BlackBerry Tablet OS – A discussion with Dan Dodge

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment

As you have likely heard, Mike Lazaridis introduced the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet and BlackBerry® Tablet OS yesterday during his keynote at BlackBerry DEVCON 2010. The BlackBerry Tablet OS – based on technology by QNX Software Systems – has been designed to deliver unparalleled performance in a tablet. In honor of this announcement, we have with us today Dan Dodge, co-founder and CEO of QNX Software Systems, to talk about the BlackBerry Tablet OS and the opportunities it opens up to app developers, web developers and publishers.

Can you tell us a bit about the QNX® Neutrino® operating system?

If I had to sum up the QNX Neutrino OS in one word, it would be architecture. In fact, when you look at the qualities that have made QNX Neutrino so successful — reliability, scalability, performance, portability — they are all a natural product of its microkernel architecture. These qualities are baked into the very core of the OS.

This architecture explains why the QNX Neutrino OS is popular in such a huge variety of applications, from Internet routers to in-car infotainment systems. In fact, you’ve probably encountered QNX Neutrino today without even knowing it. It’s part of everyday life – being used to control power stations, automate TV broadcasts, and even to help ensure that your food is safe to eat. Now we are leveraging the flexibility and proven reliability of this architecture in the new BlackBerry Tablet OS.

What are some of the key features of the BlackBerry Tablet OS that our application developers need to know?

First off, you can develop some really cool apps for BlackBerry PlayBook using Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Flash, and HTML5. Under the hood, we have a 1GHz dual core processor, accelerated 3D graphics, HD video, and a 7″ multi-touch widescreen. Think of the potential for applications that can combine all these technologies!

Of course, since the BlackBerry Tablet OS seamlessly pairs with BlackBerry® smartphones, the types of things that customers have come expect in terms of enterprise-grade mobility features are available to BlackBerry Tablet OS applications.

Flexibility is in the very DNA of the BlackBerry Tablet OS. We’ve designed it to easily support additional runtime frameworks and virtual machines. For instance, you can expect to see a virtual machine that supports BlackBerry® 6 Java applications.

From a tools perspective, you can use standard Adobe products such as Flash Builder for application development and debug directly on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. For applications that require access to the native OS environment, developers can develop and port C/C++ applications and also take advantage of the QNX® Momentics® Tool Suite, which is based on the Eclipse standard. The BlackBerry Tablet OS provides built-in interfaces to integrate the rich graphical application environment with underlying native code.

We know that the BlackBerry Tablet OS is built upon the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture. What are some of the key advantages that QNX Neutrino brings to the table?

First and foremost, with the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture, every application, device driver, networking stack, and virtual machine runs in memory-protected user space. As a result, the BlackBerry Tablet OS can provide a resilient, self-healing environment in order to protect applications from hurting one another or the OS itself. And that’s exactly what you want when running software from a large community of developers.

The QNX Neutrino architecture can also support true multitasking on multicore hardware — in fact, its multicore prowess has been performance-proven in the world’s highest-capacity routers. As a result, it can run multiple applications simultaneously, while delivering very high performance. Multitasking might be new to other tablet platforms, but for us, it’s bred in the bone.

What was the most exciting aspect of this project?

That’s easy: creating something that is more than the sum of its parts. Over the years, QNX and Research In Motion® have developed phenomenal strengths in their respective domains. This project provided an opportunity to bring those strengths together on a single platform — and I believe we’ve succeeded brilliantly. Because our technologies are so complementary, and because our cultures are so compatible, we’ve been able to create a tablet OS that surpasses anything on the market today.

Dan, we have heard about how the QNX Neutrino OS already powers solutions in a variety of challenging environments. What is your favorite story around where it is being used?

Honestly, I couldn’t pick just one. The QNX Neutrino OS controls medical devices that save lives, in-car systems that find the nearest Starbucks, and vision systems that helped build the International Space Station. Some of these systems are incredibly important and others are simply cool — but they’re all immensely gratifying.

Thanks for taking time to talk to us today, Dan. I know that I can’t wait to see the great applications that get developed for the BlackBerry Tablet OS. For those of you interested in learning more about the new BlackBerry Tablet OS, check out the materials and sign up for the upcoming webinar on BlackBerry DevZone – and watch our BlackBerry Developer’s Blog for more details coming soon!

