BlackBerry App Roundup for March 27, 2015

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.

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BlackBerry is cash flow positive and growing the software business

Earlier this morning BlackBerry reported Q4 results for fiscal 2015. Revenue dropped from $793 million in Q3 to only $660 million in Q4, but that's mostly hardware related. On most other metrics things are looking up for the company, which explains the stock market's mildly positive reaction to the results. The stock is up about 20 cents as I write this, to US $9.52 per share.

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Save 47% today on this OtterBox-style hard case for BlackBerry Z10

Packed with multiple layers of protection, the CONVERT Combo from Seidio shields your BlackBerry Z10 from serious impacts regular cases just can't handle. Included is a scratch resistant screen protector and a rugged holster to clip to your belt or pocket for quick and easy access. Yours today for only $28.95

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.2708 now available through several Canadian carriers

An already busy day has just got a little bit busier. BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.2708 has now started rolling out for multiple devices on several Canadian carriers such Rogers, TELUS and Koodo. If that's not enough, the links for the OS have also gone live as well and are now available in the CrackBerry Forums, allowing anyone who is familiar with autoloaders and Sachesi to update their device to OS 10.3.1.2708 as well.

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New BlackBerry Blend beta invites going out

BlackBerry Blend is without a doubt one of my favorite additions that came with BlackBerry 10.3 and up but to be honest I've been bit miffed at the fact it hasn't gotten any real love since release. The last update to the desktop apps was back in December I believe and since then they've remained untouched despite some pretty obvious and annoying bugs.

Don't get me wrong, I still use BlackBerry Blend EVERY SINGLE DAY and I think it's the best thing since sliced bread plus, the device apps have been updated more frequently, but it needs some love in a bad way. Thankfully, someone at BlackBerry spotted that fact as well and now, there's a new beta available with invites being sent out as you're reading this.

The changelog and known issues list isn't huge but at this point any update to the desktop versions of BlackBerry Blend is appreciated.

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John Chen not worried about BlackBerry non-believers

With the Q4 Fiscal 2015 results now available and the earnings call wrapped up (download the audio replay here), BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been hitting media outlets as well to discuss the events. Speaking with BNN's Amber Kanwar in Waterloo, Chen took the time to discuss the results and answer some questions about how he plans to make software profits grow for BlackBerry, where BlackBerry stands on the device hardware future and what he thinks about those who don't believe in a BlackBerry turnaround. You can check out the full interview below.

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PCMarket names BES12 Best Enterprise Mobile Device Management Product

Amidst the earnings report news, BlackBerry also announced the win of a major IT award In Hong Kong. The Best of IT Awards are organized annually, by leading Hong Kong IT publication PCMarket and serve to recognize the most popular IT products and services from the preceding year. This time around BES12 was named Best Enterprise Mobile Device Management Product, 2014 at award ceremonies held on March 24th.

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BlackBerry offers up a hands-on look at the BlackBerry Leap

Thinking about picking up a BlackBerry Leap when it officially becomes available? If you are, you'll want to check out the latest BlackBerry Leap hands-on from Inside BlackBerry's very own Donny Halliwell who gives us a quick look at the all-touch device running BlackBerry 10.3.1. Folks in the UK can already place some pre-orders for the device through third-party retailers.

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Mobile Nations Community Update, March 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update, March 2015

With the end of the month upon us, it's time to bring you up-to-date with the latest happenings around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central in our Community Update.

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BlackBerry Q4 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Call Live Blog!

BlackBerry Q4 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Call Live Blog!

The report is out, but the earnings call still has to happen, so hop into the chat below and settle in. The conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing directly into 1-888-503-8168 or by logging on at the BlackBerry Investors site.

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3 Hong Kong

On top of the addition of China Mobile Hong Kong, BlackBerry has also announced 3 Hong Kong, the mobile telecommunications division of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited, is now also offering its enterprise customers Enhanced SIM-Based Licensing (ESBL) by BlackBerry, will provide enterprise customers an improved purchasing experience, meaning they can consolidate operational costs into one monthly invoice.

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BlackBerry launches Enhanced SIM-based Licensing for China Mobile Hong Kong

Continuing their roll out of Enhanced SIM-based Licensing options for enterprise customers, BlackBerry has now announced the services is available through China Mobile Hong Kong. The offering will enable CMHK to resell to its enterprise customers licenses for BlackBerry EMM services as a bundled offer along with airtime and a data plan.

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BlackBerry announces Q4 Fiscal 2015 Results

BlackBerry announces Year-End and Q4 Fiscal 2015 Results

After weeks of mixed sentiment surrounding the company from analysts, BlackBerry has now announced their Year-End and Q4 Fiscal 2015 results. Last quarter, Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen noted BlackBerry would be shifting focus to expanding their distribution and driving revenue growth and this is the first look at how well they've done in that area.

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Reebee shopping list and flyer app returns to BlackBerry World

Back when BlackBerry 10 launched, one of my favorite apps was Reebee. The app collected all the local flyers in my area and presented them in a way that was easy to read, so I could keep up with any sales that were happening through stores nearby. Eventually, Reebee stopped being updated, and I switched to Flipp, which offers a similar service though I found it to be slightly less reliable when it came to finding all available flyers.

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WhatsApp

The WhatsApp developers are at it again. If you're among those testing the WhatsApp beta releases, you're going to want to load up the BlackBerry Beta Zone app and grab the latest release. It has a massive changelog associated with it, so it's certainly going to need some testing.

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BBM Meetings

Have you been using BBM Meetings? If so, you'll want to make sure you grab the latest updates to the device and desktop apps. BlackBerry has released new versions for most of the supported platforms including BlackBerry 10, Android, Windows and Mac and all the updates contain overall performance improvements and bug fixes that will ensure meetings run smooth.

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HMV Music app updated to v2.0.0.4 to clear up some bugs

HMV Music app updated to v2.0.0.4 to clear up some bugs

Since the removal of music and movies from BlackBerry World, BlackBerry users have had to look elsewhere to get music on their devices and one option available is the HMV Music app. Truth be told, the app has been neglected for a bit as one might be able to tell from reading the reviews, but that's neither here nor there now as v2.0.0.4 has arrived and is readily available for download from BlackBerry World.

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Save 40% today on the BlackBerry Classic Leather Swivel Holster

Made from hand-crafted, genuine leather, this OEM pouch features a beautifully textured exterior that feels as good as it looks. The interior has a very soft microsuede lining that keeps the front and back of your BlackBerry Classic safe from scratches while inside. Yours today for only $23.95!

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QNX hosting webinar on applying smartphone wireless technology to connected embedded systems

QNX recently unveiled their QNX Wireless Framework, which enables rapid cellular and Wi-Fi integration and faster time to market for embedded system applications by allowing embedded systems developers to make cellular and Wi-Fi hardware changes without having to rewrite software or how apps run. On March 26th, they'll be hosting a webinar for software developers, software engineering managers, and others involved in building connected embedded systems to outline how that framework can be used.

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BlackBerry Leap

UK retailers are gearing up for the BlackBerry Leap and several have now started taking pre-orders for the latest all-touch BlackBerry smartphone. Clove and Expansys have posted up their respective pre-order pages with arrival expected 'late April' however Unlocked Mobiles has taken it one step further and posted an actual release date of April 29th.

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