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Hit iOS and Android RPG The Bard’s Tale Announced as Launch Title for BlackBerry 10

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RIM’s global head of gaming Anders Jeppsson recently did a talk about native development on BlackBerry 10 at the Casual Connect Conference in Seattle. He goes over the benefits of native game development, the open standards they’ve adopted that makes it easy to port. He then introduces a guest to talk about his studio’s experiences porting the hit mobile RPG The Bard’s Tale to BlackBerry 10.
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RIM Announces Developer SDK Updates for BlackBerry 10

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RIM has announced an update to the BlackBerry 10 SDK. The update focuses on BlackBerry Webworks (HTML5) as well as the Native SDK (Cascades). If you’d like see some of the new tools available to developers on BlackBerry 10 explained, tune into one of their interactive webinars.
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Developer Success Story: Sarah Northway on Porting Rebuild Game to the BlackBerry PlayBook With the Adobe AIR SDK

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When Sarah Northway first wrote to us about her post-apocalyptic, turn-based zombie game Rebuild, we were curious to know about her story and how she found the porting process to PlayBook. Rebuild is a game created using Adobe AIR, and RIM has put a lot of effort into making sure its BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR is a solid product that would allow developers to create compelling games with. It turns out that RIM is doing a great job and according to Sarah, porting Rebuild to the PlayBook was “extremely easy”. The entire process from setup to the game being available in App World took all but a few days, and according to Sarah the iOS version was “still waiting for review a week later”. Read more about her experience porting to PlayBook below.
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RIM to Host Future Developer Event at Pace University

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RIM is hosting its inaugural Future Developer Event at Pace University in New York City. The event, held on Pace’s campus, gives students the opportunity to develop their own BlackBerry app, using RIM’s HTML5/WebWorks tools. The event kicks off Friday, March 30 at 9 a.m. and continues through Saturday at 5 p.m.
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RIM Launches Closed Beta of Native SDK for QNX Tablet OS

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Things are moving along with the QNX transition over at RIM as the company has today announced a closed beta of the Native SDK for the Tablet OS. This version of the SDK is targeting game developers and will allow them to code in a C/C++ environment and take advantage of a deeper API set. Click through to read more about the SDK.
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BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS Updated with Payment Service and More

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RIM has updated the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS to version 2.1. This latest version allows developers to leverage new APIs to create richer applications using standard web technologies. The WebWorks project is also open source and the code can be found on github.com/blackberry.

In this latest update to the SDK, new features include:

  • Support for the BlackBerry In App Payment API
  • Deeper integration with the Camera API for taking pictures/video from within the WebWorks applications
  • Microphone API which developers can use to activate the capability to record audio with the PlayBook’s microphone
  • Identity API provides applications with the ability to retrieve information about the BlackBerry PlayBook PIN
  • File IO API gives developers the possibility to read, copy and write files onto the Tablet OS file system

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