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RIM mulls Windows Phone partnership amid squashed BlackBerry

RIM mulls Windows Phone partnership amid squashed BlackBerry

RIM reported a disastrous Q1 2013 financial result in an earnings call yesterday, with the company still resolute in preparing BlackBerry 10 despite yet another delay. RIM also noted how it would be exploring all available avenues, and Reuters is reporting that the company’s board is coming under increasing pressure to sell its software services or partner with Microsoft on Windows Phone.

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BBM design for BlackBerry 10 leaks

BBM design for BlackBerry 10 leaks

Just yesterday we saw details leak of RIM’s new BlackBerry handsets, with touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard offerings that will both run BlackBerry 10. N4BB is back with yet another leak, this time of the revamped BlackBerry Messenger that will debut along with the new version of the operating system. The biggest change seems to be a redesigned user interface with an eye-catching color scheme.

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Cross-platform BBM reportedly scrapped

Cross-platform BBM reportedly scrapped

Rumors in the past have suggested that RIM may port its popular BlackBerry Messenger application to iOS and Android. The Waterloo based smartphone company has been struggling in the market thanks to the meteoric rise of both of those platforms, and the release of a cross-platform BBM could have opened some new revenue streams. The Wall Street Journal reports that any plans RIM had to port BBM have now been scrapped.

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Jim Balsillie wanted to open up BBM to rival devices

Jim Balsillie wanted to open up BBM to rival devices

Ex co-CEO of RIM, Jim Balsillie, was reportedly in talks with various mobile carriers across the world in order to allow rival phones to be able to connect to BlackBerry services. Sources speaking to Reuters say that Balsillie was in talks with AT&T and Verizon in the United States, as well as Vodafone, Telefonica, France Telecom, and Deutsche Telekom in Europe.

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BlackBerry BBM integrated with Facebook, Twitter and more

BlackBerry BBM integrated with Facebook, Twitter and more

The BlackBerry BBM service will be integrated with Twitter and Facebook, RIM has announced, allowing users of the encrypted IM system to quickly share tweets or Facebook status updates directly from the app. The new social networking integration is part of RIM's enhancement of BBM connected apps set to roll out over the next two weeks, with new versions of BlackBerry Travel, BlackBerry App World and BBM Music all hooking into the service.

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BlackBerry Curve 9320 reveals dedicated BBM button

BlackBerry Curve 9320 reveals dedicated BBM button

A new photo of the upcoming Curve model BlackBerry device has appeared with no less than its very own dedicated BBM button. BlackBerry being an entirely different monster from the more popular iOS and Android platforms, the common customer might not see the power of such a piece of hardware - but for the hardcore BlackBerry addict, such an addition has the potential to change the whole landscape. If you're one of the thousands of business workers required to use a BlackBerry on a daily basis and use BlackBerry Messenger more than you speak out loud, you'll be glad to have the shortcut.

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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 re-introduces BBM Music, release promised inside 24 hours

RIM re-introduces BBM Music, release promised inside 24 hours

Though it's not the first time we've heard of BBM Music, or heck, even the first time we've seen it, it is the first time RIM is promising the software to BlackBerry users for real, and it'll be out today! All you BlackBerry users have promised that the BBM Music app will be available for downloading inside the next 24 hours, (starting this morning, I suppose, since they've not named a specific time,) to all you citizens of the United States, Australia, and of course Canada. The rest of the world is next on the list, but again hasn't been listed for release quite yet.

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RIM insists BlackBerry outage not due to hacking, users won’t lose messages

RIM insists BlackBerry outage not due to hacking, users won’t lose messages

Earlier this morning, it was reported that the BlackBerry service outage, which has afflicted users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina for the past three days, has now hit the US and Canada. In response, RIM held an ad hoc press conference today to answer some questions and to reassure that the problem at hand is not a security breach.

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