Howdy CrackBerry Nation! Another week has come to a close and boy it has been a busy one. We started things off with letting you know to vote for ReFocus Tech games in the NGF Awards, moved on to an epic app sale by Max Secure Software, and then told you about a former NSA lawyer claims BlackBerry limited their sales. The last one is an article you should be sure to read as security is a hot topic these days.
Now 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.
Helios by Adrian-Liviu Serbanescu
The Helioviewer project is an open-source project for the visualization of solar and heliospheric data which is funded by ESA and NASA. Helios is an Android port that is an unofficial client for that project and provides easy access to current and archived data available on their servers. In addition, not only can you discover the latest solar events and images right from your device but you can create your own videos of various phenomena create by the Sun. Helios is compatible with the Z10, Z3, and Z30 and is $1.99 to purchase though at the time of this post is on sale for $.99. I have to say the visualizations are breathtaking especially when making your own short clips.
Moka Reader by MokaWelt
As an avid reader, I can never pass up an ebook application. Moka Reader is the latest native option to hit the storefront. It includes support for several formats including DRM free ePub, Mobi (mobi/prc/azw/azw3, no DRM), Text, CHM, UMD (text/comic), Comic (cbr, cbz, cb7), FB2 (FBZ), and HTML ebooks. The main features include keyboard shortcuts, an easy to use and navigate interface, pinch gestures to zoom in and out, and access to the Table of Contents. While it supports all BlackBerry 10, the only downside for some may be the price. Currently, Moka Reader is $6.99 to purchase though it is a feature filled application. I always tend to read on the train to and from work and there is nothing wrong with having different options to read on your BlackBerry.
Let's Crash by Birla Games
If you are searching for a fun and free game that will keep you on your toes then be sure to check this out. This frustratingly good game has one goal, and that is to control traffic in all directions to prevent the cars and trucks from crashing into each other. Sounds easy right? It actually isn't. Just when you think you have it under control all the roads fill up with vehicles. In order to prevent a crash you simply tape on a vehicle to make it go faster and wrong clicks only end the game sooner. It offers clean and simple graphics and is quite challenging when the roads start filling up. It is a great time waster for anyone with a moment to spare. Let's Crash is only available for the BlackBerry Passport, the Z10, Z3 and Z30 and is free to download.
Magic Chess 3D by Academ Media
Going through the Amazon Appstore this week, I came across this free and unusual 3D chess game. This game presents your game no a 3D chess board with pieces that resemble people and animals from medieval times. There is a built-in timer, the ability to move the board and see the pieces from a different perspective, and undo your last move. This is the free version the developer offers that has ads but they didn't distract from being able to play the game. If you are looking for a quick game of chess throughout the day it has decent graphics and presents you with all available moves when you tap on a piece as a tutorial of sorts.
FoldertoPlaylist by DVN Digital
Music Lovers looking to sort their collections by folders on their SD or device rather than by playlist should give this application a try. This simple and useful tool generates playlists for all of your music folders include those located in sub-folders. You may choose where to save these playlists and they are automatically updated in the native application for easy listening. Both the free and the premium version for BlackBerry 10 offer a pleasant interface and the option to choose which folders to process and where to create playlists. As expected, the free version does have some limitations. For instance, it limits you to 20 files per playlist and lacks advanced features. These additional features, available in the paid version for $0.99 (it is currently on sale 50% off), include sorting your playlists using file name or date, and using a whitelist or blacklist to choose what is added to the playlists.
What You Might Have Missed
TeamViewer: Remote Control (Preview) by TeamViewer GmbH
How many of you have wanted to control your PC from your BlackBerry device? TeamViewer is an all-in-one software that allows users to remote control any computer or Mac over the internet. That being said, this week they released their BlackBerry 10 app, albeit as a preview. Once you've installed the application on both your PC and device it's as simple as entering in the TeamViewer ID and password that appears on your computer's screen in the application. Now the versions on both need to be the same so be sure to run a check for updates on your PC to make sure you're running th latest. The MAC version may not be up to date as of yet. Once that is done you'll be able to control your computer remotely. Once you're connected your entire desktop is displayed on your device. There is a brief tutorial on how to move the mouse but you can open and close applications, type within applications (full keyboard functionality), and transfer files in both directions. Basically, you could control the computer remotely as if you were sitting right in front of it. It offers 256 Bit AES Encryption coding and is available for all BlackBerry 10 devices.
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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