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Ford Motors to replace BlackBerry with iPhones for over 9,300 workers

07/29, 5:39pm

'Global' switchover will cost nothing extra over normal replacement cycle

Automaker Ford has announced that it will transition at least 9,300 corporate employees from BlackBerry models and flip phones to iPhones over the next two years. The change, which will cost the company nothing above the normal cost of a replacement cycle, is a blow to BlackBerry, but the Canadian smartphone maker can take solace in the fact that Ford chose BlackBerry's QNX for its next-generation Sync infotainment system, replacing a previous Microsoft-based one.

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Gartner: tablets to surge 98% in 2012, iPad to lead in 2016

04/10, 12:10pm

Gartner sees iPad still leading in four years

Apple will stay out in front of the tablet market for at least the next four years, Gartner predicted in a long-term estimate on Tuesday. The analyst group saw sales for the entire tablet market for 2012 nearly doubling, up 98 percent to 118.9 million, with Apple still in the clear majority at 73 million. While the gap would close, Apple would keep the largest piece of the market even until 2016.

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RIM rumored dropping BlackBerry access fee to boost sales

03/30, 10:40am

RIM may shed long-term BlackBerry server fee

RIM might counteract its recent poor results by dropping its longstanding BlackBerry server access fee. A rumor from a "senior source" at RIM speaking to BGR had the company exploring the possibility of dropping the cost it normally passes on to carriers in order to get wider adoption. It would cost over $1 billion in revenue a quarter, but the gamble would be that carriers would drive more sales without that fee to pay or factor into their prices.

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Eyes on QNX's PlayBook-like car interface in a Porsche 911

01/14, 8:30pm

We check out QNX in a Porsche at CES 2012

A side section of RIM's booth at CES 2012 was dedicated to showing off the results of QNX's work in car dash technology since it was bought by RIM. Custom-modifying a Porsche 911's dash and center stack, QNX showed Electronista an interface very heavily inspired by the QNX-based BlackBerry PlayBook but tailored just to the environment of a car. It not only controlled phone calls (including VoIP), music playback, and navigation, but also Internet access and even an app platform.

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ARM reveals Cortex-A7 MPCore chip for sub-$100 smartphones

10/19, 2:10pm

ARM Cortex-A7 promises speed in sub-100 phones

ARM chose Wednesday to reveal a new mobile processor design that could make possible smartphones under $100 that still have real performance. Cortex-A7 MPCore borrows some of the optimizations from the A15 and rolls them into a budget design. Although it's a fifth the size of the older Cortex-A8 at 0.5mm square and five times more power efficient, speed is "significantly greater" and closer to that of a higher-end $500 phone, ARM argued.

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RIM unveils BBX: unified BlackBerry phone, tablet platform

10/18, 12:10pm

BBX official with unified code

RIM at BlackBerry DevCon unveiled BBX, its unified platform for BlackBerry phones and tablets as well as even some embedded devices. Both share the same open-source, standards-focused QNX roots as the PlayBook. They also use an interface layer from RIM's acquistion The Astonishing Tribe.

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New BlackBerry OS may be called BlackBerry X, take Apple cue

10/03, 8:00pm

BlackBerry X may merge RIM phone, tablet platforms

RIM's BlackBerry DevCon this month may see it take a page from Apple in an OS naming scheme and strategy. New leaks from multiple sources pointed to a more unified platform known as BlackBerry X. CrackBerry understands that it wouldn't represent a jump to revision 10 but instead would reflect the influence of QNX on the new mobile OS.

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QNX revealed as power driving OnStar access mirror

09/22, 8:20pm

Apps also power RIM BlackBerry Playbook

RIM's real-time OS developer QNX has revealed that its Neutrino real-time OS and Aviage audio processing have been embedded in Onstar's new FMV rear-view mirror which the GM division launched in August. Onstar is using the aftermarket mirror to provide access for non-GM car owners to its driver's services. The QNX code is used to tune the system performance and hands-free calling.

