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RIM unveils new Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 BlackBerry OS 7 smartphones

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Just three weeks after unveiling five new BlackBerry OS 7-powered Bold and Torch handsets, RIM has today introduced three new updates to the BlackBerry Curve family aimed at the low to mid-range smartphone market; the Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370.

The smartphones are remarkably similar, launching as slim, keyboard-centric handsets that have been outfitted with an 800 MHz processor, 2.44-inch 480 x 360 display, an optical trackpad, GPS, Wi-Fi support, and a 5-megapixel camera.

As with RIM’s new Bold and Torch smartphones, the new Curve devices will support Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, as well as RIM’s stop-gap mobile operating system BlackBerry OS 7, as it prepares to roll out new QNX-powered smartphones in the coming months.

The Curve 9370 has CDMA/EVDO and Quad-Band EDGE capabilities with 1GB of in-built storage, the Curve 9360 is available on GSM networks with 512MB of storage and the Curve 9350 supports CDMA only, again shipping with 512MB RAM.

RIM says the smartphones will be available to Canadian markets later this month, rolling out to other carriers worldwide from September.

via RIM unveils new Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 BlackBerry OS 7 smartphones.

 

 

Written by Kees Winkel

August 24, 2011 at 10:11

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London riots: how BlackBerry Messenger played a key role

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Taken from The Guardian.

Police looking on Facebook and Twitter for signs of unrest spreading will have missed out – they should have watched BBM

By guardian.co.uk, Monday 8 August 2011 12.24 BST

London riots: a looted O2 mobile phone store in Tottenham Hale retail park

London riots: a looted O2 mobile phone store in Tottenham Hale retail park. Photograph: Ray Tang/Rex Features

In October 1985, on the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham where the death of Cynthia Jarrett sparked riots that culminated in the brutal murder of PC Keith Blakelock, a community leader stood on his chair at a packed open-air meeting.

The man bellowed into a megaphone to the 150 residents in front of him: “You tell them that it’s a life for a life from now on. This is war.”

Over whoops and cheers from the residents, he turned to a huddle of police officers standing 50 yards away and warned: “I hope you’re listening. There is no way I am going to condemn the actions of the youth on Sunday night.”

Twenty six years later, police officers are still listening – but the megaphones and open-air meetings have been largely replaced. This weekend’s north London riots, the Daily Mail announced on Monday, were “fuelled by social media“.

But is this necessarily the case?

Certainly, the first online gathering of people mourning – and soon vowing to avenge – the death of Tottenham resident Mark Duggan took place on Facebook. Some of those behind the page, which now boasts more than 7,500 fans, launched into action shortly before 10.30pm on Saturday evening – more than five hours after the first public show of protest, outside the police station on Tottenham High Road.

At 10.45pm, when rioters set a double decker bus alight, the pageposted: “Please upload any pictures or video’s you may have from tonight in Tottenham. Share it with people to send the message out as to why this has blown into a riot.”

However, otherwise, if there was any sign that a peaceful protest would escalate, it wasn’t to be found on Facebook. Twitter was slightly more indicative: tweets about an attempt to target Sunday’s Hackney Carnival were spotted by police and the event was abruptly cancelled.

Scotland Yard warned on Monday afternoon that those “inciting violence” on the 140-character social network would not go unpunished. Deputy assistant commissioner Stephen Kavanagh confirmed that officers were looking at the website as part of investigations into widespread looting and rioting.

However, the most powerful and up-to-the-minute rallying appears to have taken place on a more covert social network: BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).

Using BlackBerry handsets – the smartphone of choice for the majority (37%) of British teens, according to last week’s Ofcom study – BBM allows users to send one-to-many messages to their network of contacts, who are connected by “BBM PINs”. For many teens armed with a BlackBerry, BBM has replaced text messaging because it is free, instant and more part of a much larger community than regular SMS.

And unlike Twitter or Facebook, many BBM messages are untraceable by the authorities (which is why, in large part, BBM is so favoured by Emirati teens to spread illicit gossip about officialdom).

