BlackBerry App Roundup for September 12, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another exciting week has come to pass on the blogs this week which brings us one week closer to the Passport! If you haven't already, and I'm sure you have, just a quick reminder to enter our Win a BlackBerry Passport contest. The launch events are less than two weeks away so who out there is excited? Finally, how could I not mention that this week marks the 15th Anniversary of Mobile Nations. My has the time flown and what an adventure it has been.

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.

Lovely Notebook FREE theme by BB Freaks

It has been a while since I featured a theme and, being the addict that I am, couldn't help but notice this delightful selection in the storefront. This notepad motif fits in perfectly with it being back to school month. As with all their themes, it is completely skinned from top to bottom including customized icons, backgrounds, notifications, battery/signal meters, and offers a personalized media player and folder background. Rounding out this theme are eye-popping colors and redesigned top banner. This is a solid choice for your compatible BlackBerry device and with BB Freaks they always run smooth with no battery drain. Available to download for free, it is fully compatible with all OS 6/7/7.1 devices as well as the Curve 8520/8530.

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PanoRIMio by Burning Platform

Next up this week is a native, feature rich Panoramio viewer for BlackBerry 10. Using this application grants you access to tens of millions of pictures from around the world on the geolocation-oriented photo sharing site in a variety of ways. The drop-down list conveniently lets you search by location, either by address, coordinates, map, or current GPS location. You may also search by Tag/Keyword to discover content as well. Once that is selected, you simply choose how you want the search results to appear, called gallery type, on your device such as list, grid, slideshow and Map layer. Furthermore, the application provides details for every image including title, author, upload date, coordinates, and the direct link to the Panoramio page. You can purchase this application for $1.99 for BlackBerry 10.

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List Them All by Ghuyfel

If there is one thing I know I struggle with sometimes its being able to manage my shopping lists. I forget and leave it home and basically wind up walking up and down every aisle in the store. This application offers various features to make sure you do not forget anything on your next trip. It allows you to create quick lists by tapping on the preloaded categories, manage your window-shopping activities by grouping them by shop, date, and name, add reminders to your shopping lists, and export and share your lists. All-in-all navigation is simple and the awesome interface gives you quick access to all of your items. List Them All supports all BlackBerry 10 devices for $1.99.

More information/Purchase List Them All

UFOs Love Cows by Double Helix Games

Sometimes you just want a game that requires little brainpower but offers a lot of fun. This free game in the Amazon Appstore is certainly that. The concept is not difficult to follow at all. Your objective is to race over the landscape and abduct the cows all the while blasting the farmers. You will have to maneuver your spaceship around the countryside, avoiding the obstacles laid down in your path including fake cows, scarecrow decoys, fake cow combs and more. It is easy, fun, offers great graphics, and is free to download.

How to install Android apps from the Amazon Appstore

SMS to Email Pro by Runisoft

In this day and age people continue to send text messages. At a former employer of mine, the main form of communication was SMS when you weren't in the office and had to get things done. Sometimes I would find myself forwarding those texts to my work email so I would have a record of what to add to my to-do list. This handy application allows you to automatically send those messages so that not only can you read them on your email client, but easily back them up as well. It is easy to use and setup, will alert you (via ringtone, LED, or vibrate) when a message is forwarded, auto reply to SMS if configured in settings, and allows you to send the "sent SMS from hub" to email as well. You can find it in BlackBerry World for $1.99 and if you rely on text messages then this tool will help you monitor them.

More information/Purchase SMS to Email Pro

What You Might Have Missed

Circle The Dot by Ketchapp

If you are looking for a great game, our resident expert James Richardson showcased this gem of a puzzle game this past week. Your goal is to prevent the blue dot from reaching the edge by inserting orange dots by tapping on the grid. Easier said than done, it will keep you occupied for hours not to mention give the old noggin a workout. It may have a simplistic concept but after a while all you will think about is how to win.

How to install Android apps from the Amazon Appstore

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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R-Type

The old classic, R-Type, has been available on BlackBerry 10 since August 2013, but came with a price tag. For today only the game is Amazon's 'free app of the day' so if you didn't fancy buying the game initially from BlackBerry World, you now have a nice free alternative.

