BlackBerry App Roundup for January 31, 2014

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

By Alicia Erlich on 31 Jan 2014 08:24 am EST

Hope everyone is enjoying their Friday so far and 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.

Weather Radar USA by Ghotion LLC

Each week I ask all of our readers to suggest apps for this series. Sure enough, Weather Radar was on the list and it is an interesting way to view the weather in your region. Rather than display the temperature, as the name implies it accesses the animated weather radar of your area or region automatically based on your address, inputting manually based on latitude, longitude and radius, or picking from a list of favorites. Clean and simple, configuring for your location is quite easy and lets you see the weather systems without having to tune into your local news channel. It is free for all BlackBerry 10 devices running OS 10.1 and higher.

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True or False by hammyliem

When you’re on the go and need a quick break to take your mind off things, nothing beats a fast and fun trivia game. With over 60 levels to complete, questions are pulled from a variety of topics including history, geography, and science. Each level allows for a certain number of incorrect answers but the early ones are not that hard to pass. What better way to improve your knowledge and be entertained at the same time. Players can choose from single player mode or select multiplayer mode and compete real-time with a mirror image of all the questions against an opponent. There is a free version and premium one for $.99 available for all BlackBerry 10 handsets check and the PlayBook though it is an Android port. Some of the questions may be easy while others leave you scratching your head.

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Painter by Joseph Gaston

For those who want to have fun with their images there is this simple application. Whether you are working with a blank canvas or just want to paint over your existing images it is a solid painting application. With only a few taps you can select the width of the paintbrush, the opacity, choose a color, or switch to the eraser and start from scratch. No permanent changes are made to the original image and the modified ones are saved to your device or memory card. So what are you waiting for? Have some fun with your photo library and download this today for free. Please note Painter supports devices running OS 10.2 and higher.

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Rapid Reminders by David Jones III

Going through the forums I came upon this productivity tool. With our hectic schedules, tools that help in getting things done are always a plus. It allows you to set a reminder, alarm, and timer quickly and easily. There are a couple of ways of adding a quick reminder, you can either open the application directly and set a timer from there, or start typing from the home screen (keyboard devices). All are placed directly into the native calendar and you can edit and modify from there. The option that I prefer is being able to describe the task in the search menu with a hashtag of the timer and it will automatically enter it into your calendar. (i.e. Dry Cleaning#15). You can grab this for $.99 and it supports all BlackBerry 10 devices.

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Translate IT by Parachute Mobile

For those with BBOS devices searching for a quick translator tool while on the go, this one allows you to bridge the gap. It supports more than sixty languages, is available in six default languages, translates words, phrases and texts from one into another, and pronounces the translated word for you. Translate IT is compatible with most BBOS devices and can be purchased for $.99.

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What You Might Have Missed

Fire Chest Usage by Sasha Kanthan

With roaming charges, overages, fees, and quotas, sometimes you just want to be able to analyze your usage before you get surprised with a bill as seen in the commercials where the table breaks or falls over. Fire Chest Usage is an intuitive application that allows for users to view reports regarding their calls, texts, and data usage over a six month period right from their device. From the developer that brought you Fire Chest Backup, you know it's a solid, native application to keep you on top of things. Best of all it is absolutely free to download for BlackBerry 10.

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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 31, 2014


Will CrackBerry start reviewing Android apps, now that 10.2.1 accesses the Amazon App store and Google Play(via sideloaded Snap app) ?

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I'll give props to Weather Radar USA. Has a singular purpose, but it loads quickly and works well. Even supports dragging and pinch-to-zoom which is very handy.

Ce serait int√©ressant aussi de voir quelques nouvelles applications Andro√Įd maintenant compatibles avec la nouvelle version du syst√®me d'exploitation BB10. +

Why does a trivia game need permissions for location, phone and device ID? These can't be switched off. Deleting.

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I feel like the whole permissions issue is such muddy water. BlackBerry World, developers, and CrackBerry would do good in cleaning it up. Mentioning permissions required and whether they can be toggled off would be a start, a full-blown examination and vetting of apps based on what information is actually taken from your phone and whether or not it is leaked to somewhere outside your phone would be fantastic! Of course, that takes a lot more work than just talking about stuff, but it would be hugely welcomed by me, and I'd like to think by others as well. I would love to get the most out of my phone by adding apps with useful features, but I don't want to just have "faith" that the app is doing only what it needs to and not accessing anything more or sending any information somewhere it doesn't belong. However, I don't have the technical expertise to examine what apps are doing on my phone . It seems to me that this is a huge blindspot in the adoption of smartphone use that could possibly be remedied by an organization like CrackBerry, if not by BlackBerry themselves (and others running "app stores" as well) .

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Dear all,,

I've been using Nokia E72 and it's built in caller ID announcer has been a GREAT there a WORKING app to do so in my Q10.

Plzzzzz help

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