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AT&T resorts to “spamming” your Blackberry homescreen with unwanted crap/bloatware

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 16:30

Besides having one of the less then super Customer Service ratings as well as a beyond crappy tiered broadband planned roll out, add spammer to AT&T’s list of not so great business tactics.  Spamming you say?  Would you prefer “bloatware”, a term typically used to describe the extreme excess amount of useless trial apps that litter many new PC’s?  Either way it isn’t good.  Generally to make a few extra dollars, wireless carriers will sign deals with certain developers or mobile software companies by featuring their apps on devices such as Blackberries.  The only problem with this is that the added “service” comes as a distraction and annoyance to many customers.


Pimp My Mail for Blackberry brings colors to email

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 9:06

*Image property of Berry Review Store and Motek Mobile*

If you are the type that lives a life so fast paced that you don’t even have to time to look at the preview to see who the email is from or just want to take your Crackberry addiction to another completely different level, Pimp My Mail by Motek Mobile might be for you.  What PMM does is allow you to set custom LED colors for individual users.  For example, have one color for the wife, and one for the boss (at work).  But PMM can go even further.  Toss in a second color to truly get the geek factor across.  Now for your wife have the LED go from Red to Blue, for the boss Blue to Red etc.  You can even preview the color combinations to make sure they are at least partially managable before actually deploying them for use.

If this app sounds like something you have been waiting for or you need visual decleration of who is emailing you, stop by the Berry Review Store and pick up your copy of Pimp My Mail today for the low price of $6.99.

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Mobile bloggers rejoice: CellSpin for Blackberry!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 18:56


Blogging is a rapidly expanding and potentially lucrative service that has really become much more mainstream in the last several years.  Similarly, mobile internet usage and the whole “world at your fingertips” ideology that is constantly being marketed is making the desktop PC seem as a dying breed, an aging dinosaur that some day will be entirely replaced by laptops/netbooks/MID’s/smartphone’s etc.  As we move towards a mobile world connected by radio waves instead of copper twisted cords, the media (bloggers), need a way to get their content to the masses.  Soon, firing up the ‘ol PC or Mac will be replaced with everyone whipping out their cellphone or MID device while walking down the street.  That is where CellSpin 2.0 for Blackberry comes in.




Shortcut Berry updated to 2.1…Blackberry Storm now supported!

Friday, April 3, 2009 15:35
Posted in category Blackberry Apps

ShortcutBerry has been updated to 2.01. It may not seem like a big number change, but it does bring one big advancement with it…support for the Blackberry Storm. Finally Storm users can join in on the shortcut nirvana that is ShortcutBerry. Enough blabbing. Come inside for the feature list…again…


MeterBerry: For the OCD Blackberry user in all of you

Friday, April 3, 2009 14:00
Posted in category Blackberry Apps

Blackberry users have a certain draw or longing to be close to their device at all times.  With that constant attention, it is no secret that Blackberry users also tend to be spec freaks and detail nerds.  They like to know everything.  (I know I used to have several…and actually still do).  Are you ever starring at your Blackberry wondering what the current charge is down to the single percentage?  What about the temperature of that ever volatile battery.  With exploding batteries becoming common place, battery temp sure sounds helpful.  MeterBerry looks to help you with  you addiction by giving you exactly want you want…raw specs.  More inside!


Wirelessly sync iTunes playlists to your Blackberry with ParkVu’s i2b.

Friday, April 3, 2009 11:24
Posted in category Blackberry, Blackberry Apps

If you’re jumping up and down in excitement take a minute to read the article fully.  I’m sure there are many Blackberry users out there who use iTunes as their online music store of choice.  Thankfully, albeit slowly, RIM is making progress on better iTunes/Blackberry making the coporate workhorse and consumer oriented music store play respectably well together and with the latest itterations even allowing iTunes syncing to your Blackberry.  ParkVu however is on the offensive and moving at a quicker clip than RIM and is already pushing the wireless syncing of iTunes music to  your Blackberry.  Want more info!?  Just take a quick step inside.


Skype app coming to Blackberry not “true” VoIP app?

