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RIM Shutting Down Tungle.Me Service to Focus on BlackBerry 10 Calendar and PIM Apps

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Tungle.me was an awesome service (and still sort of is) that made scheduling easy. The company, based in Montreal before its acquisition by RIM, had an excellent suite of desktop and mobile apps to help you schedule in a few easy steps. After the acquisition by RIM, there were a few product updates, including BlackBerry PlayBook support (but not the best implementation), but since then nothing has really happened. Today, Tungle announced it would be shutting its doors on December 3rd, 2012, to focus on BlackBerry 10.
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Facebook for BlackBerry Updated to Version 3.2

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RIM has updated their first party Facebook app today. The new version 3.2 sports some fresh UI with a new navigation grid.
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Facebook for BlackBerry Should Be Built by Facebook Not RIM

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Back in 2010 we posted an article called “Facebook for BlackBerry Not Refreshing – Worst App Ever?“. The article highlights some of the elements that make Facebook for BlackBerry such a bad app. After having brought this up countless times with some of the people at RIM, the real conclusion is that perhaps Facebook should never have been made by RIM.

Because the app is built by RIM, the company has to wait on Facebook releasing APIs that support critical features such as Event Management. Ideally, RIM wouldn’t have to wait on this and would be given source code under NDA, but this isn’t the case. Considering all the bad PR around RIM and the fact that the company is downsizing to buckle down for BlackBerry 10, it doesn’t look like the OS 5-7 version of Facebook for BlackBerry is going to get up to par with the iOS version any time soon.
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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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How RIM Can Host BlackBerry DevCon 2012 Without Having Any News Whatsover

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It’s not clear whether or not RIM will be hosting a 2012 DevCon this year in San Francisco, as they have done in previous years. The problem is that they’re screwed either way this year. There’s nothing they can really say about BlackBerry 10, as it’s announced and we’ve already seen the demos. There’s nothing to say on the PlayBook side, unless they announce the 4G version. But even at that, it’s nothing that developers would be particularly interested in. RIM could release some updates to the DevAlpha, but that’s hardly something you can wrap a conference around.

So what if they cancelled the event this year? Well first, the media would have a field day with “RIM Cancels Developer Conference With No Developers Attending”. The spin on the story would clearly be that RIM is canceling, not because of a lack of news, but because nobody is interested in the platform. So it seems RIM is doomed either way. But there’s one thing that could really make up for both: a huge hackathon.
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The Toronto Star Interviews RIM’s Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben

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A week after RIM released some unfavourable Q1 earnings, RIM’s new Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben got a chance to sit down with the Toronto Star for an interview.
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