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BlackBerry services go offline as servers fail

BlackBerry services go offline as servers fail

RIM's BlackBerry handsets have been left cut off from the web, email and BBM after an apparent server crash took phones in Europe, the Middle East and Africa offline. The fault began at roughly 11am today, and according to the BBC is being attributed to a datacenter in Slough, UK, responsible for the regions affected. RIM UK has said that it is "investigating" the problem, though has issued no timescale for fixing it.

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RIM buys NewBay for BlackBerry cloud-based media

RIM buys NewBay for BlackBerry cloud-based media

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has signed an agreement to purchase NewBay Software, a Dublin-based company that provides white-label cloud-based content services. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but sources familiar with the situation claim that the purchase price is about $100 million.

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BlackBerrys with QNX to get Android apps

BlackBerrys with QNX to get Android apps

RIM's future BlackBerry smartphones with the new QNX platform may be able to run Android apps. According to Bloomberg, three people familiar with the situation, divulged this plan as RIM's strategy to boost sales for the QNX BlackBerry devices scheduled for early 2012.

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RIM unveils new BlackBerry Curve smartphones

RIM unveils new BlackBerry Curve smartphones

RIM announced today three new models for its BlackBerry Curve smartphone series that will run the BlackBerry 7 OS---the BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360, and 9370. Designed for the mid-tier market, these new handsets are affordable, easy-to-use, full-featured, and socially-connected. They will be excellent for customers upgrading from a feature phone or a previous generation BlackBerry Curve.

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BlackBerry App World 3.0 To Launch August 22

BlackBerry App World 3.0 To Launch August 22

Following the release of three new BlackBerry 7 OS smartphones, including the BlackBerry Bold 9930, BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860, and the BlackBerry Torch 9180, RIM is getting ready to unleash a new BlackBerry App World 3.0. According to a source of N4BB, the revamped app marketplace is scheduled to launch on August 22. Additionally, the recently rumored BlackBerry music streaming service could be released around the same time.

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BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 Review

BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 Review

Mention all-touch and BlackBerry in the same sentence, and it's tough not to experience an involuntary Storm-shudder. RIM's belated answer to the iPhone failed to grab it the chunk of the touchscreen smartphone market it expected, and while the Storm 2 was an improvement, the company is yet to entirely convince when there's no physical keyboard. Third time lucky, perhaps, with the BlackBerry Torch 9850, a compact BlackBerry 7 smartphone (aka the Torch 9860, the only difference being CDMA/GSM connectivity) hoping to convince us that QWERTY-free doesn't mean zero appeal. Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.

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