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BlackBerry Jams are live events for application developers to get direct support from BlackBerry employees. BlackBerry Jam sessions happen all over the world, and often take place alongside larger conferences. BlackBerry Jam Americas, BlackBerry Jam Europe, and BlackBerry Jam Asia are the established regional events so far. Previously, BlackBerry had held DevCon events geared towards programmers, but they have since been rebranded. The next BlackBerry Jam session will take place alongside BlackBerry Live in Orlando Florida between May 14 and May 16.
If you're a BlackBerry developer looking to learn more about BlackBerry 10.3 and how it can make your apps better, BlackBerry is hosting a BlackBerry Jam Direct Virtual event on June 24th at 11:00 - 12:30pm EST. There's several items on the agenda for the event, which we've outlined below.
Of course, you don't HAVE to be a developer to attend. If you're just looking for more info on 10.3 or contemplating picking up BlackBerry 10 development you're also welcome to register and attend using the links below.Continue Reading →
If you're looking to learn more about building cross-platform Enterprise apps, a new BlackBerry Jam Direct virtual conference is set to take place on February 26th. This virtual conference is designed to help you understand how easy it is to develop cross-platform apps for enterprise with BlackBerry. A special live video broadcast format will let you learn, explore and interact as if you were at an in-person conference.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry has been trotting the globe looking for new ways to help developers get started on the platform, but thanks to Startup Jam, they also lent a hand to prospective entrepreneurs looking to get a foot in the door. The first event opened as over 200 developers and entrepreneurs spent two days engaging with 20 top mentors on their ideas that they hope to come BlackBerry apps or services. Attendees learned all bout getting started in their business from idea to finished product including validating their ideas, prototyping and even learning how to pitch.
Check out the video above for a look at the action. It's great to see BlackBerry going above and beyond with events like this. Well done!Continue Reading →
An incoming update to MMMOOO's Translator app will include quick reference to geolocated Wikipedia articles thanks to some fresh BlackBerry Maps integration. The idea here is that folks using a translator are already traveling somewhere foreign, so more information about nearby spots is clearly useful.Continue Reading →
One interesting app I found at BlackBerry Jam Asia was FlockMe. These guys are trying to make something of a social event matchmaking service on BlackBerry 10. Users connect their Facebook account, and based on their interests, are presented with events happening around them so they can meet like-minded people.Continue Reading →
The guys from ARKick were at BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 showing off a distinctly different kind of app than their augmented reality browser. Pastry Push is a deceptively simple puzzle game where players have to slide a cupcake into a monster's mouth through a series of teacup. Players are scored out of three stars based on how many swipes they make, and are challenged to pick up bonus objectives along the way.Continue Reading →
This is by far the coolest thing that I saw at BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013. Our good friend Gary Klassen, inventor of BBM, had a session on Tilt UI, a part of Cascades that's available now and allows developers to use device orientation to show useful information. This hearkens back to something the old TAT crew made years ago called Horizon.Continue Reading →
We caught up with Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations, at BlackBerry Jam Asia to gauge the sentiment of local developers and figure out how BlackBerry's developer strategy is evolving.
If you watched the keynote, you'll certainly notice that the overall angle was new. OS 10.2 has been in the hands of developers for awhile, so Jam Asia wasn't so much about launching new tools, but rather demonstrating what was often called a "mobile computing vision." This was done by showing what devs could do right now in a number of ways - using Bluetooth Smart to monitor heart rate devices, or USB host to make an absolutely insane rocking chair/pong game, or secure data transfer to put BBM on a Windows screen. Here's what Saunders had to say about the slight change in direction.Continue Reading →
The most persistent question I've been getting about BlackBerry Jam Asia has been "How's the mood?" There's certainly a cloud of non-developer news looming over this developer conference, but surprisingly few people are getting wet from the rain, though they certainly aren't oblivious to the weather.
