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    by Published on 01-22-2012 09:04 PM
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    Once a company with a net worth of $80 billion, RIM has begun to enact changes to hopefully overcome the obstacles of the changing smartphone device world. For decades, RIM has been the market leader and since the release of Apple and Android products, consumer demands have gradually changed. BlackBerry used to be widely demanded by bankers, lawyers and politicians for their reliability, but since companies have begun to allow use of other products as well as consumers' preferences being different from what they were in the 80's, sales have reached a painful low, resulting in RIM's current worth of $5.17 billion.

    Announced today, Co-Chief Executive Officers Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis will be replaced by Thorsten Heins, chief operating officer who joined RIM four years ago. The men will also lose standings as co-chairman, and that seat will be taken by Barbara Stymiest. Both men have said that their stepping down as not because of pressure from the public and other RIM employees, but to do what was best for the future of the company. Lazaridis was quoted in an interview saying,
    "This marks the beginning of a new era for RIM ... It was a bit of a bumpy ride. We've done it as best we could. Thorsten is the ideal choice. He has the right skills at the right time."
    Both men will continue to have ownership of 5% of the company, as well as working along side the new CEO and Chairwoman.

    Hopefully this is the change that RIM and BlackBerry need to get back at the top of this continuously changing consumer market. For now, BlackBerry users and investors will have to wait and see if fresh blood is what the company needed to strengthen, regrow, and become a real competitor for Apple and Android.
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    by Published on 01-22-2012 01:17 AM
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    It looks like RIM's round 2 counter suit against Kodak will be delayed upon the woes of Kodak recently filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy. The judge overruling the case has moved the date for a court ruling to September 21, 2012. If you remember, just about a year ago to the day, a Judge ruled against Kodak in their attack on RIM in a patent infringement case. Here is RIM's official statement regarding the trial delay:

    RIM is ready and willing to proceed to trial today but Kodak asked the court to delay the trial until August. Moreover, RIM is willing to pay for its use of valid patents--RIM pays hundreds of millions of dollars annually for patent licenses. But RIM believes that Kodak's main patent in this dispute, the '218, is neither valid nor infringed and RIM's position was supported by one of the nation's most respected patent judges, the International Trade Commission's Chief Judge Luckern.
    The way things are looking upon the situation with Kodak, this suit may never get a chance to go to trial. RIM seems to be holding their ground though. We'll keep you posted on any updates or changes.
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    by Published on 01-22-2012 12:54 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices



    We haven't seen much of a review/teardown of the new limited edition Porsche Design P'9981 BlackBerry. At a $2000 price I don't plan on seeing to many in the near future either. Good thing is, that the FCC has done some of the dirty work for us as they have opened up a P'9981 device to show it's internal guts in all their glory. You can check out more of the photos with all the innards at the FCC website.
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    by Published on 01-22-2012 12:41 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps

    BlackBerry recently hosted an event at the Aspen Social Club in New York City, where Team BlackBerry, including our very own BBOS bloggers AgentBlackBerry and TwistMyMind, got the opportunity to check out the BlackBerry PlayBook, BlackBerry 7 smartphones and the many BlackBerry apps with special guest Michael Strahan.
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    by Published on 01-20-2012 09:59 AM
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    T-Mobile prepares to silently launch two new promotional data feature bundles, available for a limited time. Beginning January 25th, T-Mobile will launch the Unlimited-Premium 5GB and 10GB data plans that will add in the Smartphone Mobile HotSpot and MobileLife Album Plus services for free. That’s an additional value of $19.98 for the customer. Smartphone Mobile HotSpot provides the ability to share a 4G connection and is normally a $14.99 value. This move provides T-Mobile a step above the competition, especially if they were to offer this as a prime-time promotion and not hide it behind the shadows.

    According to the screenshot, T-Mobile doesn’t want to proactively offer this feature and i have to disagree. I get that the company wants to protect the bottom line, but this is the kind of promotion they should be shouting from the rooftops and promoting on TV. I do understand this promotion is a tool designed to help sway someone on the fence about signing up with T-Mobile. In other words, this promotion will most likely be used as a closing tool for sales rep to help show the T-Mobile “value” over the competition. Except existing customers deserve these plans as well and if T-Mobile wants to stop churn, stop churn, don’t selectively offer promotions. Haven’t they recognized this from the feedback accrued during the recent Value Plan sales?

