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For those of your rocking a PlayBook tablet, be advised that Research In Motion (RIM) has now made available a new version of its mobile operating system, PlayBook OS 2.1. There are three main things RIM has chosen to highlight in this latest update, not the least of which is improved Android application support. On that front, PlayBook OS 2.1 introduces multi-window applications, camera support, and in-app payments. "We all love a richer app experience, and with the improvements to the Android runtime, that’s just what you’ll get," RIM stated in a blog post. "Running the applications in separate windows allows you to multi-task between Android apps easier, and in-app payments will... Read more...
Research in Motion isn't taking the year off. Despite BlackBerry 10 not being ready to launch until next year, the company is making news this week with a new partnership involving Microsoft. Microsoft has announced that both companies have inked a patent licensing agreement that gives RIM broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for certain BlackBerry devices of RIM. exFAT is a modern file system from Microsoft that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices. exFAT improves on its predecessor, the FAT system, and greatly expands the size of files that flash... Read more...
While Samsung reels from a billion dollar damages award levied against the company, Research In Motion (RIM) is seeing its share price rise in the stock market today. RIM shares jumped by more than 4 percent in early morning trading on Monday, and while things have settled in the afternoon, RIM's stock is still up around 2 percent at $7.07 per share. The boost in RIM's stock price is a knee jerk reaction to Apple's legal victory against Samsung, in which a jury found the latter guilty of patent infringement for copying the look and feel of iPhone and iPad devices. After tallying up the penalties, Samsung left the courtroom holding a bill for more than a billion dollars, payable to Apple. The... Read more...
If RIM has any fight left in it, we'll know when the next series of BlackBerry devices comes out. That make-or-break test is still months away, and we're seeing some activity on RIM's part in the run up to the big launch. Rim has shown the new devices to major carriers and is trumpeting what it claims is a positive reaction from them.Don't hold your breath for the BlackBerry launch, though: RIM still hasn't set a firm date for devices to go on sale, and analysts predict the Apple iPhone 5 will launch months before BlackBerry devices with the new BlackBerry 10 operating system hit the market. RIM CEO Thorsten Heins had hoped to get BB10 on the market by the end of the year, but conceded that... Read more...
Will RIM hang around long enough to see if BlackBerry 10 can get its legs up under it? Q1 2013 feels like it's forever from now, with an entire holiday season between the present and early next year. Not to mention another iPhone, Windows Phone 8 and a surefire flood of Android 4.1 superphones on every carrier imaginable. But according to a new WSJ report, Research in Motion isn't backing down. Despite losing steam and potential mind share in the past few years, the report states that the carrier will start delivering "nearly complete versions" of BB10 smartphones to operators as early as next week. Why is this important? It's a huge test. Carrier support is absolutely vital for smartphone success... Read more...
Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies & Co., issued a note this week on the sorry state of Research In Motion (RIM) and conveyed little faith that BlackBerry 10 OS will be the savior that RIM needs it to be. However, Misek also brought up the possibility that Samsung could either buy RIM outright or license the company's BB 10 software, noting that an acquisition was probably Samsung's best bet. As it turns out, that's not a gamble Samsung wants to take. Samsung was quick to squash rumors of a potential buyout and told Reuters that it's absolutely not interested in acquiring RIM, nor is the mobile handset maker entertaining the idea of licensing BB 10. Fresh data from International Data... Read more...
Although it’s launching first in Canada, the rumored 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has arrived. RIM announced the 7-inch (1024x600 resolution) slate, which is packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Other specs include 4G connectivity, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB port, micro HDMI port, GPS unit, 3MP/5MP front/rear cameras, and stereo speakers. The WiFi-only version has a processor with a lower clock (1GHz) and is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions. Users will be treated to onboard software including Documents To Go and will have access to the BlackBerry App World, Video Store, and Music Store. Other perks courtesy of the PlayBook... Read more...
It's never fun to say goodbye to an old friend, but sometimes, it's necessary. The same is true when it comes to technology. The floppy disc was a good pal, but there came a point where it just wasn't needed. The same could be said of webOS, now that Palm was swallowed by HP and effectively shut down altogether. So, it probably comes as no surprise to hear that The New York Times has decided to stop supporting the NYTimes app for Palm Pre. The Pre had a good run, and it sure caused a great deal of technology lovers to smile, but it just never gained the traction necessary to give the iPhone and Google's Android cadre a run for their money. But here's the shocker: the newspaper is also halting... Read more...