One BBM broadcast sent on Sunday, which has been shown to the Guardian by multiple sources, calls on “everyone from all sides of London” to vandalise shops on Oxford street.

It said: “Everyone from all sides of London meet up at the heart of London (central) OXFORD CIRCUS!!, Bare SHOPS are gonna get smashed up so come get some (free stuff!!!) fuck the feds we will send them back with OUR riot! >:O Dead the ends and colour war for now so if you see a brother… SALUT! if you see a fed… SHOOT!”

Another sent shortly before the outbreak of violence in Enfield on Sunday afternoon reads: “Everyone in edmonton enfield wood green everywhere in north link up at enfield town station at 4 o clock sharp!”.

Jenny Jones, the former deputy mayor of London, blamed an under-resourced force for missing the tweets and the status updates. “It’s quite possible if they had more resources they could have picked up on this,” she said.

But maybe they were looking in the wrong place. Just as Tottenham residents in 1985 lambasted the media for scaremongering about protesters – the Daily Express suggested some had been trained in Russia – today’s rioters might be surprised to read about “Twitter-organised chaos”.

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August 10, 2011 at 10:03

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Struggling RIM Makes Powerplay in Mobile Video Editing with JayCut Acquisition | Mobile Marketing Watch

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On the same day that the world learned of Research in Motion’s plan to layoff 2,000 workers as a result of the financially downtrodden BlackBerry-maker’s latest cost-cutting endeavor, the company is still laying the groundwork for future growth by improving upon the bells and whistles offered by their otherwise lagging suite of mobile products.

On Monday, Research In Motion (RIM) announced its acquisition of JayCut, a video editing company based in Europe.

“Today we are pleased to announce that JayCut has joined Research In Motion (RIM). We’re excited that the JayCut team is bringing their expertise in video editing and cloud-based services to the BlackBerry platform,” RIM’s CTO, David Yach, said on the company’s blog.

Financial terms weren’t announced, but the company scooped up by RIM isn’t a giant by any stretch of the imagination.

JayCut is a seven-employee outfit headquartered in Sweden.

JayCut, however, has become a credible and very successful provider of a free video editing platform. RIM says it will tap into this platform as a means to boost the attributes offered by its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

“By working with JayCut to add video editing capabilities to the BlackBerry platform we can further enrich our customers’ multimedia experience with BlackBerry,” Yach added.

via Struggling RIM Makes Powerplay in Mobile Video Editing with JayCut Acquisition | Mobile Marketing Watch.

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July 26, 2011 at 15:12

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Facebook for Blackberry v2.0 Beta 3 Adds Wi-Fi and Deletion Options for Professionals

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Published in http://www.insidefacebook.com/category/mobile/ on 2 June

Blackberry just released the third beta update of version 2.0 of its Facebook for Blackberry Smartphones mobile app. It allows users to connect to Facebook over Wi-Fi, which will be especially handy for those without a data plan. Users can now also delete wall posts and comments, and have more options for deleting Messages.

The improvements cater to Blackberry’s business-minded customer base by allowing travelers to connect to Facebook while abroad without buying an expensive data plan, and preserve their reputation by deleting objectionable comments and posts.

Blackberry appears to have accelerated the update cycle for its Facebook app, though it still lags behind the more advanced Facebook for iPhone and Facebook for Android apps. The initial release of  v2.0 in mid-March added a sleeker design, and the last beta update on May 5th strengthened the app’s integration with native Blackberry device apps including contacts, phone, and SMS. The app continues to grow, adding just under 1 million daily active users in May to reach 23.5 million DAU and 35.3 MAUaccording to AppData.

Beta 3 of Facebook for Blackberry v2.0 doesn’t add Groups, the last major feature it lacks that iPhone and Android users have — one also missing from the recently released Facebook for Blackberry Playbook tablet app which favored a flashy Chat interface over functionality. Instead, this update provides services that professionals need.

New Options

Registered BlackBerry Beta Zone users who download Beta 3 can access all the features of the app through Wi-Fi. Helpful to domestic users who haven’t subscribed to a data plan, those who frequently travel abroad should be excited about the ability to access Facebook from hotels, airports, cafes or foreign offices. However, push notifications can only be received if users have a local web browsing data plan.

