A quieter week this week on the software front. Suppose we're still feeling a bit of the fallout and are coming down from the high of CTIA. All the same, there is still lots to talk about. Here's a brief overview of this weeks' roundup:
New BlackBerry Software:e-Mobile Phone Alert, LaunchPad for BlackBerry, Texas Hold'em King 3, Sol Mania
Updated BlackBerry Software:MobiPocket Reader 6.0, AudioPOP for Voice Mail & Audio Attachments, Wallpaper Megaplex Lifetime Access for BlackBerry, Tipper for BlackBerry
Free BlackBerry Software:TV Guide Mobile
Cool BlackBerry Software:Beta of Viigo Project Tango
Just for Fun:TheHockeyNews.com Mobile
New BlackBerry Software
e-Mobile Phone Alert
A new addition to the ShopCrackBerry.com Software Store, e-Mobile Phone Alert makes sure you never miss important phone calls you WANT to receive. You can set notifications by trackball/LED color, by buzzer or ringtones. You can setup custom alerts based on individual phone numbers, or even create custom rules based on area code and phone extensions. This is compatible with the Pearl, 8800, and 8300 series on OS 4.2 and up. It should be noted that the buzzer and ringtone alerts only work on the 8130 and 8120 and the changing trackball color only works with the 8100 (it's on the only trackball-equipped Berry to sport multiple LEDS within the ball).
LaunchPad is a handy program that allows you to launch more than one application from the side-key. With it you can launch your contacts, tasks, notes, camera or calendar. It's easy to use, saves you time by giving you instant access to regularly used apps... and it's pretty darn cheap, so you might want to give it a spin :)
Attention poker fans! The latest installment of the Texas Hold'em King series is here. bPlay has just released Texas Hold'em King 3, and it looks like a good one. This version includes improved graphics, networked multi-player tournaments... and a community of over 100,000 avid players. There's also a new 'Turbo Mode' that fast-forwards you to the end of a hand once you've folded. That's a cool time-saver.
The game is reasonably priced at $14.99, and you can pick it up from bplay here. A free trial of the game is also available.
Solitaire fans, it's time to strap up and get ready for some Solitaire action. 29 games are included in Sol Mania... From Free Cell to Klondike, Spider, Canfield, 3 Peaks and more... Trust me, they're all here. The great thing about this game is it isn't just traditional Solitaire. The many variations of gameplay ensure that you'll be entertained for months and months to come. This is a must-have for any avid card player. The game requires OS 4.0 and above and should work on almost all Berry models.
MobiPocket Reader 6.0 Upgrade Allows OTA Downloads
MobiPocket Reader was recently updated to include a very handy feature... OTA downloads. The upgrade gives you the ability to read, browse and buy e-books from MobiPocket's 65,000+ catalog as well. Free samples and reader reviews from other MobiPocket users are also available with this app. MobiPocket Reader has tools that allow you to annotate, bookmark and highlight your e-books and then synchronize and save them to your PC. MobiPocket Reader is compatible with all current BlackBerry models. For more info and to download your copy, click here or visit http://m.mobipocket.com from your Berry.
AudioPOP for Voice Mail & Audio Attachments
With AudioPOP you can now download voice and audio attachments right to your BlackBerry. AudioPOP integrates with the built-in Messages program on your Berry. When you receive an email with an audio clip attached, AudioPOP automatically downloads it. It works together with BIS, allowing you to use existing POP3 email accounts or even new ones. You can even use it with your free Gmail account by enabling the POP3 option in Gmail. AudioPOP supports Wave, MP3 and AMR audio attachments up to 1MB in size. Attachments larger than 1MB will not be downloaded. The app comes with 3 sample files of each format for testing purposes.
A free trial for 7 days or 30 downloads (whichever comes first) is also available.
Wallpaper Megaplex Lifetime Access for BlackBerry
Are you a wallpaper junkie? Constantly changing up your wallpaper to something new and fresh? ShopCrackBerry.com now has an updated version of the ever popular Wallpaper Megaplex. Access over 6.5 million wallpapers, directly from your Berry. The database is always being refreshed and updated too.
And if you prefer to get your BlackBerry Wallpapers for free, be sure to check out CrackBerry.com's user-contributed BlackBerry Wallpaper Gallery - now serving wallpapers by the thousands!
Tipper for BlackBerry
Tipper is a tiny app that saves you time (and potentially embarrassment) when dining out. With it you can quickly calculate the total tip amount per person based on the percentage you wish to tip... Or, you can evenly split the total tip amount between 2 or more payers. It's a handy little calculator that you might find yourself using more than expected.
New for the BlackBerry is Free TV Guide Mobile Edition. Now you can find out what's on TV right now from the #1 television authority... TV Guide! Access personalized listings, set program reminders, stay up-to-date on Hollywood news and much more in this free app. To get your copy, go here and enter your mobile number. The app will be sent to your Berry via SMS text message. Try it out and let me know what you think!
With the NHL playoffs now in full swing, what better way to stay on top of news and results than with The Hockey News on your Berry! THN has just launched a mobile version of the popular website, delivering all of the daily blogs, columns, news, scores and more direct to your BlackBerry. Read more about the new site here, or head on over to The Hockey Network's mobile site from your Berry's web browser at http://mobile.thn.com to get started.
Until Next Week..
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