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RIM Launches BlackBerry Service Update Web Page

October 13th, 2011

As we all know these two days there sis something wrong with the BlackBerry service outages. Now RIM launches BlackBerry service update web page with the latest info on service outages and resolution.

UPDATE Not even a few minutes after this post went live, RIM tweeted about a general web page which addresses the outages. The latest update there includes info on the outage in the United States and Canada:

BlackBerry subscribers in the Americas may be experiencing intermittent service delays this morning. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience. We will provide a further update as soon as more information is available.

While RIM hasn’t confirmed the BlackBerry service outages in the United States and Canada yet, they’ve launched a web page on the BlackBerry UK website that has the latest info on the outages and what they’re doing about it. With five updates as of 12PM BST, the latest notice says they know users are still experiencing issues and they are “working night and day to restore all BlackBerry services to normal levels”. So far it looks like this web page is focused on the outage for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Check out the Global BlackBerry PlayBook Community

August 3rd, 2011

Since recently BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet has been used in a wide variety of industries by a range of various professionals, and more people like to throw a spotlight on one of the more interesting communities involved with the product. Now i also try to search some news.

The following is a conversation between a editor called Luck and John H., a member of the Beta Programs team at Research In Motion® (RIM®). Check out the conversation below!

Hi John, can you give us a quick introduction to what you do at RIM?

Sure, Luke. RIM’s Beta team operates programs for new software through the BlackBerry® Beta Zone. My colleagues and I are members of the beta team and are specifically interested in the BlackBerry® Tablet OS; what people think of it, how they use it, what they’d change, and what they love about it. It is essential to our job to make sure the voice of our customers is represented internally.

So what is the “Global BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Community”?

The community is open to anyone in BlackBerry Beta Zone and is an open forum for discussions about the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

How does RIM work with the members?

We’re in the discussion boards every day reading what people are sharing with us. Also, after every new software release, we capture the feedback of users through a survey once they’ve upgraded. Because we develop these devices for our customers, as I mentioned previously, it’s very important to us to have a solid understanding of their needs, thoughts, and requests.

Where does feedback go after it’s provided by the community?

My team is very close to stakeholders and product owners at the company who coordinate the product development process. We then use this information to contribute to building and developing top notch mobile technology. All of the feedback is important to us, and we’re always looking for important trends, which is why it is important for users to weigh in with their thoughts on hot topics in BlackBerry Beta Zone.

How can individuals get involved?

The process is simple – BlackBerry Beta Zone is free and easy to join. After signing up or logging in, they can look for the Global BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Community in the “Eligible Programs” area as displayed in the image below. They can then hop into the discussion boards and let us know what they think. It’s our promise that posts and opinions are read, and we often respond with our own thoughts and interactions.

From the above questions, it seems that we have learned more information about RIM and the work of members in RIM.

Revolutionary Social App Experience with BBM 6 Lanced by RIM Now Are Available!

July 29th, 2011

RIM has launched BlackBerry Messenger 6.0.0.125! You can grab it in BlackBerry App World. Recently with every day’s 45 Million users and 2 Million new users, BlackBerry Messenger has become an important and application for RIM. In some senses, we can see that RIM want to make BlackBerry Messenger to the next level into another higher state.

“BBM 6 marks the beginning of an even greater social experience for BlackBerry smartphone users,” said Alistair Mitchell, VP, BBM Platform & Integrated Services at Research In Motion. “It also represents an incredible opportunity for developers to leverage the viral nature of the BBM service and we have already begun working with various developer partners who will be bringing their BBM connected apps to BlackBerry App World this week, offering users highly engaging app experiences.”

Some of the additional functionality users can expect to see with BBM connected applications include the ability to:

  • Share app experiences with friends – When a user discovers a great new BBM connected app, they can instantly let their friends know about it. Users can simply select a BBM contact directly within the BBM connected app they are using.
  • Have a BBM chat within apps -Users can simply pull up their BBM contact list directly from within the BBM connected app and start chatting. For example, the functionality can enable everything from enhanced social game play to collaboration through productivity apps.
  • Discover apps through friends – Users can also discover new apps by viewing the list of apps that are posted to a BBM friend’s profile. They can also click on an app within the list, and instantly download it from BlackBerry App World.                                                   
  • BBM 6 launches and friends who like BBM, please kindly learn it more on:

    www.blackberry.com/blackberrymessenger.

News on That RIM Cuts 2,000 Jobs

July 26th, 2011

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We just got a hot news which shows today RIM announced it will cut over 2000 employees from their workface and plan to make some management changes. It is said that 2000 will be at the proportion of 10% of the total 19000 employees all over the world. We kind of had a feeling that RIM would be making some cuts but didn’t think it would be this many. Here is what RIM had to say:

“The workforce reduction is believed to be a prudent and necessary step for the long term success of the company and it follows an extended period of rapid growth within the company whereby the workforce had nearly quadrupled in the last five years alone.”

