Feeds

BlackBerry App World goes online

Innovating, or aping?

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

RIM has opened an online portal for BlackBerry users who want to browse for apps on a larger screen, as the company moves to better emulate its hero Apple.

The BlackBerry store may not be bursting at the seams, but while RIM claims it has no interest in filling the shelves with tat it would still like to copy the rest of Apple's model and has launched a web-based application store that synchronises with a plugged-in BlackBerry device.

That requirement to synchronise with a device means that version 2 of the online store isn't entirely web-based - websites aren't really allowed to interact with plugged in peripherals, so BlackBerry users have to install a plug-in extension to get their browser to act more like iTunes.

The process also requires an online ID, but RIM has provided comprehensive help on getting your BlackBerry apps.

Version 1 of BlackBerry App World already allowed browsing for apps, and one could ask for an application to be sent to a BlackBerry via an SMS link, but now applications can be downloaded and installed directly.

That's important when the most serious barrier to mobile application sales is the complexity of the buying process - anything that makes it easy to buy stuff increases sales. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed
Nadella's database sqares the circle of cheap memory vs speed
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'
Plus: Condoleezza Rice at Dropbox 'maybe she can find ... weapons of mass destruction'
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.