10/4/14

Secure Browser 3 Submitted to BlackBerry AppWorld

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After a lot of testing, and lots of hard work from Devan, Secure Browser has had a major update submitted to AppWorld!

This release qualifies Secure Browser for BFB, and brings many new features to the browser.  Once everything is approved and ready, stay on stand-by for some free promo codes :)

Thanks to everyone for all their hardwork with testing and Devan for his great efforts helping to bring SB up-to-speed in Cascades.

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08/17/14

Proud to Announce (Another GameBoy Emulator for BlackBerry 10) UnityGB4BB10!

What’s better than a game on your BlackBerry 10?

Many different games on your BlackBerry 10!

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Well, thanks to some open source code that was left around by these awesome guys, I was able to port the code over to BlackBerry 10 and to build a fairly decent looking GUI for the GB emulator :)  I did spice it up a little bit and the emulator seems to be running pretty slick!  However, this is an early beta!

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08/2/14

Secure AntiVirus Pro – Cascades Release

After a lot of hard work, I’m proud to announce a new Secure AntiVirus Pro release!

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There is so much new, thanks to the amazing work of Roger LeBlanc, and some amazing Beta Testers including Razvan, Dean Logan, Diego Nei, Glenn Kocak, Jeremy Duke, JayDee, Joe, ZanBB, Tom and many more!

The amount of features is huge, and difficult to list all at once.  But I can give you a few sneak previews :)

Maybe I could share what the new help system looks like.  Or the new BlackBerry World description.

Some of the key features:

 Cross-device support (So when you move from a Z to a Q, the scanner comes with you)
- Headless support (Monitors what files need to be scanned in the background)
- Warns you if you haven't scanned in a while
- Sporting a new Black Theme
- Now supports 5 languages!  (English, German, Indonesian, French and Spanish)
- Integration with all cloud services (Including Box, DropBox, OneDrive)
- Now can even scan your computer over BBLink!
- Added Pebble (Talk2Watch) and UpFront Integration
- Many customization options - make the AntiVirus do what you want it to do
- Frequent definition updates (Now daily!)

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07/10/14

Beta Testers

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Hi Everyone!

It’s been quiet for me on the BlackBerry front for quite a while.  I have a couple of projects coming, so do some other developers, and we’ve been on boarding some beta-testers.  I thought hey, why not share some of those details in case someone is interested in how to join!

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07/8/14

Unity Signing Error on BlackBerry 10

This is a quick FYI troubleshooting tip!

If you compile your BAR file using Unity 3d for BlackBerry 10, you may find the following error occurs when you attempt to upload it or transfer it to your device using Chrome:

Install CircleTap2.5 – Pro.bar: failure 881 required signatures missing (RDK, AUTHOR)

The technical explanation above is that it wasn’t signed as a Release Bar.  This could mean you signed it only with a debug token, or it could mean that the signing failed completely.  To check this you need to review your Unity Console Log.

When you look at the Unity console log, you may see this error:

Certificate chain not found for: -.  – must reference a valid KeyStore key entry containing a private key and corresponding public key certificate chain.

When you encounter this issue, there are several possible causes.  For me, everyone I’ve spoken to seems to have the first issue…

  • Make sure when you are using File > Build Settings > Build, you have absolutely no spaces or unusual non-English characters in the BAR name!
  • Check that File > Build Settings > Player Settings, are configured properly to use your signing tokens
  • If the issue still persists, you may need to test Cascades or another IDE to see if it is a problem across all programs with your signing key

Cheers

~Lloyd

 

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06/30/14

Building an Arduino Tweet Box

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After recently getting an Arduino Yun from Newark Canada, I decided to put together a fun build video for IoT fans out there!  This video will show you how to build your own Arduino Tweet Box using an Adruino Yun and an EMIC2.  For fun, I decided to add a 2 line LCD as well (for folks who don’t have an EMIC2 or found it to be too pricy).

What will it do?  Well, we are going to use an Arduino Yun to access Wi-Fi, this way we can bring the box anywhere we want to go.  We are going to leverage the Temboo service – which means we can add RSS feeds, Facebook, and so on (although in this article I will only cover Twitter).  And we will set it up to read your tweets out load and to check for tweets every 60 seconds!

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06/26/14

2 Ways to Win Some Free Stuff!

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With myself focusing more on Arduino and Raspberry Pi articles – I wanted to share two great contests I’ve come across that are being run right now.

Connectedly a Month of Pi Contest

One is being run by yours truly, and gives you 4 chances to win a Raspberry Pi from Newark. Just drop a comment on this article on Connectedly, and your automatically entered to win!  Why not? :)

Newark Automation Ace

This one is a bit more hands-on, but your fate is in your own hands.  Newark is running a fun little multiple choice question game for electrical engineering minded folks!  This one has some bigger prizes, including a Milwaukee and Ideal Tool Set bundle, Xcelite 86-Piece service Technician Tool Set with Roller Bearing Case, Bose Wireless Speaker, 3 mystery prizes, and even 300 pairs of safety glasses!  Who doesn’t like free stuff?  You can play the game here! (465)

06/16/14

Arduino: Getting Started with Buttons!

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Using Buttons and Switches with an Arduino

Welcome to the fourth instalment of the working with Arduino series! So far we have covered everything from blinky lights, to calculating resistors, to working with graphic displays!

The majority of these have been output based components (what you see). In this article, we will cover input based sensors. The information here can be scaled up for almost all input devices used on an Arduino.

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06/2/14

Building an Arduino Temperature Sensor with an LCD Display–Part 2

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In a previous article, I discussed how to create a Nokia 5110 LCD Display with a TMP36 sensor.  Today I will cover this in more detail, with a bit more detail around the how!

Parts

In this article, I’m just going to list the parts I used.

  • Mini breadboard – $3 China | $4 Sparkfun / Newark
  • Nokia 5110 – $3 China | $10 Sparkfun / Newark
  • Arduino Uno – $10 China | $30 Sparkfun / Newark ***
  • TMP36 – 5$ China | $1.50 Sparkfun / Newark
  • Potentiometer – $1.10 China | $1 Sparkfun / Newark
  • 4 x 10kΩ resistor – cheap
  • 1 x 330Ω resister – cheap
  • 1 x 1kΩ resistor – cheap

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