BlackBerry App Roundup March 4th

Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! Is it true? Can it really be true?! Do we finally have a release date for the PlayBook? Now that I think about it, it’s pretty close to my son’s Birthday. It’ll make the perfect present. So what if he’s turning 4, I can look after the PlayBook until he’s a bit older…right?

Today, we announce the winners of the US Holidays 2011 giveaway and also give you the chance to win one of 25 copies of Blink! Have a rootin’ tootin’ weekend! Giddy up!

Freebies of the Week: Uppidy, TVOKids Polka Dot Shorts, Curling Stats

In Case You Missed It: Holiday Inn, Mobiola xPlayer

New This Week: Toddler Letters, FridayMoviez, Food Journal (PlayBook)

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Garmap for Mobile

Contest: Win one of 25 copies of Blink!

Freebies Of The Week:

Uppidy

Uppidy - Uppidy lets you store, manage and search all your individual Text and SMS messages from your phone for free. You can see, in real time, your messages synced to our hosted location at Uppidy.com and view them when ever you wish. Account creation and storage are safe, secure and completely free. Stop worrying about:

  • Storage limits on your phone
  • Loosing your phone
  • Loosing your important conversations

Go to Uppidy.com and watch your texts from the moment you download onward be ported in real time. Uppidy.com lets you also manage more than one phone per account. Search across texts by date, time, by phone or even by the person you have been texting with.

Free from BlackBerry App World

Polka Dot Shorts

TVOKids Polka Dot Shorts - Colourful, fun, entertaining and Polkaroo!

The polka dots on Polkaroo’s shorts are missing! Help him find them by spotting the sequence across, backwards, up and down and watch as polka dots appear on Polkaroo’s shorts. TVO’s Polka Dot Shorts is a sequence matching game for kids aged 2 – 5 that supports the early learning and kindergarten math curriculum and has been teacher and classroom tested. It will keep them entertained, help them to learn, and keep your BlackBerry device safely locked – your little one can’t send emails or make phone calls.

From math, to language, the arts and social skills, and everything in between, TVOKids.com is a great place for you and your kids to visit. TVOKids.com produces entertaining and engaging educational games and activities in all curriculum areas and tests it with children, teachers and parents across Ontario. Check out over 160 games for children 12 and under at TVOKids.com.

Free from BlackBerry App World

Curling Stats

Curling Stats - Calculate your curling team's shooting percentages using this free, easy-to-use, shot scoring app. Curling Stats will let you save your team's curling shots in a game, allow you to revisit your game performances, find weak points in your team's curling game, and help you track your team's shooting ability in general.

By saving and scoring your team's curling shots, Curling Stats will calculate and generate the shooting percentages (just like on TV) for each curler on your team. A shooting percentage is a statistical value used to determine how well a curler is throwing in a game; on their hits, draws, takeouts, freezes, etc., and whether or not they are making the called shots in a game. It can be used as an effective coaching tool, allowing you to easily measure your team's shooting ability, and to find a curler's weak and strong points of their shooting game.

Curling Stats is designed to receive score input efficiently, so that scores can be saved quickly, in between taking shots during a curling game. With this design, the app lets you save your shots using three variables: the type of turn (in-turn or out-turn), the type of shot (draw, peel, freeze, etc), and the shot score (rating out-of-4). These three variables are entered on the BlackBerry keypad using just three keystrokes, allowing you to easily save a shot within seconds, in the moments between throwing your team rocks.

If you are a fan of both curling and statistics, this app provides an easy way for you to add numbers to your team's curling game and to easily track your team's progress. The app will give you all the details and statistics needed to help you track and improve your game shooting ability. However, if you are only a casual fan of curling, this app can still provide a fun, statistics element to your game.

Free from BlackBerry App World

In Case You Missed It:

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn – Holiday Inn is now available through your BlackBerry. Download the FREE app today and you’ll have immediate access to Holiday Inn and the entire IHG Family of Brands including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.

Features:

  • Find and book rooms at over 4,400 hotels worldwide
  • View and cancel upcoming reservations
  • View photo galleries, driving directions and amenities for each hotel
  • Click-to-call for each hotel
  • View Priority Club Rewards points balance and membership status
  • Enroll to become a Priority Club Rewards member

Free from BlackBerry App World

xPlayer

Mobiola xPlayer - Mobiola xPlayer is a multimedia player for all major audio and video formats with Live Radio support. Listen to your favorite music on BlackBerry and Live Radio, watch your favourite movies and videos fullscreen, listen to business, sports, music podcasts on the go!

Mobiola xPlayer requires a license for Live Radio and podcasts. All other functionality is absolutely free!

Watch fullscreen videos and listen to live music on BlackBerry! Mobiola xPlayer is an excellent BlackBerry music and video player. Relax on the beach and shuffle songs from your playlist, or play favorite videos and music on BlackBerry on the go. Explore over 100 predefined radio stations in all genres: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Hiphop & RNB, world, pop. Listen to business, sport, music, showbiz and entertainment podcasts on BlackBerry to stay tuned for the latest events from live news! Add your own podcasts, now subscription for new podcasts is available via RIM Push.

New user interface and themes to change the look of xPlayer. Enjoy playing video and music on BlackBerry with new sleek design of xPlayer. BlackBerry Inbox integration, push notifications and background mode.

