Welcome to this week's BlackBerry App Roundup! This week we have 50 copies of Talking Kitty by Almoko
to give away this week! We have searched high and low and found some neat apps to share with you this week, so head on past the break to check them out and enter the contest! If you have an app you want to see featured in the roundup be sure to check the end of the post for information on submitting it to us.
Force Close by Ottafone Inc.
This app allows you to force close (kill) some programs that never exit otherwise. Many such programs don't have to run all the time. Closing them (not just pushing them to background) would release precious resources (CPU, memory) on your BlackBerry. Due to API limitations and security reason, some third-party programs can't be force-closed by this app. However, this app provides a convenient way to delete a stubborn program that doesn't provide an elegant way to exit. Force Close is FREE in BlackBerry App World.
For more information/screenshots and to download Force Close
ScorePad by InHandHeld
Score your games with ease and concentrate on the game instead of being distracted by score-keeping. Score games with 2 to 8 players, up to 100 turns! Modeled after a paper score-sheet, just put the players' names at the top of the screen and enter scores in columns below. They're totaled automatically. Take the chore out of scoring, put ScorePad on your phone! ScorePad is available for $1.99 in BlackBerry App World and is
compatible with BlackBerry 85xx, 89xx, 91xx, 93xx, 95xx, 96xx, 97xx, and
See more players on the screen simultaneously, switch the names to the left side of the screen with scores on the right.
Set a time limit on your game. Display the elapsed or remaining game time in the title. A beeper sounds when times up and the winner and winning score is displayed.
Set a limit on the number of turns.
Set an ending score - the first to exceed it, or match it exactly, or go under it - your choice - wins.
Play without a time, turn or score limit.
Set a starting score. Choose whether the winning score is the highest or lowest. Allow negative scores - or not.
Save the scores to resume a game at a later time, as a reminder of your victories or losses, or to review your progress over time. Or copy the scores to the clipboard to file them in a memo or mail them to the players after the game.
Customize the app to your liking with options that control the font size, family, and style, background colors and even a background image of your choosing.
Plus comprehensive, well organized Help screens.
For more information/screenshots and to purchase ScorePad
FrameMee for BlackBerry by Rese-Solution
FrameMee for BlackBerry lets you decorate your camera shots using different frames. There are quite a few to choose from, each offering a different effect. You can even choose a frame that allows for multiple images. Save the image and you can share it using your usual methods. There is a free trial available so you can get an idea of what frames are included. The full version is on sale now for $1.99 (regularly $5.99) and the app is compatible with BlackBerry 89xx, 9000, 93xx, 95xx, 96xx, 97xx, and 9800.
For more information/screenshots and to download FrameMee
PhoneMate by Toysoft Development
Do you always forget your friends birthday or their anniversary? Wouldn't it be nice to display a note on the call screen as a reminder when they call you? Now you can with PhoneMate. You can setup PhoneMate to display the caller's birthday and/or anniversary dates. Optionally display the custom or Notes field from the Contacts. You can select icons for birthday and anniversary dates. Note that you must have entered the caller's birthday, anniversary, custom or notes fields in the Contacts application. PhoneMate costs just $.99 and currently is currently available for the Torch 9800.
For more information/screenshots and to purchase PhoneMate
What You Might Have Missed
Wedding Organizer for BlackBerry Smartphones; keeping couples sane one task at a time
It should come as no surprise to anyone, there is a whole lot of stuff that goes into the planning of a wedding, and it can be rather easy to overlook something that needs to be done if you are not meticulous and extremely organized. No one wants to carry around a notepad with them everywhere they go so they know what has been done, and what needs to be done, so why not just keep all the information in your beloved BlackBerry since it is always with you anyways.
Inside the Wedding Organizer application you will find 172 tasks (told you there was a lot) organized into 17 categories such as attire, beauty, honeymoon and more, which allow you to focus on a single section if you want, or just complete the tasks randomly. Each task is given a timeframe for the completion, which is based on how far before the wedding it should be done, like 2 to 3 months or the day before, allowing you to know where you stand at all times. If the 172 tasks included aren't enough you are able to add your own to the list so you can ensure that you don't miss anything for your big day. So if you are in the planning stages, or plan to be popping the big question soon pick up your very own copy of Wedding Organizer for only $2.99 from the CrackBerry Store while it is on sale.
More information / purchase of Wedding Organizer
Blockheads by Critter Creative
Think you have fast reflexes and even faster fingers? Put them to the test with Blockheads by Critter Creative for the BlackBerry PlayBook! The game will feel familiar to most of you as it's in the bubble popping category, but it's also got a bit of a Tetris feel, as rows of blocks drop from above while you eliminate groups of same-colored blocks from below. Blockheads is fast-paced, entertaining, and challenging as the ever shifting rows and columns of blocks stack up. Work fast to eliminate blocks before the stacks reach the red line, or it's game over. This is a game you'll return to again and again for a quick game or to entertain the kids. The graphics are bright and colorful and the game plays smoothly and without lag. You can pick Blockheads up for just $.99 in BlackBerry App World.
For more information/screenshots and to purchase Blockheads
Talking Kitty by Almoko
You've seen similar apps for Android and iOS, now you can have it on your BlackBerry too! Talking Kitty records what you say to it, then repeats it back to you in a silly voice. It's a simple app to use. Click or tap on the cute, hand-drawn kitty picture and you'll see the microphone turn red to indicate you're recording. Speak, and when you're done click the kitty again. He will repeat back to you what you said, but in a goofy voice. My daughter loved this app, and enjoyed recording herself over and over. The only thing really missing is the ability to save your recordings and forward them. Hopefully this will be added in a future update. Overall Talking Kitty is cute and easy to use, and will keep your kids (and maybe even you!) entertained for some time. The app is available for $.99 and is compatible with BlackBerry 8220, 8520, 89xx, 9000, 91xx, 9300, 95xx, 9700 and 9800 (GSM only, CDMA devices are not supported).
For more information and to purchase Talking Kitty
Contest: Almoko has provided us with 50 copies of Talking Kitty to pass out among our readers. To enter, leave a comment below. One entry per person please, contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST.
Until Next Week..
Well there you have it folks! Be sure to check out New BlackBerry Apps, Updated BlackBerry Apps and Free BlackBerry Apps available at ShopCrackBerry.com. If you are a developer and want to have your app shown in the roundup or you're interested in having us host a contest for you, drop me an email at cbmichelle[@]crackberry.com. See you all next week!