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RIM will continue to focus on the consumer, despite what the media is saying.

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You may have seen on more than one of the main news channels today details of RIM’s earning call last night. You may also have noticed that several of these channels, including the BBC, have stated that RIM say they are going to focus on the enterprise segment of the market and not the consumer.

Whoever wrote these articles clearly didn’t listen properly to the earnings call. These claims are totally misleading. Sure, Thorsten Heins did say that the company would re-focus on core strengths, including the enterprise customer base but he certainly didn’t say that they would not continue to support the consumer market. In many parts of the world the consumer market is where Research in Motion is strongest, including here in the UK. The BlackBerry Curve 8520 has been hugely successful and continues to be.

One thing that Thorsten also said, which the bigger media channels didn’t pick up on, was that RIM would be bringing new low end devices to market within weeks. If this is the case how on earth can RIM not be focusing on the consumer!

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By March 29, 2012 Read More →

Jim Balsillie resigns from Research in Motion

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With just minutes to go until RIM’s Q4 earnings call starts some big and shocking news has hit the web.

Jim Balsillie, former Co-CEO of the Company, has resigned as a Director on the Company’s Board.
"As I complete my retirement from RIM, I’m grateful for this remarkable experience and for the opportunity to have worked with outstanding professionals who helped turn a Canadian idea into a global success," said Jim Balsillie.
"On behalf of the Board and everyone at RIM, I would like to thank Jim for his 20 years of service to RIM," said Barb Stymiest, Chair of RIM’s Board of Directors. "His energy, drive and enthusiasm helped build one of the most successful technology companies of our time."
In addition, David Yach will be retiring from his role as CTO, Software after 13 years with the Company and after 4 years with the company and following an open dialogue on the future of global operations, Jim Rowan, COO, Global Operations, has decided to pursue other interests. The Company is currently undertaking a search to hire a single COO with responsibilities to run the Company’s operations.
"RIM would like to thank David Yach and Jim Rowan for their years of service and many contributions to RIM," said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO. "We wish them well in their future pursuits."

More as we get it.

 

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By March 29, 2012 Read More →

Gloucestershire Police Adopt The BlackBerry Solution

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We have reported a couple of times in the past about UK Police forces using the BlackBerry solution. It seems that Gloucestershire Constabulary have taken the plunge and adopted the BlackBerry in a bid to save costs and make officers more efficient out on the street.

Officers will use the phones to carry out paperwork and update logs, jobs previously carried out from the office. It comes after the force closed and put up for sale 13 of its stations in a bid to hack £18 million from its budget.

Katy Roberts, spokeswoman for Gloucestershire Police, said: “641 BlackBerry devices are being issued across the county to PCs and PCSOs working in our Local Policing Areas. The devices will give officers access to the majority of the systems used in their work, allowing them more time on patrol and less time travelling to or working within police stations. This is part of our drive to increase the number of officers working in high- visibility roles. It will also reduce bureaucracy and improve efficiency, thereby cutting overall policing costs.”

 

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By March 27, 2012 Read More →

Temple Run for Android now available

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If you Android users have been jealous of your iPhone friends playing Temple Run then today is going to be a great day for you.

The popular iOS game is now available to download for Android and what fun it is.

Run for your life!

The addictive mega-hit Temple Run is now out for Android! All your friends are playing it – can you beat their high scores?!

You’ve stolen the cursed idol from the temple, and now you have to run for your life to escape the Evil Demon Monkeys nipping at your heels. Test your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles, collect coins and buy power ups, unlock new characters, and see how far you can run!

If you cant find the game in the Play Store you can click here.

Enjoy.

 

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By March 24, 2012 Read More →

Sony Tablets and Ice Cream Sandwich

sony-tabletsSony Japan recently confirmed that their Tablet S and Tablet P Android tablets will soon be receiving the Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich update. They didn’t make it clear if this was an international release or if it was only for the Japanese market. Besides the tasty goodness of ICS, this update brings some additional features as well. Here’s a list:

  • Expanded photo capabilities – the photo app can be launched from the lock screen and enables panoramic pictures
  • A new “Recopla” app will also be included in the update for viewing TV programs that have been recorded on Sony Blu-ray players
  • A new “Small Apps” feature that lets users multitask more efficiently

As a side note, Sony also announced a Wi-Fi-only version of its Tablet P. It is scheduled to launch on April 21st. How many of you folks out there have either of these tablets? Sound off in the forums.

