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BlackBerry Developer Conferences Held Globally: San Fran, Bangkok and Amsterdam


This year, the BlackBerry Developer Conference is going global with events being held in San Francisco, Bangkok and Amsterdam. Bangkok is an interesting choice because we would have expected Indonesia, but it’s probably a better place to meet in terms of cost and airport travel. Amsterdam has become an alternative, indie developer scene in recent years with the launch of a conference called Appsterdam. RIM is looking to capitalize and this and attract more devs to the platform. Read on for more details about these events.
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75 Apps and Mobile Sites From the US Federal Government


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The PlayBook Will Be the First Tablet to Truly Enter Government


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RIM has just announced that the PlayBook has received FIPS 140-2 certification, making the BlackBerry PlayBook the first tablet certified for deployment within U.S. federal government agencies. No other tablet on the market has gained FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is required under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA). While some sites will claim that the iPad has made significant moves in government, from what we can tell it’s for very minimal use cases such as presentations and there doesn’t seem to be any significant deployment to date.

According to Bloomberg, the US Military has been testing tablets across all branches. The services are looking to tablets to replace laptops as well as paper manuals, maps, biometric devices and some communications tools. The U.S. Army is leaning toward the PlayBook because RIM “addressed security concerns from the get-go,” said Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dosmann, who oversees mobile device pilot- testing for the Army’s cybersecurity division. Security remains an issue for Apple and may hold back wider use of iPads, he said.
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Dallas Police Department Release App for Reporting Suspicious Activity



The Dallas Police Department have launched an app called iWatch Dallas that gives citizens the ability to anonymously report “suspicious behaviors and activities”. The app is free and is geared toward public safety and community policing initiatives. Tips that are sent in through the app are investigated and police are deployed as needed. Apparently, iWatch Dallas has already led to arrests and further investigations.
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George W Bush gets a new BlackBerry in possible prep for Tweetfest



Former President George W Bush got a new BlackBerry, according to a tweet by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. No word on what device he has, but it must have been a Bold.

With a $7 million book deal on the way, George Dubbya Bush should be able to use his BlackBerry to build a Twitter following in preparation for the launch. While @GeorgeWBush doesn’t have any activity on it, we might start seeing a few posts from UberTwitter or SocialScope.

Can’t wait to see some Bushisms in Twitter form!



Get train schedules from your BlackBerry with Trainlogic 2.1


TrainSchedule is a great piece of software for commuters and travelers in the US. The app shows you schedule information on upcoming trains for the next 2 weeks and includes a railroad trip planner. If your device has GPS, you can track yourself while on the train.

The above video is user generated and it’s a fairly good review of the product.

Purchase TrainSchedule on sale for $6.75 until Jul 29.