BlackBerry

BlackBerry

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected.

With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only did we introduce a new mobile experience to our global community of BlackBerry users, but we are also introducing a new name for the company.

Research In Motion now operates globally under the iconic name BlackBerry.


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http://www.blackberry.com
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Software, Wireless

News on BlackBerry

BlackBerry Awarded Nearly 30 Patents for Security, User Interfaces, and More
BlackBerry has won "at least" 27 new US patents, reports Bloomberg. According to Bloomberg, the patents include security features and a user interface for a conference-calling system. Others... more
Lenovo Still Wants to Buy BlackBerry and Will Try Again, Source Suggests
Apparently Lenovo is still interested in BlackBerry. China's Lenovo could make an offer to acquire the Canadian smartphone maker as early as this week, "a source familiar with the matter" told... more
Dragons' Den's Michael Wekerle to Buy More BlackBerry Buildings in Waterloo
Michael Wekerle, the latest addition to CBC's Dragons' Den, is snapping up former BlackBerry offices in the Canadian company's hometown of Waterloo. Wekerle, who was recently a hot news item... more
BlackBerry's Head of QNX Departs Company
Alec Saunders is leaving BlackBerry. Saunders was the vice-president responsible for the Canadian smartphone maker's QNX operating system, which was the drivingforce behind BlackBerry's BB10... more
There is One Thing I Noticed About All of These Apple #Bendgate Videos...
Apple's iPhone 6 announcement earlier this month revealed two big-screened devices. The product unveiling barely moved the needle on the company's stagnant stock price, but consumers were... more
BlackBerry Sells 200,000 Passports, Turnaround Continues
BlackBerry has sold 200,000 Passport smartphones, rendering the product a profitable one, the Canadian company has reported. The Waterloo-based smartphone maker's second-fiscal-quarter earnings... more
BlackBerry Launches Passport with Square Display and 30-Hour Battery Life
BlackBerry today launched the BlackBerry Passport. Featuring a 4.5-inch, square touchscreen and new touch-enabled keyboard, the BlackBerry Passport is a device for that empowers professionals "with... more
BlackBerry Reveals Impressive Price Point of Forthcoming Passport Device
BlackBerry is widely expected to launch its newest device, the Passport, this Wednesday. The smartphone, CEO John Chen has revealed, will be priced at $600 in North America, lower than the... more
BlackBerry Researching Wearable Technology, Wary of Entering Market
Apple has the world buzzing about smartwatches more than ever. The incessant hum surrounding wearable technology isn't lost on BlackBerry. Not long after Apple unveiled the Apple Watch, which is... more
BlackBerry Acquisition Will Allow Split Billing for Bring Your Own Device Workplaces
BlackBerry announced today that it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions for mobile operators that allows multiple numbers to be active on a single device.  The... more
There are Three Things I'll Truly Miss About My BlackBerry When I Buy an iPhone Next Month
I've been using a Z10 since BlackBerry launched the smartphone in February 2013. At the time, I was upgrading from a Windows Phone—which itself was a disastrous downgrade from an iPhone... more
BlackBerry Named World's Best Mobile OS by Technology Magazine
BlackBerry 10 was recently named the world's best-designed mobile operating system "out of the box" by India-based technology magazine Digit. BB10 outshone Android 4.4 on a Nexus 5, iOS 7 on an... more
Seven-Year Court Battle Ends with Victory for BlackBerry
After nearly seven years of litigation, a top US appeals court has ruled that BlackBerry did not infringe on patents owned by Delaware-based Mformation Technologies. In July 2012 it was ruled in... more
BlackBerry Creates New 'Technology Solutions' Business Unit as Part of Turnaround
BlackBerry has named Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu to lead a new business unit to be called BlackBerry Technology Solutions, or BTS. The BTS business unit comprises BlackBerry's "innovative technology... more
FameBit Maintains Momentum with Latest Milestone
FameBit reached a milestone in July. The Canadian startup, named to the Techvibes 20 earlier this year, produced 1,000 branded YouTube videos for clients. The Toronto-based company's videos... more
Man Easily Hacks Supposedly Super Secure Android Phone, BlackBerry Rejoices
    The Blackphone, designed to be the most secure Android phone the world has ever seen, was rooted in a mere five minutes, which will surely have John Chen and the rest of the... more
Russian Smartphone Maker Eyes Move to BlackBerry's Backyard in Waterloo
A smartphone maker may be moving into BlackBerry's backyard. Russia's Yota Devices is plotting a move to Waterloo or Toronto by the end of 2014, according to its CEO, who wants to take advantage... more
Ex-BlackBerry Executive Joins Facebook's Internet.org to Lead App Product
The world's largest social network has hired a former BlackBerry executive. Facebook hired Andrew Bocking to lead its new Internet.org mobile app. Bocking left BlackBerry in February. At... more
BlackBerry Bolsters Credentials with Government Approval of Multi-Platform Management
BlackBerry today announced that Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, a multi-platform containerization solution managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, has received Security Technical... more
John Chen: There's No Margin for Error to Complete BlackBerry's Turnaround to Success
BlackBerry's restructuring process is finally over. The Waterloo-based smartphone maker shrunk its workforce by 60% over three years in an attempt to reinvent itself following a post-Recession... more
City of Vancouver Gives Free BlackBerry to Organizer of Illegal Park Protest
What happens when you organize an illegal tent city in a park? You're given a free phone. The City of Vancouver gave protest organizer Brody Williams a BlackBerry this week, despite his tent... more
BBM Now Available on Windows Phone
BlackBerry this week ay announced that BBM has been launched on Windows Phone 8 and higher. The BBM app was built specifically for the Windows Phone experience, according to BlackBerry, who says... more
BlackBerry Acquires German Tech Firm to Bolster Government-Quality Security Solutions
BlackBerry has acquired Secusmart GmbH, which offers  voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises and telecommunications service... more
BlackBerry Working on Partnerships to Compete with Apple-IBM
When two tech titans struck a landmark agreement this week,  BlackBerry CEO John Chen was both happy and sad. Chen says the partnership is both good and bad for his company, which is caught... more
BlackBerry Appoints Marty Beard as COO
BlackBerry this week announced that it has named Marty Beard as Chief Operating Officer. As the new COO, Marty is responsible for cross-functional organizations, including marketing, BlackBerry... more
List Predicts That Blackberry and Zynga Will 'Disappear' by End of 2015
Financial news site 24/7 Wall St. has published its annual list of North American companies it predicts "will disappear before the end of the next year." Included in the list is Zynga, the maker... more
BlackBerry Explains Reasoning Behind the Square Screen of Its 'Passport' Smartphone
A lot of critics have questioned the stout shape and square screen of BlackBerry's forthcoming Passport smartphone. The Canadian company took to its blog to defend its decision, light-heartedly... more
BlackBerry to Launch BBM for Windows Phone Very Soon
BlackBerry's homemade instant messaging service, even after more than a decade, remains one of its core features. Last year the Canadian company made waves by launching BBM on competing platforms... more
BlackBerry Sells Research and Development Assets to Volkswagen
BlackBerry is selling its research and development department in Germany. The buyer is none other than Volkswagen Infotainment, a subsidiary of the German automaker. Volkswagen Infotainment, as... more
BlackBerry Launches 'Fact Check Portal' to Dispel Negative Myths About Company
There have been "many vocal voices from competitors trying to incite fear, uncertainty and doubt about BlackBerry," according to the company itself, which has prompted the Canadian smartphone maker... more
BlackBerry Lays Off Dozens More Canadian Employees Despite Financial Turnaround
In the midst of financial turmoil, BlackBerry laid off thousands of employees, many of them Canadian. Now BlackBerry is back on reasonably solid financial footing. But the layoffs—while... more
BlackBerry Takes Enterprise Customers Seriously with Unveiling of 'Passport' Phablet
Most consumers will look at the BlackBerry Passport and say it's ugly, impractical, that they would never buy it. BlackBerry CEO John Chen is perfectly okay with this. That's because Chen and... more
BlackBerry Finally Posts a Profit – Sort Of
BlackBerry this morning reported its quarterly earnings and the numbers were encouraging. Posting a small profit of $23 million—or a minor loss of $60 million, depending on who's... more
BlackBerry Launches BBM Protected, First Solution of Forthcoming eBBM Suite
BlackBerry today announced the availability of BBM Protected, the first solution in the eBBM Suite for secure enterprise-class messaging. The eBBM Suite is a new family of BBM products and... more
BlackBerry Expands Commitment to Mobile Payments Management Services
Yesterday BlackBerry Limited announced a new three-year agreement with EnStream LP, a mobile payments joint venture owned by Canadian wireless carriers Bell, Rogers and TELUS, to provide a secure... more
Believe It or Not, BlackBerry is Actually Outselling the iPhone in Toronto – but Nowhere Else
In Canada, over the past six months the two best-selling smartphones in Canada were Apple's iPhone 5s and Samsung's Galaxy S4. In Toronto, however, the best-selling brand was BlackBerry,... more
BlackBerry Market Share to Shrink to 0.3% by 2018, Forecast Predicts
BlackBerry’s global shipments are projected to fall nearly 50% this year to fewer than 10 million smartphones. According to a forecast from research firm IDC, BlackBerry’s worldwide... more
Trouble Ahead? BlackBerry's Biggest Investors Reduce Stakes, Board of Directors Thins Out
BlackBerry board member Bert Nordberg will be leaving the company's board next month, according to a filing Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, while BlackBerry's two biggest... more
Shifting Strategy, BlackBerry Decides to Let Rivals Manage Its Devices
BlackBerry plans to allow rivals to manage its BB10 devices on the internal networks of their clients. Early adopters of this new option will be AirWatch, Citrix, and IBM, the Waterloo-based... more
BlackBerry Messenger Has Been Installed More Than 50 Million Times on Android Alone
BlackBerry Messenger has been installed more than 50 million times on Android devices in the past six months, according to an update from Google Play Store. BlackBerry launched BBM for iOS and... more
BlackBerry Finally Reveals Who Bought Its $300 Million Real Estate Portfolio
BlackBerry today revealed that Spear Street Capital was the company who acquired the vast majority of the smartphone maker's real estate portfolio. The Waterloo-based company also revealed the... more
How Canadian Businesses are Adapting to the Bring Your Own Device Trend
It should perhaps come as no surprise, given our country's role in the development of mobile devices. After all, one of the preeminent companies in the industry, BlackBerry, calls Canada home and... more
BlackBerry: Governments Love Us Because Our Platform is the Most Secure, Plain and Simple
John Chen, BlackBerry's current chief executive officer, is leaning more heavily on government and enterprises than the company has in many years. According to Chen, the Waterloo-based... more
BlackBerry Will be Profitable Within Two Years, CEO Says
BlackBerry has been in an embattled state for several years now, undergoing multiple leadership changes, a fluctuating but mostly sinking stock price, unpopular product launches, and a diminished... more
BlackBerry to Resurrect the Bold with Launch of 'Classic' Smartphone This Year
In a blast from the past, BlackBerry will be resurrect its iconic Bold smartphone when it launches the Classic, an updated revival of its former top-end product. Maria Bartiromo of USA Today... more
BlackBerry Remains Canada's Biggest Tech Company, but Not for Much Longer
The annual Branham300, which lists the top Canadian information and communication technology firms, shows Waterloo-based smartphone maker as number one for 2013, where it has been for five years.... more
Dragons' Den's Michael Wekerle Buys Former BlackBerry Building in Waterloo, Snags First Tenant
Michael Wekerle of Difference Capital is the driving force behind a $200 million venture capital focused on Waterloo startups that will soon be unveiled, according to The Waterloo Record.... more
BlackBerry Invests in Healthcare IT Startup to Collaborate on Specific New Smartphone
BlackBerry today announced it has acquired a minority stake in privately held health care IT firm NantHealth, which is based in California. The two companies will collaborate on a new smartphone... more
BlackBerry to Patch BBM for iOS and Android in Effort to Protect Against Heartbleed Bug
BlackBerry revealed plans to release security updates to protect its messaging software from the Heartbleed bug. Specifically, the Waterloo-based smartphone maker is addressing potential... more
BlackBerry Launches 'Stickers' as Part of BBM Monetization Plan, Improves Photo-sharing
BlackBerry today announced an update of BBM that allows customers to further personalize and enhance their chat experiences. Available for download later today for BlackBerry, iOS, and Android,... more
BlackBerry Reports Quarterly Loss of $423 Million, CEO 'Very Pleased' with Numbers
BlackBerry this morning reported a fourth-quarter loss of $423 million, down from a profit of $98 million in the year-ago quarter. Selling just 3.4 million smartphones—about 68% of which... more
BlackBerry Reveals Plan to Monetize BBM App with Brand Sponsorships and Virtual Good Sales
Alongside a robust patent portfolio and a reputation for trusted security, BlackBerry Messenger is today one of BlackBerry's most valuable assets. But—until now—it hasn't generated any... more
White House Testing Android Devices to Potentially Replace BlackBerry for Internal Communications
President Obama doesn't necessarily like using his BlackBerry—he's publicly admitted he prefers Apple's iPhone—but because of its superior security, it's been his go-to device for... more
Three Million Square Feet: BlackBerry Reaches Deal to Sell 'Vast Majority' of Office Space and Land
BlackBerry has reached an agreement to sell a substantial majority of its real estate holdings in Canada. As part of a plan the struggling company revealed earlier in the year to aid its balance... more
BlackBerry Shuts Down Ottawa Product Development Centre, 90 Jobs Lost
Less than a week after laying off 120 employees in Waterloo, BlackBerry has shut down its Ottawa Product Development Centre hardware group at a cost of nearly 100 more jobs. "BlackBerry is... more
BlackBerry Lays Off Another 120 Canadian Employees
BlackBerry continues to dismantle itself in agonizingly slow fashion. The Canadian smartphone maker laid off 120 employees in Waterloo this week, the latest in a string of several small layoffs... more
BlackBerry Talks to White House to Keep Barack Obama Using Their Devices
In an effort to keep Barack Obama and his presidential suite using BlackBerry devices, chief executive officer John Chen has held recent talks with the White House. “As part of my meeting... more
Apple CarPlay is Designed to Work with BlackBerry's QNX
BlackBerry's network this morning experienced an outage in Canada but the Waterloo-based smartphone maker got better publicity in the afternoon after it was revealed that Apple's recently unveiled... more
BlackBerry Unveils BES12, the 'New Foundation' of Enterprise Mobility
Today in Barcelona, BlackBerry unveiled what it describes as "the new foundation of mobility enterprise." As part of BlackBerry's strategy to extend beyond EMM to an application-based... more
BlackBerry Announces Next Flagship Device, the Q20, Which Totes a Trackpad
At the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, BlackBerry today announced its next flagship device. The Q20 "embodies feedback from millions of passionate QWERTY customers around the world" and... more
In-car Technology: Ford May Ditch Microsoft Windows for BlackBerry's QNX
Ford may be planning to ditch Microsoft Windows and switch for BlackBerry's QNX system for its in-car technology, Sync.  BlackBerry's stock popped up 8% on the news, which was revealed by... more
BlackBerry to Bring BBM to Windows Phone and Nokia X
Last year BlackBerry brought its world-famous BBM messaging system to Apple's iOS and Google's Android. The launch on competing mobile platforms was a huge success with millions of downloads in... more
Facebook's Massive Acquisition of WhatsApp is Serious Food for Thought for BlackBerry and BBM
In an event best reminiscent of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand “shot heard around the world," media outlets were a buzz with the news of the $19 billion acquisition of instant messaging... more
BlackBerry CEO Defends His Clutch of Eggs from T-Mobile Predation
BlackBerry has lashed out at T-Mobile for trying to entice its customers to switch to iPhone. The carrier launched an email promotion for BlackBerry users to switch to an iPhone 5S with no money... more
Some Major Brands are Now Using BBM Channels, Which Could Help BlackBerry a Lot
Last week, BlackBerry announced an update to BBM, which added new features for all users, including BBM Channels to the Android and iPhone subscriber base, something core BlackBerry users have had... more
Activist Hedge Fund Manager Dan Loeb Reveals 2% Stake in BlackBerry
An activist hedge fund manager has been quietly taking an interest in BlackBerry. Dan Loeb of Third Point disclosed over the weekend that as of the end of 2013 he owns 10 million shares of the... more
Highly Unscientific Study Concludes iPhone Users Smartest, BlackBerry Users Dumbest
A UK bookmaker recently tested 1,000 smartphone users to see if there was a difference in intelligence among the owners of various mobile platforms. The study was decidedly unscientific but drew... more
A Typewriter for Your iPhone? Typo Responds to BlackBerry's Suit with Odd Defense
Ryan Seacrest co-owned company Typo has filed its retort to BlackBerry, in response to the cell phone manufacturer's accusations that Typo infringes on its mobile keyboard patent. When Typo's... more
BlackBerry Lays Off Employees in Manufacturing Facility in Waterloo
BlackBerry has now laid off more than 1,000 people in Waterloo since last September. The latest axe drop came in the form of 90 jobs lost in the company's Waterloo manufacturing facility,... more
BlackBerry Rolls Out OS 10.2.1 with Customizable Pinch Gestures and Quick Settings Menu
BlackBerry today announced OS 10.2.1, the company's latest software update. The update includes "hundreds" of enhancement and refinements, but only a few can be considered significant. •... more
City of Waterloo Remains Committed to BlackBerry, Signs Three-year, $500,000 Renewal
The City of Waterloo voted this week to renew a three-year agreement with service provider Bell, a deal worth roughly $172,000 annually. The City, which exclusively uses BlackBerry as its... more
Apparently Everyone Wishes Their iPhone Was Actually Just a BlackBerry
Typo Products is experiencing strong early success. The physical keyboard, which attaches to an iPhone, debuted at last week’s International Consumer Electronics Show and initial pre-order... more
BlackBerry Hires Former Colleague of CEO John Chen from SAP
Immediately after dropping "interim" from his title as chief executive officer of BlackBerry, John Chen has hired former colleague Eric Johnson. Johnson, who hails from SAP, will head... more
CEO of BlackBerry, John Chen, Drops 'Interim' from Title
John Chen quietly dropped "interim" from his title as chief executive officer of BlackBerry over the weekend. Chen, who is also chairman of the company, has apparently taken over the role of CEO... more
Betting Big: Fairfax is Going to Invest Another $250 Million in BlackBerry
Fairfax Financial today revealed that it is purchasing through subsidiaries an additional $250 million worth of unsecured subordinated convertible debentures of BlackBerry. Fairfax already... more
BlackBerry to Refocus on Physical Keyboards, CEO Says
BlackBerry is poised to bring back its iconic physical keyboard in full force under the leadership of new chairman and interim CEO John Chen, who took over the reins from Thorsten Heins last year.... more
BlackBerry Ends Collaboration with 'Global Creative Director' Alicia Keys
To no one's surprise, Alicia Keys is set to part ways with BlackBerry. Former chief executive officer Thorsten Heins hired the singer-songwriter at the start of last yearduring the BlackBerry 10... more
Canada's Three Biggest Newsmakers in Tech: 2013 Edition
Newsmakers are the people, companies, events, and circumstances that create the most news over the course of the year. In 2013, we observed three major newsmakers: the Canadian government's highly... more
Founder Mike Lazaridis Sheds $27 Million Worth of BlackBerry Shares as Prem Watsa Buys More
Last week, BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis—who is no longer with the company—sold more than $27 million worth of shares, reducing his stake in the Waterloo-based smartphone maker to... more
[Closed] GIVEAWAY: Win a Z10 Smartphone Plus Accessories from Techvibes and BlackBerry
  This contest is now closed.     Techvibes is giving away a new black Z10 smartphone prize pack courtesy of BlackBerry! The smartphone prize pack  includes one... more
BlackBerry Reports Third-quarter Loss of $4.4 Billion, Worse Than Analysts Expected
Today BlackBerry reported a $4.4 billion third-quarter loss, falling short of analyst expectations. The company's stock rose 12% on the news. BlackBerry says that 75% of devices sold during the... more
BBM to Come Preinstalled on LG Smartphones
The resurgence of BlackBerry Messenger continues. The popular app, which had 20 million downloads in its first week after launching on Apple's iOS and Google's Android and now has more than 80... more
Apple Devices Dominating Small Business Adoption, Study Suggests
A realm once dominated by BlackBerry has been taken over by Apple. According to a new study from SMB cloud services provider Intermedia, more than 75% of mobile devices activated at small and... more
Three More Executives Leaving BlackBerry
Three high-ranked employes of BlackBerry are leaving the struggling company, it's been revealed. Rick Costanzo, executive vice-president of global sales, and Chris Wormald, vice-president of... more
BlackBerry Resurrects Classic Cellphone Game Brick Breaker with Bold Improvements
BlackBerry has brought back one of the most iconic cellphone games to ever entertain bored people on their cellphones. Brick Breaker returns as "Brick Breaker Bold," a BB10-optimized game that... more
BlackBerry Lays Off 80 More Employees in Canada
BlackBerry has confirmed it's laying off another 80 employees in Canada this week. The company's latest wave of layoffs hit the workforce of its headquarters in Waterloo. The layoffs are one... more
POTUS Still BarackBerry: Barack Obama Sticks with BlackBerry for 'Security Reasons'
Not one to be swayed by its hypercool aesthetic or its store packed with quality apps, US President Barack Obama continues to snub the iPhone in favour of his old standby, a BlackBerry. Citing... more
Former BlackBerry CEO Jim Balsillie Returns to List of Richest Canadians
In the midst of BlackBerry's extensive turmoil, former co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis were last year kicked out of the billionaire's club and no longer counted among Canada's 100 richest... more
BlackBerry CEO: This Company is No Longer for Sale
BlackBerry is no longer for sale, folks. The Waterloo-based smartphone maker, which tried and failed to sell itself earlier this year, is officially off the market, according to interim chief... more
Man Spends Two Years Writing 260-page Biography on BlackBerry Keyboard
Lucian Freud, an artist best known for his thickly impastoed portrait and figure paintings, passed away in 2011. Last month Geordie Greig had his biography of the painter, Breakfast with Lucian,... more
BlackBerry Messenger to Come Preinstalled on Some Android Smartphones
The resurgence of BlackBerry Messenger continues. The popular app, which had 20 million downloads in its first week after launching on Apple's iOS and Google's Android and now has more than 80... more
Out of Beta: BlackBerry Launches BBM Channels
Following a very successful launch of BlackBerry Messenger on Apple's iOS and Google's Android, Waterloo's BlackBerry is today rolling out BBM Channels for current and legacy BlackBerry devices.... more
BlackBerry Sheds Several Key Executives, Including COO and CFO
In a major management shakeup, BlackBerry is dramatically altering the C-suite ranks of its executive team. The Canadian company said today that chief marketing officer Frank Boulben and chief... more
BlackBerry Founder and CRTC Head Among List of Most Powerful Canadians
This week, Maclean's magazine listed the 50 most important and powerful people in Canada. Maclean's in this context compiled the Power List "with three broad concepts in mind: institutional clout,... more
BlackBerry Lays Off 250 More Canadian Employees
BlackBerry confirmed this week that it is laying off another 250 employees. These most recent cuts will be happening at the struggling company's headquarters in Waterloo. During what BlackBerry... more
BlackBerry Unveils Porsche Design P'9982, an 'Elite' Smartphone Costing $2,200
Porsche Design and BlackBerry today announced thr Porsche Design P'9982 smartphone from BlackBerry. BlackBerry says the luxury device is "uniquely designed and expertly crafted," while Porsche... more
Help Wanted: The Job Creation Engine Revs Up in the ICT Industry – No Matter the Shocks
After smartphone maker BlackBerry announced in September a quarterly $1 billion loss and 4,500 job cuts, there has been much discussion about the future surrounding of what was once Canada’s... more
Trapped in a Corner, BlackBerry is Out of Room for Errors
BlackBerry is banking on the hope that a new chief executive officer will turn things around at the struggling company. We've been here before: co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis—who founded... more
Hundreds of Former BlackBerry Workers Swarm Job Fair in Search of Employment
There have been many arguments that the massive BlackBerry layoffs in Canada could actually be good for the nation. But try telling that to the hundreds of unemployed BlackBerry workers who are... more
BlackBerry Becomes Laughing Stock of Smartphone Industry in Viral Meme
BlackBerry has had a rough go of things recently. The company was unable to sell itself this year and as a result of poor performance is in the process of laying off more than 4,000 workers as it... more
Former Apple CEO John Sculley: 'I Think BlackBerry Can be Saved'
