Monday, March 4, 2013

Top wellness and health applications for Blackberry Playbook

Health Tracker PRO
Health Tracker Pro by XLabz Technologies
One of the ways in which we can stay healthy is by using a tracking application. XLabz Technologies has taken things up a notch with their comprehensive and intuitive application called Health Tracker Pro. This application allows you to track your blood sugar, blood pressure, and BMI all in one place. It features a dashboard that provides a quick snapshot of your readings and all of the interfaces are color coded to help understand risk values or limits. Health Tracker features an export feature so reports can be emailed to physicians, lets users enter notes, tracks weight and height, and includes graphs to show individual health trends. Everything you need to track and maintain your health is in one simple and elegant application for your BlackBerry Z10 and PlayBook for $2.99.

RelaxBook Nature
RelaxBook Nature by webgota
One of the suggestions during Fitness Month to ensure mental well-being and a good night's rest was RelaxBook Nature. Stress is just one factor that wreaks havoc on your health and being exposed to it on a daily basis can put it at jeopardy. Why not listen to the soothing and realistic sounds of nature to help battle those restless nights and reduce stress? This FREE application is compatible with the BlackBerry PlayBook and Z10. While you're at it be sure to listen to the Zen and Tech Podcast on sleep and relaxation for some helpful tips on changing your sleeping habits.

My Health Records
My Health Records - Health n Family by PurpleTalk, Inc.
Another health information tracker is My Health Records by PurpleTalk, Inc. By using this application, all of your family members can track, store and access their medical records, vaccination log, doctors' appointments, and prescriptions right from their BlackBerry. It also conveniently stores a variety of vital information including emergency numbers, insurance details, and lab reports. This application is valuable especially for those who suffer from chronic ailments that require daily monitoring. My Health Records is available for $2.99 for devices running OS 5 and higher.

CF PillPad
CF PillPad HD by Alade Designs
Tracking medications is another way of maintaining your health. Whether you are on one medication or several, CF PillPad HD will help patients track their dosages and manage their complete list without relying on memory. Thiis application tracks multiple individuals and medications, includes Web Sources to research the different drugs being taken, and provides links to the major US and Canadian Pharmacies to refill those prescriptions. Speaking from experience, this is an invaluable tool for daily pill management and for ensuring your family members adhere to their dosages. As someone living with a relative who juggles multiple medications having a list close at hand is a lifesaver especially at the doctor's office. CF PillPad is available for the BlackBerry PlayBook for $0.99 and Z10 for $1.99.

Smoothie Recipes
Smoothie Recipes by optimisedtech
As part of my gym routine I would make fruit smoothies, sometimes mixed with whey protein, to carry me through my workouts. Whether you are searching for the perfect smoothie for post workout recovery or just looking for a fun recipe for juices and shakes there is Smoothie Recipes by optimisedtech. Filled with a variety of mouthwatering and delicious drinks, you can blend all of your fruits and vegetables into one nutritional drink to help you meet your daily quota. So why not whip out that blender and concoct some lean, mean beverages to help you lose weight and fend off hunger. It is available for most devices running OS 5 and higher, the BlackBerry PlayBook, and the Z10 for $0.99.

Skin Care
Skin Care by Kriti Jain
Believe it or not, the body's biggest organ is the skin. As such, it serves a valuable purpose in protecting us each and every day, maintaining our body temperature, and, more importantly, keeping our other organs in one place. From the harsh elements in the environment to the harmful rays of the sun on our sensitive bodies, Skin Care by Kriti Jain includes tips to make sure your skin looks nice and includes various remedies and treatments with easy-to-follow instructions. You can find this application for FREE in BlackBerry World for the Z10.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jiggle for BlackBerry PlayBook

o2 Interactive has created a few apps now for the PlayBook and the latest one is called Jiggle. I really like sharing photo’s and files with multiple PlayBook’s here at home, which a usually do via my laptop on the network. With multiple PlayBook’s here in the house this app will make sharing stuff very easy.

Jiggle does need to be installed on each PlayBook you want to share files with, but in a family or work environment Jiggle is priced well for multiple purchases. A trial version is available so this app is worth checking out.

