Let's get those missing top apps on BlackBerry 10 with Give Me That App

By James Richardson on 10 Jul 2013 04:07 am EDT
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We all know that the success of BlackBerry 10 is greatly to do with app/game support and that's where Give Me That App comes into play. Sure, the app selection on BlackBerry 10 has grown massively from when the new OS was first officially launched in January 2013, however there are still some top titles that are missing and those could well be the difference in a consumer making the switch to BlackBerry from another platform.

Give Me That App presents you with a list of top titles that we don't yet have on BlackBerry 10 and the idea of the app is very simple - yet quite genius. And that is to bug the companies into bringing their apps and games over to our wonderful platform. There are two options to do this - via email or via a Tweet and either one just takes a second to do.

Once you launch the app for for the first time it will ask you for your name so that the email you send off introduces yourself. The message then explains that we need their app on BlackBerry 10 and how easy it can be to bring it over to us. Tweeting doesn't go into quite as much depth but then it wouldn't due to its character restrictions.

So, if you fancy bugging these developers into getting their apps on BlackBerry 10 - this is a simple and free way of doing so. Let's make ourselves heard. I love my BlackBerry, but do I want to have to sideload an Android port if I can? No. I want native, or at least a port to download from BlackBerry World.

So go grab the app - it's available for all BlackBerry 10 devices - and let's voice ourselves. It may well make BlackBerry more successful in terms of handset sales. Do you agree? Hands up who's with me?

Download Give Me That App for BlackBerry 10

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Let's get those missing top apps on BlackBerry 10 with Give Me That App

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This is what I was thinking. Make an app where people can add what they want and vote on other people's choices, to see what apps are most wanted.

Maybe I'll have to do it myself...

YES! We see in the case of BB10 ecosystem , which is in full development, would be very useful to know which of the existing apps, on other platforms , people want most. This kind of information will be able to be of much value to the existing manufacturers, for new developers and even to own BBRY. If this approach is successful, this app will be able to be an ideal tool to assist in managing new apps or even the relationship of manufacturers and bbry. In addition, if it can capture what people want for the apps, it will be able to be a laboratory of ideas for new projects! The dev who sees an idea, implements it, how I'm not a developer, has a good job guy. LOL

Thanks Shao, downloaded it and fired several emails to devs, three of them replied saying they were interested in bringin their apps to new platforms and were stuying the question...

I tend to agree with that sentiment especially when some of these apps can be ported in under a minute as well as those apps that "pirates" have worked on (Instagram). Where I can disagree is that some apps need a bit of tweakin and others just need to be overhauled. They really need time to look into it.

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Chill, actually this app was very educational. Of the "top" apps listed I only wanted one, Spotify and I only want that because we don't have an app that allows me to listen to songs off line.

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This app is definitely a good idea. I'm just of the opinion that after almost a year of tools made available to devs and millions in BB10 sales, that "studying the question" is garbage.

I sent four emails and got auto responses to all of them. Kind of useless if you ask me.

BlackBerry Z10 | Verizon | 10.1.0.4537

This is a good idea but it smacks of desperation on the part of our community. Apps are not going to come by way of people sending out form letters/emails.

I'm pretty confident it was the money, devices and opputunity that "woo'd developers", and the "music videos" were just a few corporate guys having a little fun. Are there any developers that were actually "woo'd" by the videos? If not, then I am correct and you still haven't contributed anything positive. If there are developers that were "woo'd" by the videos and not one of the 3 reasons I stated, please by all means, speak up and correct me.

I actually liked Alec's videos. But then again- I like a lot about BlackBerry. That is the reason I am here. To like and learn.

I agree. Developers that haven't released for BB10 aren't going to be drawn by videos (most likely). If they found dozens of emails in their inbox, however, that might provide a bit more incentive. Hundreds of emails (from different people) definitely would. Squeaky wheel ... grease ..

great idea.
only missing a way for users to add other apps to the list,
also would like to select between some more predefined email-texts,
because I personally only want to get native apps and no Android ports ;-)

Just use the android port for now. It works, but scrolling through news isn't smooth. For a stock ticker watcher it's still the same functionality as the legacy BB7 Bloomberg app.

