BlackBerry App Roundup for September 19, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Today is Friday and you know what that means, we are less than one week away from the BlackBerry Passport launch events! There are no words to express how elated I am over this fact and certainly something we are all looking forward to. There were also a few welcome announcements regarding new partnerships including Tango and Hootsuite which you should definitely take a look at.

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 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.

BlackMug by Patrik Lahti

If you are professional or amateur photographers then no doubt you are familiar with SmugMug, the photo-sharing and image hosting service. For those that utilize the paid subscription service, you will be pleasantly surprised that a third party application made it's way to the storefront this week. Dubbed BlackMug, it allows you to share your photos from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone to your account. This free and simple application is easy to use and offers the ability to upload photos and albums (with an option to enter caption and keywords) in a matter of moments by pressing upload. In addition, photos may also be shared from within the camera or pictures application. All that is required is that you authorize the application (it does not ask for your password) by signing into your account using the BlackBerry browser. For now BlackMug is a free application for all BlackBerry 10 devices.

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bQuiet by Toysoft Development

No matter what field you may work in being able to set a sound profile in certain situations is important, especially if you are in a meeting. Nothing like discussing a delicate matter and an awkward tone suddenly goes off. That is why we have profile changing applications such as this one. With a few swipes and taps, users can change the system sound profile to vibrate, silent, normal, all alerts off, or phone calls only. Not only that but there is an option to manually set the duration of the profile from 1 minute to 24 hours. Everything is accessible from the main screen and the drop down menus. Once your specific profile is set simply tap on activate at the bottom of the screen. This headless application earned its Built for BlackBerry badge and is only $.99 to purchase on BlackBerry 10.

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Remote Selfie by mapau OG

In this day and age it is all about the selfie. There is even a new TV show premiering soon that centers around them. This simple application utilizes the front facing camera on your device to quickly snap a shot. It offers a timer, so that for three or ten seconds you have time to get into the right position, and the ability to work with almost any Bluetooth remote shutter so that you control your device remotely to capture that image. Remote Selfie may not offer the ability to add effects before sharing but it is free to download for those that enjoy this popular trend.

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Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff by TinyCo

Being that the super-sized premiere of this show is in nine days, it is only fitting the popular game is included. The premise of this game is as follows: Peter Griffin has accidentally destroyed Quahog after fighting with the Chicken and through the different missions and tasks it your job to help him rebuild the town. There are all sorts of mischief to be had and many inside jokes, characters, and themes from the show are represented here. Basically, you tap on a character and select an action to perform and collect the XP, coins, and clams that help you along the way. There is even a way to enter the Multiverse that Stewie found. There is some in app purchases to be found but I've been able to play so far for free. Also, as this is Family Guy, some of the content may be offensive to some so be warned. While a lot of the missions require you to wait, up to an hour or more for a couple of them, fans of the show will enjoy the graphics, sounds, and hearing their favorite characters and quips from the series. I've played this on my Q10 and Z30 and it is free to download from the Amazon Appstore.

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Hoard by TSX Mobile

At one time or another, we are all probably guilty of collecting too much stuff. Be it baseball cards, books, video games, movies, or CD's there comes a time we need track and manage our collections all in one place on our BlackBerry. That is where Hoard comes into play. Aptly named for how we carefully guard or hide our collections, it creates unlimited lists for to enter in your items. There are customized drop-downs for category and item type, a search and filter function to locate a particular piece, an option for backing up your data, the ability to view statistics on your collections, and even a way to select a random item which is handy for when you want to choose the next book to read or movie to watch. Users can track just about everything they own for $1.99. Now if you excuse me I have bookcases of novels and movies to catalog.

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What You Might Have Missed

MediaX by Tony Creswell

For a majority of our readers, native apps is first and foremost the way to go. This week saw the release of MediaX, a native Plex client for BlackBerry 10. If you are not familiar with Plex, it is a media playback system that takes your collection of movies and music and streams it, via the Plex Media Server, to your remote devices (i.e. Computer, smartphone, or tablet). In this case, BlackBerry users have the option to stream and view their media on their BlackBerry without having to install the Plex APK. There are a variety of features and capabilities available at your fingertips all conveniently packaged in a streamlined application. You can purchase this client for $2.99.

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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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Cowabunga! TMNT and Sponge Bob stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

A little Friday fun has now appeared in the BBM Shop. I suspected they would be arriving, given they started appearing last night but finally, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob Squarepants BBM stickers have now finally arrived. With the TMNT pack, you get the usual suspects including Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello and Shredder, all for $1.99.

If TMNT aren't your flavor, well there's also SpongeBob SquarePants as well but that pack for some reason is priced higher than normal with it setting you back $2.99. It does of course include SpongeBob, Patrick and more. I leave you with this video.

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Box, Dropbox and OneDrive updates now available

If you use any of cloud storage services which are integrated into BlackBerry 10, then you may have seen the updates available for them today. Box, Dropbox and OneDrive have all received an update today. There is no changelog but it does look like Box and Dropbox have new flat icons. You can now also auto-upload pictures and videos to Dropbox. A feature I have been wanting for a long time. It was something available when BlackBerry 10 first came out, then it disappeared. Glad to see it has made its way back.

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Z10 Transform Hard Shell Case

The ultra-thin BlackBerry Transform Hard Shell provides a flip to stand feature, which allows you to easily charge or enjoy media on your Z10. This case provides access to all ports and is exceptionally designed to allow seamless swiping and gesturing on your display. Get yours in black, white or red today for just $16.95!