Former chief executive officer of Apple John Sculley believes BlackBerry's shaken-up board of directors can breathe new life into the dying company. Sculley, who was preparing to bid on... more
Former Apple CEO John Sculley Was Preparing to Bid on BlackBerry
We're quickly learning that quite a few parties were genuinely interested in BlackBerry before it abandoned its sales process on Monday. Yesterday we found out that Lenovo was actively pursuing... more
CEO John Chen: 'BlackBerry Has Enormous Potential,' Still Plans to Make Smartphones
BlackBerry's chairman and interim chief executive officer says that he has no intention of shutting down the company's unprofitable smartphone business. "I know we have enough ingredients to... more
Lenovo Wanted to Acquire BlackBerry but Canadian Government Would Not Allow It
Turns out that there was more legitimate interest in BlackBerry than speculated. Lenovo actively pursued BlackBerry but the Canadian government told the Beijing-based computer manufacturer it... more
Meet John Chen, BlackBerry's New Chairman and Interim CEO
With Thorsten Heins on his way out at BlackBerry, it's time we get to know a little about his replacement. 58-year-old John Chen is taking over as chairman of the Waterloo-based company's board... more
Don't Worry: Thorsten Heins Won't be Awarded His Full $55 Million Severance Package
Thorsten Heins isn't likely to walk away with his full $55.6-million compensation package when he leaves BlackBerry in two weeks. The chief executive officer's executive compensation plan is... more
BlackBerry Shares Plunge as Fairfax Takeover Collapses and CEO Steps Down
BlackBerry shares are down more than 12% in trading today following news that Fairfax Financial's $4.6 billion takeover of the Waterloo-based company collapsed. Chief executive officer Thorsten... more
Mike Lazaridis and Cerberus May Join Forces to Bid on BlackBerry
It was rumoured last month that Cerberus Capital Management LP was interested in acquiring BlackBerry. It was also reported that cofounders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin were interested in... more
BlackBerry Build A Village Award Program Now Open to All Canadian Students
BlackBerry's Build A Village Award Program will be giving 50 remarkable students from across Canada the opportunity to embark on a life-defining experience as a volunteer in one of... more
Why BlackBerry Laying Off 4,000 Canadians Might Actually be Good for Our Economy
Last month BlackBerry confirmed plans to lay off a staggering 4,500 employees worldwide, most of them in Canada, including its headquarters in Waterloo. The 45% workforce reduction means... more
BlackBerry Lays Off 300 More Employees in Canada
BlackBerry has laid off another 300 employees from its headquarters in Waterloo. The layoffs are part of an ongoing effort by the company to reduce its workforce by 4,500 over three quarters.... more
BBM Gains 20 Million Users on iPhone and Android in First Week
BlackBerry released BBM for Apple's iOS and Google's Android one week ago and the instant messaging app already has 20 million downloads across the two platforms. During its first week, BBM was... more
BlackBerry Releases BB OS 10.2 with Priority Hub and Smarter Keyboard Among Other Improvements
BlackBerry today announced that BlackBerry OS 10.2 is being rolled out through carriers in Canada. The update, available for the Z10, Q10, and Q5 (and pre-equipped on the Z30), introduces new... more
BlackBerry Sees 10 Million Downloads of BBM for Android and iOS in First Day
Within 24 hours of releasing BlackBerry Messenger for Google's Android and Apple's iOS, Waterloo-based smartphone pioneer BlackBerry says the app was downloaded on the competing platforms more than... more
BlackBerry Releases BBM for Android and iPhone – For Real This Time
After a great deal of difficulties, BlackBerry is finally releasing its famous BlackBerry Messenger service for Google's Android and Apple's iOS platforms—one month after it originally... more
Lenovo Latest Company Said to be Interested in Acquiring BlackBerry
Lenovo has signed a non-disclosure agreement to get an inside look at BlackBerry as the China-based computer manufacturer ponders a bid, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.... more
Canadian Shareholders Launch Class-action Lawsuit Against BlackBerry
More shareholders have launched another class-action lawsuit against BlackBerry. Canadian shareholders in Quebec allege that the Waterloo-based smartphone pioneer “knowingly or negligently... more
BlackBerry Z30 Now Available in Canada, Rogers Decides to Carry Device After All
The BlackBerry Z30 has landed in Canada. The device, similar to the flaghsip Z10 but with a larger, five-inch display, is now available from Bell and Telus. Rogers, which originally opted out of... more
BlackBerry Publishes Open Letter to Customers: 'You Can Continue to Count on Us'
BlackBerry this week published an open letter to its customers, reassuring them they can continue to rely on the company and its products. "We have one important message for you: you can... more
BlackBerry Founder Mike Lazaridis Ponders Bid on His Former Company
Mike Lazaridis founded Research In Motion in 1984 and invented the BlackBerry—which was bleeding edge technology at its birth—more than a decade ago. He continued to run the company... more
BlackBerry Open to Being Broken Up and Sold for Parts: Report
BlackBerry may be warming up to the idea of being broken up, especially as its deal with Fairfax Financial Holdings appears increasingly fragile, sources suggest. Citing a person with knowledge... more
Apple Wants to Hire All the Talented People BlackBerry is Laying Off
Apple is eager to hire the hundreds of employees that Canadian smartphone pioneer BlackBerry is laying off this year. The world's most valuable technology company hosted a recruitment drive... more
BlackBerry Closing Halifax Office, Laying Off 300 More Employees
BlackBerry is permanently shutting down its Atlantic-Canada offices. In January, its Halifax offices will close, eliminating more than 300 jobs. The Waterloo-based smartphone pioneer says it... more
Federal Government Keeping Eye on BlackBerry, but Will 'Let it Play out in the Marketplace'
The federal government is watching BlackBerry carefully as potential suitors bid on the company, but has decided to "let it play out in the marketplace" as opposed to actively getting involved.... more
Wi-LAN Finally Ends Patent War with BlackBerry
Last year patent licensing company Wi-LAN filed a lawsuit against what was then Research In Motion for infringing a patent that relates to Bluetooth technology. Wi-LAN, which licenses its... more
BlackBerry Likely to be Broken up Due to 'Bizarre' Bidding Process
BlackBerry will likely be broken up, an expert says, mostly due to a "bizarre" bidding process that makes valuing the company as a whole difficult. “It’s the most bizarre sales... more
BlackBerry Axes 300 Waterloo Staff, More than 4,000 Layoffs Still to Come
BlackBerry is letting go of 300 employees from its Waterloo-based headquarters this week. It's the first round of several for the struggling company, who plans to lay off 4,500 in total, or more... more
Three Years Later, BlackBerry Settles Lawsuit with Fellow Waterloo Company Kik
In 2010, free instant messaging app Kik Messenger launched on RIM's BlackBerry platform. Gathering a million users in just two weeks, it was instant success—and instantly seen as a direct... more
BlackBerry Unveils Cloud-based Enterprise Mobility Management Solution to Tackle BYOD
At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 in Orlando, today previewed a new multi-platform cloud-based enterprise mobility management solution. BlackBerry says the new EMM solution will enable... more
BlackBerry Slammed with Class Action Lawsuit
BlackBerry and its executives are being being sued by a shareholder. The class action lawsuit accuses Blackberry of inflating its stock price by implying business prospects of the company's new... more
BlackBerry Officially Announces Z30 Smartphone, Coming to Canada October 15
BlackBerry today officially announced the Z30 smartphone, which will be available in Canada on October 15. The Z30 features a five-inch display and the largest battery ever in a BlackBerry... more
BlackBerry Looking to Sell Real Estate in Waterloo
BlackBerry is looking to sell some of its extensive real estate portfolio. The company, which has been headquartered in Waterloo since it was founded in 1984, owns more than 20 buildings in the... more
Cost of Trimming BlackBerry's Fat Skyrockets to $400 Million
The cost of BlackBerry downsizing its operations has ballooned to more than $400 million. The figure is quadruple what the Waterloo-based smartphone pioneer originally projected. The cost... more
BlackBerry Defends Platform: 'We Remain Steadfast in Our Mission'
After Gartner recommended that companies abandon BlackBerry for competing platforms within six months, BlackBerry has come forth to defend its platform. Dubbing the conclusions in Gartner's... more
Apple Takes Over as World's Most Valuable Brand, BlackBerry Falls off List for First Time
For the first time in the history of Interbrand’s Best Global Brands report, there is a new top brand. Apple this year boosted its brand value by an impressive 28% to trump Coca-Coca,... more
The Real Reason There Isn't Going to be a Bidding War for BlackBerry
There is not apt to be any rival bidders vying to acquire BlackBerry. The company's desparation to secure a buyer saw it agree to pay Fairfax Financial's investor consortium a rare $157 million... more
Gartner to IT: If You're Using BlackBerry, Abandon Ship
Analyst firm Gartner is recommending that all BlackBerry enterprise customers abandon ship. The company has come forth to state that clients should take "no more than six months to consider and... more
As BlackBerry Cuts 4,500 Jobs, Company Acquires Jet for Executives
This morning BlackBerry posted a $1 billion lost as its revenues sank by 50%. The crumbling company now plans to cut a staggering 4,500 jobs—more than 40% of its already dwindled... more
BlackBerry Posts $1 Billion Loss, Revenue Plunges
BlackBerry lost $965 million in its second quarter, the Waterloo-based smartphone manufacturer announced on Friday morning. Of that, $934 million is due to a write-down of unsold inventory. The... more
Despite BBM Android and iOS Flop, BlackBerry Demos BBM for Desktop
BlackBerry was slated to launch BBM for Android and iOS last weekend. But as if the Waterloo-based smartphone pioneer hasn't faced enough challenges recently, its launch was a massive flop.... more
Fairfax's Prem Watsa: I'm Going to Keep BlackBerry Whole and in Canada
Prem Watsa is confident his consortium will successfully acquire BlackBerry for $4.7 billion. The billionaire chief executive officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings currently leads a consortium... more
Motorola Opens Office in Waterloo Near Google and BlackBerry
On the heels of BlackBerry announcing that it will cut 4,500 jobs within the next year, competing smartphone maker Motorola is setting up shop just 10 minutes away from the company's global... more
BlackBerry: Here's What Went Wrong with BBM for Android and This is How We're Fixing It
BlackBerry was slated to launch BBM for Android and iOS last weekend. But as if the Waterloo-based smartphone pioneer hasn't faced enough challenges recently, its launch was a massive flop. As... more
Apple Makes More Money in a Weekend Than BlackBerry is Worth in Total
Comparing Apples to BlackBerrys is apt to leave a sour taste in the mouths of Canadians today. Waving a white flag, former smartphone pioneer BlackBerry agreed this morning to be acquired for... more
BlackBerry Agrees to be Acquired by Consortium for $4.7 Billion
Beleaguered smartphone maker BlackBerry has agreed to be bought by a consortium led by Prem Watsa's Fairfax Financial. BlackBerry has agreed to be acquired for $4.7 billion, or $9 per share in... more
BlackBerry Delays Launch of BBM for Android and iOS Due to 'Issues'
BlackBerry was slated to launch BBM for Android and iOS this weekend. But as if the Waterloo-based smartphone pioneer hasn't faced enough challenges recently, its launch was a massive flop.... more
BlackBerry Could Soon Write Off $1 Billion in Unsold Smartphones
Not long after news that BlackBerry may lay off 5,000 workers surfaced, it's now believed the struggling company is on the verge of a $1 billion writedown of unsold smartphone inventory. In June... more
BlackBerry Could Lay Off 40% of Its Workforce – 5,000 People – by End of Year: Report
If a new report from the Wall Street Journal proves correct, no employee of BlackBerry is safe. According to the WSJ, the Waterloo-based smartphone pioneer could lay off up to 40% of its... more
BlackBerry Reveals Official Launch Dates for BBM on Android and iOS
BlackBerry's popular BlackBerry Messenger service will be available for Google's Android on September and Apple's iOS on September 22. For the first time ever, BBM will be available to users... more
BlackBerry Offering Canadians $25 Worth of Apps for Free
BlackBerry 10 customers in Canada can now take advantage of "a special and exclusive" offer to download up to $25 worth of apps for free from BlackBerry world. Until October 31, users can for... more
BlackBerry to Lobby Government as Plans to Sell Get Stifled
Waterloo-based smartphone maker BlackBerry is poised to lobby the Canadian government to allow for a foreign buyer to acquire parts or all of the company. Currently, the Investment Canada Act... more
BlackBerry's Largest Shareholder Closing in on Rescue Deal, Report Suggests
Prem Watsa may be closing in on a rescue deal for Waterloo's BlackBerry. According to a report in The Sunday Times, the chairman of Fairfax Financial Holdings has assembled billions of dollars... more
US National Security Agency Able to Intercept BlackBerry Emails, Report Reveals
One of BlackBerry's longstanding differentiating factors from competitors like Apple's iOS and Google's Android has been its top-notch mobile security. But according to a new report from weekly... more
BlackBerry Has Submitted BBM to Apple for App Store Approval, Executive Confirms
BlackBerry in May announced that is famous BlackBerry Messenger service would launch on competing mobile software platforms: Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Now the Waterloo-based smartphone... more
BlackBerry Sale Likely to be Wrapped up by November
Last month Techvibes reported that Blackberry was forming a special committee to “explore strategic alternatives.” The five-person unit headed up by Timothy Dattels and including... more
3 Canadians Named Recipients of the BlackBerry Scholars Program
Today BlackBerry announced the 10 young women recipients of the BlackBerry Scholars Program, an initiative designed to inspire more women to enter the mobile computing industry and pursue careers... more
Samsung: For the Last Time, We're Not Interested in Buying BlackBerry
Ever since rumours of potential BlackBerry acquisitions arose years ago, smartphone maker Samsung has often been listed as a potential suitor, despite consistently deflecting the notion on public... more
BlackBerry Considering Spinning off BBM Service into Separate Unit
BlackBerry is considering spinning off its BlackBerry Messenger service into a separate unit, according to sources cited in the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ reports that the subsidiary would be... more
BlackBerry's Patents Could Fetch a Tidy Sum, but Smartphone Division May be Worthless
Waterloo's BlackBerry is for sale. But how much is it worth? The Canadian company's treasure trove of patents and advanced software could fetch a tidy sum—up to $5 billion or more, some... more
Selling BlackBerry Could Make CEO Thorsten Heins a Very Rich Man
With rumours swirling more wildly than ever that BlackBerry is up for sale, chief executive officer Thorsten Heins has a few good reasons to make his company someone else's problem: 55.6 million... more
Thalmic Labs Strengthens Team With Addition of Two BlackBerry Execs
Former Blackberry Senior Vice President Mike Galbraith has joined Kitchener-Waterloo's Thalmic Labs, creators of the revolutionary MYO armband, as CFO. In addition, David Perston, former... more
BlackBerry Launches Q5 in Canada: Here's Who's Going to Buy It
BlackBerry's third BB10 device, the Q5, launched in Canada today. The mid-tier smartphone is available from most carriers and many retailers, including Bell, Fido, Koodo, Virgin Mobile, Telus,... more
Why Going Private Could Save BlackBerry
Late last week, rumours spread that BlackBerry’s senior management is considering taking the company private.  On Monday, BlackBerry announced a strategic review to consider a... more
BlackBerry is Up For Sale
Canadian mobile communications giant Blackberry is forming a special committee to “explore strategic alternatives.” The five-person unit headed up by Timothy Dattels and including... more
BlackBerry Considering Going Private, Sources Say
BlackBerry is considering going private, several sources familiar with the situation told Reuters. According to the Reuters report, chief executive officer Thorsten Heins and BlackBerry's board... more
Three More Executives Leave BlackBerry in Midst on Ongoing Restructuring
BlackBerry is still cutting costs and restrucutring its organization, as evidenced by three mid-level executives leaving the company this month. The executives - Doug Kozak, Carmine Arabia and... more
BlackBerry to Launch 5-inch 'Z30' Smartphone?
More and more leaks suggest that the rumoured BlackBerry A10—now known as the Z30—is likely very real and possibly BlackBerry's next smartphone release. According to CrackBerry, the... more
BlackBerry and Porsche Design Collaborate on $2,000 Z10 Smartphone
BlackBerry and Porsche Design have been working together since 2011 when they co-created the P'9981, a prohibitively expensive version of the Bold 9900. Their most recent collaboration looks to... more
Win a Q10 Smartphone from Techvibes and BlackBerry [Closed]
This contest is now closed. Winner: Adam Kohn   Techvibes is giving away a new black Q10 smartphone courtesy of BlackBerry! The re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented... more
BBM Coming Soon to Android and iOS, Leaks Confirm
BlackBerry announced in May that its famous BlackBerry Messenger app would come to iOS and Android this summer. And while the company still hasn't given an official launch date, the company has... more
BlackBerry to Launch Q5 Smartphone in Canada in August
BlackBerry's third BB10 device, the Q5, is coming to Canada on August 13. The mid-tier smartphone is expected to be available from most carriers and many retailers, including Telus, Bell, Fido,... more
BlackBerry Lays Off 250 and PlayBook VP Resigns
The Financial Post is reporting that BlackBerry has laid off 250 workers in its new product testing facility. The employees, who supported the company’s manufacturing, research and... more
Two BlackBerry Executives Leave Company
Two BlackBerry executives have left the company. According to the Waterloo-based smartphone maker, both executives played significant roles in the launch of BlackBerry 10, which was a success by... more
BlackBerry: We Want Partnerships and We Want Them Now
Waterloo's BlackBerry has renewed its call for partners in yet another bid to dig itself out of a hole. The once-again struggling company, which returned for profitability for one fleeting... more
Shareholders Have Voted and Research In Motion is Now Officially Called BlackBerry
When Research In Motion launched the Z10 at the end of January, the Waterloo-based company surprised people by also announcing that it was changing the name of its company. The antiqiuated "RIM"... more
BlackBerry Shares Continue to Sink as Analysts Tear Apart Company
Shares of BlackBerry are down again this morning following several stock downgrades by analysts. After a disappointing quarterly report from the Canadian smartphone maker, shares plunged 27%,... more
The PlayBook Isn't Getting an Upgrade to BlackBerry 10 After All, CEO Says
BlackBerry this morning released its quarterly earnings report and it wasn't pretty. One of the most embarrassing statistics for the Waterloo-based company was that it shipped a paltry 100,000... more
BlackBerry Disappoints with Quarterly Earnings, Stock Tanks 27%
BlackBerry this morning released its quarterly earnings report and it wasn't pretty. The Waterloo smartphone pioneer posted $3.1 billion in revenue but lost $84 million and shipped an anemic... more
Former BlackBerry CEO Jim Balsillie Appointed Chair of Federal Technology Group
This week, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver announced that Jim Balsillie, the former executive of BlackBerry, will be taking over as the chair of Sustainable Development Technology Canada.... more
BlackBerry Becomes Mobile Partner of Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors, and Marlies
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment announced today that Waterloo's BlackBerry is now the "official mobile computing partner" of the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA,) and the... more
BlackBerry Poised for Comeback but Still Has Long Way to Go
When BlackBerry reports its quarterly earnings later this week, the Waterloo-based smartphone pioneer is expected to snap a five-quarter streak of declining shipments and post its first... more
BlackBerry Port-A-Thon Surpasses Expectations, Ends with $4 Million Paid to Developers
Throughout this year, BlackBerry has been hosting Port-A-Thon events to encourage iOS and Android developers to port their apps to the BlackBerry 10 platform for $100 per app up to $2,000 per... more
BlackBerry and Alicia Keys Promote Women in STEM, Six Days Left to Apply for Scholarship
Alicia Keys is on a roll. It’s been over four months since she’s been caught tweeting on her iPhone, and just a few weeks ago Keys and her employer BlackBerry announced their... more
60% of Fortune 500 Companies Testing or Using BlackBerry 10 Currently
According to BlackBerry, well over half of US-based Fortune 500 companies are now testing the company's next-gen mobile platform for potential enterprise use—or already using it. The... more
BlackBerry Founder Mike Lazaridis Supports BBM’s Move to iOS and Android
Will iOS and Android users respond to the BlackBerry Messenger app launching for iPhones and Androids this summer? Mike Lazaridis, founder and former vice chairman of BlackBerry believes they will.... more
Former BlackBerry Executive Frenny Bawa Joins Vancouver's Nanotech Security
Nanotech Security, based out of Simon Fraser University, is welcoming back an alumnus to join the team for anti-counterfeit technology KolourOptiks. Frenny Bawa, who earned a bachelor’s... more
BlackBerry Gains Significant Marketshare in Canada, Loses Ground Globally
There is both good news and bad news for BlackBerry. The good news is that its marketshare in Canada has more than doubled since 2012, up from 6% last year to 13.5% today, according to Raymond... more
The Biggest Buzz at BlackBerry Live Wasn't an Announcement, but a Rumour
BlackBerry Live, the company's annual conference in Orlando, wrapped up today. Here's some of the major announcement BlackBerry made during the event: - The company created a mobile social... more
Apple App Store Reaches 50 Billion Downloads
Apps have been downloaded from Apple's App Store a combined 50 billion times as of today. The app store launched less than five years ago in July 2008. Approximately 10 billion apps have been... more
BlackBerry Creates Mobile Social Network with Launch of BBM Channels
BlackBerry Messenger has 60 million users and sees 10 billion messages sent per day. And when the free messaging app launches on iOS and Android, those numbers could easily double or quadruple.... more
BlackBerry Messenger is Coming to iOS and Android This Summer for Free
Assuming Apple and Google approve the app submissions, BlackBerry Messenger will be coming to iOS and Android this summer, the smartphone pioneer announced at BlackBerry Live today. The free... more
BlackBerry 10 Now Has 120,000 Apps: 'Firing on All Cylinders,' CEO Says
In December, Waterloo's BlackBerry promised that its next-gen platform, BlackBerry 10, would launch with 70,000 apps. It did. And less than two months later, BB10 boasted 100,000 apps. Today,... more
BlackBerry Unveils the Q5, a Mid-range Smartphone for Overseas Markets
Waterloo's BlackBerry today unveiled the Q5, the Canadian company's first mid-range smartphone powered by its next-gen BB10 platform. At BlackBerry Live, the company's annual conference, CEO... more
Why You Should Buy a Q10, According to BlackBerry
The BlackBerry Q10 is the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone to feature a physical keyboard. As far as the Canadian company is concerned, the Q10 is "the best smartphone with a physical QWERTY... more
Will the BlackBerry Q10 Succeed in Canada?
The Q10 brings back to life the classic BlackBerry flavour that BlackBerry loyalists had been waiting for. But can the dethroned tech giant actually get its customers back with the very thing that... more
Canadian Tire CTO Impressed With BlackBerry Q10's Battery Life
Two weeks ago Techvibes reported that Canadian Tire had selected BlackBerry 10 smartphones as their primary corporate device and would be deploying "several thousand units in the coming months."... more
Canaccord Analyst Cuts Sales Estimate for BlackBerry 10 Smartphones
Another BlackBerry analyst has reduced sales estimates for BlackBerry 10 devices. Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley says sales of the smartphones on the BB10 operating system are "mixed."... more
IBM and BlackBerry Among Canada's Most Attractive Employers
WestJet has been named Canada's most attractive employer by Randstad Canada for the second year in a row. The most attractive employer in the technology secor was IBM Canada, which ranked third... more
BlackBerry 10 Approved for US Military Use
The US Defense Department has approved the BlackBerry 10 smartphones and the PlayBook tablet for use on its networks. Samsung devices running Google's Android operating system have also been... more
BlackBerry Q10 Sales Strong in Canada and UK, Analyst Says
The Q10 is selling well in both Canada and Britain, industry analyst Peter Misek said today. Freshly launched, the Q10 is BlackBerry's latest smartphone. With a full physical keyboard, it's the... more
Pentagon No Longer a BlackBerry-only Club
In October last year, we wrote about how The Pentagon planned to open its network to Apple's iPhone and Google's Android platforms for the first time ever, posing a major threat to BlackBerry. That... more
Giveaway: Win a BlackBerry Q10 Smartphone from Techvibes and Telus [Closed]
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Winner: Linda Kessler Techvibes is giving away a shiny new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone courtesy of Telus! The re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented... more
BlackBerry CEO: In Five Years, the Tablet Will be Dead
BlackBerry chief executive officer Thorsten Heins sees a future without tablets. Despite the rapidly growing popularity of tablet devices around the world, Heins says that, in five years, "I... more
BlackBerry Shares Rise as Q10 Prepares for Launch
BlackBerry shares rose more than 3% yesterday and have climbed a further 4% today as the Q10 begins launching around the world (it launches in Canada tomorrow). BlackBerry 10, which was... more
Is There Any Canadian Entrepreneur More Innovative Than Mike Lazaridis?
