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RIM PlayBook trumps new iPad in UK channel sales - analyst

RIM's once little-loved BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has outsold the latest iPad in Blighty's IT distribution channel, according to an analyst. More than 802,000 touchscreen tablets were sold in November and December compared to nearly 118,000 units in the same period of 2011 - and Apple accounted for just a quarter of this latest …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2013
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RIM blows on the dice, gets ready for its FINAL THROW

In a matter of hours RIM will reveal the pricing, specification and launch date for the new BlackBerry OS 10 device on which the future of the whole company depends. The phone needs to be perfect but will live or die on RIM's ability to exceed, not merely match, the offerings of the competition. The launch is scheduled for 10am …
Bill Ray, 30 Jan 2013

Lenovo considering RIM buyout to boost mobile biz

Lenovo CFO Wong Wai Ming says the company is actively pursuing ways to improve its position in the mobile device market, spurring speculation that the Chinese firm may be planning to cozy up with Research in Motion – or even swallow it whole. In an interview with Bloomberg at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, …
Neil McAllister, 25 Jan 2013
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Sacked British RIM staffers to get minimum legal payout

Staff at RIM's UK headquarters were upset to see their VP tweeting about foie gras as they learned that the hundreds of them who will lose their jobs by the end of the year will be receiving the bare minimum redundancy payout that the government allows. A source told The Reg that the staffers who will be out the door before …
Anna Leach, 19 Oct 2012
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Campaign to reduce RIM jobs gets underway

The axe has started swinging at RIM in the latest round of job cuts, the beleaguered BlackBerry maker has confirmed. The Canadian firm plans to slash at least $1bn from operating expenses by next March, the close of its fiscal 2013, amid industry talk that as many as 6,000 heads could roll. A company mouthpiece told The Channel …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2012
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16GB BlackBerry PlayBook flushed away by RIM

Ailing Canadian device maker Research In Motion (RIM) is killing off its entry-level BlackBerry PlayBook. In a mailed statement to The Channel, RIM confirmed it is halting the production line for the 16GB version. "The 16 GB PlayBook will continue to be available for distributors and retailers while quantities last," said RIM's …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jun 2012
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Samsung denies sniffing around RIM

A blog which reported Samsung was looking to buy RIM triggered a jump in the Canadian company's shares, before Samsung had the chance to deny it was interested in the company. The shares in RIM went up by 8 per cent on the BGR.com story, which claimed the only thing preventing a sale was RIM's CEO holding out for more money. The …
Bill Ray, 18 Jan 2012
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Who will fill legal RIM job after latest exec exit?

RIM's has confirmed that its top legal eagle Karima Bawa is to join the ranks of other senior figures that have left the beleaguered mobile player. The departure of the BlackBerry maker's chief brief comes amid industry talk that RIM is axing some 6,000 jobs – or more than 36 per cent of the workforce – with some reports …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2012
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RIM delays BlackBerry 10 launch, bins 5000 bods

RIM has reported disastrous quarterly results and is delaying the launch of the new BlackBerry 10 operating system until next year. The company will also shed 5,000 staff. In its latest earnings call the company reported revenues fell 33 per cent to $2.8bn in the last quarter, leaving them down 43 per cent on this time last year …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2012
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RIM's co-CEOs quit in top exec shake-up

A Research in Motion management shake-up has swapped out its co-CEOs for a new top exec following a challenging period for the gadget maker. Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, RIM's co-chief executives, have stepped aside after 20 years at the trouble biz, and the company on Monday named Thorsten Heins as president and CEO. …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2012

RIM reports more losses, lower sales, lots of cash

Research in Motion saw its shares continue the climb that began earlier this week after it posted a Q2 earnings report that beat analyst expectations, but the struggling BlackBerry maker's revenue disappointed once again and its losses continue. On Wednesday, RIM's stock price was buoyed by optimism about its upcoming BlackBerry …
Neil McAllister, 28 Sep 2012
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'6,000 RIM jobs at risk' of a pink slip

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is threatening to axe thousands of its workers, according to reports. The ailing mobe firm shed co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis in January after a slump in sales, and replaced the pair with Thorsten Heins. More recently, head of global sales Patrick Spence departed. According to …
Paul Kunert, 28 May 2012

RIM is really in trouble when even Windows Phone 8 looks great

RIM has seen its once dominant market position in corporate mobile plummet from a great height in the last couple of years. The Canadian giant has suffered a huge fall in stock price and, more importantly, penetration - currently around eight per cent market share - with continual declines, quarter upon quarter. So there is a …
Andy Goddard, 10 Dec 2012
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RIM demos PlayBook OS2

