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Exclusive: New pre-release BlackBerry 10 OS images surface - homescreen widgets make their BB debut!






POW! Following up the first-look image of a BlackBerry 10 phone we posted two weeks ago, today the good ol' CrackBerry tip line received a pretty *interesting* email, to which was attached a 14-page .pdf file full of Cracktastic goodness. The document was clearly prepared by one of RIM's external ad agency partners as a BB10 briefing document, providing background information on BlackBerry 10 and outlining some of the OS features and ideas for how to position BlackBerry 10 in future advertising campaigns. BlackBerry 10 Phones may be months away still, but judging by the document it appears the behind-the-scenes work to begin marketing the next-generation of BlackBerry phones is already well under way.
Of course, the best part of the document wasn't what was written, but rather what was shown -- including some juicy OS imagery pointing to some of the things we can potentially expect to see in BlackBerry 10.
I pulled the images in this post from that document, and while the the hardware pictured throughout the .pdf was of BlackBerry 7 phones (Torch 9860s and 9810s), the OS imagery on the displays of those phones was made out to be of BlackBerry 10. There are some exciting takeaways here. Back in November when we saw the first photo of a BBX phone dummy model, the homescreen user interface on that device looked much more like a scaled-down version of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS. We've known that BlackBerry 10 will build on the PlayBook OS and feature some UI changes to better suit the phone experience, and these screen caps illustrate some of these changes.
One rumor I've actually been hearing of for a while now but had yet to see evidence of was that with BlackBerry 10 Research In Motion will finally introduce their own version of "widgets" to the homescreen experience. The image above seems to confirm that notion, drawing inspiration from Android's widgets and Windows Phone's Live Tiles to bring useful mini-app experiences to the homescreen.
On the image below you can see also see the updated icon tray, which features new artwork and icons that are much smarter than those of BlackBerry 7. Note that the Folder icon shows the icons of applications inside, and the Pictures icon shows a photo from the album within. The clock icon even shows the time of the next set alarm. Heck, Cut the Rope, which was recently released for the BlackBerry PlayBook, also made the icon tray (the date of this document is very new, by the way).
The next image shows off the Universal Inbox, which we've already seen in action on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. Perhaps the biggest thing to point out here are the names of the people within the email app. For example, a quick Google search for Erica Josefsson will bring you to her Linked in Profile which shows she's part of RIM's User Experience Team based out of Malmo, Sweden. Cleary the design work of The Astonishing Tribe is at work here.
The final image shows off a super sexy caller display screen. And note the icon for video chat? Safe to say the front facing camera on BlackBerry 10 phones will be put to use easily.
Put these few images together and things are looking really promising for BlackBerry 10. That of course assumes all of these features pan out to be part of BlackBerry 10 on phones. Looking at the document, I have no doubt that the the OS screencaps were supplied by Research In Motion to the ad company, but looking at the fact it is "partner" material with the final document produced by the partner it's always possible that changes were made and that what RIM provides as working materials could be different than what RIM will ultimately launch with.
That said, I like what I see, so definitely hope this is a good hint of what we'll see when BlackBerry 10 phones hit the market later this year.

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Blackberry should have come out with this 2 years ago to remain relevant. I would have owned this blackberry if it were out then. However since my company is full android now, I don't ever see a blackberry like this in my pocket
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RIM in Crisis as a Billion Dollars of BlackBerries and PlayBooks Sit Unsold

Things are getting dire for RIM, which diffidently announced its new BlackBerry 10 platform earlier this month to an internet full of aggressive disinterest. The latest grim tiding? Trading has been halted on RIM's stock—which is a very bad sign—on the heels of news that its stash of unsold BlackBerry phones and PlayBook tablets has ballooned to a value of just over $1 billion.
RIM is hiring JP Morgan and RBC to "explore options," which probably means looking for ways to get out from under its mountain of unsold product and obligations. Not a great sign, especially since we still don't really know when to expect BlackBerry 10.
The world's total refusal to buy current BlackBerry products, along with its absolute nonchalance toward the upcoming BB10 stuff puts RIM in a tough spot. It can downplay its already struggling update and try to convince buyers to buy up the older stock, or it can just eat the massive loss and sing the praises of BB10 and its QNX-based platform.
We'll let you know as more news comes out of RIM, but for now, things don't look great.
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This shit makes me giggle they should have sold out a loooooong time ago.
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My nephew works for RIM in the R&D dept testing devices. I keep hoping he gets out on his own and finds something good before they collapse.
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Yeah, in the US, Blackberry appears to be dead. I don't know about the rest of the world, but people in SA sure love Blackberries. They are EVERYWHERE. WAY more popular than iphone and android. It has to do with messaging and the fact that email is basic web browsing is free. But, people are still running out and buying them. I remember back a few months during Christmas time, in church, the minister was walking around with a mic asking kids what they wanted for Christmas, and a few of them said a Blackberry.
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The only thing BB has going for them worldwide is BB Messaging.
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RIM hires JP Morgan to explore options, most likely pushing for a sale



