Howdy CrackBerry Nation! My how time flies since our last outing. Since then, we have seen BlackBerry's own hands-on with the Priv, BlackBerry strategic channel partner EMS expanded their portfolio of mobility solutions with BlackBerry and even a rundown on how BlackBerry secured Android on the Priv. However, that is not even the best part. No, taking that honor is the fact that Priv by BlackBerry pre-orders are now live for the US, UK, and Canada!
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.
Home Budget with Sync by Anishu, Inc.
One of my New Year's resolutions was to keep track of my budget and manage my finances. Since then, it has been a long and arduous road. I tried several budgeting applications that range from manually entering in transactions to those which pull directly from my bank accounts. During this quest, I came across Home Budget with Sync. Available in a limited feature free version and a paid premium edition in the Amazon Appstore it offers a variety of useful features to help you balance the budget. One of the main features is Family Sync, which allows members of your household to automatically sync expenses and income entries across multiple devices so as to work off a single budget.
While all of the information is manually entered (i.e. Account information, balances, categories, transactions, income, etc.), it does so in a convenient and simple way. Users can create, edit, and delete recurring expenses, view forecasts, and reports, and generate a quick snapshot of the income and expenses. Additional features include support for multiple currencies, uploading of images for receipts, backup/restore, password protection, and bill reminders. The lite version is free to download but restricts you to only a few entries. The premium version is a bit pricey at $5.99.
Point Words by Dekovir, S.L.
My day is usually filled with meetings or commuting back and forth to work. Word puzzles are the ones I veer towards to pass the time and this one is no exception. From the developer that brought you Amazing Breaker, your goal is to disentangle a web of hidden words and solve mysteries in over 100 locations. The levels are laid out visually. You are given a location or a scene and asked to find several hidden words based on the theme (which also acts as a clue). For example, if there is a circle over a foot of someone sitting in a chair, the answer is dangling. For every puzzle solved, a hint or an extra letter is added to the ones that remain. There are over 1,000 encoded words and over 100 locations. As an added bonus, facts about the locations are shown on the screen as you play. If you are looking to give your brain a workout, you can download this challenging game for free in BlackBerry World. Point Words is an Android port.
Manage It – Project Manager by marcucio.com
This next selection was suggested by one of our readers and is geared for business individuals. However, that is not to say it won't come in handy for personal projects as well. It allows your team to work on the same projects at the same time. Updates are synced across multiple platforms and devices in real-time. Users can create tasks lists, including subtasks, rearrange the order by dragging and dropping, choose which projects can be shared or which should be kept private, choose to view projects on their tablet, phone, or computer, view tasks in calendar format, and even add attachments, including cloud files (i.e. Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive), to projects. Manage It allows a team to manage several projects and even keep track of their reminders and agenda for the day. It also features a search and chat function. The free version is limited to two free projects only. If you prefer more, a pay as you go subscription is available and can be viewed on their website. This application is cross platform and is free to download from BlackBerry World.
Type: Rider by Bulkypix
Type: Rider turns popular fonts into a typographic video game. Each level is built around a particular font and its history. Users play as two dots and travel through ten worlds that echo key periods of the typography's history and solve riddles. There are three types of controls, accelerometer, buttons, and intuitive, beautiful visuals, and captivating audio. Think you know your Comic Sans from your Helvetica? You can download this educational game for free from the Amazon Underground (US, UK, Germany, and France only) and $3.99 from the Amazon Appstore.
iSupr8 – Super 8mm HD Vintage Camera - HD Video & Photo Effects by MEA Mobile
On any given day, one can always find a camera application. However, there is something to be said of novelty. iSupr8 gives your pictures and your device a nostalgic, retro look and feel. I'm not just talking about the quality of the images and the filters but also the application itself. The interface of this application is an old style camera. This means you are presented with a small viewer, a leather style background, a few buttons, the option to adjust the quality of the shooting mode, and the ability to capture still images or video.
What is novel about this application is that it processes images as if it were developing film. There are eight different filters to choose from: Tru8 100D, Prime-X B&W, PenneMaker B&W, VibraChrome 40, SuprChrome 40, ThermaChrome, AltroVerdi, and WestmanRosa 64T. Each one degrades the image to match the retro style. If you are looking to give your images or video an authentic, vintage look reminiscent of the Super 8 cameras of the past, then give this a try. It is $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore and free from the Amazon Underground (US, UK, Germany, and France only). Please note only select BlackBerry handsets may download this application from the Amazon Underground. I found that I could only install the free version on my BlackBerry Z30.
What You Might Have Missed
You can now schedule posts for a later time in BBM Channels
This week a new feature came to BBM Channels. Now users have the option of setting the time and date, and by time zone, for when you want an updated to be posted to their channel. This new feature is available via the online portal.
Access your BBM Channel through the BBM Channels Manager
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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