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BlackBerry Developer Success Stories: Million Download Milestones and More

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We hear it all the time for iOS and Android: “so and so has passed a million downloads”. We don’t hear these stories as much as we should be on BlackBerry and RIM has highlighted a few of them after talking with developers themselves. It’s incredible to see companies making solid businesses of the BlackBerry platform and it’s even more incredible that they’re willing to share their success stories. One of the reasons we think a lot of developers aren’t sharing their stories is because they don’t want more competition. There’s a barrier to entry for BlackBerry these days and it helps that a lot of BlackBerry developers aren’t swamped with competition. The last thing they want is the plethora of other developers out there to realize how much money can be made with BlackBerry and encroaching on their turf. That being said, here are some awesome developer success stories:

Jingu - In a very short time, Jingu has surpassed a million downloads.
Spice Labs Pvt Ltd. – More than 16 million downloads of their paid and free applications, which include Hangman and HangmanKids.
WeatherEye HD for the PlayBook has seen more than 50,000 downloads.
Doodle Blast on the PlayBook has had almost 50,000 downloads since launch.
Crystal Balls from ingames is almost at one million downloads now.

Read more over at the official Dev Blog.

Developers: Maybe It’s Time to Drop Mobihand Entirely

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Have you checked whether or not your app is being pirated? A development shop recently reached out to BBCool to say that they’ve noticed a particular Mobihand user that has been purchasing their software and then posting the JAD files on his website and Twitter. This software pirate is from Malaysia and sells a $10 VIP membership to offset the cost of buying the apps. According to the developer it’s getting really bad and the download rate for pirates apps is 2 to 1 compared to paid, and it’s all coming from this one guy. Obviously, we’re not going to write the pirate specifically because we don’t want to drive any traffic to him.

We’ve been on a tirade against Mobihand lately and this is just one more reason we don’t think developers should be giving them their intellectual property. When speaking with developers, the general consensus seems to be that only 10% or so of sales comes from Mobihand and the rest from App World. The reason why developers are staying with Mobihand these days seems to be because they want a closer relationship with the bloggers and giveways through Mobihand make it easy to reach out to the community. But if only 10% of your revenue is coming from Mobihand, you should consider simply finding other ways to reach out to the community. Sure, App World has its downsides, but if your software is being pirated then it’s worth losing that 10% revenue and finding a new way to market alongside bloggers. Gift cards are an easy giveaway as they can be sent remotely.
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More Video Editing Features Coming to BlackBerry via JayCut Acquisition

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A quick look at the JayCut toools.

RIM has announced another acquisition today and it comes in the form of JayCut. For those who don’t know, JayCut is a company that does video editing tools. According to David Yach, CTO at RIM, the acquisition will bring video editing tools to BlackBerry, including the PlayBook.

The BlackBerry PlayBook offers users premium multimedia features, including dual HD cameras for video capture and video conferencing, HDMI output and high resolution video playback. By working with JayCut to add video editing capabilities to the BlackBerry platform we can further enrich our customers’ multimedia experience with BlackBerry.

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The PlayBook Will Be the First Tablet to Truly Enter Government

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RIM has just announced that the PlayBook has received FIPS 140-2 certification, making the BlackBerry PlayBook the first tablet certified for deployment within U.S. federal government agencies. No other tablet on the market has gained FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is required under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA). While some sites will claim that the iPad has made significant moves in government, from what we can tell it’s for very minimal use cases such as presentations and there doesn’t seem to be any significant deployment to date.

According to Bloomberg, the US Military has been testing tablets across all branches. The services are looking to tablets to replace laptops as well as paper manuals, maps, biometric devices and some communications tools. The U.S. Army is leaning toward the PlayBook because RIM “addressed security concerns from the get-go,” said Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dosmann, who oversees mobile device pilot- testing for the Army’s cybersecurity division. Security remains an issue for Apple and may hold back wider use of iPads, he said.
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Ninja Fruit Bash is the Latest iOS Success to BlackBerry Clone

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There’s a growing trend of taking iOS successes and porting them over to BlackBerry. We believe the trend was started by Smarter-Apps and from a strictly business perspective it makes a lot of sense. Sure, you could spend a long time working on a risky app that may or may not be a success, or you could take something that obviously makes money on another platform and bring it to the 40 million or so BlackBerry users. Considering the huge success of this strategy, as proved by Angry Farm, it makes you realize that a lot of these iOS developers are listening to the analysts more than the users.
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Tawkon Updated With More Features for the Paranoid Smartphone User

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Like Steve Jobs, we’re not really interested in Tawkon but it’s great to see that the company is still working on its product and releasing updates for BlackBerry. The thing to remember about Tawkon and cell radiation is that the amount of radiation you receive to your head follows the inverse square law. By using your headphones and text-based communication more, you’re reducing the amount of radiation to nearly zero. If you’re still paranoid and use a lot of voice minutes, you may appreciate these new features:
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