BlackBerry Cool Roundup for the Week of December 21st

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It was a little slow going for the holidays but the big news is centered around the recent outages. There have been far too many in too short a time period and RIM needs to address the issue. Perhaps it’s time RIM invests in more redundancies as it seems far too easy for the network to crash. Other than that, there are a ton of new apps to check out, many of them free.
Click through for a full list of news, apps and features that you may have missed

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PBA Bowling 2 with Open GL 3D graphics available for the Storm2

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Back at the BlackBerry Developer Conference, the guys at Concrete Software gave us a preview of their latest game PBA Bowling 2, which uses Open GL 3D graphics for a new visual experience in BlackBerry gaming.

With PBA Bowling 2, you can choose to play a single game, a tournament, or the spare challenge – progressing through the games unlock special bowling ball textures and patterns. The game features internationally recognized players and locations, such as Las Vegas, Tokyo, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Reno.

PBA Bowling 2 is available for the BlackBerry Storm2 and it’s currently on sale for 40% off. Click through for more information.

All Concrete Software is 40% off so be sure to see what else you might like.

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Big Savings with the MobileHeist today through January 1st

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We’re ending another year at BlackBerry Cool with a MobileHeist for great savings. From now until January 1st, 2010, you can save around 50% on selected apps.

Participate in the MobileHeist from your desktop here.
See all the great deals directly on your mobile by visiting here.
Click through for a list of 10 participating apps in the MobileHeist

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Only 1 Week Left Until RIM Promised OS 5 RollBack

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There is only 1 week left until RIM promised us that OS 5.0 would be available. It would be great if it’s still coming but with only a week left you have to wonder if they can do it. Also, given this is the holidays, they are surely short staffed.

According to the official word that Kevin got from RIM:

The roll out process has begun for BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 with the recent beta release of BlackBerry JDE 5.0 (BlackBerry Java Development Environment 5.0) to BlackBerry Developer Zone at www.blackberry.com/developers to prepare the BlackBerry developer community for pending device software releases. As can be expected, BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 will follow before the end of the year, as referenced in the “RIM Launches BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0″ press release that was issued at WES 2009.

The official statement doesn’t tell us what devices will receive OS 5, but rather vaguely states that it will be available. One would have to assume that this would include the 9000, and the 83xx series at the very least.

[Thanks to all the readers who sent in this reminder]

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Bible App Updated with New Reading Plan and Social Features

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The popular Bible App by LifeChurch.tv and powered by YouVersion has been updated with new features as well as support for every BlackBerry with OS 4.2.1+ including the Storm and Storm2.

Included in the new version:

  • Reading Plan - You pick the plan (YouVersion has 20+ to choose from) and each day a special selection will be ready and waiting for you.
  • Users have the ability to email, Tweet, as well as see Reading Plan details.
  • New custom daily reading scripture reader.
  • Manage YouVersion login as well as Twitter settings.

The Bible App have over 3 million mobile users across several platforms and their users have collectively spent over 1 billion minutes reading the bible. You can find them in App World’s Top 10.

If App World is not available in your country, you can also download it via http://youversion.com/download from your Blackberry, Android, or iPhone mobile device.

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S4BB Best Selling Apps on Sale for 99 Cents

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S4BB are having a sale for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, where they’ll be offering all their apps for 99 cents. Some of the apps on sale include:

ActionPad - ActionPad is a replacement application for the original BlackBerry MemoPad. It provides quick access to memos for boosting your productivity and memo encryption to ensure security.
BatteryBooster - Boost your battery’s current runtime!
BBtris - BBtris is the famous brick-combiner everyone knows.
CIA World Factbook 2009 - All information you need for more than 270 countries and territories by the Central Intelligence Agency based on the most recent data.
Flashlight Pro - Flashlight Pro allows you to use your BlackBerry® as a flashlight and emergency morse-device. Now with camera flashlight support!
FlipSilent Storm Only - Just flip the phone when a call is incoming to turn it silent.
MemoryBooster - Boosts your device speed by recovering wasted memory.
Menstrual Calendar - Use your BlackBerry to keep track of your period.
MessageForward - MessageForward automatically forwards a copy of all incoming SMS text messages to any email address you provide.
MessageSchedule - MessageSchedule helps to release your SMS and E-mail at the right time!

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AT&T BlackBerry Promo Movie ‘Stay One Step Ahead’

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AT&T’s latest BlackBerry promo is called ‘Stay One Step Ahead’ and it’s a trailer for a fake movie about a team hunting down a guy with a BlackBerry and “he’s always one step ahead.” The video asks you to log in with your Facebook account because the guy they’re looking for is you. It’s cool to see your profile picture on their view screens in the trailer and it’s a fun way to promote BlackBerry. It’s also really corny.

Check out the ‘Stay One Step Ahead’ video and log in with your Facebook account.

[Read it first from Adam at CB]

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Bell Canada offers Visual Voicemail for BlackBerry

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Bell have announced that they are the first Canadian carrier to offer Visual Voicemail on select BlackBerrys. Bell’s Visual Voicemail is available offline as well, because messages are saved to the internal memory or the MicroSD/SDHC card. That being said, a BlackBerry doesn’t come with very much memory so I wouldn’t recommend saving to the internal memory. Visual Voicemail is available on both HSPA and EVDO networks in Canada and worldwide and is now available on the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Tour 9630, Curve 8330, Pearl 8130 and BlackBerry 8830 and is expected to be available on additional BlackBerry smartphone models in the future.

Visual Voicemail for BlackBerry is available for $8 per month.

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InstantLog saves emails, SMS messages and calls to your calendar

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Twinkler Software have launched a new app called InstantLog. The app runs in the background and logs your calls, SMS messages and emails to the calendar. Optionally, InstantLog can also record all Incoming, Outgoing, and Missed Calls to the Calendar. The app features a Logging Firewall that allows the user to define email and SMS messages that will not be logged for privacy purposes. This app is helpful for anyone looking to record communications for billing purposes, or to keep track of important communications.

More information available about InstantLog available at the BlackBerry Cool store.

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30% off all mblware apps including FaceRate and Shakeitup

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From now until December 26th, mblware apps are 30% off. This includes app such as:

mblStats- All-in-one communication statistics.
mblVault - Creates a secure, encrypted location to store your most sensitive data.
faceRate - How attractive does science think you are? Rate yourself and all your friends faces to see who’s the hottest.
ShakeItUp - Shake your Storm to initiate email, sms, ‘Shake & Shuffle’ music player.
ContactOrder - Customize your Address Book. Sort it your way!
BlackBook - Private, hidden address book, and communications.

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