Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another week has flown by here on the blogs which brings us one step closer to the launch of the BlackBerry Classic. This week saw the BlackBerry 10.3.1 Native SDK go gold, a video detailing how to use the keyboard shortcuts on the Classic, and a quick tutorial on how to get Amazon Prime Instant Video on BlackBerry 10. As the holidays are almost upon us be sure to check out our Holiday Gift Guide for some great ideas.
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.
LATASY Music Player by HA Corp
The BlackBerry OS may come with its own media player, but that doesn't mean you can't explore other options for listening to your library. The design for Latasy is intended to be simplistic so that you have a clean and eye pleasing experience. There are several background themes to choose from, and it has all of the basic functions of the default application and more. It allows you to manage and listen to music by folder, create playlists, automatically stop your music with a sleep timer, sleep timer to automatically stop your music, shake your device to control playback as well as control the sensitivity, and employs gesture controls for swiping between songs and screens. Another added feature that is not available in the native application is that it downloads and displays the lyrics if available, for the currently playing tune. The only thing you need to be aware of is that if you add more songs to your device you will need to tap on the reindex option by swiping down so that it appears. There are two versions of this app, a full version for all BlackBerry 10 devices for $1.99, and a free limited version that is compatible with all devices save for the BlackBerry Passport.
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Triangles by anpho
As someone who used to be a diehard theme fanatic, I have now become obsessed with discovering new wallpapers for my BlackBerry. This latest application from anpho is actually quite unique in how it generates backgrounds. It creates simple and beautiful triangle, or low-poly, wallpapers for to download. What makes this different, is that users can customize the cell size and cell padding (distance between each point) for each one generated. Basically, you are creating an entirely new design every time the generate button is tapped. The resulting high-quality polygonal backgrounds and textures are certainly eye-pleasing and with each modification you never quite know what you are going to get. You can find it for $0.99 for all BlackBerry 10 devices.
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WebReader RSS Reader by Soft Artists Ltd.
We previously took a look at Web Reader for the BlackBerry PlayBook, and now I had a chance to look at the version released for BlackBerry 10. I have to say it offers the same smooth experience and is a great full featured and solid RSS feed reader. Users are notified whenever new articles are available, secure authorization with several sites including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, new article preview, subscribe to any news source or RSS feed, and share via Facebook, Twitter, and email. WebReader is available for free from BlackBerry World.
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TwoDots by Playdots, Inc.
Sometimes nothing beats a minimalistic game to keep you occupied for long periods of time. The concept behind this cross-platform puzzle game, that is the sequel to the popular Dots game, is quite simple. All players must do to advance is simply connect the dots. However, executing that task is not as easy as you think as there are challenges and obstacles to overcome. You accomplish this goal by swiping across the board connecting one dot to another of the same color to remove them from the board. To clear each level, players must collect a certain number of colors in the designated amount of moves. The game itself presents a clean and simply visual style. It is fashioned similar to Candy Crush in that players start the game off with a total of five lives that refill every 20 minutes. Though there are in-app purchases to extend the game. When you need a quick and frustrating game to pass the time, TwoDots can be downloaded for free from the Amazon Appstore.
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Rainbow - Sync your data between cloud services
How many of you joined multiple cloud services? If you have then what if there was an application that could let you transfer data from one cloud service to another? Now there are other applications in the storefront to sync your files, such as PlayCloud, this Android port offers offers a simple interface and visual style, that tends to be on the bright side, to not only sync your cloud services but search your files as well even with keywords. Using this application is as easy as selecting the source service, selecting the files or folders you want to transfer, and then choosing the destination service. Rainbow supports nine cloud services including Bitcasa, Box, Copy, Google Drive, Dropbox, Media Fire, and OneDrive. With Rainbow, you can copy or delete files from one service to another or from one folder to another on the same one. In addition, it lets you passcode protect your data, create folders, rename files, and copy and delete folders. You can grab this for all BlackBerry 10 handsets for $0.99.
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What You Might Have Missed
Nostalgia by Marco Gallo
This week we brought you a game that evoked memories of pasting gaming systems. While Nostalgia as of now has nine levels that make up Chapter One, the levels are a fun gateway to your childhood. As an 8-bit version of Brick Breaker, each level is inspired by a famous consoles or retro. What this means is that they are depicted in the blocks that you need to smash with your paddle and ball. Upon completion of a board, the information pertaining to that particular retro gaming system is shown so that the game not only entertains but educates as well. Fun for all ages, I simply love this new twist on the classic game. So what are you waiting for?
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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.