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    by Published on 05-29-2012 06:05 AM
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    It seems like it's an everyday occurrence that the BlackBerry maker RIM, is under fire from the media. The excitement over BlackBerry World has been trumped by recent talks of layoffs and the departure of more top RIM executives. The media are often quick to exaggerate news regarding RIM, and sometimes just plain inaccurate in their reports regarding the company. Every now and then its appropriate to set the facts straight.

    The Real Deal

    It would be a bit naive to think that RIM has not had its fair share of issues, and over the past year has given BlackBerry users and investors a wild ride. The truth is, RIM is not doing very well now. Sometimes the facts are hard to swallow for BlackBerry fans, but the fact of the matter is that there are some serious issues that RIM is going through now.

    RIM's stock has declined over 75% over the past year, and are down more than 90% of it's all time high in 2008. Yes, this is something that we have been hearing non stop over that past year, but until it improves we wont stop hearing about it. Before the holidays RIM's stock traded for $11 that is a far cry from $147 its all-time high in 2008.

    A massive surplus of mobile devices isn't helping the company either. We already heard from RIM about their $485 million dollar PlayBook inventory hit in December, and their $267 million BlackBerry inventory expense in January. That is quite a few BlackBerry devices not being sold. Since then the value of RIM's current BlackBerry and Tablet device inventory have grown more than 18% and has an inventory value of more than $1 billion, according to data complied by Bloomberg. In short this is not good. No company wants to be in the positions of having a surplus of their product.

    RIM's Hope

    A large part or RIM's future will be determined by the success of its upcoming BB 10 device. Most consumers are just waiting to get their hands on RIM's new BB 10 devices, but they will have to wait until later this year. Late last year RIM decided to delay the release of their BB 10 super phones. Critics have expressed concerns as to whether or not RIM's current OS 7 devices will hold up consumer interest until then.

    The bottom line is that BB 10 is extremely important to RIM's success. It's not just a hit or a miss, it has to be a grand-slam. It has to deliver and it has to "wow". RIM's recent BB 10 Alpha device has already shown some signs of some exciting things to come. BB 10's rich UI and unprecedented functionality is already getting may excited and is helping to spark new interest in RIM's smartphones. One thing we do know for certain from RIM is that BB 10 will be like nothing we have ever seen before.


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    by Published on 05-27-2012 03:32 AM
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    Although the BBOS Mobile Site Launcher has been available via OTA for some time now, as of today you can now download the Mobile Launcher app via BlackBerry App World! We've decided that since we have already released the BBOS PlayBook App in App World, that it would be fitting to go ahead and make the Mobile Site Launcher available in App World as well. The BBOS Mobile Launcher app is FREE to download, and available for BlackBerry smartphones running OS 4.2 and higher. Which means pretty much any device going back to the 83xx series. So get your BBOS on, and download now!

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    by Published on 05-26-2012 03:04 PM
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    Earlier this week WebMobi, a cloud-based mobile app creation company, announced the support of the BlackBerry platform for business and enterprise users. Now BlackBerry developers can create their mobile apps using WebMobi.

    The following features are available in the ...
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    by Published on 05-24-2012 03:29 PM
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    The U.S. Dept of Defense has officially approved all BlackBerry 7 devices. This comes to no surprise as we recently reported that a half a million federal workers, including the President, are still glued to their BlackBerry devices. Also, the United Kingdom, and the land down under, Australia, approved BlackBerry 7 devices in the last couple weeks as well. Perhaps all this hype lately is tied to the fact that BlackBerry 10 is coming soon, and those who thought they may want to change their government device to the iPhone or Android are finally coming to whits end again. Are you a government worker with a BlackBerry?

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    by Published on 05-24-2012 02:52 PM
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    Dax Shepard, from one of my favorite comedies, Idiocracy, is the star in the latest video from the BlackBerry Challenge Council. In this hilariously funny video, Dax takes on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 browser in a variety of "feats" to see who has the "speed."