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Sale time once again. AntiVirus, Max Contact Manager and Instant have all been popular on BlackBerry 10, even though Instant is less than two weeks old at the time of writing this.

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Lion King and Suzy's Zoo stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

Another batch of BBM Stickers has been released and this around for $1.99, there's two options to choose from. Either the Lion King, which features favorites such as Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, Scar and more. Sadly, there's no Rafiki, so keep that in mind.

The other pack now available is Suzy's Zoo, the creations of Suzy Spafford and featuring her characters Suzy Ducken, Jack Quacker, Corky Turtle, Ollie Marmot and his twin sister Emily. You'll find both packs live in the BBM Shop right now.

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Toysoft Development apps go on sale, get them while they're hot

We've reviewed a handful of apps developed by Toysoft Development previously, with some I continue to use regularly. They've put up a few of their most popular apps on sale before and now they've done it again. Have a look at the list and see if any you've been thinking about purchasing have been included this time around.

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BlackBerry 'Visa' and 'Victoria' could be the next devices with interesting keyboards

With the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry is introducing their new three-row keyboard. While the verdict is still out on how BlackBerry users will feel about it, it's starting to look as though there are already plans to continue with that styling even further. Generally, I don't give patents much weight. BlackBerry files patents all day long and now even have a dedicated business unit handling them. However, when those patents get coupled with device code names, my interest levels in those patents goes up and as pointed out in the CrackBerry forums, we now have new code names and patents.

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New display and sync options in the latest update to ReadItNow!

I am always glad when one of my favorite apps receives an update. This time around it is ReadItNow!. There hasn't been an update to the app for a while as the developer had other side projects but he has now returned to working on improving and updating all of his apps. A couple of new features have been added to this latest ReadItNow! update, as well as fixes and improvements.

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Evernote for BlackBerry 10 receiving small update with bug fixes

Evernote is has started a roll of a small update to their BlackBerry 10 app through BlackBerry World. The updated version, noted as v5.4.2.499, doesn't come with a massive change log but instead keeps it rather simple. Bug fixes and miscellaneous improvements are all the noted but that's good enough for me. The update should be showing now in BlackBerry World, so everyone can grab it if you haven't already. Let us know if you spot anything really new in this release.

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Deal of the Day: 83% off BlackBerry Micro-USB Travel Charger

This OEM charger is awesome for traveling or simply using at home or the office. It features a 3 foot cable and folding blades that make it easy to store anywhere! Use it for any micro-USB BlackBerry device and enjoy a safe, reliable charge from start to finish. Best of all, it's only $4.95 today!

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Reminder Now

Fresh into BlackBerry World today is the latest offering from Emberify and this one's called Reminder Now.

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Another beauty has appeared today as Amazon's 'free app of the day' and it goes by the name of Elements War. It's not a game I've heard of before and it's kind of hard to explain but here goes my best shot. Or just jump into the Amazon Appstore and grab it for yourself.

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By now you should all be familiar with PillPad, the medication tracking application for BlackBerry 10. Whether your are tracking simply to organize your prescriptions or using this application to present a comprehensive list to Doctors during appointments, it offers many practical uses for managing your daily regimen.

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BBM Money

Although BBM Money was announced back in 2013, we've not really heard much about it on a large level but BlackBerry is now finally ready to make some more moves with it and has announced a series of new initiatives today that will enhance the mobile payment capabilities for users of BBM. Initiatives they note will, take the ability to connect and share using BBM Money one step further and introduce BBM Money to Android and iOS smartphone users in Indonesia.

BlackBerry has also announced a new partnership with TransferTo, the leading global provider of international airtime remittance, which will enable users to send prepaid mobile credit to their contacts overseas, seamlessly from within the BBM app. TransferTo works with over 350 MNO's in 100+ countries, reaching over 3.6 billion prepaid users. Additionally, the new BBM Money app will enable payments in participating retail stores and online, while continuing to benefit from bank-grade security measures including passcodes and encryption while also leveraging BlackBerry security.

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Porsche Design P'9983 Photo Gallery

Porsche Design P'9983 Photo Gallery

Now that the Porsche Design P'9983 is official and the covers have been taken off the device, we're getting some of those glorious high res images coming in. Taking a closer look at the device, you can see the sculpted keys and how they offer up a rather awesome 3D look.

It's a look I personally wouldn't mind seeing on shall we say more consumer affordable devices. Overall, the Porsche Design P'9983 is pretty sharp looking but it's not one that's going to appeal to everyone. Have a look through and let us know what you think.

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Official Porsche Design P'9983 Features and Specs

Official Porsche Design P'9983 Features and Specs

Now that the Porsche Design P'9983 is official, so are the specs for the device. As BlackBerry puts it, 'the Porsche Design P'9983 smartphone from BlackBerry combines a unique stylish design from an iconic, timeless brand with the fluid and effortless productivity experience of BlackBerry 10 technology' and while many thought the BlackBerry Passport would be the first device to arrive with BlackBerry OS 10.3, the Porsche Design P'9983 actually beat it by a few days. Aside from that surprise, the specs on the P'9983 are as they were widely speculated, meaning similar to that of the BlackBerry Q10. You can check the full specs and features of the device according to BlackBerry below.

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A Verizon Wireless executive stated this week that the company won't be adding support for Wi-Fi calling for its smartphones until sometime in mid-2015, stating that it will take "some technological work in our network to make it available."

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No sooner than I finish up the P'9983 video post, an email arrives in my inbox from BlackBerry with the official press release to go along with the latest Porsche Design BlackBerry.

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