Articles by Alicia Erlich

QtHelex celebrates the holidays with some free apps

Do you own a BlackBerry 10 smartphone? Are you looking to score a few good apps for the holidays? Look no further as QtHelex is offering not one, but two holiday promos for select apps.

Safeguard your device with 200 copies of SecureX

BlackBerry devices come with an array of features to ensure we keep our personal and business information safe. One of the ways in which it accomplishes this is by allowing us to enable password protection. If you would like to add an extra layer of security to your device, there is SecureX. This native pattern and number lock application offers several options and useful features to make sure your information remains safe and secure at all times.

Text app Editor updated with cloud support and recent file menu

If you are looking for a simple application for creating and modifying text files, look no further than Editor. This native BlackBerry 10 app lets you, quickly and easily, create, edit, and open plain text files. Editor supports a variety of extensions and file types including TXT, QML, HTML, JAVA, CSS, SQL, XML, and QSS. The latest update brings with it improvements, bug fixes, and cloud storage support (i.e. Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive).

Flash Notification uses your Priv or DTEK50's camera flash as a notification LED

All of us are accustomed to seeing the notification light go off on our devices. We are drawn and addicted to the flashing red light. However, for certain Android handsets such as the DTEK50, they do not come with a RGB LED. To help solve this problem, as well as a tendency to miss alerts, popular BlackBerry 10 and Android app developer Toysoft released Flash Notification. As indicated by its name, this Android app uses the back or front (if supported) camera flash to notify you of important notifications.

Instantly view your battery health with 200 copies of BatteryAlert

As a BlackBerry power user, I rely on my device lasting throughout the day. Whether it's answering personal or work related emails, chatting with friends on BBM or a third party messaging app, or checking my social networks, the battery takes a beating every day.

There are a plethora of battery applications to choose from in BlackBerry World. The latest to hit the storefront is BatteryAlerts, a native and headless app by HugSoft. With BatteryAlerts you can view important information concerning your battery, as well as, setting alerts which will appear in your Hub during a specific event (i.e. battery charged, unplugged, etc.).

Track your steps, calories, and distance with bActive for BlackBerry 10

Summer may be almost over, but there are plenty of ways to keep your fitness goals going. Fitness trackers help us monitor our steps, calories, and distance traveled when we are active throughout the day. While some of us use wearables and smartwatches to track this information, others use fitness apps on our devices. One such app is bActive by Toysoft Development. It uses GPS to track your movement while jogging, walking, biking, and even driving. The information collected includes speed, distance, GPS coordinates, and date/time of the activity. This data can be exported and review at any time.

Stay on task with multiCRON for BlackBerry 10

Being able to juggle the various tasks for home and work is not easy. Time Management is one area in which I sometimes struggle with. There are several techniques available such as Pomodoro, which employ the use of timed intervals. By breaking down our tasks into manageable time periods, we free ourselves from being distracted until the job is done. For one BlackBerry 10 developer, they took this concept to the next level with multiCRON. It is the ultimate process timer for home, work, cooking, exercise, etc. by using multiple timed intervals and sequences.

Feed your television addiction with SeriesPro episode guide for BlackBerry 10

When it comes to television, I classify myself as a fanatic. Whether it's streaming, recording, or through cable, nothing will keep me from my favorite shows. I also enjoy reading all of the latest news and information on a wide array of TV series. To help feed your TV addiction, QtHelex released a native third-party client for the called SeriesPro episode guide. This online database is a repository for episode guides, as well as, viewing and downloading fan art, season images, and posters.

Flashcaller adds holster mode and name in hub notification in latest update

Not too long ago we told you about Flashcaller, a native and headless app which alerts you of an incoming call by turning your device into a strobe light.

SwipeCall is a fast and easy way to place a call on BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry devices are excellent communication tools. We can effortlessly switch between sending a BBM, SMS Text, an Email, or calling someone with a simple tap or swipe. While we can initiate calls using the Phone App or by launching Contacts, this doesn't preclude us from utilizing a third-party app to make this process quicker and easier. For those of you who regularly communicate with certain individuals, SwipeCall is a native BlackBerry 10 app which allows you to swipe left-to-right to quickly make a phone call.

