A very happy December to everyone out there. The holiday shopping season is well and truly upon us now, and up here we've finally got some snow on the ground. Not sure if that's a good thing or not!? At any rate, as per usual we've got a lot of good titles for you in this weeks' edition of the roundup. Check 'em out below:
Covered this week in the roundup are the following titles:
In Case You Missed It: Net Nanny Mobile, PC Mag Releases List of Top 20 Free BlackBerry Apps, Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 Now Available, Trapster Gets an Update, BerryWeather 2.0 Release
New This Week: Mini Email, Cardiac Risk Calculator Pro, Palm Reader, Role Call Reminder Lists, Snowman Theme
Cool at BlackBerry App World: EasyBartender
Freebie of the Week: Being Me Sucks
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.
In Case You Missed It...
Just in case you missed these titles, below are some apps that were covered in the CrackBerry Blogs this past week. Check 'em out!
Net Nanny Mobile allows parents to stay on top of their children's mobile activities. Track where a device is located via GPS, monitor emails and other messages, view logs, and a lot more. Here is a key feature list:
- GPS tracking using Google Maps.
- Remote device backup, lock, wipe and restore.
- Anti-virus and Anti-Malware scanning.
- Communication Control features for filtering of calls and text messages
- View the content of Email, SMS and MMS messages on the phone.
- View all pictures taken, sent and received by the device.
- View logs of all voice conversations.
- View the complete address book and all applications installed on the phone.
- View phone location 24/7.
So how much would you pay for this? $29.99 for an annual subscription? Awesome, because that's exactly what it costs. You'll also have to pay $14.99 for any additional device added to the subscription. For more information head on over to NetNanny.com.
In one of the first 'best of 2009' posts I've spotted so far, PC Magazine has released their list of top 20 free BlackBerry Apps. It really is great reading, and cool to check out, especially if you haven't tried some of the apps on the list.
Here's PC Mag's Top 20:
- AP Mobile News 2.5.5
- BBNotePad 1.1.2
- Bloomberg Mobile 18.104.22.168
- Bolt Browser 1.5
- Facebook 22.214.171.124
- FlashLight 1.0.2
- Gmail 2.0.6
- GoogleMaps 3.2
- Ka-Glom 1.4
- Opera Mini 5.0 beta
- Poynt 126.96.36.199
- Qik Livestreaming 1.0.15
- Slacker Radio for BlackBerry 2.0.91
- ScoreMobile 1.2
- Stitcher Podcast Radio 1.2.14
- Viigo for BlackBerry 3.1.486
- Vlingo 3.2
- WeatherBug 188.8.131.524
- WorldMate Live 184.108.40.206
Check out the full article over at PCMag.com.
Note: I'm a little dissapointed that none of the free CrackBerry apps made the list :P Check 'em out for yourself:
I very rarely hit the road without turning Trapster on first. I love how it alerts me to upcoming traffic cameras and live police. The heads' up has probably saved me a few bucks in tickets, which is never a bad thing. In a recent update the app has received a makeover of sorts with an updated user interface, manual location setting, and even a cool new custom sound theme feature. Now you can choose from various famous voices to blurb out your alerts for you. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.
For more info or to download, hit up Trapster.com from your Berry.
A new version of BerryWeather has been released, and it brings some cool new features to the table. Along with the usual batch of bug fixes, below are some of the key new features built into BerryWeather 2.0:
- New weather source: WeatherUnderground.com
- Get more accurate current conditions by switching to a nearby weather stations for any location
- New high resolution iconset
- See your current weather as a homescreen wallpaper, includes many customization options
- Full support for OS 5.0 screen transitions
- Get notifications only for specific advisories
- Support for BerryPopup, get a popup with advisory details in any app
- Now you can use multiple custom radar maps/webcams
- Pinch-to-zoom radar maps on any touchscreen BlackBerry
If you're already running BerryWeather, the update will cost you $3.99. If you're a newbie, the first purchase of the app will run you $9.95. One quick note here though, if you purchased the app after October 15th, your upgrade will be free. Check out BerryWeather in our store.
New This Week
With Mini Email you can quickly send emails to your contacts via your shortcut keys. Use it with an unlimited number of contacts... and two shortcuts per contact are allowed. Manage groups of contacts with different colors, sort your contacts, and a whole lot more. All that is required here is a non-touchscreen Berry running at least OS 4.2.
Out of shape? Concerned about your overall heart health? With the Cardiac Risk Calculator you can estimate your 10-year forecast for myocardial infarction and coronary death. The app uses data from the Framingham Heart Study to come up with its estimations.
- Enter your sex, age, systolic blood pressure, cholesterol levels (total and HDL) (obtain these values from your doctor) and answer questions if you smoke and if you take medication for high blood pressure.
- Calculates your risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease in the next 10 years.
- Presents the risk for myocardial infarction and coronary death within 10 years in percent.
All that is required here is OS 4.5 or newer.
Check out Cardiac Risk Calculator Pro >
Note: The calculator is designed for adults of 20 or older, that do not have heard disease or diabetes.
Use your BlackBerry to read your palm and tell you your future! To start, point your Berry at your hand or your friends' hand, and take a photo. From there, you can ask the Palm Reader questions about your future. The app uses 'collective-intelligence technology' from top palm readers around the globe. Your readings will arrive fairly quickly (often in as little as an hour) via email. Ooooooook. The app will initially run you $5.99. Kind of expensive, but it doesn't stop there. For more sessions you'll have to fork over some more cash as well.
Available as a free beta, Roll Call Reminder Lists comes with all the features of Role Call Tasks, PLUS the ability to create and send tasks from your messages screen. If you miss a call or message, easily create a reminder task with a few simple actions. If a friend or colleague of yours is already running Role Call, you can email task lists to them for easy import. Two versions of this free beta are available, one for the Storm series, and another for the Curve, Bold and Tour (on OS 4.6 or newer).
I couldn't let the first week of December go by without mentioning a somewhat holiday themed, um, theme :) The Snowman Theme from TemasBlackBerry brings exactly what you'd expect to your 8900, 9000, 9600 or 9700. Snowman goodness. The theme is animated, and allows for 6 customizable icons. If you're feeling in the holiday mood, the Snowman Theme could be a winner for you.
Cool at BlackBerry App World:
Let's face it. With the holidays just around the corner, many of us are going to be doing a lot of entertaining. Nothing greases the gears quite like a good beverage, so why not leverage the 7000 or so recipes that you'll find in EasyBartender? In this handy drink mixing app from Adorno, you'll be able to make just about any drink under the sun. As I mentioned earlier there's around 7000 recipes included, and all recipes have clear instructions on how to prepare, garnish and serve the drink. Awesome. Once you've mixed a few of the drinks found within, you can even tag favorites for quick and easy reference.
The cost? It'll run you $4.99. Worth it if you do a lot of entertaining, or if you're pursuing a career in bartending :)
Freebie of the Week:
Been on a run of bad luck and want to share your blues with the world? With Being Me Sucks, you can do just that. Share embarrassing moments, troubles, basically anything that makes you miserable. Not only can you share your stories, but you can vote for your favorites, post comments and much more. You may want to look at this one as a 'pick me up'... Because after reading some of the sob stories out there... You may reconsider and think your life ain't so bad after all :)
Until Next Week..
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