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January 22, 2011

UberMedia Buys UberTwitter, Seeks Mobile Tweet Domination

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The company formally known as PostUp (who was originally founded as TweetUp) has acquired UberTwitter for an undisclosed some of money.

PostUp, the social media platform founded by Internet entrepreneur Bill Gross, announced that it has acquired UberTwitter, the leading Twitter client on the BlackBerry platform. PostUp also announced that it is changing its company name to UberMedia.

“Twitter has rapidly grown to be the most significant real-time communications medium on the planet,” said Bill Gross, CEO of UberMedia. “Our goal is to be the best partner to Twitter in enhancing the Twitter ecosystem, and to provide innovative ways for Twitter users to share and consume content.” (Official UberTwitter Blog)

UberTwitter became a popular third party client upon Blackberry devices, and the company even launched an iOS app in November of 2010 (which they’ll probably shut down now as they already own Echofon for iOS).

UberMedia’s strategy seems to be geared towards purchasing popular third party Twitter clients in order to serve ads upon them (at least for the free versions).

Thus far UberTwitter has not yet announced plans on acquiring any other app companies upon other mobile platforms (like Windows Phone 7 or even webOS) although hopefully the company will finally settle on a name instead of changing it after every acquisition. ;-)

(Hat Tip: TechCrunch)

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November 10, 2010

Facebook Places Debuts For Blackberry

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After the social networking giant unveiled Facebook Places for iPhone and iPod Touch users, it looks like Blackberry fans will now be able to utilize the social location feature without having to purchase an iOS device.

With that being said, I’m pleased to announce that Facebook Places is now available on BlackBerry smartphones. The final release of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v1.9 will be available for download in BlackBerry App World™ (North America only) within the next 24 hours!

Facebook Places uses cell tower triangulation and the GPS technology on your BlackBerry smartphone to find places of interest close to your location. You can view the location of a Facebook Place on a map to see exactly where it is and check out the surrounding area. You can also get directions to and from a Facebook Place simply by clicking on the map image, which will seamlessly launch the BlackBerry® Maps application. (Inside Blackberry)

Unlike the Facebook iOS and Android Apps, Facebook for Blackberry is maintained by Research In Motion (aka RIM) and not the social networking giant (who like Twitter doesn’t devote corporate resources to the device).

Unfortunately there still isn’t any word on when RIM will expand the feature beyond the continental borders of America, although that may have more to do with Facebook beta testing in Europe than RIM itself.

While Facebook Places is a welcome addition to the Blackberry smartphone, hopefully the company will be able to add a few additional features like Facebook Deals in the near future (the latter which is available to iOS users).

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September 21, 2010

Posterous Ponders Blackberry App

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It looks like WordPress and Tumblr may “soon” face some mobile competition on the Blackberry front, respectively, as Posterous has just tweeted that they are seriously considering a Blackberry app.

@posterous is there a (free) app for blackberry users to use posterous? (via @HWY)

@hwy No, not yet. We are planning to add more apps soon, but for the next few months, you’ll have to email [email protected] from your BB (via @Posterous)

Even though Posterous has an iPhone app by the name of PicPosterous (that truth be told is rather lacking when compared against Tumblr for iPhone), their lack of mobile presence elsewhere is rather puzzling in the age of smartphones.

Although it’s assumed that the company will probably release an Android app, hopefully the Posterous team can focus on providing more features such as comment moderation, social sharing options (think Hellotxt) and the ability to upload multiple videos and photos in a single post.

Currently users can simply email virtually anything to their Posterous account (such as video, audio, excel files, etc.), although a decent smartphone app upon Blackberry, Android and iPhone could help propel Posterous ahead of its rivals (especially if users can upload anything to their blog from within the app).

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August 6, 2010

WordPress Seeks Mobile Domination, Upgrading iPhone, Android And Blackberry Apps

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It looks like the mobile blogging wars are about to heat up with Automattic (the company behind WordPress) announcing plans on upgrading all of their smartphone apps upon Android, Blackberry and (finally!) the iPhone.

Great news: We’re putting the finishing touches on the 2.6 release of WordPress for iOS! As if that wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve got even more good news.

First, we’re creating our own Beta Team for the WordPress for iOS project. Members of the Beta Team will be able to test releases before we submit them to the App Store and report back on their experiences. This will help us catch and fix bugs proactively, rather than having to publish bugfix releases after the fact. (Official iOS for WordPress Blog)

Automattic has also posted similar announcements upon their official Android and Blackberry blogs (the latter which should please WordPress fans planning on buying a Blackberry Torch smartphone in the near future).

Despite the fact that WordPress already dominates the blogging scene on the Blackberry as well as Android devices, the company has been surpassed by rivals like LiveJournal, who recently resurrected their iPhone app in a bid to challenge WordPress on the iDevice.

