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CTV Launches London 2012 Olympics App for BlackBerry

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CTV Olypmics London 2012 for BlackBerry is an app by Bell Media that keeps you up to date with the summer games. The app features recap videos, medal standings, athlete profiles and a handy TV viewing guide so you don’t miss any of the action.
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Techu.me Program Seeks to Create Young App Developers and Future Engineers

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According to the Canadian Government, enrollment in mathematics, computer and information sciences accounted for 3.0% of total university enrolment in 2008/2009, the lowest proportion since 1992/1993. In response to this and some pressure from local Universities, TechU.me was created to inspire youth using app development.

Apps is a great place to start kids on the path to a technical future, as the devices are ubiquitous and the applications are largely practical. Gone are the days when computers were thought of as inaccessible, giant, computation machines. Now, everyone has a computer in their pocket and they’re often thinking “I wish I had an app to help me do (blank).”
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Win One of Two Free Tickets to Untether Talks in Toronto! #Utalks

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Untether Talks is fast approaching. On Tuesday, June 26th, and Wednesday, June 27th, Untether Talks will be hosting a conference that aims to be the Ted Talks of the mobile industry. There’s almost 30 speakers so expect to get 2 full days of great content and learn a lot about what’s going on in mobile tech. The conference organizers were kind enough to give 2 BlackBerryCool readers the chance to attend the conference for free. All you have to do is tweet!
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Register Today! Untether.TV Launches Toronto Mobile Conference Untether.Talks [Ticket Discounts Too]

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The guys at Untether.TV are taking their mobile experience and entrepreneur interviews to “a whole ‘nuther level” with a conference in Toronto called Untether.Talks. The conference is centered around themes that are directly impacted by mobile such as art & creation, civic engagement & government, currency & cash, education & learning, health, media, retail & pricing, and social. If you’re in the mobile industry, or one that is in need of mobile disruption, you should definitely register for the conference.
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Developers: Check Out the AT&T Hackathon in Toronto During the NxNE Music Festival

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RIM may or may not be sponsoring NxNE but they’ll be sponsors of the AT&T Mobile App Hackathon. The event is produced by the AT&T Developer Program and Apigee and it’s designed for attendees (technical and non-technical), to build apps and compete for prizes. The hackathon is open to any platform or programming language. If your coding skills are a little rusty, there will be live developer support from local senior developers as well as from AT&T, Sencha, and Apigee to help you code faster and more effectively.
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Why Are Some Major Canadian Festivals Ignoring Its BlackBerry Fans?

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There’s a trend we’ve noticed at festivals lately where BlackBerry support is being dropped. This hasn’t always been the case. For some festivals, there was a previous app and for the most recent year it’s completely absent. It’s not enough to say “well BlackBerry is on the downward swing in North America” because that doesn’t address the current market share. Many of these festivals have enourmous BlackBerry support. For example, Bluesfest happens in Ottawa, Canada, where there’s probably a larger BlackBerry userbase than iPhone. For some reason, the organizers of the festival have a misconception about BlackBerry and don’t feel like investing the resources. Why do we say it’s the organizers? Because the companies that make these apps have the resources and the developers to address the platform, so it seems the client isn’t requesting it (to their own detriment).

The Calgary Stampede is a great example of this. PurpleForge is the development company behind the Calgary Stampede iPhone app but there is no BlackBerry version available. It’s not like PurpleForge can’t do BlackBerry, its App World vendor account has 14 apps in App World, one of which is for the City of Calgary. The only explanation is that the client simply didn’t want it.
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