BlackBerry Z10 Vs iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Absolute Must Apps For RIM To Take The Steering Wheel From The Kings

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We’ve entered 2013 and it’s going to be a big year for BlackBerry’s maker Research in Motion (RIM). After fighting a losing battle over the past couple of years with the iPhone and various Android smartphones, the company is literally putting all its eggs into this one basket – that of the BlackBerry 10. In all fairness, RIM is going to face quite an uphill task at it takes on not just these 2 popular smartphone OS’s, but also Windows Phone 8, which has also been receiving its share of rave reviews. One of the biggest challenges RIM will have to overcome is in the number of apps on offer. Given that Android and iOS have been around for a while, they each have over hundreds of thousands of apps that their users can choose from. Currently, the BlackBerry 10 has less than 100,000 apps on offer when it’s set [+more]

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HTC M7 Vs BlackBerry Z10: If Z10 Won’t Bring Back RIM From Dead, Nothing Will

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HTC’s M7 is expected to push the company back into one of the top spots as an Android smartphone maker. Even though the company hasn’t yet provided too many details about the phone and its expected release date, we wonder if it is worthy enough to make RIM’s chances with the BlackBerry 10 even more difficult than it already is. Yes, it hasn’t come out yet, but RIM’s pinning all of its hopes on the success of their latest OS offering. That’s why we’re pitting the M7 against the BlackBerry 10 Developer Alpha device. Display: In terms of display size, the HTC M7’s 4.7-inch screen fares much better than the BlackBerry 10’s 4.2-inch screen – and not just because of the larger screen. Even in terms of resolution, the M7’s 1920X1080 pixel screen has a higher resolution than the BlackBerry 10’s 1280X768 pixel display. Tech specs: While we don’t know [+more]

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Would Blackberry 10 Get Back The Precious Ground Which RIM Lost To Samsung Galaxy S3 And Apple iPhone5?

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Once the forte of the corporate professional, RIM’s BlackBerry lost precious ground to iPhones and Android based smartphones over the past couple of years. But with its latest version of the OS, the BlackBerry 10, RIM promises to get right back in the game and win back some precious lost ground. Ahead of its release, we’re taking a look at what RIM has to offer with the BlackBerry 10, and if it can really turn the company’s fortunes around. There are a lot of rumors abuzz in the tech world, what with so much information about the BlackBerry 10 being leaked. One such leak of a screenshot of the BlackBerry 10 OS shows RIM’s new Voice Control feature that lets users make phone calls, send SMSs, book appointments or browse the internet by talking to their phones. Also on offer are apps like Google Talk and Twitter for BlackBerry 10 [+more]

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RIM Stock Takes a Dip on News of Changing Source of Revenue

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Shares of Blackberry-maker Research in Motion plummeted Friday morning despite the company having announced better-than-expected Q3 earnings yesterday. The company also announced a better cash position for the quarter as it is set to launch a marketing drive for two new phones on January 30. However, in a conference call with investors and analysts, RIM chief executive Thorsten Heins said that the company’s service-revenue model would change significantly next year. Currently, RIM’s revenue is based on the service fees it charges customers for use of their proprietary network. This accounts for more than a third of RIM’s revenue. However, Heins did not specify the changes to revenue stream they were expecting, which has made the market nervous.  

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RIM Offers a Preview of BlackBerry 10 with Keyboard

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Research in Motion strongly believes that 2013 could be the year of the BlackBerry. With its all new operating system, BlackBerry 10, coming out next year, the company hopes that it can win back some of its faithful customers and gain market share among smartphones. In keeping with the current fad, BB10 also offers a touchscreen interface. However, the company appears cautious with its innovation, also including a BB10 model that has a keyboard in addition to the touchscreen. The audience at BlackBerry Jam, a developers event, got a peek at this new device. There was also mention about this device on RIM’s developer blog. The company will release a limited number of developer models featuring QWERTY keyboards so that they can make apps that can work with the keyboard input as well. But not all developers can get their hands on the new BB10 devices. Only those who can [+more]

