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Someone Like You: An ode to my BlackBerry

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you. I wish nothing but the best for you too. Don’t forget me, I beg, I remember, you said, “Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead. Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.” —Adele, “Someone Like You” I broke it off with the… Read More

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New data: Windows Phone closes gap vs. BlackBerry

Microsoft’s share of the worldwide smartphone operating system market climbed to 3.5 percent in the second quarter, up from 2.3 percent a year ago, as the company’s partnership with Nokia boosted usage of the Windows Phone. The numbers from the IDC research firm, released this morning, put Microsoft in closer proximity to BlackBerry, which saw… Read More

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Podcast: How to make an iPhone more like a BlackBerry, and why you would want to

Our guests this week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast are Robert and Cody Solomon, the father-and-son team behind a new line of iPhone accessories called “Spike” that let you type on the Apple device using a physical keyboard very similar to the one on a BlackBerry. Based near Seattle on Bainbridge Island, entrepreneur Robert Solomon… Read More

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Microsoft: A white knight for BlackBerry, or a vulture?

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion found itself in an even deeper hole this week after delaying the launch of BlackBerry 10, cutting  jobs and reporting a significant quarterly loss. And now comes news that Microsoft is circling the company. A report by Reuters this morning, quoting three unnamed sources, says the Redmond company has approached… Read More

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Android vs. iOS: Which one should app makers bet on?

If you could bet on just one mobile platform as an app developer, which would it be? That was my opening question last week when I moderated a panel discussion hosted by University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education, featuring tech veterans from Cisco, Starbucks, Amazon and PopCap Games who teach and advise some of… Read More

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Study: Personal devices now used for work in 88% of businesses

Nearly nine out of 10 companies are seeing employees use personal phones, tablets and computers at work — marking a sharp rise in the trend known as the “consumerization of IT,” according to a study released this morning by Avanade, the Seattle-based technology consulting company. The study debunks the myth that companies are resisting personal… Read More

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RIM’s new CEO states the obvious in YouTube video: ‘We have to get better at execution’

RIM, which has struggled to keep its BlackBerry line of smartphones relevant amid increasing competition from the iPhone and Android, today replaced co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis with a little-known executive by the name of Thorsten Heins. (Full release here). Who is Thorsten Heins? Well, as part of the introductory process, the company posted… Read More

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Who could buy RIM? A laundry list of potential suitors

RIM has been discussed as potential acquisition bait now for years, yet no one has stepped up to take the full plunge. Could that change this year? Well, the Canadian maker of the BlackBerry appears to be taking steps down that path, with Reuters reporting that it has hired investment banking firm Goldman Sachs to… Read More

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Washington state’s largest credit union hits snag with BlackBerry and Android apps

BECU, the largest credit union in Washington state, has notified customers that its mobile banking applications for Android and BlackBerry will be discontinued as of December 30th. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the company that we worked with to develop the BECU Mobile Banking app for Android and BlackBerry is no longer offering the service,” according… Read More

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New survey: Interest in Windows Phone outpaces BlackBerry among app developers

Software developers are becoming more interested in building mobile apps for Windows Phone, particularly in Europe and Asia, where Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia has been generating new attention for Windows Phone as a development platform. That’s one of the findings from a newly released survey of app developers by Appcelerator and the IDC research firm…. Read More

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BlackBerry systems coming back, but can RIM recover?

Research in Motion, the company behind the BlackBerry mobile phones and messaging service, says this morning that its systems have been restored and service should be returning to normal following an outage that left many customers unable to send or receive emails and other messages from their devices. RIM says the root cause was a… Read More

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Afternoon Radar: BlackBerry outage, iOS 5, Xbox Live

A roundup of stories making headlines across the tech industry today …   BlackBerry users in the U.S. and Canada today are getting a taste of the outages that have frustrated users in other parts of the world, with many users reporting an inability to use e-mail, messaging and Internet services on their devices. In… Read More

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Morning Radar: T-Mobile unveils the 4G BlackBerry Bold; state jobless rate stuck at 9.3%; etc.

T-Mobile USA today rolled out its first 4g BlackBerry device, dubbed the BlackBerry Bold 9900. And the super thin smartphone doesn’t come cheap, with Boy Genius Report noting that it sells for $299.99 with a new two-year contract. “…CIOs can trust that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will give their employees the ultimate combination of speed,… Read More

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Microsoft Bing gets big beachhead on BlackBerry

Most surreal moment of the day so far in the tech world: Steve Ballmer making a surprise appearance at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Fla. The Microsoft CEO was there to announce a new partnership with BlackBerry maker Research in Motion that will make the Redmond company’s Bing search engine the default search and… Read More