Turn your phone into a dashboard camera with DashCam Pro

Dashboard cameras are one way to provide evidence of what happened during a collision or fender bender. They can also document your driving habits, as well as, rare moments that occur on the road. If you are looking to turn your BlackBerry 10 device into a simple dashboard camera, there is DashCam Pro by Toysoft Development Inc. This easy-to-use app allows you to record live video (with audio) and take snapshots with date/time stamp, GPS coordinates, and traveling speed for both business and personal use.

Bulletin is a quick, curated news app for BlackBerry 10

For those who do not always have time to read through every news article on a day-to-day basis, there is Bulletin. This fast and easy-to-use news reader allows you to view the top news stories of the day from your BlackBerry 10 device. We have looked at a similar news app before, Ripple, which offers a chat-based intuitive interface. While Ripple gave you the option to subscribe to certain categories, Bulletin presents you with the option to search for specific topics you may be interested in.

Latest version of ClipMan Clipboard Manager adds support for two new plugin apps

One of my must-have apps on BlackBerry is ClipMan Clipboard Manager. This multi-purpose tool began as an easy-to-use copying and pasting utility app for tracking multiple items added to your clipboard. Since its inception, it has integrated with BlackBullet, to synchronize your clipboard across all your devices, Turbo Reader, and even added a Shortcut button. In its next evolutionary step, ClipMan can now add to the list Plugin Framework.

Hands-on with doo for BlackBerry 10

Not too long ago we took a look at doo, which offers a quick way to not only assign tasks and shortcuts to the volume and power buttons but to create shortcut icons on the homescreen to improve productivity. It accomplishes this through its bright and easy-to-use interface. Doo by CellNinja is a headless app which gives you a more efficient way to launch apps, compose emails, texts and BBM's, dial a contact, turn the flashlight on, and perform various other actions all with just a double click or long press of a button or button combination.

Get things done faster and easier with doo for BlackBerry 10

Productivity is an integral part of the BlackBerry experience. As BlackBerry owners, we are all familiar with how easy it is to get things done. If you're looking to expand the functionality of your BlackBerry 10 device, there's a new app on the scene called doo from CellNinja. This headless utility app allows you to assign different functions to the volume, play, and power keys, as well as, creating homescreen shortcuts to perform simple actions such as starting a BBM conversation or calling a specific contact.

Power Tools updated for Android and goes on sale for BlackBerry 10

Power Tools by Toysoft, the Swiss Army knife of apps, is available to download for both BlackBerry 10 and Android handsets. This utility tool is chock full of features for improving your productivity and efficiency on your BlackBerry device. For those of you use this app on your BlackBerry Priv, a new version is now available to download. With this release, Toysoft added a few new options including adding a Connections option for triggering Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Spruce up your messages with Emoji Pack - get your free copy now!

Whether you love them or hate them, emoji's have become an integral part of our day-to-day messages. As a quick way to express our feelings, they can be fun, cute, and make it easier to communicate with friends and family. While there are several emoji apps available for you to download in BlackBerry World, there is nothing wrong with having options, and Emoji Pack is one such app.

Dossier adds enhanced export capabilities, ability to store multiple email addresses and more!

Building and maintaining client relationships is an integral part of the business world. To keep up with the demands, challenges, and day-to-day support there is Dossier for BlackBerry 10. The native app from Tundra Core Studios is dedicated to meeting client demands by storing and protecting vital information.

Tundra Core Studios has been diligently working on improving their app and respond to user feedback. As such, v1.0.3 is now available to download in BlackBerry World. This latest release includes several new features and enhancements. This includes, but is not limited to, the ability to store multiple client phone numbers and email addresses and the option to export client data to a CSV file to sync to other software programs.

Create your own Time Lord adventures with the Doctor Who: Comic Creator

Have you ever watched Doctor Who and wondered what it would be like to take the helm and create your own adventure for the time traveling Time Lord? Now you can with the Doctor Who: Comic Creator. Whether you frame your own epic battles between Daleks and Cybermen, design a completely new monster, take off in the Tardis to destinations unknown, or read a brand new tale, you can accomplish all this and more with this comic generator.

Star Player adds car driving mode, basic touch volume control, and more

Star Player is a native BlackBerry 10 app for listening to music, watching videos, and streaming and downloading media files. What sets it apart, is how it continues to play media while minimized or when the device is locked. The developer teamed up with QtHelex to bring you a new and improved version which includes Bluetooth button controls for rewind jumps and a car "driving mode."