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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.

Hit iOS Game BADLAND Coming to BlackBerry 10

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BADLAND is a really awesome game for iOS that combines elements of the indie game Limbo with side-scrolling, platform action. It’s easy to play and visually really impressive. The developers have announced that the game will be coming to BlackBerry 10 and it looks like they’re close to launch as the demo video is up and the game seems very polished. There’s no official release date set but surely it will be before US Thanksgiving.
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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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What If Apple Simply Doesn’t Approve BBM for iOS?

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There’s been a lot of talk about BBM going cross-platform since it was announced at BlackBerry Live 2013, but the conversation has largely been centered around whether BBM going cross-platform is good for device sales. The real question people should be asking, especially employees of BlackBerry, is whether they’ll be able to get in the App Store in the first place. There are several App Store submission guidelines that BBM violates, as well as the ultimate guideline which is “whatever Apple wants.”
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The Predicktor Shows Apple’s Prudeness and Scores One for BlackBerry

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The Predicktor is a great app. It combines humour and education to bring to light a sensitive subject in sex education that is important to at least 50% of the population: penis size. The app takes a variety of data including height and shoe size, and combines data from medical journals, to provide a prediction about a man’s penis size. The idea is part novelty (how accurate is it?), part humour (it’s funny to predict penis size), part game (girls can do it for fun) and part education (people should know penis size doesn’t deviate much within groups of the same diet and genetics). The app’s developer recently wrote me to say that the app was denied by Apple for being too graphic (bear in mind that there are no pornographic images), but it has been approved on BlackBerry World and is available for BlackBerry 10 users.
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Bang With Friends CEO Says His Co-Founder’s Mom “Loves It”

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In a completely serious interview, Business Insider sat down with the CEO of Bang With Friends to talk about what it’s like being outed as the creators and developers of the app. Previously, the developers remained anonymous, and they wanted to know if it’s embarrassing or stressful now that people know they’re the creators of a controversial hook-up app. In what seems like a genuine slip of the tongue, the CEO said “my co-founder’s mom loves it.” Watch the interview because it’s amazing everyone didn’t burst out laughing and stop the interview right then and there.
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