Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! Yee-haw! I reckon BlackBerry users this week have been happier than a pig in…well, you get the idea. It’s been all about Devcon 2010 and, more importantly, the first look of that sneaky critter- the PlayBook! Rogers Wireless customers can now go out and hog tie their own Torch 9800. I got mine, but can’t play with it yet- I’ve loaded up the little lady, the little buckaroo and the wagon to head to our new home. Today, we have 25 copies of TyperLearn to give away. Have a rootin’ tootin’ weekend! Giddy up!
Freebies of the Week: GPS Tool, SaleSpider Mobile
In Case You Missed It: VQ Mileage Tracker, Datepedia 2.0, Don’t Disturb Me!
New This Week: Fast Scroll, Dog Whistle Training, Advanced Email Spam Filter
Cool at BlackBerry App World: Personal Guardian
Contest: Enter to win 1 of 25 copies of TyperLearn!
Freebies Of The Week:
GPS Tool -GPS Tool displays basic GPS information such as location, altitude, speed, and heading. GPS Tool also uses OS 5.0 to show the number of satellites, the signal strength and location of each satellite in a pseudo polar coordinate display. GPS Tool can detect partial and complete fixes, keeps track of the "time to complete fix" and provides some insight into what your GPS is doing as it determines coordinates. GPS Tool will only work on devices running Handheld Version OS 5.0
- Display coordinates, current speed and direction
- Detect Partial and Complete Fixes
- Display average signal strength
- Keep track of time to complete fix
- Display location of GPS satellites on Polar coordinate display
- Display Individual satellite signal strength.
Free from the CrackBerry App Store
SaleSpider Mobile -The Mobile App is based on the largest social network for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and job hunters. Our app will automatically match you to opportunities which you can pursue instantly. Plus, you get daily updates of new opportunities. Includes sales leads, jobs openings, and business deals. You can message buyers and sellers directly, and you can network with people like you. Currently used by over 700,000 people.
- Search Classifieds, Jobs, Sales Leads, People
- Post Ads
- Message Members
Free from the CrackBerry app store
In Case You Missed It:
VQ Mileage Tracker -VQ Mileage Tracker is the only Mileage Tracking application that AUTOMATICALLY tracks your mileage every time you drive your car. You don’t have to do anything until you want to submit an Expense Report. Then, at the press of a button, VQ Mileage Tracker emails you a report with:
- Date and Time for each trip
- Address you drove to
- Miles (or km) driven for every trip
Other Mileage Tracking apps require you to manually key in dates, times, distances and locations EVERY time you drive your car for business. And keeping track of your mileage on paper is a pain at the best of times. Why do all that when VQ MileageTracker can automatically do it all for you?
AUTOMATIC: VQ MileageTracker can AUTOMATICALLY track your mileage every time you drive your car. All you need to do this is in-vehicle Bluetooth or a VQ Bluetooth Car Charger. No in-vehicle Bluetooth? No problem. Use Semi-Automatic Mode.
SEMI-AUTOMATIC: No in-vehicle Bluetooth? No problem. Just manually start VQ MileageTracker every time you are about to drive for business purposes.
To purchase a VQ Bluetooth Charger: Launch your purchased copy of VQ Mileage Tracker software, click Select BT Device, then click Purchase. Purchases are securely processed using PayPal.
On sale for $9.99 from the CrackBerry App Store
Datepedia 2.0 -The all new Datepedia 2.0 is the ultimate BlackBerry calendar companion with hundreds of dates for national holidays, religious holidays, major sporting events and more! Simply select dates and export them to your BlackBerry Calendar or Contacts with customized reminders, all at the click of a button. Datepedia 2.0 delivers a breakthrough interface, including an interactive, color-coded Calendar View that provides a powerful new way to view upcoming holidays and other special events.
- View national holidays from multiple countries including US, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, France, Spain, Italy, Mexico and India
- View Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Hindu religious holidays including descriptions of each
- View dates for major sporting events including NASCAR, Golf, Tennis and more
- Keep track of important personal events such as birthdays and anniversaries
- Automatically calculates birthday and anniversary numbers
- Displays a days-until-event countdown for all events
- Import existing birthdays or anniversaries from your BlackBerry Contacts
- Choose from multiple export options (e.g. single event export or multiple event export) to save Datepedia events to your BlackBerry Calendar or Contacts
- Specify an export time or choose 'All Day' when saving events to the BlackBerry Calendar
- Set custom calendar reminders and specify reminder intervals
- Quickly search for any dates by category or name, and filter search by year for faster look-up
- Includes option for viewing all events or upcoming events only
- Switch between MM-DD-YYYY and DD-MM-YYYY date formats
On sale for $4.99 from the CrackBerry App Store
Don't Disturb Me! -Got many spam sms messages everyday? Don't Disturb Me! (DDM) is the Ultimate SMS firewall on BlackBerry platform! Block the spam sms messages by the sender's number or by the keywords! Use password to protect DDM' setting! Create sms filter directly from messaging application! Config how DDM will notify you when a SMS has been blocked! DDM meets all the requirements of block spam SMS!
