Tag Archives: RIM

BlackBerry PlayBook has a module cavity, BlackBerry to get NFC chips

17 Nov

RIM’s Co-CEO Jim Basillie, who is currently speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit right now has just let it slip that the PlayBook has a module cavity in it. He won’t say what the module will be for but it could be for anything. Considering that what little we know about the PlayBook that it does not have any cellular connectivity, we would bet our chips on a 4G data modem of some sort. Any guesses?

Basillie was just short of announcing that future BlackBerry handhelds would have an NFC chip in it for mobile payments. When asked about NFC, considering Google’s Eric Schmidt demoed the tech in the upcoming Nexus phone yesterday, he first said that he won’t talk about future products. But quickly followed it up with this statement – “We will be fools not to have it in our future products. And we are not fools.”

RIM harks back at Steve Jobs' jabs, questions Apple's claims

20 Oct

andy rubin tweets As the war for smartphone supremacy heats up, especially this close to the Holiday shopping season, the fight gets messier. The arrogance displayed by Steve Jobs yesterday is not going down well with Apple’s competitors. While Google remained largely tight-lipped if you discount this Tweet by Andy Rubin, RIM’s Jim Balsillie was not amused. The co-CEO lashed out on Apple in a blog post that refers to Apple’s distortion field in its title and raised questions “whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders.” Apart from references to RIM’s own shipment guidance for the previous quarter, Balsillie raised the ‘Flash support’ argument and not to forget Antennagate! Here’s the post in its entirety. Things will just get messier from here, we reckon.

 

For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7” tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience. We also know that while Apple’s attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 – 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter. Apple’s preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM’s August-ending quarter doesn’t tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders. As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story.

– Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM)

Updated BlackBerry App World to tie apps to users and not phones

31 Jul

Research In Motion (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry handhelds, will release an update for its application store called App World that will provide users with a BlackBerry ID to enable them to retain their downloaded apps (both free and paid) when they shift to another BlackBerry smartphone.



The update, currently in beta and available to users in USA and Canada from http://www.blackberry.com/beta, will also enable users to pay for apps using their Visa or Mastercard credit cards. Till now, PayPal was the only option to pay for apps. RIM is also working with carriers to integrate app purchase payments with the user’s monthly subscription bill.



The update will also streamline app discovery by showing the top and new apps across categories. Users will also be able to download apps by clicking pictures of QR codes that will be translated into links to the app on App World.

RIM’s App World is currently available in more than 65 countries and has been downloaded by over 30 million users. On an average, a million apps are downloaded from App World everyday.

So what's new in BlackBerry 6.0?

27 Jul

BlackBerry 6 UIBlackBerry’s most critical OS update – OS 6.0 – is still some time away but Research In Motion (RIM) is leaving no stones unturned to make users familiar with the upcoming UI changes. After showing some sneak preview videos, Inside BlackBerry – the official BlackBerry blog – today released some screenshots to depict what’s new in the homescreen UI in BlackBerry 6.0. From things like how to manage your frequently used and favourite homescreens to the Android inspired notification bar. So what are you waiting for? Check out the post and see for yourself.

After India, UAE warns BlackBerry poses security risks

26 Jul

Earlier this year and even a couple of years ago, the Indian government had posed objections with regards to Research In Motion’s (RIM’s) BlackBerry handhelds and called them a security risks. Now, UAE is going through the same motions and has called BlackBerry and some of its apps a social and security risk.



Like in the case with India, UAE contents that BlackBerry was operating beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation. “As a result of how BlackBerry data is managed and stored, in their current form, certain BlackBerry applications allow people to misuse the service, causing serious social, judicial and national security repercussions,” a Reuters report quotes a statement issued by UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.



RIM has so far managed to dodge the Indian bullet, which wants the company to set up servers in India and to provide transcriptions of data passing through its network in a ‘readable’ format. Will it be able to do the same in the UAE?

RIM trademarks BlackBerry Drive

14 Jul

BlackBerry LogoResearch In Motion, the company that manufactures BlackBerry smartphones, has recently trademarked the phrase “BlackBerry Drive” with the Trademarks and Design Registration Office of the European Union. The name suggests either a navigation solution for BlackBerry or even some integration with cars. Or could it be a new line of smartphones like Bold, Pearl and Storm?



We are more inclined to believe that BlackBerry Drive has something to do with RIM’s acquisition of QNX in April, a company that develops open OS that is used in many in-car audio and entertainment systems. This is what Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO of RIM was quoted in the press release announcing the acquisition:

“In addition to our interests in expanding the opportunities for QNX in the automotive sector and other markets, we believe the planned acquisition of QNX will also bring other value to RIM in terms of supporting certain unannounced product plans for intelligent peripherals, adding valuable intellectual property to RIM’s portfolio and providing long-term synergies for the companies based on the significant and complementary OS expertise that exists within the RIM and QNX teams today.”

We have a hunch that BlackBerry Drive is most likely to be an intelligent accessory for your car. What do you think?

RIM teases BlackBerry Protect service to protect your (well) BlackBerry

14 Jul

BlackBerry Protect appResearch In Motion, the makers of BlackBerry smartphones, have shown a new security application that it will release soon. The app, called BlackBerry Protect, can enable users to find their handset, take backup of everything on it, remotely lock and even wipe it in case it gets lost. The app seems to be exactly similar to what WaveSecure currently offers for BlackBerry and other smartphones.



Users will be able to log on to the BlackBerry Protect portal from a PC and view the current location of their phone on a map, make it ring to find where it is (in case misplaced in a room), lock it so that no one can misuse it and wipe it in case it gets lost. The app keeps taking backup of the phone at a pre-determined frequency and the backup can be restored on to another BlackBerry. Well, RIM is not the only one offering this feature. Apple does it with its MobileMe service but it costs $99 a year, and Microsoft will offer it with its new Windows Phone 7 devices.



via Inside BlackBerry