BlackBerry (Device)

BlackBerry Opening Up to Third-Party MDM Platforms

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BlackBerry will now allow rival Mobile Device Management (MDM) services to support BlackBerry 10 devices. The move is a sea change for BlackBerry, which previously restricted other MDM companies from directly managing BlackBerry devices on their platforms. That was a strategy designed to protect BlackBerry’s own MDM platform, BES10; but as BlackBerry’s device market-share tumbled in recent years, and client companies increasingly gravitate toward third-party solutions for their IT infrastructure needs (IBM, Citrix, and Airwatch are just a few of… continue…

RIM to Launch Two BlackBerry 10s in January

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Research in Motion, which has been betting the farm on the BlackBerry 10 platform, announced Monday that two BB10 phones will debut Jan. 30. The troubled company plans simultaneous launch events that day in various countries around the world. The two models will include a full touchscreen device and one with a full keyboard similar to its Bold flagship line. The new platform has been delayed multiple times, and further delays had been expected. But President and CEO Thorsten Heins… continue…

Turn Your Old iPads Into Cash

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In the midst of the tablet-buying mania in which we currently find ourselves, a question arises: Is there a viable market for tablet trade-ins? Absolutely. Whether you’re prepping for some holiday tablet purchases or are budgeting for a 2013 IT tablet spend, you may as well try to squeeze a few bucks out of the barely obsolete gadgets that suddenly aren’t good enough anymore. Perhaps the best-known trade-in site for cell phones and related devices is Gazelle, which calls itself… continue…

RIM’s Hiring Amid Layoffs Suggests More Troubles for BB10

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Research in Motion is hiring, even as its cuts a huge swath from its work force. While the company won’t release the total number of layoffs expected, up to 3,000 positions were said to have been eliminated Monday as part of the 5,000 it previously said would be cut. Only those working on BlackBerry 10 are said to be safe. At the same time, Seeking Alpha reports that the company had advertised openings for 181 positions between July 1 and… continue…

Why RIM Says BlackBerry 10 Will Be Worth Waiting For

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Research In Motion’s rise and downfall has been well-documented, even more so after the it announced its less-than-stellar Q1 performance in June. Aside from the disappointing numbers, investors weren’t particularly happy with the fact that the first BlackBerry 10-powered device won’t be available in the market until next year. According to RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, he’s buying more time to deliver the most polished BlackBerry experience yet, instead of launching a half-baked product. The message Heins is trying to send is simple:… continue…

RIM Delays BlackBerry 10 Again, Will Lay Off 5,000

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Research in Motion is delaying the launch of its BlackBerry 10  – again – and laying off 5,000 people from its workforce of 16,500. Although the layoffs were expected, it wasn’t until Thursday that it announced the size of the move. As for BlackBerry 10, the company is banking its entire future on the new operating system, and the unit behind it is said to be the only area of the company sheltered from the job cuts. BlackBerry 10 was supposed… continue…

RIM Layoffs Hit Quality Control, Operations, Parts

Research in Motion’s layoffs have begun at the struggling company, as it attempts to trim $1 billion in operating expenses. The BlackBerry maker has been laying off batches of 10 workers over recent weeks, including employees in its quality control, operations and parts departments, The Wall Street Journal says. Layoffs of at least 2,000 workers have been expected at RIM, though that number could hit as many as 6,000, a Reuters report noted in May. Last July, RIM shaved off… continue…

RIM Expected to Lay Off 2,000 This Week

Research in Motion is expected to announce another round of layoffs this week, reportedly about 2,000 people of its total workforce of 16,500. Cuts could come across all units, except for those involved in the company’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS. Reuters says the company plans to bring its headcount down to about 10,000 by early next year. The Globe and Mail, however, reports that job cuts have been ongoing for months as RIM struggles with declining market share, down to 7… continue…

Microsoft’s NYC Lab; Nanotech Means Hiring [Roundup]

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Microsoft Plans New York  Lab with Yahoo Refugees: Microsoft grabbed 14 Yahoo researchers to kickstart a soon-to-open New York research lab. The company’s extensive research organization includes 850 Ph.D.s., and the New York office will be its 13th. The hires come after Yahoo made significant layoffs that hit its research organization hard. For the time being the researchers are working Microsoft’s sales office. AllThingsD Rochester Nanotech Center Could Bring 1,000 Jobs: A Pentagon designation of a New York State nanotechnology… continue…

When is a BlackBerry No Longer a BlackBerry?

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This week RIM attempted to wow developers at its BlackBerry Jam dev conference, unveiling an alpha of the long-awaited BlackBerry 10. Rather than re-cycle what has already been said, I thought I’d address this upcoming change as a longtime BlackBerry user. My first BB was the very earliest unit made – it was beeper sized with a crude little keyboard. The fact that you could answer back your “beeps” was pretty amazing, and it all took off from there. Today… continue…