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BlackBerry PlayBook vs. iPad vs. Galaxy Tab vs. Streak: the tale of the tape

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment


BlackBerry PlayBook announced!

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Posted in News & Rumors on 27 Sep 2010 16:32 by Kevin Michaluk | 210 comments
Watch the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet preview video!

[ youtube video link for mobile viewing ]

Key features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook include:

  • 7″ LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
    • Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
    • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.

* RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

Watch the video preview above and check out the full press release below. You can also visit for more info.  Excited yet? How about that name PlayBook?

iBluever NOW AVAILABLE for 5$ on Cydia!

June 25, 2010 4 comments

Amod’s iBlog!

iBluever NOW AVAILABLE for 5$ on Cydia!

01/05/2010 3:47 PM

An App by Eric Day, iBluever, which allows iPod touch users to Tether their Device to any Bluetooth Enabled Mobile Phone (Supporting Dial-up Networking Profile) was released on Cydia Store. We all were waiting for this Hack, for a long time! Eric Day (@smartype) released two versions on Cydia Store, THE DEMO VERSION (iBlueverDemo) for FREE and FULL VERSION (iBluever) for $5.

I have been testing with Demo Version and was totally amazed! THE APP WORKS LIKE A CHARM. [Harry Potter movies isn’t better!  ]

What does this App do?

– This App, add Bluetooth Dial-Up Networking Profile to your iPod touch. It allows iPod touch users to Connect their iPod touch to a Bluetooth Enabled phone to use it’s Data (GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA) on their iPod touch. This CONVERTS yours iPod touch to an iPhone 3G.


– iPod touch (2G or 3G only)

– Mobile Phone (Supports, Bluetooth DUN and with working Data Connection- ANY CARRIER)

– iPod touch Jailbreak with Cydia/Icy (BigBoss Repository)


The App Totally ROCKS!

It’s the BEST money you will spend ever on Cydia or App Store.
I am using iBluever with iPod touch (2G) and Motorola RAZR V9.

I am using Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) UNLIMITED HSDPA PLAN. (In India)

The App will totally surprise you! I tried many Apps with iBluever, some worked and some didn’t.

Apps Worked!

Safari, Mail, Tweetie 2, Google App, AIM, Facebook, Opera Mini, Maps App (Current Location CANNOT be found. GPS or Triangulatory Cellular Location doesn’t work.) , Stocks, Wikipanion +, WordPress, Flixster.

Apps NOT Working!

YouTube, App Store, WhatsApp, BeejiveIM, Skype, Palringo, Google Earth, Ping!

Apps most used by me are WhatsApp, Mail, BeejiveIM, Facebook and Tweetie 2.

Most of them are working and its pretty exciting for iPod touch users to access these services OUTSIDE a WIFI Zone!



i am not using 3G Unrestrictor, therefore some Apps might work with 3G Unrestrictor.

If you want me to TEST “Any Particular App” from App Store, with iBluever, Please leave a comment and I will definitely help you out.

For any other clarifications or Details, either ‘Leave a Comment’ or visit

Please don’t be Confused by the “AT&T Logo with Signal Bars” in the Screen Shots. It’s a theme: iPod2iPhone.


Here are Pictures of my iPod touch accessing HSDPA via iBluever.

Hope you enjoyed this Post! This App takes this AWESOME piece of Technology (iPod touch) TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

Adrian Francis

YouTube intros a simple video editor

June 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Jun 16th, 2010 @ 09:23 pm › Michael Bettiol

Earlier today, YouTube introduced a simple and very easy to use cloud-based video editor for its millions of users. Creating things like mashups couldn’t be more simple thanks to the new system, requiring users only to drag their clips into sequential order, trim each clip to length, and then throw in some music and titles. Like we said, it’s a very simple system that doesn’t offer a whole lot of options. But for the average person who possesses neither the right software or the know how, YouTube’s solution is pretty spot on.

[Via Ars Technica]

Adrian Francis

How to add Hotkeys in Composer

June 10, 2010 Leave a comment
Written by MattG on June 6th, 2010
Written within: Composer Tutorials

Composer can be a very tricky program to get used to. There are a lot of times people are asking developers to make a hotkey for their device. Believe it or not – it is extremely easy! In this tutorial, I will teach you how to do it.