Details: Jiggle allows a user to copy files to another device that is on the same Local Area Network (LAN). It will automatically discover other users on the LAN running the same application. It will allow you to copy files to their device. The neighboring user will be notified and have to accept the files being sent. Once on their device, they can move the file to their desired location.
Jiggle makes it a lot easier to copy documents between users.
Also available as a desktop application and available on other platforms.

NOTE: Jiggle to automatically discover other devices on the same LAN. Proxies and firewalls by prevent the device find other devices on the same LAN.

Price: 1.99

Monday, March 19, 2012

10 Android Apps for Blackberry Playbook

Since the launch of OS2 for Blackberry Playbook, the tablet has had a new lease on life. Below is an indication of the ones that are most in demand according to our readers.

Google Maps – The popular Maps app on the Playbook gives you GPS and tons of cool features.

Amazon Kindle – Over 13,000 downloads on this reading app and it is a crying shame Amazon will not make an official app for the Playbook, but they did the HP Touchpad. Go figure.

IMDB Movies – Watch trailers and check our your favorite authors, works great on Playbook.

Dropbox – Popular file sharing and cloud storage locker proves to be very popular with over 7,500 downloads.

Android PDF Viewer – The Playbook has a tremendous shortcoming with quality PDF apps and the default Adobe version is not up to snuff. This app continues to be the most popular PDF reader on the Playbook.

Skype for Playbook – You can’t make calls or do any audio functionality, but people continue to enjoy the SMS style messaging aspect of it.

Twitter – Continues to be one of the most popular social networking apps and has no problems running on your device from the converted Android file.

WhatsApp Messenger - Currently one of the most coveted Playbook apps with the ability to share a slew of different media options.

Pandora – One of the definitive music apps comes to the Playbook by way of Android.

eBay – PAYPAL and EBAY are two of the major platforms not to be found anywhere on the Blackberry QNX Platform. You can enjoy the shopping, payment, and everything else through this app.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Plants vs. Zombies

Stem a zombie attack on your BlackBerry® PlayBook™!

Get ready to soil your plants in the hit PopCap® game! A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home, and your only defense is an arsenal of 49 zombie-zapping plants. Use peashooters, wall-nuts, cherry bombs and more to slow down, confuse, weaken and mulchify 26 types of zombies before they can reach your front door. 

Each zombie has its own special skills, so you’ll need to think fast and plant faster to combat them all. But be careful how you use your limited supply of greens and seeds… as you battle the fun-dead, obstacles like a setting sun, creeping fog and a swimming pool add to the challenge. The fun never dies!

Buy Plants vs Zombies for Blackberry Playbook

10 Best Blackberry Playbook Apps


Since day 1, GeeReader has been my go-to app, and instantly made the PlayBook useful to me. Seeing as I live and die in Google Reader, having a smooth, full-featured app that helps me comb through my endless RSS feeds is an absolutely requirement on any device I use. Since the last top 10, GeeReader has had a big user interface upgrade and now has a pro version for a scant $1.99. GeeReader Pro includes sharing to Twitter, Facebook and WordPress, on top of the usual two-way Google Reader sync that’s still enjoyed in the free version.
GeeReader simply has everything I need to keep up to speed – full read/unread sync, starring items, view filters, sorting, swipe navigation between stories, and adding new feeds. While I might spend more time combing through RSS feeds than most PlayBook owners, I’d suggest even light readers should pick up the free version and start playing around with Google Reader; it’s a lot easier than navigating individually to your favourite sites on the native browser to check for updates, that’s for sure.


Blaq is still the King Kong of Twitter apps on the PlayBook. Since the last top 10, Blaq has added support for multiple accounts, search, lists, and reading an individual’s tweets (something that really should have been included from the get-go). On top of looking good and operating smoothly, Blaq is also among the first apps I’ve seen to make use of the PlayBook’s notification system for new tweets, followers, mentions and direct messages. The live streaming view is actually a great use for the PlayBook; most of the day I’m too busy in the browser to monitor a separate tab for Twitter updates, but having a nonstop stream pouring through on a dedicated screen lets me see things out of the corner of my eye that would otherwise be missed.
I’ll be interested in seeing how well Blaq holds its own when the deluge of Twitter clients come with Android app access, but I would say these guys have a pretty good head start; they’ve even tapped into Bridge so you can get updates when you’re outside of a Wi-Fi zone but paired via Bluetooth to a BlackBerry smartphone. Blaq is $1.99, and if you spend any time on Twitter whatsoever, it’s worth it.


