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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 32 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 32 2011

It's that time again; the SlashGear Week in Review is back. One of my favorite stories from last week was the LEGO DIY R2D2 robot. The robot was remote controlled and even the little dome turned making for a very cool project. The teen LulzSec hacker that was arrested in Britain recently was found to have details on hundreds of thousands of people on his computer. The exact number according to the police was 750,000 different personal records on people.

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RIM and Microsoft strike up a licensing deal for exFAT

RIM and Microsoft strike up a licensing deal for exFAT

Struggling BlackBerry platform holder RIM announced today that it has reached a licensing deal with Microsoft, but instead of RIM licensing out its tech like CEO Thorsten Heins has suggested many times in the past, RIM is the one paying out the licensing fee this time around. The deal gives RIM access to Microsoft's Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology, a system that allows for the easy transfer of large files between PCs and other devices like smartphones.

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AT&T approached RIM for an iPhone competitor in 2010

AT&T approached RIM for an iPhone competitor in 2010

A new report is going around the claims AT&T approached BlackBerry maker RIM back in 2010 seeking a competitor to the iPhone. This is notable because in 2010 AT&T still had the iPhone exclusive. If the report is accurate, that would indicate that AT&T saw the writing on the wall and new it would be hard-pressed to be as successful as it had been in previous years once it lost iPhone exclusivity.

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RIM executive drops double down

RIM executive drops double down

Another round of executives are leaving the ailing Research in Motion as the BlackBerry mobile operating system and hardware environment wanes in success and popularity. Today it's been confirmed that first Alistair Mitchell, former vice president of BBM Platform and Integrated Services has already left the company amid cuts. Then it'll be Alan Brenner, senior vice president in charge of the BlackBerry Platform, who will be leaving after a pre-set transitional period.

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RIM pushes HTML5 apps amid Canada user exodus

RIM pushes HTML5 apps amid Canada user exodus

RIM has turned to courting HTML5-curious developers as a stopgap solution to slumping BlackBerry sales in Canada and elsewhere, arguing the case for universal webapps to counter coder apathy. BlackBerry marketshare in Canada - not RIM's biggest single market, but meaningful as it is the firm's home turf - has dipped below iPhone levels this week, hand in hand with decreasing levels of developer interest as BlackBerry 10's late 2012 launch looks unpalatably distant. That's prompted a charm offensive by RIM code champions, pushing HTML5 development as preferable to native code.

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Judges deny CrackBerry trademark attempt

Judges deny CrackBerry trademark attempt

BlackBerry smartphone maker RIM is having an undeniably hard time on the market today. The company has seen the popularity of its smartphones with the average consumer and governmental agencies that for so long relied on the BlackBerry wane significantly. Many companies, government organizations, and consumers are replacing their BlackBerry devices with the iPhone or Android smartphones. However, RIM did get a bit of good news recently.

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RIM CEO blasts Android phones as “all the same”

RIM CEO blasts Android phones as “all the same”

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins may only have been in the big chair since Monday, but the new chief exec is already coming out swinging, blasting Android devices as "all the same" and rejecting suggestions that the struggling Canadian company should be sold off. Asked about persistent recommendations that RIM should ditch its own BlackBerry 10 plans and adopt Android instead, Heins argued to Crackberry that "there is just no room for differentiation because [Android phones] are all the same."

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RIM again tipped to be selling out to Samsung

RIM again tipped to be selling out to Samsung

When the going gets tough, the tough sell out to Samsung, or at least that's what Research In Motion's investors seem to be hoping will happen now that BlackBerry is in a downward spiral the likes of which have never been seen in the mobile industry before. A source trusted by Jonathan Geller of BGR has reportedly tipped off some inner workings of the RIM team saying that amongst the many possible buyers looking into purchasing RIM outright, Samsung is the current front-runner. What on earth Samsung would do with a massive set of business users tapping away only because their bosses wont allow them to move over to Androids, it's not quite clear.

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RIM’s stock drops 68%, falls below book value

RIM’s stock drops 68%, falls below book value

The makers of the BlackBerry, Research In Motion (RIM), had a very tough year. It's been steadily losing business and customer loyalty, struggling through technology problems and eroding investor faith. And now the company is facing a 68 percent drop in stock value this year, with its book value now worth less than the net value of its property, such as patents and other assets.

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Smartphone addiction diagnosed as users admit to stall-surfing

Smartphone addiction diagnosed as users admit to stall-surfing

Smartphone addiction is spreading through the UK at a phenomenal rate, regulator Ofcom claims, with increasing numbers of users turning to their handsets while at the dining table, in cinemas and in the bathroom. According to the new research, 47-percent of UK teens and 27-percent of UK adults now have a smartphone, with 81-percent keeping their handset on all the time and 47-percent of teens (22-percent of adults) admitting to stall-surfing.

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