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Keep Moving: the switch from i to Z

Posted on February 13, 2013

from i to z

I decided to switch from my iPhone to a BlackBerry Z10. (Curious about the red device ? it’s a →Limited Edition for Developers)

You can read about my reasons → here in my ekkes-corner blog.

Over the next weeks and months I will report about my experiences.

This will cover all aspects from the use of the Z10 as a consumer – device, a business – device, as a developer of mobile apps, how to stay in-sync with my data on OSX and my family and how to find the right apps.

stay tuned…

I will tweet about this – so the easiest way is to follow me on twitter @ekkescorner.

Synchronizing eMail, Calendars, Contacts, Evernote, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, …

On my iPhone I only synchronized one email – account – most of my emails I did on my desktop.

BlackBerry Z10 enables very comfortable work with email using the Hub – so from now on I’m synchronizing all my accounts with my BlackBerry Z10:

1+1 (german provider), GMX, GoogleMail, iCloud, …

here → you can read HowTo manage this.

All worked out of the box. Articles about my experiences will follow.

Hint: there’s also an article at CrackBerry: http://crackberry.com/thinking-switching-iphone-blackberry

Missing BlackBerry 10 APP: TeaTimer

I missed a good looking TeaTimer for BlackBerry 10 – so I developed my own 😉


read the full story here.

(c) 2013 Creative Commons License 3.0 (BY-NC-SA) by ekke (ekkes-corner)

RIM Reloaded: BlackBerry 10 Jam

Posted on July 18, 2012

RIM Reloaded

image: from dreamstime.com (click to see the source)

In May 2012 first time ever I attended a BlackBerry conference in Orlando. BlackBerry World usually takes place there every year, but for me as a developer I wasn’t particularly interested before. Last two years I have attended the BlackBerry Developer Conferences – most recently the BBDevCon Europe in Amsterdam and the BBDevCon America in San Francisco.

This year, however, the BB10Jam Conference was very short-term announced in parallel to the BlackBerry World as a developers’ conference, which revolved entirely around the new BlackBerry OS BlackBerry 10 (BB10). I could not resist and had to go. In retrospect, I must say, I would have really missed something.

In recent weeks I’ve handled my impressions, did some testing and would like to share my results here now. BB10 can not be considered alone, so I embed the whole into a very personal analysis of why it may be worthwhile in spite of negative press, to look outside the box and develop for Blackberry 10.

left image:(c) 2012 ekke (greece island of kos)
right image: from dreamstime.com (click to see the source)

This article provides both detailed insights down to code level, as well as overviews from bird’s-eye view to make it possible for me to consider the difficult topic of “Developing for BlackBerry” in the whole range.

Ekkehard Gentz

(Reminder: english isn’t my native language – so please excuse any errors or using wrong words)

Update: just as my post was ready to be published, Beta 2 of BB10 NDK and Cascades becomes available. I’ve added some useful information from this SDK Update.

next page →

  1. Intro
  2. Death Spiral’. Why developing BB, Who on Earth…
  3. How it all began, Farewell Java ME, the ‘old’ RIM vs. ‘not your fathers’ RIM, I’m independent
  4. BB10 is a Platform, Cascades more then a UI Framework
  5. Thorsten Heins: the hard Way to BB10, BlackBerry 7 is alive
  6. Alec + Chris rockin’ …, BB10Jam Conference, Creating intelligent Apps
  7. Connected Apps with Cascades, Anatomy of a BB10 App
  8. Native Camera API, NFC Apps
  9. Location-Based-Services
  10. Flow + Invokation Framework
  11. Party, SDK, AlphaDevice, Keyboard, Magic Moments
  12. Markets: Consumer, Enterprise, Government, Automobile
  13. BB10 around the World, Apps Apps Apps…, Open Source
  14. Mission RIM possible ?, Empower People like never before ?, Three Wishes

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