Hotels Help Overcome Techno Stress

techno stress

'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.

Penelope Cruz Blackberry

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

blackberry ll cool jThey dont call him cool for nothin'

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 Goes Live!

Welcome to, the #1 site FOR CrackBerry Users and Abusers, built and operated BY CrackBerry Users and Abusers.

To find out more about how this site came into existence and why, and who we are, click here for the full story.  In the meantime, here is a quick overview of what you can expect from the Crack Team and

Our aim is simple – we want to establish as the premier resource for anything and everything BlackBerry.  Whether you are at an airport with time to kill and want some games to play, need a replacement case for your Berry, want to stay on top of the latest news and rumours in the mobile industry, want to buy a Bluetooth headset but don't know which one to buy, or are not quite up to CrackBerry Addict status yet and need help figuring out how to use your BlackBerry, is the first place you go.

We view the BlackBerry as a serious device that also has a lighter side and we've built to reflect that.  We've done our best to keep the site simple and intuitive while providing all the features we thought a site with a name worthy of the "2006 Webster's New Word of the Year" award should have.

We've broken the website down into three main categories – Community, Forums, and Store.  Think Community for news, reviews, rumours, entertainment and useful information for new and experienced berry users alike. The Forum is your way to interact with other CrackBerry users  and the store will offer you the latest software, hardware accessories and downloads for every type of BlackBerry.

If you register with the site you have the option of setting up your free @ email redirector.  Set up and the system will redirect emails sent to your new address to any existing email address you specify.  It's simple. For those of you whose BlackBerry addiction has reached the point of unhealthy, be sure to check out the Rehab section.

We've built the wapsite as your portal to the mobile web.  Using the mobile browser on your wireless device, visit (or if you don't get automatically redirected).  The site features hundreds of links to the best mobile sites.  You can download the CrackBerry launcher (it installs a sweet icon onto your BlackBerry's desktop) to make it easy for you to use as your starting point on the mobile web.

Enjoy the site!