Howdy CrackBerry nation! Are you all ready for the weekend? Between deadlines at work and blogging, I might be able to squeeze in some rest, but we'll see. This week was all about the Q1 Fiscal 2016 results that kickstarted a flurry of announcements. To name a few, there was the notice that BlackBerry and Cisco signed a broad patent cross-licensing agreement, a new appointee to the Board of Directors, and the announcement of the common share purchase program. To finish things off you should listen to the BerryFlow Upstream podcast on the earnings results as well as entering our contest to win a free case from ShopCrackBerry.
Now it's time to bring you this week's picks for all you 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.
Unified Remote by Unified Intents AB
Being the productivity person that I am, having a mobile app remotely control your PC is quite handy. Unified Remote offers several different remotes by which users can control different functions on their PC. The free version offers 18 remotes while an in-app purchase increases the functionality to 70+. Some of the basic remotes included allows for controlling the mouse and keyboard, accessing the file manager, controlling media (Windows Media Player), and power control. The application works over Bluetooth and WiFi, though not all Bluetooth stacks are supported. In order to run, not only does the app have to be installed on your device, but the Unified Remote Server must be installed on your PC. Once both are connected you use the user-friendly interface to access the trial remote or unlock the full version for $3.99. The full version is a one-time upgrade that, in addition to adding screen mirroring, includes remotes for Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, and PowerPoint (to control presentations). Unified Remote is available to download form the Amazon Appstore.
The Watermark Tool (Lite) by JobNewton, Inc.
Having the ability to watermark images is important for professionals as well as many consumers. This native application adds a watermark to copyright protect images in about five seconds. There are custom opacity levels for the watermark and logo, ability to insert text, and the option to share the resulting image. As of now, the application is only available for the BlackBerry Passport for $1.99.
FaceMaker 10 by Manmadewebsapps
I thought I would include this fun little application for you. This native application allows users to use various effects and stickers to give your pictures a personal and comical touch. All you have to do is select a photo from your gallery and choose from the numerous stickers divided amongst the following categories: eyes and glasses, mouth and nose, hats and wigs, and crazy and dreadful. Once all effects are applied they can be shared to your social networks and friends and family. You can find FaceMaker 10 in BlackBerry World for $1.99.
Spaceteam by Henry Smith
Growing up, my family loved holding game nights. Here we would sit with friends and family and compete against one another through board and videos games. My how times have changed. Fast forward to today and now we can do the same thing with mobile apps. Spaceteam describes itself as a cooperative shouting game for two to four players. All players must have the game installed and be connected to the same WiFi network for this to work or by Bluetooth. Each player must carry out mission critical commands that appear on their display. However, as this is a co-op game, each player is assigned a control panel that may not match the commands. Hence the shouting and yelling instructions all while trying to work your controls. As you progress the instructions are delivered faster and there are more of them. How long do you think you and your team can last? It's anyone's guess but the game is free to install and is cross platform. You can find Spaceteam in the Amazon Appstore.
Uplink by Aznaro, LLC
While there are various ways of sharing links nothing wrong with having additional options. Uplink is a native application designed to share links via Bluetooth to any Bluetooth enabled computer or device in three easy steps. Simply long press on the URL and select the share option, select Uplink from the menu, and choose the device you wish to send it to. It is that easy. You can purchase Uplink for BlackBerry 10 for $1.99
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PushProtect by QtHelex
When a device is lost or stolen, we can rely on BlackBerry Protect to find your device and protect your data by locking or remotely wiping. However, there is nothing wrong with taking extra precautions by adding an extra layer of security. First, you must know that PushProtect uses the Pushbullet.com service as the images taken from your device are sent there. BlackBerry users can access Pushbullet via the third party application BlackBullet. The application uses the front facing camera to periodically take images and send them through the service. This way even though you might be able to grab a screenshot of the perpetrator. Available for BlackBerry 10, PushProtect is currently available at an introductory price of $0.99 in BlackBerry World.
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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