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Dear CBC, RIM and BlackBerry 10 are at CES 2013 in the Form of QNX

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It’s especially painful when you read an anti-RIM article on the CBC versus other sites. It’s not that the CBC has to blindly defend every Canadian company, but they could at least have some honest, independent journalism rather than jumping on the anti-RIM bandwagon.

A recent article highlighting RIM’s absence from CES 2013 is a great example of this problem. It doesn’t make any sense for RIM to be at CES 2013 from a BlackBerry 10 perspective, yet the CBC is taking this as some sort of negative for the company, or making it indicative of a larger problem. All the while, the CBC is completely neglecting to mention the presence of QNX at the show.
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RIM Internal Slides Shed Light on BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 Roadmap

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RIM has been circulating some internal slides to make sure partners are well aware of exactly what is going on with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 and what it means for the Bring Your Own Device world. At BlackBerry World in May of 2013, RIM will be releasing BES 10 which will provide enterprise customers a means of managing BlackBerry 10 devices as well as iOS and Android devices. There’s no word about whether Windows Phone will be supported, but it’s highly likely it will come at launch or in an update. If you’re curious what the Road to BES 10 looks like, take a look at the slides below.
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iOS Gets Preferential Treatment in Twitter Streams With “View App” Feature

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Here’s something you may or may not have noticed: Apple is the only smartphone company that Twitter helps promote downloads by augmenting tweets that point to the App Store. App Discovery for iOS apps happens right in the Twitter stream by allowing users to click a “View App” button and then look at screenshots, a description and the icon of the app before clicking through to the App Store. Twitter and Apple have a great relationship, and Apple has implemented a lot of native Twitter sharing in its OS, but so has BlackBerry. If fact, BlackBerry is probably responsible for more Twitter user sign-ups than Apple, and yet BlackBerry App World doesn’t get the same treatment. Android and Windows Phone app tweets are also not augmented by Twitter.
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Star Arcade Creates Cross-Platform Gaming Experience With All Smartphones and Facebook

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Star Arcade is a company that has created a cross-platform gaming experience across iOS, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, Bada, Nokia and Facebook. The company not only has a Tic Tac Toe game in App World that you can play, but developers can also take advantage of the platform and create cross-platform games themselves. The platform includes features such as a lobby for matchmaking, in-app chat, virtual goods and more.
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ContactMonkey Is A Simple And Cross-Platfrom Way Of Sharing Your Contact Information

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Sharing contact information should be fast, simple and efficient. That’s exactly what ContactMonkey has set out to do by creating an online business card that seamlessly ties into mobile. ContactMonkey was born out of the frustration that copy and pasting people’s contact information from email signatures was a pain and there is a better solution than vCards. With ContactMonkey, you get an online business card that works cross-platform.
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Developer Evangelism: A Few Notes for Samsung and Microsoft

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I’ve recently attended two events featuring developer evangelists with Microsoft and Samsung for Windows Phone and Android/Bada respectively. The events had very similar speakers that touched on many of the same points for both platforms. Both would talk about the specs of the latest devices, the APIs and features around the respective platforms. What they were both missing in spades, was any real business case for why someone should develop for the platform.
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