With more companies planning on launching official apps for Blackberry, iOS and Android (or updating the ones currently listed in the respective app stores), it will be interesting to see if WordPress can maintain its lead against challengers in the future.

(Image Credit: Norebbo)

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July 7, 2010

Twitter For Blackberry Embraces…Facebook?!

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RIM has just announced that the Twitter for Blackberry app is no longer in beta, and is now ready to be embraced by Blackberry addicts everywhere (at least officially that is).

But what may surprise Blackberry addicts is not the new features added to the app, but rather the social network RIM decided to embrace within their Twitter client.

Reading, writing and responding to tweets is the core of the Twitter for BlackBerry Smartphones experience. Below you’ll find instructions on the three basic ways to send a tweet out to the world (posting a tweet, retweeting and replying to tweets), as well as sharing tweets with others and adding cool things to your tweets like links and photos. [...]

Send a tweet to an external application (ie. Facebook or email) (Official Blackberry Blog) read more

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June 4, 2010

WordPress Blackberry App Mocks iPhone Users (Again)

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It looks like iPhone lovers who adhere to the faith of WordPress will have yet another reason to be jealous of their Blackberry friends.

The long coveted formatting bar which first appeared in the WordPress Android app is now making its way over to the Blackberry cult, making this author realize that he bought the wrong smartphone.

We have released a development snapshot of the app that includes an HTML formatting bar and minor changes on the UI front.

The formatting bar allows you to italicize, and embolden text, makes easy HTTP links and lists, without having to manually type in the coding. [...]

Furthermore, we have introduced an HTML code assistant that make inserting html faster than ever. just [sic] type the angular bracket and a popup for tag selection is shown on the screen. This is an experimental feature, we could remove it in the next dev release. (WordPress for Blackberry Dev Blog) read more

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June 1, 2010

11 Blogging Apps Needed For Android, Blackberry And iPhone

After Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone app store many moons ago, Six Apart kicked off the mobile blogging revolution by launching Typepad on the iPhone.

Since then several companies have launched official blogging apps upon not only the iPhone, but for Blackberry and Android devices as well.

Despite the advances of the respective smartphone OS’s, there is still a great need for either official or third party apps on some of these devices, especially outside of the iUniverse (note: you hear that Squarespace?!)

So if you are a mobile developer looking for the next project or a user wondering if your blog is supported, here is a list of needed apps for the iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices. read more

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May 31, 2010

Twitter Vs Twitter (On Android, Blackberry And iPhone)

Now that Twitter has launched official apps upon Blackberry, Android and the mighty iPhone, fanboys (and girls) of the respective smartphones may wonder what the twitterverse looks like from another device.

Unfortunately depending on where your geek loyalties lie, your experience using each official app will vary as it appears that not all Twitter apps are created equal (a fact that might cause some to accuse Twitter of showing iFavoritism). read more

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May 25, 2010

WordPress Updates Blackberry App (Makes Me Want To Ditch My iPhone)

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Once again it looks like us iLovers are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to mobile blogging (at least on WordPress that is).

It looks like Blackberry fans will now have the ability to not only upload video to their WordPress Blogs while on the go, but insert audio pod casts as well.

We are happy to announce that WordPress for BlackBerry version 1.2 is now available. Depending on your region or country, you might not see the latest version in the BlackBerry App World, but on your device you should now already see the latest version 1.2 . [...] So what’s new in version 1.2:

  • Ability to show comprehensive site stats for WordPress.com sites and for self-hosted sites running the WP.com stats plugin
  • Ability to add audio recordings to a post/page
  • Ability to post media files that are not tied to post/page

(via WordPress for Blackberry)

The latest update should help WP Blackberry leap ahead of its WordPress Android sibling, who was blessed with video uploading capabilities as well as geo-tagging (features Blackberry fans have had for quite some time). read more

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April 12, 2010

Blackberry Approves Official Tumblr App (A Month Late)

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After announcing the launch of Tumblr for Blackberry almost a month ago, it looks as if the boys and girls at RIM have finally listed Tumblr upon Blackberry App World.

We’re proud to announce that Tumblr BlackBerry App has been approved on BlackBerry App World, so fire up your BlackBerry and get to downloading. Future updates will be delivered through App World so that you’re alerted when the new stuff drops. This version also fixes a few pesky bugs with character encoding. (Tumblr Staff)

The Blackberry Tumblr app is nearly identical to its iPhone sibling, both which were built by Moblux (who originally created Tumblrette for the iPhone, before being anointed by the Tumblr team to make an official app).

Tumblr has not yet revealed whether they will consider creating an app for Android and Nokia fans, as well as an official iPad app for bloggers (who may appreciate the wider screen space).

Being listed upon Blackberry App world should help Tumblr compete against WordPress (who also has a Blackberry app), as well as Blogger and Squarespace (the latter two whose presence is sorely lacking upon the Blackberry App world).

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