As BlackBerry stumbles, there are now three mobile platforms that matter

Today has been tumultuous for BlackBerry. Investment company Fairfax Financial, BlackBerry’s biggest shareholder, was intending to buy the company for US $4.7bn, but that deal fell through, apparently because of failure to attract other investors to what seemed a risky endeavour. Instead, Fairfax and other investors will invest US $1bn of new money into BlackBerry.

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Windows Phone 8 enterprise security versus Blackberry 10 Balance and Samsung Knox

How good is Windows Phone 8 security? Actually, pretty good. The key features are described here [pdf]:

Trusted Boot prevents booting to an alternative operating system, using the UEFI secure boot standard. Only signed operating system components and apps can run. App sandboxing:

No communication channels exist between apps on the phone other

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Power shifts at Mobile World Congress: Samsung rises, Apple absent, Google hidden, Microsoft missing

Mobile World Congress, now under way in Barcelona, is a big event. Exact numbers are not available, but I have heard talk of 70,000 trade attendees; it is not something you can safely ignore if you have a presence in the mobile industry.

Nevertheless Apple chooses to ignore it, preferring its own exclusive events.

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Last minute offer: attend BlackBerry Jam Europe in Amsterdam for half price or even free

At the end of January RIM is launching BlackBerry 10 in a now-or-never moment for the company. The new smartphone, based on the QNX embedded operating system, has distinctive features that just might win it a foothold in a crowded market dominated by Apple iOS and Google Android.

If you are developing for

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Mobile: Windows Phone appeal growing, iOS and Android secure say Titanium developers

Appcelerator and IDC have released their latest mobile developer report, in which nearly 3,000 users of the cross-platform development tool Titanium report on their views and intentions.

These reports are always interesting but experience suggests that they are poor predictors. A year ago, the Q4 2011 report told us:

Amazon’s new Kindle Fire ignites developer

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RIM BlackBerry 10 SDK is now gold

 

BlackBerry 10 developers can now download the release version of the various SDKs.

 

There are three primary SDKs: native C/C++, Cascades which includes a C++ app and user interface framework, and WebWorks for HTML5 and JavaScript.

If that is not enough, there is also an Adobe AIR SDK, and a Java SDK

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BlackBerry 10: key dates for developers announced, $10,000 incentive dangled

RIM has announced key dates for developers in the run up to launch on January 30 2013.

The schedule looks like this:

November 29: SDK update December 11: Gold SDK available January 21: Deadline for app submission to qualify for the $10,000 giveaway January 30: BlackBerry 10 Launch

Following the release of Microsoft’s Windows Phone

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BlackBerry 10: QNX multitasking goodness

I attended the London BlackBerry Jam, one of around 500 developers (the event was sold out) who showed up to learn about developing for Blackberry 10 and in the hope of snagging a prototype of RIM’s next smartphone, the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha. The event is part of a tour of 26 cities worldwide. I

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On BlackBerry 10, Cascades UI and Adobe AIR

I spoke to Jeff Lejeune, RIM’s Advanced User Interface Director, here at BlackBerry DevCon Europe in Amsterdam.

He is part of the team responsible for the Cascades UI, a native code UI framework for the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 OS. One of the things he told me is that the Cascades name is actually being used

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Hands On with Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 for Android

I have been trying several cross-platform development tools for mobile, and today I set out to create an Adobe AIR app for Android using the new Flash Builder 4.5, available separately or as part of the Creative Suite CS5.5.

I made another calculator app, which may seem boring but gives me a chance to compare

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