A weekly look at new, exciting, and cool apps to try
Howdy CrackBerry Nation! Hope everyone is enjoying their Friday so far and getting ready for the weekend. Today is not just any day mind you but Friday the 13th though that hasn't stopped me from bringing you another edition of our weekly BlackBerry App Roundup. Now let us return to where all the fun is at and take a look at some new, cool, and helpful applications for all you BlackBerry addicts to try. Be sure to check them out and remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.
Now that Black Friday has come and gone there is still time to catch some last minute bargains for your holiday shopping. To help with this situation, the developer behind Space TV released this simple and free app that acts as your shopping companion to locate deals for products ranging from electronics and computers, to clothes, toys and more. Deals are either sorted by category or by all with the option to search within the results or share with your friends or followers. Links are included so that you can shop right from your device. This free app is certainly one to add to your arsenal before making your next purchase.
From the developer that brought you Kiwi Wonder comes this amazing game that gives a whole new meaning to the classic tower defense style games of the past. It's up to you to build and deploy an army to defend your homeland and create the strongest ambush against enemy attack waves. It offers unique gameplay, top notch graphics, three distinct map themes and thirty maps to conquer, and is a great way to pass the time. You can find it for $.99 for BlackBerry 10. While it contains items for sale, you can earn coins as you play.
When I travel and bring my laptop with me, the one thing I always forget to pack is a wireless mouse. With this application you won't have to go searching for a pointer again. Using Blue TouchPad you can control your compatible Win 7, Win 8, MacBook or MacBook Pro computer, BlackBerry Q10, Z10, or Z30 and other tablets and phones. There are other devices that might work but not all have been tested. Once connected via Bluetooth it acts like a touchpad and keyboard. Now while I did have some difficulty on my MBA, I was able to control my Q10 and Win 7 PC without issue including checking and responding to email via the web. It supports mouse gestures such as right and left mouse click and includes a quick access tutorial if you have any problems. You can find this extremely useful application for $.99 and it is compatible with BlackBerry 10 handsets running OS 10.2 and higher.
For those who want to express their ideas in a simple and intuitive way and love drawing diagrams and flowcharts there is this application. This fast gesture-recognition application lets you visualize your concepts and designs quickly without the need for pen and paper. It may be an Android port but it offers a variety of features and drawing tools to meet your needs and the developer is very responsive in the forums. What I do like is that there is a free version you can try out first before deciding to purchase for $5.99, though some may find that a bit steep. DrawExpress supports the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10.
Going through our forums I discovered this simple utility application that allows you to extract the audio track of videos stored on your smartphone. While the extraction process is fast the only issue for now is if there are multiple audio tracks embedded, it will only pull the last one. To try and download this application is free, if you would like the ability to save the resulting file, then it requires an in-app purchase for $1.99. The free version does allow you to listen to or preview the extracted files. I have quite a few concert videos on my BlackBerry and they extracted with no issue. You can find it at the link for all BlackBerry 10 handsets.
For those who enjoy watching videos on YouTube and want to view them at a later time offline then there was this gem this week called CacheTube. It allows you to cache your favorite videos on your device and comes wrapped up in an easy to use interface with the option to select the video quality. Available for $1.99 for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones it is not only convenient and offers full YouTube sign in support but plays back using the native player.
That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games be sure to head on over to the forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS or the BlackBerry PlayBook. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.