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BlackBerry Partners Fund Selects Most Innovative WebWorks Apps

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund has been searching for the best WebWorks apps (web apps for BlackBerry) and the winners have been selected. The apps are competing for the most innovative BlackBerry WebWorks app for the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry smartphones (based on the OS 6.0 or higher). Each region had a winner. Click through for more details.
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BlackBerry Developer Conferences Held Globally: San Fran, Bangkok and Amsterdam

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This year, the BlackBerry Developer Conference is going global with events being held in San Francisco, Bangkok and Amsterdam. Bangkok is an interesting choice because we would have expected Indonesia, but it’s probably a better place to meet in terms of cost and airport travel. Amsterdam has become an alternative, indie developer scene in recent years with the launch of a conference called Appsterdam. RIM is looking to capitalize and this and attract more devs to the platform. Read on for more details about these events.
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BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces 4th Annual Developer Challenge

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund has launched its 4th annual Developer Challenge which includes a series of competitions to win USD $3 million in prizes. This year’s Developer Challenge features three categories:

1) Best Adobe Flash/AIR app
2) Most Innovative BlackBerry WebWorks app on the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 6
3) Most Addictive social app using the BBM Social Platform.

Winners of the Developer Challenge will be selected across North America, Latin America, Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific. For those who don’t win, the Partners Fund will also be honoring applications in six categories to receive a Recognition Award.

More details in the press release after the break.
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Tutorial Videos for Touch Monaco and Bold Show Basic Features

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BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 Making Call

It’s cool to see these tutorial videos because it confirms the hardware and tells us we’re that much closer to a launch date. We’re expecting these devices to get announced at BlackBerry World, because they’ll probably go on sale some time in the summer before the Developer Conference.

If both the Bold Touch and the Monaco hit the market at around the same time, which would you buy?

Also, we should have interviewed Lisa Perry for April Fool’s Day as she appears in every single official BlackBerry video and screenshot.
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RIM’s Tyler Lessard Responds to PlayBook Dev Post

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this thread again

We recently commented on Jamie Murai’s PlayBook dev post/rant and it looks like the post got RIM’s attention as Tyler Lessard has responded on the official dev blog. It seems a lot of developers are annoyed that Murai’s post, which hasn’t said anything that hasn’t been said either on other blogs or in their support forums, gets an official response from RIM, whereas their posts did not. Maybe RIM’s dev blog should do monthly roundups of concerns raised in the forums and their official response. It would prove they’re listening to everyone.

While the official response from RIM was a little contrived, there are a few notable quotes:
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RIM Makes BlackBerry Code Signing Keys Free for Tablet and Smartphones

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blackberry playbook

Back at the last BlackBerry Developer Conference, RIM announced that they would waive all the fees for registering and deploying apps to App World. The move made a lot of sense and really helped RIM get increased interest from developers. There was also a bit of a downside, as App World became flooded with BlackBerry Themes, which aren’t exactly apps. In a similar move, RIM has made the signing keys, which used to cost $20, free for the Tablet and Smartphone OS.
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