Hard to believe, but April has almost come to an end. It's been a busy one on the BlackBerry App scene. We've seen the official BlackBerry Twitter client from RIM, NFL Mobile App for Verizon, and a BMW Roadside Assistance app, just to name a few! Moving on as we do, this week we've got the following titles for you to learn about in the BlackBerry App Roundup:
Giveaway of the Week: Mobile Bartender
Freebies of the Week: AP Mobile, New York Driver License Test Practice, Calorie Counter
In Case You Missed It: Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, Nimbuzz Updated, WorldMate Partners Up with American Express Business Travel, Poynt Updated
New This Week: MobiAccounts, Up Or Down, BBAssistant
Cool at BlackBerry App World: Cargo Control
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:
Summer is coming up fast and furious, and what better way to enjoy a warm afternoon with friends than with a cold beverage! Mobile Bartender puts a full-featured drink-making guide in the palm of your hand. Try out new drinks, or pour old classics. Recipes are extremely clear and easy-to-read, and within you'll find drink, shot and drop shot recipes. You can filter them by drink type, liquor or drink name for quick and easy access.
If you'd like to enter for your chance to win one of 25 free copies of Mobile Bartender, answer the following question in the comments:
What's Your Favorite Drink?
Freebies of the Week:
Want to keep abreast of the world’s news? Now you can with AP Mobile, delivering AP News updates to your BlackBerry wherever you are. On the plane, in the subway or travelling on the bus, you can read the latest news or sports and be up-to-date before arriving at important meetings. Select categories such as sports, news, entertainment and more... Set your preferences to rank stories, send news items to friends, or save stories for later viewing on or offline.
I know thousands of you out there are located in the state of New York... If this is you, and you have your Drivers License Exam coming up, you may want to check this one out. Heck, even if you're not in New York, these questions will give you valuable practice to help you ace the written part of your local driver’s exam. With over 100 practice questions, flash cards for road signs you can practice for your upcoming drivers license exam on the go. This app works with BlackBerry OS 5.0 and above.
You can get your New York State Driver license test practice app by clicking here.
Millions of people are trying to lose weight and watch our diets. Now with the Calorie Counter app, there is a tool to help everyone keep track of the calories, our meals, exercise and most important our weight. It even has nutritional info for the food you eat. Combine the journal to record your progress with the activity chart to record the calories you burn and along with a weight chart you have everything you need to help motivate you to lose weight. Add a food diary plan and quick picks for calorie and nutritional information, and you have all the tools you need to manage your weight and overall health.
In Case You Missed It:
The folks at Cisco have released the Cisco WebEx Meeting Center for BlackBerry devices, so now you can attend meetings from just about anywhere. With features such as viewing presentations and other applications, integrated audio, starting or joining meetings easily and conducting private chats, this new app is a must have for business people on the go. Cisco WebEx Meeting Center works on the Bold 9700, Bold 9000, Storm series, Curve 8900 and the Tour9630. Cisco uses the global network Cisco WebEx Collaboration Cloud to deliver reliable and highly secure service for your company meetings.
Nimbuzz just got better for those users who want to stay up to date with all of their social networking contacts and chats. Supported networks include - Windows Live Messenger, Skype, Yahoo!, Facebook, Google Talk/Orkut, AIM, MySpace, ICQ, studiVZ, schulerVZ, GaduGadu, Giovani, Hyves, Jabber, Gayet, Azbuz .The designers at Nimbuzz have worked through some of the issues around connectivity when using OS5.0 and also sped up the application. Logging in to the app is also now faster. With this latest update, users can now use Nimbuzz in the following additional languages: Arabic, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, German, Dutch, English, French, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
If you don't have WorldMate, chances are you'll want to get it now! With WorldMate Mobile and American Express Business travel integration, road warriors can cope with flight cancellations, sudden meeting changes, and last second booking requirements. With pop-up flight alerts, itinerary synchronization, calendar and business meeting synchronization and integration of itineraries with 3rd party mapping and navigation apps, you have all of the tools you need to manage your tight travel and business schedule around the clock and around the world. Stay tuned for more on this one... the app iscurrently rolling out to some existing clients, and will be fully available to the public later in the year.
Poynt just got better. For those of you who do know what Poynt is: it’s about helping you find what you want and how to get there? The Poynt app features Yellow Pages, Movie info and Directions all at your fingertips… Get the latest version of Poynt from BlackBerry App World. Better battery life and more efficient use of GPS information has been packaged into this latest release. Poynt has been updated to version 220.127.116.11. Users of Poynt . Integration of Telmap and VZW Navigator 5.0 is included and it is supported on the 9100, 9105 and the BlackBerry Pearl 3G!
New This Week
If you are having trouble managing your accounts, then MobiAccounts is the app for you. With MobiAccounts you can track all of your financial transactions, build in alerts for transactions, and track all of your accounts in one place. Use it as a money manager or a balance book for every account. MobiAccounts runs in the background and with all of the features provided you will never lose track of your finances again. Just to name a few, they include: Balance all of your accounts; reconcile accounts, set up reminders; manage multiple payments; schedule payments; set up categories for payments; and much more...
Note: MobiAccounts does not connect with any financial sites, so no confidential information is at risk.
IT managers and web site managers under the gun to meet availability objectives for their networks will appreciate this app. Up Or Down monitors your web sites and provides a status of any websites you manage. Green means the site is UP, while red means the site is down or experiencing difficulties. Up Or Down lets you monitor your sites while on the go and provides status in real time. Features include checking for the status of web site, date of last check, refresh status updates for one or all of your sites. Up Or Down requires at least OS 4.7.
Version 0.8.1 is out for BBAssistant and there are even more features and capabilities available. Key features include:
- Vibrate when an outgoing call is connected
- Receive voice notification when a call is disconnected by other side
- User can adjust the voice volume
- Add functions show existing address list when adding new contacts
- BackLight up when a new SMS/mail/message is received
- Block calls based on contact list
- Keep track of phone numbers of Home, Mobile, Work, Fax, and Pager numbers.
These are just a few of the handy features you'll find within BBAssistant... If you're a busy executive, salesperson or simply want to keep track of your daily schedule, contacts and more... BBAssistant is worth a look.
Cool at BlackBerry App World:
In Cargo Control, it's your job to help route the right containers to the right planes. It's a fun and challenging puzzler, and should work just fine on all current gen BlackBerry devices. Unfortunately it is not available in Australia and South Korea at the moment, but other areas of the world should be just fine. If you're looking for a well-crafted puzzle game to kill those idle moments... Cargo Control could fit the bill!
Until Next Week..
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