Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all are ready for the weekend. Another exciting has come and gone over here and what a week it as been. Not only did we see an update to the BBM Meetings device and desktop apps, and UK retailers taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Leap, but also a leak for OS 10.3.2.281 and of course, the BlackBerry Q4 2015 fiscal results.
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.
Spambox by Britz Software Inc.
Going through the forums I came across this new and useful application. Spambox is a simple tool for blocking unwanted messages (text and emails) and unsolicited phone calls. This native spam filter offers a variety of features to assist users in blocking mail and numbers. It includes a blacklist and a whitelist for your mobile network and email accounts, utilizes keywords to assist in identifying unwarranted messages, supports automated cleanup, and download attachments for all blocked emails. One additional feature, called Shake to block, is one that certainly makes it stand out from the rest. You can block and blacklist the incoming phone call all by just shaking your device. However, it works for unknown numbers only and does not include numbers listed in your contacts. With its easy to use interface it automatically detects your email accounts (though individual setup is coming in a future release). Please note an update is pending so that it works with Outlook.com accounts. At the time of this post, Spambox is free for a limited time. While this is available on OS 10.3.1, it is not available for OS 10.2.1.
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Whip Swing by Pixel Envision
There is nothing like a challenging game to keep you on your toes. That is where this pure whip swinging action game reminiscent of Indiana Jones comes into play. The concept of the game is quite simple, with only a trusty bullwhip at your side you must venture as far as you can swinging from branch to branch along the ceiling. One false step or if you miss just one, you are killed by the spikes below. While the premise again is easy, being able to master is entirely different. Do you have what it takes to be an adventurer? Be sure to give this a try for $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore.
How to install Whip Swing from the Amazon Appstore
One More Line by SMG Studio
Looking for that one game that hooks you the moment it starts? That's how I felt when I tried this one for the first time. For starters, it has a minimal and retro look to it. Your goal is to keep your spaceship in motion, or rather in a semi-straight line for as long as you can without crashing into the sides or the various obstacles (i.e. colored dots on the screen). Players can do by making sure they pay attention to the blink and you miss it tutorial at the beginning that simply tells you to hold anywhere. This way when an obstacle comes along you can spin around it and then let go. While it propels your ship forward, just make sure it isn't into the wall. There is not strategy I can recommend to help you on your quest. All I can say is that this never-ending game has me hooked. Did I mention your ship emits a rainbow as its moves? It is just one more thing to love about it. Think you can last longer than a few seconds? You can download One More Line for free from the Amazon Appstore.
How to install One More Line from the Amazon Appstore
Anytime by medianomicon
Whether you have your own business or just wish to track your expenses, this well-designed and feature rich time tracking and expense reporting app is there to help you. It offers users the ability to create multiple business profiles, define activities and clients, create projects to establish budgets and timelines, create timesheets, view your billable rates, record your travel time, use your proximity sensor to automatically hide and show sensitive information, and export data in CSV format. While it is available to download as a trial for free, you can purchase the full version for $4.99. Anytime it is currently on sale for $2.99 for BlackBerry 10 but not compatible with OS 10.2.1.
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CraftyLists - Share and Sync Shopping Lists by craftylists.com
With this application your shopping list is with you wherever you go and no matter what device you or your family use. CraftyLists allows you to add multiple items to your shopping list, sync and share with others in real-time, share lists by email, comment on items and share your thoughts, and presents it all in an easy to read interface. As all items sync with their website, families that use multiple platforms will all be able to sync their lists regardless of what phone they use. Entries can be entered and deleted quickly. This application is free to download on BlackBerry 10 and is compatible with OS 10.2.1 as well.
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What You Might Have Missed
Secret SMS and MMS by Runisoft
If you are looking for a tool to securely hide your text messages from prying eyes, then this standalone feature-rich application is one way to accomplish that. It offers threaded conversations, ability to password protect the application and fake password support, theme support, notifications, auto reply, export a conversation, and more. This easy to use utility application is $0.99 for BlackBerry 10.
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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.