Marty Mallick heads up alliances with major developers to get them on BlackBerry 10, which at first blush seems like it might be a tough job when many developers have no idea if the platform is still going to be around after the next two or three years (nevermind months).Continue Reading →
We've had our initial unboxing of the BlackBerry Z30, but here at Jam Asia 2013, we've spotted a rare specimen indeed - the white model! The rear of the device isn't finalized, but as you can tell, it's looking fantastic already. There's not a lot of information on availability, but apparently most places that have the black one will have it in white too.
Jam Asia has also been my first chance to play around with the Z30. Z30s are pretty much everywhere here at the conference, so it's been easy to get some hands-on time. The sound on the external speakers is amazing, and brings me back to the Bold 9000 days. I think audiophiles will finally have an alternative to the HTC One. Ergonomically, I think the Z30 blows the Z10 out of the water, thanks mostly to the gradual curve around the back. The larger size is perfectly comfortable, though my giant hands are what you might call a mistake of nature. YMMV.
Kevin's a sucker for the white devices, and though I tend to lean towards classic black, the Z30 looks particularly great in white. Maybe it just compliments the metallic bottom bar better, I dunno. It's also worth noting that I've seen both Verizon and AT&T branded Z30s floating around the show. What do you guys think of the white? Sexy or what?Continue Reading →
Sina Weibo was announced at BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013, and we got to talk with one of the developers to see what's up. For those unfamiliar, Weibo is China's biggest social network. Its closest analogue would be Twitter, but you've also got a Facebook-style "Like" mechanism in place.
Running through the app, everything is smooth, responsive, and laid out sensibly, which are all things you want for your go-to social network, whatever it happens to be. There's system-level Accounts support, but not place in the Hub just yet - that's coming in a future update. Images are supported well with in-line viewing and uploading from your device.
How many Weibo users do we have here anyhow? Should we start brushing up on our Mandarin and kick open a CrackBerry account? The BB10 will be going live in the next couple of days.
For years now, there has been plenty of discussion surrounding BBM on the desktop. We even asked not that long ago if it was time for it to make the jump and lo and behold, BlackBerry has been thinking the same thing.
What you see in the above image was a tech demo for BBM on the desktop at BlackBerry Jam Asia, essentially showing how your BlackBerry can be used to mirror the content on your BlackBerry to the desktop over USB and WiFi which also includes Windows integration, allowing for such things as using the file picker to send photos, files and more.
At this point, there is no planned launch or anything like that but Alec Saunders noted it's also working on Mac and they're 'thinking about other environments' as well but again, simply a tech demo for now.Continue Reading →
After about 16 hours of flying and 4 hours of mediocre sleep, I'm in Hong Kong for BlackBerry Jam Asia. I've already bumped into VP of developer relations Alec Saunders, inventor of BBM Gary Klassen, and VP of Batmobiles Tim Neil, who nearly didn't make it after Typhoon Usagi canceled his flight out of Vancouver. Like last year, I expect to get a look at a ton of new BlackBerry 10 apps, but obviously there's a lot of non-developer news circulating that might make this show particularly interesting - namely, BlackBerry going private via Fairfax, the announcement of the Z30, and delays to cross-platform BBM.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry Jam Asia is happening on Sept. 26th-27th at the Asia World-Expo in Hong Kong and your time for online registration is running out if you've been on the fence about attending. If you're a BlackBerry developer or looking to get in on BlackBerry development it's an event you'll want to check out as it's packed with hands-on sessions, training and more:Continue Reading →
BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 kicks off next week, and I’ll be heading down for the second year in a row. This go-around we’re in Hong Kong rather than Bangkok, and there are a lot of potential announcements to be made. However, before that happens, there’s this mysterious event on the 18th. in Malaysia - what might they announce there, but not at BlackBerry Jam Asia?
