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    by Published on 04-03-2012 08:06 PM
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    UPDATE: @BlackBerry_UK just posted the tweet below in response to this evening's unfortunate incident.


    The night was going wonderfully in London, during the U.K. BBM party this evening. Unfortunately, it seems the night would not continue this way as reports have been coming in the last 20 min of a very unfortunate incident. Apparently after an altercation ensued on the dance floor, a broken bottle became a weapon as one of the attendees was allegedly stabbed in the neck.

    Police are on the scene and are currently not letting many of the guests leave the VIP area. No word on the condition of the victim or of any arrests have been made but you can be sure we'll keep this post updating as we learn more about the incident.

    As a side note, it's definitely unfortunate for RIM as it seems even a great night like this can be so easily ruined by bad people. This will also most likely cause another major PR nightmare for them in the short term, something they definitely cannot afford at this time.

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    by Published on 04-03-2012 06:10 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Research In Motion is trying. They are trying very hard to get developers on board as part of the uphill climb towards BlackBerry 10 and apparently the success is slowly starting to show. RIM has shared with us some of these statistics from Q4 2011 to share with our readers which will show the progressive improvement that's happening.
    There has been a clear commitment from BlackBerry to developers, with tools focused on usability and ease of development; increased involvement and contribution to open source; reinvigorated community event involvement over the last six months; new energy and leadership in Alec Saunders and Martyn Mallick; as well as the unprecedented seeding of a non-commercial testing device - the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device - at BlackBerry 10 Jam in Orlando this May.
    BLACKBERRY APP MILESTONES - Q4

    · 21% increase in BlackBerry smartphone apps
    · 89% increase in BBM connected apps
    · 240% increase in PlayBook apps submitted to App World

    BLACKBERRY DEVELOPER MILESTONES - Q4

    · 68% increase in vendors registered on App World
    · 42% increase in apps submitted to App World by developers
    · 137% increase in PlayBook apps approved for sale
    · Built porting guides to allow WebOS and jQuery apps to be ported to
    PlayBook
    · Announced port of Qt to allow Nokia developers to target PlayBook
    and soon, BlackBerry 10
    · Launched BlackBerry Native SDK 2.0 for the BlackBerry PlayBook
    · Prior to PlayBook OS 2.0 launch, incented 10,000 new developers to
    register as BlackBerry developers, with offer of a PlayBook in exchange
    for an app. Over 7,000 new apps submitted
    · Since its launch 10 weeks ago, the BlackBerry Developer Success
    Story page has added more than 20 stories with more to come soon

    BLACKBERRY APPS -BY THE NUMBERS

    · More than 70,000 apps in App World
    · More than 15,000 PlayBook apps
    · More than 2 billion total apps downloaded
    · 177 million apps downloaded per month
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    by Published on 04-03-2012 09:35 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software

    Today RIM has released one of the most sophisticated device management solutions to date. CIO's, and IT Admins, rejoice your all-in one solution is finally here. This marks a monumental leap forward in device management as the array of mobile devices flooding the workplace is astronomical. From end users to CEOs, people want to have the device of their choice. This has always proved to be a nightmare for IT Admins as there was no good way to manage the variety of devices that made up their mobile devices in the workplace.

    Enter BlackBerry Mobile Fusion the answer to control and stability within device management. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is built from RIM's solid BES foundation so organizations can be assured of its rock solid performance and stability. “BlackBerry Mobile Fusion allows organizations to manage a mixed environment of devices in the most secure, simple, and cost efficient manner possible. It also means that businesses and government do not have to move to the lowest common denominator on security for all the devices they need to manage.” said RIM's VP of Enterprise Product Management and Marketing, Alan Panezic.

    BlackBerry Mobile Fusion allows for the management of several mobile platforms to include BlackBerry smartphones, iOS (version 4 or later), Android (version 2.1,2.2,2.3), PlayBook Tablets, and future BlackBerry 10 devices. Through a easy to use web-based interface an Administrator can easily activate, audit, and perform other management tasks.

