Pastry Push 3D Puzzle Adventure Arrives First On BlackBerry 10

Today ReFocus Labs announces the release of Pastry Push for BlackBerry 10. It is a 3D strategy game designed and developed by the game studio division of ReFocus Labs.

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The game uses swipe gestures to slide pastries along the maze with the objective of getting the pastry to feed Monster Moko. Using 3D graphics and a physics based environment, Pastry Push offers a unique strategy game experience. Also the game has gamepad support by which the user can get a console like gaming experience from the mobile device.

“With your mobile device connected to the gamepad and a display screen, users can experience the true power of Mobile Computing with Pastry Push”, said Shashwat Pradhan, the Co-Founder of Refocus Labs.

With 2 episodes and 54 levels the game features hours and hours of engaging gameplay, all new gameplay mechanics, the ability to collect golden cherries and score stars for each level. Also more episodes will be added and will be available as a free upgrade.

Currently exclusive to BlackBerry 10, Pastry Push is also coming to Android, iOS, PC and Windows Phone in the coming weeks.

Source :- N4bb

WhatsApp Messenger And BlackBerry Messenger See More Use Than Facebook’s Chat Service On Android

For many, this may not come as a surprise, but WhatsApp is so far the frontrunner of all messaging applications as far as the amount of usage is concerned on smartphones and tablets running the Android operating system.

The stats were sent to us from Mobidia and cover the week of October 20. They clearly show that WhatsApp is far ahead of Facebook’s Messenger service at 200 minutes per week per user worldwide. Meanwhile, Facebook showed only about 25 minutes of usage for the week.

Not surprisingly, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is also overtaking the social network with roughly 75 minutes per user for the week.

These numbers are pretty well reflected in different countries as well. In the United States, WhatsApp and BBM stand at about 100 and about 80 minutes, respectively, with Facebook bringing up the rear at the same 25 minute average as the worldwide average. In the United Kingdom, Facebook once again holds at about 25 minutes, with WhatsApp and BBM being used 90 and 75 minutes for the week, respectively.

Engagement is very important in a social network and it definitely looks as though WhatsApp and BBM will be far ahead of Facebook for at least the near term, even with the new changes Facebook is making to its Messenger. Only time will tell if BBM or other applications will catch up to WhatsApp or if WhatsApp will continue to reign supreme for Android users.

Source :- Trutower

BlackBerry’s New Era Begins – Or Does It?

BlackBerry’s CEO Thorsten Heins is out, as BlackBerry finds a billion dollars for life support. Where to now?

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BlackBerry will not be sold, at least for now, and it will have a new CEO. The company’s executive committee had been trying to sell the business, but by yesterday’s deadline no buyer had emerged.

Instead, the company has received a US$1 billion dollar injection from a private placement led by its largest investor, Fairfax Financial Holdings. Fairfax, led by ‘Canada’s Warren Buffett’ Prem Watsa, had been trying to put together a package to buy the company outright, but couldn’t raise the US$4.7 billion that would have needed.

Maybe he will be able to find the money later – the company’s share price, plunged on the news. Shares closed at US$6.67, down more than 14% on the day. Its market cap is now just US$3.5 billion, down from US$40 billion just three years ago.

As part of the deal CEO Thorsten Heins is out, after less than two years in the job. He must be seen as a scapegoat for the company’s earlier lack of vision. Heins joined BlackBerry from Siemens 2007 as head of engineering, and then COO, before being appointed CEO in January 2012. He is too closely identified with the past, and has been asked to leave.

New CEO will be Hong Kong born John S Chen, who will also be executive chairman. He is best known as the former CEO of database company Sybase, and is a senior advisor to private equity company Silver Lake. Sybase, long a rival to Oracle, was sold to SAP in 2010. BlackBerry says he will be interim CEO until a permanent replacement for Heins can be found.

BlackBerry has presented the changes as a new beginning. “Today’s announcement marks the conclusion of the review of strategic alternatives previously announced on 12 August 2013,” said chair Barbara Stymiest. “It represents a significant vote of confidence in BlackBerry and its future by this group of preeminent, long-term investors.

“The BlackBerry board conducted a thorough review of strategic alternatives and pursued the course of action that it concluded is in the best interests of BlackBerry and its constituents, including its shareholders.

“This financing provides an immediate cash injection on terms favourable to BlackBerry, enhancing our substantial cash position. Some of the most important customers in the world rely on BlackBerry and we are implementing the changes necessary to strengthen the company and ensure we remain a strong and innovative partner for their needs.”

Chen has few illusions about the job ahead. “I am pleased to join a company with as much potential as BlackBerry,” he said. “BlackBerry is an iconic brand with enormous potential – but it’s going to take time, discipline and tough decisions to reclaim our success.

“I look forward to leading BlackBerry in its turnaround and transformation for the benefit of all of its constituencies, including its customers, shareholders and employees.”

BlackBerry might say it’s a good outcome, but it will do little to blow away the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over its future. It indicates that BlackBerry was unable to find anyone willing to buy the company outright, and that no potential purchaser was able to raise the money to do so.

From the statements the company is making, it seems determined to trade its way back to profitability, in a market where competition from Apple, Android and now Microsoft/Nokia is stronger than ever. It wasn’t able to do it under Heins, despite introducing impressive new products, and there is little reason to believe anything has changed.

