RIM eyes competitors’ platforms in search for new revenue channels

January 17th at 6:59 PM

RIM eyes competitors’ platforms in search for new revenue channels

At an event last week in Boston, RIM VP Pete Devenyi said the company is exploring the possibility of introducing cross-platform solutions that would allow IT professionals to manage smartphones made by companies other than RIM. “BlackBerry is and will continue to be dominant in most corporations,” Devenyi said in an interview. “It’s not going to be the only device, given the fact that consumers have the choice to bring in their own devices, and IT departments are often letting them in. So there’s a question there: do those corporations have to manage those devices differently or is there the possibility that RIM might extend capabilities to make it easier for those corporations to manage those devices as well?” This is hardly the first time RIM has explored its competitors’ platforms as a possible way to widen its net. For years, RIM has been experimenting with a variety of cross-platform tools that might help the company develop new revenue channels. The most well-known example is likely RIM’s BlackBerry Application Suite, which we showed off exclusively two years ago. BAS would have allowed BlackBerry software to be installed on platforms like Windows Mobile and Symbian so that companies could deploy BlackBerry services on a variety of popular smartphone operating systems. The current state of RIM’s BAS software solution is unknown. More →


RIM announces new tools and services for developers

September 27th at 4:08 PM

RIM announces new tools and services for developers

Today, at DevCon, RIM announced a host of new tools and services for its developers, including:

BlackBerry WebWorks™: RIM’s next-generation application platform enables developers to build full-featured applications for BlackBerry entirely in HTML-5, CSS and JavaScript.  BlackBerry WebWorks brings together existing tools, new tools and platform services for the creation of rich, integrated BlackBerry applications. Developers can leverage their existing HTML skill sets that take advantage of advanced features through APIs and services, just as BlackBerry Java® applications can do today.  This new platform merges the simplicity of HTML5 with the power of true multi-tasking, BlackBerry Platform services, true Push and more.

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM™) Social Platform: Developers can now build applications that take advantage of the BlackBerry smartphone’s social aspects, as well as the push architecture of the BlackBerry platform.   By leveraging the power and popularity of BBM, developers can weave functions – such as chat, content sharing and invitation – into their app, tying it directly to BBM.

BlackBerry Advertising Service: With just a few lines of code, developers can quickly and easily integrate advertising into their applications. Developers can include advertising in BlackBerry smartphone applications, while allowing advertisers, agencies and brands to work with a broad selection of advertising networks. RIM also is enabling new monetization opportunities to BlackBerry developers by simplifying the integration of advertising both on the development side and on the commercial side.

BlackBerry Analytics Service: RIM and Webtrends are offering a free enterprise-class analytics service for the BlackBerry developer community. BlackBerry Analytics Service will allow developers to quickly and easily add measurement into their applications and offer deep insight into how customer are using their BlackBerry smartphone applications.  With a few lines of code, developers can tie their applications to an analytics service with insights typically reserved for enterprise analytics.

BlackBerry Enterprise Application Middleware: This new enterprise application development platform is designed to accelerate the creation of “Super Apps” for commercial enterprise and corporate developers.  It simplifies enterprise application development and solves some of the challenges of building for mobility, including device OS compatibility and wireless connectivity.

BlackBerry Java Plug-In for MacOS X, which provides a similar level of Eclipse integration as the in-market 1.2 version for Windows;

Theme Builder 6, allowing users to personalize and brand their BlackBerry 6-enabled devices; and

BlackBerry Payment Service SDK, allowing developers to start building payment services into their applications, whether it’s enhanced in-app payments, try and buy offers, or freemium applications. More →


Apple relaxing restrictions on iOS third-party development tools

September 9th at 9:00 AM

Apple relaxing restrictions on iOS third-party development tools

Today, in a rather surprising press release, Apple announced that it would be “relaxing some restrictions put in place earlier this year” for iOS developers. The company writes:

We are continually trying to make the App Store even better. We have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart. Based on their input, today we are making some important changes to our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 […] In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need. In addition, for the first time we are publishing the App Store Review Guidelines to help developers understand how we review submitted apps. We hope it will make us more transparent and help our developers create even more successful apps for the App Store.

There you have it. What do you think? Is this a case of Apple taking developer feedback seriously, or are they feeling pressure from a certain, unnamed competitor? More →


Adobe shows off new Content Aware tool option in Photoshop CS5

March 24th at 2:26 PM

Adobe shows off new Content Aware tool option in Photoshop CS5


In a five minute demonstration video posted to YouTube, Adobe shows off a new jaw-dropping tool option designed to make fixing imperfections in photographs drop dead easy. This new “Content Aware” fill technique is dispersed amongst multiple tools including the lasso, magic wand, and the spot healing brush and can be used to seamlessly remove background objects literally with a single click. Watch the video after the jump and prepare yourself to be blown away by what you see. More →