Howdy and welcome to the weekly app roundup! Yee-haw! This week, it seems to be all about the good, the bad and the ugly. The good? The BlackBerry Style was officially announced. The Bad? Mr. Jobs decides to take a swing at the PlayBook. I guess he didn’t think RIM would swing back. The ugly? The BlackBerry Style once again. Ok, I’m teasing. When the first images of the Torch appeared, I did say I would never get one (boy was I wrong). Today, we announce the winners of the BuzzOff giveaway and also give you the chance to win one of 10 copies of VQ Mileage Tracker! Have a rootin’ tootin’ weekend! Giddy up!
Freebies of the Week: Renewable Energy News, gsmExchange.com
In Case You Missed It: Hypoxia, KidsABC, Facebook Chat Pro
New This Week: beSmart, mProductive, GpsSpeedoMeter
Cool at BlackBerry App World: Boiling Frog
Contest: Enter to win 1 of 10 copies of VQ Mileage Tracker!
Freebies Of The Week:
Renewable Energy News -RenewableEnergyWorld.com now provides the latest renewable energy news and information for easy access on your BlackBerry.
With the renewable energy news app, users can access compelling, photo-rich and up-to-the-minute news and information to help understand the trends and developments that shape our industry: everything from solar to bio-energy, wind power, hydropower, geo-thermal energy and more, get the latest news updates, blog posts, industry announcements, event updates and even access to their podcast.
Plus, users are given the tools to share the information that interests you easily and quickly with your friends and colleagues through social media tools like twitter and Facebook or via email. You can even save stories for later off-line reading while you are traveling or in locations without a network connection.
gsmExchange.com -Established in 1999, gsmExchange.com is based in Dublin, Ireland. Its online trading platform has a membership base representing 187 countries; these include Network Operators, Manufacturers, Distributors and Wholesalers. The management team have decades of experience in the international telecoms arena.
If you are already a member with gsmExchange.com, please install this App, and use your usual user-id and password to access gsmExchange.com on the go - most of the features that you have come to love on the web, will be available on your BlackBerry; including, "Browsing", "Posting Offers and Requests", "Matches", "My contacts", and the "In Box"
Bring the power of the most trusted online platform for mobile phone wholesalers and traders to your BlackBerry. More than 50,000 companies around the world involved in mobile phone distribution and trade have applied for membership onto the gsmExchange.com platform. This unique online trading platform will provide you with:
- Mobile phone and accessory trading contacts
- Advertising on the industry noticeboard
- Detailed market statistics with price history for each phone model
- Market monitoring and advice for safe trading
- News and updates to stay ahead of the market
Free from BlackBerry App World
In Case You Missed It:
Hypoxia -Hypoxia's a full featured media player for BlackBerry Smartphones. For the first time on a BlackBerry Smartphone, you can now stream supported audio, and video* to and from your home WiFi network!
Hypoxia not only plays music and videos* from your network over WiFi, but it's also a Media Server capable of streaming to supported devices like Xbox360, Windows Media Player, another BlackBerry or even an Android phone!
Twitter: Integrated Twitter support, to instantly share what you're watching, or listening to!
Full Skinning System: With Hypoxia's Skinning capabilities, you can change nearly every aspect of the look and feel of Hypoxia. Create your own, or choose a pre-made skin to suite your own personal tastes.
*Video Streaming: Torch 9800, Bold 9700 owners can now enjoy the added feature of Streaming Video from the network. (More phones to be supported soon). To run Hypoxia as a Media Server the Mblware Network Assistant software is needed, refer to your receipt for a link, or visit our website.
Device Transfer Fee: As of January 1, 2010 – There will be a $1.50usd service charge to transfer our apps to a new device. This is due to large amounts of bogus requests for new keys.
- WiFi Streaming - Stream media to and from supported devices over WiFi
- Full Skinning System - Change nearly every aspect of Hypoxia's look and feel with downloadable Skins.
- Twitter Integration - Share what you're listening to, or watching with Hypoxia in real-time on Twitter!