There is no guarantee about anything. Prem Watsa has a reputation as a very savvy investor, and Steven Chen knows his stuff, but no matter what they do probably the best that BlackBerry and its long-suffering investors can hope for is that they will be able to salvage something from what has become something of a hi-tech train wreck.

It’s not a new beginning, as Blackberry would have us believe. But nor is it the end. The saga continues.

Source :- Itwire

BlackBerry Racks Up 20 Million New BBM Users In A Week

After a bungled launch, BlackBerry last week again began offering a cross-platform version of its BlackBerry Messenger service to iPhone and Android users, and with some success, it seems.

BlackBerry said Tuesday that BBM for iOS and Android racked up 20 million new users during its debut week. Taken together with those who use the service on BlackBerry smartphones, the company said BBM now has 80 million monthly active users.

Impressive — though, to be clear, anyone who downloaded the app and used it just once is de facto a monthly user under that metric. The real measure of success for the platform will be continued engagement. Still, not a bad initial showing for the app, and proof of BlackBerry executives’ claims of pent-up demand for BBM among iPhone and Android users.

Sadly for BlackBerry, it’s not clear that pent-up demand is worth anything.

The company hasn’t yet said how it proposes to make money from it. And, from a market-share standpoint, 80 million monthly active users leaves it a frail player in a cross-platform messaging market dominated by upstart juggernauts like WhatsApp and Line, which each boast hundreds of millions of monthly active users. Indeed, WhatsApp last week crossed the 350 million monthly active users milestone, having added 50 million since August.

Can BBM compete with rivals like that? Perhaps. WhatsApp came out of nowhere to claim success — who’s to say that BlackBerry’s cross-platform offering won’t garner similar traction? It’s starting out with an already-established user base, and it does have things like security going for it.

But, with BlackBerry actively shopping itself to any established tech firm willing to eyeball it, and Fairfax Financial working to line up the funding for its proposed $4.7 billion buyout of the company, even apparent wins like racking up 20 million new BBM users in a week seem uncertain.

Twenty million new BBM users, 80 million monthly active users. But to what end? If nothing else, BBM’s growth likely makes it a more attractive asset to a potential acquirer. So, there’s that.

Source :- Allthingsd

Tecno Collaborates With Blackberry, To Preload BBM On New Phones

Steadily making itself a favorite among the middle-class population, Tecno continues to strive for more, this time entering a deal with smartphone makers Blackberry.

The deal sees upcoming Tecno phones to be preloaded with Blackberry’s signature messaging app, BBM.

According to Vice President, TECNO Group, Mr. Arif Chowdhury, this collaboration is a unique one that will enhance the brand feasibility of both TECNO and Blackberry.

Arif, disclosed that the agreement, which was signed on 17th September, 2013 will allows Blackberry messenger to be preloaded on TECNO Smartphones. Based on this arrangement, customers who buy TECNO phones will find the BBM application already preloaded and this available in 20 countries. For those customers already using TECNO phones, it will possible to download the application through the Google play store

“This collaboration is not only good news for TECNO and Blackberry, but also and especially for customers. Indeed Blackberry users who want to keep their BB Pin while using TECNO phones can now make it possible through the new application version coming soon” Arif Said.

“We are very proud of this collaboration, It is our objectives not only for Nigerians and indeed Africa as a whole to acquire Smartphones and enjoy a smart life but also to be able to use the phone to its maximum benefit and that is why we collaborated with Blackberry to preload BBM on all TECNO Smartphones” The Vice President Said.

On the other hand, the Vice President for BBM at Blackberry Mr. Andrew Bocking said, “BBM is a very engaging messaging service that is simple to use, easy to personalize and has an immediacy that is necessary for mobile communications,” With many people now using TECNO Smartphones, this is absolutely the right time to bring on board BBM application on TECNO phones to allow its numerous customers enjoy the best of interactions with families and loved ones.

Source :- 360nobs

BBM Passes 10 Million Downloads On Android And Removes Waiting List

While it is hard to deny that BlackBerry’s launch of BlackBerry Messenger did not go over so well, it does seem to be a popular application surpassing the 10 million download count. This is rather impressive as BlackBerry is struggling to sell their once popular line of mobile phones.

As you may recall, there were several botched releases of the BlackBerry Messenger application that eventually turned BBM into a bit of a joke in the Android community. BlackBerry blamed the botched release on excessive traffic caused by a large number of Android users using a (leaked) pre-release version of BBM for Android. In order to combat this, BlackBerry implemented a waiting list feature into the final build of Android.

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Thanks to the improved version of the mobile client, BlackBerry has removed the waiting list requirement. New users are now free to download the client and immediately setup a new account without waiting. I just went through the setup process myself and can confirm that it is a painless process.

Unfortunately the application still lacks support for tablets so you will need an Android phone to run this application. BlackBerry is happy to report that several new features are coming to the platform in the next few months. It does work with people who use the native BBM client on their BlackBerry Phones. If you were a recent Android transplant, you should feel right at home with this client.

It is quite an accomplishment to hit the 10 million download mark on an application in such a short amount of time. I do however take these numbers with a grain of salt in light of the large number of faked reviews of the application, aka BerryGate. Both BlackBerry and Google are investigating how these reviews made it to the Google PlayStore. We are not saying that BlackBerry sanctioned these reviews, I am just saying that there is a possibility that the download numbers could also be suspect.

Many friends of mine who refuse to give up the failing mobile phone platform, BlackBerry, tell me that the main reason is BBM. They have no excuse anymore to come to the dark (Holo) side now.

Source :- Androidheadlines