PlayBook owners should be getting native email next month, but as RIM's tablet gains independence it's also shifting away from the infrastructure which has served RIM so well. RIM has been demonstrating the latest version of its PlayBook OS at CES, and has finally got native PIM applications running on the tablet – including …
Bill Ray, 11 Jan 2012
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Desperate RIM in 'buy two PlayBooks, get one free' offer

RIM has resorted to giving away its little-fondled BlackBerry PlayBook as part of a promo to drive sales to biz customers stateside. In a deal usually reserved for commodity items in supermarkets, US firms will be able to buy two PlayBooks and get one free – of the same spec – from now until the end of the year. As previously …
Tim Anderson, 31 Oct 2011
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Top RIM jobs were too powerful and had to go - inquiry

Research in Motion (RIM) has handed out a largely moot independent report revealing that it shouldn't have had its CEOs as chairmen of the board. The six-page dossier [PDF] was published on the BlackBerry maker's website late on Monday - a week after the Canadian biz lost its long-term co-CEOs-and-chairmen Mike Lazaridis and Jim …

RIM, Samsung thrash Apple in UK fondleslab sales growth

Some things in life are certain: death, taxes, Boris Johnson's blond mop top, and the Apple iPad's continued dominance in the tablet sector. But wait, something's changed: not only has BoJo had a neat trim for the Olympics, sales of Cupertino's fondleslab grew less than the UK market average during Q2. Fanbois can rest easy: …
Paul Kunert, 02 Aug 2012
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RIM seeks bailout buddies as banks count Heins' beans

RIM has hired bankers to give it a health check and possibly pair up the BlackBerry maker with other businesses. The mobe manufacturer added that it is likely to make an operating loss this quarter and struggle financially for several more. The beleaguered Canadian biz also confirmed it will dramatically cut costs including " …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2012
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RIM server upgrade draws Android and iOS into the fold

RIM is reaching out to iOS and Android devices, dragging them into the BlackBerry Enterprise Server fold with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. Mobile Fusion will sit alongside a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), managing devices running iOS and Android as well as BlackBerry's own PlayBook tablet (once the PlayBook gets a software …
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2011
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PlayBooks lapped up from RIM by distributors

RIM UK PlayBook shipments took off in Q4 as price cuts finally convinced channel folk to up their orders. According to data from Context, the number of RIM fondleslabs sold to UK wholesalers, retailers, resellers and vendor stores during Q4 was up nearly threefold on a sequential basis to 32,000 units, taking market share to 3. …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2012
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Former RIM Indonesia chief faces negligence charge over stampede

Indonesian police have said they may charge the outgoing Research in Motion chief in the country with negligence in connection to the stampede last month at a BlackBerry event in a mall in Jakarta. Canadian Andrew Cobham is one of four people who could be charged with negligence leading to injury over the event on 25 November, …
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Barclays knocks RIM shares down a peg

The shine has been taken off BlackBerry-maker RIM's shares after the firm's stock was downgraded by Barclays. The reassessment of the Canadian biz comes after a string of problems that more than halved its stock price in the last six months. The bank lowered the level of RIM's attractiveness to investors by one notch to equal …
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PlayBook stock mountain: RIM slashes prices

RIM has started to slash prices for its little-loved BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in the US amid channel talk on this side of the pond that the fondleslabs are shifting more slowly than expected and inventory levels are out of control. The troubled Canadian firm is taking a lead from HP which saw demand for its TouchPad go through …
Paul Kunert, 29 Sep 2011
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RIM swallows $485m charge to clear PlayBook tablet mountain

A troubled RIM has written down the value of its little loved PlayBook tablet, taking a $485m charge on the nose in a bid to clear inventory. At the same time, the firm cut revenue forecasts for the third quarter and revealed that it had also taken a revenues charge of $50 due to the service outage in October. As exclusively …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2011
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RIM cuts PlayBook sales forecast, report says

BlackBerry maker RIM is reported to have slashed its sales forecast for the PlayBook by well over one million units a week after it launched in the UK. The tablet, RIM's pitch against the dominance of Apple's shiny slate, arrived in the US consumer channels during Q1 with around 500,000 shipped, below expectations, and reports …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2011
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RIM hopes to distract punters with free pretties