You launched a new app. Congratulations. You got 1,000 downloads in your first month. Awesome. 10% of those people ended up using your app regularly long term. Sweet. Your app helped those... more
BlackBerry Named Canada's Top Technology Company Despite Drop in Revenue
Waterloo-based BlackBerry has been named Canada's top information and communicatons technology company, once again beating out all three telecom giants: Rogers, Telus, and Bell. Although... more
Thousands of Canadian Tire Employees to Get BlackBerry 10 Smartphones
Canadian Tire Corporation announced over the weekend that it has selected Waterloo's BlackBerry as the official smartphone for its corporate team across Canada. The company says that, at the end... more
BlackBerry Jam Starter Sessions Conclude in Halifax this Week
Since its release at the start of February, BlackBerry 10 has launched in more than 20 countries and the ecosystem has grown to over 80,000 apps. To continue the momentum, BlackBerry in... more
BlackBerry Shares Drop More Than 5% as Analysts Resurrect Pessimism
BlackBerry is down more than 5% in trading today, its biggest fall in two weeks. The decline is due to renewed pessimism from analysts, who seem to have already lost interest in the fact that... more
Former BlackBerry Employees Join Competitors and Telcos, Not Startups: Study
BlackBerry was founded in the 1980s, and since then has employed tens of thousands of people in Canada. But between people quitting, getting fired, and getting laid off, there are now several... more
BlackBerry Q10 Now Available for Preorder in Canada
The Q10, BlackBerry's first physical keyboard smartphone to be powered by the next-gen BB10 platform, will most likely be available in Canada by the end of this month. Several wireless carriers... more
Alicia Keys Takes Global Creative Director Role Seriously, Visits BlackBerry Headquarters
When BlackBerry hired celebrity singer Alicia Keys for the newly created role of global creative director in February, we were skeptical. Sure, it may have helped BlackBerry's brand perception... more
BlackBerry Still Plans to Launch New BB7 Devices
BlackBerry launched its next-gen platform, BB10, at the start of February. It powers the Z10 smartphone, and will soon power the Q10 in April. And while the Waterloo-based smartphone pioneer... more
Dragons' Den Kevin O'Leary: 'BlackBerry 10 is the Best Technology on the Market Today'
Yesterday, during BlackBerry's surprisingly good quarterly earnings report, chief executive officer Thorsten Heins said that BlackBerry 10 is "the most innovative computing platform in the market... more
BlackBerry's Biggest Shareholder May Buy Wind Mobile
Fairfax Financial Holdings, which last year doubled its stake in BlackBerry to become the Waterloo company's biggest shareholder, is contemplating bidding for Wind Mobile, which went up for sale... more
BlackBerry Defeats Doubters, Returns to Profitability with One Million Z10s Sold
BlackBerry released its year-end results today. Posting a revenue of $2.7 billion, the Waterloo-based company is once again profitable, earning an income of $94 million, despite a Pacific... more
Analysts Not Impressed with BlackBerry Z10 Launch in US
When BlackBerry launched the Z10 in the UK and Canada last month, the countries gobbled it up. At the time, chief executive officer Thorsten Heins issued a statement that described the Canadian... more
Uber Launches App for BlackBerry, Windows Phone
Uber has launched a dedicated app for BlackBerry 7. The Silicon Valley startup's controversially disruptive black car and taxi hire service has had some difficulties penetrating the Toronto and... more
BlackBerry Offering Digital Music Distribution Service for Independent Artists on BB10
BlackBerry has partnered with Zimbalam, a global digital music distributor for developing and independent artists, to offer unsigned musicians "an easy and efficient way" to bring their music... more
BlackBerry 10 Reaches 100,000 Apps Milestone
Earlier this week, BlackBerry chief executive officer Thorsten Heins suggested that the company's next-gen mobile platform, BlackBerry 10, could reach 100,000 apps by the time it launched in the... more
Mobile Payment Solution Suretap Now Works on Android and BlackBerry 10 Platforms
Rogers' mobile payments solution, Suretap, has now been certified for the Android and BlackBerry 10 platforms. The service was originally expected to launch last year. The certification allows... more
BlackBerry and UK Government Deny Report That BB10 is Not Secure
Last night, UK newspaper The Guardian reported that the new BlackBerry 10 mobile platform had been rejected by the Communications-Electronics Security Group, who deemed it not secure enough for use... more
BlackBerry Shares Surge Following Major Analyst Upgrade
Shares in Waterloo's BlackBerry surged more than 5% in trading today following a significant upgrade from a Morgan Stanley analyst. Previously recommending a sell, Morgan Stanely's Ehud Gelblum... more
BlackBerry is a 'National Champion,' Says Canada's Industry Minister
Following BlackBerry's marketshare collapse in the wake of Apple's iPhone and Google's Android, the Waterloo-based company became the butt of many jokes. Today, with its next-gen mobile platform... more
BlackBerry Launches Jam Starter Sessions Across Canada
Since its release at the start of February, BlackBerry 10 has launched in more than 20 countries and the ecosystem has grown to over 80,000 apps. To continue the momentum, the Waterloo-based... more
Organization Purchases One Million BlackBerry 10 Smartphones
Shares in BlackBerry jumped more than 8% in trading today after the Waterloo-based company announced that one of its established partners placed an order for one million BlackBerry 10 smartphones... more
Analyst Compares Apple to BlackBerry, Motorola, and HTC
Apparently, Apple is in deep trouble. The world's most valuable technology company and maker of the world's best-selling smartphones has been likened to BlackBerry by Jefferies analyst Peter... more
Twitter and LinkedIn Issue Major Updates for BlackBerry 10 Apps
Today, two of the world's biggest social networks updated their apps for the BlackBerry 10 platform. Twitter and LinkedIn, which appear on the BB10 homescreen as default apps, both added new... more
Netflix Has No Plans to Build BlackBerry 10 App, Company Says
While we're fans of BlackBerry 10, we can't deny that the platform's app ecosystem is a huge weakness. And unfortunately for BlackBerry, key companies aren't helping. Last month, it was revealed... more
Registration for BlackBerry Live in Orlando Now Open
Registration for BlackBerry Live, the company's annual conference formerly called BlackBerry World, is now open. BlackBerry Live happens May 14 to 16 in Orlando. An early bird rate of $449 is in... more
BlackBerry Issues First Software Update for BB10, Improves Battery Life, Camera, and More
This morning, BlackBerry issued a software update for Z10s focused on user feedback. "We’ve been listening to your feedback, and have been working on an update just for you," the Canadian... more
BlackBerry Wants You to Transfer Money via BBM
BlackBerry is dipping its feet into the water of electronic money transfers. The Canadian company has started a pilot project with PT Bank Permata, an Indonesian bank partly owned by Standard... more
BlackBerry Z10 May be Outselling Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S3 in Canada
The BlackBerry Z10 could be selling better than Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S3 in Canada. Major Canadian retailer Glentel, which owns Wirelesswave, says the Z10 has been its... more
Samsung Takes on BlackBerry's Enterprise Dominance with Knox for Android
Samsung is looking to take BlackBerry head-on in an arena where the Canadian company has dominated from the beginning: the enterprise. Already the world's top smartphone manufacturer, Samsung... more
'No Line of Sight to Profitability': BlackBerry Z10 Sales May be Lower Than Expected, Shares Plunge
Shares in Waterloo's BlackBerry plunged 5% in trading today after analysts declared lower than expected sales of the company's new flagship smartphone, the Z10. According to Pacific Crest and... more
Analyst Slashes Z10 Sales Estimate by 85%, BlackBerry Shares Rise Anyway
Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley dramatically slashed his sales estimate for BlackBerry's Z10 flagship smartphone today, less than three weeks after the Waterloo-based company's big launch... more
BlackBerry Brand Perception on the Rise: BrandIndex
BlackBerry's brand perception is on the rise this month, according to BrandIndex, who says the Waterloo-based company "Buzz" score has increased since the launch of BB10 on January 30. At the... more
BlackBerry in No Rush to Launch Low-End BB10 Smartphones, Company Says
BlackBerry launched the Z10 in Canada and the UK earlier this month and will release the device in the US in March. Its alternative flagship device, the Q10, will launch worldwide in April. The... more
Jim Balsillie, Former CEO of BlackBerry, Sells Entire Stake in Company
One year ago, Jim Balsillie owned 26.8 million shares of BlackBerry (then Research In Motion). Today, he owns approximately zero. The former co-CEO of BlackBerry revealed via an SEC filing that... more
Thorsten Heins, Seth Godin to Speak at Communitech 2013 Tech Leadership Conference
Communitech has lined up an impressive roster of keynote speakers for this year's Tech Leadership Conference in Kitchener on March 7. Thorsten Heins, chief executive officer of BlackBerry, which... more
Announcing the Winner of a BlackBerry Z10 from Telus
Our BlackBerry Z10 giveaway courtesy of Telus ended on Monday. Now it's time to announce the winner! The winner of a brand new BlackBerry Z10 and plush critters from Telus and Techvibes is…... more
BlackBerry Creative Director Alicia Keys Caught Tweeting from iPhone, Blames Hacker
On January 30, BlackBerry created a new role within the company: Global Creative Director. And the Waterloo-based company filled the role with an interesting hire: celebrity singer-songwriter... more
Major US Retailer Home Depot Drops 10,000 BlackBerrys for iPhones
Despite the launch of BlackBerry 10, major American retailer Home Depot confirmed yesterday that it is switching to Apple iPhones. A spokesman for the company stated that almost 10,000... more
Nova Scotia Invests $10 Million in BlackBerry Jobs, BlackBerry Invests in Nova Scotia
Today, Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter announced that the province is investing $10 million in BlackBerry over the next five years. "BlackBerry has been a solid employer in Nova Scotia... more
An Epigrammatic Review of the BlackBerry Z10
Below is my decidedly succinct review of the Z10. It's brief because I only cover two things about the device. The best thing and the worst thing. I don't touch on hardware or the vast majority... more
Yesterday Marked BlackBerry's Best Launch in Canada Ever, CEO Says
While Canada is far from BlackBerry's biggest market, it's still a great measuring stick to anticipate the success or failure of smartpone launches. And so far, all signs point to success for the... more
BlackBerry Boasts One of World's Most Coveted Patent Portfolios
BlackBerry boasts one of the world's best patent portfolios in terms of both quantity and quality, Intellectual Asset Management says. The British trade publication ranked the Waterloo-based... more
Intense Interest, Robust Sales: What Canadian Carriers are Saying About BlackBerry 10 So Far
The BlackBerry Z10 launched yesterday across Canada. And while it's still far too early to deem the flagship smartphone a success or failure, early reception has been tremendous. Canada's three... more
BlackBerry Experience Forum Visits Toronto and Vancouver This Month
BlackBerry will be showcasing the newly launched BlackBerry 10 platform and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 to enterprise and government through a series of BlackBerry Experience Forum events.... more
[CLOSED] Win a BlackBerry Z10 from Techvibes and Telus
This contest is now closed. Winners will be announced shortly.   Today, BlackBerry launched the Z10 across Canada. It will run you around $140 on a three-year contract or $600 outright. Fair... more
BlackBerry Shares Surge 15% Under New Ticker Symbol
After a weak post-launch performance, BlackBerry's stock is once again surging. Under the new ticker symbols BB (on the TSX) and BBRY (on NASDAQ), shares in the Canadian company jumped up 15% in... more
Half of Canadian Preorders for BlackBerry from iPhone and Android Users
BlackBerry had its first blast of good post-launch news regarding BlackBerry 10 this morning. The news came from CIBC analyst Todd Coupland, who says that 50% of preregistrations in Canada are... more
BlackBerry's Super Bowl Ad Debut
Yesterday, BlackBerry made its Super Bowl debut in New Orleans as part of the launch and global rollout of the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 on the new BlackBerry 10 mobile computing... more
BlackBerry Shares Down 23% Since BB10 Launch
Yesterday, BlackBerry unveiled its next-gen mobile computing platform, BB10. The company's stock dropped immediately after the event, then continued to sink throughout the trading day, and plunged... more
BlackBerry Shares Sink Day After BB10 Launch for No Apparent Reason
Yesterday, BlackBerry unveiled its next-gen mobile computing platform, BB10. The company's stock dropped immediately after the event, then continued to sink throughout the trading day, and plunged... more
Analysts Take On BlackBerry 10: It's Good, But Is It Enough?
BlackBerry 10 has officially launched and analysts are firing off their views of the company's new platform and its future. Charles Golvin of Forrester Research wrote in a blog post today that... more
BlackBerry Hires Celebrity Singer Alicia Keys for New Role of Global Creative Director
Today, the newly renamed BlackBerry created a new role within the company: Global Creative Director. And the Waterloo-based company filled the role with an interesting hire—celebrity... more
BlackBerry Stock Sinks 8% Following BB10 Launch Event
This morning, BlackBerry unveiled both the software—BlackBerry 10—and the hardware—the Z10 and the Q10—of its future. The company presented a solid case for BB10: the... more
Research In Motion Officially Changes Company Name to BlackBerry
Research In Motion was founded in 1984. The first BlackBerry was revealed in 1999, and since then, RIM has been defined by the BlackBerry. So today, chief executive officer Thorsten Heins made... more
Introducing The BlackBerry Z10: Available February 5 in Canada for $149 in Black or White
RIM—er, BlackBerry—today unveiled the Z10, its all-touch flagship smartphone running the company's new BB10 platform. Here are the tech specs: Size: 130mm x 65.6mm x 9mm.Dispay:... more
BlackBerry 10 Launch Event: Live Coverage from Toronto
We're in Toronto for Research In Motion's highly anticipated BlackBerry 10 launch event. Stay tuned for live coverage of RIM's event throughout the day. (Timestamps are EST.) 9:55am: Just got the... more
The Weather Network Launches App for BlackBerry 10
Talking in circles about the weather is a hobby for most Canadians. So not surprisingly, weather apps are extremely popular in Canada. Early adopters of Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10... more
Cheaper Apps? Using Blackberry 10 May Save You Money
While the tech-world waits with baited breath for the big Blackberry 10 reveal in New York and Toronto this week, it is hard to imagine what isn’t known about the system already. This... more
RIM Shares Drop Days Before BlackBerry 10 Launch
After a remarkably strong performance to start 2013, RIM shares are tanking just two days before the Canadian company is slated to unveil BlackBerry 10 to the world. Shares are down more than 7%... more
RIM Forges Partnerships with Music and Video Giants Including Walt Disney and Warner
Research In Motion has forged partnerships with several major music and video companies to bolster the offerings of BlackBerry World. Partners include Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures, and... more
RIM to Run Super Bowl Commercial for First Time Ever
Waterloo-based Research In Motion has revealed it will run a commercial during the Super Bowl for the first time ever. The BlackBerry maker's commercial will air during the Super Bowl XLVII next... more
Lenovo is Interested in Buying Research In Motion. But Can it?
Yesterday, China's Lenovo made public its interest in Waterloo-based Research In Motion. Chief financial officer Wong Mai Ming said that the company is "looking at all opportunities," naming RIM in... more
Is February 5 the Release Date of RIM's BlackBerry 10?
Research In Motion's flagship BlackBerry 10 device could be in the hands of Canadians as soon as two weeks from now, a new rumour suggests. According to the rumour, which has anonymous sources... more
RIM Rises as Apple Falls
Yesterday, Apple posted quarterly earnings. There were many incredible numbers, but somehow Apple's quarter—the fourth most profitable quarter from any company ever—didn't impress... more
Why Tim Hortons, Air Canada, and the Weather Network Love BlackBerry 10
What do Tim Hortons, Air Canada, and the Weather Network share in common? They all love Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 platform. As the launch of BB10 nears, developer and partner excitement... more
BlackBerry World Conference Rebranded as 'BlackBerry Live'
Now that BlackBerry App World is simply BlackBerry World, the BlackBerry World conference needed a new name, lest Research In Motion faithful suffer from tremendous confusion. That new... more
RIM Shares Up 10%, Reach New 52-Week High
Shares of Waterloo's Research In Motion have been positively killing it this month. Today is no exception: the stock is up nearly 10% in trading. This means that RIM shares have almost tripled... more
BlackBerry App World is Now Officially 'BlackBerry World,' Adds Videos and Music to Store
Companies like Apple and Amazon are fighting vigorously to attempt to associate themselves with the word "app" and claim ownership of generic terms like "app store." But Research In Motion has... more
RIM Still Considering Licensing BlackBerry 10 or Selling Hardware Division
Despite Research In Motion's recent gains, the Waterloo-based company is still considering some significant back up options: licensing BlackBerry 10 software to rival smartphone makers and selling... more
Research In Motion Shares up 170% Since September Low
Shares of Waterloo's Research In Motion are up more than 6% in trading today, bringing the company's stock well above $15 and close to a 52-week high. After continued steady gains throughout the... more
RIM Climbs to 11-Month High on Continued Gains
Shares of Waterloo's Research In Motion have been surging for most of this week and last week. Today these steady gains have continued, pushing RIM's stock to an 11-month high. RIM shares are... more
Internet Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis: RIM Has Caught up to 2012
Very few people who have actually tried Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 software have been disappointed. Veteran internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis is evidently no exception. He penned a... more
RIM Shares Rise as Analyst Upgrades Stock and Visa Approves Mobile Payments System
Research In Motion today announced that its "secure element manager" solution for near field communication mobile payments has been approved by Visa. The greenlight from Visa gave RIM's stock a... more
Value Investor Don Yacktman on Why He Buys RIM Stock
Don Yacktman is a veteran value investor. He founded Yacktman Asset Management in 1992 and now manages more than $17 billion across two funds. He's also now the fifth largest holder of Research... more
RIM Shares Still Soaring as BlackBerry 10 Launch Nears
Research In Motion ended last week with a huge surge in its stock. The Canadian BlackBerry maker has now started this week in similar fashion. On Friday, RIM shares shot up 14%, the biggest... more
RIM Shares Surge Amid Rising Confidence in BlackBerry 10
With less than three weeks to go before Research In Motion unveils BlackBerry 10, the company's shares are soaring. RIM stock shot up nearly 14% in trading today, the biggest one-day jump in... more
Future Shop and Best Buy Have Both Opened Preorders for RIM's BlackBerry 10
Research In Motion launches BlackBerry 10 in less than three weeks. As the release nears, preorders are becoming widespread. All major Canadian wireless carriers—Rogers, Telus, and Bell,... more
Research In Motion Affected by BlackBerry Outage in Europe and Middle East
Research In Motion customers got hit by a BlackBerry outage across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa yesterday. But unlike past outages, this one way not have been a fault of RIM's servers.... more
North America's Biggest Wireless Carriers are Excited to Support BlackBerry 10
As Research In Motion gets ready to launch BlackBerry 10 later this month, wireless carriers are voicing their support for the company's next generation of smartphones. Executives at Amercia's... more
Porsche Reveals New 'Back in Black' BlackBerry for $2,000
Last year, Porsche Design unveiled a ridiculously expensive BlackBerry. This week, they have updated it. It's all-new! And by "all-new," we mean it's black. Dubbed the P’9981 "Back in... more
Research In Motion's Final Peek of BlackBerry 10 Before Official Launch
Research In Motion didn't have much of a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, but that's understandable. The official launch of BlackBerry 10 is later this month, which... more
Pre-order Your BlackBerry 10 Smartphone with Telus
Techvibes readers are well-aware that January 30 will mark the official launch of Research in Motion's new mobile platform, BB10, as well as the unveiling of the first two BlackBerry 10... more
Another Photo Leak of RIM's Forthcoming Flagship BlackBerry Device
We're less than a month away from Research In Motion's big BlackBerry 10 unveiling. We've already seen a few photo leaks, but the closer we get to an official launch, the more likely they are to be... more
Research In Motion Sells NewBay Subsidiary to Synchronoss for $55 Million
Waterloo-based Research In Motion has sold its NewBay services subsidiary to a compnay named Synchronoss Technologies because RIM believes it isn’t a core component of the next-gen BlackBerry... more
The Top 5 BlackBerry Stories of 2012
Research In Motion is a storied company. From the king of the smartphone world to the bottom of the barrel, the veteran technology firm has observed the mobile industry through every possible lens.... more
RIM and Nokia Settle Dispute; BlackBerry Maker Will Have to Pay Up
Perhaps it's the spread of holiday cheer, but Research In Motion and Nokia have finally agreed to settle a dispute between the two smartphone competitors. The agreement will result in settlement... more
RIM Shares Plummet as Service Fee Revenue Leaves Question Mark on Company
Yesterday, Research In Motion's chief executive officer said something that scared the living daylights out of investors and analysts. Thorsten Heins stated that "subscribers that require... more
RIM Shares Plunge as Company Loses Subscribers
RIM posted an adjusted net loss of 22 cents per share, well below the general consensus of 35 cents per share, but that wasn't enough to stave off otherwise disappointed investors. Research In... more
RIM Among 12 Major Tech Companies to Buy Kodak's 1,000 Patents at Bargain Bin Prices
The bankrupt Kodak sold more than 1,000 patents for $525 million to a consortium led by Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corp this week. The patents, which are mostly related to digital imaging, are... more
RIM Promises 70,000 Apps for BlackBerry 10 Launch
Research In Motion is slated to unveil BlackBerry 10, both software and hardware, on January 30 in Toronto. One of the larger concerns critics have of the next-gen mobile computing platform is a... more
Research In Motion and Netflix Removed from NASDAQ 100
Waterloo-based Research In Motion will be removed from the Nasdaq 100 at the end of this year, the stock market index announced this week. The index includes the 100 largest non-financial stocks... more
More Than 120 Companies and Government Organizations are Now Testing BlackBerry 10
The enterprise has always been tremendously important to Research In Motion, and with the advent of BlackBerry 10, that importance does not diminish. RIM today announced what it dubs the... more
Rogers Adds BlackBerry 10 Smartphone to Reserve System
As of today, some people can reserve Research in Motion's flagship BlackBerry 10 device. Existing Rogers customers can now use the Rogers Reservation System to reserve the touchscreen smartphone.... more
Contrast of the Week: Apple Down, RIM Up
Ever since Apple cracked $700, it's been in decline. It dropped below a $500 billion market cap in November for the first time since March. It was once worth more than $650 billion, before losing a... more
US Federal Agency Gives RIM Another Chance, Will Trial BlackBerry 10
In October, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced it would end a contract with RIM in favour of Apple, which would see iPhones supplied to more than 17,000 employees. It was a... more
High-Resolution Photos of RIM's Flagship BlackBerry 10 Device Leaked Online
It was only yesterday that Research In Motion teased us with a sneak peak of its first BlackBerry 10 device. Now, thanks to a rather bountiful leak from Tinhte.vn, we can fully observe the device... more
RIM Shares Rise 5% to Seven Month High as Developers Warm up to BlackBerry 10
Today Research In Motion pushed a gold edition of its SDK to developers. This would be irrelevant if developers weren't interested in the platform—which has been the go-to assumption... more
Wi-LAN Sues Research In Motion for Infringing Bluetooth Patent
Wi-LAN has filed a lawsuit against Research In Motion for infringing a patent that relates to Bluetooth technology, the company revealed this morning. Wi-LAN filed its suit in the US District Court... more
Here's the First Official Image of RIM's Flagship BlackBerry 10 Smartphone
Research In Motion has been talking up BlackBerry 10's software like crazy for months now but has been very quiet on what the first device might look like. We know that the resolution of the... more
RIM Unveils BB10 'Ready Program' to Help Enterprise Customers Transition to Platform
Research In Motion today announced the "BlackBerry 10 Ready Program," which is designed to address the needs of BlackBerry enterprise customers as they prepare their environments for the launch of... more
RIM Shares Continue to Rally as Goldman Sachs Upgrades Stock to 'Buy'
Shares of Waterloo-based Research In Motion are up more than 6% today, and were up more than 10% earlier in trading. The rally follows major American financial institution Goldman Sachs upgrading... more
RIM's App Store Has Been Rebranded as 'BlackBerry World'
Companies like Apple and Amazon are fighting vigorously to attempt to associate themselves with the word "app" and claim ownership of generic terms like "app store." But Research In Motion has... more
Here's How RIM's First BB10 Device Looks Beside a Lumia, iPhone, and Galaxy Note
Rumour mills seem pretty confident by now that they know how Research In Motion's first BlackBerry 10 device is going to look. We've seen and handled official prototypes, of course, but RIM has... more
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Does Not Consider BlackBerrys to be Smartphones
Back in September, Yahoo's chief executive officer, Marissa Mayer, decided to switch employees' devices from BlackBerrys to iPhones and Androids. At the time, a leak was worded like this: "Yahoo... more
Nokia Threatens to Halt BlackBerry Sales with Patent Lawsuit
Nokia has set its crosshairs on Research In Motion in an unexpected but potentially devastating legal assault. The finnish mobile giant is suing the Canadian BlackBerry maker over patents, a move... more
BlackBerry's U.S. Market Share Shrinks to 1.6%
After a recent climb in stock price Research In Motion (RIM) fell the most in almost three weeks after it was announced that the BlackBerry’s U.S. market share shrank to 1.6 percent. RIM is... more
BlackBerry App World Integrated Carrier Billing Now Implemented with More Than 50 Carriers
While its new BlackBerry 10 operating system is still two months from launch day, RIM has been working hard to ensure its BlackBerry App World marketplace is able to handle frictionless mobile... more
Black Friday Deal Alert: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is Only $119 This Weekend
We promised ourselves that we would never again cover a BlackBerry PlayBook price drop. There have simply been too many. But since this weekend plays host to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we... more
Fairfax's Enormous Gamble on RIM: Totally Genius or Incredibly Stupid?
Prem Watsa has been described as "Canada's Warren Buffet." Which is why he rocked the media world when his holding company, Fairfax financial, bought 14 million Research In Motion shares in... more
US Government: BlackBerrys are Unreliable So We're Switching to iPhones
America's National Transportation Safety Board has announced plans to drop Research In Motion's BlackBerry smartphones in favour of Apple iPhones. The US government agency, which investigates... more
Analyst Says There's a 30% Chance RIM Shares Will Hit $43 Next Year
While the haunting words of James Faucette still linger in our minds—"BlackBerry 10 is likely to be dead on arrival"—an even more salient analyst has come forth to sing a different... more
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins Shows Off BlackBerry 10 at NBA Game
A couple of months ago, Research In Motion's chief executive officer, Thorsten Heins, boasted that he was using a prototype device running BlackBerry 10 as his main smartphone. To prove that he... more
RIM Adds BBM Voice, a Feature for Voice Calls Over Wifi
UPDATE: Research In Motion's BBM Voice feature is now out of beta and available to all users with OS 7 or newer. ORIGINAL: Research In Motion has introduced a new app called BBM Voice, which... more
Thorsten Heins: BlackBerry 10 Will Eliminate the Need for Laptops
Thorsten Heins, the chief executive officer of Research In Motion, is wildly optimistic about BlackBerry 10. Of course, as CEO, has has to be. But something about his relentless enthusiasm has... more
RIM's BlackBerry 10 Launch Event is Officially in January
Huge news from Research In Motion today. The Waterloo-based company announced that it will hold its BlackBerry 10 launch event on January 30 next year. RIM says that this day will mark the... more
BlackBerry 10 is Going to Have the Best Web Browser of Any Mobile Platform
One of the biggest drawbacks of current BlackBerry devices is their mediocre mobile web experience. Most have small screens, low resolutions, and no touch functionality. That makes browsing via the... more
RIM: We are Definitely Not Going to be Dead on Arrival
Yesterday, Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette said he believes that the BlackBerry 10 platform is going to be "dead on arrival." Research In Motion shares crashed on the news. But RIM, who has... more
US Government Awards BlackBerry 10 with Coveted Security Clearance
The US government has awarded Research In Motion's forthcoming BlackBerry 10 platform with FIPS 140-2 certification, a coveted level of security clearance that would allow government agencies to... more
RIM is Giving BlackBerry Users $40 Worth of Apps Free
Christmas has come early for Research In Motion customers. No, BlackBerry 10 isn't arriving before Santa makes his rounds - this isn't a Christmas miracle. But RIM is offering BlackBerry OS 7... more
Research In Motion Shares Jump 10% on BlackBerry 10 Update
Today, shares in Waterloo's Research In Motion climbed nearly 10%. This, presumably, was based on a statement from chief executive officer Thorsten Heins. In it, he said two key things: that a... more
RIM CEO: 'Carriers are Excited About BlackBerry 10'
More than 50 carriers worldwide are now testing the BlackBerry 10 platform, said Research In Motion today. BB10 is still on schedule for release in the first quarter of 2013, the Canadian company... more
Android Finally Catches up to Apple with 700,000 Apps
There are now more than 700,000 apps available for the Android platform, Google revealed today. It's the first time ever that Google's mobile platform has had as many apps as Apple's iOS. Last... more
Pentagon Opens Network to iOS and Android, Dealing Huge Blow to BlackBerry
The Pentagon plans to open its network to Apple's iPhone and Google's Android platforms for the first time ever, posing a major threat to Research In Motion's BlackBerry, reports the Washington... more
BlackBerry Returns to Top Five Smartphone List – But Not Because of Success
Research In Motion has returned to IDC's list of top five global smartphone manufacturers, where it was once an immovable staple. Unfortunately for RIM, its return isn't due to growing shipments.... more
City of Waterloo Opens Job Centre to Help Laid-off RIM Workers
The City of Waterloo has opened the doors to its job centre designed to assist the thousands of local residents who have been laid off by the struggling Research In Motion. As part of a bid to... more
Facebook and Instagram Snubbing BlackBerry 10?
