RIM CEO Thorsten Heins announced today at the BlackBerry 10 launch event that the company, RIM (Research in Motion), is changing its name to BlackBerry.
Reports of a potential deal helped RIM shares jump to their highest price in a year, though other factors include the upcoming launch of BlackBerry 10 smartphones, as well as the company’s disclosure that it is considering licensing its software or selling RIM’s hardware unit.
Lenovo, which purchased IBM’s personal computer business in 2005, is focusing on acquisitions to continue growing its mobile business as it faces down competition from other tablet and cellphone makers.
Seth Fiegerman said today:
While Apple’s stock struggled to stay above the $500 mark Monday, RIM’s stock jumped more than 10%, briefly passing $15 a share for the first time since February of last year before ending the day at $14.95.
RIM’s surge is due in part to investor optimism for the long-awaited launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system and smartphones, which is set to take place at the end of this month.
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In other words, if you work for Microsoft, you can’t buy an iPad or Mac on the company credit card. Make sense?
Microsoft has been doing this with the iPhone and BlackBerry since 2010. They furnish their employees with Windows phones.
I’m pretty sure Microsoft has the right to say, use our products or go home. Most companies have similar policies. Even our company provides BlackBerry’s and Lenovo / Windows 7 laptops to its employees.
Would you have a problem with using only company equipment if you worked for a hardware or software manufacturer?
Diggin’ some new BlackBerry’s these days. Nicole and I both upgraded to the combo touch screen with the awesome BlackBerry keyboard. Great prices. T-Mobile rocks!
No propaganda. No advertiser infused fake numbers. It’s Nokia. Then Samsung. Then everyone else.
Apple is not in the discussion. Nor is Android. Nor is BlackBerry.
Here are the numbers:
- Nokia – 417.1M sold in 2011.
- Samsung – 327.4M sold in 2011.
- Apple – 93.0M sold in 2011.
This is exactly why I tell my friends that I’m excited about Nokia coming to T-Mobile in the United States. The Nokia running Windows Mobile 8 or Windows Mobile 9 will be the smartphone that gets me away from BlackBerry.
* source: Strategy Analytics
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Unfortunately I had to downgrade to RIM operating system v126.96.36.1994 on my beloved BlackBerry. Apparently v188.8.131.528 was released with too many critical bugs that made the Bold 9700 unusable. Sad!
What was wrong with BlackBerry v6, you ask? Well here’s a partial list -
- GPS didn’t work accurately and very rarely.
- Device freezes frequently: 10-15 times per day.
- Innacurate out-of-memory error messages.
- BlackBerry AppWorld did not work accurately as it identified my device as a Windows operating system.
- Several third party apps stopped working including Google Voice, Foursquare, LinkedIn, and others.
I could go on and on and on but you get the picture.
RIM: I love your BlackBerry’s. But you are making things very difficult for me to stick by you.
This notice automatically popped up on my desktop today. It looks like RIM is getting ready for some PlayBook action. I like their agressiveness with distributing the peripheral software to the masses before the hardware arrives. Some companies should take note of this!
BlackBerry Desktop Software
Update to 184.108.40.206 (Bundle 43)
What’s new in this release?
BlackBerry Desktop Software 6.0.2 provides support for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. You can also set some software preferences when you first connect your device. More details at http://www.blackberry.com/desktop/docs/.
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Listening to Secret Garden by Bruce Springstein.
TBS MLB playoffs are “presented by BlackBerry”. Not Rim. Product brand recognition bigger than company brand. Good thing?
What do you think? Should a company make it standard practice to spend millions of dollars to brand one of their products rather than their company name? Should the MLB playoffs on TBS be “presented by Rim”?
I think a very important question for company decision-makers is, How Tethered Should My Team Be?
My world is very interesting and overall I think unique. Not unique for the tech industry but unique as compared to the work force as a whole. I require myself to be electronically connected at almost all hours of every night and day. Much to Nicole’s chagrin, yes, ‘every’ night and day. My tech team is nearly the same and during their disconnected times there should be another connected person capable of filling the needs of the organization.
Let’s move to other member (sets) of the organization’s team. Should the Operations team be consistently connected? Should the Creative team be consistently connected? Should the Sales team be consistently connected? Should the Marketing team be consistently connected? Within each of these teams an evaluation of senior management, team leads and team members should also be weighed. Should they, or at least their role, be consistently connected?
Here’s my answer – YES! Yes, they absolutely sure should. Each of these teams occupy a vital role in the decision-making processes that are important to the organization’s success. A senior member of each of these teams should be always available, reachable and able to communication at any given time as dictated by the real-time needs of the organization.
So how do we make this connectability happen? Smartphones. Smartphones that are reliable, (platform) stable, secure, usable, functional and yes, okay attractive. RIM’s BlackBerry tops the list of recommendations from every top organization around the globe. Nokia (the N95) makes fine smartphone products as does Palm (the Treo).
CIO.com’s Survey Results for “How Addicted to Your SmartPhone Are You?
5% – My phone is for business. I put it away at night, unless I’m traveling for work.
2% – I check messages every few hours after work and on weekends. But I’d never bring my smartphone on vacation.
19% – I’m more productive because of my smartphone, and it doesn’t negatively affect my work/life balance. I wouldn’t call it an addiction.
67% – My smartphone never leaves my side. At work, rest, play, vacation, you name itmy best electronic friend is with me.
7% – IMHO That’s NOYB. BB4N. EOM. (In my humble opinion, that’s none of your business. Bye bye for now. End of message.)
Where do you stand?
Research In Motion held an event to celebrate the opening of a new plant in Sydney, Australia. At the event, they had a nice panel showing the history of BlackBerry devices dating back to the RIM 950 Wireless Handheld (bottom left) released in 1998, followed by the 957 model in 2000 (top left). RIM unveiled the data and voice BlackBerry 5810 (bottom right) in 2002.
See the full set of photos from the RIM display here.
This weekend we were having issues with the wireless network at home. I think maybe the issue is the lack-of-strength reception from the airport card in the iBook but regardless we had a need to get the machine online while sitting at the dining room table.
Every Windows laptop I’ve had I’ve been able to tether my Pearl to it to use as a modem for the machine. But I hadn’t tried it with a Mac notebook.
I quickly searched (not Googled, Yahoo!’d) for “tether BlackBerry Pearl to iBook” and found Dave Taylor’s article titled “How do I use my Blackberry Pearl as a bluetooth modem with a Mac?” Perfect!
Thanks to Dave, I had the iBook online via the Pearl inside of 4 minutes. No issues. No problems following his instructions. No performance malfunctions through T-mobile. The iBook is online now when I need it.