BlackBerry App Roundup for March 21, 2014

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

By Alicia Erlich on 21 Mar 2014 09:31 am EDT
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Howdy all, 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.

Sleep Genius with Multi Alarm Clock by RadicalAppz.com

While the native BlackBerry clock allows you to set multiple alarms, there is nothing wrong with using a third-party app that adds extra features. Sleep Genius is more than just for alarms as it comes with soothing, relaxing sounds to help you fall asleep with an auto shutoff and bedside clock mode. Not only does it offer hub integration, recurring alarms, and shake feature to shut off alarms, but a live home screen widget with current time, next alarm, extra phone stats and battery indicators. Designed for OS 10.2 and higher you can purchase for $1.99. 

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Turbo Reader by QtHelex

Have you ever wanted to read faster? From the developer that brought you ClipMan Clipboard Manager, this app aims to give you lightning fast eyes and to enhance your reading speed. It does so by showing you one word at a time at increasing speeds. It eliminates the time your eyes move between words and helps in turning off your internal voice while reading. For me I can sometimes linger too long on a particular sentence and while I'm not looking to become a champion speed reader it did improve my regular pace. Free initially to download for BlackBerry 10, there is a $.99 in-app purchase to upgrade to the full featured version which adds settings such as font size, outline around text, large words delay, or fixed position for 3rd letter.   

More information/Download Turbo Reader 

Fly Fly Up! by AgeTDev

Suggested in last week's roundup I thought I would give this simple game a try. This is the first game by the developer yet it is harder than it appears. The object is to switch the color of the ant's jetpack to match the color of the banners he passes through on his way up. The difficulty is that the speed increases and the distance between the banners decreases so there is less time in which to tap the correct color. You can try the lite version for free or purchase the full version for BlackBerry 10 for $.99. 

More information/Purchase Fly Fly Up!

Doomdark's Revenge by Chilli Hugger Software Ltd

Going through the forums, I discovered another game, this time a sequel to the classic Lords of Midnight. This remake of the famous fantasy game offers great graphics and smooth gameplay. If you enjoy strategy games and those that are retro as well you should definitely give this a try. It is available for the BlackBerry Z10, Z30, PlayBook, and Porsche P9982 devices. You can grab this for $3.99 at the link below. 

More information/Purchase Doomdark's Revenge  

Shortcuts by manysmallapps.com

I'm always on the lookout for a useful productivity app. This one is for power users and allows you to invoke your common actions by typing one, two, or three keystrokes in the BlackBerry 10 search box. As of now you can compose email and text messages, make a phone call, initiate a BBM video or voice call, and open URL's. I'm not one to complain about getting things done faster and this one is compatible with BlackBerry 10 for $1.99.

More information/Purchase Shortcuts

 

What You Might Have Missed

The Elements by npaul14

Calling all students! Nothing quite like a reference application to help you with your studies. For those who need help studying their elements for Chemistry they can use this handy guide. Users can view the periodic table and all 118 elements and their specific characteristics. Each one is neatly laid out in color-coded groups and blocks or you can switch to a sortable list view for quick access. You can get it for $.99 in BlackBerry World.

More information/Purchase The Elements

 

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. 

30 comments

QuIcKsIlV3r

As always Alicia, a great list of some great apps

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;-) LOL

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

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@ Quicksilver

AAA, whether intentional, subconscious or coincidental, your comment start with 3x the ...oops... letter of the alphabet !

It's all good....

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Hidjk

Are you saying, that he is saying...

First,First,First on purpose in his own way?

:o)

www.livingtruth.ca www.carm.org

BB Adict

I think he is. Lol!

Blackberry always.....

CV4evr

Y'all have just too much time on your hands.

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drmike

First posters or those who condone first posting have no lives. Period.

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Hidjk

Since you are Speaking about lives/life...
Some food for thought.

John 12:24:26

24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. 25 Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. 26 Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.

www.livingtruth.ca www.carm.org

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It's called an alliteration, two or more words in a row starting with the same letter. Sounds good and gives emphasis to what's being said, so it's been used in literature since the ancient Greeks and Romans, and today in newspapers, media and advertising.

Best before, double dose, or headlines like

"Flying foxes found to carry deadly disease called Hendra"

We sometimes make them up knowingly, or without realising.

Even Black, ahem... Berry!

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

AgeT

Hey thank you for writing about my game!

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vanrickman

Thanks Alicia

Sent from the phone of the gods.....Z30

Techno-Emigre

I enjoy these lists. Often they feature apps and games I wouldn't otherwise notice.

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+1

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Matty

Nice list of apps, always look forward to these posts.

C004635F8 - Premium BlackBerry 10 wallpapers.

Or search "BB10 Wallpapers" and look for the rotating BlackBerry logo.

oystersourced

I saw something very similar to Turbo on BBC Click, everyone should get it.. this is the future :). I've just purchased and it's a very good implementation.

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QtHelex

Thanks a lot. I'm the developer of this small tool and I have some more goodies for TurboReader in preparation. :)

oystersourced

I look forward to seeing them :).

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tombstonebb

So, this will teach me to read faster only when using Turbo reader or when I'm reading a book as well?

If the object of reading a particular document is to simply get to the end, I can see your point. I'm curious about the purpose of this app. Are you proposing this will aid in reading comprehension as well? I'm not being critical, I'm just interested.

What would be a scenario where I would want to use this app other than for the entertainment factor?

Last question, what is the basis for your conclusions?

Thanks.

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QtHelex

I'm not sure if it will help you to read a normal book faster, so it may help you only where reading is sometimes a pain... At the small smartphone display.

I wouldn't call it just a entertaining app. Normally I'm myself a extremely slow reader and I have symptoms of dyslexia. But I heard about this "technology" at the beginning of this year and tested it using one of the several websites which are offering this service:
http://www.spreeder.com/
http://www.zapreader.com/

It worked for me from the first second and I were reading and understanding a text with 200 words per minute. My favourite website worked also at my Z10, but it was not very comfortable. So I tought I should develop something like this myself and integrate it into the share menu of BlackBerry 10.

Using google you will find even more and also some scientific papers which are trying to explain the whole thing and why it works. I have myself not really a good basis for my conclusions, I'm not a scientist, I'm just a mobile developer. But I were surprised how well the concept works for me and I'm sure it may also help others.

It works great for me by marking text at the reader mode of the Browser or the CB10 app and sharing it to TurboReader (or ClipMan before). For Websites I see (at my desktop) and want to read while sitting in the subway I'm sharing it to "ReadItNow!". It has in the meantime a TurboReader integration via a plugin.

AppReview

Crap Apps!

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rdgroulx

An account called App review and this is your professional assessment? That like Oprah holding a book and saying "book be good, me likey" and then ending the show..

Try to elaborate next time or you'll be labeled as a hater.

I'm Zeeing a bright future for Blackberry

Alicia Erlich

As my intro says you can suggest your own to be featured here. Are there any apps or games you use that you would like to see?

jasm817

You're kidding with these apps...right? Half of them look like they were converted from an atari. If this is the sorta crap apps developers are creating for Blackberry than selling the companies real estate to keep a os going with this sorta app crap.

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rdgroulx

That was the point, seems you missed it. Minecraft, Meat boy, and hundreds of platformers on Steam are designed retro on purpose.

I'm Zeeing a bright future for Blackberry

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