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Should RIM Be Developing First Party Applications?

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Currently, RIM has developed a few “Add-on” applications such as Facebook and Myspace, with others currently in the works. RIM also have a huge internal application vault of unreleased apps they think might be core to the BlackBerry experience, and we may see these launched as well. The question I’d like to address in this editorial is “Should RIM Be Developing First Party Applications?” There are a few things to consider when answering this question such as:

  • Essential vs non-essential applications.
  • Can RIM do it better?
  • The developer ecosystem.

Essential vs non-essential

The argument that RIM should develop applications that are integral to the BlackBerry experience is sound. For example, BlackBerry Messenger is probably best left in the hands of RIM, as the app needs to be continually updated over a life span of many years and should be insulated from the market against the need to monetize.
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Slow Day for BlackBerry News: Editorial Roundup

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Today is a bit of a slow news day in the BlackBerry world and slow days are almost always accompanied by lots of fluff editorial pieces. I know every site is guilty of the odd nonsense piece, and BlackBerryCool is no different, but I just found today had some particularly bad editorials. Here are a few:

The tech-savvy life of a BlackBerry guru
Blackberry: Revolutionising the smartphone world
Confessions of an iPhone Chick: BlackBerry envy
King PIN: Jay Electronica’s Obsession With Blackberry Messenger

I’m sure there are more. Feel free to drop links in the comments.

Engadget Celebrates 10 Years of BlackBerry

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Engadget’s Chris Ziegler has a great article recounting the past 10 years of BlackBerry. The article is sort of a history of RIM, but also gives you a good idea of the environment that RIM was working in and the climate of competition. The article takes you through RIM’s history almost like reading a biography, with the formative years being the pager series, right up to adult-hood, which is our modern day BlackBerry. This is definitely a worthwhile read for any BlackBerry enthusiast.

Read: Ten Years of BlackBerry by Chris Ziegler.

Viigo: Minimizing Email Clutter (Nan the Power User)

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Nan the Power User

Welcome back to Nan the Power User, where I blend my passion for BlackBerry use with a bit of a business twist. Today, we’re going to talk about a mashup that I use to minimize my email clutter by using Viigo, my RSS reader of choice. If you are confused about what RSS means to you, look no further than the excellent video explanation from Common Craft. No time? Here’s the quick rundown. Similar to push email on your BlackBerry, instead of you going out to your favorite websites to see if there is new information, the data is pushed to you from your choices.

Viigo: Minimizing Email Clutter

BlackBerry dev sounds off

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OwRonen has spotted a stab at RIM and how its relationship with software developers. Neil always has plenty to say on the developer’s perspective of things, and he generally doesn’t pain a pretty picture. Now, I’m no programmer, but poor documentation, forums and an inconsistent API all sound like pretty valid complaints that RIM should be addressing if they want to keep developers or attract more. The list of issues explains why the majority of coders just go for Windows Mobile or Symbian instead, but it also makes you respect folks working on BlackBerry despite these problems. Any other developers in the house who have any particularly bad experiences with working on the platform?

Weekly Contest: Push vs. Pull

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Push versus PullNeil has been on an editorial rampage lately, taking shots at how short-lived push technology will be. As BlackBerry enthusiasts, we’re prone to automatically take push as a good thing, mainly since it’s one of the few bragging rights we can keep over other devices. Neil’s biggest reasons for wailing on push is that, while it’s good now, it’s too much upkeep on the server end of things, becoming a bigger and bigger strain on RIM’s infrastructure. The blackouts this year just go to show the downside of all that traffic. As millions more users come to hammer the hardware for their e-mail and device battery life improves, it will become more viable to query mail servers from handsets, rather than the other way around.

Let’s be fair – BIS users without e-mail forwarding are basically getting pull e-mail, so the BlackBerry isn’t a complete stranger to the horrific idea of having to wait 15 minutes to see if you’ve got anything new in your inbox. It’s just that the instantaneous delivery is what makes your typical twitchy-thumbed BlackBerry user, since they know that if they have mail at any given microsecond, it will be there on their handheld. After spending so long with push, it’s hard to raise a hand against it, but Neil brings up some good points, so this week we’re asking: is push technology a viable long-term approach for BlackBerry? I know, it seems ridiculous to ask, since the two are nearly synonymous, but it’s worth weighting the options. The top three comments which explore why BlackBerrys use push, and best explain the reasons they should or shouldn’t will each get a copy of Ascendo DataVault.

Last week’s winner behind the jump…