Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2012 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RIM, blackberry, microsoft, exFAT
While the news was enough to bump RIM stocks up somewhat this morning, the deal inked between Microsoft and RIM does not have Microsoft licensing hardware or software to RIM, instead it is the other way around. RIM is licensing the exFAT operating system for use in its phones at an undisclosed price per device. We know that Microsoft has charged $15/device from some other mobile companies; not that they paid it that way, instead it took a court case for Microsoft to get their full price. Where exactly RIM is going to find the resources to pay for this deal is a mystery, the already cash strapped company is currently suffering from their new OSes failure to launch on time. At least their new phones will be using a common format for their flash storage, assuming the company lasts until the BlackBerry 10 can be marketed. More over at The Register.
"Shares of Research in Motion spiked briefly on Tuesday on news that the struggling smartphone maker had signed a new licensing agreement with Microsoft, but investors who hoped the deal meant Redmond would bundle BlackBerry technology with its phones were in for a disappointment."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Nvidia puts Tesla K20 GPU coprocessor through its paces @ The Register
- Intel Medfield struggling against ARM platforms, say Taiwan makers @ DigiTimes
- LSI shows 12Gbps SAS cards running at speed @ SemiAccurate
- TP-LINK N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter (TL-WDN3200) Review @ Madshrimps
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2012 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RIM, blackberry, IBM
One of the scariest things about the failure of RIM to recover from its attempts to move into the consumer market is the damage being done to the services they supply to businesses. The Enterprise Services Division of RIM handles the servers which ensure secure delivery of messages over the cellular network and is one of the main reasons that RIM devices and the BlackBerry Enterprise Server are the preferred choice of many institutions. If RIM goes down then that ability to ensure security and to remotely administrate devices will go down with them. That is why this story on The Register will make many sysadmins very happy, not only is someone interested in purchasing that business unit, the company that is interested is IBM. They do not have any interest in the actual BlackBerry phones, so this could mean that BES type management could be expanded to more devices and the death of RIM may not mean the death of secure delivery of business emails. Pity about the CPP though.
"IBM is reportedly interested in snapping up the enterprise services division of troubled BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion.
Well-placed sources whispered to Bloomberg that Big Blue could help Canadian mobile biz RIM by taking the unit off its hands, and has already made an informal approach about it."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Building a better Kinect with a… pager motor? @ Hack a Day
- Blizzard pwned: Gamers' email, encrypted passwords slurped @ The Register
- Samsung slips Radeon HD 7870M into yellow Series 7 Gamer laptop @ The Inquirer
- AMD offers only more TSMC capacity for Qualcomm @ The Inquirer
- Dorcy (46-4415) MetalGear 160-Lumens 3xAA LED Flashlight Review @ ModSynergy
Introduction, Design and Ergonomics
BlackBerry is proof of the tech industry’s merciless pace of innovation. Five years ago, Research in Motion (the company responsible for BlackBerry) seemed to be on the top of the mobile world. Its phones offered unique functionality that, although sometimes replicated by competitors, was generally considered world-class. If you were interested in doing more with your phone than making calls, a BlackBerry handset was a solid choice.
Today, however, the brand is considered to be on its last legs. This perception is an exaggeration – BlackBerry devices are still popular the world over – but the company’s position has certainly been compromised by iOS and Android phones. Attempts to counter these competitors with devices like the touchscreen BlackBerry Storm haven’t gained much traction.
BlackBerry is quite late to that party, however – it took years to finally develop an iPhone/Android fighter, and even now the company seems somehow skeptical that touchscreen phones are all-that, so it’s little surprise that it’s behind the competition. Tablets, however, are a different story. Today we’re going to be looking at the BlackBerry PlayBook, which has actually joined the tablet crowd quite early. In my opinion, it’s the fourth credible tablet to hit the market, the other three being the iPad/2, the Xoom and the Galaxy Tab. Does it present something new to this small group, or does it falter like BlackBerry's touchscreen phones?
Continue reading to get our full review of the new Blackberry Playbook tablet!
Subject: Mobile | April 19, 2011 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: RIM, blackberry, playbook, tablet
It has been a long wait for the 7.6" by 5.1" BlackBerry PlayBook, smaller than some competitors but also lighter. It fully supports Adobe Flash, another benefit on top of its main competitor but Wired had trouble finding any other benefits. Check out their full review to see what they thought.
"The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is a good-looking piece of hardware.
Like the proto-humans in 2001: A Space Odyssey, you’ll be eager to touch the monolithic object’s black, buttonless visage. But once you do, things get a little more complicated."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- The BlackBerry PlayBook @ AnandTech
- RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Review @ TechReviewSource
- Samsung Galaxy Tab Review @ Hardware Secrets
- LG Optimus Pad / T-Mobile G-Slate Tablet @ Techapot
- Motorola Atrix hands-on review @ The Inquirer
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Smartphone Review @ t-break
- Coolermaster Storm SF-19 @ XSReviews
- Mobile CPU Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Powermat Wireless Charging Unit & Receiving Unit Review @ eTeknix
- System76 Serval Professional Sandy Bridge @ Phoronix
- HP Pavilion g6x Review @ TechReviewSource
- GIGABYTE T1125N-CF1 11.6-inch Tablet Convertible Notebook @ Tweaktown
- Alienware M11x R3 Gaming Laptop Review @ HardwareHeaven
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