BlackBerry Software Roundup for July 18th, 2008!

BlackBerry Software Roundup
By James Falconer on 18 Jul 2008 02:40 am EDT

The past week has been somewhat 'light' on the BlackBerry Software news. One might have to chalk it up to all of the BlackBerry BOLD, Thunder, Javelin and Kickstart news (and heck, maybe the iPhone 3G too!). At any rate, I've still found quite a few new and cool titles for us to check out. In this weeks' roundup you'll find:

New BlackBerry Software: PAC-MAN Fever, WordSearch, Video Caller ID, MobFinance, SwooshKakuro, SwooshSudoku

Updated BlackBerry Software: trackIT, BBSmart Shortcuts, Ascendo Fitness Calculators, AutoStandby, VNC+

Free BlackBerry Software: Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail, speedOmeter

Cool Stuff:, Vegas Pool Sharks

New BlackBerry Software

PAC-MAN Fever for BlackBerryPAC-MAN Fever

Woohoo! Gotta love more retro gaming on the BlackBerry. Namco Networks recently released a new title, 'PAC-MAN Fever' for download on the BlackBerry. Namco also has a number of other classics available including Ms. PAC-MAN, Galaga, Dig Dug and Super PAC-MAN to name a few. They also have plans to release more retro titles this summer including 3 more PAC-MAN games, BurgerTime Delight and Popeye! Stay tuned for those.

For more info on this game, and others... Hit up Namco's website.

To purchase PAC-MAN games, visit Handmark

Wordsearch for BlackBerryWordSearch for BlackBerry

Another one for the puzzle lovers! WordSearch is, as you might guess, the classic word search game... But now you can have it in the palm of your hand on your Berry! The game is extremely easy to use and play... Simply use the trackball to navigate around, highlight words and more! Words can be hidden on the board in any of the eight directions.

Get WordSearch for BlackBerry for only $5.99 at>

Video Caller ID for BlackBerryVideo Caller ID

New in this week is Video Caller ID. It's a cool app that allows you to add videos, full screen photos and even custom ringtones to incoming calls. Simply assign the media of your choice to a contact, and when they call... watch what happens :) There is a trial edition of this app available, and the developer highly recommends you try it out before you buy.

Buy Video Caller ID at for $19.95>

MobFinance EU Edition for BlackBerryMobFinance EU Edition

MobFinance EU Edition is a stock tracking and portfolio management app for the BlackBerry. It will allow you to track portfolios from 14 European stock exchanges by getting stock quotes and live charts delivered directly to your Berry. The app offers you a nice range of info on stocks, mutual funds and more from all of the 14 major European exchanges. There is also a real-time symbol lookup, but the developer notes that it is on a 10 minute delay (not really real-time then is it!?)

Pick up MobFinance EU Edition for $24.99 at>

Swoosh Kakuro for BlackBerrySwooshKakuro and SwooshSudoku

Swoosh Software now has 2 games available in the store!

SwooshSudoku has been around for a little bit already... and is an excellent Sudoku game for the puzzle lovers. Fill in the digits 1 to 9 so that each number is used just once, in each row and column. Gameplay is easy, there is 5 difficulty levels... and thousands of puzzles to play!

SwooshKakuro is a new title that has just arrived. It is a popular logic puzzle game also known as 'CrossSums'. Your goal is to fill in the grid with numbers 1 through 9 so that the sum of each line matches the associated clue, without any repetition in each line. Fans of SwooshSudoku will love this title.

Both titles are available at for $14.95. Free trials of each title are also available.

Updated BlackBerry Software

trackIT for BlackBerrytrackIT: TimeZone Edition (and Lite Edition)

The ultimate tool for any big traveller, trackIT: TimeZone Edition gives you access to over 500 time zones and cities worldwide. Need to call someone up on the other side of the planet, but don't know what time it is over there? Punch up trackIT and you'll get your answer. It features a time conversion calculator and a meeting planner which will help you co-ordinate meetings with offices and people in different time zones.

The full TimeZone Edition features multiple display profiles, customizable on-screen time zones, a handy in-app time calculator, meeting planner, and a few other features the 'Lite' version does not include. You'll want to check them both out to see which is right for you.

Free trials are available on both versions of this app.

