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    by Published on 02-04-2012 07:09 PM
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    Jefferies & Co analyst Peter Misek, who has followed RIM and BlackBerry very closely for the last couple of years, has downgraded his rating on Research in Motion to "Underperform" from "Hold" with a target stock price of $15 (from $17 previously).

    No deal to license BlackBerry 10 in any way in the near future.
    After meeting with new RIM CEO Thorsten Heins and finding him "engaging, articulate, and thoughtful," Misek believes it's a mistake to not bring BlackBerry's secure email, their strongest point according to him, to iOS and Android. While they believe this will eventually happen (they estimate it'll take another year), for now not moving towards that is a bad strategy. The proposed plan to license BB10 to Samsung and "to launch a new BBM, email, and social networking app for iOS/Android for a monthly fee" will also end as just that they believe, a plan.

    No positive headlines or news any time soon.
    Even though BB10 is coming, it's not coming soon enough. They firmly believe BB10 to be "an excellent OS" but it seems they have simply lost faith in RIM's capability to put a complete product out there and be popular once again (software, hardware and marketing). The licensing argument is something that's been around for the past weeks and before Heins was appointed as the new CEO, many believed that would be the only way out for RIM.
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    by Published on 02-04-2012 01:26 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    We’ve all been there. You wake up in a cold sweat and realize that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, yet you’ve done nothing to prepare for it. Whether you’re a week, a day or even an hour away from celebrating with that special someone, RIM's guide has step by step plans to help you deliver that romantic Valentine’s Day moment.

    RIM's Step-by-Step Plan for one week out:

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    by Published on 02-03-2012 03:09 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    [UPDATE 2/3/2012 4:00PM] Apparently the BlackBerry community's response to this original offer was huge. So huge in fact that RIM is now extending this offer to "any app – WebWorks, Native, AIR, and Android. Same deadline of February 13 applies."

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    There is huge buzz surrounding the release of OS 2.0 for the BlackBerry PlayBook. With the possible release date a little over two weeks away, RIM is doing everything it can to get as many Android apps as possible ready for the new OS launch. Today, the Inside BlackBerry Blog posted a new promotion for Android app developers:

    The plan is to provide one free 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook to every registered BlackBerry App World vendor who converts their Android app for use on the BlackBerry PlayBook and submits it to BlackBerry App World between February 2, 2012 and February 13, 2012.
    More details about the promotion will be posted on the Inside BlackBerry Blog as soon as possible but for now that stands to be a pretty awesome promotion for Android app developers. We're hopeful this creates a nice wave of developers that if, for no other reason, will port their apps over to App World to get a free tablet.

    This is a pretty smart idea on RIM's part. With the recent low prices of the PlayBook, odds are most people are opting to go for a higher capacity tablet (32GB and 64GB), leaving RIM with a lot of 16GB tablets lying around. Giving these away in exchange for something, like Android apps in App World, will only help the momentum of the OS 2.0 launch. Smart move RIM, smart move indeed.
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    by Published on 02-02-2012 11:49 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps


    I'm a true believer in keeping things simple. When I started using my Bold 9900, I left my iPod Classic to collect dust at home. I could easily sync my current music library through Desktop Manager, but really didn't feel like having to export purchased songs from iTunes.

    When BlackBerry Music Store was released in Beta Zone, i fell in love with it. It became my music purchase option of choice. Powered by 7Digital, this app gives me access to the same music locker between both my BlackBerry Bold 9900 & my PlayBook (BlackBerry Music on the PlayBook is also powered by 7Digital).

    The application is currently only available in Australia & Canada.

    Features Include:

    • Browse the catalog by what’s new, top songs, top albums and genres
    • Store your music in the cloud via your 7Digital Music Locker easy portability across devices
    • Preview a 30-second sample before buying
    • Download over the wireless network or Wi-Fi®
    • Let friends know what you’re checking out via BlackBerry Messenger, Email, Text Messaging, Socials Feeds, Facebook and more...
    • Download directly to your BlackBerry music library
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    by Published on 02-02-2012 10:41 PM
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    I've always been a strong advocate of social media & how it can positively assist in growing your business. It has never been easier to communicate with your clients using your BlackBerry device. With tons of native social media applications (Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare), you can stay updated & in contact with your customers in real-time.

    It's great to see RIM promoting the social media aspect of their BlackBerry devices to businesses.

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    by Published on 02-02-2012 10:26 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps



    One of my favorites apps, ScoreMobile, was updated today. The extremely popular score-tracking app has released version v1.8.6 in App World for everyone to download. Nothing new in terms of features but when a new version comes around it's always a good idea to upgrade.
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    by Published on 02-02-2012 09:12 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News



    Research In Motion has released two new "Be Bold" commercials that continues their 2012 campaign for the Bold 9900. They are again taking the almost-interview approach with these new ads as they highlight a pair of musicians and a food buyer for celebrity chefs.
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    by Published on 02-01-2012 10:46 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News


    Peter Cheong is the selfless individual behind the Shelter Home for Children, a home for abused and neglected children. Peter is an avid BlackBerry user and currently owns a BlackBerry Bold 9900. With his Bold 9900 smartphone, Peter connects with like-minded individuals and volunteers who share his passion to serve the community.

    Interested to lend a helping hand for the Shelter Home for Children? Visit www.shelterhome.org for more info.
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    by Published on 02-01-2012 02:03 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News



    Coming into her second week of work at her new position, Barbara Stymiest, is already facing investor heat about her appointment. On Sunday, January 29th, RIM had a shake up at some key management positions; one of those being Stymiest as new Chair of the Board. Change seems to the message she hopes to spread in her role as Chair and she believes that it can be done.

