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Telmap the First to Offer BBM Integration in a Location App


RIM has been working on the BlackBerry Messenger SDK so developers could leverage the mobile social platform. BBM boasts 35 million users and has been gaining momentum as a platform ever since it launched in early 2006.

Telmap was the first to integrate BBM into their real-time location app since RIM’s announcement of the platform last September.

Telmap uses BBM to manage friends and permissions, then the Telmap Mobile Location Companion app displays the location. The Location Companion app allows users to navigate to their friends’ location either by car or walking.

Visit Telmap.com for more details.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 to Ship preloaded with Wikitude Augmented Reality Software


Today at BlackBerry World, RIM announced that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones will be shipping with Augmented Reality software Wikitude. This will be one of the first utilizations of the new Bold series’ digital compass and will allow users to browse the over 150 million Augmented Reality items already in their system.

The Wikitude World Browser has won the “best Augmented Reality browser” in 2009 and 2010 by readers of Augmented Planet.

I look forward to see what sort of apps and use cases come out of the new Bolds’ AR-friendly features. The influx of BlackBerry users into the AR space will mean a lot more user generated content. It will be interesting to see AR leveraged by BBM’s colossal user base.

Get more info on Wikitude for BlackBerry

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Tourality Multiplayer Scavenger Hunt Game Now Available


Tourality – GPS Multiplayer Game (featured on BBC’s The Gadget Show)

Tourality is a location-based scavenger hunt game that you can play with up to 40 players. The game challenges you to a race to reach different locations and collect gold. Players can steal gold from you too so beware. As you go through the game trying to find the various goals, you can also use gold to buy gadgets which give you an advantage in the game. For example, you can spend 200 gold on the Blinder gadget, which blinds your opponents for 2 minutes, allowing you to get a lead on them.
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aiSpot GPS Toolset App Updated with Improved Maps View and Integration


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Aion has updated their aiSPot GPS Toolset app with improved maps view, better integration with BlackBerry Maps, as well as Italian and Russian language support.

A 2010 BlackBerry Super Apps Challenge, Regional Selection, aiSPot GPS Toolset has a long feature set that makes it a powerful app for anyone in need of a good mapping app. One particularly cool feature of aiSpot is the map view which constantly aligns according to your movement. Overlayed on the map is a compass with bearing (azimuth to the destination point), and trip parameters like the course angle, distance covered, and more.

More information available at this store link.

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The Associated Press Launches 2 News Apps with Localized Content Delivery


American news agency the Associated Press launches two news apps on App World. AP Mobile world edition utilizes location-based services to deliver localized news. AP Móvil América Latina brings localized news to 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries in either Portugese or Spanish.

AP Móvil América Latina delivers news to 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Upon choosing their region, users receive news, weather and other information in Spanish or Portuguese specific to their chosen location.
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Google Buzz with Location Now Available on Native BlackBerry Browser


When Google announced Google Buzz for mobile it was only available on BlackBerry with a workaround that involved using Opera Mini. Now, Google Buzz has an XHTML version which can be accessed from your BlackBerry browser. This new mobile version allows you all the basic Buzz functionality such as the ability to view the stream of buzz posts, post publicly or privately, comment or like a post, and more. But wait, there’s more! If you enable location in your BlackBerry browser, you can get to the Nearby view, where you’ll find geo-tagged posts near you. In addition, you can tag your post with your location.

To enable location in your browser, open the browser and go Menu > Options >General Properties > Enable JavaScript Location support. Happy buzzing!

Visit Google Buzz from your BlackBerry at buzz.google.com.

Tip sent in by our good friend Brett. Thanks!

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