BBSmart Shortcuts for BlackBerryBBSmart Shortcuts 1.4.1

BBSmart Shortcuts version 1.4.1 has been released. A number of key features have been added which should enhance the application very nicely.

New Features in this version include:

  • more native and third-party apps available for selection in the toolbar
  • the ability to paste URLs when creating web shortcuts
  • support for large address books
  • pressing esc will dismiss the auto-complete dropdown

Get your copy of BBSmart Shortcuts from for $8.95>

Ascendo Fitness for BlackBerryAscendo Fitness Calculators

Want to get back into shape?... Or simply get into BETTER shape? Ascendo Fitness Calculators for BlackBerry can help you get on the right path. 'FitCalc' includes 10 fitness ratios used by healthcare pros to determine if you are physically fit. Each calculator takes into account your stats like weight, height and age, so that the results are tailored specifically for you. This is the most complete set of calculators available to help you measure and track your physical fitness.

Pick up Ascendo Fitness Calculators for BlackBerry at for $14.95>

AutoStandby for BlackBerryAutoStandby

AutoStandby is a simple app for your Berry that will let you automatically put your device into standby when idle for a set period of time. Doing this will save you significant battery life... While in standby your Berry will still receive emails, texts, phone calls, etc... So it's just like your phone was on normally. If you want a great way to save and extend your battery life, you might want to give AutoStandby a try.

Get AutoStandby from for only $4.95>

VNC+ for BlackBerryVNC+

Need a way to access and perform tasks on a desktop or laptop PC from your Berry? Enter Virtual Network Computing (or VNC) for the BlackBerry. Install the app on your device and enter the IP address and password used in VNC on your PC. Just like that you will be ready to view and experience the PC 'mini' desktop from your BlackBerry. This is an ideal tool for system admins, support personnel and IT managers to name a few!

Get VNC+ for $29.95 at>

Free BlackBerry Software

Windows Live for BlackBerryWindows Live Messenger and Hotmail

Live Messenger was only available on certain carriers while the BB Instant Messaging Clients review was going on. However, it recently opened up across the board and should work fine for you. Best of all it's available for free download. Along with Live Messenger comes a Live Hotmail app as well which offers free push e-mail from your Hotmail account.

Download for free right here>

speedOmeter for BlackBerryspeedOmeter

speedOmeter is one cool little tool that every walker, runner or bicyclist should have. The program uses the GPS integrated into your BlackBerry to display your speed, distance and time. You can even set low and high speed alerts to help pace your workout!

speedOmeter is a FREE app available for download OTA on any GPS enabled BlackBerry device.

To download, visit from your Berry's WAP browser.

Cool Stuff

Attention men. Maxim is hitting the mobile scene with the mobile version of their website. features all of the content you're used to reading in the mag or online... and there's a pretty good dirty joke of the day as well. To check it out for yourself simply hit up from your Berry's web browser.

Vegas Pool Sharks for BlackBerryVegas Pool Sharks

Mobile Hustlers unite! Vegas Pool Sharks is quite a nice little game of pool, brought right to your BlackBerry device. The game features a full 3D environment with tilt and zoom to help you aim your shots. Play against 4 opponents of increasing skill levels, in 3 different game types. Put just the right amount of 'english' on your shots to play position for the next shot.

You can get Vegas Pool Sharks at for $14.95>

Until Next Week..

Have news on BlackBerry software? New software, upgraded software, freesoftware... it's all good! If you have any software news tips send themin to me at I can't do it without your help!

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Reader comments

BlackBerry Software Roundup for July 18th, 2008!


I went to check out Pac-Man (how could you not) but it is not available for the BlackBerry!?!

I went to download Windows Live Messenger and I got the error message "device not supported". I am using a Curve 8300 with 4.5 OS???

Its not supported for our 8300 :( at least on AT&T...
Tryout Jive talk... it works very nice! it combines numerous messengers under one...including ur msn

I have a Curve 8310 on AT&T and got kept getting the same error. When I originally bought the BB in April the salesman told me that in order to setup up my Hotmail account on BIS I would have to pay but I tried it again and each of my 2 hotmail accounts are working fine, for free. Apparently the latest release of BIS now supports hotmail accounts, did you try that?

As for messenger, I did a google search and found a download link that worked (may have been an older version). I was more interested in the hotmail support and have since deleted the messenger app.

I got device does not meet the system requirements.