Poynt was one of the first high-quality applications on the PlayBook, and has weathered the test of time. Since the summer, they’ve added support for events, so you can see what’s going on nearby, and buy tickets through handy browser links. The usual location-based search is still there for other categories, like people, businesses, movies, and restaurants. You can watch movie trailers, get business info, as well as find their location on through embedded maps. Gas prices are only available in the U.S., which is a bit of a drag. Poynt’s real polish shows when you pair the tablet app with a smartphone, so you can send over directions, contacts, and calendar items – great for when it’s not practical to lug the PlayBook out with you. The mechanism they use is a little roundabout, and it would be much simpler if RIM just gave developers some access to Bridge, but it’s good to see Poynt is pushing that use case. Poynt looks great, is incredibly useful, and, best of all, it’s free.


Why the PlayBook doesn’t include its own native file browser is beyond me, but odds are you’ll need one. So far, File Browser has met my day-to-day needs, offering all of the usual functions like copying files, renaming, and viewing thumbnails for images, but there’s also some more advanced stuff. For example, you can zip and unzip folders, sync up files across Dropbox,, and Google Docs, and even dig around in your BlackBerry smartphone’s memory and SD card if paired over Bridge.
$2.99 is a little steep for something that should be included with the OS, but if you’re looking for a free alternative, AIR Browser does the job just fine. File Browser has the added bonus of FTP file transfer, if that’s a dealbreaker for you.


Luko Remote is where the PlayBook starts getting interesting. By installing the $2.99 app on your PlayBook and a free companion on your PC, you can use the tablet as both a touchpad-style mouse, and a keyboard for your PC. All you have to do is pull up the native PlayBook keyboard, and start typing. Your words show up on top of the touchpad area, so you can catch typos easily. In addition to simple remote control, there are a lot of advanced utilities here, like a file system browser that lets you launch files on your PC through your PlayBook, a scroll bar (like the middle mouse wheel) for larger windows, easy sensitivity adjustment, and media controls.
The practical use cases for this are slim, but I imagine if you have a home media PC hooked up to your TV and you don’t want to run a cable or deal with a secondary wireless keyboard, this could be the fix. Luko Remote might also be handy for a desktop crowded with more than one computer running at a time, but without enough room for a second keyboard. In any case, Luko Remote gets big points for originality. Next up, I’d love to see Luko enable BlackBerry smartphones to act as the keyboard and Bluetooth mouse for the PlayBook.


This is my new favourite game on the PlayBook. Yeah, there are a lot of big-name, AAA titles, like Dead Space and nowAngry Birds, but ToFu honestly strikes me as the most challenging, thought-provoking, colourful, and appropriate to the medium than anything else I’ve tried so far.
The simple puzzle game puts you in the hachimaki of a sticky, wobbly, tofu ninja. You pull him in a direction, then release, and he sails through the air until he hits something. Your goal is to navigate him through a series of devilishly clever obstacles to reach the big pink fortune cookie at the end. For $0.99, you get 140 levels, and each of them have a ton of replay value, since you can try to collect all of the zen orbs in each level, as well as complete the course in a set number of jumps for special badges. When it comes to fun, this is so far the best bang for buck on the PlayBook.


