BlackBerry App Roundup for April 25, 2014

A weekly look at new, exciting, and cool apps to try
By Alicia Erlich on 25 Apr 2014 09:13 am EDT
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Howdy all, it's time once again for the weekly App Roundup. Now I spent my time wisely this week rustling up some new, cool, and helpful applications for all you BlackBerry addicts to try. Be sure to check them out by clicking through the gallery below and remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.

Privacy Suite Pro by Runisoft

When it comes to protecting my device, I don't always password protect it. Not that I have anything top secret or confidential it's just that there are conversations and files which should remain hidden. Privacy Suite Pro is an all-in-one application for BlackBerry 10 to ensure that your files, folders, contacts, notes, photos, videos, passwords and browser data remain hidden. This nice looking application secures your mobile device right from within the application as it has a dedicated section for each function. Users can send/receive private SMS (removes from Hub) store private contacts, input their passwords into the vault, record photos and videos, and view websites with the private browser. There is even a fake password feature so that if someone else tries to access it will open to a different interface. In terms of permissions it asks for access to various phone permissions (Phone, Contacts, Text, etc) and Shared Files to function properly. For $2.99, this full-featured application offers functionality usually reserved for multiple applications.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for April 25, 2014

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Hey, Search4P is way way way better (that accounts for the over emphasis) than Update in places.

The developer is really active and has introduced various new features just in a matter of the last few days. These include scan from QR code, set reference points. Moreover, one has the option of choosing between BlackBerry maps, Nokia HERE maps and Google maps, with routes, information about the place, pictures...etc.
The app also has far more search filters (hotels, hospitals, airport, parking...etc) than update in places.

The best part is that this app is completely free (not implying that update in places isn't) .

I really wish Crackberry had checked this app out instead.

Check it out at BlackBerry world. The developer's other app, Search4G is also a free to download and is well integrated with Search4P.

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I meant Search4P. Search4G is another app by the same developer.

And in response to Biodave 1955, I know that Search4G has a paid version... But it also has a free version and there is no difference between the paid and free version. The paid version is just some kind of donation to the developer. Seriously, you must check out Search4P.

Please revert back to the old format of presenting these apps... i.e. have them all on one page rather than page 1 of X, etc.

It was so much easier to read in the past.

Thank you for your consideration.

I forgot it, sorry :) ! Fixed just now!

Anyway the hardware of Stl000-1 is different from other models and this may lack in performances in some of my Unity3D shader, so please try the lite version first, now avaiable.

Very nice app. great for looking POI. And it has BlackBerry Map integration which is great for navigation.

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PamFax 3.0 for BlackBerry, launched a week ago, is a native BlackBerry app replacing the previous Android port. Now integrates with BlackBerry Contacts fax numbers; allows user to take full advantage of the BlackBerry 10 keyboard and its predictive text features; send both local and online (DropBox, Box, Google Drive and OneDrive) files including photos; receive faxes into an online service folder. Easily preview fax before sending or view Sent and Received faxes within the application with a single click from the individual fax summary details. Press release: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pamfax-30-launches---the-complet... and more info on PamFax here: http://voiceontheweb.biz/referenceguide/hosted-services/pamfax-obligatio...

Basically a BlackBerry 10 device can now handle a user's complete fax operation; once it supported online services a year ago I got rid of my fax line and saved about $35 per month overhead.

Registration is free and includes sending three free fax pages and a one month subscription to an inbound fax number. Otherwise charges are per page sent; fax credits never expire and the only subscription charge is for an inbound fax number (3 months or one year periods). There is no monthly charge to maintain an account; an inbound fax number allows receipt of an unlimited number of faxes at no additional charge.

There is even a story on how it became justifiable to do a BlackBerry 10 native version by using PhoneGap to build an app that has a common UI across iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10. Having done QA testing across all three platforms, BlackBerry is actually the smoothest platform for PamFax operation.

Thanks, used to be a huge fan of fax in the 90's.

Easy, you had a hardcopy in seconds, before email became mainstream.

