A [URL="http://bit.ly/appcelerator_idc_q4_mobile_developer_report"]new survey[/URL] jointly conducted by Appcelerator® and International Data Corporation (IDC) released September 27, 2010 reveals Appcelerator Titanium developers favor Android over iOS in TVs and other devices.[ATTACH=right]17397[/ATTACH] Although the market shows that Apple currently leads in iPhone/iPad sales and popularity, the survey reveals that of the approximately 2,300 developers polled, 72% believe Android is more suitable to power a larger number and variety of connected devices in the future and in the long-run, compared to 25% for iOS. However, with respect to smart phones, iPhone still leads in developer preference over Android with 91% to 82%. And Google …

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[ATTACH=right]16930[/ATTACH]Just weeks after Research in Motion [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story303272.html"]installed servers in Saudi Arabia[/URL] to allow authorities there to monitor Blackberry messaging traffic and avoid being shut down in the Kingdom, an encore of the drama is playing out in India. The Indian government has [URL="http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/operatingsystems/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=226700187"]pledged to shut down RIM's encrypted services[/URL] in the country at the end of the month, citing security concerns just as a handful of other Asian countries have done this summer. Now it appears RIM is employing a stalling technique with the deadline less than a week away. On Thursday the company proposed a forum with industry and …

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I was wondering if there was any way to make an ApplicationMenuItem inside the message edit screen that, when selected sends the message to the selected contacts itself, bypassing the default sending program. I am fine with the menu item and have seen how to do similar things by retrieving the 'context' argument but I'm not sure how I would get the message body and contacts that were selected. Thanks in advance

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[ATTACH=right]16534[/ATTACH]Alcohol remains off limits, but it looks like Saudis will still be allowed to feed their Crackberry addiction after all. The Saudi government had said that it would begin blocking Blackberry's instant messaging services on Friday - claiming that by not being allowed to monitor messages, the popular devices and service from Canada's Research in Motion represented a national security risk to the Kingdom. That Friday deadline was extended to today, and then that extended deadline came and went without any reported disruption in service. Then, just in the last few hours, [URL="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-08-09/saudi-arabia-rim-reportedly-agree-on-blackberry-use-u-s-says.html"]comes news from the State Department[/URL] that the …

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Research In Motion (RIM) held an event in NYC at 11 AM EDT today to announce a new device previously referred to as the BlackBerry 9800, but now known as the Blackberry Torch. The real excitement however is the BlackBerry 6 OS. RIM hopes that their revamped focus on multimedia and the web will reinvigorate interest in BlackBerry. [B]BlackBerry Torch 9800[/B] [ATTACH=RIGHT]16361[/ATTACH]- Features BB OS 6 - 624 MHz Processor - 512MB of RAM - Rear-facing Camera and Flash - 3.2" HVGA+ touchscreen (480x360) and QWERTY slider keyboard - 512MB built-in memory + 4GB eMMC card (expandable up to 32GB) …

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The co-CEOs of BlackBerry developers Research In Motion, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, have accused Steve Jobs of unacceptable behaviour and Apple of avoiding responsibility for its design mistakes. "RIM's customers don't need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity" they say. Meanwhile Nokia insists that it will "prioritize antenna performance over physical design" every time, in a clear dig at the iPhone development process. [attach]15886[/attach]It was [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story297194.html"]only a matter of time before the sticky stiff hit the fan following the Apple iPhone 4 press conference yesterday[/URL] during which Steve Jobs first claimed all phones …

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The [url=http://www.blackberrydeveloperconference.com/overview]BlackBerry Developer Conference[/url] concluded yesterday, but not before Research in Motion had the chance to unveil enhancements to its [url=http://na.blackberry.com/eng/developers/]BlackBerry Application Platform[/url], which now supports [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenGL_ES]OpenGL ES[/url], a subset of the desktop graphics API specification for embedded systems. Useful for development of 3D games development and other graphics, it's standard equipment on phones based on Android and Symbian OS, and is among several of iPhone's graphics libraries. RIM also [url=http://press.rim.com/release.jsp?id=2708]announced[/url] the release of BlackBerry Theme Studio 5.0, a [b]free[/b] suite of tools it says simplify the design of custom interfaces, illustrations and animations for devices running BlackBerry OS 4.2.2 …

