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Smarter Apps Announces 10 Million BlackBerry Users and Makes Angry Farm Game Free

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Smarter Apps is a mobile game development studio in Ottawa, Canada. The company was founded by some ex-RIM employees and has grown pretty tremendously since its founding. Recently, Smarter Apps celebrated over 10 million unique BlackBerry users on its platform and its total user base is probably much larger. The company also has games for Android and iOS, so it’s probably going to announce 20 million in the not-so-distant future. To celebrate, Smarter Apps is making its most successful BlackBerry game, Angry Farm, free for everyone.
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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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Smarter Apps Discounts Vampires vs Hunter Game For a Limited Time Only

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Smarter Apps is a great BlackBerry game development shop that has made some of the platform’s biggest selling titles. The company’s strategy is pretty clear: find what’s popular on other platforms and bring it to BlackBerry. One of the company’s most recent titles is Vampires vs Hunter which is essentially Plants vs Zombies (a title that’s available for the PlayBook but not smartphones). Currently, the game is on sale for around 60% off the regular price and available for $1.99. So go buy it!
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Register Today for the Ottawa Game Conference and Get 20% Off

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The Ottawa Game Conference is a great event for those in the Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa regions who are in the gaming industry. There’s a lot of content around mobile gaming, and RIM’s Patrick Mollins will be doing a talk called “Back Seat Gaming” on the conference’s biz track. The conference organizers are giving BlackBerryCool readers 20% off the ticket price so if you’re in the area, stop by and learn a thing or two.
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BlackBerry NFC and City Parking Meters Makes Life Easier and Cities Better

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Parking is a huge pain for both city residents and tourists. For residents, city parking seems like a tax grab as residents are already paying a lot in taxes and a $40 parking ticket is a slap in the face. For tourists, it’s going to hurt the visitor’s experience if they can’t find parking or end up with a ticket. With NFC you can now interact with many parking meters, including those in Ottawa, Canada.
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Carleton University and RIM Launch Teaching and Collaborative Research Centre [#Ottawa]

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Ottawa’s Carleton University has partnered with RIM to launch what is being called the Teaching and Collaborative Research Centre. The goal of the centre to provide students an opportunity to “explore new possibilities in wireless communications and application development.” The centre will be used for research, teaching, outreach activities, technology demonstrations, and short courses. The centre will also work to keep engineering and industrial design students “at the forefront of smartphone technology and design.”
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