Check out the latest and greatest in apps for your BlackBerry with our monthly app roundup.
Gorgeous Google Reader client for PlayBook.
One of the most compelling uses for tablets, and indeed the PlayBook, is their ability to replace newspapers, magazines and books. The thought of holding in your hand potentially every book ever published still makes me smile and even feels a touch magical.
The Mother of all RSS readers on BlackBerry.
In short, I take my reading apps seriously. A core requirement in my ‘axis of info’ is a good news/RSS reader app (FYI, the other two are a good ebook reader and a good social network client), so I was quite pleased when I found Newspile.
Newspile connects to your Google Reader account, drawing in your favourite feeds and displaying them in a newspaper-like way. It supports two-way syncing with Google Reader, meaning your unread articles and starred items will appear on your PlayBook and also sync back to Google Reader.
What I like most about it -- and what really sets it apart from most other reader apps -- is the gorgeous UI; I really like the newspaper feel, which carries through to the attractive typeface. More than just the superficial, the UI also allows gesture-based refreshes, inline videos, the ability to jump out to the browser to view the stories, offline cache of articles and sharing via Delicious, Evernote, email, Facebook, Google+, Instapaper, Pocket (Read it Later) and Twitter.
US$2.99 > Dennis Schneider > Get it here
Super Ninja Skydiving Plus Zombies
How can you possibly pass up on this PlayBook game, given the title? You’re a free-falling, sword-wielding ninja, hell-bent on slashing as many sky-bound zombies as you can, while you collect bread and make your way to whatever destiny awaits you once you reach the end of this seemingly bottomless pit.
You must also avoid the overweight, exploding gentleman.
Great graphics, smooth gameplay, enjoyable sounds, increasing difficulty, and all the gore you could ever want, combine to make this a standout app.
US99c > Matthias Bedard > Get it here
Facebook Contact Sync
Facebook Contact Sync is the best/simplest way I’ve seen to get all of my Facebook buddys' contact info onto my BB handset.
It’s really as simple as installing it and hitting go. It then whisks off to Facebook and downloads all of your friend’s available names, pictures, phone numbers etc. (depending on their privacy settings) in one go, saving you from having to do them one by one. I noticed that I had to reboot my handset for them to appear, though, so keep that in mind.
US$3.99 > VirtuosITy Solutions > Get it here
myCallLog moves your BB call logs to your calendar so you can view them in the context of your professional (or personal) life. This can be handy when you have to claim certain calls back for work, or just want to know exactly when you last called your mother (you bad kid, you).
Additionally, you can save a note to the calendar or contacts app after the call ends, which makes it a very handy time- and context-based notation app, too.
US$2.99 > Toysoft Development Inc > Get it here