Before we start guessing about timing, let’s take a look at the stuff we’re expecting. First, there’s OS 10.2. We have a list of features over here, but some of the big ones include an updated Android runtime, actionable toast notifications that pop up at the top of the screen, a new priority section in the Hub, Miracast Wi-Fi media streaming, headless (i.e. background) apps, and more. 10.2 been in the works for awhile now, and developers have been testing for it since BlackBerry Live. BlackBerry Jam Asia would be a great time to launch the OS and get end-users excited about all these new features.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 is set to take place in Hong Kong on September 26-27 and just like all Jam events before it, if you're a developer attending the event you can qualify to get your own free BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C device just for attending:
To help prepare for the next wave of mobile users, qualified developers at BlackBerry Jam Asia could receive a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C device at the conference! The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C is a testing device for developers that can be used to help adjust, debug and test BlackBerry 10 apps for BlackBerry 10 QWERTY smartphones, such as the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, as well as the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone.
Entry is easy enough, just register for the event as a developer, fill out the requested information and attend the event. BlackBerry will handle the eligibility part but as long as you nor your company have previously received a Dev Alpha device at a BlackBerry event or directly from BlackBerry, your chances of qualifying are pretty good.Continue Reading →
This year, BlackBerry Jam Asia is being held in Hong Kong. The conference for BlackBerry developers will occur in September 2013 and registration for the event is now open. If you're looking to go, register now to make use of early bird prices.
Full Conference pass is $149.99 but by booking before August 30, 2013 you can avail of the early bird discount of $99. There is also an Alumni discount available for those who have attending previous BlackBerry conferences.Continue Reading →
If you're into game development for the BlackBerry 10 platform there's a BlackBerry Jam Direct virtual conference taking place on July 25th that you'll want to be sure to attend. The event kicks off at 11AM and runs up until 2PM EST and is going to be hosted by BlackBerry Head of Gaming, Anders Jeppsson. Along with Anders, World-renowned game designer, Jane McGonigal, will be delivering the keynote and fielding your questions in an interactive session. Looking to get in on it? Hit the link below to get yourself registered and if you haven't yet -- check out Jane's TED talk here.Continue Reading →
Are you a student interested in developing apps for the BlackBerry platform? Well, BlackBerry is running a few BlackBerry Jam Camps this summer just for you. It will give you the skills to develop and create Built for BlackBerry apps as well as give you a chance to bag yourself a shiny new BlackBerry 10 smartphone.Continue Reading →
Got a sense of humor? You might enjoy this new video from BlackBerry Jam 2013Continue Reading →
BlackBerry Live is in full swing in Orlando, but looking to the future BlackBerry has announced the next two stops on the BlackBerry Jam calendar for BlackBerry Jam Asia and BlackBerry Jam Europe. For those of you who are regulars to either conference, the venues have been changed up for the next conferences.
BlackBerry Jam Asia will take place this coming September 26 and 27 in beautiful Hong Kong, moving on from the 2012 venue of Bangkok, Thailand. For the first time too, the BlackBerry Jam Europe event will move away from Amsterdam, and instead take place in Barcelona, Spain. Usually set for early February, Jam Europe is moving forwards a little for 2014 and will take place over January 21 and 22.
To sign up for updates on both events, head on over to the BlackBerry Jam website. For a flavor of what to expect keep it locked to CrackBerry for our continued coverage of BlackBerry Live, which of course now incorporates the BlackBerry Jam Americas event. So, who's going to Hong Kong or Barcelona? Let us know!
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Alongside the consumer focused BlackBerry Live Conference is the BlackBerry Jam Americas developer conference. We all expect most of the exciting announcements to happen during the “Live“ side of the conference but there are some sessions that could lead to some interesting insight of the future of BlackBerry 10. So in this “Conference Special Edition” of the Weekend Coder series, I thought I’d highlight a few topics from a developer’s point of view. As well as give some conference pointers and tips for any fellow developers attending.
First it should be noted that there is a good spread of introductory level sessions in whatever platform you choose to develop (Air, Android, HTML/WebWorks, and Native) and you should definitely attend if you are new to that platform to get a good overview. I don’t expect you’d hear anything earth shattering in those sessions. Going a bit deeper, you’ll see there a wide variety of topics and a complete list of sessions can be found here. There you can see the more newsworthy goodies are in more advanced sections. Here’s my breakdown of the ones I think have a good chance of interesting news:Continue Reading →