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RIM stock jumps thanks to reported Samsung deal

RIM stock jumps thanks to reported Samsung deal

Things aren't looking too good for ol' RIM, and haven't been for a while, but the struggling BlackBerry developer got a ray of light today in the form of a stock boost. RIM's stock climbed 4.2% to $7.62, Bloomberg reports, thanks to renewed rumors that Samsung may be looking to license BlackBerry 10 from the company. Samsung may also be interested in buying out the beleaguered RIM, but so far the company's intentions aren't clear.

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RIM doing the sums on BlackBerry 10 licensing admits CEO

RIM doing the sums on BlackBerry 10 licensing admits CEO

RIM is investigating licensing out BlackBerry 10 to rival manufacturers, building reference designs that it would then allow other companies to produce in bulk. Again denying that RIM is in a financial slump, CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed to the Telegraph that the company is "investigating" the possibility of licensing the upcoming new platform, revealing that "we're working with the financial advisers to see if we do this where it would take the company."

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 31, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 31, 2012

The Sun may be setting on the final day of July, but it's also setting on the second day of the patent trial between Apple and Samsung. Today Apple gave its opening arguments while successfully getting a Google employee off the jury. Apple's lead attorney seemed to think that Samsung would be taking a "devil made me do it" approach to its defense, while the Galaxy S manufacturer (which has a lot at stake in this trial) instead said that the iPhone was "inspiring to everyone." Though it initially seemed that this trial would be nothing but boring patent talk, it now appears that it will be quite entertaining, so long as Apple and Samsung continue taking swings at one another like they did today.

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TAT founder abandons RIM well before BlackBerry 10 unleashed [UPDATE: RIM comments]

TAT founder abandons RIM well before BlackBerry 10 unleashed [UPDATE: RIM comments]

In a sign that's certainly not good for the upcoming software release, the founder of the developer group behind the user interface improvements that'll be found on BlackBerry 10 has left RIM. Hampus Jakobsson has made his exit from the company with little more than a tweet this week, noting that he leaves BlackBerry 10 in the capable hands of TAT (The Astonishing Tribe) and RIM. At the moment it seems that Jakobsson will pursue other projects in the startup realm of software.

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RIM reportedly cutting 3,000 jobs on August 13th

RIM reportedly cutting 3,000 jobs on August 13th

Troubling times still lie ahead for RIM. The company announced during its most recent financial results that BlackBerry 10 would be delayed until the beginning of 2013. On top of that, RIM announced that further layoffs at the company would be necessary, with thousands of jobs already having been cut. A source speaking to Cantech Letter has now revealed that 3,000 employees at RIM will lose their jobs on August 13th.

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BlackBerry 10 features built-in picture editor

BlackBerry 10 features built-in picture editor

One of the features that RIM showed off at BlackBerry World this year was a swanky new camera for BlackBerry 10. Thanks to technology licensed from Scalado, the camera features remove and rewind features, helping to discard unwanted background objects and pick the best face in a photo thanks to a caching feature. Now it looks like RIM will also be including some basic editing abilities in the camera app, including Instagram inspired filters and more traditional tweaks.

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BBM for BlackBerry 10 further detailed in new leak

BBM for BlackBerry 10 further detailed in new leak

Last month we saw leaked pictures of the BlackBerry Messenger design for BlackBerry 10 leak out thanks to N4BB, and now the site is back with yet more pictures detailing the user interface and keyboard shortcuts that the app will employ. The site notes that BBM is being overhauled by The Astonishing Tribe, with certain features being hidden from view and pulled up with user gestures to save as much onscreen space as possible.

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RIM promises BlackBerry 10 sneak-previews to loyal customers

RIM promises BlackBerry 10 sneak-previews to loyal customers

RIM is moving to placate anxious enterprise customers, attempting to reassure its corporate cash-cows that BlackBerry 10 will arrive to save the day before their handsets lose their luster. According to RIM CIO Robin Bienfait, while analysts and pundits might be predicting failure for the Canadian company, "the reality is straightforward: We have over 78 million customers that need our services on a day-to-day basis, and we’re firmly committed to the launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform."

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RIM’s BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha adds Siri-like voice command

RIM’s BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha adds Siri-like voice command

After years of believing that it didn't need to follow in the footsteps of the iPhone or Android (because people obviously prefer mobile operating systems based on a 20-year-old platform), it looks like RIM is now going after the most talked-about feature of the iPhone - Siri. The new alpha version of BlackBerry 10 contains a similar voice-controlled assistant.

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