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RIM CEO: “Today is not the finish, it’s just the starting line”

RIM CEO: “Today is not the finish, it’s just the starting line”

This week the folks at RIM ushered in BlackBerry 10 with a series of bangs, President and CEO of RIM Thorsten Heins making congratulations as well as thanks around the globe for what he (and RIM) hopes will be the most massive launch they've ever pushed. The official BlackBerry 10 event took place today in New York City with streams shown live throughout the planet, this being just one example of what Heins noted was RIM's hopw for a "hyper-connected" environment for the future. BlackBerry 10 will be all about "people who need to get things done, and people who need simplicity and balance."

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BlackBerry Z10 retail pricing run-down

BlackBerry Z10 retail pricing run-down

RIM (now just called "BlackBerry") has officially unveiled their new BlackBerry 10 devices at its launch event in NYC (with satellite launch events in several other locations around the world), and they're just now announcing pricing details, and we're also gathering announcements from carriers about pricing and availability of the new BlackBerry Z10 and Q10.

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Does RIM even realize what went wrong?

Does RIM even realize what went wrong?

BlackBerry 10 makes its long-anticipated debut today, but the official hype machine is off to a stumbling start with execs from RIM struggling to deal with criticisms around delays and how the iPhone changed the smartphone market. In a pair of interviews on different BBC programs this morning, RIM Europe managing director Stephen Bates faced understandable questions about where previous BlackBerry devices stumbled, as well as being asked where RIM has learned from Apple's device. All didn't go to plan, however.

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BlackBerry 10 adds ooVoo for 12-person video chat

BlackBerry 10 adds ooVoo for 12-person video chat

BlackBerry 10 users will be able to hold multi-person video calls featuring up to twelve participants, thanks to a deal with ooVoo that sees the conference chat service integrated into RIM's new platform. The ooVoo video and instant messaging service, which is free to use, will hook into BlackBerry 10's calling system, with the companies claiming it will be straightforward to flick between a voice call and an ooVoo video call.

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BlackBerry Z10 renders make the case against iPhone 5

BlackBerry Z10 renders make the case against iPhone 5

The fellow who brought you quite a few ultra-realistic renderings of smartphones and tablets over the past year Martin Hajek has struck again with the BlackBerry Z10. This time he's making the case for a white version of the machine as it sits right next to the iPhone 5, also rendered by this amazingly talented fellow. What's interesting about this device beyond its obvious inclusion in the same generation of smartphone aesthetics as the iPhone 5 is that it is, here, appearing to be a real iPhone competitor - could it be?

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BlackBerry 10 movie and music plenty detailed

BlackBerry 10 movie and music plenty detailed

BlackBerry 10 isn't due to get its official reveal until later this week, but RIM can't help but seep out a little information on what sort of movies and music options owners will have for BlackBerry World shopping sprees. Describing its portfolio - which includes content from Fox, Sony Pictures, Warner Music, and more - as one of the most robust mobile users will have to choose from, RIM says it will offer movie rentals and purchases in the US, UK, and Canada initially, while eighteen countries will get DRM-free music download access.

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Lenovo discredits RIM acquisition rumors

Lenovo discredits RIM acquisition rumors

Lenovo was a hot topic last week after it was reported that CFO Wong Wai Ming said that the company was looking into an acquisition of RIM, as well as possibly a couple of other companies. However, the company has released an official statement downplaying the significance of the quotes from Ming, saying that Ming "was speaking broadly about M&A strategy" and the interviewer specifically asked about RIM.

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Huawei shocks smartphone market with 3rd place finish in 2012: IDC

Huawei shocks smartphone market with 3rd place finish in 2012: IDC

This week we're having a bit of a double-take on the IDC's release outlining the fourth quarter mobile device market share breakdown for the end of 2012, with none other than Huawei taking third place. This is absolutely surprising as all get-out as Huawei has never before cracked the top 5 smartphone vendors in the world - it's only been inside the top 10 before now. Groups like LG, Motorola, and Nokia do not appear in the top 5 for smartphone sales in the quarter, while Nokia sits pretty in second place for total mobile phone "Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share" for 2012 (that includes non-smart phones).

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 25, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 25, 2013

Welcome to Friday evening everyone. Today more BlackBerry Z10 images leaked out, while IDC is saying that Samsung is in the lead with strong demand for its smartphones. OUYA is making a few tweaks to its controller before the Android-based games console launches, and we're sorry to say that tomorrow it becomes illegal to unlock your phone without permission from your carrier. If you were planning to unlock your phone, then you better do it tonight.

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