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How BlackBerry Lost Its Status as the Enterprise Mobile Gold Standard

posted onApril 15, 2014
by l33tdawg

I was reading Michelle Maisto's well-researched and well written story about how enterprises are slowly moving away from BlackBerry as the standard for secure mobile communications.

While I was doing this, I was waiting for the new BlackBerry Z30 GSM phone to restart—a process that was taking far longer than it should. This device which I'm reviewing for eWEEK should have been BlackBerry's tour de force.

BlackBerry hits bump in turnaround road, shares plunge

posted onJuly 1, 2013
by l33tdawg

BlackBerry's total market value plunged by more than one-fourth on Friday after the smartphone maker reported dismal quarterly results, prompting ever-deeper skepticism about a long-promised turnaround.

BlackBerry, which has struggled to claw back market share from the likes of Apple Inc's iPhone, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy phones and other devices powered by Google Inc's Android operating system, reported a loss in the fiscal first quarter ended June 1, and sales of its make-or-break new line of devices were softer than expected.

RIM CEO Says Licensing BlackBerry 10 Is "Conceivable"

posted onJanuary 21, 2013
by l33tdawg

The CEO of RIM, Thorsten Heins, has been speaking to German newspaper Die Welt ahead of the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices — due in Q1. Heins told the newspaper he has not ruled out licensing the new OS to other manufacturers. Asked whether RIM might not go down the licensing route, as Microsoft has with Windows Phone, he said (translated from German by Google Translate): “Before you licensed the software, you must show that the platform has a large potential. First we have to fulfill our promises. If such proof, a licensing is conceivable.”

RIM plans to launch six BlackBerry 10 devices in 2013

posted onJanuary 10, 2013
by l33tdawg

 Before today, it was known that Research in Motion had two BlackBerry 10 smartphones that it would launch sometime in 2013; one with a touchscreen-only design and one with RIM's physical QWERTY keyboard. Today, the company's chief marketing officer claimed that RIM has a lot more BlackBerry 10 device models it plans to sell.

RIM's BlackBerry 10 Service Plans Should Be No Secret to Investors

posted onDecember 24, 2012
by l33tdawg

RIM announcement of upcoming changes in services fees was a surprise to investors and thus caused the stock to drop, even as company revenues and cash continue to grow.

If there is one thing that investors hate more than nearly anything else it is a surprise. In fact, investors, and their joined-at-the-hip financial analysts apparently hate surprises even more than taxes, the Fiscal Cliff or boardroom fraud.

U.S. agency gives BlackBerry 10 a chance after iPhone coup

posted onDecember 13, 2012
by l33tdawg

A U.S. federal agency has reneged on its plans to ditch the BlackBerry in favor of iPhones -- at least, to a degree -- after it announced that it would give Research in Motion's next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform a chance.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency recently said it would pull the plug on its contract with the beleaguered BlackBerry maker in favor of Apple's iPhone, due to its back-end management features and IT policy restrictions.

BlackBerry 10 Gold SDKs now available for developers

posted onDecember 12, 2012
by l33tdawg

Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) today released the "gold" build of the BlackBerry® 10 developer toolkit. The "gold" build includes all of the final tools, components, and APIs that will enable developers to create integrated, social and beautiful applications for BlackBerry 10, and have the confidence that their apps will delight customers at launch.

RIM says 4G is important for the success of Blackberry 10

posted onDecember 10, 2012
by l33tdawg

CANADIAN SMARTPHONE MAKER Research in Motion (RIM) has said that uptake of 4G will be vital to the success of its Blackberry 10 operating system and next generation devices.

Speaking at the Westminster Eforum event on Friday, the firm's SVP of sales Bob El-Hawary said that businesses now expect to be able to do things on their phone like they can on a computer, and that 4G will be central to delivering these capabilities.

BlackBerry 10 Receives US Government Security Clearance

posted onNovember 8, 2012
by l33tdawg

With two disastrous years behind it, RIM is pinning all its hopes on BlackBerry 10, which is due to launch with a range of new smartphones in the first quarter of 2013. Initially slated for a 2012 launch, RIM's CEO Thorsten Heins delayed the launch as he wasn't happy with the way the system worked.

The company announced its BlackBerry 10 platform has received the FIPS 140-2 certification, which would allow government agencies to deploy the devices, along with the new BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 to run the devices, as soon as the new smartphones are launched.

US federal agency dropping 17,000 BlackBerrys in favor of iPhones

posted onOctober 23, 2012
by l33tdawg

It’s no secret that Research In Motion, the maker of the fabled BlackBerry, is on the decline.

If falling subscriber numbers last month weren’t bad enough, last week, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) said that it will end its contract with RIM, replacing over 17,000 employees devices with iPhones in a deal worth $2.1 million.