    Check out a few details about Dax Shepard on Wikipedia, and also get more info on this BlackBerry Wiki-Game challenge at the BB Challenge Council webpage. You'll have to submit your email in order to get into the challenge contest. Good luck, be sure to let us know how you did!
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    by Published on 05-24-2012 05:26 AM
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    Instant messaging has become the norm for mobile users. It seems as though texting, instant messaging and email have almost replaced the phone call. BBM has long been the a strong point for RIM, and has proven to be popular among today's youth. Despite its popularity some question its ability to maintain its position as the instant-messaging, due to RIM's recent struggle.

    With over 55 million users worldwide BBM is clearly the preferred instant-messaging client, but that has not stopped the competition from moving in on this reach new market. Apple, Samsung, and third party vendors have all jumped on the opportunity to cater to consumers instant messaging fix. Apples iMessage has been slowly gaining popularity among its iPhone users while WhatApp Messenger has been gaining popularity across all platforms.

    So what plans does RIM have for BBM? For starters its does plan on making it a part of its next generation BB 10 platform. But what about the competition? Can we expect BBM to run on other platforms in the near future? The answer to the latter may be a solid no.

    According to the Wall Street Journal RIM had plans to license out its proprietary network before now CEO Thorsten Heins, came on board. A project formed by former Co-CEO's Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, code-name " SMS 2.0" would open up RIM's network to other smartphone makers. SMS 2.0 would license BBM as a service to these other smartphone makers, and allow RIM to make a profit off of licensing fees and support. RIM even acquired the popular messaging company called LiveProfile. However, the project was quickly squashed when newly appointed CEO Thorsten Heins decided that the company should not go with any licensing deals.

    BBM is an important part of the BlackBerry brand, and is one of the things that separates it from other smartphones. RIM will need to concentrate on perfecting the BBM application on its BB 10 line of devices. Consumers will be expecting a BBM client that runs just as smooth as their current BlackBerry device.



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    by Published on 05-23-2012 04:56 PM
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    Latin American BlackBerry users will now have two more OS 7+ devices to choose from now that Research In Motion has officially announced the release of the BlackBerry Curve 9220 and Curve 9320 in that region.

    As we know, targeting emerging markets are one of RIM's top priorities. Making sure that BlackBerry's presence remains in these markets will also be helped by the launch of these two extra economical devices.

    Packed with OS 7.1 out of the box, the BlackBerry Curve will surely make a lot of people happy for a relatively low price.

    As soon as carriers start announcing dates and price details we will be sure to pass them on to you guys!

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    by Published on 05-23-2012 12:04 PM
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    RIM has been doing many things lately in regards to marketing. Their latest efforts they are intended to woo the business user to upgrade to an OS 7 device. RIM has even created a new website at Upgrade Me Now | BlackBerry 7 which is designed to help enterprise users convince their IT
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    by Published on 05-21-2012 10:43 AM
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    We've already seen BlackBerry get out a new commercial over in the U.K. Well, it seems this was only the beginning as three new commercials have been posted to BlackBerry UK's official YouTube channel.

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    by Published on 05-21-2012 05:51 AM
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    Ingram Micro Inc., the worlds largest technology distributor, has reached a deal with RIM to distribute the BlackBerry PlayBook to re-seller partners in the UK.

    It has been a bit of a rocky road between consumers and RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, but BlackBerry has still maintained a very strong presence in the business market. RIM's BlackBerry devices are still the choice among many organizations in which security and mobile communications are paramount.

    The BlackBerry PlayBook has been a step up in many organizations ability to be more productive via cloud services. RIM's UK managing director Stephen Bates said that “Our agreement with Ingram Micro will allow us to broaden and enhance our distribution of the BlackBerry PlayBook. We are leveraging our strengths in communications, social integration and productivity with their strengths in unified communications, software solutions and overall channel reach,” This is no little deal Ingram Micro, has local sales offices in 26 countries, has over 105 distribution centers worldwide, represents over 1,300 vendors, and is the only global broad-based IT distributor in Asia. This kind exposure and distribution is exactly what RIM needs for the PlayBook.