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I tried sideloading it. Way way too laggy for me to stand using it unfortunately.

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Well, let's just hope they don't read this headline from Engadget first ...

"Samsung has over $4 million up for grabs to entice would-be developers toward its Tizen mobile OS""....

Z10 Rocking 10.1.0.2354!

A lot of people here say Tizen will fail... but with Intel behind it they can do stuff like this no problem.

But hey, BB could spend $4 million easy, how about they make their own headlines?

Shao great app and a good start! Please add PayPal Kijiji amazon mobile bank of America BMO Flipboard Youtube FedEx USPS Canada Post Urbanspoon Etrade Square reader Google maps Expedia mint realtor.ca to your list. Thanks!

CB10- BlackBerry Z10

Yeah Flipboard and a good credit card reader like getpayd or square or even better, something that uses NFC

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I emailed Square a little while ago and they have no plans to support BlackBerry (10 or otherwise). Tempted to offer dev services myself to get them moving to BlackBerry too. Sideloaded app doesn't recognize the scanner.

Great idea and great app! Will only work if the app is spread as much as possible and everyone is aware of it! Hope you add more apps soon (tripadvisor, native skype) and the list goes on.

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I have security cameras from Logitech and I need the Logitech Alert app. I had it on my Torch 9800.

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Looks like people are using the app as we speak. Look for #blackberry10 on twitter :)

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Awesome app, definitely needs to add more apps to the list but a great initiative, already fired off some emails and tweets now, let's see what happens, hopefully the whole crackberry and BlackBerry community uses this app

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This is actually a fantastic idea. Gives developers who aren't on OS 10 platform yet an idea how many eager and willing BlackBerry 10 users are out there. Naturally, this is a double-edged sword, if the number of requests is relatively small it will only strengthen developers' beliefs that OS 10 isn't a viable app platform.. :O

Pls add some real time interbank forex applications... f* I need them so badly!

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If they come along, the consumers will as well ;-) - chicken and the egg thing. Also, device # 2.7 million surely wasn't the last BB10 device sold, surely this number has risen and will rise as BB's 3 point plan begins to fully engage the market. It's only just beginning ;-)

2.7 million not counting the first million before Q1? Or am I mistaken and the 2.7 counts Q4 in it as well? But I believe we are above 4 million now... just a guess.

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I agree, Atleast a port on bb world will remove the hassles of sideloading every minor update with the apps, which ironically we have to ask our android counterparts.

Ok anyway but still works horrible.. whatsapp on BB os 6 was much better and faster

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Would be nice if this were available for OS 7 (and older). Some of us might be holding off on pulling the BB10 trigger until the apps get better.

Either the netflix address was wrong from the beginning or they shut the address down... latest now, if I had an account with them, this would be the moment to resign...

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Some of the email I have been getting back point to other addresses. Couple of them came back by postmaster for wrong addy

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Thanks for making it easy to contact developers. I have emailed and tweeted them all!

Hope to see more app/developers added.

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can this also work on getting the dum*a$$ who decided to strip bb protect for bb10 to bring back the full functional features of the app?

That would be awesome. I miss the backup feature. I'm on AT&T and we had AT&T address book feature to save all of our contacts online, that's gone now too.

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And on the other hand I use my chance with Netflux to simply let them know that because they don't recognize us BLACKBERRY user/abusers and all around freaks that I'm no longer interested in their App and that simply don't need them or will support them in the future...

I also give props to Crackle with their native FREE App!!

Netflux can suck it!

Follow Me on Twitter @mongezaurio

You should add another email/tweet template so we can campaign for the release of 10.1 for Verizon :)

CB10- BlackBerry Z10

The Netflix email address is not valid. Email came back. Please add Concur to the list of apps.

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Great, thanks for easing my pain of doing this manually.

Improvements:
- Possibility to suggest further apps.
- Country specific folders, as not only US apps are missing here
- Nice to have: a counter to see how many emails have already been sent per app/dev... I'm wondering how many have been sent already ;-)!

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I would really love augmented reality game like google's Ingress :( I was considering android phone just because of this!