RIM has been trudging uphill for a few years, now, but it's not ready to quit yet. The smartphone and tablet maker is still putting out products, if slowly. More than a year after announcing plans to launch a 4G LTE tablet, RIM looks to be just about ready to release it. Whether the extra bandwidth will put a new shine on the struggling tablet is up in the air, but it looks like we might find out soon: a possible document from Bell in Canada suggests next week is the launch date for the 4G LTE version. It looks as though 4G LTE connectivity will be the defining difference between the new model and the PlayBook on the market. The specs for the current model aren't bad: a 7-inch, 1024x600 WSVGA... Read more...
Well, that's not good. As if Research in Motion really needed any more bad news, the BlackBerry handset maker is now dealing with a massive $147.2 million verdict. Late in the week, a NorCal jury directed RIM to cough up the aforementioned sum in order to settle up in a patent lawsuit. The suit was brought by Mformation Technologies, and the litigation was involving a "remote management system for wireless devices." There's really never a good time to hear that you owe someone nearly $150m, but it's super, super poor timing for RIM. The company's stock has sank like a stone in recent months, and recently they announced that it'd be 2013 before a BlackBerry 10 device would ship. Based on the verdict,... Read more...
It's been quite awhile since anyone had much good to say to say about RIM's chances of surviving the next 12 months as an independent company, but a new interview with CEO Thorsten Heins has me hopeful. Unlike Heins' widely-publicized op/ed in the Globe and Mail a week ago, in which he sounded like a beleagured ship captain reasurring everyone that no, we haven't struck an iceberg, here he comes off as well-grounded. More importantly, he offers the best, most-concise explanation for RIM's current situation that anyone in the company has had to date. Where RIM Went Wrong The problem is actually quite simple. Back in 2007-2009, RIM was busy selling like gangbusters in the US and had focused most... Read more...
If you're a mobile phone manufacturer with a name other than "Apple," you probably aren't having a very good week. Shares of HTC, the second-largest phone company in Asia, fell to their lowest point in two years today, after the company announced a 58% decline in second-quarter revenue. HTC has released several well-regarded phones in the past seven months, but hasn't had a breakaway winner or a truly stand-out product. Analysts, meanwhile, don't expect the company's fortunes to reverse any time soon. "We do not see any turnaround opportunities for HTC” in the second half, Laura Chen, a Taipei-based analyst at BNP Paribas SA. “We see risk on potential product delays and competitors’... Read more...
For as brilliant as Steve Jobs was at assessing the market place, he flat out missed the fact there exists a market for 7-inch tablets, so-called "tweener" devices, as he referred to them. Much of the appeal in the 7-inch category has to do with price, and if you're willing to shop recertified models, it gets even better. We stumbled upon a recertified BlackBerry Playbook selling for $119.99 on Daily Steals, a site we have no affiliation with, but one this editor has purchased from on several occasions. That's a pretty remarkable deal for a tablet that once sold for $500, albeit it was way overpriced at full retail. At $120, the 16GB Wi-Fi Playbook Daily Steals is selling is $80 less than what... Read more...
How much trouble is Research in Motion (RIM) in? Enough that the company is reportedly considering previously unacceptable options like spinning off the handset business, or partnering with Microsoft. The company's quarterly results, reported yesterday, were disastrous. Revenue tumbled by a third from Q4 2012 levels and the company's gross margin fell 11 percentage points. Worst of all, CEO Thorsten Heins revealed that RIM's next-generation devices and the new BlackBerry 10 OS have both been delayed until Q1 2013. "Based on the current status of the software integration, it has become clear that the schedule we were working towards, which would have the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones in market... Read more...
Ouch. Want to know how badly RIM is doing? So badly that one of its production plants is straight-up bailing out of the BlackBerry production business. Celestica is a company widely know throughout supply chain organizations for production solutions, and as of now, it still helps RIM produce BlackBerry smartphones. But that's changing, and soon. Within the next three to six months, it will wind down its manufacturing services for Research in Motion. The company estimates that prior to any recoveries, its restructuring charges will not exceed $35 million. That's pretty much it for the release; they kept it short and sweet. But reading between the lines, there's a lot more to this. RIM is trimming... Read more...
