Aug 22, 2011 Blackberry Development
A Big day today for Blackberry users!! Research In Motion is expected to unveil their new updated BlackBerry App World 3.0 today (22nd August, 2011). The update to their App World is called BlackBerry App World 3.0 and this version has an all new design.
RIM has already released the beta version of App World 3.0 to their Beta Zone users and with the new home screen in the App, one can quickly find what BlackBerry app, game or theme they are looking for. Another new feature users can look forward to is the My World storage folder. The feature will maintain all of the user’s downloads on the home screen and provides the ability to wirelessly re-install a file if it is accidentally deleted or the user upgrades to another device.
Let’s hope that all BlackBerry users are just happy to see it pushing forward.
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President Barack Obama’s BlackBerry Security Team Develops ‘Ultimate Armor’- An Anti Phone Hacking App
Jul 12, 2011 Blackberry Development
The Los Angeles based developer, Michael Franco and his team who developed the NSA-approved version of the firmware for the US President Barack Obama’s BlackBerry has launched a new company Safe and Secure Mobile.
Michael Franco is the former head of The National Security Agency Advanced Secure Communication Lab where he was responsible for writing specifications for what became the Presidential Secure BlackBerry.
Secure Mobile’s first ever app for Android and BlackBerry is an anti phone hacking app called Ultimate Armor, which is completley invisible to the user but is residing on the device. Ultimate Armor will not be displayed in the application list or user menus, but is there in the device undetectable even against sophisticated voltage monitoring methods. The software repeatedly blocks all attempts to open data ports.
If a user has installed Ultimate Armor in his smartphone, any type of intercepting and monitoring of the smartphone is practically impossible.
“The software is setup in such a way that it can immediately identify any surveillance program and instantly remove the program and further block and close the phone’s leaking data ports”, Michael Franco said.
Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry PlayBook was launched in India on Wednesday.
“BlackBerry PlayBook comes in an ultra-portable design and features industry-leading performance with real-time multitasking and symmetrical multiprocessing,” the company said in a statement.
The much awaited rival to Apple’s iPad, the 7-inch tablet from BlackBerry feels solid, well constructed, a note book type appearance, with no button in the front and equipped with Wi-Fi support. The UI is refreshing and idiot proof.
“It delivers high-fidelity web browsing including support for Adobe Flash, as well as spectacular high-definition (HD) multimedia, advanced security features and out-of-the-box enterprise support,” the company statement added.
It will be distributed nationally through Redington India and Ingram Micro, initially in 1000 retail stores across eight cities and will then expand to other parts of the country.
In India, the BlackBerry PlayBook will cost Rs. 27,990 (16 GB), Rs. 32,990 (32 GB) and Rs. 37,990 (64 GB).
- Screen- 7-inch LCD
- Processor- Arm Cortex dual-core A9 1GHz
- Memory- 1GB (expandable to 64GB)
- Battery- 5300 mAH
- Front Camera- 3MP
- 4G- Yes
- Wi-Fi- Yes
- Bluetooth- Yes
Jun 9, 2011 Blackberry Development
Surely, we have seen app store infographics before, but this is somewhat special. Created by the [x]cubeLabs team and available in full glory here: Smartphone App Store Infographic, the infographic provides a lot of insights, facts and figures of the major App Stores.
Click on the image to get a bigger view:
May 10, 2011 Blackberry Development
Research In Motion (RIM), the manufacturer of BlackBerry smartphone will develop a Mobile Voice System 5 for corporate phone systems and communication applications.
The application, which already exists on the Cisco Unified Communications Manager, can be made available for companies using Avaya Aura 6.1 and Avaya CS1000 Communication Server.
“Working with RIM, Avaya customers have expanded options to increase their mobile productivity. By using BlackBerry Mobile Voice System 5 with Avaya Aura and Avaya CS1000, enterprises can more fully exploit investments previously made in BlackBerry solutions to benefit their IT organizations, end users and customers”, said Eric Rossman, vice president, Developer Relations and Alliances, Avaya.
The BlackBerry Mobile Voice 5, which connects with RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), makes remote management easier as users can efficiently take office landline calls from around the world. In fact, it allows corporate users to use a single BlackBerry smartphone to answer calls placed to their desk-phones.
Industry experts will provide with first-hand advice and an in-depth view of BlackBerry products and services. It will feature keynotes from some of today’s leading mobile thinkers, over 100 breakout sessions, Hands-on Labs, BlackBerry training, certification opportunities and more.
The conference attendees will also have the opportunity to have valuable hand-on experience with the latest BlackBerry products like the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
Perfecto Mobile, provider of cloud-based testing, automation and monitoring solutions for mobile apps and websites, has announced that it will provide free access of its MobileCloud services to BlackBerry developer groups. BlackBerry app developers will get access 30 free hours of Perfecto’s MobileCloud usage for remote testing and collaboration between group members. Blackberry developers who want to acquire more hours of MobileCloud services or wish to subscribe to advanced testing services will get discounts up to 30 percent on their purchase.