- Message Notifications - Quickly preview incoming SMS, Email, and PIN notifications right inside Hypoxia.
- Now Playing Playlist - Add songs, or video to the Current playing playlist
- Album Artwork - Hypoxia will automatically display all Album Art from your songs' ID3 tag.
- Audio and Video Playback - Support to playback audio and video media files in Full Screen, and Player modes.
- Hypoxia PicShows - Create a custom slideshow of pictures, backed with your favourite audio tracks.
- Keyboard Shortcuts - Many keyboard shortcuts to quickly change to Full-screen, Now Playing and more ...
- Bluetooth Support - Stream your favourite songs to a connected Bluetooth device.
$7.99 from the CrackBerry App Store
KidsABC -Learning the alphabet is the most important part of the English language. With KidsABC it will teach your child how to pronounce each alphabet and the animal associate with each alphabet. KidsABC allows the parent to quiz the child before the alphabet is spoken.
- Works on BlackBerry OS4.3 and higher
- All 26 spoken alphabets each with associated animal
- You can show previous and next alphabet
- Optionally play the alphabet sound or to quiz your child
- Supports touch screen. Just touch the picture to say the alphabet
- Great tool to teach your child the ABCs
- Volume control
- Easy and fun to use
$0.99 from the CrackBerry App Store
Facebook Chat Pro -Facebook Chat Pro for BlackBerry allows you to chat with all your Facebook friends using your BlackBerry smartphone. You can see all your online and offline friends, as well as their profile pictures. Facebook Chat Pro has been modeled after the native Facebook conversation interface. Facebook chat notifications will popup when one of your Facebook friends sends you a chat message.
- Shows online, idle and offline friends with profile pictures!
- Initiate a chat or respond to a chat request from a friend
- Integrated chat screen similar to BlackBerry Messenger
- Stays connected in background
- Popup dialog, vibrate, sound and LED notification when a new chat message arrives
- Fully customizable notifications
$4.99 from BlackBerry App World
New This Week:
beSmart -beSmart: Task Switching and App Launching the way it should be featuring our newest innovations, SmartJump and Search&Go! Get a new Email? SmartJump! New Tweet? SmartJump! New SMS? SmartJump! New Voicemail? SmartJump!
Now with beSmart, you can easily switch to apps with new messages using SmartJump! Detect notifications from other applications on your device (e.g. new SMS, new Email, new MSN messenger notifications, Twitter, etc) and easily jump to the corresponding application with one keypress! You never need to search for the application to view these messages or long press "menu" key to switch tasks! beSmart supports Beejive, SMS, MMS, and Gmail Mobile, as well as any other 3rd party app installed on your device. You NEVER need to wait for the developer of your favorite app to release an update supporting SmartJump!
beSmart also features Search&Go, which lets you search all of the applications installed on your device using keywords. You can also run some special commands that will control your BlackBerry device. beSmart also features an integrated Startup Launcher to automatically start your favorite applications.
- “beSmart” features One Key Operation using the Left Side Convenience Key!
- Integrated “beSmart Launcher.”
- When your device receives a new notification, one press of the convenience key jumps to that application.
- Automatic queing of pending notifications with FIFO organization.
- Multiple presses of the convenience key view other pending notifications.
- With no pending notifications, pressing the convenience key launches "Search&Go.”
- Universal 3rd party application support.
- Monitoring of all notifications on your device.
- "New Notifications" dialog to let you associate the notification to a running application.
- "Search&Go" Features: • Search all of the installed applications by using keywords and selectively run them. • Power on/off the device Radio and/or WiFi (Standard Edition Only). • Power on Bluetooth (Standard Edition Only). • Shutdown Device Power (Standard Edition Only). • Take Screenshots (Standard Edition Only). • Run the WiFi wizard, find and connect to WiFi hotspots (Standard Edition Only). • Place Calls, open the Browser, and create Memos (Standard Edition Only). • Integrated Startup Launcher to automatically start your favorite applications. • Backup function to allow you to Save/Restore your custom settings easily.
