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BlackBerry App Roundup for February 5th, 2010; Contest: 50 Copies of TyperSpeed to be Won!

The BlackBerry App Roundup
By James Falconer on 5 Feb 2010 07:36 am EST
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This week, I'm going to introduce a new feature to the App Roundup... The weekly giveaway! That's right, each week I'll have a new app up for grabs... All you have to do is answer a simple question I ask regarding the featured app each week. Leave your answer in the comments (please only 1 answer per person), and we'll randomly select winners from your answers. Winners will be announced in our weekly winners announcement on Tuesday.

This week we've got 'TyperSpeed' from our bud Fabian Heuwieser up for grabs... and we have 50 free copies to give away. Keep reading for all the details.

Giveaway of the Week: TyperSpeed

Freebies of the Week: The Help Haiti App, Imagining Theme, Carbon Fiber Theme

In Case You Missed It: Verizon Launches VZ Navigator 5.0, Storm Unlock, AT&T myWireless App

New This Week: inText, Piczzle, Dog Emergency

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Madden NFL 10

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.

Giveaway of the Week:

TyperSpeed

TyperSpeed

From BlackBerry App Developer Extraordinare Fabian Heuwieser, TyperSpeed is a nifty little app that helps you measure just how fast you can type on your Berry. Results are displayed in words per minute. Not much more to it than that!

If you'd like to enter for your chance to win one of 50 free copies of TyperSpeed, answer the following question in the comments:

How fast do you think you can type on your BlackBerry!?

Leave your answer in the comments now... Good luck!

Freebies of the Week:

The Help Haiti App

The Help Haiti App

I have to mention this app once more in the Roundup. If you still haven't made a donation to any of the amazing charities doing work down in Haiti, the Help Haiti App can hook you up. Using it is easy, and with it you can make donations from the US or Canada to charities including the Salvation Army, UNICEF, World Vision, Oxfam, the Red Cross, and many more.

For all the details check out the Help Haiti App in our store >

Imagining Theme

Imagining Theme for BlackBerry

I noticed earlier this week that more than a few free themes were popping up as quite popular in App World. The first one I noticed was the Imagining Theme. This new addition from MMMOOO features a custom background and much more. The developer notes that after installation and activation, you may nee to do a battery pull rebook to finish the installation properly.

Check out the Imagining Theme in App World >

Carbon Fiber Theme

Carbon Fiber Theme for BlackBerry

The other notable theme I noticed up for grabs (for free, for a limited time) was the Carbon Fiber Theme from Motek Americas Inc. Give your car that ultra high-end sportscar look! You'll get custom message icons, call screens, backgrounds, and a heck of a lot more. Do yourself a favor and check it out, heck, it's free!

Pick up the Carbon Fiber Theme in App World >

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!

Verizon Launches VZ Navigator 5.0

VZ Navigator

VZ Navigator 5.0 is now out, and many updated features have been brought to the table. You'll now find options to update your Facebook status, the ability to send your location to dispatchers when using roadside service, and much more. Of course, the update includes the usual bevy of tweaks and bug fixes, plus load times have apparently been decreased which should make for a much more enjoyable in-app experience.

For all the details, head on over to Verizon >

Storm Unlock

Storm Unlock

A good one here for the Storm users, Storm Unlock is a new app from MMMOOO that enables pattern unlocking on your device. Create a pattern for locking and unlocking your Storm, and from then on simply punch in the pattern to lock and unlock your device. Easy. Oh, and I can't forget to mention this one is free. Awesome.

To find our OTA download link, hit up Storm Unlock in our store >

AT&T myWireless App

AT&T myWireless App

If you're up and running on AT&T, you'll want to check this one out for sure. Just a little while ago AT&T released their new myWireless app, which gives you access to your bill, usage details, your Berry's current and available features, and more. If you have multiple lines, no problem... the app can even break those down for you too.

For the OTA download, hit up http://www.att.com/mybb from your AT&T BlackBerry.

New This Week

inText

inText

inText (aka Internet Texting Codes) is a small app that gives you access to the most popular texting shortcuts around. If you do a lot of LOL-ing, let this one be your bible. Over 300 of the most popular texting codes are found within, making it an ideal reference guide. Unfortunately this one is only available for the Storm at the moment... But if you have a Storm this one can be yours for only $1.99.

