Monthly Archive for April, 2012Page 2 of 4

GPS Nautical Charts for BlackBerry provides offline charts

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GPS Nautical Charts for BlackBerry is the first marine navigation app to offer offline GPS mapping. This is a must-have app for anyone interested in recreational boating or fishing.
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ShutUp Camera Silences Your BlackBerry Shutter Sound for Discrete Photos

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Whether you’re gathering evidence of an affair, enjoy taking photos of cop beatdowns, or are trying to improve your street pervert technique: ShutUp Camera is the app for you.
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Desktop Manager 7 in Beta Zone But Do We Really Need It?

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Recently, RIM released an update to the BlackBerry Desktop Manager, version 7, in the Beta Zone. While not explicitly stated, it seems the most recent update adds support for BlackBerry 10. Since BlackBerry Jam is around the corner, RIM probably needs Desktop Manager support for BlackBerry 10 out there, so devs can plug in their alpha devices. But should Desktop Manager be a part of the BlackBerry Platform? Or should it be phased out? So far, RIM has told us that BlackBerry 10 includes over the air OS updates, along with a host of cloud services. This would suggest that there’s actually no need for Desktop Manager.
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Free VVM Messenger Brings Voicemail Features to BlackBerry Messenger

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Karta Mobile has launched a free communications app that brings voicemail functionality to BBM. VVM Messenger allows users to send short recorded voice messages to each other through BBM. A great timesaver if you want to get your point across quickly without having to type out several paragraphs.
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RIM, Canrock and Others Invest $30 Million in the Hyperdrive Startup Fund

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Hyperdrive is a startup fund that finances high-tech startups in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The $30-million program was created to finance high-tech startups and help them bring their ideas to market. RIM, 5 venture capital firms and a charitable foundation help fund Hyperdrive.
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Why Are Some Major Canadian Festivals Ignoring Its BlackBerry Fans?

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There’s a trend we’ve noticed at festivals lately where BlackBerry support is being dropped. This hasn’t always been the case. For some festivals, there was a previous app and for the most recent year it’s completely absent. It’s not enough to say “well BlackBerry is on the downward swing in North America” because that doesn’t address the current market share. Many of these festivals have enourmous BlackBerry support. For example, Bluesfest happens in Ottawa, Canada, where there’s probably a larger BlackBerry userbase than iPhone. For some reason, the organizers of the festival have a misconception about BlackBerry and don’t feel like investing the resources. Why do we say it’s the organizers? Because the companies that make these apps have the resources and the developers to address the platform, so it seems the client isn’t requesting it (to their own detriment).

The Calgary Stampede is a great example of this. PurpleForge is the development company behind the Calgary Stampede iPhone app but there is no BlackBerry version available. It’s not like PurpleForge can’t do BlackBerry, its App World vendor account has 14 apps in App World, one of which is for the City of Calgary. The only explanation is that the client simply didn’t want it.
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