Monthly Archive for September, 2013

10 Amazing Apps That Should Be On BlackBerry 10

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Recently, BlackBerry announced more partners that will be coming to the BlackBerry 10 ecosystem. Given this list, we’ve been thinking about some of the great apps that exist on other platforms that we’d like to see on BlackBerry 10. We’ve omitted the obvious guys like Netflix and Instagram, to focus on some other key apps. What would you like to see?
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Watch Alec Saunders’ Keynote at BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013

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I like this guy’s energy. It’s like the passion of Ballmer’s “developers!” speech but more modest and genuine. Alec Saunders took the stage to talk about the progress of BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry ecosystem. There’s some really interesting stats in his keynote, including the fact that BlackBerry 10 technically has more apps in its ecosystem compared to other ecosystems at their same point in time. Check out the video and some of the stats.
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Coming Soon to BlackBerry 10: Bad Piggies, Sina Weibo, Banking and More

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If BlackBerry is really going to nail the consumer market, it has to get all the right apps in place. To do this, BlackBerry will have to use a combination of growing its user base, making development easier and going as far as paying for certain apps. It seems this strategy is well underway. Hit the jump to see what apps are coming to BlackBerry 10.
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Some Thoughts About The Fairfax Financial Purchase of BlackBerry

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BlackBerry has received a Letter of Intent to purchase from Fairfax Financial, a financial holding company based in Toronto, Ontario, which is engaged in property, casualty, and life insurance and reinsurance, investment management, and insurance claims management. If and when the purchase goes through, it should provide BlackBerry the ability to restructure and position itself better in the market, without having to fend off short term concerns of quarterly financials or shareholder demands.
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Hype Machine Releases Native BlackBerry 10 App Ahead of Android

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Hype Machine is a really cool music discovery service that has released a BlackBerry 10 app ahead of Android. The app allows you to discover music in a unique way. The analogy I often use is that while Pandora and iTunes uses algorithms to determine what songs you might like, Hype Machine uses people. Hype Machine has a long list of trusted music blogs and tastemakers from which they take music recommendations. This makes Hype Machine a unique music discovery method. You’re bound to find something cool that you’ve never heard of.

Download Hype Machine for BlackBerry 10 at this link.

First Impressions of the Official BBM for Android App

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EDITOR NOTE: The following is sent in by a friend of mine that has early access to devices and apps as he works as an IT admin and runs the company’s smartphone and tablet deployments. I’m reposting this under my name because he’s obviously under NDA.

I was one of the lucky people to be on the beta test for BBM on Android. I have gone on and off my Galaxy S3 for the past 2 months testing every new feature they were adding with every release. The app has matured like you wouldn’t believe in such a small amount of time.
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