August 2010 BlackBerry App Roundup

By  Jeff Goldman — August 27, 2010

In the world of BlackBerry apps, the biggest news this past month was the release of the latest version of BlackBerry App World, which adds a wide range of new functionality including support for payment via major credit cards, QR barcode scanning, and quick access to lists of the most popular and newest applications.

Still, several new BlackBerry apps and application updates were also released in August, including the following:

Basis Design announced the launch of mProductive, a BlackBerry application that provides a combined view of calendar, tasks and memos to help users manage daily priorities and link related items. "We want to make organization easy and predictable to our users," says company vice president of product development Nigel Gorhman. The mProductive app is available for $29.99 at BlackBerry App World.

Research In Motion introduced a new BlackBerry Traffic application. The GPS-based app is designed to predict the travel time to any user-specified destination, taking real time traffic data into account. The application also provides users with updates on construction delays and traffic congestion. BlackBerry Traffic, now in beta, is available as a free download at BlackBerry App World.

Kyte released its Mobile Producer for BlackBerry, which enables users to record, upload and distribute video content and photos directly from their BlackBerry smartphones. The solution, which is also available for iPhone and Nokia S60 devices, is designed to help media companies and brands publish video and photo content to multiple online and mobile destinations simultaneously.

Mitel introduced Mitel UC Advanced Mobile. The app, which is available as a free download at BlackBerry App World, is designed to provide BlackBerry users with mobile access to key Mitel Unified Communications information and tools. "UC Advanced Mobile helps simplify communication and collaboration between employees, enabling true corporate mobility," says company vice president of marketing and business development Stephen Beamish.

Xobni announced an update to Xobni for BlackBerry, which automatically creates and maintains an address book based on a user's BlackBerry email and phone logs. Key enhancements include search speed improvements, better integration with the BlackBerry address book, and contact update improvements. More information on the new release is available in this company blog post.

The Evernote Corporation released an updated version of Evernote for BlackBerry. The most significant enhancement in the new version is the addition of native note browsing and viewing, which enables better layout and navigation, as well as faster loading. Evernote for BlackBerry is available as a free download at BlackBerry App World.

WordPress for BlackBerry was updated to version 1.4, adding an easier sign in process, support for HTTP authentication on password-protected self-hosted blogs, improved functionality for bug reporting and feedback, the ability for the file browser to remember the last opened folder, and several bug fixes. The application is available as a free download at BlackBerry App World.

Okay, it's not an app, but Research In Motion introduced the snazzy new BlackBerry Wireless Headset HS-700. The headset supports a wide range of voice commands, which can be used to place or answer or a call, switch between calls, mute a call, redial, check battery status, or pair to another smartphone. The BlackBerry Wireless Headset HS-700 is available online for $129.99.

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