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RIM having trouble shifting tablets

The Playbook is not moving as fast as expected

Canadian device vendor Research In Motion (RIM) has warned shareholders that it has a large inventory of Playbook tablets sitting in its channels at the moment, amounting to a provision for this quarter of around $360m.

RIM rolls out BBM Music

RIM is rolling out its BBM Music service into the UK

Canadian handset vendor RIM has announced that it is rolling out its BBM Music service on a commercial basis following a successful beta trial.

RIM adds NewBay to acquisition portfolio

RIM has added New Bay to its acquisitions in 2011

Canadian devices firm RIM has announced its acquisition of digital content services provider NewBay, the BlackBerry maker’s fifth acquisition of 2011.

RIM delays PlayBook OS 2.0 until February 2012

The next update to the PlayBook's operating system has been delayed until February 2012

Research in Motion (RIM) has announced that it will delay the next version of its PlayBook operating system until February next year. The BlackBerry maker said it will not launch the PlayBook OS 2.0 until it is confident it has fully met the expectations of its developers, enterprise customers and end-users.

RIM unveils BBX mobile platform

The new BBX platform borrows from the QNX platform, previously seen in RIM's PlayBook

Research In Motion (RIM) has unveiled its new BlackBerry BBX mobile platform; a hybrid of the BlackBerry platform and the QNX operating system that the firm uses in its tablet offering, the PlayBook. The BBX platform has been designed from the ground up, said RIM, and the BBX operating system will support BlackBerry cloud services and development environments for both HTML5 and native developers.

RIM confident of winning back customer trust

UK MD Stephen Bates says RIM is working hard to win back the trust of its customers

Embattled Blackberry vendor RIM is confident that it can win back the trust of its customers following last week’s high profile outage. Stephen Bates, RIM’s UK MD told Telecoms.com on Tuesday that the firm will continue to innovate as it looks to make amends for the outage.

BlackBerry outage, what went wrong and what lessons RIM should learn from this incident?

RIM has acquired social gaming outfit Scoreloop

It looks like the BlackBerry service outage is now behind us. This incident couldn’t have come at a worse time for RIM, following some harsh criticism in recent months as a result of its recent financial performance, product delays, and the disappointment of its partners – chief among them the operators.

Etisalat and Du to compensate BlackBerry customers

Etisalat and Du will compensate BlackBerry customers following a three-day outage

UAE mobile operators Etisalat and Du have both announced that they will compensate BlackBerry users for the recent disruption to their services. Both operators have said they will compensate BlackBerry users on both pre-pay and post pay accounts.

RIM CEO apologises for outages via YouTube

BlackBerry suffered an outage that lasted almost a full day, with customers demanding compensation

RIM Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has apologised to BlackBerry users around the world for the outages that its service has experienced over the week in a YouTube video. The message comes in the fourth day of service disruption, which has affected millions of users around the world.

Etisalat launches NFC payment service in UAE

Etisalat's NFC service will initially be available on BlackBerry 9900 devices

UAE operator Etisalat has teamed up with MasterCard Worldwide to launch cashless mobile payments programme in the country. The system uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to authorise everyday transactions via a smartphone.

BlackBerry service fails again

RIM's BlackBerry service suffers outage again

RIM’s BlackBerry service is offline once again, just hours after the service was restored earlier on Tuesday. During the earlier outage, the reasons for which were not explained by BlackBerry, millions of customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa were left without access to the internet or its BBM instant messaging tool. According to reports and commentary on Twitter, the same has happened again today.

RIM says BlackBerry service is restored

BlackBerry suffered an outage that lasted almost a full day, with customers demanding compensation

RIM has announced that its BlackBerry services have been restored. The company had a service blackout yesterday, leaving millions of customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa without access to the internet or its BBM instant messaging.

RIM sees profit slashed by more than half

RIM saw its profits drop to less than half of both 1Q2011 and 2Q2010, in its quarterly results for 2Q11

RIM’s has seen its profits slide to less than half of what it generated in the previous quarter, and to little over 40 per cent of what it made in the same quarter last year. The company’s quarterly earnings for 2Q11 revealed that its net income for the quarter was $329 million. This marks a steep drop from the $695 million it recorded in 1Q11, an even steeper fall from the $797 million made in 2Q10.

Vodacom throttles BlackBerry users

Vodacom found that 5% of BlackBerry users were responsible for 95% of data usage

Vodacom, the pan-African subsidiary of Vodafone, is reducing connection speeds for some of its BlackBerry users in South Africa “from 3G to 2G levels”. The company said that it studied the usage patterns of its customers to better understand the causes of congestion at peak times and found that more than 95 per cent of BlackBerry data usage was attributable to less than 5 per cent of users.

Blackberry users get cloud-based music locker

BBM Music has the blessing of the labels

As device platform providers seek to build out their feature arsenals, Blackberry vendor RIM has come up with an innovative cloud-based music locker. Released on Thursday, BBM Music allows users to build and share music libraries with support from big name labels including Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and EMI.

RIM pins hopes on BlackBerry 7 offerings

The Torch 9850 featuring RIM’s first virtual keyboard

Troubled Canadian BlackBerry vendor RIM is betting on the souped up BlackBerry 7 operating system to turn its fortunes around. On Wednesday the company unveiled three new models – updates to its Bold and Torch lines – all running the new flagship OS.

Dolby to sue RIM over sound compression patents

Dolby is suing RIM over alleged infringement of its audio compression patents

Research in Motion (RIM), already under massive pressure from declining sales and a pending class action suit from disgruntled shareholders, is being sued by audio giant Dolby for alleged patent infringement. The lawsuit, which was filed jointly in both America and Germany yesterday, centres around patents for audio compression technology.

Microsoft opposes Google bid for Nortel patents

Microsoft has joined the queue of tech firms opposed to Google's acquisition of Nortel's patent portfolio

Microsoft has joined HP, Motorola Mobility and Nokia in a growing line of tech companies opposed to Google’s proposed $900m purchase of Nortel’s patent assets. According to Redmond, a 2006 deal means that Microsoft has a “worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free licence to all of Nortel’s patents” and that this agreement is binding regardless of who buys the intellectual property.

US DoJ reportedly concerned about Nortel patent bids

The US DoJ is reportedly concered that bids for Nortel patents will be used to reduce competition in the telecoms market

As interest in defunct kit maker Nortel’s patent portfolio heightens, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) is reported to be taking a close interest in the bidders. Apple is the latest company reported to be interested in making a purchase after Google opened bidding with a $900m offer in April. Now the DoJ is said to be concerned that the patents will be used to stymie competition in the telecoms sector.

RIM beds down with Microsoft for search

Microsoft is gaining traction in mobile search

Microsoft seems to be on a roll at the moment, this week adding Canadian Blackberry maker Research In Motion to its lengthening list of partners. The deal announced this week makes Microsoft’s Bing the default search engine and mapping tool on Blackberry handsets, but the appearance of Steve Ballmer alongside RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis at the Blackberry World conference in Orlando, set tongues wagging.

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