Research In Motion is now called BlackBerry

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Jan 302013
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As part of the BlackBerry 10 launch, Research In Motion today announced that it has renamed the company to reflect its brand. As of today, the company will officially be known as BlackBerry. As Thorsten Heins announced today: “From this point forward — we are BlackBerry. One brand. One promise. Our customers use a BlackBerry, our employees work for BlackBerry, and our shareholders are owners of BlackBerry.”

BlackBerry’s CMO, Frank Boulben, explains the move in a bit more detail in the video below:

BlackBerry will trade under the symbols $BB (TSX) and $BBRY (Nasdaq).

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Humour: Rick Mercer shows off BlackBerry 10 “Reversal of Fortune” app

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Jan 282013

With all the BlackBerry 10 rumours swirling ahead of the official announcement this coming Wednesday, one new BlackBerry 10 has managed to stay out of the limelight until now. Revealed by Rick Mercer, “Reversal of Fortune” comes with the tag line “We’re out of the shame and into the light.” It comes with a stock tracker that lets you see how much RIM stock is climbing while Apple’s is tumbling, Smug Wipe which lets you watch the smirk disappear from iPhone users’ faces, and Waterloo StreetView which lets you see web designers flock back to Waterloo from California.

The app even reveals the truth behind Apple’s Siri app.

It’s not the first time that Rick Mercer has had a bit of fun with RIM. Back in October, he revealed the BlackBerry Outàge and before that, dealt with the impact of RIM’s troubles on average Canadians.

Read more: The Mercer Report [via YouTube] (Source: @RickMercer) [via Twitter]

Microsoft and RIM sign licensing agreement for file system

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Sep 182012

Research In MotionMicrosoft today announced that it had signed a licensing deal with Research In Motion for the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) file system in certain BlackBerry devices. exFAT is described as “a modern file system from Microsoft that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices.”

“Today’s smartphones and tablets require the capacity to display richer images and data than traditional cellular phones,” said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing at Microsoft. “This agreement with RIM highlights how a modern file system, such as exFAT can help directly address the specific needs of customers in the mobile industry.”

The press release does not explain which BlackBerry devices will benefit from exFAT but it would not be a stretch to expect that it will be RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices.

The news may not be quite as dramatic as an announcement that one company had signed a licensing deal to use the other’s mobile operating system but it does suggest a closer cooperation between the two that could eventually lead to such an announcement.

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CES 2012: QWERTY BlackBerry 10 devices still coming

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Jan 102012

Research In MotionWhile Research In Motion is focusing on BlackBerry 7 (and the new 7.1 update) and PlayBook 2.0 at CES, it still had time to drop a few tidbits about the upcoming BlackBerry 10.

Despite rumours that RIM is currently focusing on a single BlackBerry 10 touchscreen-only device, Marty Mallick, a RIM senior director of business development, reiterated the company’s commitment to eventually offering BB10 QWERTY devices. “There will be touch BB10 devices as well as QWERTY BB10 devices. Both of those will exist,” he told PC Mag. No timeline was given though.

Mallick also said that developers planning BB10 apps can start with the PlayBook. “The toolkit, emulators, and environment we provide for the PlayBook will be consistent with the environment we provide for BB10,” he explained. For example, BB10 smartphones may not have the same resolution as the PlayBook but they will have the same aspect ratio.

RIM is expected to announce further BB10 details at the company’s European developers’ convention in mid-February and at Mobile World Congress in late February.

Read more: PC Mag

RIM to showcase BlackBerry 7.1 OS and PlayBook OS 2.0 at CES 2012

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Jan 092012

Research In MotionWhile we will have to wait until February’s Mobile World Congress to catch a glimpse of BlackBerry 10, Research In Motion will showcase both BlackBerry 7.1 OS and PlayBook OS 2.0 at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show. Also shown off will be updated versions of RIM’s BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), BlackBerry Traffic and BlackBerry Travel apps.

