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S4BB submits an additional 138,792 apps to BlackBerry World

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So you thought S4BB was crazy for having over 46,000 city guides for BlackBerry 10? Well, they're about to quadruple their app count by submitting three additional apps for each of their city guides. Two of them will essentially be free "lite" versions of their premium $2.99 city guides, offering separate nightlife and dining reference tools. There will also be a paid business search app coming for each city. The idea here is that people can get a taste for what the city guides have to offer before taking the plunge. 

Assuming these get approved, it's probably safe to say that out of all mobile platforms, BlackBerry 10 has the widest selection of local guide apps out there. The biggest mistake that I think a lot of press is making about S4BB is that quantity and quality are mutually exclusive when it comes to apps. I've used S4BB's Hong Kong City guide - it's polished, useful, and offers a ton of information. I've talked to these guys, and they're a legitimate outfit trying a new business model that hinges on automated app generation. Sure, lots of their apps don't get downloaded, but they're covering such a broad scope that single, individual downloads can add up very quickly. It's also worth noting that S4BB does more than just city guides - in fact, they just launched a new memo app called Action Pad.

Thinking big with the world's most prolific app developer, S4BB

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Last month there was a big stink about a single developer accounting for about 47,000 apps in BlackBerry World - roughly a third of the total catalog count at last tally. Lots of press painted a picture of a manufacturer that encouraged low-quality, spammy developers to beef up their numbers and ultimately project an inflated sense of health in the app ecosystem.

Even outside of the BlackBerry ecosystem, 47,000 apps by a single developer is unheard of on other platforms. It was easy to imagine a Chinese sweat shop full of poorly-paid coders cranking out apps as fast as they could be submitted. The developer in question was S4BB. While in Hong Kong for BlackBerry Jam Asia, I swung by the S4BB offices to see if any of these images held up.

BlackBerry comments on prolific developer

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Many of you are familiar with S4BB - they've been around for a long time, pumping out apps for legacy BlackBerry OS and have been busy on BB10. Lately S4BB has been getting a lot of flak for exactly how many apps they've put into BlackBerry World, and BlackBerry themselves have been criticized for letting a single developer publish 47,000 apps in the market. That's a pretty massive number, considering at last count BlackBerry World was host to 120,000 apps.

There are two big worries here: that a single developer is seriously padding a number that BlackBerry uses to demonstrate the health of their app ecosystem, and that the apps being introduced are by necessity low-quality - it's hard to pump out that many apps and make them well, right? BlackBerry has released a statement on the whole issue.

S4BB launch 24 new magazines for the BlackBerry PlayBook

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Celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day with a $.99 app sale by S4BB

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S4BB Sale

Looking to pick up some great apps for only $.99? S4BB has you covered with their weeklong holiday sale from now until Friday July 6. To honor both of these important holidays, they've put 55 of their most popular BlackBerry smartphone applications and BlackBerry PlayBook audiobooks on sale for you to enjoy.

Whether you want to perform a quick battery pull with RestartMe Pro, set a time for your photographs with Camera Timer, change your sound profile to silent with just a flick of the wrist with Flip Silent, play some games with the family, or listen to one of 13 audiobooks, be sure to check them out by clicking on the jump for the complete list of discounted titles.

RestartMe 3 now available for BlackBerry smartphones

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Contest: Win 1 of 50 copies of Learn French from S4BB

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Learn French Today 

I currently have two apps on my BlackBerry from this developer, namely Battery Watch and Network Traffic Control. I have recently added a third app from S4BB, Learn French. Last time French was taught to me was back in high school where twice a week we'd be subject to counting, conversing and listening to our French teacher. I must admit French was never my strongest subject and never really got in to it. With having to remember what things were male or female (un or une), it got a little frustrating. Being older now, I have a little more patience and willingness to learn languages so I thought I'd give it a try. Read on to find out a little more.

Easy Smiley Pack for BlackBerry updated to v2.0

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Easy Smiley Pack 2.0

Camera Timer by S4BB Limited helps you get the picture

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Camera Timer by S4BB Limited

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