BlackBerry App Roundup for January 11, 2014

A weekly look at new, exciting, and cool apps to try

By Alicia Erlich on 11 Jan 2014 08:26 am EST

Howdy CrackBerry Nation! Hope everyone enjoyed our coverage of #CESlive this week and are 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.

GPS Tracker: Retrace by Laura Zajac

Looking for a simple GPS tracker for all your activities? Retrace was suggested by a reader and it is meant for hiking, walking, biking, and other activities you wish to record. With it's simple yet effective interface, it displays distance, speed, elevation changes as well as presenting you with a map of your current location and a tab for your profile. It also works in imperial or metric units. For those who utilize other services, tracks may be exported to Strava, GPX, KML and GeoJSON. Available for BlackBerry 10, Retrace is $2.99 in BlackBerry World. 

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Fast Browser by Bumblebee Computing

PlayBook owners wishing to improve their browsing experience and speed should check out this third party application. Not only does it speed up the loading of webpages but provides additional features not found in the native browser. Included in the list is fast mode, which automatically disables JavaScript and Flash (though they can be toggled on for sites that require it), powerful tabs to launch up to six web sessiosn at once or startup homepages, ad-blocking filter, privacy mode, and a streamlined interface. For $1.99, Fast Browser is a decent alternative and the developer is responsive to issues in the forums.

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Copia eBook Reader by Copia Interactive

As an avid reader, nothing pleases me more than having my library with me at all times. Copia has been around for a bit, but I discovered it only recently and decided to see how it works. Dubbing itself as the bookstore that goes where you go, it offers a decent selection of free and paid titles for you to add to your online digital library as well as downloading to your internal memory. Not only is it an e-reader but is strives to give you a social reading experience as well. This means you may discuss what you have read with friends and other bibliophiles by joining groups and discussion boards from within the application. It is native, free to download for BlackBerry 10 handsets, and is cross-platform so you can enjoy on all your devices. 

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New York Snow Cataclysm by Benoit Muller

Considering the weather recently here in the Northeast I thought this game was appropriate. The object is to help save New York from the snow by tapping on the snowballs on the screen and having your worker evade the dangerous falling icicles. With only energy drinks and fruit to keep you going, gameplay is rather simple but it does offer two modes of play: infinite with an endless storm, or levels increasing in difficulty. While it is in 3D, it may not be the best game we've seen in terms of graphics, but when you're stuck inside because of snow it is a good time waster. It is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices as well as the PlayBook and you can fidn it at the link for $.99. Thanks Hak!

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TrackMyStuff by KQSoft Inc.

Every now and then I come across a useful all purpose application. That's fine with me as I prefer not having to install a few apps when one will suffice. This one happens to be an expense tracker, including income and budgets, grocery and shipping list, household inventory list, and to-do list all-in-one. With a pleasant interface and organized layout, you can track receipts, make a grocery list, and balance your budget with generated reports without ever leaving the application. It offers a backup/restore option though password protection is being worked on for a future release. Available for BlackBerry 10, TrackMyStuff comes in a premium version for $2.99 and a lite version you can download for free.

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More information/Download TrackMyStuff Lite


What You Might Have Missed

Watcher by 10Soft

Looking for a nice, simple application to customize a few features on your BlackBerry 10 device? Watcher's recent update made it headless on OS 10.2.1, and it offers an array of features including LED changer, wallpaper changer, message blocker, phone call blocker, and profile changer. You can't beat the price and the interface is smooth and easy to navigate. Be sure to grab this at the link for $2.99 for all devices running OS 10.2 and higher.

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Until next week...

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. 

Reader comments

BlackBerry App Roundup for January 11, 2014


speaking of apps, CB app needs an update badly (like the small text and voting box on surveys, oversized account profile picture changer, etc.). enough people notice these things, and I hope you guys can consider it. please please please :] otherwise, thanks CB team for all your hard work!

Posted via CB10

Some avatars are visible on my Z10, where my Q10 only has the blank default pic

Thanks for fixing. Love CB app

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

I'm not feeling the playbook browser app. The one that comes with playbook is fine and just needs silverlight support. Plus, Until the playbooks runtime on android is updated. The device is becoming more obviously obsolete.

Posted from a Blackberry Z10 version10.2.1.176 on Verizon 4G network

Track my stuff is one of my used apps.
The developers keep improving all the time. In addition the app can be purchased in separate parts. Love it!!

Posted via CB10

Honestly, I feel betrayed by BlackBerry on the app front. Expected to have more and more mainstream and banking apps as time went on... until I can get a TD bank app for the US like I had on my old Bold, I will be bitter. Thank you BlackBerry for screwing over those who have supported you through the years.

Posted via CB10

right here with you. BB10 screw me over with Bank of america app. I had on my Bold 9900 but not on BB10. Such a disappointment. it's bee a while since the launch of BB10 and the apps just sucks.

I am running 10.2 on my Z30, Z10 and Watcher runs headless. The wonders of life!

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

Also, Sayit runs headless also. This makes me believe that it's not the OS limiting certain apps from running headless, but the laziness of certain developers.

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

I found this really cool game very similar to candy crush saga called Candy slash story(What a coincedence):p but must try it's really fun and just like the real deal

Posted via CB10

Got fed up waiting for I gram side loaded Instagram on my Z30 BlackBerry need to up there game on Apps great phones just needs more apps....come on guys.....


what about Bank of America app !!! come on BB ! as much as i love BB I am so disappointed with lock of apps like BofA or actual useful apps. No wonder people switching to iPhone or samsung. you can do better then that BB.

Thank you CrackBerry for mentioning our app TrackMyStuff.

Today we just release new update version with the following features

+Add App Password Protected Feature

+Add More Recurrence expense
-Every 30 days
-Every 4 weeks
-Semi-monthly (15th and last day of the month)
-Semi-monthly (1st and 16th day of the month)

Thank you all for your support.