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Porsche Design P'9983 hits the FCC ahead of official unveiling

While Porsche Design was busy teasing a new device launch on Twitter, the FCC was busy blowing whatever remained of their cover for the upcoming launch of the Porsche Design P'9983 for those paying attention. The new documents don't exactly reveal much outside of the supported bands for the device but we'll be getting the full details on September 17th when the device is set to be officially unveiled. Until then, you can check out all the previous coverage on our Porsche Design P'9983 topic page and in the CrackBerry Forums.

Thanks, @Jew4BlackBerry, @DHabkirk

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Someone sent a wish out through the air, Care Bear stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

A new BBM sticker pack has arrived in the BBM Shop and it appears as though someone sent a wish out through the air. Prepare to do the Care Bear countdown, because this time around it's the Care Bears. Grumpy Bear, Bedtime Bear, Birthday Bear, Cheer Bear and more are available in this sticker pack, which is priced at $1.99 and filtering through to the BBM Shop right now. Yes, I bought it in case you were wondering. That said, I'll leave you with this glorious video.

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PressReader for BlackBerry 10 updated with improved user experience and bug fixes

There's some jokes to be made about the desire to read newspapers on your smartphone but there's no shortage of folks out there who do it, myself included. On BlackBerry 10, PressReader is the go-to app for that and a new update rolling through BlackBerry World aims to improve that experience. The latest update gets noted as v2.2.1409.8 and brings plenty of bug fixes and improvements to the app on the whole.

  • New Viewer (improved user experience while swiping and zooming pages)
  • PDF rendering support
  • Ability to change font size in Text View
  • Favorites support (My Publications)
  • SmartZoom (zoom to article top-left by double-click)
  • Expunge support
  • Bug fixes

The update is live in BlackBerry World right now, so most folks should be seeing it as available. If you've never given PressReader a go, it's pretty decent and offers 7 free trial issues from over 2,300 full content newspapers in over 100 countries when you download it. Something to keep in mind if you miss the next BlackBerry ad in the 'newspaper'.

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QNX-powered Audi Virtual Cockpit wins CTIA '2014 Hot for the Holidays' award

CTIA Super Mobility Week is wrapping up at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas and the folks from QNX are celebrating yet another win in the connected car category. This time around, the new Audi Virtual Cockpit, which is based on the QNX OS, has won first prize in the 2014 CTIA Hot for the Holidays awards.

Created in 2009, the Hot for the Holidays award categories identify and celebrate the hottest mobile consumer electronics products and applications for the holiday season. Winners are celebrated as the "must-buy gifts" for people of all ages during the 2014 holiday season!

On hand to accept the award, which can be viewed below, was Andrew Poliak of QNX Software Systems. Another awesome win for QNX in the books, always nice to see. Congrats to the QNX team!

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BlackBerry may be exploring wearables

Z30 Pebble

BlackBerry soon be diving into the wearables spaces, according to John Sims, President of Enterprise at BlackBerry. During interviews at Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas, Sims said of BlackBerry, "We're doing internal research on different wearables." Which means that you could soon see a BlackBerry device on your wrist as well as in your hand.

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Leather Holster for Q10

The BlackBerry Leather Holster is hand-crafted in genuine leather and has a soft inner lining for added protection. It also integrates power saving technology to help extend battery life. A durable 360 degree rotating belt clip and secure magnetic flap closure allows for personal wearing preferences, too. Get yours today for only $10.95!

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BlackBerry has revealed it has acquired another company, Movirtu, which has created "virtual identity solutions for mobile operators that allows multiple numbers to be active on a single device." This should help BlackBerry support more businesses who want "bring-your-own device" (BYOD) features.

"In a BYOD and COPE world, there remain a number of efficiency and convenience challenges facing enterprises, employees and mobile operators alike," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "The acquisition of Movirtu complements our core strategy of providing additional value added services, and it will leverage our key assets, including our BES platform, along with our existing global infrastructure which is connected to a large number of mobile operators around the world."

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In my experience preparing expense reports or training others how to do so, one issue comes up time and time again, and that is currency conversion. For employees who did not use their corporate card, sitting at your desk figuring out the rate was both time consuming, confusing, and difficult. Not to mention foreign travel and converting to the metric system.

