Friday, March 22, 2013

Apps coming Thick and Fast on the BlackBerry Z10

The last couple of days have seen a number of new app releases

Bloomberg Anywhere

For BlackBerry 10 and PlayBook -- users of BlackBerry Java smartphones should visit to download.  Get real-time access to the BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL® service on your BlackBerry device. Available features: * MSG * IB  * News * Real-Time Quotes * Markets * Monitors * Portfolios (Intra-day) * Economic Calendars  NOTE: You must be a Bloomberg Anywhere subscriber, and have a Bloomberg biometric authentication device (B-Unit) to use this service.  If you are not yet a Bloomberg Anywhere customer and would like to be connected to the preeminent information source for the world’s most influential business leaders, please visit to find out more about the BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL® service.

Kindle for BlackBerry 10

The Kindle app puts over a million books at your fingertips. It’s the app for every reader, whether you’re a book reader, magazine reader, or newspaper reader—and you don’t need to own a Kindle to use it. Choose from over a million Kindle books from the Kindle Store or enjoy popular magazines like The Economist and Reader’s Digest with high-resolution color images.* • Read Free Books—Choose from thousands of free ebooks such as Pride & Prejudice or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. • Shop for Books—Easily shop for ebooks, including new releases and New York Times Best Sellers. • Use the Built-In Dictionary, Google, and Wikipedia—The Kindle app has a built-in dictionary that allows you to look up words instantly while you’re reading your ebooks. Simply tap and hold a word to view its definition or use the Google and Wikipedia links to get more information. • Sync Your eBooks—The Kindle app lets you read the same book across devices and automatically syncs where you left off so you can start reading on one device and pick up where you left off on another device. The app syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights between Android, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7/8, Kindle Cloud Reader, and any of our Kindle devices using our Whispersync technology.  • Sample Books Before You Buy—Read the first chapter of a book for free before you decide to buy. • Customize Your Reading—Choose your preferred font size, screen brightness, background color, and orientation (portrait or landscape) to read your books. • Borrow eBooks from the Library—Check out ebooks from your local library and have them delivered wirelessly to your Kindle app.  * Selection for U.S. users only; selection and price of ebooks and e-periodicals vary by country.


Restaurant Reservations - Free, Instant, Confirmed.  With OpenTable you can make free restaurant reservations at up to 27,000 OpenTable network restaurants in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Plus, OpenTable members earn valuable Dining Rewards Points redeemable for Dining Cheques good at any OpenTable restaurant.  HOW IT WORKS: Specify your dining date, desired time and party size to view available tables at nearby restaurants - listed by proximity or plotted on an interactive map.   FEATURES YOU'LL LOVE: - FIND restaurants nearest to your current location & see real-time table availability. - SEARCH by restaurant name - REFINE results by cuisine, price, reservation time. - RESERVE your table free - EARN Bonus 1,000 points on eligible dining times  ADDITIONAL FEATURES WITH FREE MEMBER REGISTRATION: - Manage upcoming reservations & browse previous reservations. - Earn Dining Rewards Points redeemable for Dining Cheques good at any OpenTable restaurant. - Invite dining companions via email.  TECHNICAL NOTES: - This app is based off the Android 2.3 SDK and therefore may not be the same version available via Google Play  FEEDBACK: Experiencing issues? Have a feature request or recommendation for future versions? Please visit