RIM has hired JP Morgan to “assist in reviewing RIM’s business and financial performance”:
To further enhance our commitment to successfully completing our transformation, after the release of our year-end financial results, we engaged J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and RBC Capital Markets to assist the Company and our Board of Directors in reviewing RIM’s business and financial performance. These advisors have been tasked to help us with the strategic review we referenced on our year-end financial results conference call and to evaluate the relative merits and feasibility of various financial strategies, including opportunities to leverage the BlackBerry platform through partnerships, licensing opportunities and strategic business model alternatives.
This is relatively straight forward. RIM is reporting that the company will continue to lose money through their transitional period for the next few quarters, and RIM has hired JP Morgan and RBC to advise them on the best (or what available) road to take. BGR reported that RIM was pushing for a sale of the entire company to Samsung earlier this year, but RIM wanted an insanely high number — around $10 billion — and Samsung has denied talks ever having place. RIM is currently trading at around $10 a share, making the company worth about half of what they originally wanted in a sale.
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Oh, Playbooks still sell.....and then they get returned.
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Oh, Playbooks still sell.....and then they get returned.
Just recently I saw where there were like $560million worth of them that never moved and were still warehoused. Guess that is what happens when you try to sell a tablet without an email/messaging client and your CORE business is secure email and messaging.
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Exactly. Another huge thing is how far behind in the app department they are. No Kindle, Netflix, or Skype apps.
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Former RIM CEOs Paid Millions and Millions for Ruining Company

Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the co-CEO bro team who oversaw the implosion of RIM and the complete descent into irrelevance of the BlackBerry, aren't shedding any tears right now. Why? Despite career failure, they got a luxury parting package.
The Wall Street Journal reports the golden parachute studded with rubies was disclosed in RIM's latest filing with the SEC—and boy, it's pretty disgusting. As the WSJ points out, RIM was worth a staggering 16 times what it's worth today, five years ago. Who was in charge during those five years, when the company plugged its ears against the inexorable trend of the iPhone and churned out crappy handsets? Mike and Jim. So what are they getting for their years of disservice? Plenty of money that could've been spent on hiring some talent to save the whole ship:
Balsillie was given a payout of $7.93 million for the current fiscal year, which includes salary, bonus and a severance package valued at about $4.8 million. Lazaridis received $3.96 million in salary and awards, as well as a 10-year extension on health coverage for himself and his family, and a company car and driver.
In other words, enough money to last them several lifetimes over without ever having to work again, in exchange for having done terrible work. And should they ever want to visit any of the employees laid off or surely waiting to be laid off in the near future, they can just take Mike's permanent private car service. The Canadian Dream.
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RIM is even losing their contract with the DoD since Android and iOS is starting to support CAC readers.
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RIM manufacturing partner pulls the plug on BlackBerry phones




