Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another exciting week has come to pass on the blogs this week but where to begin? In the last few days we have seen BlackBerry announce launch events in Toronto, London, and Dubai for the Passport, blurry images of the BlackBerry P'9983 'Khan', and an informative interview with John Chen on how BlackBerry is more than a smartphone manufacturer. If you have not had a chance to read the full article, I highly suggest you find a few moments to go through it. Last, but certainly not least, is our Win a FREE BlackBerry Passport contest where one lucky winner will get their hands on the latest and greatest BlackBerry device. So be sure to head on over and enter now!
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.
Open Radio by David Jones II
As someone who loves listening to music, I saw this interesting app for listening to internet radio stations in the forums and decided to give it a go. What this application does is allow you to open an internet radio station from a homescreen icon, active text, or within the application itself. All you have to do is enter in the name and internet URL of the radio station stream and make a shortcut. You can either access from the list within the app or create a desktop shortcut. There is a built-in timer for skipping commercials or to have it stop at a certain time for when you want to fall asleep listening to your favorite tunes. Being able to find the internet radio urls can be difficult as the application itself does not search for it. However, I located a few sites such as Radionomy that provides the web address and was up and running in a matter of minutes. Open Radio is $.99 and available for all BlackBerry 10 handhelds.
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Internet Share (SOCKS5) by Rion Carter
Our next selection provides a SOCKS5 proxy to your Windows PC via USB Cable. What this does is allow you to share your internet (data connection) from your BlackBerry to your PC. All you have to do is plug your BlackBerry into your computer via the USB cable, install the application, start the server, and then configure your web browser to use the SOCKS host. It's really that simple and another way of accessing the internet on your computer if you do not have WiFi. You can grab this application for free for BlackBerry 10. For those who still have unlimited data you will certainly make use of this capability especially if your carrier charges you a fee for tethering.
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Bookmark Pro by Sasha Kanthan
From the developer that brought you Usage Pro and Backup Pro comes this useful productivity application. Bookmark Pro does not have the ability to access or modify your existing bookmarks in the native browser. What it does provide users with is a There are two modes to sort your bookmarks by: Launchpad, and Reading list. The Launchpad section is for quick access to those sites you use every day and can be sorted alphabetically, manually, or by frequency of use. The reading list offers a way to preserve links to websites you wish to bookmark but do not visit often or to finish reading a link at a later time. What I like about this application is how simple and easy it is to create your bookmarks either from within the application or by using the share function in the native browser. In addition, there is an option to create a thumbnail for your bookmark either with the website image or create your own custom one from your library. There are additional features as well such as being able to export bookmarks to a text file, reset, backup/restore, and changing the theme from dark to light. This native application is $2.99 to purchase and offers a simple and intuitive interface for BlackBerry 10.
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Montezuma Puzzle Premium by the Oak Team
As a child, one of the most addictive games my family and I played constantly was Tetris. Hours were spent staring at that intriguing puzzle game trying to fit all of the pieces into place to clear the rows and not make a mistake. This game may not be the same per se, but it does utilize those same puzzle pieces. Instead of clearing rows, it is your goal to arrange the puzzle shapes in the right pattern on the board. One would think this is a simple task but it is harder than it looks. There are over 100 unique patterns to arrange, unlimited hints, and Ancient Aztec Empire scenery. Some people may balk that you cannot flip or rotate the pieces but keep in mind there is only one solution to the puzzle with each piece fitting into a specific slot. For $.99 through the Amazon Appstore there is nothing wrong with a game you pick up and play with levels that get progressively more challenging. Montezuma is $.99 and I was able to play it on both my Z30 and Q10.
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PaperPusher Scanner by Enmilyard LLC
One of our readers last week suggested this application, so of course I jumped at the chance to try it out. This easy to use application lets you take a picture and transfer it into a PDF. You can scan documents, receipts, and articles with ease and turn your device into your own portable scanner in the process. It automatically corrects for perspective, enhances printed text, notes, and whiteboard photos and improves contrast, set paper size, margins, and image orientation, change PDF quality/file size and save individual pages as jpeg images. In addition, users may organize their scans by tagging them, add captions, use batch mode for multiple scans, and rearrange pages. If you need to scan something in a pinch then this full-featured application will get it done and let you share it instantly. It is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices and can be downloaded for $2.99.
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What You Might Have Missed
Angry Birds Stella by Rovio
What more is there to say about these games that hasn't already been said? The latest release in the Angry Birds saga still involves flinging physics fun but with Stella and her friends in their battle against the bad princess. After playing this game for a little bit, one thing you cannot help but be amazed by is the brilliant graphics that literally make your display pop. Combine that with smooth gameplay, over 120 levels, and new superpowers (including new ways to catapult those lovely birds), this certainly puts a new twist on the game. For more slingshot adventures, Angry Birds Stella is free to download.
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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.