    “Driving change in an organization means a high-performing board and a high-quality management team,” Stymiest said in an interview with Bloomberg yesterday. “You get those two right and you can drive change quickly and effectively.”

    Not everyone seems to effectively agree though. Jaguar CEO Vic Alboini said “she’s been part of the problem. I don’t think she’s going to be strong enough to make the changes necessary. We would say to her, ‘Prove us wrong.’” Another critic of the changes, Charlie Wolf of Needham & Co., believes previous management changed “as little change as possible” with these moves.

    Stymiest remains positive amid all this. “We can improve on product execution and Thorsten is well- positioned to do that.” One way to be able to accomplish this according to Stymiest is the acquisition of more patents. “You’ll continue to see RIM make strategic acquisitions of patents to give it the degrees of freedom to have the most competitive, compelling device going forward,” she said.

    At the end of the day, it's all about delivering a high quality product, correctly and on time. Barbara Stymiest believes her experience will allow her to provide “flawless oversight” of the management team which will get this done. Let's hope she's right.
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    by Published on 02-01-2012 06:34 AM
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    2. How-To, Help, Tips,
    3. BlackBerry News



    By now every theme developer knows the frustration of not being able to build themes for OS 7 devices. Although RIM has mentioned the reason for the delay in releasing theme builder 7, it has not kept people from creating their own through workarounds and hacks. There have been a few OS 7 themes that have come out recently that are clean and simple, but the pressure to create more robust and complete themes is mounting.

    It seems as though RIM has listened to the cries of consumers who want to add a fresh touch to their OS 7 device, and has released some instructions on how to use Theme Studio 6 to build themes for BlackBerry 7 devices.
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    by Published on 01-31-2012 11:14 PM
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    2. BlackBerry News



    Here's a couple of cool new little features that have been popping up in App World for OS 7 and 7.1 users: New Ringtones and Themes Sections. Although this may not be huge news, it is nice to see our beloved App World get more and more organized as time passes by.

    The ironic part about this whole thing is only OS 7 users and above can see the new Theme section and up until recently, OS 7 weren't even able to have any themes available to them. So far it looks like they have a nice little catalog going so make sure you check out App World to see if both of these sections are there already for you!
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    by Published on 01-31-2012 07:38 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News



    This morning, we saw around the web how much Research In Motion really can't catch a break nowadays. The Inside BlackBerry Blog posted up an infograph detailing how the #BeBold tweets from New Year's Eve's Special had broken down. Unfortunately for RIM, people saw this as a possible marketing campaign in the making and the snowball began.

    Headlines like "RIM: 'It's okay, we have super heroes,'" or "RIM Escapes to Fantasy World, Imagines Superheroes Will Save It... Literally" from some of the world's top tech blogs started to pour in. The ridicule was so overwhelming that it forced RIM to yet again answer "bloggers" by clarifying it was only an infograph for fun. The impression has stayed though. What was originally written will continue to permeate through people's minds regardless of what reasons are given after the fact.
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    by Published on 01-31-2012 06:43 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Rumors



    The first image of the BlackBerry London, RIM's first BlackBerry 10 phone, has surfaced. This is a far cry from the earlier leaked photos that we saw last year. However, it does give us some real hope that the BlackBerry 10 devices are almost within reach. RIM has been giving us hints about this device for quite some time now, and if you look at the picture closely it may remind you of something else.

    If you're thinking BlackBerry PlayBook then you're on the right track. Late last year when Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis was asked what the QNX-based phone would look like, he then held up a PlayBook, and said, "like this." The look is fresh, and steps away from RIM's traditional style devices that many have become use to. It is actually similar in nature to a Samsung or HTC device. It looks like it's out with the old and in with the new in the design department for this device.
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    by Published on 01-31-2012 06:04 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    We have been seeing quite a few BBM connected apps over the past few months, and many have been wondering when we would see some native apps like RIM's Facebook and Twitter become BBM connected. Well, it looks as though we may be seeing this feature pretty soon.

    So if you were wondering when you would see these apps integrated within your BBM, wonder no more, because RIM is working on it. The days of boring status updates on BBM may be over.
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    by Published on 01-30-2012 10:53 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software

    Today RIM announced the availability BlackBerry® Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365. This new service allows organizations to expand their Microsoft mail services to the cloud and manage their BlackBerry deployments in the cloud.

    One of the nice things about this service is that customers that are already subscribed to the Office 365 suite or standalone Exchange Online and works with BlackBerry smartphones on business or consumer data plans. The service is actually very robust and offers a comparable features that a typical BES server would have.

    Having it cloud based makes it an affordable alternative for many organizations. In addition RIM's partnership with software giant Microsoft helps alleviate some of the nasty licensing that many organizations have to go through. Here is a brief statement taken from RIM's official press release:
    “Microsoft’s partnership with RIM exemplifies our commitment to providing customers with the best productivity experience across the PC, browser and phone,” said Julia White, Senior Director of Microsoft's Exchange Product Management Group. “The availability of BlackBerry Business Cloud Services is great news for Office 365 and BlackBerry customers who want to get the maximum benefit from these two business collaboration services.”
    Some key features include:
    • Wireless synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organizer data from a BlackBerry smartphone
    • BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, which presents a unified view of work and personal content on a BlackBerry smartphone while keeping the content separate and secure
    • An intuitive web-based console for IT administrators to provision, manage and secure BlackBerry smartphones from anywhere
    • Online access to employee self-service smartphone security functions, allowing users to easily reset a device password or remotely lock or wipe a device in the event of loss or theft
    You can read the full press release here.
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