Toronto-based original device manufacturer Celestica on Monday announced that it will stop producing hardware for struggling mobile device vendor Research In Motion. Celestica stated that it will wind down manufacturing services related to BlackBerry devices over the next three to six months, and it expects restructuring charges to be less than $35 million. RIM reported earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter in late March, missing expectations and painting a bleak picture for its first two quarters in fiscal 2013. The vendor also announced that it would take a $1 billion charge related to unsold BlackBerry device inventory. RIM will not launch its first BlackBerry 10 smartphone until late this year, and industry watchers are expecting stiff competition from Apple’s next iPhone and a variety of new Android smartphones. Celestica’s full press release follows below.
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TORONTO, Canada – Celestica Inc. (NYSE, TSX: CLS), a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions, today announced that over the course of the next three to six months, it will wind down its manufacturing services for Research in Motion (RIM).
Celestica has been a high-performing manufacturing supplier for RIM and will work closely with RIM throughout the transition. As discussed on the company’s first quarter results conference call on April 24, Celestica has been working with RIM as it assesses its supply chain strategy. Celestica estimates that prior to any recoveries, its restructuring charges will not exceed $35 million.
More details about this announcement will be provided as part of the company’s second-quarter results press release and conference call, which are scheduled for Friday, July 27.
In addition, Celestica is reaffirming its second quarter financial guidance that was provided on April 24. The company anticipates revenue to be in the range of $1.65 billion to $1.75 billion, and adjusted net earnings per share to be in the range of $0.20 to $0.26.
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Morgan Stanley Downgrades RIM on ‘Deteriorating’ Outlook




Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), the struggling maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, fell the most since May after Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded the stock, citing “rapidly deteriorating fundamentals.”
“The only way RIM remains a viable entity is at a fraction of its current size, a transformation that erases much of its earnings power,” Ehud Gelblum, an analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York, wrote in a note to investors today. He cut RIM’s recommendation to underweight, a negative rating, from equalweight, the equivalent of a hold.
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A Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) BlackBerry Tour 9630 smartphone in an arranged photo in Beijing. RIM’s stock fell 7.3 percent to $9.14 at 12:06 p.m. in New York, the worst intraday decline since May 30. The shares are trading at their lowest level since December 2003. Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg



RIM’s stock fell 7.6 percent to $9.11 at the close in New York, the worst decline since May 30. The shares are trading at their lowest level since December 2003.
The company plans to release a new lineup of phones based on the BlackBerry 10 operating system, an attempt to reverse a sales slide and regain market share from Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone and devices running Google Inc.’s (GOOG) Android. RIM, which has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and RBC Capital Markets to help evaluate options, has lost two-thirds of its value in the past 12 months.
The introduction of BlackBerry 10 is “likely too late and fraught with risks,” Gelblum said. A shortage of chips may hamper the release, and the lack of a physical keyboard on new phones may alienate customers, he said.
RIM unveiled a BlackBerry 10 prototype phone without the company’s hallmark keyboard last month. Still, RIM has said it will continue to produce some phones with keyboards.
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Gelblum lowered his projection for fiscal 2014 earnings per share to a loss of $1.39 from a loss of 85 cents, and cut his revenue forecast for the same period to $7 billion from $9.7 billion. The average of analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg was profit of 52 cents on revenue of $12.2 billion.
To reach the break-even point again, without boosting revenue, RIM would have to eliminate 90 percent of its employees, Gelblum said.
Results in the quarter ending in August may “significantly” trail analysts’ estimates because of RIM’s aging portfolio of devices and a pause of shipments ahead of the introduction of the BlackBerry 10 operating system this year, Gelblum said.
Other analysts are similarly pessimistic about RIM’s fortunes. RIM’s new phones will struggle to compete with the latest models from Apple and Samsung Electronics Co., Alkesh Shah, an analyst at Evercore Partners Inc. (EVR) in New York, wrote in a note today. Shah rates RIM the equivalent of a hold.
“We expect fundamentals to worsen at RIM for at least the next two to three years before reaching bottom.”
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Thorsten Heins, president and CEO of Research In Motion, delivers the keynote speech during the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando Fla., May 1, 2012.Heins says "there's nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now" and he's confident it will get past its current challenges. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Reinhold Matay




