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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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Nielsen: Android and iPhone both made gains in Q2 2012

Nielsen: Android and iPhone both made gains in Q2 2012

Today, Nielsen issued a report on the smartphone market in the US as of the end of quarter 2 of this year. In it, we see Android slowly climb toward 52% market share, with 51.8% of smartphone users running some version of the Android OS on their smartphones. As far as 3-month acquirers are concerned, Android is looking pretty good there too, with 54.6% of new smartphone purchasers in the past three months opting to go with Android over the competition.

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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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RIM investors re-elect board but revolt bubbles

RIM investors re-elect board but revolt bubbles

RIM's annual shareholders meeting has kicked off, and investors are already restless as the company's CEO and former CEO are re-elected to the board. Mike Lazaridis and Thorsten Heins were among ten people elected to RIM's board, with investors expressing their dissatisfaction by withholding 19.1-percent of votes for Lazaridis and 14.8-percent for Heins. There are already questions as to how prepared RIM is to take on its smartphone and tablet rivals.

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Verizon announces BlackBerry Curve 9310, available July 12th

Verizon announces BlackBerry Curve 9310, available July 12th

RIM may not be having the best of times, but it’s still continuing to pump out handsets. Today the company announced the launch of the BlackBerry Curve 9310 in conjunction with Verizon, with the phone running BlackBerry 7.1 as well as featuring a dedicated BBM key for serious messaging addicts. Verizon and RIM are pitching the phone as a social solution, making sure to point out that Facebook and Twitter apps are front and center.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 9, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 9, 2012

Happy Monday, everyone. We're all fully rested and recovered after a crazy mid-week holiday and ensuing weekend. But now that everyone's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, let's get down to business - AT&T 4G LTE hits 74 US markets in newest expansion. Mobile broadband not your speed? Then how about this - Fujitsu announces stylistic Q702 and Lifebook T902 laptops. And, if you think you're getting old, check this out - Study reveals space travel may slow aging process.

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RIM facing lawsuits over broken BlackBerry 10 promises

RIM facing lawsuits over broken BlackBerry 10 promises

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins may be confident the decision to delay BlackBerry 10 was sound, but the company's shareholders may not be so accommodating, with threats of lawsuits over misrepresentation. Under scrutiny is just how much Heins and the rest of the RIM board knew of the potential for delay while still publicly promising it would arrive in late 2012, the NYT reports, with uncertainty over when, exactly, the decision to change the launch timetable was made.

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RIM CEO on BlackBerry 10 delay: “I could still see the seams”

RIM CEO on BlackBerry 10 delay: “I could still see the seams”

RIM chief exec Thorsten Heins has again defended the company's decision to delay BlackBerry 10 devices, saying he was dissatisfied with the remaining flaws in what's intended to be a "seamless environment." RIM recently confirmed that phones running BlackBerry 10 would now arrive in early 2013, rather than late 2012 as previously promised; Heins told The Globe and Mail that "the goal of BlackBerry 10 is to bring some of the best technologies in the world together in a seamless environment" and that he was frustrated by how the company's software engineers hadn't quite achieved that.

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BlackBerry app world hits 3 billion downloads

BlackBerry app world hits 3 billion downloads

I think it's easy for many of us to give up BlackBerry as a dead platform. Certainly, BlackBerry smartphones are nowhere near as popular as they were in years past. BlackBerry is taking a market share beating at the hands of Android and iOS. RIM has officially announced some interesting news for the BlackBerry App World.

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RIM says no holidays and forces a six-day workweek in BlackBerry 10 push

RIM says no holidays and forces a six-day workweek in BlackBerry 10 push

RIM is taking a beating in market share for the smartphone industry as its fortunes have taken a drastic turn for the worse in the last several years. RIMs BlackBerry smartphones went from being some of the preferred smartphones to being largely ignored by both business users and your average consumer in the face of more popular and better performing competition from Apple and Android. RIM is looking to its coming OS BlackBerry 10 to save it.

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RIM cash reserves threatened by carrier fee cut demands

RIM cash reserves threatened by carrier fee cut demands

RIM's financial struggles to make it through until BlackBerry 10 hits the market early next year are set to increase, with carriers pressuring the Canadian company to slim its monthly server fees. Operators like AT&T and Verizon have each demanded a reduction in the fees RIM charges for subscribers to access BlackBerry servers, Bloomberg reports, something the company is understandably reluctant to do as they account for more than a third of annual revenue.

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