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RIM: patents both a cash grab and 'assurance,' talks QNX

09/15, 6:35pm

RIM talks patent win effect on others and QNX

RIM as part of the call discussing its summer results discussed its view on how it would use its share of Nortel patents bought alongside Apple. While silent on how much exact control it had, the BlackBerry creator saw it as equal opportunities. RIM could find ways to "monetize" its involvement in the patents as well as provide "assurance" against attacks, co-CEO Mike Lazaridis explained.

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BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0, Video Store aim to cure RIM woes

09/15, 5:40pm

RIM details PlayBook 2.0 and Video Store plans

RIM during the conference call for its bleak summer quarter confirmed major software efforts to reinvigorate the BlackBerry PlayBook. The company confirmed that the PlayBook 2.0 update was real and that it was planning one, major upgrade instead of trickling out features. The update would include the long-promised native e-mail, calendar, and contacts as well as the Android App Player and BlackBerry Balance, its platform for separating home and work content on the same device.

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Analyst: RIM 'superphone' being rushed, BlackBerry 7 'okay'

09/09, 11:00am

Jefferies analyst sees RIM too fast on BBerry Colt

RIM's self-proclaimed "superphone" based on its new QNX platform, unofficially known as the BlackBerry Colt, might be pushed too quickly into the market. Based on "checks," Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek believed on Friday that the Colt was "being rushed' with no BlackBerry Enterprise Server or possibly BlackBerry Internet Service support. The company might be following a classic technology company practice of speeding up its timing solely to have a device to show for CES in January, something that Misek saw as a potentially fatal mistake.

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Leak: BlackBerry PlayBook gets native mail, BBM in September

08/24, 3:55pm

PlayBook at last due for native messaging in month

RIM may not wait for an all-encompassing update to give the PlayBook the features it promised before launch. Sources mentioned Wednesday that the update for native e-mail, BlackBerry Messenger, and other features would arrive sometime in September. The Android app wrapper, once promised for the summer, now wouldn't come until sometime "later on in the year," Bloomberg's source said.

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BlackBerry PlayBook gets native SDK beta, delta updates

08/24, 12:05pm

RIM puts out PlayBook native SDK and OS update

RIM gave the BlackBerry PlayBook two injections of support Wednesday. Developers now have access to the native SDK beta. The code lets develoeprs finally write in lower-level C or C++ code to make 3D games and other elements that need deep access, such as to the accelerometer, the camera, or full graphics acceleration.

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BlackBerry Colt leak suggests keeping dual-core, full touch

08/19, 6:20pm

RIM QNX-based Colt to keep dual core, full touch

More details about RIMís forthcoming QNX-based smartphone codenamed Colt have been revealed . It was originally thought that a single core processor to conserve battery life, against what will mostly be dual-core competition by the time it launches, might hobble the smartphone. However, RIM will run a dual-core processor in the device, and will make it full touchscreen as well, like its larger 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook sibling.

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BlackBerry Colt may be 1st QNX phone, lack BES and dual-core

08/08, 11:50am

BlackBerry Colt with QNX seen shipping early 2012

A possibly major scoop Monday has shed light on what could be RIM's first phone using the QNX platform from the PlayBook. So far known as the BlackBerry Colt, the long promised device would fall short of RIM's repeated claims of having a "superphone" through lower performance. BGR's source understood that attempts to maintain the BlackBerry's reputation for battery life meant the Colt would still go with a single-core processor where most of its competitors will have dual- or even quad-core processors when it ships.

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RIM may have lost BlackBerry software lead at crucial moment

07/26, 1:35pm

RIM BlackBerry senior VP may have left

RIM may have lost one of its more important executives in what could be the start of a wider exodus. A claim by multiple sources Tuesday has Suresh Periyalwar, the company's Senior VP of Handheld Software, has supposedly backed out. It wasn't evident from BGR's sources if the BlackBerry lead had voluntarily quit or if he had been pushed out or if he was part of RIM's 2,000 job cuts.

