Dead Before Arrival: BlackBerry Kills Two Smartphones Prior to Launch

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Struggling Canadian smartphone-maker BlackBerry has killed two new and unannounced smartphones even before they launch. Announcement of the canned launch was discovered by the Wall Street Journal and was buried in the company’s recently published third-quarter earnings report published last week. The company announced that it had made the decision to “cancel plans to launch two devices […]

BlackBerry to Pre-Load BBM on Select Android Phones

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After having announced that it would be freeing the BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM for short, service that’s been historically tied to BlackBerry phone hardware, smartphone-maker BlackBerry is now announcing that the messaging service will come pre-loaded on select phones running the rival Android operating system. Previously, BlackBerry had announced that BBM would be available as […]

BlackBerry L Series Smartphone Images Leak Ahead of Launch

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Ahead of the January 30th launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system, it seems that multiple images of Research in Motion’s forthcoming L Series touchscreen BlackBerry smartphone have leaked out showing extensively the front and rear of the device as well as a glimpse of what’s underneath the back battery cover. The images were leaked […]

RIM to Debut BlackBerry 10 OS on January 30

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Research in Motion has announced that it will launch the BlackBerry 10 operating system in multiple countries at the end of January 2013. The launch of RIM’s next-generation smartphone OS, which will be based on the same QNX architecture that the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is powered by, will be accompanied by the launch of two […]

Instagram Coming to BlackBerry 10?

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There’s been some conflicting news about the state of popular photography app Instagram coming to Research in Motion’s BlackBerry 10 OS when that operating system debuts in 2013. In an earlier report, Venture Beat had stated that its sources have confirmed that Instagram would not be making an appearance on BlackBerry 10, but Crackberry is refuting Venture Beat‘s claims […]

Samsung Repeatedly Denies Licensing BlackBerry 10 OS

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Rumors are swirling again that Samsung will be licensing Research in Motion’s BlackBerry 10 OS. Thus far, the BlackBerry OS has been a proprietary operating system that, like Apple’s iOS, has been reserved for use on RIM’s hardware, providing tight software and hardware integration. However, as RIM has struggled to remain competitive in the smartphone […]

Like Nokia, RIM Had Considered Switching to Android At One Point

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At one point, BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion had considered a switch from using its proprietary operating system to Google’s Android OS, but current company CEO Thorsten Heins ultimately said that RIM decided against such move. The decision and consideration is similar to what we’ve seen chronicled of rival smartphone-maker Nokia, which ultimately decided to partner […]

RIM Confirms New BlackBerry 10 Developer Phones

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After having seeded its initial batch of developer alpha smartphones in May at its developer conference in Florida, Research in Motion has made some changes since then and is now sending out a new batch of slightly redesigned developer phones. These phones will be running RIM’s forthcoming BlackBerry 10 OS, which will begin to unite […]

RIM’s Safe Driving Patent May Make the Roads More Unsafe

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Smartphone-maker Research in Motion had filed a patent with the USPTO to make the roads safer by deterring users from texting or operating their smartphones when the phone detects that it is inside a vehicle that’s moving at a certain speed or faster. Theoretically, this sounds like a great innovation to foster more hands-free usage […]

RIM: No Plans to License BBM for Inter-Platform Chat

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After much speculation that Research in Motion may open up and give iOS and Android access to its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service, RIM’s new chief Thorstein Heins had put the idea to rest by saying that BBM appearing on external platforms is not an option. BBM allows BlackBerry users to communicate freely with each […]

RIM Offers More Insight On BlackBerry 10

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Research in Motion had kicked off its BlackBerry Jam prior to the commencement of CTIA to demonstrate what its BlackBerry 10 operating system will look like and even gave developers in attendance some free BlackBerry developer hardware to play with. Now, after some brief demos of the BlackBerry 10 OS on stage at BlackBerry Jam, […]

RIM to Stop App Sideloading on BlackBerry PlayBook to Curb Piracy

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In an effort to curtail piracy of apps, Research in Motion will roll out a new software update at some point in the future that would remove the ability for users to side load applications, though that capability will remain in some form for developers for the platform. Sideloading is a process that allows users […]

RIM Says It Won’t Retreat from the Consumer Market

RIM Says It Won't Retreat from the Consumer Market

Amidst reports that it would be giving up in the consumer market, RIM has fired back in comments made to Pocket-lint saying that it will not withdraw from the consumer market. Reports about RIM exiting the consumer market surfaced after the company posted poor fourth quarter financial results and after company CEO Thorstein Heins said […]

RIM Retreats in Consumer Markets, BlackBerry Now Geared Solely at Enterprise

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After slumping sales and a failure to compete effectively in the consumer space in light of stiff competition from newer mobile OSes such as Apple’s iOS and devices running Google’s Android operating system, Research in Motion had announced that it will be exiting the consumer space. In effect, RIM will be returning back to its […]

RIM Leadership Departs after Playbook Fails

RIM Leadership Departs after Playbook Fails

It’s been a pretty busy day over at Research in Motion as the company not only announced paltry fourth quarter fiscal results but also saw its former CEO and Co-Founder, Jim Balsillie, resign from his post on the board of directors and leave the company. In addition, RIM’s CTO of software, David Yach, and its […]

Wireless Heavyweights Oppose Apple’s NanoSIM Standard

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In an effort to create slimmer, sleeker, and smaller products, Apple is hoping to make the SIM card as small as possible. The company had done that once already, migrating from the traditional SIM standard to the micro SIM format, which is now being employed on the company’s iPhone and iPad as well as rival […]

Leaked Images of BlackBerry 10 OS Show Numerous Refinements

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It’s unclear if a series of leaked pictures that were obtained by BlackBerry-centric site CrackBerry will represent RIM’s final vision for its next-generation BlackBerry 10 operating system or if the images are concepts that are still being tuned and developed. Whatever the case may be, the images depict numerous refinements and enhancements to the BlackBerry […]

Executive Shuffle at RIM Results in New CEO

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Research in Motion had announced the changing of the guards. The BlackBerry-maker and QNX owner has announced that co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie are stepping down and that effective immediately, Thorsten Heins has been named the new President and CEO of the company. In addition to Heins being named to RIM’s operational head, the […]