RIM is to hand out free apps to appease its beleaguered customers, along with free technical support so next time the network collapses a human being can tell you you're screwed. The free apps include SIMS 3 and N.O.V.A as well as the aforementioned Bejeweled and a dozen other time-wasting distractions. They'll be available free …
Bill Ray, 17 Oct 2011
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RIM profits nearly sliced in half

Research in Motion’s shares have fallen sharply after the Blackberry maker reported that profits were down 47 per cent for its second quarter of the fiscal year. Adjusted net income for the quarter was $497 million, down from $797 million this time last year. Revenue fell 15 per cent compared to last quarter, to $4.2 billion, …
Iain Thomson, 16 Sep 2011
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BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries

BlackBerry is staying in the handset market by the skin of its teeth by confirming two new models will arrive this year. The two new devices will be called BlackBerry Passport, a full touch device, and BlackBerry Classic, a QWERTY model designed to alleviate the awkwardness of BB10. The Passport and Classic will be released in …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jun 2014
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Dell dumps RIM, saves fortune

Dell reckons it will cut costs by a quarter when staff dump 25,000 BlackBerrys for its own Windows Phone 7 handsets, and is encouraging others to do the same. The plan starts next week, and will see 25,000 staff getting Dell handsets - initially the Venue Pro which is the largest of the Windows Phone 7 handsets, but the only one …
Bill Ray, 05 Nov 2010
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Happiness-challenged BlackBerry dumps CEO, gives up on sale

Thorsten Heins' brief reign at the top of BlackBerry (BB) all but ended today as the company formerly known as RIM dumped its chief exec and took down the "For Sale" sign outside its HQ. Heins was plonked into the hot seat in January 2011 replacing joint bosses Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis as sales slumped, but he was unable …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2013

BlackBerry: It's the end-to-endness, stupid

Going private still looks the most likely next step for BlackBerry, with Prem Watsa, the largest shareholder in the company, resigning from its board this week, apparently to put together a deal. Watsa still holds almost 10 per cent of BlackBerry stock. Yet even if BlackBerry goes private, its options remain brutal. Nobody …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Aug 2013
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BlackBerry flings John Chen $89 MILLION to save troubled firm

BlackBerry has announced that its new chairman and interim chief John Chen will get $3m in salary and bonuses as well as stock options worth around $86m. The floundering mobile phone firm surprised everyone earlier this week when it said that instead of selling itself off to Fairfax Financial Holdings, it was going to axe chief …
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BlackBerry Black Friday: $1bn loss as warehouses bulge with hated Z10s

BlackBerry endured a catastrophic second quarter as today it announced a $965m loss in those three months. Its revenue from the period was half of the first-quarter takings and half of last year's second-quarter revenue. BlackBerry cancelled its conference with analysts that traditionally accompanies these quarterly results - …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Sep 2013
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BlackBerry infrastructure hit by ANOTHER outage

BlackBerry says an outage hit network customers today, but claims that services are getting back to normal. UK readers told us that BlackBerry network services died at 10am this morning. BlackBerry confirmed the problems via Twitter three hours later and provided us with this statement: We can confirm that our technical teams …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 May 2013
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RIM warns over PDF peril

Research In Motion (RIM) has warned of a vulnerability in how BlackBerry servers handle malformed PDF files that potentially leaves the door open to hacking attacks. If corporate users of BlackBerry mobile devices are tricked into opening an email message with a booby-trapped PDF attachment, it might be possible to inject …
John Leyden, 28 May 2009

Former co-CEO Balsillie has cashed out all his BlackBerry stock

Whatever happens to BlackBerry from here on out, it won't make any difference to Jim Balsillie. As of Thursday, the onetime co-CEO of the mobile maker formerly known as Research in Motion no longer has any stake in the company he helped lead for 20 years. According to an SEC filing on Thursday, Balsillie now owns zero shares in …
Neil McAllister, 15 Feb 2013

BlackBerry pie sliced up: Nuke-plant OS, BBM chat app, etc sale mulled

Troubled mobe-maker BlackBerry has confirmed it is "exploring strategic alternatives" to remaining as one enormous company - confirming wire reports last week of a potential breakup. The firm formerly known as RIM said a "special committee" has been formed to examine options that "could include, among others, possible joint …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Aug 2013
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Rivals routed by Apple, Google smartphone onslaught

