DevCon Americas 2011

Here are just a few highlights from today’s BlackBerry Developers Conference.

•165 million BlackBerry’s sold and over 50 million BBM users, an 80 percent increase!

•BBX combines the best of BlackBerry and the best of QNX

•QNX- certified secure & reliable kernal

•The idea is to have the HTML 5 apps run like native apps, so devs can “write once, deploy everywhere.”

•Introduction of the Astonishing Cascades Native UI Framework. Everything looks very nice.

•Cascades is built into BBX and it gives developers access to low level API’s and higher level plug and play development.

•Enterprise Services: The apps are hosted on your company’s BES, and are accessible by company employess around the world.

•App World supports 26 currencies, has 70 million users, 150 million devices, and is in 130 countries.

•1 billion apps downloaded, 140 million a month, and BB7 phones make 11 times the revenue of BB6 or BB5 phones.

•13 percent of devs make over $100,000 per year off BlackBerry apps.

•There’s now an HTML 5 site, with WebWorks 2.0, and an Android player portal as well.

•AIR 3 and Flash Player 11 come with the new OS release.

•There are over 4,000 flash apps thus far.

•Developing for BlackBerry is both easy and profitable!

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BlackBerry Bridge Connection

I don’t know about everyone else but I am losing my mind right now because of BlackBerry Bridge issues. Just starting today my BlackBerry Bold 9900 would not connect to my PlayBook via bluetooth. It would connect just for a second then cut off and have a pop-up saying BlackBerry Bridge is not installed or something like that. Anyways I restarted my PlayBook and my Bold 9900 and after that I didn’t have any issues connecting, the problem now is disconnecting the Bridge.

When I turn my bluetooth off on my PlayBook I have been getting the most annoying pop-up saying I must turn bluetooth on to connect to my BlackBerry smartphone, with the option to turn bluetooth on or cancel. After clicking the cancel button my PlayBook would show bluetooth connection off and the bridge not connected, but after about 5 seconds the same message would pop back up on my PlayBook saying I must have bluetooth on to connect to my BlackBerry? I just got it to stop showing this pop-up after leaving my BlackBerry and PlayBook connected for about 15 minutes but it was just an annoyance really, and it doesn’t help this is happening right after my BIS service was down yesterday. Has anyone experienced anything strange between their BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook when bridged via bluetooth? If so leave a comment.

BlackBerry Service Update (video)

This is RIM founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis in a video update of the BlackBerry service outages.

http://bit.ly/qKCkpI

BlackBerry Outage in the US

So I don’t know about everyone in the US but I have heard a few people having problems with there BIS like what has been happening EMEA Region the past couple of days caused by the ‘Core Switch Failure’ due to the large backlog of data.

I am one of those in the US experiencing these issues and my emails are taking forever to send and receive. This is a nightmare and when will RIM have all the backlog of data cleared so the service can get back to normal? Leave a comment if you are also having any trouble with you BIS or BES on your BlackBerry.

BBM Message (Real or Fake)

I just received this from one of my BBM contacts, is this true or is this some kind of trick? I know there is rumor that today there maybe an update to 6.0.1 but I have never seen anything like this before?

Dunno if this true or not?! This is the real broadcast from Blackberry© All rights reserved.
Broadcast this message to every single contact on your BBM© to reset your display picture, sorry for any inconvenience.
‎ This message is to inform all of our users, that our servers have recently been really full, so we are asking for your help to fix this problem. We need our active users to re-send this message to everyone on your contact list in order to confirm our active users that use BlackBerry Messenger, if you do not send this message to all your BlackBerry Messenger contacts then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts
Symbol will automatic update in your  ,when you broadcast this message. Your blackberry will be updated within 24 hours it will have a new lay out and a new color for chat.
‎ Dear Blackberry users, We are going to do a update for bbm from 11pm till 5am this to day. You if you don’t send this to all your contacts your update will be cancelled and you would not be alowed to chat with your contacts as you have the old version.

Update: 10/12/2011:
I have not been able to receive any BBM all day because of the BIS outage going on right now but I just received my first BBM of the day and it was from a friend who lives in Bolivia. It is the same message as yesterday and it states it is a broadcast message from RIM. Does anyone know what’s going on here? If you have any idea just leave a comment below, here is his message:

: Blackberry informa Este mensaje es para informarles a todos nuestros usuarios, que nuestros servidores han estado recientemente muy congestionados, por lo que estamos pidiendo su ayuda para solucionar este problema. Necesitamos que nuestros usuarios activos reenvien este mensaje a cada una de las personas de su lista de contactos a fin de confirmar nuestros usuarios activos que utilizan BlackBerry Messenger, si usted no envía este mensaje a todos sus contactos de Messenger de BlackBerry, entonces su cuenta permanecerá inactiva con la consecuencia de perder todos sus contactos. El símbolo de actualización automática en su BlackBerry, aparecera con la transmisión de este mensaje. Su mora se actualizará dentro de las 24 horas siguientes, contará con un nuevo diseño y un nuevo color para el chat. Estimados usuarios BlackBerry, vamos a hacer una actualización para BB MSN de 23:00 p.m. hasta las 05:00 a.m. de este día. Si usted no envía esto a todos sus contactos la actualización se cancelará y no tendrá la posibilidad de chatear con sus contactos, si tiene la versión anterior este es el verdadero código de actualización para tu blackcerry: BB859Z23380; al difundir este mensaje a todos tus contactos automáticamente tu telf se va a apagar y prender y podras contar con el nuevo sistema 6.8O de. blackberry