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75 Apps and Mobile Sites From the US Federal Government

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A Quick Review of 50 Applications for the BlackBerry Torch

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How many apps do you have on your device? Turns out I have 50. I thought I would go through each one of them with a very quick, one sentence review of each. If you go through the list and know an app that’s better than the one I have, please recommend in the comments. I wouldn’t recommend this many apps as I find the device a little on the sluggish side. If you want your Torch running at full speed, it’s probably best to keep it to a minimal number of apps that you use on a constant basis. Click through for a quick review of 50 apps for the Torch:
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BlackBerry App Developers Don’t Promote Success Stories

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There has been a pretty consistent narrative being told by both media and analysts: BlackBerry as a platform is falling behind in providing consumers with decent applications and developers aren’t interested in the platform. Media will have you believe that it’s too difficult to code for BlackBerry, or that there isn’t any money to be made, but this simply isn’t true. It’s not that difficult to code for BlackBerry, especially now that there’s support for HTML apps. But what attracts a developer to the platform? I’d argue it has more to do with success stories and the potential to make something great. There is something inherently wrong with not BlackBerry as a platform, but as an existing developer base, and probably the media supporting it (BlackBerryCool et al is also somewhat to blame), that the right stories aren’t being told. Where are the success stories of big download and revenue milestones? They’re ever present in iOS blogs, but it’s hard to find the same stories on the BlackBerry platform, even though they exist.

Here are a few examples of powerful money stories that have been told for iOS:
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BlackBerryCool Launches New Store for Apps, Games, Themes and More

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BlackBerryCool is now working with Bplay to serve apps, games, themes and ringtones. We still have a mobihand account so you can find your apps on our store. The difference is that the site no longer links to Mobihand and we’re going to be working with Bplay to help build their app catalog. This new change won’t affect coverage in any way, and the only difference is we’re making it easier to find premium content. Here are the links to our store sections:

The main store page is at blackberrycool.bplay.com.
Our games page is at blackberrycool.bplay.com/games.
Themes can be found at blackberrycool.bplay.com/themes.
Ringtones are here blackberrycool.bplay.com/ringtones.

Also, be sure to check out the mobile versions as they’re fully optimized and look great on touchscreens. Enjoy!

The New Amazon Kindle and Ad-Supported Mobile Content vs Paying for Premium

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Amazon recently announced its new Kindle model which has an awfully alluring price tag of $114 – $25 cheaper than the previous base model. The only catch is that it’s filled with advertisements for products ranging from Olay to Buick to Visa. Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, said of the newly discounted model, “We’re working hard to make sure that anyone who wants a Kindle can afford one.” And the best way to do that is by using sponsored ads.

This new Kindle also comes bundled with an app called ‘AdMash’ which allows users to vote on their favorite advertisements, ultimately deciding which advertisements are featured on the device’s sponsored screensavers. The new, ad-fortified Kindle is Wi-Fi-only and will be released on May 3rd and the 3G model will also be available for $189.
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Lost Device and Backup Service Head-to-Head: SmrtGuard Versus BlackBerry Protect

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When RIM announced BlackBerry Protect, the first thing on our mind was “what will that do to SmrtGuard?”. SmrtGuard has been providing BlackBerry users with a similar service for a long time before RIM decided they wanted to eat their lunch and now that the Protect app is out of Beta, it’s a good time to compare the two apps/services. Protect is a great move on RIM’s part because it offers a great backup/lost device service for free, which adds a lot of value to the whole platform. SmrtGuard also has a free version, allowing users to dip their feet in the SmrtGuard pool before taking the plunge to the full featured version. So which offers more value?
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