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Hackathons Are Great For Quantity But Are They Good Quality?

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The past 2 hackathons have been amazing successes for RIM from an app quantity perspective. The first hackathon generated 15,000 apps and the second has generated over 19,000 apps. With 34,000 apps from just 2 hackathons, RIM could keep this up throughout the lifetime of the platform and potentially surpass the competition just from this type of developer support. One would assume that the platform would also attract a base level of developer support and the hackathons are just icing on the cake. But are these apps really doing anything for the typical user? In some ways, the hackathons are not on-message with what Alec Saunders and RIM have said in the past. Saunders once said that RIM’s strength is quality over quantity but a quick look at the apps being submitted at these hackathons don’t seem to follow this mantra.
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Crack Open Your Favorite Beer Because Untappd is Available on BlackBerry 10

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Untappd is an awesome app that combines a social network, beer guide and venue checkins. In short, the app lets you tell your friends what beers you’re drinking and where. The location element allows you to discover venues that offer the best beers and the beer guide is constantly expanding as it’s crowdsourced. The good people at Untappd have officially announced that a native BlackBerry 10 Untappd app is now available and come January 30th, you’ll be able to use it on your new BlackBerry 10 device, along with features that are exclusive to the platform. Read on for more details.
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Donate to Doctors Without Borders With “Reaching New Heights with BB10″ #BB10AppVenture

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A group of BlackBerry developers are currently climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro and will be developing a charity app for BB10 in “the most strenuous hackathon ever”. It’s an awesome idea that’s raising money for a good cause – Doctors Without Borders. Check out the pics and follow along with the Twitter hashtag.

Donate to “Reaching New Heights with BB10″ at this link.

Check out pictures from Luca Sale after the break.
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Developers – How Will You Leverage Analytics for Your BlackBerry 10 Games and Apps?

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One of the most critical elements of creating a great app or game is the ability to analyse what your users are doing, and be able to respond and iterate accordingly. Are a lot of users getting stuck with a particular UI element? Time to recode it and make it easier. Are your players finding a particular level too easy? Time to make it harder. It’s through a variety of analytics tools that developers are able to do this. Companies such as Flurry, Google and Kontagent are all available to developers on iOS and Android, but what will BlackBerry 10 developers use? If you’re a developer making apps or games for BlackBerry 10, tell us what tools you’re using or considering. Keep reading for more details.
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15,000 Apps Submitted During BlackBerry #BB10Portathon

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BlackBerry 10 is coming soon. There’s just over a couple weeks left until the global launch of RIM’s new OS and the company is making a big push to make sure the device has plenty of applications available on launch. To do this, RIM held a #BB10Portathon over the weekend and developers submitted over 15,000 apps to BlackBerry World. It’s not clear how many of those apps are Android ports versus native, but the number alone is impressive.
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Free To Play (F2P) Games Have Big Potential On BlackBerry 10

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Free to Play games are the next big thing on mobile. More accurately, the problem the big thing right now on mobile. The leaders of Free To Play (F2P), are by far iOS and Android. The reason being is that these platforms have both the games and the users to make for a market that is favorable to F2P. BlackBerry 10 arguably has the right technical specs to be a competitor, but what it’s really lacking is the user base. But lets be hypothetical for a minute; what if BlackBerry 10 had the users? There are a couple aspects of BlackBerry 10 that make it highly competitive in today’s market. One is the payment relationships RIM has. The other is its commitment to a its developers.
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