February BlackBerry App Roundup

— February 17, 2011

Want to do more with your BlackBerry? Read on for the latest on apps that will help you manage physical security, keep your travel itinerary under control, boost your device memory, and more.
RIM’s BlackBerry Travel app better integrates travel itineraries with users' calendar, enabling more efficient travel management. The app can even identify potential omissions or scheduling concerns with the itineraries, such as missing accommodations or timing conflicts, and provide users with suggestions. Travel industry leaders will be able to work within the BlackBerry Travel partner program to point users back to their mobile sites for additional information, as well as access the itinerary API in the BlackBerry Travel service to enable the delivery of up-to-date information and itinerary details. United Airlines and Continental Airlines are working to integrate their services with the BlackBerry Travel App.
Anomalous Networks' Telicost-Mobile App allows telecom expense managers to keep a close eye on communications spending via the BlackBerry PlayBook. The company has developed easy-to-use, visually stunning, real-time reports and alerts that can be run directly from the large BlackBerry PlayBook screen, according to Anomalous Networks CEO Dan Rudich. These reports help to provide in-depth business intelligence to manage telecom budgets and eliminate 'bill shock.'
A new app for security solution provider Genetec's unified security platform allows users to connect back to their platform over any IP wireless network via BlackBerry devices. The Security Center Mobile feature is intuitively designed to support multi-touch gestures such as swipes and pinches on BlackBerry touchscreen devices, ensuring information is easily accessed by users. Receiving security alarms and push notifications, monitoring live video and controlling PTZ cameras, viewing door status information, and unlocking doors are all standard features available with Genetec Security Center Mobile.
Is your BlackBerry too slow? This app can help. MemoryBooster 4 is able to recover up to 75 MB of memory per boost, which can speed up a BlackBerry smartphone by a factor of five. If used regularly, MemoryBooster can recover wasted memory of hundreds of megabytes, which can boost the speed of any BlackBerry smartphone significantly. Based on MemoryBooster's memory boosting mechanisms, the new version 4 features better automatic boosting, a smaller footprint, a running apps task manager as well as better memory state visualization. This helps to stay focused on the important tasks with the BlackBerry by keeping the memory clean and the device fast at all times.
Need to figure out how much a law firm will charge your company? TyMetrix's RateDriver app for BlackBerry can help. RateDriver is based on a statistical model from the recently published Real Rate Report, which identifies the top five statistical drivers of any lawyer's billing rates. The model takes into account factors like geography, practice area, firm size and years of experience to give a data-driven estimate of the average attorney billing rate of a U.S. lawyer fitting any particular profile. Through an analysis of more than $4 billion in legal invoice data, RateDriver makes the complex task of estimating the cost of legal services as simple as a few clicks on a smartphone. Designed for anyone in the legal industry interested in legal fees, spend and pricing, the app provides reliable information to legal departments and law firms to make confident, effective decisions on legal resource spending.
RIM has launched a new update to Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones that adds features users have been asking for – including geotagging, which allows users to identify their location with their tweets; new language support; cleaner interfaces; new notifications and more. Find out the full specs here.


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