    Overview of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Features include:

    • BlackBerry Device Service - provides management features for BlackBerry PlayBook tablets
    • Universal Device Service - provides management features for devices that use the iOS and Android operating systems
    • BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Studio - a web app that provides a single place for management of mobile devices, users, configurations, policies and more

    In addition to the management of BlackBerry devices BlackBerry Mobile Fusion also provides the following capabilities for iOS and Android devices:

    • Support for multiple devices per user
    • Application and software management
    • Connectivity management (Wi-Fi®, VPN, certificates)
    • Centralized, easy to use, unified web-based console
    • Security and policy definition and management
    • Asset management
    • Configuration management
    • Security and protection for lost or stolen devices (remote lock, wipe)
    • User- and group-based administration
    • High scalability

    For those of you itchy to try the software you can try it free for 60 days. This is a must have for any organization looking to regain control of mobile security, and organisation.




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    by Published on 04-02-2012 05:08 PM
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    The Application Developers Alliance, which is a new organization dedicated directly towards app developers, has announced its board and Research In Motion's very own VP of Developer Relations, Alec Saunders, has been named as a member.

    Saunders will be joining some heavy hitters of the mobile industry, including representatives of AT&T, Google and others (No Apple rep interestingly enough). Their first meeting will be at the end of this month on April 24th.

    Congratulations to Alec Saunders and his team as it seems, after all their hard work, they are definitely getting the recognition they deserve.
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    by Published on 04-02-2012 12:39 PM
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    Another time I wish I lived in the U.K. has come around. Pop superstar Jessie J and newcomer Wretch 32 will be performing tomorrow night at a BBM party in London. She's apparently giving away 3 pairs of tickets to 6 lucky BlackBerry/Jessie J fans that retweet the above tweet.

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    by Published on 04-02-2012 12:15 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps


    The current Facebook for BlackBerry beta app has been updated from v3.0.0.9 to v3.0.0.14 today. Check out below for the complete change log.

    The following fixes have been implemented in Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 3.0 version 3.0.0.14:

    • When Facebook is installed on a device running a language that is not officially supported by Facebook for BlackBerry, but is supported by BB, the app is supposed to default to English.
    • Facebook application uses HTTP links in browser
    • The Facebook server has returned an unknown error and is not able to fulfill your request. (1500)
    • WiLAN event is not being processed correctly when radio is low or changed
    • Unable to close Facebook using back key on 6.0

    Visit the Beta Zone to download the new version of Facebook for BlackBerry.
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    by Published on 04-02-2012 12:06 AM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps


    If you've found the time over the last few days to open up BlackBerry App World, you may have noticed that there is a new banner that announces Happy Birthday to RIM's native app storefront. On April 1, 2009 during CTIA's annual trade show, was when App World first launched.

    Over the last 36 months, we've seen App World grow from an initial 1,000 apps to now over 70,000 apps! Not only have we seen the app selection grow, but we've also seen App World become available in several new countries & even introduce carrier billing.

    I was surprise to see that RIM wasn't promoting this milestone more heavily, especially with all the positive/negative press that we've seen since the fiscal results last week.

    When asked via Twitter, Alex Kinsella, Senior Public Relations and Social Media Manager at Research In Motion said:

    Everyone's heads down on BB10 - we'll celebrate then.
    If everyone is working so hard on BB10, will we possibly see App World v4.0 with these devices?


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    by Published on 03-31-2012 12:21 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News

    We have seen a lot of news about the rise and fall of RIM. Some are happy as they can see how RIM is falling apart even without further investigation, and simply believing in rumors and speculations. Of course, not everyone is affected by the negative news that has been released as they know RIM is still on track and preparing itself to provide a much better services to all.

    RIM is indeed not letting their hopes down at this stage as they still have lots of plans, not only for enterprise customers, but also for consumer markets. I have written an article about price reduction of their smartphone in India, and I know for sure that RIM will reduce BlackBerry Smartphone prices in other countries as this is part of their plans for consumer markets primarily to expand their markets.

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    by Published on 03-30-2012 08:12 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors


    Today I went by my local AT&T store, where they know me as "the BlackBerry guy," and one of the reps said to me, "you know RIM is done with consumers officially now right?" I smiled, pulled out my BlackBerry and went to the Inside BlackBerry post about RIM not leaving consumer markets, which I've now bookmarked, and let him read it. "How come the news is reporting the opposite though?"

