BlackBerry Pearl or the new 8800 when it hits the market. For the first 6 months the answer to my pleas was a flat out NO. But over the past few weeks, mainly thanks to my annoying non-stop talk of the upcoming launch of, her NO's turned into MAYBES and I could tell by next week the answer should be a YES. 

But yesterday, the unthinkable happened.  She discovered the Prada phone by LG. It was announced on January 18th, 2007, so it was sort of old news to me (read the official press release here), but it was news to her when she saw it online, and I knew the moment  her eyes fell upon that PRADA logo that my mission just failed. 

So RIM, if you're listening, can you please get your business development team working on a deal with Versace or Louis Vuitton.  Until then, I think you will be losing out on the business of at least one potential customer and I'm sure she's not the only one out there who values fashion as much as high-tech gadgetry.


Get Streaming Audio from QuickPlayer for the BlackBerry

blackberry quickplayer It’s a PDA dog eat PDA dog world out there and the Blackberry has to be more than just a business tool. The BlackBerry needs to do so much more these days than just push e-mail. Now, thanks to a new service from QuickPlay Media you can get streaming audio on the Berry. Dubbed QuickPlayer, this subscription-based service grants you access to "over 100 audiocasts". Among the entertainment you'll have the chance to enjoy are podcasts from ABC News and the Wall Street Journal, which you can tell you co-workers is research. Each news podcasts are expected to be five to seven minutes long each. The program will run on the 7130e, 8700 series, and the Pearl. Price is $7.96 per month, plus whatever data charges you'd be paying normally. Check with you provider for more information on the service.

BlackBerry Bling

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Pharell Williams showing off his 18 karat gold Blackberry. In 2005, he was voted "Best Dressed Man in the World" by Esquire magazine. He owns an Enzo Ferrari, built a half pipe into his house and now he sports this wonderful piece of bling.

And yet he tops it all with a trucker's cap because he wants to keep it real.  

Is 8800 designed to take on iPhone?

BlackBerry 8800 vs Apple iPhone This week’s launch of the 8800, and the features contained therein, leads to the obvious question. Is Research In Motion positioning itself early to take on the new Apple iPhone?

The slimmest version of the device yet, the BlackBerry 8800 also features a music and video player, a global positioning system and a full keyboard. RIM is clearly trying to hold onto its lead in the North American smartphone market by rekindling enthusiasm for the BlackBerry before the rival Apple iPhone is released this June.

The market for phones with web access may rise to 250 million units by next year from almost 90 million in 2006, according to Finnish phone maker Nokia. Motorola, the world's second-largest mobile-phone maker, recently introduced new versions of its Q e-mail phone, at the 3GSM World Congress technology conference in Barcelona, Spain and Nokia, the largest mobile-phone maker, also showed three models for business use.

Sales of phones with computer-like functions tripled in the US from January to October 2006, according to researcher NPD Group in Port Washington, New York. BlackBerry led U.S. sales for e-mail phones in the third quarter with 31.6 percent of the total, slightly ahead of Palm Inc.'s Treo with 31.5 percent, and Motorola with 12.2 percent and Nokia with 6.4 percent.

Hotels Help Overcome Techno Stress

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'CrackBerry' was the word of the year for 2006. The word for 2007 might be 'techno-stress.'

BlackBerries and laptops are contributing to a unique form of anxiety. You are probably familiar with it yourself. That feeling that any minute that e-mail will arrive. That slavish feeling you get when your BlackBerry buzzes and you just have to answer it. The way your laptop beckons to you if you sit and do nothing for a moment. This feeling that if you are attached to the office 24/7 then you should be working 24/7. This anxiety is called 'techno-stress.'

In the 1960s it was predicted that in the 21st Century we’d all be working 15 to 20 hours-per-week. Doh. Today, we are working more hours than ever and are expected to be available at anytime. This drastic change in expectations is having a huge impact on workers and their families and little is being done to address it. What’s a CrackBerry addict to do?

Hotels have started offering to lock-up your communication devices. If you want to access your laptop or BlackBerry at the Sheraton Chicago you’ll have to break into a special safe designed to separate you from your addictive device. The hotel claims allowing guests to lock up their BlackBerries helps business travelers boost their creativity and beat techno-stress. The hotel also claims to be leading the way in encouraging guests to concentrate on eyeball-to-eyeball meetings and socializing.

Reaching for the off-switch on his BlackBerry transformed Sheraton Chicago hotel general manager Rick Ueno's life. He told Reuters in a recent article "I run a hotel with over 900 employees and thousands of guests. I think I'm more effective. I feel better, I sleep better. My family likes it." He has encouraged guests to do so too.

Other hotels aren't quite so sure their guests are ready to go cold turkey. The Landmark, a five-star hotel in London, says it has provided specially designed laptop safes in every room. Business guests can hide away their computers in their own bedroom if they wish to, although it means that they also have relatively easy access to their technology 24/7.

But out of site may just mean out of mind. At the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland has toyed with a similar idea although they realize a world class golf course is probably the best way to help you forget about your BlackBerry.  

Look Up. Way Up

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Seriously, look up and you'll see the CrackBerry. LOOK UP!

Pamela Anderson testing the waterproof qualities of her CrackBerry.


CrackBerry Cruz Control

Oscar time is upon us and one of the nominees is the ultra-hot Penelope Cruz. She is now so successful she can hire someone to carry her CrackBerry for her.

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BlackBerry Connect to be Offered on Five New HTC Windows Mobile-based Devices

Research In Motion announced this week at the 3GSM World Congress plans to offer HTC S710BlackBerry Connect software on five new Microsoft Windows Mobile-based devices from HTC to carriers around the world, including the HTC S710 launched at the 3GSM World Congress 2007 in Barcelona, Spain.

