September 2010 BlackBerry App Roundup

By  Jeff Goldman — September 24, 2010

This month saw the introduction of several new BlackBerry apps and application updates, offering functionality ranging from accessing free online storage to transferring money via a BlackBerry smartphone.

Here's a look at a dozen of the new apps and updates:

Dropbox officially launched its Dropbox for BlackBerry app, which can be downloaded for free by visiting www.dropbox.com/blackberry on a BlackBerry smartphone. The app, which provides mobile access to 2 GB of free online storage, offers the ability to browse and search files in the user's Dropbox folder, open stored images and other media, share links to files via email, and more.

Meebo announced the beta release of its Meebo for BlackBerry application, which enables BlackBerry users to connect to and manage their Meebo accounts, and to chat on a wide range of different instant messaging networks, including AIM, Yahoo, Google, Facebook and more. The free app can be downloaded by visiting www.meebo.com/blackberry on a BlackBerry device.

Starbucks introduced the Starbucks Card Mobile App for BlackBerry, which enables BlackBerry users to find nearby Starbucks stores, check their My Starbucks Rewards status, check their Starbucks Card balance, reload a Starbucks Card account using any major credit card, and pay for Starbucks purchases in more than 1,000 Starbucks in Target Stores, and in 16 trial stores in Seattle and Northern California.

MasterCard announced the availability of the MasterCard MoneySend service for BlackBerry smartphones, which allows users to transfer money in the United States from person to person through participating banks and credit unions. The MasterCard MoneySend app is available as a free download at BlackBerry App World.

Michelin Americas Truck Tires released a mobile dealer-location app for BlackBerry users in the trucking industry. The app, which provides the location of the nearest Michelin truck tire or service provider as well as basic information about that location, can be downloaded by accessing the following URL on a BlackBerry device: www.locator.michelintruck.com/apps/bb/Michelin.jad

Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced the launch of its SPG App for BlackBerry smartphones, which enables BlackBerry users to browse and make reservations at 1,000 Starwood properties worldwide, and to manage current reservations, view their Starpoints balance, check recent account activity, connect with customer service, and more. The SPG App is available as a free download at BlackBerry App World.

First Orion updated its PrivacyStar app for BlackBerry devices to version 2.0. The updated app, which features a new user interface designed to make it easier to navigate, is available at BlackBerry App World. "BlackBerry owners... use the service daily to block nuisance callers, identify unknown numbers and easily file complaints with the FTC or CRTC in Canada," says company CEO Jeff Stalnaker.

Remember The Milk's MilkSync for BlackBerry task management app was updated to version 1.0.7. Key enhancements in the new version include improved support for touchscreen devices such as the BlackBerry Torch, and improved connectivity support on BlackBerry OS 5.0+. The app can be downloaded by visiting www.rmilk.com/milksync on a BlackBerry device.

The Google Mobile App for BlackBerry was updated, enabling the app to search the cloud to find items in the user's Gmail, Google Contacts, and Google Docs -- an earlier update in January had added the ability to search the user's on-device email and contacts. The Google Mobile App can be downloaded by visiting m.google.com on a BlackBerry smartphone.

SoftArtisans released version 2.4 of SilverDust, which enables BlackBerry users to access SharePoint content from their mobile devices. The new version adds support for SharePoint 2010, as well as integration with SharePoint Workflow. "Our many enterprise customers will be very pleased with the workflow support and scalability to the largest SharePoint configurations," says company CEO David Wihl.
 
Verizon Wireless introduced an updated version of its My Verizon Mobile account management app for BlackBerry smartphones. The app can now be used to view minute, message and data usage; adjust allowance minutes on current plans; make one-time payments and set up and maintain auto-pay; view upgrade eligibility and contract end date; and more.

SBSH updated its Calendar Pro app for BlackBerry devices to version 1.2. Key enhancements include project support, an optimized filters interface, improvements to recurring appointments, an optimized layout, and bug fixes. More information on the new release is available in this company blog post, and the app can be purchased for $14.95 at the company's web site.

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