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RIM loses in arbitration with Nokia, may have to pay royalties on BlackBerrys with WiFi Mobile



Nokia and RIM already have a troubled history whenever they come into contact, so it's no surprise that what truces they do have are fraying at the edges. RIM just lost a Swedish arbitration proceeding where it tried to extend a 2003 patent cross-licensing deal with Nokia to include WiFi devices; the wireless technology isn't covered, the arbitrator says, and RIM now has to either pay royalties worldwide or risk seeing its devices yanked from the market. Nokia isn't wasting any time pressuring the team in Waterloo into coughing up -- it already has filings to enforce the decision in Canada, the UK and the US. RIM has so far turned down any comment, although it's more likely that their firm will cut a deal rather than risk a sweeping ban. Consider it another of the many hurdles for RIM to jump on the road to January 30th.
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Yahoo CEO announced today that they will be focusing know smartphone tech which will not be including the BlackBerry platform. She also said the company would be moving away from all BlackBerry devices internally.
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Research in Motion shows off BlackBerry 10 with keyboard



ROBERT GALBRAITH/REUTERS - Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins discusses features of the Blackberry 10 during his keynote address during the Blackberry Jam Americas in San Jose, California in this September 25, 2012, file photo

Research in Motion is hoping to mount a comeback in the new year on the back of an all-new operating system called BlackBerry 10.

Yet while RIM is trying to innovate, it’s also being cautions about abandoning the devoted base of customers who’ve stuck with the BlackBerry. So, along with its new all-touch smartphone, that will be introduced with the fresh operating system in January, the company has also been touting a BB10 model with a full keyboard.


RIM showed off the device at its BlackBerry Jam developers event and mentioned it Thursday in the firm’s developer blog Thursday. RIM is releasing a limited number of developer models to let app makers adjust their devices for QWERTY input, the company said.

Only developers who can prove they’re building two or more apps for the system are eligible to get the phones. Only priority developers will receive devices — according to the post. Those making apps specifically for the BlackBerry will get higher priority than those adapting apps from other operating systems — such as Android — onto BlackBerry 10.

Getting developers excited about the new system is essential for the company, which has said that it wants to focus on building out its app store with “meaningful” programs that appeal to its business-centered customers.

The company has already opened the BlackBerry App World for programs to run on the new phones at launch.

BlackBerry 10, which aims to provide secure but fluid navigation between users’ personal and business data, is due to launch on January 30. The company is expected to launch two smartphones very soon after the system goes live.
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Not going to lie. Excited to mess with one.
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Sharper BlackBerry 10 L phone images surface
Clear images and video of the rumored BlackBerry 10 L handset arise.




Is this RIM's new BlackBerry 10 phone?
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RIM's rumored BlackBerry 10 L series device, codenamed London have just come into sharper focus thanks to new images posted by Vietnamese site TinThe and reported by CIO.com.



If these shots and accompanying video are legit, the phone runs RIM's long awaited BlackBerry 10 software complete with the BlackBerry Hub and Flow interface. From the video and pictures it's clear that the device is smaller than the Dev Alpha developer prototype yet looks to sport a similar if not the same 4.2-inch size touchscreen. Its square corners have been blunted though, now with rounded edges. The 10 L also appears to be thinner and a little shorter, hopefully without sacrificing features or capability.

Within the video, the presenter is kind enough to provide a full run through of the BlackBerry 10 L's physical components, going so far as to compare it to the Dev Alpha device and Apple iPhone 5. He even removes the back cover giving us a clear view of the battery, micro SD Card slot, and SIM card.
Honestly I'm thinking this is the real deal, or at least an almost fully baked engineering sample of RIM's top secret hardware. On the back of the all black phone you can see an identical perforated pattern you may have noticed in RIM's teaser image it recently released.



Additionally the camera and LED flash is placed in the top left-hand corner, just as how it appears in RIM's officially sanctioned shot. The phone does look a little thick but hopefully its extra girth will lend the handset a premium feel, typical for old school BlackBerrys. RIM has announced that it will release BlackBerry 10 on January 30th, 2013 and hopefully unveil new hardware then as well.

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NOTORIOUS PATENT TROLL HITS RIM WITH NEW LAWSUIT, SEEKS BLACKBERRY SALES BAN


Well-known patent troll Wi-LAN has filed a new lawsuit against BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIMM) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Wi-LAN, which describes itself as “a leading intellectual property licensing company,” claims RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,260,168, owned by Wi-LAN, which relates to Bluetooth implementation. The lawsuit covers multiple BlackBerry handsets including Bold, Torch, Pearl and Storm models, Reuters reports. Wi-LAN is reportedly seeking unspecified damages and is looking to ban sales of RIM’s infringing BlackBerry phones in the United States.
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BLACKBERRY BB10 RIM SMARTPHONES MOBILE




Vietnamese site Tinhte (link currently down) claims to have gotten its hands on some advanced screenshots of BB10, which is expected to launch at the end of next month. For the revamped operating system, it looks like RIM has taken pieces from Apple, Google, and Microsoft competitors and jammed them together. It's the best looking thing RIM has ever done, but sadly, it still doesn't look very good.