It's a two-horse race, no question. Apple and Google's grip on the world smartphone market tightened even further during Q2, with everyone else's combined share falling to 15 per cent from 34.3 per cent in the year-ago quarter. The numbers come from IDC, a market watcher, and they chart RIM's decline - from an 11.5 per cent …
Tony Smith, 08 Aug 2012
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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

Shocked by IBM's deal to sell and support iPads and iPhones in the enterprise? You only have to look at Jean Pigozzi's photo of Steve Jobs in his younger, rebellious years flipping the middle finger to the stuffed shirts at IBM while standing outside their stuffy offices in New York City to see just how far apart "cool" Apple …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jul 2014

Smartphone biz shocker: Nokia sells fewer devices than Lenovo

More upsets from the world of smartphone manufacturing: Sony has been selling more phones than HTC, and they’re both shipping more smartphones then either RIM or Nokia - which has plunged toward the bottom of the world vendor rankings. The latest data presented by market watcher Canalys - covering Q3 2012 - holds no surprises at …
Tony Smith, 08 Nov 2012

BlackBerry results not as bad as they possibly could have been

Year-end financial results from BlackBerry appear to show a company stemming the losses and slowly gaining ground, but with a very long climb ahead and no proof it's going to make it. Revenue for the year ending March 2 was $11.1bn, resulting in a loss of $646m, which is grim compared to last years' profit of $1.1bn - but wasn't …
Bill Ray, 28 Mar 2013
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IDC: Android, iOS now own 91.1% of global smartphone sales

The latest data on smartphone sales from analyst house IDC shows an increase in the reach of the global Android/iOS operating system duopoly, with RIM and Microsoft left squabbling over the scraps. "The dominance of Android and Apple reached a new watermark in the fourth quarter," said Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC's …
Iain Thomson, 15 Feb 2013
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RIM unveils free BlackBerry server

Research in Motion is offering a tasty incentive for small and medium businesses to standardize on BlackBerries with the introduction of new - and free - server software. BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express will slot in between personal plans provided by telcos and the company's industrial-strength BlackBerry Enterprise Server …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Feb 2010

BlackBerry's Heins beams: We WILL make some cash, just you see

BlackBerry chief exec Thorsten Heins has asked investors for patience while the company-formerly-known-as-RIM tries to figure out how to make money again. Heins said that he was open to any options that might give shareholders some return from their investment, including licensing deals or even selling off the firm, Reuters, the …
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RIM issues patch for serious BlackBerry flaw

Research in Motion has issued a patch for a serious security flaw that puts businesses using the ubiquitous BlackBerry at risk. The vulnerability affects the BlackBerry Enterprise Server versions 4.1.3 through 4.1.5 and BlackBerry Professional Software 4.1.4. It resides in a component that processes PDF files. Attackers could …
Dan Goodin, 22 Jul 2008
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BlackBerry CEO: Tablets will be dead in 5 years

BlackBerry chief Thorsten Heins reckons slabs will be dead in half a decade, by which point his firm will be the front runner in mobile computing. Two predictions in a Bloomberg report, both of which might come back to the haunt Heins, who replaced former joint CEO's Jim Balsilie and Mike Lazaridis at the start of 2012. The man …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2013
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Price-slashing fails to ignite PlayBook sales

RIM's little-loved fondleslab is failing to get the tills ringing, even after significant price cuts, channel partners have claimed. BlackBerry PlayBook prices were cut by $200 in the US last month as retailers cried out for something extra to help shift mountain mounting stock levels estimated at some half a million units …
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2011
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iPad grabs lunch money from mobile PCs, pushes them in the stingers

iPad sales trounced sales for netbooks and notebooks in the first quarter of 2012 pushing Apple to the dominant position in the mobile PC market, show new figures from analysts NPD. NPD ran together tablets with netbooks and notebook PCs in their "Mobile PC category" and skyrocketing iPad sales of 13.6 million in the first three …
Anna Leach, 22 May 2012
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TETRA defends itself against RIM onslaught

TETRA, the radio network used by public services in Europe, has been defending itself against allegations that it lacks the capacity needed by modern police networks. In the UK, police forces routinely use both TETRA, branded Airwave, and commercial GSM networks for data access, the latter using RIM equipment. TETRA operates on …
Bill Ray, 05 Mar 2008
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BlackBerry BBM, email downed in epic FAIL

BlackBerry users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa have been cut off from their online services because of a major fault at Research in Motion (RIM) in Canada. Irate owners haven't been able to get into their emails, browse the web or use the service that is most precious to them – instant messenger BBM. BBM is the major …

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