June 28th, 2012

RIM’s Quarterly Update Shows a Company in Dire Straights

RIM’s quarterly report released late Thursday painted a stark and depressing picture of a former technology titan taking its last gasps of air. The embattled smartphone manufacturer said it had lost $518 million this quarter, or 99-cents a share. The company says revenue dropped by 33 per cent from the last quarter, to $2.8-billion; BlackBerry [...]

June 25th, 2012

RIM Split Rumors Intensify

To the armchair analyst, RIM splitting itself into two separate business units – a move that for the longest time management has decried – was the only way the company could survive in a shifting mobile landscape. Now, The Sunday Times (subscription required), is reporting that RIM’s management is seriously mulling that option. The Times didn’t [...]

May 8th, 2012

RIM Fills Vacant Executive Positions

In what was likely the most watched executive nomination process of the quarter, RIM has filled the two vacant positions on its executive team with long time industry veterans:  Kristian Tear to the position of Chief Operating Officer, and Frank Boulben to Chief Marketing Officer. The appointments of Ms. Tear and Mr. Boulben come at [...]

May 1st, 2012

RIM Admits to Being Behind Samsung-Esque Anti-Apple Publicity Stunt

Research in Motion, which is flirting with a 5% market share in North America, has taken responsibility for a series of Apple-targeted publicity stunts in Australia revolving around the theme “Wake Up”, which bare a striking resemblance to a Samsung campaign of last year. As per a statement to The Sydney Morning Herald, RIM took [...]

April 11th, 2012

Is Microsoft Trying to Roll up the Patents of RIM?

As RIM’s decline continues, rumors that rivals are waiting to pick apart the company for patents – like vultures on dead prey – continue to get more fervent. First, in December, the Wall Street Journal reported that a joint Microsoft-Nokia-RIM deal could possibly be in the works. Then, in January, reports emerged that Samsung was [...]

March 30th, 2012

As RIM Posts First Quarterly Loss, CEO Weighs Options

After Research in Motion (RIM) posted its first quarterly loss on Thursday, and saw co-founder Jim Balsillie resign from its board, the company’s new CEO, Thorsten Heins, acknowledged that “strategic opportunities” needed to be explored. “I have assessed many aspects of RIM’s business during my first 10 weeks as CEO. I have confirmed that the [...]

March 22nd, 2012

Hiring at RIM: iOS Developers

In a play that many saw as a mark of a beginning of an exit from the hardware market, Research in Motion (RIM) released the Blackberry Mobile Fusion – a hardware agnostic evolution of their current Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) technology – in late November. Now, it appears that the company is doubling-down on their efforts to [...]

March 13th, 2012

To Save a Failing Tablet, RIM Releases a Keyboard

RIM’s Playbook has been an unmitigated disaster for the company, but the announcement this morning of a keyboard dock for the tablet may stop the Playbook from worsening into a catastrophe. The keyboard retails for $119.99, and can be ordered from http://www.shopblackberry.com. It includes a touchpad, and comes in at only 6mm thick. Curiously, the [...]

March 6th, 2012

At Future Shop, Playbook Outsells iPad

For the week of February 27 to March 2 RIM’s Playbook ruled supreme at Future Shop, outselling Apple’s iPad. The Canadian retailer announced the news in a March 2 tweet, which was met with a response of “Yay!” from RIM. RIM has aggressively cut the price of the Playbook, lowering the 16GB model to $199. [...]

February 21st, 2012

RIM Releases Major Playbook OS Update

Research in Motion has released an update to the Playbook’s OS, giving the tablet support for tether free e-mail and some Android applications. “Building on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s proven web browsing, multimedia and multitasking strengths, the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 introduces a range of new communications and productivity enhancements as well as expanded [...]