Friday, September 18, 2009

Blackberry Bold Themes: Wood Work

This new theme brings something new to the table, Wood Work is a working person’s theme. I have put some extra work into some extra features that I think are important to quite a few people who use there Blackberry very hard like I do. Here are a few of the highlighted features I think you will like on your Blackberry Bold.
  • Customized battery meter that changes color as it wears down so you have a better idea where you are with battery life
  • Hidden today section with 7 entries to view new messages or calendar entries
  • Specially placed 7th home screen icon to place your favorite weather app(arrange the weather app to the 7th position on your icon screen)
  • 6 icon Bottom Zen, all icons user customizable
Read More And Download Blackberry Bold Themes: Wood Work

Mileage Calculator - Free Blackberry Application

Main Screen Filled in

Mileage calculator is a simple application that will allow you to calculator your Miles Per Gallon and Kilometers per Litre.


  • Supports entry of Litre’s per Kilometer, and Miles per Gallon
  • Allows you to save your entries by date into a CSV file on the SD Card or Device Memory
  • Allows you to add select muliple cars
  • Tell A Friend.
Read More and Downlaod Mileage Calculator

Autumn Theme for the Blackberry Storm

The new Autumn Storm Theme is a pretty straight forward theme for someone who enjoys the Fall Season, the home screen sports 9 user customizable icons so you can have most if not all of your favorite applications on your main screen. Download This Lovely theme for your Blackberry Storm Autumn Theme for the Blackberry Storm

Mobipocket Reader for Blackberry

Do you read emails on your Blackberry? Why not read ebooks and enews? Download the free Mobipocket eBook Reader on your Blackberry, and enjoy the reading experience. The online eBookstore is also integrated: find and start reading your favorite stories 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, straight from your Blackberry! Read on and discover how your Blackberry can become the ultimate ebook reader.

My Library : your reading for the holidays, and more

All ebooks stored on your local device are listed here. The Mobipocket Reader has a clever, fun and intuitive user interface. It will find books on you blackberry, wherever they are and allow you to make your pick with a few clicks. You can choose between three ways of displaying your library: the efficient "compressed view", the full-featured "full-view" or the more entertaining "cover flow view" and you can switch between them with the space key.

New titles are sent to your Blackberry from the PC using Mobipocket Reader Desktop. Connecting the USB cable is all it takes. However, with an unlimited data plan, there is a better way: download them over the air.

Immersive Reading Experience : better than paper

Mobipocket eBook Reader lets you customize your reading experience. Find the most adapted font familly, and font size for your eyes. You can even choose a bold font. Customize margins, line spacing, full text justification, font color, background color... Choose what is the best reading experience for YOU. Use the fullscreen mode to take advantage of the whole screen. Turn pages simply with the pearl or by pressing the space key. Use the keyboard tips to navigate, bookmark, annotate, or change your settings with a keystroke.

Anything, Anywhere, Anytime : OTA (Over The Air) eBookstore

Forget your desktop computer: the Mobipocket Reader now gives you Over The Air (OTA) access to the entire eBook catalogue from your Blackberry. At any time, and you can be anywhere, you will find your favorite stories among more than 120.000 premium titles ! Download and try free samples, read other reader's reviews, buy and download instantly the titles you like... all from your Blackberry.

And of course, all the titles in your library can be downloaded or redownloaded at any time from your account.

Annotations & Highlights : It's Your Book

Mobipocket eBook Reader gives you plenty of tools to annotate, bookmark, highlight, any part of any eBook. It is easy to synchronize and save them to your PC with the Mobipocket Reader Desktop: all you have to do is connect the USB cable and let Reader Desktop do the work. You will never lose your annotations, even if you delete the book from your device. When you send the book to your device again (or to the new device you will have bough in a few years), your annotations, booksmarks and highlights will still be there.Read More and download Mobipocket Reader for Blackberry

10 Really Cool Free Blackberry Applications

Blackberry smartphones have a wealth of free applications available for them which can let you get more out of your device. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best free Blackberry applications you can download to your device to have more fun with it, and be more productive at the same time!

Without wasting any time, let’s start it off! Here are 10 really cool free Blackberry applications.