First, a disclaimer: These are supposed leaks that we can't verify, but, based on what we've seen from an offical video before, these are totally believable screenshots of the forthcoming OS.

The overall UI is pretty conservative, which isn't terrible considering the prototypical BlackBerry user needs something easy to use. The homescreen and pull down menus look like a direct descendent of Samsung's TouchWiz skin for Android. The icon design is pretty horrendous. What's up with the shadowing behind the icons and why is the LinkedIn Foursquare icon bigger than the others? Hopefully that dimension within the icon will be standardized for the final version. The skeuomorphic page flapping in the wind on the calendar icon doesn't bode well either. Also, please tell us which enterprise Blackberry client is going to enjoy an app called story maker.



Here we see what appears to be some kind of voice search application. A Siri for Blackberry perhaps. The boxy design of those dialogues sure reminds us of Windows Phone, but that square microphone button at the button doesn't quite do it for us. Maybe RIM is just trying to avoid getting sued by Apple over the design of the Siri mic button.




Blackberry Hub is the central messaging system for BB10. Hard to judge from what we see here. But then, it's a little worrisome that we can't tell what's going on from a graphical UI standpoint by glancing at it either. It all looks very redundant.




Mercifully, Twitter and Facebook look more or less the way they do on other mobile operating systems.





We'll see what RIM shows us when BB10 is officially launch on January 30 in NYC.
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LEAKED BLACKBERRY 10 SLIDES SHOW VIDEO CALLING AND SCREEN SHARING FOR BBM









Research in Motion (RIMM) recently updated its BlackBerry Messenger application to include free Wi-Fi calling. With the release of BlackBerry 10 just around the corner, RIM is looking to add even more features to its flagship messaging app. Slides from a purported internal BlackBerry 10 presentation that were originally posted on the CrackBerry forums suggest that the company is planning to update BBM to include video calling and screen-sharing capabilities. A second slide highlights a task manager application called BlackBerry Remember, which is believed to be the replacement for RIM’s native Tasks app. Additional slides from the presentation can be viewed below.
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Lenovo looking to acquire RIM for Android smartphone push





The PC and laptop manufacturing giant Lenovo has slowly been working their way into the mobile marketplace. While their tablets haven’t been a smashing hit, nor have their smartphones, some new products shown off at CES sure were exciting. Today some reports have surfaced that Lenovo could potentially be in the running to acquire RIM, and they might toss the ailing company a nice bid to make things interesting. This would really bolster Lenovo’s Android smartphone offerings.


During CES Lenovo showed us their impressive new K900 smartphone with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and powerful Intel Atom processor, and we came away quite impressed. They haven’t made a dent in the smartphone market as much as they’d like but hopefully that will soon change.
According to Bloomberg the second largest PC manufacturer, Lenovo, is looking at their options and one includes purchasing RIM to boost their mobile output and sales. We all know talks about RIM being sold have been in the news for a long long time, but should BB10 fail this could be a real outcome.
Reports confirm that according to Lenovo’s Chief Financial Officer Wong Wai Ming, RIM is just one of many different ideas and options they’ve been tossing around but nothing is concrete. Ming went as far as to say there’s a team dedicated to finding acquisitions to help their mobile presence. Interestingly enough it would be quite a story to see a Chinese manufacturer such as Lenovo buy out a “secure” enterprise-grade company such as RIM that is so widely used in the US. For now this is just a rumor, but we could be seeing more details on this throughout the year so stick around.
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My oldest nephew is in R&D for Blackberry so I got to play with a BB10 Smartphone over the holidays. It was pretty nice compared to previous BB attempts, I will give it that. The thing that I hated was the gesturing system is all unique to BB, so I had a hell of a time getting the phone to do what I wanted it to.

I think the best part though was when he realized he had lost his phone and went into a panic kinda like the guy who left a pre-release iPhone5 in a bar (we had been in a bar earlier too). A quick hunt revealed it had fallen in between the couch cushions though.
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Sorry Apple, the BlackBerry Z10 Is Hotter Than the iPhone

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I've always hated BlackBerry phones. Disgracefully ugly bricks they were—until BlackBerry 10. If the RIM's new flagship Z10 device really looks like this—and apparently it does—and if the OS is as nice as it seemed at CES, I will totally snatch one up.
These BlackBerry Z10 vs iPhone 5 comparative renders by our friend Martin Hajek are amazing. Not only because they show off just how beautiful a phone RIM has built, but because they demonstrate why we should still care about BlackBerry. With hardware as lovely as this, it may still have a chance at coming back with a vengeance.
The comparative images were made by Martin using leaked physical data and pictures which are believed to be the real thing. I love that is has zero buttons. It does it all through the screen's touch abilities, and that's all you need.
Also, check out the renders for the N10—RIM's new model for the keyboard diehards—at the end. You can download Martin's amazing 3D models here.
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I have said this before in other threads and will repeat that the iPhone 5 was not what Apple needed... it was a slight evolution over the 4S and has allowed other companies opportunities to re-assert themselves. This Blackberry looks great, better than the iPhone 5 whose anodized back looks scuffed and dirty in comparison (these seems to wear sooo quickly).

