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    When RIM launches BlackBerry 10, we know to expect a couple different basic hardware layouts, similar to the options currently available from BlackBerry 7 devices. There's definitely going to be a full touchscreen device from the get-go, and we're also expecting a more traditional BlackBerry with a hardware QWERTY keyboard. These models have been showing up in leaked docs time and time again. Now, RIM is going official with BB10 resolution support on its developer blog, revealing just what display options the new platform will support. RIM is aiming for two basic resolutions in all its ...

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    Like it or not, but a carrier's support, especially in a country like the US, can make or break a phone - or even a platform's - chance for success. Sprint's been chatting a bit about its expectations for the remainder of 2012 and 2013, giving us a little insight into its attitudes towards some upcoming launches. We all know that RIM has a tremendous amount riding on the launch of BlackBerry 10, and a failure for BB10 to catch on could very well mean the company's demise. Sprint seems cautiously optimistic towards the platform, with a carrier spokesman pointing out what it sees as "some ...

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    Not so very long ago BlackBerry filled a niche, providing near real-time communications for corporate "suit" on-the-go. The popularity of RIM's devices soon spread to the masses. After a very successful run, the BlackBerry faced a fork in the road. I'm reminded of the 1990's when Palm was the leader and had amassed a huge following, so large in fact that they made the decision to license their OS to manufacturers. Soon Palm OS was popping up on other devices (Handspring comes to mind) and the number and variety of devices was steadily increasing. Last week Stephen Schenck posted an ...

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    RIM CEO Thorsten Heins recently spoke with The Telegraph, sharing details of the company's struggles, goals, and its plans for the future. Yesterday, we talked about what Heins had to say about the potential for licensing BlackBerry 10 to other device manufacturers, but even going in the BB10 direction wasn't always a sure thing for the company. Heins also talks about considering dropping BlackBerry software in favor of another company's platform, and why RIM ultimately rejected the idea. Although it's something Heins reveals RIM looked into, in the end he says it "took the conscious ...

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    Following all the signs that a new 4G-enabled BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was in the works, rumors had been pointing to the possibility for the refreshed tablet to finally launch late last month. We've missed that date, but RIM's not about to keep us guessing. In a statement released today, the company announces the coming availability of the tablet next week, while CEO Thorsten Heins separately discusses RIM's future, including how the business may change with the arrival of BlackBerry 10. First off, the PlayBook: this LTE-capable version also gets a CPU boost over the initial WiFi ...

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    Ever since the BlackBerry PlayBook first launched, we've been wondering about the chances for seeing a couple other variants on the model. The first, one that would be cellular-enabled, rather than relying on a WiFi connection, looks like it's nearly about to become a reality, and may launch as soon as tomorrow. The other change would be to introduce a larger version of the tablet, and so far this one's only been in the rumor stage. Back in February, we heard that such a 10-inch PlayBook had been spotted, but no imagery of the hardware emerged. Today we get out first full-on look at the ...

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    It's hard to discuss RIM nowadays without dwelling upon its uncertain future. Though we've seen leaked documents that give us a pretty clear view of where the company hopes to be headed over the next year or so, RIM's also inundated by rumor after rumor that it will sell off key assets, partner-up with competitors, or otherwise make some sweeping change to its business model. Earlier this month, we looked at one-such possible outcome, with a render of a concept phone showing how a RIM-manufactured Windows Phone handset might look. Today, we've got another BlackBerry concept design to check ...

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    RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablets are unique among the company's current-generation hardware as they're the only ones, according to leaked RIM documents, at least, that are on-track for getting upgrades to BlackBerry 10 when it arrives early next year. We've been hearing that sometime before then, RIM would come out with a 4G-capable PlayBook, and we caught a glimpse at what looks like the tablet back in April (above). More recently, there have been rumors that the manufacturer would use the opportunity of introducing a new model to upgrade the tablet's processor, as well. Now the new 4G ...

