Topic / RIM

The winner takes it all: how BlackBerry will benefit from being open

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A silhouette of Thorsten Heins reveals the answer to his companies problems So, as most will now know, BlackBerry 10 was announced today, alongside the BlackBerry Z10, a beautiful slab phone, and Q10, with a very similar build to the Bold 9900 line. Stupid names by-the-way, but at least they’re kinda-competing on hardware, with no Torch-sized failures in sight. But the OS is still lacking. A number of problems seem […]

RUMOUR: RIM considering Microsoft alliance, selling network business

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After announcing a larger-than-expected quarterly loss, delaying the release of its new smarphones and stock plunging 18 percent, Research in Motion is rumoured to be considering selling its network business (leaving it to manufacturer phones) or even considering an alliance with Microsoft and adopt Windows Phone 8. According to Reuters via anonymous sources, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer had approached RIM a couple of months ago and was looking for them […]

Nokia sues HTC, RIM and Viewsonic over patent infringement

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Nokia has launched a whole bunch of lawsuits against HTC, RIM and Viewsonic, claiming that they violate (collectively) 45 of Nokia’s patents. It has not revealed what patents each case entails, but all the cases are either in the US or in Germany. It has filed its US cases against HTC with the International Trade Commission, and HTC and Viewsonic in the Federal District Court in Delaware. In Germany, it […]

BlackBerry developers guaranteed $10,000 by RIM

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With the release of BlackBerry 10 development tools to developers, RIM has made a huge promise to BlackBerry developers. Alec Saunders, RIM’s VP of Developer Relations today announced that RIM guarantees that developers will earn $10,000 in their first year of sales and if you don’t quite reach $10,000 then RIM will pay you the difference. Sounds enticing to make a BlackBerry app now doesn’t it? However, there is a […]

Could RIM say goodbye to co-CEOs Lazaridis and Balsillie?

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2011 for RIM was a horrible year – outages, a lackluster reception to their tablet and phones for its upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS delayed till the middle of this year. Now, speculation is heating up over a plan to oust the two worst CEOs of all time from the company. According to the National Post, a review by the company’s independent directors could see current co-chairmen and CEOs Mike Lazaridis […]

2011 – A Year of Many Things: A recap of the big events of the year

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The year 2011 was one year that we will all never forget. Even though they were all in the beginning of the year, the floods in Queensland and Brazil, the earthquakes in Christchurch and the tsunami in the north of Japan are still present in all of our minds. We also saw the death of a tech luminary, Steve Jobs; and the powerful News Corporation losing its influence over politicians […]

Apple, Microsoft bid for Nortel patents now under antitrust investigation

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With news that six of Google’s rivals – including Apple, Microsoft and RIM – combined forces to prevent the company from aquiring over 6,000 patents from the now-collapsed Nortel Networks, antitrust investigators are examining if the deal could make it unfair for Google and could stifle Android’s growth, according to the Washingon Post. Google paid only $900 million for the patents, while this company called Rockstar Bidco – which now […]

Dolby sues RIM over use of audio technology

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Dolby has launched a lawsuit against the BlackBerry maker RIM and could see – if victorious – sales halted as part of an injunction. Dolby claims that RIM has used Dolby’s audio compression technologies in its smartphones and the Playbook tablet without the proper licenses. The lawsuits, filed in both the United States and Germany, are also seeking damages. Dolby has also noted that other smartphone makers have licensed the […]

BlackBerry PlayBook coming to Australia – 20 June, starts at $579

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The much-anticipated (for every BlackBerry fan) BlackBerry PlayBook is now heading to Australian shores, with the company announcing that the tablet will hit store shelves on Monday June 20, and the pricepoints for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. The carrier has also announced that the tablet will be available on all three major carriers – Optus, Telstra and Vodafone – and will be sold as well at Harvey Norman. […]

Facebook for BlackBerry v2.0 comes with Facebook Chat, new UI

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BlackBerry users rejoice! The guys over at RIM, the creators of the smartphone, are at work at bringing a new version of the Facebook application, and while it hasn’t been officially released, a beta of the application has been released – giving us a glimpse of what’s new like, I don’t know, Facebook Chat support. The new version will now allow BlackBerry users to now communicate to their friends on […]

Gadgetlyst Bytes 1: The Pilot

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Welcome to the very first episode of our new show, Gadgetlyst Bytes – our new monthly podcast recapping the month in gadget news. This month, we take a look at Sandy Bridge’s huge flaw, RIM topping Apple and Android, taking a look at some very yummy Gingerbread. Hosted by Stewart and I (and not Terence, not that we hate him or anything), we also provide you an update of the […]

Blackberry tops iPhone in smartphone race – according to RIM

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Well, while the iPhone seems to be dominating every single market, it apparently isn’t the most dominant phone in the United Kingdom. Who is? It is the BlackBerry. Well, only if you choose to believe what the company says. The company is claiming, according to The Register, that it has 36 percent of the UK smartphone market in December and topping both the iPhone and Android – both strong competitors. […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 30: Death by SMS

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Wow. We’ve reached 30 episodes – who knew from the beginning we would actually have reached this far. Anyway, we discuss the IPv4 running out of addresses, the new PSP2 by Sony and the Egypt Internet Blackout. We also find out that we are really good at debating points of view, so you may find this episode to be longer than what we usually have our podcasts Sorry if we […]

RIM: Playbook will be below US$500

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BlackBerry fans rejoice! The PlayBook won’t be as expensive as you might have thought. RIM has publicly announced that the tablet will be sold under US$500, which would make it in the same price range as its nearest rivals, the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab. The US$500 pricetag is nice to hear – especially when the PlayBook will only have Wi-Fi connectivity initially. However, will it make a difference […]

TECHGEEK Podcast 16: Limewire R.I.P

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It’s Halloween and we see the deaths of Limewire and the Walkman. The iPhone 4 White version is either dead or still kicking, and little hackers all over the place thanks to a little Firefox plugin. Yeah. It’s an absolute shambles episodes with only two hosts – with Terence and Stewart. After having a break of one week, James off on la-la land, Tom in Phillip Island and sick, and […]