Pageonce Money and Bills

Pageonce is the award-winning app that organizes & tracks your cash, credit cards, and pays your bills - all for FREE*! Trusted and loved by over 8 million people, Pageonce provides a secure way to manage your money on the go.  ★ "Cadillac of money management apps" – CNN Money (May 2012) ★ PC World "30 Sites You Should Be Using Right Now" (Dec 2011) ★ Top 25 Android Apps for Moms (Dec 2011)  Pageonce alleviates the hassle & complexity of managing your money by giving you complete visibility into all your bills, bank accounts, and credit cards - all from one centralized place. For added control and convenience, easily drill down to see due dates and transactions - even pay your bills on the spot with your bank account (free) or credit card (transaction fee applies)! You'll also receive real-time alerts and reminders about upcoming bills, overage charges, suspicious transactions, and more - so you can feel confident & relieved that your finances are under control and nothing will fall through the cracks.   Stay on top of your bills Pageonce keeps you on top of your bills by giving you an easy, fast way to manage, track, and pay your bills from inside the app. Tap the “Bills” icon to see a complete list of all your bills, when they’re due, and even pay them on the spot! We support hundreds of billers such as GE, Sears, Verizon, Best Buy, Dish Network, T-Mobile, JC Penny, Time Warner, Target, Century Link, and many more!  Get out of debt Pageonce keeps track of your money and bills by giving you a simple overview of your cash, bills, investments and credit card debt. Once you understand what you owe, you can find ways to budget your money better. Control your spending and bills due with transaction history, and never miss a bill with push notifications & email alerts and reminders.  We support thousands of providers, so it's simple and easy for you to take control of your finances! Don't worry – no need to budget with Pageonce. Track your bills easily, without any complicated budget spreadsheets. Budgeting gets complicated, and we're all about keeping it simple – simple budget, simple way to get debt-free.  Banks supported by Pageonce include Bank of America, Capital One, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Citibank, and more! With any of our thousands of supported providers, you can track your cash balance, mortgage, loans, bills & keep track of interest rates & finance charges.  We also support credit unions across the country, like the Navy Federal Credit Union, America First Credit Union, Schools First Federal Credit Union, Digital Federal Credit Union, Golden1 Credit Union, Patelco Credit Union and many, many more.  All the most popular credit cards are available in Pageonce: Discover Cards, American Express Credit Cards, Bank of America Credit Cards, Capital One Credit Cards, Citibank Credit Cards, and Chase Credit Cards are just a handful of the cards you can access with your Pageonce account.  Our users love us! "This thing is exactly what I need to manage my bills, accounts, and budget for my lifestyle. I would've gotten an Android just for this app."  " you just saved my life" – with Pageonce, there's no need to budget!  "Pageonce Pro app is THE best financial app for people on the go...#LOVEIT" – Toss your budget out the window!  "Great one stop place to review finances and accounts. Quick easy and must have app." – We have all your Credit Card and bank accounts in one place!  "If you want to save time managing your bills & finances then this app is for you! No more signing in & out of accounts individually. This allows you to view all your balances, transaction records, payments & due dates, & one-click login access to all your account websites! So convenient in one app! Couldn't be any easier."   *Paying bills using your bank account is free; paying with your credit or debit card includes a transaction fee.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Waze Social GPS maps and traffic for BlackBerry Z10

Waze  Social GPS maps and traffic is now available for the BlackBerry z10

Here's the full blurb

Waze is a fun, community-based mapping, traffic and navigation app, 40 million strong. Join forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time and gas money, and improve everyone's daily commute. With community-generated maps and real-time traffic, you'll always get the best route to your destination. By simply driving around with Waze open, you're already contributing tons of real-time traffic & road info to your local driving community. You can also actively report accidents, hazards, police and other events you see on the road, and get road alerts coming up on your route too. Find the cheapest gas station along your route with community-shared fuel prices. Waze makes it fun and simple to meet up and coordinate with friends on the road. Connect to Facebook to see friends also headed to your destination. Keep anyone updated about your drive! Send a link to a live map showing your real-time drive and ETA. It's all about contributing to, and benefiting from, the 'common good' out there on the road, so hop on board, and get involved in your local driving community today! ✓ Live routing based on community-generated, real-time traffic and road info ✓ Community-contributed road alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps, road closures and more. ✓ Complete voice-guided navigation. ✓ Automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change. ✓ Learns your frequent destinations, commuting hours and preferred routes. ✓ Find the cheapest gas station on your route. ✓ See Facebook friends also driving to your destination. ✓ Notify someone you're on your way by sending a live ETA and a link showing you as you drive ✓ Earn points and move up the ranks in your community as you contribute road info. ✓ Live maps, constantly edited and updated by Waze community map editors. Drive safe!

Friday, March 1, 2013

BlackBerry issues OS10 upgrade only 3 weeks after launch

BlackBerry have released an updated for the Z10 phone only 3 weeks after launch, and includes some great improvements. And in a new approach from BlackBerry we also got a change log which is very welcome and I hope they'll keep up with this level of communication for future updates.

Here is the change log for Z10 Software Release, OS Version, it is available now on Rogers Canada and other carriers to come per the description below:

Today we issued a software update for BlackBerry 10 smartphones that’s focused on your feedback. It’s already available from some carriers and we’re working closely with all our carrier partners to get it to you as soon as possible.

It’s almost been a month since we officially unveiled the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones and many of you already have a BlackBerry Z10 in hand. You’ve been using it for weeks, and we’ve been listening to your feedback, and have been working on an update just for you. Here are just a few of the improvements you can expect after updating your software.

3rd Party App Performance

We’ve improved performance for 3rd party applications, so developers can build apps that run fast and smooth for you. With this update, you might want to keep an eye out for some fresh new app launches in March, like WhatsApp.

Phone, Calendar, and Contacts

Among the top improvements and features are fixes for Gmail calendars on BlackBerry 10. You’ll also find improvements in the BlackBerry Hub for logging calls log and how conversations are handled. We’ve also made general improvements to importing contacts from online sources.


We’ve optimized the camera for better photos in low-light situations. You’ll love the difference this makes for photos where you don’t use a flash – like the Time Shift Camera feature.

Browser and Media

With more and more of you using the gorgeous screen on the BlackBerry Z10 to consume online videos and media, we’ve made a number of improvements to the software in the way the browser handles video playback to provide a fantastic experience.

Battery Life

The software team has included a number of battery life optimizations with over 60 battery saving improvements since launch to keep you moving. These combined improvements are designed so that you see improvements in battery life and heavy users especially should see a longer average usage per charge cycle.