    Well it's painfully obvious the slew of bad reporting about RIM's business strategy continues to spread. Unfortunately, it seems aside from tweets and a blog post on Inside BlackBerry, RIM is not really doing much to combat this trend. Major news outlets (not only small blog sites like BGR or techcrunch, we're talking MSN, ABC; etc), are reporting news as if RIM will no longer be making phones for regular people like you and I. The headline grabbing "RIM Surrenders Consumer Markets To iPhone" title was probably the one I hated the most, to be honest.

    After the debacle that occurred yesterday, someone from their PR team should have gotten enough people together to make personal phone calls to all these media outlets today to inform them the actual news: Research In Motion will not be leaving the consumer market.

    True, these news outlets have done a terrible job of fact-checking before getting their articles and radio shows out, but I can't help but wonder why it's still so palpable that RIM is just staying quiet and letting this carry on and snowball.

    With time, all of these people will have to backtrack on their stories. When BlackBerry World comes around and/or when the first BlackBerry 10 device is announced (which will obviously be geared towards the general public), they have to suddenly explain why RIM is making products for consumers again. They will look stupid and their credibility will take a hit.

    Until then though, guess who is going to suffer even more because of this? RIM. If you thought they didn't sell a lot of smartphones in Q4, wait until we see what happens when carrier reps starting going around telling potential buyers that BlackBerry isn't making phones for them anymore, like my AT&T rep did to me. Hopefully this doesn't turn out as bad as the 3-day BlackBerry outage back in October of last year. RIM cannot afford another BB-gate, not now or ever again.
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    by Published on 03-30-2012 12:50 PM
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    Ever since RIM's earnings call yesterday the internet has been a buzz with less than accurate reports about what was talked about. It did not surprise me that there were negative reports, but it did surprise me how inaccurate some of the news sites and blogs reported the call. The underlying issue here is seems to be how RIM is addressing its consumer base.

    Now before we dive into the facts it is important to know that we're talking about two different types of markets here. The Enterprise level market which purchases devices on a large scale, and mostly utilize RIM's proprietary device management software, and the general consumer market which mostly purchase devices for personal use.

    The Truth

    The comments that gave birth to the idea that RIM was "giving up" on its consumer market were taken from RIM's CEO Thorsten Heins when he stated that RIM plans:

    "to refocus on the enterprise business and capitalise on our leading position in this segment. [...] We believe that BlackBerry cannot succeed if we tried to be everybody’s darling and all things to all people. Therefore, we plan to build on our strength.”

    Yes, one could see how these words could translate to RIM giving up on its consumer market However, I think maybe some should have stopped, took a breath, and looked at the big picture before they came to the conclusion that RIM was giving up on its consumer market.

    The facts are RIM is not giving up on its consumer market. In a response to pocket-lint.com RIM's managing director of global sales and regional marketing, Patrick Spence stated that:

    “The claim that RIM has said it will withdraw from the consumer market is wholly inaccurate,"

    Furthermore, RIM's VP Of Developer Relations Alec Saunders responded to the issue with a tweet this morning that stated that the "remarks were wrongly interpreted. We are not leaving the consumer market."

    Enterprise Focus

    Now that we know that RIM is not giving up on the consumer market we can focus on RIM's real focus for the upcoming quarters. The enterprise customers. Let's face, it RIM's bread and butter is not the consumer market. The profits come from enterprise customers that are purchasing things on a larger scale. Here is where RIM's security and device management trump every other product on the market.

    RIM is focusing their energy into something they have been doing right for years. They are expanding their efforts to perfect their core strengths, and their core strengths at this time do not include the consumer market. Will they get there? Maybe. Should they get there? Only time will tell reveal that answer. RIM is going to follow whatever path that is going to generate the most amount of income.

    The Pivot Point

    The pivot point for RIM this year will most certainly be the release of BB 10. This by far will be a game changer in the way both the consumer market and enterprise level markets view RIM. In a way BB 10 has to be a success, it has to deliver, it has to wow and it must be able to cater seamlessly to both markets. RIM delivered on the PlayBook OS 2.0 and they can deliver on BB 10.

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    by Published on 03-29-2012 06:50 PM
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    Today was a rough day for Research In Motion. There wasn't much positive to take away from the 2011 Q4 earnings call in terms of pure numbers but the overall tone of RIM CEO Thorsten Heins definitely suggested the company is in good hands.