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10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook said axed to focus on superphone

06/28, 3:50pm

RIM rumored dropping 10in PlayBook to

RIM's rumored 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook may have already been scrapped to refocus more of RIM's efforts on the company's long-mentioned "superphone" using the same QNX-based OS as the seven-inch tablet. A rumor Tuesday alleges that all work has stopped and that most of the remaining PlayBook focus is on LTE-based 4G PlayBooks, which should ship in October. The N4BB insider didn't know for certain when the phone would ship, but RIM's CEOs have usually put it in early 2012.

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RIM co-CEOs insist on staying, explain BlackBerry delays

06/16, 5:40pm

RIM CEOs insist on staying in place.

RIM's co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis in the wake of a damaging spring quarter refused to bow to pressure to reduce their control. Balsillie contended that the company was just coming through a massive transition to BlackBerry 7 and the PlayBook and that surviving it was an achievement in itself. Neither of the individual CEOs could have done it alone, he argued.

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RIM: no Flash, Android for BlackBerry 7

05/02, 9:50pm

RIM dashes hopes of BlackBerry 7 Flash or Android

RIM in conversations Monday night revealed that had no plans to support some of the features in BlackBerry 7 that it did in the BlackBerry PlayBook. The company no longer planned to support Flash on the current BlackBerry platform and would wait until the phones were sharing the same QNX-based roots as the PlayBook tablet. BB7 phones like the Bold 9900 also wouldn't qualify to run the OS and would need at least a dual-core replacement, handheld software manager Andrew Bocking told PCMag.

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BlackBerry 6.1 to be called BlackBerry 7

04/27, 5:25pm

BlackBerry 6.1 to be renamed BlackBerry 7

The evolutionary upgrade that is the BlackBerry 6.1 operating system will be known as BlackBerry 7 when it's officially unveiled at next week's BlackBerry World show, multiple sources told CrackBerry. If this proves true, it will also go against a previous report that had BlackBerry 7 launching in November. Also contradicting previous rumors is the latest news that it won't be QNX-based.

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Gartner sees Android at 49% smartphone share by 2015

04/07, 7:45am

Gartner sees Android getting 49pc share by 2015

Gartner on Thursday chipped in a long-term prediction of its own for smartphone share that gave Android nearly half of the market. It expected Google to jump to 38.5 percent of the market this year to reach 48.8 percent in 2015, or 539.3 million phones. The company would be riding the back of an open OS wave where the devices were "democratized" and would cost $300 or less off-contract, principal analyst Roberta Cozza said.

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RIM roadmap shows BlackBerry 7 integration in late November

03/07, 11:10am

BlackBerry roadmap shows version 7 in November

RIM's software strategy for 2011 has been given out in full with a roadmap that showed the first signs of BlackBerry 7. The future OS is said to be starting "core integration" in mid-October and to have finished by the end of November. N4BB's copy didn't say for sure if it would bring in the new QNX foundations behind the PlayBook or if this meant shipping devices.

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RIM chief marketer Keith Pardy quits before PlayBook launch

03/04, 3:35pm

RIM exec Pardy bows out ahead of tablet

RIM's Chief Marketing Officer Keith Pardy said on Friday that he was quitting the company for "personal reasons." He didn't explain the causes but said he had let RIM know a month earlier. The executive will stay in touch for the next six months to help transition over.

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BlackBerry PlayBook won't have native BBM, e-mail on launch

01/09, 11:40pm

RIM says PlayBook will only get native mail later

The recently tested BlackBerry PlayBook won't have native support for core messaging features when it ships, the company's Senior Product Manager Ryan Bidan said in a video interview (below). Initially, the BlackBerry Messenger, calendar and e-mail functions will need the BlackBerry Bridge pairing feature that shares a BlackBerry phone's services over Bluetooth. True local access is coming but doesn't have a definite roadmap.

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RIM gives us PlayBook hands-on, alludes to sync with iPhone

01/07, 3:05pm

We test the BlackBerry PlayBook as RIM hints sync

We had the opportunity to try the BlackBerry PlayBook at CES on Friday and discovered that it may have sync with more than just the BlackBerry. A representative on the show floor told Electronista that there might be plans to sync some services with the iPhone or other platforms. While there wasn't much definite, it was mainly something that RIM 'hadn't communicated yet,' the staffer said.

