Vote for your favorite BlackBerry Cool Haiku

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It’s your turn to vote! We had over 100 haikus to go through! We laughed, we cried, we watched and we listened and have finally narrowed it down to the Top 10 you see below. The haiku with the most votes will win it’s author a BlackBerry of their choice, courtesy of the WHERE mobile application. Voting ends 3/16 at 12:00am.
Click through after the jump to see the Top 10 haikus

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Is your BlackBerry experiencing outages?

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Users across the US and Canada are reporting BIS issues. A member of the BBCool community wrote me to say his email has been acting up and the blogosphere is reporting the same issues. Rogers, AT&T and Verizon customers are experiencing outages.

How is your BlackBerry doing?

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Sign up for TicketMaster for BlackBerry

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The TicketMaster app for BlackBerry was first mentioned during CTIA in September. As of now, there is a sign up page where you can get alerted as soon as the app becomes available.

Ticketmaster for BlackBerry® smartphones—your mobile connection to event, concert game and theatre tickets. Designed to make buying tickets more convenient, you can browse event listings, select your seats and even buy your tickets from just about anywhere using familiar BlackBerry menus and prompts. It also works with BlackBerry® Wallet to help you fill in credit card and shipping information. And, as the official smartphone of Ticketmaster, your BlackBerry smartphone can also be your connection to advanced or reserved tickets as well as special events, rewards and fantastic promotions.

This should be a great app for socialites who need to get their tickets pronto. Now go to the sign up page, you’re late for the ball Cinderella!

To sign up and get notifications for when TicketMaster is available, go here.

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12 ways to be a better BlackBerry photographer

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Taking a good photo is really important. It’s annoying to send around family and friend pictures that are blurry and pixelated once you open them on a desktop. The latest BlackBerrys have cameras strong enough to take a decent picture, you just need to know how. Here are 12 simple tips to taking a good pic with your BlackBerry.

1. Get Closer
While you can capture panoramas with your camera, you’ll take the best possible photos by getting close to your subject matter. Go ahead and take a few extra steps toward what you’re shooting—the images you capture will be much more engaging.

2. Hold Steady
Camera shake is the primary reason for blurry photos, whether you’re using a cameraphone or a digital SLR. To capture a crisp, clear image, hold your device with two hands or use one hand to brace your arm. If possible, hold your smartphone on top of a desk or other object to reduce camera shake.

3. Be Patient
There’s often a short delay between the moment you depress the shutter button and when a photo is taken. Be sure not to move your device during this time; doing so will result in a blurry image.
Continue after the jump for more photography tips

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The BlackBerry Curve 8900 launches in Malta

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Vodafone Malta Ltd and RIM today launched the BlackBerry Curve™ 8900 in Malta. The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 has an expansive feature set that keeps users easily connected to family, friends and colleagues. In addition to the exceptional phone, email, messaging, organizer, web browser and multimedia applications, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 features global connectivity support, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, a next generation 512MHz processor and a stunning hi-resolution display.
Continue reading about the 8900 launch in Malta

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VPost by Vayyoo reviewed

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I was given the opportunity to try out vPost by Vayyoo Inc. My first thoughts of this app were, Why didn’t RIM include this with their current OS’s? Vayyoo did a good job of filling the need. vPost sends messages as Emails and not multimedia messages (mms), so if you are used to sending pictures, video’s or voice notes via mms you’ll have to get your recipients email or carrier mms email address. vPost is available for 4.5 and 4.6 OS Blackberries, with Storm support coming in March. Installation from the Blackberry Cool store was straight forward and went without a hitch. After the vPost install was completed I was asked to allow permissions for Phone and GPS so naturally, I did. I was greeted with a screen that displayed the End User License Agreement. After agreeing I was asked if I wanted to register my device with Vayyoo. This is where you have the option to enter your activation code or take advantage of the free trial. Vayyoo helped us users out by including an Introduction screen that gives a brief description and quick tips prior to using the program.
Continue reading this review of vPost after the jump

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Professional conference call software for your BlackBerry

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If you’re anything like me, you spend at least an hour a day on a conference call to prepare your team for the next seven hours of conference calls you will be attending before you can call it a day. Fairly often I find myself getting a meeting request for some emergency in the middle of lunch or on the road away from my computer screen. This leads to switching back and forth between the phone app and my calendar/email trying to remember the pin code. Even if I’m sitting at my desk though, I find glancing between a screen and my keypad while “dialing in” to get old.
 
And then I found EZConCall from developer HandiTrack.
 
EZConCall integrates itself into the main menu in your calendar and email. All you have to do is set your curser over the number to dial, and hit the menu button.

After selecting EZConCall from the menu, you get the pop-up box that lets you either place the call by selecting your default profile, choose a different profile you’ve set up, or choose the code from anywhere else in the “Location” field.
Continue reading a full review of EZConCall for BlackBerry

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Free flashlight app for your BlackBerry

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This app has the same basic flaw that all the others of the same type do: the inability to toggle. I have to either flash myself in the face, or reach my thumb awkwardly around the front of my device to turn it off. While the app does exactly what it says it will do (and for free), it does have some other drawbacks. I took a light meter (the same kind used in photography) and measured the apps output. I then wrapped cardboard around my screen and measured again, yielding the same output as the first go round. So what does this mean? I am wasting precious battery life by having my backlight on. That being said, this app has become one of those “what’d I do without it” apps.

Download BerryTorch for free here.

(Special thanks go out to Collin for sending in his 2 pennies.)

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Free BlackBerry Bold, Storm and Curve themes

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eVeek has released a set of free BlackBerry themes for the BlackBerry Bold, Storm, and Curve 8900. It is called Sterling and has a nifty vertical carousel animation.

All of the icons are hidden to reveal the one in focus which is very useful in clearing the homescreen of any clutter. It’s a very wallpaper-friendly theme definitely worth your attention…totally free!

Download a free theme for your Curve 8900 here.

Download a free theme for your Bold here.

Download a free theme for your Storm here.

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Another app to read books from your BlackBerry

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Bla1ze has a good tip on a new BB app called eReader. eReader is an app that has finally been ported to BlackBerry and is now in Beta form. Like ShortCover, eReader is an app that lets you read books from your mobile. The biggest drawback is that it does not let you purchase the books from the app itself.

Try out the BETA and grab the app OTA here.

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