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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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Some Commonly Asked Questions About the State of the BlackBerry Platform

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With the delay of BlackBerry 10, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about RIM and its platform’s health. It’s hard to say much these days as there’s a lot of uncertainty around how well BlackBerry 10 will perform, what’s going on with PlayBook, and whether there’s an automotive angle or another vertical in the works. Here are a few popular questions we’ve been getting and my answers. Feel free to add your own thoughts on these questions. As I said, it’s all pretty up in the air so any and all opinions welcome.
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BlackBerry Jam Austin Attendees Share Some Thoughts About BlackBerry 10

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We’re just wrapping up some video here from the BlackBerry Jam Tour that came through Austin, Texas. I had the chance to chat with some of the attendees at the show and get a feeling for what they like about BlackBerry 10 as well as a little about where they’re coming from. There’s a long road to BlackBerry 10 and RIM is making good of the time by visiting developers and seeding them with devices. Hopefully we’ll see some innovative apps by the time the first smartphones launch. Check out the two videos below.
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Showing Off BlackBerry 10 Sample Apps from BlackBerry Jam Austin

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The BlackBerry Jam World Tour stopped by Austin, Texas, and Rashid of RIM took the time to demo some of the developer sample apps available for BlackBerry 10. These apps aren’t meant for consumers, but are meant as building blocks, tutorials and starting points for developers. For example, an app that showcases the physics of blowing away objects could be used as a simple animation for a menu screen. All of these applications can be made using public tools for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device or simulator. Check out some sample apps below.
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BlackBerry Jam World Tour Now Open for Montreal

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We were told that the BlackBerry Jam World Tour is only constrained by the number of BlackBerry Dev Alpha devices that RIM can manufacture. One of the reasons the manufacturing process isn’t up to speed is because there’s issues with some parts having an end-of-life and thus creating a bottleneck. It seems RIM has freed up more Alpha devices or they’ve just figured out a way to squeeze another city in the tour because Montreal is now an available as a city. You can’t currently register for the Montreal Jam session on July 11th, but surely you will be able to soon.
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BlackBerry Developers and Evangelists Get Codefaced by Helios Design Labs

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Helio Design Labs is based in Toronto, Canada and the company was commissioned to design a loop-able, ambient video featuring RIM Developers and Evangelists. The video was made by taking the employee headshots and processing them into an abstract mosaic of letters, numbers and code snippets using Cinema 4D. The animation was inspired by Tobias Muthesius’ and Juliette Champain’s project “Face to Face”. Check it out after the break.
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