TORONTO - Research In Motion chief executive Thorsten Heins was on the defensive Tuesday insisting "there's nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now," and that he's confident the BlackBerry maker will get past its current challenges.
Heins led the march of several executives who fanned out to media outlets in an effort cast a positive glow on the company, which has been facing an increasing amount of negativity over its seemingly endless problems.
Last week, RIM shocked the market with another delay to its crucial BlackBerry 10 operating system which has been considered by many as a last-ditch effort to save the company. But that was only part of the bad news.
RIM also said it would layoff about 5,000 employees as it slashes costs across the organization to contend with faltering sales of its BlackBerry smartphones and a quickly eroding stock price.
In morning trading on Tuesday, RIM's stock was down seven cents to $7.47 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Heins acknowledged the company faces a challenge to regain market share in the United States, but insisted RIM isn't in a "death spiral."
"There's nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now," Heins said on CBC's Metro Morning radio show.
"I'm not talking about the company as I, kind of, took it over six months ago. I'm talking about the company (in the) state it's in right now."
Heins said the major changes RIM has made to its management and business objectives since he became CEO in January are part of a massive transition to a whole new technology platform.
He said sales in other parts of the world remain strong and argued the transition to the BlackBerry 10 will be a completely different way for RIM to address mobile computing.
But before that launch sometime early next year, RIM needs to survive the rest of 2012. Many analysts expect that will be particularly challenging as the company tries to market its older lineup of smartphones to savvy North American users who could easily switch to brand new Android phones or the new Apple iPhone expected sometime this fall.
So, in many ways, RIM is turning to its global customer base in hopes that'll keep the company's sales float in the meantime. Some of its older phones are still relatively new in some regions.
"Many of the international markets continue to provide a great deal of strength for us, and so we expect to drive that as hard as humanly possible," said Rick Costanzo, executive vice-president of global sales in an interview.
Those assurances are being increasingly ignored by analysts, and many have been downgrading their expectations for the company over the past several days.
On Tuesday, Barclays lowered its expectations, pointing towards RIM's "ebbing competitive position" which puts earnings estimates "at risk."
"We model a loss of $1.04 versus a consensus of a three-cent gain in full-year 2014," wrote analyst Jeff Kvaal in a note.
"We find a possible floor or takeover valuations very risky."
At least one analyst questioned how RIM could successfully execute the release of its new phones amid mass layoffs.
"We think execution risks will continue,'' Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said in a note to clients last week.
"We believe the BB10 pushout decision was recent and leaves RIM with inferior products in an increasingly competitive and saturated smartphone market.''
Costanzo challenged the predictions, noting that their projects for sales over the past three years have often been notably offbase with the actual results. At one time, RIM's earnings consistently beat analyst expectations.
"Estimates are exactly that — they're estimates," he said.
"We have a different view in terms of what we expect to be able to do with our existing portfolio."
Another notable concern for the company will be maintaining its relationship with IT departments at businesses around the globe which have come to rely on RIM's networks.
Some of those companies have already started to stray from their reliance on RIM's technology by either opening up their systems to allow other mobile devices, or looking to competitors and their systems.
And RIM's new operating system will join a growing list of alternatives that now includes Mozilla Firefox, which on Monday became the latest to announce plans for its own technology. It will debut in 2013.
"We're not delusional," Costanzo added.
"We know that we've got some big challenges ahead of us, but at the same time we remain optimistic about our short term prospects."
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Does the BlackBerry 10 launch delay to Q1 of 2013 affect your loyalty to RIM? (156 Votes)

  1. Yes, I'm leaving BlackBerry for another platform. (28 Votes)
  2. No, I'm sticking with Team BlackBerry! (88 Votes)
  3. Undecided for now. (40 Votes)

Would You Buy A BlackBerry Smartphone Running PlayBook OS 2.1 That Had BBM? (116 Votes)

  1. Yes (79 Votes)
  2. No (37 Votes)


Exclusive: Leaked BlackBerry 10 2013 Roadmap





BlackBerry news in the last week has had it's plenty of downs. However, with this less than par news we have gained plenty of new insight into the BlackBerry 10 platform and what it entails. The news has taken us on a roller coaster. From everything about the delay of BlackBerry 10 to Q1 of 2013, to leaked slides showing that there will be both QWERTY and FullScreen BlackBerry 10 devices (L and N Series) at launch.