    This promotion is available to both new and existing customers on any legacy contract, classic and value rate plans who choose to upgrade to the Unlimited-Premium 5GB or Unlimited-Ultra 10GB rate plan. I would also love to see the costs for these data plans.
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    by Published on 01-20-2012 06:38 AM
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    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    RIM has released Beta 3 of their Native SDK 2.0 for Tablet OS. A few new features have been added as well as updates to the documentation. Take a look at some of the new features and enhancements:

    Tooling enhancements:
    • A new easy-to-use Add Library Wizard, which is designed to simplify the process of adding library dependencies to a project
    • Improved navigation and workflow in the Deployment Setup Wizard
    • Enhancements to the BAR file editor to view localized manifests for each locale
    API improvements:
    • BPS services can now use channels as chosen by the application for multi-threaded messaging
    • Scoreloop social gaming APIs
    Documentation updates:
    • A new “Hello Native SDK” tutorial provides a walkthrough of the OpenGL ES 1.1 Application Project template that comes with the QNX® Momentics® IDE
    • A new “Displaying a dialog” recipe instructs users how to display dialogs on the screen and handle dialog events
    If your a developer there are some nice additions to this update. Happy developing.
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 04:23 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps




    Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. There are many ways to use Evernote for your personal and professional life, here are just a few to get you started:
    • For research and class notes.
    • For client and sales meetings.
    • To stay in-sync with your desktop notes, web clips, and files.
    • To snap photos of whiteboards and business cards.
    • As part of your GTD system to help you stay organized.
    • To record quick voice memos In short, to remember everything.
    Evernote is also compatible with BlackBerry OS 6.0 and OS 7.0 devices, and the best part - it's free to download!
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 04:21 PM
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    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    Our friend Ronen from BerryReview has just received information from sources that RIM has set a launch date for February 17th to release PlayBook OS 2.0 to the masses. There have been numerous rumors flying around as to what the actual ETA will be, but if this rings true, we will be updating out PlayBook's shortly after Valentine's Day!
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 04:03 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices



    Verizon has kept their promise when they announced that the BlackBerry Curve 9370 would hit their stores on Jan 19th. You can pick one up at a extra discounted $50 when you buy online for a price of only $99.99 with 2 year contract. Full retail price is $409.99. This device is global ready and comes equipped with BlackBerry OS 7.
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 07:15 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News

    With RIM's future most likely in the hands of what happens this year, it seems as though BlackBerry software licensing may be the company's most likely scenario. Earlier in the week rumors about a possible purchase from the mobile giant Samsung began to circulate, but were quickly deemed false. However, talks about other things may have been going on.

    Samsung has denied claims that it has spoken with RIM about using BlackBerry software in any way. However, a report from a prominent shareholder say otherwise. According to this shareholder RIM has likely spoken with several handset makers about using BlackBerry 10 on their devices. In addition he believes that Samsung is in fact, interested in a licensing deal even though they say otherwise. "I'm secure they're talking about licensing stuff," he said. "I don't know if they're looking to buy the company and I don't care."

    A licensing deal would help address the poor sales that RIM is dealing with their current OS 7 devices, and help them compete with Apple and Android devices. RIM is looking to repair a damages U.S market as well. All of this why the company is in the position of rethinking their strategy.

    One thing to note is that we did hear from co-CEO Mike Lazaridis that RIM would be aggressive in making the right moves stating that they would leave "no stone unturned". Other analysts suggest that if RIM did allow enterprise services like BBM to be used by Samsung or an Android partner they would achieve "instant differentiation in the increasingly monochrome Android space,". Analyst are also saying that such a deal would give RIM's stock the much needed boost that it needs.

    Even though all of this sounds good there seems to be some drawback as well. If RIM were to license out its software to other handheld makers where would that leave its existing devices. Would they then have to abandon the BlackBerry? In addition, most of this would have to go through RIM's co-CEO's Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis.

    The future of RIM is yet to be decided. Whether its a sale, a change up in management, or licensing out BlackBerry software something is going to change. All we can hope for is that the right decision is made and that BlackBerry users will have the least amount of change as possible.
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 03:27 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    A new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Beta build has been released for developers, v2.0.0.7111, which can be obtained by re-registering your BlackBerry PlayBook for Beta access.To install the 2.0.0.7111 Beta on your PlayBook, you must register your PIN (see link below) and install the update within the 24 hour window.

