NYT picks best BlackBerry apps; Canadian products honoured

Posted by Liam Britten

The New York Times’ Gadgetwise blog released a list of their top 10 BlackBerry apps today, and some Canadian-produced apps were praised for their quality on the list.

The theme of the picks was making the BlackBerry “more useful — and more fun.” To that end, they’ve published their list of the best BlackBerry apps, and here are some highlights from the Great White North.

  • Poynt: Poynt is a directory app that focuses on ease of use and integration with the BlackBerry as a phone. In addition to being able to find people and businesses and their  contact info, you can call with one touch, map a route to where you’re going and save contact info to your own phonebook. It also has movie info (showtimes, reviews, directions to theatres, etc.), restaurant info, weather, and even where to find the cheapest gas. Poynt was developed by the Poynt Corporation in Calgary.
  • ScoreMobile: For my money, ScoreMobile is the most useful sports app out there. It’s got all the info you need (scores, stats, standings, headlines, write-ups about games) and seems to load faster than other apps like TSN’s. There’s not a lot of multimedia content, but do you really want to have your data plan eaten away by highlights you can watch 40 times a day on Sports Centre?
  • Viigo: Viigo, which was acquired by RIM, is an app that allows a high degree of customization when it comes to following the news. You can choose to follow certain types of news (weather, sports, business, politics, etc.) and then you can specify things like geographical locations; for example, if you follow weather news, you can follow Vancouver weather news specifically.

You can read the full list of apps here.

Company:
BlackBerry
Website:
http://www.blackberry.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only did we introduce a... more

Company:
Poynt
Website:
http://www.poynt.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

At last, an easy to-use, all-in-one tool to connect you with local businesses, retailers and events while you’re on the go. From inspiration to action, Poynt helps transform the mobile device from an everyday communication tool to a powerful entertainment and utility tool. Poynt is available for BlackBerry smartphones, Android, iPhone and iPod Touch, Windows Phone 7 and Nokia Qt devices. Poynt is available in... more

Company:
Viigo
Website:
http://viigo.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Viigo™ is revolutionizing the way users access information on their smartphone. Every day, people around the world rely on Viigo as their gateway to a vast array of up-to-the-minute content and useful services, wherever they are and whenever they need it. In one simple, fully customizable application, Viigo delivers news, weather, flight schedules and status, real-time sports scores, stock quotes and market data,... more

Company:
Score Media Inc.
Website:
http://www.scoremedia.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

theScore’s mission is to provide a full digital service to sports fans, delivering a personalized user experience across all major mobile platforms through our mobile apps and website. Users are provided with a comprehensive, customizable service that dispenses real-time sports news, scores, fantasy information and alerts, alongside compelling, relevant content that allows for seamless social sharing by users.... more


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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more




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