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Chinese computer maker Lenovo is reportedly taking a long, hard look at acquiring Research In Motion (RIM), a Canadian handset and mobile software company. Lenovo, which is jockeying for position with Hewlett-Packard (HP) as the world's largest PC supplier, has already spoken with RIM about its interest in acquiring the company. The two sides, along with RIM's bankers, have also talked about different combinations of strategic ventures, Lenovo CFO Wong Wai Ming said. A transaction of this size would require clearing a lot of red tape, particularly since RIM is Canada's largest listed technology company. RIM is about to launch its much-anticipated BlackBerry 10 platform. The Canadian company has... Read more...
One thing Samsung doesn't lack is a funny bone. Ask Apple, which has been repeatedly bopped on the head with it through a series of advertisements, both on TV and out in the wild. Want a second opinion? Talk to Research In Motion (RIM), Samsung's latest target in a new ad poking fun at people who refuse to give up their BlackBerry devices. The ad starts off with a group of developers discussing "Unicorn Apocalypse," a game that promises to be the biggest mobile game the company has ever launched. The team leader also announces a new smartphone policy, giving developers the freedom to use any smartphone they want at work. Cue the comedy. In one scene, a developer asks a co-worker if she's going... Read more...
On many occasions Thorsten Heins, CEO of Research In Motion, has said he is willing to consider several different options for the company moving forward. It's no secret that RIM wants to license its upcoming BlackBerry 10 software. Another option Heins has considered is much bigger, and it involves selling off the production of BlackBerry hardware. For now, Heins indicated the company's focus is on a successful launch of its BlackBerry 10 platform. The launch event is scheduled to take place next week. In an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, Heins said, "The main thing for now is to successfully introduce Blackberry 10. Then we’ll see." Thorsten Heins, CEO of Research In Motion... Read more...
What's in a name? Depends on who you ask, of course. RIM has been hard at work for months now, with BlackBerry 10 looming large for a 1/30 debut. In preparation for that, the company has shifted the naming slightly on the outlet where you snag BlackBerry apps. BlackBerry App World has become the shorter, cleaner "BlackBerry World," and RIM says that the "naming change reflects a shift in the type of things you can purchase from the store as we transition to BlackBerry 10 and beyond." Moreover, this change allows RIM to focus on selling more than just apps. This outlet will also have Videos and Music. Of course, "iTunes" has stuck around despite selling much more than just music, but overall,... Read more...
RIM is getting ready to launch its BlackBerry 10 operating system in about two weeks. In an effort to try to boost the new platform's app store, RIM held two Port-A-Thon events last week. One of the events was focused on BlackBerry while the other focused on Android developers. RIM's vice president of develop relations, Alec Saunders, tweeted about the success of the two events, saying, "Well there you have it. 37.5 hours in, we hit 15,000 apps for this portathon. Feel like I've run a marathon. Thanks to all the devs!" The Port-A-Thon events offered developers a number of incentives. For developers who ported one to five apps at the BlackBerry event, $100 was offered. The first ten developers... Read more...
Research In Motion (RIM) is in control of its own fate. If BlackBerry 10 flops, and by extension, the company's next-generation mobile plans, the Canadian company will only have itself to blame, and not any of the major wireless carriers. That's because BlackBerry 10 reportedly has the backing of all four major wireless carriers in the U.S., including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Lining up the big names in wireless is a big deal for the struggling handset maker. Overshadowed by uber popular iOS and Android smartphones, RIM has largely lost its relevance as a major player in the smartphone market, though it's doing a little better internationally. Still, BlackBerry 10 is viewed as... Read more...
The good news? There's a new BlackBerry in town. The bad news? It's not one of those fancy BlackBerry 10 handsets. Despite the fact that RIM's new operating system (and associated hardware) is scheduled to be launched on 1/30, T-Mobile is taking the opportunity to introduce the BlackBerry Curve 9315 right now, and to no one's surprise, the carrier is confirming that this is its "most affordable BlackBerry." It using the dated BlackBerry 7.1 operating system, and boasts only a 3.2MP camera. The cost? $49.99 out-of-pocket down payment and 20 equal monthly payments of $10 per month via T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying T-Mobile Value voice... Read more...