JeeoPlayer is another remote control app something along the same vein as Luko Remote. By installing an app on a PlayBook and a companion on a RIM smartphone, you can play your music stored on the phone through the tablet. This is an ideal situation for me, since most of my tunes are on my phone, rather than the PlayBook, which is too bad considering the tablet has such good speakers. It’s a bit finnicky, since you have to set up an account with JeeoSuite, then screw around with IP address settings once both your PlayBook and BlackBerry handset are on the same Wi-Fi network, but once it’s all set up, it works fine, minus a slight lag.
Now, the PlayBook will be getting stereo Bluetooth support in the February update, but that only means that you’ll be able to pump out music stored locally out to external speakers, not take music in and stream on the PlayBook’s speakers – the latter being the usual situation when you just have your BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook with you. Hopefully RIM will be able to add two-way stereo Bluetooth in time for the update, but if not, JeeoPlayer will be here to fill the gap, free of charge.


The PlayBook comes preloaded with the Kobo app, but that’s really not enough to handle the demands of a truly voracious reader. PlayEpub has been my favourite e-reading app to date. It has a full range of visibility options, including switching from white on black to black on white, an extra level of brightness adjustment in addition to the system-wide display brightness, as well as font size and line spacing.  You can also leave notes and bookmarks on particular pages, and download a variety of books directly from the Caliber online repository. PlayEpub faces some stiff competition with the cheaper Book Reader for EPUB (which supports a wider range of formats), but the clincher for me was quick access to sharing passages via Twitter and Facebook as well as translation just by highlighting the text. At $1.99 and a free trial to make sure it’s for you, PlayEpub is a pretty good deal, even for occasional readers.


Okay, this is another remote control app, but it’s the last one, I promise. In its current form, Bridge is still half-baked. Sure, it’ll be great when e-mail, calendar, contacts, and all of that other stuff can reside locally on the PlayBook on its own, but that doesn’t mean the idea of syncing phone with tablet is entirely flawed, it’s just incomplete. That said, I’ve tried using the PlayBook all day long with Bridge, and though it’s handy for reading incoming e-mails on a separate, dedicated screen without having to fiddle around with my phone, there are a lot of notifications that necessitate going back to the BlackBerry handset to check, like Facebook notifications, or text messages.
That’s where Phone Remote comes in. Like the other apps, you need to have a local Wi-Fi network and a companion app installed, but once set up, you can see and remotely control your BlackBerry smartphone from your PlayBook. My primary use for this was to clear notifications for instant messages that wouldn’t be caught by Bridge alone. The emulated screen on the PlayBook looks chunky, and the reaction times are slow, but it’s a unique offering, and one I’m willing to drop $3.99 on until something a little smoother comes around.


Evernote is a popular, simple note-store service the puts everything in the cloud, and makes it accessible across a wide range of devices. The web app is particularly good, and the version for the PlayBook is more than enough to reference old notes, and create new ones. There’s full integration with the camera and microphones so you can attatch pictures and audio, as well as any other files. You can also keep your notes organized by Notebook as well as tags. There’s no rich text editing unfortunately, so updates to notes with hypertext links need to be appended in a separate section. The really great implementations of Evernote generally have tight integration with native services (for example, by offering a “Send to Evernote” link in the browser menu), but I have a feeling we won’t even see that with the big February update. The biggest downer right now is the lack of offline access, and with a Wi-Fi-only tablet, that’s a situation you’re going to be out of coverage often enough. At least it can connect if you’re paired via Bluetooth to a BlackBerry handset.
While I’m still getting used to using the Evernote service on a daily basis, it’s a great place to keep all of your miscellaneous scraps of information handy, especially in lieu of any native stand-alone memo app. Combined with the BlackBerry smartphone version of Evernote, this is practically a good, Bridge-enabled memo app. Unless you use Evernote a lot, it’s free and supremely useful.
That’s it from my list, but what about yours, new PlayBook owners? Find any particularly great apps, or are you holding out for the great deluge of Android titles next month? Feel free to let us know your top picks in the comments.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Shopper's Paradise HD