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    From ultramodern trailblazer in the late '90s, to common communicator in the mid-'00s, to symbol of the marginalized "dumbphone" today, flip and clamshell phones have undergone quite the status shift over the last two decades. I've talked before about how awesome the flip form factor was and how much I miss it, and it turns out I'm not alone. Lots of commenters showed up at the end of that piece to share their fondness for the clamshell phones of old, and recently editor-in-chief Brandon Miniman suggested we take a quick look at some of the most well-known, and some of the more obscure, ...

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    A couple weeks back, we heard some rumors that RIM might be considering pulling a Nokia, and give up the fight to keep BlackBerry alive, instead transitioning to becoming a Windows Phone manufacturer. For however unlikely that may sound, it's an intriguing prospect to mull over. At the time, we whipped-up a quick-and-dirty shoop showing what just such a device might look like, based on existing RIM BlackBerry hardware. Of course, if RIM actually followed-through with such a plan, we'd be seeing all-new models arrive. Artist Michal Bonikowsi took a stab at what such gear might look like, ...

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    Even with BlackBerry 10 not arriving until early 2013, we've been hearing a ton about the platform lately, checking out leaks that revealed new features in addition to a roadmap looking at some of the first BB10 hardware. Today, RIM held a shareholder conference during which it revealed some more interesting details about how BlackBerry 10 will arrive, looking both at the impact it will have on existing BlackBerry 7 gear, as well as what it will mean for BlackBerry Messenger. BlackBerry 7 is coming up on its one year birthday; it's no spring chicken any longer, and certainly won't be by ...

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    If it's not one thing, it's another. No matter how great the latest smartphone to arrive sounds on paper, spend enough time actually using it, and you'll always end up finding something that bugs you. It might be a problem with the build quality, or some unintuitive software, but users will always find something to complain about. FixYa's been keeping track of the complaints it hears regarding several popular models, giving us a look at some of the top user-reported issues. In the Android camp, we've got the brand-new Galaxy S III, as well as the Galaxy Nexus. For both models, the ...

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    "BlackBerry," you may be ready to ask, "isn't that a dead platform?" Sure, RIM's long-term prospects are a bit uncertain, at best, but the company's PlayBook tablet is still an interesting piece of hardware, and for today only you can snag one at what might be the lowest price we've ever seen. Daily Steals, the same site that had the Sony LiveView smartwatch for just $20 last month, is selling refurbished 16GB PlayBooks for only $120 plus $5 shipping for the rest of the day. Why would you want a year-old tablet? For starters, the leaked RIM roadmap we took a look at yesterday shows that ...

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    Last week, a series of leaks attempted to answer some of our lingering questions about BlackBerry 10, including that of what hardware would be arriving when. What we had known as the London was depicted in these docs as RIM's L-series, while the Nevada showed up as the N-series. Now a newly-leaked roadmap attempts to give us an updated sense of when these models will arrive, as well as looks at a few others that are planned for further down the line. While we first heard that the London might arrive as soon as September, this roadmap reflects newer plans to delay the platform's release ...

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    Those who were eagerly anticipating BlackBerry 10 devices will be deeply disappointed as Research In Motion has postponed the arrival of the gadgets until 2013 -- because development has "proven to be more time-consuming than anticipated". Unnamed sources said that the Canadian company is considering its options after admitting that the company might not survive with its current strategy. One of these options would be to follow Nokia's example and strike a strategic alliance with Microsoft to deliver BlackBerry handsets running on the Windows Phone platform. Such an option could also ...

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    The stream of newly-leaked BlackBerry 10 materials continues to keep flowing, and N4BB's got yet another leaked slide that appears to be from the same set of RIM documents we got to look at earlier. This time, we get to take a look at how RIM plans to use hardware QWERTY keyboards in concert with on-screen touch input. The system RIM puts forth here is pretty straightforward; users will see a limited version of BB10's full virtual keyboard when working on a device like one in the recently-revealed N-series. That on-screen display will offer word suggestions, saving you a few keystrokes, as ...