There's been a ton of hype surrounding BlackBerry 10 this month. Most people seem to be pretty impressed by it. But everyone knows of one major weakness: an app ecosystem that pales in comparison... more
Check Out the Most In-Depth Live Demo of RIM's BlackBerry 10 Yet
Research In Motion has been generating some serious buzz around BlackBerry 10 this month. Lots of live demos have been happening at various events, not to mention RIM has also been dishing out... more
Canadian Entrepreneur: RIM's Decline is Good and Healthy
Research In Motion has watched its market value plunge 95% in four short years. In even less time, its workforce shrank from nearly 20,000 to less than 10,000. In its prime, RIM was an anchor... more
RIM Hands Out Several Thousand More BB10 Prototypes to Developers
Research In Motion handed out a whopping 6,000 prototype BlackBerry 10 devices to developers this morning before unveiling a bunch of features from the operating system at CTIA MobileCON 2012 in... more
RIM Demos More Key Features of BlackBerry 10
As the time of reckoning draws near, Research In Motion continues to tease consumers with flashes of BlackBerry 10, the company's next-gen mobile platform slated to launch in the first quarter of... more
More Canadians Plan to Buy BlackBerry 10 Devices Than Android
While Canada often struggles to avoid being shrouded by America's shadow, we are decidedly different in a few ways. One of those ways is our persistent faith in Research In Motion, the... more
PlayBook Supply Dries Up as RIM Readies Launch of Next-Gen Tablet
Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook is disappearing from stores across the US and Canada, including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Staples. At least one industry expert believes this supply shortage... more
RIM Has Delayed BlackBerry 10 Yet Again: Analyst
Research In Motion's last delay saw the much-anticipated BlackBerry 10 platform delayed from launching this fall until "early 2013." And while a couple weeks ago RIM affirmed the next-gen operating... more
RIM Releases BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1
Today Research In Motion released a software update for its tablet. BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 is a free update that mostly just enhances existing features of the device, which shipped only... more
Spec Leak Reveals BlackBerry 10 Smartphones Could Pack a Serious Punch
Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 smartphones boast specs that look more like desktops than handsets. If this Droid Guy spec sheet leak is true, BB10 devices will pack a serious punch. The... more
BlackBerry Lost More Brand Value This Year Than Any Other Company
BlackBerry lost an astonishing 39% of its brand value this year, according to Interbrand. As a result, the Canadian tech brand plunged from 56th to 93rd on the list of world's most valuable... more
Man Accidentally Sexts Teenage Students on BlackBerry, Goes to Prison
A 24-year-old swimming coach faced a year and a half in prison due to being technologically illiterate. Craig Evans sent a raunchy sext to his girlfriend via his brand new BlackBerry. Only he... more
RIM CEO: 'I Know People Doubt We Can Get it Right, but They Will be Pleasantly Surprised with BB10'
Back in July, monthly magazine Canadian Business ran an all-black cover reading "It Didn't Have to Come to This." In essence, it was a gravestone for Research In Motion. The article got us... more
Leaked Video Reveals More About RIM's BlackBerry 10
Yesterday, Research In Motion reported their quarterly earnings. For the most part, they smashed Wall Street expectations. This surprise performance triggered a major boost in the company's share... more
RIM Stock Soars 15% After Smashing Expectations
Shares of Waterloo's Research In Motion are up more than 15% in after hours trading following the company's quarterly earnings report. RIM's earnings per share last quarter were $0.27, smashing... more
City of Waterloo to Host Job Centre in October for Laid-off RIM Employees
The City of Waterloo will host a job centre for laid-off Research In Motion employees at City Hall starting in mid-October should city councillors approve the plan. Local organization Communitech... more
Live Demo: Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 in Action
Yesterday at BlackBerry Jam in San Jose, Research In Motion's Thorsten Heins and Vivek Bhardwaj performed a live demo of some of BlackBerry 10's new features. The duo showcased a number of BB10... more
RIM Sings Song to Developers: 'We Will Keep on Loving You'
"This video is a thank you to all developers supporting the BlackBerry platform," Research In Motion says of a new video going modestly viral on YouTube following this morning's BlackBerry Jam... more
Introducing Quantum Valley, Canada's First Real Answer to Silicon Valley
Canadian technology media, Techvibes included, have spent a lot of time in the past four years determing which Canadian city is most worthy of the title "Silicon Valley North." In the end, we can... more
Tipping Point: RIM May Post Subscriber Loss for First Time in 10 Years
BlackBerry sales have been phenomenal for most of the past 10 years. Waterloo's Research In Motion grew its subscriber base to nearly 80 million worldwide by mid-2012. That growth has slowed... more
RIM CEO Apologizes for Service Outage, Reveals Details
Research In Motion's chief executive officer, Thorsten Heins, has come forward with a statement regarding his company's service outage. RIM suffered with a service outage that afflicted BlackBerry... more
RIM Experiences BlackBerry Outage on Three Continents
Research In Motion suffered with a service outage that afflicted BlackBerry users across three continents this morning. "Some users in Europe, Middle East & Africa are experiencing issues with... more
RIM Founder Invests $100 Million to Create Canada's Ultimate Hive of Technological Innovation
Mike Lazaridis, who founded Research In Motion in Waterloo and pioneered the BlackBerry, poured $100 million into what will open tomorrow as the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre.... more
RIM: We're Making it as Easy as Possible for Developers to Bring Apps to BlackBerry 10
Research In Motion has stated that software development kit maker Marmalade is going to offer licences to mobile app developers to bring their apps to the upcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphones and... more
Research In Motion Shuts Down Tungle to Direct More Talent to BlackBerry 10
Waterloo's Research In Motion is shutting down Tungle.me, directing the startup's talent to the upcoming BlackBerry 10's native calendar app. Tungle, which we first wrote about way back in 2008,... more
Yahoo to Employees: No BlackBerrys Allowed Here!
The new chief executive officer of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, hates BlackBerrys. This story is typical of Research In Motion's recent misfortunes. During the week of Apple's mind-blowing iPhone... more
54% of Canadians Own Smartphones
54% of Canadians now own smartphones, according to new data from comScore. The research firm revealed a variety of mobile stats at the Canadian Wireless Trade Show yesterday. For example,... more
Research In Motion's 'BBM' Term is Now a Real Word in the Dictionary
One of Research In Motion's long-time selling features is BlackBerry Message. Commonly called BBM, the instant messaging service has been a hit with BlackBerry users for years. And now it's... more
Barack Obama Still Uses a BlackBerry
Research In Motion faced some bad news earlier today when an analyst revealed that many retailers in North America have gone the past month without selling a single BlackBerry. Only RIM's most... more
Walmart Really, Really Wants You to Own a BlackBerry PlayBook
See here for how ridiculously cheap the BlackBerry PlayBook has become since debuting last year with a price tag of $500-plus. Then read below to be shocked by the fact that, somehow, it has... more
HTC: We're Open to Using RIM's BlackBerry OS
Taiwan's HTC, which currently manufactures a variety of handsets running Google's Android platform, has revealed that it is open to the possibility of making smartphones based on Research In... more
RIM’s First BlackBerry 10 Smartphone Revealed in Photos
As RIM prepares for the public release of BlackBerry 10 in early 2013, images of their first BB10 device were published by multiple websites earlier this week. The upcoming BlackBerry handset,... more
This Spyware Can Take Complete Control of Your BlackBerry Without You Ever Knowing
One of BlackBerry's long-standing virtues is its security. Where Google's Android is particularly vulnerable to malware and Apple's iPhone is good but not great, Research In Motion's smartpone... more
RIM: In Hindsight, Yes, We Missed Multiple Paradigm Shifts
Perhaps the most popular criticism of Research In Motion during its failures is that the company rested on its laurels; that a company founded on pioneering innovative technology failed to... more
Canadian Carriers Love BlackBerry 10, RIM Says
As Research In Motion prepares for the public release of BlackBerry 10 in early 2013, the Waterloo company is toting its new mobile platform and smartphones around developers and wireless carriers.... more
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Gets Even Cheaper (Again), Drops to $159
RIM released the PlayBook in April 2011 with a starting price tag of $499. But the Waterloo company quickly realized it couldn't sell a seven-inch BlackBerry tablet for the same price as a 10-inch... more
Starbucks Discontinues BlackBerry App
Coffee giant Starbucks has announced that it will disable its Starbucks Card Mobile app for RIM's BlackBerry platform at the end of the month. New downloads of the app actually discontinued in... more
RIM Just Laid Off a Quarter of Its Halifax Employees
Research In Motion is laying off nearly one quarter of its staff in Halifax. Nova Scotia's economic development minister, Percy Paris, learned early today that RIM is laying off almost 100... more
RIM Reveals Official Screen Resolutions of BlackBerry 10 Smartphones
Research In Motion chief executive officer is already toting around a BB10 device. He says the smartphones are in the final stages of testing, which means there should be no more delays; we can... more
RIM Will Launch Six BlackBerry 10 Smartphones
Canadian consumers are eagerly anticipating the release of the BB10 mobile platform and accompanying smartphones in the first quarter of 2013. We've known for a few months now that RIM plans to... more
BlackBerry Now Owns Less Than 2% of World's Smartphone Market, Report Finds
Research In Motion shares tumbled more than 6% in trading today, losing most of the ground they gained over the past two weeks following acquisition speculations involving Samsung and IBM. This is... more
RIM: We're Ready to License BlackBerry 10
After months of speculation, Canada's Research In Motion has officially confirmed that yes, it is willing to license its upcoming mobile platform, BlackBerry 10. According to Bloomberg, BB10 is in... more
Ontario Government Partners with RIM to Help Laid Off Tech Workers in Waterloo
This summer we've talked a lot about how Waterloo's technology industry is thriving, even in the face of adversity. In fact, Waterloo recently dubbed itself Canada's top innovation hub. But with... more
RIM is Selling Some Assets as Part of Its Strategic Review Process
Waterloo's Research In Motion is putting on the market some of its "minor" assets, including cloud services provider NewBay, as part of its ongoing strategic review process, a source familiar with... more
IBM Has Approached RIM About Acquiring its Enterprise Business, Sources Say
If Samsung Electronics does not acquire Research In Motion as speculated, then perhaps International Business Machines will. Or at least RIM's enterprise division. According to a new report from... more
RIM's 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Has Arrived. And Yes, It's Atrociously Overpriced
As of today, Research In Motion's new 4G-enabled BlackBerry PlayBook is now available for sale in Canada through Rogers, Telus, or Bell. Prices were rumoured but I opted not to believe them as... more
Judge Overturns Infringement Case Against RIM, Saving Them $147 Million
A US judge has overturned a patent infringement ruling against Waterloo's Research In Motion, giving the beleaguered BlackBerry maker a break to the tune of $147 million—the amount it would... more
BlackBerry Shipments Down 41% in Past Year, Marketshare Shrinks to 4.8%
According to grim new data from the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, shipments for Research In Motion's BlackBerry smartphone cratered more than 40% in the... more
RIM Stock Soars on Speculation That Samsung Will Acquire BlackBerry
Research In Motion's share price soared more than 5% in trading today after analyst Peter Misek of Jeffries said he believes Samsung will either acquire RIM or otherwise strike a significant... more
Yes, RIM is Now Considering Licensing BB10
Research In Motion has been stubborn in doing things its own way, developing both its own software and hardware, not unlike Apple. But when the company's fortunes started to reverse, pundits and... more
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins: 'BB10 Will See Us Through the Next 10 Years'
RIM is very optimistic these days. Of course, it has to be.  RIM is also putting everything—and we mean everything—into BlackBerry 10. And again, it has to. In an interview with... more
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Tablets are About to Get Even Cheaper
RIM released the PlayBook in April 2011 with a starting price tag of $499. But the Waterloo company quickly realized it couldn't sell a seven-inch BlackBerry tablet for the same price as a 10-inch... more
RIM Shuttering Several North American Retail Stores, Source Claims
A new report suggests that Waterloo's Research In Motion is shuttering several company-owned North American retail stores this year. A source familiar with RIM's retail presence told The Canadian... more
RIM Officially Launches 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet
As rumoured, Canada's Research In Motion today launched a 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with built-in support for cellular networks. The new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook maintains the overall... more
RIM from the Inside: 'The Pink Slips Fly Every Thursday'
RIM employees are strongly discouraged—arguably banned—from discussing the state of the company outside of office walls. They're constantly reminded that all communications must go... more
Waterloo's Future is Bright, Even if RIM's Isn't
When Research In Motion exploded into a global success in the early 2000s, the company—which became the largest of Canada's technology sector—spurred Waterloo's development, influencing... more
RIM's BlackBerry 10 Jam is Coming to Two More Canadian Cities This Month
The BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour just completed its 20th stop in Cape Town, South Africa. Upcoming destinations include Mexico City and Sao Paulo. Today, Research In Motion announced dates for... more
RIM's Internal Mistakes Have Created 'the Worst Corporate Culture in the World'
Research In Motion was once a small, nimble, and incredibly innovative company. Founded by a young, and ambitious entrepreneur, this high-tech startup didn't just envision the future of mobile in... more
Three Thousand RIM Employees Will be Laid Off on Monday, August 13
We know that RIM is laying off 5,000 employees this year as part of its effort to trim up to $1 billion in costs for fiscal 2012. However, the Canadian technology giant never told us exactly when... more
RIM Falls Off Top Five Global Smartphone Ranking for First Time Ever
Canada's Research In Motion has fallen off IDC’s list of the top five global smartphone makers (determined by marketshare) for the very first time. IDC reports that RIM has slowly lost... more
RIM to Launch a 4G PlayBook Next Week: Report
Various reports have surfaced across the web that suggest Waterloo's Research In Motion is planning to launch a 4G-enabled version of its BlackBerry PlayBook as early as next week. According to... more
The New York Times Pulls App from BlackBerry
One of the world's largest and most influential newspapers, The New York Times has pulled its app from Resarch In Motion's BlackBerry App World, according to its own website. The NYT is keeping... more
RIM’s PlayBook Video Store Finally Accessible To Canadians
While US owners of the BlackBerry PlayBook have been using the PlayBook Video Store for a while, Canadians were not so lucky. Today, however, RIM played a little catch-up, releasing the app to... more
Which Mobile Platform is Best Positioned to Win in the Enterprise Long Term?
Which mobile platform is best positioned to win in the enterprise long term? We'll give you a hint: the answer is a lot different than four years ago. According to a freshly published annual... more
The Silver Lining: How RIM's Terrible Collapse Has Transformed Waterloo into a Startup Boomtown
It’s not all bad news for Research in Motion. Well, okay, it mostly is. But it’s all good news for former employees and their small Canadian community: the RIM umbrella is... more
What RIM Must Do to Make BlackBerry 10 a Success
BBDO will tell you that great creative work is from the sum of all parts. And I don't think there's any exception when it comes to the creative design work that goes into great technology products.... more
Does Canada Even Need a Technology Sector?
In my mailbox this week arrived the latest issue of Canadian Business, one of my favourite magazines. Instantly I was struck by the cover: it was uncharacteristically stark and jet black, like the... more
Another Tech Giant Trimming Costs: Cisco Lays Off 1,300 Employees
Cisco Systems is eliminating roughly 1,300 jobs, or 2% of its total workforce, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The layoffs come as part of an effort to trim costs and streamline decision... more
Fairfax Doubles Stake in RIM Again, Now Owns 10% of Company
Back in January, Toronto's Fairfax Financial Holdings bet the bank on Thorsten Heins by doubling its stake in RIM to nearly 27 million shares, or more than 5% of the whole company. Thorsten hasn't... more
RIM Finally Catches a Break (At the Expense of Kodak)
Eastman Kodak has lost an appeal of a patent dispute over digital image preview technology with Apple and Research In Motion. This sets back the company's undertaking to raise money in bankruptcy... more
Qantas Switches 1,300 BlackBerrys to iPhones, Experiences 'Significant Cost Savings'
Qantas Airways in Australia has become the latest high-profile company to swap Research In Motion's BlackBerry for alternatives. In the case of Qantas, employees had a vote. And they heavily... more
These are Canada's Three Best Engineering Schools
The University of Waterloo's Faculty of Engineering has been ranked as the best engineering school in Canada, according to research from Business Insider. The U of W scored 2.79 out of five on... more
RIM Ordered by Court to Pay $142 Million to Mformation in Patent Litigation Case
Research In Motion has been ordered by a US court to pay $147 million in a patent litigation case against Mformation, a mobile device management company. Mformation sued RIM in 2008 over a patent,... more
RIM Executive: 'No, Actually, We're Not Bleeding Developers'
This week Baird Equity Research published a report that exposed a sharp decline in developer enthusiasm for BlackBerry. According to Baird, developers rate BB10 a paltry 3.8 out of 10, far lower... more
31% of BlackBerry 10 Developers are Abandoning the Platform Before It's Even Out: Report
A new survey of mobile developers by Baird Equity Research reveals some of the darkest statistics ever for RIM's platform. Mobile developers ranked the outlookof Google's Android a respectable 8.7... more
Who Will Acquire Research In Motion?
In 2007 Research in Motion was at the height of its success, praised as Canada’s most profitable company and the clear market leader in mobile technology. But in just five short years, RIM... more
RIM's Australian Chief Leaves Company Just Months After Starting
Ray Gillenwater is the latest senior executive to abandon RIM. The former head of RIM's Australian and New Zealand operations has stepped down just months after being promoted to the position.... more
RIM Braces for Investor Backlash at Annual Meeting Today
Later today is Research In Motion's annual meeting. RIM, as we know, has lost more than 70% of its value in the past year and over 95% since its peak in 2008. So it's no wonder that analysts... more
Three Billion Apps Have Now Been Downloaded from BlackBerry World, RIM Says
Waterloo's Research In Motion has revealed that its app store, the BlackBerry App World, has reached a milestone of three billion app downloads. “Three billion app downloads averages out to... more
RIM Giving 12,000 More BlackBerrys to Developers as BB10 Progresses
By now we're all aware of the sad fact that BB10 isn't coming until 2013. But Research In Motion is at least showing signs of progress. At the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour in Singapore, RIM... more
RIM Enterprise Customers Plotting Escape Routes as Ship Continues to Sink
Even among the enterprise customers who are happy with RIM's product and service, a fog of anxiety and nervousness hangs heavy. Following RIM's devastating quarterly earnings report, which saw the... more
RIM Limiting Summer Vacations, Demanding Six-Day Work Weeks from Employees
Waterloo's Research In Motion is spurring employees to work like crazy in a desperate bid to launch its next-gen mobile platform, BB10, as early as possible. According to the Ottawa Citizen, RIM... more
RIM Exec: 'It's a Tough Transition, but I've Never Seen a Greater Level of Commitment from Employees'
As a glorious titan in the technology field in Canada, RIM regularly made news headlines in the mid to late 2000s. Now that the Waterloo company has fallen from grace, it seems to be in the... more
RIM May Launch a 4G PlayBook This Fall Ahead of BB10 Smartphones: Roadmap Leak
Even though BB10 has been infamously delayed until the first quarter of 2013, RIM may still have plans to launch a new BlackBerry PlayBook this year, according to a new report from... more
Mobile Phone Companies Hammering Final Nail into RIM's Coffin?
RIM's stock has lost 95% of its value in less than four years and it still can't catch a break. Telecommunications giants in the US such as AT&T are pressuring the struggling Waterloo company... more
Blowing Minds with Mobile Technology at the Inaugural UNTETHER.talks
There is no such thing as mobile computing. It does not exist. Computing has simply gone mobile. Whurley grins at the audience and continues on with his presentation. It is an unusual one: whurley... more
Waterloo Mayor: Every Single Canadian Should be Looking for Ways to Support RIM
On a day when the country’s biggest technology company announced 5,000 job cuts and the postponement of BB10 until 2013, Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran (pictured with RIM's Mike Lazaridis)... more
RIM Posts Extreme Loss Far Worse Than Expected by Wall Street
Wall Street knew RIM's quarterly earnings report today was going to be ugly. Just not this ugly. Expecting a loss of seven cents per share—already a steep fall from last year when the... more
What to Look for in RIM's Quarterly Earnings Report Today
Even though RIM declared it would no longer offer investors guidance for its quarterly reports, the Waterloo company did not-so-subtly suggest a couple weeks ago that its upcoming earnings call... more
The Next Generation of Smartphone Buyers Are Not Even Considering RIM's BlackBerry
Dubbed "essentially broken" this week by Morgan Stanley analyst Ehud Gelblum, Waterloo's Research In Motion has seen better days. It's bleeding senior executives. It's laying off people in masses.... more
Here's What BBM on RIM's BlackBerry 10 OS Will Look Like
Yesterday we reported on a leak of RIM's first two BB10-powered BlackBerrys - an iPhone-esque touchscreen model dubbed the L-Series and a next-gen Bold dubbed the N-Series. Today N4BB has revealed... more
RIM Could Lose 90% of Its Employees, Morgan Stanley Analyst Forecasts
American financial juggernaut Morgan Stanley has come forth with some grim statistics about the ailing Canadian BlackBerry maker, Research In Motion. According to the bank, RIM's fiscal year 2014... more
Here are RIM's First Two BlackBerry 10 Devices, Slated to Launch as Early as September
This morning, N4BB leaked photos of what are most likely RIM's first two BlackBerry 10 devices. One, the "L-Series," features a large touchscreen with no keyboard, which is consistent with RIM's... more
RIM Not Splitting in Two, Company Confirms
There was a great deal of commotion yesterday when The Sunday Times reported that Waterloo's RIM was considering splitting its business in two, separating its handset manufacturing division from... more
RIM: 'We Are a World-Class Organization and Top Tier Brand'
This past weekend, Waterloo's Research In Motion interviewed one of its own on the BlackBerry blog. Sitting down with Todd Wood, senior vice president of design, RIM questioned him on the design... more
Which Mobile Platform Earns the Most Revenue for Developers? RIM's BlackBerry, Study Claims
RIM's marketshare has been declining steadily since Apple launched the iPhone and Google launched Android in 2007. The latter two platforms have hundreds of thousands of apps available for... more
It's Official: RIM's Thousands of Layoffs Have Begun
Martin Chmiel in Waterloo tweeted some depressing news yesterday. "Job cuts have started at RIM here in Waterloo," he tweeted. "Manufacturing hit the hardest. Hundreds let go in the past 24... more
The Good and Bad of RIM’s 'PorscheBerry'
Thorsten Heins’ tenure as CEO of Research In Motion has been met with mixed reactions ever since he was first named to the position and a recent public appearance has only stirred the pot... more
Apple iPad Accounts for 91% of Tablet Traffic, Samsung Galaxy in Second with Less Than 2%
Apple's iPad dominates in many categories, from the most apps—650,000 iOS apps and 225,000 built specifically for the iPad—to marketshare (anywhere from 62% to 75% globally, depending... more
Toronto's Celestica to Stop Manufacturing for RIM
The past 12 months have inarguably amounted to the worst year in RIM's 28-year history.  It's bleeding senior executives. It's laying off people in masses. It's got millions of unsold... more
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins Will Make More Than $10 Million This Year. Does He Deserve It?
