The launch of BlackBerry 10 is live right now in New York, and CEO Thorsten Heins just made a big announcement: the renaming of the company.
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BlackBerry maker RIM has announced it's giving away a stack of apps and games to its users over the next few months, as a combined apology and peace offering to those who suffered during last week's "BlackBerry Jam" network failures.
A smaller, touchscreen-only and therefore hopefully cheaper BlackBerry Curve Touch is on the way, with RIM telling its app developers to prepare for a modest 3.2-inch touch-only BlackBerry. It most definitely won't look like the Torch then (pictured).
Look, we get it RIM—your BBM service is great. But a music-streaming service that runs in BBM? WTF? CNet heard from sources that they've signed papers with one of the four big music labels already.
Codenamed BlackBerry Colt, RIM's first BlackBerry to run the new PlayBook tablet-like QNX software has been leaked to BGR, and from what they've reported it sounds like same old RIM: a single-core chipset, and lacking BES support, too.
Sort of like putting a fancy new hat on a terminally ill patient, RIM's dropped details on the third version of their app store. It'll now be much easier to browse their limited catalogue on your mediocre handset.
Almost in the same breath that RIM announced it had purchased video editing company JayCut, it's also said they're letting go of 11 per cent of its employees, which equates to around 2000 jobs.
While Obama and colleagues have admitted to owning iPads, it's the BlackBerry PlayBook which the US government has chosen to be the first certified for governmental use, under the FIPS 140-2 certification.
BlackBerry may have a nice slice of the marketshare pie, and some interesting products - and platforms - on the way, but there are increasing fears over their future. This open letter to RIM, written by a "high-level" employee, says it all.
RIM doesn't need two CEOs to guide the direction of the struggling Canadian handset manufacturer. It needs dual Chief Executives so we can have a laugh or two while reading this amusing BlackBerry BFFs comic from The Joy of Tech.
According to BGR's sources, RIM's been playing with fire, "strong-arming several carriers, essentially forcing them to approve devices they normally would not move through the Technical Acceptance phase." That explains a lot, doesn't it BlackBerry owners?