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TacoQuest is DinDin Kitchen Inc’s Foray Into A Micro-Search Platform

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Three BlackBerry employees: Alex Kinsella, Derek Alldritt and Chad Tetreault have launched an app called TacoQuest and a startup called DinDin Kitchen. According to LinkedIn, DinDin Kitchen “specializes in brining innovative apps to mobile platforms.” The first app, TacoQuest, is an interesting concept that, powered by foursquare, aims to be a “micro-search platform”.
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The Top 5 Vendors on iOS By Number of Apps Submitted to the App Store

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Recently, there has been a lot of talk about how one BlackBerry World vendor, S4BB, has submitted 47,000+ apps to store and that it doesn’t bode well for BlackBerry’s view that it was about “quality, not quantity”. We decided to do some investigating with the help of the guys at Pretzil.com, to find out exactly how many apps the top 5 vendors, by number of apps, have submitted. Nobody comes close with the most number of apps submitted by a single vendor being 2,168.
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Do You Still Want To Read About Legacy BlackBerry News?

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Just recently, we got a note from BlackBerry that Facebook v4.1 had just been released for BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS 5 to 7.1. All I could think about when reading it was “SO?!”. As someone who writes about BlackBerry on a daily basis, it’s very difficult to care about legacy devices. Sure, there’s still 80 million or so legacy users worldwide, and I’m sure they’re looking for info as well, but I don’t see this website being the source for that. It’s way more fun to talk about where BlackBerry is going and the new products coming to the platform. It’s soul-wrenching to discuss an outdated platform that clearly has an end of life coming up.

Readers – are you still interested in reading about legacy BlackBerrys? Personally, I think onwards and upwards without looking back is the way to go.

Are Developers and Users Sold on the Built For BlackBerry Program?

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BlackBerry first announced the Built for BlackBerry program along with the $10K developer commitment. The program was aimed at separating the great apps from the not-so-great and give developers who are committed to the program an opportunity for additional discovery and exposure. Several months into the program, we’re seeing some promotion from BlackBerry pushing these apps, but do developers and BlackBerry users care? It seems a little arbitrary who gets this designation and if it’s not fully accepted by developers, it probably won’t make much of a difference with users.
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Why Does Anyone Use BlackBerry Music or iTunes for That Matter?

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With so many music and video Discovery services out there where content is readily available for free, why does anyone use BlackBerry Music or any media service that is currently selling digital downloads for anywhere between $1 and $20?

From a BlackBerry user’s perspective, it not only seems like I’m being ripped off, but it also affects the user experience. BlackBerry World is now cluttered with Top Albums, Top Movies, and Top TV Episodes. It’s sort of like Viagra emails. There’s someone out there that is getting Viagra spam, clicking the links, purchasing Viagra and thus feeding the spammers who in turn send out more emails. If everyone would just stop purchasing, the market would have to adjust and we’d see more services offering subscription-based music, video and content.
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Cheerleading on CTV News for the Canadian Launch of the BlackBerry Q5

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I was on CTV News recently “cheerleading” for the BlackBerry Q5 launch. Here’s the thing: it’s not necessarily cheerleading even though this site is called BlackBerryCool.com. It’s trying to present an argument counter to what has become a mainstream news approach to covering BlackBerry as a company. Sure, North American sales are way down and marketshare isn’t doing well. The stock price sucks too. But this is an enormous market and a mid-tier phone with a solid OS and a renowned keyboard makes a lot of sense.

Watch the video by clicking the thumbnail or hitting this CTV News link.