Monday, November 12, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

BlackBerry still best phone in an emergency

CNBC put up a great video with a walk-through of the trade offs between the 3 major platforms iOS, Android and BlackBerry when in a disaster. The consensus is that BlackBerrys are best for phone calls. Which is no news to us, seeing as BlackBerry is designed as a superior communication device. How helpful is Angry Birds in a disaster? The correspondent adds "With my BlackBerry I can get signal where my iPhone just can't." While also giving you fast access to social media which is becoming the new e-mail these days. The video highlights methods for which you can keep your Androids and iPhones charged in an emergency, and applauds BlackBerry for their superior battery life. Hit the break to watch the video for yourself. The picture below sums it up well:

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Update for Battery Watch for BlackBerry Smartphones

S4BB Limited has released a new update for Battery Watch for BlackBerry Smartphones. The new update fixes minor bugs and improves the overall performance of the app, making Battery Watch run smoother. Battery Watch is the ideal app to track your BlackBerry device's battery performance. You'll get an overview on various details


jQueryMobile and Sencha Touch theme tools for BlackBerry 10

Webworks developers will be happy to know that you can now get help with your app layout and design with jQueryMobile and Sencha Touch theme tools for BlackBerry 10. jQueryMobile is a unified HTML5-based cross-platform mobile framework that supports all popular mobile platforms, including the java-based BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook. For more details and relevant links on jQueryMobile,


Tips on using your BlackBerry®

I find that most BlackBerry users don't know that they can utilize their native phone app as more than just using it as a keypad to dial out numbers, view your call history, or add a contact. While these are the most important features, many more are available to help you make navigating and using the phone app that much more enjoyable. I gathered these tips up from the InsideBB help blog, and I'm sure you'll find them useful.


Wordpress update v2.2.4

The devs for the WordPress for PlayBook app have been hard at work with the release of a new update v2.2.4 that brings some new additions and fixes. In addition, they have also released the binary package for BlackBerry 10 devices. Whats new in version 2.2.4:


RIM Releases the Specs for Developers Devices A&B

When RIM decided to go after developers they chose to create a hardware device that would run the new BlackBerry 10 Operating system. This would allow developers to have a feel on just how applications created would run on a BlackBerry 10 hardware device. This was an awesome idea because it gave developers a device rather than a simulator that they could use everyday and totally grasp some of the true power of the BlackBerry 10 Operating System.

Back at BlackBerry World 2012 in Florida , developers who qualified , were presented with the Dev Alph A device. This was pure excitement, not only for developers but for those BlackBerry enthusiast who just needed to see something from RIM that would give them a much-needed confidence boost that in fact BlackBerry 10 is real and not just a myth.

After the very successful BlackBerry World in Florida , RIM decided to take the tour on the road and launch a series of events across the globe , specifically targeting developers. These series of events would be called BlackBerry Jam World Tour.

As BlackBerry Jam World Tour made its successful progression around the globe, selling out at almost all Jam events, RIM would eventually run out of the Dev Alpha A devices. With only so many Dev Alpha A  devices created and the ever so high demand from developers , RIM had no choice but to put in production the Dev Alpha B device.

Below are the specs for both devices recently released by Research In Motion, Enjoy!

 RIM Releases the Specs for Developers Devices A&B is a post from: RIMarkable, the Unofficial BlackBerry Weblog... via;N4BB

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

BlackBerry 10 Icons to Look Like PlayBook’s at Launch?

@UrbanGlowCam wrote a nice forums post describing how the current BlackBerry 10 icons we've seen will go back to looking like the PlayBook's.

He says "someone at RIM who confirmed developers should change their current app icons." RIM is apparently dropping the size from 150 x 150 down to 114 x 114.

Here's a quick look from the official guideline:

Application icons

Designing an icon for your BlackBerry smartphone application gives you the opportunity to showcase your application to BlackBerry users. In the BlackBerry World storefront, an icon is the first introduction that users have to your application. The icon also appears on the home screen as the way for users to open your application.

Your icon is placed on a transparent tile automatically with the application name label underneath the icon.

Best practices

The following best practices help your icon fit in with the application icons on the home screen.

Create an icon that is a 114 x 114 pixel square. This approach is the best (and easiest) way for your icon to fit in with other BlackBerry application icons. Larger icons will be scaled down to 114 x 114 pixels.
Focus on a single iconic metaphor that clearly represents the application. Think of your icon as a road sign that people understand quickly.
Base your icon on a square, circle, or rectangle shape.
Use a silhouette to differentiate your icon from other icons.
Try to maintain consistency with other BlackBerry application icons in scale, volume, and perspective.
Perspective and lighting

Apply lighting that is top-down at a 90 degree angle.
Create a focal point in the center of the icon.
Keep the icon flat and avoid excessive depth.
Apply the following properties for drop shadows: distance: 2 pixels, size: 2 pixels, and angle: 90 degrees.

