Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all are ready for the weekend. This week has just flown by and I just do not know where to begin. Bla1ze kicked things off with his From the Editor's Desk that discussed a variety of topics including the latest takeover rumors, BlackBerry layoffs, and a new book called Losing the Signal from the writers behind a Globe and Mail extensive report on BlackBerry. If you haven't had a chance to read his post, I highly recommend it. There was also another riveting installment of the BerryFlow Upstream podcast for you to listen to. Finally, John Chen's full interview at the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce luncheon is now available to watch.
Now it's 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.
Health for BlackBerry by ToZ Inc.
Going through the mailbag this week I found this health app in my inbox. This native application tracks your fitness stats to keep you abreast of your progress. It offers step counting (with the ability to adjust sensitivity), sleep tracking, weight tracking with weekly summary graph, daily health report, sedentary notifications, calories burned tracker, and dark and light theme. Users may view their stats either daily, weekly, or monthly. In settings, it allows for users to select the preferred units for height and weight, enable the active frame, and show hub notifications. Health for BlackBerry is free to download from BlackBerry World for BlackBerry 10 and is ad free.
Pixelate by JobNewton, Inc.
Our BlackBerry devices already provide us with a high level security but there is nothing wrong with taking extra precaution. Going through the forums I came across this application. Designed for enterprise but being offered to consumers for a limited time it allows users to open an image and pixelate it automatically. Please keep in mind that the entire image is pixelated, not designated areas. The developer stated that an upcoming version being tested will include area pixelation. There are two levels of pixelation, default and heavy, with which to choose from and the application works offline. The resulting images can be shared or set as your wallpaper (for those who enjoy creating pixel backgrounds). Quick and easy to use, images are pixelated immediately upon selection within the application. It supports all BlackBerry 10 devices. For those with keyboard devices, there are custom shortcuts at your disposal for faster image pixelation. You can purchase this from BlackBerry World for $0.99 (at the time of this post).
Text Speech Translate by Toysoft Development
Whether it is for work, vacation, or even for school, people travel not only domestically but internationally as well. With that brings not only confusion over currency conversion rates but difficulties with deciphering and understanding the local language. That is why many individuals install a translator application so as to remove the language barrier. Text Speech Translate gives travelers the ability to either speak or type any text and translate into over thirty different supported languages. There is even an option to convert an uploaded text file. Files can be opened or shared directly to the application or you can share selected text from other BlackBerry applications, such as the browser or email. Once translated, the application can also save it as an MP3 file so that you save and listen to at your convenience. There is also a handy feature whereby you can save all the translated words or texts to the Bookmark database to recall at any time. The interface is simple and easy to use. You can purchase it for BlackBerry 10 for $1.99.
Zombie Crossing by FileArchiveHaven
It seems that no matter where you turn these days there is always mention of zombies. From the Walking Dead to iZombie, there are no shortage of these creatures to keep you amused. The latest game from FileArchiveHaven ensures you will get your undead fix in a fun and entertaining way. Zombie Crossing is an endless hopper game, similar to Crossy Road, whereby a player navigates their avatar across the landscape eating the brains of random victims all while avoiding the onslaught of obstacles, such as vehicles and trains, that block their path. There are seven different types of zombie avatars that are unlocked as you play, six different type of people to eat, five different vehicles, and one "angry" train. Being the game is set mostly in a dark setting (after all zombies come out at night) it is quite difficult to see all of vehicles racing across the screen until it is too late. Challenging with decent graphics, this native game is available for $0.99 for all BlackBerry devices running OS 10.2.1 and higher.
3 6 0 - Sticky two dots by ThumbsApp - Best Jump & Run Games
Looking for a challenging game that hones your reflexes? This find in the Amazon Appstore offers a straightforward premise. There is a small spinning ball that goes around various sized circles and the goal is to tap on the screen to have it just from one circle to another to travel as far as you can. If you tap too soon or too late you will miss your target and the game is over. Also, if you stay on the circle for one revolution, the game will also be over. 3 6 0 is all about timing but it can be frustrating at times. You can download it for free.
What You Might Have Missed
If you own a Pebble then no doubt you are familiar with Hub2Watch. This native application allows users to get all of their hub accounts right on their wrist all by downloading and installing the three watchfaces. This weeks update not only brought with it bug fixes, additional language support, and new hidden options in settings that includes auto changing watchfaces and VIP mode. You can read all about this update here as well as checking out the full hands-on review. You can find Hub2Watch in BlackBerry World for $1.99.
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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