Check all your accounts at once

We appreciate the quick reference check that this read-only app provides, but it's best-suited for monitoring bank and credit card balances.

You could go online to check your bank account and Netflix queue, or you could open up Personal Assistant and find a dashboard for all your online accounts--or at least five of them, if you stick with the free, standard version. After building a portfolio from an impressive array of social, financial, productive, and shopping services, Pageonce's assistant will display them as buttons on a screen. Tap to view your banking transactions and total balance, travel itineraries, social commitments, and friends' status updates from a slew of social networks.

The app's 256-bit encryption helps keep data secure. There are also settings to determine how passwords are saved, to limit data to just your BlackBerry, and to disable your mobile account if you lose your phone.

While we appreciate the quick reference check that this read-only app provides, keeping tabs on incoming messages isn't as useful as being able to interact with them. Personal Assistant is better suited to monitoring bank and credit card balances. The premium version includes real-time flight status updates and unlimited access to your accounts.

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