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#Research In Motion

# research-in-motion - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

Long-overdue Blackberry makeover to be unveiled

Most analysts consider a BlackBerry 10 success to be crucial for the company’s long-term viability.

# research-in-motion - Friday 30 March, 2012

'We can't do everything ourselves': Blackberry to focus on corporate customers

Makers Research in Motion have seen their devices struggle against the likes of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android.

# research-in-motion - Monday 23 January, 2012

CEOs who founded Blackberry maker RIM to step down

The once iconic company has struggled to compete with innovations such as Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone in recent years.

# research-in-motion - Monday 17 October, 2011

BlackBerry aims to placate angry customers after disruptions

The company’s customers will be offered free app downloads after outages left millions without services last week.

# research-in-motion - Thursday 13 October, 2011

BlackBerry says 'significant improvement' in service

The company says it is continuing to monitor the situation as services are slowly being restored to full working order following a three-day blackout across the globe.

# research-in-motion - Tuesday 11 October, 2011

BlackBerry users hit by second day of international outages BlackBerry

BlackBerry users hit by second day of international outages

Problems with the smartphone now appear to have spread to four continents, despite earlier claims that they had been fixed.

# research-in-motion - Monday 10 October, 2011

BlackBerry users hit by international network breakdown BlackBerry

BlackBerry users hit by international network breakdown

Up to ten million users across Europe and the Middle East were reportedly left without services today.

# research-in-motion - Wednesday 3 August, 2011

In pictures: Check out the new BlackBerry touchscreen smartphones BlackBerry This post contains images

In pictures: Check out the new BlackBerry touchscreen smartphones

Five new BlackBerry devices have been launched today, one of which is a touchscreen-only smartphone to rival the iPhone and Android models.

# research-in-motion - Wednesday 13 July, 2011

Blackberry's new products target dominance of iPhone and Android

The manufacturer Research in Motion indicated that a new OS and new phones will jump a generation.

# research-in-motion - Monday 16 May, 2011

BlackBerry maker recalls batch of faulty PlayBook tablets

Around 1,000 PlayBook tablets are recalled after a defective operating system made it impossible for the device to be set up.

# research-in-motion - Wednesday 23 February, 2011

Reports say that the iPad 2 is out next week

The latest reports contradict earlier rumours that the launch would be delayed until the summer.

# research-in-motion - Friday 8 October, 2010

UAE and BlackBerry resolve security dispute

Research In Motion reaches an agreement with the Emirates to avoid having the handsets banned from the country.

# research-in-motion - Tuesday 28 September, 2010

Is this the device to beat the iPad?

Research In Motion, the manufacturers of the BlackBerry, launch the PlayBook: a business-focused tablet machine.

# research-in-motion - Sunday 15 August, 2010

INDIAN AUTHORITIES may have reached a deal with Research in Motion (RIM) over the encryption of BlackBerry messages.

Concerns that the device could be used by terrorists to plan attacks led to India marking a 31 August deadline for the means to read instant messages and emails sent via BlackBerry. Without an agreement in place by then, the government will ban the smartphone.

RIM, which manufactures the device, has indicated that it will provide a technical solution to the government next week, but the government will need time for its analysts to test if the solution works.

A similar deal was reached between RIM and Saudi Arabia recently, with the company agreeing to provide the codes necessary for accessing BlackBerry users’ messages stored in domestic servers in Saudi Arabia.

The main concern in this situation was communication between unrelated men and women in Saudi Arabia, which is legally restricted.

The UAE is planning to impose a ban on the handsets from October over fears they may be used by terrorists or assassins.

The agreements see a marked change in RIM’s attitude to privacy; the company had built BlackBerry’s reputation on the strength of its data protection.

Indian authorities will also approach Google and Skype with concerns over cyber-spying and planned attacks.

# research-in-motion - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

SAUDI ARABIA has scrappedits decision to ban the BlackBerry smartphone, after the smartphone’s manufacturer struck a deal to use domestic servers to store users’ chat messages – and give the government access to it.

