BlackBerry App Roundup for October 24, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another week has just flown by and it has been a busy one indeed. We saw the latest and greatest version of Blaq released with a plethora of new features, UI tweaks, settings, and other notable additions, the announcement of CESlive 2015, and saw how celebrity chef and host Tyler Florence loves his BlackBerry.

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.

Rumminy by Heris IT

First up this week is a new take on the classic Rummy or ginrummy card game. Rumminy is an online multiplayer game where you can compete against a friend, find a player, or against a random opponent. The objecto f the game is to dispose of all of the times in your hand. These combinations may consist of tiles of three or four successive numbers of the same color or three or four pieces of the same number but different colors. The game itself is quite fun as you try to figure out your next move. There is also a chat option for speaking with your opponents. The features I would like to see is being able to delete an invite for non responsive players and end a game. Rumminy is free to download for BlackBerry 10.

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eWallet for BlackBerry 10 by ILIUM SOFTWARE, INC.

While this application is not exactly new to the storefront, that doesn't mean we can't take a look at it. Previously available for BBOS, the developer released this Android port to secure your personal and financial information. For those who utilize eWallet on their PC and other devices this fully functional version lets you sync your information across multiple platforms. This includes credit card information, passwords, bank accounts, health information, and even security verification questions. With it's 256-bit AES encryption you can store, access, and create different wallets for all members of your family. The application is $9.99 and does not include the cost of the Windows, MAC OS or Tablet version.

More information/Purchase eWallet for BlackBerry 10

Email Organizer by NandkumarRS

Back in my BBOS days, I used to be able to set filter rules on BIS to organize and automatically sort emails. To fill in the gap on BlackBerry 10 is Email Organizer. It allows you to create rules for your email accounts on your device rather than on the server. All you have to do is create the rule and leave it running in the background (it is not headless). Setting up each of your rules is easy. Simply choose the email address from the dropdown list, select the folder you wish to send the message to, and pick which contact(s) you would like the rule to apply to on incoming email messages. Once those options are set, tap on save and agree to run the rule and that is it. All emails from those individuals will be automatically filed according to your selection. In addition, rules may be edited and deleted. For $0.99 this is a useful feature to organize your emails.

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Tiny Thief by Rovio Stars Ltd.

In this medieval adventure game your unconventional hero, the aforementioned thief, must pilfer select items without being detected by the guards. Each stage has its own level of difficulty and you maneuver your character by clicking and interacting with various objects on the screen. The visuals are clean and adorable and runs well on my BlackBerry Passport. If you find you have some free time and need a whimsical break you can purchase this for $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore.

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7 Minute Workout by BigStudio

In this day and age sometimes going to the gym or finding the time to exercise is not an option. This application utilizes the 7-minute technique that provides a high intensity workout using only your body weight, a chair, and a wall. It aims to give you the fitness benefits of a full workout but in much less time. There are twelve exercises you perform with a ten second transition for a total of seven minutes to complete the circuit. 7 Minute Workout is $1.99 and eliminates the need for additional equipment.

More information/Purchase 7 Minute Workout

What You Might Have Missed

Blink by Hill Studios

Previously available as a beta only application, Blink finally made its debut this past week. If you are not already familiar, it is a third party Twitch client for BlackBerry 10. Using this application you can browser currently streaming games and channels, view streams in full screen, play streams on second display via HDMI or Miracast, view profiles, follow/unfollow, search for games, channels, and users, and chat with other users. In order to work properly, your BlackBerry 10 device needs OS 10.3. Blink is free to download.

Learn more / Download Blink from BlackBerry World

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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US Prepaid Carriers Buyer's Guide

US Prepaid Carriers Buyer's Guide

Sponsored by MetroPCS

With kids back in school and budgets tight, prepaid carriers are often the way to go for anyone with a smartphone. Instead of paying your monthly bill after having used your wireless service, you pay beforehand for a set bucket of data.

There are compromises to be made when signing up for a prepaid carrier, but for the most part, the added flexibility makes it all worth while. Conditions and service plans vary wildly across providers, but we're going to sort through the big ones and hopefully point you in the right direction.

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We're taking 50% off these durable clip holsters for BlackBerry Q10 today!

The Seidio Spring Clip Holster holds your BlackBerry Q10 securely in place, and then lifts for quick access.Both the felt liner and the face-in design protect your screen from scratches and a signature soft touch coating provides an added grip. The back clip can be rotated in both vertical and horizontal positions, too. Get yours today for just $14.95.

