Welcome back to this week's BlackBerry App Roundup! The past week brought several updates to popular apps including Twitter for BlackBerry, Foursquare for BlackBerry, Shortcut Me, and Facebook v2 for BlackBerry. If you haven't checked those out yet, you're going to want to be sure to do it. Twitter and Facebook were rolled out via BlackBerry Beta zone so if you haven't signed up there yet and you're interested head on over and get that taken care of. This week our contest is courtesy of MMMOOO. They have a new app called Mega Knight they just released, and we were lucky enough to snag 20 copies to pass on to you. 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, enter the contest, and see the winners from last week's contest!
puZZed by qBOTron
I hate waking up in the morning, and I'll admit I am addicted to the snooze button. I use my BlackBerry as my alarm, and there have been a few close calls where I actually turned my alarm off instead of hitting snooze. I know I'm not alone here, and puZZed is made for those of us that can't afford to have that happen.
Once your alarm goes off, puZZed will present you with a puzzle to solve before you can turn off that annoying alarm. puZZed will ensure you exercise your brain, forcing you to think clearly before you can turn it off. You’d better wake up, the puzzles will be impossible to solve if you’re still asleep! Once the alarm sounds, you will need to successfully solve the puzzle to turn it off and, before you know it, you’ll be wide awake. Simply insert the time you want to wake up into the app and switch it on.
5 puzzles to solve to keep you from falling asleep (2 free + 3 paid)
Similar user interface to the native Alarm app
Shuffle those puzzles!
Free future updates for paid version!
puZZed Lite has two puzzle sets and does not give you the option to randomize the puzzles
The full version of puZZed is available for $1.99 in BlackBerry App World, but the lite version is free. This app is compatible with all BlackBerry smartphones running OS 4.6 and greater.
Remember the classic scrolling shooter River Raid? Now you can play it on your BlackBerry! All the classics - copters, tanks, fuel, ships, shooting copters, planes as well as new enemies, bonuses, shields, new weapons and much more! River Raid is only available for the Torch and Storm, but it's fun and brings back memories for sure. The free version contains the first 12 levels. If you like it, be sure to upgrade to the full version (for $2.99) with infinite number of levels for endless fun!
How many times have you realized at the last minute it's someone's birthday or other special event, but it's too late to send them a card in the mail? Or maybe you're traveling and want to send that special someone a quick reminder that you love them. Luckily that can be done right from your BlackBerry with Greeting Cards Maker by Softbox. Once you make a card you can send it via text, email, or upload to Facebook,
8 categories of cards to choose from
Use a preloaded image or one from your device
Standard messages in 4 languages: English, German, French, Spanish
Add your personal message and customize with fonts, colors and formatting
Finger paint on the image
Greeting Cards Maker is available on sale for $1.99 (regularly $3.99) and is compatible with most BlackBerry smartphones, OS 4.5 or higher.
FastContactor allows you to call, email, text, or PIN contacts directly from ALL of your BlackBerry menus. Now you can contact friends and co-workers without exiting the application you're running.
The application supports 10 slots that you can customize for any contact in your address book. You can add an option in the menu called 'Call Mom', 'Email Sam at work', or 'Text John', and with a couple button presses the application will call your mother, or create a new email message to Sam. You can name each menu slot whatever you like, and best of all, any updates to your BlackBerry address book are immediately reflected in the application.
FastContactor works in all native applications, as well as the vast majority of third party applications. This means it will work in the Calendar, Tasks, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and more.
FastContactor is available on sale now for just $.99 (regulary $1.99) and is compatible with most newer devices.
The app is brand new and currently in open beta, but it already looks to be a best seller. The premise is simple - enter a few RSS feeds, choose your options and let the good times scroll. BreakingNews shows a ticker on your homescreen and runs through the RSS feeds, showing you the
latest news. Currently you can choose the display options like border and font color, set the refresh interval as well as enter up to 5 different feeds.
WikiSaver by Casey Wylde is a cool little program that acts as a screen saver when you plug in your BlackBerry to charge. When plugged in, a random page from Wikipedia shows on your BlackBerry screen. If you click the trackpad/trackball or hit the back button the screen disappears.
You can also use WikiSaver when your BlackBerry is not plugged in. If you click the icon you will also be shown a random page from Wikipedia, but you can always use the search function at the top if there is something specific you are looking for. I spoke with Casey and was told there are plans to add additional websites to the application, so if Wikipedia isn't your cup of tea, you will soon have other options.
WikiSaver is available for $1.99 and is compatible with most BlackBerry devices. As Casey is relatively new to BlackBerry application developement, any questions and constructive comments regarding the app are appreciated.
Popular app developer MMMOOO is back with Mega Knight, a super utility for your BlackBerry. This app is chock full of great features that add to the functionality and convenience of your device. It's easy and intuitive to use and will become a must-have all-in-one app for daily use.
I: Quick Launcher: apps, utilities, web sites, contacts, media files, etc
II: System Enhancement: menu clock, keypad backlight lock, auto WiFi, Wallpaper switcher, Screensaver
III: Notifiers: call connect/disconnect vibration, LED color alerts
IV: Data Transfer: backup your Contacts, Calendar, and tasks to your SD card
V: Add On: pop-up message preview and multiple alarms
Mega Knight is available for $6.99 and has a full 30 day trial available! This app is compatible with BlackBerry 9000, 96xx, Bold 97xx, 83xx, 85xx, 89xx, 93xx, Pearl 91xx, Storm 95xx, and 9800.
CONTEST: MMMOOO has kindly given us 20 licenses for Mega Knight to pass on to you! If you want to enter to win a copy and you have one of the compatible devices listed above, leave your comment below to enter. One entry per person please, and winners will be announced next week in the App Roundup.
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