BlackBerry 7.1 includes a number of new features including:

  • BlackBerry Tag: NFC-enabled sharing
  • Mobile hotspot functionality for up to 5 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Wi-Fi calling services (where supported)
  • Enhanced Universal Search
  • FM radio on the BlackBerry Curve 9360 and 9380

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Mysterious BlackBerry 7 device spotted at FCC

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Nov 122011

With rumours growing that Research In Motion will not have its first BBX devices ready until mid-2012, it’s almost certain that we will see new BlackBerry devices in the meantime. One such new device has surfaced at the FCC. It is only identified with the model number REA71UW.

RIM's mysterious REA71UW device

Little is known about the device but it will support support AT&T’s 3G bands (850/1,900MHz).

Any thoughts?

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RIM announces BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370

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Aug 232011

RIM BlackBerry Curve 9370Research In Motion today announced the BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones powered by the BlackBerry 7 OS.

“These new models will build on the incredible success of the BlackBerry Curve line and further expand the largest global launch of BlackBerry smartphones in our history,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The new BlackBerry Curve smartphones are absolutely stunning and offer a significant performance upgrade with an unmatched mobile social experience for the millions of feature phone users in the market as well as our existing Curve customers.”

The three new Curve devices share the following specifications:

  • Processor: 800MHz
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 7 OS
  • Cellular connectivity: Depends on model
  • Other connectivity: GPS/A-GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Display: 2.44-inch HVGA+ (480×360)
  • Input: Backlit QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 512MB onboard (1GB for 9370), microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with VGA video capture
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Battery: 1000mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 109 x 60 x 11 millimeters / 99 grams
  • Other: NFC

The differences between the three are the radio support:

  • Curve 9370: CDMA/EVDO and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity
  • Curve 9360: GSM (quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS)
  • Curve 9350: CDMA

The BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 will first be available here in Canada this month and in other countries starting in September. Specific availability and pricing details will be announced in conjunction with carrier announcements.

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Four new BlackBerry devices headed to TELUS starting in August?

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Jul 112011

TELUSIf a new rumour turns out to be correct, TELUS will follow in Bell’s footsteps and release four new BlackBerry smartphones starting in mid-August. According to a roadmap obtained by, TELUS will launch the following:

  • August 18th or 19th: BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900
  • August 19th: BlackBerry Torch 9810
  • August 26th: BlackBerry Torch 9860
  • Late September: BlackBerry “Bellagio” (the BlackBerry Curve 9360?)

The dates align nicely with Bell’s own, suggesting that RIM will have a busy Back-to-school season.

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Bell to launch four new RIM BlackBerry devices starting in late August?

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Jul 102011

Bell MobilityA leaked internal roadmap suggests that Bell is gearing up to launch four new RIM BlackBerry devices. The devices are none other than the BlackBerry Torch 9810, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 (announced back in May), the BlackBerry Torch 9860 (so much for the Volt branding?), and the BlackBerry 9360.

The first three are scheduled for late August although that RIM or Bell could delay those plans for any or all of these. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is set for a September release (a launch date that supports earlier rumours).

Rumoured BlackBerry Q3 2011 Bell roadmap

There are no details on pricing for any of these new BlackBerry devices.

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AT&T begins supporting PlayBook Bridge app

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Jul 022011

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook

Good news today for BlackBerry PlayBook users on the AT&T network. It may have taken about two months but AT&T is finally offering the Bridge app. It was the only carrier not to do so at the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook.

For those not familiar with the BlackBerry Bridge app, it mirrors the existing messages, contacts, calendar, memopad, tasks, and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) that appear on your BlackBerry smartphone. For example, through BlackBerry Bridge, you can use your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to respond to an email that was received on your BlackBerry smartphone or send a picture to a BBM contact. Pretty cool!

BlackBerry Bridge is available immediately for free in BlackBerry App World. It will require a subscription to a US$20 monthly plan to share data though.

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RIM halts work on on 10-inch PlayBook in favour of QNX smartphone?