Earlier this week we reported on the fact that Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the former co-CEOs of RIM who saw the company lose more than 90% of its market value since 2008, got a combined exit... more
This Official $2,000 BlackBerry is Now for Sale in Canada
Last year, RIM partnered with Porsche to design a $2,000 BlackBerry smartphone. The device faced ridicule from critics who suggested RIM should be focusing its efforts on reversing its tumbling... more
Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie Receive $12 Million Payout from RIM
Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the famous-turned-infamous co-CEOs of juggernaut-turned-milksop Research In Motion, will receive a combined payout of $12 million after stepping down from their... more
21% of Canadians Now Own Tablets and Apple's is By Far the Most Popular, Study Finds
Canadians are jumping on the tablet trend at a startling rate, a new study has revealed. 21% of Canadians now own a tablet, up from just 6% one year ago, according to CBC/Radio-Canada's Media... more
This Developer Just Proved It's Possible to Run iOS Apps on Your BlackBerry PlayBook
Perhaps consumers' least favourite thing about RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is its sore lack of apps. After all, it's got powerful hardware, and the price is certainly right these days (as little as... more
RIM: 'BlackBerry 10 is Where We Regain Our Momentum'
RIM still has tremendous faith in BlackBerry 10. Then again, it basically has to. At today's developer-centric BlackBerry 10 Jam session, RIM's vice president of developer relations, Alec... more
Why RIM Was Incredibly Stupid to Kill the 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook
This morning, we reported that RIM confirmed a sad fact: the 16GB model of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will no longer be made. Once distributors run out of inventory, that's it. Goodbye. RIM is... more
RIM Confirms: The 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook is Dead
Waterloo's Research In Motion has confirmed reports that it will no longer make a 16GB model of its BlackBerry PlayBook. The company says that it will continue to manufacture, market, and sell its... more
RIM's Hiring of Banks for Strategic Review May Have Triggered Accelerated Exodus of Customers
Research In Motion's recent hiring of JP Morgan and RBC for a strategic review was done in an effort to keep the company alive. Turns out, it may be yet another blow against. According to... more
Finance Minister Says Canada Won't Save RIM
RIM has had a rough week. And month. And year. It's bleeding senior executives. It's laying off people in masses. It's got millions of unsold BlackBerrys. It's losing market share. Its cash... more
CBC Says Developing Mobile Apps for BlackBerry PlayBook 'Is Not Necessary'
Talk about a suckerpunch to the gut. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation yesterday launched its CBC Music App for Android, but the real story is how it slams fellow Canadian company RIM in its... more
Can't Catch a Break: Analysts Kick RIM While It's Down
RIM has had a rough week. And month. And year. It's bleeding senior executives. It's laying off people in masses. It's got millions of unsold BlackBerrys. It's losing market share. Its cash... more
Should Facebook Buy RIM? Inside Tech's Hottest New Acquisition Rumour
A month ago, the only companies that anyone could realistically see acquiring the embattled RIM were Samsung and Apple—smartphone makers who would buy the Waterloo BlackBerry maker for its... more
RIM Warns of Operating Loss This Quarter, Hires JP Morgan and RBC Capital Markets for 'Strategic Review'
These are dark days for Research In Motion. The company today warned of an operating loss for the first quarter of its 2013 fiscal year. And at the same time, it's now officially hired banks JP... more
RIM is Stuck with $1 Billion Worth of Unsold BlackBerrys and the Inventory Continues to Stockpile
Waterloo's Research In Motion is at risk of a writedown on more than $1 billion in unsold BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets, according to new data from Bloomberg. RIM's stockpile of... more
RIM's Top Lawyer Abandons Ship Ahead of 6,000 Layoffs
While JUICE mobile today reaffirmed RIM's stronghold in Canada, bad news for the Waterloo-based company continues to pour in. Following news that the BlackBerry maker may lay off up to 6,000... more
Not Long Ago, RIM Had 20,000 Employees. Within a Year, It Could Have Just 10,000
Over the weekend, we reported that Waterloo's Research In Motion was undergoing a major global structuring that would trigger the laying off of roughly 2,000 employees. Turns out, it could be much... more
RIM to Lay Off 2,000 or More Employees as Part of Major Global Restructuring
Waterloo's Research In Motion is slated to lay off a minimum of 2,000 employees in the coming weeks as part of a major global restructuring, according to several people close to the company. RIM... more
Research In Motion Desperately Wants Netflix on BlackBerry
When Netflix ventured into Canada, it was very quickly made available on Apple's iOS and Google's Android—the two major global players in mobile today. But Research In Motion's BlackBerry,... more
RIM's BlackBerry Gets Nod of Approval for Government Use in UK
Last week, the US Department of Defence awarded Research In Motion's BlackBerry 7 a security certification. Today, RIM's platform got a similar nod of approval in the UK. Indeed, RIM's... more
Nokia Lumia and Microsoft’s Mango OS Could Surpass BlackBerry by Year End
Lloyed Lobo is right in saying that Nokia’s Lumia 900 is getting some pretty solid reviews. Pulled videos aside, Nokia’s goal is to be the premier provider of smartphones that run on... more
Don't Sell Your Android Device
Don't sell your Android device. Seriously, don't. Getting a new one? That's fine. Tuck your old one in your closet. Better yet, drill a hole through its heart or take a sledgehammer to the thing.... more
US Department of Defence Approves BlackBerry 7, Awards Security Certification
Research In Motion's newest mobile platform, BlackBerry 7, has been officially approved for use by the US Department of Defence, the Waterloo company said today. BB7 has won security certification... more
BlackBerry Users to Save on Travel Time with TomTom Partnership
Earlier today at the CTIA Wireless Conference in New Orleans RIM announced a partnership with TomTom that will see the navigation systems provider's HD Traffic service make its way onto BlackBerry... more
Patent Troll Slams RIM with Infringement Lawsuit Over Something You Wouldn't Expect
When will RIM catch a break? It was only last month that Dutch semiconductor company NXP sued the Waterloo-based BlackBerry maker for patent infringement. Now, a patent troll has emerged from the... more
RIM Hires Kristian Tear as COO and Frank Boulben as CMO
It's finally happened. Today, Waterloo-based BlackBerry makerResearch In Motion announced the hiring of a new COO and a new CMO. Kristian Tear will take over as Chief Operating Officer and Frank... more
Wake Up, Be Bold: RIM Unveils New Campaign That Means Business
Research In Motion's Australia division has followed up its bizarre flash mob marketing flop with a scrolling text campaign online, supposedly a teaser for something larger in the works. Mentioning... more
RIM Launches BlackBerry Screen Reader to Support Customers with Disabilities
This web page uses ActiveX controls that work only in Microsoft Internet Explorer. To ensure that BlackBerry Screen Reader is correctly downloaded to your BlackBerry, this site is not designed to... more
Canadian Police Force Pimps Their Rides with BlackBerry PlayBooks
A Canadian police force is outfitting cop cars with Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBooks. Mobile Innovations is the company behind the integration, which will see Canadian police use RIM... more
RIM May Finally Be Close to a Hiring Chief Marketing Officer
Research In Motion lost its chief marketing officer right when the PlayBook launched in March 2011. Now more than one year later, the beleaguered company may finally be close to filling that void.... more
What's Happening? RIM Shares are Down Significantly for Third Day in Row
In 2008, RIM shares broke $140. In 2011, they lost 75%. Now, they're down more than 90% from that 2008 high. We thought the stock had bottomed out at $14, where the debt-free company had a... more
Watch RIM Vanish from Sight in This Jaw-Dropping Chart
Yesterday, we wrote about how Apple and Samsung combined for a remarkable 99% of the world's smartphone profits—with Apple leagues ahead of even Samsung, owning more than 70% of all profits.... more
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins: The Enterprise is 'Where BlackBerrys Really Flourish'
Despite more aggressive marketing toward consumers in recent times, it seems that RIM doesn't intend to lose focus on the enterprise space that helped drive its earlier successes. Even though... more
What the Hell Was RIM Thinking with This Bizarre, Ridiculous Stunt? [Video]
Last week, a flashmob leapt out of a black bus that read "WAKE UP," and the group of protestors began waving black signs reading the same phrase in front of an Apple store in Australia. No one knew... more
Here is How the Next-Gen BlackBerry and BB10 Platform Looks and Functions [Video]
Research In Motion has uploaded a one-minute video, which demonstrates a prototype-looking BlackBerry device running a prototype-looking BB10 platform, to YouTube.  The OS looks nothing like... more
BlackBerry 10 Fail: Check Out RIM's Super Embarrassing Marketing Blunder
Knowing that its next-gen BB10 platform wouldn't be out until late this year, RIM needed to stay alive in the meantime. So when Thorsten Heins took over as CEO, he ramped up the marketing of... more
RIM to Stream Live Coverage of BlackBerry World 2012
Research In Motion has revealed that it will be streaming live coverage of BlackBerry World 2012. RIM's annual event, held in Orlando, starts tomorrow. Users will be able to watch conference... more
RIM's Global Market Share to Fall Below 5%, Analyst Warns
Can RIM's global market share fall below 5%? It's a scary thought, but RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue believes it's all too possible. Mark forecasts RIM will sell just 9 million BlackBerrys... more
RIM Will Make a Comeback. Just Not Anytime Soon, Investor Proclaims
Research In Motion will make a comeback. It just won't be for another few years. That's the sentiment of Prem Watsa. The head of Fairfax Financial Holdings, Prem owns north of 5% of RIM thanks to... more
RIM Will Announce BB10 Device in August, Launch in October, Rumour Suggests
Loyalists and investors of Research In Motion await with baited breath news of BlackBerry 10, the Waterloo company's next-gen mobile software platform that will lead a wave of new devices and -... more
The Death of RIM: An Infographic
In 1999, Waterloo-based Research In Motion gave the world a gift. It was called the BlackBerry 850, and it redefined the mobile phone. The 850 triggered an 80% surge in RIM's revenue that year and... more
RIM Hires Law Firm to Restructure Company; May Sell Assets, Seek Joint Ventures, and License Patents
Waterloo's Research In Motion has hired Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. The law firm has been hired to work out a restructuring plan. The plan could see RIM perform any of the following... more
RIM Plans to Open a Massive Flagship BlackBerry Store in Dubai
Research In Motion is launching a large flagship BlackBerry store, Bloomberg reports. But not in Waterloo, where it's based, or a major Canadian city, such as Vancouver or Toronto. And definitely... more
Oracle Almost Bought RIM (in 2009)
Larry Ellison's company almost acquired Research In Motion, according to a testimony in court. The CEO revealed the fact while testifying in court against Google - but the big-game acquisition was... more
RIM Hiring Bank to 'Weigh Strategic Options'
Waterloo's Research In Motion is in talks to hire a financial advisor, Bloomberg reports. Citing "three people with knowledge of the matter," Bloomberg says that RIM wants to hire one Canadian bank... more
BlackBerry Still Most Secure Platform, Apple Second, Windows Trumps Dead-Last Android
New research from industry analysts at Trend Micro reveals which platforms are workplace-secure. Waterloo's Research in Motion, a pioneer in the enterprise mobile space, takes the lead with its... more
Annual Canadian VC Conference to Give Free BlackBerry PlayBook to Every Attendee
The organizers of the CVCA 2012 Annual Conference announced today all registered conference attendees will receive a complimentary BlackBerry PlayBook. BlackBerry PlayBooks will be given to each... more
Meet the Rapper Who Wants to Buy RIM
Rapper-turned-entrepreneur Nono Pearson wants to buy a controlling stake in RIM. But not with money. Known in hip hop as Big Reality, Nono has proposed to buy Research In Motion with pre-IPO... more
RIM is Losing Money on BlackBerry Hardware, Analyst Says
Research In Motion lost money on its BlackBerry smartphones and tablets in 2011, one analyst suggests. Peter Misek of investment banking firm Jefferies calculated that, after assigning operating... more
RIM's Alec Saunders: 'The Android Market is a Chaotic Cesspool'
In one of the BlackBerry PlayBook's upcoming software updates, the RIM tablet will lose the ability to sideload apps. The reason, RIM says, is to avoid the piracy swamp that Android has become.... more
RIM Offers Canadian BlackBerry Users $77 Worth of Premium Apps Free
Research In Motion is offering Canadians $77 worth of "premium" apps for free. Until May 31, BlackBerry subscribers running OS 7 can download the apps free of charge. All that's required is a... more
BlackBerry App World Turns Three, RIM Reveals All-Time Top Apps
Research In Motion's BlackBerry App World turned three years old this week. We noted earlier that RIM's app store, which now has 70,000 apps, is seeing six million downloads per day. RIM has... more
RIM Sued Over Patent Infringement, Stock Sinks 10%
After a modest rally following a quarterly earnings report that hinted at partnerships and the potential for an acquisition, RIM's stock has once again sunk deep into the abyss. Following a freshly... more
RIM Officially Launches BlackBerry Mobile Fusion for iOS and Android
RIM said last week that Mobile Fusion was coming soon. Today, it has arrived for BlackBerry, iOS, and Android. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is RIM’s next-generation mobile device management... more
Jim Flaherty: 'RIM is a Very Innovative, Successful Company'
Canada's Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, is a supporter of Research In Motion. Over the weekend, Jim described the embattled RIM as "a very innovative, successful company." With RIM's stock... more
Top Articles of March 2012: Last Month's Newsmakers Were Rogers, eThor, HootSuite, and RIM
1. Rogers Social Media Campaign Backfires by Knowlton Thomas When Rogers paid to promote the hashtag #rogers1number, they intended to promote their new service, Rogers One Number. Instead,... more
70,000 Apps are Being Downloaded Six Million Times Per Day in RIM's BlackBerry App World
Last week, RIM released its fourth-quarter earnings report, and the numbers were mediocre at best. One of the main reasons RIM lost so much ground early on to Apple's iOS and Google's Android... more
RIM: 'To be Really Clear, We are Fully Committed to the Consumer Market'
After RIM's fourth-quarter fiscal 2012 earnings call yesterday, investors were questioning the company's commitment to the consumer market. Today, the Waterloo-based BlackBerry maker cleared things... more
Analysts Remain Cautious at Best: 'RIM is a Loser'
Yesterday, Thorsten Heins had the displeasure of announcing yet another mediocre quarter for the beleaguered Research In Motion. Key numbers like revenue, smartphone shipments, and subscriber... more
First Earnings Report for Thorsten Heins: Major Layoffs, Revenue and Shipments Below Expectations
The new chief executive officer of Research In Motion, Thorsten Heins, conducted his first earnings report today. The RIM CEO has been climbing an uphill battle, with defeatism growing to... more
RIM Showcases Forthcoming Cross-Platform 'Mobile Fusion' Solution [Video]
With all eyes focused on today's financial earnings report, it's odd that Research In Motion chose this day to release a video showcasing its upcoming Mobile Fusion feature. Nevertheless, the... more
Not Until BB10: RIM Delays Annual Analyst Meeting by Several Months
Historically, Research In Motion has held its annual presentation to financial analysts during its BlackBerry World conference each May. This year, however, RIM has decided to delay the meeting... more
Card2Contact is the First Business Card Conversion App for Blackberry with Human Verification
There are tons of business card scanners on the market but most of them are not 100 per cent accurate. Typically, card scanner users still have to go in and fix some of the contact details manually... more
Clio's Jack Newton Won't Develop for RIM's BlackBerry. Here's Why
Jack Newton is the CEO of Clio, a Vancouver company that provides web-based practice management software for law firms. Jack deliberately doesn't build apps for RIM's BlackBerry platform.... more
RIM Giving Away Prototype BlackBerry 10 Devices to Software Developers
Research In Motion will be giving away up to 2,000 BlackBerry 10 test models to software developers this may. RIM will be equipping developers with smartphones operating on its next-gen mobile... more
RIM Giving Away 70 BlackBerry Bold 9900s as part of Be Bold contest
As part of their BlackBerry Bold A Day contest RIM is giving away a Bold 9900 everyday between March 22 and May 31. There are two easy wasy to enter: simply scan a pin barcode from the contest... more
RIM and Ottawa's Carleton University Open Teaching and Collaborative Research Centre
Carleton University in Ottawa has partnered with Waterloo's Research In Motion to launch the RIM Teaching and Collaborative Research Centre.  “Carleton is pleased to be working with... more
Ontario City Partners with RIM to Arm Staff with BlackBerry PlayBooks
The City of Cambridge in Ontario has partnered up with two technology giants, IBM and Waterloo's Research In Motion. Cambridge unveiled a "first of a kind" system that will see city staff equipped... more
Samsung to Make BlackBerry Smartphones, Insiders Say
A very interesting post was published by Tiernan Ray on Barron's today. New rumours surrounding the mysterious relationship between Samsung and Research In Motion have surfaced and they are... more
Execs and Politicians Done with RIM: Less Than 1% Plan to Buy Another BlackBerry
Everyone knows that Research In Motion has seen better days. It's easy to remember the tremendous publicity a then-beloved RIM got when U.S. president Barack Obama confessed an addiction to his... more
RIM: BlackBerry 10 is Coming to the PlayBook This Year
Research In Motion last month released a long-awaited software update to its BlackBerry PlayBook, OS 2.0, which finally brought native email and other necessary improvements to its tablet. After... more
Even Though Shares Already Down 90%, RIM Still Getting Shorted More Than Ever
Research In Motion shares have plunged by more than 90% from their 2008 highs of $140. In 2011 alone, the Waterloo-based tech giant saw its value plummet by three-quarters. Yet the worst may still... more
84% of Companies Buying Tablets are Buying iPads, Research Reveals
Earlier this morning we reported on new data from IDC that suggests Apple's worldwide tablet marketshare has slipped a few more percentage points to about 54%. As myriad manufacturers continue to... more
Toronto Startup Winston Counters Uber's Local Launch with BlackBerry App
The popular American car service, Uber, recently announced that its service would be arriving in Toronto this week. Local startup Winston, which is modelled after Uber, has responded swiftly... more
RIM is Now Selling a $120 Keyboard for its BlackBerry PlayBook [Video]
Research In Motion has today introduced the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard, a new accessory for its PlayBook. The $120 keyboard connects wirelessly to the tablet to create essentially a small notebook.... more
RIM's Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie Drop off Forbes Billionaire List
It wasn't that long ago that Research In Motion's Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie—formerly the company's co-CEOs, you may recall—were both billionaires, each worth close to $2 billion.... more
Research In Motion Acquires Paratek
Research In Motion has acquired U.S.-based Paratek Microwave for an undisclosed sum. The Waterloo-based BlackBerry maker purchased Paratek, a "leader in antenna technology," because its skill set... more
Pessimism Continues: BMO Basically Says RIM is Doomed
Expecting a bad quarter from RIM? You may as well expect a bad year.  Last week, we reported that Jefferies analyst Peter Misek issued a warning that Research In Motion will likely... more
Defeatism Grows: More Analysts Warn Investors Ahead of RIM's Earnings Report
Research In Motion's stock is barely staying afloat at just $13 per share—down from a high of more than $140—but may go even lower when the company unveils its quarterly earnings at the... more
Breaking Down RIM's BlackBerry App World: 22% of All Paid Apps are on PlayBook
Research In Motion has released some new statistics surrounding its apps. Targeting developers, the Waterloo-based BlackBerry maker breaks down its App World in numbers.   RIM says that... more
Here's Why RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Outsold the iPad – And Why It Never Will Again
It's big news that RIM's seemingly down-and-out BlackBerry PlayBook was the top-selling tablet in Canada last week, out-dueling Apple's wildly popular iPad for the first time in history. We were... more
RIM: 90% of BlackBerry PlayBook Users Upgrade to Latest OS Within One Month
Last week, we reported that nearly half of all BlackBerry PlayBook users had already upgraded to RIM's much-anticipated OS 2.0—just one week after its release. At the time, advertising... more
RIM Won't be Happy to Learn That Google's New Tablet May be Called 'Play'
Waterloo-based Research In Motion launched the BlackBerry PlayBook, known effectively as just "PlayBook," in April last year. It was not a name that everyone liked, but it was definitely different... more
Investors Beware: RIM's Financials Are Looking Grim, Analyst Says
Research In Motion's fourth-quarter earnings are due out at the end of this month. In recent times, they've consistently resulted in bad news and stock drops. The last quarter was ugly. The quarter... more
One Week Later, OS 2.0 is Already on 44% of BlackBerry PlayBooks
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook may not be a hot seller, but at least it doesn't suffer from severe fragmentation. While only 1% of Android users run the newest version of Google's mobile platform, RIM's... more
RIM Shows Off Some Astonishing New Software for the BlackBerry PlayBook [Video]
Waterloo-based Research In Motion acquired The Astonishing Tribe in December 2010. Since then, we haven't heard much of how TAT's technology has been integrated with RIM's BlackBerry platform.... more
Customers Much More Likley to Pay for Apps via Integrated Carrier Billing, RIM Says
According to Research In Motion, consumers are much more likely to download paid apps when the carriers support integrated billing. The Waterloo-based BlackBerry maker says that carriers, on... more
Netflix Refuses to Support RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet
As a streaming service without any of its own hardware products, one of the keys to Netflix's success is being compatible with as many devices as possible—from computers to smartphones to... more
ComScore: RIM on Brink of Losing Number One Spot in Home Country
Research In Motion has done a much better job of maintaining its smartphone marketshare in Canada than in the U.S. Here, it's still number one. But even on home soil, its lead is being seriously... more
RIM Partners with NHLPA to Launch Players' PlayBook
Waterloo's Research In Motion has teamed up with the National Hockey League Players' Association to launch the Player's PlayBook. It's a video series that has five NHL players use a BlackBerry... more
The One Place Where RIM's PlayBook is Gaining Ground: Canada
Yesterday, we reported that while the global smartphone market is expanding at a steady pace, RIM's share of that market is shrinking. But what about tablets? Well, with under a million sold... more
As Global Smartphone Market Explodes, RIM's Share Shrinks
The global smartphone market is growing fast. RIM's share of the market is doing the opposite. New data from Gartner reveals that the Waterloo BlackBerry maker's share is declining. With global... more
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 Update is Finally Coming Next Tuesday [UPDATED]
UPDATE: The date of Tuesday, February 21 has now been confirmed by RIM. We were starting to think it would never come. After numerous delays, the now-infamous software update for RIM's PlayBook... more
LEAKED: This is What RIM's BlackBerry 10 OS Looks Like
While we're not expecting to see a BlackBerry 10 device on store shelves for at least another half year, the rumour mill continues to churn and recent leaks have given consumers a sneak peek at... more
RIM Extends BlackBerry PlayBook Offer to Developers Due to 'Overwhelming Interest'
Earlier this month, Research In Motion offered a free PlayBook tablet to any developer who brought their Android app over to the Waterloo company's desolate BlackBerry App World. As... more
According to Leaked Telus Document, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is Dead (Sort of)
According to a leaked internal Telus document, Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook has hit the end of its road. A photograph on MobileSyrup shows Telus stating that "all 3 PlayBooks are End of... more
RIM Lures Developers: 'Convert Your Android App to BlackBerry and We'll Give You a PlayBook'
Research In Motion now has a new offer running to lure developers to its platform. The company is giving away a free tablet to any developer who brings their Android app to the barren BlackBerry... more
RIM's New Chairwoman Looks to Shake Things Up
Research In Motion' new chairperson, Barbara Stymiest, wants to shake up the struggling company's board. Facing the same challenge as new CEO Thorsten Heins—to keep afloat a sinking... more
Thorsten Heins: 'There is No Reason to Sell RIM'
In Thorsten Heins' first address to staff since taking the reins from Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the new CEO covered a wide range of topics, mostly in response to emails from concerned... more
Fairfax Buys 14 Million Shares of RIM, Doubles Stake to 5%
Canadian company Fairfax Financial Holdings has bet the bank on Thorsten Heins and BlackBerry 10, doubling its stake in Research In Motion. Prem Watsa, who runs Fairfax, has also joined the board... more
RIM Rumours: Can We Expect a PlayBook with a Slider Keyboard Next Year?
Step aside, iPad 3! Research In Motion is pumping the rumour mill now. With a new CEO, Thorsten Heins, at the helm, everyone is curious as to RIM's next move. BGR, for one, has been "gathering... more
RIM Employees Didn't Like Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis
Many investors grew a distaste for Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie in recent years, as did most consumers who actually followed the company that closely. Now it's been revealed that not even... more
RIM's New CEO, Thorsten Heins: 'This is the Right Time for Change'
Effective today, Thorsten Heins is the new chief executive officer of Waterloo's Research In Motion. Even though many investors have been begging for Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis to step... more
RIM Co-CEOs Resign, Insider Thorsten Heins Takes Over [VIDEO]
Research In Motion’s Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have bowed to investor pressure and resigned as co-CEOs and co-chairmen, handing the top job to an insider with four years at the... more
Hey, Look – Some People Still Make New Apps for BlackBerry
These days, most major mobile apps launch on the iPhone first. If a developer has time and money left over, or if the app is successful enough on iOS, then they will likely launch an Android... more
Poor RIM: Samsung Just Isn't That Into You
Yesterday we reported that RIM was campaigning for a company to buy it and the Boy Genius Report stated that sources believed Samsung was at the forefront of potential suitors. However, Samsung has... more
RIM: Buy Me, Samsung!
Buy me. Somebody, please, buy me! This is what RIM is crying out behind the scenes, according to a new report by BGR. RIM is not only trying to license its software to other vendors but is... more
Apple Owners Are Highly Optimistic While BlackBerry Owners Are Extremely Negative [STUDY]
Research continues to reinforce the idea that certain types of people consistently wind up choosing certain brands of technology. For example, prior studies have suggested that iOS users tend to... more
RIM Shows Off the Year-Late BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 OS at CES 2012 [VIDEO]
At CES 2012, RIM is finally giving consumers a hands-on taste of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, the first major update to the tablet's mobile operating system since its launch in the spring of last... more
HootSuite Indexes What's Hot on Twitter: RIM Was the Top Canadian Brand in 2011 [INFOGRAPHIC]
What's the top brand on Twitter? Why, Twitter, of course. Vancouver startup HootSuite today released Part 2 of its Twitter 2011 Trends, courtesy of What the Trend?, a company it acquired in 2011.... more
Visa Officially Certifies Smartphones for Use as Mobile Payment Devices
Visa today announced that NFC-enabled smartphones from Samsung, LG, and Research In Motion have been certified for use with Visa's mobile app, payWave. The Samsung Galaxy S II, LG Optimus NET NFC,... more
13% Generate Over $100,000 Annually From Their Apps, but Luring BlackBerry Developers is Still Hard
With app quality and selection now at the forefront of consumers' minds, Research In Motion is trying harder than ever to lure developers to its platform. According to market research firm Strategy... more
Introducing RIM's Blackberry 7.1: Improved Apps, Enhanced BBM, Hotspot Features, and More
At CES 2012 in Las Vegas this week, RIM will showcase BlackBerry 7.1, the next update to its mobile operating platform. The Waterloo company says it will unveil a new version of BlackBerry... more
RIM is Betting Everything on This One Device
RIM's product portfolio is filled with many different devices, from the iconic Bold to the new Torch, from the tiny Pearl to the flip Style, from the failed Storm to the successful Curve. But more... more
Firesale Continues in 2012: You Can Now Buy a $700 BlackBerry PlayBook for Only $300
Last year, RIM went nuts with BlackBerry PlayBook sales, offering its 16 GB model for as little as $199 (and $99 to employees!). However, the 64 GB model never went below $399. Today Research In... more
Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie are Finally About to Relinquish Their Roles at RIM
After more than a year of being pressured by shareholders to step down from their roles, co-CEO and co-chairmen of RIM, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsille, finally appear poised to do. According to... more
RIM's Woes Earn it an Accolade of Notoriety
Once the most valuable company in Canada, RIM has fallen from grace - hard. 2011 was RIM's worst year ever in far too many ways. Capping off the year is an accolade earned for the wrong reasons.... more
89% of Businesses Plan to Buy Tablets in 2012. But Enterprise-Focused PlayBook Not on Their Radar
Think tablets won't become ubiquitous in the workplace? Think again. The latest NPD Group research finds that tablets are continuing to gain momentum and traction in the business space. 73% of... more
Introducing the… BlackBerry Torch 10000?