Currently on sale for $9.99 (from $19.99) from the CrackBerry App Store

New This Week:

toddlerletters

Toddler Letters - Teach your toddler to associate letters with their corresponding sounds. Use your child attraction for the phone to foster his learning. Keep your toddler busy with letters of the alphabet and their English pronunciation.

  • Easy to use: press any key or touch the screen to advance to the next image.
  • Help available in the application.
  • Responsive customer support.
  • Supports the newest devices like Torch, Storm 2, Bold 2 and the new Pearl(91xx).

Currently on sale for $0.99 (from $1.99) at the CrackBerry App Store

FridayMoviez

FridayMoviez - FRIDAYMOVIEZ.COM is a chic movie portal bringing you the best of Bollywood and Hollywood in terms of the up-to-the-minute news, movie reviews and trailers, celebrity images, videos and profiles, exclusive inside information comprising original features, live event coverage, red carpet events, comprehensive archives and more. Positioned to be the unparalleled resource for quality movies.

Infotainment, FRIDAYMOVIEZ.COM delivers the ultimate user experience for all movie enthusiasts worldwide with its cutting edge technology, high definition videos and images and our ‘paparazzi non-compliant’ content which ensures that the news and information we provide is real, relevant and engaging, without being uncouth or offensive.

$2.99 from BlackBerry App World

Food Journal

Food Journal - This application allows you to enter, store and retrieve nutritional information for various meals. The following information can be stored for a meal item: Meal, Item, Portion, Calories, Protein, Fat, Carbs, Sodium, Fiber or Other (a field of your choosing).

The data entered can then be accessed through the summary view- here you'll find a calorie total with a list of all the items you entered for a given date. If you wish to view the individual nutritional information simply click on the desired item in the list or click on nutritional graph to give you a graphical representation of your daily total (Note: these values are based on a 2000 calorie diet)

Finally a BMR and BMI calculator have been included to give you an idea of what you should be consuming in a day.

$1.99 from BlackBerry App World

Cool In BlackBerry App World:

Garmap

Garmap for Mobile - 12 month navigation license. Garmap for Mobile Online is about more than just mobile navigation - it's about you and where you are. Our world class mobile navigation solution is bundled with an impressive list of services that will help you find what you want, where you want it and let you share it all with friends and family. Think search, share and navigate. Think Garmap for Mobile.

Features:

  • 3D maps and turn by turn voice prompts
  • Automatic updates of the latest map data
  • Detailed restaurant and accommodation guides and booking
  • Computicket event guide and booking
  • Free Gtribe Premium Content
  • Local business (Yellow Pages) and Wikipedia search
  • Share locations and routes via SMS, Twitter, Facebook and e-mail
  • Follow me feature: friends can track your position as you travel
  • Speed camera alerts
  • Live traffic alerts
  • Trip reports - no more paper logbooks!

$39.99 for a 1 year subscription from BlackBerry App World

Contest:

Blink

Blink - Customize more than 20 LED alerts with Blink's Multi-Alerts system. Shine your BlackBerry anytime you want with Manual mode. 20 colors, including Disco and Circle. 10 speed modes, including Pulse, Always On and Advanced. 7 days free trial.

Features:

  • Multi-Alerts system
  • Multi Email accounts support
  • Manual mode
  • Customize your LED color for numerous apps including; Facebook, Twitter, Missed Call, Email, Social Feeds and more.

Tips:

  • You can choose Disco colors and Pulse to make your BlackBerry shine different colors.
  • You can choose White color and Always On to make you BlackBerry a led flashlight.
  • Use Reset LED to stop any LED light if you came across annoying / unexpected

Options:

  • Blink Duration: set duration for an alert to get more battery life.
  • Advanced: set a on and off time for advanced frequency setting.
  • Memory Line: set a line for low memory alert
  • Stop blinking: stop blinking with touching any key or after reading.

Notice:

  • If you want to get alerts in Bedside mode, please Enable LED in Bedside option.
  • Please turn off system's LED Coverage indicator if you want to use the one inside Blink.

$3.99 from the CrackBerry App Store

We have 25 copies of Blink to give away! All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered. Winners will be announced next week. Now, for the 50 winners of US Holidays 2011.

Contest Winners:

lilsimon04
Crackle_Berry
jljljl13
Dent4DA08
adairpro
badger5940
Cula
leocapot
drseusswwm
vyrenee
scottae316
EnriqueRv
jacjordan
owoseni1
cvlucero
abelmb
BB Musketeers
Yell0w
TwistMyMind
blueyestm
rseaholm
gplink
jacknewp
AnneO
yehrulz
bobbaloo
RoraBorieAlice
greyhd
NotJustAPhone
parked
adiyosef2
Razor213
crazypaidos
phenyx923
carriehatton
puddin78
blackcaneaddict
carnivalryde
uber446
EeyoreFan75
mandujar1
cscott44
Ferretling
bibeberry
cubez
AndrewMcHorney
maskedmascot
spencerdl
Accio_BBandCoffee
Asteroid86
*Congrats to everyone! You should receive a message within the next 2 weeks, so watch out for it!*

Until Next Week..

Well there you have it folks! I hope you enjoyed the apps we managed to corral this week. If you have any information on software (including news and tips), or if you are developer looking to be in the spotlight (or contest) let me know via email at [email protected] or on Twitter at twitter.com/ryanblundell.

Of course, we also have many more New BlackBerry Apps, Updated BlackBerry Apps and Free BlackBerry Apps available at ShopCrackBerry.com. Be sure to visit our software store for more great deals on BlackBerry Applications!