July 2010 App Roundup

By  Jeff Goldman — July 30, 2010

This past month saw the introduction of several new BlackBerry apps and application updates, with functionality ranging from device authentication and voice call encryption for secure mobile conferencing to intelligent speech technology for listening to and responding to emails and text messages while driving.

Here's a look at a dozen of the newly introduced apps and updates:
Text'nDrive released an app for iPhones and BlackBerry smartphones that enables users to listen to and respond to emails and text messages via intelligent speech technology. A free version (which supports listening only) and a Pro version for $19.95 (which supports both listening to and responding to messages) are both available at the company's web site.

Cellcrypt announced the launch of a secure mobile conferencing service which provides both device authentication and voice call encryption to users of BlackBerry and Nokia smartphones. "As the risk of cellular interception has increased, so has the vulnerability of mobile executives accessing conference calls from their mobile phones," says company CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth.

CyberTech International introduced its CyberTech PRIME call recording solution for BlackBerry devices. The offering, which was launched specifically to help companies comply with planned UK guidelines for financial transactions, integrates with any CyberTech system to provide a single solution for recording all of a company's fixed line and mobile conversations.

Brainshark launched Brainshark Mobile, which enables users to view Brainshark-delivered presentations on their smartphones. The company's presentations, which combine voice narration, PowerPoint slides and video for a complete multimedia experience, play as streamed video on mobile phones. Supported devices include BlackBerry, Palm Pre, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android smartphones.

Evernote released a new version of its BlackBerry beta application. Key enhancements include improved networking functionality, as well as the addition of a native BlackBerry note list and note viewer, which eliminates the need to launch the browser. Three versions of the app (for different BlackBerry device models) are available for download at the Evernote User Forum.

Google announced an updated version of its Google Voice mobile app, adding a new feature called direct access numbers. "With direct access numbers, we assign a unique phone number to every person you call," company software engineer Flavio Lerda explained in a blog post. "This means that we no longer need to use your data network to access the server each time you make a call, so calls will be placed much faster."

WordPress for BlackBerry was updated to version 1.3, adding the ability to load comments by status, the ability to edit comment details, the option to set video size manually when using VideoPress, the ability to submit bug reports and feedback from within the app, improvements to photo resizing options, a new word count feature on the post/page write screen, and more.

DYMO released its mobile contract management application for iPhones and BlackBerry smartphones -- the solution has been available for Windows Mobile devices since October of 2009. The app, which enables users to input contact information into their smartphone's contact list simply by taking a photo of a business card, is available for $9.99 at BlackBerry App World.

PayPal introduced Mobile Express Checkout, a mobile version of the company's Express Checkout service. The solution, which enables merchants to add PayPal purchasing as an option for their mobile customers, is designed to support speedy deployment and integration with a user experience that's built specifically for smaller screens and keyboards.

eCrypt Technologies updated its eCrypt email encryption software to support BlackBerry Device Software v5.0. The solution, which is priced at $24.95 per license, is available at the company's web site. "We're excited to deliver eCrypt to a whole new segment of users that have the latest devices," says company CEO Brad Lever.

Research In Motion launched BlackBerry Protect, a new consumer and small business security offering which allows users to back up, restore and/or locate a lost or stolen BlackBerry smartphone via a desktop computer. The solution is currently in Limited Beta, with an Open Beta release planned for later in 2010.

In response to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' claim that the BlackBerry Bold has the same antenna issues as the iPhone 4, Xtreme Labs released its free Antenna Meter app for BlackBerry devices. The application, which tests the smartphone's signal strength once per second and allows the user to email the results to others, is available for download here.


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