Archive for: Blackberry

“Government 2.0″ Spells Trouble For RIM, Microsoft.

  • May 31, 2011 1:28 pm

BlackBerries and Microsoft software have become synonymous with government. Where there is one there is the other. RIM and Microsoft have both long held the dominant positions in the corporate world, especially in the government sector, with RIM excelling in low data usage, great battery life, and bulletproof security. Microsoft too favors extreme security when needed and robust applications so that everyone has a choice. But that world is crashing down thanks to the onslaught of consumer devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and army of Android devices.

As the Washington Post details “Government 2.0, it becomes very clear RIM is beginning to approach the same cliff Nokia is currently facing — tanking sales and fledging interest signal a very bleak future unless RIM can turn things around and actually create something exciting when compared to the current competition.

For example, the president now has a new friend in his iPad, the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosions) uses iPads to monitor suspects, and a number of other government agencies including the State Department, the Army, the Department of Veterans Affairs, NASA, and the General Services Administration are all adopting Apple’s latest gear in some form or fashion. (It’s also worth noting Microsoft needs to keep a close eye on the situation as the same agencies listed are also making large strides towards webmail services such as Google’s Gmail.)

For government and corporate workers looking to bring more of their civilian/consumer lives to work, things are looking good. The incumbents that have long provided their traditional services, however, are in for a rude awakening.

Sprint’s WiMAX PlayBook Outed By Google, Bing, And Friends.

  • May 30, 2011 11:16 am

We already know a BlackBerry PlayBook sporting Sprint’s WiMAX 4G network is on the way, slated for release sometime this summer. While official acknowledgement from RIM and Sprint is still forthcoming, it appears Google, Bing, and pretty much any other search engine can peek on what Sprint still wants to keep hidden (as seen above). The link redirects to the homepage meaning confirmed specs, release date, and pricing information is still anyone’s guess. With that said, guess away after the break…

BlackBerry Apollo Groped On Video.

  • May 30, 2011 10:41 am

The lesser known next-gen BlackBerry Apollo may not be as “wow”-worthy with its more powerful brethren with its 800 MHz Marvell Tavor CPU MG-1 processor and 480 x 360 display, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t a market for an ultra-long running updated BlackBerry device. Vietnamese site Tinh.te managed to get a hold of a BlackBerry Apollo and preview it accordingly. Their take: nice hardware and rather speedy. Hop inside for the video…

BlackBerry Torch 2 Gets Video Walkthrough.

  • May 28, 2011 11:31 pm

The BlackBerry Torch 2 may still lack a date, confirmed specs, and acknowledgement from RIM, but that doesn’t mean people with loose lips and equally loose hands won’t leak said pre-release hardware to sites such as TechBuffalo so we gadget loving folk as a whole can enjoy the latest and greatest.

For the record, the current BlackBerry Torch 2 hardware looks to include the following: 1.2 GHz processor, 3.2″ VGA 480 x 640 display, 768 MB of RAM + 8 GB of built-in storage, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, quad-band GSM and tri-band HSPA, and your standard allotment of WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS.

But enough of the past. Video after the break…

RIM: “Lawsuit Citing False And Misleading Statements Untrue.”

  • May 27, 2011 9:38 am

A recent lawsuit filed against RIM alleging that the Canadian-based BlackBerry maker made “false and intentionally misleading statements about its financial future to investors” have been rebuked by RIM. Today, the company issued a statement claiming the lawsuit and its allegations are “untrue and without merit”.

A lawsuit about lying to investors on the state of their product portfolio is the last thing RIM needs to be worrying about right now…

Unannounced BlackBerry Curve 9350 (Sedona) And 9370 (Apollo) Leaked [Videos]

  • May 25, 2011 1:25 pm

It appears RIM forgot to mention a couple of new devices at the recent BlackBerry World conference. A 4-video strong army has made its way to the web this afternoon showing off two new, unannounced BlackBerry devices — the Curve 9350 (Sedona) and 9370 (Apollo). Following conventions numbering schemes we can assert that the 9350 will be CDMA-bound while it’s 9370 sibling will enjoy a less restrictive trek on GSM airwaves (likely T-Mobile).

Official specs aren’t known at this time, however, we can’t see why they wouldn’t share similar internals with the Bold Touch — that is, 480 x 360 HVGA display, HSPA/WIFI/GPS/NFC, 5-megapixel camera w/ auto-focus, 512 MB of RAM, and 800MHz-1.2GHz processor. Next up on our list: The BlackBerry 9900 Monza.

Check out a quartet of official tutorial videos running atop the new “mystery” hardware after the break…

RIM’s BlackBerry OS 7 Leaks Ahead Of Schedule. Useless On Current Hardware.

  • May 24, 2011 11:06 pm

If ever there was a time for bittersweet labels, it is now. A pre-release copy of RIM’s BlackBerry OS 7 has reportedly leaked online tonight. The bad news: said software is incompatible with legacy BlackBerry hardware pre-dating the recently announced 9900/9930 devices (read: all currently available BlackBerry hardware). With that said, BlackBerry enthusiasts should no doubt have fun poking around the new code looking for bits and pieces to extract and port over to OS 6.

Download: Pre-release BlackBerry OS 7

iPhone Hardware Encryption Cracked.

  • May 24, 2011 9:15 am

Hoard water, beef jerky, and batteries for Apple’s hardware-based iPhone encryption has been cracked! (Sounds like a CNN title, eh?) In reality, the threat isn’t quite as bad as it initially sounds. For starters, the company responsible for the discovery, ElcomSoft, says that only the backups of iPhones are retrievable. Add to that the fact that you’ll need to have physical access to the iPhone you’re trying to actually trying to break in to adds a level of difficulty. Finally, you’ll need some pretty beefy hardware to decrypt AES 256-bit security.

With that said, law enforcement and intelligence agencies can acquire an “Enhanced Forensic Access” toolkit that includes ElcomSoft’s Phone Password Breaker as well as various other tools designed to break even the toughest security. In regards to the newly cracked iPhone hardware encryption, ElcomSoft used a bit-to-bit image decryption method eventually exposing both iOS and even BlackBerry backups. Persons not part of the intelligence or law enforcement agencies can still walk away with ElcomSoft’s Phone Password Breaker tool sans many of the tools included in the paid “non-consumer” version.

The full account can be found over at ElcomSoft’s website here (PDF).

Law Firm Investigating RIM For Securities Law Violations.

  • May 23, 2011 2:16 pm

Canadian based Research In Motion have a new burden to worry about; Law firm Holzer Holzer & Fistel, LLC have announced that they have launched an investigation focusing on RIM’s potential federal securities law violations. The basis of their investigation centers around previous statements made by RIM between December 2010 and April 2011 that the firm claims are/were misleading and intentionally false. Essentially, Holzer Holzer & Fistel is accusing RIM of trying to cover up an aging product lineup with promises of much better things to come to avoid a drop in share value.

We’re not legal experts by any means so we can’t comment on just how “fair” or “right” such a statement and investigation is. Nonetheless, we are sure that RIM doesn’t need the added weight of a possible lawsuit on their hands in the midst of a massive re-invention of the brand.