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Get ready for the Oktoberfest – with Talk Oktoberfest Bavarian Phrasebooks!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

App Stalker for BlackBerry Smartphones

S4BB Limited has released an all new app series dedicated to the upcoming Oktoberfest in Bavaria, Germany: Talk Oktoberfest Bavarian Phrasebooks. Available in 8 languages, each app contains spoken and written translations in fluent Bavarian. As you might expect from any good beer fest app, the phrases are dedicated to drinking, eating & flirting! Want to compliment that cute girl, but you don’t speak a word of Bavarian? Thanks to Talk Oktoberfest Bavarian Phrasebook you now can!

The app contains over 50 phrases divided in 6 categories. To play the sentence for the first time, you’ll need an internet connection. Once cached you’ll be able to play the sentence without connection. Playing the sentences in advance is also a good way of learning a bit of Bavarian yourself before going out. The user interface looks nice, is intuitive and smooth. Each category has an own icon, making recognition easy (might come in handy when you’re reading skills drop after some German sized beers.). The integrated search function makes finding the right sentence a piece of cake, or in this case, a sip of beer. Unfortunately I won’t make it to the real Oktoberfest this year, but if you do, this app is a great gadget. Besides the practical use, this app is a great conversation starter with the locals.

Talk Oktoberfest Bavarian Phrasebooks are available for BlackBerry® Smartphones running OS 6.0 and up & Tablets running OS 2.0 and up and cost $1.99 each at BlackBerry App World™. The following languages are available:

Daily Quote 3.0 for BlackBerry released

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

App Stalker for BlackBerry SmartphonesS4BB Limited has released a new version of Daily Quote; Daily Quote 3.0 for BlackBerry® Smartphones. As I like quotes I have had Daily Quote installed for quite a while now. One of the “problems” of the old version was that there weren’t as many quotes. As a result you’d get after a while the same daily quotes you got a month ago. The new version contains thousands of new quotes, proverbs and funny facts as well. The layout also had a dramatic makeover. The new style fits the app very well and looks like a chalkboard or pebble with a chalk style font on top of it.

With the 3.0 version you’re able to set up daily notifications for your daily quote, a nice way to kick of your day with some food for thought for breakfast. Sharing your favorite quotes is now possible as well; via BBM™, SMS and email. Daily Quote 3.0 is compatible with all BlackBerry® Smartphones running OS 4.7 and up and is available for free at BlackBerry App World™.

New Magazines for PlayBook Available!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Magazines for BlackBerry PlayBookS4BB Limited published today two new Digital Magazines for PlayBook™: Real Estate Magazine and Stocks Magazine. Besides these new magazines, they’ve updated all the existing ones. The user interface is improved: the first line has now 4 items as well and the titles don’t overlap any more. Also, all magazines are now available for free the first 30 days.

The new update really improves the magazines a lot. At first the first item row (see picture) looked somewhat odd. The content is fresh and up to date. I’m subscribed to the Photography Magazine and the Tablet & Smartphone Magazine (obviously…) and both magazines are a good read during breakfast. I’ll definitely check out the Real Estate and Stocks magazines as well, specially as they’re free the first 30 days ;). All Magazines are compatible with BlackBerry® Tablet 2.0 and up and BlackBerry® 10 devices. Have a look here for the full range of titles.

App Stalker updated – save $$$ on paid apps!

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

App Stalker for BlackBerry SmartphonesS4BB Limited has just updated their well known App Stalker application. The new update comes with some significant improvements making App Stalker run smoother and perform better than ever before. Besides the performance improvement, reported bugs are fixed.

App Stalker is the ideal app if you’re looking to cut your BlackBerry App World™ expenses. The app tracks down applications, games and themes that have become available for free or were lowered in price. Specially if you enjoy different themes on your BlackBerry® Smartphone this is the app to have.  I’ve had App Stalker on my phone from the first release onward and it’s one of those apps that you’ll check everyday. App Stalker is compatible with all BlackBerry® Smartphones running OS 5.0 and up and available on BlackBerry App World™.

