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