The folks at #TeamBlackBerry, via the Inside BlackBerry blog, have released their top 5 BlackBerry apps list, however, it is unclear if this list is of top 5 BlackBerry apps available from RIM, or, just top 5 apps in general. All the apps listed: BBM, Email, Twitter, BlackBerry Camera, and Facebook are all apps developed by RIM, but, I don’t want to make any assumptions.
Archives for August 2011
Episode #81 of the SMRpodcast, I’m Coming Off the Top Rope, is up and ready for download. We have a full cast as Brent is back from his cross country road trip. There was a lot of news last week and we covered much of it… Check out the show notes after the break…
In an unexpected move, Mike Kirkup, Research in Motion Senior Director of Developer Relations, resigns after 10 years at the company.
As the mobile space continues to change so quickly and this seems like a great time to step back and consider my next steps. If you wonder what I mean about the changing mobile landscape, just look at what has happened in the last two weeks – Motorola was acquired by Google, HP shut down webOS and Steve Jobs resigned as CEO from Apple.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Kirkup stated that Nothing has changed for RIM and BlackBerry. Clearly, this is not the case today… RIM has lost a good one…
I have to admit that I’ve been a fan of touch screen smartphones going all the way back to Windows Mobile devices that you had to use a stylus on. I am also on the record for saying that the the keyboard on the original BlackBerry Bold 9000 is the best physical keyboard any smartphone has ever seen. The BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 joins the best of both worlds adding a touch screen that stands on its own against the iPhone or any Android device and reintroducing the best physical QWERTY keyboard of all time.
The title of this commercial is “Harmony”, and, that is exactly what RIM has achieved on the new BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930.
BlackBerry Desktop Software 7.0 Beta has been in Beta Zone for a little while now, but, it requires a key code in order to be activated. This prompted members of OpenSourceBB to see if the could strip out the key code activation bits, which, they have done successfully and have posted online for all to try out. This version of BlackBerry Desktop Software 7.0 Beta is, of course, unsupported, so proceed with caution if you decided to give it a try…
After tons of rumors and speculation, Research in Motion has officially announced a new social music sharing and discovery service that they’ve dubbed BBM Music. For $5 per month you can store up to 50 songs in your personal music profile and you can swap out up to 25 songs from your profile each month. That’s not a lot of music for 5 bucks, but, one of the features in BBM Music that is kind of cool is the ability for you to access up to 50 songs from each of your friends profiles who also use BBM Music. The more friends you have, the more music you can potentially access so long as everyone doesn’t have the exact same songs in their personal music profile.
Check out the full press release after the break…
So, it would appear that with the updates to BlackBerry Bridge v18.104.22.168 and BlackBerry Tablet OS v22.214.171.12442, third party BlackBerry PlayBook apps now have the ability to connect to the internet via BlackBerry Bridge in the absence of a WiFi internet connection. I tested this on multiple BlackBerry PlayBook apps including Facebook, Poynt, GeeReeder, and BlackBerry news and they all appeared to work even though the connection seems to be extremely slow.
Research in Motion today announced via the Inside BlackBerry Developers Blog that it has launched the BlackBerry Native SDK for Tablet OS Closed Beta targeting game developers who want to create games for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The Native SDK will enable developers to create rich and compelling games for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using C/C++, the Standard Template Library (STL) and Open GL ES 1.1/2.0.
I originally wrote a post on Simple Mobile Review about issues with the BlackBerry Bold 9930 browser crashing. I was wondering how many RIMarkable users have upgraded to the Bold 9930 and have noticed stability issues with the web browser. I feel the 9930 is likely the best BlackBerry device ever made, however, when using the browser the phone frequently becomes sluggish and unresponsive leading the a crash.
Eventually you get an error stating:
Uncaught exception: Application
net_rim_bb)_browser_daemon (324) is not responding; process terminated
I will apologize up front as the video is long but at 2 min 17sec you can see the first crash. The screenshots above highlight the error dialog you see upon crashing. Are any of you having this issue and if so what sites are causing the browser to crash? I detailed how to replicate the crash on Simple Mobile Review but you can also see this in the video.