Monthly Archive for March, 2012Page 3 of 11

BlackBerry 7 Smartphones Now Compatible With iCAM7000 for Secure Biometric Access

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Here’s some cool futuristic stuff, BlackBerry 7 smartphones are now compatible with a product called iCAM7000 which looks like something you would use to protect access to a nuclear launch facility. The iCAM700 is part of the IrisAccess platform and from what we can tell is a biometric access system for highly secure facilities. It looks like the typical iCAM7000 requires a few pieces of biometric identity and the BlackBerry smartphone will be another means of identifying the person entering the facility. Cool stuff.
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Developer Success Story: Sarah Northway on Porting Rebuild Game to the BlackBerry PlayBook With the Adobe AIR SDK

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When Sarah Northway first wrote to us about her post-apocalyptic, turn-based zombie game Rebuild, we were curious to know about her story and how she found the porting process to PlayBook. Rebuild is a game created using Adobe AIR, and RIM has put a lot of effort into making sure its BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR is a solid product that would allow developers to create compelling games with. It turns out that RIM is doing a great job and according to Sarah, porting Rebuild to the PlayBook was “extremely easy”. The entire process from setup to the game being available in App World took all but a few days, and according to Sarah the iOS version was “still waiting for review a week later”. Read more about her experience porting to PlayBook below.
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Rebuild is a Turn-Based Strategy Game for the BlackBerry PlayBook

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Rebuild is a really cool game that you may know from Rebuild 2 the flash game. The game has you setting up your defenses, equipping your army, preparing for a zombie invasion and then defending yourself. The game has a lot of text which tells a story and also provides a lot of help along the way. If English isn’t your first language, you may have some trouble, but otherwise you’ll appreciate it’s nostalgic elements that are reminiscent of the old pc gaming days. We highly recommend you spend time with the tutorial because the game gets really rewarding afterwards.
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Developers Will Get A Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 Developer Prototype for Testing at BlackBerry 10 Jam

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The BlackBerry 10 Jam conference just got a whole lot sweeter. At the conference, RIM will be giving developers a free, limited edition BlackBerry 10 developer prototype device to test their apps on. This move makes a lot of sense from a developer perspective, as it will allow them to make sure their apps run smoothly on the device, without having to wait for RIM to release the final product. We’re looking forward to this conference and we can’t wait to see devs porting their apps over to these dev phones right away. Who knows, maybe these dev phones will become a status symbol, since they’re limited edition and all. Oh and if you’re a hater, please read the following words carefully: this. is. a. prototype. Not. the. real. deal. Got it?
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Relay Ventures (New BlackBerry Partners Fund) Launches $150M Mobile Fund

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund isn’t so much an investment arm of RIM as it is a tech investment fund that invests in North American tech companies. Relay Ventures (the new brand for the BlackBerry Partners Fund), has commenced its second $150M mobile fund. Like its predecessor, the new fund will continue to be an independently managed, platform agnostic, earlystage venture fund with a singular focus on mobile computing.
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Ottawa Tech Recruitment Event Seeking to Fill 1,300 Tech Roles in Waterloo Region

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RIM is a killer company to work for as the company is in transition to a new OS and generally, a new consumer-focused smartphone/tablet company. Also, with the QNX acquisition, who knows what cool fields the company might be making headway in. On March 27th, RIM, as well as companies Desire2Learn, Procom and Skybound Research, will be hosting a Tech Recruitment Event along with Communitech, to fill some 1,300 tech roles in the Waterloo Region.
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