I'm tired of Apple no longer being a leader... it's like if I wait long enough they will finally deliver what I want, but that underscores the problem... you shouldn't have to wait.

It will be interesting to see if this phone cane turn things around for Blackberry?
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i doubt it, it's too late in the game. it may be superior hardware, but i wouldn't want one due to the probably extreme lack of third-party support (ie apps, games etc). it will be hard to convince people to develop or port software for such a niche OS. not to mention former and current selling points such as BBM being irrelevant due to none of my friends having blackberries...
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rim had a really good thing going, but their venture into the touch-screen segment really fucked them hard. the storm and storm 2 were the biggest duds of all time IMO.
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I actually kind of like the look of this phone (Z10).

http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/30/b...-z10-official/

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RIM is now BlackBerry, announces BlackBerry 10 and new devices



Today RIM went all in with their latest update to the fading mobile platform that once had a stranglehold on the enterprise market. Did I say RIM? I meant BlackBerry, as the company has now been unified under the single brand. It all accompanies the launch of BlackBerry 10 and the first two devices to run it, the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10.

The Z10 is BlackBerry’s all-touch device featuring a 4.2-inch display with a 1280×768 resolution, equaling a pixel density of 356ppi. The phone carries a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU with 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, and 16GB or 32GB storage options. The Q10 has similar internal hardware, but features a full QWERTY keyboard and 3.1-inch display at 330ppi.
For BB10′s flagship handsets, the hardware seems a little light when compared to the latest Android devices (and even the iPhone 5). But BlackBerry is hoping to succeed not on hardware alone, but also on through their brand new software platform, which reinvents the BlackBerry ecosystem for the touchscreen era.
A new emphasis has been placed on multi-tasking via “BlackBerry Flow,” a system not unlike Android 4.x’s multi-tasking application launcher, and integration with social networks and other communications platforms looks to create a more robust experience while recapturing BlackBerry’s position as the leader in mobile messaging. Apps also look to play a bigger role than ever in the BlackBerry experience.
It’s a bold move forward for BlackBerry, but at first glance we still wonder if they have done enough. The new OS looks slick and contains some intriguing functionality, but nothing that transcends what we have seen from other mobile platforms. Same goes for the hardware. In short, this could be BB’s last hurrah. Android certainly shouldn’t feel threatened.
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Alicia Keys is Blackberry's new Global Creative Director Mobile



If you didn't get the hint from the constant appearances during the BlackBerry 10 video promos, BlackBerry loves Alicia Keys. And it looks like she might like it back. Filled with analogies of new lovers and "exclusively dating" a mobile platform, Alicia Keys is now BlackBerry's Global Creative Director. We're not sure what her work remit will be (although there was a mention of app development) but we presume Will.I.Am is somewhere, crying in a pool of money.
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Here’s BBM Doing Everything You Wish iMessage Could



At first blush there's a lot to like about BB10, BlackBerry (née RIM)'s last great hope at redemption. But the first thing you might love is the revamped BBM. It's crazy slick, and your iPhone is jealous.
What can you do with the new BBM? Reliable messaging, for one, which alone gives it a hand up on iOS. Free calls over Wi-Fi is pretty hand, too. But it's also got some gorgeous video chat, and a screen-sharing feature that lets you share whatever's on your mobile desktop with someone halfway around the world.
They're features we'd heard about before, but promises and execution are entirely different things. Let's just hope our hands-on testing shows off features that function as seamlessly as they seem to.
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I don't know...While they're obviously very late to the game, and coming off of some severe financial difficulties, I think this may be a turning point for them. You have to think about how many hold-outs there are still using their BlackBerry's because they simply refuse this whole touchscreen business. I know several professors, and quite a few people in my IT department that won't make the switch. And they're also very excited for the Q10. I don't know if it will be enough to save BlackBerry, but I doubt we will see them go under entirely.

