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What Apps Are Going to Perform Well on the BlackBerry PlayBook?

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The BlackBerry PlayBook is due to arrive in Q1 of 2011 and a lot of developers are plugging away at the SDK and thinking about what apps they’re going to build. At the BlackBerry Developer Group meeting here in Ottawa, Canada last night, we got a demonstration of the SDK by Anthony Rizk, founder of Zeebu Mobile and author of Beginning BlackBerry. The SDK looks incredibly simple and if your application is very graphics heavy (as is the case with BabyGO!), then porting your app to the PlayBook looks like a breeze. According to Anthony, writing the BabyGO! app for BlackBerry took about 2 weeks of development time, compared to about 4 hours for the PlayBook. Also, this 4 hours includes learning how to use the Flash tools which he had never used before.

But will BabyGO! be the type of app that users will be looking for when the PlayBook launches? Consider this: the PlayBook is launching after Christmas when most consumers who are interested in a tablet will have already purchased one. Those who are going to pick up a tablet will most likely be in enterprise, since it’s BES ready and a lot of employees who were normally locked out of the tablet market due to IT policies, will be able to bring their PlayBook on the network and start playing. A lot of these devices will still be locked down and in some organizations they may not be able to use any apps at all. There will also be a huge segment of users who don’t care about the iPad and are waiting for a PlayBook because they know their gadgets and they’re confident they’re buying a superior product.
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BlackBerryCool Roundup for the Week of September 13th

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We’re a little late on the roundup this week but it’s here nonetheless. Check it out!
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Slacker Demos Upcoming On-Demand Features and Deeper Search at Pepcom 2010

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Slacker was at Pepcom 2010 demonstrating an upcoming update to the app/platform that is rolling out in October. The newest features to the app include On-Demand service, deeper search for artists, albums and genres, better integration with the Torch and BlackBerry 6 and more options for building and managing your stations/playlists.

Slacker has grown to a behemoth database of music that caters to a wide range of tastes. I like to test the app with obscure bands and remixes and as time progresses the database gets easier to search. For example, you used to not be able to find Chromeo remixes in Slacker, but now there’s a DJ whose job it is to hunt down these tracks and put them up. One such guy on the Slacker team is @partyben. Check him out in the Slacker forums. If you don’t like his stuff, you can always browse the forums, find admins who share similar music tastes, and maybe they’re on Twitter sharing their updates.

If RIM bought Viigo for its RSS and feed aggregation, what about RIM buying Slacker to compete in the music space? They are after all on a buying streak. More screenshots after the break.

We’ll have a deeper look at these features with a walkthrough coming soon.

Slacker Launches SXSW Cedar Street Courtyard Party Station

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Slacker and FILTER Magazine have announced a free radio station featuring music from the Cedar Street Courtyard – the most attended day party at SXSW. The station includes artists such as Miike Snow, BRMC, Dr. Dog and Frightened Rabbit.

To listen, go to slacker.com/filter or head over to the spotlight section in the BlackBerry app.

More information about the Slacker app for BlackBerry in the BlackBerryCool Store.

Slacker 3.0 With Wireless Caching Live!

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Slacker fans rejoice, Slacker 3.0 is now available for download! The biggest change is that you can now cache your stations wirelessly while you sleep for a fresh brew of music to go with your morning coffee. It’s available for download now via your BlackBerry browser at http://www.slacker.com or App World. Per Slacker, here are some of the new features in version 3.0:

• Updated interface
• Faster application startup time
• Significantly smaller application size
• Improved touch interface for BlackBerry Storm
• Greatly improved battery life
• New settings menu options
• Tabbed info view for lyrics, reviews and biographies

Check out the full release after the break.

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Slacker Valentine’s Day Radio Channels with Subscription Giveaways

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Slacker Radio DJs have created a collection of stations for your Valentine’s Day pleasure. Here are a few of the highlighted stations:

Love Songs
Rock Ballads
Country Love
Broken Heart
Metropolitan Mood

Remember that with Slacker you can always create a custom station of your own, so perhaps these will serve as inspiration.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Slacker are giving away some awesome subscription packages. Comment on this post, and we’ll be giving 3 one-year subscriptions and 7 three-month subscriptions. Thanks Slacker!

Be sure to check out Slacker in App World or the BlackBerry Cool Store.

Slacker is also available in Canada for Canadians too eh.