Happy February everyone! Weather is getting nicer (at least around here), and to go with that, a whole whackload of new apps to tell you about this week... I'm going to start off the roundup with a bunch of great new games that are now available for the BlackBerry Storm... Then finish up with a couple of cool golf apps to encourage Spring to hit us sooner than later. Lets get started. Covered in this edition of the BlackBerry App Roundup are:
New BlackBerry Software: Sid Meier's Civilization IV: War of Two Cities, Sid Meier's Pirates!, Texas Hold'em with Phil Helmuth, PBA Bowling, Quicker SMS, Antair Auto-Responder, Diamond Breaker!
Free BlackBerry Software: iStockManager Brokerage Services for TD Ameritrade Users
Cool Stuff: SpeedPutt, YouCaddy GPS
New BlackBerry Software
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: War of Two Cities
The first 4 apps here in this weeks' roundup all have new versions compatible with the BlackBerry Storm. How cool is that!?
First off comes Civ IV: War of Two Cities. In this latest edition of the classic franchise, defend and develop your home city while at war with a nighboring city. Your armies and people will fight and battle to the end... Who will win? Plan and strategize your way to victory.
Sid Meier's Pirates!
How cool is this? I can remember playing Pirates! for my old Commodore 64 when I was a kid. In Pirates! sail your ship in search of buried treasure, fight enemy pirate ships, and engage in exciting sword battles against enemy captains. This game is really fun, and judging by the screenshots I've seen the game stays true to the original.
Texas Hold'em with Phil Helmuth
Phil Helmuth is probably one of the most despised poker players in the world today. His brash attitude and cocky table-manner makes for good TV... and tournament wins! Now, you can play Phil's own Texas Hold'em game optimized for play on the BlackBerry. Play head-to-head, tables, or in tournaments. There are 6 levels of gameplay. Move your way through the game to battle Phil himself. Can you beat him?
PBA Bowling is a must-have for anyone that follows the Denny's PBA Tour. The game features single game play, tournaments and a tricky spare challenge. Choose from all of the best current touring pros, from Norm Duke, to Walter Ray Williams Jr. to Parker Bohn III. Customize your ball by weight, graphics, and more... And play on all 5 of the PBA oiling patterns: The Shark, Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Viper.
Antair Auto-Responder lets you setup custom automatic email replies to messages hitting your inbox. Expecting email or in a meeting? Setup Antair to auto-respond to their email letting them know you've received their email, or that you're tied up at the moment. Kind of handy if you ask me. Multiple responses can be setup for different contacts, so that you can personalize each auto-response as you see fit... And this one integrates nicely with your BlackBerry contacts. There is a 7-day trial available if you'd like to try before you buy.
One more game to finish up the new apps this week. Diamond Breaker! is a logic game that takes full advantage of the Storm's orientation sensor. Remove as many diamonds of the same color as you can. Rotate your Storm 90 degrees at a time to make some of the diamonds fall and 'shake things up' so to speak. This game makes great use of the Storm, and for the price, it's worth a shot. Oh, and it's available for the BlackBerry Storm only (requires OS 4.7, of course!).
Quicker SMS allows you to send SMS messages from your PC. If you'd rather punch out those longer text messages on your normal keyboard instead of your Berry's QWERTY keyboard... then this one is for you. Send and receive SMS messages from your PC, send timed messages, send group messages from your address book with one click.... plus a lot more. A lot of features built in to this simple SMS efficiency app.
Free BlackBerry Software
iStockManager Brokerage Services for TD Ameritrade Users
iStockManager has teamed up with TD Ameritrade to produce a very powerful trading application... Probably one of the most powerful available for the BlackBerry. It gives safe and secure access to your TD Ameritrade account, allowing you to make trades, check stocks, and a whole lot more. Get streaming information as it happens, check real time balances and positions... the list of features goes on and on. If you use TD Ameritrade, pick this one up.
SpeedPutt is a putting assistance app that helps you make more putts, and therefore lower your scores. It uses the accelerometer in your Storm alongside a proprietary algorithm to calculate and recommend an aim line. All you need to do is estimate the distance from the ball to the cup, place your device on the green, and then SpeedPutt will show you the aim line. I have to assume this won't work with double and triple breaking putts, but still, this is pretty cool. I think I may have to get this one and use it to chart the greens at my local course. Look out low scores, here I come! :)
One last golf app to go in the cool apps this week. With YouCaddy GPS, it's like having a tour caddy giving you distances all day long on the course! Let me tell you, I've used GPS devices on the course, and it does make a big difference! The app comes complete with just more than GPS and searchable course maps. Track your score, upload your scores for tracking and analysis, even get discounts and reduced green fees! Of course, it goes without saying you can search more than 16,000 courses in the US to pull up handy yardage information exactly when you need it.
Until Next Week..
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