BlackBerry Software Roundup for July 4th, 2008!

BlackBerry Software Roundup
By James Falconer on 4 Jul 2008 10:19 am EDT
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Before I get started I want to wish all of our American friends a Happy Independence Day! I hope you're having a good one... and maybe I can make your day and weekend a little better by bringing some new BlackBerry software into your life :)

I'm dubbing this week, the 'week of the beta'. Seems as though there were an unusual amount of apps going beta... Strange... but true.. and cool for all of you that love hopping on the beta train to test things out. Covered in this weeks' roundup are:

New BlackBerry Software: Fusion Voicemail Plus Beta, SplashMoney, Pong!, TaskMailer Beta, Moodio Beta, SpotJots Mobile, BlipSocial Beta

Updated BlackBerry Software: Google Maps, RDM+, AutoStandby

Free BlackBerry Software: CrackBerry.com Website Launcher, MaxMem, QSMS

Cool Stuff: BlackBerry BOLD Wallpaper Gallery, JokeorNot.mobi, Astraware Fireworks


New BlackBerry Software

Fusion Voicemail Plus for BlackBerryFusion Voicemail Plus in Beta for BlackBerry

PhoneFusion has released the Beta of Fusion Voicemail Plus. It's a free service allows you to consolidate all of your voicemail boxes (home, cell, VoIP, etc.) and view messages right on your screen. Click on the voicemail you want to hear, and that's the one you get. Cool!

For more info on Fusion Voicemail Plus or to get on the Beta, click here.


SplashMoney for BlackBerrySplashMoney for BlackBerry

SplashData has just released SplashMoney for the BlackBerry. Former or current Palm users might recognize it, as SplashMoney was one of the best finance apps for Palm devices. SplashMoney allows you to manage your money anytime, anywhere. Create budgets and track and analyze spending with customizable charts and reports. A cool feature found in this app is the ability to connect wirelessly to your bank to grab information and manage transactions.

Get SplashMoney for BlackBerry at ShopCrackBerry for only $29.95 >

Note: A free trial is also available.


Pong! for BlackBerryPong! for BlackBerry

How could I not include this one in the roundup? The classic game of Pong! is now available for the BlackBerry. I don't think I need to give much explanation at all here :) If you had one of those old original gaming consoles and want to bring the old school to the new school... You can pick up Pong! for your Berry for only a few bucks :)

Get Pong! for BlackBerry at ShopCrackBerry.com for only $3.99 >


TaskMailer for BlackBerryTaskMailer Beta

New from S4BB comes the TaskMailer Beta. TaskMailer allows you to easily create and email tasks from your Berry. Create a task and email it out in iCal and/or vCal format. Doing this will enable you to import it to Outlook, Entourage or iCal. Handy!

If you'd like to get on the beta, go here and enter your name and email address.


Moodio for BlackBerryMoodio Beta

Moodio lets you listen to most web radio feeds from your Berry's built-in media player app. It does this by recoding them into low-bitrate streams. To try it out, go to www.moodio.fm from your desktop computer and sign-up. From there, search and add radio streams to your profile. THEN, simply go to m.moodio.fm from your Berry and sign-in. Click the station you want to listen to and BAM, you're in :)

For more information, visit www.moodio.fm


SpotJots for BlackBerrySpotJots Mobile

The folks at Ten23 Software are making the jump from enterprise to consumer... and they're doing so with SpotJots Mobile. SpotJots is a location-based networking app that gives you the ability to upload photos, voice-notes, videos and more... all while you're on-the-go. It works great on GPS enabled Berry devices, but it even works on Berry's without GPS. The app lets you input your current location manually.

Get SpotJots Mobile for free here , or text SPOTJOTS to 41411.


BlipSocial for BlackBerryBlipSocial Beta

BlipSocial is looking for Beta testers. You want in? (...and didn't I tell you this was a 'Beta' version of the roundup!? :P)

BlipSocial lets you make your usual daily tasks location smart. Download BlipSocial with or without GPS, and you can find the next train, restaurant, or anything else nearby that you might need. It's pretty cool.

For more information or to get on the Beta, visit BlipSocial.com on your Berry's web browser or desktop computer.


Updated BlackBerry Software

Google Maps for BlackBerryGoogle Maps Adds Voice Search

Voice Search has been added to the Google Maps application for the Pearl series (don't ask me why the 8800 and 8300 series have been excluded).

To use it, center the map on your location, then hold down the left side convenience key and speak a name or location. That's it!

To install, simply go to m.google.com/maps from your BlackBerry browser. Installation is complete in 3 easy steps. For more information or to have a download link sent directly to your phone, go here.


RDM+ for BlackBerryRDM+: Remote Desktop for Mobiles

RDM+ Remote Desktop for Mobiles allows you to access your desktop or laptop from any BlackBerry device. Send and receive emails, surf the web, edit documents and a whole lot more, all from your BlackBerry. The interface and navigation are clean and simple... it's surprisingly easy to use. The developer requires OS 4.0 and higher, but recommends 4.1 OS and higher.

Get RDM+: Remote Desktop for Mobiles at ShopCrackBerry.com for only $49.95 >

Note: A 7-Day free trial is also available.


AutoStandby for BlackBerryAutoStandby

AutoStandby is a new app for the BlackBerry that will automatically put your device in standby when it has gone idle for a set amount of time. Unlike the typical keylock mode, standby mode saves you a whole lot of battery life by putting your hardware into a semi-sleep mode. Even with AutoStandby enabled, you'll still receive texts, emails, phone calls and everything else you normally would... only difference is you're saving on battery life!

