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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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BlackBerry 10 Gold SDK in November: RIM promises feature progress transparency

BlackBerry 10 Gold SDK in November: RIM promises feature progress transparency

RIM has shared its BlackBerry 10 roadmap, confirming that the Gold SDK - the final version of the tools developers need to create apps for the platform - expected in November. According to the roadmap, the latest R6 SDK beta is up for download today, including a software update for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha smartphone to add the BlackBerry App World storefront app and thus allow developers to share their apps with other Dev Alpha owners.

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RIM: BlackBerry 10 developer support on the rise

RIM: BlackBerry 10 developer support on the rise

Baird Equity Research recently published a report that suggests BlackBerry 10 developers are either leaving the OS for greener pastures (before the OS is even available to consumers, no less) or aren't all that confident that it can achieve long-term success. This is just the latest in a long line of disappointing news for RIM, so naturally the company isn't too thrilled to have this report floating around the internet. Today, RIM developer relations vice president Alec Saunders took to the BlackBerry Developer Blog to dispel the notion that developer intent for BlackBerry 10 is falling.

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RIM CEO: “We own QWERTY market” so we’re chasing full-touch BB10 first

RIM CEO: “We own QWERTY market” so we’re chasing full-touch BB10 first

RIM plans to trim its product line-up and lean heavily on BlackBerry 7 devices as it puts the finishing touches to BlackBerry 10, focusing on BBM connected services to provoke consumer interest. As for the decision to push a full-touchscreen device running the new platform initially, rather than playing to RIM's obvious strengths in devices with keyboards, Heins said that it was an intentional strategy rather than a company gaffe.

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