Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another week has come to a close and that can only mean one thing. However, before we get on with that let us just reflect a moment on all that has happened with BlackBerry since our last time. First, and most important, is that Verizon Wireless began their online sales of the BlackBerry Classic, though retails stores won't be carrying it until March 5th. From what I see on their website it is available in two variants: one with a camera and one without. Next we saw a new version of BBM beta roll out with the option to create a custom PIN, remove ads and have a special badge on their profile picture in BBM. Finally, we have a fun little contest going on whereby you can get your hands on some cool BlackBerry goodies. I don't know about you but free stuff is always a good thing especially with a nice BlackBerry logo on it. Be sure to head on over to the page, read the instructions carefully, and leave your comment to enter.
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.
24me: To-Do, Task List & Notes by 24me
I am always searching for a way to organize my tasks and have probably tried just about everything. Enter 24me. This application is more than just a calendar, but a personal assistant. It offers various tools to sync financial accounts, bills, and social networks in one place. As a result, 24me is an intuitive application that integrates all of this data including dues dates for bills, birthdays, tasks, to-dos, and events to give you a complete picture of everything that happens on any given day. Upon launch, 24me will instruct you on how to create an account with which to add your personal accounts such as bank accounts, credit cards, and social networks including TaskRabbit. You can download it for free in the Amazon Appstore.
Perfectly Clear by Athentech Imaging Inc.
As someone who has just about filled her SD card with photos, it is no surprise this auto enhancing application caught my eye. This is no ordinary photo editing application but one that offers brilliant image correction thanks to its Beautify feature. There are 18 automatic corrections at your disposal including Face Slimming, Blemish Removal, Eye Enlarge, Sharpen, and Teeth Whitening. The interface is easy to use and the difference in your images is quite noticeable. What I like about this application is how it shows you a split screen with a slider bar to see the before and after. Perfectly Clear is $2.99 from the Amazon Appstore.
Car Manager by Saper-ek
Over the years, I have amassed an entire filing cabinet drawer dedicated to my car expenses. Whether it involves the repair history, insurance policies and costs, or even the registration and inspections it can be quite daunting to keep track of it all. This application monitors and tracks all of your car related expenses. Users can track their fuel expenses and consumption, view history or analyze statistics and charts, track their odometer readings and tire changes, remind you of oil changes and inspections and even store data on fines, insurance, and other related data. It offers full backup/restore and a clean interface. All of your car's data is easily accessible at your fingertips for only $1.99.
Light Chamber by Marco Gallo
Nothing beats an experimental game to put your mind to the test. The object of the game is to navigate the black marble from the starting point to the green box. You accomplish this by changing the colors on the grid to red, green, or white. The spheres can only travel a path of the same color. Players simply tap on a box to change the color to guide the marble to its destination. Keep in mind that you cannot have two spheres connect (i.e. Two adjacent boxes of the same color each containing a black sphere). Tricky yet addictive there are so many possible combinations and 60 increasingly difficult levels. Think you have what it takes to complete each one? Light Chamber is $1.99 for BlackBerry 10.
Gesture Paint Pro by Nicola Corti
Unleash your inner artist with this simple drawing tool. With the entire display as your canvas, create your own imaginative designs freehand with just a swipe across the display. There are various features to help you including different pen colors, pinch and zoom, undo and redo to rollback your moves, brush dynamics to change the size and effects of your brush, gesture mode for executing fast commands, fuzzy mode, and multi touch for drawing with more finger. Once finished, you can save or share to your social networks. Gesture Paint is available in an ad free premium version for $0.99 or a light version with ads that limits multi touch mode.
What You Might Have Missed
Quick Launch - Application Launcher by Toysoft Development
While our BlackBerry devices are perfect for multitasking there are often times you may not want to swipe out of one application to open another. That is where Quick Launch comes into play. While not the same application created for legacy devices, it offers similar functionality. Instead of a convenience key, users tap and hold on one of the volume keys to bring up the Quick Launch menu. From there they can launch another application, open a file, dial a number, or launch a website. Barring the slight learning curve on how to setup the shortcuts, it is a capable program. The downsides are that third-party app compatibility is limited and keypad devices on OS 10.3.1 already utilize shortcuts and speed dials by using an assigned key. However, all touch devices will benefit. Quick Launch is $1.99 to download.
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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