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RIM publishes GPS and BlackBerry Maps developer guide

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RIM logoWe always like to keep an eye out on what RIM is doing for the BlackBerry development community, because we want them to develop cool new apps for us. So it pleased BBCool HQ to notice that RIM recently published a GPS and BlackBerry Maps Development Guide on their developers site. The guide is jam packed with a bunch of mumbo jumbo that we don’t understand, but that we’re sure is perfect for BlackBerry developers to get the most out of GPS and BlackBerry Maps.

Actually, it sounds like the kind of thing any LBS developer would be interested in if they wanted to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes in the Tele Atlas ‘Maps in Apps’ developer contest we told you about a few days ago (hint hint). The full RIM .pdf can be downloaded here.

Tele Atlas launches ‘Maps in Apps’ developer contest

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Tele Atlas logoRegular BlackBerry Cool readers know that ever since the BlackBerry 8800 dropped (even before that, really) we’ve been GPS/LBS fiends here at the ‘Cool. Because of our addiction, we’re always looking for new applications to trick out our BlackBerry and take us to the next level of uptime enhancement or silly downtime fun.

Thankfully for us and all our fellow LBS lovers out there, Tele Atlas launched a developer contest July 23rd designed to foster innovative LBS applications. As part of their LBS Innovators Series, the ‘Maps in Apps’ contest is looking for just that, innovative products that utilize GPS mapping technology in ways never before seen. The developer contest runs until September 23rd, and Tele Atlas is giving away over $100,000 (!) in prize money and map data to the winners. To sign up and read the official rules, head to:

www.teleatlas.com/lbsseries

BlackBerry Cool is counting on you to develop something to help feed our LBS addiction!