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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...
RIM recognizes that apps are one of the ingredients to success if you're going to compete in the tablet market today. In an effort to try to woo Android developers, RIM is offering a free PlayBook tablet to developers who will repackage their app for the BlackBerry AppWorld. The free tablet promotion was announced by RIM's VP of developer relations, Alec Saunders. According to a tweet from Saunders, Android Developers must submit their Android app to the BlackBerry AppWorld by February 13 in order to have a chance at the free PlayBook tablets. Saunders provided more information by linking to the company's BlackBerry Runtime for Android apps page. Although RIM hasn't enjoyed the success with the... Read more...
According to a leaked product lineup, it would appear that RIM is slimming down its product line up in order to focus resources on its next-generation BlackBerry devices that are expected in the second half of this year. Even so, we could still see two BlackBerry Curve smartphones as well as a slightly tweaked new PlayBook tablet in the next few months. The new Curve smartphones will likely be the BlackBerry Curve 9230 and the BlackBerry Curve 9320. The Curve 9230 will likely be an EDGE smartphone while the Curve 9320 is expected to be a HSPA device. The new PlayBook tablet is said to feature a 1.5GHz processor (an upgrade from the original PlayBook's 1GHz processor), HSPA+ connectivity, and... Read more...
RIM's co-CEOs just stepped down. The two men that founded the company that made BlackBerry a raging success have finally caved to mounting pressure to innovate and keep up with Android, iOS and the rest of the growing mobile landscape. Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie are stepping down, with existing COO Thorsten Heins to take over as the sole chief executive. Both of the ex-CEOs will be hanging around the company in various forms, but they won't be calling the same shots. Mike Lazaridis, former Co-Chair and Co-CEO, has become Vice Chair of RIM’s Board and Chair of the Board’s new Innovation Committee. As Vice Chair, he will work closely with Mr. Heins to offer strategic counsel,... Read more...
Research In Motion has reportedly trimmed its list of future BlackBerry 10 devices down to just a single handset, The upcoming device, BlackBerry London. Up until now, RIM was working on the BlackBerry Colt, which was supposed to be the first BlackBerry OS 10 device. Betting everything on just one handset is a risky move--the company is putting all its eggs in one basket--but it might be the correct one. In this case, software is far more important than hardware. RIM doesn't need to deliver best-in-class specs half so much as it needs an operating system and product strategy that get people excited about BlackBerry phones again. RIM could give the upcoming London a major performance boost compared... Read more...
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