Thursday, April 2, 2009 11:44
Posted in category Blackberry, Blackberry Apps

In what is sure to crush many a crackberry users’ hearts, it seems as if the Skype app for Blackberry will in fact be a sham.  Instead of actually using VoIP technology, it appears the Blackberry Skype app will use your cellular minutes to dial into a skype server meaning this app will be relegated to those individuals wanting cheaper internation rates.  Something many other apps do such as SHA PE services IM+for Skype.  Even the iPhone who usually gets the neutered apps can at least make true VoIP calls over WiFI.  According to Hayden over at Pinstack, the Blackberry version can’t make VoIP calls on either cellular or WiFi.  ‘Tis the state of the world.  Blackberry users are you taken back by this seemingly infuriating situation?

Source: Berry Review, Pinstack

“Bolt” browser for Blackberry gets pretty hefty update.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 13:00

Blackberry users who live on the mobile web I have some good news. CTIA is bringing to us an announcement from the Bolt developers of a nice fat update, especially for Blackberry Storm users. The list of updates:

  • Greatly improved scrolling speed and control
  • A new 3XL (extra large) magnification mode with content 33.3 percent bigger than in 2XL for all of those Crackberry users with less than stellar eye sight.
  • Double tap approach to select links on touchscreen devices like the BlackBerry storm (no more needless clicking)
  • Auto-selection of WiFi when it is on and enabled
  • Now save and view pages locally on the phone (+1)
  • Support for folders in favorites
  • New landscape viewing mode
  • Improved magnifier dragging in split screen mode on the BlackBerry Storm

BOLT Beta2 users don’t feel left out as you also got some update love:

  • Improved video quality on mpeg4 capable devices
  • Improved scrolling speed on graphic heavy pages
  • A user preferences page to reduce menu clutter, useful on BlackBerry smartphones whose native menu structure, without sub-menus, is utilized

Clearly a large update worth downloading. If you haven’t picked up the Bolt browser yet, I highly suggest you give it a try as it can truly change your mobile browsing experience. If you’re still reading, you can get your update here.

Source: Crackberry

Blackberry App World now live!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 6:59
Posted in category Blackberry Apps, RIM

After spending a couple ours with Blackberry App world, I can truly say that as soon as I get wind of RIM’s Bold replacement I will be switching back.  App World while still greatly trailing Apple’s 25,000+ and counting app store has one BIG feature that the iPhone will never have…background processes.  Fire up Pandora and write that email.  Do this or that.  Know what I mean?  Anyway, a few honorable mentions already include Shazam (the great song tagging app available on iPhone and Android), as well as e-Mobile GPS Companion with turn-by-turn directions.  The category breakdown of App World is as follows:

  • Entertainment (9)
  • Games (126)
  • Maps & Navigation (8)
  • Music & Video (10) 
  • News & Weather (17)
  • Personal Finance & Banking (9)
  • Personal Health & Wellness (9)
  • Productivity & Utilities (85)
  • Professional & Business (14)
  • Reference & eBooks (22)
  • Social Networking & Sharing (17)
  • Sports & Recreation (36)
  • Travel (17)

Whew!  Quite the list.  I can see “Productivity & Utilities” getting some really amazing mobile software as it is the Blackberries forte.  On CDMA and 3G GSM Blackberries downloading most apps takes less than 2 minutes so you don’t have spend 20 minutes waiting for that must have app to download.  Another plus App World has over Apple’s offering is free trials are supported…NOT the stupid light versions that Apple uses which require a dev to effectively keep two copies of every app.  You can download App World here.


There is however a small downside.  PayPal is currently the only payment method so you must set up PayPal account to purchase from App World.  Hopefully soon they will implement other options such as Credit/Debit cards etc.  For those word lovers in the group check out the official press release here.  For a whole slew of screenshots check out Laptop Mag’s App World early on intital reviews.


Source: Laptop Mag, Berry Review

3 Blackberry App Store comparisons (App World, Crackberry, MobiHand)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 14:02

It’s no secret that the App Store wars are nearing full swing in a multi manufacturer sense as you app stores already launched or in the process of from Apple, Android, Microsoft, Nokia, and RIM.  RIM’s much hyped Blackberry App World has the Blackberry user base in a frenzy as they have for quite a while now wanted a more unified app system.  After Apple’s amazing success with their app store everyone changed course from hardware being number 1 to software and app stores.  However, unlike Apple, RIM has several “in-house” competitors breathing down their neck from the likes of and Mobihand.  What do these other Blackberry app stores have to offer?  Come inside for a shmorgusboard of pictures and words that will fill completely fill your head.


