The BlackBerry Nabu

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I recently posted a wish of mine, BlackBerry getting a smart watch by purchasing Kairos and making it their own. But, I don’t think BlackBerry should just stop at watches. I believe that they should have all sorts of smart wearables. The Kairos watch also has the option of providing a smart band, which makes any watch a smart watch. It also does health monitoring, which brings me to the Razer Nabu. Razer provides gaming systems and peripherals, so they aren’t new to the tech community.  So, unlike Kairos, they probably won’t make or break on a wearable.  But, getting into Continue reading

The BlackBerry Kairos Smartwatch

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As I have stated before, I am okay with the whole smart watch concept, but I believe that most smart watches are going down the wrong path in their implementation. I don’t believe a smart watch should be a complete replacement for your smart phone. I believe that it should complement the phone and also do its main function; tell time.  Also, I am a big fan of keeping BlackBerry around and helping them thrive and grow into different areas.  My support isn’t solely based on my app building, but in my strong belief that innovation only really happens when their Continue reading

Asynchronously Annoyed

I have been struggling with an issue on SharePoint for a few days now.  If this was some other method, besides jQuery in a SharePoint page, I’m sure it would have been much easier to do. It all starts with ExecuteQueryAsync and trying to loop through recently saved items. The project I am working on requires a document review path, which is different based on the group or the type of document being reviewed.  After first attempting to create a list to handle this process, I went back to modifying the Document Library.  The Document Library isn’t exactly like a regular Continue reading

Zombie Crossing – game review

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Time for another silly game review. Whether it is my review that is silly or the game is, will be determmined by the reader. Back in the 1980’s arcades (that place in the mall that you would go to in order to play games) had several games that had a simple premis, but would draw you in for hours just to do a very basic task. One of these games was Frogger. All you had to do was get the frog to hop across the road, grass and river to the other side. Occasionally you would guide the frog to Continue reading

Short URLs for fun and marketing

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During a discussion in the BBM Group “Baby Steps: BB Dev”, we were talking about apps sales and how to get more downloads. It was mentioned that in a recent developer survey, it was found that the more time a developer spent on marketing, as a percentage of development, the number of app downloads increased. A basic business principle, spend money on marketing to increase sales. After sharing this tidbit with the group, the discussion turned to tracking app reviews from different sources to see which ones are the most useful for increasing downloads. I had already started working on Continue reading

A graphical difference in releases

Meetup for BB Releases

 I did the 4.2.4 release for Meetup for BlackBerry 10, I didn’t receive the notification email that there was an update to the app.  I think I even waited a day or so before doing the update myself, which was available when I went to myApps in BlackBerry App World.  This wasn’t the first time that I did a release and the notification didn’t go through to the phone.  In the last release, I got the review approval from BlackBerry and then the update notice within 12 hours.  The approval came after 10 pm and by the next morning I Continue reading