Monthly Archive for October, 2010Page 4 of 16

Emacberry.com App Updates: LittleBrother, GPSiesConnect and Iconify

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Emacberry let us know that new versions of LittleBrother (v0.5.0.5), GPSiesConnect (v0.9) and Iconify (v1.4.8) have been released. Also, FileScout v2.1.1 is currently on sale until the end of October so if you’re looking to purchase, now might be a good time. Check out the full change logs after the jump.
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Facebook for BlackBerry v1.9 with Friend Search Available in Beta Zone

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It’s sort of incredible how long it took for the Facebook app to get search functionality. One of the biggest complaints about the app was the inability to find friends or like pages, making it not a very mobile-friendly app. Today, Facebook for BlackBerry v1.9 is available in the beta zone and includes:

  • Dedicated Inbox – View your Facebook messages in one separate inbox or within your BlackBerry messages inbox. The app pre-fetches 30 of your existing messages, and will then continue to sync messages on your BlackBerry smartphone with your Facebook inbox.
  • Facebook Search – Search for individuals and pages, making it easy to find mutual friends, add friends and “like” pages. For BlackBerry 6 users, Universal Search will pull Facebook results too!
  • Enhanced Friends List and Page List – View Friends profile photos and pages in list form
  • Redesigned Navigation Bar – View your own profile and click on the Search and Message icons with the new navigation bar

You have to be a Beta Zone member to get access and there’s a limited number of spots. Find out more information at Inside BlackBerry.

BlackBerry Curve 8530 OS 5.0.0.973 Update from Sprint

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Hat tip to my pal, Bobby Freeman, for pointing to the OS update for the Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8530. You’ll get a nice little bump up to 5.0.0.973. Sure, it’s not OS 6, but each incremental step is a bit better than before, isn’t it? Catch the upgrade at BlackBerry’s site.

RIM to Host 5 Weeks of Webcasts to Help Developers Make PlayBook Apps

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RIM is hosting a series of webcasts that will help developers create Adobe AIR apps for the PlayBook. The webcasts will span 5 weeks and will be hosted by RIM starting on November 4th. It should be interesting to see what services will port their Adobe AIR apps over to the PlayBook and how easy they find the process. It would be cool to see something like TweetDeck running on the PlayBook.

To sign up for the webcast series visit blackberry.com/developers/tabletos/webcasts.

Adobe MAX: RIM Announces the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR

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The PlayBook Tablet is expected to attract a wide range of new developers to the BlackBerry platform and at Adobe MAX, RIM announced the new BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. The SDK will allow developers to create AIR applications for the PlayBook tablet using familiar development tools. The PlayBook will be the world’s first tablet built from the start to run Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR applications in a fully integrated, fully optimized fashion.

Adobe AIR developers can start building their applications today for BlackBerry PlayBook and will be able to start submitting their AIR applications for BlackBerry PlayBook to BlackBerry App World by end of this year.

The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR, along with the BlackBerry PlayBook simulator, are both currently available in beta and can be downloaded for free from blackberry.com/developers/tabletos.

The full press release is available here.

Nexage Sets Bar for RIM Ad SDK with Ad-Supported Apps Getting 95%+ Fill Rate

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curtis sasaki shows off RIM's ad network in 2009

Nexage announced that they have integrated with apps such as crunchSMS, ÜberTwitter, and ScoreMobile, and they have increased their fill rates to 95+%. For example, ÜberTwitter, which launched a new version of its application with Nexage Mediation in July 2010, watched its fill rate jump from 60% to 98+% in August, 2010.

It should be interesting to see how these advertising services perform with respect to RIM’s ad service, and whether developers will jump ship. Also, it’s been shown on other platforms that in-app purchasing results in more revenue for developers, so the ad-supported app route isn’t necessarily a good direction for developers. On the other hand, apps like Poynt rely on ad revenue and are apparently happy with RIM’s offerings.