Early BlackBerry pager models were called 850, 950, etc. RIM's early phone models broke into the thousands—5000, 6000, 7100. In 2008, devices hit the 9000-threshold for model naming, defined... more
RIM: BBM Canada's Lawsuit is Bogus
Last week Techvibes reported that Toronto's BBM Canada had filed a lawsuit against Waterloo's Research In Motion over trademark infringement of "BBM," an acronym recently coined as the trendy... more
BBM Canada Mounts Attack Against RIM for Trademark Infringement
What's in a name? For RIM, nothing but trouble. Not long after being forced to change the name of it next-gen mobile platform from BBX to BlackBerry 10, RIM is in a legal battle over a name again.... more
BlackBerry PlayBook to Cost Only $199 on Boxing Day
The BlackBerry PlayBook sales are back. Over the past couple of months retailers have been selling RIM's half-baked tablet for sharp discounts, but most promotions ended last week, bringing the... more
RIM Stock Surges 10% on Talks of Amazon Takeover
Shares of Research In Motion surged 10% this morning over rumours that surfaced yesterday that Amazon may be in talks with the company over a merger. Amazon hired an investment bank in the summer... more
Amazon Almost Bought RIM, Companies Still in Talks
Online retail behemoth Amazon hired an investment bank in the summer to consider the feasibility of buying RIM, but didn't end up making an offer, according to Reuters. Citing "people with... more
Truck Carrying $1.7 Million Worth of BlackBerry PlayBooks Gets Stolen [UPDATED]
A driver transporting 22 pallets of Research In Motion tablets from America to Ontario had his truck—and $1.7 million worth of BlackBerry PlayBooks—stolen. The grand theft auto... more
RIM Significantly Delays the Only Product That Has a Chance of Keeping It Alive
Despite an awful third-quarter earnings report and placement on a death watchlist, somehow things are still managing to get worse for the sinking Waterloo tech company. RIM says that the hardware... more
RIM's CEOs Reduce Annual Salary to $1 as Company's Stock Sinks
Research In Motion's dual chief executive officers, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, have reduced to their annual salary to a single dollar after watching their company's stock plunge 10%... more
RIM's Profit Plunges 71%, Stock Tanks
RIM's third-quarter earnings report once again disappointed investors. The company's earnings fell a staggering 71%, largely due to a $485-million wound from sharp BlackBerry PlayBook... more
The 1%: RIM's Global Tablet Marketshare
Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie are a part of what the Occupy movement calls "the 1%." It's not a bad place to be. But as for their company? Turns out, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is in a different... more
Investor Demands That RIM Either Changes Governance or Sells Company
RIM shareholder Jaguar Financial has renewed its urge for the Waterloo company to change its corporate governance and also to sell RIM in whole or in parts. Jaguar notes that in 2007, chairman and... more
Indonesia Government Threatens to Shut Down BlackBerry
The Indonesia government has threatened to shut down RIM's BlackBerry data services in the country. Indonesia is a very hot market for RIM, with consumers eagerly devouring BlackBerrys, but the... more
RIM Named One of 5 Brands Most Likely to be Gone by 2015
Brand consultancy Prophet recently conducted a spot survey of some 5,000 U.S. consumers to see which brands they'd put on the deathwatch for anytime between now and 2015. Anyone who even skims... more
Why RIM's Death Spiral is Far From Over
A stock down from over $140 to just $16. A flagship tablet product that sold so poorly, it had to be discounted 60%. A discount on said product that cost the company $500 million. Drunk employees... more
Courts Force Company to Change BBX Name
The string of bad news continues for Research In Motion. The Waterloo tech company has been forced to change the name of its next-gen operating platform, BBX, after a U.S. federal court prevented... more
RIM Fires Drunk Flying Employees
After two employees of Research In Motion became so drunk and rowdy they forced the airplane to land mid-flight, the company has decided to fire them. “RIM expects that its employees conduct... more
RIM Insists That BlackBerrys Do Not Support Carrier IQ
With people freaking out over the thought of Carrier IQ lurking in their mobile devices, carriers and manufacturers alike are scrambling to clear the air. RIM, for one, has come forth to say that... more
RIM Announces BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, an Enterprise Solution to Manage Android and iOS Devices
Today, RIM announced BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, a "next-generation enterprise mobility solution." The multi-platform mobile device management service will build on RIM's longstanding enterprise... more
RIM is Selling the BlackBerry PlayBook for $99
With the $500 BlackBerry PlayBook selling for as little as $199 to everyday consumers, and the launch of similarly priced devices like the Kindle Fire and Kobo Vox, it's unlikely that anyone will... more
Giving Up? RIM Pulls BlackBerry PlayBook Ads and Cancels Orders
According to various reports, RIM has started cancelling orders for its BlackBerry PlayBook in the U.S. and has even allegedly ceased advertising campaigns. Electronista noted that "shoppers have... more
Biggest Price Drop Ever: RIM Sells PlayBook On Its Own Website For Just $199 – That's 60% Off
I have lost count how many times the PlayBook has been on sale during the past 2 months. But, if you want to play a game of follow-the-link-trail, start here. For those who choose not to get lost... more
Brand Loyalty: The iPhone is in a League of its Own, With RIM Fanaticism Fading Fast
iPhone owners are by far the most loyal of all smartphone users, while BlackBerry is no longer the "CrackBerry" as user addiction for the device continues to wane. A study by research firm GfK... more
This Mall Had So Many Consumers Hungry for BlackBerrys That Hundreds of Riot Police Filled The Streets
These days, a local product launch for Research In Motion is met with the chirping of crickets. Which makes it easy for us to forget about RIM's international growth and success, and the fervour... more
BlackBerry Goes White
If you're in the market for a new BlackBerry, you will be interested to know some some of RIM's latest devices have recieved a new coat of paint. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is now available at... more
Blackberry Playbook To Get Email, Calendar, and Contacts... Soon (Again)
Back in September it was speculated that the Blackberry Playbook would finally see native email, calendar, and contact software... in October.  October came and went, and corporate clients... more
RIM's BlackBerry Sales Stagnate Despite Holiday Shopping
Even though it's the season of spending and retailers are enjoying the boon, at least one tech brand is conversely feeling the pinch. Today, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky published a... more
People Are Lining Up at Best Buy to Get $300 Off RIM's PlayBook
People are lining up at Best Buy stores today to get a whopping $300 off RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook. The tablet, selling for a low as $299, has clearly drummed up some buzz, despite this being only... more
We're Committed to the Keyboard, Says RIM
RIM has been launching more touchscreen-only devices than it used to. And it's been sounding like its BBX superphone will be essentially a mini PlayBook. But some argue that the only major selling... more
RIM: 'Our Next BlackBerry Will Be Whimsical'
When Apple first unveiled the original iPad, it touted the device as both "magical" and "revolutionary." Critics mocked the adjectives, suggesting that there was nothing magical nor revolutionary... more
Developers: We're Not Interested in BlackBerry Anymore
A survey was conducted and the developers have spoken. A report released by researcher IDC and Appcelerator has revealed a sharp decline in developers wanting to craft mobile apps for BlackBerry... more
BBX smartphones to get high-res screens, include enterprise server, abandon iconic BlackBerry keyboard
Some new details of RIM's next-gen smartphones, or "superphones" rather, have been unveiled by PC Mag. The BBX-powered devices, expected to launch in "early 2012," will feature high-resolution... more
RIM Ranked Dead-Last Among Tech Companies For Environmental Record
Plagued with bad news of late, RIM has another stain to add to the list. In the most recent guide issued by Greenpeace on ranking company's environmental records, Research In Motion ranked... more
Sorry Apple and Amazon, But BlackBerry and Kobo Reign King in Canada (Except For That PlayBook…)
Despite the rise of international competitors like Apple, Google, and Amazon, it's clear that Canadians retain their loyalty to homegrown products. Smartphones: One Berry to Rule Them All... more
How Low Can You Go? Introducing the Biggest BlackBerry PlayBook Discount Ever
After a quarter of embarrassing sales, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook has gone through many sales across numerous retail outlets (follow the seemingly endless link trail). Its price tag has dropped... more
RIM collabs with Assa Abloy to feature key-card technology in next-gen BlackBerrys
Waterloo's Research In Motion is partnering with Assa Abloy AB to have its next-gen BlackBerry roster include NFC-based key-card technology. Assa says the technology will be embedded into the... more
RIM Suffers First Decline in Smartphone Shipments as Research Firm Predicts Single-Digit Share Price
New data from research firm IDC shows that RIM has suffered its first ever year-over-year decline in global smartphone shipments (comparing third quarters of the calendar years). This week,... more
RIM Loses Yet Another Top Executive
Research In Motion executives have been jumping ship frequently for a good year now. The latest high-rank employee to abandon the struggling company is Frenny Bawa, managing director of RIM's... more
RIM leads all Canadian companies in R&D spending with $1.4 billion in 2010
Waterloo-based Research Motion is Canada's leading company in research and development spending, according to new datafrom Research Infosource. Based on fiscal 2010, Infosourced report, titled... more
RIM launches BBM Music, but shares continues to drop despite rallying market
Today, Waterloo-based Research In Motion has released the BBM Music App, now available for download in the BlackBerry App World. For $5 per month, the app grants you access to to 50 songs plus to... more
RIM shares fall below $20 for first time since 2004
The price of shares for Research In Motion have dropped below $20 for the first time since July 2004. After reaching a high of $144 in June 2008—on the brink of the recession—RIM's... more
RIM is giving away more BlackBerry PlayBooks – and accessories, too
Until December 31st, if you buy two BlackBerry PlayBooks, you get a third—plus a "premium" accessory—free! This promotion is targeted at business users but if you had three friends who... more
RIM reveals that one of its senior vice-presidents actually left the company months ago
Jim Tobin has been a ghost for months. The former senior vice-president for software and business services at RIM actually left the company month's ago, but RIM has only just confirmed the... more
RIM Announces The Porsche, a $2,000 BlackBerry (No, It's Not April Fool's Day) [Video]
RIM has announced the BlackBerry Porsche at an event in Dubai. It is the most expensive official BlackBerry ever made. The $2,000 smartphone has the same specs and operating system of the... more
RIM sued by Consumer Law Group over BlackBerry outages
Looks like RIM just couldn't get off the hook for its major worldwide outages earlier this month. The Financial Post reports that RIM is now dealing with a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of... more
Photo Leaks of BlackBerry Colt, RIM's first BBX Superphone, But Don't Expect it For Another Year
The word "Colt" has been flying around in BlackBerry rumours for a few months now, and N4BB recently picked up some new alleged specs to the device. The Colt—whether this is a prototype name... more
Instead of Making Better Devices, RIM Decides to Take Backward Step
First thing's first: this device hasn't yet been announced by RIM. So maybe it won't come to market. Maybe it's just a prototype. We can hope, right? Unfortunately, evidence is stacking up that a... more
Former RIM VP Tyler Lessard lands at Fixmo
Earlier this month Techvibes reported that Tyler Lessard had left his position at Research in Motion as vice president for global alliances and developer relations. According to RIM Lessard was... more
RIM: Don't judge us by anything but our BlackBerry 7 smartphones
Analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates recently released a scathing report of BlackBerry for business users. Research revealed that as many as 2 in 3 BlackBerry users plan to migrate to a... more
RIM and Porsche collab to create the 'exclusive,' oddball BlackBerry Knight
It's been a couple months since the image of a strange-looking grey BlackBerry surfaced. Some said it was an older model that never made it to the market, while others argued it was a futuristic... more
Basis takes legal action against RIM over trademarked 'BBX' usage
Basis International has taken swift legal action to "preserve and protect their longstanding ownership of the BBx trademarked operating system independent language, database, and toolset."... more
Introducing BBX, RIM's next-gen platform: A developer's dream?
So BBX has been revealed. Should developers care? RIM believes so. The next-gen operating system is based on QNX, which was well expected. It will launch for both the PlayBook and BlackBerry... more
RIM announces BBX, the platform that will 'leapfrog the competition'
RIM announced its new BBX platform at BlackBerry DevCon in San Fransisco this morning. CEO Mike Lazaridis has announced that BBX is very real and is the official name of the company's next-gen... more
Take your content marketing far beyond automation and apps with these incredible tools
I recently attended Marketo's Revenue Rockstar Tour in Toronto at the Pantages Hotel. While Marketo says they are the number two automation company behind Salesforce in their respective niche of... more
RIM: Sorry about the whole outage thing. Have some free stuff
After RIM's blackout fiasco that led to many unhappy customers, the company is trying to make amends. RIM is offering BlackBerry subscribers a "selection of premium apps worth a total value of... more
Why BlackBerry Will Make a Comeback
The night is always darkest before the dawn.  For Research in Motion, the former heavyweight champion of the smart phone world, it sure seems like it has reached a record darkness.  It... more
RIM Founder Mike Lazaridis apologies for BlackBerry Service Outage [video]
UPDATE: Global BlackBerry service is fully restored, Research in Motion said Thursday morning, though there may still be delays in transmitting instant messages and emails as the backlog from... more
'Dear BlackBerry' trends on Twitter and it's not to say I Love You
Somehow, the formula of "Dear Noun, statement of opinion" has become popular online. Sometimes it's good—"Dear Yaletown, I love you. Sincerely, Yorkshire Terrier." But usuallly it's bad. Case... more
RIM plagued by annoying hoax chain message on BBM (terrible grammar included)
As if outages weren't enough, somebody decided to start a hoax chain message on BBM. RIM become quickly aware of the situation and tweeted, "Hoax chain messages are circulating on BBM. These... more
RIM's overseas outage spreads to Canada
Overseas, BlackBerry users have been experiencing email outages since Monday. RIM acknowledged the issue but didn't really suggest much in the way of causes or solutions. Now it appears that the... more
RIM launches free, open, enterprise-class analytics service for BlackBerry developers
Today, Research In Motion announced a new Analytics service for BlackBerry developers. Powered by webtrends, this much-needed tool will enable mobile app devs the opportunity to observe how their... more
More investors demand that RIM 'fix its governance problems' or sell the company
Jaguar Financial Corporation, a shareholder of Research In Motion, announced today an increase in the number of institutional shareholders who support its call for RIM to "fix its governance... more
BlackBerry outages occur throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India
Coming on the heels of a global email and BBM outage last month, RIM's BlackBerry suffered yet another outage yesterday. Throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India, email outages... more
Research In Motion acquires NewBay for $100 million
RIM has acquired NewBay Software for an alleged $100 million, AllThingsD reports. NewBay provides white-label cloud-based content services, which could wind up being the foundation of RIM's future... more
RIM co-CEOs Mike and Jim make the 2011 Rich 100 List but their wealth plunges yet again
Canadian Business has released its 2011 Rich 100 List. The list looks at Canadian billionaires (and is rounded out by a few hundred-millionaires) and billionaire families. The wealthiest in the... more
RIM’s Executive Exodus Continues, Tyler Lessard Leaves BlackBerry Maker
Executives continue to leave BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM). Today Reuters reported that Tyler Lessard, the company's vice president for global alliances and developer relations, is the... more
RIM is Canada's 'Most Attractive Employer'
Randstad Canada has declared Research in Motion winner of the inaugural 2011 Randstad Award for most attractive employer. In voting for RIM, over 7,000 Canadian jobseekers and workers said the... more
Back from the dead: Kik Messenger returns to BlackBerry with a vengeance
In 2010, free instant messaging app Kik Messenger launched on RIM's BlackBerry platform. Gathering a million users in just 2 weeks, it was instant success—and instantly seen as a direct... more
Analyst says RIM has cancelled future tablet projects, but RIM says that is 'pure fiction'
Collins Stewart analyst John Vinh claimed in a note to investors this morning that, according to anonymous sources at RIM's manufacturing partner Quanta, the BlackBerry maker has halted PlayBook... more
RIM: 'The Price of the Blackberry PlayBook Has Not Dropped'
Over the past week I have reported the myriad retailers who have put the BlackBerry PlayBook on some sort of sale—first it was Walmart, then it was Future Shop and Best Buy, then it was... more
TELUS to donate $25 for every pink BlackBerry Curve sold
TELUS is releasing a pink edition of RIM's new BlackBerry Curve 9360 in October, which is not coincidentally Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month, TELUS will donate $25 for every pink... more
Only 9% of new smartphone users choose RIM's BlackBerry devices
Market tracker Nielson has laid out some ugly numbers for Research In Motion. In the U.S., just 9% of users over the past three months opted for a BlackBerry when buying a new smartphone, the... more
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook gets significant price drop at Staples and Office Depot, plus free gift cards
First, the BlackBerry PlayBook went on sale at Walmart. Then, Future Shop and Best Buy slashed its price tag. Now Staples and Office Depot have done the same. Office Depot's website has the RIM... more
Best Buy and Future Shop now selling RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook for $299
Last night I reported that Walmart Canada is selling the 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook for a full half-off at just $249. Confirmations haven't been consistent but multiple people are getting the... more
Buy a BlackBerry PlayBook for $249 at Walmart Canada
UPDATE: Now selling for $299 at Future Shop and Best Buy. This hasn't been confirmed, but there's a chance that Walmart Canada has begun quietly selling the 16GB edition of RIM's BlackBerry... more
Four Challenges RIM Must Overcome to Save Itself
RIM has fallen from grace, its stock tumbling from a formidable $140 into the 20's in just a couple of years. After losing half its share price this year, RIM began to rebound, gaining 20% in a... more
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook price drops in U.S., Canada soon to follow?
Deja vu (read: HP TouchPad). Earlier this month, RIM temporarily offered $100 to anyone willing to buy its tablet. Now, following magnificently mediocre sales of the BlackBerry PlayBook (RIM... more
Bad turns ugly: Following poor Q2 results, RIM suffers global email and BBM outage
Today RIM suffered an email and BBM outage this morning, the day after its anemic Q2 results saw the company's stock plunge by nearly 20%. BlackBerryHelp tweeted that "Some Canada & LatAm... more
Four tech companies make list of Canada's 15 most valuable brands
Brand Finance recently released new analysis of the world's top brands, including Canada's. Of Canada's 15 most valuable brands,  4 of them are technology companies. No surprises here, and... more
Blackberry Playbook Upgrading To Playbook OS 2 Next Month
There has been a lot of RIM news out there lately - be it stock prices, patents, devices, or speculation.  While not all good, the old adage “no press is bad press” may just sum up... more
RIM looking anemic: Revenues down, more job cuts on the way, PlayBook sales negligible [Updated]
RIM released its Q2 results. Faint of heart, look away. The Waterloo company's revenue is down 15% from last quarter and 10% from the same quarter last year. Bloomberg earlier estimated that RIM... more
RIM to turn BlackBerrys into ID cards with NFC technology
While everyone and their mother's dog are clamouring to use NFC to create digital wallets in smartphones, Research In Motion also wants to leverage the technology to turn its BlackBerrys into ID... more
RIM Patent Describes Possible Rotating Keyboard
A recent find, posted on BlackBerryOS, shows that RIM, the maker of Blackberry mobile devices, may not be as asleep-at-the-wheel as some think.  A patent has turned up which reveals plans for... more
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to suffer the same deadly fate as HP's TouchPad, analyst says
Most observers were caught off guard when HP abruptly axed its Touchpad and firesold remaining inventory at just one-fifth of its original retail price, all less than two months after launch. Said... more
RIM settles lawsuit with Dolby, agrees to pay royalties
As if Research In Motion doesn't already have enough trouble on its hands, the Waterloo company must now pay patent royalties to Dolby Laboratorties as part of settling infringement lawsuits filed... more
Smells Like Desperation: RIM offering $100 to anyone who will buy the PlayBook
HP slitting the throat of its own hardware seems to have RIM sweating bullets. After Canadian carriers dropped the prices of its brand-new BlackBerrys by $100, Research In Motion is now handing... more
Potential Rebound: Are investors rooting for underdogs RIM and Nokia?
Apple and Google appear to have the mobile phone market locked down, but not all investors have shunned the ailing decliners, RIM and Nokia. Both are big companies going through tough times—but... more
RIM's BlackBerry App World 3.0 officially launches
Research In Motion has now officially launched its out-of-beta BlackBerry App World 3.0. The redesigned app store features an improved user interface, new channels, and a storefront search bar.... more
Shareholders pleading with RIM to sell company or spin off patents
Vic Alboini, chief executive of Jaguar Financial, has stated that Research In Motion "cannot sit still" and said the "status quo is not acceptable," urging the Waterloo company to consider a sale... more
RIM's QNX platform to compete with FaceTime and Skype via BBM Video Chat
Even though RIM's OS 7 is brand-new, what everyone is really waiting for is a QNX-based platform and truly turbocharged BlackBerrys, both of which are due to start rolling out in early 2012. While... more
Thieves steal $1 million worth of BlackBerrys from Toronto warehouse
How the heck…? It's been reported that a whopping 900 grey BlackBerry Torch 9810s and 1,800 white ones have been stolen from a warehouse in the Greater Toronto Area.  The thieves have... more
RIM officially announces BBM Music, a socially driven, cloud-based music library for BlackBerry users
Research In Motion today announced BBM Music, a new BlackBerry Messenger service for socially connected music fans. BBM Music is an easy-to-use cloud-based service that enables social and viral... more
BlackBerry App World 3.0 Launches on Monday
According to some internal documents, Research In Motion is planning to launch the next major uodate to its BlackBerry App World this coming Monday. BlackBerry App World 3.0 is slated for an... more
RIM sets crosshairs on digital music
RIM, while still lagging main competitors Apple and Google, is at least not resting on any laurels. The Waterloo firm is repotedly plotting a digital music sharing service that would be deeply... more
Why the heck are BlackBerrys insanely overpriced in the US?
A Cnet article today saw senior writer Roger Cheng complain about the "crazy" prices of the new BlackBerrys. My first reaction was, "huh?" The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 goes for around $160 on a... more
Canada Post's new collection: If you thought a BlackBerry was an outdated item, try a BlackBerry stamp
Canada Post has released a new collection of stamps showcasing Canadian inventions—the pacemaker, the electric oven, the eletcric wheelchair, and the BlackBerry. RIM has accomplished a lot... more
Controversy: RIM works with British police to hunt rioters at expense of BlackBerry users' privacy
Waterloo-based BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has decided to work with British police authorities to help hunt down rioters in London and other cities. But Paris-based watchdog group... more
RIM plans to stomp the competition with Operation: Disruptive Transformation [Leaked Document]
It's war, baby! Waterloo's Research In Motion has had yet another leak—but this time it's not a new device, it's an internal doc from a consultant revealing RIM's alleged plans to restake... more
Smartphone Manufacturers and RIM not sold on NFC; RFID Continues to Grow
Smartphone Manufacturers and RIM Believe NFC is a Debatable Proposition Stela Bokun, a Senior Analyst at Pyramid Points on global telecom market analysis asks in this article:   “So,... more
When's QNX coming to RIM's BlackBerrys? Q1 2012, if rumours can be believed
Even though BlackBerry OS 7 devices haven't even been technically launched yet, rumours are already swirling over when RIM's "Superphones"—aka BlackBerrys on QNX software—will be... more
Waterloo's Communitech hosts career fair to help displaced RIM employees
Waterloo's Communitech has announced that they are hosting Tech Vibe Career Fairs later this month to help displaced RIM employees connect with other tech companies in Waterloo Region who are... more
Largest Global Launch Ever: RIM officially announces 5 new BlackBerrys running OS 7
Research In Motion today announced plans to launch 5 new BlackBerry smartphones based on the BlackBerry 7 Operating System (OS).  RIM, in conjunction with carriers and distribution partners... more
5 Things I'd Do If I Were RIM's CEO
Ian Andrew Bell is a Techvibes Guest Contributor and you can follow him on Twitter at @ianb. Much glee and angst is being expressed over RIM's current "transition". The whole situation has... more
Android Market Finally Running On BlackBerry PlayBook (May Be Available By 2025!)
Although hinted at way back in March, the BlackBerry PlayBook has yet to see any of Google’s Android goodness, long rumoured to be in the pipes.  Recently however, screenshots and video... more
RIM's transition isn't going so smoothly: Analyst
A UBS analyst has cut back his expectations for RIM's performance a due a "lack [of] conviction" that RIM can stop its bleeding. Philip Huang lowered the stock's target price and slashed his... more
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook was designed to own the enterprise space but the iPad dominates that too
RIM has always been best known for its succes in the enterprise space, and Apple in the consumer space. So when the Waterloo tech giant unveiled its BlackBerry PlayBook last year and dubbed it the... more
New BlackBerrys with OS 7 to be announced tomorrow
It's been a long time coming but Waterloo's Research In Motion finally looks ready to make some concrete announcements surrounding its next-gen roster of BlackBerry smartphones that will run the OS... more
Research in Motion to cut 2,000 jobs this week
The New York Times reported this morning that Research In Motion is cutting 2,000 jobs as part of a cost savings plan announced last month and is shuffling some senior executives. The job cuts... more
Research In Motion acquires Sweden's JayCut to add video editing to BlackBerry PlayBook
Waterloo's Research In Motion has acquired Sweden's JayCut for an undisclosed sum. RIM will use the video editing company's technology in the BlackBerry PlayBook. JayCut, based out of Stockholm,... more
U.S. federal government makes RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook the first tablet with FIPS certification
Research In Motion announced today that it has received Federal Information Processing Standard certification for its new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. This makes the PlayBook the first tablet... more
BBM 6 for BlackBerry OS7 launches next week
BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, is one of the last few things RIM has been able to keep doing well relative to competitors like Apple and Google. In fact, Apple doesn't even have its own BBM,... more
And another one goes: Senior product manager Ryan Bidan flees RIM for Samsung
In another devastating blow to Research In Motion, senior product manager Ryan Bidan has fled the company to join rival Samsung as their director of product marketing.  Ryan himself tweeted... more
RBC: Research In Motion plans to discontinue its wifi BlackBerry PlayBook [Updated]
UPDATE:  RIM responded to this report publicly, saying that it is “pure fiction" and that the company has "no plan to discontinue” the PlayBook. RIM pointed out that the "wifi... more
RIM has slew of next-gen 'superphones' to launch, but stock price still dips on news
Research In Motion co-CEO Balsillie said at the company's annual general meeting yesterday that they have an entire roster of next-gen smartphones on the horizon. But with a 2012 launch a... more
RIM reaches 1 billion downloaded apps milestone, achieves pace of 3 million downloads per day
Research In Motion released some statistics today that show a little bit of promise for its ailing BlackBerry App World launched in April 2009. With developers shying away from BlackBerrys in... more
Tomorrow, the fate of Research In Motion will be determined
Tomorrow marks Research In Motion's annual general meeting in Waterloo. The word "pressure" comes to mind. Tough questions will be asked and anything less than perfect answers will snap the... more
It looks like RIM may not be getting a piece of Nortel's patent portfolio after all
Nortel, in its prime, was a Canadian legend in the making, set to make our country's history. And in the end, it did, but for all the wrong reasons. As one of the final pieces of the puzzle,... more
Toronto's Score Media and Five Mobile collaborate on app for BlackBerry PlayBook
Toronto's Score Media Inc. partnered with mobile software developers Five Mobile Inc., also from Toronto, to launch a ScoreMobile app optimized for the BlackBerry... more
Maybe people wouldn't diss BlackBerry so much if they were actually using its latest OS
Research In Motion launched its latest operating system, OS 6, in the fall of last year. While it's certainly nothing revolutionary when compared to Android's finest efforts and iOS 4, it's a... more
RIM's BlackBerry no longer owns the enterprise space. But can it make up for it in the consumer market?