**Trial version can only block sms 50 times.
- block sms by sender's number or number prefix.
- block sms by user defined keywords.
- use "safe sender" list to ensure your important sms will not be blocked.
- use password to protect DDM's setting
- backup number/keyword/safe sender list to SD card or restore from SD card.
- display block indictor and number of sms blocked on top of screen.
- configurable sound/vibrate/led notification when blocked a SMS or totally key silent.
- view detailed information of blocked SMS and reply it.
$3.99 from the CrackBerry App Store
New This Week:
Fast Scroll -Fast Scroll enables users to use their BlackBerry's volume buttons to scroll thru email lists and other applications! Fast Scroll augments Track Balls, Track Pads, and Touch-Screen scrolling improving both speed and precision, making you more productive with less effort. Pressing and holding a volume button rapidly scrolls thru the applications listed below. Pulsing a volume button, precision (one item or line at a time) scrolls thru applications listed below.
If you liked the Track Wheel, you'll love Fast Scroll! Fast Scroll extends the life of your Track Ball, extending the life of your BlackBerry! Reduces stress on your thumb for those with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Increases speed, lets you concentrate on what you’re looking for, significantly reduces thumb motion & effort for applications like email that require a lot of scrolling. Supports the following applications: Email Message, List Email Messages, SMS List, SMS Messages, BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Messenger Threads, Task Lists, Song Lists, Photo Lists
$0.99 from the CrackBerry App Store
Dog Whistle Training -Dogs hear higher frequencies better than people do. That's why dog whistles seem to be silent. Dogs hear the high frequency sounds that we can't. Dog trainers use dog whistles to get a dog's attention. Hand signals are often combined with dog whistles. Smaller dogs are more sensitive to higher frequencies compared to larger dogs. Younger dogs generally have more acute hearing than older ones.
Want to train your dog, or annoy neighbors' dogs (hopefully not the second option)? Our dog whistler generates whistle frequencies from 12000Hz to 44000Hz, among which you can find one that your dog will respond to, but humans are not able to hear!
On sale for $2.99 from the CrackBerry App Store
Advanced Email Spam Filter -No more unwanted emails! Filter it all with Advanced Email Spam Filter. Create spam filters right from your BlackBerry Messages app in a single click and send all your Spam to oblivion! Set up Mail Spam Filters to auto-delete your spam mails, or if you want, just silently mark them as read.
Since spammers keep changing their email id very fast (generally using an automated computer program), Advanced Mail Spam Filter allows you to block the entire domain as well as individual email id or all email id containing a given (spam) word! Advanced Mail Spam Filters also supports Backup & Restore. This is especially useful since you will generally be having anywhere from 10 to 100s or even more spam filters! A truly power-packed spam prevention system it also maintains an audit log of all the spam it has blocked. You can view this log to modify or tweak your spam filters.
- Simple to use and Smart and effective.
- No Over-Bloated Complexity! Simple to use.
- One click creation of Spam Filters right from BlackBerry Messages app.
- Smart and effective.
- Backup & Restore.
- Audit log of last 100 spam mails blocked.
On sale for $1.99 from the CrackBerry App Store
Cool In BlackBerry App World:
Personal Guardian -If you are looking for personal safety from your BlackBerry, Personal Guardian is here for you. Whether you are walking down a dark street or just feel uneasy walking alone, have your finger rest on your BlackBerry's Convenience Key, and be ready to trigger off silent alarm.
The silent alarm will:
- Dial 911 (or configure a number of your choice)
- Send out Twitter Message with your location information
- Send out Email with your location information
- Send out SMS with your location information
After setting up, Personal Guardian also alerts you when an unauthorized SIM Card is used on your BlackBerry Smartphone. With the alerts, it will also turn on real time tracking. Personal Guardian provides a web interface where you can manage your account and track your phone.
$19.99 at BlackBerry App World
TyperLearn -This Application for BlackBerry devices allows the user to become a fast typer and increase his/her typing skills.
It is aimed at users who are new to BlackBerry or at those who just cannot type fast but really need this skill. The App contains 48 Lessons for you to type and when you have completed 10% of the Lessons, you can take the first Test, after 20% the second Test, after 50% the third Test, after 70% the forth Test and after 90% the last Test.
For each completed Lesson, the typing speed (in word-per-minute) is displayed so that you can see in which Lessons you still have to get better and in which you already are a champ. The total average words-per-minute speed is also displayed. In the demo-version you can only access the first 3 Lessons and cannot access the Tests.
- Easy to use
- For BlackBerry beginners
- Improve your typing skills
- Become a fast typer
We have 25 copies of TyperLearn to giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered. Winners will be announced next week.
Speaking of announcements, instead of having everyone scroll through a huge list of the 50 MiniNotes winners, the winners will be contacted via email. Don`t you just love suspense Congratulations!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/ryanblundell.
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