Get AutoStandby at ShopCrackBerry.com for only $4.95 >


Free BlackBerry Software

CrackBerry.com Website LauncherCrackBerry.com Website Launcher

I'm mentioning the CrackBerry.com Launcher yet again because I don't think enough of you are using it... and you should :) (If you already have it installed, please ignore this entry... but seriously, isn't the launcher handy!?) The app simply installs a CrackBerry.com shortcut onto your device homescreen. Whenever you get the urge to 'get your fix', click the icon and it will take you directly to CrackBerry.com's mobile-optimized website at wap.crackberry.com.

Get the CrackBerry.com Website Launcher for FREE at ShopCrackBerry.com >


MaxMem for BlackBerry

New from the developers at BerryCoder is MaxMem for BlackBerry. It's a free memory optimization app for your device. BerryCoder claims that it frees up to 5MB of memory, no matter what model you are running. It does this by removing themes, files and apps that you don't use. If you need to free up some space, it could be worth a try... But I would have to warn you, please do backup your Berry before trying this one out :)

To download and install MaxMem OTA, visit http://berrycoder.com/maxmem.jad on your Berry.


QSMS for BlackBerry

Also from BerryCoder comes QSMS for BlackBerry. If you've ever wondered if there was a way to let you send an SMS message via a keyboard shortcut... That's exactly what this little app does. Install the app and you will then be able to use the 'Q' key to compose an SMS. Handy if you send a bunch of SMS messages throughout the day. Like MaxMem, this app is free as well.

To download and install QSMS OTA, hit up http://berrycoder.com/qsms.jad on your Berry.


Cool Stuff

BlackBerry BOLD Wallpaper GalleryBlackBerry BOLD Wallpaper Gallery

The BlackBerry Wallpaper Gallery has been a hit on our site for some time now... and there's more good news. We've recently expanded the wallpaper gallery to include wallpapers for the BlackBerry BOLD. The BOLD runs a 480x320 resolution, so this new category will contain wallpapers optimized for this size. There aren't too many wallpapers in there yet, but just you wait for the BOLD to start shipping and this category will fill up in no time :)

Visit the BlackBerry BOLD Wallpaper Gallery >


JokeorNot.mobiJokeorNot.mobi

If you've been hunting for a 'daily funny' application to give you a little laugh, JokeorNot.mobi may be the answer. With JokeorNot you will get a clean joke, riddle and dirty joke of the day... They're all rotated out daily. I like the site. It's clean, simple and the jokes aren't that bad.

To try it out visit www.JokeorNot.mobi on your BlackBerry web browser.

  


Astraware Fireworks for BlackBerryAstraware Fireworks

Ok, this might be a bit ridiculous, but it's for real. It is essentially just a screensaver for your BlackBerry that lets you 'watch a fireworks display'. It includes particle effect firework explosions, patriotic backgrounds, fun sound effects.... and it's FREE. Having said this, I hope you do not let your Berry addiction keep you from getting out and enjoying REAL fireworks on the 4th. But if you do find yourself alone or in the office and in need to celebrate the 4th of July... Heck... might as well give this app a try :P

To try out Astraware Fireworks, click here to register and install for free.


Until Next Week..

Have news on BlackBerry software? New software, upgraded software, free software... it's all good! If you have any software news tips send them in to me at softwareroundup@crackberry.com. I can't do it without your help!

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

Topics: BlackBerry Apps

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14 comments

TheSultan

I really look forward to reading this every week, so thanks for rounding them up!

James Falconer

Hey no problem... glad to hear you enjoy it!

Anonymous

I run a Curve and pressing the Q once installed does NOT open up the SMS. It simply deploys the #(pound) key....

Anonymous

You have to turn off dial from home screen for it to work, :)

Anonymous

How do you turn off the DIAL? Cuz I too can't use the Qsms thanks

Anonymous

go to the phone, menu, options, general, dial from home screen "no"

New Fire Within

I've been looking for something simple like this since I got my Curve. BUT it will not work on OS 4.2 since there is no support for streaming media.

Once more reason for 4.5 to come quickly!

llasso

THANKS.. keep em coming

missadrienneg

Doesn't work for Canadian carriers... Pretty cool app and is really too bad.

Anonymous

Great software!!! This is a great app!

Thanks!

BenXP

I'm using a BB Curve 8330 with OS 4.3 on Verizon's network and it doesn't work. Went through Moodio's Support forums and Oele (sp?) hasn't offered up any suggestions or fixes as to why it won't work on mine.

I add a station using Moodio's site, visit their mobile site on my BB, click on my station, it opens up my Media Player, but just sits there at 0:00 and doesn't play anything.

Bummed, as I'm very interested in having streaming radio capability on my BB Curve! :/

rgalen

Thanks for the good wishes. A quick story:

On Thanksgiving in 2003 I found myself in Baghdad Iraq. One of the people in the unit I was working out of was a British Colonel. In the afternoon, after one of the few meals with real dishes and real silverware (as opposed to paper & plastic) I asked the Col. whether there was any holiday in the British context which approximated the American holiday of Thanksgiving.

Without looking up from his desk he muttered: Fourth of July.

The room howled with appreciative laughter.

Thanks for a fantastic site.

Rich Galen

tmiv44@gmail.com

I have a Verizon Pearl 8130, and i installed the voice search update and it doesn't work. all it does it launch the regular old voice dial application (or whatever i have the left side key set to) any help?

THEPHENOM

Ok i have a question. How is it possible to raise the volume for a ringtone? I have noticed that some of my ringtones volume are very low.