BlackBerry App Roundup for April 23rd, 2010; 25 Copies of VibAndRing to be Won!

The BlackBerry App Roundup
By James Falconer on 23 Apr 2010 08:24 am EDT
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Howdy folks. Hope you've had a very productive week. As per usual, this weeks' App Roundup is chalked-full of goodness. Lots of great stuff to talk about, plus we're giving away 25 copies of VibAndRing. Covered this week in the BlackBerry App Roundup are the following titles:

Giveaway of the Week: VibAndRing

Freebies of the Week: National Geographic for BlackBerry, SmartAlarm, Tungle

In Case You Missed It: Xobni for BlackBerry Updated, Tvider Updated to 2.1, Ticketmaster App Updated, Call Control

New This Week: AlphaRunner, LockPlus, Lotto Canada 6/49

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Twitter for BlackBerry

Note: Don't forget, you can always search for titles featured in the App Roundup within App World... Some apps mentioned may be available there for your device.

Giveaway of the Week:

VibAndRing

VibAndRing

VibAndRing is a simple app that lets you set the vibration and ringtone alerts to go off at the same time. Many nice little options are built-in, including the ability to set the amount of vibrations, the length of them, and even the pause between them! If you've ever missed a call because your ringtone didn't play until the vibration cycle finished... VibAndRing is your solution.

If you'd like to enter for your chance to win one of 25 free copies of VibAndRing, answer the following question in the comments:

How many extra calls will you answer per month, thanks to VibAndRing?

Leave your answer in the comments now... Good luck!

Freebies of the Week:

National Geographic for BlackBerry

National Geographic for BlackBerry

National Geographic is one of those TV programs that the entire family can watch and enjoy... and now you can also watch on your BlackBerry. Whether you are travelling or lounging by the pool you can enjoy the wonders of the world that National Geographic has to offer. Download wallpapers, ringtones and clips from some of the best shows, as well as a complete TV schedule so that you will not miss any of your favorite shows. National Geographic movies are often spell binding as they cover many of natures spectacular animals and their antics as they go about their daily life of surviving in the wild.

Get the National Geographic app today in App World >

SmartAlarm

SmartAlarm

Now here is an ingenious application that many will appreciate. SmartAlarm learns your sleep cycles and them wakes you up when you are in the lightest sleep phase. In case you are wondering, if you wake up during a deep sleep phase, it will take you a few hours to recover from waking up. Waking up from a light sleep cycle is always the best approach. The app will work properly if you place your BlackBerry close to your pillow so that it can sense and learn your sleep cycles. Once it has learned these cycles it will wake you up at the proper time. The SmartAlarm app works on the Storm series only, runnong OS 4.7 and up.

Try out the Free Beta version of Smart Alarm today!

Tungle

Tungle

The Tungle app has been in Beta for some time; however it is now being made available to the public for free. Users can download it from the Tungle website and use it to schedule meetings, share calendars and reply to invites. Scheduling meetings is a snap, propose times, send invites, check pending meetings and even overlay calendars. If you decide to share calendars, you can choose between status indicators for free/busy or provide details about your status. Users can also reply to invites and there are many other options that exist that make it easy to use Tungle and organize your life.

Get your free copy of Tungle from their web site >

In Case You Missed It:

Xobni for BlackBerry Updated

Xobni

Xobni is a great address book app that was launched in March of this year and has been recently upgraded to fix a number of issues that users identified. You will want to get the latest release (1.0.58.1) if you're already a user. New features include the ability to hide addresses in your contact list, merge addresses when you have multiple contacts, and more. Keep track of all of your most important contacts on your BlackBerry with the latest release of Xobni!

Get the latest release here >

Tvider Updated to 2.1

Tvider

For regular users of Tvider, version 2.1 has been released to replace the free version of 2.0 with a number of new features. Version 2.1 comes at a price of $2.99. With it you can tweet plain text, reply to tweets using text or multimedia, retweet friend’s tweets, search for Twitter users and tweet prerecorded multimedia from your phone or your SD card. Other features include managing direct messages, follow other Twitter users including blocking them and unblocking them. You can view another Twitter user’s profile as well. With all these features available for the update to Tvider, the update to 2.1 is one you may want to consider.

Grab your copy of Tvider 2.1 >

Ticketmaster App Updated

Ticketmaster App for BlackBerry

If you were previously frustrated because the free Ticketmaster app was not available for your BlackBerry... kiss your frustrations goodbye. The latest edition of the app includes support for all devices and carriers! Existing users will already know some of the advantages of Ticketmaster... Browse ticket information for concerts, sporting events, special events and look at the seating information and then make your purchase. The best part? It's a free download from BlackBerry App World.

