As per usual I've got a great batch of apps for you all to check out this week, many of them free. With that in mind, let's get right down to business. Covered this week in the App Roundup are the following titles:
Freebies of the Week: Golf Channel Mobile, Slacker Radio Canada, Binary Clock
In Case You Missed It: MyWeather Mobile, Blurts Updated to 1.1, eBay for BlackBerry Updated, SearchIt for BlackBerry Updated with Opera/BOLT Support and More
New This Week: Super Mario Brothers Animated Theme, BBScanner, Quick Call, SeaBattle - Battleship for the BlackBerry
Cool at BlackBerry App World: Mobiola Web Camera
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.
Freebies of the Week:
I just finished playing with this one, and I've got to say, it's a must have app for anyone crazy about golf. The Golf Channel Mobile app delivers the latest golf news and scores right to your Berry. You'll also be able to read the latest from the Golf Channel blogs, plus special sections on equipment and travel are also included. There's really not much more to it than that. It's simple to use, and delivers up-to-the-minute golf news, scores and more!
Canadians have been waiting for this for some time now... and, finally, it has arrived. That's right, Slaker Radio is now available to Canadians, in all of its streaming radio goodness. Listen to personalized radio stations, or check out over 60 stations programmed by other experts. To get started, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial, after that you'll need to subscribe for as little as $3.99 per month.
This one is for all of the self-proclaimed geeks out there. New from Phrenck, the Binary Clock is available in our store for free, and is supported by any Berry with a color screen. Pulsating dots deliver the time, but if you want to cheat and look at the number values, just hit the menu key. For more information check out the Binary Clock in our store.
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!
Add another weather app to the mix. MyWeather Mobile is a little cheaper than some of the other weather apps out there at $3.99, and it gives you a lot of bang for the buck. Check the current temperature, the 7-day forecast, 36 hour trend graph, sky conditions, wind speeds, barometric pressure, and much, much more. Unfortunately this one is only available in the US for the 9630, 9530, 9550, 9000, 8900, 83xx and 81xx series.
Note: Yes, there's a free 'Lite' version as well. More info on that one here.
Blurts, an app that connects your BlackBerry and PC via Bluetooth has been updated to version 1.1. View email, SMS, and incoming call alerts directly from your PC with this one! New features in the update include the following:
- SMS message threading with chat history and ability to have more that one SMS window open at once
- Option to split messages larger than 160 characters into multiple messages
- Capture of images from your BlackBerry's screen
- Option to auto lock PC once Blurts disconnects
- Now supporting Broadcom Bluetooth drivers
- Importing of your BlackBerry's address book for alerts
- Contacts photo will display from address book when receiving an alert
- 2-Way transfer of clipboard
- Non-English characters now supported
- Location of alert on desktop is now customizable
eBay for BlackBerry has been updated, and is a must-download, especially if you're addicted to eBay. Official description of changes:
This version supports additional devices such as the 8520, 8230, 8350 and 8530 models to widen our beta user base. Minor usability issues and some visual fixes were addressed. Passwords with special characters (e.g. $ & *) are supported. The new version will support 9700, 9520, 9550 and 9530 users shortly.
For more information or to download, hit up eBay for BlackBerry in App World >
SearchIt from Shaosoft has been updated to version 1.44. If you've never heard of SearchIt before, it allows you to quickly and easily search many popular sites (including sites you define). The new version brings many new features to the table, including:
- Opera Mini 5 and Bolt Browser support
- Live suggestions that pop up as you type your search
- Recent searches are saved and can be accessed by pressing enter in blank search field
- Option to configure menu button
- Paste function: Press space 3 times
- New sites added
- 2nd custom site spot added
- Text selection menu option added: Highlight text in another app, press menu button, and select SearchIt. Text will automatically be put into the search bar.
All that is required here is OS 4.2... So, for more information check out SearchIt in our store.
New This Week
Available for the Bold 9000, 9700, Tour 9630 and Curve 8900, the Super Mario Brothers Animated Theme brings classic Nintendo nostalgia to your Berry. The theme features 8 fixed home screen icons, custom menu and dialog boxes, and much more Mario goodness. If you're a die-hard Nintendo fan, or just love the Mario Brothers in general, this one is worth a look.
You can pick this theme up for $3.99 until January 31st (regular $6.49).
BBScanner lets you listen to over 1,700 police and fire scanners right from your BlackBerry... Plus, you can tap into railroad communications, weather broadcasts and much more. A trial of this app is available, which will run for 7 days. The trial does offer full functionality, so if you like it, the full version will run you $4.99.
Want to setup a shortcut to call someone quick? Quick as in, with the touch of one button? With Quick Call you can do just that. Setup a phone number and name, and move the Quick Call icon to your home screen. Now, all you need to do is select Quick Call, and your call will be made! If you have OS 4.2.1 or higher, you should be good to go with this one.
SeaBattle is Battleship for BlackBerry. The game features some nice graphics and animations to help keep the game fun and interesting. In the game you start with a Carrier, Battleship, Submarine, Frigate and Minesweeper, just like the traditional game. All that is required to run this one is OS 4.3 or newer, and 450K of free device memory.
Cool at BlackBerry App World:
Recently added to App World, Mobiola Web Camera from SHAPE Services turns your BlackBerry into a high-quality wireless web camera. It's very easy to install, and is made of two components. The first is the client app for your Berry, the second is a companion webcam PC driver that should be compatible with any Windows app capable of receiving video feeds from a web camera.
Key features include:
- Connect your BlackBerry to PC using USB, WiFi and Bluetooth.
- Screen Capture functionality.
- Cool video effects.
For more info or to purchase for $19.99, hit up Mobiola Web Camera in App World >
Until Next Week..
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