Monthly Archive for March, 2011Page 4 of 13

Texas Hold’em King Live Updated With Twitter Integration and More

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THK Live, one of the coolest poker games for BlackBerry, has been updated with Twitter integration as well as a few other minor improvements. With Twitter integration, you can boast about your achievements and let your other poker friends know about the game. You can also connect with other THK Live users around the world by searching the hashtags generated by the game.

Along with Twitter integration, THK Live also has an in-game username/password recovery system which many users have been asking for. No need to restart any more. Along with these improvements, THK Live has also pushed out some bug fixes and performance improvements. Chances are that gameplay will be much smoother for you now.

Head over to App World to pick up THK Live or go to getthklive.com to download direct.

AP Stylebook – Why Would Anyone Purchase This App?

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You seriously can’t just Google “blog”?

The Associated Press has just released a BlackBerry version of the AP Stylebook and after reading the description of the app, it doesn’t make any sense why someone would spend $19.99 (regularly $24.99) on this app. For those who don’t know, the AP Stylebook provides guidelines for spelling, language, punctuation, usage and journalistic style.

Does anyone even take the AP Stylebook seriously anymore? It took them up until 5 days ago to recognize that “e-mail” should actually be spelled “email”. It also took the AP Stylebook until recently to change “smart phone” to “smartphone” and “cell phone” to “cellphone”. It’s hard to imagine there was someone at the Associated Press actually fighting that transition. Also, why do you need a stylebook on the go? I guess if you’re writing on your laptop, with no Internet connection, and you can’t or don’t know how to Tether, and you your boss insists that all writing be exactly according to AP Stylebook guidelines.
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Download Statistics and Other Recent Figures Surrounding App World

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It’s interesting to see how BlackBerry App World has been progressing over the past year or so. Currently, App World is doing over 3 million app downloads per day, which is a pretty awesome number and shows some significant growth.

There is also some cool data coming out of the BlackBerry Developer Days including the fact that 49% of paid apps are from BlackBerry OS 5.0 users while 41% are from BlackBerry 6.0 users. Considering there are far fewer OS 6 devices on the market (apparently only 10% of devices), this tells us that OS 6 users are probably much more inclined to purchase apps and therefore if you’re a developer, it’s crucial for you to target this OS. In terms of distribution, there are apparently 580 carriers around the world carrying BlackBerry. This means localization is also a must.

We’ll be getting more more info and statistics with the upcoming Developer Days. We’ll also be reporting from the Developer Day in Toronto. See you there!

RIM Makes First Move on Pulling Red Light and Speed Trap Apps

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As far as we can tell, App World is the first app storefront to pull apps that “encourage drunk driving”. The problem is that these apps aren’t targeted to promoting drunk driving, but rather bill themselves as apps to avoid speed traps and red light cameras (not necessarily a good thing to promote avoiding). It’s an interesting situation. On the one hand, you don’t want to promote apps that encourage reckless endangerment, but on the other hand, these apps can be used responsibly, reminding you to be cautious and check your speed.
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Bermuda Government and BlackBerry Hosting Young Developer App Competition

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The Ministry of Business Development in Bermuda along with RIM is hosting a competition called App-ti-tude where developers will make BlackBerry apps and compete for prizes including cash, smartphones and a PlayBook. The competition is aimed specifically at young developers and participants must be under the age of 25. RIM is flying out a specialist to help with technical questions and the event will be held at the end of April.

One of them most important elements of a good app development competition is that the Terms and Conditions give the developer every opportunity to start a new business and make money off their hard work. One of the worst examples of this is the Great Canadian Appathon for Windows Phone 7. The contest comes with a set of Terms and Conditions where participants will not own their code at the end. Instead, the code will be “co-owned” by XMG Studios out of Toronto who are also the judges.

After reading the App-ti-tude Terms and Conditions, we can see that the government is serious about letting the developers own their own intellectual property. The only strange part is where they make the developers sign a “non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable licence to use, display, publish, transmit, copy, make derivative works or podcasts from, edit, alter, store, re-format, sell and sub-licence the Entry for such purposes.” At least the IP is explicitly protected.

Head over to apptitude.bm for registration and more information.

Ironic Fact: Steve Jobs Created the Most Popular BlackBerry Game Ever

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Before Steve Jobs was with Apple, he worked at Atari and was assigned to design a prototype for for a single player Pong game called Breakout. Breakout was a game where you had to use a ball to deplete a wall of bricks without missing the ball on its rebound. Sound familiar? Of course, it’s BrickBreaker.

BrickBreaker has been preloaded on BlackBerry as far back as some of the first color screen devices. It’s hard to trace the origins of BrickBreaker and which device was the first to load it, but we remember it being on a 7100 and possibly the 7510 in 2004 when RIM had only around 2 million subscribers. Today, there are over 50 million BlackBerrys sold, and BrickBreaker has been installed on probably an equal number of devices. This makes Steve Jobs the creator of the most popular BlackBerry game and maybe the second most popular mobile game in history. The only mobile game with more installs is probably Snake, which became a standard install on Nokia devices in 1998.

While everyone is giving RIM flack for copying Apple, it must suck to know that the first and most popular BlackBerry game was created by Steve Jobs.