Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all have had a fantastic week. This was certainly a week that saw its share of important news. First there was the judge ordering Typo to pay BlackBerry damages amount to $860,000. Next there was the FCC seeking to classify the internet as a utility. Finally, there was the news regarding the new unlocking rules that begin on February 11th. Another mention also goes out to BlackBerry Blend, BBM protected, and QNX being nominated for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards.

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.

ModPlayer Plus by idispatch

ModPlayer is a native tracker music player that plays tracker song modules from one of the world's largest collections of music modules (The Mod Archive site) and from your device or SD media card. This jam-packed has too many features to list in this small space but the most notable is that it has different playback quality settings to configure, custom wallpapers and backgrounds, more than 140,000 tracker songs to enjoy, ability to open tracker music songs on your device and media card, create playlists, and more. There are two versions of this application available. The free one and the plus version for $0.99 which gives additional options such as organizing and indexing the music on your device, providing MP3 playback and support for Internet Radio Streaming, and downloading the songs on demand and storing them on your device for offline listening. Compatible with BlackBerry 10 this is a full-featured media player.

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SMS Blinds by ToZ Inc

Have you ever wanted to send a text message without having prying eyes seeing your conversation? When on the train or in other cramped quarters sometimes you are so close you can read the screen of the person next to you. That is why this application aims to keep them private. It gives users the ability to hide their SMS/MMS conversations, hide the message being typed, insert emoticons, and mark conversations as a priority. You can buy this useful application for $1.99, and it supports all BlackBerry 10 handsets.

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Block Universe by Midnite Red Ltd

Fans of Minecraft will appreciate this native game for creating their own environment. With tons of building blocks at your disposal, you can create your own world with fences, stairs, plants, and flowers all with the special construction blocks. It offers the ability to fly around worlds by jetpack and create and explore constructions ranging from castles, villages, caves, aircrafts, forts, and harbors. It also gives users a variety of blocks to choose from that includes TNT, moving plants, animated blocks, candles, fires, emeralds, and stoves. The visuals are beautiful, and it is easy to use. You can find it for $0.99 for all devices except for the Q5 and Q10.

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Videos to MP3by MobiFuns

If you are a music lover no doubt, your memory card is filled with videos and audio files. Now being able to listen to them is quite easy. However, I'm sure there are those of you out there who don't always have the option of watching each and every one of your videos. Now, if you're like me, and your videos do not match your audio collection then this handy application allows you to quickly extract the audio to save for later use. It supports various video types, lets you switch directories (default is to save to device), and supports editing audio tag information. Files may be saved as MP3 or AAC, and the process is rather quick. Note that I have only tried this on DRM-free videos that I own. This application can be found for free in the Amazon Appstore.

How to install Videos to MP3 from the Amazon Appstore

Cute Hearts by Themerzz

Deep down I will always be a theme fanatic. If you are still rocking a legacy device then there is this lovely theme for Valentine's Day. Everything you could want in a theme is on display here from the eye-popping wallpaper, dramatic red colors, BlackBerry 10 icon set, custom fonts and colors, and a clean home screen. Available for most devices running OS 7 and higher you can purchase for $0.99.

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What You Might Have Missed

Snowboard Party by Ratrod Studio Inc

Our resident gaming expert, James Richardson, highlighted this challenging gem for those seeking the thrill of snowboarding on their device. Users can ride down the slopes and perform crazy tricks across 15 unique locations all thanks to the beautiful 3D graphics. There is an online multiplayer mode, ability to learn over 50 unique tricks to create hundreds of combinations, and in app purchases for further customization (though you can also use your winnings). While no longer free, Snowboard Party is $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore..

How to install Snowboard Party from the Amazon Appstore

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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