For those who do not know, a hotkey doesn’t mean your keyboard gets hot. It simply means when you press a button an application will load.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Step One

Open up Composer and go to File > New.
You can choose any size you would like except for the Storm. Since the Storm doesn’t have a keyboard this will not work.

Step Two

Go to Interactivity then Hotkey Actions.

Step Three

When the new box opens, select the last icon on the right.

Step Four

You will see new options come up at the bottom.
For the purpose of this tutorial, we will add a Hotkey to open up SMS and MMS.

Therefore, click the Next Key Typed button at the top.

Once you press that button, you will see a small grey box that says ‘Press a Key to be used as the hotkey’.

Press $ (alt + 4) on your computer keyboard.
* If you are going to use the Spacebar, the hotkey will come up blank. *

Keep in mind, you can press any button on your keyboard that is on the Blackberry device. If you want to use # you can – you would press Alt + Q (#) on your Blackberry to open the application.

After you do that you will notice the $ sign next to Key and it also under Event.

Step Five

The last and final step is upon us folks! I told you it was easy!!!!

At the bottom of that dialog box, you will see the Launch Application section.

Press the drop down and go to SMS and MMS.

You will now notice the full line (Action and Event) is completed.

Press OK and export your file as an SVG.
When you press the $ sign, SMS and MMS will pop up. Make sure you separate your inbox’s!

I hope you have learned something new!

iPhone 4 announced, launching June 24 for $199 with new FaceTime video chat

June 7, 2010 Leave a comment

By Paul Miller posted Jun 7th 2010 1:35PM

Digg this! Apple has unveiled its new iPhone 4 after a couple wild, unprecedented months of leaks. Sure, it looks exactly like we expected it to (Steve compares it to an old Leica camera), with a glass front and back, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts, kids. The stainless steel band that goes around the phone is an antenna system, while also providing the main structure of the phone, though it’s plugged into the same old GSM / UMTS radio you all know and love — there’s a reason they didn’t call it the iPhone 4G. There’s also of course that front facing camera we were all anticipating, a rear camera with LED flash, and a new high resolution display that doubles the pixels in each direction (960 x 640) for a 4X overall pixel count increase — Apple calls it a “Retina Display.” It’s rated at 326ppi, which Apple claims is beyond the human eye’s limit of distinction. Check out an example of the new screen up against the iPhone 3G after the break. Similar to the iPad, it’s an IPS display, offering 800:1 contrast. Naturally, it’s still the same old 3.5-inch size. Under the hood is the A4 processor that runs the iPad. Despite the new engine (and the 25% thinner chassis), Apple managed to make the battery slightly larger, and the new handset is rated at 7 hours of 3G talk, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of WiFi browsing, 10 hours of video, and 40 hours of music. Oh, and that WiFi? It’s 802.11n now. The camera has been bumped to 5 megapixels, with 5X digital zoom and a “backside illuminated sensor,” which now can also record HD video at 720p / 30fps.

On the software front, applications will automatically get high resolution text and buttons as part of iOS 4 (the OS previously known as iPhone OS 4), and with “a little bit of work” developers can make their entire app compatible with the new resolution display. Developers will also get access to a new gyroscope, giving devs “six axis” motion control between the gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass, with a new “Core Motion” API to deal with it all. Users won’t be left out in the cold, however: they can mess around with that new HD video using a brand new iMovie app, if they shell out $4.99 for it. If anyone’s feeling particularly frisky, iOS 4 even lets you switch your default search provider to Bing. Last but certainly not least, that new front camera is enabled for video chat using the new “FaceTime” feature. It’s a WiFi-only (for now) video calling feature that works from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 with “no setup” involved, and can flip over to the rear camera if your grandparents get tired of your face.

The phone will be available in white or black, retailing at $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for 32GB. They go on sale June 24th, and AT&T will be giving some extra grace upgrade timing — up to six months early. The 3GS will be dropped to $99 and the 3G will disappear completely. Pre-orders start in a week, with 5 countries at launch (US, France, Germany, UK, Japan), with 18 more following in July. Apple will also be selling a first party case for $29, and a dock for the same price. PR is after the break.