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You don't have to have lived in Haight-Ashbury in the Sixties to achieve self-awareness in San Francisco. BlackBerry developers are gathered in the city this week for the annual [url=http://www.blackberrydeveloperconference.com/overview]BlackBerry Developer Conference[/url], taking place now through Thursday. Among the top stories is a new service platform from Research in Motion that will enable developers to build location-aware applications that can include advertising, collect payments or generate other location-based activities or services. Maybe a text message will inform you as you walk past the [url=http://www.redvic.com/]Red Victorian Hotel[/url] that its [url=http://www.redvic.com/cafe.html]Peace Cafe[/url] just received a shipment of tie-dye shirts, for example. Making …

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[URL="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/08/31/apple_expected_to_offer_iphone_on_new_u_s_carriers_within_a_year.html"]Apple Insider[/URL] reports this morning that Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is predicting that Apple will end its exclusive agreement with AT&T by next summer. This rumor has been out there for some time (as I wrote back in June in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4428.html"]Is Apple Getting Ready to Dump AT&T?[/URL]). The exclusivity agreement never really made sense to me, but as the market matures, it makes even less. [B]Look at RIM[/B] If you want an example of a handset maker that has thrived with a multiple carrier strategy, look no further than RIM. Today, in the US, you can buy multiple flavors …

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To be honest, these days it takes a new iPhone or maybe the latest Android-powered beast to get my smartphone pulse racing even if BlackBerry is the top of the smartphone pops in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4324.html"]raw number terms[/URL]. So news of a new BlackBerry, the Curve 8520 which was also know as Gemini during the many months of hyping that always arrives long before the actual product, was never going to get me all hot and bothered. Indeed, for all intents and purposes the [URL="http://uk.blackberry.com/devices/blackberrycurve8500/?CPID=KNC-SEMD_rimggl89200000002742s&HBX_PK=rimggl89200000002742s&"]Curve 8250[/URL] is just another BlackBerry, albeit something of an entry-level model. I am told it will most …

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According to the latest report from The NPD Group, US consumer sales of the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4076.html"]BlackBerry[/URL] Curve have outstripped those of the [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/24653/1231/"]Apple iPhone[/URL] in the first quarter of 2009. It says that an aggressive buy-one-get-one-free promotion from Verizon Wireless has helped in no little part to push the Curve into first place and make it the best-selling [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3917.html"]consumer smartphone[/URL] in the US so far this year. NPD says that RIM’s consumer smartphone market share increased 15 percent to nearly 50 percent of the smartphone market in Q1 2009 versus the prior quarter, while the Apple (and for that matter Palm) …

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I’m back from a timely and tropical Florida break, and now I’m tanned, rested and ready to talk tech stocks. Issue #1 is Research in Motion, a stock on the upswing (at $44 per share) on news that it plans to roll out a new, full-service TV feature in the next week or so. The report comes from NewTeeVee.com, which sites multiple sources in describing the new RIMM TV service (as follows): —It will be a paid-for unlimited monthly subscription service. 
 —Content will be downloaded through a Wi-Fi connection.
 —The service has managed to license content from multiple broadcast …

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Oh, the poor beleaguered BlackBerry Storm. It just can't catch a break. Mobile phone company Orange delayed its launch in the UK last year because of undisclosed "[URL="http://mobiletechaddicts.com/2008/10/09/orange-internal-statement-on-blackberry-bold-quality-issues/"]software issues[/URL]." The Bold's much anticipated arrival in the U.S. [URL="http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2008/11/the_blackberry_5.html;jsessionid=QK2ZU3QQNUR2QQSNDLRSKHSCJUNN2JVN"]got bumped back[/URL] nearly six months. Now sales of one of Research In Motion's (RIM) newest smartphones have been halted in Japan due to complaints some units are overheating. Reuters is [URL="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/DoCoMo-halts-BlackBerry-Bold-rb-14489407.html"]reporting[/URL] today, "NTT DoCoMo Inc, Japan's biggest mobile phone operator, said on Friday it has halted sales of Research In Motion's BlackBerry Bold because the phone can overheat while the battery is …

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If you've been thinking of ditching your old BlackBerry and getting a new Bold or Storm, but hate the idea of an upgrade or early termination fee, I have some great news for you. The best part of the new devices has been all its new browser has to offer. Now you can have the new browser on your current BlackBerry without the expense and hassle of getting a new phone. BlackBerry Device Software v4.5 is now [URL="http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/devices//?CPID=NLC-BBCN-OLi708&cp=NLC-BBCN-OLi708"]available for download[/URL]. Research In Motion, creators of the ubiquitous smartphone, touts speed as the number one improvement, but there's plenty more to …