Check out Ticketmaster in App World >

Call Control

Call Control

Tired of all of those spam calls from telemarketers and salespeople? With Call Control, you can choose which calls to block right on your phone and avoid the interruptions. Manually blacklist numbers that you do not want calls from... and there's also a preset list of numbers generated from user reports. If a particular number keeps hounding you, submit a report and other users will benefit! Very handy.

Get your copy here in App World >

New This Week

Alpha Runner

Alpha Runner

If you are an avid runner, or perhaps you like to go on long bike trips, the Alpha Runner app may be ideal for you. Keep track of your time, your speed as well as the distance and the calories you are burning as you go on your run. Use your BlackBerry to help keep tabs of your training regimen with the aid of accurate GPS tracking. Track your average stride, calories burned, distance traveled and more! Alpha Runner requires a GPS enabled Berry on OS 4.7+.

More info on Alpha Runner >

LockPlus

LockPlus

LockPlus prevents accidental calls from being made. Settings allow you to set your Berry to 'lock down' after as little as 15 seconds... and to unlock, all you have to do is click and hold one key! Multiple features and settings are built-in, making it truly customizable to your needs. The app starts automatically when you turn on your phone and also runs quietly in the background. LockPlus will work on all current BlackBerry devices on OS 4.1+.

Check out LockPlus in our store >

Lotto Canada 6/49

Lotto Canada 6/49

All of us are looking for the slightest edge to help win one of the big lotteries... if you're Canadian like me, there's a new 6/49 app to help you pick out 'hot' numbers. With a colored user interface you will have no problem picking out those numbers for the next drawing. The Lotto Canada 649 should run just fine on BlackBerry devices 83xx and above with OS 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6.

Get your copy of the Lotto Canada 649 app today >

Cool at BlackBerry App World:

Twitter for BlackBerry

Twitter for BlackBerry

The official Twitter for BlackBerry app has been out for a little while now, and if you haven't checked it out yet, you might as well! You can download it for free, and see how it compares to UberTwitter, Tvider, or any of the other excellent Twitter clients we're used to using. This official app works nicely with your Berry's camera to upload pictures to your Twitter feed. So far it's rating, well, let's say 'not so bad' in App World, so give it a spin for yourself to see what you think.

Get your free copy of the app Twitter for BlackBerry >

Until Next Week..

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Reader comments

BlackBerry App Roundup for April 23rd, 2010; 25 Copies of VibAndRing to be Won!

212 Comments

count me in

this would help a lot and would help me answer answer those 10 (approx.) calls a week i miss from not hearing phone.

I'd say about 5-6 a day AT LEAST...
My wife would be a lot happier with me that's for sure!!
At least she'll know for sure that i'm not "Ignoring" her calls. 8-|

...are often very annoying. With this great app I wont miss one more call in the future. So I'll have abot 10 more calls/week. Greetz from the very north of Germany!

Have mercy this would help me SO much!! I always have to return a call because my phone only rings twice and voice mail picks up!!

I cant even begin to tell you how many calls i miss. If i can answer 1 more phone call a day, it will be worth the app. It could be the call that Ive been waiting for my whole life........

How many extra calls will you answer per month, thanks to VibAndRing?

It would cut my missed calls by more than half a day, my phone is always on vibration and inn my pocket. pick pick me :-) very useful app for me

How many extra calls will you answer per month, thanks to VibAndRing?

It would cut my missed calls by more than half, my phone is always on vibration and ion my pocket. pick pick me :-) very useful app for me

I'd say about 20% more! I could never hear my blackberry rang in crowded place and by the time I noticed, the call would had been missed. Being able to vibrate and ring at the same time will surely up the chance of me being able to notice a call's coming!

One of the things that has always irritated me about my Curve is that the phone rarely rings. If I dont catch the call while its vibrating, its game over. This app would be nice to obtain to keep my contacts happy when I dont have to call them back because of my half assed defective phone.

VibandRing will probably get me 30 extra calls a month. Especially working in the industrial business where it's really load. I'm in.

On average I tend to miss 2-3 calls a week, usually when driving because of the vibrating and ringing being separate...

Being able to make them happen at the same time would be a vast improvement...

With the way my phone has been acting lately by not ringing, I'd be able to answer every call I receive instead of zero calls I receive.

Can you say like a Gazzillion!!
By the time I hear the ring tone after the vibrations people hang up before I can answer.
Thanks for the opportunity!

