Blackberry apps that rock.

I have been a CrackBerry user for several years, and am rarely seen without it in my hand or on my belt. Last week I traded my 8700 for the Bold (9000) — wow, what a good move! The Bold is faster, sleeker, and has 3G capabilities for functions that I would not have tried on the older EDGE network. Anyhow, I have been having fun looking for additional apps for it, and have come up with a good list. Here they are…

An absolutely outstanding free app with local searches for people, businesses, restaurants, and movies, including the ability to watch trailers.

An easy program that allows you to create icons for specific websites, SMS contacts, or phone contacts.

A voice recognition program that lets you speak commands, dial contacts by voice, and compose messages by talking rather than typing. The recognition is pretty good. Available in a free and a pro version.

Google Mobile
A tool for accessing various Google programs (which can also be installed separately), including Google Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Search, and so on.

Local weather with current and 5-day forecast from the Weather Network.

THE Flashlight
Simple little app that activates the camera LED, letting you use the BlackBerry as a flashlight (nice to set one of the side buttons for this for use in the dark). There are also free apps that turn on the message LED and produce a white screen (such as BerryTorch), but these are far less bright.

BlackBerry App World
RIM’s app store, with both free and purchase apps.

Combination RSS reader, news, weather, and other functions.

2 thoughts on “Blackberry apps that rock.

  1. In your prior blog if your argument was that all Life shares common decent, I suspect few would object. Everywhere we have looked Life is made up of the same stuff.

    The debate is not that Life evolved from common stuff but how this evolution took place.

    With respect to Path I find the concept in the large to be uninteresting. However, the area of great interest is the timing of the Path. Has there been enough time for this or that trait to have emerged via random mutation, et. al. ?

    Behe, “The Edge of Evolution” – (2007) – develops an ingenious example using P. falciparum. He uses historical data to determine the probability of just 2 amino acids, in P. falciparum of mutating via random selection. He comes up with a very large number for the wait time – 100,000,000,000 years.

    Behe’s study is countered by “Waiting for Two Mutations: With Applications to Regulatory Sequence Evolution and the Limits of Darwinian Evolution” – Rick Durrett and Deena Schmidt (mathematics needed here)- (2008). Under different assumptions this study comes up with a shorter wait time of – 216,000,000 years.

    Behe counters with – “Waiting Longer for Two Mutations” – (2009).

    Who’s right? For what comes next it doesn’t make any difference, both studies yield large numbers.

    Evolutionary theory contends that Man diverged from chimpanzees 3 – 6 million years ago. I am contesting neither of these assertions. Biology states that chimpanzees and Man are very similar. I am not contesting this. But regardless of how similar, the difference in chimpanzees and Man is a lot more than just 2 proteins.

    Predictive Experiment –

    1. Determine the difference in the proteins in chimpanzees and Man.
    2. Determine the chance of this happening by random mutation, et. al.
    3. Compare to the 3-6 million year divergence estimate.


    It is acknowledged that no matter how large the probability of an event occurring, it can still happen on the first trial. However, for this to have to happen many. many, times in a row casts some suspicion on the process.

    Life is Good,


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