People should probably just go through all the apps and send as many emails as possible, because the app you want may not be what someone else wants and vice versa. However, in numbers the devs will HAVE to listen.

Nice! Already sent mine to Spotify and Instagram (don't use the latter, but appreciate the need for it to get people on board).

Saw A. Saunders tweet about this yesterday so DL'd it and sent off an email for all the apps I wanted, but the list is too small. Since you can't add your own apps to the list (or say keep track of those you sent an email to), then I don't see the point of keeping the app on your phone. So I've already removed it.

Good idea though, just needs more features to be a keeper.

How do you figure you can't keep track of who you emailed? There's a copy of the sent email in your mailbox.

Also, it's not hard to copy and paste the letter and send it to different companies by changing the relevant information.

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Great concept and I sent a couple emails but I'd like to be able to suggest or add additional apps or games.

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It would better for the app to post from our own email addresses or Twitter accounts, the one we insert during the installation of this app, otherwise spam filters will start blocking them.

Just submitted one for Spotify.

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A group of us is also trying to start a channel and hash tag so that we can target developers en masse, with the power of CrackBerry.. the apps will flow ;)

#GetWithBB10

#GetWithBB10 Channel : C000D7228

Come join the movement. :)

#GetWithBB10 Channel @ C000D7228

For those of you saying personalized letters and tweets would be better, and would like to add your own wanted apps to the mix, this is a good way to go. In addition to the app. :)

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No apps on there that I really want. Guess I'll just tweet on my own as I have been. Need Words with Friends, BoA, Pandora, Amazon Mp3, and Amazon shopping app.

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How about a "give me a current OS build APP" so that I will be able to download the new apps!!

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Installed the app but there isn't anything there yet that I'm really needing.

There are a few apps or functions I would really like to see. But in requests I have made or in reading other posts, BlackBerry for what ever reason has not yet released the API or other code to allow it to be done.

Is there anything similar that users can make requests to BB to try and help the devs get the necessary code released?

Would this even be helpful?

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Great idea, but far too few apps listed. There has to be a way to add/request more.

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Dear Blackberry (former RIM),
Please deliver SecurID and PGP as you did for OS6+!
Thanks in advance,
Troglodyten

Nice app, downloaded as i usually download most if not all Shao's apps.

Only thing id like to see is the ability to add more apps/games to email devs.

FYI Netflix and Pinterest are privy, emails bounce back. Good news is they're noticing.

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Update:

I was able to email Pinterest from their website and also there is a page related to the BB10 app to vote for the dev.

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Netflix email came back undelivered and also pinterest email said that the email used is no longer in service.

Also would be nice to have more games loaded, like Draw Something or Simpsons Tapped Out, or Grand Theft Auto and Real Racing just to name a few.

BTW thanks for the app its a great start :)

We are unable to respond to the email you sent to help@pinterest.com because this email address is no longer active.

For support, please visit http://support.pinterest.com, where we have answers to frequently asked questions and a process to submit requests that allows our small team to get you answers more quickly.

We look forward to getting you the information you need as soon as possible.

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I think Netflix has set up a block on bb10 as my email keeps getting bounced back

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If only the selection is bigger. Out of all of those, the only one I have any slight interest in is IMDB... Where is Yelp, Slickdeals, Amazon, Ebay, and other useful apps?

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I hope you realize that neither of those are actual official apps right? Unless they just added it, you're thinking about Local Search with Yelp which doesn't have a lot of the features of the official Yelp app (which I ended up sideloading the Android version of it...)

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I sent emails to all. Got back the obligatory "thanks for the inquiry " ect.. translation " go Fuck yourselves blackberry "

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Haha! This is what I got from RunKeeper!!

RunKeeper Product Team, Jul 10 10:27 (ADT):
Hi Arthur,

At this time there's no plan to create a Blackberry 10 version of RunKeeper, as we want to focus on creating the best app we can on the two platforms we're currently on, iPhone and Android. We've had a good number of Blackberry requests over the past few years (including the organized campaign today), but ultimately we don't have the resources to allocate to building a Blackberry app, and we don't believe that porting the app is a good solution - if we were to move forward with a Blackberry app, we'd want to make sure that we build it securely on the platform itself.

