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The Sandbox: A Fun Low Res Sandbox Game for BlackBerry 10

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The Sandbox is a 2D “sandbox” game for BlackBerry 10 by Pixowl and Bulkypix. All the items in The Sandbox’s universe are made up of pixels of different simple elements, all with their own behaviours. These elements react to each other in such a manner that is both oversimplified and very very fun. The game had it’s origins as a fun flash game by onimatrix: Play it here.

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Adobe Kills Flash on Mobile But Assures Continued PlayBook Support

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Adobe gets a lot of criticism when it comes to Flash on mobile and the company has recently announced that it will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. PlayBook owners do not have to worry because apparently Adobe will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.
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How to Build a Company Directory App for the PlayBook in 90 Minutes

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Christophe Coenraets, an Adobe Technical Evangelist, wrote a cool tutorial on the BlackBerry Support Forums, showing how easy it is to make a company directory app for the PlayBook using Adobe Flex Hero. In 90 minutes, Christophe says you should be able to build a company directory app that lets you:

  • Search for employees
  • View employee details
  • Navigate up and down the org chart
  • Call, text, and email employees

Head over to the Support Forums and check out the tutorial. Be sure to let us know if you build a PlayBook app and we’ll feature you on the site. You can also follow Christophe @ccoenraets or on his blog.

Adobe AIR Support on BlackBerry Announced at MWC

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Adobe have announced Adobe AIR is now ready to support mobile platforms such as BlackBerry. AIR leverages specific features of Flash Player 10.1, and is optimized for mobile screens. Also part of the announcement is that Adobe Flash 10.1 was made available to content providers and mobile developers worldwide, with general availability expected in the first half of 2010.

AIR supports all the necessary features for developers to make great applications. AIR includes specific functionality for features such as multitouch, gesture inputs, accelerometer, geolocation and screen orientation. Adobe hopes this will allow developers to create a single app using AIR which will be able to run on multiple platforms. While the announcement has some large implications for mobile and BlackBerry, we may not see the first apps until later this year.

Adobe and RIM announce partnership, development of Flash for BlackBerry

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Abobe and RIM have partnered to bring Flash support to the BlackBerry Platform. Flash support for BlackBerry is regarded as one of the key factors that separates the mobile and the desktop browsing experience. Some very popular flash-based web entertainment portals like MySpace Music, desktop-grade-YouTube, and Flash games will have the opportunity to go mobile in the near future.

The mobile race to integrate these technologies is on: Symbian and the Android OSes are both aiming for early 2010 while Windows Mobile and Palm’s Web OS are racing to deploy this by the end of this year. It’s being speculated that RIM will have a Flash 10.1 solution by summer 2010, if not sooner.

From the press release:

RIM is joining the Open Screen Project, a broad initiative dedicated to enabling standalone applications and richer Web browsing across mobile phones, televisions, desktops and other consumer electronic devices through the Adobe Flash Platform. The collaboration is expected to bring the full Flash Player browser runtime to BlackBerry smartphones.

“As an industry leader for innovative smartphones and wireless solutions, RIM delivers superior mobile user experiences to customers around the world,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Flash Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “It’s a natural fit for both companies to work together to bring Flash technology based video and web content to BlackBerry smartphone users.”
“As part of the Open Screen Project, RIM will be working with Adobe to deliver a great Flash technology experience on BlackBerry smartphones and to enable users to enjoy the exciting content and services that Flash technology developers and content creators are bringing to the Web,” said Alan Brenner, SVP at Research In Motion.

Led by Adobe, the Open Screen Project includes close to 50 industry leaders working together to provide a consistent runtime environment and user experience across mobile phones, desktops, and other consumer electronics devices. The initiative addresses the challenges of web browsing on a broad range of devices, and removes the barriers to publishing content and applications seamlessly across screens.

Check out the full press release at RIM’s BlackBerry Newsroom

Flash for BlackBerry pretty much confirmed 6 months ago

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BGR is saying that it’s pretty much confirmed: Research In Motion is planning on integrating full Flash and Microsoft Silverlight support into their BlackBerry web browser.

Simon Sage was good enough to point out that around 6 months ago Mike Kirkup confirmed Flash would find its way to BlackBerry sooner or later and while it’s interesting that Silverlight will be part of the equation, the idea that Flash will come to BlackBerry in around a year can be easily deduced from simply keeping up with the industry.

The news is likely based on an inside tip relating to the known fact that RIM is planning on updating its BlackBerry Browser in order to be more competitive with the other smartphones in the market. This is common knowledge as anyone following the industry knows that BlackBerry gets a lot of criticism for not producing a browser experience on par with the likes of iPhone. If you hear the Internet complaining about a BlackBerry feature, rest assured the 10,000 employees at RIM have heard and are working on it.

While it’s nice to get affirmation that RIM is planning on updating its browser, the following could just as easily be deduced:

1. It’s pretty much confirmed that RIM will be launching a device with more than 1GB of on-board memory.
2. It’s pretty much confirmed that RIM is working on a new media player for future consumer devices.
3. It’s pretty much confirmed that the next generation BlackBerry processors will exceed 1GHz.

On a related note, Skyfire should be coming out with a beta before any of this can be confirmed. BlackBerry users should be able to enjoy Flash well before RIM updates the browser.