It doesn't appear there will be any delaying Research In Motion's plans to launch at least one BlackBerry 10 device at the end of the month, as scheduled. In addition to the numerous leaked photos of RIM's upcoming products, a new BlackBerry device is now listed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC listing identifies the model number as RFH121LW. Unfortunately there aren't any details accompanying the listing, just a bunch of numbers and letters that are otherwise meaningless. Here's a look: An official BlackBerry 10 launch event is scheduled for January 30, 2013 in New York. We've already seen some leaked photos ahead of the event, albeit they're blurry snapshots. Image... Read more...
As of today, there's precisely a month before Research In Motion takes the wraps off of its forthcoming BlackBerry software platform. And that's a very, very monumental statement. RIM is in a very serious state of decline, with users flocking to Android and iOS and leaving their BlackBerry handsets behind like never before. The once-vaunted company is now a doorstep in the industry that it helped carve and mold, and it's on RIM to deliver a true stunner in New York City on 1/30/13. And if you were wondering if you'd get a sneak peek as to what the company will bring, well, here's your answer. Thanks to an FCC filing that recently cropped up, it appears that RIM is preparing a BlackBerry device... Read more...
Is there an unwritten rule that all leaked photos of unreleased products have to be shot with what looks like a $25 kiddie camera from Toys R Us? It certainly seems that way sometimes, and it would explain why a new batch of BlackBerry 10 images look like crap. But let's not fuss any further over image quality; the real story here is that we've been given another glimpse of what Research In Motion's (RIM) upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices will look like. A Chinese website posted a pair of photos of a second BlackBerry 10 handset, which shows a taller touchscreen display than previous models that have had both touchscreens and full keyboards. Other than that, there's not a ton you can discern from... Read more...
In around five weeks, the world is going to watch as one of the smartphone giants from the past two decades attempts to stay relevant. For years now, RIM's hardware just hasn't livd up to modern expectations, and despite a loyal following, BlackBerry's market share has slipped tremendously as BB users have slid over to iOS or Android. But on Jan. 30, 2013, RIM will officially take the wraps off of BB 10, it's next-generation operating system. Pundits hammered on RIM when it announced earlier this year that BB 10 would have to wait until 2013, but what if it's actually worth the wait? What if the doomsday talk is overblown? What if RIM actually takes the time to get BB 10 right, and it rekindles... Read more...
If BlackBerry 10 doesn't end up being the savior that Research In Motion (RIM) hopes it will be, then maybe RIM should a write a book titled, "How Not to Navigate the Mobile Waters." It'd be an instant hit, and might be even be required reading for every Nokia employee, a company that's struggling to regain relevance of its own. But that's a topic for another day. Right now the focus is on RIM and it's plummeting stock price. RIM's share price fell nearly 23 percent heading into the weekend, ending the trading day at $10.91 on Friday. The sudden drop in share price is a knee-jerk reaction to RIM's announcement that it would lower prices on existing BlackBerry 7 devices and raise service fees... Read more...
As we get closer and closer to the launch of BlackBerry 10 on January 30th, more and more details are leaking out about what we might see. We've already had a glimpse at RIM's upcoming touchscreen device. A newly leaked picture suggests the L-Series handset may actually be referred to as the Z10. What's more, the new picture also features the same styling and form as the previously leaked pictures, adding a bit more credibility to both images. RIM's BlackBerry Z10, as seen here, is expected to be offered in both black and white. If this latest picture is to be believed, it appears RIM will move away from its traditional naming conventions that used names such as Torch and Bold along with a four-digit... Read more...
Apps are a key component of any mobile operating system. RIM recognizes this and is working hard to ensure its upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform will have plenty of apps to offer when it launches. In a recent interview with Forbes, RIM's chief marketing officer Frank Boulben said there will be more than 70,000 BlackBerry 10 apps when it launches on January 30th. Although this is an impressive number for a mobile platform at launch, it's still relatively small in comparison to what Google and Apple currently offer in their respective app stores. Both of these mobile platforms have more than ten times the number of apps RIM plans to offer when BlackBerry 10 launches. Even Windows Phone... Read more...
Dell has been rather quiet on the mobile front lately, and there’s good reason: the company is officially getting out of the smartphone game, rendering your Streak, Aero, and Venue handsets instant relics of mobile computing history. Dell’s Jeff Clarke (pictured) told Forbes, “It needs a lot of investments to really be successful,” which is something of an understatement. The smartphone market is intensely competitive, and it’s been getting uglier with the ongoing patent wars between giants Apple and Samsung. Nokia is fighting for a comeback powered by Windows Phone 8, and RIM is closing its eyes and hoping that BlackBerry 10 will be a thing that enough people care... Read more...