That is where Convertly comes into play as it goes above and beyond in terms of functionality. This unit and currency conversion application is specifically designed for BlackBerry 10 and as it is from the developer behind ARKick, provides a solid experience for users on a daily basis.

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News24

Unless you live or have an interest in what's happening in South Africa you have permission to ignore this article. News24 is a one stop shop for everything that's hitting the headlines in South Africa from general news to traffic or weather forecasts.

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#TeamBlackBerry - One of your members needs your help

#TeamBlackBerry - One of your members needs your help

You might not know the name Morten Lindstrom but if you look carefully through a lot of BlackBerry webinars, developer documentation and various other parts of BlackBerry related content, you're sure to find his name. Morten is part of the BlackBerry community, especially the developer community being a BlackBerry Elite member. He gives up a lot of his time to help others but this time around Morten needs some help from #TeamBlackBerry.

Morten lives in Trinidad with his wife Nicole, who was recently diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. As Morten puts it, in the beginning it was all about being able to handle the pain, and good diet combined with pain killers was enough to help Nicole live a happy and positive life. However her situation soon deteriorated and she began having constant pain that not even morphine could stop, her energy level started dropping, and the days went from being active, to a fight for survival, all in less than a year.

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BlackBerry hosting Porsche Design P'9983 launch event on Sept. 17th

With the BlackBerry Passport event all set for September 24th in London, Dubai and Toronto, we were starting to wonder exactly when the Porsche Design P'9983 unveiling would be slotted in. Would it come during the Passport events or would it get an event of its own?

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Deal of the Day: CrackBerry Leather Holster for BlackBerry Q10

The stylish CrackBerry branded Holster 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 a sleek, professional look while keeping it safe from drops and scratches at the same time. Get yours in black, brown, red or white for only $12.95 today!

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Mobile Nations Community Update, September 2014

It's time again to wrap up the goodness going on around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Phone Central... The September edition of the Mobile Nations Community Update is a GO.

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For those searching for an application that can block spam SMS, emails and phone calls, we previously covered Auto Block for BlackBerry 10. Essentially what it does is it scans your SMS, PIN, and email messages to block those annoying and unwanted spam messages from getting through. From blocking and deleting messages from specific contacts, email addresses and phone numbers to utilizing a keyword filtering options to weed out additional junk messages it is a useful tool to prevent scammers from bugging you.

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Growing up, I was addicted video games. Whether it be having a gaming console at home or going to one of the local arcades for some 8-bit fun I played them all. Back then they may have lacked 3D graphics but they provided hours of entertainment. Space Arcade harkens back to those simper times with its retro space shooting concept. Similar to Asteroids, your goal is to manipulate the ship across the playing field to aim and fire upon the asteroids hurtling towards you to clear a path to the plane.

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We first looked at GuitarTools almost a year ago, September 2013. It was developed by a couple of students who attended one of BlackBerry's Jam Camp events last summer. It's an app aimed at musicians, mainly guitarists. GuitarTools has a comprehensive chord library so you don't need to carry around a chordbook, you can have everything in your pocket. It even includes the chord sound so you know how it should sound like when you play it. Great for beginners and advanced guitarists alike. There's also a tuner and metronome too. Definitely a well thought out app for musicians.

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Celebrating 15 Years of Mobile Nations!

On September 9th, 1999, the origin story for Mobile Nations began when VisorCentral launched from my student apartment at University of Florida. Immediately the website became a fixture of the Handspring Visor online community by delivering high quality and reliable news, articles, reviews, and an active forum.

While today the Visor is a relic — I'm sure many of our younger readers have never even heard of it before — 15 years later we are stronger than ever delivering the same experience that made VisorCentral a success. Over the years we have navigated the many shifts in mobile platforms, and today Mobile Nations reaches over 32 million readers every month through Android Central, iMore, WPCentral, CrackBerry and our newest site, Connectedly.

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BlackBerry Beta Zone update

Just a super quick heads up to let you know that the BlackBerry Beta Zone has been updated. The changes are minimal as you'll see below but it makes sense to jump into the Zone and grab the latest version.

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