Happy Halloween everyone! Be sure to check out all of the Halloween BlackBerry Themes we have in-store... They're sure to give your Berry the spooky look you're after for the holiday. As per usual, lots of cool apps to check out for your BlackBerry this week. I've got a free app, some cool new titles added to our store, and the usual selection of new and updated applications. Covered this week are:
New BlackBerry Software: Slydial Beta, EZ Stopwatch, myBoxTone Expert, viigo Launches NBA Service, Qik for the BlackBerry
Updated BlackBerry Software: Vlingo 2.0, Aerize Email Alerts 1.1.0, BBAssistant 0.6.7, Google Calendar Sync 0.4.7, Google Maps 2.3.2
Free BlackBerry Software: A Personal Assistant
Cool Stuff: SMS Eraser, Nintaii
New BlackBerry Software
Slydial is a service that lets you 'dial in' to someone else's voicemail and leave them a message direct! It's great if you're short on time or just want to leave someone a note without taking the chance of them picking up. The app isn't for everyone, but I could see it coming in handy from time to time. It is also add supported, so keep in mind if you check it out that you'll have to listen to some short ads when using the service.
To get started you can download the beta OTA from http://www.slydial.com/apps/bb/slydial.jad
I wonder what EZ Stopwatch could be all about!? That's right, EZ Stopwatch is a new, and extremely simple to use stopwatch application for your BlackBerry. Straightforward features include pause/resume, stop/restart... Just like any typical stopwatch. You can also run it in the background so that you can run other apps while the clock is still running.
myBoxTone Expert runs in the background on your Berry, and continually monitors any problems that may arise on your device. If the app detects one or more problems, a little icon will change from green, to yellow... and then red to visually show you that something is currently going wrong... Or that something has seriously already gone wrong! Click the icon to view alerts and view suggestions on how to fix the problem. A cool app indeed.
viigo Launches NBA Service
viigo users will be pleased to know that a new NBA service is now available for the popular app. Users can now get NBA schedules and live scoring updates from their Berry any time of day or night. You can also get standings, general news and more. To add it to your viigo, go to Sports > Add Sports > Basketball.
More importantly, if you don't have viigo installed yet, get the CrackBerry.com Edition here!
Qik for the BlackBerry
Qik has been available on Nokia devices and even the iPhone for some time now. Qik is basically a streaming video app made for your device that allows you to record videos using your devices built-in camera! You can then upload them live to Qik.com. How cool is that? Friends and family can then even login to watch a live streaming feed, or watch a saved feed or even download the video right to their computer. The app is now compatible with the BlackBerry, and should work find on the 8120, 8230, 8320, 8330 and the Bold. 8220 compatibility is reportedly coming soon, and OS 4.5 is a must have. I've heard of some installation issues, so do be sure to let us know if you have any problems.
To get started, you'll need to create an account here.
Updated BlackBerry Software
Vlingo has gone to 2.0! That's right, the app is out of beta and is ready for public consumption. If you haven't tried Vlingo yet, you'll want to now that it has gone to 2.0. The app is available for free for Pearl, Curve and 8800 series BlackBerry users. US & Canadian users can go to www.vlingo.com/v2 to download. Users in the UK can go direct to www.vlingo.com... And of course, for more info head over to www.vlingo.com.
Aerize Email Alerts 1.1.0
Aerize has updated their popular Email Alerts app to 1.1.0. The app lets you preview each email with the senders picture and name, and a brief preview. No matter what app you happen to be in, Aerize will give you a nice little popup notification that allows you to see who's emailing, along with the preview... all without you having to exit your current app. There are some cool new features in the update, including a re-designed main menu, and adjustable message body preview.
BBAssistant has updated to version 0.6.7. With this app you can do a whole bunch of things. Set it to vibrate when outgoing calls connect, and give you a voice notification when a call is disconnected. It also has a handy 'add to address book' function that lets you create new addresses from your phone log and more. A number of small tweaks have been added into this new version of the software.
Google Calendar Sync 0.4.7
Google Calendar Sync has gone to 0.4.7. No changelog has been made available, and as far as I can tell so far nothing seems different. Do let me know if you spot any obvious changes or updates here.
To get Google Calendar Sync 0.4.7 head over to http://m.google.com/sync from your BlackBerry browser.
Google Maps 2.3.2
Another update from Google this week is Google Maps. The app has gone to 2.3.2. Once again, no changelog has been made available. The previous update added the new 'street view' feature, so this update might address some bugs or fixes to do with that. Your guess is really as good as mine!
To get Google Maps 2.3.2 point your Berry's browser to www.google.com/gmm
Free BlackBerry Software
A Personal Assistant
A Personal Assistant is a new, free app in our store that, um... kind of stays true to its namesake! The app lets you get all of your personal online accounts password-free from the palm of your hand. Monitor your banking, credit card transactions, investments, cell minutes, air miles... You name it. Accounts update automatically and there's no need to manually input or update any data. The app was built specifically for BlackBerry, and should work great on all device from the 7130 through the new 9000 series. Check it out for yourself for more info... it's free, so it's worth a shot!
Have you ever wanted to share sensitive or vital info that you don't want distributed or spread to anyone else, ever? If that circumstance has come upon you, you might want to give SMS Eraser a look. The app is essentially a self-destructing text messaging tool. It will let you send self-destructing text messages that can be programmed to self-destruct after a set amount of time, or a set amount of views. Once the message is deleted, it is gone from both the senders and receivers devices. As long as my device itself doesn't start to smoke and 'self-destruct'... I'm cool with it.
Nintaii is a great little strategy game that I've actually played on some other devices under a different name. The game is a brain twister, and the object is to roll your block through each stage and get it to fit into the square hole at the end. I hope you have patience, because as you move through the 100 unique stages, you'll need it! 'Nintai' actually means 'patience'... So be prepared to get your thinking cap on to progress through the game.
Until Next Week..
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