This week we've got 50 copies of Vorino Battery to give away, courtesy of Paul at Vorino Software. As per usual, just leave your answer to the giveaway question in the comments for your chance to win. Covered in the app roundup this week are the following titles:
Giveaway of the Week: Vorino Battery
Freebies of the Week: iFood Assistant LITE, Goal Mobile, The Help Haiti App
In Case You Missed It: BOLT Browser 1.7, skySYNC Launches in Beta, Verizon and Skype Team Up
New This Week: Fixmo Tools, Restaurant Inspector, Privacy Star
Cool at BlackBerry App World: Scotiabank Show Your Colours Navigator
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.
Vorino Battery is a nifty battery utility that runs in the background. It will notify you when your battery has dropped to any percentage of your choosing, and when your device is fully charged. Many features are customizable, including the ability to change the appearance of icons, the backgrounds, and more. Notifications can be set via ringtone, vibration and LED.
If you'd like to enter for your chance to win one of 50 free copies of Vorino Battery, answer the following question in the comments:
The first freebie this week is iFood Assistant LITE. Brought to us by the folks at Kraft, iFood Assistant LITE delivers recipes of the day, plus access to thousands of other recipes from the Kraft kitchens. There's also a budget-minded section to help you put together delicious meals on as little cash as possible. iFood Assistant will also help you snack healthier and smarter, for those times when you need a little nip but are reluctant to grab that tasty chocolate bar :)
Goal Mobile is a must-have app for any football, er, sorry.... SOCCER fan :) After download and installation you get access to breaking news, World Cup 2010 updates, plus the latest from the Champions League, England, Italy, Spain and more. Inside you'll also find exclusive interviews and photos... The developers at Handmark are promising an update to feature multiple languages, live scoring and personalized alerts... so keep an eye open for this in the near future!
One more time for good measure. The Help Haiti app from Xtreme Labs (in partnership with CrackBerry and MTV) have put together this app which not only delivers the latest news and photos on the Haiti situation... but it also makes it extremely easy to donate to the cause. Give it a download right now on your BlackBerry and give if you can. It's the right thing to do.
Just in case you missed these titles, below are some apps that were covered in the CrackBerry Blogs this past week. Check 'em out!
Personally, I can't believe BOLT has been around for a year already. Doesn't seem like that long, but it has been! Earlier this week BOLT updated their browser to 1.7, and some new features are on-board. You can now find widget support, keyboard shortcuts for zooming, Twitter integration and much more, all from within the browser. If you're looking for a better browsing experience, or just want to try something new, take a few moments and check out boltbrowser.com from your Berry to download.
skySYNC is now in open Beta, and is a new service that allows you to stream your iTunes library to your BlackBerry. All you have to do is download the BlackBerry app and combine it with the PC/Mac/Linux desktop app to unleash the power. In a nutshell, skySYNC lets you keep all of your music in one place, while making sure it's always synced and available on your BlackBerry. Very cool.
skySYNC 1.0 is available as a free download right now. For more details hit up the skySYNC website.
At MWC, Verizon announced that they have partnered up with Skype to bring the popular application to a number of devices in their lineup. What this means for all of us in the BlackBerry world is we can look forward to a Skype client on the Storm2, Storm, 9630, 8830, 8530 and 8330. Look for the new client to become available next month on Verizon. For more information, hit up verizonwireless.com/skypemobile and punch in your email address for email updates.
Fixmo Tools promises to 'Make Your Smartphone Smarter'. Quite a grand promise... But a good one. Fixmo is, as they put it, a 'utility belt for your smartphone'. Many tools are packaged within to help you undelete items, retrieve old email, calendar events, memos and more. There's a cool 'Flame Retardant' utility that warns you when you're about to reply all to a message on which you were BCC'd... when you're about to send potentially inappropriate content... or when you add unintended recipients. Could be a life saver for sure. The list of features goes on, including a built-in battery watch 'early warning' system and memory monitor.
Want to know a little bit more about that restaurant you want to hit up? I mean, not if the food is good or not, but if the place actually passes inspections? The Restaurant Inspector app lets you review official restaurant inspection scores... Over 400,000 of them, in fact. It gets better yet though... If you spot a health hazard, the app lets you report it on the spot. Every time you spot something that shouldn't be, Restaurant Inspector will deliver your comments to the appropriate health agency depending on your location.
Note: This one is for the U.S. only!
Privacy Star from First Orion lets you build your own personal privacy list. Select anyone on your call log, or simply punch in a number manually to block them. Unblocking numbers is just as easy, plus, you can also use a powerful look-up feature to find the name for any number that is calling you. If you get continual and unwanted telemarketing calls, you can also use it to report the number to the appropriate authorities.
Last week I touched on 'Winter Sports Live', to help you get the most Olympic coverage possible. This week I stumbled across the Scotiabank 'Show Your Colours Navigator' app (for Canadians) from Simply Good Technologies. With this one you can locate venues in Vancouver or Whistler and grab helpful information to help you get around the area. Take and upload your own photos, view and vote for other photos that have been uploaded... Discover places to eat, party and more... and of course, you can use it to find a Scotiabank branch or ABM nearest to you. :)
Scotiabank is also running a contest daily until April 30th. Just use the app to upload a photo that shows your Canadian spirit (show your colours) or vote for your favourite photo, and you could walk away with a Flip MinoHD camcorder among other prizes.
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