Another busy week. CTIA is wrapping up, and there was lots of new and exciting titles in the BlackBerry software world. Covered this week are:
New BlackBerry Software: Google Mobile App, Wheel of Fortune Deluxe and Jeopardy Deluxe, e-Mobile Contacts, Zkout Beta, BINGO! for BlackBerry, Market Simplified, AIM & ICQ
Updated BlackBerry Software: Upvise 1.9, PocketDay 5.4, KeePass 188.8.131.52, StudentDocket
Free BlackBerry Software: doubleTwist Desktop, FreeLight, NFL Mobile Live
Cool Stuff: Nciku English/Chinese Dictionary, LetsCall.me, Cosmopolitan Mobile
New BlackBerry Software
Google Mobile App
You may have read the other day Kevin's post on the new Google Mobile App. It is packed with tons of features including a google search, search history, a suggestion tool, google apps support and a heck of a lot more. Looks like a real solid addition to anyone's Berry... and it's free to why not try it out!?
To try it head on over to m.google.com on your Berry's web browser.
Wheel of Fortune Deluxe and Jeopardy Deluxe
The two classic and timeless gameshows 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy' are now available for your Berry! The Jeopardy game features great graphics and sound, new content every day, and tough computer opponents. Wheel of Fortune is much of the same. Great graphics, new puzzles all the time... and just plain fun for those that are fans of the gameshow. Sorry, no Pat Sajak or Vanna... the game will have to do for now.
For more info on these and other great games, head on over to Handmark.com
e-Mobile Contacts is a new software to our store that integrates with your existing Berry address book. Search contacts with ease with the press of your trackball. Use the build in advanced T9 search and other filters. It also lets you email and SMS all from the same place, and provides a simple and easy way to create and modify your contacts.
Zkout beta is somewhat like Twitter and Facebook all rolled into one. It lets you send out messages based on your location, and lets you update your status Facebook style so that your friends always know what you're currently doing (if you really want them to know!). There are already a ton of apps out there just like this one, (Loopt, and SpotJots to name a few) so I'm not sure where this one fits in just yet. Hopefully they're working on a new version that makes them better than all the other choices out there.
For more info or to get on the beta go to www.zkout.com
BINGO! for BlackBerry
Get out your dabbers, OK, DON'T get out your dabbers... But DO get out your BlackBerry for this new bingo game for your device. It's like you're right there in the bingo hall, except you aren't really there... In fact, you're probably on the road, at work or at home. Nevermind. If you enjoy a good game of bingo then you'll probably enjoy this simple, easy and fun game. You can play against two, three or four opponents. Good times!
Market Simplified Mobile Trading App
Market Simplified has launched a new mobile trading app that is free for TD Ameritrade clients. It's quite a powerful app that provides a great dashboard screen, streaming quotes, market news, live charts, and a whole lot more. If you do a lot of trading, you may want to give this one a look. Especially if you're a TD Ameritrade client!
For more info, head on over to http://www.marketsimplified.com/
Verizon Gets AIM & ICQ
Verizon users can now get on two of the more popular messaging services around, namely AIM & ICQ (well, I guess ICQ USED to be popular!?). There were numerous reports and press releases the other day noting that AIM & ICQ should now work worldwide on most carriers. So far all I can tell is that these to services now work on Verizon. I'd appreciate it if you could try out these apps on your Berry, and let me know if it did or did not work... and what carrier you're on! Deal? Deal!
Updated BlackBerry Software
Upvise provides mobile on-demand collaboration & sync software and hosted services for your business. Sound like a mouthful? It is. Basically it mobilizes your company/business data. It lets you and your team access, share and update key information on the go, no matter where you are. It's a handy little software for any business that needs to share contact and vital data wirelessly. The software itself is only $49/year per user. Lots of new features and bug fixes are built-in to this latest version.
Read more about Upvise at Upvise.com
PocketDay has just released version 5.4 of their popular app. It's basically the ultimate today screen for your BlackBerry. The app integrates all of your critical Berry functions into one screen and adds other value added content like weather, news, search, clocks and more.
The newest version features BlackBerry Bold support, along with a huge list of new features and fixes.
To install OTA hit up http://www.pocketday.com/ota.htm
KeePass for BlackBerry is an open source password vault for your BlackBerry. The original version of this app was ported to the Berry from the J2ME version. But this latest version features a new user interface and sync... It was written from scratch to take advantage of features found in most Berry devices these days. You can now also sync your data with the desktop version of KeePass.
Get it for Free at http://sourceforge.net/projects/keepassbb
StudentDocket Adds Bold Support
StudentDocket (formerly known as StudentBerry) is a tasking app designed for students that carry a BlackBerry. The app is a simple and straightforward way for any student to organize their studies... and their life! The latest version of this app has added BlackBerry Bold support for all of those starving students that went out and bought a Bold against their parents better judgement.
Note: A free 15-day trial is available
Cram is a top rated scholastic testing software that lets you create, import, share and study tests while you're on the go. The app can help you learn and review anything from math to vocabulary to general trivia. Use it when you're bored, or when you really need to bear down to get ready for the next exam. You can also use it to upload and manage tests through a complete management system available on the web.
Free BlackBerry Software
doubleTwist is a free PC app that lets you sync your video, photos, iTunes playlists and more onto your Berry. It also lets you send your media files to your friends and family! doubleTwist currently supports the BlackBerry Pearl and Curve series only. Sorry 8700, 8800 and BOLD users... you'll just have to wait!
FreeLight and Other Flashlight Apps!I'm sure you've heard of people using their Berry as a flashlight... Right? Well there's yet another flashlight app out there, and it's free. FreeLight turns your screen white on 100% brightness for maximum effect. On newer Berry's it will also make your status LED super-bright. This one should work on any Berry running OS 4.2 or higher. For more info and to install, go here.
For a complete list of all paid flashlight apps available at ShopCrackBerry.com, go here.
NFL Mobile Live
As I mentioned earlier in the week, there's a new NFL Mobile Live app. With the season well under way, I have a feeling this one is going to get a LOT of use on Sundays and Mondays! The app is free and provides live scoring updates, video and audio of games as they happen. Judging from most comments from my post, the app seems to be largely working for most folks. But I think it might run into some issues on the Bold. At any rate it's orth a shot, it's free... why not!?
To try it out head over to http://softwarestore.sprint.com/wap/NFLmobile.php from your Berry.
Nciku English/Chinese DictionaryHave you ever needed to translate english to chinese? Or chinese to english? Now you can, online and from your Berry with a website called 'Nciku'. You can hit it up on your Berry at m.nciku.com. You might ned to install chinese fonts on your Berry to get it to work properly. All in all, a cool little mobile site, especially if you're planning on traveling to China!
Ever need to have people call you but don't want to give out your number? Now you can with a new free service from www.letscall.me. Basically the service connects you and the caller without revealing your number... but allows you to see who's calling. Kind of cool I thought. To get started all you need to do is head over to www.letscall.me and sign up for free.
For the ladies in the crowd I thought I'd post a mobile site that might peak there interest. It might not too, Cosmo isn't for everyone that's for sure. The site is incredibly simple, and offers up the usual kind of Cosmo content you would expect.
To hit it up, visit m.cosmopolitan.com from your Berry's browser.
Until Next Week..
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