Check out inText >

TTYL!

Piczzle

Piczzle

You know that old sliding puzzle game you used to have hangin' around the house when you were a kid? You know, the one that had a picture on it, or maybe they were numbers that you had to rearrange into order... You know the one? Well that's exactly what Piczzle is, but for your BlackBerry. Shuffle the pieces around to form a picture, and when you're done you can chose to do another puzzle, or set the image as your wallpaper! A new puzzle is uploaded each and every day, so there's something new all the time.

Piczzle is available for $2.99 >

Dog Emergency

Dog Emergency

Dog Emergency is the must-have guide for any dog owner. Knowing what to do with your beloved pet in an emergency is critical. Dog Emergency was designed to help guide you through important first aid techniques, and also provides you with the knowledge you'll need to be prepared for almost anything. Learn how to deal with such things as acid poisoning, burns, fly bites, electric shocks, and a whole lot more.

Check out Dog Emergency in our store >

Cool at BlackBerry App World:

Madden NFL 10

Madden NFL 10 for BlackBerry

With the Superbowl coming up on us fast this weekend, I clearly have football on the brain. To tide me over until the epic battle between the Colts and the Saints, I may have been tempted to load up Madden NFL10 :) You get exactly what you expect with this game... EA almost always delivers the goods. Play as your favorite team and while you do, hear commentary from Madden, Hammond and Collinsworth. The only possible sticking point is the price... To purchase it'll run you $6.99.

Check out Madden NFL 10 in App World >

Until Next Week..

Have news on BlackBerry Apps? New BlackBerry Apps, Updated BlackBerry Apps, Free BlackBerry Apps... it's all good! If you have any software news tips send them in to me at softwareroundup@crackberry.com. I can't do it without your help!

Of course, we also have many more New BlackBerry Apps, Updated BlackBerry Apps and Free BlackBerry Apps available at ShopCrackBerry.com. Be sure to visit our software store for more great deals on BlackBerry Applications!

James Falconer James Falconer "Community Manager, Mobile Nations" 354 (articles) 785 (forum posts)

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BlackBerry App Roundup for February 5th, 2010; Contest: 50 Copies of TyperSpeed to be Won!

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I reckon I can do about 40 WPM on my 8900 with predictive turned on. That would have been about 4 on the Pearl I had previously...

I type fast on a regular keyboard, and type pretty fast on my BB. Would be cool to know exactly HOW fast.

Count me in! Crackberry rules!

WCM

I would love a copy of TyperSpeed to see how fast my family and I can type on the blackberry! I would guess 40 wpm but my kids can type much faster.

im sorry but releasing apps or themes only available on app world is really stupid if not all countries are supported to download app world! at least give the people who aren't allowed to download app world a chance to download the jad file or something!

I'm guessing around 50 wpm. but i'm probably giving myself some credit. So really its probably more like 35 wpm!!

I'm guessing I can do maybe 20-30 wpm in landscape, and maybe 10-20 wpm with SureType. Slow, I know, but I'm gradually improving.

Love a copy of TyperSpeed to see how fast I can type on the blackberry! I'm guessing 40-50 wpm but again I can only guess for now.

On a good day like 30-40wpm?? I dunno what's a decent speed.. On a comp I can type 90-100... I hope I win so I know my berry wpm!!

I would say probably ~45. I type about 150 wpm on a real keyboard so that's just a guess. If I win the app I'll let you know for sure :P

Im prolly around 30-40.. however that may be hampered by my Storm.. My storm 2 arrives today... I will be interested to see how much my speed improves with the improved typing on the S@... now If I had this app I would be able to check what my speed was.. hint hint. Pick me!

well, since i have a storm... i type pretty damn fast using SureType if that count :D about 50 on that... on landscape keyboard... id say about 40-50... its not that hard to type haha. best ive ever done on a physical keyboard is 70 wpm. with only 1 mistake :]

On my Storm, I SUCK at speed. That's why I'm going to get the Bold 9700. When I had my 8820, I could easily go 50+ WPM. I don't know if I will be quite as fast on the Bold 9700 because of it's size. I have BIG hands and the 8820, which is relative in size to the Bold 9000, had the keys right where my fingers naturally sat when trying to text, but the 9700 has them considerably "lower" (to where my fingers want to sit when I hold the phone, because it is smaller, you understand). I still think I will be at least 30-40 WPM, whereas I bet I'm only at 15-20 with my Storm.