With the help from an anonymous source, we have gotten our hands on what appears to be a BlackBerry 10 Roadmap for 2013! Boo-ya!! I'll explain more below, but first, here is a quick overview of the roadmap dates:

  • 4G PlayBook - Q4, 2012
  • BlackBerry 10 London/Nevada - Q1, 2013 - Europe launch before N. America
  • BlackBerry 10 Upgrade for PlayBook - Q1/Q2, 2013
  • BlackBerry device codenamed "Nashville" - Q2/Q3, 2013
  • BlackBerry 10 inch PlayBook "Blackforest" - Q3, 2013
  • BlackBerry device codenamed "Naples" - Q3/Q4, 2013

Before we go into what the roadmap is showing us, we were also told that RIM will be launching BlackBerry 10 in Europe 3-4 weeks prior to launching BlackBerry 10 in North America. Don't worry though, both launches will still take place in Q1. The BlackBerry 10 Europe launch is suppose to take place within the first week of January, while the North American launch to follow in the first week of February. The reason behind this, is because the European markets and media outlets have been better receptive to BlackBerry than the "doom and gloom" repetitive bullshit of the North American media outlets. RIM has also had much better success with BlackBerry in general in these other markets. This should give the global market more time to become accustomed to BlackBerry 10 and create the hype it needs to make it's way to the shelves of N. America and elsewhere.

Little has been known in regards to the BlackBerry 10 roadmap besides what we have learned from the delayed launch in the last week during RIM's earnings call. What we have known already is that the 4G LTE PlayBook will be on the market before the year's end. This will usher in the first BlackBerry 10 devices in Q1 of 2013, and PlayBook's running OS 2 will get a upgrade to BlackBerry 10 OS. Probably the best news about being a PlayBook owner you can get.

What really sparks our interest is what we have heard about possible other BB10 devices which names were discovered hidden in the data of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. These were codenamed "Nashville" and "Naples." The roadmap tells us that the Nashville is tracking between Q2/Q3, and Naples Q3/Q4. As to what these devices are, we are still uncertain, but there has been speculation that they may be variations of the QWERTY N-Series. It would make sense being they all have a codename that starts with the letter N. Or, they could very well be variants of a 7 or 10 inch PlayBook tablet - not enough info yet.

Since the release of the 7 inch PlayBook there has been many speculations and rumors as to when, or if, there will be a 10 inch PlayBook to ever see the market. As far as over a year ago there were rumors that RIM had completely stopped any kind of plans for a 10 inch PlayBook so that they could focus on getting BlackBerry 10 OS out first. This makes sense that we would not see a 10 inch PlayBook hit your happy little hands until BlackBerry 10 is launched. This also means that any tablet launching after Q1 will also come equipped with the BlackBerry 10 OS.

We've known that the device codenamed "Blackforest" has long now been rumored to be the 10 inch BlackBerry tablet. Based on the roadmap, it looks to be tracking for Q3, 2013. There is also the number "128" shown besides the "Blackforest" codename. Could this mean that the first 10 inch PlayBook will come in a 128 GB model!? This could be very well so, as RIM has just nixed the 16 GB model, citing that less of memory is just not going to be relevant anymore as they continue their focus on higher capacity models. As apps and OS content continues to become more jam packed rich, I think seeing a 128 GB tablet hit the market in Q3 of 2013 makes a whole lot of sense!

It looks like 2013 is going to be RIM's year for a chance as the comeback kid. I'm hoping to see when we attend the main BlackBerry Jam event this September in San Jose, that more light will be shed on BlackBerry 10 and the many questions coming from the community. I'm still hoping that in some ways this roadmap isn't true, and RIM will surprise us with a early BlackBerry 10 release in Q4 of this year. Either way, keep it here for any updates to the upcoming BlackBerry 10 launch!
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RIM CEO tones down the happy talk, says he’s ‘not satisfied’



RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has wisely decided to ditch his “there’s nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now” talking point. During his remarks at RIM’s 2012 Annual General Meeting today, Heins said that while he was optimistic that his company could make a comeback, he was “not satisfied” with the state of the company and acknowledged that the “next several quarters will be very challenging.” Heins also identified three key reasons for RIM’s decline in the United States: The consumer appeal of iOS and Android, the rise of bring-your-own-device policies in corporate IT departments and RIM’s own lack of an LTE-capable smartphone. He said that the release of the BlackBerry 10 operating system in early 2013 would put the company back on competitive footing in all three of these areas.
Heins also reminded shareholders that RIM still had 78 million BlackBerry subscribers out there, meaning BlackBerry 10 will already have a strong user base when it launches next year. And finally, Heins said that the company’s strategy going forward was to release a smaller number of mobile devices to the market at a given time and said it would be primarily targeting the premium smartphone market with both its touchscreen phones and its phones that come equipped with full QWERTY keyboards.




