BlackBerry App Roundup for October 3, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! What a busy week it has been. It's only been a little over a week since the launch of the BlackBerry Passport? How many of you were one of the 200,000 lucky individuals to get your hands on one? If you haven't already, be sure to check out Kevin's editorial on his experiences with the device as well how instant actions, among other features, made email triage faster than iOS and Android.

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.

Owl Always Love You by Themerzz

Now that the fall season is upon us, there is no better time to liven up your display then with a brand new theme. This lovely and colorful creation is skinned from top to bottom so that no detail is left untouched. The first thing you see is the wallpaper that showcases not only the bright colors that grace every menu and screen but how those adorable owls are the center of attention. Throughout all of the menus, popup and dialog boxes, and banner bars are the beautiful purple color combinations. Rounding out this theme are the custom icons, fonts, battery and signal meters, and redesigned message and notifications and indicators. It certainly does stand out on your BlackBerry display. For those of you who own a BBOS device, this delightful creation can be purchased for $0.99 and is compatible for most legacy devices.

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Audio Cutter-MP3+WAV Creator+Cutter by Smomn

When I'm not at work (where I keep my phone on silent) I still assign ringtones for each of my friends and family so I always know who is calling. While this may be old fashioned, for those of you who want to create your own ringtones this application is here to help you out. Using your existing MP3 and WAV files you can edit the recording to generate your own audio files. Once the files are cropped you can save, share, or play. The application is quick and easy to use and is $1.99 to download for BlackBerry 10.

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BP Monitor by bsmInnovation.com

Our next selection this week came via a Twitter request. Now I am no stranger to medical applications, having downloaded quite a few to assist my Mother with her diabetes and heart condition. For me, these applications should not be used in lieu of seeing a doctor or going to a hospital. However, if you are seeking to maintain or just to keep track of your blood pressure to provide to medical professionals then this tracker will come in handy. This Built for BlackBerry application offers an intuitive native experience to help you track blood pressure, heart rate, weight, height, BMI, date/time and notes on a daily basis. In addition, data may be exported as a CSV file to send to your PC or to your doctor via email. There is also a graphing option to view your blood pressure distribution and a means to compute meaningful statistics of your values. I think the charting features are quite useful and the app runs smooth. Again, we all could use a way to monitor our health and this application gets the job done for $1.99.

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ColorBrix by Elixir LLC

Nothing beats a good puzzle game, especially when it is as colorful as this one. This game is quite unique in both its concept and execution. Dubbed as being similar to Tetris, you have to manipulate each of the different colored boxes on the screen, usually various shades of the same scheme, until you match them up in a full row. For example, when lighter shades are combined they turn in the darker shades, which not only helps you complete a row but makes things more difficult in the process. Think you can figure it out to obtain the highest score? As a test of your visual and strategy skills, this will keep you occupied for quite some time. The developer stated in the forums that for now it is only available Android and Amazon stores. However, if they receive enough downloads will launch a native version for BlackBerry 10 as well. Come on BlackBerry nation, this game is free to download and is very enjoyable.

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Color LED – Notification Manager by X-Reve

here is nothing like seeing the blinking red light on your BlackBerry to distract you from whatever you are doing. It is one of the reasons we fell in love with the brand to begin with. That addicting light makes us stop whatever we are doing to answer whatever message or notification may pop up. That is why we always love customizing this option. While LED apps are no stranger to the storefront, I came across this one in the forums. As with the others, it allows you to create your own custom LED notifications for various native apps and phone calls as well as select third party programs. Not only can you choose a specific color for your contacts, but for incoming calls, missed calls, text, PIN, and BBM messages, and social networking apps such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The interface is user-friendly and the settings are rather self-explanatory. This B4B application is $2.99 and compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices.

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What You Might Have Missed

Modern World War 3D by Sunnet Game Studio

Looking for a great RPG shootring game? Look no further then this gem with not only impressive graphics but smooth gameplay as well. There are diverse missions to complete in order to rescue the world and various achievements and weapons to unlock along the way. This game is only available for touch devices and the BlackBerry Passport (sorry Q handset owners). I have to say the action and visuals are amazing no matter which compatible device you own. The best part is you can download Modern World War 3D for free in BlackBerry World.

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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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TGIF! BlackBerry PlayBook Journal Cases are on sale today for just $9.95

There's no better way to sport a professional look than with this OEM Journal Case. Not only does it provide excellent protection from front to back against drops and scratches, but it also looks and feels great thanks to the premium leather exterior. Being marked down an amazing 83%, this deal is too good to pass up. Get yours while they last!

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Carphone Warehouse Passport

If you are in the UK and are looking to pick up the BlackBerry Passport on contract direct from a carrier you are going to find your options very limited. That is unless you head on over to the Carphone Warehouse website where they have a host of deals available.

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It's all well and good apps getting regular updates but the developers of CascaRun PRO don't seem to stop trying to give users the best experience possible. The fitness tracking app has received a huge update this week with not only a ton of new features and improvements, but also a new UI - sweet!

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ASPCA and Lil' Panda BBM stickers now available in the BBM shop

The amount of stickers available in the BBM Shop continues to grow with the latest releases. This time around, there's two new packs to choose from and one of them is actually for a good cause.

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BlackBerry marketing gets a kick in the pants from advertising and marketing firm Gyro

Have you noticed there has been more marketing coming out of BlackBerry lately? The launch of the BlackBerry Passport has brought forth plenty of new videos, new imagery, new ad placements, new slogans and more. For years now, BlackBerry fans have been asking for marketing muscle from BlackBerry and according to Advertising Age, BlackBerry has heard folks loud and clear and has brought on business-to-business advertising and marketing firm Gyro to help the company remake the brand.

