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BlackBerry Master Control Program Version 0.9.3.0 Beta 6 Review

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BlackBerry Master Control Program (MCP) is a power tool that allows you to easily load/save/erase any module you want, take screenshots of your device, turn the radio on or off, synchronize the time on your device to your PC, reset to factory settings (remove IT policies), perform a handheld wipe, optimize (in real time) or install any BlackBerry OS. The latest version is 0.9.3.0 Beta 6 and it’s truly a handy piece of software. The software bills itself as being made for “moderate to advanced” users and I would put myself closer to the moderate end of the scale. Bear this in mind when reading the review.

User Interface

When you boot up MCP, it’s a little overwhelming. The menu structure of MCP is quite unique, with 15 icons that can be toggled with either a left, right or middle click. It’s an interesting approach but I find it’s not the most efficient. It’s not easy to remember what each icon represents, let alone the corresponding mouse action. In general, the menu structure and navigation is really text-based, and that slows down the software. To address this issue, MCP has included shortcut keys. If you right click the MCP tray icon you will see a menu that shows all of the hotkeys for navigation. Personally, I still find these hotkeys difficult to remember, but they definitely help. With a more visual UI and navigation system, everything could be done a lot faster.

To view the list of hotkeys, see the MCP site.
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How To Upgrade Your BlackBerry OS Software 2010 Version

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Since Simon first published How To Upgrade Your BlackBerry OS, there have been a ton of updates and questions from BlackBerry Cool readers, so I thought it would be good to republish with new tips and put everything on a single page.
Get started with your BlackBerry software upgrade behind the jump!

Create your own custom BlackBerry web launchers with LaunchPad

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Creating launchers for your BlackBerry is an easy way to get quick access to your favorite websites. With LaunchPad from Tafasa, you can easily create them directly from the application.

All you have to do is say where the launcher is pointing, and LaunchPad will even try and grab an icon from the website for you. If one can’t be found, you can use your own image or an image included with the app.

LaunchPad for BlackBerry features:

  • Pick your own title.
  • Choose an image stored on your device, use the default icon, or try to fetch the icon from the website if it provides one.
  • Simple to use.
  • Ability to have up to 25 web launcher icons on your homescreen at the same time.

LaunchPad is currently on sale for $0.99 from the BlackBerry Cool Store.

Check out more software from Tafasa including puzzle games, PatterLock and some free software.

Lessons learned from App Store to help sell your software

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A recent article in the WSJ points to success factors for developers with software in Apple’s App Store which could serve as great tips for BlackBerry developers in App World as well.

As App World and the App Store become increasingly cluttered with applications, developers are finding new and innovative ways to gain exposure for their software and push their products to the top.

Tip # 1 - Constantly experiment with price points

PopCap Games Inc., maker of the popular Bejeweled puzzle game, experimented in June by cutting the price on its Peggle game from to 99 cents from $4.99 for four days. Peggle, which had been ranked at around 60 in top paid apps, shot up to second place within 24 hours.

There are a variety of reasons why it’s important to experiment with pricing points. While one dollar may not seem like a lot of money, it could be just the right discount that your customer base needs. Also, discounts are news and news means more exposure. By lowering your prices, users will take notice and the news spreads virally, thus further helping downloads. PopCap has not commented on revenue, but said that sales during the discount period increased 20 to 25 times the previous volume.
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BlackBerry Cool software roundup April 21 - Astrology apps for BlackBerry galore

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Here are some updates from the BlackBerry Cool store for products you might like.

CrazySoft Personality Psychology Pro for BlackBerry with touchscreen 1.21
Personality Psychology Pro is a huge pack of personality tests and games presented in a pleasant / funny way.
Buy Now: $16.95

CrazySoft Mega Personality Pack for BlackBerry with touchscreen 1.21
We have made a pack of programs that specializes in analyzing someone’s personality, esotericism and discover his inner thoughts and feelings.
Buy Now: $29.95
Click through for more great software including many Astrology based apps

BlackBerry software and accessories at great discounts for Easter

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The BlackBerry Cool store is filled with apps at great discount prices!

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RepliGo Reader for BlackBerry
It’s like Adobe Reader for your BlackBerry! View native PDF files and email attachments stored on your BlackBerry with the highest fidelity solution on the market today.
$14.95 until Apr 17

IntelliBerry
Run Apps, Lookup Contacts, Seach Files Instantly and Intelligently
$4.95 until Apr 30

FlipSide MP3 Player
A visually stunning MP3 player for your BlackBerry smartphone which lets you swoosh through full-screen color album art with your trackball…
$9.95 until May 1

Memory Eye
Memory Eye monitors your application memory and alerts you when it drops to your preset threshold!
$2.99

iVista 2
iVista 2 is the next version of this BlackBerry theme.
Only $6.00
Click through to see accessories at new low prices