1. Pandora Mobile

Pandora, reviewed in the past by MakeUseOf, has a great free Blackberry application which allows you to do almost everything you can do on the desktop version except right on your phone. You can create new stations, listen to already created ones, rate songs and more. Download it from your Blackberry’s browser here:

2. Neosistec CarFinder

Can’t remember where you parked your car in that large parking lot? When you leave your car, open CarFinder’s simple menu and mark your location through your Blackberry’s GPS. When you need to find your car (or another specific point) again, pull up CarFinder and it will guide you back via a compass or the Blackberry Maps application. You can also send your marked location to a friend. Download it from your Blackberry’s browser here:

3. Qik Mobile

As I’ve reviewed before on MakeUseOf, Qik, which allows you to stream live video from your phone to the internet for free, has a great mobile application for Blackberry. With it, you can stream video online from your device for anyone to see, or limit access with a password. But as the service implies, your Blackberry must be a model with a camera for Qik to work. You can download Qik by going to their website on your Blackberry’s browser here:

4. Google Maps

Just like the popular online maps site, Google Maps offers a great Blackberry application which allows for most of the same features on their site, except again, its running on your phone. You can get directions, get maps in satellite view and watch traffic and see your location (which can work even if your Blackberry doesn’t have GPS, but works better if it does). View a real-time online demo of Google Maps Mobile here or download it from your Blackberry’s browser here:

5. Palringo

If you like instant messaging, you’ll love Palringo. It is a mobile instant messaging client which supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk and more, all in one piece of software. You can also chat with other users of Palringo (on a desktop, Android, iPhone/iPod Touch, Windows Mobile or Symbian phone) via text chat, voice or pictures. Palringo’s voice capabilities make it a great almost push-to-talk (PTT) software and a great piece of software to talk to your friends online or on their mobile phones due to its wide compability. Download Palringo from your Blackberry’s browser here:

6. Boopsie

Through way of different “channels”, Boopsie lets you intelligently search for content or articles on sites like IMDB, Wikipedia, Amazon and more. When you use the application, you can pull up your favorite channel and then search for content on it and live results will appear on your screen for the content you selected. You can view an online demo at their website, or you can download Boopsie from your Blackberry’s browser by going here:

7. Viigo

Viigo is a feature-rich application which lets you view news & RSS feeds, audio clips & podcasts, stocks & money data, weather and more. From the one application, you can do a lot of things and browse many blog RSS feeds, see sports scores, view local weather, and even read books. Viigo also bills their software as “the one app you’ll never want to be without” because of its wide range of features it makes available to you. You can download Viigo from your Blackberry browser here:

8. Blackberry Appworld

Made directly by Blackberry, Appworld allows you to browse through a wide variety of many other Blackberry apps and download and install them on the spot from the application. Many different developers contribute their applications to the library that’s available for download. The limitation to this application is that you must have a free PayPal account in order to get through checkout of some apps. You can download Appworld from your Blackberry’s browser here:

9. Facebook For Blackberry

We all know what Facebook is- the online utility which lets you share pictures, messages and online applications with friends. Well, now they have a handy Blackberry application which lets you do almost anything you can do on their desktop site, on your Blackberry. A really neat feature of this app is their recent update which allows you to automatically link Facebook profile pictures of your friends with their contact entry in your Blackberry’s address book. You can download Facebook for Blackberry on your Blackberry’s browser here:

10. Twitterberry

If you use Twitter and have a Blackberry, then Twitterberry is for you. With it, you can send out Twitter updates quickly and easily as well as see your friends timeline, view replies to your Tweets and direct message your friends. Download Twitterberry here:

Almost all of these applications require an unlimited data plan from your Blackberry data/phone provider due to the amount of bandwidth they consume while in use. You may also read other MakeUseOf posts on Blackberry here.

Blackberry Notebook or Clipboard Freeware


Evernote which I consider as the best cross-platform notebook application in the world has finally arrived on the Blackberry. Through the years the developers of Evernote have rolled out some great changes in Evernote , making it more just about making notes. At this moment you an create web clips, audio notes, capture images and even twitter messages ( have to figure that out ). Since Evernote strives to be a cross-platform application you can sync all of your information from your PC, Mac, Iphone and now your Blackberry. I just love the fact your not limited to one machine making it easy to get access to your data where ever you may be.

Listening to an interview with an Evernote executive saying they are working hard to make their application your second brain which make me even more excited that its now available for the Blackberry.

