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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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Free Useful Numbers App Launches for 7 Additional Pacific Rim Cities

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App developer S4BB has announced their launching of 7 additional Pacific rim cities for their Useful Numbers series of travel apps. Useful Numbers includes an offline listing of phone numbers that could potentially save your ass while travelling in a big city.
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5 Things We Would Have Loved to See at DevCon 2011

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DevCon has wrapped up from last week and we’re just catching up now. The show was definitely interesting from a developer point of view, but one can’t help but compare it to the last DevCon when the PlayBook was announced. The problem is that there is inconsistency, and when you use a conference to launch a consumer product, it sets the tone for the next. Here are some things we would have loved to see this year, if it was more of a consumer-centric show.
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BlackBerry Developer Conferences Held Globally: San Fran, Bangkok and Amsterdam

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This year, the BlackBerry Developer Conference is going global with events being held in San Francisco, Bangkok and Amsterdam. Bangkok is an interesting choice because we would have expected Indonesia, but it’s probably a better place to meet in terms of cost and airport travel. Amsterdam has become an alternative, indie developer scene in recent years with the launch of a conference called Appsterdam. RIM is looking to capitalize and this and attract more devs to the platform. Read on for more details about these events.
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BlackBerry DevCon Registration Now Open with Early Bird Rate of $699 and $599

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This year’s BlackBerry Developer Conference is going to be bigger than ever. With announcements around the fact that developers can write apps in HTML, Adobe AIR, Flash and Java, there is a wide pool of potential attendees. Will RIM give everyone at DevCon free PlayBooks like they did at BlackBerry World? That would be a lot PlayBooks out on the market with key influencers. We can only hope! Hit the jump for more details.
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Download Statistics and Other Recent Figures Surrounding App World

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It’s interesting to see how BlackBerry App World has been progressing over the past year or so. Currently, App World is doing over 3 million app downloads per day, which is a pretty awesome number and shows some significant growth.

There is also some cool data coming out of the BlackBerry Developer Days including the fact that 49% of paid apps are from BlackBerry OS 5.0 users while 41% are from BlackBerry 6.0 users. Considering there are far fewer OS 6 devices on the market (apparently only 10% of devices), this tells us that OS 6 users are probably much more inclined to purchase apps and therefore if you’re a developer, it’s crucial for you to target this OS. In terms of distribution, there are apparently 580 carriers around the world carrying BlackBerry. This means localization is also a must.

We’ll be getting more more info and statistics with the upcoming Developer Days. We’ll also be reporting from the Developer Day in Toronto. See you there!