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BlackBerry PlayBook said facing battery life problems

12/28, 8:55am

PlayBook may be delayed by battery issues

The BlackBerry PlayBook might be facing significant battery problems that has led to a slight delay, Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu heard from sources. The tablet in its current state allegedly has battery life of just "a few hours" where the Galaxy Tab often gets six and the iPad 10. It may need re-engineering and could even demand a heavier battery, negating much of the weight advantage of a seven-inch tablet.

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RIM planning larger PlayBooks, says Apple started wrong

12/07, 8:10pm

RIM CEO hints at larger PlayBooks in store

RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis' turn at an interview at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference confirmed that larger versions of the BlackBerry PlayBook were coming. He was confident that the seven-inch model was "just the perfect size," but there were "plans for different sizes," he said when asked. When they would come and what dimensions they would have weren't said.

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RIM starts accepting PlayBook apps, set free PlayBook offer

12/07, 9:50am

RIM accepts BlackBerry PlayBook apps

RIM today began accepting BlackBerry PlayBook app submissions for an eventual posting to BlackBerry App World. The primarily AIR- and Flash-based apps that pass approval should go up when the PlayBook releases early next year. Developers can write apps in Linux, the Mac and Windows, with recent addition bringing 64-bit Windows development and emulation support in Linux.

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RIM shows newer PlayBook UI, talks iPad and 4G

12/06, 3:15pm

RIM talks PlayBook UI and Apple at Rogers event

RIM's David Neale at the same event that detailed Rogers' PlayBook plans also showed a demo of the device itself (video below) and took several shots at Apple in the process. Running a daily build of the BlackBerry Tablet OS, the slate was shown using swipe gestures to manage its multitasking interface much like the card system in HP's webOS. It was running quickly and could handle a 1080p video, the web browser and the photo viewer smoothly, even while running on just one of the two cores.

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RIM buys Astonishing Tribe to boost BlackBerry, PlayBook UI

12/02, 8:15am

RIM snaps up Astonishing Tribe for BlackBerry UI

RIM today said it had bought The Astonishing Tribe in a bid to improve its mobile interfaces. The Swedish design outlet is being brought onboard to help the UI on both its BlackBerry phones and on the PlayBook tablet. RIM's CTO David Yach didn't say how soon users could expect Astonishing Tribe's work to influence the design.

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Blackberry PlayBook expected at sub-$500 entry price

11/10, 6:05am

Co-CEO Jim Balsillie reveals plans

RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie has revealed in an interview in Korea that its forthcoming Blackberry Playbook will reach the US market in Q1 2011 priced at under $500. Originally unveiled in September, Balsillie also indicated that the device would then begin rolling out globally during spring 2011.

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RIM posts BlackBerry PlayBook SDK, simulator for Mac and PC

10/25, 1:45pm

BlackBerry PlayBook gets SDK and simulator

RIM today posted the first SDK and emulators for its upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The kits let both Macs and Windows PCs write apps in BlackBerry Tablet OS' preferred Adobe AIR format and gives a disk image that can run in VMware and possibly other virtual machines. The release gives developers an early opportunity to design ahead of BlackBerry App World submissions and the PlayBook's early 2011 launch.

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Adobe AIR 2.5 converts apps for iPhone, tablets, TVs

10/25, 9:15am

Adobe intros AIR 2.5 and InMarket for tablets, TV

Adobe today stepped up development of its non-computer Flash plans by launching AIR 2.5. The app for creating non-browser Flash apps can now package them for Android and iPhone devices but also tablets, including the iPad and the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook. Google TV support isn't yet built in, but AIR can build apps for Samsung's SmartTV platform.