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    Following yesterday's release of a leaked slide depicting RIM's upcoming L-series and N-series BlackBerry 10 handsets, N4BB continues to publish some apparently insider documents, this time giving us a look at how BlackBerry Messenger may appear on the company's new operating system. Yesterday's imagery mentioned the use of OLED screen components in RIM's future lineup, a decision that appears to be affecting app design, as well. As you can can see in these graphics, the company has been working on a new BBM that features configurable color themes, including options for a darker appearance ...

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    The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha has managed to give us an early look at what RIM is working on for the next iteration of its operating system, but we've known not to expect a commercial release of that model itself. Instead, we've been looking forward to a number of different devices, revealed by name in the Dev Alpha software. A new leak out today gives us a peek at two of these models, including a few hardware details. The BlackBerry London is one codename we've been hearing about for ages, going back to last fall. What we see today is a far cry from the unusual styling first revealed in ...

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    Spotify is starting to take things seriously with the recent (and highly anticipated) iPad app and it's brand new, revamped Android flavor which now supports Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphones. However, those rocking Research in Motion-made phones can also join the streaming music party. If you hit up the source link below you will be taken to the BlackBerry App World page for Spotify where the current version has a timestamp in the future (of July 19, 2012). That aside, if you have a BB OS 5-, 6- and even some 7-powered smartphone(s), you can grab the app for free and take advantage ...

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    RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook already has a name for itself as the tablet of choice for users looking for cross-platform compatibility, thanks to its ability to run repackaged Android apps. That was cool enough on its own, but a new software package has the potential to revolutionize the tablet's ability to run apps from competing smartphone platforms, supporting iOS programs. Demonstration videos of the system first appeared over the weekend, and following some initial bouts of skepticism, it's all seeming very much real. The developer has also prepared an iOS simulator for Windows, where it ...

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    February 21 was a memorable day for BlackBerry Playbook owners who are around one million all over the world, because the platform refresh brought some changes like native email, calendar and contacts sync, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn integration. The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Beta should land today, if Michael Clewley's tweet, (he's the PlayBook Product Manager) is to be believed. He said "end of May" and it doesn't get more "end of May" than today. There is no change log yet attached to the platform refresh beta but according to the image above we can guess that it will at least ...

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    Back in December, the team here at Pocketnow gave you some of our predictions for the new year, including our guesses at which companies or platforms would be the biggest losers for 2012. Almost across the board, we fingered RIM as facing some very bumpy time ahead. So far this year, we've been hearing plenty about what BlackBerry 10 will mean for the company, but there's been little in the way of developments to its existing product lineup; we heard a little about the 9320 and 9220, and learned of software updates for the PlayBook, but saw little in the way of forward momentum from RIM. ...

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    Last we heard about the possibility for RIM bringing BlackBerry Messenger support to non-RIM smartphone platforms, things were actually looking up for the chances of seeing something like that happen. Rumors about BBM on the iPhone or Android have persisted for years, and despite them never seeming to go anywhere, every so often some new info pops-up that revives the speculation. Back in April, that came as a screenshot supposedly revealing the in-progress Android BBM app. It may not have given us much of an idea on when such software would be released, but at least seemed to suggest that ...

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    The latest IDC numbers are in and they seem to further confirm the trends not just only for those who closely follow the numbers but also for those who follow the industry and what happens in this fast-moving world. Not much has changed at the top of the mobile world, in terms of top six smartphone Operating Systems; Android and iOS are sitting comfortably in the highest positions. Google and Apple have both consolidated their position. Android has a market share of 59.0% in 2012 Q1 (growing from 2011 Q1's 36.1%, with increased shipments from 36.1 million units to a whopping 89.9) while ...

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    The GPS navigator, a common sight in cars just a few years ago, is already on its way out, due in no small part to having its role swallowed-up by more and more powerful smartphones. Besides just the convenience of reducing the number of gadgets you rely on, using a smartphone as your GPS brings new levels of connectedness to the navigation experience, taking advantage of cellular data to its fullest. Today we've got GPS nav news on two fronts, with RIM announcing a deal to get its systems the latest traffic data, and Google Maps running into some odd issues with voice prompts. BlackBerry ...

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