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RIM Introduces Cell Tower Geolocation Feature for BlackBerry Developers


We have heard cell tower APIs were coming to BlackBerry for some time now and RIM has made good on the promise. RIM has introduced a new geolocation feature of the Locate Service which should really come in handy for developers making LBS apps. The new Geolocation service uses cell towers to gather quick location information and deliver it to applications. Since no GPS is required, developers can grab location in areas with no GPS coverage.

While the data isn’t as exact as GPS, it’s specific enough to get general points of interest as well as the app can kick in GPS to get more detailed information if needed.
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Developers: Win $5000 in the Canpages API Contest


The iPhone app demo gives you an idea of what to implement

Canpages is running a nation-wide API contest for developers who can build an app for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and/or web. The Canpages API gives you access to over a million Canadian businesses, and they’re looking for an app with a great UI and a lot of features. The contest has started and there doesn’t seem to be any entries yet, so there is still plenty of opportunity to win. Canpages will reward one grand prize winner $5,000 in cash, as well as three runners-up with $1,000.

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New Twitter app for BlackBerry works with message folder


yatca Twitter

Our old buddy Simon pointed us to a new third party Twitter app for BlackBerry called Yatca (Yet Another Twitter Client Application). The app integrates your Tweets with your native messages folder. The app currently supports updates every 5 minutes, but expect this to change in the near future. New BlackBerry push APIs are becoming available, so we’ll soon see Tweets getting pushed so you can Twitter in real-time.

For more information, go to their website.

Downlaod Yatca for your device OTA here.

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