Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! I read Kevin’s email to Rovio, in which he was wondering/pleading/praying Angry Birds would eventually see the light of a backlit BlackBerry screen. Remember Kevin, that it is all fun and games. Angry birds in real life are far from fun. They tend to get pretty good at aiming their little “bombs”.
Today, we announce the winners of the PhotoClub giveaway and also give you the chance to win one of 25 copies of InfoBox! Have a rootin’ tootin’ weekend! Giddy up!
Freebies of the Week: uTrack Lite, Share A Photo, Pro Football Draft Insider – NFL News
In Case You Missed It: Photo Translator, BlackBerry Travel
New This Week: Target date, Home Screen Notes, MyBinaryClock
Cool at BlackBerry App World: Smart Pilot
Contest: Win one of 25 copies of InfoBox!
Freebies Of The Week:
uTrack Lite - This novel way of managing your daily tasks is one of the easiest and most effective ways to streamline your life. This application allows you to visualize your daily tasks letting you know where you stand with just a glance. You can track your work tasks, school assignments, family obligations, etc.
The concept is simple. You have a virtual ‘wall’ where you can put up sticky notes with your to do's. Once you decide to start the task, simply drag the sticky note from the ‘to do’ column to ‘in progress’. Move the task to the 'verify' column should you feel the need to revisit it after completion. Once the task is finally completed drag it to the ‘done’ column.
At any point in time, you could delete tasks or clean your wall completely.
Share A Photo - Share A Photo allows you to upload a photo which another user of this application can see. Make a picture with your phone, upload it and others can watch the image. You can upload an image by starting the application, or by using the menu item which will show up when you use the file explorer to browse through pictures.
Just share a photo!
- Upload a photo
- View photos others uploaded
- Save an image to your memory
- In case a photo is not ok, you can let us know by using the menu item when you view a photo
- Upload a photo by using the menu item which will show up when you use the file explorer to browse through pictures
Pro Football Draft Insider - Don’t trust the talking heads you see on TV! Since 1967 NFL execs have used Pro Football Weekly's expert analysis of the NFL Draft in their war rooms. This app gives you comprehensive access to this same content including a draft tracker, insider rumors, player rankings, mock drafts, combine news, team needs, video, round-by-round analysis and more! Detailed player scouting reports are available in the deluxe application only.
In Case You Missed It:
Photo Translator - Just take a picture of text in any language using your BlackBerry camera and Photo Translator will instantly capture the text and translate it.
It's incredibly useful in situations when quick translation is needed: in airports, train or bus stations, restaurants and many other places. For example, with Photo Translator, there's no need to remember the meanings of all those "pithiviers" or "madeleines"; just take a picture of the menu and find out exactly what it is that you're thinking of ordering.
Reliable OCR (optical character recognition) technology allows you to grab the text from images in a few seconds. Translated text can be saved to Memo, sent by email, or used in other apps. Save results for later reference and quickly search through them.
Photo Translator supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Croatian, Hebrew, and many other languages.
BlackBerry Travel - BlackBerry Travel makes it easy to plan, book, manage and share your travel activities. Looking for flights or places to stay? Find flight schedules and great hotel options, all right from your BlackBerry.
The automatic trip scanning feature will automatically recognize itineraries that are emailed to you and push them to your BlackBerry – no matter where you booked. It can even identify gaps – like a hotel stay that ends a night earlier than it should – and make recommendations which you can book right from your BlackBerry. If your flight’s delayed or your connection changes, BlackBerry Travel will automatically push notification alerts to your device to keep you informed.
With clever tools like a currency converter, weather forecast for your destination, local search to find what you need while on the road and the BlackBerry Travel Web Portal, you’ll be well-prepared, even for multi-leg journeys. Sharing your upcoming travel plans is easy too – the app helps you do it quickly by email or over LinkedIn. Save time and effort with BlackBerry Travel, wherever life takes you.
New This Week:
TargetDate - TargetDate is the ultimate count down days application. You can create up to 16 different target dates and have all of them displayed as an icon on the HomeScreen. No need to run the app to see all your count down dates anymore. Just look at them on the HomeScreen.
TargetDate is very customizable. You can select built-in icon or select your own icon and use it as the HomeScreen icon. Just make sure the icon is in 73 x 73 jpg or png format. You can also set the text color, font, size and position of the count down number. Set alert to remind you when the target date is near from 10 days to 1 day.
