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Another week, another new BlackBerry. RIM seems to be pushing out new BlackBerry handsets at a record pace these days, but with fortunes like they have, why not? For fans of the Bold series, there's a new member in town. The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 is the latest to surface, with T-Mobile USA claiming it first in America. This unit has a very similar styling to prior Bold 9xxx handsets, featuring a premium enclosure, optical trackpad, full QWERTY keyboard under the screen and a 5MP camera with Auto-Focus and flash. It's also the first in the Bold range to ship with RIM's newest mobile OS, BlackBerry OS 6. That includes a revised WebKit-based browser as well as numerous other software enhancements.... Read more...
RIM has dispelled rumors that the BlackBerry tablet, or PlayBook, was vaporware, by showing it off in the flesh at the Adobe MAX show on Monday. This came on the same day that RIM made the first build of a BlackBerry PlayBook QNX OS simulator available for Windows and Mac. Last month, when RIM announced the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, the company did not demo the device and caught a lot of flak (and disbelief) about the PlayBook, because of it. Check out the demo below, or even try the simulator and tell us what you think. Can it compete with the iPad or Galaxy Tab?... Read more...
RIM has sold a flip-styled BlackBerry phone before, but it's still a rare find in the company's family. Usually, they stick to the form factor that most are familiar with: solid front devices with half of the front being the display, and the other half being the QWERTY keyboard. But some folks just need the flip form factor, yet don't want to stray from the legendary BlackBerry operating system, push e-mail and corporate compatibility. The BlackBerry Style 9670 features a compact, flip form factor that could easily be overlooked as some other phone at a glance. But be assured, it's a BlackBerry. The phone is launching exclusively on Sprint in the U.S., and it is the first BlackBerry to ship with... Read more...
Even though smartphones still make up less than a quarter of the total U.S. mobile market, as of August, they officially used more applications and browsed more mobile content than their-not-so-bright competitors. Plus, smartphones are becoming popular with the girls. So says the latest quarterly report from comScore, which tracked 75.6 million mobile subscribers. Smartphones have always used a higher per capita share of mobile content. After all, applications and Web browsing are two of the main reasons people shell out big bucks for fancy phones. But this is the first quarter that smartphones gobbled up the largest percentage of mobile content out there, period. In the the three-month period... Read more...
We’re back for the latest installment of our weekly video podcast. In this episode, we talk about Zotac’s sleek, new, Blu-Ray equipped ZBox nettop, malware riddled GPUs (not really!), the OCZ IBIS high-performance solid state drive, and RIM’s upcoming Blackberry Playbook tablet. We also take a couple of reader questions, talk about Valve’s upcoming DLC for L4D1 and L4D2, hint at a new contest and more... Show Notes: 00:19 - Zotac Blu-ray HD-ID34 Nettop / HTPC Review 02:53 - New Whitepaper Claims GPUs Threaten Malware Security 05:20 - OCZ IBIS HSDL Solid State Drive Preview 07:24 - RIM Unveils Its PlayBook Tablet 10:44 - Reader Questions: What To... Read more...
As expected, RIM on Monday unveiled its tablet at the company's 2010 DevCon conference. RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis channeled Apple CEO Steve Jobs with a sort of “one more thing” moment, saving the announcement for the end of his keynote address. Lazaridis described the PlayBook (not the rumored BlackPad) as “the first professional tablet.” The PlayBook will not run the company's recented released BlackBerry OS 6. Instead, as also expected, it will run a POSIX-based QNX OS called the BlackBerry Tablet OS. RIM acquired QNX earlier this year. Here are the specs of the device. Much of the hardware specs are pretty much the same as most of the tablets, sans iPad, that we have... Read more...
RIM's line of BlackBerry smartphones has been popular among business users for some time, but the brand has been losing market share in recent years to other platforms such as Android and iPhone. Now, the company is looking to turn things around with its new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone and the new BlackBerry 6 operating system. RIM claims BlackBerry 6 "retains the familiar and trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh, approachable and engaging experience that’s powerful and easy to use." In other words, RIM says it has taken everything you like about a BlackBerry and added some cool new features and options that will improve your overall experience... Read more...
