Cascades for BlackBerry 10 beta – Now Available!
After RIM blew s___ up at BlackBerry World 2012 we all started to see why we had to go through all the hard times. The awful blog posts from some of the worlds most selfish key pushers. The days of 3rd-4th place are over, and the future is brighter than the competition could have imagined. Topping it off is the Now Available Cascades beta for BlackBerry 10!
Check out the full Release Notes below
BlackBerry World, BlackBerry 10 Jam, more than 5,000 BlackBerry World delegates and attendees have immersed themselves in learning about hot topics like NFC and mobile payments, the consumerization of IT, mobile device management, among a host of other important industry topics.
Today, Research In Motion also hosted an “Unconference” Day for developers, providing an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the developer community to build sessions and discussions on topics closest to their hearts including building Python apps, Cascades, and optimizing app review, support and strategies.
Other Day 3 highlights include [See Continue Reading for all the info]:
Look’s like RIM pushed out a quick update for BlackBerry Protect users. I just noticed v188.8.131.52 showing up in App World via my 9930. There’s no changelog listed so I can assume it’s just a bug fix. Hit your refresh button in under your world to grab the update now.
**BlackBerry Protect version 184.108.40.206 is and update for BlackBerry 7 devices only. The correct version for your specific device will automatically be selected for you from App World when you click to download
It is no secret that over the last couple of years BlackBerry sales have declined in some parts of the world, in particular North America. RIM have been under constant criticism but in the UK things couldn’t be more different. BlackBerry became UK’s best selling smartphone in 2010, and once again last year, so for the past two years BlackBerry dominated UK’s mobile phone market.
The biggest share of BlackBerry users in the UK are teenagers, which really isn’t that big of a surprise, knowing that BlackBerry is widely known for their brilliant QWERTY keyboards, and teenager sure love to text, write emails, and be on pace with social networks.
There is also another reason, why I think BlackBerry is so popular in the UK. UK has really affordable prices when it comes to BlackBerry. Only recent I discovered O2’s BlackBerry Bold 9900 On & On offer. For £30.00 per month, you get unlimited calls, unlimited texts, 1 GB data, and the best of all – a BlackBerry Bold 9900. Sounds to good to be true? Check out O2’s home page, and the previously mentioned BlackBerry Bold 9900 On & On offer.
BlackBerry World 2012 – RIM’s largest event gathering, and right here in Orlando, Florida. RIM quoted an attendance of more than 5,000 delegates; from developers, analysts, media, and many others.
RIM provided an in-depth look at the company’s vision (to a crowd of hoots & whistles), the future (belts of joys), what’s on the horizon for the developer community (more money and more love to share with devs) and announcements with new partners. Following are the highlights from Day 1 at BlackBerry World:
° First Look BlackBerry 10: RIM unveiled its vision for the BlackBerry 10 platform and released the initial developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development. The toolkit is available as a free download from http://developer.blackberry.com. “BlackBerry 10 builds upon the core values and exceptional user experiences that have attracted more than 77 million BlackBerry customers around the world today,” said Alec Saunders, Vice President, Developer Relations and Ecosystems Development. “Developers building for BlackBerry 10 will be able to easily create the kind of cutting-edge apps that deliver truly engaging experiences and ‘wow’ customers, whether through integration with native features and other apps like BBM or by leveraging the new signature design elements of this new and powerful mobile computing platform.” Read the full press release here.
° Developer Momentum Around the BlackBerry 10 Platform: Developers and top brands are already beginning to commit to the BlackBerry 10 platform for their mobile application development. Today at BlackBerry World, RIM revealed endorsements from a number of key partners who have already confirmed their excitement for the upcoming launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform. These include Endomondo, Wikitude, Gameloft, Mippin, Occipital, PixelMags, Poynt and Truphone. Read the full release here.
° Pacemaker DJ on BlackBerry PlayBook: BlackBerry World delegates and attendees had the opportunity to see a demo of the new Pacemaker DJ app for the BlackBerry PlayBook. In collaboration with RIM, the Pacemaker DJ app offers effects like auto beatmatching, vinyl mode with scratching, digital mode, looping, loop travel, pitch control, beat skip and “pro level.”
° BlackBerry World Keynote Presentation: President and CEO Thorsten Heins unveiled details about the BlackBerry 10 mobile computing engine and provided his vision for the future of BlackBerry. If you missed it, you can catch the keynote online – and a sneak peek video on what to expect on BlackBerry 10.
By far one of the most exciting things we’ve seen here has to be the BlackBerry 10 features coming to the bb10 devices come later this year. Check out the Video from RIM to get a start!
Predictive text that uses a swipe-up gesture so no more long bar of predictive text like you see on the current BlackBerry Tablet 2.0′s. Not that we don’t like the current way, but I think we’ll love the new way much more.
BlackBerryWorld and Jam Coverage
As with any good BlackBerry blog site, we have our own representatives attending BlackBerryWorld and BlackBerryJam down in Orlando this week. Ryan (@rezn) will be covering the World shindig while our dear pal Pootemobile is at the Jam session and will be providing us info from there (Big Thanks!).
First up was a press release on a new BlackBerry Music Gateway accessory. Previously, there was a BlackBerry Remote Stereo Gateway released in 2008. It sold for around $79.99 and didn’t seem to be widely accepted. The new version is set to launch in June for only $49.99. Check the rest of the press release for more details.