    "My impression of RIM on day 2 of being CEO is very different from my impression in week 10". This was pretty much his way of saying "a lot needs to change and I'm sorry if I made it sound like it didn't before." It seems Heins has had time to evaluate the situation and the changes have already begun to take place. With the resignation/retirement of ex-co-CEO Jim Balsillie and other directors from the Board being announced, accountability seems to be the name of the game for this new regime and to be honest, it is quite refreshing.

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    by Published on 03-29-2012 05:11 PM
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    Research In Motion’s former Co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, has stepped down as a Director on the RIM’s Board. He issued the following statement upon the resignation: “As I complete my retirement from RIM, I’m grateful for this remarkable experience and for the opportunity to have worked with outstanding professionals who helped turn a Canadian idea into a global success.”


    David Yach has also announced his retirement from the role as CTO, Software. Jim Rowan, COO, Global Operations, has also stepped down from his position. Research In Motion will now have a great chance to inject new blood into the company and hopefully bring positivity to the forefront.
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    by Published on 03-29-2012 04:45 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Just ahead of today's earnings call, the BlackBerry Beta Zone has released a new update to the Twitter for BlackBerry app. The new v3.0.0.19 brings one main bug fix to the table: "Stuck on loading when you first enter the app and scroll directly to the bottom." Apparently this version may get the gold treatment soon and be released to the public.
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    by Published on 03-29-2012 04:25 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News

    Some very good news to all BlackBerry fans out there in India as RIM just marked down the prices of some of their smartphones by up to 26%. Sounds great right? According from RIM, they decided to have this discounted price not entirely because they want to be on top again, but rather, to expand the markets across the globe.

    This strategy is a very simple yet an effective way of providing great experience to everyone in India. They have noticed a lot of consumers are younger, so they wanted to make sure that all of them will be able to try and be satisfied with what BlackBerry smartphones can offer. Reducing the price is indeed a risk RIM has to take just to keep up and be available to everybody as much as possible.
    "RIM as a brand has moved from just an enterprise device to as a more consumer device. Be it our services or the product, we have seen a strong uptake by the youth and therefore, to get the devices into more hands, we are cutting the prices," RIM India Managing Director Sunil Dutt said.
    These smartphones are the BlackBerry Curve 8520, Curve 9360, Curve 9380 and Torch 9860. All four handsets were earlier available for Rs 10, 990 Rs 19, 990 Rs 18, 990 and Rs 29, 990 respectively but they can now be purchased by up to 26% so you can enjoy the BlackBerry experience.

    Moreover, Dutt mentioned that RIM aims to further uplift the presence and leverage the demand for BlackBerry smartphones.
    "The focus is not just on reducing prices, but we want to address a larger number of people and give them the overall experience of BlackBerry. We will continue to focus on bringing locally relevant products, services and applications to Indian consumers," he said.
    Even the BlackBerry PlayBook started to be sold at a lower price in December of last year that gave 21% market share in India. It was launched at Rs 27, 990 but can now be purchased for only Rs 13, 990 which is almost more than half of the price.

    If they have done that in India, I am pretty sure that there will come a time RIM will follow suit in other countries, such as Canada, U.S., and other Third World Countries. Looking forward to what RIM can offer in the future. This would only mean that RIM is now reaching the hearts of all consumers by cutting down the prices, but still the same top of the line quality to be able to provide the best smartphone experience to everyone across the nation.

    Would you want this price reduction in your country? I do!



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    by Published on 03-28-2012 11:58 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    Do you sometimes forget something important or feel like the word is at the tip of your tongue but you really could not remember it? Or are you a type of person who is always in a rush so you put some notes in a piece of paper and get back to it on a later time? Well here is very cool app that suits you, it is called Corkboard by Michal Grala.

    Using this app, you can put some sticky notes on your PlayBook, save it and get back to it on a later time. For you to make sure that you will remember the things that you would like to share to everyone, create a new note, stick it, save it and open it once you are ready to tell it to your friends, relatives and colleagues.

    Not only that, you can also save as many notes and memos as you like and use it as a reference in the future. You can delete them if you feel like the note is not needed any more.

    Its like you are putting some notes to a real corkboard as it does look like it. This is a simple yet very useful and effective app that you can use on a daily basis. So get it now and enjoy!



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