I'd probably catch maybe 4-5 extra phone calls a week. My bb is mostly used for emails and texts.

with missed calls. Hard to estimate. One thing is for sure - it would be the first time I ever customized anything in milliseconds!

Is perfect for someone who carries in a purse or leather pouch. i hate that it the phone does them separately. This would keep me from missing at leat 10 calls per week.

Who knows how many millions of calls I would be able to answer with this? Too many to count. But seriously, this looks sweet, I want to be able to control my vibes

I probably miss about 10-20 calls/week because people are impatient... by the time it starts ringing they're all but ready to hang up!

I miss a lot of calls because I either cannot get my Curve out quick enough or I set it down and cannot get over to to it before it quits. Often times the caller is on an extension so I don't know who to call back or I waste time and plan minutes on voice mail. Quite frustrating! :-/

I can't say. I get so many but this would make me more proactive in answering. Besides, you guys never pick me to win. So how about changing that trend???

Probably every call that I get when I'm walking around the city. I always have vibrate off and just ring so I get extra time to hear, but when I'm in Philadelphia walking around I can hardly hear it, but with older phones the vibrate and ring always alerted me.

Simultaneous vibrate and ring is a built in feature on the Bold 9700. I do admit I wish I had this app on my Curve 8320.

So i got all pumped for the National Geographic app and here it's only available in asia/pacific markets..

poop...

Since I spend more time with my berry than my husband...I guesstimate I would answer more than 10 calls in a day.

Im in meetings a lot...this would help greatly. I miss about 10 calls a week! I know this will solve that little problem!

To be perfectly honest my phone never leaves my side to begin with to per month maybe it would help a few times, but I definitely would love to win this anyway! Thanks for the opportunity, much appreciated

No National Geographic app for everyone is a cryin' shame.... I was very excited about it when reading about the features....

W/ Vib and Ring I will get at least 25 more calls per month. I am constantly surprised when I hear the ring for less than a second before I missed it.

I used to pay out my friends about not having this function on their BBs and surprising it was a blocker for me in getting one. But now I use a BB for work - and I've discovered and love it. Problem is, I didn't know VibAndRing existed!! I miss about 5 calls a day because of this...

I will answer approximately 1 more call per month as my phone is always with me and I always hear it.

The day after I got my Curve I posted to this site a cry for help- I missed all calls day one! I even went back to return my Curve because this feature was missing; three kids,a 75yr old mom, substitute jobs come on the phone...countless calls per week and month can be picked up.

I always have miss calls because my phone doesn't let me vibrate and ring at the same time! I tried many apps but none does a very good job, so I really want to try this!
Pleaseeeeeee :)

I usually miss 2-4 calls per day due to the ring and vibe being separate. Having VibandRing will probably eliminate the missed ones altogether.

Having this would allow me to answer calls quicker for sure. It is annoying ot have the delay between the vibrate and the ringtone

Tend to miss about 4 - 6 calls a week due to not being able to answer at work, and another 1 - 2 calls a week when not at work.

Using the VibandRing app would probably help me answer about 150-200 calls per month. I'm constantly missing calls since my belt seems to muffle the vibrate and once I hear the call it is to late.

This app would be very useful for me and would help me avoing missing approx 12 calls a week. Please pick me. I never win these things but I keep trying.

I downloaded this one and it sucks! It is only set for US cities from what I can see and u can't change it. I deleted it, was disappointed.

Id like to win this...then I can answer all my calls cuz Ill finally be able to control it more.

but wth...i cant get natl geo?? it says verizon isnt covered!! gimme a break! get with it app world and developers.

I think I'd get to about an additional call/week with this helpful ap! We could reduce that number if you picked me?

if i finally had this i wouldnt miss a single call ever again :) yay! please pick me? pleaseee!!!

Remember Breath and Stop? Well, this application makes me think of that horrible rap artists Q-Tip! Vib and Ring! However, I actually would love a copy of that application rather than get rid of it like Q-Tip!

I set vibrate to just once, because if I don't I'll never get the call. I miss a lot of calls because I lose a ring with this function, but I don't want to risk it going off in a meeting or class if I can have that first warning vibrate. In all, the separation of the two is incredibly annoying and definitely something I miss about my dumb-phone!

I'd be able answer calls i usually miss when I'm at the clubs, bars, or concerts so that's good! would love this app =)

I miss about about 5 to 10 per day, mostly from my students, as I prohibit phone calls in class, but it would make my life ( and my wife of course) very happy. She would not get mad at me for not taking her calls.
Thanks

This application would keep me from missing a couple of calls each day. Selecting vibe only and forgetting to switch back once out of meetings causes me to miss calls when I am near noisy environments throughout the day.