A weekly look at new, exciting, and cool apps to try
Hope everyone is enjoying their Friday so far and getting ready for the weekend. It's time once again for the weekly App Roundup. Now I spent my time wisely this week rustling up 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.
For those still rocking a legacy device ths application creates a custom theme and popup for your SMS messages. Not only does it show incoming messages in a popup but you can reply from there as well. It offers the ability to set the popup timeout, enable or disable global menu item, view the name and profile picture of the sender and select from amongst 20 customized themes. It supports most BBOS devices and is $.99 to purchase.
New to the store is Symantec’s Validation and ID Protection (VIP) Access application. This native mobile solution provides an extra layer of security to help prevent your information from winding up in the wrong hands. It acts like a two-factor authorization for websites such as eBay or PayPal. Simply register your credential at each site where you have an online account. All you need to do is sign into the participating online site with your user name and password, launch the application, and input in the VIP unique six-digit security code (the code changes every 30 seconds) for safe and secure access to your account. VIP Access supports most BBOS legacy devices and all BlackBerry 10 handsets. You can download for free at the link.
Even though my BlackBerry keeps me organized I still tend to email myself notes and reminders. It’s something I’ve always done and probably will continue to do so whether for work or personal matters. Email Me is a free application which gives you a shortcut to sending yourself these messages. All you have to do is launch the application, enter in a subject and the message body and it will automatically send to your default email account. This is certainly not for everyone but it is free and available for BlackBerry 10.
If you love music and are a fan of Guitar Hero (or similar) games then be sure to check this one out. There are more than 15 popular instruments available in this music and rhythm application and a wide variety of songs (free and premium) for you to choose from. When you’ve chosen an instrument to simulate and a song, your goal is to tap on the notes as they fall in time to the music. Each tap is rated with a percentage of how correct you were and there are warnings if you are too fast or slow. All in all it is a rather fun game to pass the time. It is available in a free lite version and a premium one for $2.99. The free version supports the BlackBerry PlayBook, Z10, Z30 and the Porsche P9982 while the premium one is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 handsets and the PlayBook.
I received a tip this week that one of my most used applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook had made it’s way to BB10. AutoPlay Media Player lets you satisfy that “binge watching” urge to see all of your videos on your device one after the other. It plays a wide variety of formats, allows you to create dynamic playlists, includes a sleep timer, supports SRT sub-titles, and has an auto-bookmarking feature. Existing PlayBook owners are entitled to this version for free while new BlackBerry 10 users can grab it for $.99.
Spring training has started for the 2014 baseball season and if you are a diehard fan such as myself, I know you want all the ins and outs of the season at your fingertips. This week MLB released the 2014 version of their application that lets you follow every pitch from Spring Training all the way through to the World Series. This feature rich application may be $16.99 to access Bat 14 content, including MLB.TV premium subscription content, on your device but eligible subscribers are entitled to a refund. I know I can’t wait for the season to start here in NY and am counting down to the Mets opening day. Don’t judge me, I lived in Flushing in 1986!
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.