As far as management goes both Jim Balsille and Mike Lazaridis will keep their CO- CEO status. But RIM has lost RIM lost their Chief Operating Officer Don Morrison due to his retirement and Ryan Bidan to Samsung. And Thorsten Heins is taking on the expanded role of COO, Product and Sales. All product engineering functions, including both hardware and software teams, are being consolidated under Thorsten’s direction. This consolidation of product engineering functions is expected to both produce greater efficiencies and help to accelerate new product introductions in the future.
As part of this broad effort, RIM is reducing its global workforce across all functions by approximately 2,000 employees. The size of this workforce reduction is in line with the preliminary estimate that was factored into RIM’s full year financial guidance on June 16, 2011. Following the completion of the workforce reduction, RIM’s global workforce is expected to be approximately 17,000 people.

Different people have different opinions. Maybe there are more latest news on this, i am sure anyone who likes BlackBerry will care about this issues.

A New Leaked OS 6.0.0.600 for BlackBerry Torch 9800

June 21st, 2011

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Maybe you have heard something about the new leaked OS 6.0.0.600 for BlackBerry Torch 9800. It’s been a short while online since we saw a new leaked OS 6.0.0.600 for BlackBerry Torch 9800. Recently there are no many places and words to describe this new leaked, so for the time being we haven’t know what improvements this OS bring to BlackBerry devices. Before you install this OS in your BlackBerry, we would like to remind you this is just a leaked OS and is not a approved official version from RIM. So sometimes your carrier or RIM  may not support this OS. Taking the above mentioned into consideration, we suggest you before you install this OS, please do a full backup in case of losing your devices and take all necessary precautions.

If you want to learn more information, please visit CrackBerry.

Facebook for BlackBerry Version 2.0 Beta 3 Now Available in the Beta Zone!

June 2nd, 2011

FB RIM has released the third beta version of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v2.0, and it is now available for download in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The update is coming out with some new features requested by users and has fixed some minor bugs.

Here are some new features added:

  • WiFi support
  • The ability to delete comments and posts
  • New delete prompts

For more information or to download the latest version of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones, go to the BlackBerry Beta Zone.

Leaked BlackBerry PlayBook 2 Details & Specs

June 1st, 2011

PlayBook 2 We ever heard a rumor that the BlackBerry PlayBook 2 would be coming with a 10-inch screen, now it seems that it will possibly become real together with a higher resolution. Here are some more leaked details and specs of the PlayBook 2:

  • Black & white colored models
  • SIM card slot
  • 4G/WiFi only, no 3G version
  • Thinner frame around screen
  • Able to connect to BES without BlackBerry Bridge
    Besides, it’s also rumored that RIM would also update the QNX OS the moment when the BlackBerry PlayBook 2 release, along with some needed features, such as: native email, calendar and other standard BlackBerry Apps. Does the PlayBook 2 sound more appealing to you? Let’s look forward to its official release!

Twitter for BlackBerry Version 2.0.0.11 Officially Available in BlackBerry App World Now!

May 20th, 2011

twitter RIM has officially released Twitter for BlackBerry version 2.0.0.11, it’s now available for download in BlackBerry App World. The updated version is looking amazing with many new features (which seem to be same as the version being tested in the BlackBerry Beta Zone):

  • Redesigned Navigation Bar
  • New Compose Tweet Button
  • Single Search Screen
  • External Notifications Header
  • New Black/Chrome Color Scheme

New BlackBerry Feedback Tool Available for Free Download in BlackBerry App World Now!

May 13th, 2011

BB Feedback If you’ve ever had an issue with an App or met some problem when using your BlackBerry, or had some opinion on BlackBerry functions or features, or anything that you would like RIM to hear, now you can voice all your opinions to RIM with the new BlackBerry Feedback Tool. The new BlackBerry Feedback Tool will let you voice be heard from anywhere on your device:

Express yourself with the BlackBerry Feedback Tool – a feedback application especially for your BlackBerry! Once you download the BlackBerry Feedback Tool, it is available in your device menu at all times and can be used to send feedback on BlackBerry features, functions and applications at any time! We want to hear from you!

Let RIM know what are you thinking and what’s bugging you to help make BlackBerry a much better platform. The App supports most devices, however, it is only available for Canada, UK and US users currently.

For more info or to download the new BlackBerry Feedback Tool, head over to BlackBerry App World.

10-Inch BlackBerry PlayBook is to Make Its Debut?

May 5th, 2011

Poynt Playbook with a larger screen size has been dreamed by many users for a few days. Accordingly to BGR guys, it seems that RIM has been working hard on it. As BlackBerry World 2011 coming to the end, there are some news to be announced after the conference, one of which indicated that RIM is planning to release its follow-up to the BlackBerry PlayBook in the fall time this year.

This new version of BlackBerry PlayBook, has a prompt feature – its 10-inch screen which will definitely satisfy users’ demand for a bigger screen than the 7-inch one does. Along with the bigger size, an update OS (may be OS 7) that includes an email client, BBM and more that could really hit the sweet spot is also to be launched.

Some analysts suggest that RIM wants to play in both segments of the tablet market, and the new version of PlayBook (“PlayBook 2”) could probably be thought of as an additional PlayBook model as opposed to the second-generation tablet.