In technology, stuff gets smaller. Mobile phones are no exception--just look at the evolution from the Zach Morris brick to Will Ferrell’s tiny cell phone--but today, mobile phone technology took another tiny step forward with the approval of a new, smaller form factor SIM card. French standards body ETSI approved the fourth form factor (4FF) SIM card, which is 40% smaller than the SIM card currently in your phone, measuring just 12.3 x 8.8mm, with a thickness of 0.62mm. The new form factor will be backwards compatible with older SIM cards with a little creative packaging, and the functionality won’t actually change. Image credit: The Verge In a press release, the company stated:... Read more...
Show of hands, how many of you own a BlackBerry device? Anyone? Hello!? Oh wait, there's a hand in the back, and one more far off to the side. Now raise your hand if you own an Android or iOS device. Holy moley, that looks like everyone else, save for that crazy guy in the back flapping his arms yelling something about the Windows Phone platform. Wait a minute, is that Steve Ballmer? Ah, that explains it. And therein lies the problem for Research In Motion (and Microsoft, but that's a topic for a different story). BlackBerry is struggling to compete with Android and iOS, and as a result, there's been a spattering of high-level turnover at RIM as the company tries to right its ship. In order to... Read more...
RIM has some major moving to do if it hopes to rekindle some of that fire it once had. The smartphone world is very different now, and people expect much more. BlackBerry OS largely has not kept up with other smartphone operating systems, and the world is watching BlackBerry World this week in Orlando to see what RIM ushers in next. One of the unique steps in this comeback story is a new BlackBerry App Generator. Mippin made the announcement, with its app creation platform being at the foundation of the Generator. It's being described as an easy-to-use app builder, allowing online content owners to build fully branded apps for BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. In the last... Read more...
Is the world ready for a new BlackBerry? More accurately, can RIM force the world to wait much longer? The smartphone game has changed dramatically, and while RIM's user base is still millions strong, it's offering up a smartphone platform that isn't as strong as iOS and Android in many ways. And the market is responding. RIM has announced that it is taking its time to get the next phase of its company right, but today we were granted the first major look at RIM's future. The device shown here is the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha Unit. It's not a phone destined to ship as-is to consumers, but instead, it'll be used for eager developers to build for BlackBerry OS' future. The handset looks pretty similar.... Read more...
RIM's still in turnaround mode, yes, but they have to create products in the meantime. With BlackBerry World kicking off this week in Orlando, the first doodad out of the gate is the new Music Gateway. It's a small, powerful product that streams audio over Bluetooth, while also pairing with NFC for some remote control action. It's a device made for use with your car and at home, enabling you to send music from your BlackBerry to existing speakers. It'll sell for just $50, and it slated to ship in June. As for the NFC bit, it'll turn your phone into a remote if there's NFC within (like on the Bold 9700 or Curve 9630). That's about it for the dongle, but hey, it's $50. Hopefully RIM has more in... Read more...
When RIM fired its previous team of co-CEOs, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, but replaced them with quiet insider Thorsten Heins, there was concern that the latter was too closely wedded to RIM's old guard to be able to deliver the kind of change the company needs. That idea has just been chucked squarely out the window -- for better or worse, Thorsten has shown his commitment to revamping RIM, starting with some major housecleaning. Basillie, who had taken up a post on RIM's board, is altogether gone, as is the company's CTO, David Yach, and its COO, Jim Rowan. Their firings are just the flagship announcement of a horrifically bad quarter. RIM's fiscal Q4 2012 revenue was $4.2B, down 19% from... Read more...
Nortel Networks crashed and burned in spectacular fashion a few years ago, and ever since the company's remains have been hanging around and sniffed out by other major technology companies. Apple, Microsoft and RIM in particular have been on the hunt for the valuable Nortel patents that remain, and the United States Department of Justice's Antitrust Division just okay'd the $4.5 billion bid on those very patents from a cadre of tech companies. Here's the DOJ's quote: "After a thorough review of the proposed transactions, the Antitrust Division has determined that each acquisition is unlikely to substantially lessen competition and has closed these three investigations. In all of the transactions,... Read more...
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