As this month unfolds, it gets crazier and crazier at the shopping malls. Pretty soon, it’ll end up being a suicide run. Have you ever wondered what your mall’s management team thinks of while they observe people spewing through the mall entrances? If it were me, I would only have one thing on my mind: “Dance, puppets, dance!” I would probably follow that up with some maniacal laughter. To be honest though, the pressure must be on to make sure that their customers are happy customers, because happy customers may potentially spend more money. Some of you may think you could do a much better job, but don’t have the guts, or energy to follow through. If you want to see if you have what it takes, but on a much smaller (and virtual) scale, here’s a game for you: Shopper's Paradise HD for the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry Smartphones.
It’s been called a cross between Tower Defence and Tycoon as, instead of defending a tower, you’re defending your business. You do so by constructing various types of businesses such as stores, hotels, cinemas and so on. The customers stroll through the paths, like enemies in a defence type gain. In this case, you aren’t trying to take their lives, just their money. Keep your businesses successful by hiring police, employees and maintaining your sites. You can choose from a wide selection of maps to build upon. Yes, the video above says it's coming soon, but it still gives you a look at the game play you're about to partake in. It’s amazingly quick to pick up the fundamentals and addictively fun to master them. Shoppers Paradise HD for the BlackBerry PlayBook, and BlackBerry Smartphones is available from BlackBerry App World for $2.99; but only for tablets running OS 2.0 developer beta. There is a free version available, but it’s only for BlackBerry smartphones running OS 5.0 or higher.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

9 Blackberry Playbook Apps for Business

9. RDM+ Remote Desktop

No matter how capable the tablet, there will always be at least one computer-bound application that you can’t live without. Fortunately, thanks to RDM Remote Desktop, you won’t have to. When paired with RDM’s PC-side client, connecting with your computer to and leverage its software couldn’t be easier.
$9.99 - SHAPE Services

8. SharePlus Office Mobile Client

If your company uses Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 or 2010, you’ll want to invest in SharePlus Office Mobile Client. Using your SharePoint login credentials, SharePlus Office provides users with access to their SharePoint libraries, wiki pages, calendars, images and documents online. Once logged in, authenticated users can even download content for offline viewing and editing.
$29.99 - SouthLabs

7. BlueBox

Dropbox has become about as ubiquitous as a file synchronization service can be. Users can edit, download, and synchronize their files across multiple ecosystems including Android, iOS, Windows, OS X -- and now QNX. While not an official Dropbox application, BlueBox is nonetheless a great way to work with your Dropbox-bound files on your PlayBook.

6. Box

While Dropbox is the best known file synchronization game in town, it’s not the most spacious, offering a mere 2 GB of free space. Box, on the other hand, offers a whopping 5 GB for free to new users of their services as well as rock solid stability and security to boot.
Free -

5. My File Manager

For those that prefer a hands-on approach to their file management, My File Manager is a great way to go. Offering PlayBook users the ability to manhandle their tablet’s files with a robust features like bridged SD card support, zip/unzip capabilities, this one’s so good, we’re surprised that RIM didn’t cook up something similar themselves.

4. Punch In Punch Out

As its name suggests, Punch In Punch Out is a time tracking application designed to allow contractors, road warriors, or anyone else who counts watching the clock as part of their daily grind to do so in style. Creating new projects, adding clients and of course, time tracking are all a pleasure to work with, thanks to the app’s pleasant user interface.
$1.99 - MELLISdesigns

3. Conqu

There are numerous ways to tackle task management these days. For PlayBook owners who prefer their to-do list to provide zen-like simplicity, Conqu is an excellent choice. With its elegant interface, Conqu will make creating custom categories,project planning and managing tasks the one of the easiest parts of your daily mobile workflow.
Free - AsFusion

2. Personal Assistant

If you’re using your PlayBook without the benefits provided by, ahem, BlackBerry Bridge, Personal Assistant may be the application you’ve been waiting for. A PIM program that boasts a massive amount of customization options, the ability to recover deleted contact data up to 30 days old, and a promise from the app’s developer for future calendar event support, Personal Assistant is a piece of software definitely worth your consideration.
$1.99 (free trail available) o2 Interactive

1. Whiteboard

Drawing applications are the cocktail napkins of the new millennium, and everyone should have at least one available to them to capture their ideas in the boardroom, over lunch or while commuting home. Whiteboard for the PlayBook allows for both typed and digit/stylus input, making it a great option for your next brainstorming session or jotting down a quick phone number.
$0.99 - Josh Ho