After all, they're re-inventing themselves with the change of a name and the launch of an entirely new platform, when everyone thought they were dead anyways. Will it be the next Playbook? Maybe. But I have to admit that the new phone has some very slick features, and I really like the form factor. If it turns out to be worth a damn, I'll probably pick one up to play with.
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new blackberry looks nice to me, a combination of what webos and android give at their best... saying that, I more than likely would be bored with it after a week :S While it's nice to look at, I like to tinker with the phone, install apps to try out and not all games either. While blackberry is nice, it looks to be nice in the same way I found windows phone or webos phones nice, and I grew bored of both of them too while still thinking they are "nice".

Not sure if my rambling got what I wanted to say, but a "nice" phone is not a "fun" phone to me. Sure a lot of cars look "nice", but if I had to choose, I'd choose a "fun" car instead that still looks nice to me. A phone can be as nice as it wants to be, but if I don't have fun with it, I can't enjoy it. Likewise a fun phone can eventually be made nice looking (the screen/ui anyways which is what people really look at when they use phone). So no, I don't want a "utility" phone that can do things flawlessly if I'm limited in what I can do besides those 10 things. This is what made webos fail in my book, it does what it does nicely, but the rest of it didn't stack up. It's why iOS didn't grow on me, it does it's scrolling smoothly but it doesn't let me do other things (tinker). Android grew on me because it didn't do any one thing smoothly (at the beginning) but I got to do a little of everything with it, and now it's caught up to doing main things great

edit: but I wouldn't write RIM out of the picture, they are in the same spot apple was back in the 80s... and they both have a core cult following. At the very least, they'll bleed a slow slow death.

edit: what I'm really hoping for is that BB10 will be able to install/run android apps like the BB playbook can. That would really expand the ecosystem and make me buy one. But after android being so open, I don't know if I can go back to a "closed" OS, where I can't flash custom OS's onto the phone.

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Engadget has over a full page of bb news

Dang their devices do look good tho

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I dont see this going very far to be honest, i could be wrong though...

they may be in the same boat as apple was back in the 80's but back then who were Apple's direct competitors? like maybe 2-3? now today RIM is facing a shit load more competitors in the phone market than ever before.
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Yes, but there are still people with fond memories of their older Blackberry phones (not me). I hate physical QWERTY keyboards too but even I think I could live with the one on that Q10.
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Not impressed at all with the Z10. Played with one at Verizon and it just feels and looks terrible in person IMO.

The UI sucks. Doesn't make any sense. Button layout sucks.
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BREAKING: Blackberry gets offer to sell to Fairfax Financial for $4.7 billion






Forgive us for taking a break in news directly related to Android, but we thought this bit of breaking news was damned worth it. Reports are swirling in that Blackberry has agreed in a letter of intent to sell their company to Fairfax Financial for $4.7 billion (a company that already has a pretty large stake in Blackberry). Through the sale, shareholders will receive an extra $9 per share, and the company will be taken off the public market for good.

Fairfax Financial’s chairman and CEO Prem Watsa had this to share in regards to the deal:
We believe this transaction will open an exciting new private chapter for BlackBerry, its customers, carriers and employees. We can deliver immediate value to shareholders, while we continue the execution of a long-term strategy in a private company with a focus on delivering superior and secure enterprise solutions to BlackBerry customers around the world.
To be clear, Blackberry hasn’t officially accepted (and subsequently closed) the deal yet. That could be happening as early as November 4th following a round of voting, approvals and so forth. As such, Blackberry can still entertain other offers, though there doesn’t appear to be many other biters looking for a piece of the pie.
It’s a tough time for Blackberry, with the company having to lay off 4,500 employees following a poor Q2 2013. Sales, or the lack thereof, of the Blackberry Q10 and Z10 were to blame, with the two smartphones positioned as the two captains set to right the ship.
Blackberry has long been rumored to be transitioning into a company that focuses on providing software services for the masses, with the first move poised to be Blackberry Messenger for Android and iOS. That particular release was supposed to take place this weekend, but went horribly wrong after it leaked ahead of schedule.
The result of the leak was a massive server failure, making many Blackberry services difficult to access even for those who actually own Blackberry devices. Blackberry has yet to release any updated details in regards to another attempt to launch the messaging service, though the few people who were excited for it might have already been turned off by this unfortunate episode.

Some are hoping Blackberry will eventually ditch their homegrown mobile operating system and become a third-party Android OEM, though the chances of that happening are seem quite slim at this point. If someone like Lenovo or Huawei were to buy them things would probably feel different, but it doesn’t look like the train will cross that particular track anytime soon.
Fairfax isn’t particularly well-known for tech investments, with the company making the bulk of its bank on insurance endeavors. That has us wondering about the future of Blackberry as we know it. The aforementioned statement by Watsa doesn’t make it sound like they’ll be auctioning off separate pieces of the Blackberry business to highest bidders, but that very well could happen.
Of particular interest will be Blackberry’s hardware business, and all of the juicy patents they have under their control. It will be some time before we see what this new long-term strategy turns out to be, but the microscope is focused squarely on their backs.
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