iPhone sales stay hot as shipments of smartphones set to pass feature phones in 2013

Smartphones are taking over the world. Well, not really. But the latest estimates from the International Data Corporation indicate that 2013 will be the first time worldwide smartphone shipments exceed those of feature phones. The IDC said today that it expects 2013 smartphone shipments to grow by an astounding 32.7 percent from last year to 958.8… Read More


RIM cast-off NewBay acquired in $55.5 million deal

Well, that didn’t last too long. RIM has decided to cut ties with NewBay Software, selling the provider of mobile content delivery technologies to publicly-traded Synchronoss Technologies. As it turns out, RIM is taking a bit of a bath on the deal, selling NewBay for $55.5 million in cash. That’s about half the $100 million price… Read More

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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


Microsoft, RIM ink patent deal for smartphone tech

Microsoft announced today that it has licensed certain patents to RIM, yet another move by the software giant to use its arsenal of intellectual property. In this case, the BlackBerry maker is licensing patents related to what’s known as Extended File Allocation Table, a file system that allows large multimedia files to be easily ported between… Read More


Report: RIM looking to offload NewBay after 10 months

Well, that certainly didn’t last too long. Just 10 months after purchasing NewBay Software for $100 million, Research in Motion is looking to sell the cloud services provider, according to a report by Reuters citing a source familiar with the situation. NewBay, whose cloud-based digital content offerings power photo albums, social networking services and calendars for… 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

Thorsten Heins

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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Whoa, Amazon considered buying BlackBerry maker RIM

I guess Amazon.com really is serious about getting into the mobile phone business. Reuters today reported that the Seattle online retailer considered buying RIM a few months ago, but the BlackBerry maker rebuffed the overtures. According to Reuters, Amazon hired an investment banking firm this past summer to take a look at RIM, which has… 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