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Jun 282011

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Remember those rumours that RIM was working on a 10-inch version of the PlayBook? While it appears that the rumours were in fact true, it also now looks like RIM has put those plans on hold. is reporting that “the entire 10-inch PlayBook development has been canceled” in favour of its first QNX-powered BlackBerry ‘Superphone.’

Contrary to earlier statements, RIM is apparently considering a 1.2GHz single-core processor (the same as for the BlackBerry Bold 9900) for the the QNX smartphone. A dual-core processor has not been completely ruled out but battery life is a concern. RIM is also looking at a 4.3-inch display running a resolution of 900+ pixels.

The decision to halt development of the 10-inch PlayBook will also allow RIM to focus more on the LTE 4G PlayBook. sources suggest that it will be released in October 2011, echoing statements made by Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis a couple of weeks ago.

There is no word yet on when RIM will launch its first QNX-powered smartphone but it is unlikely to be in 2011.

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Research In Motion outlines BlackBerry 7 device screen resolutions

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Jun 202011

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A new document posted by Research In Motion about the next version of its mobile smartphone OS, BlackBerry 7, has revealed not only the screen resolutions that the new OS will support but the devices that will support them as well. The list includes the already announced BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900/9930, the Curve 9360, the 9810 (the rumoured Torch 2), and the 9850 (the all-touch slab possibly to be known as the Volt?) with a 3.7-inch 480×800 display.

BlackBerry 7 screen resolution support

RIM also announced new BlackBerry 7 smartphone simulators to emulate each of these form factors and screen resolutions for developers to get their apps ready for the new devices.

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RIM “strong-arming” carriers to give approval for upcoming devices?

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Jun 202011

Research In Motion is reporting that Research In Motion has been “strong-arming” carriers to approve devices currently going through the Technical Acceptance phase. Some carriers are apparently bending to the pressure and about to sign off “no matter what – with bugs and problems,” allowing them to be among the first to offer these new devices.

The Technical Acceptance phase follows RIM’s own internal operating system testing and gives carriers a chance to validate for themselves that operating systems and devices are ready for launch. If they are not, RIM (or whatever device manufacturer) must then address the concerns, a process that can take a number of weeks and likely delay a device’s launch.

While carriers are likely always under pressure from manufacturers to sign off on the Technical Acceptance phase to prepare for a device launch, BGR’s “very reliable source at a major carrier” suggests that RIM has been applying “an enormous amount of pressure” on carriers to approve its upcoming devices, including the BlackBerry Bold 9900 which has been delayed to late summer or fall. RIM is apparently pushing its own internal engineers to sign off as well. As BGR points out: “In short, RIM is pushing unfinished OS builds from its engineers to the carriers, and demanding that the carriers approve them.”

BGR also points out that this is not new. Rogers apparently launched the BlackBerry Bold 9000 months ahead of AT&T as it gave in to pressure from RIM whereas AT&T held off as the device failed its own Technical Acceptance.

RIM, which reported a disappointing quarter last week, is under tremendous pressure to release new devices to carry it over until 2012 when it should be able to launch its first QNX-powered smartphones. Assuming that these allegations are accurate, RIM cannot be doing itself any favours by alienating new and existing customers with devices not ready for prime time. Such a strategy could accelerate the loss of customers to competing platforms as it scrambles to turn its fortunes around.

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Poor BlackBerry PlayBook sales denied by RIM

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May 212011

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook

While Best Buy has indicated that RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablet sales have exceeded expectations, another is reportedly painting a very different picture. According to, a “trusted source from a major big box retailer” reports sales have fallen significantly short of expectations and up to 90% short of internal sales targets. The source adds that returns are also much higher, coming in at about 7%, a figure higher than those seen for the Motorola XOOM.

RIM quickly responded to the story with a statement that read:

The source of the reported comment is anonymous and unknown to RIM, but the comment is certainly inconsistent with the positive feedback we have received from our main retail partners. As previously indicated, RIM will provide a business update on BlackBerry PlayBook results on June 16.

The report also goes against recent shipment estimates that indicate that RIM may have shipped some 250,000 PlayBooks since its launch about a month ago.

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