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BlackBerry maker RIM is now the fastest growing company worldwide


RIM Co-Founder & CEO Jim Balsillie

RIM Co-Founder & CEO Jim Balsillie

Waterloo-based BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM), is now the world’s fastest-growing company according to a report released by Fortune.

The report noted RIM had an average sales growth of 77% over the last three years, with average EPS growing at 84 percent during the same period.

The tremendous growth can be attributed to RIM diversifying into the consumer market space. RIM now holds over 20% of the total smartphone market in Q1 2009, according to the report. The BlackBerry Curve device was

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WordPress BlackBerry app released


We firstly reported that Automattic, the company behind the blogging platform WorldPress, would release a mobile BlackBerry version of WordPress.

Today, the company has announced the release of the first ever version of a mobile BlackBerry version of the app in beta form. Other mobile versions of WP were already available on other platforms such as the iPhone since July 22, 2008.

The BB WP app requires BlackBerry OS 4.2.1 or newer, and also requires WordPress version 2.5.1 or newer. It also supports self-hosted WordPress sites.

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BlackBerry Tour 9630 launch dates confirmed


The BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) today officially announced the new BlackBerry Tour smartphone.

“BlackBerry continues to be the top selling smartphone brand in North America and we are proud to add this powerful new 3G world phone to our successful product portfolio,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion.

The BlackBerry Tour supports 3G EV-DO Rev. A networks in North America, as well as 3G UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz) and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad.

The BlackBerry Tour features a chic black finish with chrome highlights (112mm x 62mm x 14.2mm and 130g). It includes a full-QWERTY keyboard. In addition, the large (2.44″), bright display (480×360 resolution at 245 ppi) delivers the highest resolution available on a BB smartphone.

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More new iPhone hints, Best Buy warns of depleting iPhone inventory


The top Minnesota-based electronics retailer BestBuy today sent a memo out to various stores in the U.S. warning them of depleting iPhone 3G supplies.

BestBuy warned some stores could completely deplete their stock entirely.

The new BestBuy warning indicates retailers are pushing to sell off the current iPhone models to make way for the much-anticipated next-generation iPhone.

BestBuy is not the first retailer to issue a warning on depleting iPhone inventory.

Australian-based Vodafone iPhone distributor Brightpoint previously said, “We have just been notified that the [16GB iPhone 3G is] End Of Life,” referring to depleting inventory as well.

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Yahoo goes all iPhone, ceases BlackBerry development


Update: Yahoo will NOT cease BlackBerry (and other mobile platform development). Yahoo! remains committed to improving Yahoo! Mobile for web and their existing cross-platform applications, as well as developing new and engaging experiences for consumers across various devices and platforms, including RIM, Apple, Widows Mobile, Nokia and more.

Yahoo will completely stop (now confirmed) developing its mobile application for the BlackBerry platform to focus its efforts solely towards the iPhone.

According to developer job applicants for Yahoo’s Mobile BlackBerry team, the applicants
received a reply from Yahoo that read, “Yahoo has decided to cease development [on the BlackBerry platform]”

Yahoo will now only continue to build the exclusive app for the iPhone, and simply continue to maintain the existing mobile browser based site. The company aims at bringing the app experiences straight to the mobile browser (remains to be seen). Yahoo Mobile chief executive Adam Taggart previously said “you can always do more with an app on your phone,” but maintained the company remains committed to both apps and the browser.

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BlackBerry overtakes iPhone as top selling smartphone in U.S. Q1 2009


According to new market data published today by the NPD Group, The BlackBerry Curve was the top selling smartphone in the U.S. in Q1 2009, regaining the number one spot from Apple’s iPhone.

The NPD report concluded RIM’s total market share for Q1 2009 was up 15% over Q1 2008. The report says RIM now collectively has 50% of the U.S. smartphone market.

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RIM updates Facebook 1.5 to fix important bugs


Released a few days ago, RIM’s much-anticipated Facebook 1.5 upgrade has been updated again to version 1.5.032 by RIM to address bugs. The new Facebook app syncs your Facebook contacts with your BlackBerry address book, and can also sync your Facebook events with your BlackBerry calendar. You can now easily contact your Facebook friends via the app with SMS, and by calling them.

However, there were some issues with the software, for example the contact sync feature would send phone number requests to those already synced with numbers. The calendar sync feature seemed to remove entries on your BlackBerry calendar. The issues have now been fixed in a new update, so if got excited like I did and rushed out to upgrade when it first became available, you might want to upgrade again. You can get the new version by visiting http://mobile.blackberry.com on your BlackBerry web browser.

This version does not include support for Facebook Chat. There is widespread speculation RIM will release support for Facebook Chat in an upcoming release via another update to the Facebook app, or even via a standalone application such as the Gtalk and Windows Live Messenger apps already available. Now, if you really want Facebook Chat support on your BlackBerry, you can get it for free from Palringo IM for BlackBerry which also supports other IM platforms. However, one big drawback from the Palringo app is it constantly sends and receives data, so it will adversely affect battery life, as it doesn’t use the RIM push APIs.

Check out the cnet video below that does an excellent walkthrough of the new Facebook 1.5.

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Blackberry Email Outage


There currently appears to be a BlackBerry BIS email outage affecting users in North America. The outage affects various carriers including T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Rogers, among others. Some users are reporting an all out outage on Verizon while others are getting their emails with a delay with other carriers. No official word from RIM yet.

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RIM hires ex Apple designer


RIM’s consumer base now represents 40% of all clients. With intensifying competition from the iPhone, RIM has hired Don Lindsay as the companies new Vice President of User Experience. Don will be responsible for helping to make the RIM OS user interface more intuitive and design friendly.

Don previously worked at Apple in Apple’s user-experience team helping contribute design ideas to Apple’s OS X.

Don previously also worked at Microsoft who helped design Vista.

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BlackBerry to launch in Russia


RIM will begin selling its BlackBerry device for the first time directly in Russia with OAO Mobile TeleSystems, Russia’s biggest telecom. Reportedly, the BlackBerry Curve will be offered for 20,000 rubles (about US $500) and will be available in two weeks from now. OAO Mobile TeleSystems says the BlackBerry service it will provide will be the same as any other country. The device will be locked to the carrier. According to the Kommersant, a Russian news agency, mobile phone sales were down to $819 million in Q1 this year, the lowest level in five years in the same period.

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