Monthly Archive for December, 2011

VeloCity announces new leadership team: Mike Kirkup and Brett Shellhammer

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VeloCity, the University of Waterloo’s student startup incubator program has added two experienced staffers to their team. Mike Kirkup of RIM developer relations fame will be VeloCity’s new Director and Brett Shellhammer will be bringing his startup and Silicon Valley experience to the role of Executive In Residence.
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Angry Birds Now Available for the BlackBerry PlayBook

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One thing you hear often when reading about the BlackBerry Platform is that “BlackBerry doesn’t have Angry Birds”. It’s often used as a major negative against the platform even though there are plenty of other games. RIM announced that the PlayBook would have Angry Birds and today it is now available. It’s also interesting to note that since it’s available now for the PlayBook, it should also be available on smarpthones when the BlackBerry 10 devices launch.
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Solar Impulse Solar Powered Plane Uses QNX for Control and Data Management Functions

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The Solar Impulse plane is the first aircraft in the world that can fly, without fuel, during the day and night. Currently, the plane can only carry one passenger but it’s an interesting proof that it can be done. One thing CNN didn’t point out about the plane that’s interesting is that the plane uses the QNX OS for a variety of control and data management functions. How much energy you get from the sun, how much power is in the batteries and more.
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Personal Safety App bSafe Launches on BlackBerry

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Bipper has just launched their free personal safety app bSafe on BlackBerry. Already available for iOS and Android, bSafe broadcasts text-based SOS messages to your pre-selected contacts along with your GPS location with the press of a single button.
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Tech Blogs Report the Same News Ad Nauseum

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Do you ever get the feeling that every tech blog is just regurgitating the same press release? These days, it’s hard to find a post that hasn’t been written 6,000 times on every other blog. Writers should give their readers more credit and know that they read more than 1 site.
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Bluetooth Keyboard for the BlackBerry PlayBook Review

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I was recently sent a Bluetooth Keyboard for the PlayBook by The Next Success and TotallyTablet. A Bluetooth keyboard is coming officially from RIM, and it’s great to see Next Success bring one to market this fast. I’ve used the keyboard for over a week and this review breaks down whether it’s a good investment.
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