    Ingram Micro also has a dedicated team that is focused on unified communications, and cloud business development managers. This makes it an ideal fit for the PlayBook as it fits in well with Microsoft Office 365. “Ingram Micro is once again providing a solid, expansive offering to meet the needs of resellers, Our continued growth in the telecommunications segment and the ongoing convergence of software and mobile technologies, enhanced with the inclusion of Microsoft Office capabilities on BlackBerry smartphones and the addition of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to our product portfolio, is driving BlackBerry as a strong platform for mobile users of Microsoft Office 365.” said Matt Sanderson, managing director at Ingram Micro.

    RIM is looking to push the PlayBook even more into its enterprise market and this new move will do just that. The PlayBook is expected to become even more desirable later on this year as it will be compatible with RIM's much anticipated, BB 10 platform.


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    by Published on 05-18-2012 04:26 PM
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    RIM has just released DM v7.1 Beta in the Beta Zone. Biggest additions with this new version is the support for 4G PlayBooks and BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha devices. Since the release of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device, there have been some issues arising for developers. Some have experienced Android Player issues, while others have bricked their devices by using the wiping option. This update to Desktop Software v7.1 Beta is suppose to alleviate these issues.

    Here is the changelog for v7.1 Beta:
    - Media sync enhancements including individual selection, sync by album, and customizable columns in collections mode
    - Support for 4G PlayBooks
    - Support for new BlackBerry 7 OS devices
    - Major bug fixes and PIM sync improvements as highlighted in the Release Notes (in downloads section)

    For Developers:
    - Support for BB10 Alpha Developer devices

    Developers will be able to update their Dev Alpha devices as soon as RIM releases a update into the community. My guess is that it's not that far off. We'll keep you posted when they do.

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    by Published on 05-17-2012 05:22 PM
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    We've known that BlackBerry 10 will be making its way to the BlackBerry PlayBook since BlackBerry World two weeks ago. The thing is, all the excitement of the BlackBerry 10 demos from the keynote, the Dev Alpha device and all the hype surrounding the Cascades SDK being given to developers made this little tidbit kind of fall between the cracks and go a little unnoticed.

    Today, @BlackBerryDev sent out the above tweet as a reply to a question about Cascades/BB10 on the PlayBook and it served as a little reminder to us. This obviously put a smile on a lot of people's faces that had maybe forgotten about this cool fact.

    Our BlackBerry PlayBooks, which for many users are over a year old, are so solid in terms of hardware, that they will be able to run BlackBerry 10 without any problems. How cool is that? No need to buy anything. All you have to do is make sure you don't break it while we wait.
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    by Published on 05-16-2012 05:36 AM
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    Those of you lucky enough to have and talented enough to develop for the BlackBerry 10 Alpha Device, it looks as if you're getting an update soon. So, all you brilliant developers, get ready to update.

    On Twitter Alex Kinsella, who tweeted on the @BlackBerryDev account, said ...
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    by Published on 05-15-2012 09:11 PM
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    RIM's R&D department has been getting busy this year with some new creative ideas. RIM latest patent proposes a battery-charging holster. Yes, that's right a cell phone holster that will charge your Blackberry. How cool would that been. The idea behind the new holster is that it would charge your BlackBerry on the go and give you notifications through built in speakers. Sounds interesting. Would this mean an end to battery charging as we know it?
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    by Published on 05-14-2012 05:27 AM
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    The Porsche Design by BlackBerry P'9981 has been honored as the Plus X Award's Smartphone of the Year 2012. As one of Germany's most prestigious wards show, the Plus X Awards honors manufacturers for their quality advantage. The P'9981 is RIM's most expensive phone and its hefty price has most consumers just dreaming about the device.

    Porsche Design Group CEO Juergen Gessler stated that the, “Porsche Design has been a symbol for Iconic Style since 1972,” and that “Products with clean lines and no frills are at the heart of our design philosophy. Our collaboration with BlackBerry led to a smartphone that implements our credo without compromises. The Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone by BlackBerry is a modern luxury smartphone that combines timeless design with state-of-the-art technology.” This explains the "boxy" look that so many were questioning when this device first leaked.

    Managing Director for RIM Germany Axel Kettenring, says: “We are very proud to receive this seal of quality. Receiving the Plus X Award for the Porsche Design P’9981 smartphone confirms we are operating at the cutting edge with our demand for design and quality.”




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