BlackBerry Connect on HTC handsets supports push-based wireless email access, wireless email reconciliation and attachment viewing in conjunction with both BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service.

Additional features supported through BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Connect v4.0 include: Enhanced attachment handling capabilities, enabling users to view images, footnotes and tracked changes; Remote look-up of corporate email address directory; Triple DES or AES wireless encryption; Internet and corporate intranet access via the BlackBerry Mobile Data System; Wireless device provisioning to allow devices to be activated wirelessly; Remote control of email settings to allow users to wirelessly configure out-of-office replies, email filters, and auto-signatures directly from their device; and Wireless IT policy enforcement and commands.

The HTC S710 is a versatile, compact handset that looks like a phone, but includes a concealed semi auto-sliding keyboard to allow for email and data input. Users are able to view their email, Word and Excel documents on the 2.4 inch screen with landscape view option. The HTC 710 operates on GPRS/EDGE networks and supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0.

Florian Seiche, Vice President HTC Europe, commented: “BlackBerry Connect is a great example of our continual drive to add more value for our customers. We have experienced strong demand for BlackBerry Connect from some of our key operator clients and therefore consider it important that our devices support the popular BlackBerry service.”

“HTC is the world’s leading provider of Windows Mobile-based devices and a strategic partner for RIM. We’re pleased to be extending our relationship to bring BlackBerry Connect to a range of new HTC devices this year,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “Together, HTC devices and BlackBerry Connect provide an innovative and powerful solution that meets the distinct needs of both mobile users and IT departments.”

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based wireless access to email and other corporate data.

For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service allows users to access multiple supported email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts) from a single device.

About HTC

Founded in 1997, High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) designs, manufactures and markets innovative, feature rich smartphone and PDA phone devices. Since its establishment, HTC has developed strong R&D capabilities, pioneered many new designs and product innovations, and launched state-of-the-art PDA Phones and Smartphones for mobile operators and distributors in Europe, the US, and Asia. These machines are available as HTC devices and as products individually customized for operator and device partners. HTC is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile device market. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit

New Wi-Fi Enabled 8820 Coming Soon?

blackberry 8800 The people over at Pinstack have been all over this rumor for the last few days.

Will there be a WiFi enabled 8800 Blackberry coming out soon? Apparently so.

It seems that the good folks at RIM have been talking about this for a while and we at CrackBerry are pretty confident the new Wi-Fi enabled 8820 will be coming out in the summer.

“For some of us BlackBerry users, news of a WiFi 88xx BlackBerry is always more than welcome. Although, the 8800 stacked against the 8700 features a ton of new features even without Wifi. However, for me it willl take WiFi to pull me away from my 8700g.” says Pinstack’s Editor. “This will greatly enhance my away-from-desk but within office building productivity. Especially when using Remote Desktop, VNC, Telnet and SSH applications that I currently use over GPRS. Also here in Antigua we have island wide WiFi service where I can pull over and log on to the WiFi service with 75% island coverage.

When using Idokorro's Remote Desktop for servers and Telneting to routers that I maintain it will be a dream. Not to mention when traveling; being able to work via WiFi Hotspots will be a huge plus for Network Engineers and IT Techs. Most 8700 users won't need WiFi and so you can pick up the 8800 next week and it will be a great upgrade. For the record, the 8800 originally should have launched WITH WiFi but RIM ran into issues with this feature and so there will be two launches. The first 8800 (w/o WiFi) and the 8820 (w/ WiFi).

The expected dates for the 8820 release being May/June 07' hopefully sooner and esp before the launch of Apple's iPhone. Although, in fact they shouldn't be compared but in actuality the iPhone does affect RIM's stock. Possibly less in future as the corporate world begins to learn the different Market targets of both devices. Attached is a comparison chart of the 8820 against the 8700. So far, the only additional feature over the 8800 is WiFi.”


Have CrackBerrys Made it Easier to Lie?

A British pollster says it is easier to be ‘economical with the truth’ when using BlackBerry.

More than four out of five people admit to telling little white lies at least once a day says a survey conducted by UK pollsters. The preferred way of being "economical with the truth" is to use technology such as cell phones, texts and e-mails. “Techno-treachery” was widespread apparently, with nearly 75 percent of people saying gadgets like BlackBerrys made it easier to fib. More than half of respondents said using BlackBerrys made them feel less guilty when telling a lie than doing it face to face. The workplace was the favorite location for fibbing, with 67 percent of the 1,487 respondents admitting that they had lied at work.

The study was conducted on behalf of a financial-services company.

However, workplaces were not the only arenas in which dishonesty was happening. More than 40 percent said they had lied to their family or partner too. People admitted to lying about buying new clothes or the cost of them, how good someone looked in something, how much they had eaten and drunk, and how much they weighed.

Before we all get on the whole society is going to hell in a handbasket bandwagon it should be noted that most of the respondents said they told lies with the best intentions and to spare others' feelings.

So, next time someone BlackBerrys you and tells you that tie looks great, maybe take it with a grain of salt.

Hip Hop Berry

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LL Cool J chillin at a book store it seems sporting the latest in hip Berry ware.

As the guy with the little PDA on the left looks on in envy. (Insert own joke here)

BlackBerry 8800 Video!

Captured by Shiny Shiny , here's a peak at the new BlackBerry 8800 that was announced by RIM at the 3GSM World Conference.


RIM Officially Launches BlackBerry 8800

CrackBerry Addicts Rejoice! After months of rumors, speculation and online debate, RIM has officially announced the launch of their new BlackBerry 8800 Smartphone. will dive into the features of the new 8800 Smartphone in the days and weeks ahead, but for now you can get your fill at RIM's official site - .  RIM's official press release for the new device can be found here. Web Site