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Carrying a Torch for RIM – the Gartenberg Take

Carrying a Torch for RIM – the Gartenberg Take

This was a momentous week for RIM. They announced the new BlackBerry Torch a capacitive touch screen slider along with the latest version of their platform, BlackBerry 6. In a year where phones and platforms are changing dramatically, will this be enough for RIM to slow down market share loss and help win the hearts and minds of consumers that may be looking elsewhere for additional functionality beyond what RIM has traditionally provided?

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BlackBerry Torch hands-on

BlackBerry Torch hands-on

RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the company's answer not only to the iPhone 4 but to the growing legions of Android devices; from our first hands-on we're certainly impressed with the build quality. For the first time it's possible to have a touchscreen BlackBerry without sacrificing the hardware QWERTY keyboard, and as you'd expect from RIM that keyboard is one of the Torch's prime advantages.  More first-impressions after the cut.

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RIM get official on BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry 6 Java SDK

RIM get official on BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry 6 Java SDK

AT&T may have scooped RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9800 reveal, but the Canadian company is now filling in the meat of the OS 6 smartphone story.  We already know the quadband UMTS/HSPA smartphone is arriving on AT&T come August 12th, complete with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and WiFi b/g/n, but now we have full details on the BlackBerry 6 OS it'll be running, plus a new Java SDK to support the refreshed platform.

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AT&T BlackBerry Torch 9800 gets early unveil

AT&T BlackBerry Torch 9800 gets early unveil

We can't see RIM being too pleased - their event hasn't even started yet - but AT&T has already announced the BlackBerry Torch 9800.  A new teaser page has gone live, confirming the smartphone's 3.2-inch 480 x 360 touchscreen display, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and 5-megapixel autofocus camera with flash, along with BlackBerry OS 6.

Update: Official RIM product page for the Torch 9800 is now live.

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FCC clear BlackBerry 9800 ahead of today’s reveal

FCC clear BlackBerry 9800 ahead of today’s reveal

In just under two hours time we're expecting RIM to announce their new BlackBerry 9800 slider alongside BlackBerry OS 6 in New York - our own Vincent Nguyen will be bringing us all the news from the event - but there's the thorny issue of FCC approval to be navigated before the smartphone can go on sale.  Engadget spotted a "BlackBerry smartphone model RCY71UW" clearing the FCC earlier, and after some mild Photoshoppery discovered that the wireframe matches up with leaked 9800 prototypes.

That gives us a list of wireless specs to go from, including Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900 and UMTS II (1900) and V (850), together with GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800 MHz bands and UMTS I (2100) bands for international users.

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HTC Wildfire gets Sync 3.0 update for PC multimedia management

HTC Wildfire gets Sync 3.0 update for PC multimedia management

Multimedia management for Android devices has always been underwhelming when compared to the sort of integration Apple offer with iTunes and the iPhone 4, with many users turning to DoubleTwist to fill the gap.  Now HTC have stepped in; the new version of HTC Sync (v3.0) adds media synchronization with "popular media players" on the PC, sucking over music, playlists, images and other content and squirting it into - at first - your HTC Wildfire.

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