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Complete list of carriers and places to buy a BlackBerry Passport!

With the BlackBerry Passport now officially on the market and spreading to different regions rather quickly, one of the biggest questions we're seeing is 'When will it be available in my country?' For their part, BlackBerry made it a little bit easier by placing the device on Amazon, which ships to various places internationally, as well as ShopBlackBerry but by the end of the year the BlackBerry Passport will be directly available in over 30 different countries around the world.

To help make things easier and let folks know where they can order (or pre-order) a BlackBerry Passport we've put together a lit of carriers and retailers that have (or will have) the BlackBerry Passport readily available. The list is comprised of both unlocked and carrier offerings so pricing will vary across each of course but if you're wondering if the Passport is available in your area, this is a great list to refer to. As more areas announce the device, and we find reputable retailers offering the Passport, we'll add them to the list.

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BlackBerry CEO: BlackBerry Passport is to help busy professionals make time, not kill it

Remember back when the first images of the BlackBerry Passport first started showing up? Many people thought BlackBerry was crazy and comments like 'What was BlackBerry thinking?!?' were pretty easy to find. After a while though, a lot of people began to change their mind on the device and began to appreciate the look of it. With over 200,000 units now sold, there are some answers to that question - what was BlackBerry thinking? - starting to come out, and they're coming from BlackBerry CEO John Chen. The man who jokingly noted his best contribution to the creation of the Passport was the fact he never killed it.

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US Prepaid Carriers Buyer's Guide

US Prepaid Carriers Buyer's Guide

Sponsored by MetroPCS

With kids back in school and budgets tight, prepaid carriers are often the way to go for anyone with a smartphone. Instead of paying your monthly bill after having used your wireless service, you pay beforehand for a set bucket of data.

There are compromises to be made when signing up for a prepaid carrier, but for the most part, the added flexibility makes it all worth while. Conditions and service plans vary wildly across providers, but we're going to sort through the big ones and hopefully point you in the right direction.

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Check out this slim leather case for BlackBerry Z10—on sale for $14.95

CrackBerry branded and approved, this genuine leather case envelops your BlackBerry Z10 snugly and leaves complete access to your screen, camera, ports and side buttons. The back features a durable rotating clip which can be removed whenever and wherever. You're getting both style and functionality for an amazing price!

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Solarbox

Famous British red phone boxes are being revived to charge smartphones. The new solar-powered hubs are painted green and branded "Solarbox", but retain much of the same iconic design. Gone were the days of wired calls, say hello to free public charging.

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BlackBerry

I think it's safe to say that most of us probably use a BlackBerry as we find it the most productive mobile operating system around. I know I thought that with legacy devices and I do so even more now I have BlackBerry 10 and the wonderful BlackBerry Hub.

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Angry Birds

The Finnish studio behind Angry Birds, Rovio has announced that job cuts may be on the cards to simplify the company. CEO Mikael Hed admitted in a blog post published today the company has been growing on assumptions, a tactic that's clearly not sustainable in today's competitive market.

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Call Blocker

Yet another application is up for grabs - this time it's Call Blocker for BlackBerry 10 and we have 1000 free copies. I've not used this one myself as I haven't had the need to, but I've used several other applications from this developer so Call Blocker should be all good.

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Being a Brit I'm no expert on American talk shows. I sure am familiar with Tim Allen though and it looks like the gadget loving movie star is rocking the BlackBerry Passport - and liking it.

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Most folk won't initially think of the BlackBerry Passport as a gaming device, but that doesn't mean that that massive square screen won't offer a great experience - far from it.

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South African carrier Cell C rolls out awesome ad featuring the BlackBerry Passport

South African carrier Cell C is currently running their Believe & Make It #EPIC contest and marketing campaign wherein entrants can win over 7700 prizes worth R5 million, from the 1st of November 2014 until the end of January 2015. To help spread the word they've now rolled out a pretty clever ad featuring a rugby team, a little boy, a lost BlackBerry Passport and some adventures the little boy wasn't expecting to have.

I'm trying to not give the concept of the ad away, so go ahead and just hit play on it and let us know what you think of it in the comments. Also, if you have to live in South Africa, then be sure to check out the Cell C site for further details on the contest, the prizes and #EPIC Caring.

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CrackBerry 119: Your Passport to a must-listen podcast!

What's this? Another CrackBerry podcast? Indeed. As promised on our last podcast, we sat down once again to discuss the BlackBerry Passport, our thoughts on the device, the launch event and even a little bit of the BlackBerry earnings report.

This one isn't crazy long despite some rather lengthy thoughts from Kevin so managed to keep it all under an hour. Join our very own CrackBerry Founder Kevin Michaluk, Simon Sage and me for this must-listen podcast.

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A quick look at some new features coming in BlackBerry 10.3.1

If you own any BlackBerry 10 smartphone right now aside from a BlackBerry Passport and Porsche Design P'9983, you might be getting tired of hearing about BlackBerry 10.3 given the fact current devices won't be getting any version of 10.3 right away. Instead, all in market BlackBerry 10 smartphones will have to wait for 10.3.1 to arrive before they can enjoy all the features that came with 10.3. Sure, it's annoying but if it helps, there's some new features coming with 10.3.1 that even those running 10.3 don't have as of yet, so the wait just might be worth it for those improvements alone.

If you missed it the other day, the BlackBerry 10.3.1 SDK arrived for developers and while not everything in those files should be taken to heart as they could potentially be removed or revamped, the SDK and the device simulators show off some of the additional options and features that could be arriving with 10.3.1 for all in market BlackBerry 10 smartphones and the BlackBerry Classic.

Let's take a quick look at some of the additions.

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