RIM Said to Sell Jet to Help Save $1 Billion




Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM), which has lost 95 percent of its market value since 2008, is selling one of its two business jets under a plan to save $1 billion in operating costs, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
The maker of BlackBerry devices put its nine-passenger Dassault Aviation SA (DSY) F50EX up for sale, trying to fetch $6 million to $7 million, one of the people said. The person declined to be named because the sale hasn’t been completed. Selling the midrange jet would leave RIM with one Dassault F900EX, a longer-range aircraft that can fit 14 passengers, the person said.
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Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins, who will answer shareholders’ questions today at RIM’s annual shareholder meeting, is trying to rein in costs as the company’s smartphones fall out of favor and losses mount. A 47 percent plunge in U.S. sales last year has left RIM increasingly dependent on markets such as Indonesia and South Africa, forcing its top executives to roam further afield for sales growth. The company has offices in at least 27 countries and sells phones in more than 175 markets.
“We’re looking at options with both our aircraft costs and finding ways to reduce our travel while still making sure we keep in close contact with our partners around the world,” Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM said in a statement in response to inquiries from Bloomberg. “It’s all part of the effort to find ways to reduce costs and drive efficiencies that Thorsten Heins has talked about.”
‘Significant Efficiencies’

Heins has said he’s aiming to save $1 billion this fiscal year through “significant efficiencies and operating cost reductions.” That includes cutting 5,000 jobs, or about a third of RIM’s workforce, and a number of manufacturing sites.
Vadim Feldzer, a spokesman for Paris-based Dassault’s Falcon business, didn’t return phone calls seeking comment.
The F50EX typically costs about $2.1 million a year to run based on an hourly flying cost of $3,400, according to Bill de Decker, founder and president of Arlington, Texas-based business jet consulting firm Conklin & de Decker. The larger F900EX costs about $2.2 million in annual operating costs.
The jet for sale was built in 1999, features beige leather interior, “high gloss Swiss woodwork” and “gold-plated hardware,” according to a sales brochure for the aircraft.
While the yearly savings RIM can expect from paring its fleet is modest because it will now have to pay more for commercial jet travel, such moves assume much greater importance when the company is cutting jobs, de Decker said.
“With corporate aviation, the symbolism far outweighs the dollars,” he said.
BB10 Delay

Shrinking sales, market share and profitability have shaken investor faith in RIM’s stock, which has lost almost three- quarters of its value in the past 12 months. The stock fell 2 percent to $7.52 at 10:16 a.m. in New York.
The share performance has pushed Heins to intensify cost cutting, even as he pours more resources into finishing the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, RIM’s bet to compete with Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone and devices running Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android software.
Heins last month announced a delay of the first BB10 phone until the first quarter of next year. That means the introduction will be at least a year later than originally expected.
Heins and key deputies such as Alec Saunders, head of BlackBerry developer relations, have been crisscrossing the globe to drum up support for the new BlackBerry platform and current smartphone models. For distant markets, RIM’s remaining Dassault F900 -- with a range of 4,500 miles (7,240 kilometers) -- is a useful aircraft, said de Decker.
“They could say, ‘We believe our growth is in X, Y and Z, and we’re keeping a long-range aircraft,’” he said. “And at the same time, ‘We know we need to save money, so we’re going from two aircraft down to one.’”
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They are kicking the can right now, shit its all they have done for the last two years. I assume you mean "kick the bucket."

I think they will make it a little longer. I think OS10 will hit, their device will flop and they will become a service company
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my roommate and I just had a conversation about how he wants to get another blackberry, and me telling him how horrible of an idea it is to buy into a company that is circling the drain. There are some fun figures in the last few posts I am going to have to show him
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BlackBerry Storm 3 shows up again, tracking for September launch?






