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Magmic Relaunches New York Times Crosswords With In-App Subscription Service

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NYT Crosswords

Magmic has launched a new version of New York Times Crosswords for BlackBerry that features in-app payments for subscriptions. The app features a free week of daily puzzles and it’s free to download. There are also a variety of subscription services you can choose including one month, six month or one year subscription rates. As far as we can tell, this is the first app to use the BlackBerry Payment Service to provide subscriptions.

The New York Times Crosswords is the only officially licensed app and has an archive of over 4,000 classic puzzles as well as lets you participate in the Daily Puzzle. Other cool features include:

  • Send messages and compare your solve times with friends online
  • Compete against top players via the online leaderboards
  • Write in ‘pen’ or ‘pencil’
  • Solve puzzles on the grid or directly from the clues list
  • Automatic highlighting of related clues
  • Check or reveal letters, words or the entire puzzle

Magmic also let us know that while they have limited device support for launch, they’ll be spending this week back-filling device support so stay tuned. Your device should be supported very soon.

Check out the New York Times Crosswords in App World at this link.

Magmic’s Product Manager Jeff Bacon on BlackBerry, iPhone and NYT Brand

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Rob Woodbridge from Untether.TV is back and he’s interviewing Magmic’s Product Manager Jeff Bacon. We’ve had Jeff Bacon on BlackBerryCool several times, with his own column Bacon on BlackBerry, as well as some news tidbits. Jeff is a talented BlackBerry developer and has a lot of interesting things to say from a developer’s perspective.

In this interview, Jeff talks about Magmic’s NYT license and how they leveraged the brand to develop NYT Crossword and NYT Sudoku. The first thing that struck me during the interview, was Jeff’s comment about the fact that when they first started developing for BlackBerry, there were only a few models and implicitly suggested that development for BlackBerry has become more complicated. If a veteran developer such as Jeff is lamenting about the development process, RIM should these comments very seriously. At around 8 minutes, on the subject of costs associated with porting, Jeff says “it can get frustrating sometimes…why is someone releasing a new device that requires us to redesign a new UI for it?” The release of the BlackBerry Storm, apparently caused a lot of headaches dealing with the touchscreen, and cost the company dollars in porting and redesigning their games.
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New York Times Crosswords for BlackBerry now available to all

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When our sister site QuicklyBored reviewed Bplay’s New York Times Crosswords for BlackBerry, they were quite big on the game, but bummed that the title was exclusive to AT&T.

We’re pleased to tell you that, as of today, New York Times Crosswords is now available for all BlackBerry gamers. The game is subscription based, costing you a measly $2.99 per month to have access to daily puzzles from The New York Times. I wonder if David Pogue has it on his BlackBerry?

Download New York Times Crosswords for BlackBerry

David Pogue responds to review criticism

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Following up on his article responding to criticism for his review of the BlackBerry Storm, New York Times technology critic David Pogue has hit the TV circuit. I normally wouldn’t have posted this, as after Al Sacco’s rebuttal, I feel I am over Pogue’s review. However, the video is an excellent lesson for RIM. RIM knew they were releasing an OS update shortly after launch, we knew it, but David Pogue didn’t. If RIM had told him rather than keeping mum, they probably wouldn’t have received such a negative review from one of the most influential voices in the technology world. Click the link below to see Pogue’s CNBC interview.

David Pogue talks BlackBerry Storm on CNBC

Media Network Roundup: November 3rd-7th

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Here’s a brief rundown of the week that was from your friendly family of bloggers in Ottawa, Canada. Below you’ll find news from our WinMo and mobile entertainment blogs, with a bunch of great BlackBerry Cool content after the jump.

WindowsMobile Cool

Review: Ringo Mobile by Electric Pocket
HTC Touch HD video review and unboxing
Celebrity Samsung BlackJack II users

QuicklyBored

New York Times Crosswords for BlackBerry by Magmic reviewed
Free iPhone porn site creators – iPhone-Porn.us – interview
How to turn your iPod Touch into a mobile VoIP phone

BlackBerry Cool News Roundup

New York Times Crosswords for BlackBerry Reviewed

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Our mobile entertainment sister site, QuicklyBored, has published a review of the Magmic’s New York Times Crosswords for BlackBerry. We’re huge fans of crossword puzzles at BBCool HQ, and the NYT crossword puzzle is the best around. From the review, it seems like Magmic’s version lives up to its namesake:

The puzzles themselves are pretty difficult. Being officially licensed by The New York Times, the game does a great job of mimicking the crossword experience which also means they’re pretty difficult for a first time crossword player. Although with a simple, elegant user interface and three different puzzle views, you can get into the game quickly.

Another great feature of this game is that it offers daily news headlines from NYTimes.com. That, combined with daily puzzles, you’ve completely got your NYT fix for the day.

Right now, the New York Times Crosswords for BlackBerry is exclusive to AT&T, but will be available across all channels come January 1st. You can read the full review below.

New York Times Crosswords for BlackBerry by Magmic reviewed