Friday. Another week, another BlackBerry App Roundup for you all to enjoy (I hope). Let's get right down to business. Covered this week in the BlackBerry App Roundup are the following titles:
In Case You Missed It: Food Network Mobile App for BlackBerry, TIME Magazine App for BlackBerry, Wicked Wordpress V1.0 Available, WHERE Available for the BlackBerry Tour, VQ CarFinder Remembers Where you Parked!
New This Week: Meters, Reversi for the Storm, MessageForward, Patrik's Easy Cooking
Apps on Sale: THE Flashlight, Jewel Breaker, Tip Calculator, Full Screen Caller PictureID, Wild West Hangman
Cool at BlackBerry App World: Exgis Time & Expense Lite
Freebie of the Week: CurrencyConvertPro
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.
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!
The Food Network has launched an awesome little app optimized for the BlackBerry. Use it to browse or search recipes, or even check out some videos from my favorite culinary network.
Official description from The Food Network:
"Food Network is one of the most recognized and respected authorities on food. The mobile application for BlackBerry smartphones is the perfect extension of the channel's robust database of top quality recipes and food related content," said Paul Burns, vice president digital media for the network. "We identified a market of users eager for food related content delivered in a way that suits their busy lifestyles and we are proud to be the first Canadian provider to respond to that interest."
You can pick it up for free via The Food Network, or via App World.
The folks at TIME Magazine have added another very handy app to our repertoire this week. If you enjoy the magazine, you can now read it wherever you are, from the convenience of your BlackBerry handheld. Browse articles and photography, and customize the app to deliver the content you're interested in the most. This one is compatible with most current Berry devices.
To download OTA, hit up http://app.time.com.
If the official Wordpress App for BlackBerry isn't quite cutting it for ya, there's now another option out there. Wicked Wordpress is one any BlackBerry-toting blogger will want to check out... However, it's important to note that this is a paid app. A 14 day free trial is available, and after that you'll need to shell out a cool $30/yr to continue use. It's certainly worth a look... you can check it out for yourself via the developers at Screaming Toaster.
If you're among the eager early-adopters of the BlackBerry Tour, you'll be pleased to know that a new version of the WHERE app is now compatible with your shiny new Berry. It's doing so well in fact, that the app is a #1 download for the Tour. C'est bon! WHERE is a killer app that can help you find anything using your built-in GPS. Find movie locations and times, phone numbers, gas, coffee, traffic reports and more. Look for WHERE in App World, or read more about it at Where.com.
If you often forget where you parked your car while out-and-about, the VQ CarFinder App was made for you. Once installed, there's really nothing you need to do. If your car has Bluetooth on-board, your Berry will pick up the Bluetooth signal, connect, and note the last location from where it received the signal. When you turn your car off, it will plot the last location. When trying to find your car again, simply pop open the app and the rest is self explanatory. If you don't have Bluetooth on-board, a handy Bluetooth car charger is available for purchase for $19.99. Very handy, very useful... and very cool. Read more over at www.4carfinder.com or check it out in App World.
New This Week
Meters provides you with, um, well Meters (duh) to help you monitor your BlackBerry's performance. Toggle through a battery meter, memory meter and object meter to give you a clear look at your Berry, and even diagnose potential problems before they occur. While Meters is running, it requests that the system does garbage collection as often as is reasonable to free up memory and object handles as soon as they're no longer needed.
Two versions are available. One for OS 4.2 through 4.5... and another for OS 4.7 users.
New from the folks at Tafasa, Reversi is a remake of the classic 'Othello' game for the BlackBerry Storm. The object of the game is to have more of your color pieces on the board by the time the playfield is full of pieces. If you surround opponents pieces with yours, you get to flip them over to 'convert' them to your color. Gameplay and rules really are simple. 5 different computer difficulty levels are built-in, animations can be turned on or off, and you can even show or hide possible playable moves. If you are a fan of the game and carry a Storm, this one is worth a look!
MessageForward is available right now for $9.99 at ShopCrackBerry.com >
Patrik's Easy Cooking claims to be the 'ultimate cookbook for young, modern cuisine'. Here's a brief description from the developers:
Chef Patrik Jaros and food photographer Günter Beer decided to take on the challenge of cooking in single and small households. They wanted to create everyday recipes that every amateur cook can understand. A cooking guide that can be taken anywhere – shopping, riding the metro or sitting in a café. The result is this cooking app.
Inside you'll find 72 recipes which can be browsed by category or chapter. Plus, there's easy step-by-step slideshows of food preparation. If shopping for the ingredients is a concern, there's also an illustrated shopping list feature which makes it easy to find and buy the correct items.
Patrik's Easy Cooking is only available for the Storm at this point... and can be picked up for $2.99 at ShopCrackBerry.com >
BlackBerry Apps on Sale:
The brightest flashlight for your Blackberry. Compare! All other apps use the not so bright screen. This one uses the very bright video camera light. Stays on forever (or until battery runs out).
On sale for $3.50
until August 2nd
Rotate groups of four jewels at a time to make horizontal or vertical lines of three or more jewels to gain points and reach the highest levels!
On sale for $2.99
until August 3rd
This is the tip calculator that you have been waiting for. Easy to use, very powerful, and it looks great!
On sale for $2.99
until August 2nd
Full screen picture caller ID and caller id blocking for the BlackBerry® smart phones. Assign JPG, PNG or GIF picture as caller ID picture, block any caller and prevent callers leaving you voicemail.
On sale for $9.95
until August 7th
Wild West Hangman combines the original pen and paper game, with modern
trivia questions, to make a game that is both fun and challenging for
On sale for $1.99
until August 19th
Cool at BlackBerry App World:
Exgis Time & Expense Lite
Anyone in business knows the value of tracking your time and expenses. If you don't already have a solid system of doing this, Exgis Time & Expense Lite might be the solution you need. Entries can be created for almost anything, and fields include the date, time, location, client, project and more... You can select from a drop-down list of categories, or create your own. At the end of the month, if you need a copy of your time and expense report, you can export to .csv format for easy editing on your Mac or PC. Exgis Time & Expense Lite works on all current Berry models running OS 4.2 or higher.
To nab your copy, you'll need to head over to the App Store and throw down $9.99.
More information and screenshots available at Exgis.com.
Freebie of the Week:
CurrencyConvertPro is a nifty currency converter available for free in our store. 150 or so currencies are included in the app, with currency values kept up to date to make sure your conversions are accurate. All that is required here is OS 4.0 or higher, and it should work just fine on all current BlackBerry models including the Storm and Tour.
Until Next Week..
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