Recently, ATT, in partnership with RIT, Digital Rochester, High Tech Rochester and Hack Upstate, held the Rochester Civic App Challenge. The two month virtual hackathon challenged developers to build and deliver mobile apps that serve community needs and demonstrate how mobile technologies can lead to the next generation of tech jobs and investment. It’s an interesting concept which is often done through Open Data initiatives. At least one app, the Erie Canal app, is available on BlackBerry 10.
If you’re from the Rochester area, check out the app. It’s designed for those looking to travel along the canal by showing the Boat Launches, Locks, Lift Bridges, and Guard Gates along the canal’s path.
By default, you’ll be shown any messages identified as a priority, but did you know you can customize how they appear when you perform this gesture?
On my device, for example, performing this gesture shows me my unread messages so I can quickly review messages I haven’t had a chance to look at.
Follow these steps to customize what appears on your device the next time you use a pinch gesture while viewing the BlackBerry Hub.
- Go to the BlackBerry Hub
- Tap Display and Actions
- Tap Pinch Filter Criteria and select one of the following:
- Priority Messages
- Unread Messages
- Flagged Messages
- Draft Messages
- Meeting Invites
- Sent Messages
- Level 1 Alerts
After completing these steps, slide your fingers together to view the specific type of message. After you finish, slide your fingers apart to return to your complete messages list.
Got a question? Leave a comment and let me know!
PhoneGap Bootcamp is a project by Demian Borba (and I’m sure other collaborators) who is a Developer Envangelist at BlackBerry. PhoneGap Bootcamp is 2 days of intense training converting mobile apps using Cordova for iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10, focusing on single page apps and performance. It sounds like an awesome event and if you want it in your area, you can apply on their site.
Here’s the short about PhoneGap: the performance is adequate for most apps, but the integration needs to be tighter and the performance isn’t good enough for games. In the end, the web will win because it’s becoming increasingly difficult to build a business with manufacturers taking a 30% cut from your app revenues. That’s the TL;DR of it all.
Check out the snazzy website PhoneGapBootcamp.io from your mobile device. It’s very pretty.
— Demian Borba (@demianborba) April 20, 2014
Snap2Chat has now been approved for BlackBerry World. While still in its late beta stages, there are some small bugs that need to be worked out before the developer is truly comfortable for its addition to BlackBerry World.
For those unfamiliar with the application, Snap2Chat is a native Snap chat client built for BlackBerry 10. While I’m not a Snap chat user, Snap2Chat will provide BlackBerry 10 users with the ability to Snap chat it up.
Currently the latest release version is 184.108.40.206. I have provided a link below to the file for download which will require users to side load the app in order to install on your BlackBerry 10 device. The developer is asking for users to download the latest version and provide feedback in order to help make Snap2Chat’s user experience the best possible.
Check out the preview video and be on the look out for Snap2Chat in BlackBerry World soon!
Check out the official Snap2Chat BBM Channel: C00289907
Snap2Chat Facebook FanPage: https://www.facebook.com/snap2chat
Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Rimarkable/~3/ArCyUrl5PM0/
The above image shows that the Caller ID API is a feature logged in JIRA but it still isn’t coming.
Almost all of the “call management” apps on BlackBerry 10 are apps that completely block all incoming calls. Why would anyone want that as a feature? Just turn your phone on silent. The whole Call Management category is broken on BlackBerry 10. Some apps, like Call Manager by CSL Limited, have terrible ratings and seem to be lying about the feature set. Doesn’t BlackBerry test feature claims to some extent?
What’s really needed, is a solid call management app that allows you to create block lists as well as lists of contacts that are accepted. It would be great if the call app cross-referenced your contacts and only allowed calls from numbers you recognize. This will of course have to be a headless app, so it can run in the background and not need to be always open.
There used to be some really solid call management apps for BlackBerry back in the legacy days. PrivacyStar was a great app on BlackBerry and the company has completely dropped support for the platform. There doesn’t seem to be anybody in the call management space on BlackBerry 10 anymore.
In the end, it comes down to whether BlackBerry 10 developers can access the phone numbers. Going through the native BlackBerry 10 APIs available to developers, it doesn’t seem like it’s possible. You would have to somehow get the Caller ID, and that doesn’t seem to be a feature. So it looks like this entire app category is killed until the API is available. Considering BlackBerry is going full enterprise, this seems like a good API to make available.