RIM's line of BlackBerry smartphones has been popular among business users for some time, but the brand has been losing market share in recent years to other platforms such as Android and iPhone. Now, the company is looking to turn things around with its new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone and the new BlackBerry 6 operating system. RIM claims BlackBerry 6 "retains the familiar and trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh, approachable and engaging experience that’s powerful and easy to use." In other words, RIM says it has taken everything you like about a BlackBerry and added some cool new features and options that will improve your overall experience... Read more...
Research in Motion announced that it shipped a record 12 million smartphones in the second quarter. With the announcement, RIM beat analysts' expectations. According to the manufacturer, BlackBerry smartphone shipments grew more than 45 percent in the second quarter of its fiscal year over the same quarter a year ago to 12.1 million. In the first quarter of its fiscal year, RIM shipped 11.2 million BlackBerry smartphones. The previous quarter RIM recorded shipments of 10.5 million units. According to RIM, the BlackBerry subscriber base has gained market share and has grown approximately 56 percent in the quarter over the prior year to more than 50 million. In the first quarter, RIM added 4.5... Read more...
How the times have changed. Just a couple of years ago, a new BlackBerry would cost you a couple hundred dollars, regardless of model. Now, Verizon Wireless is offering a new BlackBerry Curve for just $30 on a new 2-year contract. Just $30! And this is no stripped down BlackBerry; RIM's new Curve 3G utilizes one of the company's most popular designs, and they have added soft-touch sides and a textured back along with a full QWERTY keyboard. There's an optical trackpad in place of the old trackball design, dedicated media keys, BlackBerry Media Sync, 512MB of Flash memory, a microSD/SDHC slot, built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, a video-capable camera and BlackBerry OS 5. The good news is that BlackBerry OS... Read more...
The BlackBerry brand has been synonymous with smartphones for close to a decade now. But while millions of people around the world own, use and are maybe even addicted to the devices, only a select few are familiar with the history of the BlackBerry and Research In Motion, or RIM, the company that actually makes the devices. This infographic put together by the team at Cell Phones.Org, details much of the BlackBerry’s and RIM’s history right up to the release of the new Blackberry Torch 9800, which just hit the scene a couple of weeks ago. Interesting stuff, but we’d hazard a guess that more than 53% of BlackBerry users check their phones while on the throne. And for everyone’s... Read more...
It's been discussed for years, so-called "BlackBerry Overtime." It's the concept of employees, saddled with BlackBerrys, working overtime because of responding to emails off-hours. Now a Chicago Police Sergeant is suing the city for overtime back pay. It's true that nowadays workers seem to be required to check their email after hours, and even on the weekend, whether via their computer and VPN or a smartphone, hence the term "BlackBerry overtime," although nowadays RIM is seeing its market share dissolve with the advent of the iPhone and Android devices such as the Droid X and Evo 4G. While many may think this malady only affects salaried workers, it's not the case. Hourly workers, who are eligible... Read more...
Late last week a Canadian wireless provider posted RIM's upcoming BlackBerry Curve 3G (previously known as the Curve 9300) for sale, and today Research In Motion (RIM) is making the device official. RIM's press release doesn't bring a whole lot to the table that wasn't already leaked, but the company did say the Curve 3G will ship with the BlackBerry 5 OS and will be upgradeable to BlackBerry 6, the upcoming OS that RIM hopes will put it back on the smartphone radar. "The majority of people in the worldwide mobile phone market have yet to buy their first smartphone and the BlackBerry Curve 3G is designed to provide an extremely attractive and accessible choice that will help convince many of... Read more...
Yesterday, RIM and AT&T both announced a new phone, the BlackBerry Torch. It's an interesting twist on a common device, but what's probably more interesting in the long run than the phone itself is the software that's on it. Lately, it has all been about software in the smartphone business, with WebOS, Android and iOS taking shots at one another in order to become viewed as the most fully featured mobile OS around. Blackberry OS6 Home Screen BlackBerry OS 5 was never built to compete with those other systems, but BlackBerry OS 6 is hoping to change all of that. OS 6 will ship on the Torch that just launched, but RIM is giving the OS an official reveal of its own since it'll also ship on forthcoming... Read more...
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