A Vietnamese website has posted what are supposedly the first real images of Research In Motion's (RIM) upcoming BlackBerry 10-based smartphone. If the pictures aren't legitimate, someone deserves kudos for a fine Photoshopping, because they sure look real. Best of all, they're not blurry, as leaked photos have a nasty tendency to be. In full view is RIM's L-Series device. Several shots are provided, which allows us to discern a fair amount of details about the upcoming smartphone, such as a removable back cover giving access to the 1,800mAh battery, micro-SIM card, and microSD card slot. It's a sleek looking device that bears a partial resemblance to the iPhone. There's a power button on top,... Read more...
RIM's upcoming smartphone launches are going to play a huge role in how the company competes in the market moving forward. As a former leader in the smartphone market, RIM has an uphill battle to fight if it wants to be one of the top smartphone manufacturers once again. With Android and iOS currently enjoying great success, it's easy to wonder if there's any room left for the BlackBerry platform. RIM plans to unveil its BlackBerry 10 platform in its finished state on January 30 of next year. RIM's CEO Thorsten Heins has stated the first BlackBerry 10 device will launch in the first quarter. Kristian Tear, COO, has stated new BlackBerry devices will be made available not long after the platform... Read more...
With so much at stake in the mobile sector, companies seem to be suing each other left right over various technology patents. The newest lawsuit comes from Nokia, which is seeking a BlackBerry sales ban in the U.S. and U.K. over Wi-Fi related patents. The Finnish handset maker wants Research In Motion (RIM) to pay royalties on sales of any Wi-Fi enabled devices. RIM isn't disputing that Nokia owns the patents in question, but the Canadian company does contend that an earlier license agreement with Nokia dating back to 2003 has the company in the clear. According to Nokia, the original license agreement only covers standards essentials patents and not the manufacture and sale of WLAN products.... Read more...
Optimism is running high for Research In Motion's (RIM) upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform, and not just within the company itself. At least one analyst thinks RIM has a shot of shipping 35.5 million BB10 devices next year, up from an earlier estimate of 31.6 million, essentially dragging the company out of a sales slump and finally giving Android and iOS some competition. Investors are, quite literally, buying into the hype. RIM's share price on Turkey Day spiked more than 17 percent. It's now exchanging hands at 11.61 per share in after market trading. Kris Thompson, an analyst with National Bank who sparked the surging stock with his estimation of 35.5 million units shipped, bumped up RIM's target... Read more...
Research In Motion (RIM) can ill afford for its BlackBerry 10 platform to disappoint, not when Android and iOS are the top dogs in mobile, and with Microsoft desperately trying to position its Windows Phone 8 platform as a viable contender (just as BlackBerry used to be). Can RIM reclaim the success it once had in mobile? We're about to find out. Come January 30, 2013, RIM will introduce a new line of BlackBerry 10 smartphones during a scheduled launch event, the handset maker announced today. The event will mark the official launch of BlackBerry 10. "In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs. Our team has been... Read more...
In many ways, RIM’s once mighty BlackBerry brand is now an also-ran in a mobile market that’s dominated by Android and iOS devices, but today’s news bodes well for the Canadian company. RIM announced that its BlackBerry 10 platform has received the prized FIPS 140-2 certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which means that government agencies and enterprises can deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 from the first day of launch. Image credit: The Telegraph “Achieving FIPS 140-2 certification means that BlackBerry 10 is ready to meet the strict security requirements of government agencies and enterprises... Read more...
It won't be long before "BlackBerry" refers to a phone that boomed in 2008, and fell completely flat by 2012. That is, unless RIM can somehow turn things around in Q1 2013 with the launch of BlackBerry 10. The company is fighting an uphill battle; iOS and Android have leapfrogged it in terms of market share, and even Windows Phone is quickly catching up. BlackBerry is losing loyal users left and right, and there won't be much hope to drag them back without a robust app universe. Thus, it makes sense to see RIM selecting 7digital as the official music partner of BB10. That's right -- BlackBerry 10 OS will launch with digital music at the forefront, despite being an afterthought for RIM in prior... Read more...
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