That being said, you are welcome to fill out our survey request form.

Here's the link:

Best,
RunKeeper

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Run keeper replied and acknowledged they have had many requests including the organised campaign (lol) today.
But they still aren't gonna do it.

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I got a response from Pinterest telling me:
We are unable to respond to the email you sent to help@pinterest.com because this email address is no longer active.
For support please visit http://support.pinterest.com where we have answers to frequently asked questions and a process to submit requests that allows our small team to get you answers more quickly.

So that one should be changed.

This is cool. Can someone create an app for that sends an email to G.R.R Martin to tell him to get a move on with the next game of thrones book ;)

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I tried to download the 'Give me that app", forgot BB doesn't even bother to support Opera, guess I'll have to fire up the new Opera since it's smarter than the developers who don't stick to standards.
Anyway, if you don't count the flashlight, battery saver/meter and so called signal boosters, BB10 has pitiful few apps, (games don't count, if I wanted a toy I'da bought fruity). BB needs to do some serious work on BBWorld, the search is bout useless. I was in "Finance - Personal Banking", searched for Bank of America, and got a few music videos. WTF? I'm will ing to help BB by asking for apps, but BB needs to do some serious work also. We can't even get an up to date FaceBook app.

Great idea. Could you please add an app for the Royal Bank of Canada and SiriusXM (Canada and US)? Thanks.

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So many I already lost the count, for an example in my country from financing to banking, water, gas, atm all have apps in iOS & Android, start to appear in Windows Phone but not to BB, and when I ask them, they told me.
"No, we are not planning any app release to BlackBerry."

I'm not understanding this app. None of the apps I'm looking for are even listed, so how do we "request an app" so that we can say we want the app??

Citrix Receiver (HUGE for business customers)
SiriusXM (the sideloaded ones from Android don't work on OS build 1720)

Can't add apps or make app suggestions. Lots of important apps such as Yelp, Urbanspoon, TripAdvisor, etc. missing off of the list. Incorrect target email addresses. Really good idea, but falls somewhat short on execution.

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Yelp is where? Not on BlackBerry 10 it isn't. The app featured on the front page is powered by Yelp. It still needs a bunch of work though to get it working properly. Too many shortcomings for now, and pretty sluggish performance. I do appreciate the 3rd party dev bringing something. S/he just needs to make sure it's updated quickly.

On topic, RunKeeper replied...

At this time there's no plan to create a Blackberry 10 version of RunKeeper, as we want to focus on creating the best app we can on the two platforms we're currently on, iPhone and Android. We've had a good number of Blackberry requests over the past few years (including the organized campaign today), but ultimately we don't have the resources to allocate to building a Blackberry app, and we don't believe that porting the app is a good solution - if we were to move forward with a Blackberry app, we'd want to make sure that we build it securely on the platform itself.

Looks like we are getting the canned response. Thanks but no thanks.

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This sound good if it work but have my doubts. And how can I add to the list. Like...Ifish Ontario app

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They do reply and they saud no intention of joining blackbery in yhe near future for now. Just workung on android and ios

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I guess, and to be fair to RunKeeper in my earlier comment, at least they are admitting that they neither have the resources nor the desire to develop anything for BlackBerry and are focusing on iOS and Android only. You have to appreciate the honesty at least. Bittersweet but it is what it is.

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Spamming is awesome. Instagram just responded. Saying they are a small team...blah blah blah. You were bought by Facebook, can't they employ sone more devs. Am not even hearing that. I really wish a more powerful force like anonymous* would have threatened all these app devs to create apps for all platforms or risk hack upon hacks. Lol

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Nice to see that there's finally an app for that. Haha. For the longest time, I've been manually typing out emails, with lengthy explanations about why I think they should bring their app(s) to BlackBerry 10, and sending them to developers.

Can we get a count of how many ppl have sent emails to the Dev If possible? And how do we suggest more apps? The list is quite limited atm!

