Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another week has passed so you know what that means? Not only is it time to share with you another batch of applications for your BlackBerry 10 or Priv device but also a way to catch up on all the news that transpired since we last met. This week, all of the exciting tech news came out of CES 2016. Whether it was QNX showcasing their advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), John Chen announcing the Priv will soon be available on other US carriers, or BlackBerry partnering with Sharecare it was an interesting week of big announcements and new gadgets.
Now it's time to bring you this week's picks for all you passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game I've rustled up for you by clicking through the gallery below. If your favorite didn't make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.
1. Racing 3D - Fury Road by KAPlus
What would this roundup be without a high-octane racing game to get the adrenaline flowing? I've been playing racing games since I was a child on various gaming systems and at the arcade. The latest one to hit the storefront is filled with action, great graphics, four different courses, and responsive controls. All you have to do is race your car until time runs out. Players must accomplish this all while weaving in and out of traffic, collecting coins, and grabbing lightning bolts.
Racing 3D is free to download from BlackBerry World and is a fun way to pass the time. Please note there are in-app purchases for obtaining fuel and other items if you do not have the patience to earn them as you play.
2. File Stash by DevJay
Looking for a way to keep personal and sensitive files hidden from prying eyes? BlackBerry 10 users have a variety of options at their disposal to keep their data safe. These include utilizing a password lock or picture password, enabling system encryption, and downloading a third-party application. File Stash is another way in which users can secure their videos, photos, music files, and documents.
With its simple UI, you can quickly add and remove files, view private media files with an in-app media player, and set a password for additional privacy. Please note that uninstalling the application will permanently remove your files. All you have to do is restore these files before performing this action. Users can try the free version with limited functionality or purchase the premium version for $0.99.
3. Photo Editor by Aviary by Aviary, Inc.
Life is full of moments. No matter how big or small we always look to capture them in one form or another. Once an image is taken, we can edit, enhance, or modify before saving them. There is a variety of editing and photography applications available to download, and it can be overwhelming to narrow it down to a specific one. In my case, I was looking for one to use on the go.
Photo Editor by Aviary (which is a subsidiary of Adobe), is an easy-to-use editing application with a polished interface. All of the editing tools appear at the bottom of the screen for quick access. This is perfect for those times you need to make edits on the go, especially for those of us who perform tasks one-handed. While it is not the most robust and comprehensive editing tool out there, it does offer a decent array of features. This includes making your own memes, an endless supply of effects, frames, stickers, overlays and more from their store. Many of the add-on packs are free or can be purchased for a small fee.
All of the standard effects are included (i.e. enhance images, crop, focus, orientation, lighting, sharpness, blur, etc.) as well as a new feature called Discover. Discover allows you to explore a curated stream of user generated images, the step-by-step editing process, and the tools and supplies used to create them.
Photo Editor by Aviary is free to download from Google Play.
4. Any.do: To-Do List & Task List by Any.do
My quest to find the perfect productivity or GTD app continues with this task-oriented application. What impresses me about this application is the minimalist design. The simplicity mimics that of a daily planner. Upon creating an Any.do account, users are presented with their daily list of tasks. You can change the view and layout with a simple tap, drag and drop items, swipe to complete, set a reminder, add sub-tasks, notes, and attachments, and shake to remove. To add tasks, simply tap on the plus sign at the bottom of the screen, speak the command, or send an email to a designated address.
The application is free to download and is cross-platform. However, functionality such as customized recurring tasks, unlimited collaboration and moments, location based reminders, and custom backgrounds require a paid subscription. At the time of this post, a monthly subscription is $2.99, and an annual one is $26.99. The downside is that many of the useful features are reserved for the subscription service.
For those do not mind paying a small fee in order to unlock the additional features, you can find Any.do in Google Play.
5. Vox Blox by Martin Cietwierkowski
For those times you need a quick distraction from work or school, there is this simple game similar to Minecraft. In this generated world, players can dwell into dark dungeons, swim in vast underwater caverns, and build an entire town. All you need is your imagination and an endless supply of blocks to create your own adventure. It plays well and is free to download in BlackBerry World.
6. What You Might Have Missed
John Chen discusses BlackBerry's CES 2016 announcements
After BlackBerry's 2016 CES presentation, John Chen sat down with CNBC's Jon Fortt to discuss the various announcements. This discussion included news about smart cars (i.e QNX's ADAS system, new Acoustics Management Platform (AMP) and collaboration with Ford), security and encryption, as well as the current market. If you have a few minutes available, be sure to sit and watch the entire segment.
Until next week...
That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games, be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry Forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS, the BlackBerry PlayBook, or even Android Apps in the Google Play store for the BlackBerry Priv. 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.