$3.99 from the CrackBerry App Store
mProductive -You don't need to change a thing to get going, mProductive integrates seamlessly with Tasks, Calendar, Memos. Just download and install mProductive for a better, clearer view on your world today.
Whether your day is about personal priorities or work commitments, mProductive lets you manage follow-ups, tasks, meetings, appointments, events, notes and memos, plus phone calls, SMS's and emails, just by linking them together into groups that match your activities. mProductive lets you manage everything on the run, all while staying in perfect sync with your office or desktop task list / calendar.
- Clear Dashboard View (at-a-glance view ALL your activities)
- Know what's due today, this week or in the future, plus what's overdue - and more
- Link related items together in a Project (events, tasks, memos)
- Reference emails, calls, sms to project items
- Create action items from emails, calls or SMS's with the 'Assign to' option
- Search easily in one place across events, tasks and memos
- Keyboard Shortcuts, homescreen notifiers and more
$29.99 from the CrackBerry App Store
GpsSpeedoMeter -GpsSpeedoMeter is a 'must have' App for every cycling or walking enthusiast. GpsSpeedoMeter is both a speedometer and odometer that provides speed and distance readings whether you are walking, riding a bicycle or a vehicle. It provides the ability to monitor speed, distance, elapsed time, heading/direction and locations that are important to a serious traveler The GpsSpeedoMeter tracks your trip, your overall speed, distance and elapsed time. Mount it on your vehicle or carry it in your pocket/holster. All cellphone functions are available while GpsSpeedoMeter runs in the background.
Cool In BlackBerry App World:
Boiling frog -Boiling Frog is the NEW must-have app – giving you essential travel, safety and first aid advice at your fingertips. With many unique and interactive features, it helps you to be prepared – reducing the risk of things going wrong but also minimizing inconvenience and cost if they do.
Boiling Frog provides travel and first aid advice to travelers worldwide whether you are at home; work, on a family holiday, a business trip, gap year or even an expedition. The advice is to provide you with relevant, useful and safe information that you can use on every trip.
- TRAVEL: hostile/remote regions, driving, communication, bars/restaurants, student travelling
- FIRST AID: treating a casualty, incident flow diagram, treatment of ailments, medicines
- QUIZ: test yourself!
- MY TRIPS: personalize your own trip, itinerary and packing lists
- TOOLS: universal picture dictionary, video and audio
$4.99 from the BlackBerry App World
VQ Mileage Tracker -VQ Mileage Tracker is the only Mileage Tracking application that AUTOMATICALLY tracks your mileage every time you drive your car. You don’t have to do anything until you want to submit an Expense Report. Then, at the press of a button, VQ Mileage Tracker emails you a report with:
- Date and Time for each trip
- Address you drove to
- Miles (or km) driven for every trip
Other Mileage Tracking apps require you to manually key in dates, times, distances and locations EVERY time you drive your car for business. And keeping track of your mileage on paper is a pain at the best of times. Why do all that when VQ MileageTracker can automatically do it all for you?
AUTOMATIC: VQ MileageTracker can AUTOMATICALLY track your mileage every time you drive your car. All you need to do this is in-vehicle Bluetooth or a VQ Bluetooth Car Charger. No in-vehicle Bluetooth? No problem. Use Semi-Automatic Mode.
SEMI-AUTOMATIC: No in-vehicle Bluetooth? No problem. Just manually start VQ MileageTracker every time you are about to drive for business purposes.
To purchase a VQ Bluetooth Charger: Launch your purchased copy of VQ Mileage Tracker software, click Select BT Device, then click Purchase. Purchases are securely processed using PayPal.
On sale for $9.99 from the CrackBerry App Store
We have 10 copies of VQ Mileage Tracker to giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered. Winners will be announced next week. Now, for the 100 winners of BuzzMe Premium. Let me take a big breath...
Until Next Week..
Well there you have it folks! I hope you enjoyed the apps we managed to corral this week. If you have any information on software (including news and tips), or if you are developer looking to be in the spotlight (or contest) let me know via email at [email protected] or twitter.com/ryanblundell.
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