Archive for: Blackberry

Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry Gets Release Date, Launch Market, And $2000 Price Tag.

  • December 23, 2011 9:14 am

Remember that awesome Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981 we talked about back in October? We finally have a date, market, and price — The P’9981 will be a UK exclusive at uxury department store, Harrods and be available in “late December” for $1998.

Besides the fancy design, what’s the P’9981 packing to rationalize such a high price? Nothing, really. But we can’t help still feeling a bit of lust for this lovely little device despite the sadness and shame that has become the BlackBerry OS running on board.

UK residents: Will you be picking up a Porsche Design P’9981?

RIM’s Alleged Porn Problem Is BS.

  • December 19, 2011 7:19 am

I’ll be upfront about my views on RIM and their BlackBerry platform: it’s woefully outdated and heading down the dangerous path of extinction. But if we’re going to criticze RIM’s failures and shortcomings, let’s actually do so to things which are legitimately their own problems — not this developing “story” (via: The Telegraph) about an alleged pornography problem on BlackBerry phones.

News flash: Any smartphone can pull up a bajillion (scientific number) different porn sites. Parental controls are great and all, but let’s be honest with ourselves. Most kids who’ve grown up with cellphones and smartphones already know how to get around such things.

As for claims that RIM’s specialized network, which uses their own servers to handle BlackBerry services contributing to the problem, we call BS. While the normal method of using NOC filters in the UK wasn’t specifically used by RIM to protect kiddies from the naughties of the web, RIM did provide tools/services for UK cellular carriers to make use of. The only problem: Only T-Mobile UK actually made use of said tools.

So why is Ofcom calling out RIM? Beats me. But “protecting children” isn’t the first/sole motivation. That is, unless there’s more to this story that hasn’t been revealed yet.

All that said, we have a hard time believing that presiding members of government and Ofcom are really incompetent enough to believe BlackBerries are the only devices which can be exploited by youngsters to view naughty bits — oh wait…no we’re not. Hopefully RIM can talk some common sense into Ofcom and the local cellular carriers, and maybe even convince them to use the tools they’ve already provided to deal with such problems. Stay tuned.

Bolt BlackBerry Browser Is Dead.

  • December 13, 2011 7:22 am

Well this is sad — The Bolt BlackBerry browser, originally launched in 2009, is officially dead. A message posted to Bolt’s website simply reads:

“Dear BOLT User,

The free BOLT mobile browsing service will be discontinued. Unfortunately, the economic circumstances prevent us from running a free service going forward. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your loyalty and support.

The BOLT Team”

The specific mention of “free service” seems to suggest that the Bolt team could be working on a new offering that would require some type of payment whether it be a one-time charge or recurring monthly payment. Though, at this time any such speculation is purely rumor.

While the BlackBerry browser has come pretty far since the earlier 4.x days, it’s still a pretty pathetic option, meaning 3rd party options such as Opera and (up until today) Bolt made web browsing on RIM’s smartphone platform bearable.

Now that one of the better 3rd party browsers for BlackBerry is dead, what will you turn to, dear BlackBerry reader?

Say Hello To RIM’s First BlackBerry 10 Slider, The BlackBerry Milan.

  • December 7, 2011 1:11 pm

Hard specs for the upcoming BBX BlackBerry 10-powered “Milan” (see: left) still aren’t known at this point. But if looks alone are anything to go by, we’d have to at least say RIM’s future still has some faint glimmers of hope. If they can get their software up to par and competitive with the competition, we’ll have some Canadian gear to lust after once again. Please, RIM. Don’t screw this up.

RIM Loses Trademark Battle With BASIS International. BBX Officially Renamed “BlackBerry 10″

  • December 6, 2011 11:35 pm

Too bad RIM didn’t plan well enough ahead when deciding to take the “BBX” name as the label for their next-gen mobile OS, specifically in clearing all trademarks and making sure they actually own the name. The company just announced at BlackBerry DevCon Asia that their upcoming “BBX” operating system is now officially known as “BlackBerry 10″ (likely due to losing a key trademark battle with BASIS International whom owns the “BBX” trademark/name).

You’d think RIM would have secured this well ahead of schedule with as much as the company’s future hedges on this next-gen OS. Oh well.

RIM Dumped $1.4 Billion Into R&D In 2010 (And A Similar Amount In 2009). What’s To Show For It?

  • November 15, 2011 3:56 pm

According to Research Info$ource, RIM tried harder than ever in 2010 to pump out truly unique, innovative products as is evident by a reported massive $1.4 billion R&D price tag. The year before in 2009 was also a big year, with RIM spending slightly less ($1.1 Billion) on R&D as well. Considering one of RIM’s biggest competitors, Apple, spent “only” $1.3 Billion on R&D in 2009, one has to ask exactly what the hell RIM is doing behind closed doors, and why can’t they get anyone excited about their products. (No really. Watch their BBX keynote. It’s a glorified train wreck of an infomercial.)

There are two possible scenarios…

Adobe: “Flash Is Dying”. RIM: MOAR FLASH!

  • November 9, 2011 10:29 pm

Adobe may be throwing in the towel on mobile Flash but that doesn’t mean 3rd party manufacturers have to. And while we thought it would be at least a few days before we saw any “save Flash” proponents come out of hiding, RIM has gone and proven us wrong.

In a statement to AllThingsD after Adobe’s official announcement earlier today, RIM re-iterated their commitment to Flash (and HTML5) moving forward:

“As an Adobe source code licensee, we will continue to work on and release our own implementations. RIM remains committed to delivering an uncompromised Web browsing experience to our customers, including native support for Adobe Flash Player on our BlackBerry PlayBook tablet (similar to a desktop PC browser), as well as HTML5 support on both our BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook browsers.”

Yes, we know. Flash has some advantages in certain areas that web based technologies still can’t match. But honestly, those scenarios are few and far between and shrinking with each passing month. Clinging to Flash as a selling point won’t help RIM sell any more hardware. In fact, the importance of Flash as dictated by many an Android manufacturer has fallen on deaf ears. The mainstream market doesn’t see Flash as a major selling point. If it did, the iPad wouldn’t be the tablet market as we speak. Though in all fairness, RIM can’t simply cut and run. Doing so would leave an already fragile developer/consumer market looking for the exit — something RIM really doesn’t need.

RIM’s decision to keep Flash along for the ride for now is most likely the best. But if they get too comfortable (as they have over the last couple of years) with Flash riding shotgun, it’s going to result in more disappointment for everyone.