China May Lift Social Media Ban From Shanghai’s Free-Trade Zone


A tiny crack could be forming in the Great Firewall that blocks China’s internet users from politically sensitive websites. According to the South China Morning Post, Chinese authorities are to lift a longtime ban on Facebook and Twitter. However, access to the social media sites will only be granted within the confines of Shanghai’s free-trade zone — a mere 28 sq-km out of mainland China’s vast 9.3 million sq-km area.

(MORE: Beijing’s Next Anti-Graft Target? Mooncakes)

Party apparatchiks may also allow access to the New York Times. An anonymous official told the Post that the idea is to reassure foreign investors that Shanghai’s free-trade zone was operating under a more visitor-friendly set of rules.

“If they can’t get onto Facebook or read The New York Times, they may naturally wonder how special the free-trade zone is compared with the rest of China,” the official said. Soothed by…

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Porting BlackBerry Java NFC Applications to BlackBerry 10 Part 2: Tag Writing

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NFC tags

Guest post by John Murray

This is the second part of a six-part series by Martin Woolley and me on porting BlackBerry Java applications that use NFC to BlackBerry 10. In our last post, we looked at Tag Reading. This time, we’ll review the way in which you’d port code that writes to NFC tags.

Here’s where we are in the series as a whole:

  1. Reading NFC Tags
  2. Writing NFC Tags
  3. Peer to Peer Mode
  4. Reading NFC Contactless Cards
  5. NFC Virtual Tag and Card Emulation
  6. NFC Card Emulation

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the aspects you need to deal with:

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Microsoft Launches Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview For Windows 7


Just about two months after it announced the developer preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, Microsoft today launched an updated beta version of its browser. The so-called “release preview” will likely be the last beta version of IE11 for Windows 7 before the full release later this fall. In total, the company hopes, the launch will bring IE11 to “more than 50% of desktops worldwide.”

Microsoft won’t say when exactly it plans to release the Windows 7 version of IE11, but with the Windows 8.1 release on October 18, chances are IE11 for Windows 7 won’t launch too long after that.

Windows 8 users, the company reiterated in a blog post today, will have to wait for the free 8.1 update to upgrade. Microsoft won’t release a version of IE11 for those who plan to stay on Windows 8.

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NVIDIA Outs New Tegra Note Design For Low-Cost Tablets


Thanks to a slew of leaks and early appearances NVIDIA’s newest Tegra 4-powered tablet design has never really been a secret, but the company has finally confirmed what it’s been working on for the past several months. What once was known as the Tegra Tab is now called the Tegra Note, a tablet hardware platform that NVIDIA hopes will add some much-needed oomph to the low-cost tablet space.

Here’s the long and short of it — NVIDIA’s Tegra Note design features a 7-inch display running at 1280×800, a quad-core 1.8GHz Tegra 4 chipset (with 72-core GeForce GPU), 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and microSD card slot. Easily the most interesting addition to the mix is the company’s DirectStylus tech, which also for pressure-sensitive stylus input without the need for pricey smart styli and integrated digitizers. Throw in some sweet, sweet unfettered Android (by way of NVIDIA sanctioned…

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Feedly, Now Powering 50 RSS-Based Applications, Opens API To All Developers


Feedly, a service making claims to the RSS reader throne Google abandoned by shutting down Google Reader, announced today that it’s now opening up its API to all interested developers building RSS-based applications. This is a notable step toward Feedly’s goal of not just being another feed-reading application itself, but rather a platform which will allow an app ecosystem to thrive.

Though to Google, a service like Google Reader with maybe tens of millions of users had only “niche” appeal compared with the size and scale of its other online properties like Gmail, Search, YouTube, and Google+, the Google Reader app had powered a large community of feed reading applications by way of its API – an industry that could have gone under thanks to the Google Reader shutdown without alternative APIs, like Feedly’s, being made available.

Feedly was one of the first companies to have offered an API…

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Very Big BlackBerry: The Z30 Has a 5-Inch Screen


True to form, the BlackBerry Z30 is a late entry to the large smartphone arena by the company formerly known as RIM.

The BlackBerry Z30 has a 5-inch, 1280-by-768 resolution display, compared to the 4.2-inch display on the company’s existing Z10. Processing power also gets a boost, with a 1.7 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro under the hood.

Thankfully, the larger chassis makes room for a bigger battery, addressing one of the major gripes with the Z10. BlackBerry says the Z30’s 2,880 mAh battery will last up to 25 hours in a “mixed usage scenario.” On the downside, the Z30’s battery is non-removable.

Other specs are similar to those of the Z10: 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage and a micro SD card slot. The BlackBerry Z30 measures 0.37 inches thick, and weighs about 0.37 pounds.

As for software, the…

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Qt in the Multi-Screen Age

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Being a developer today means developing for multiple device types. When supporting different form factors, operating systems, and browsers, it’s not easy to write an app that targets a wide audience. By using cross-platform frameworks like Qt and providing a POSIX compliant operating system in BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry helps developers target multiple platforms. Additionally, this approach allows developers to learn only one API and technology instead of many.

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Oldie but Goodie, from BBOS to BB10 – A WebWorks Tale

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Have you created a BlackBerry WebWorks app for previous versions of the OS and are wondering how to adapt it for the new BlackBerry 10 devices? In this blog post we’ll take a quick look at how the new BlackBerry 10 Weather app evolved from the old BlackBerry OS app.

The best place to start is to list the important features required for the app and go from there. The easiest way to do this is to look at and use the existing application (in this case, the old Weather app), and jot down the features and app activity going on. Once you’ve got the basics integrated in your new app, you’ll then be able to build up and add new features to make the app even better.

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Jam Asia 2013: Developing BlackBerry Apps is as easy as 1-2-3

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This guest post was provided by Anthony Hu, member of the Cascades Field Agency, and edited by Alex Kinsella

Hello BlackBerry developers!  My name is Anthony Hu, and I’m a member of the Cascades Field Agency (CFA). You might have heard about us since we’ve been mentioned in previous posts such as these.

This year at BlackBerry Jam Asia, CFA will be on hand to help you learn the fundamentals to build BlackBerry 10 apps with the Native SDK and Cascades framework. It’s easy as 1-2-3!


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Code Signing Keys Be Gone! Welcome BlackBerry ID

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*This post has been updated from an earlier version to provide additional information for existing BlackBerry code signing key holders. 

What if I told you that you no longer have to worry about backing up your BlackBerry 10 code signing keys, forgetting your signing password, remembering which computer you had your keys installed on, or waiting for signing keys to be emailed to you? Well I’m here to tell you just that. BlackBerry 10 code signing keys can now be replaced with a BlackBerry ID account to verify the author of an application. BlackBerry ID support is now included in the BlackBerry Native SDK, BlackBerry AIR SDK and Android tools (as well as BlackBerry WebWorks 2.0 SDK as of December 2013).*

This means you can configure a computer for signing by logging into BlackBerry ID. No more losing signing keys because you forgot to back them up. Forget…

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