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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...
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...
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