Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! I hope everyone out there is doing just fine this Christmas morning. It's time to sit down, relax, maybe have some rum and eggnog and basically chill out for the rest of the day. Hopefully you make the roundup a part of your day as well. Covered in the roundup this week are the following titles:
In Case You Missed It: New CrackBerry.com Website Launcher, Loopt Now Available on the Storm, Fandango for BlackBerry Now Available, Kayak for BlackBerry Updated, Gym Technik for the Storm
New This Week: AppClock, Battery Charging Screensaver, Calculator Mega Pack, HotkeyManager, WoWBerry
Cool at BlackBerry App World: SmartShopper
Freebie of the Week: Flixster
Note: Don't forget, you can always search for titles featured in the App Roundup within App World... Some apps mentioned may be available there for your device.
In Case You Missed It...
Just in case you missed these titles, below are some apps that were covered in the CrackBerry Blogs this past week. Check 'em out!
We've recently launched a new and improved CrackBerry.com website launcher for your Berry! A big 'thank you' has to go out to our friend Fabian Heuwieser, as he whipped this up as a holiday gift for 'CrackBerry Nation'. However, this latest version is much more than a simple shortcut. Pop it open, and you can decide where you want to go, as the app integrates the main site navigation. It's simple, and easy to use.
To get started, hit up crackberry.com/getlauncher from your Berry. Be sure to let us know if you run into any issues.
Storm owners: make sure you disable compatibility mode!
The folks at Loopt have been busy as of late updating their app for multiple devices. Just recently they made a new version available for all of the Storm users out there!
If you're a BlackBerry Storm owner, now you can take advantage of all of the features that Loopt has to offer. You can discover nearby places and events by perusing detailed information from Zagat, Citysearch and the Loopt community. Or you can see where your friends are on maps and view their latest updates listed in real-time. You can also Check In to instantly share updates with friends across your favorite social networks, like Facebook and Twitter. Best of all, Loopt on the BlackBerry Storm runs in the background, which allows you to update your location in real-time while you are on the move, even when the Loopt application is not running in the foreground.
To check it out on any BlackBerry, hit up loopt.com from your Berry's browser.
Kayak is a handy app that lets you compare prices on hotels and airfares from multiple lodgings and airlines. If you're already on this one, you may want to update as it has gone to version 1.0.14. A new UI is in place, and the searches have been beefed-up, among other things.
To upgrade or to give Kayak a try for the first time, follow this OTA link.
With a new year just around the corner, it may be time to purchase that gym membership or piece of workout equipment... (only to give up on the gym 1 month in and use the equipment to hang your clothes on from February on). Seriously though, if you want an awesome app to help you get the most of your workouts, Gym Technik is for you. A new version of the app has just come out for the original Storm. Unfortunately the app doesn't seem to jive nicely with OS 5, but the folks over there are working hard on this for a Storm2/OS5 release sometime in January. If you're on the original Storm, you can pick up this new version of NextGen and make use of the following features:
- Build workouts and schedule a routine on the NextGen calendar
- Start and track workouts (Regular workouts, Circuit workouts, and Cardio workouts)
- Enter and track body stats such as weight, and body size measurements
- Upload before/after photos of yourself from your BlackBerry
- Sync NextGen on your BlackBerry with your Online account
For more information hit up get.gymtechnik.com from your Storm's web browser. A free trial is available.
New This Week
AppClock integrates a realtime analog clock on your device's homescreen. There's different clock 'skins' to choose from, and selectable timezones. You can also change the name, time format and more. Very customizable, very easy to use, and handy if you need to know the time in multiple locations at a glance. AppClock is compatible with most current model BlackBerry devices, running OS 4.7+.
Note: This one is on sale for $0.99 until December 27th.
The Battery Charging Screensaver is a simple screensaver that shows the charging status of your battery... just like on the iPhone. By default, the screensaver will only run when charging to save on battery life. Not much explanation needed here. It's compatible with all current Berry models, running OS 4.2.1 or newer.
This one will no doubt be of interest to many students out there. The Calculator Mega Pack brings 6 powerful calculators to the palm of your hand. Choose from and use a universal calculator, electrical calculator, loan calculator, health calculator, currency converter and periodic table utility. It should work just fine on all Berry models, with compatibility all the way back to OS 3.0.
HotkeyManager is a powerful keyboard shortcut management utility. Create and manage your shortcuts with ease... use it to optimize your speed and productivity! Key features of this app include:
- Assign single-letter shortcuts to your favorite tasks/applications, 52 shortcuts available!
- One click to launch BlackBerry applications such as Alarm, Browser, Calendar, Contacts, Face book, Google Maps, MemoryUp, NetworkAcc, Search and Texas Hold’Em King 2, etc.
- One click to launch phone calls by simply adding contacts from your BlackBerry contacts to the shortcut list (Speed Dialer)
- One click to launch BlackBerry system utilities such as Open/Close WiFi, Open/Close Signal, Camera, Email/SMS/MMS/PIN, Lock and Shutdown BlackBerry, etc.
- Activate from anywhere with a single click of 'Q'
- No more worries about losing your shortcuts when upgrading/changing BlackBerry or its software.
- Fully optimized for QWERTY, QWERTZ, and AZERTY keypad
HotkeyManager is compatible with most non-touchscreen Berry devices. Sorry Storm users, no love here.
World of Warcraft junkies have a new utility to load up onto their Berry's... WoWBerry is a WoW Realm Status checker. Check to see if a realm is up or down, what the population is, and what type of realm it is. You can also use it to view detailed character information, using info from the micro armory. Handy for checking info while away from your desktop, WoWBerry should work just fine on all non-touchscreen BlackBerry devices running OS 4.2 or newer.
Cool at BlackBerry App World:
I might have missed the boat here with the Christmas shopping season having drawn to a close... But hey, there are still the HUGE boxing day blowouts all over the place to hit up. Deals are waiting to be had, so SmartShopper may just be a great app to have on board as you hit the malls, big box stores and outlet shops.
SmartShopper was designed with grocery shopping in mind, but it can be used for any type of shopping application you can think of. Key features include:
- Sleek and user friendly interface.
- Create as many shopping lists as you like.
- Quickly build a shopping list by selecting from several item options.
- Build your own custom item options from which to create shopping lists.
- Edit existing list as needed to reuse for your next shopping trip.
- Check off items on your list as you shop.
- Filter, search or sort through long lists to find items needed and expedite your shopping trip
- Calculate total price of items in on your shopping list
- Share and open shopping lists from your device via email. Great for honey do lists.
Available now for all current BlackBerry devices, you can pick up SmartShopper in App World for $2.99.
Freebie of the Week:
Why not take your sweetie out for a movie sometime over the weekend? With the Flixster app for BlackBerry, you can get all the details you can fathom for movies in your area. Browse the top box office movies, watch trailers, read reviews, view theatre info and get maps, phone numbers, ticket info, showtimes and much more. You can even use it to purchase tickets via movietickets.com. If you hit up a lot of movies, this is one tool you'll probably want to pack away in your arsenal of BlackBerry apps.
Until Next Week..
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