Saudi Arabia joined the United Arab Emirates in declaring last month that the methods used by the popular smartphones in storing data offshore – outside of the jurisdiction of local laws – presented a threat to national security.

Now, however, the phone’s manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) has handed over certain codes to the Saudi authorities that would allow the government to access messages sent using its popular BlackBerry Messenger tool.

The arrangement gives the government access to secure domestic servers on which the messaging data is stored, but only allows the government to view messages sent to and from Saudi BlackBerry owners.

The country’s three mobile networks tested their own inland servers – previously RIM had routed all chat data to its own encrypted servers housed in its native Canada – and found that they abided by local data protection laws.

The threat from the Saudi government, according to opponents of the move, is intended to limit communication between unrelated men and women, which is currently heavily restricted by law.

The United Arab Emirates, however, is more concerns with security protection since the killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai, in which fake Irish passports were used. It says it will not implemented its ban on the handsets until October.

RIM’s woes are not over, however, with the news that the Indian government has raised similar data concerns and is keen to implement its own Saudi-style solution, which would be accessed during ‘times of emergency’.

# research-in-motion - Tuesday 3 August, 2010

THE MAKERS OF the BlackBerry smartphone are reportedly planning to launch a new tablet PC in November that will be in direct competition with the iPad.

Research In Motion (RIM) is said to be planning a touch-screen device with a 9.7″ screen, the same size as that of Apple’s product. Crucially, however, the device will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options – which will allow users to access the internet through their existing BlackBerry smartphones.

iPad users wishing to use online services are currently required to either be within range of a Wi-Fi network, if they bought a Wi-Fi only model, or to buy a more expensive model featuring 3G capabilities which requires its own dedicated SIM card.

RIM have bought the rights to the domain name, indicating that they may intend to also name their device similarly to Apple’s product.

It’s easy to understand RIM’s eagerness to make inroads in the tablet computer market, with Apple selling 3 million iPads within 80 days of the product’s launch.

Bloomberg quotes one analyst as saying RIM “can’t wait for a second generation of devices from Apple or they’ll fall too far behind.”

It is expected that pricing for the device will be broadly in line with that of the iPad – though significantly, as it wouldn’t be sold with a SIM card, the device could be made available through a wider variety of retail outlets.

The iPad is currently only available in its Wi-Fi only incarnations from Apple itself or selected resellers, but a BlackPad could be more widely available in high street electronics shops.

We assume, however, that the device would be barred in the United Arab Emirates.

# research-in-motion - Tuesday 27 July, 2010

THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES may be thought of as one of the merging business centres of the world – but that hasn’t stopped the country from ruling BlackBerries illegal.

The state declared on Monday that the methods in which the smartphones stores data offshore – outside of the jurisdiction of local laws – presents a threat to national security.

Its Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said the devices – which arrived in the country in 2006 – were essentially made illegal under a 2007 law dealing with offshore data storage.

“As a result of how BlackBerry data is managed and stored, in their current form, certain BlackBerry applications allow people to misuse the service, causing serious social, judicial and national security repercussions,” it said.

The decision – which will likely go down like a lead balloon with the local business industry, and indeed with international travellers visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi – follows a squabble between the UAE and the BlackBerry’s manufacturer, Research In Motion (RIM), last year.

It will be welcomed by competitors like Apple and Google, however, whose iPhone and Android operating systems do not fall foul of such laws.

The state-owned mobile network Etisalat last year required local BlackBerry owners to install what it described as an “update” to their handsets’ software.

RIM insisted, however, that the ‘update’ was in fact spy software allowing the operator – and the government – to access private data, and issued instructions on how to remove the software.

The UAE operates one of the world’s broadest internet censorship routines, banning adult materials, most internet telephony services like Skype, and all web addresses ending with .il – the internet domain of Israel.