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:
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!?
Freebies of the Week:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
Cool at BlackBerry App World:
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.
Until Next Week..
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