Optionally, you can tell TargetDate to display the count down days on the Notification area on the HomeScreen. Set one or have all the target dates rotate every one minute.
- Create up to 16 different count down timers
- Use default built-in icons or select your own custom icons
- Count down days are shown as an icon on the HomeScreen for easy reference and reminder
- Optionally have the count down day shown on the Notification area and have it rotate among your timers
- Set Alert when the target near
- Set count text font, size, color and position on the icon
Home Screen Notes - With Home Screen Notes, you can create a note or reminder and post it directly to your home screen. Have a grocery list? Need to remember to pick up a shirt from the dry cleaners? No problem. Just create a note and post it to your home screen. It's fast, simple, and there's none of the clutter caused by paper notes. The best feature of all is that you can schedule notes to be posted and cleared in advance so that everything is more streamlined.
*Note* Home Screen Notes requires that you go into the settings (within this app) and choose a desired wall paper before creating a note or reminder and is not compatible with wallpaper rotation apps or BerryWeather wallpaper option. "Locked" or "Copy Protected" wallpaper sample images may prevent app from posting notes. If this is the case, please choose another image.
- Create a note and have it clear automatically at a certain date or time
- Set up a note to have it start and end at a later time or date
- Start a note and finish it later
- Edit a note that has already been posted
- Font size automatically adjusts to amount of text entered ensuring best possible viewing size
- Customize the note and font colors
- Choose from many different font selections
- Ability to turn transparency on and off for the posted note
- Ability to toggle between 12 hour and 24 hour clock
- Create a new note or clear a posted note from almost anywhere through the menu shortcut option
- Back up settings and scheduled notes to SD/Media card
- Built in help screen
MyBinary Clock - Impress your friends by putting a binary clock on your BlackBerry! The idea of the binary clock is simple. Instead of displaying numbers in base 10 (which most people are used to), it uses binary (base 2) which only uses 1s and 0s. Since there are only two digits, lights can be used in place of the digits. On signifies a 1 and Off means 0.
Reading the clock is only a matter of converting the binary value to decimal. Full details for reading each display mode are included in the application.
- Pure Binary Mode.
- Binary Coded Digital Mode.
- Includes full details for reading each display mode.
- Display time as AM/PM or 24hrs.
- 6 light colors.
- Choice of displaying date/time label at screen bottom.
Supports the newest devices like Torch, Bold 2, Storm 2 and 9100.
Cool In BlackBerry App World:
Smart Pilot - Smart Pilot LocationGuru SmartPilot is a Turn-by-Turn Navigation application for your BlackBerry smartphone. Just tell your destination and SmartPilot will navigate you there with intuitive, voice guided, turn-by-turn directions. Going to places with long and complex routes, multiple intersections and turns with the unnamed roads; SmartPilot makes it a breeze to get you where you want to go. Quickly getting to your home or office from your location, searching and navigating to a place of interest e.g. ATM, restaurant, hospital etc, SmartPilot is always there with you whenever and wherever you want to go.
- FIND –Your current location, Addresses and Places by names or categories
- DO MORE with locations – Get detailed information, save favourite locations, click-to-call searched POIs and get directions
- INTERACTIVE MAPS - See & interact with your location and places on maps.
- NAVIGATE - Real time, voice guided, turn-by-turn navigation; recalculates route if you miss a turn; route simulation prior to journey
Combing these powerful features with an easy intuitive interface, SmartPilot is one companion you don’t want to go out without on a road trip.
InfoBox - When New Email, SMS, BBM, Gtalk and other messages arrives, InfoBox will notify you with a pop-up screen. You can view the message with a single click on the View button. After view or replay, you can go back to your previous app with a single click on the back key. Choose the notifications you need in the setting. Option for new messages open directly on home screen.
Support the notifications for
- Social feeds
- Windows Live Messenger
We have 25 copies of InfoBox to give away! All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered. Winners will be announced next week. Now, for the 15 winners of Photoclub.
Until Next Week..
Well there you have it folks! I hope you enjoyed the apps we managed to corral this week. If you have any information on software (including news and tips), or if you are developer looking to be in the spotlight (or contest) let me know via email at [email protected] or on Twitter at twitter.com/ryanblundell.
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