Create an icon that is 106 x 106 pixels if you want to allow room for a drop shadow or outer glow.
If you use a symbol in your icon, try to make it the same size as the symbols in otherBlackBerry application icons.
Color palette

Use a five pixel stroke where appropriate. This is especially important so that icons with a dark background are always visible on the home screen.
Limit the number of colors that you use in your icon.

Limit the number of materials that you use. BlackBerry application icons draw from the following materials: soft plastic, paper, metal, and gloss. via; N4BB

Foursquare Launches Numbered Ratings System

Foursquare on Monday unveiled a new numbers-based ratings system for locations within the mobile app. When users look for locations to visit using the "Explore" feature, places are ranked on a 10-point scale, taking into account signals like tips, loyalty and popularity. In a jab to competitor Yelp, Foursquare claims it's more informative than a one- to five-star ratings system, which relies on users and ultimately averages out to give little information. via: allthingsD

Guitar Hero Creator Charles Huang Riffing on Android for Next Play

Charles Huang, co-founder of Green Throttle Games.

Green Throttle Games is coming out of stealth today with an idea for turning mobile devices into game consoles.

The Santa Clara, Calif. company was founded by former Guitar Hero co-creator Charles Huang, along with Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend, who both have a background in mobile.

"Mobile gaming is exploding, and new smart devices are becoming powerful alternatives to traditional consoles. We just need a simple and fun way for people to play games both on the go, and on the couch," Huang said, in a release.

Rather than buy a separate gaming device for the TV, like an Xbox or PlayStation, the company wants to enable gamers to play mobile games on the biggest screen in the house using their mobile phone or tablet. The Green Throttle Games gaming system allows a consumer to plug an Android phone or tablet into the TV using an adapter. Then, an analog game controller connects wirelessly to the phone, allowing a person to play on the TV without any standalone hardware.

It's similar to what some game companies have been trying to do with iPhones becoming the controller when connected to the TV via a cable.

Along with Green Throttle's launch, the company is starting to pitch developers on making games for its system ahead of the controller going on sale early next year. Developers can buy a kit today, including one of the company's controllers, to start developing games. So far, it has signed up several developers, including nWay, Free Range Games, Mercenary and Monstrous. The company also will be developing games on its own. To start with, Green Throttle will be compatible with Google Nexus 4, the HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S II, S III and Galaxy Note and the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. via; allthingD

S File Explorer

SFileExplorer hits BB10 App World If you're looking to get more functionality out of your Dev Alphas, Yang Hongyang has released his first BB10 app build in Cascades. Entitled SFileExplorer, the app does just that. It gives you the ability to browse file systems, files and folders along with the ever-useful copy, paste, and delete features. Hit the break to find out more about this handy little app, best of all the app is FREE. The developer says, while this is his first app-it won't be his last.

Dropbox alternative Cubby now in open beta

Dropbox alternative Cubby now in open beta
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Monday, November 5, 2012

VZW finally removing Vcast

Verizon To Finally Remove Their Spammy Vcast Apps From Devices

South Africa get another Apps Lab

South Africa Gets Another Apps Lab #nerdberry

Jimmy Kimmel Commercial Pokes Fun At The New iPad Mini

Jimmy Kimmel Commercial Pokes Fun At The New iPad Mini

Browse Instagram With flipStagram For BlackBerry PlayBook

Browse Instagram With flipStagram For BlackBerry PlayBook
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RIM To Open Second Apps Lab In SA
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SteroTube v3.0 Improves YouTube & MP3 Playlists on Your PlayBook
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RIM shares up on BlackBerry 10 news
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Pentagon buying iOS and Android devices while keeping BlackBerrys
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RIM CEO says "we are going to regain our market share with BlackBerry 10"
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Official: BlackBerry Curve 9320 OS from XL Indonesia
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Official: BlackBerry Bold P9981 OS from Indosat
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T-Mobile Restores Wireless Service in Key Areas of Manhattan
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Should RIM Push a BlackBerry 10 Beta for PlayBook?
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XKCD Comic, What Your Cell Number Looks Like
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Lego Group Releases Halloween Special, Lego Monster Fighters Race for PlayBook
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“World’s Toughest Mudder” Uses BlackBerry Smartphone to Prepare for Competition!
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Take Credit Cards on Your BlackBerry Smartphone by Using Credit Card Machine By Paynet Systems, Inc
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EA Releases The Sims 3 Supernatural for BlackBerry Smartphones
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Beautiful "A Day in Life" Journal App For the PlayBook
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RIM Revamping BlackBerry 10 Icons to Look Like PlayBook Icons?
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BlackBerry PlayBook 3G+ 32GB Now Available in the UK
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App World Getting Overhaul in January 2013 – Here is What Devs Need to Know
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Tuesday Is Election Night, Be Careful What You Tweet
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