Intrigue! Mystery! Really shitty phones from 2008! We have a strange situation on our hands: The former co-CEO of BlackBerry recently broke his years-long silence on the company to reminisce about one of its worst failures, the BlackBerry Storm, but he told a weird lie that made the Storm sound like an even bigger trashcan nightmare than it actually was.
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BlackBerry is trying to destroy the best thing it ever made. Not the line of hardware keyboard phones, or the less-relevant-than-ever BBM service. I'm talking about the music video. That mind-blowingly earnest and inexplicable REO Speedwagon cover about BlackBerry 10. It's gone now. What the heck, BlackBerry?
In 2011, BlackBerry introduced something it thought would be a killer feature: an Android emulator. It was called the App Player and the reason it wasn't hugely popular is that it only ran a limited selection of features and only supported Android 2.3 apps. Now, though, BlackBerry has seen the error of its ways, and issued a pledge to improve the App Player with the help of Android 4.1.
Today BlackBerry demoed what it's calling BlackBerry Balance, a clever way of separating one's personal and work lives in one device. You don't see it as much these days but carrying two phones — one for business, one for pleasure — was commonplace not too long ago. I remember having a BlackBerry 6200 alongside my HipTop/Sidekick 2; and I'm sure a lot of you remember those days as well.
Look, I know the BlackBerry Z10 looks great, but I just can't believe that some of you are doing these stupid things to get one for free.
RIM's day of reckoning is almost here. Tomorrow, the once-mighty Canadian company will officially unveil its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, along with new hardware. It's a chance at rebirth, reinvention, and getting out from under its walking corpse reputation. But for that to happen, RIM needs to prove it's back on the right track.
The new BlackBerry 10 looks very good. It may be too late to save RIM, but it's certainly not too little. It's loaded with great stuff. In fact, its keyboard is so terrific that I wish every manufacturer had it.
This is the new BlackBerry 10, two weeks from its official release. And while visually it looks like a cross between Android and iOS — without any of the spiffiness of Windows Phone — RIM's make-or-break operating system is surprisingly nice. Fast, with clever user interface touches, a centralised hub for all user activity and a good browser.
The hole RIM has found itself in is deep, dark and doused in despair. And as much as the company's gambling on its new BB10 platform to pull itself up, an operating system is only as good as the phones running it. So take a good, hard look at this supposed BlackBerry N-Series device. It could be RIM's best shot at survival.
A band of tech giants — including Apple, Samsung and Nokia — has sent a letter to US Congress, urging it to free more spectrum for mobile data. The Hill reports today that the companies explained to congress that authorising new spectrum auctions is "timely and relevant" to current debates over the "fiscal cliff".