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CrackBerry's BlackBerry Developer Podcast - the 1/3 told story

Watch the first 20 minutes of our 60+ minute podcast above. We're going to sit down with Alec again just as soon as we can. Apologies!

By Kevin Michaluk on 18 Apr 2013 07:30 pm EDT

The unthinkable happened. We screwed up. On Friday, April 12th, we recorded an awesome video podcast with a very special guest. BlackBerry's VP of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development, Alec Saunders, joined myself, Chris Umiastowski and Rene Ritchie to talk all things BlackBerry 10 app related. 

We spoke for over an hour. All was great. We talked about his role and the structure of the Dev Rel team at BlackBerry. We talked about the upcoming BlackBerry Live and BlackBerry Jam Americas event coming up next Orlando in May. And from there, Alec fielded a bunch of questions that we asked on behalf of CrackBerry readers. 

When all was said and done, for some reason (we blame Gremlins.. and Adam), our video podcast errored out while saving. Our failsafe backup recording managed to fail as well. We sent the fragments we had to a video repair service, and after several days they managed to save the first 20 minutes of the podcast, but the rest was lost. Totally, totally sucks. 

You can listen and watch the first twenty minutes above. The community Q&A questions came after this section, but in the first 20 minutes you'll learn a lot about the Dev Rel team in BlackBerry and how they're working hard to ensure amazing apps are built for BlackBerry 10. As somebody who's been following closely for over seven years, it's amazing just how much things have changed in the past 18 months that Alec has been at BlackBerry.

As for things that we discussed but are now forever lost as part of the one third told podcast, I'm going to highlight them below... from memory. Note, these are not words out of Alec's mouth, but my words and takeaways based on the answers he gave us. Not as as hearing it from the man himself, but it's better than nothing!

Some Key Takeaways from the lost CB BB Developer Podcast

BlackBerry Live / BlackBerry Jam Americas - You want to be there! Registrations are filling up fast (ahead of schedule from last year), but there's still some room left. This year both events are at the same venue. I asked Alec if there were any exciting things we should be looking forward to, and he noted that we'll start to get a better understanding of what Thorsten Heins means when he talks about BlackBerry 10 being a "mobile computing platform". Exciting stuff. Also, I asked if Alec and the "BlackBerry Band" will be the entertainment act for the BlackBerry Live party. They will not be - they're officially retired, though I did suggest they start prepping a reunion tour sooner than later!

Apps for the BlackBerry Q10 - One of the questions the community wanted us to dive into was the state of apps for the Q10 that is about to launch. Alec noted that there should be more apps available for the Q10 at launch than there was for the Z10. Both Chris Umi and I were happily surprised at that! To be sure, we'll the CB10 app ready to rock for the Q10!

What gets in / What gets rejected - We had a great discussion on BlackBerry's stance about what gets in or rejected from BlackBerry World. In general, BlackBerry is more open than iOS (tends to be super strict) and more closed than Android (the Wild Wild West). Alec talked about how BlackBerry isn't perfect - sometimes things get it in that ultimately should not (app submitters didn't have rights to submit, etc.), but the team does there best to react very quickly if issues ever arise. I reiterated my theory on this that it's similar to the internet - when the volume of apps gets up to beyond 100,000, you're talking a LOT of titles to monitor. All content producers, app developers, etc. should be on the look out to protect their own rights - you can't just leave it up to another party to do that job for you 100%. And of course, all of BB's guidelines can be found online.

What about more merchandising options for developers? We also had a great discussion on all of the softer things both developers and consumers want to see come to BlackBerry World. Like BlackBerry World gift cards. The ability for developers to issue coupon codes and run sales. The ability for BlackBerry World to offer an affiliate program. 

Built for BlackBerry - We also got on the topic of quality app experiences, and Alec made it clear you'll see BlackBerry continue to put more emphasis on having developers build great app experiences on BlackBerry 10. Expect more promotion of Built for BlackBerry apps.

Until Next Time...

We spoke about SOO MUCH MORE than just that, but we lost it. We will do this again soon (we've fixed the problem on our end so we shouldn't lose a podcast like this again.. knock on wood). 

Apologies to everybody -- Alec, BlackBerry, our readers, the Internet gods -- for messing this one up. We live. We learn. 

At least you have a third of a podcast to a watch above! Enjoy it. And... the great news... Alec PROMISED he'll drop in for another CrackBerry visit soon!


RP Singh

Should have used the z10 to record it.

Sent from my iPuh-lease-as-IF


lol, well this is what happens when people use mac`s haha


Yeah, definitely shouldn't have relied on a Mac. You should have used a PC, at least for now since BB10 desktop isn't here yet.


That sucks. I wondered what happened to it.

Posted via CB10


Sorry guys....the 20 minutes was better than none

Posted via CB10





Ahh been waiting for this, thanks! - shame about the loss and I understand you would prefer to attempt to rectify the problem first but maybe if this were to happen again you should maybe communicate with the community a bit more :)


Well done for giving some of the answers from memory Kevin. You made the best out of a bad situation and technology unfortunately for us does screw up sometimes.

Great job though.


Poo poo happens

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Pete The Penguin

Haven't you heard? The best cure for Gremlins is a microwave set on 'high'.
Thanks for the 20 minutes.

Posted via CB10


you guys seem to be running into a brick wall when it comes to luck falling your way. Hopefully everything sorts itself out

R Field

Damn missed all the good stuff. Alec's reaction to having Rene in the Skype voice chat was hilarious.

CB10- BlackBerry Z10


Tell BlackBerry and Skype to release the app for bb10 and redo!

