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Follow Me As I learn To Develop & Publish My First BB App


This is new.  I’ve decided I’m going to start out on (what seems like) the impossible quest of learning, developing, publishing & marketing my first BB app.

First: I don’t know a THING about developing apps- java, CSS, SDK, flash etc.  It’s all foreign to me. 100% newbie here.
Second: As I learn, I’ll post. I want this to be a step-by-step guide for those of us (like myself) who don’t have a clue where to begin.
Third: I’m not sure yet whether I’ll develop a PlayBook tablet app, or a mobile app (I haven’t even gotten that far yet).  Whatever I do, I will cover basics: building a theme-based app, an app for your blog/site, and then a more complicated app involving GPS locators, maps, directories etc.

Let’s start building apps! o.O

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RIM waiving $200 vendor approval fee for PlayBook developers


PS. I like how RIM quotes Crackberry twice, as though they’re some kind of legitimate authority on all things Blackberry. I get that they’re a huge BB blog/forum/review/site, but “crack” “berry” really?  Their name insinuates bb users with cocaine. Um, I’ll pass.

Moving on. RIM is waiving its normally $200 vendor certification fee for app developers.  Apparently just a couple months ago it would cost a user $200 + a long wait of a few weeks to find out whether or not they had been approved as an app developer.  Now it’s free and turn around time for hearing back from RIM is a few days’ time.  (I found this out from pouring through pages of developer forums on blackberry.com).  Under this deal you can submit up to 10 apps before you have to reapply.  Risk-free.

I wonder what other freebies RIM will offer in the coming weeks…

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PrivacyStar: Block Unwanted Calls


Are debt collectors constantly harassing you?  Do the words “out-call” or “in-call ONLY” describe your profession? Or maybe that cheating ex you dumped after you whipped the SpyBubble app on won’t stop calling you & wants your crazy totally sane ass back.  Well, the PrivacyStar app, launched by First Orion, does a couple of neat tricks.

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Blackberry “PlayBook” Tablet


The much hyped, long-awaited for Blackberry “PlayBook” Tablet (ps. whatever happened to calling it the Black Pad?) Black Pad sounded a little too “ipad” for my tastes anyway.  Can RIM please stop obsessing over all things Apple (they even did a video comparing ipad to the new playbook).  It’s becoming a little sad.

Moving on.  There are a couple of things to note here:

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Mixed Feelings: In-App Payments


In-App Payments: great news for developers and Blackberry, but so/so news for users?

About a week ago Research in Motion (RIM) debuted BB App world 2.1 with in-app feature support.
What are in-app payments?  It’s a payment function that developers had been pushing for as it allows them to offer an app for free, but! once you download the app, there are several opportunities for upgrades and premium features that cost money.

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Quick Picks: Tawkon, app that lowers cancer risk?


Say what?
Tawkon, is a mobile app company that has developed a program that monitors radiation levels emitted by your smartphone.  I never knew this before, but I schooled myself and discovered this: radiation comes from a mobile carrier’s antenna, meaning, the closer you are to your T-Mobile/Verizon/AT&T, etc. antenna, the more radiation your phone produces.   Continue reading

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Spy Bubble, Is this even legal?


I kind of have mixed feelings about the Spy Bubble app.
It targets 3 key demographics:
1. Jealous/Suspected Cheating Spouses.
2. Parental control for young kids.
3. Employers making sure their employees are using their work BBs for work alone.

Ok, #2 is fine. I get that. It’s the same thing as filtering out certain TV channels through your cable provider, or limiting your child’s settings on the web. That makes sense to me.
And *maybe* #3 is justifiable.
But spying on your spouse because you suspect them of cheating? Anyone remember the story of the woman who is suing her husband for reading her emails because he suspected her of cheating? Yea, that didn’t go quite the way he planned. What makes the Spy Bubble app even MORE outrageous than just, flipping through your partner’s phone while they’re in the shower, or rummaging through their briefcase or purse, are the features that comes with Spy Bubble

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