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Jefferies raises price for RIM shares from $5 to $10

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Research in Motion shares are finally on uproar. Last Friday Jefferies analyst Peter Misek set a new price for RIM shares from $5 to $10. On Monday, RIM’s shares ascended to 39 cents. “Preliminary results from our quarterly handset survey indicate developed market carriers have a much more positive view of BlackBerry 10 than we expected,” he writes in a research note. “With greater carrier shelf space and marketing support, we now believe BB10 has a 20%-30% probability of success. While the likelihood is low and we remain well below the Street for the November quarter and February quarter, the potential reward is high.” Misek further said that he had expected a more muted response from the carriers; his theory is that “carriers see BB10 as one of their last chances to avoid being locked into a long-term smartphone OS duopoly,” with Android and Apple’s iOS. If we believe what [+more]

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Research in Motion Hopeful about BlackBerry 10

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As Research in Motion gears up to launch its latest version of the BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, the company is hoping to keep its loyal customers happy and regain lost ground in the smartphone share. One of the biggest chunks of its customer base is made up of government officials, estimated to be around 1 million customers in just the North American region. This is mostly due to its biggest strength – security. However, RIM definitely has reason to worry – iPhones and Android phones are taking over even their most loyal government customers. RIM CEO admits that the company has to take drastic measures to face the competition, while being realistic about all that the latest offering can hope to achieve. RIM plans to increase its customer base to include the individual consumer, and not just the business worker. An even more damaging trend for the company has been [+more]

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RIM Shares Rise, Says BlackBerry 10 to Launch Early 2013

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              Research in Motion shares went up by 5% on Wednesday after the handset company announced the launch of the BlackBerry 10 slated for early next year. It had better-than-expected subscriber numbers which further tipped the share price in its favor. The company added 2 million subscribers in the past quarter and now has a total subscriber base of 80 million worldwide. Bloomberg has reported that RIM chief executive Thorsten Heins set achievable goals for the company and said that he wants to make BlackBerry 10 the third-place operating system in the world. He is likely seeing the OS after Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. The Blackberry 10 will go on sale in early 2013. The maker of BlackBerry phones is planning an ambitious launch, which is likely to improve excitement for their phones in the market. The company has said that they will [+more]

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Disruption Of Services Comes At the Worst Time For RIM, Blackberry 10 Delayed

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Reports of an outage causing inconvenience to BlackBerry users hit the web early Friday morning as the firm’s services got disrupted. BlackBerry users in Europe, Middle East and Africa were affected. However, Research in Motion (RIM) got the team investigate the matter and around three hours later, the systems went back up to function normally. The reports were confirmed by the firm on BlackBerry UK Twitter account. The tweet said, “Some users experienced issues with BlackBerry services today. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. All services now operating normally.” The outage affected a lot of people, though the number stays unclear. BlackBerry users couldn’t send or receive e-mails during the interruption. The disruption of services couldn’t come at a worse time for phone maker. RIM had faced similar situation last year in October, when its services went down for several days in the US. It also comes at a time when [+more]

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It’s Android Smartphones or iPhone 5 for Marissa at Yahoo!

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Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo! and ‘the cool boss’ recently announced giving each and every employee in the US office a latest smartphone. The list of phones Mayer sent, offers her staff a choice of picking up either Android-powered phones or an iPhone 5 including Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE, a Nokia Lumia 920 or Apple’s iPhone 5. What’s very clearly not in the list? Yes, a BlackBerry! Mayer, it seems did not want to include a BB in the firm’s list of corporate phones. However, there’s reasoning for her decision. Let’s see what the memo read. “A few weeks ago, we said that we would look into smartphone penetration rates globally and take those rates into account when deciding on corporate phones. Ideally, we’d like our employees to have devices similar to our users, so we can think and work as the majority of our users do.” It looks [+more]

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