Monthly Archive for January, 2013Page 3 of 7

The Economic Implications of Making Cell Phone Unlocking Illegal

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The Librarian of Congress, though the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) has decided that unauthorized unlocking of cellphones would be illegal and provided a 90-day window for compliance. The window closes tomorrow and with that, we’re curious about the implications for not only consumers, but the unlocking industry. There’s potentially thousands of jobs that are affected by an attempt on the part of the government to shut down the unlocking industry. Is this legislation good for the economy in the long run? We reached out to our friends at unlockcodes.com to get their reaction. Read on for more.
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Hackathons Are Great For Quantity But Are They Good Quality?

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The past 2 hackathons have been amazing successes for RIM from an app quantity perspective. The first hackathon generated 15,000 apps and the second has generated over 19,000 apps. With 34,000 apps from just 2 hackathons, RIM could keep this up throughout the lifetime of the platform and potentially surpass the competition just from this type of developer support. One would assume that the platform would also attract a base level of developer support and the hackathons are just icing on the cake. But are these apps really doing anything for the typical user? In some ways, the hackathons are not on-message with what Alec Saunders and RIM have said in the past. Saunders once said that RIM’s strength is quality over quantity but a quick look at the apps being submitted at these hackathons don’t seem to follow this mantra.
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Ebscer Launches Free Mileage Tracker App for BlackBerry 10

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Mileage Tracker for BlackBerry 10 is a financial app that keeps detailed information about fuel, efficiency, costs and the nature of the trip taken. Useful for users who want to keep track of their fuel efficiency or for people who use a car for business and need to keep good books for reimbursement.
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Crack Open Your Favorite Beer Because Untappd is Available on BlackBerry 10

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Untappd is an awesome app that combines a social network, beer guide and venue checkins. In short, the app lets you tell your friends what beers you’re drinking and where. The location element allows you to discover venues that offer the best beers and the beer guide is constantly expanding as it’s crowdsourced. The good people at Untappd have officially announced that a native BlackBerry 10 Untappd app is now available and come January 30th, you’ll be able to use it on your new BlackBerry 10 device, along with features that are exclusive to the platform. Read on for more details.
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Revamped LittleBrother 2.0 App Spawns New Use Cases: Find My Lost BlackBerry and Kid Monitor

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LittleBrother is a handy free BlackBerry app that used to use cell tower information courtesy of GoogleGears location service to accomplish a variety of automation tasks. A little while ago, the app was forced to undergo a redesign because of the shut down of the GoogleGears location service. Continue reading ‘Revamped LittleBrother 2.0 App Spawns New Use Cases: Find My Lost BlackBerry and Kid Monitor’

Pocket Ninjas for BlackBerry 10 and the PlayBook Tablet

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Pocket Ninjas is a touchscreen swipe and slash game by Cocky Culture for BlackBerry 10. Also available on the BlackBerry PlayBook, Pocket Ninjas is a steal at just 99 cents. Continue reading ‘Pocket Ninjas for BlackBerry 10 and the PlayBook Tablet’