Curve 4.2

this would be a very cool app - anyone know how to fix this?

My 8310 wont support Windows Live Messenger???? how strange considering I can use jive Talk and others...
Wassup wit dat.

WLM says my 8820 isnt supported either.
There must be somthing wrong with the loader. I couldn't imagine them releasing a version that didnt support this many models.

Well, guess it's the luck of the draw. I have an 8310 (ATT) running 4.5 and get the device not supported message for WLM, so I figure no big deal. I have Jivetalk, which is definitely worth the money. I'll just down load that speedometer app. It will be good for using when I walk my dogs. Hah. Crap! I get a message when I go to download that says this is for 8800s only. It would have been nice if that had been in the article. Sigh. I really, really love my Curve but it gets a little aggravating when my daughters have free tip calculators and pedometers included with their LG phones. I just want 2 simple little apps and I don't want to pay for them. LOL

Okay, I feel better. Headed for Starbucks.

Okay! WLM is working on my Curve and my hubby's. If you go to to the instant messenger link on first page,third or fourth line down. It has a link set up to search your phone for compatible IM programs and it takes you to the correct link for WLM, which DOES work.

Okay! WLM is working on my Curve and my hubby's. If you go to to the instant messenger link on first page,third or fourth line down. It has a link set up to search your phone for compatible IM programs and it takes you to the correct link for WLM, which DOES work.

Okay! WLM is working on my Curve and my hubby's. If you go to to the instant messenger link on first page,third or fourth line down. It has a link set up to search your phone for compatible IM programs and it takes you to the correct link for WLM, which DOES work.

I have been after the windows live messenger for a while now after downloading Yahoo Messenger - BB version. For a while I kept getting the same error messages y'all are getting. It seemed it was only availabe for the 8800 and another model(I forget which it was). Anywhoooo, last weekend, I went to the BB homepage and it said something about messengers so imaging my surprise when I was able to download the messenger and have been using it for the whole week now. It's the same as the Yahoo, only exception is it has the "Refresh contacts list" and yahoo doesn't have that. All I did last week was upgraded my desktop manager to 4.3 and backed up my bb files. I don't think I updated anything to the device's software or firmware that it is now possible for me to use WLM. And no, it doesn't have messenger platform interoperability. You won't see your yahoo friends listed on WLM and vice versa. Keep trying.

Yes, Yahoo Go is a great tool and even better if you have a GPS enabled BB, such as the 8310 or the 8800. Not sure if it's availabel for the Pearl yet.

One other application you might want to try out is called BLIP GPS-Snitch. It allows you to "track" the errhhhmmm... BB device (as oppose to the person??, lol). I downloaded it on mine and my sisters and I no longer have to call her to find out if she's on her way to visit me (she lives in CT, and I in NJ) I simply highlite her device on my the application to find out where she is or if she's left her house yet. two weeks after the initial download of this application into her BB 8310, she lost her BB. I got a call from her asking me to track the whereabouts of her phone, which I managed to do, unfortunately she had the damn thing on vibrate so too bad sooo sad. Anyhow I kept the tracking the device as it would appear the person didn't know about the BLIP application. I called the number and the person picked up agreed to return the phone. Never showed up. Someone is using her phone now. How do I know? Well, I sent a PIN message to the device and someone replied asking who I was :-|. AT&T couldn't (or wouldn't?) do anything about it, or so they say. Unfortunately for my sister she took out the password feature which I had set up for her when we got the phone, even though I explained the importance of it. Oh well, lesson learned, I hope. Anyhow, try out the BLip. I believe I downloaded it off the site (BB browser).

Save yourself the trouble of using native IM apps. Purchase jivetalk. The free IM products, as well as IM+, don't compare.

I like the gmail app, but yahoo go has too much crap, not clean enough, and pretty large memory footprint.

Hi, I have an 8310 on att. I already use a program that combines all my 3rd party im's. Im interested in having my hotmail email pushed to my device automatically, rather than having to log into my account to check this. ATT also told me that this was not possible with a free hotmail account.
dshcpa, you seem to suggest that somehow just following the standard instructions this was possible. I got so far as attempting to establish my hotmail on the att.blackberry site, and then it told me i had to enable outlook access in my hotmail account, and i cannot find this option in my hotmail account. any ideas anyone? maybe its not possible, but it seems that it was for at least one user.