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BlackBerry loses tablet chief; lays off R&D staff

The PlayBook will not feature in the company's future

The head of BlackBerry’s tablet unit has stepped down for personal reasons just weeks after the PlayBook was effectively put out to pasture.

RIM announces LTE enabled 4G PlayBook

RIM will release an LTE enabled PlayBook tablet on 9 August

Struggling Canadian smartphone and tablet outfit RIM has announced a 4G LTE enabled version of its PlayBook tablet. The device will go on from 9 August initially in Canada, and will work on the LTE networks of all three local operators, Telus, Bell and Rogers.

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.

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.

BlackBerry Playbook hits US shelves

The PlayBook launched in the US on Tuesday

Research In Motion (RIM) began its foray into the tablet market late Tuesday, as the BlackBerry Playbook hit shelves in North America. The tablet met with mixed reviews, initially targeted at the large and small enterprise space (much like the original BlackBerry), yet at present lacking full email, calendar and contacts functionality. RIM said a software update is due in a few weeks.

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