Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another week has passed so you know what that means? Not only is it time to share with you another batch of apps for your BlackBerry 10 or Priv smartphone, but it's also time to catch up on all the news that transpired since we last met.
Starting things off this week was a brand new episode of the BerryFlow Podcast, where James and Alex discussed an array of topics including a new direct device sales program for business owners and IT administrators. For Priv owners looking for day-to-day protection, you can read our in-depth review of the Seidio Surface Case for the BlackBerry Priv. Finally, BlackBerry started rolling out the March security patch.
Now it's time to bring you this week's picks for all you 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 didn't make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.
1. Pocket Doctor by TPSoft
If you are looking to enhance your knowledge and understanding of medical issues, Pocket Doctor is one such resource for your BlackBerry 10 device.
Pocket Doctor is a user-friendly app for researching information on various medical topics. It provides an A-Z listing of medical conditions in the encyclopedia, a symptoms analyzer, first aid information with simple step-by-step instructions, a 7-minute full body workout, a drug dictionary, and healthy recipes. All content can be used offline and no internet connection is required.
You can download Pocket Doctor for free in BlackBerry World. However, this is a trial version which only grants access to the First Aid, Emergency Number, and 7-Minute Workout sections. In order to access the remaining features, an in-app purchase of $2.99 is required
Please note this app is for informational purposes only and you should always consult with a qualified health care provider.
2. PhotoStar by Daniel Bigham
PhotoStar has been in development for quite some time if you've been following the forum thread and has finally made its debut in BlackBerry World. This photo utility app offers several useful features for organizing, managing, and sharing your photos to friends, family, and followers.
We all know there are rules for triaging your emails, but what if there was something similar with photos? This is what sets PhotoStar apart. You can create rules for your photos to initiate specific actions. For instance, you could create a rule that if you give a rating of 4 or higher to certain photos, they will automatically be sent to a certain individual. In addition, you can create a rule that photos rated 3 or better will automatically be saved to your Dropbox account so that nothing important is ever lost. Finally, its possible to create the rule that every photo you rate as 1 star will be automatically deleted. There are just a few examples of what you can do with PhotoStar.
PhotoStar also presents you with the ability to share to multiple accounts with only one tap. All you have to is tap on the photo and select each service, no need to retype the information. It supports Facebook, Twitter, Picassa, Flickr, Dropbox, and email.
Finally, PhotoStar allows you to search by rating, tags, person, location, and date, offers face recognition through faceplusplus.com to help automate tagging photos, and comes with geotagging.
PhotoStar is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 handsets and is $0.99 to purchase in BlackBerry World.
3. Kiosk Pro by Toysoft Inc.
Kiosk Pro is the latest app release from Toysoft for the Android platform. In simple terms, Kiosk Pro is a customized launcher which allows you or your organization to demo or try apps in a secure environment without granting access to the rest of the device.
Once Kiosk mode is activated, the party using your device can only access and run applications you (the administrator) designate in settings. This means the end user cannot view or access email messages nor will they be able to share or view files. While in this mode, please be aware several features are disabled, such as the Notification Toolbar, so you and the other party will not be able to see or view incoming messages or alerts, the Recent launched application list, and the Google search toolbar. Administrators also have the option of disabling WiFi and Bluetooth access.
The app itself is password protected so only you can start and stop kiosk mode as well as make other modifications. While organizations can use this to demo products, you can also use this to restrict usage when loaning your device to family, friends, or even your children when playing games. Kiosk Pro provides up to three homescreens for you to add applications and the option to set wallpaper.
Please note, in order to function properly, Kiosk Pro must be set as the default launcher.
You can download Kiosk Pro for free in Google Play. An in app purchase of $0.99 is required to unlock.
4. Tiny Guardians by Kurechii
Tiny Guardians is an adventurous and strategic tower defense game for your BlackBerry Priv. The interesting part about this game is that there are no towers. Instead, the action centers around the main character, Lunalie, who ventures out with her unique guardians to search for her missing aunt, The Sorceress. It is your job to summon these guardians, with magical cards and spells, to protect her against the various enemies they meet on their journey. The challenge part is managing your resources and guardians as well as creating an effective strategy all while trying to defeat the wild beasts and creatures who block your path.
Tiny Guardians comes with stunning visuals, 12 guardian classes, over 40 diverse enemies, unique boss fights, and specials events. Each level comes with a Story and Challenge Mode with three levels of difficulty each.
You can download Tiny Guardians for free in Google Play. There are in app purchase to help you advance and unlock achievements.
5. Top Bike: Real Racing Speed & Best Moto Drag Racer by T-Bull
From the developer that brought you Top Speed comes another adrenaline fueled racing game, called Top Bike. It is an engaging and exciting game where you try to battle gangs and prove yourself against the brutal kings of the road using only your customized motorbike.
Top Bike is broken down into a set of districts, each with their own unique look and feel. Once again, T-Bull brings their A-game in terms of visuals, customizations, and drag racing action. You should have no difficulty steering your bike through the different courses, modes, and challenges. You can also choose from over 71 heavily modified bikes
If you're looking for some fast and fun action, Top Bike fits the bill. You can download for free in BlackBerry World.
6. What You Might Have Missed
Track and manage your medications with PillPad - 50 percent off for a limited time
For those with medical conditions looking to track and organize their prescriptions, PillPad offers a convenient way to manage them. Whether you wish to export the list to review with your physician, set refill reminders, or even research the medication with your local pharmacy, PillPad does this and more. It is also useful in emergency situations where you need to provide medical personnel with a complete history of your medications and their dosages.
For a limited time, PillPad is on sale for 50% off, $0.99, in BlackBerry World. All proceeds generated from this sale will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help fund research for CF.
PillPad is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 handsets.
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, the BlackBerry PlayBook, or even Android Apps in the Google Play store for the BlackBerry Priv. 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.