The Compass App Columbus wished for!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Compass ProYesterday Skylab Mobilesystems Ltd. announced an update for the PlayBook™ version of their Compass Pro application. The new update is a massive visual improvement from the previous version. Where the last version was a simple 2D compass that showing you the rhumbs (the radial lines on a compass) and the directions. With the new update you still get that information, but in an awesome new way. For starters, the compass is full 3D. It floats in the middle of your screen and the angle changes according to how you hold your PlayBook™ (for example, if you put it flat on a table, it looks like the compass is 2D again). Then, across the screen you’ll see a compass degree scale positioned on the horizon. Whenever you’ll move your Playbook to the left or right you’ll see a different part of the scale (North, North-East etc.). The scale disappears if you tilt your PlayBook™ too much up or down. Last, but not least, there are 5 new skins to choose from! Just tap the compass and the skin will change. My favorite skin is the antique looking one, it’d suit a pirate!

The smoothness of this application is absolutely amazing. It reacts instantly to your gestures and the compass and degree scale reacts instantly on any movements of the PlayBook™. The positioning of the North is with all this very accurate.

The Smartphone version may be less fancy, but it does give you a lot more information and options. It’ll show you your course measurement units and you can choose your compass mode. The modes available are:

  • Standard 360 degrees
  • Milliemme (6400)
  • Milliemme Sweden (6300)
  • Milli Radian (6283)
  • Mils – Soviet Union (6000)
  • Grad – Europe 19th Century (400)
  • Decigrades – European Military 19th Century (4000)

For just $0.99 you gotta love this app, this truly is value for money. It’s one of the most extended compass apps for BlackBerry® devices available. The 3D feature for PlayBook™ is absolutely unique, and makes using a compass great fun. Compass Pro is compatible with all BlackBerry® Smartphones running OS 4.7.1 and up and BlackBerry® Tablet OS 1.0 and up. You can get this awesome app at BlackBerry App World™.

App Review: Screen Shot for BlackBerry® Smartphones

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Screen Shot for BlackBerry SmartphonesThis morning S4BB Limited announced the update of their Screen Shot application. The new update allows you to share your screen shots via your Facebook profile and your Twitter feed. Besides these great new additions, they’ve fixed some bugs making Screen Shot perform better. The update is available for free for both Screen Shot Free and Screen Shot Pro.

The latest update adds some great new functionality to an application that has been one of my favorite apps for a long time. Screen Shot allows you to capture whatever is on your screen (what’s in a name…) but also allows you to customize settings like output format (PNG, JPG, TIFF etc.), “Screen Taken”notifications, storing location and much more. This is one of those “no-nonsense” apps, it does exactly what it’s supposed to do in a superior way, without hassle. For the ones that prefer to tailor the app to their individual needs there’s the Pro Version. It works the same as the Screen Shot Free version but gives you that much extra choice you want to have. For just $0.99 the Pro Version is very reasonable priced too. Both Screen Shot Pro and Screen Shot Free are compatible with all BlackBerry® Smartphones running OS 4.5 and up, and are available via BlackBerry App World™.

App Review: Memory Booster – RAM Optimizer

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Memory Booster for BlackBerry SmartphonesRecently S4BB Limited has released a new update for their well known Memory Booster application for BlackBerry® Smartphones. Perfect time to do an app review! Since year and day, S4BB Limited has had dips on the best Memory Booster app available; Fortune Magazine rated the app as a top 3 BlackBerry® app to have and in 2011 it was nominated for the Global Mobile App Awards in 2011 by the GSM Association. If that doesn’t convince you, a score of 4.5 stars on BlackBerry App World™ & 2.5k reviews will. So, time to put this app to the test.

Installation
Available on BlackBerry App World™, so easy, we can skip this part. Just download the app, install it and go through the well known first-time settings.

Settings
Once you’ve installed and opened the application you’ll see three buttons on top and one button at the bottom. To start with the top ones, these buttons allow you to determine how the information isn shown; text format, bars or a line graph. I like the line graph, so that’d be my pick. The button at the bottom is the one this app is all about; Boosting your Memory. All you need to do is press the button, and the app will recover any wasted memory and reassign it to running apps. That simple!

