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Former BlackBerry and BlackBerryCool Editor Doug Soltys Talks IBM and Apple Deal

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Doug Soltys is the former Editor in Chief of BlackBerryCool as well as a former employee of BlackBerry as its Blog Manager. Today, he spoke on CBC’s The National to discuss the partnership between Apple and IBM.

It’s an interesting discussion as everyone wants to know how this partnership will affect BlackBerry. While Apple doesn’t have the ultra-high security needed for government and defense, those clients may pale in significance to the clients that IBM may lure to Apple with its enterprise app offerings. Also, it’s worth noting that IBM has 430,000 employees and Apple shipped 50x what BlackBerry shipped in Q4 2013. It’s an uphill battle for sure.

Here is a link to The National’s video on the IBM and Apple deal with Doug coming in at the end.

Buy Blokus For Mac And Get Your Game, Portfolio or Resume Reviewed

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Here’s a fun deal: Blokus is now available for the Mac App Store and if you buy it (just $3), you can have your game, portfolio or resume reviewed by myself. Buy a fun game and get your resume reviewed by someone in the industry that hires. It’s a win-win!

Send me a screenshot of the purchase confirmation and attach your resume. I’ll have the feedback to you by the end of the week.

Note: This offer is only available for today and tomorrow (July 15th). Feel free to forward to friends looking for a job!

Buy the game at this Mac App Store link.

Talking Internet of Things With Spark Labs Founder and CEO Zach Supalla

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Spark Labs has an interesting story that begins the way all great startups do: solving a personal problem. Zach Supalla’s father is deaf and he wanted a way to integrate the home lighting system with his father’s smartphone, so he would know when his wife was texting him. The project put Spark Labs into the connected lighting products market and the company launched their first product Spark Socket on Kickstarter.

Read the full article over at Connectedly.com.

Classic BlackBerry App GPSLogger II Now Available On BlackBerry 10 Via Android

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Matthias Marquardt of the famed Emacberry has released a classic BlackBerry app, GPSLogger II, for BlackBerry 10 by first porting it to Android. It’s great to see the Android app play work out as some developers from the legacy OS would otherwise have been left out.

GPSLogger II is a straightforward app that tracks your physical movement over time. The app records information including your location, elevation and speed, as well as some other data. GPSLogger II is great because it’s vague enough that it can serve a myriad of purposes. If you’re an avid skier, athlete or someone into the Quantified Self, you’re bound to appreciate the simplicity and data that the app provides.

Download GPSLogger II for your BlackBerry 10 device at this link.

Are Makerspaces The Answer To Western Manufacturing? #NationOfMakers

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This week, the White House hosted its first Maker Faire and announced that Americans need “to be makers of things, not just consumers of things.” While we have always had engineers, hobbyists and tinkers, the maker movement is taking off. Reasons for the recent maker community growth is likely due to economies of scale reducing hardware costs, software becoming more versatile, and recent innovations like 3D printers.

Read the full article at Connectedly.com at this link.

GymTrack: A B2B Internet of Things Solution for Gyms

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GymTrack is an Internet of Things company that is targeting a B2B market rather than the typical B2C market that Internet of Things (IoT) companies are known for. It’s an interesting take on IoT and fitness that you don’t see too much of, and if the company can handle all of the headaches around scaling, it could be a hugely successful idea.

Read the full article at Connectedly.com.