Research In Motion found success through its BlackBerry by tapping into the business world. Enterprises found the mobile devices invaluable, allowing their executives to be more connected than... more
From a dead Canadian tech giant to a dying one: Nortel sells patents to Research In Motion (and others)
Nortel, in its prime, was a Canadian legend in the making, set to make our country's history. And in the end, it did, but for all the wrong reasons. Waterloo's Research In Motion experienced its... more
Internal RIM letter written by senior executive: 'I have lost confidence'
In an open letter addresses to Research In Motion's senior management team, a senior executive begins his piece with the blunt but telling sentence, "I have lost confidence." BGR claims it has... more
Techvibes' Comprehensive list of Canadian Tech Acquisitions [updated - now 75 transactions]
Canada's startup ecosystem tends to measure success with financings and acquisitions. Since Angel and VC financings often go unreported, it's easier to track the state of the Canadian Startup space... more
Has RIM scrapped its plans for 10-inch PlayBook to focus on launching a Superphone?
It has long been rumoured that Waterloo's Research in Motion had plans to launch a 10-inch PlayBook by the end of the year. Some said it would include 4G capability, or be made available in white,... more
New speakers for GROW announced, including big names from HootSuite, Google, Facebook, and more
The roster of speakers for this year's second-annual GROW Conference in Vancouver is looking more and more impressive. Many interesting speakers were already lined up, from Beyond the Rack... more
RIM's BlackBerry Bold Touch looks epic, but hardware isn't everything anymore. Can it compete?
Engadget got a prototype of the new BlackBerry 9900 and have "manhandled" the device until they were "blue in the face." The 9900, which is a BlackBerry Bold with a touchscreen, looks... more
RIM's faltering stock sees Forbes pull CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie from billionaire's club
With only about 1,200 billionaires in a world of nearly seven billion people, it's a pretty exclusive club. Co-CEOs of Waterloo's Research In Motion, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie,... more
Indigo Books to support Contactless Payments
Indigo recently announced that they have installed MasterCard PayPass point-of-sale terminals in all their store locations. Customers who frequent bookstores owned by the company -- Chapters, the... more
Mobile Speeding Up And Going For The Sweep: IBM, SAP, Data Security In The Cloud
The speed of which the mobile and new media industry is evolving has become nothing short of unprecedented, to the point where companies can’t even launch a product without it being outdated... more
Toronto's Polar Mobile seals major deal with Intel
On the heels of deals with tech titans like Microsoft and Research In Motion, Toronto's Polar Mobile has now struck up another one, this time with computer chip maker Intel. Intel developed Meego... more
The 10 most popular Canadian brands on Facebook - combined - have less than half the fans of Justin Bieber
Canadian brands are flopping on Facebook. No matter which way you slice it, Canadian brands—and even foreign brands with separate Canadian pages—are underwhelming when it comes to... more
Pink slip fever begins: RIM starts by cutting 200 jobs with plenty more on the way
Waterloo's Research in Motion informed the public last weeek that it would be forced to lay off some employees, but did not specify how much. But reports have surfaced in the Waterloo area that... more
Research in Motion loses yet another executive, this time to Samsung; stock drops even further
As RIM's stock dipped another 2 percent (while the majority of the market shifted upward), news of another execute jumping ship surfaced.  Its second marketing executive to leave in less than... more
The Journey Ahead for RIM
We have all seen the writing on the wall but the announcement of layoffs at RIM has sent shivers down the spines of many in the Canadian tech community and broader business sector. While the market... more
Facebook's Twist to the Changing App Ecosystem
I recently wrote about the changing ecosystem of native mobile apps to hybrid and eventually to HTML5 as the first major web standard upgrade in over a decade finally comes to fruition. ... more
RIM's stock plunges a staggering 22 percent to 5-year low as profit forecasts - and jobs - are slashed
Waterloo's BlackBerry maker has seen better days. Research in Motion's stock plunged 14 percent in after hours last trading last night after it announced cuts to its profit forecast and layoffs.... more
Research in Motion acquires Germany's Scoreloop, which has done work for iOS and Android
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has officially acquired Scoreloop, a company based in Munich, Germany. Scoreloop works with developers to inject social elements into games and has worked with... more
Research In Motion still ranks first in Canada with over 40 percent of the smartphone market
Roughly one-third of Canadians own smartphones, but what types of smartphones? ComScore has launched its Mobile Measurement in Canada report, which provides insights into Canadian consumers'... more
Waterloo's Research in Motion impresses with high ranking in this year's Profit 200
Although Waterloo's Research In Motion has taken a lot of flack this past year for what some investors and analysts call a doomed companies, its financial fundamentals appear rock solid. Enough... more
RIM's BlackBerry Curve Apollo will be sleeker outside, more powerful inside, and support NFC [Video]
A video has popped up on YouTube of Research in Motion's next-gen BlackBerry Curve, dubbed somewhere along the line the "Apollo." It has a sleek, improved exterior (11 millimetres thin) with a... more
Check out this hands-on video of RIM's unreleased next-gen BlackBerry Torch
It was expected by some that Waterloo's Research in Motion would announce the next-gen BlackBerry Torch at BlackBerry World 2011 at the beginning of May—especially considering a phew brief... more
Research in Motion is feeling the love from Canadians - and so are Rogers, Telus, and Bell
Major magazine Canadian Business recently published its annual list of Companies We Love, the 50 Canadian brands that Canadians feel positively toward. In spite of increased competition from Apple... more
RIM has sold a quarter-million BlackBerry PlayBooks so far, RBC says
Royal Bank of Canada analyst Mike Abramsky says that Waterloo's Research in Motion has sold roughly 250,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks to date, calling sales "steady."  This puts the pace of sales... more
Tablet News: 'Faulty' BlackBerry PlayBooks recalled; Dell Streak 7 launches in Canada
900 BlackBerry PlayBooks recalled An inside source for Engadget revealed on the weekend that Staples was recalling 900 of Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBooks. RIM has since come out to say... more
This is what the next version of BlackBerry AppWorld will look like
Waterloo's Research in Motion has either been sloppy with protecting upcoming products and software or it has been deliberately leaking said things for press. Either way, another RIM leak has... more
Apple surpasses Google as world's most valuable brand; RIM plunges 20 percent
Clearly, technology on the whole is valuable. Six out of the top ten "Most valuable global brands" in 2011 according to WPP's annual BrandZ study were technology firms. At the top, Apple surged a... more
And the second winner of a BlackBerry Torch is...
Throughout May, Best Buy Canada and Techvibes Media are running a promotion called Free Phone Fridays. Each Friday, for one day only, we offer you one (or more) free smartphones—with no... more
And the first winner of a BlackBerry Torch is...
Throughout May, Best Buy Canada and Techvibes Media are running a promotion called Free Phone Fridays. Each Friday, for one day only, we offer you one (or more) free smartphones—with no... more
Will RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook 2 boast an iPad-sized screen?
According to some inside sources in contact with BGR, Waterloo's Research In Motion plans to launch its next BlackBerry PlayBook by the end of this year. But it may not be a second-gen model -... more
Striking while the iron's hot: Should Microsoft buy Research in Motion?
With Microsoft and Nokia locked into a deeply integrated partnership, and on the heels of an announcement that will see Microsoft's Bing technology become a BlackBerry smartphone standard by year's... more
Montreal's Tungle acquired by RIM
Exciting news out of Montreal this morning. Scheduling application Tungle has been acquired by Research in Motion. Tungle CEO Marc Gingras posted this note on Tungle's blog this morning: You... more
The Winner of the BlackBerry PlayBook is...
Best Buy Canada was kind enough to give Techvibes a 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook to give away to one lucky Techvibes reader and the giveaway has become our most popular to date with 442 entries.... more
Enter to win a BlackBerry PlayBook compliments of Best Buy Canada
Best Buy Canada has been kind enough to give Techvibes a 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook to give away to one lucky Techvibes reader. To enter your name in the PlayBook giveaway, simply comment on this... more
Ottawa Citizen says Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook is 'the best tablet on the market'
Here's a little rain to wash away the mud of bad pre-launch reviews: major newspaper the Ottawa Citizen ran an article bluntly stating that, in spite of a (temporary) lack of apps, Waterloo-based... more
RIM sold 50,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks yesterday and will sell 500,000 more this quarter
Expectations were low. But they were nonetheless exceeded. Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet launched across North America to minimal fanfare, but that was partly due to the... more
Toronto's Plastic Mobile collabs with Rogers Sportsnet on BlackBerry PlayBook's Hockeycentral app
Plastic Mobile has teamed up with Rogers Sportsnet to develop a Hockeycentral app for RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook. “With playoff hockey in full swing, this app will become your immediate... more
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook isn't polished, but neither was the iPad - so what gives?
Today I tested Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook at Future Shop. Everyone's heard the brutal reviews. And while I certainly agree that the PlayBook is not a perfectly polished device by any... more
Why were there no BlackBerry PlayBook lineups? Because RIM cares about its customers
Research in Motion's tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, launched today at retailers across North America such as Future Shop. The longest lineup was about 10 people, and none waited overnight.... more
Line up for a PlayBook and have a 1/50 chance of winning it
The folks at Best Buy Canada are encourging BlackBerry fans to line up at their Bay & Dundas location in Toronto tomorrow morning for the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook. While this Best Buy... more
RIM says UEA's tightened security restrictions may hinder more than just BlackBerrys
It appears as though the UAE is indeed tightening its restrictions at the expense of the freedom of people and businesses using BlackBerrys—but that Blackberry users may not be the only... more
Will Research in Motion, Nokia, or Apple outbid Google for Nortel's patent portfolio?
A new report claims that Waterloo's Research in Motion is pondering outbidding Google's $900-million offer for Nortel's stockpile of thousands of patents. Google bid on the patents because it's a... more
People love to dramatize doom and gloom, but a closer look highlights major praise for the PlayBook
Everyone hates Research in Motion. I get it. The Waterloo-based tech titan has an incredible history (read BlackBerry: The Inside Story by Rod McQueen) and its line of BlackBerry smartphones is... more
How many of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBooks will be sold in 2011? Well, the odds are...
How many units of Research in Motion's upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook will sell in 2011? Tony Harvey and his team of oddsmakers at Bookmaker.com won't pinpoint a number—anywhere from two to... more
Telus offers consumers free how-to sessions with 'PlayBook Pro' specialists to learn the new tablet
Virtually every wireless carrier and tech retailer will be selling the new BlackBerry PlayBook on April 19 for $500 to $700. But only Telus has staged a perk a la Apple Geniuses, in which a... more
Two unseen next-gen BlackBerry commercials leak online ahead of product releases
BBLeaks has unveiled two commercials that advertise next-gen BlackBerry models, the "Bold Touch Dakota 9900" and the "Touch 9860 Monza," AKA the Bold with touchscreen and the Storm 3. The... more
Next-gen Storm and Torch sneak peaks: as BlackBerry World nears, more videos of the RIM devices leak
Last week, the next-gen BlackBerry Bold was shown off in a video that demonstrated its new touchscreen. Now, two new videos have popped up on YouTube. At about two minutes each, the cameraman... more
RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis, clearly pissed off, cuts short BBC interview
BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones was interviewing Mike Lazaridis, the co-chief executive officer of Waterloo's Research In Motion, but Mike didn't like the questions. When the topic... more
Sweet Deal: Research in Motion launches new promotion for Canadians upgrading their BlackBerrys
Waterloo's Research In Motion is launching a new promotion, encouraging Canadians to upgrade their older BlackBerrys to newer, 3G-capable ones by offering discounts on new devices when... more
Research in Motion to provide direct support to BlackBerry PlayBook owners
Waterloo's Research in Motion plans to offer direct support to BlackBerry PlayBook customers, marking the first time that RIM will be the main contact for support issues. RIM will offer support... more
Can Android eclipse the iPad like it eclipsed the iPhone?
Apple's dominance in the tablet space is remarkable and seemingly formidable. But the same thing was said about the iPhone, which Android has handily trounced in a relatively short window of time.... more
RIM's CEO asks: 'Why don't people appreciate our profits, growth, globalization?'
Co-CEO of Waterloo's Research in Motion, Mike Lazaridis, expressed some justified frustration in an interview published in The New York Times. In the article, he raises some good points with blunt... more
RIM's BlackBerry Bold Touch becomes very real after video leaks online
With the BlackBerry World Conference happening in early May, speculations are buzz over which devices Waterloo's Research in Motion will unleash upon its attendees. What seems almost guaranteed at... more
Ontario's finance minister is loving RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook - 'so intuitive, so easy'
Ontario's Finance Minister, Dwight Duncan, was given an early BlackBerry PlayBook. And in tinkering with it, he has quickly come to love the Research in Motion tablet. Quoth the Winnipeg Free... more
Take a sneak peak at RIM's pure-touch, non-Storm, forthcoming BlackBerry
Remember the BlackBerry Storm? If you do, you probably wish you didn't. Yes, it pretty much sucked. But RIM's second attempt at touch-screen, the hybrid Torch, has by comparison a resounding... more
RIM collabs with Toronto's Polar Mobile in exclusive apps deal for BlackBerry PlayBook
Waterloo's Research in Motion has struck a big deal with Toronto-based mobile app developer Polar Mobile. The collaboration will see Polar develop dozens of exclusive apps for RIM's BlackBerry... more
Product placement: Ontario Finance Minister sports RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook ahead of launch
The cover of Ontario's provincial budget, which was released yesterday, has on it Research in Motion's Blackberry PlayBook, which is still three weeks from launching. Nonetheless, it seems that... more
Research in Motion acquires Waterloo's TinyHippos, the maker of Ripple
Yesterday, Research in Motion acquired Waterloo-based startup TinyHippos. The startup is best known for developing Ripple, a mobile environment emulator that RIM, also from Waterloo, seeks to... more
RIM increases daily app downloads by one million in a single month!
In July of 2010, Research in Motion was experiencing one million mobile app downloads per day from its BlackBerry App World. Seven months later, in February, the Waterloo-based company reached two... more
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook to match Apple iPad 2's 'legendary' battery life
10 hours of battery life on a tablet. It's legendary, don't you know. Or so says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Whether or not it's legendary, it does sound pretty impressive. And now Research in Motion,... more
Staples allows pre-orders of PlayBook and plans midnight release for RIM's tablet launch
Unlike trying to get hands on the iPad 2, which has been mired by severe imbalances of supply and demand, anyone seeking to purchase the professional-grade, enterprise-savvy BlackBerry PlayBook is... more
Meet and mingle with fellow BlackBerry developers on March 29th
If you or your company are developing apps for the BlackBerry, you won’t want to miss out on the Vancouver BlackBerry Developer Meetup. Tuesday, March 29th will be the date of this... more
Jeff Gadway previews RIM's upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook [Video]
Miranda McDonald of Rogers spoke with BlackBerry expert Jeff Gadway about Research in Motion's PlayBook, which is set to launch across North America on April 19. Jeff opens up by talking about the... more
Mark your calendars: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook launches April 19
Waterloo-based tech titan Research in Motion has unveiled the release date for its enterprise-savvy BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM will launch the device in more than 20,000 retail stores across North... more
RIM and other Waterloo companies cast talent net in Montreal and Ottawa
Good talent is hard to find and Research in Motion (RIM) along with other Waterloo tech powerhouses are hitting the road in search of their next round of hires. The companies will participate in... more
RIM looks to integrate with Microsoft in the cloud-based services
Research in Motion is looking to enter the cloud space. A senior executive from the Waterloo-based tech titan told The Globe and Mail that the company does indeed have plans to offer cloud-based... more
Ottawa's Mosaid Technologies files patent suits against RIM and 16 other companies
Mosaid Technologies Inc. is initiating patent infringement litigation against 17 companies, claiming that they have all used its patented wi-fi technology without a licence.  Major... more
RIM isn't giving India enough access to its messenger services - or are they?
When will it end? Security agencies in India are still not satisfied with Research in Motion's efforts to grant the country's government access to its data. After extending RIM's "deadline" before... more
Apple iPad's share of tablet market plummets 20 percent in a single quarter
New data on worldwide tablet shipments revealed by research firm IDC shows that Apple's share of the tablet market by the end of 2010 was just 73 percent, down 20 percent over just one quarter when... more
BlackBerry PlayBook to include pre-installed Music Store
Research in Motion (RIM) has turned to a British company to provide the music store on its soon to be launched BlackBerry PlayBook. The 7digital Music Store will come pre-installed on the... more
News in Motion: RIM files new patent, CMO leaves, BlackBerry OS 7 poised to launch this year
RIM files new patent Research in Motion has a new patent up, one relating to touch-screen technology, an area competitive as smartphones and tablets continue to rise in popularity. In a... more
Apple is opening its next Canadian retail store in Waterloo; now hiring
Hey, isn't that RIM territory? Potentially stepping on the toes of Waterloo-based BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, whether deliberate or not, is Apple, who's next Canadian retail store is... more
Is RIM's famous BlackBerry Messenger app coming to Android and iOS phones?
"Do you guys have BBM?" "No, I'm on an Android phone, and he has an iPhone." "Doesn't matter anymore!" Sounds rather peculiar that an app with the word "BlackBerry" in its name would ever work... more
BlackBerry PlayBook to run Android Apps?
With the imminent launch of the iPad 2, and the ever increasing number of Google Android-based tablets taking to stores, one might wonder how well the Research In Motion (RIM) PlayBook might be... more
The Mobile Enterprise Revolution: 40% of Canadian companies plan to increase use of tablets soon
Not since the BlackBerry 10 years ago has an electronic device looked poised to seize the enterprise realm. With the business world being reshaped by mobile technologies, companies are moving to... more
First app ever for RIM's PlayBook: a retirement app by SunLife Financial
Waterloo-based Research in Motion's forthcoming PlayBook tablet has its first app ever. SunLife Financial has written the enterprise savvy tablet's first-ever app, a tool that allows for wireless... more
RIM recharges BlackBerry Partners Fund
Research In Motion and the BlackBerry Partners Fund announced yesterday that RIM is making a lead commitment to BlackBerry Partners Fund II, a new US$150 million independent venture capital fund... more
RIM purchases contact manager Gist
TechCrunch has reported that RIM has confirmed the speculation and purchased Gist, the Seattle-based contact management software. Gist organizes your professional contacts from disparate places... more
RIM's BlackBerry App World adds 27 markets worldwide, hits 20,000 app milestone
Research in Motion has, at one fell swoop, has made its growing BlackBerry App World available in 27 additional markets, including some more major countries like Sweden, Russia, and the Czech... more
Research in Motion announces 4G PlayBook
The Waterloo-based BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has officially announced two additional PlayBook tablets. At at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the Canadian tech titan said... more
Research in Motion knocked out of the world's top five phone sellers; turbulent mobile market shakes things up
Research in Motion, the Waterloo titan who pioneered mobile email, is no longer one of the world's top five phone sellers, according to technology research company IDC. Apple, which had clambered... more
Is Apple's iPhone closing in on the renowned security level of RIM's BlackBerry?
Some developers have a clever idea planted in their head: If Apple won't bother making the iPhone a highly secured device like Research in Motion's BlackBerry, they'll simply do it themselves.... more
BlackBerry Balance: RIM seeks to retain corporate dominance in smartphone market with bold new feature
The venerable Research In Motion is looking to retain its dominance of the corporate smartphone market via a new feature. It's renowned BlackBerry line will become one-notch more useful for... more
Apple and RIM shares rise as new products near release – but is the former a bubble and the latter a lost cause?
APPL rises, but so do expectations (AAPL) The people are hopeful. Hopeful that Apple's iPad 2 and iPhone 5, among other 2011 products like Lion OSX and new Macbooks, will continue to send AAPL... more
Welcome to Apollo: Next-generation photos and specs of BlackBerry Curve and Torch leak
Welcome to Apollo. "Apollo" is the codename for the next-gen BlackBerry Curve, leaked alongside the next-gen Torch, and as posted earlier, the potentially new device, the Dakota. BGR, which is... more
The BlackBerry Dakota is a Bold with touchscreen - assuming it actually exists
Trending on Twitter earlier today was the BlackBerry Dakota - a RIM smartphone that doesn't exist. Or does it? Engadget, a leading source for credible news on tech toys, is convinced that the... more
Research in Motion is letting India access BBM - but not emails
When will it end? In Research in Motion's ongoing struggle with foreign governments over accessing its encrypted data, the latest saga reveals that the company is, for sure, temporarily allowing... more
Reflections on the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show from Future Shop's Elliott Chun
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas isn’t just an opportunity for manufacturers and developers to build up consumer hype around their products. It’s also a major event for... more
Why the PlayBook is better than the iPad 2
You're a sucker, aren't you? You overpaid for an over-sized iPhone without phone, camera, or multi-tasking. You believed Steve Jobs when he told you that 7-inch tablets were "dead on arrival"... more
Entrepreneur creates potential solution for RIM-India dispute – but is it necessary, or even legal?
Research in Motion versus India's government. The battle has raged on for months, and as near the extended deadline of January 31st, many are hoping that an official, mutually viable solution will... more
Four big stories for this year's Consumer Electronics Show
Technology news reporting is going to be completely overwhelmed by stories this next week about the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This year should be more of the same, with prototypes,... more
Are rumours about the PlayBook's poor battery life true? Not according to RIM
A Kaufman Bros analyst by the name of Shaw Wu recently claimed that Research in Motion's forthcoming tablet, the PlayBook, lasts just a "few hours" compared with the Galaxy Tab's six hour and the... more
Report suggests RIM has given India access to encrypted data; RIM contends this is impossible
A report recently published by the Economic Times in India suggests that Canadian BlackBerry maker Research in Motion allows India to access encrypted data. But RIM says this is not only untrue,... more
Is Research in Motion's momentum fading? Short answer: no
It's getting tough for Waterloo's Research in Motion to impress analysts and investors. Despite an impressive quarterly update that surpassed analyst expectations, RIM's share price rose only... more
Is Gist the next acquisition target for hungry Research in Motion?
Following RIM's most recent acquisition—that of the Astonishing Tribe—the Canadian BlackBerry maker may already have its sights set on another target. Gist, a Seattle startup that... more
How your startup can create, launch, and maintain a mobile app on the cheap
The mobile realm is one of the fasest growing industries globally and it's not slowing down any time soon. If your startup has decided it needs a mobile app to take it to the next level, you may... more
Will the Playbook save Research In Motion in 2011?
2011 will be tough competition in the mobile market—an area where Research in Motion relies upon heavily. The venerable Blackberry maker will have to stand tall against stiffening... more
Why your startup needs (or doesn't need) a mobile app - and which platforms to make one for
Does your startup need a mobile app? Perhaps. Perhaps not. It depends on what your product or service is, what your budget is, and what your audience is. Product or service This is an obvious... more
Canada's Mygazines launches Mobile 3.0 Beta for tablets and smartphones
Canadian Digital publishing leader Mygazines has launched Mobile 3.0 Beta, an app-like software that works on any mobile device. The HTML5-based system "mimics an in-app experience by... more
2010 was the year of the iPad. Who will disrupt the tablet market in 2011?
The future of tablets isn't clear cut and that's a common sentiment amongst the major recent players whom have emerged with competing technologies. A space that was in 2010 dominated by the... more
Research in Motion plans to use new PlayBook tablet software in future BlackBerrys
Research in Motion recently said that the software in its forthcoming tablet, the PlayBook, will be used down the line in BlackBerry smartphones. Co-CEO of the Canadian tech titan, Mike Lazaridis,... more
Kik Competitor PingChat at home in BlackBerry App World
The blogosphere has been atwitter of late regarding the rapid growth of Waterloo-based Kik Interactive's messaging app and the resulting RIM lawsuit for patent violation. With Kik pulled from... more
BlackBerry App World now accepting apps for BlackBerry PlayBook
Research in Motion announced yesterday that BlackBerry App World is now accepting applications designed for the soon to be released BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM has opened the vendor portal for... more
NYT picks best BlackBerry apps; Canadian products honoured
The New York Times’ Gadgetwise blog released a list of their top 10 BlackBerry apps today, and some Canadian-produced apps were praised for their quality on the list. The theme of the picks... more
Book Review: Blackberry – The Inside Story of Research in Motion
When you think Research in Motion, you think BlackBerry. The two have become synonymous—as synonymous as BlackBerry became with wireless email through the early-to-mid 2000s. While there... more
RIM acquires The Astonishing Tribe
While Research in Motion goes tit for tat with Kik over an alleged patent violation, today they’ve just gone TAT. As in, The Astonishing Tribe, the multinational company that’s become... more
BlackBerry overtakes iOS as top mobile web-browsing OS, barely
It turns out that Research in Motion might have been up to a little more than suing their competitors lately. According to a study by U.S. web researcher StatCounter, for the first time, BlackBerry... more
RIM sues Kik for patent violation
RIM is involved in another fight, and this time it isn’t another CEO catfight between Jim Balsillie and Steve Jobs. They’re suing Waterloo start-up Kik, the popular mobile messaging... more
Canada's premier digital media conference ends with momentum: #nextMEDIA
On the second day of the 2010 nextMEDIA conference, produced by Achilles Media there was something for everyone - from the digital practitioner to the content producer, conference sessions were... more
Research in Motion releases Official Statement on Kik
VentureBeat reported today that RIM has yanked the popular chat application Kik off its BlackBerry phones AND wiped its hands of anything to do with the young company which is... more
RIM compares PlayBook to iPad side-by-side [video]
Research in Motion recently uploaded a video to its Blackberry YouTube account. The three-minute video sees a PlayBook - RIM's forthcoming enterprise tablet - and Apple's iPad, the leading tablet... more
RIM's Jim Balsillie says apps are not a key component of the mobile web
“You don’t have the make the web an app," Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Canadian tech titan Research in Motion, said yesterday the Web 2.0 conference in San Fran. “I... more
Balsillie's provides hallway PlayBook demo [video]
While appearing at the Web 2.0 summit today, Research in Montion co-CEO Jim Balsillie was asked plenty of questions surrounding the company, their upcoming products like the PlayBook and their... more
Waterloo born Kik App pulled from BlackBerry App World
VentureBeat reported this morning that the Kik instant messaging application has been pulled from Blackberry App World. Apparently Research in Motion told Kik Interactive on Friday... more
Does Size Matter? RIM's PlayBook slated for Q1 2011, but does Apple correctly predict it D.O.A.?