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I got the same email from RunKeeper

Hi Danielle,

At this time there's no plan to create a Blackberry 10 version of RunKeeper, as we want to focus on creating the best app we can on the two platforms we're currently on, iPhone and Android. We've had a good number of Blackberry requests over the past few years (including the organized campaign today), but ultimately we don't have the resources to allocate to building a Blackberry app, and we don't believe that porting the app is a good solution - if we were to move forward with a Blackberry app, we'd want to make sure that we build it securely on the platform itself.

That being said, you are welcome to fill out our survey request form.

Here's the link:

Best,
RunKeeper

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Genius App!

... Although I do not use ANY of the apps people are complaining about, I will still download this and add to the othets' request for app support from developers, as it really is important that we pull together for the betterment of this BlackBerry community!

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Ok, the problem with this approach is that this is a BlackBerry App. The people whose opinions you REALLY want on this subject are those who have not purchased a BB10 device because the apps they want are not yet on the platform.

I.e., they're barking up the wrong tree.

This is bang on.

What we really need is a concerted and organized effort to collect signatures (names, email addresses) in a petition, on a per-app basis.

1. Make a list of the top apps. Limit it to 25. Something not too unwieldy.

a) To arrive at this list of apps, start a forum thread, for people to just shout out the apps they'd like to see NATIVELY coded for BB10. I'm not even getting into converted/ported Android apps. The android player is an ugly kludge, and I want it to die.

b) After some period of time (a week?), assemble a list of all the apps that were posted (could be hundreds, who knows), and then have a voting thread for people to vote for their top 25 apps. Everybody gets 25 votes (or however many apps we'd want to have in the final list), one for each app they'd like to have.

c) look at the score tallies for all the apps, and make a list of the 25 with the most votes.

2) For each of these top 25 apps, create a change.org petition for people to sign, requesting that this particular app be made.

3) Hopefully get the attention of developers.

How do we make requests for apps that us as individuals would like to see? I would like to see Sirius XM and an app called Foodservice Rewards!

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My email to instagram failed:

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

press@instagram.com

Technical details of permanent failure:
The domain instagram.com has exceeded its quota for the maximum number of external recipients.

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The email to Netflix public relations bounced back to me and said the email address wasn't valid

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Brilliant just brilliant! Now let's see who is listening.....? almost everyone in my company is now on a Z10 but all i keep herein from everyone is they need this app! They need that app! So i Hope this idea helps!

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Only good use of this now is to tweet -- some companies changed email addresses, or have a pat answer to say "yes, you and thousands others want this. We don't have resources to do so. Something is in the works but we have no comment regarding availability."

C'est la vie.

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I downloaded it and sent all tweets and emails to everyone I liked but from what i looked there aren't many listed there...

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Apparently our "organized campaign" is resulting in the recipients shutting down the email addresses programmed into the app. I, too, had messages bounce back as undeliverable. Classy.

Wow that's a great app, I believe if we all do that we will get new apps

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Fantastic idea! Please post this on Blackberry's Facebook page as well so more and more people will know --> more emails/tweets. Kudos to the developer.

Weak-suck app.

Barely any top-shelf apps are represented, and the emails it generates go to defunct addresses.

Great concept. Needs a revise.

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I agree. App needs option to add an app to the list of wanted apps. But until this feature is added, can you please add BlackBerry Traffic to the list for me. Thank you very much!

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Games are a complete waste of time and resources. BlackBerry does not need a large game portfolio to succeed as a contender with the RIGHT customer: power users who need a communications device for business.

Cool idea. I sent out several emails and got auto replies that my OS isn't supported. They also directed me to their support forum. Other auto replies simply were to tell me that email I sent the message to has changed and that my message was not going to be answered by anyone.

They'll just get a bit annoyed and change their emails.

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This is great! I would love to build some of the missing apps for BB10 myself but I just don't have the funding to distract from paying jobs right now. Would the community be interested in a kickstarter type thing to help fund apps being developed?

Couldn't help but notice an update to the app today to version 1.0.4.1 that disables emails to app developers. Sad to say the least as I do not use Twitter, so this app is now useless for me alas. I am unsure of what circumstances that were beyond their control which forced them to remove this feature, but I am sad to see it go!