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RIM’s Apple Store ‘Wake Up’ Flash Mob Was Just Silly

Wake Up
The Apple Store in Sydney was the scene of a mysterious protest last week, with people chanting and waving placards that read “wake up.” After Samsung, the number one suspect, denied any involvement, BlackBerry Make Research In Motion came forward. Surprise! The company that was once the leader of smartphones, which has failed to stop Apple and Android OEMs from eating away its market share, wants Apple’s customers to wake up. But wake up from what, exactly? It’s one thing… continue…

RIM’s Reset and What It Means for Mobile Developers

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Research In Motion’s Blackberry has served the enterprise well over the last 15 years, providing secure, reliable two-way communication for business users. What do RIM’s challenges mean for mobile developers? Tell us in the comments below. But times are changing with Android and iOS devices sweeping through the consumer market. Suddenly, everybody has a smartphone with super easy-to-use voice, messaging, and Internet capabilities. Where RIM’s Blackberry niche was helping enterprise IT departments manage their devices, businesses are now challenged to… continue…

PayPal, HP, RIM and Other People Moves

David Marcus, the former CEO and founder of mobile payments startup Zong, is the new president of PayPal, a post vacated when Scott Thompson became CEO of Yahoo. Marcus joined PayPal as vice president of mobile last year when it acquired Zong for $240 million. American Express has lured Neal Sample away from eBay as the company focuses on technology to compete with PayPal. Sample will be senior vice president of technologies for its digital payments initiative called Serve. At… continue…

BlackBerry Maker RIM Reportedly Lays Off Executives

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BlackBerry Maker Research in Motion has let go some senior vice presidents and vice presidents, reports the Globe and Mail. “Lots of high level people within RIM were let go today,” a source told the newspaper. “Quite a few. Big shake up.” Sales and marketing staff, which were targeted for layoffs in the summer, have been targeted yet again, according to this person. RIM’s latest quarterly results were, as everyone thought they’d be, bad.  The Wall Street Journal says: The… continue…

RIM to Release BlackBerry 10 Alpha to App Developers

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Research in Motion is preparing for tomorrow’s earnings announcement, which is widely expected to confirm Wall Street’s dismal expectations. RIM previously postponed its annual investor presentation – usually revealed during the Blackberry World in May — until it launches the BlackBerry 10 later this year. The new Blackberry is expected to use faster and more efficient chipsets, but will rely on the same OS used in the disappointing Playbook. RIM plans to give alpha versions of the BlackBerry 10 to attendees of Blackberry… continue…

Blackberry Playbook’s Better – But That Doesn’t Mean Good

Posted In Living in Tech
Blackberry Playbook
Blackberry’s Playbook 2.0′s generated lots of talk since it was unveiled, most of it saying, basically, “too little, too late.” Of all the reviews I’ve seen, I like best the one Lance Ulanoff posted at Mashable. It’s more measured than most, and gives the Blackberry the benefit of the doubt. Not that fairness is going to make RIM’s road any easier. I’m still trying to imagine the meeting where they decided to bridge the Blackberry with the Playbook, rather than… continue…

RIM Woos Android Developers with PlayBook Giveaway

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Research in Motion plans to give Android developers a free PlayBook if they  convert their apps to work on the device.  The promotion has created quite the buzz, according to the company, after Alec Saunders, RIM VP for developer relations, tweeted about it. But it has to be done quickly. Apps must meet BlackBerry App World Vendor Guidelines and be submitted by Feb. 13. It has a set of tools to help. RIM is expected to release the 2.0 upgrade… continue…

Yahoo Names New CEO; Board Shakeup at RIM?

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Yahoo named Scott Thompson, president of PayPal, as its new CEO, Kara Swisher reports at All Things Digital. Thompson, whose name wasn’t among those reportedly being considered, has been running eBay’s online payments business since 2008. Yahoo fired CEO Carol Bartz in September and, though it was considering buyout offers, its board was reported to be aggressively looking for a new leader. The company’s been trying to strike a deal to sell back its large stakes in China’s Alibaba and Yahoo! Japan, though… continue…

Amazon and Microsoft-Nokia Wanted to Buy RIM

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RIM is in the bull’s eye. Two reports indicate the Canadian maker of BlackBerry was nearly acquired, first by Amazon and then by a partnership of Microsoft and Nokia. The first report, by Reuters, indicated that Amazon hired an investment bank this summer to review a potential offer for RIM, but a formal offer never materialized. Said one investment banking chief: “They have had approaches from folks who have wanted to have discussions. The issue is it is hard to… continue…

BlackBerry’s Got More Market Problems

Apple’s iPhone’s passed the BlackBerry among business users, according to another study showing RIM’s device on the ropes. Last year, the report by iPass showed, BlackBerry was slightly ahead of the iPhone, with RIM favored by 34.5 percent of enterprise users compared to 32.1 percent for Apple. This year, however, the iPhone surged to 45 percent while RIM retreated to 32.2 percent. Android-based phones remained in third place, doubling their share from 11.3 percent to 21.3 percent, so still playing… continue…