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Official RIM IM Clients updated to v3.0.0.19

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 03:47 PM PDT

RIM rolled out an update today for all of their official IM clients; Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. We have no idea what the new version brings. Let us know if you spot something!

You can pick up the updated version in App World or directly at the links below:

If its not showing up in your App World, do try to clear the cache! :)

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Posted by Terrence T for ©BerryReview, April 9, 2012, 6:47 pm. | Official RIM IM Clients updated to v3.0.0.19 | Leave a comment |

BlackBerry 10 Jam Highlights For BlackBerry World

Posted: 09 Apr 2012 03:16 PM PDT


BlackBerry World 2012 is just weeks away, and the event will also include a session designed specifically for developers that want to get their hands on with the future of RIM's BlackBerry OS. BlackBerry 10 Jam looks promising and RIM today sent out an update on what you can developers can expect.  I am actually kind of jealous of those devs. that do attend BlackBerry Jam because they will be one of the first actually get a taste of the new OS that will eventually become BlackBerry 10 when devices launch later this year. 

Some of the information is is already known but if you are considering developing for BlackBerry 10 check out the information below:

What's new with BlackBerry 10 Jam

  • BlackBerry 10 Beta Tools – We will be releasing the first beta of the BlackBerry 10 Developer Tools. BlackBerry 10 Jam will be the first opportunity for developers to get hands-on time with the tools and have experts there to offer guidance and help. The new tools include:
    • BlackBerry® 10 Native SDK
    • BlackBerry® 10 WebWorks™ SDK
    • BlackBerry® 10 SDK for Adobe® Air®
    • BlackBerry® 10 SDK for Android™ apps
  •  BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha – Developers who attend BlackBerry 10 Jam will receive a testing unit to give them a leg up on BlackBerry 10 development. This unprecedented seeding is only for developers who join us at the conference. Please note space is limited and is filling up quickly now, so your readers will need to register as soon as possible.
  •  Unconference – We are giving our developer community the opportunity to drive session topics for the Unconference on the last day of the show, May 3, 2012. We are currently collecting ideas which can be submitted via our Facebook® page or on Twitter® (@BlackBerryDev) or on BlackBerry DevBlog. In the coming weeks we will host a Twtpoll and Facebook poll where everyone can vote on the topics in which they are most interested.
  • Session Catalog Phase One is Live – The first part of our session catalog is up! Check out to see the first slate of sessions that have been released. Sessions are available on all the BlackBerry 10 toolsets for every experience level.

Session Highlight – Developing NFC Applications for BlackBerry 10

    • This session examines how developers can use NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities in their own BlackBerry® 10 applications. The focus will be on working with NFC tags (NFC Reader/Writer Mode). We'll review use of the new BlackBerry 10 NFC native APIs and C/C++ coding techniques in the context of a sample NFC application.

Just for media

    • Register now to attend BlackBerry World to get access to Press Panels on developer-focused topics including game development, social app development, enterprise apps and music app development; see BlackBerry 10 app demos; and hear from partners on BlackBerry 10 app momentum.

Useful Links

Event Info:

Jam Zone:

Dev Blog:

Dev Success Story:

BlackBerry App World:

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Posted by Luis Merlos for ©BerryReview, April 9, 2012, 6:16 pm. | BlackBerry 10 Jam Highlights For BlackBerry World | Leave a comment |


Posted: 09 Apr 2012 11:00 AM PDT

By:  Devin Mace


By now, mostly everyone in the online BlackBerry community is aware of the statement made by Alec Saunders, Research In Motion's Vice President in charge of Developer Relations. On Twitter Saunders said that in the upcoming PlayBook OS update RIM was removing sideloading feature. Some have suggested that the extraction of this feature isn't such a bad thing. Others in the community are in an uproar. As a BlackBerry user for the past 5 years and a PlayBook owner, I have to say that this is one turn that if RIM takes, might be one of the last straws for me with BlackBerry.

I understand the "piracy" argument and why RIM is catering to Android developers on this issue. PlayBook owners and other BlackBerry users are demanding the same app experiences that Android and Apple users are experiencing. In order to meet our demands, RIM appears to be doing anything Android developers are asking for in order to meet both our demands, and theirs.

But in doing so, here is the problem: RIM will destroy one of the things that makes BlackBerry great. Specifically, I'm talking about the lack of a walled garden. Apple uses this to control User Experience, to combat piracy, and to control the monetary flow to every single Apple mobile device. Sound familiar? That is what we're heading for with this move by RIM.

Let me take a step back and walk you through this. First, as we know from RIM, OS 2.0 of the PlayBook is a step towards BlackBerry 10. One of the great BlackBerry features that is missing from the PlayBook is Over-The-Air downloading, OTA. Thus, we must use sideloading to load programs that are not available in App World. RIM has stated the BlackBerry 10 will be coming to PlayBook at some point after it is released and running on the superphones. I personally don't expect BlackBerry to take away sideloading and OTA, and then give it back in another OS.

What I am saying is that these moves are indicative of a policy change in RIM's management of BlackBerry devices and their operating systems. One where the apps are kept in RIM's walled garden, BlackBerry App World, where we no longer have total control over what we want to put on our devices.

Those of us in the developer community and some consumers have managed to partake of apps that RIM has refused into App World as well apps not present in App World for various reasons. One reason that I enjoy the sideloading feature is the ability to quickly write a program for my own use with my PlayBook or Blackberry and simply use it without having to go through App World. Think about themes. Many of us use themes on our BlackBerry handhelds. The level of customization that BlackBerry users enjoy on their devices, while maintaining the security of the device as a whole, will no longer exist if we are only able to put only App World approved programming on BlackBerry devices.

It will be the end of BlackBerry as we've known it. No more third-party app stores. No more complete customization. No more loading what you want, when you want it.

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Posted by the BerryReview Team for ©BerryReview, April 9, 2012, 2:00 pm. | Guest Post: THE WRITING ON RIM'S WALL(ED GARDEN) | 26 comments |

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