Desktop Install

Download link OS 4.6 later: Evernote 3.0.145

Download link Blackberry Storm: Evernote Storm 3.0.146

S4BB ActionPad
ActionPad for the Blackberry

Im always a compulsive note taker which makes my Blackberry's built in memo pad one of my most use software. Altough my phones built in memo pad is adequate, its always nice to have something different. ActionPad presents itself as an interesting add on that works in harmony with your Blackberry's Memopad software. In fact ActionPad requires Blackberry Memopad to be installed inorder for it to work.

ActionPad has some great features I wish was present in Memopad, like individual memo encryption and easy category changes. ActionPad has some unique features which it calls as behaviors; auto date stamp on the title, auto title numbering and much more. There's also some integration with your phone's calendar and address book.
developer website: S4BB ActionPad

Blackberry Shopping Application Freeware

Amazon Shopping Application

Amazon has always been one of my top most visited website on my Blackberry. When I heard about an official Blackberry application there was no question in my mind it's going to become my most used Blackberry software.

Bellow are key features included in the Amazon Blackberry App.
- Purchase using Amazon’s 1-Click ordering
- Amazon Prime Track packages
- Modify orders using the Your Account feature
- Receive personalized recommendations
- View editorial and customer reviews
- Recieve the Gold Box Deal of the Day
- Get Access your Wish List
- Amazon Remembers Mobile.

Download OTA: Amazon Blackberry App
Download Info: Amazon Blackberry App features and details

Blackberry Application Loader Freeware

Blackberry App World

Its finally here! Blackberry just release Blackberry App World. You can now easily install applications or software straight from your Blackberry phone. This includes purchasing paid applications from your phone and some free ones. All payments are processed by Paypal, which I think is very smart since its easier to keep track of what you buy instead of being billed by your carrier in the end of the month.

Inside the app store you can write and read reviews of different applications. I love the section where you can see what applications you have purchased as well as see what you have installed. Overall the Blackberry App World is what I expected it to be, RIM did a great job on the UI ( User Interface ) making it simple for any Blackberry owner to use. In future devices Blackberry App World pre-installed.
But there's one big concern I have on the initial roll out of Blackberry App World, right now its only available to certain regions ( USA, Canada and UK ). I know a lot of people are waiting around the world get this ( Germany, Spain, Australia). I hope in the comming weeks we'll get some news whens its available worldwide.

Download Blackberry App World Via Email: BB App World
Download Blackberry App World via Desktop Install: BB App World

Blackberry Facebook App Freeware

Blackberry Facebook 1.6

Blackberry Facebook App 1.6

Facebook 1.6 is finally out! I've been waiting for this app for long time and I'm happy to say it was worth it. I'm so relieved they got over 1.5 and did something cool with their app like being able to write on the wall and getting it more integrated with the Blackberry environment. The strength of the Blackberry has always been their push technology, making a software that takes advantage of this is the right way to go.
Facebook 1.6 really feels solid and very stable on my Blackberry Bold and Curve. The notifications you get directly in your home screen is just great. New features like being able to see comments people made with your friends status updates is really handy and enables you to participate in the discussion faster that opening up facebook in your PC. Facebook 1.6 is a great addition to your phone, its around 800k but its worth the download.

Download Facebook 1.6 OTA:

Blackberry Blogging Clients Freeware

Wordpress Blogging App

Blackberry Wordpress client freeware

When I saw early developments on a Wordpress client for the Blackberry, I was instantly very excited. Although I'm a loyal Blogger user, I do have some sites that run on wordpress and even some forums running on bbpress.

The idea of updating my site on my Blackberry always seems to make sense to me.The blackberry is just the perfect phone for typing something. Who else spends more time on perfecting their keypad designs but RIM.

Going back to the Wordpress client, the moment you install it on your phone, you will have to setup your hosting details, either your hosted on a wordpress domain or your you have Wordpress installed on your domain. Setup is very easy and straight forward, enter your URL, username and password.

After this you can now compose new post and even upload pictures. The client also has some handy comment moderation, so now you can through them where ever you may be.

Overall the wordpress client works great I do notice it to be a bit slower on the Pearl and the Curve compared to Bold. It works great on the Storm and I love the landscape mode.

download Wordpress for the Blackberry OTA:

Blackberry Call Timer Freeware

Blackberry Minute Counter

Minutesaver is a simple utility that vibrates to tell you how long you have been talking on the phone. The timer is set to seconds so you can end your call before it hits a minute or what ever you set it to, saving you some call charges from your cell phone provider. This is great utility, and can save you some money when your making calls, especially when your traveling and using International roaming.

download OTA: Minutesaver Blackberry
developer: Minutesaver