Howdy CrackBerry Nation! Hope everyone is enjoying their Friday so far and getting ready for the weekend. 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.
Gift Manager by KQSoft Inc.
It may only be November but the holidays are slowly creeping up on us. To make sure those gifts don’t burn a hole in your wallet this application offers an array of features to manage all of your gift ideas and lists with a clean and easy to use interface and much more. Users can create their own lists, balance their budget, view expense charts, attach photos of receipts, and export lists as a CSV file. Even when it’s not the holidays its adaptable for any occasion and all of the fields and drop down lists are modifiable by the user. Available for $0.99 and Built for BlackBerry it is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices.
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Mixem and Mixem Free by Koby Douek
When going through BlackBerry World, I happened upon this game and haven’t been able to put it down since. This mixing alchemy game asks players to combine different elements to create as many existing and new ones as they can. The fun lies in mixing and matching them on the board to discover each of the ones on their list and the final elements. They are constantly updating with new elements and combinations and their goal is to reach 1,000. Think you can you find them all? It is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices in a free limited version and a premium one for $0.99.
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Happy Cooking by SmartAps
I’ve never proclaimed to be a whiz in the kitchen. I tend to stick with simple recipes but this application features an assortment from different cultures and cuisines. All of them are laid out in an easy to read manner with images, instructions, preparation tips, and an option to diary in your calendar. The trial version is free to download and includes a recipes from two countries though it limits the number of views. The full version is $2.99 for BlackBerry 10 as an in-app purchase.
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Xtreme Maps Pro by Nemory Development Studios
While there is no shortage of map applications in the store, this one came to me via a reader suggestion. It grants users access to two different maps, Here Maps and Google Maps. It comes with a plethora of features including turn by turn navigation with voice assistance, traffic incidents, easy and quick search for places, restaurants, or stores (including reviews, photos, and contact info), and the ability to save map areas / offline maps (Here Maps only) to your device which is one option we can all appreciate. Xtreme Maps is $3.99 and supports all BlackBerry 10 devices.
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Vignette by by neilandtheresa
This popular Android port may not be new but it is one I’ve been meaning to try as there is no shortage of photo editing apps on my device. It smooth, applies changes instantly, and comes with more than 70 customizable filters and 50 frames. As a full-featured camera application it has digital zoom, time-lapse, and a self-timer. From a user perspective I kind of like the random setting which selects the filters for you. Some may find that the interface and controls take a little bit getting used to but it does link to an online user guide if you require assistance. Best part is there is a demo available for free so you can take it for a spin before deciding on whether to purchase for $2.99. It is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices.
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What You Might Have Missed
Pastry Push by ReFocus Labs
Those seeking an addictive and simple puzzle game should look no further than this one. Players slide pastries through the maze and around a series of obstacles in order to feed the monster. While it may sound easy, it's extremely challenging thanks 54 levels of gameplay. With rich 3D graphics and its unique strategy experience, players will be occupied for hours. You can find it at the link for $0.99 for BlackBerry 10.
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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.