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

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.

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,

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.

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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

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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 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?


Interview with Pinstack Founder Hayden James 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.


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!

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