    This version of software contains support for developers to test their applications against the following runtimes:

    • Runtime for Android apps
    • Adobe AIR 3.0
    • WebWorks
    • Native API 2.0
    Note: This beta version of OS 2.0 does not contain end user features such as: email, calendar contacts, video store, etc.
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 03:14 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps


    Have you ever wanted to send various files (pictures, docs, ect) from your BlackBerry to someone you know on BBM?, or send a zip/rar attachment via e-mail? Well, now you can with Rock File Manager v0.9.2 for BlackBerry! Using this application you can zip and rar your files in an existing folder, or create a new one on your SD memory card and built-in device memory. It's easy to zip or rar your files, compress and extract, quick search, COD install and more. This is one of the best applications I have used to compress or extract any files for my BlackBerry Bold 9900 device. And the best part - it's free!! Rock Soft is compatible for all BlackBerry OS6 & OS7 devices.
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 05:53 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    If you're in the market for a data plan, and have never in your entire life had one, AT&T is changing up their prices! Just don't be alarmed if you stumble upon past deals and are painfully alarmed by the difference. As of January 22nd, AT&T's new data plans will be as follows:
    • Data Plus (300 MB) = $20
    • Data Pro (3 GB) = $30
    • Data Pro (5 GB with Mobile Hotspot and tethering) = $50
    In all honesty, and because my data plan grandfathers over, AT&T does have a valid point:
    "Customers are using more data than ever before," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Our new plans are driven by this increasing demand in a highly competitive environment, and continue to deliver a great value to customers, especially as we continue our 4G LTE deployment."

    Customers are encouraged to keep their device's Wi-Fi turned on because data usage over Wi-Fi does not count against a customer's monthly data plan. As an added value, AT&T smartphone and tablet customers have access at no additional charge to AT&T's 29,000 Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide - the nations's largest Wi-Fi network. **Customers can get more information at www.att.com/wifiaccess.
    Next comes the reveal of tablet data plan prices, included are going to be BlackBerry PlayBooks when they're finally 4G compatible:
    • DataConnect (3 GB) = $30
    • DataConnect (5 GB) = $50
    Current customers will have the option of keeping their current data plan, but also can decide to switch to one of the new ones. The 250 MB data plan for $14.99 will also still be up for grabs for tablet users.
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 05:21 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    Attention all lovely Canadian ladies, finally the perfect app for those scary nights when something unpredictable happens: YWCA Safety Siren. I'm disappointed that this app is only available in Canada, but I'm sure that within a reasonable amount of time, one (or more) will become downloadable for women throughout the world. The YWCA Safety Siren can be set in either English or French and has the option of numerous siren sounds. When the siren is activated, it sends an emergency email and BBM to a preset friend or family member with the location of the phone (and hopefully you) as well as calls an emergency outgoing number that has been pre-programmed. The app also includes facts regarding women's health and wellness, access to a resource library full of women's health information, connections to nearby YWCAs, emergency hotlines, health centers, and clinics.
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    by Published on 01-18-2012 03:48 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News


    Whenever I travel South of the border to the lovely United States of America, I'm always haunted with the idea of a ridiculously high data roaming bill for my FourSquare, Google Maps & BBM escapades. On my recent trip to New York City for BBMUglySweater, I racked up a Sir Robert Borden to my bill in roaming charges (for those of you outside of Canada, that's a 100-dollar bill) in merely 24 hours.

    To my surprise, I was introduced today to a newly launched Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), aptly named Roam Mobility. On Monday, they announced their U.S. voice and data roaming service in partnership with T-Mobile. Their roaming packages claim to offer Canadians “price reductions of up to 99%”.

    As you'd expect, Roam isn't in the handset business. They currently only carry two devices: a low-end handset called “Breeze” that retails for $39.95, & a mobile hotspot for $129.95.

    Where i think Roam will most likely make most of their profit is from customers traveling to the US and activating on of their roaming plans: Talk + Text + Data plans start at $14.95 for 1-day (includes unlimited talk/text & 100 MB of data) and go up to $99.95 for 30 days (includes unlimited talk/text & 2 GB data).

    As you'd expect, I've already pre-ordered two SIM Cards for a low price of $19.95
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