Monthly Archive for January, 2011Page 3 of 18

Save the Dates: BlackBerry Webworks Webcasts for the Tablet OS

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The Developer Rations and Developer Platform groups will host a series of webcasts focusing on WebWorks development for the BlackBerry Tablet OS. There will be four webcasts starting Feb. 1, so mark your calendars. It’s interesting to also note that RIM hasn’t given a name to the tablet OS yet. Will it just be called the QNX OS? Hit up the webcasts and get started on an app to win yourself a free PlayBook.
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BlackBerry Messenger Viral Videos Taking Over Asia

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A while back we posted some videos RIM did of different people and the way they use BBM. The videos featured tattoo artists, DJs and shop owners, all talking about how they use BBM in their daily lives and careers. The campaign has now spread to Asia, where we can get a glimpse of how BBM is used in other countries. Hit the jump and check out some cool videos of BBM being used in India and Indonesia.

Up next, RIM will be making some videos around how BBM can be used to organize against corrupt governments and topple dictators. No? C’mon! Do it!
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Rumor: RIM’s PlayBook to Use Dalvik VM to Run Android Apps

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Rumor has it that RIM will be using the Dalvik virtual machine that would allow Android apps to run on the PlayBook. It’s not clear how exactly this would be implemented, but it could go one of two ways: either with Google’s help under some form of partnership, or RIM would implement without a partnership, leveraging the open source nature of Dalvik.

Google has done a great job of garnering positive press for the Android Market by promoting the fact that it has over 100,000 apps in its catalog. At first this seems like it’s exactly what the PlayBook needs. But is this true? We know that the PlayBook will have over 4,000 apps at launch, and while 104,000 apps would be cool, it would also consist of a lot of duplication and bloating. Whenever App Store numbers are discussed in the mainstream media, they rarely point out the fact that a large percentage of these apps constitute eBooks, template apps, and in the case of Android: Comics. Almost every single app worth downloading is already available across multiple platforms, so one has to wonder if all this fuss is really going to result in the end user getting some new and amazing apps we’ve never used before.

BlackBerry Internet Service Possibly Blocked in Egypt

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The Egyptian government has been scrambling to try and shut down communication channels in an attempt to silence protesters and prevent them organizing. After blocking Twitter and Facebook, the Egyptian government has turned to blocking BlackBerry internet service as well. While this hasn’t been confirmed by RIM yet, several users are reporting the outage.

We’ll update if this story gets confirmed.

More Details on Upcoming BES 5.0.3′s BlackBerry Balance Features

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Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about BlackBerry Balance, especially from Jim Balsillie who mentioned it on the quarterly earnings call. With the 5.03 update to BES, we’re expecting some pretty cool features from RIM that will allow employees to “balance” their work life from the personal life on their device.
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Fixmo Tools Goes Version 2.0 with More Utilities Packed in 1 App

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Fixmo Tools is a powerful all-in-one utility app that packs a bunch of small features into a single app. Currently, there are a few of these apps on the market and they’re all racing to pack the most features into their app. The app now includes media backup features from the developers at Chocolate Chunk apps, as well as a screenshot and some reminder features. Hit the jump for more features:
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