Howdy CrackBerry nation! It is the end of another fine week which not only brings us closer to spring (the Northeast is in a bit of a deep freeze with snow as of late), but the long-awaited rollout of OS 10.3.1 has begun bringing with it a wealth of new features in this version. Not only that but today marks the release of the BlackBerry Classic and the exclusive version of the Passport on AT&T.
Now on to the more important topic of the day. It is time to bring you this week's picks for all your passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game I've rustled up for you by clicking through the gallery below. If your favorite did not make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.
Autodesk Pixlr - photo editor by Autodesk Inc.
Shutterbugs can never be without an editing tool, at least from my experience. Autodesk offers an easy to use photo editing and even allows users to enter Instagram challenges. This application comes with a variety of effects, filters, and overlays to apply to images taken by your camera or in your media library. It also lets you crop, rotate, and adjust your photos to create your own collages. For instance, you could enhance the color of your images, remove red-eye, and even fix blemishes. There is a full array of tools to ensure you edit your photos like a pro. The interface is pretty sweet as well and has a certain flow to it when browsing or selecting filters. Certain effects are already stored while others require downloading to function (there is no charge from what I have seen). You can download it from the Amazon Appstore.
Drippple 10 by Roland Karl
For many designers, one of the ways in which to showcase their work is through Dribbble. Whether you are a graphic designer, icon artist, or illustrator, this community offers a chance to show your work, current projects, and process. Drippple 10 is a port that grants access to this site. It allows you to browse popular, recent, and debuts shots, login to your account, share a shot, view designers profiles and their website, and includes three different themes. You can purchase it in BlackBerry World for $0.99.
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Headless Cuckoo by Burning Platform
Don't let the name fool you; this is quite the native chime application. As a headless application, it includes six chime sounds and the option to use any other sound stored on the device or downloaded form the Internet as a chime. There are additional features as well including selecting the interval, number of chimes, sound volume, turn LED on/off, and choosing which days or hours to exclude. In addition, it also has an option to set a chime to go off hourly which is reminiscent of the old cuckoo clocks (as the app name implies). Perfect as a time manager or a reminder, you can grab it for $1.99 for BlackBerry 10.
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Princess Bride - The Official Game by Gameblend Studios, LLC
Inconceivable. This is one game that needs no introduction and lets you experience all of your favorite scenes from the epic film. Players can survive the shrieking eels, climb the cliffs of insanity, sword duel with Inigo, or wrestle with your favorite giant. Each game has unique leaderboards, challenges and awards, and lets you unlock images and sound clips from the movie. This enjoyable game is $3.99 from the Amazon Appstore. Please note you will have to adjust the screen on certain devices to be able to play.
Zombie Call by Thunderbull
For those who love the Walking Dead and any other zombie apocalypse there is this combat shooter game. In this game you are on a secret mission to find and destroy an experimental facility. Along the way you must battle and slay the zombie soldiers. The controls are simple, there are prizes and rewards to be earned, players can pick their weapons, and it offers superb 3D graphics. If you are looking for some quick fun and plenty of action, this is free to download for all BlackBerry 10 handsets with the exception of the Passport.
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What You Might Have Missed
SoundScape by ReFocus Technologies
If there is something we could all use from time to time, it's a little bit of focus. I'm guilty of it; I spend all day behind a desk at work and then all night blogging about BlackBerry. In terms of writing, I usually keep the radio (yes I'm old fashioned) playing in the background or one of my playlists. Being able to boost my productivity is often a given and listening often helps with this. This week saw the release of ReFocus' latest application, entitled SoundScape. Dubbed as a background noise generator it aims to create a relaxing and calming environment with which to work by playing a collection of soothing sounds. There are over 18 sounds to play and mix, the option to mute, and, as always, a design and interface that is both beautiful and gives a dreamlike experience. My favorite happens to be the piano, let us know your favorite in the comments.
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Until next week...
That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games, be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry Forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS or the BlackBerry PlayBook. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.
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