Ben

"How fast do you think you can type on your BlackBerry!?" : Probably in the 30's wmp :)
I'd love to win a copy!

My bets guess would be somewhere around 36 wpm. However just like the computer, if I had a typing program to practice with, I'd get much faster

I'm confident that my typing speed on my original Storm is about 50 wpm. If I win, I'll reply to this post and let the Crackberry nation know!

I might be able to type at 55-60 words per minute. I haven't timed it or anything of course but that's my assumption.

probably around 40 wpm. People I text and BBM with say I am fast...not sure what that means. I been typing for one long MFing time!

I believe i can type around 20-30 wpm. I have just upgraded from a pearl to 9700 so trying to get use to the new keyboard layout. This app will help alot with improving my typing speed :D

I'm the slowest guy on the planet in my Tour, but can type quite rapidly on the desktop. Probably about 10-15 WPM on the Tour.

I'm guess I can do about 30-35 W.P.M.; okay, probably 20-25 is more like it but maybe I can!!! Would love to find out!!!

I can pull off about 200 wpm lol I'm goofin I would sat 40 wpm or wat ever!! Well sign me up :) thanks

i love a free copy, can't beat it. I don't think anyone can type faster then me or least among my friends.

I bet I could get up to 60 wpm if I do not need to be graMmatically correct, have great spelling, and minimize punctuation. Otherwise it would probably be between 30 and 40 wpm.

I can touch type on my BB.
I touch type on a PC, so using the same logic and converting to two tthumbs.

That along with this whole post took less than a minute.

35 WPM

I can touch type on my BB.
I touch type on a PC, so using the same logic and converting to two tthumbs.

That along with this whole post took less than a minute.

35 WPM

Well I do not write very fast on my BlackBerry, maybe it's my age (51). But I'm willing to try anything to help me improve my record of words per minute.

I'm most interested in figuring out my speed difference between SureType and Landscape (and between lagged v. non-lagged Storm OS typing)... ;-)

On some days, I type like a man possessed, on others, I can barely type out a few words at a time. If only there were some way for me to find out once and for all.....

I'm in for TyperSpeed! I think I can type faster on my BlackBerry than I can on my computer. I'd have to say at least 50 wpm.

I think. I'm around 40 per min but I'd love this Fabian offering to help practice and improve! Thanks for the offer!

I think I can type around 40-50 on my bb tour. This would be a cool app to have especially if I'm bored. and good practice to get faster at typing :)

I have no idea how fast I can type, but I know I can really get the keys going on my S2 so I'd like to see just how fast I type.

I bet I can type about 30wpm on my blackberry curve 8330. Hey, I just got it at Xmas, give me a break.

I haven't tested it, but I'd have to guess around 20 WPM or so. I haven't practiced much, plus I'm on a pearl, so using multi-tap. Plus, I don't have a way to check it....yet. :P

I'd guess around 30-40wpm on the 9700, but I really don't know. Would be interesting to see what it actually is

If it's jibberish about 100wpm...LOL really? I don't know... I would love to know though...and this would be such a great time to turn me in to a winner on the crackberry

i type no where near as fast as I can on the pc since i was trained that way but i'd hazard a guess at maybe 45 and that'd be pushing it I think

not sure on an exact figure but i sure as hell can tell you its shedloads more now i've switched to the Bold 9700 with its bigger (better)keypad from Curve 8900, as i have huge sausage fingers used to find it fiddly
Anyways, all sounds like fun, so i'd love one :)

thanks

I'd like to test it, because I won most competitions when my friends and colleges challange me that I type slower than him/them.

They had been wondering, why I choose Storm over Bold :-) bacause on Storm they believe, to type on virtual keyboard is always slower than real keyboard .. and I have proofed it, and would like to proof it again my self and be one of the fast typer on Storm.

i want this!! i can type pretty fast on a keyboard.. about 60wpm but not sure on my tour! i'm getting faster every day!

Yay I finally won a contest! I thought I could do 65-70 wpm but I've only come as close as 55. I'm curious to see what the fastest time is, sounds like its time for a crackberry.com type-athon to determine the winner!