Users now have the option to delete wall posts and comments, and are shown a deletion confirmation prompt. This can assist users if they post something with typos, have second thoughts about a post, or want to scrub their profile of objectionable content posted by friends.

When users go to delete a Facebook Message from their inbox, they’ll be given the options to delete it from just the mobile app, their Facebook account, or both. Previously, any Message that was deleted was removed from both the mobile app and their account.

With devices that are in some ways less technically advanced and that have smaller screens, it might not be important to match the feature sets of the Facebook for iPhone and Android apps. Instead, Blackberry is making the wise choice to give its unique customer base the abilities that meet their use cases.

Written by Kees Winkel

June 5, 2011 at 15:51

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Back to business: RIM will lose consumer market, analyst says

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“We no longer anticipate Research in Motion recovering to participate in the mainstream of smartphone industry growth.” Those are the words of Matthew Robison, an analyst with Wunderlich Securities, which recently downgraded RIM’s stock. Robison argues that RIM is going to lose the consumer interest that it has built over the last few years. “Our long-term forecast anticipates a role supplying business-oriented devices, both mid-range and high end, as well as cloud-based services via the BlackBerry Network.,” Robison said. “We expect the consumer mix gained over the past two years to churn off, and that earnings will decline after 2013 and eventually grow again on demand that is largely associated with business users.” Robison said the PlayBook is selling well relative to other tablets, “other than the iPad,” but that “there’s little indication that the PlayBook has registered with consumers outside the loyal BlackBerry installed base.” We’ve leaked and had hands-on time with most of RIM’s 2011 lineup, and while there’s a definite spec boost across the board, the phones lack the appealing features of more robust iOS and Android devices. Worse yet, the company only revealed one new device during its annual BlackBerry World 2011 conference, and even that offered very little in the way of innovation that might attract the consumer market.

via Back to business: RIM will lose consumer market, analyst says.

Written by Kees Winkel

May 27, 2011 at 18:28

Pyramid Points – Why Windows Phone Will Beat Android

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After we have published our global findings from our Q1 smartphone forecasts, a number of tech bloggers, journalists, amateur telecom fans, people passionate about their own phones and others picked up on the very last sentence of our précis: “By 2015, Windows Phone will establish itself as the leader in the smartphone OS space.”

Some people have misinterpreted our statement, thinking that Windows Phone (WP) will establish its leadership in 2015. As you can see from Exhibit 1, we actually believe that this will happen much earlier – as early as 2013. Some of you loved this projection and agreed with it, othersargued thatthe potential margin of error was too large, and still others disregarded it. While I respect all the opinions, this blog is mostly aimed at readers who want to understand better how we came to the projection.

via Pyramid Points – Why Windows Phone Will Beat Android.

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May 13, 2011 at 13:18

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April 2011, How Is Windows Phone 7 Doing Comparing To The Others? ~ The Mobile Spoon – Smartphones, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone

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Every once in a while I (Mr. Mobile Spoon) check on Windows Phone 7. Not that I have invested in Microsoft or anything, I guess it’s because I can’t wait to see a third player in the endless iOS/Android game, and also because just like with Palm, I will always have a warm corner in the heart for Windows Mobile or its’ successor…

Today I’ve collected a bunch of posts from WP7 sites.

Windows Phone hits 7% US market share in March 2011

via April 2011, How Is Windows Phone 7 Doing Comparing To The Others? ~ The Mobile Spoon – Smartphones, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone.

Written by Kees Winkel

May 9, 2011 at 16:10

RIM’s Balsillie: NFC Coming to ‘Many if Not Most’ BlackBerrys This Year

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As announced in Barcelona last week and readable here, Blackberrys will be equipped with near field communication from now on. In my opinion that is a major breakthrough. And Deutsche Telekom will launch an NFC service known as  ‘mobile wallet‘. Things are getting interesting.

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February 21, 2011 at 15:40

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