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    by Published on 06-18-2012 06:15 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Games,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook


    Hexage has released a classic game for the BlackBerry PlayBook called, Radiant. Take your stand against the alien horde in a pure arcade space shooter. Relive the classics revamped! Cut through hundreds of creeps to face giant monsters in unique bossfights. Collect special weapons and power-ups, upgrade your ship and save your homeworld!

    FEATURES:

    • 100+ Levels
    • 10+ Boss-Fights
    • 6 Upgradeable Weapons
    • 12 Special Power-Ups
    • 3 Difficulty Options
    • Global On-Line Hiscores
    • Signature Sound by Kubatko

    Download Radiant for your BlackBerry PlayBook in BlackBerry App World for only $1.99.

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    by Published on 06-18-2012 05:54 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News

    It seems like all the work Alec Saunders and his team of BlackBerry Developer relations, including Dave Balmer--even though today is his first day--has paid off. The much anticipated BlackBerry Developer webcast entitled "Astonishing UIs using the new BlackBerry 10 framework" is in such high demand that they are now offering the FREE webinar five times!

    From an email they sent event registrants earlier today,

    The response has been overwhelming! So much that our webcast technology cannot accommodate the number of people that have registered. And we want to ensure everyone gets a true interactive experience. The live question and answer period has always been the most popular part of our webcasts.
    To accommodate everyone we are running the webcast as follows:

    • Tue. June 19, 2012 at 11:00 am EST/8:00 am PAC (original webcast time)
    • Wed. June 20, 2012 at 11:00 am EST/8:00 am PAC
    • Wed. June 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm EST/11:00 am PAC
    • Thu. June 21, 2012 at 11:00 am EST/8:00 am PAC
    • Thu. June 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm EST/11:00 am PAC
    So if you can't be at a BB10 Jam event this summer, don't miss this chance and sign up for the BB10 Webinar today!
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    by Published on 06-18-2012 05:50 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News


    In an effort to promote the BlackBerry Curve 9360, RIM has begun a strong ad campaign in Singapore that targets the National Service men. With a little eye candy, and a camera-less device RIM is hoping to lure the servicemen of Singapore's military into a new Curve 9360. A camera in the military is generally frowned upon, so the camera-less 9360 is an ideal fit for such a situation. RIM is also looking to market the social networking aspects of the Curve 9360, by promoting the easy integration of Facebook, BBM, and games.

    Singapore has been a hot spot for BlackBerry smartphones as it is one of the most popular brands in the country. RIM has been working hard trying to enhance their infrastructure in Singapore, and chose it over Indonesia to place key infrastructure equipment. Indonesia has one of the worlds largest BlackBerry populations at over 2.6 million customers.



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    by Published on 06-17-2012 09:32 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    Despite the looming rumors of RIM putting thousands of rank and file workers out of a job, it seems the Waterloo based company is still in the hiring business.

    David Balmer, a former product manager, engineer and evangelist in the webOS Developer Relations team for Palm/HP left the company after only two years to become the Senior BlackBerry Developer Evangelist for Research In Motion.

    This is definitely good news given Dave's specialty is in HTML5, part of RIM's current strategy in getting back in the mobile arena. Possibly behind this move is Balmer's development of his "highly efficient cross platform app framework based on HTML5." He is mentioned as the sole developer in his LinkedIn profile and mentions that it has been developed with webkit in mind in his spare time. Interestingly enough it promises to be able to create mobile websites and native apps (using PhoneGap) for iOS, Android, webOS, Chrome, Safari, BlackBerry and more. Surely it won't be long before RIM adds this open source framework to the already long list of open source technologies available to developers through the BlackBerry 10 SDK.

    What we do know for sure, is that Dave agrees with the recent positive press RIM has been getting. In a blog post on his personal site today, he lists three reasons behind the move.

    • WebOS went from being a leader in HTML5 to being a "distant follower."
    • RIM has shown that "web developers can and should be equal citizens with native developers.
    • In his own words: "BB10 itself is damn awesome. It has some of goodies I liked from webOS, iOS and even Win7; but all streamlined and more functional. Plus, there are even more unique features and slick interactions which help put it way over the top in my book…. and it’s not even released yet."


    Welcome Dave to #TeamBlackberry by leaving a comment on his Blog or sending him a tweet @balmer.

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    by Published on 06-17-2012 09:11 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    It's that time of the year again when Dads have to buckle down, be humble, and accept the fact that they have a special day of their own. So, set aside your BlackBerry device counterpart and enjoy Father's Day with the family!


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    by Published on 06-17-2012 07:49 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    Everyone knows that RIM likes to provide options when it comes to smartphones. Just take a look at the list of Blackberry Devices currently available. That is a grand total of 23 smartphones! And that is excluding all the devices running OS older than 5.0. With a variety of screen resolutions and aspect ratios, you can see why it was such a headache for the average developer to make BB applications. But that is in the past. BlackBerry demonstrated at this year's BlackBerry World Conference that they are "laser focused" on getting BB10 out on time and not only that, but doing it well. We have already seen a preview of what is to come and every day that passes we are getting one step closer to getting BB10 finally in our hands.

    A few weeks ago, I came across a blog post from an Android developer who offers an app called "Open Signal Maps." There, they share their views on what fragmentation means to the Android community. They also provide insightful information about the model of the phone, the operating system, and also the screen resolution of the devices that downloaded their app. Although this report is most certainly outdated by now, it still give us plenty to think about.

