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Canadian Tech, Digital Media Companies Support New BlackBerry Releases

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Top Canadian digital media and information technology companies have expressed support for the new BlackBerry 10 operating system and smartphone releases.

Entertainment, sports and information apps form Canadian developers have been introduced, and back ends service providers say they are readying the new BB10 ecosystem for digital media distribution, corporate communication and personal connectivity.

Unveiled in special global events yesterday, the “re-invented” BlackBerry launches “an entirely new mobile experience," said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry (the company is now operating as BlackBerry, not Research In Motion, it was also announced).

Heins introduced the new BlackBerry 10 operating system on the new all touch BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 touch with keyboard smartphones.

At or following the events, partners around the world joined in to express compatibility, support or new applications for BB 10.

New apps for the platform have or are being announced, such as the advance word from Pelmorex Media that its popular weather apps are available for the new devices; entertainment apps from Corus Entertainment, Astral Radio and SiriusXM, as well as hockey and basketball apps from MLSE are included on the list.

Canadian cloud service provider SherWeb says its Hosted Exchange 2013 and 2010 platforms are ready to support the new BlackBerry 10, making it one of the first to do so with Exchange 2013.

As well, mobile media provider QuickPlayMedia reported its OpenVideo Platform can be used to roll pout live TV and VoD (video on demand) services for BlackBerry 10.

QuickPlay says a number of multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs), including Canada’s largest cable and IPTV operator, are doing so.

The company has implemented adaptive streaming of premium mobile video to BlackBerry 10 smartphones, and it is using the carrier grade Microsoft PlayReady DRM solution, described Kavi Maharajh, QuickPlay’s vice president of product and research and development: “By rolling out support for BlackBerry 10 on launch day, we’re able to reduce the barrier of entry for MVPDs and other Pay TV service providers looking to reach subscribers who purchase and use the new smartphones. We’re excited to further expand the ecosystem of operating systems and devices QuickPlay supports and make it a seamless process for our customers to extend new services and devices to their subscriber bases.”

The new devices feature 1.5 GHz dual core processors with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, with high density pixel and screen technology, and an expandable memory card slot. Both feature a micro HDMI out port for presentations, and advanced sensors such NFC (near field communications) to support mobile payments and the exchange of information with a tap of the smartphone. They also have a removable battery.

Some of the new features include, as described by BlackBerry:

--  BlackBerry Hub, a single place to manage all communications, whether personal or work email, BBM messages, social media updates or notifications.
--  A predictive keyboard that learns, adapts and offers up common frequently used words for faster and more accurate typing. 
--  BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) includes voice calling and video chat, and introduces the ability to share the screen with another BlackBerry 10 contact. 
--  Time Shift, a multi-camera image capture function, and Story Maker, for editing photos and videos into an HD movie 
--  BlackBerry 10 browser, with HTML5 support, scrolling or zooming, 
multiple tabs, private browsing and more 
--  The BlackBerry World storefront now includes 70,000 apps and a large music and video libraries. In addition, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare apps for BlackBerry 10 are preinstalled, and BlackBerry 10 customers will have access to leading applications from across the globe. Leading application providers including Disney, Cisco, Foursquare, Skype and Rovio have committed to the platform.

BlackBerry Vice President of Global Alliances and Business Development, Martyn Mallick took to the stage yesterday to show some of applications committed to BlackBerry 10.

"Being able to announce 1000 of the top app partners is a testament to the strength of BlackBerry 10, the ease of developing for this powerful new platform, and the remarkable opportunity that it represents for developers and brands alike," said Mallick. "We have focused on bringing the most relevant apps to BlackBerry 10 - whether they are global leaders in their categories, or whether they are regional must-have apps. We are thrilled and want to thank all the developers that have shown such strong support of a platform before it has commercially launched. We share in their excitement and belief in BlackBerry 10."

Many of these apps are available at launch with others to follow:

Business and Productivity

--  Bloomberg, BMC Service Desk & Remedy, Box, Cisco WebEx Meetings, Citrix

    Podio, CNBC, Dictionary.com, Emirates NBD, Harmon.ie, IBM Notes

    Traveler, ING DIRECT Canada, Nat West, RBC, RBS, SAP, TD Bank Group and

    Thomson Reuters



--  10tons: Sparkle, Joining Hands, Azkend, King Oddball, Azkend2, Ironworm,

    Dragon Portal and Boom Brigade 2

--  Disney Mobile Games: Where's My Water? and Where's My Perry?

--  Electronic Arts: A great selection of their top games including, Mass

    Effect(TM) Infiltrator, Flight Control Rocket, The Sims(TM) FreePlay and

    MONOPOLY Millionaire

--  Fishlabs: Galaxy on Fire

--  Funkoi: Alpha Zero

--  Gameloft: A great selection of their top games, including Asphalt 7:

    Heat, The Amazing Spider-Man(TM), Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, The Dark

    Knight Rises(TM)

--  Halfbrick: Jetpack Joyride, Fruit Ninja

--  JoyBits: Doodle God & Doodle Devil

--  Rovio: Angry Birds Classic, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Bids Space and

    Angry Birds Seasons

--  Square One Games: Square One and InXile

--  SEGA: Sonic4(TM) Episode 1

--  ZeptoLab- Cut the Rope, Cut the Rope: Experiments



--  AccuWeather, Air Canada, Air France, DStv Mobile, Dr. Oetker

    Rezeptideen, Easyjet, FlightAware, Flixster, KLM, Manulife Financial,

    President's Choice Recipe Box, SkyScanner, Spotcast, StubHub, The

    Weather Channel, The Weather Network, Tim Hortons TimmyMe(TM), United

    Airlines, Wikitude, WisePilot, Yellow Pages Group and Zara



--  Absolute Radio, Al Jazeera, Allocine, Astral Radio, BBC Worldwide- Top

    Gear, BubblePix, Channel 4, Corus Entertainment- Radio, Deezer, E!

    Online, eMusic, Europe 1, Kiss Kube, MTV Italia, Nobex Radio, NOS, N-TV

    Nachrichten, Occipital 360 Panorama, OxygenLive, Pacemaker, PaperCamera,

    Rdio, Shahid.net, SiriusXM, Slacker, Songza, SoundHound, TuneIn, and



Published Media

--  AFP News, Amazon Kindle, CBC (News, Radio, Music, Hockey Night in

    Canada), Economist, elmundo.es, El Pais, Grazia Italy, Handlesbaltt,

    kicker, Leo Dictionary, MailOnline, Maxim, News24, New York Times,

    NU.nl, PressReader, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The Independent,

    The London Evening Standard, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and




--  Badoo, Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, ooVoo, Skype, Tuenti Social

    Messenger, Twitter, Viber, Whatsapp and Xing



CBSSports.com, ESPN ScoreCenter, Goal.com, L'equipe, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment's Maple Leafs Mobile App and Raptors Mobile App, MLB.com At Bat(R), NHL GameCenter, PGA Tour, Runtastic, Sports Tracker and UFC

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