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Alicia Keys joins BlackBerry as Global Creative Director

Alicia Keys joins BlackBerry as Global Creative Director

You're nobody in the consumer tech world if you don't have a celebrity "Creative Director" and, with will.i.am and Lady Gaga already occupied, BlackBerry has snatched warbler Alicia Keys. The freshly-announced "Global Creative Director" for the Canadian company, Keys joined CEO Thorsten Heins on-stage at the launch of BlackBerry 10 and promised to "work closely" with developers, retailers, and others to promote the platform.

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BlackBerry Q10 official as QWERTY touchscreen hero

BlackBerry Q10 official as QWERTY touchscreen hero

This week the folks at BlackBerry (formerly known as RIM) have revealed BlackBerry 10 and one of two new hero devices for the software: the BlackBerry Q10. This device has a combination of two user interfaces, one a touchscreen, the other a classic BlackBerry keyboard. The details surrounding this device have been "leaked" several times before this first official reveal, but the final specifications have (as we're finding here) never been perfectly nailed by any one leak or tip - stainless steel, edge to edge glass, and a full BlackBerry 10 experience await you!

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BlackBerry Z10 officially announced

BlackBerry Z10 officially announced

Today at RIM's launch event in New York City for BlackBerry 10, the company (which has renamed itself to just "BlackBerry") officially unveiled two new devices, one of which we've already heard about plenty of times. The BlackBerry Z10 is one of RIM's first devices that will run the company's new BlackBerry 10 operating system, and it comes with a full touchscreen display, which isn't the first time RIM has done this, but it certainly isn't common for them.

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RIM rebrands as BlackBerry

RIM rebrands as BlackBerry

RIM has announced it will rebrand itself, dumping the old Research In Motion name and instead adopting "BlackBerry" globally. Revealed just ahead of the official launch of BlackBerry 10, the new name harmonizes the Canadian company with the product it's best known for.

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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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