Hello Kitty must be so jealous.
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Can RIM come back from the brink with a new operating system and two new devices?
11:13 a.m. The new devices will be available in the U.S. on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile in March. Pricing will vary but it’ll be $ 149.99. Not too shabby. What does the market think of all this? Earlier this morning, RIMM was up 4 percent. Now it’s down 4 percent.
The final pieces of the puzzle are falling into place just ahead of the big reveal on January 30th. The carriers are on board, there’s apps galore and now Visa has approved RIM’s Secure Element Manager (SEM) for its mobile payment system. Being given the green light means that BlackBerry wont have to worry about being upstaged by the flood of Android devices coming down the pipeline with NFC payment solutions embedded in them. It’s also a major boost to the SEM platform developed by the Canadian firm which has already won the backing of many carriers in its homeland, like Bell, Rogers and TELUS, but has struggled to gain a foothold in the US. For more, check out the PR after the break.
Well, well, well, here’s a holiday treat for the BlackBerry enthusiast in your life. CN Beta has a pair of enticing images purporting to be the forthcoming keyboard-packing N-Series from RIM. The picture of the back, sadly, is the sharper of the two, but the above shot still gives a pretty clear look at what may well be the BlackBerry 10 handset for those power users who just can’t say goodbye to the world of physical keyboards. Either way, it won’t be too long until we know for sure. In the meantime, we’ll see you after the break for a view of what the back of such a device just might hold.
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RIM uses a cheesy music video to show its true feelings to developers.
There were some awkward moments during the keynote speeches at BlackBerry maker Research In Motion’s annual developer conference Tuesday but the worst of them came in the form of an embarrassingly cheesy (yet sweet) music video created to show app developers how much the company loves them.
IBM has shown interest in acquiring the vital enterprise services business of struggling smartphone maker Research in Motion, according to a Bloomberg report on Friday.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins did a fair bit of talking to the media following the company’s latest dose of bad news (in addition to penning his own op-ed), and he’s now gone one step further by responding to some readers’ questions for The Globe & Mail. While there’s expectedly not a whole lot in the way of surprises, he did talk a bit more about the reasons for the BlackBerry 10 delay, noting that he “could still see some of the seams,” and appears to have ruled out any further delays, saying that he is “absolutely committed” to the new timeline. He’s also assured folks that the company will continue to support BlackBerry 7 devices “into the future,” but reiterated that upgrading those devices to BB10 was out of the question. You can find all of his answers (10 of them) at the source link below.
BlackBerry 10 smartphones, delayed until early 2013, will have the “best browsers in the industry” and will come in touchscreen-only models as well as those with traditional physical keyboards, a Research in Motion executive said Thursday.
When Research In Motion (RIM) unveiled the prototype of its upcoming BlackBerry last month, two features stole the show — a predictive touch-screen keyboard and a camera that takes a series of near-instantaneous images for the perfect shot.
Prototypes of the BlackBerry 10 phone are given to developers
On Tuesday, Research in Motion unveiled prototypes of the BlackBerry 10 phone and operating system–a product more or less unanimously considered to be the company’s last chance (if that moment hasn’t already passed). Emphasis on the proto- there; the New York Times reports that the “phone” can’t actually make calls yet, is completely without buttons, and will have bad battery life.
alphadogg writes “With its future up for grabs, Research in Motion at its annual BlackBerry World conference next week will focus on simplifying development for its soon-to-be-unveiled BlackBerry 10 operating system. HTML5 is one key technology in that strategy to create a viable ecosystem of applications for a new generation of mobile devices expected to ship by year-end. The simplicity is needed because BB10, based on a real time kernel acquired with RIM’s buyout of QNX Software Systems in 2010, is a complete break with the software that runs on standard BlackBerry smartphones. ‘It’s a bit of a challenge,’ says Tyler Lessard, formerly a RIM vice president in charge of the global developer program, and since October 2011 chief marketing officer at mobile security vendor Fixmo. ‘There’s very little or no compatibility between the old and new operating systems. Existing apps can’t be carried forward to QNX and BB 10. The question is, once the BlackBerry 10 smartphones launch, can RIM have an adequate catalog of apps?’”
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That moment when you physically hurt your ear by mashing your cellphone up against it in a futile bid to hear the person on the other end. That’s the very moment that RIM‘s gunning to make history with its latest patent, which was filed way back in November of 2007 but just granted today. The BlackBerry-maker’s patent describes an adjustable acoustic speaker output “based on an estimated degree of seal of an ear about a speaker port” — effectively a system where the volume can automatically increase if a handset jostles further from your ear. Not surprisingly, the description details “at least one touch sensor” used for detecting the distance between one’s ear and the device, and the connecting method of adjusting the audio depending on what information the sensor picks up. We’re guessing folks who walk and talk would be keen on taking advantage, but then again, you could just walk around with a Bluetooth headset on. (Keyword being could, not should.)
Research In Motion downplayed their new ‘BeBold’ campaign Tuesday following a wave of negative reactions from the Internet.
And can he save the BlackBerry brand?
The leadership is changing at Research in Motion Ltd., the Canadian company behind the iconic but troubled BlackBerry. Co-CEOs (and cofounders) Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis announced that they were stepping down on Sunday, after 20 years at the top, to make way for a new chief, Thorsten Heins, formerly the company’s COO. And boy does Heins have his work cut out for him. RIM’s grip on the smartphone market has been eroding—it lost 75 percent of its value over the last year—with the meteoric ascent of iOS and Android. (A recent international service outage didn’t help matters.)
commentary The resignations of co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie and appointment of insider Thorsten Heins may not be drastic enough to help the ailing handset maker.
For a brief moment, I had hopes that RIM had made a move that would unseat it from the funk it’s been sitting in for years. And then I watched the introductory video of newly-appointed CEO Thorsten Heins. Anyone who assumes that a simple CEO swap is the answer to all of RIM’s issues is woefully misinformed, or worse, just blinded by false hope. Sure, removing Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis — both of which have been rightly criticized for not responding to market pressures quickly enough — is a start, but it’s not like they’re gone. In fact, the two are still situated at a pretty fancy table within Research in Motion’s organizational chart.
Have a listen at this: Mike is hanging around as the Vice Chair of RIM’s Board and Chair of the Board’s new Innovation Committee. You heard right — the guy who has outrightly failed to innovate at anything in the past handful of years is now championing an innovation committee. Sounds right up his alley, no? Jim’s staying put as an outright director, and if you think anyone at RIM is going to brush aside the input of the founders, you’re wrong. Jim and Mike may have new titles, but they’re still here, and I have no reason to believe that they’ll act radically different going forward than they have in the past. Oh, and about Thorsten Heins? Let’s go there.
Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis to resign their positions in the as profits decline and investor disappointment grows.
It’s possible that Google’s existing Apps for Business customers will use the search giant to manage devices. A crowded field just cringed.
The picture for RIM isn’t all dreary, especially outside of North America where RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger IM service is popular and young users are drawn to its new smartphones.
Research In Motion this week revealed a limited-time offer that aims to bolster sales of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to enterprise customers.
Customers who buy two BlackBerry PlayBooks will get a third one free, in what one analyst says is an effort by Research In Motion to boost flagging sales.
Developers at the BlackBerry DevCon in San Francisco on Tuesday gave Research In Motion high marks for laying out a clear operating system strategy and standing by its PlayBook tablet.
Reaction was somewhat positive to Research in Motion’s compensation offer to its customers after last week’s global BlackBerry outage that lasted as long three days for some users.