Another great week. Can't wait for the Storm to finally hit... Have been enjoying reading all the news and updates on it all week. That said, there's lots of apps covered this week in the roundup. This week we've got the following titles:
New BlackBerry Software: Photo Caller ID Deluxe, Jewel Blaster, EZ Timer, Callabridge 2, Weight Tracker, dialByWord
Updated BlackBerry Software: New Bold OS!, CacheBerry, IM+ All-in-One Mobile Messenger, TaskMailer
Free BlackBerry Software: BBGPSGolf, BeamReader
Cool Stuff: Mobile Election info from Google
New BlackBerry Software
Photo Caller ID Deluxe
Photo Caller ID Deluxe lets you add full screen photos and custom ringtones to incoming calls. You can select media from your media card or simply use images taken with your BlackBerry. You can even set a new default image for incoming calls. The app requires OS 4.3 or higher, so make sure you're running that before you pick it up. A free trial of this app is also available!
Fans of 'Bejeweled' will enjoy this classic remake. Swap gems to form lines of 3 or more of the same gem style. But make sure you do it fast before you run out of time! The game features smooth animation, and is very easy to play. If you enjoyed the original, get ready to sit down and play for hours and hours :)
Need a timer on your Berry? EZ Timer is, um... An easy timer! The app features a lot of common sense items for a timer. There's pause/resume, stop/continue, volume controls, vibration controls, and even an option to run the timer in the background. Actually, now that I think about it, this ap might be perfect for timing the blind levels in your friendly poker game? Just a thought!
Have you ever been out of the office and needed to call into a conference call? Can't remember the details of the call? callaBridge automatically discovers conference call details in your emails, appointments, tasks and notes. VERY handy if you're on a lot of conference calls and have ran into the above situation more than once. It's super easy to use, and for the price is very much worth it... even if it saves your bacon only once!
Weight Tracker is a simple app that lets you keep track of your weight every day. Staying on top of your weight day after day is a great way to stay slim and healthy. Keep track of your body weight status at anytime and anywhere with this one. You can choose between standard or metric units of measurement, and you can view weight details in a detailed weekly or monthly list. All kinds of features are built in, including a BMI calculator and much more. A free trial of this one is also available.
dialByWord is a phone app that lets you dial numbers by using numbers AND text. For example, 1.800.ABC.DEFG. There's a letter to number translation built-in. In the dial field, you just type in text and use alt/shift to enter numbers. Translated digits are displayed for you in the call field. Then just select 'call' to place the call. Easy!
Updated BlackBerry Software
OS 188.8.131.52 for the Bold!
Bold users will be happy to know a new OS has been found 'in the wild'. OS 184.108.40.206 can be found right here. I must warn however, do not install this if you are unsure what to do. If you mess up it could be more trouble than it's worth. I don't want anyone messing up their Bold!
CacheBerry Beta 1.96
Need a paperless geocaching app for your BlackBerry? CacheBerry is the answer! So what is Geocaching I can hear you saying? Here's a brief description from Geogaching.com
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.
The new beta supports OS 4.5 on 8000 series devices and also has support for a media card. There's also a 30-day trial. After that, you can pick it up for $14.99. For more info head over to www.cacheberry.com or download OTA at http://www.cacheberry.com/beta/default.aspx
IM+ All-in-One Mobile Messenger v5.2.9
One of the most popular apps in our store has been updated to version 5.2.9. IM+ lets you chat with the most popular IM systems available today. Connect to MSN/Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo!, Aim/ICQ, Jabber, Google Talk and MySpaceIM. If you need to stay in touch via various IM's while you're on the go, IM+ All-in-One Mobile Messenger is one heck of an app you shouldn't be without.
TaskMailer is a cool little app that lets you create and email new tasks to yourself quickly and easily. Send new tasks in iCal and vCal format. It's compatible with Apple iCal, Entourage and many more. You can set preferences in the task such as name, priority, status, due date and notes to name a few. If you need a quick yet powerful way to stay on top of your tasks, TaskMailer wiil help you get more out of your day.
Free BlackBerry Software
Golfers, even though fall is here and golf season is coming to an end (at least for most Canadians!), I've got a new and FREE golf GPS application for you to try. BBGPSGolf is a great app that lets you create and map your own course online. You can then download the course direct to your GPS enabled Berry for use on the first tee. Why not give it a try? If you do, I know the developer Justin would be thrilled to hear your feedback.
BeamReader Native PDF Viewer
BeamReader is a native PDF Viewer that displays all original PDF fonts. The good thing about this is it will display all fonts, images and formatting exactly as it would look on your PC. There's no server-side pre-processing involved in viewing PDF documents, so rendering is done fast and locally right on your BlackBerry. This fact makes BeamReader very secure because PDF's never leave your Berry for server-side conversion.
For more info or to get a copy of the public beta, click here.
Mobile Election Info from Google
With the election madness heating up in the US, Google has created a mobile site that gives you basic election info for every state. Get links to election hotlines for each state, along with deadlines for voter registration. To check it out simply head over to m.google.com/elections on your BlackBerry.
Until Next Week..
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