 

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By March 24, 2012 Read More →

Acer bring a new 10” tablet to the table

iconiatab5101Acer just officially announced the availability via pre-order for their new Iconia A510 tablet. The tablet will be available in the U.S. and Canada for the decent price of $449.99. No mention of the UK yet however I would imagine that it wouldn’t be far behind or perhaps ahead of the US release. What makes this a good value is that it comes with a quad-core chip and Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Here’s a spec breakdown:

  • 10.1-inch screen with a 1280×800 resolution
  • Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage
  • Five megapixel camera capable of “HD” video recording (probably 720p)
  • One megapixel camera on the front for video calls
  • 9,800mAh battery – good for up to 12 hours of video playback
  • A microSD card slot for up to 32GB of storage to add
  • Also includes a micro HDMI and microUSB
  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich

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By March 21, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 161: Three Millions iPads

Web bannerGareth and James this week make the most of a pretty quiet week. James admits to being dragged kicking and screaming over to Florida in May for Blackberry World. Archos excites Gareth a little more. Apple post some big sales. And Matt is off doing valuable research!

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By March 20, 2012 Read More →

Zinio available for BlackBerry PlayBook

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Do you want to read magazines on your PlayBook? Well from today you can thanks to Zinio.

Zinio is the premier app for magazines, giving readers immediate access to thousands of global titles. Read and download single issues or subscriptions of your favorite magazines and sync your library to your home computer, smart phone and tablet seamlessly. Keep up with trending topics and stories from magazines like Rolling Stone, The Economist, Hello!, US Weekly, T3, Macworld, Travel + Leisure and many more.

Key Features:

  • Thousands of top magazines from the world’s largest newsstand.
  • Full-color pages.
  • Full subscriptions or single issues available so you can choose what you want.
  • Sync your library instantly to your other mobile devices or your home computer.

The app itself is free but subscriptions will cost I’m afraid. That said, you wont need to travel to the shops to collect your magazine.

Click here from your PlayBook to download.

 

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By March 20, 2012 Read More →

Orange favoring Windows Phone for business?

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The guys over at WPCentral have posted the image to the right from the Orange business website. It looks like Orange are suggesting that Windows Phone could be the best mobile operating system for business users.

Now, while I am a fan of Windows Phone, and currently use the HTC Radar as my second device, I have to disagree with Orange on this one. Regular readers and listeners of our podcast will know I am a big BlackBerry fan and maybe I am slightly biased but I can’t see why a Windows Phone would be better than a BlackBerry for business.

Part of the reason I use a BlackBerry is its ease of use and how quickly I can bang out an email/instant message or tweet just to name a few top features. Whether you prefer a hardware keyboard or prefer a touch screen I have not found a single OS that allows me to manage my email/calendar and contacts as efficiently and as easily as on the BlackBerry OS.

I am sure many of you will disagree with me, especially those of you in North America but we all have our own preferences. Feel free to leave your opinions in the Facebook feed or over on our forums.

Rant over!

 

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By March 19, 2012 Read More →

Talk Talk Announce Superfast Broadband On BT Network

Are you ready to say ‘yes’ to much faster broadband speeds? At Talk Talk’s price you might soon be. You could enjoy video conferencing and other data-heavy activities at a much cheaper price thanks to the best broadband deals. Talk Talk are planning to use BT’s existing 40 Mbps network to offer a much faster 80 Mbps service. Those interested in receiving the new FTTC (‘fibre to the cabinet’ ). The new service will come at a cost of £15 extra per month.

Fibre To The Cabinet can still work on the same connections as the majority of older ADSL lines, however, because it runs on fibre for a longer length of its journey to your home router, it’s much much faster than the older broadband connections.

BT Openreach are happy to “almost double” the download and upload speeds on offer. BT’s upgraded ‘fibre footprint’ is expected to benefit the homes and businesses within the area. The service will also include a boosted 20 Mbps upload speed.

This is perhaps the start of a new trend amongst broadband providers for 80 Mbps packages. Some in the industry have described the new pricing plan as “disruptive” as very fast broadband is generally perceived to be available only at a much higher price point. It seems as if Talk Talk are trying to come out with a game-changer.

The government is supporting local councils in upgrading the whole of the UK’s broadband infrastructure throughout 2012-2013. The extra millions of pounds of funding are hoped to bring the UK’s broadband up to speed with the high speeds commonly found in mainland European countries. You should be able to check if you’re in an FTTC enabled area on the company’s website. The new package doesn’t begin to roll out until April but you can register your interest starting now.

 

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