Blackberry posts another severe loss

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins

Struggling Canadian handset maker Blackberry has posted a $169m operating loss for 2Q13, with financial traders wiping off a whopping $2.1bn of the firm’s value as a result.

Canonical announces Telco steering group for Ubuntu

Ubuntu on smartphones

Open source software developer Canonical has established a Carrier Advisory Group for its Ubuntu smartphone OS. The group is to be led by David Wood, a former Psion engineer and one of the founder members of the original Symbian collaboration.

Blackberry to push software updates to vehicles

Blackberry has unveiled a solution for car manufacturers that lets them manage and deliver over-the-air software updates to vehicles

Handset maker Blackberry has unveiled a solution for car manufacturers that lets them manage and deliver over-the-air (OTA) software updates to vehicles.

BlackBerry Messenger opens up to Android, iOS

BBM is going cross platform

Canadian firm BlackBerry (formerly known as RIM) plans to make its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) application available on iOS and Android platforms later this year.

BlackBerry posts first-quarter profit

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins

Canadian device maker BlackBerry is showing signs of stability after posting a $94m GAAP profit for 1Q13, representing almost a seven-fold increase on the $14m posted in the previous quarter, and up from the $118m loss it posted in the same quarter last year.

BlackBerry Messenger payment service debuts in Indonesia

Telkomsel believes it has fallen foul of a quirk of the law

A bank in Indonesia has developed the first mobile payments service for Canadian handset maker BlackBerry’s Messenger service (BBM). PermataBank has teamed up with British mobile banking solutions provider Monitise to roll out a commercial pilot of BBM Money in the country ahead of a full launch.

BlackBerry gets industry veterans on board

BlackBerry, formerly known as RIM

Canadian handset maker BlackBerry has appointed two industry veterans to its board of directors. Richard “Dick” Lynch, retired executive VP of US operator Verizon, and Bert Nordberg, former CEO at Sony Ericsson, join the firm as it looks to reverse its decline, with all bets on the newly launched BlackBerry 10 platform.

BlackBerry’s Bates explains BB10 strategy

Stephen Bates, European MD at BlackBerry

Blackberry – the Canadian handset maker formerly known as RIM – has had a tough time in the months leading up to the launch of its long-awaited BlackBerry 10 operating system. Its financial struggles, fading market share, service outages, management overhaul and the several delays to the launch of the platform has generated unfavourable media coverage for the firm.

BlackBerry launches long awaited BB10 platform

The BlackBerry Z10

Canadian handset manufacturer BlackBerry has unveiled its long-awaited BlackBerry 10 operating system. At an event in New York yesterday, CEO Thorsten Heins revealed two devices running on the OS and announced the new brand name of the company, which was formerly known as RIM.

BlackBerry 10: What the industry thinks

BlackBerry’s new platform has received a warm response from the analyst community

Despite having seen its market share drop considerably over the past two years and having delayed the launch of the platform several times, Canadian handset firm BlackBerry launched its BlackBerry 10 platform this week, still hoping to disrupt a smartphone market dominated by iOS and Android.

BlackBerry Z10 is innovative but will users connect?

The BBz10

Sales above three million units of BlackBerry Z10 in the first three months on sale will send BlackBerry shares sky high, but anything below one million will not be well received by investors.

ANALYSIS: RIM bets the farm on BB10


Canadian BlackBerry maker RIM has a lot to prove wtih the launch of its Blackberry 10 (BB10) operating system later today. The handset vendor’s struggles have been much publicised—after posting disappointing financial results throughout last year it watched its share of the global smartphone market drop to just 4.1 per cent in 2012, according to data from Informa’s Intelligence Centre. In 2010 it had been more than 17 per cent.

Nokia in patent dispute with RIM

Nokia is attempting to enforce a similar arbitration order to that which was handed down by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

Embattled handset manufacturers Nokia and RIM are now locked in a dispute with each other over patents in the US, Canada and UK. The two firms are fighting over intellectual property they have licensed to each other since 2003, which enables phones to connect to wifi networks.

Enterprising futures

If there’s a common ground for RIM and Microsoft, it’s that they both have a lot riding on software offerings that are still in their nascent stages of development

Finding an enterprise that doesn’t rely on Microsoft software is something of a challenge yet, when it comes to mobility, BlackBerry is king. But with software now seen as the key differentiator, how long will this remain the state of play?

BlackBerry app downloads hit three billion mark

BlackBerry downloads hit three billion

Canadian vendor RIM said it has now seen three billion apps downloaded for BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook tablet from its App World store, since it was launched in March 2009.

RIM, it is time to make some painful decisions


Canadian vendor RIM has released its first-quarter results for the 2013 financial year. The company’s revenues have declined for the fourth consecutive quarter to reach US$ 2.8 billion, or a 33 per cent decline compared with the previous quarter. The company reported its first quarterly operating loss in more than seven years with a net loss of 18.5 per cent. However, not all parts of its business are performing badly.

Is BlackBerry 10 good enough to save RIM?

Will BlackBerry 10 be 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

CEO Thorsten Heins has warned that RIM will post an operating loss this quarter

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 could make comeback in connected car space

RIM's QNX platform is used on 60 per cent of cars on the road

There are great opportunities in the Machine to Machine sector, largely due to the sheer volume of devices expected to be connected to the Internet of Things. The Telematics market is the longest-standing and most mature part of the M2M industry and has been a test bed for the design of more robust, reliable and longer-lasting components.

The fact that Google has just acquired the first-ever self-driving car licence should come as no surprise. Yet a surprise participant that could make a huge impact on the market is Canadian Blackberry maker RIM, which could see its software development offset poor performance in the handset and tablet space.

RIM aims to bounce back with BB10 platform

RIM's PlayBook will soon run on the 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.