“Perfecto Mobile’s MobileCloud helps developers test their applications and websites on a wide variety of BlackBerry smartphones from virtually any location around the world,” said Tyler Lessard, vice president of Global Alliances & Developer Relations, Research In Motion.
“MobileCloud can help BlackBerry developers test that they are delivering reliable user experiences with apps that take advantage of unique capabilities and run consistently across different BlackBerry smartphones around the world,” he added.
MobileCloud for BlackBerry developers is a web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that enables easy access to a large number of mobile handsets and tablets connected to mobile networks. It allows BlackBerry developers to simplify development, testing, support and monitoring processes.
BlackBerry app developers for the BlackBerry PlayBook will soon get additional tools and opportunities to expand their business. RIM has announced new plans to widen the app ecosystem for its upcoming Tablet.
RIM is planning to launch two optional “app players” that will provide an application run-time environment for Android v2.3 apps and BlackBerry Java apps. The app players will help PlayBook users to download Android apps and BlackBerry Java apps from BlackBerry App World.
“The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet. The power that we have embedded creates one of the most compelling app experiences available in a mobile computing device today,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion.
“The upcoming addition of BlackBerry Java and Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook on BlackBerry App World will provide our users with an even greater choice of apps and will also showcase the versatility of the platform,” he added.
Higher degree of AP compatibility in the PlayBook OS will allow BlackBerry Developers to swiftly and effortlessly port their apps. The app players can be downloaded from BlackBerry App World and will be placed in a secure “sandbox” on the device.
BlackBerry app developers interested in seeing the new app players can see demos at BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida (May 3 to 5, 2011) (www.blackberryworld.com).
Additionally, RIM will soon release the native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook which will enable C/C++ application development on the Tablet OS. For game developers, RIM has gained support from two leading game development tooling companies which will allow developers to use the cross-platform game engines from Unity Technologies and Ideaworks Labs to bring their games to the PlayBook.
RIM also announced the BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK, which is at present in limited alpha release, will be converted into open Beta by this summer. The NDK will allow app developers to build high-performance, applications with industry standard GNU toolchains create advanced 2D and 3D applications with special effects by making use og programmable shaders available in the OpenGL ES 2.0.
Other features of the upcoming NDK includes:
- QNX POSIX library support and C/C++ compliance for quick and easy application porting and for creating native extensions.
- Easy integration of device events like gesture swipes and touch screen inputs.
- Eclipse CDT (C/C++ Development Tools)
- Debug and analysis tools
“The response to the BlackBerry PlayBook from the developer community has been exceptional. Our commitment to supporting HTML5 and Adobe AIR development has resonated and spurred developers to create fun and innovative applications for BlackBerry PlayBook users,” said David Yach, Chief Technology Officer, Software at Research In Motion.
“The upcoming BlackBerry Tablet OS NDK beta will add C/C++ tools to our repertoire and gives developers one of the broadest and deepest platforms to develop on,” he added.
Source- RIM press release
Research In Motion (RIM) has released the BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) Social Platform- Beta for BlackBerry developers. The BBM Social Platform will allow BlackBerry platform developers to add social Super App features to their apps.
According to BlackBerry’s developer’s blog, the beta will aid developers to accomplish the following:
- Access and update fields in the user’s profile such as status, avatar and personal message;
- Create their own custom areas within the user’s profile for promoting recent application activity or storing trophies and achievements;
- Initiate and embed chats with friends;
- Initiate application-to-application background communication through BBM for sending and receiving application instructions, such as moves in a game or any other application state changes;
- Initiate file transfers;
- The ability to share applications virally with friends in their contact list.
The beta also includes special simulators for BlackBerry OS 5.0 and 6.0 that will allow for simulation of BBM communication between two instances of the simulator and help developers in testing the exact workflow and BBM integration on a live device.
While the recently released beta is for Java developers, RIM will release another beta in April 2011 which will provide full support for the BlackBerry WebWorks platform.
Research In Motion (RIM) made a commitment at its BlackBerry DEVCON 2010, that will give Blackberry developers access to its BlackBerry Analytics Service. Delivering on that promise, RIM has announced that the free analytics services is now available for app developers in beta. The analytic services is powered by Webtrends.
Interested blackberry app developers can download the BlackBerry Analytics SDK and start integrating the service into their applications. The service consists of the SDK, documents and a reporting interface that allows developers to access and view the data for their apps. The service will provide key insights like application use, frequency, user loyalty, and features used etc., to blackberry OS developers on customer usage pattern and interaction level with the app which will ultimately help them better their apps and earn more revenue from it.
“Feedback from our customers and development partners has always shaped our BlackBerry products and services, and so we understand the need for deep, rich and accurate analytics. We also know that access to such metrics is a top priority for BlackBerry developers as they try to make their applications stand out in an increasingly crowded market,” said Curtis Sasaki, vice president of product management at RIM.
“BlackBerry developers will now have better access to complementary, enterprise-class mobile analytics technology and services,” said Alex Yoder, CEO of Webtrends. “Webtrends has a truly powerful and incredibly comprehensive platform for creating, measuring and improving content across all digital channels, and mobile is no exception. We are thrilled to deliver insight and value to the BlackBerry developer community” he added.