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CTIA 2010: Where is the BlackBerry Presence?

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So as CTIA winds down I can’t help but wonder where RIM is? The theme of this CTIA is enterprise and applications. The majority of enterprise devices are BlackBerrys and RIM is trying to increase their reputation regarding apps. It seems like such a natural fit. The reality is they don’t even have a booth at the show. I’ve been investigating and all I could find was this gray, windowless, cubicle “meeting room” (MR-412). Now, I know they just held DEVCON last week but does that even matter?

As someone who is deeply tied to RIM and their success this is very frustrating. A typical excuse I’m hearing is that CTIA is not what it used to be…”Just look at the floor” some say. To this I say bollocks, the mobile industry is growing and at an incredible rate, all major handset manufacturers continue to show strong growth, and the outlook is great.
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BlackBerry Developer Conference 2010 and PlayBook Impressions

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Multitasking might be new to other tablet platforms, but for us, it’s bred in the bone.” – Dan Dodge, QNX

We’ve attended many a BlackBerry Developer Conference and each year they get better. Back in 2008, we ran the BlackBerryCool 15 – a contest for developers with BlackBerry Storms as giveaways. It was a fun gig with lots of industry veterans. The year after, the Partners Fund hosted the BlackBerry Final 16, which was a lot of fun and some cool developers showed up. This year, Mike Lazaridis hit the ball way out of the park with the BlackBerry PlayBook announcement, making DevCon a must-attend event for not just developers but anyone who wants to see something new and exciting from RIM.
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Polar Mobile Reaches 150 Super Apps with Support for BlackBerry 6

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This week at the BlackBerry Developers Conference, Polar Mobile announced that they have reached 150 Super Apps for BlackBerry. Polar has recently surpassed over 6 million users who use their apps like TIME, CNNMoney, Shanghai Daily, BusinessWeek, The Hockey News, GQ India, Maclean’s and CBS College Sports.

Polar Mobile also announced that their SMART platform of white-label newsreader apps now supports BlackBerry 6 and BlackBerry Push Services to provide a real-time news experience for users. They also plan to integrate BBM using the recently announced BBM SDK to share articles between friends.

Explore the growing list of Polar Mobile apps.

BlackBerry Developer Conference 2010 SWAG Report

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AT&T are giving away free BlackBerry Torch’s for app ideas

We’re here at the BlackBerry DevCon and checking out the booths and SWAG. If you don’t know, SWAG is an acronym that stands for Stuff We All Get. It’s always fun to see what companies are giving out so we thought we’d put together a little roundup of the free junk that companies give away.
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RIM Releases Java Plug-In for Eclipse on Mac OS X

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Yesterday, RIM released a Java plug-in for Eclipse for Mac OS X enabling developers to develop Java apps for the BlackBerry on a Mac. BlackBerry Java development on the Macintosh has been absent and developers have been asking for a solution for a long time.

The initial beta will focus on Java development for BlackBerry 6 with a tethered device debugging on the BlackBerry Torch: no simulator required.

Eclipse is a free java-based open source software development environment mostly based on plug-ins. With the exception of a small run-time kernel, all of Eclipse’s functionality relies on plug-ins. This beta has all the features of the BlackBerry Java Plug-in for Eclipse v1.1.2 including the ability to package a single app project for multiple BlackBerry devices. It also supports Eclipse project artifacts and folder structures.
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