Tag Archives: BlackBerry

VivaStream – connect to attendees and information or not

vivastream logo

VivaStream is an app for iOS, Android and BlackBerry that is supposed to help connect you to people before, during and after events and conferences. I have seen attempts like this before with Lanyrd, Plancast and some smaller launches. I also predict that VivaStream will fall to the same fate after testing it.

Vivastream tells you Who to Know based on your interests, profile, and skills, and helps you connect and interact with other like- minded individuals before, during and after the event.

I walked through the setup of VivaStream in this picture slideshow and was not impressed with this application even with the decent mobile look. After looking at the limited amount of downloads on Android and iOS and the low reviews it received, I am not surprised.

VivaStream launch screen on Android

The first image above shows the initial registration screen using Android.  You can create an account directly with VivaStream or authenticate with Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. I chose to create my own account as shown in the second image and then link social accounts later if I found value.

I did receive a verification email as expected. Once inside the application you are able to edit your profile. This was very basic. I could add my first name, last name, position and company. However adding a picture via the mobile interface was not possible on Android. I did find it via the web interface (more on that later).

LinkedIn app for BlackBerry OS 7 launches and still sucks

UPDATE on Oct 25 2012: The reviews were not showing correctly and were for version 1.5 quoted below.  It seems that the article only specified the new version under the note section at the bottom of the article. I am happy to report users are liking it.  New post being completed now.

I have previously used the LinkedIn application for BlackBerry and was horribly disappointed.  With the newer devices being on the market for some time, LinkedIn finally updated their app to support BlackBerry OS 6 and 7 and still failed.  Complaints started right away and their star rating began to drop even more.

LinkedIn for BlackBerry

Courtesy of BlackBerry blogs

Can't even log in... Blocks immediately... Going to delete this app.
This sucks. Donkey balls.
Works for a while and then locks out. Then nothing resolves except resetting!
It appears that LinkedIn seems to have stopped supporting this app. It provides very basic functionality
(e.g. ability to add connections, access messages, see certain updates), but does not provide access to
many other features (e.g. Groups, endorsements). This app also runs as a background task, with no option
to turn it off. Updates that are on my desktop sometimes take hours to be reflected in the mobile app.

As you can see, people are disappointed that a business oriented device is not getting the development effort of a business oriented social network.  I have been disappointed for some time with the evolution of AppWorld and this is no surprise. I would expect the BlackBerry team to provide resources to developers at large companies to offer free apps with excellent performance and capabilities to strengthen the platform.

See my other posts on TheSocialNetworker that discuss AppWorld

Tungle.Me announces closing, I cry foul at RIM

I have been a long time user of Tungle.Me and had many a great conversation with the CEO and founder of Tungle, Marc Gingras. However, on the Tungle.ME blog he announced the Tungle.Me logo clsoing of the service in full on December 3 2012.  Just a mere year and a half after the Research In Motion (RIM) acquisition of Tungle.

In April of 2011, we were acquired by Research in Motion (RIM) with the goal of bringing the Tungle vision to millions of BlackBerry customers. After our acquisition we quickly went to work and built the BlackBerry Playbook Calendar app. Now, our team is creating the native Calendar app for the next generation platform, BlackBerry 10, and together with other key RIM employees, we are driving innovation in Messaging (email), Contacts, Notes and Memos apps.

I take this to mean that RIM didn’t see the inherent value of the web service and device integration existing as one. Or they are so focused on redesigning the calendaring for BlackBerry 10 that developing Tungle.Me into a larger product was not feasible.

I am disappointed because RIM had a way to bring more users to the platform, even as non enterprise customers.  The single interface for scheduling across all your calendar systems made life extremely simple.  It would handle the emails, freetime searches and synchronization across my BlackBerry, Lotus Notes and Google calendars.

There are ical feeds that everyone talks so highly about.  But ical misses a simple to use web interface with widgets for your blog and social sites that allows scheduling of meetings.  Even knowing each other’s email address is not required as the system handled it all.  RIM has really dropped an entry into a new market area using Tungle to lure end users instead of just enterprises.

Were you a Tungle user?

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Want traffic in BlackBerry Appworld – expose this hack

I was busy reading about the launch of Spotify for BlackBerry (yes for mainly older non OS7 devices as of now) today and came across an interesting exploit.

While searching AppWorld for Spotify I entered the term Spotify into the search bar.  Instead of it listing no apps found for Spotify, since it isn’t there yet, I was taken into an application called Voydat for international calls.  I did the search again and again with the same result.  It went straight into this application listing for this one and a half star app.

Blackberry AppWorld

It has nothing to do with music, so I was baffled.  After expanding and reading the tons of Summary information about the application, I found they mention the word Spotify along with other terms like YouTube, Fring, eBuddy, WhatsApp and more.  So any search for those also return this in the search.

So some more testing of search terms had me finding all sorts of applications gaming the system by using keywords in their summaries that have nothing to do with the applications being offered in AppWorld or BlackBerry.

I am pretty sure this was not the intent of the design, but it definitely allows anyone to place an app with crafted keywords to show in search results they should never appear in.