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SmrtGuard updated to version 2.01 with new features

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We have written about SmrtGuard extensively on BlackBerry Cool because it’s a solid product we feel comfortable promoting. The software helps you find a lost BlackBerry as well as keep your data safe and secure.

SmrtGuard have updated their application to version 2.01 with some new features as well as support for Android.

New to the latest build of SmrtGuard:

  • Added New ‘Where I’ve Been’ Feature on BlackBerry.
  • Personal Guardian Updated! Now using Left Convenience Key with configurable trigger time.
  • SIM Guardian now can configure Email and SMS Alert Recipients.
  • New and Improved Your Data Count Screen.
  • SmrtGuard Web Dashboard improved sorting and export to CSV.

SmrtGuard is available on a subscription basis for a variety of terms including monthly ($3.99) and yearly ($44.99).

BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife updated to version 1.7

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The CB Forums have posted the latest update to the BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife (BBSAK) and there are a few improvements that make this worth posting.

BBSAK is a crucial application for any BlackBerry Power User as it gives you greater access to your device. With BBSAK, fixing those 507 errors and wiping your device completely is much easier. Also, the app lets you backup and restore third party applications, which is great for those apps not purchased in App World.

The latest updates include:

  • Auto Update Feature Now Included (upon load bbsak will check to verify you have the most current version install)
  • Compact view button now available in all expanded windows
  • Restore Apps completion popup now pops up at correct time
  • Some small speed tweaks also included with this version

Download BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife version 1.7 from RIMGeeks.

Recent Etisalat update drains the BlackBerry battery significantly

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Steve just posted about the most recent Etisalat update having some strange code but there’s more to this update. UAE customers are upset because apparently this official Etisalat upgrade significantly reduces the battery life of the device.

“The problem came up when they sent a new batch to enhance the performance but instead they have killed all blackberry batteries by activating a process inside the phone which empties the battery in less than an hour if not charged,” complained a frustrated BlackBerry customer in the country who wished to remain anonymous.

“All our company employees who installed this batch file has been affected. They claim they are working on it, and the time frame to send a fix is said to be 7 days,” our source added.

So far, the only solution Etisalat is offering involves some basic battery maintenance. This means powering off your device, fully charging the battery, and powering on the device. In general, you should be draining the battery fully and charging fully at least once per month. There’s no word yet if another upgrade will be issued to solve the battery drainage.

Could this battery drainage have something to do with the strange “intercept” code found in the most recent update?

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UAE spying on citizens through an Etisalat BlackBerry update?

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Etisalat, the carrier responsible for bringing the BlackBerry solution to the United Arab Emirates, released a very suspect official update. A member on the official support forums did some detective work, and found some suspicious code in the update. According to the user:

“Blackberry subscribers for Etisalat (one of the official service providers in the UAE) received a WAP Push to download a JAR named “registration”

The description of the “update” was as follows:

“Etisalat network upgrade for Blackberry service. Please download to ensure continuous service quality.”

I called the operator’s hotline inquiring about the update, and they confirmed it’s an “official” update that’s meant to enhance network stability which users experienced last few weeks, causing email and BBM delays. But anyone with two functional braincells would imagine such an update/fix would be done at the network side, rather than with an obscure piece of code pushed to client handsets as a WAP Push, rather than a service book.

Out of curiosity, I downloaded, unpacked and decoded the file, and can’t help but feel something is fishy here.

Following is a list of the class files within registration.jar:

/Interceptor.class
/Registration.cod
/Registration.csl
/Registration.cso
/META-INF/MANIFEST.MF
/com/ss8/interceptor/app/Commands.class
/com/ss8/interceptor/app/Transmit.class
/com/ss8/interceptor/app/MsgOut.class
/com/ss8/interceptor/app/Log.class
/com/ss8/interceptor/app/Main$1.class
/com/ss8/interceptor/app/StatusChange.class
/com/ss8/interceptor/app/Send.class
/com/ss8/interceptor/app/Main.class
/com/ss8/interceptor/app/Recv.class
/com/ss8/interceptor/app/Constants.class
/com/ss8/interceptor/tcp/smtp/SMTPHeader.class
/com/ss8/interceptor/tcp/smtp/SMTP.class
com/ss8/interceptor/tcp/HTTPDeliver.class
com/ss8/interceptor/tcp/SocketBase.class

I put up the original JAD/JAR/COD File along with the unpacked classes and decoded ones in one zip file at http://iihs.net/registration.zip and attached it here for those interested in having a look.

There are interesting references in the software to alternate APN, as well as some BB PINs to relay certain messages through. The whole thing seems VERY fishy.

Any JAVA Developers out there willing to take a look as well and help me make sense out of this?”

BerryWeather 1.5 new features, bug fixes and giveaways!

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BerryWeather has been recently updated to version 1.5 and there are some great new features and bug fixes. Two of my favorite features include: animated radar maps and GPS support.

BerryWeather 1.5 features and bug fixes include:

  • Animated radar maps (for US Locations only, add a custom radar map for international locations).
  • Track your location via GPS/CELL TOWER LOCATION so you always know the weather where you are. (Cell location for GSM devices only. GPS does not work for non-Storm devices on Verizon due to carrier restrictions)
  • Replace the default BerryWeather radar maps for any location with your preferred weather service’s radar maps!
  • Sunrise/Sunset times and moon phase
  • New Themes
  • Smoother animations on BlackBerry Storm
  • Improved battery and memory handling
  • Many many more bug fixes

This is a free update to existing BerryWeather owners. Simply install over your existing copy and re-enter your activation code.

BerryWeather is available from the BlackBerryCool store $9.95. A free 3-day trial is also available.

To top it all off, we’re giving away 25 free copies to BlackBerry Cool readers. The first 25 people to use the coupon win. So hurry! The code is freecoolweather.

Don’t worry, if you didn’t manage to get the free copy, there is also a discount coupon for 25% off. The code is weather25 valid until Sunday.

UberTwitter gets new UI, fixed bugs and more Twitter features

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The ultimate free Twitter client has been sought after by BlackBerry users for some time now. UberTwitter is a leader in free Twitter clients and their latest updates are a great improvement to the app.

The latest updates include a new UI, reduced battery drain, the ability to delete Tweets, GPS status indicator, the ability to follow a thread of replies and direct messages now have their own notification profile.

Stay tuned because UberTwitter will be adding greater BlackBerry browser integration and features such as automatic URL shortening.

Download UberTwitter from the official site.

Click through for a long list of feature updates and improvements to UberTwitter