RIM is introducing a new accessory, the BlackBerry® Music Gateway, tonight at the BlackBerry Solutions Showcase from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Palms Ballroom. The new BlackBerry Music Gateway lets you wirelessly stream music to your home or car stereo from your BlackBerry® smartphone, BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet or any Bluetooth® enabled device*. Once connected to the BlackBerry Music Gateway, customers are able to control their music from up to 30 feet away from the stereo, without missing a single beat.
The showcase will also be open for the duration of BlackBerry World. Stop by for a demo and take a look at all it has to offer:
- Connections Made Simple – Using NFC, simply tap your NFC enabled BlackBerry to connect to the BlackBerry Music Gateway**, or connect via standard Bluetooth for universal connectivity of any Bluetooth enabled device such as smartphones, tablets and computers
- Enjoy Wireless Freedom – Stream music from your BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook, or any other Bluetooth enabled device. BlackBerry Music Gateway connects to any existing home stereo equipment or car stereo using the RCA or 3.5mm cables included in the box
- Wireless Remote Control – Use your device as the remote for complete control of playback, track changes, and volume.
- Multitasking – Access other applications or surf the web while playing music. Music automatically pauses when an incoming phone call is received and continues when the call is ended without skipping a beat.
This didn’t take long, but we’re all pretty sure the photos are real. CrackBerry Forum member TRIPPIN just blasted us with some hot shots of what can only be known as the BB10 Dev Alpha device coming from RIM in a couple days at BlackBerry Jam 10.
CrackBerry wasted no time in getting these all in full view for the world to weigh out their opinion and pop some comments on what they think about the design. Personally I like it.
It was just yesterday that I was asking AngryBirds on Twitter when we might see the update for ..Space. Now it seems they may actually be bringing all the updates to our beloved PlayBook beginning with Angry Birds Rio .
We’re not sure exactly what this update entails. But it appears to have new levels. The kiddos whipped through what seemed to be most of the levels on the first 3 games again the other day. Let us know what you find or what we may have missed!
What are you waiting for? Go grab your update or pick up Angry Birds Rio for $4.99 below now!
RIM’s Team Lead for Gaming R&D Sean Paul Taylor almost knocked me out of my chair the other day when he announced the latest release of RIM’s open-source, cross-platform C++ game development framework: gameplay.
gameplay is a project contributed & hosted on GitHub. Co-founded by Sean Paul Taylor and Steve Grenier. Their bringing quite a bit of knowledge contributing this project to directly target the indie game dev community. And in my opinion they’re going pedal to the metal!
Current features in gameplay
- Written completely in C++ and well documented using doxygen.
- Solution and workspaces for Visual Studio 2010, XCode 3.2.1 and Momentics IDE’s.
- Platform-Game abstraction layer separating all operating system code from game engine code.
- Input system support for Mouse, Keyboard and Touch.
- Full vector math library with classes for Vector2/3/4, Matrix, Quaternion, Ray, Plane. Also Frustum and BoundingBox/BoundingSphere classes for object culling.
- Solid OpenGL 3.2+ (for Desktop) and OpenGL ES 2.0 (for Mobile) based rendering system with classes for RenderState, FrameBuffer, Mesh, Material, Effect, Pass and Techniques.
- Easy-to-use and efficient Font and Sprite classes.
- Scene-graph components such as Scene, Node, Light, Camera and Model.
- Binary encoding tool for creating optimized bundles for loading TTF fonts and 3D game assets supporting both COLLADA and FBX formats.
- Extensible animation system with classes for Animation, AnimationClip and Curve with built-in AnimationTarget’s on Transform and MaterialParameter’s classes.
- Complete 3D audio system with additional support for compressed audio using OGG and supporting HDMI gaming.
New features in gameplay v1.2
- Newplatforms now supporting:
- BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0 and BlackBerry 10 ready!
- Apple iOS 5.1 for iPhone and iPad
- Google Android 2.3+
- Microsoft Windows 7
- Apple MacOSX
- New shader-based material system with built-in common shader library.
- New declarative scene binding.
- New declarative particle system.
- Improved physics system with rigid body dynamics and constraints.
- New character physics and ghost objects.
- Improved animation system supporting animated skeletal character animation.
- New declarative user interface system with support for declartive theming and ortho, and 3D form definition with built-in core control classes such as Button, Label, TextBox, Slider, CheckBox, RadioButton. Also includes Layout classes such as Absolute/Vertical and FlowLayout.
- New cross-platform new game project wizard scripts.
- New game developer guide.
- New game samples and tutorials.
Written exclusively for Berryfication.com by Greg Wesson (@lombaki)
In 2007, we all had a good laugh. A computer company was going to make a phone; with a touchscreen. The company that was previously on the brink of death, until Microsoft jumped to the rescue with some money, was entering the BlackBerry and Palm owned SmartPhone market. It’s 2012 now, and the only people laughing are working for the richest company in the world.
Written exclusively for Berryfication.com by Greg Wesson (@lombaki)
There’s a special BlackBerry out there. At over $2000, it’s the most expensive stock BlackBerry 9900 you can buy; the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981. The reviews have been mixed at best. The basic consensus is that, outside of status, it’s pretty much silly to pay so much more for basically the same phone just because it looks different. Perhaps, though, BlackBerry has made the first step into a whole new market.