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Cascades for BB10: Beta 3 released

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Good news from the twittersphere: Cascades Beta 3 is out!

Cascades is the beautiful UI framework that’s being developed over at RIM based off of the highly celebrated acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe from Sweden. This will enable developers to make highly responsive and polished applications that are sure to make BB10 a hit.

Developers will be treated in this beta to the BB10 Social Platform that we all know and love. We can also expect to see developers take full advantage of the new UI additions or even start integrating calendar, contact, and email support. These additions are just the tip of the iceberg and a promising first few steps in the right direction. Keep your eyes peeled for the Beta 4 and 5 releases in November as well as the beta 6 in December of this year.

Games for Playbook: Plants vs Zombies

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Halloween is still a ways away yet, but that doesn’t mean we should be getting rusty. In this zombie slaying simulator you play as the plants protecting your home from invasion by building a ferocious garden of zombie doom!

Promo of Plants vs Zombies on App World

Just released for the Blackberry Playbook you too can fight off the hordes of zombies with sunflowers, pea shooters, potato mines and much more.

For $4.99 this game will deliver days’ worth of challenging zombie slaying levels and extras. So go ahead and check it out on App World today!

How to use your BlackBerry as a remote for your PlayBook

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So you love your BlackBerry smartphone, you were one of the first to brag about your sweet new Blackberry Playbook, and now you’re wondering how to use them to their full potential? Of course you’ve already figured out BlackBerry Bridge but now you’re wondering how else can you get the most out of your toys while waiting for the next OS update? Today I’m going to show you how to use your BlackBerry smartphone as a remote control!

More than just a wimpy media remote, this will allow you to use your phone as a keyboard and mouse. It may sound strange but I assure you this powerful setup becomes natural very quickly.

1) On your smartphone, click the BlackBerry Bridge app.

2) With your tablet on and connected you might want to enable the setting “Show on Home Screen” to make this awesome feature easier to reach.

3) You’ll launch into a blue screen that should tell you the name of your playbook in the upper right. If you have one of the current generation phones all of the touch gestures you know on playbook will work just the same. If you’re using an older Blackberry just use the optical sensor as a mouse and clicking the edges of the screen will act as a swipe.

A BlackBerry smartphone being used as a remote control

Screenshot of a BlackBerry smartphone being used as a remote control.

And there you have it folks, an awesome home theater setup in 15 seconds. What a great time to try out the HDMI 1080p out?