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The competition between Apple and RIM appears to be taking on Ali-Frazier status, even though both companies are taking another beating, as it were, in trading today. Apple is down 3.33%, and RIM is down 2.4% at 3:40 EST - both victims of an overall market decline that once again can be attributed to deep disillusionment over the health of the overall economy. No major economic number came out today, although the White House meeting between President Bush and President-elect Barack Obama made news all over the world. That said, it wasn't a surprise and no big economic announcement came …

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[I]“Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results.” ~Scott Adams. [/I] There is a battle going on out there in cell phone land involving the 3 hottest-of-hot cell phones. I write of course about[URL="http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/specials/iPhone.jsp"] the iPhone from AT&T[/URL], the [URL="http://www.t-mobileg1.com/"]G1 from T-Mobile[/URL] and the upcoming [URL="http://estore.vzwshop.com/storm/"]Blackberry Storm from Verizon[/URL]. All include the obligatory-cool touch screen interface--the G1 also sports a keyboard under the hood for you touch-typing phobes--but each has its strengths and weaknesses. It would be foolish to buy a phone that doesn't meet your needs just because it's popular, so …

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Research In Motion yesterday released new versions of its [url=http://blackberry.com/developers/]BlackBerry development tools[/url], including the BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE) Plug-In for Eclipse Beta 2 that's better integrated with the open-source IDE, can perform pre-processing for builds and receives updates through the Eclipse Update Manager. There are also new versions of the BlackBerry Plug-in for Microsoft Visual Studio and BlackBerry MDS Studio, which can stand alone or work through Eclipse. The BlackBerry Plug-in for Visual Studio allows users of Microsoft's IDE to visually construct applications for BlackBerry devices and RIM's [url=http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/mobile.jsp]Mobile Data System[/url] and application framework. I have seen RIM's drag-and-drop …

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A coordinated effort by global central banks, led by the U.S. and the Federal Reserve Board’s 0.5% emergency rate cut today has more or less calmed the financial markets this morning (down about 100 points in mid-morning trading). I say “more or less’ because who really knows? But the economists I’m seeing and reading think that lower rates will get more people back into big ticket items like houses, cars and travel packages – a must for an economy that is being dragged down by frightened consumers. Plus, the rate cut relieves pressure on banks who either can’t or won’t …

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Although many people get lathered up about the iPhone 3G, BlackBerry enthusiasts know that’s not the only next-generation smartphone in town. Research In Motion is set to introduce the next hot new smartphone in its product line, the BlackBerry Bold. With its enhanced higher-resolution display, 3G capabilities, and GPS, [URL="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24950650/"]some industry analysts[/URL] are calling the new Bold “the first big hedge against the iPhone.” Others, however, aren't quite as hyperbolic. As [URL="http://krisabel.ctv.ca/blog/_archives/2008/8/27/3857450.html"]one reviewer[/URL] puts it, "It’s a phone that could easily have been launched as part of an anniversary, to serve as a reminder of the company’s legacy, and will …

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Research in Motion has thrown its BlackBerry hat into the iPhone ring with [URL= http://www.blackberry.com/blackberrybold/] BlackBerry Bold[/URL], the latest version of the company’s line of sleek, multimedia savvy smartphones. According to a RIM [URL=http://www.rim.com/news/press/2008/pr-12_05_2008-01.shtml]press release[/URL], the new unit is “crafted from premium materials inside and out, that radiate elegance with a dramatic presence.” Yeah, whatever. What you’ll want to know is this: The Bold supports Mbit-speed networking with tri-band HSDPA (the first BlackBerry to do this), and also has integrated GPS and WiFi capabilities. Obviously taking aim at Apple’s iPhone, the Bold’s “lustrous black exterior, satin chrome finish and stylish …

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It’s been a lousy first quarter for tech stocks but the outlook for the second quarter of 2008 looks brighter and shinier. So say the investment gurus at Tech Ticker – specifically former Wall Street tech analyst Henry Blodget and Barons West Coast editor Eric Savitz. Savitz says there are plenty of bargains and buying opportunities for tech investors as April opens up. “We’re still seeing a deterioration in fundamentals, specifically with Oracle’s mediocre earnings picture (from last week) and with Google and the ongoing online advertising malaise.” But Savitz really seems to like certain sectors, like semiconductors, where stock …

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