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.

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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.

## This Article Was Originally Published on 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 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 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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Network World AsiaI had a nice interview today with Lalou Ramos of Network World Asia . We discussed and a host of topics surrounding the online space. One of the questions Lalou asked about 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 to all corners of the globe in all languages, please be sure to contact us and help make it happen!

Check out Lalou's 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 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! 


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CrackBerry Addiction Gone Too Far?

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

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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 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.