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BlackBerry to hold a 'Build for the BlackBerry Classic' webcast for developers

With the BlackBerry Classic due to be released in the coming months, BlackBerry want to make sure there will be apps available for the device come its release. As we know the BlackBerry Classic brings back the so called 'toolbelt' that encompasses the trackpad, menu and back keys, as well as a call and end key. Hence, the name 'Classic'. This does mean that apps need to be developed differently to the way in which they would be developed for the other BlackBerry 10 devices currently available. So, BlackBerry will be holding a webcast entitled 'Building for the BlackBerry Classic' to help developers create those apps.

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It wasn't too long ago that I told you about a handy productivity application from Tundra Core Studios called Hub Browser. It's main purpose is to grant users quick and easy access to links sent via text, email, or any other location in the BlackBerry 10 OS, without having to leave the Hub or current application.

Plain and simple, instead of your device launching the BlackBerry 10 browser each and every time you tap on a link, it allows you to view from within the application you are currently using. This means no switching back and forth between applications which saves you time.

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Call Manager Pro

Before you think to yourselves "Oh, just another call blocking app" bear with me as this one is kind of special and has a massive array of features - so please read on. The bad news is that after writing this I then discovered that it is only available for 10.3 and above.

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Inspiro

Everyone likes a discount don't they? Well If you've been tempted in the past to purchase either Sportrate or Air Race HD for BlackBerry 10 this could be the weekend to get in on the action as the developer (Inspiro) is offering up some hefty discounts (up to 75%) as well as some free copies for the CrackBerry community.

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T-Mobile wants better coverage inside your home and it's asking the FCC for help

T-Mobile wants its phones, tablets, and devices to work better in your homes and buildings, and to do so it is petitioning the FCC to make that happen. The Un-carrier wants to be able to buy more low-band spectrum to improve in-building coverage in the next FCC auction, and T-Mobile wants the FCC to alter a few rules to help it succeed.

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BES12 isn't an update, it's a new era for enterprise mobility

That's according to BlackBerry who is now sending out emails to enterprise customers letting them know BES12 is well on its way and inviting them to sign up for more information as we get closer to full scale availability of the next generation of BES.

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Wallpaper Changer HD

If you are not aware, with BlackBerry 10.3, if you choose not have any Active Frames open you will be left with a blank screen just showing the time and date and therefore showing your chosen wallpaper in all its glory.

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Reduced to $12.95 today, this leather holster fits your BlackBerry Z10 perfectly and looks sharp!

The stylish CrackBerry branded Leather Horizontal Case is made of a fine, durable leather that features a fixed belt clip on the back to secure to your waist, pocket or purse. This leather case gives you and your BlackBerry device a sleek, professional look while keeping it safe from drops and scratches at the same time. Get yours today in black, brown, red or white and save 57% off the list price!

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Prevent unwanted calls with BlockIt for BlackBerry 10

One of the most anticipated features in OS 10.3, at least for me as a former BBOS user, is that call blocking applications would finally be possible. With BlackBerry opening up the API to developers it was only a matter of time before a variety of applications were made available to ensure calls from those pesky telemarketers or other callers you may not want to get through do not get answered.

BlockIt is a headless application that allows users to block incoming calls by a specific number using the Caller ID. After such a long wait, I'm glad this feature is finally available.

Features

  • Headless (running in the background). You don't have to leave the app open.
  • Black List, White List, Exception List
  • Create Block Phone Number from the Device Contacts
  • Create Block Phone Number from the Device Call Log
  • Create Phone Number manually
  • Wildcards Number Blocking i.e. 1800*
  • Assign Led Color to the phone number you want to block
  • Move phone number between Black List, White List, Exception List with single tap
  • View Block Call Log -Support Black and White Theme
  • Backup and Restore Database

Being able to setup and use the application is effortless. The interface is not cluttered at all and everything needed is laid out in an easy to read manner. At the top, you are presented with a drop down list to select the current profile or blocked list you wish to use. For example, you could select Block Black List, which only blocks the numbers populated there, Block All except Exception list, Block All, and so on and so forth.

Below this option is your personalized lists, Black List, White List, and Exception, that you simply tap on to access. The currently selected list is highlighted in orange, and you simply tap on the New Phone Number icon (plus sign) at the bottom to add a number to a particular list. After tapping on that button, you are directed to another page to input the important information concerning the number you wish to block. You can pull entries directly from the Contacts app or from your device call log or enter in a name, choose which list to add to, select an LED color and blink interval, manually add a number with area code, and, the most important, select the appropriate country code from the dropdown list. The app support all countries code and you can add/remove countries from the pick list in the Phone Add screen.