Posted via CB10


Conspiracy theory time!!!!

Alec let something slip and BlackBerry police raided crackberry HQ seizing hard drives and memory cards, destroying all evidence. Only letting portions of it get "Recovered"

Posted via CB10


I was content to just blame Rene's Mac but I like your idea WAY more.

Posted via PB LTE


Sounds about right! lol


I believe that Rene probably "errored" the podcast... Alec dropped some news that made the iPhone in his pocket tremble! And his iMore subconscious couldn't stand to be out maneuvered!

Respect, Rene... be careful with Karma!

Disclaimer: don't take this seriously...
Posted from CB7.1


I almost cried when the video ended abruptly. We want more...we want more! : (


Brutal...just when it started to get really good, it just cuts right out. just proves that no tech is fail safe.

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rajesh thakkar

My Z10 phn was very much heating and battery drain within 3 hr??? Tell me what can I do

Eldon Wilk1

If I were you I'd take it back and ask for a new one. It can get warm and run down in say 6 to 8 hours heavy heavy use. But not 3. If you have the updates and I know even before the updates when brand new it sucked right off the bat but as the week went on the battery started lasting longer. Now med use I'd say 14to 16 hours. Shut off NFC and blue tooth when not needed I can get longer.


Rajesh the three hour battery and heating was happening to me too, but after a few days and charging cycles the battery life got significantly better. Did you just get it?

Posted via CB10


Rotten luck! I was looking forward to this interview; however, I did enjoy the bit I did see.

Posted via CB10


This is why you shouldn't use Mac's. Out of spite you should switch back to Windows.


What if I told you..... the podcast machines run on Windows? Because they do. lol


Then there is your problem!

Posted via CB10


Wow, sucks. I know you guys have a lot going on but outside of Chris and Blaize's excellent work, the quality here recently has been lacking. Sorry, just being honest. And before other commenters blast me, I'm no newbie, I'm on this site on a daily basis, just don't post much.


Adam!!!!!!! Smh lol

Posted via CB10 on my Z10


All right Kevin, the million dollar question. Are you going to stick with the Z10 or jump to the Q10?

Posted via CB10


BRUTAL...I was loving the interview and then it was cut off. Now I know why and hopefully you'll get another chance to interview him again soon.

John Pawling


Posted Via CB10 on my Zed10


oh noo lol. I joked about this in the forums. Kindoff predictable in the reasoning behind the delay of the video. And the fact this has happened to Rene atleast 4 times now in the last several months. He's always tweeting about lost videos.

Dont stress about it guys. Learn from it.

I wonder though, were you useing a mac? lol


damn i just watched, just about to get good!!! Thats what I wanna hear, innovation!!! skype and netflix are old. Lets look to the future. They'll be left in the dust.


That was really getting good!!! Come on Adam!!!!! Get it together lol

Posted via CB10 on my Z10


Dear Rosemary Woods, I did not believe you the first time. I certainly don't this time.


Get down and do push ups! :P

Posted via CB10


Damn of all the luck guys! Oh well I will enjoy what was salvaged. Thanks for all your efforts!


EDIT: I was able to find the video via the mobile app, but not via IE10. I'm not being critical in anyway, I just can't find the video of the twenty surviving minutes, which Kevin mentions should be available "above." I've tried looking above the headline where video usually shows up on Crackberry... and I've tried in multiple browsers. Right now, I've resorted to IE10. Still nothing. Is it me?


I too tend to have issues with accessing videos embedded in the articles and have to use the browser, find the article, and play the video from there.

Posted via CB10


BlackBerry gift cards are definitely needed!

Posted via CB10


I was watching it live until the video froze on me. I figured it was my Internet connection, but I guess it was more technical than that. It was quite interesting to listen to Alec and everything that is going on with the development community.

Every time I hear him speak, I'm inspired to do more application development. Thanks for at least trying to bring back the missing parts.

Posted via CB10


While this sucks some serious balls it's a step in the right direction for BB. Getting out there and connecting with its fan base will turn us all into a more powerful marketing tool than any other commercial out there. I'd love to see more of this type stuff: live blog chats, podcasts and Q&A sessions. Keep up the good work BB and CB!

But Kev throw that dirty MacBook out, we all know that it was its negative karma after the video ;-)


The last question asked before it cut off was what keeps him awake, what's the next big challenge.

What was his answer?

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Unbiased Tech

Lol relying on Os X? You can put a Crackberry logo and Blackberry spark on it all you want but it's still a macintosh ;)
Should've used Windows.

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Bla1ze noted above that it was indeed a Windows error and they run the server on Windows.


"Those were heroic efforts"........AND THEN WHAT???? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


When is BlackBerry liVE?

Posted via CB10


Excellent podcast (what little we saw of it ;) )! Looking forward to BlackBerry Jam!

Posted via CB with my BB10 Z10


Gutted... was really enjoying that...

Posted via CB10


It was so good. And getting better...
But,that's the way it goes...
Thanks for what you saved.
I'm loving BlackBerry 10, and it will only keep getting better and better!!



Well, at least we still notice when you screw up which means it's pretty rare...

Posted via CB10 - Z10 Vodafone NL


Just bad luck, sorry for ya guys. Just drop your 4ppl laps ... ;)


As long as this. NEVER. Happens with a Monday brief we are good.


I think it's about time Kevin stops doing the interviews and employ someone there. He totally sucks with asking questions and I don't mean it in a bad way but his questions are usually unstructured.

Posted via CB10


A second video or audio source would've done justice. I always use a second source when recording music if the primary fails.