    For starters, let's leave BB7 and older devices in the past. Moving forward, we know that the PlayBook already has the basics of what will ultimately become BlackBerry 10. Other than this, the only other device capable of running BB10 is the Developer Alpha device being distributed at the various BlackBerry Jam Tour locations over the course of this summer.

    It can be argued that this already created a bit of fragmentation for BB10 since the DevAlpha has a resolution of 1280x768 in comparison to the 1024x600 screen of the PlayBook. Pixel density is important but let's just note that the difference in pixels is very minimal and could easily be adjusted by a seasoned dev. What is more exciting is that QNX with Cascades is so powerful, a developer can provide "screen profiles" to render GUI elements on the screen dynamically depending on what the detected output is. At the "native track" of the Santa Clara BB10 Jam, it was mentioned that BB10 could essentially detect it was connected to an HDMI 1080p monitor or screen and build a GUI for that resolution if the developer takes the time to add that display profile. Remember the "stereoscopic display" demo back at BlackBerry Mobile World Congress 11? Cascades now makes it possible for any developer to create dynamic display settings for different outputs with minimal effort. It was also hinted that there will be other devices with different aspect ratios and that Developers should take advantage of Cascade's versatility for building elegant and functional GUI's that add to the BlackBerry Flow experience.

    So, will there be fragmentation in BB10? You can bet there will be, but rest assured, it will not be as horrendous and as widespread as it is on Android.


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    by Published on 06-16-2012 04:38 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    I know that we all have BlackBerry 10 fever up the yinyang, and there is only so much that can quench our thirst. Today we get another little sip of BB 10 love, as another screenshot of the BlackBerry 10 UI leaks out. This time of the Contacts App. I for one think it looks super sexy and I can see the elements of "flow" design within the screenshot. If you haven't seen already, be sure to check out the video and more screenshots of the BlackBerry 10 UI. Leave us a comment on what you think!



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    by Published on 06-16-2012 07:51 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News


    When we think of BlackBerry and automobiles in North America, usually we think of the BlackBerry Traffic app, or perhaps automotive integration with the PlayBook. In India, however, law enforcement is using BlackBerry in a new way to help with their epidemic of traffic problems.

    While trying to find a parking space in any city might be a headache, in Mysore, India, it's out of control. Traffic violations of all sorts have been on the rise.

    "cases of over-speeding shot from 4,890 in 2010 to 10,204 in 2011, whereas the number of motorists driving without DLs rose to 4,220 in 2011 from 2,867 in 2010. The number of no-parking violations has shot up to 58,135 in 2011 from 38,144 in 2010"
    To help with the parking violations, officials are given a BlackBerry which connects to a portable printer via bluetooth. Since fines increase with subsequent violations, records are kept on a central server which is easily accessed by enforcement agents. Eighty types of violations and their corresponding fines are stored on the device. Mysore is the second city in the state of Karnataka to equip their police with this system.

    Personally I'd have fun with this and probably hand out 300 parking tickets a day. What do you think? Good or bad idea?

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    by Published on 06-15-2012 06:58 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    Those who are partial to coding apps for BlackBerry 10 using Adobe Air will be happy today, as RIM has released the Adobe Air Beta SDK. The BlackBerry 10 SDK for Adobe AIR allows you to optimize your Adobe AIR applications for the BlackBerry 10 OS. This SDK provides APIs that extend Adobe ActionScript 3.1 and allow you to develop applications that have the look and feel of native BlackBerry applications and take advantage of some of the unique features of the OS.

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    by Published on 06-15-2012 03:33 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software


    RIM has just released a video that goes into how BlackBerry can help Governments, whether big or small, with optimizing by making them more efficient as a functioning body. Everything from Construction crews for fixing and logging jobs, to Law Enforcement in looking up criminal databases via their BlackBerry Smartphone or Tablet. The goal is to use fewer resources, and at the same time increase productivity, so that the taxpayer (you and I) don't have to give our left "you know what" as our next payment to the Government. Perhaps a vote is in for RIM to be our next President?
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    by Published on 06-15-2012 06:32 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    The UK's latest BlackBerry advertisement will remind you just how much your mobile devise is apart of your every day life. One of the first things that stuck out to me on this video was the alarm notification that was used, as I had that one set for quite some time on my Berry.
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    by Published on 06-15-2012 05:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Accessory Reviews,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Accessories


    I always try to be careful whenever I'm using my PlayBook, but I tend to be prone to dropping things everywhere. I'm currently on a search for the perfect case that brings style & comfort, but also protection to my tablet. Today, we'll take a few moments to look at the Ballistic Tough Jacket Series For BlackBerry Playbook.

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    by Published on 06-14-2012 11:31 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Pacemaker was made official today via BlackBerry App World, and now we are already seeing small update trickle out. Looks like it's not a major update, so I'm assuming it's just bug fixes. Get updated and let us know any findings/fixes you may discover in the comments!


    Update: Looks like this update was a quick fix. Pacemaker has said via their Twitter page, "a few users experienced a problem with the decoder and we think we fixed it quick."
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    by Published on 06-14-2012 09:53 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News
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    Former RIM CEO's Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, are set to receive a nice severance packaged after resigning earlier this year. According to a company filing with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission both men will receive $7.93 million and $7.93 million each. Not bad for taking one for
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    by Published on 06-14-2012 09:36 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News
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    Another reason to say "Oh, Canada!!" because you guys in the Great White North just got the elite of BlackBerry 7.1 smartphones. The Porsche designed P'9981 has been introduced to Canada, although in the limited distribution site of the Porsche Design Store in Yorkville Toronto. ...
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