BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry 10 enters testing with RIM’s carrier partners

BlackBerry 10 enters testing with RIM’s carrier partners

While there's still a lot we don't know about BlackBerry 10 (like its release date), RIM CEO Thorsten Heins delivered some very encouraging news today. In a new statement, RIM's head honcho said that the new mobile operating system and some of the devices it runs on have entered testing with a number of the company's carrier partners. This suggests that RIM is still on track to launch BlackBerry 10 in Q1 2013.

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US Immigrations and Customs dump BlackBerry in favor of the iPhone

US Immigrations and Customs dump BlackBerry in favor of the iPhone

If you thought the BlackBerry platform was coming back simply due to their powerful contracts held with the US government, today's announcement of the ICE drop might throw you for a loop - especially since they're moving to the iPhone instead. This update comes from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who says BlackBerry "can no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency." This government agency speaks for groups such as Homeland Security Investigations and has been using RIM's BlackBerry phones for 8 years.

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RIM partners with 7digital for the Blackberry 10 music store

RIM partners with 7digital for the Blackberry 10 music store

RIM has announced that 7digital will be its official music download service for the upcoming Blackberry 10 smartphones. According to the press release, the Blackberry App World will offer 7digital's catalog of over 22 million tracks, which includes new releases, independent artists, regional selections, and a back catalog of content. The Blackberry PlayBook and Blackberry smartphones' respective music stores are currently powered by 7digital.

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RIM CEO Thorsten Heins sticks up for BlackBerry in letter to NY Times

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins sticks up for BlackBerry in letter to NY Times

A couple of days ago, The New York Times published a piece called "The BlackBerry as Black Sheep," which contained interviews with BlackBerry owners who are ashamed of their phone. In a nutsell, the general idea of the article is that, as the rest of the world moves onto Android and iOS, those who are left using BlackBerry open themselves up to mockery and ridicule because of their preference for a perceived "outdated" handset. RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has taken issue with that little report, taking the Times to task in a letter that was sent to the newspaper and published today.

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Why every Apple news byte seems to matter so much

Why every Apple news byte seems to matter so much

There's an addiction in the modern news reporting universe online to updates on details so very small that less than 10 years ago they'd never have left their respective sources lips. With Apple, we've got an addiction to details on the devices we're holding right this minute. Chances are, in fact, that you're working with a device right now that we've written about in the past 24 hours, and it doesn't just have to be an Apple device.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 10, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 10, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday evening, everyone. Today Samsung sent out formal invites to its upcoming Galaxy Note II press event in New York City, and we were told that HTC will be backing out of the US tablet market, at least for a little while. RIM is trying to lure developers into BlackBerry 10 with a new "$10K Developer Committment," in which RIM says it will give developers $10,000 if their app reaches $1,000 in sales. RIM also opened up app submissions for BlackBerry 10 developers today, and we heard that the rumored LG Nexus 4 smartphone may be making its debut on October 29.

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BlackBerry 10 app submissions open today

BlackBerry 10 app submissions open today

In a move that essentially means RIM is ready for business, BlackBerry App World has begun accepting submissions of BlackBerry 10 optimized apps today. This event marks one of the more important steps that must be taken before BlackBerry 10 may be released in the real world, and RIM is projecting themselves as a group that's ready and willing to start this engine with a bang. The announcement includes suggestions for developers to get in early so that their app may be featured in the first wave of "preferred carousel placements" at the launch of the operating system in early 2013.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 9, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 9, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening, everyone. Earlier today, we found out that Samsung may be planning a Nexus 10 tablet, complete with a resolution to give the third-gen iPad a run for its money. ZTE gave its response to yesterday's allegations that it may be helping the Chinese government spy on the US, and Apple started shipping the fifth-generation iPod Touch to the first customers today. We heard that the rumored 32GB Nexus 7 variant might be replacing the 16GB model, and speaking of the Nexus 7, it received Android 4.1.2 today, which adds a much-needed landscape mode.

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