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Free aSecret App Gives You Shortcuts, Tips and Tricks All in One

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We’ve recently been talking with Thumb Arcade because they’ve got some upcoming PlayBook news for CES and we stumbled on their free app aSecret. The app gives you shortcuts, tips and tricks that will save you time and money spent on apps that do the same thing. This free app has the following features:

  • One-click flashlight (similar app costs $2.99!)
  • Reboot – no more battery pulls (similar app costs $2.99!)
  • Reclaim cluttered memory (similar app costs $7.99!)
  • Email signature tricks for the super social
  • Switch between apps
  • Multi-language shortcuts
  • And so many more! (Includes secrets from several top paid apps! Sorry guys.)

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Track Detailed Information About Your Device with Internals App

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Internals is a new app that builds on the recent success of Antennagate, the app that measures the performance of your BlackBerry antenna. Internals gives the user more device specifics to track and a more in-depth look at the antenna and connection information as well as tracking of battery (charge, voltage, temperature), memory, and storage. Features of the app include:

  • Track Carrier, WiFi antenna signal over time
  • Track Battery Charge, Temperature, Voltage
  • Track Memory Free space & Allocation
  • Track Device and SD Card Storage
  • Customizable refresh interval
  • Customizable display options
  • Screenshots
  • Reports

More information about Internals available in the store.

How Memory Management Applications Work and How to Save Money

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There are a ton of memory improving apps in App World and the Mobihand Network. They all offer different feature sets, but the common feature is that they all claim to free up memory. So how do they do this? To understand, you need to know a little about how the Java Virtual Machine works and a process called Garbage Collection. Garbage Collection is the process of automatically freeing up objects that are no longer referenced by the program.

Java uses an automatic garbage collector to manage memory. When the developer writes an application, they are going to determine which objects are created and use memory and the Java runtime is responsible for recovering memory that is unused. If no references to that object are made, the garbage collector can free up this memory. This is often where memory leaks happen. If references to an object remain, but that object is not in use, you begin to see the effects on your device.
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Guide to Improving BlackBerry Memory Usage and Deleting Waste

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This guide is a little more for the beginner BlackBerry user and I’m just putting it out there in the hopes that someone finds it useful, or a reader can kindly contribute more suggestions for reducing memory waste. If you’re running an older BlackBerry, or you download a ton of apps, managing memory on your BlackBerry is pretty important. The first thing you’re going to want to do is check your memory status and see where you’re at. Go to:

Options > Status and check “File Free”. This is how much space you have on your device. There are other ways to check which we’ll go into later, but you’re going to want a good amount of breathing room here, at least 10000000 bytes (10 MB).
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Deal of the Day: MemoryUp Professional, 40% off

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MemoryUp Pro is a powerful BlackBerry RAM boosting tool and Java virtual machine (JVM) management application specially designed for BlackBerry users. It is a handy memory optimizer tool that will keep your BlackBerry running faster and efficiently. It increases your BlackBerry performance by making more memory available for both your applications and the BlackBerry system.

Get MemoryUp Pro for $9.99 until September 30th, that’s 40% off!

Increasing BlackBerry device memory for bigger and better apps

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RIM has updated their App World documentation from version 1.0 to version 1.1 and there are a couple interesting changes.

The most interesting feature is the ability to store applications on the SD card to be used later. BlackBerry users will be able to remove applications and reinstall them without paying a second time. BlackBerry App World archives a record of the application to save memory and so that the user does not have to maintain the application on the BlackBerry device.

Some BlackBerry users have complained that the Flash memory on the device is too small, and that it’s stagnating to the app experience and development process. For example, some iPhone games are upwards of 100mb, which until recently wouldn’t make any sense to download. Now we’ll be able to download applications which are much larger in size, and only call them to the device when needed.

From a technical standpoint, the SD card isn’t able to run applications. This would be great in that you could be running very large apps without worrying about using too much of your on-device memory. Currently, it just can’t work because the SD card and the Java “brain” don’t communicate in that fashion. There are also a ton of quality assurance concerns with running an app from an SD card. RIM can’t control the quality of the SD card and therefore would lose control of the software experience. Keeping software running on the flash memory maintains internal control.

In the end, this is a small step in the right direction but we aren’t totally there. On device memory should be in the tens of gigs, in order to future proof the device.

See the official documentation from RIM.

Question: What are some of the larger apps you’ve downloaded?

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