Author Archives: Ben Thomas

Bl-app-Berry World (well US, Canada and the UK)

BBerry App World MySpace
Today sees the launch of the BlackBerry App World for the US, UK and Canadian markets. The online app market is accessible to BlackBerrys with a rollerball or touchscreen* (via Wi-Fi and mobile networks).  Although frustrating for anyone based outside the three launch countries, BlackBerry’s App World definitely looks the part and might well be worth the wait (update on UAE launch date to follow). Visually very similar to Apple’s App Store, BlackBerry’s version comes with quite a healthy selection of launch apps including Facebook, MySpace, Pandora, Windows Live Messenger and even UNO (which has us a little excited – is that sad?). According to its press announcement, RIM expects over 1,000 fresh apps to be added this week and like Apple they have sent a plea out to app designers everywhere to get busy developing.

BlackBerry App World site

* OS 4.2 or higher

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Desperately seeking the Twitterati

Kevin Rose - Dating expreimtent 'tweets'

The magnanimous Kevin Rose (yeah, the one who created Digg – see @kevinrose) has come up with cunning plan to enable the Twitterati to post (and reply to) lonely-heart style ‘tweets’. In only two 140 character posts he has managed to launch aTwitter-based love fest – all by utilising the power of searchable hash tags (#sman and #swomen). Twitter is now fluttering with single social networkers desperately seeking each other. We at Stuff think this (seemingly selfless) act from Mr Rose is inspired, but worry that this could spell yet another unwarranted UAE ban for a site most people use for culturally-appropriate purposes.