BlackBerry World 2012

The BlackBerry Solution from a cop's perspective


Ken Koke BlackBerry Cruiser

While I was over at BlackBerry World last month one of the things that excited me the most was the BlackBerry powered police cruiser (I have a slight police car fetish!). Constable Ken Koke is responsible for showcasing the vehicle as well as using it as his patrol car when keeping the streets of Chatham-Kent free from crime. As well as being a thoroughly nice chap, Ken is also a huge BlackBerry fan, so I decided that rather than waste his valuable time at BlackBerry World I would send him over some BlackBerry related questions to get his thoughts on using not only the BlackBerry smartphone, but also the BlackBerry PlayBook which is integrated into the police cruiser.

The answers have arrive and it makes for a great read -- so settle down with a drink, put your feet up and enjoy what Ken has to say on the BlackBerry solution and how his role as a police officer benefits from it.

Missed the BlackBerry 10 Jam Keynote? - Watch it here


A closer look at bbUI.js - RIM's open source UI toolkit designed to help create applications with native-like capabilities

BlackBerry 10 Jam

During BlackBerry World 2012 and BlackBerry 10 Jam there was a lot of information released for BlackBerry developers. The highlight of the event was of course the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK with Cascades which, allows developers to create graphically rich, high performance native applications in C/C++ or Qt but in that mix, was the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK which allows developers to create native-like applications using common web programming technologies.

During BlackBerry 10 Jam, Tim Neil took the stage to demo a lot of this in action but unless you attended the event, you may have missed some of the examples of bbUI.js that were shown off. Perhaps, one of the more interesting take-aways is the fact that it supports older devices in some cases considering there has been a lot of attention given to the fact that previous BlackBerry devices for example: the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will not be upgraded to BlackBerry 10. The power of bbUI.js allows for some design influences from BlackBerry 10 to make their way to older BlackBerry devices and that's a good thing. It also explains why a lot of attention to HTML5 was given to BlackBerry 7 previously as well.

Many of the examples were available for preview ahead of BlackBerry 10 Jam but with that event now wrapped up, you can have a look at what was shown off there and have glimpse of what will be coming to future BlackBerry devices. All in all, bbUI.js is yet-another great option for developers to build apps for BlackBerry devices and quite frankly, add some new polish to older ones, which will still be supported for quite a while yet. Jump below for a closer look at some of the bbUI.js design elements and hit the source link below to learn more about bbUI.js.

From the Editor's Desk: A look back at BlackBerry World 2012, a look ahead to BlackBerry 10

From the Editor's Desk

Welcome to the first edition of our new weekly feature, From the Editor's Desk. What is From the Editor's Desk you ask? Think of it this way... if CrackBerry were a magazine, this would be the Letter from the Editor at the start of each issue. It'll be a weekly dialog between me and you. Some weeks I'll get long and ranty. Other weeks I'll keep it short and sweet. What will we talk about? EVERYTHING.  I'll reflect upon the BlackBerry news of the week and make predictions of what we'll see in the future. Beyond that I'll sound off on other items of interest in the world of mobile and tech. I'll keep you up to date about what's going on behind the scenes to make CrackBerry and our other Mobile Nations communities even more awesome. I'll remind you of contests that are going on (yes, the contest to win my Porsche Design BlackBerry is still on!) and I may even get a little personal from time to time. Like I said, EVERYTHING.

Props go to our EiC Phil Nickinson over at Android Central for this one. He started this series there a few months back and has been bugging me to get it going on CrackBerry. With BlackBerry World 2012 now behind us there is a lot of excitement and a lot to talk about, so the timing felt right to kick it off. Let's get to it!

Hot: Leaked Screen Caps Point to Screen Sharing on BlackBerry 10!


BlackBerry 10 Screen Sharing

Hot out of BlackBerry World 2012 and we're full steam ahead for BlackBerry 10. Some leaked screen caps have turned up in the forums that show off another awesome feature we just may see in BlackBerry 10 devices. If these slides hold true, BlackBerry 10 may be sporting a built-in screen sharing feature. From the looks of it, you'll be able to share your phone screen while on a call - which is awesome for sharing presentations or just showing off some photos. Keep in mind this isn't anything official, but it's definitely a possibility. I for one am super pumped for the months ahead to see all that BlackBerry 10 has to offer. What do you think -- is screen sharing someting you think we'll see in BlackBerry 10? Sound off in the comments and hit the forums for more. Keep reading for more images.

Discuss more in the CrackBerry forums. 

BlackBerry World History: The Birth of CrackBerry Kevin


CrackBerry Kevin and Ivan Kanner
Kevin Michaluk and Ivan Kanner at BBWorld 2012 - Ivan rebranded me CrackBerry Kevin in 2007

BlackBerry World 2012 (formerly known as the Wireless Enterprise Symposium, or WES for short) marked my sixth consecutive annual trip to Orlando for RIM's biggest event of the year. BlackBerry World always makes for an awesome week and for those of us who have been to a bunch of them, it's like a family reunion. Over the years I've made a lot of friends at BlackBerry World, and I always look forward to the event as it's our only chance on the calendar to all reconnect. 

Going back to my first WES in 2007, I arrived knowing literally nobody. was still a new site -- barely four months old -- and it was my first BlackBerry event. Heck, RIM wouldn't give me a press pass so I paid my way in at full price as a regular attendee. Luckily, it didn't take me long to make a friend. Walking through the halls of the Marriott World Center, Ivan Kanner spotted my bright green CrackBerry t-shirt (pictured below) and shouted out it's CrackBerry Kevin! That was the first time anybody ever called me CrackBerry Kevin, and it immediately stuck. And not only did Ivan christen me CrackBerry Kevin, but he also welcomed me into his crew of friends for all the evening festivities that WES, and we've been reuniting every WES/BBWorld since. Suffice to say, Ivan is one of my BBWorld buddies I look forward to seeing in Orlando every year. Good seeing you this week Ivan!

Five Important Observations from BlackBerry World 2012


5 Important Observations from BlackBerry World 2012

With BlackBerry World 2012 officially behind us, it's time to look back at the event that I believe will go down as a historic turning point in RIM's history. There's a lot to take in, so I'll keep the intro short and let's get right to it. Keep reading for what I view are five important observations coming out of the event.

Happy BlackBerry App Developers at BlackBerry 10 Jam