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WES 08 Hangover Week: BlackBerry Developer Conference

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A new conference geared specifically to the fine folks who create products for BlackBerry has been launched, with the date set to October 20th. in Santa Clara, California. Topics such as “Building Powerful Enterprise Applications on the BlackBerry Platform” and “Integrating Location-Based Services” will be covered, but you can suggest what you want to see at the conference when you sign up for e-mail updates. It’s a good sign for the disgruntled devs out there, considering the opportunity to help influence the BlackBerry infrastructure, as well as learn a few tricks of the trade. It’s probably safe to assume that there will be a lot of WES-style sessions, hands-on labs, and maybe even some of those new certification tests.

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WES 08 Hangover Week: Flowfinity announces picture support

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In the spirit of WES 08 Hangover Week, we’re going to start running down all the releases that happened at WES that we were way too busy to cover. The first in a long list, is Flowfinity’s announced upgrade to 5.5 in Q3, which will include support for attaching pictures to their task management system. Lots of BlackBerrys have cameras now, and believe it or not, they can be used for work as well as play. It wasn’t long ago that they announced GPS support, which will likely mesh nicely with photos. In fact, I think one of the Innovation Awards winners at WES won for being able to geotag photos of graffiti and assign clean-up personnel to the location… Sounds very much like something Flowfinity will be able to pull off.

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WES 08 Hangover Week: New BlackBerry Solutions Catalog

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BB LogoOver WES, the BlackBerry Solutions Catalog got the ol’ spit-and-polish treatment, now featuring a mobile site available at mobile.blackberry.com/solutionscatalog. The catalog undergoes monthly updates to include all the latest developers bringing shiny new consumer and enterprise solutions to BlackBerry. It’s super-easy to navigate - just cruise down the trees to find the right subgroup for what you’re looking for. If you’re a developer and you’re not in the catalog, you’ll first need to join the Alliance program.

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Lazaridis bashes touchscreens

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Finger-touchyFolks were quick to point out the iPhone-esque bezel on the BlackBerry Bold, but RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis was equally quick to condemn those nay-sayers to an infernal pit of shame.

This is three years in the making. So I’m sorry but this wasn’t a response to another device. Either that or we have a time machine somewhere, or some kind of magic crystal ball or something. This was actually designed three years ago and the actual physical design of this product-I have the original models from 2006. … We have to be realistic about the history of [touchscreen] technology. We have to remember that this is not new-this has been done, this has been tried before. And there are other ways to provide a large screen and a Qwerty keyboard without compromising them by putting one on top of the other.

Of course, it might be a little trickier to say the same if the rumoured touchscreen Thunder comes to light, but then again, it does hint that if a touchscreen is in BlackBerry’s future, it won’t be in the way that the iPhone has established. It seems much more likely that a Treo-style keypad/touchscreen combo would happen before an iClone did.

So long as we’re talking about Mikey, there was another interview with the big kahuna at WES regarding his fave BlackBerry apps, which included Viigo, the top RSS reader for your BlackBerry… Pick it up! Cheers, Giz!

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WES 08 Hangover Week: Audio Interview Round Up

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Keeping with the ‘Long Weekend’ meme, we’ve decided to round up every audio interview from WES 2008. If you weren’t there, you missed quite a sight: Simon went completely bananas interviewing as many companies as possible, sometimes two at once. In honor of that dedication, you can find no less than six interviews in one post! Of course, you can always subscribe to our podcasts/interviews via RSS or iTunes…

Click here for interviews!

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BlackBerry Cool WES 2008 Hangover

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While the rest of the BBCool crew is enjoying a well-deserved, post-WES holiday (what we call in Canada Victoria Day), I thought I’d put up a post for all those in the BlackBerry Cool Nation returning to work today. While there’s tons of content to see at our Best of WES page, I’m going to pull out the creme of the crop to help you get through the day.

Podcasts: We did four podcasts during the week, but three really stand out and should be listened to by everyone in the BlackBerry space. Why is that? Maybe because we interviewed a cadre of AAA BlackBerry developers, a top-level carrier VP, and an industry analyst who has covered BlackBerrys for ten years.

Podcast 1 — Every Laptop Left Behind Panel (Rove, WICKSoft, LiquidTalk)
Podcast 2 — Irv Witte, VP of Business Marketing, Rogers
Podcast 3 — Andrew Brown, Analyst, Strategy Analytics

Viigo Project Tango Sneak Preview and Interview: Basically everyone we ran into at WES told us they read BlackBerry Cool through Viigo. See why.

Zumobi and Unify4Life: One of the best things about WES is seeing cool new products that you can’t wait to own. Unify4Life and Zumobi (hi-res screenshots) were those products this year.

NJBlackBerry Talks IT Admin
: BlackBerry Forums hero NJBlackBerry talks like a kid in a candy store about all the great products and services for IT Admins at WES.

YouTube Videos: Want to see the BlackBerry Bold launch video? Want to know what wBloggin is? Go here.

Finally, EVERYONE wanted a BlackBerry Cool tee shirt this year. Don’t be left out.

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Additions to the People’s Choice Award

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Yeah, we already prodded you to go vote, but we’re gonna prod again. This being our first official go at the Best of WES Awards, there were admittedly a few kinks, but I think we managed to get all the exhibitors in that were interested, including Viigo, Cortado, and Neverfail. Head on over here to vote for your personal favorite.

NOTE: Voting has now been extended to Wednesday, May 21st at midnight.

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WES 08 Interview: BoxTone

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We had a sit-down with Brian Reed from BoxTone about their lounge just as it was being torn down (pardon the noise). A big part of the conversation involved RIM’s set-up in Florida, how the convention went as a whole, and possibilities for the future. Brian’s been on our podcast before to talk about BoxTone, and they had plenty to show off on the showcase with their recent partnership with Neverfail. Big thanks to the BoxTone crew for setting up the lounge - it was a great spot to take a load off, meet people, and get ready to head off again. Only improvement I could think of is getting the Wii rolling like they were planning, and having the hotel set up some drinks there would have been sweet.

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WES 08 Interview: ISEC7

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TieguyWe covered these guys when we first heard of their remote control app, so it was good to sit down and talk with Guido and Matthias about B*Nator, and their Remote Control feature available for free trial over here.

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Hot off the press! Hi-Res Zumobi screenshots!

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Although we recommend you check out Simon’s video preview of Zumobi for BlackBerry, we also wanted to show you some hi-res shots of the nascent application and its slick interface (grainy YouTube videos aren’t really the best for that). Hey, is that a BlackBerry Cool logo that I see? Why, yes it is! Zumobi for BlackBerry drops in June.

See more Zumobi shots after the jump

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