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Is BlackBerry 10 good enough to save RIM?

Canadian Blackberry manufacturer RIM had a torrid 2011, in which it generated a lot of negative publicity by underperforming financially, experiencing a high profile outage, facing calls from shareholders to sell up and seeing its co-CEOs and founders step down. Its message to stakeholders during this difficult time has been a call for patience, with claims that the next software platform to be released will be a real game-changer. So the unveiling of the BlackBerry 10 platform this week was met with great expectation.

RIM warns of operating loss

Embattled BlackBerry maker RIM has warned that it expects to post an operating loss in its fiscal first quarter.The firm said it has now has hired JP Morgan and RBC Capital to conduct a far-reaching strategic review and to look for partnerships, while also announcing plans to cut a “significant” number of jobs.

RIM aims to bounce back with BB10 platform

Canadian handset maker RIM has showcased its BlackBerry 10 platform at its BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida. The firm has also released the initial developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development.

RIM to refocus on enterprise, says CEO

Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins has outlined a strategic overhaul of the Canadian device vendor aimed at refocusing the company on its enterprise service roots. But he conceded simultaneously that many of the firm’s traditional strengths are no longer valued as highly as they once were by its customer base.

RIM co-CEOs step down

RIM has appointed a new CEO after increasing shareholder pressure and a poor financial performance in 2011. Thorsten Heins will take over as president and CEO, with former co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie stepping down. Lazaridis will become vice chair of RIM’s board and chair of the board’s new Innovation Committee and Balsillie will remain a member of the Board.

RIM pushes BlackBerry software updates

Using Las Vegas gadget-fest CES as a platform to rally some support, Canadian manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) is showing off the latest versions of its flagship operating systems for both smartphone and tablet devices.

RIM could oust Lazaridis and Balsillie from shared roles

RIM could soon split the roles of CEO and chairman in a bid to reverse its fortunes. Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie are currently co-CEOs and co-chairmen at the embattled Canadian handset manufacturer, but that could change following an internal review of its board structure.

RIM reports plunge in income and delays to products

Beleaguered Blackberry maker RIM reported more bad news as the firm saw its net income plunge by almost three-quarters to just $265m in the third quarter of 2011. The figure is a 71 per cent drop from the $911m it recorded in 3Q10, and was impacted in large part by a $485m pre-tax charge related to unsold PlayBook tablets.

RIM having trouble shifting tablets

Canadian device vendor Research In Motion (RIM) has warned shareholders that it has a large inventory of Playbook tablets sitting in its channels at the moment, amounting to a provision for this quarter of around $360m.

RIM rolls out BBM Music

Canadian handset vendor RIM has announced that it is rolling out its BBM Music service on a commercial basis following a successful beta trial.

RIM adds NewBay to acquisition portfolio

Canadian devices firm RIM has announced its acquisition of digital content services provider NewBay, the BlackBerry maker’s fifth acquisition of 2011.

RIM delays PlayBook OS 2.0 until February 2012

Research in Motion (RIM) has announced that it will delay the next version of its PlayBook operating system until February next year. The BlackBerry maker said it will not launch the PlayBook OS 2.0 until it is confident it has fully met the expectations of its developers, enterprise customers and end-users.

RIM unveils BBX mobile platform

Research In Motion (RIM) has unveiled its new BlackBerry BBX mobile platform; a hybrid of the BlackBerry platform and the QNX operating system that the firm uses in its tablet offering, the PlayBook. The BBX platform has been designed from the ground up, said RIM, and the BBX operating system will support BlackBerry cloud services and development environments for both HTML5 and native developers.

RIM confident of winning back customer trust

Embattled Blackberry vendor RIM is confident that it can win back the trust of its customers following last week’s high profile outage. Stephen Bates, RIM’s UK MD told Telecoms.com on Tuesday that the firm will continue to innovate as it looks to make amends for the outage.

Etisalat and Du to compensate BlackBerry customers

UAE mobile operators Etisalat and Du have both announced that they will compensate BlackBerry users for the recent disruption to their services. Both operators have said they will compensate BlackBerry users on both pre-pay and post pay accounts.

RIM CEO apologises for outages via YouTube

RIM Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has apologised to BlackBerry users around the world for the outages that its service has experienced over the week in a YouTube video. The message comes in the fourth day of service disruption, which has affected millions of users around the world.

Etisalat launches NFC payment service in UAE

UAE operator Etisalat has teamed up with MasterCard Worldwide to launch cashless mobile payments programme in the country. The system uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to authorise everyday transactions via a smartphone.

BlackBerry service fails again

RIM’s BlackBerry service is offline once again, just hours after the service was restored earlier on Tuesday. During the earlier outage, the reasons for which were not explained by BlackBerry, millions of customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa were left without access to the internet or its BBM instant messaging tool. According to reports and commentary on Twitter, the same has happened again today.

RIM says BlackBerry service is restored

RIM has announced that its BlackBerry services have been restored. The company had a service blackout yesterday, leaving millions of customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa without access to the internet or its BBM instant messaging.

RIM sees profit slashed by more than half

RIM’s has seen its profits slide to less than half of what it generated in the previous quarter, and to little over 40 per cent of what it made in the same quarter last year. The company’s quarterly earnings for 2Q11 revealed that its net income for the quarter was $329 million. This marks a steep drop from the $695 million it recorded in 1Q11, an even steeper fall from the $797 million made in 2Q10.

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