BlackBerry maker buys new app

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion says it has bought Ontario-based startup tinyHippos Inc, creator of Ripple, a cross-platform mobile application development and testing tool. The company was acquired for its “extensive experience in web and mobile widget/web development,” Tyler Lessard, RIM’s vice president of global alliances and developer relations, said on the developer’s blog. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition comes as RIM prepares to launch its Playbook tablet computer next month, entering an increasingly crowded market dominated by Apple’s iPad and various devices running on Google’s Android platform.