Please be aware that this will not work on numbers who block their Caller ID (i.e. Private Numbers, Unknown, etc.) and the application only works on OS 10.3 on the BlackBerry Passport and certain leaks on other devices.

Another interesting feature is how you can swiftly move numbers from one list to another. When a number is added, it appears on the main screen under the appropriate heading. To switch, simply tap on the tiny circular icons. For example, if a number is under the Blacklist you may tap on the +w or +e to move to the White List or Exception List.

Now for the part that matters. Once a number is entered all you have to do is wait for an incoming call. What happens is relatively obvious. When a call is received from a particular blocked number your device will blink the LED color chosen (if applicable), there will be no incoming call screen on your device, and the caller after a ring or so will see the line go dead with a fast busy signal. However, please note that the call does appear in the BlackBerry Hub and in your call log as a missed call.

In addition, for those of you concerned over permissions, this application requires a few in order to function properly. The full list can be found in the BlackBerry World description but the important ones are that it requires access to your Phone, Contacts, Shared Files (backup/restore), and Personal Call Logs (so it can read and pull call information).

The Good

  • Block incoming calls from contact list, phone log or by manual input
  • Setup user-defined profiles and lists according to category and preference
  • Intuitive and clean user interface

The Bad

  • Would prefer to have the phone log option sortable by date to quickly select the last known caller

The Bottom Line

Being able to prevent calls from certain parties including spammers is a most useful feature that had been lacking for quite some time on BlackBerry 10. Whether you wish to block a specific party or cannot be bothered at all with calls, BlockIt is packed with features to get the job done. Calls are picked up and ended without the individual even realizing they were blocked which works out well. You can purchase this application for $1.99.

More information/Purchase BlockIt

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BlackBerry scores patents for wearables, conference calling, enhanced security and more!

Each week on Tuesdays, the USPTO publishes approximately 3500 patents, and this week was a rather large one for BlackBerry. As noted by Bloomberg, BlackBerry had a total of 26 patents published this week and while we generally don't look towards patents for much info due to the sheer amount that get processed and never seen again, the patents published this week for BlackBerry are rather telling and hit on a lot of recent topics such as wearables, conference calling, new devices and enhanced security. We've gathered up all the patents from this week for everyone to go through, but as noted, there's a few stand out items here.

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AT&T boasts strong growth but misses earnings estimate

AT&T has just shared their earnings report for the third quarter. The company was able to gain two million new customers, but missed their earnings estimate. Shares of AT&T are down in after-hours trading following the earnings report.

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Shaq stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

Shaq stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

I guess Shaq is too big of a star to wait until Thursday when the BBM team normally rolls out new sticker packs, because he has now popped up in the BBM Shop all by himself. If you're looking to bring Shaq Daddy to your device along with some of his classic trash talking lines, you'll be expected to throw up $1.99 for the complete set.

Fun facts: Shaq is worth over $350M and earned approximately $25M last year from business ventures. He actually owns 10% of the Five Guys burger franchise. Not bad for a guy who only ever hit one 3-pointer in his game career. The stickers are live right now in the BBM Shop.

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Get your daily Starbucks fix with Coffee Companion

Normally, I am not a coffee drinker. I usually get my caffeine fix from a can of soda. However, I must say that during this time of year, there is a propensity towards a certain seasonal drink at Starbucks, aka Pumpkin Spice Latte. If you are like me, you don't always have your Starbucks Loyalty card handy. To ensure you not only receive your gold stars on purchases but satisfy your addiction to this popular brand there is Coffee Companion.

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Win FREE Mobile Wi-Fi for Life from Karma!

Karma In today's world, no one has time to be tied down. We're always on the move, and that means we don't always have access to reliable Wi-Fi to keep us connected to our digital world. Well all of that is now a thing of the past with one perfect little device from a company called Karma. Keep reading for all the details, and to see how you can enter to win free Wi-Fi for LIFE!

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Haunted Humpday Sale: BlackBerry Micro-USB Wall Charger only $4.95 today!

Designed to be the smallest and most compact charger for your BlackBerry device, this folding blade charger is made for maximum portability. Use it at home, the office or when you travel. The 3ft. cable provides just enough flexibility to work around most obstacles, too. Get yours today and save an amazing 83% off the list price!

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Passport

In this day and age, whenever BlackBerry launch a new handset there is always an element of 'will this thing sell' in all our minds. Sure, us BlackBerry fans already know the benefits that go hand in hand with rocking a BlackBerry, but for those folk on other platforms it's a pretty hard sell. Maybe that gap has been shortened now that the BlackBerry Passport is out. Let me explain....

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