All seven-inch tablets will be dead on arrival. This includes Dell's smaller Streak model, possibly the Windows tablet, and certainly the more noteworthy Playbook. RIM's seven-inch Playbook is... more
Facebook Places now available for Blackberrys
Integrating with Blackberry GPS and Maps app technology, Facebook's Places app is now available for Research in Motion's line of smartphones. It's available in the BlackBerry App World. The app is... more
Research in Motion's CEO says forthcoming enterprise tablet, the PlayBook, will cost less than $500
Silencing critics who predicted the high-RAM, high-res video output, dual-camera wielding PlayBook would command a price point in the four sigits, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie stated today in a media... more
Blackberry's corporate dominance wanes, but RIM stands firm despite the pressure
Since Research in Motion's inception of the Blackberry product line, corporate dominance has kept the company high on the ladder of mobile device popularity. Corporate communications have... more
Mobile News: Smartphones to overtake 'dumb' phones in a year; Android closes in on Blackberry and iPhone
Android closes in on Blackberry and iPhone Google's Android OS is on many phones these days, and the popularity of the platform is reaching new heights every day. As RIM's Blackberry product line... more
RIM News: Blackberry maker settles score with India, gets trumped by Apple's iPhone in Top 5 list
RIM settles score with India India says Research In Motion has arranged up a temporary arrangement for "lawful interception" of BlackBerry Messenger services. A permanent... more
War of Words: RIM CEO Jim Balsillie aggressively counterattacks Apple CEO Steve Jobs' initial blow
Can you feel the heat? During a conference call with investors earlier this week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs criticized Research in Motion's corporate strategy, among other things (such as the iPhone... more
Polar Mobile to develop 500 new apps for Windows Phone 7
Microsoft seems to be hitting the ground running, swinging and body-checking in all directions. With the spectacular failure of its Windows Mobile and "Kin" marring the company's stock prospects in... more
Research in Motion decides to withhold certain metrics in its reports; critics raise voices
Research in Motion recently announced that, following its next fiscal quarter, it will no longer disclose two key metrics: The average selling price for its Blackberry products and new subscriber... more
HootSuite now available for BlackBerry
BlackBerry loving tweeters - today is your day. HootSuite for BlackBerry is here and available for download. The new BlackBerry App is free and gives RIM fans the tools to update both Facebook and... more
More good news for RIM: India extends deadline before Blackberry services get nixed
Canada's Blackberry maker, the venerable Research In Motion, has been graced with an extended deadline from India's government. RIM now has until January 31st, 2011, to satisfy demands... more
United Arab Emirates lifts looming ban on RIM's Blackberry; says dispute is resolved
United Arab Emirates has lifted its looming ban on Research in Motion's Blackberry services. The ban was set to take effect on Monday, and would ban all Blackberries from email, BBM, and web... more
Christmas gets tablet-crazy: Microsoft announces Windows slates by holiday season
As Microsoft struggles for relevance in the fast-paced, highly competitive portable device market, chief exec Steve Ballmer promised a Microsoft slate tablet by the Christmas season. Does this mean... more
Music WithMe to be available on BlackBerry Torch
As the BlackBerry Torch arrives in Canada (finally) music fans will have reason to sing it loud and proud.  Music WithMe will be available on the BlackBerry Torch, expanding on the Wi-Fi... more
BlackBerry Curve 3G now at Mobilicity
At just under $300, Mobilicity is hoping to cash in on the increasing popularity of smartphone usage with the introduction of the BlackBerry Curve 3G. Consumers can add Blackberry Internet Service... more
News in Short: Google trumps JPEG with WebP format, RIM to replace its OS with QNX software
Google trumps JPEG with WebP format Google has introduced the new WebP image format, which claims an average savings of 40% over a comparable JPEG.I still prefer PNG. My guess is WebP... more
Research in Motion's resilient attitude and determined approach will sustain its success
The interesting thing about bleeding edge technology is you live by the sword and you die by the sword. These are the words that Nick Bontis, an associate professor at McMaster University's... more
RIM's Blackberry Torch now available in Canada - here's the lowdown on where to get one
After some delays, the long-awaited BlackBerry Torch is now available in Canada, from all three major wireless carriers, Rogers, Bell, and Telus. The BlackBerry Torch is a top-of-the-line mobile... more
ScoreMobile showcases Integration with BBM at BlackBerry DEVCON 2010
Earlier this week at the BlackBerry Developers Conference Toronto's Score Media demonstrated forthcoming features and functionality for their ScoreMobile App that leverage the newly announced... more
RIM's PlayBook isn't an iPad killer, like a BMW isn't a Kia killer. The PlayBook: A league of its own
Apple was the first to mass-market a mobile, touch-screen tablet computer. Now Research in Motion, the venerable BlackBerry maker, has come forth with the public announcement of its own tablet,... more
RIM officially enters the tablet market with the BlackBerry PlayBook
Research in Motion (RIM) has formally/finally entered the tablet market with the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Mike Lazaridis, RIM's co-chief executive officer, made the... more
Canadian launch of Blackberry Torch delayed...again
If you were eagerly awaiting this Friday's launch of RIM's newest handheld smartphone, the Blackberry Torch 9800, you'll have to wait a little bit longer. Rogers announced this afternoon that it is... more
RIM set to launch tablet next week... called the BlackPad? Rumours and questions abound!
RUMOURS Research In Motion is widely expected to unveil its much-anticipated new tablet computer next week at a developers’ conference in San Fran. And many believe it's actually going to be... more
BlackBerry Torch arrives to much fanfare
Last night in Toronto at the Dolce Social Ballroom seemed like another Toronto International Film Festival party.  There were celebrities, media, loud music, free drinks and lots of... more
Research in Motions surpasses analyst expectations with second-quarter statistics
Canada's Research in Motion announced its second-quarter profits on Friday. They beat many analyst expectations, which have been pessimistic due to heated competition from Apple and Google, in... more
RIM shows its resiliency; Q2 results surpass analyst expectations (mostly)
Canada's largest technology company, Research In Motion, reported its second quarter financial results for its 2011 fiscal year yesterday afternoon. Amongst all the negative hype about RIM and how... more
Big day for RIM as it releases quarterly results
Research In Motion is set to release its second quarter financial results for its 2011 fiscal year after markets close this afternoon. Most people that track the Canadian ICT industry have had this... more
Edmonton BlackBerry developers meet-up on September 15th
If you or your company are involved in producing apps for BlackBerry, you won’t want to miss out on the upcoming Edmonton BlackBerry Developers Group meeting on September 15th. The meetup... more
RIM makes two unexpected patents involving 'adaptive' billboard advertising
Blackberry-maker RIM has filed two patent applications recently. Why? It could be a new method to deliver "adaptive" advertising based on data extracted from nearby... more
News in Short: Rogers announces prices for Blackberry Torch in Canada; Toshiba recalls multiple laptops
Price announced for Blackberry Torch in Canada Telus and Rogers will both be offering Research in Motion's newest device, the touch-and-keypad Blackberry Torch 9800, in Canada starting September... more
United Nations steps in with an opinion as the embattled RIM continues security policy disputes overseas
Research in Motion's ongoing struggles with foreign governments over its high-tech encryption system for secured messages has now got the United Nations talking. The U.N. says that the Canadian... more
TELUS named first Canadian carrier to implement carrier billing for BlackBerry App World
TELUS is rocking the BlackBerry news this week. First they announced that the BlackBerry Torch would be available on September 24th and then today they announced that they are the first Canadian... more
India going hard on telecos: Following battle with RIM, India aims crosshairs at Google and Skype
With more than 1 million Blackberry users in the country, Research in Motion was satisfied to reach an agreement with India in August. Well, perhaps RIM can give some advice to Google and Skype on... more
India grants RIM an extension to address security issues
RIM has received a 60 day window to address concerns raised by India government officials surrounding access to encrypted data. If the issues are not solved by then, it is expected that India will... more
RIM offers compromise to India's government just days before its services are set to be shut down
The Waterloo-based Blackberry-maker Research In Motion is offering a compromise to the Government of India. In this compromise, the smartphone manufacturer would lead an “industry... more
RIM acquires Cellmania, a software developer for virtual app stores, in effort to compete with Apple and Android
Research in Motion has confirmed that it's acquired Cellmania (based in California). Cellmania produces software to manage virtual application stores and their content. Shares in RIM are up... more
RIM makes move to bolster Blackberry App World
Research In Motion acquired mobile infrastructure software company Cellmania, Inc. for an undisclosed sum yesterday.  Cellmania, a leading provider of platforms and services that enable rich... more
#growconf | A timelined summary of 'Day 2: Inspire' at GROW 2010 (Part 4 of 4)
August 20, 2010. Day 2, Inspire: The GROW Conference will provide inspiration for turning today's entrepreneurs into tomorrow's leaders. Speakers include founders of... more
A challenge to all smartphone retailers and wireless plan carriers: Will any of you actually read this?
Hello. My name is Knowlton Thomas and there is a flip phone latched onto my belt. If you've read the Techvibes blog within the past four months, chances are you've read some of my stuff. I have... more
BlackBerry Torch sells 150,000 units
Research in Motion has sold 150,000 units of its new BlackBerry 6 OS-powered Torch 9800.  When you compare it to Apple's iPhone 4 launch this past summer it falls short.  More than 1.5... more
BlackBerry Developer Group Meeting
On Thursday August 19th, the Toronto BlackBerry Dev Group is inviting anyone interested to the monthly BlackBerry Developers Group Meeting.  The event will be taking place in the London and... more
At long last, Blackberry smartphones get offical podcast support through native app
BlackBerry Podcasts, a native app, grants Blackberries with official podcast support for browsing and downloading podcasts in audio or video, as well as subscribing. The app will work with... more
News in Short: India now threatening the battered RIM, Wind Mobile achieves 100,000 user milestone
India now threatening the battered RIM With a deal with Saudi Arabia having just been reached this week, RIM is going through the wringer now, with India stepping forward to demand that RIM... more
RIM reaches deal with Saudi Arabia, concedes to certain demands
Research in Motion's Blackberry Messenger services will not be banned in October as previously threatened by the United Arab Emirates after the telecom giant agreed to meet certain conditions. RIM... more
BlackBerry has BBM, iPhone has Facetime, Android has...
For the past couple of months Research In Motion has been telling the world about their BlackBerry Messenger service.  During the same period we've seen Apple tout their new iPhone 4 and... more
RIM wants you to join their new, localized Blackberry developer groups—or to make one yourself
Blackberry Developer Groups, a new concept by RIM, are designed to provide local area developers with "the opportunity to share learnings and interests, network with other developers and receive... more
BlackBerry's BlackPad to begin shipping in September
Over the past little while we have documented Research In Motion's bid to develop and market acompetitor to Apple's wildly successful iPad. Various online reports point to the BlackBerry... more
Can foreign country's authoritarian governments truly stop RIM and others from penetrating their markets?
Strict foreign policies linger like a heavy, shadowy fog over Research in Motion's ability to penetrate overseas markets. Security concerns and regulations cited by various foreign government such... more
News in Short: RIM reaches preliminary deal with Saudi Arabia, Google acquires games and apps maker Slide
RIM advances talks with Saudi Arabia A preliminary agreement has already been reached and a formal deal between the parties is in the final stages of negotiations. These are the fateful words... more
Blackberry getting bruised: Indonesia joins UAE in demanding security changes
First, the United Arab Emirates impose a looming October ban on Blackberry services, and RIM's stock shares take a hit. RIM counters with the big announcement of Blackberry Torch and the fabled OS... more
Third annual Blackberry Developer Challenge offers more than $1.5 million in prizes
Less than two months remain to develop an app worthy of the Challenge. The third-annual Blackberry Developer Challenge, an app competition hosted by Blackberry Partners Fund, cuts off submission... more
United Arab Emirates threatens RIM, but Canada's Blackberry maker won't give in without a fight
It's small-town Waterloo, Ontario, versus the fearsome United Arab Emirates. But in recent years, RIM has shown its thick skin, and once again, the Canadian Blackberry maker displays stubborn... more
Research in Motion has plans for its own tablet this year as its war against Apple wages on
Two insiders have leaked potentially big news: RIM, the Canadian company behind the legendary Blackberry product line, allegedly has plans to introduce a tablet. This plan is expected to be... more
Blackberry Bold 9780 to be announced August 3, but leaks of the device with unreleased OS 6 already public
It's official now that Research in Motion and AT&T are joint-hosting a big event in New York City next Tuesday, August 3rd. This event will very likely mark the official announcement of the new... more
Will the touchscreen Blackberry and RIM's OS 6 be announced next Tuesday?
There's no rumour mill spinning quite as fast as that of the tech world's. Toronto's John Albright, who is co-managing partner of the BlackBerry Partners Fund, as well as the founder and managing... more
New BlackBerry hardware and OS to be released August 3rd
That's what everyone on the interwebs seems to be prognosticating.  What would you think if you got an invite like this in the mail?   While we could speculate further what the... more
BlackBerry era coming to an end according to the New York Times
The Americans probably said the same thing about the Canadian men's hockey team prior to the 2002 Winter Olympics.  But with the ubiquity of the iPhone and iPad (what antennae... more
News in Short: Youtube's new 'Leanback' feature attempts to replace TV, HTC and Samsung chastise Steve Jobs
YouTube introduces Leanback feature A problem with the mass-video website has always been that you need to click around for a new video every few minutes. Other sites, such as College Humour,... more
FRUIT FIGHT: Apple throws smoke ball by insulting Blackberry, but RIM won't stand for it; counterattacks
"The BlackBerry Bold 9700 ... let's see what happens when you hold it in a normal way ... 5 bars ... and now on holding the left side. The bars go down." — Steve Jobs Amidst touting how... more
HootBerry? Hootsuite Twitter client for BlackBerry on its way
This week has been a big one for Vancouver's HootSuite with a Social CRM release for their web client but they didn't stop there and they seem to have something for everyone. To go along with... more
News in Short: Social media use increasing at work, RIM sneak peaks Blackberry 6
Study reveals social media use in the office rising Trend Micro has released a study showing more workers around the world are increasingly use social media while in the office—and on the... more
NEW BlackBerry Tablet - In time for Valentine's Day 2011?
According to TG Daily, the rumoured BalckBerry Tablet that we spoke about earlier this year is set to come out.  However, not in time for Christmas as we first thought but early next year.... more
What's a Facebook fan worth? Syncapse determines true value of Facebook followers
Would you estimate your Facebook fans are worth $240 million to your company? Probably not, and they probably aren't. But it appears to be the case for Research in Motion—that's the... more
News in Short: Canadians comfortable but cautious with social media, email decreasing in popularity
Canadians are comfortable but cautious with social media The 2010 Digital Influence Index was released in Canada last week by Fleishman-Hillard and Harris Interactive. The study, which measures... more
RIM's profits go up, but its stock goes down: what's wrong?
Blackberry, made by Research in Motion, has been the dominant smartphone, especially among businesspeople and corporations, for nearly a decade. And while it's still dominating the corporate realm,... more
LPV9 pre-coverage: An interview with Michael Fergusson from Ayogo Games
This is the third post in a series dedicated to covering the entries at Launch Party Vancouver 9. Today, I talk with Michael Fergusson of Ayogo Games. KT: Give our readers... more
Two great mobile apps for the World Cup: WC2010 and ScoreMobile FC
Score Media's ScoreMobile FC Score Media, the parent of The Score Television Network, theScore.com, Hardcore Sports Radio and ScoreMobile, has launched ScoreMobile FC, a free new app for... more
BlackBerry Partners Fund expands into China
The Toronto headquartered BlackBerry Partners Fund announced today the expansion of its investment activities with the launch of a US $100 Million affiliate fund focused on mobile investment... more
RIM switches it up: WhiteBerry now on shelves in Canada
The Blackberry Bold 9700 is a popular model - and will be even more so now that it's available in Canada in white. Best Buy and Futureshop are reportedly now selling the Rogers-enabled device for... more
BlackBerry tablet confirmed in time for Christmas
Earlier this month we reported that BlackBerry was (maybe) coming out with a tablet.  And now we're happy to confirm it. According to Boy Genius Report BlackBerry will be coming out with a... more
5 reasons why you should buy a BlackBerry... and 5 why you shouldn't
Everybody wants, if not needs, a smartphone these days. But today's market offers such a plethora of choices that it can be overwhelming. It can be especially difficult to tell which devices fit... more
First proper glimpse of the Blackberry Bold 9800 slider
If last month's iPhone 4G leak wasn't a treat enough for techies (and a PR nightmare for Apple - or was it?), this month brought us RIM's newest models of the Blackberry - the Blackberry Bold 9650... more
Google to enter the tablet market?
Why not? Their popular Android OS coupled with Flash could be a fan favourite.  However, the question remains, does Google want to enter the tablet market?  Does it even believe that it... more
BlackBerry Tablet - truth or rumour?
Canadians, and many smartphone users, seem to have a love - hate relationship with Research in Motion (RIM) and their BlackBerry devices. The BlackBerry was one of the first mobile devices to... more
BlackBerry 6 revealed at WES 2010
Last week, it was Facebook's f8 conference.  This week, it's all about the BlackBerry at WES 2010 in Florida. And not to be outdone, they have had a little revealing to do themselves. ... more
BlackBerry hosting annual Wireless Symposium next week
There are big expectations for Waterloo's Research In Motion next week as they host their annual Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Orlando. A growing number of industry analysts say Apple's iPhone,... more
Waterloo Tech Companies tapping Ottawa Talent Pool to fill Jobs
On April 21st Communitech is heading to the nation's capital to look for talent with its 'Get a Life in Waterloo Region' recruitment effort on behalf of 700 tech companies from Waterloo.... more
RIM makes a play for Car tech market
RIM is making moves to acquire Ottawa-based QNX Software Systems from Audio equipment maker Harman International. QNX produces a Linux based operating system, aimed primarily at the embedded... more
RIM to acquire Ottawa's QNX Software
Research In Motion (RIM) announced today that it has reached an agreement for RIM to acquire Ottawa's QNX Software Systems, a company with technology that helps bring the Internet to cars. ... more
Toronto's Viigo acquired by RIM
Toronto's Viigo announced last night on their website that they have been acquired by Waterloo's Research In Motion. Viigo is excited to announce that our company is now part of Research In... more
RIM's newest toy: next-generation Blackberry Pearl 9100 showcased
Introducing RIM's newest tech toy: the Blackberry Pearl 9100. The latest in the Pearl series of Blackberry smartphones, images of this particular one were leaked out onto the Internet earlier this... more
Jim Balsillie speaks on the newly-planned Balsillie Campus in Waterloo [VIDEO]
Where will Jim Balsillie take us next? Back to Waterloo apparently. Today, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) launched its video blog today, to be used as a platform to... more
Check out RIM's new Small Business Webinars
Waterloo-headquarted Research in Motion has launched a four-part free Small Business Webinar Series and there are some great speakers on board that are worth checking out. Tools and Tactics for... more
IBM Lotusphere 2010 showcase Canadian developers
Kathleen Lau of ComputerWorld Canada was at the IBM Lotusphere 2010 conference in Orlando last week and had a chance to tour the product showcase and catch up with a number of Canadian companies... more
Canadian Telecom Summit coming to Toronto this spring.
Are you interested in the future of telecom?  Then you may want to book your spring trip to Toronto. The Canadian Telecom Summit is Canada's pre-eminent gathering of the telecommunications... more
RIM Introduces BlackBerry Presenter
Waterloo's Research in Motion got into the action at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today. Although the BlackBerry maker isn't expected to launch any new handsets, they did introduce... more
RIM's Balsillie named Business Newsmaker of the Year
Jim Balsillie may have failed to land the NHL Coyotes last year, but his tenacious pursuit of the team gained the Waterloo billionaire both notoriety and the admiration of Canadians eager to see... more
Blackout hits BlackBerry users North America wide
A widespread service outage affected BlackBerry users across North America this evening. BlackBerry maker Waterloo-based Research in Motion has confirmed there are some email delays. A... more
The Curve Effect produces great results from RIM
Today’s earnings announcement from Research in Motion (RIM) is more evidence of continuing smartphone growth.  Despite growing competition, RIM sold more than 10 Million devices in the... more
Welcome the Communications Hub to Ontario
So what is this digital media Hub? In a nutshell it is an initiative by the Government of Ontario found in the Waterloo region. It will help bring hardware and software entrepreneurs together to... more
Waterloo start-up introduces BlackBerry wristwatch
Last week images of the eagerly anticipated BlackBerry watch appeared on the popular CrackBerry fan site. Turns out the idea of a watch that mimics your BlackBerry that wasn't that far-fetched.... more
Every Baltimore Patrol Officer To Get A BlackBerry
AP reports that Baltimore is getting a BlackBerry for every one of its patrol officers, spending $3.5 million for 2000 BlackBerries. The idea behind these "Pocket Cops" is to help the officers pull... more
RIM Acquires Torch Mobile
RIM has purchased Toronto based software company Torch Mobile. The acquisition is expected to boost the performance of the Blackberry’s browser, which has often been criticized for its slow... more
BlackBerry App World Web Portal Now Available
The Blackberry App World can now be accessed on any web browser; previously the site was only available on Blackberry devices. Checking out the latest apps on a computer is certainly easier then... more
Fortune Names RIM As The World's Fastest Growing Company
Fortune Magazine expanded its criteria for its list of "fastest growing companies this year" to include those from outside the US, and in the global scenario, RIM took the #1 rank. Yep, this... more
RIM Launches BlackBerry Curve 8520
RIM and T-Mobile have announced the BlackBerry Curve 8520, which would be available in the US from Aug 5th: www.blackberry.com/curve8520 Key features of the BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone... more
RIM’s Blocked Nortel Bid
Research in Motion claims it has been prevented from bidding on Nortel’s wireless business due to its desire to purchase other parts of the company. RIM was told it did not qualify to bid on... more
Is Ottawa still Silicon Valley North?
Canada's capital once had a nickname likening it to the sunny California home of companies like Apple and Google - Silicon Valley North. This month, Ottawa's former high-tech start Nortel began... more
RIM Acquires Dash Navigation
Research in Motion has acquired Dash Navigation, creator of the Dash Express in car GPS system. Dash Navigation had been struggling with its first business model which charged its Dash Express... more
National Post Article Names Waterloo As Ontario’s New Tech Capital
Last week the National Post ran an article titled, Technology the new engine of central Canada. The article offers a mix of stories about Waterloo’s tech start up culture and looks at the... more
RIM give BlackBerries a push
Research In Motion announced today the availability of a new BlackBerry push API (application programming interface) that will enable developers to push real-time content to BlackBerry smartphones.... more
RIM May Announce TV Service For The Blackberry
   Rumors have been circulating that Research in Motion may be announcing a full episode TV service at this years CTIA conference. So far nothing official has been announced but many... more
Certicom Shareholders Approve RIM’s Takeover Bid
   RIM’s $132 million dollar takeover bid for Missussaua based encryption company Certicom has been approved by shareholders yesterday. RIM has previously increased its offer from... more
Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference Begins Today
The 10th Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference (CUTC) begins in Toronto today at the Hilton. CUTC is the largest student-run conference in Canada, and over the next two days, it will bring... more
RIM Raises Bid For Certicom Group
RIM has had its eyes on Mississauga based cryptology company Certicom for some time now. In December 2008 RIM filed its formal bid for the cryptology company offering $1.50 cash per share. However,... more
10 Years of the BlackBerry
This week marks the ten year anniversary of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry. It is hard to believe that in ten short years the product has evolved from the monochrome RIM 950 running on a... more
BlackBerry Developer Community Meetup At The Next MobileMonday Toronto
MobileMonday Toronto returns on Feb 2nd with a meetup focused on the BlackBerry software platform. Tyler Lessard, Director, BlackBerry Alliances & Developer Relations, Research in Motion,... more
2009 Canadian Technology Predictions
Yesterday Deloitte hosted their annual Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions event at MaRS Centre Auditorium in Toronto. Deloitte's Research Director, Duncan Stewart, revealed... more
RIM works to take-over Certicom
It's been a busy couple days for Research In Motion (RIM). In addition to today's news, they announced yesterday that a wholly-owned subsidiary of RIM has formally commenced a take-over bid for... more
RIM buys Vancouver's Chalk Media for $23.1-million
Waterloo's Research In Motion has agreed to acquire Chalk Media Corp. for $23.1-million in cash. As part of the deal, RIM is lending the Vancouver-based mobile-media software maker $2.2 Million to... more
Telus gets Hands On with BlackBerry Storm
ITBusiness.ca did a test drive of the new BlackBerry Storm today with Judy Mellett of Telus and it looks like a huge upgrade for BlackBerry. With Telus already running an ad-campaign focused around... more
RIM to Launch Blackberry Application Storefront
So this is what we come to: a three way platform war for domination of our pockets. Who would have suspected Microsoft wouldn't even be in the game?This week at the first ever Blackberry Developer... more
BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces Jump Start Program
The BlackBerry Partners Fund LP announced today that it has launched a Jump Start Financing Initiative. The Jump Start initiative provides entrepreneurs with capital infusions of up to $250,000.... more
BlackBerry Fund grows Investment Team
The BlackBerry Partners Fund announced today that it has appointed Marc Faucher and Matt Golden to its investment team. The BlackBerry Partners Fund is a $150 million venture capital fund formed to... more
Project Manager - Research in Motion
Research In Motion Limited (RIM)® is a world leader in the mobile communications market and has a history of developing breakthrough wireless solutions. RIM's portfolio of award-winning... more
The Blackberry Bold unboxed
Rogers was kind enough to send Techvibes a BlackBerry Bold to demo on launch day last week. Unfortunately the experience of opening up a loaner unit that you have to return in 7 days doesn't... more
Blackberry Bold comes out swinging
The Blackberry Bold - Research in Motion's answer to the Apple iPhone 3G - hit the Canadian market today minus the cult-like crowds. Rogers Wireless is offering the Bold online today and in its... more



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