Blackberry finally gets a good looking weather app: BerryWeather

Saturday, March 28, 2009 14:10
Posted in category Blackberry Apps

While the Blackberry is the hands down winner of the corporate and workhorse world, the consumer oriented side and more “design” side of things aren’t really the Blackberries strongest points.  Even on the newest models such as the Bold and Storm, many of the apps while extremely functional, look as if they were written and developed 8-10 years ago.  BerryWeather thankfully is bucking this trend and manages to come off as a great weather app that looks like it belongs on an iPhone.  Come inside for screenshots and the full feature rundown!


Avatar support and Facebook Chat now included in latest IM+ 7 release for Blackberry

Friday, March 27, 2009 10:19


Yes another social butterfly post.  Forgive me.  Socialness seems to be all the rage these days.  Everyone has it seems 3 or more different messaging accounts.  I guess one isn’t good enough anymore.  Though I can understand this if you have many friends of whom each one is partial to a particular client, then things get dicey for you.  That is where multi-chat apps come in to save the day.  Instead of having five different apps running with five different chat windows each, everything is now nicely organized into one app.  In the push to be social while mobile, multi chat apps for mobiles has really taken off.  Today we’re going to look at IM+ by SHAPE services.


Barnes & Noble eBook reader debuts for Blackberry

Thursday, March 26, 2009 13:22
Posted in category Blackberry Apps, RIM

Book worms and tree huggers rejoice as another eBook option has surfaced.  This newest development is making home on RIM’s popular Blackberry line of devices.  Brought to you by Fictionwise, Barnes & Noble’s online eBook reader service, the eBook app will allow you to browse B&B’s free catalog of books online as well as all of their 60,000+ titles available for sale online.  See a book you like?  Now you can buy it straight from your phone.  Supported models include: Curve, Storm, Pearl, Bold, and several other BlackBerry models.  All of this eBook goodness is still pretty fresh in our minds.  If you don’t recall the legal trouble that Apple is now in due to their amazon backed Kindle app for the iPhone.  It makes you wonder if MONEC Holding Ltd, the company currently suing Apple for the Kindle eBook app, will go after Barnes & Nobile, RIM, and Fictionwise.  Apparently, two human beings somehow managed to both think of an electronic box that transmits words in 1’s and 0’s….Someone is just jealous because their app sucked and someone else is making a fortune…typical gold diggers.  Anyway, interested Blackberry users can point their BB browser to the OTA download link to download the app and get their nature friendly, worming skills on!

Source: Mobile Burn, WSJ

SMS Counter monitors your texts to keep your bill low

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 8:15
Posted in category Blackberry Apps, RIM


If you don’t have an unlimited texting plan (I didn’t used to) you know the feeling of always calculating in your head about how many texts you’ve sent/received each month and how close you are to going over you monthly allotment.  It is a balancing act that often results in you paying several dollars up to more extreme cases of several hundred just for using a few bytes of data each time.  Pricing per text message is rediculous in itself, but that’s a whole nother story.  Blackberry users have a nice option to monitor their text message usage with a handy little app called SMS Counter.  SMS Counter will monitor your texts and alert you when you are close to going over your monthly limit.  The features include:

  • Counts incoming/outgoingSMS/text messages
  • Set monthly limit and get warning when approaching
  • Set cost per text message and keep track of over limit cost
  • Export monthly summary to the Calendar application

So is SMS Counter worth the $4.95?  That is up to you decided.  I’m merely the messenger.  A couple more screens inside.


Blackberry users can now enjoy Pandora

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 13:35
Posted in category Blackberry, Blackberry Apps, RIM

If you’re getting tired of listening to the same old music that you have on your playlist on your Blackberry, fret not as Pandora, the popular radio streaming app is now available for Blackberry.  All is not well however as T-Mobile users and Blackberry Storm users will  have to wait for the dawn on another day as Pandora does not yet currently work on that network or device.  Everyone else, stream away.


Source: Boy Genius