MAKE by qbotron is an unofficial Starbucks app for BlackBerry 10 that brings a lot of the features of the Starbucks App to BlackBerry users. This app is made by Starbucks enthusiasts, for Starbucks enthusiasts and handles all of your Starbucks card programs whether it be the regular cashless Starbucks card, the Gold card, or a gift certificate. Continue reading ‘MAKE: The 3rd Party Starbucks App for BlackBerry 10′
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Nautilus Mobile, maker of Song of Swords for BlackBerry 10 has decided to launch the game on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS. Already the top Paid BlackBerry 10 RPG on BlackBerry World, this new tablet version should draw even more users.
My recent review of BBM didn’t go over well with a few die-hard BlackBerry fans and I thought it only fair to give them a chance at rebuttal, since the site the review is posted to doesn’t allow comments. Generally, the big problems I had with BBM are rooted in the user experience, specifically around adding friends and onboarding users. The other major issue I have is that most people I talked to don’t really understand what the current value of going BBM is over current communication apps out there, including basic SMS. Considering this is a messaging app, those are pretty big criticisms, but I’m happy to concede I might be wrong or misguided. Read on for some rebuttal from reader @StephenBB81.
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Recently, BlackBerry and Wolfram Alpha partnered to make the BlackBerry Voice Control app more useful. In the press release, BlackBerry said that Wolfram Alpha could help users with queries such as “what’s 18% of $43.00?”. This is basically impossible to do because the voice control can never properly recognize numbers. For example, if you say “what is 18 percent of 500″, you’ll get something like “8 teens percent of 5 hundred” and it won’t know what you’re talking about. After realizing this, we wanted to see what was possible with Wolfram Alpha on BlackBerry 10. There’s actually a lot it can do to make life easier, but we’re going to say that mathematical queries is not one of them.
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Titan Files is a useful app that adds an extra layer of security and protection to the files on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. What caught my eye about the app description, is that it boasts using AES encryption, and describe it as the “first publicly accessible and open cipher approved by the National Security Agency for top secret information.” With all the news about the NSA possibly putting a backdoor in the AES standards, I thought I’d reach out to the developer about his thoughts on the subject.
Continue reading ‘Titan Files Encrypts and Protects Your Data Using NSA Approved Encryption On Your BlackBerry 10 Smartphone’
BlackBerry announced that BBM on iOS and Android hit the 10 million download mark and for a first day launch, that’s pretty incredible. The question, is whether BlackBerry can grow and keep those users engaged, in order to rival WhatsApp’s 350 monthly active users, and be a significant player in the industry. We’ve played around with BBM for iOS and Android, as well as asked some friends in the biz what they think.