How it works
You might wonder, how does it actually work? Memory Booster improves the memory management of the BlackBerry® Java Virtual Machine by recovering wasted memory and reassigning it to running applications. As a result, running applications will have more memory available and hence your device will operate faster. Still wondering how it really works? No worries, check out this video:

Conclusion
I must honestly say, I am impressed! Used Memory Booster for about half a day and it already has noticeably improved my BlackBerry’s® speed. What’s really cool is the option to automate the boosting process. In this way you’ll be sure that your device stays as fast as possible without the trouble of having to manually boost your memory. If you’re looking for a convenient way to speed up your device, this app is certainly a must have! Memory Booster is compatible with all BlackBerry® Smartphones running OS 4.6 and up and is available on BlackBerry App World™ for $2.99.

Camera for Twitter: tweet your pics with one click!

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Camera for Twitter for BlackBerry SmartphonesA few weeks ago we wrote about Camera for Facebook by S4BB Limited. Inspired by the success of that app they’ve now released Camera for Twitter. The principle is the same; you open the app, take a picture, add a description, hit the upload button and voila, the pic is being uploaded to your twitter feed. A clean user interface, and the fact that it works as advertised make this app a must have for enthusiast Tweeters. The price is the same as Camera for Facebook: $2.99. Once again, for that money you a have a high quality, ad free application. Having both apps now, the only downside I can think of it is that you have to decide on forehand whether you want to Tweet or Facebook your picture. Would be awesome if S4BB Limited would release an application that allows you to upload your photos to Facebook & Twitter simultaneously (hint hint). Then again, if you integrate your Twitter account with your Facebook page you can upload pictures with Camera for Twitter to both media.

Camera for Twitter is compatible with all BlackBerry Smartphones running OS 6.0 and up, you can download it here.

Read your favorite magazines on your BlackBerry PlayBook

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Magazines for BlackBerry PlayBookLike to read up on your favorite subjects, but find subscriptions too expensive (and a waste of paper)? S4BB Limited has released a brand new app series titled “Magazines”. The series consists of 24 titles and cover a wide variety of topics: Animals, Cars, Soccer, Internet Marketing and Fashion are just a few of the available titles (see full list here). Each magazine consists of 30 articles, contributed by different sources. The user interface is simple and stylish; open the app, click the article you want to read and you’re good to go. To read the Magazines you need to have an internet connection. Once the articles are cached you can read the articles off line as well. Just open the app (wait for it to cache the content) and then switch off your WiFi.

My overall impression of the app is really good. The user interface looks minimal and is focused on usability. Switching between articles is easy: once you’ve opened an article you can use the arrows to navigate to the next or previous article. For the monthly price of $0.99 S4BB Limited offers a balanced magazine application that’ll provide you with daily updates on the topic of choice. The available Titles are very diverse and 12 of them are the first month for free. All Magazines are available on BlackBerry App World and are compatible with BlackBerry® Tablet 2.0 and up.

Frame your July Fourth with Photo Frames!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Photo Frames for BlackBerry® SmartphonesHappy Independence Day folks! As usual, this day will be filled with fireworks, parades, events and family gatherings. If you´re looking for a fun photo app to capture your favorite moments of the day, then S4BB Limited has just released the app for you: Photo Frames! I absolutely love this app! It looks clean, works like charm and the frames are of a high quality. Cool extra feature is the possibility to share your photos via BBM™, Facebook, Twitter or email! Ideal for a social butterfly like me!

The Free Version comes with 10 different frames to choose from. If that isn’t enough choice for you, then go with the Pro Version, giving you an additional 17 frames. Besides extra frames, the Pro Version vibrates when you take the photo and it has a delay function when taking the picture, allowing you to aim the camera better.

Both apps are available on BlackBerry App World™ and are compatible with all BlackBerry® Smartphones running OS 7.0 and up:

My favorite ones? I love the Dinosaur frame, and well on a day like this, the USA frame can’t be missed!