That could be the thinking behind why mobile operator T-Mobile has begun blocking Twitter usage in the US, and opening up a customer service debacle, not to mention a public relations one.
While RIM’s PlayBook is late to market, and is receiving a range of positive to negative reviews, RIM has the benefit of a large and loyal user base. Don’t underestimate PlayBook interest in you enterprise just yet. Apple extends iPads beyond iPhone users A recent comScore report suggests that over 72.7 percent of iPad owners, don’t own an iPhone. As …
The BlackBerry PlayBook has received a lot of attention since its official release Tuesday. Much of this attention has been negative, and many felt that RIM’s foray into the tablet market was destined to flop. Initial analysis by the Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets paints a slightly sunnier picture for RIM. The Toronto-based bank projects that around 50,000 PlayBooks …
Since the BlackBerry PlayBook became available in stores yesterday, there have been a string of complaints and notable issues with the device. Many were frustrated by the device’s lack of native email and calendar apps, but those concerns were slightly assuaged by the Bridge App which allowed users to seamlessly connect their new PlayBooks to their existig RIM smartphones. Except …
As we reported earlier, the BlackBerry PlayBook officially went on the market today. One of the most talked about issues with the tablet was its lack of native email and calendar clients. It seems pretty clear that the PlayBook tablet plays best when paired with your BlackBerry smartphone with a “Bridge” application. People can use this app to access their …
Research in Motion is now officially in the tablet business, as its Playbook hits stores today in the U.S. and Canada. The new 7-inch tablet will look to compete in a world dominated by the iPad, whose launch weekend saw massive sales and later saw demand that caused worldwide shortages. People were even scalping them right outside the Apple Store …
Real estate website Zillow said today it has launched a free app for Reasearch in Motion’s BlackBerry smartphones. Zillow said the addition of the BlackBerry app, along with its existing apps for Android, iPhone, and iPad, means more than 90 percent of smartphone users can now access real estate information on more than 100 million properties. The location-based Zillow BlackBerry …
Research in Motion (RIM) is planning to make its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) available on Android and iOS platforms. What’s RIM thinking, and how will a cross-platform BBM impact your enterprise? BBM offers immediate gratification and exclusivity While RIM made a name for itself through its email support, today’s users are much more inclined towards the instant gratification that SMS …
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) announced that it has acquired Gist.
Gist provides information about contacts, by creating a business profile for each one that includes recent news, status updates, and work details. It works by pulling contacts from various inboxes, address books, social networks, and other sources, then adding news, status updates, blog posts, etc.
BlackBerry users who feel ignored every time a report on the mobile industry stops after comparing Android devices and the iPhone have reason to be grateful to Bing. Today, Bing for Mobile updates were announced that will bring the app to more BlackBerry users, add new features, and improve the overall experience to boot.
Starbucks has introduced mobile payments in all of its U.S. stores, allowing people to pay for purchases with select smartphones.
The new mobile payment program now includes 6,800 company-operated stores and more than 1,000 Starbucks in U.S. Target locations.
Today we are pleased to confirm plans for The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) team to join Research In Motion (RIM). We’re excited that the TAT team will be joining RIM and bringing their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone platforms.
There were a couple significant announcements for BlackBerry users today. First off, Google announced that its Google Mobile App for BlackBerry can now not only search for email and contacts on the device, but also search the cloud to find items in Gmail, Google Contacts, and Google Docs.
Only 1% of people regard their wedding ring as their most valued asset, accroding to a survey carried out on Facebook in August on behalf of insurance firm Protect Your Bubble, with 12% of the 500 respondents voting for their iPods as their most prized possession, just outdoing the Blackberry, which received 11.5% of the votes.
Meanwhile, cars were the favourites of only 4% of people on the social network. Dogs got 9% of the vote and cats received 5%.
Verizon and Research in Motion (RIM) announced a new 3G version of the BlackBerry Curve today. It will become available on September 16 in business sales channels, and through Verizon in the coming weeks.
The NPD Group has released a new smartphone report, finding that Motorola and HTC have driven Android to the lead in the U.S. Android is installed on one in three smartphones sold, according to the group.
Meanwhile, for the first time since 2007, RIM has slid to the number 2 position, as Android took the lead.
While Android accounted for 33% of all smartphones purchased in Q2, RIM accounted for 28%. Apple came in third at 22% with the launch of the iPhone 4.
Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled a new security application for BlackBerry called BlackBerry Protect. The product allows users to wirelessly backup, restore, and locate their BlackBerry smartphones.
BlackBerry Protect comes equipped with remote device wipe, remote device lock, a "lost and found" screen, the ability to locate the device on a map, remote activation of the loud ringer.
When announcing its acquisition of RedLaser one week ago, eBay noted that a purchase is made every two seconds using eBay’s mobile apps. Only now, as impressive as that frequency is, the delay between purchases may decrease, since the eBay application for BlackBerry has become available in six more countries.
Fox Mobile has introduced the U.S. launch of Bitbop, a wireless entertainment subscription services that allows smartphone users to view full-length television shows on demand.
The service offers high-quality video and subscribers can choose from a selection of programming from a number of content partners. Full-length movies will be available later this year.
Amazon.com has launched "Kindle for BlackBerry," a new free application that can be downloaded from the retailer’s website.
Kindle for BlackBerry offers access to over 420,000 books and is available on variety of BlackBerry devices. Kindle for BlackBerry allows users to save and synch bookmarks on their Kindle devices, iPhone, iPod touch, PC and BlackBerry. Amazon said it has plans to do the same for Mac and iPad soon.
PayPal has launched a new "Send Money" app for BlackBerry. It is now available for free via the BlackBerry App World.
"Have you ever gone to lunch with friends and forgotten your wallet, but remembered your BlackBerry? Well you longer have to be the friend who is constantly borrowing cash," says Eric Duprat from the PayPal Mobile team.
The app lets users quickly send money to people around the world – anyone in their contact list.
Walmart has introduced yet another holiday promotion, this time the retailer is offering a $100 gift card with the purchase of any Blackberry device, both in stores and online.
Staring Saturday, November 14 at 8 am through November 20, shoppers will receive a $100 Walmart Gift Card with the purchase of Blackberry devices with a two-year contract.
Do you have a TiVo DVR hooked up in your living room? Do you have a BlackBerry? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you’ll probably be interested in this new app. TiVo and RIM, the BlackBerry maker, have unveiled a free app that will allow people to control their TiVos from their BlackBerry.
Near the end Adobe’s latest financial results presentation they discussed some upcoming Flash Platform advances. Adobe said they planned on releasing Flash 10 for smartphones at their MAX conference in October.
Adobe’s Max conference runs from October 4th through October 7th, so we can expect the release sometime between those dates.
Google has announced the upcoming release of the Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The goal is to make it easier for mobile users to use Google Apps on BlackBerry smartphones.
An aggressive "buy-one-get-one" campaign by Verizon Wireless helped RIM’s BlackBerry Curve overtake Apple’s iPhone to become the best-selling consumer smartphone in the first quarter of 2009, according to a report by The NPD Group.
RIM’s consumer smartphone market share increased 15 percent to nearly 50 percent of the smartphone market in Q1 2009 versus the previous quarter, as Apple’s and Palm’s share both fell 10 percent.
PBwiki announced the release of its mobile edition today. This is the first of its kind to be released for smartphones.
For those unfamiliar with PBwiki whose CEO Jim Groff formerly worked for Oracle and Apple, it is a commercial wiki site said to be named after the concept that making a wiki should be as easy as making a peanut butter sandwich.
You’ve probably heard a lot of hype about the new Kindle 2 from Amazon that people just started receiving this week. This isn’t the only news in electronic reading materials though. What if you could just get books delivered to your phone? That doesn’t sound too bad, and it’s exactly what Canadian Indigo Books & Music, Inc. is doing with its well-timed release of Shortcovers, which launched today.
The new BlackBerry storm mobile device hit store shelves on Friday and sold over 100,000 units over the weekend according to InformationWeek. Not all of us are so eager to plop down our hard earned money without getting to know a device a little better though. Thankfully, there are plenty of people to review it and give us walkthroughs of the device’s capabilities, five of which are the subjects of this article.
iPhone maker Apple ranks highest in overall customer satisfaction among business smartphone users, according to a new J.D. Power and Associates study.
Apple received a score of 778 on a 1,000-point scale, doing well in the ease of operation category, physical design and handset feature factors. BlackBerry manufacturer RIM (703) and Samsung trailed Apple in the rankings.
The nickname "CrackBerry" seems more appropriate than ever today as not one, but two major companies have turned their attention to the device. Google Mobile App for BlackBerry comes from one corner, while a search deal is reportedly in the works between Microsoft and RIM.