Then I used the Windows Fax program on XP for a while, then gave faxing away.

Now faxing is kinda dated, but it wouldn't be a bad thing for those moments when you'd still like to send a fax or receive one.

Thanks again for sharing.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Thanks for your comments. While fax machines are disappearing fax online is growing. We have done a survey of some users, researched the market and will release some results next week. Still needed heavily in healthcare, legal, real estate and tourism markets.

Basically PamFax allows you to delete any fax phone line and only pay for sending a fax for the few times one might need it. $0.13/page or lower sure beats paying long distance (especially to destinations outside the home country). Personally I still need to send about 2 to 5 faxes a month.

Also as one who used WinFax in the past (Symantec killed it in 2006) PamFax is much, much easier to use. Send a fax in five or six steps (from PC's or mobile) to as many recipients as required; I receive faxes in a Dropbox folder which I can access from any PC or mobile device. Rarely do I even print them out; view them on my Z30 and decide how to proceed from there. One other feature of PamFax: it has a spam filter so I might get a spam fax once every 3-6 months.

Bottom line: PamFax is an on-demand service "for those moments when you'd still like to send a fax or receive one."

Alicia, I have some app suggestions you can test out: Don't know if they're good.
Where's my Phone by Nemory
GeoToolBox by Toysoft Dev

Not the issue, but i realy think that Alicia and Jubei should be together. That would be a Very good looking crackberry couple.

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Have you actually gotten the Private SMS function to work? Those I've placed on my private list still appear on the hub and never within the app on my Verizon Z30 10.2.1.2126. No response from the developers regarding this yet. Mine also has a problem deleting photos taken with the private camera - they won't. I've had to export them first and delete outside the app.

I will go back and check on all of these functions again. I am sorry you are having this and I will reach out to the developer as well.

Thank you. Greatly appreciated. It would be nice to know if it's some glitch with my configuration or just the way it is.

Hi,
Please add the contacts along with the country code to Private List to make the SMS functionality work.
For Photos section,we have fixed the issue and submitted the updated release.The new release will be available in a few days in BlackBerry World.
Regards
Runisoft Team

Thank you for the prompt fix.

Incoming SMS from the private list are hidden from the hub as they should be but all my outgoing responses still show in the hub.

The concept of the app is great - looking forward to the continued development!

It's because of your weekly app reviews that I have to make place on my phone on a regular basis... =)!! (speaking of: what a dream if BB10 could run apps from the SD Card...)

Thanks Alicia for the good reviews and especially the hints to permissions required, very appreciated!!!

Ferrari ZetaTrenta 10.2.1.2102 - STA100-2

In File Manager, in the overflow menu on the sidebar where the three dots are. Open that and you will see a zipper (like on a pair of jeans). Use the respective icon(s) to zip and unzip.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Thanks you soo much Alicia to give us cool app to try every week.
There is IMO just one bad thing, it's about this new presentation. I prefer to view every app in one page, rather than click on "Next". Just my advice :)

I appreciate the time and effort you took to assemble this review this but to be honest, this reviews is disappointingly low level and comments like "it doesn't hurt to give it a try" don't speak all that highly of the app or of the effort put forth. If "it doesn't hurt to give it a try", why would I waste my time?

Also, I appreciate you mentioning the permissions that an app requests but what I would like to know is WHY the specific permissions are being requested. If I install "Space Invader Checkers"(I made up the name), I can't see why it would request access to my Contacts. That's one thing I would like for your review to find out maybe from the author and give your opinion if the author's aims seem to largely be to feed on the info contained in my device .

Beginning your review each week with the same or similar lead paragraph makes the review seem less sincere.

Just my 02 and hopefully this will be taken as Constructive criticism because that's certainly the context in which it is meant

Tombstone - Combat Vets Motorcycle Assn - WWW.CVMAFLORIDA.ORG

I cannot find a shopping app that will take items posted from other platforms. So my wife can post from her iPhone. Or I can post from my nexus7 to the Z10.

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