CommunicAsia2011 has sadly come to an end, but you can keep a part of it on your device by downloading the theme created by dlodlnodllly. This theme is very user-friendly & also includes a built-in screenshot application, letting you share those sweet homescreen shots with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
With every day that passes by, the excitement for the upcoming launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 grows. We've seen many blurry videos surface recently of the device, but good & clear video were not to be found.
Well, thanks to the recent Digital Experience! event, which was held earlier this week in New York City, we now have a good quality video of this yet-to-be-released device.
Register now for BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011 and save $250 USD off the onsite rate with our early bird offer when you register by August 26, 2011. Save even more with the Registration & Hotel Bundle! Bundle your registration fee and hotel costs together, and get 4 nights at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis for the price of 3. Find out more about the Hotel Bundle. Will you be attending? Let us know!
RIM is promoting their native BlackBerry Travel app with a contest for chance to win a trip for two to Australia, plus a USD $2,500 gift card. Do you use the Travel app? Tell use how it works for you in the comments!
RIM has started to hand out layoff notices after it said on Friday it would cut an unspecified number of jobs, a local newspaper said on Tuesday. But, so far officials from the Canadian company could not be reached immediately to confirm the report in the Waterloo Region Record, which serves the Ontario city where RIM is headquartered. The report gave no specific numbers on the layoff notices, but noted that RIM employs about 17,500 workers globally, including 9,000 in the Waterloo region. Are you one of the many being affected by the RIM layoffs?
Joy of Tech, a comic about technology and pop culture, takes another shot at RIM in their latest piece. The comic draws upon the recent criticism that RIM has drawn from investors to split up the CEO position that is shared between Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis.
The last time Joy of Tech took a shot at RIM was when Mike Lazaridis stopped an interview when asked about negative reviews of the PlayBook.
What are your thoughts? Does this comic accurately reflect the situation going on with RIM's upper management?
Hello BBOS members and guests, it's time for our Weekly Recap for 6/12 - 6/18, 2011. Check out the official BBOS BlackBerry PlayBook Review, and don't forget to enter our PlayBook Giveaway Contest. The links below are the "in a nutshell" of what happened in everything BlackBerry last week. Enjoy!
Well, one of the first goodies is a new Backup feature that'll let you save e-mails, contacts & other important data to your SD card. This feature also includes the ability to switch devices using the data on SD Card.
Can you imagine switching devices & having all your emails/settings/etc synced with only using your SD card, rather than Desktop Manager?
The reports are in, and while there are some positives, the negatives outweigh this time around. Net income for the first quarter was a low $695 million, or $1.33 per diluted share, compared with net income of $934 million, $1.78 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of last year - that's down 26%. Also, revenues came in at $4.9 billion, down from $5.6 billion in the fourth quarter, or a 12.5% drop.
And as to smartphone and tablet shipments, during the first quarter, RIM says that it shipped approximately 13.2 million BlackBerry smartphone devices and about 500,000 BlackBerry Playbook tablets. However, these numbers are what has shipped, not been sold. RIM also is not releasing the official number for PlayBook's sold. I'm guessing that the number may reflect negativity on how the PlayBook has fared in its' first few couple months since launched. As a result of its declining financials, RIM said that it will begin a series of layoffs beginning this quarter.
However, there is a upside to all of this. RIM seems to be kicking it in the rear as we heard today from a Verizon CMO that Big Red would be selling three of the upcoming BlackBerry devices in Verizon stores. That is when RIM had the glory days, when Verizon was their top seller. Perhaps a rekindled relationship between Verizon and RIM can bring the US subscriber base up and save RIM from a bad fall.
RIM today announced plans to launch its much-anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in Hong Kong. The BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to be released in early July through authorized carrier partners and retail channels in Hong Kong. This announcement comes after we reported last week that the PlayBook will be coming to 16 additional markets within the next month. Let us know if you are in Hong Kong and going to get a PlayBook!
Where does a cellphone user turn to nowadays to find out facts about the risks of using a cellphone? With high cellphone usage being rather new, compared to the time that has been put toward research, there has sprung a number of conflicting reports on what the dangers, benefits, ect, can be.
According to a report issued late last month by the World Health Organization, "radio frequency electromagnetic fields" are "possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use." The Economisthas published a response column dismissing the report as overblown. They contend:
No matter how powerful the transmitter, radio waves simply cannot produce ionising radiation. Only gamma rays, X-rays and extreme ultra-violet waves, which operate in the far (ie, high-frequency) end of the electromagnetic spectrum, along with fission fragments and other particles from within an atom, and cosmic rays (those particles' equivalents from outer space) are energetic enough to knock electrons off other atoms to break chemical bonds and produce dangerous molecules called free radicals. It is these highly reactive free radicals that damage a person’s DNA, causing mutation, radiation sickness, cancer and death, depending on the dose.
We have even heard reports that cellphone radiation can actually be good for you based on studies dealing with Alzheimer's disease. So where does one turn to get credible information about what reports are true? At this point, only time will tell as research is given the proper amount of information to give some empirical data. Have any reports/theories of your own?