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Analyst: BlackBerry Storm3 still alive, PlayBook 2 late 2011

10/14, 12:45pm

Jeffries says Storm3 intact, PlayBook 2 coming

Jefferies & Co. this week issued a research note that insisted that RIM hadn't cancelled the Storm3 and that a second BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was in the works. It claimed that the model with the click-down SurePress screen had indeed been cancelled but that a version without, like the Torch, was on track for late November. The Storm3 that ships would still be very mild with 512MB of RAM, BlackBerry 6 and a five-megapixel camera as its only upgrades over the 2009 phone.

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RIM: QNX to replace BlackBerry OS, run some BlackBerry apps

09/28, 5:35pm

RIM says QNX long-term sequel to BlackBerry OS

RIM during a breakfast at the BlackBerry DevCon session today said the QNX foundations at the heart of the BlackBerry PlayBook would eventually replace BlackBerry OS itself. Confirming a rumor, a vice president said the roots to the currently isolated BlackBerry Tablet OS would eventually spread to the smartphones. BlackBerry 7, which doesn't have a timeframe, would likely be a gateway ahead of the full switch.

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Apple seen shipping more iPads in 2011 than Android combined

09/27, 12:55pm

Analyst says 25.5m iPads, 6m Galaxy Tabs in 2011

Apple is poised to control the tablet market for at least the next year, Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley said today. He estimated that Apple would ship 13.4 million iPads in 2010 and 25.5 million in 2011. The next closest, Samsung's Galaxy Tab, would reach 1.5 million by the end of the year and move another six million in 2011.

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RIM to talk tablet software today; BlackBerry tablet distant

09/27, 10:00am

RIM DevCon only teasing BlackBerry tablet software

RIM's opening DevCon presentations won't show any actual BlackBerrry tablet hardware but may talk about its software, sources mentioned today. Both BGR and Electronista have unofficially heard that the events on Monday won't be product unveilings and will stick to the development focus of the San Francisco conference. The BGR tip added that RIM would talk about the platform, though to what extent wasn't said.

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RIM may unveil BlackBerry tablet as soon as Monday [U]

09/21, 6:05pm

Hints emerge RIM may unveil BlackBerry tablet soon

(Update: hardware details) RIM may use BlackBerry DevCon to unveil its repeatedly rumored BlackBerry-related tablet. A San Francisco event on Monday, before the conference in earnest, is said to be very secretive by ZDNet and might precede the actual keynotes for the event, which start with co-CEO Mike Lazaridis' presentation at Moscone Center West. While not necessarily a revelation by itself, it would come just as major companies like Citrix are reportedly promoting services and other products that would support a RIM tablet when ready.

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RIM files for SurfBook trademark; smartbook, tablet in mind?

09/20, 12:25pm

RIM snaps up SurfBook name in Canadian trademark

RIM has fueled speculation about its BlackBerry-influenced tablet with a recently discovered trademark filing. An application at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for a SurfBook name is vague about the uses of the name but would cover all of the likely devices RIM could make, such as a tablet, a computer or a smartphone. A matching trademark hasn't the US, but it's unknown if RIM is simply waiting or is considering using different names in different countries.

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RIM may be using custom OS from QNX for BlackPad tablet

08/19, 10:05am

RIM BlackPad may abandon BlackBerry 6 for QNX

RIM's BlackPad tablet may drop any attempt to use BlackBerry 6 when it ships, insiders said this morning. It would instead take advantage of the buyout of QNX to use an entirely fresh platform. Bloomberg's sources maintain that it would still tap into BlackBerry e-mail but wouldn't have the legacy code holding back the BlackBerry 6 platform.

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RIM ordering 8.9-inch screens for BlackBerry tablet?

04/09, 12:55pm

Research firm claims RIM wants large screens

RIM may be developing a tablet of its own, based on claims by an industry research firm. Checks in the supply chain have led the analysts to believe that RIM is ordering an 8.9-inch tablet from Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn) that would be ready to ship by the summer or fall of this year. Whether it would use the BlackBerry OS itself isn't known, but it may have ad-supported content playback and use both 3G and Wi-Fi to sync with a BlackBerry smartphone.

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