RIM's mythical BlackBerry Storm 3 is one of those products that shows up every few months with just enough new information to have you believing that it's real and it's eventually coming before slithering back into the night, going totally radio-silent for another month or two. We've no doubt that the phone is real at this point, but considering the lukewarm reception the Storm 2 got, we're surprised RIM hasn't pushed harder to get the updated device to market -- only thing we can figure is that the carrier partners keep sending it back for tweaks. Speaking of tweaks, BGR says that we can expect a phone with a 1.2GHz processor (same as the alleged Torch 2) along with a 3.7-inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera, dual-band WiFi with UMA support, mobile hotspot capability, and BlackBerry OS 6.1. Word has it there will be at least two versions released around the globe -- codenamed Monaca and Monza -- and it's on track for a September release. That's all well and good, though these specs aren't going to blow anyone away as we approach Q4 '11.
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The Engadget Interview: RIM CMO Frank Boulben



It's been said before that RIM CEO Thorsten Heins surely has one of the toughest jobs in tech. It's a title he no doubt shares with Frank Boulben, the company's newly minted CMO. After all, it's Boulben who will be taking charge of the marketing for the company so badly in need of a new image. The Orange / Vodafone expat, naturally, sees very bright things ahead for Research in Motion's future -- a future that hinges almost entirely on the success of the company's much delayed BlackBerry 10.
Like Heins, Boulben insists that all who have seen the much anticipated mobile operating system thus far have been thoroughly impressed -- it's a sentiment that we certainly can't debate. Of course, given all of the trouble the company has run into bringing the OS to market, the number of folks who can claim membership in that exclusive club is small indeed. When the first BB10 devices finally hit early next year, Boulben's team will be tasked with making sure that number increases significantly enough to ensure the company's success in a field that is increasingly dominated by the likes of Android and iOS.
We spoke to Boulben about his plans to help spread the BlackBerry gospel, the time he spent as an executive at the also-troubled Lightsquared and the changes RIM must make to ensure it's success in the future.
It's an interesting time for you guys.

'Interesting' is an interesting word [laughs].

Well, how would you describe it?
I think it's a time of change for the company, significant change.

We have, as you know, a new management team on board. Starting with Thorsten, myself, Kristian [Tear] -- we've got a new CEO, a new Chief Legal Officer, new head of human resources, etc. So, we have a big change in terms of management team, and a big change in the way we are looking at our parenting models. We are addressing our cuts very aggressively, aiming at saving one billion dollars this fiscal year. And a big change because we are working on the launch on BlackBerry 10 which will be the foundation for ten years to come for the company and a primary source of differentiation and education and moving forward. I think 'change' is the right word.

It's interesting that you bring up the new management, since that was one of the chief concerns with the last shareholder's meeting. There were some new people on-board and obviously Thorsten is fairly new to the company, as well. But there was a fair amount of criticism that it was a reelection of folks who had been in place for sometime at RIM.
I think the chairwoman of the board commented on that, that the company is seeking to extend and augment the range of experience of the board. That is on-going. She mentioned that an executive is helping the board in recruiting new directors and that they were looking at broad experience across geographies. That affords us the ability to bring fresh blood and different experience to the board. But with respect to the management, as I was mentioning, it's done. We're now all recruited and pretty much all on-board, so that allows Thorsten and a new leadership team to take a fresh look at what needs to be done

Do you agree then with the sentiment that the board needs some fresh blood, as well?

Yes, I think everybody agrees with that.

In terms of your own experience, what do you bring to the table?

I've had 20 years experience in wireless. I've spent most of my career in marketing and strategy roles in wireless, so obviously I bring that functional expertise. I've managed an iconic brand, Orange, in 20 countries. At the time the brand was challenged. I've also brought up Orange and transformed the marketing organization and redefined the role of the global marketing versus the local marketing. So that's on the functional side. Obviously, I know very well the carrier perspective on devices and on RIM, in particular. So I think that's what I bring to the table: the functional expertise in marketing and the knowledge of the carrier world.

You were at Lightsquared for a period as well.

Yes. As you know, Lightsquared was a wholesale-only carrier, so in my role at Lightsquared, I signed more than 40 wholesale contracts with a variety of players in the industry: carriers like Sprint and Leap, but also retailers like Best Buy or device manufacturers like Sharp. That allowed me to increase my knowledge of the sector and a number of those players are also RIM customers, so that's helpful.
Things have been difficult on the Lightsquared side, as well. Do you see parallels between RIM and Lightsquared?
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