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Aug

13

RIM CEO Heins Reaffirms BlackBerry 10 Licensure in Latest Interview

posted by Justin Lisenby at on Aug 13, 2012 | Leave a comment

Thorsten Heins RIM 550x344 RIM CEO Heins Reaffirms BlackBerry 10 Licensure in Latest Interview

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has gone for another interview about BlackBerry 10. This time, the chosen outlet is Bloomberg and Heins is setting out to lay the groundwork for some profitable licensure deals for BlackBerry 10. In the interview, Heins not only says that BlackBerry 10 is open for licensure, but that the company fully plans on licensing the OS. In addition to this, Heins told Bloomberg that BlackBerry 10 is nearing completion and is almost ready for distribution to licensing partners.

Heins was also asked about the declining appeal of BlackBerry devices to today’s consumers. Heins admitted that right now, BlackBerry is an unfavorable platform; however, his determination for the future of the platform was made clear. Heins said  “We’re here to win, we’re not here to fight for third or fourth place.” BlackBerry 10 is going to be a full departure from anything RIM has done in the past. We’ve seen that from the company’s statements and OS previews. However, could their strategy to “win” be in a different arena? Could RIM be gearing up to become an OS provider and quit the manufacturing game? Only time will tell.



Source : Bloomberg

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Jul

6

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins Answers BlackBerry Users’ Burning Questions

posted by Justin Lisenby at on Jul 6, 2012 | Leave a comment

Thorsten Heins RIM 550x344 RIM CEO Thorsten Heins Answers BlackBerry Users Burning Questions

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has been on quite a tear with the media this week. He appeared on CBC Radio, wrote an editorial for the Globe and Mail, and now he is answering 10 of the most common BlackBerry users’ questions in the Globe and Mail’s latest feature on RIM. In this Q&A session, Heins addresses all the burning questions that BlackBerry users have, including why there is a delay in BlackBerry 10 and what RIM is doing to keep from losing their last stronghold in the market, the enterprise sector. You can view the full Q&A Transcript after the break, or hit the source link to check it out at the Globe and Mail.

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Source : The Globe and Mail

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Jul

3

RIM CEO Heins: “There is Nothing Wrong with the Company”

posted by Justin Lisenby at on Jul 3, 2012 | Leave a comment

Thorsten Heins RIM 550x344 RIM CEO Heins: There is Nothing Wrong with the Company

RIM’s CEO Thorsten Heins went on CBC Radio this morning not for an interview, but to give a scathing rebuttal to all the analysts, news outlets, and even BlackBerry-faithful who have condemned the company over the past weeks and months. The general perception, especially on the heels of the BlackBerry 10 delay till 2013, is that RIM is in a so-called “Death Spiral.” They are in the process of cutting 5,000 jobs, just after cutting over 4,000 previously, the company stock is teetering on the verge of collapse, and the company lost half a Billion last quarter. As an answer to all of that, here’s the big message that Heins set out to bring today:

“There’s nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now. I’m not talking about the company as I, kind of, took it over six months ago. I’m talking about the company (in the) state it’s in right now.”

Read on past the break for more on Heins’s news address and the future of RIM.

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Breaking
May

29

Press Release: RIM CEO Releases New Information on Company Progress

posted by Justin Lisenby at on May 29, 2012 | Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2012 01 04 at 4.08.39 PM Press Release: RIM CEO Releases New Information on Company Progress

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has just issued a Press Release on behalf of the company to let the world know where they currently stand. In the release, Heins emphasizes the good that the company is experiencing: Large developer interest, Broad international growth, and skilled new hires in the COO and CMO positions. He also issues a few statements and warnings about the coming financial report in June. Heins states that the company is behind on sales and this will most likely result in an overall operating loss for the current Fiscal Quarter.

In addition to these points, Heins uses an entire paragraph to discuss the hiring of two banking firms, RBC Capital and J.P. Morgan Securities. These firms will help RIM’s board and strategic planners to explore their options at this time. As the press release states, all options seem to be on the table ” including opportunities to leverage the BlackBerry platform through partnerships, licensing opportunities and strategic business model alternatives.” This could be the potential licensing deals, patent sales, or even company sale that we have been hearing rumored for so long.

While there’s no concrete statements on the future of the company in this release, we are sure to hear more as the June 28th reporting date approaches and we will update you as soon as more information comes out. Be sure to read the entire Press Release for all the details that Heins has to share at this time.

Press Release

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – May 29, 2012) – Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today provided a business update from Thorsten Heins, the Company’s President and CEO.

“During the Q4 2012 and fiscal year-end financial results conference call on March 29, I said that I would provide our shareholders with candid and timely updates when possible on the progress and challenges RIM is experiencing. While we are no longer giving quantitative financial guidance, I wanted to provide a brief business update at this time, and will provide more details when our Q1 financial results for the quarter ended June 2, 2012 are released on June 28.

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Apr

19

Research In Motion Looks Set to Choose JPMorgan Chase as Financial Adviser

posted by Justin Lisenby at on Apr 19, 2012 | Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2012 01 04 at 4.08.39 PM Research In Motion Looks Set to Choose JPMorgan Chase as Financial Adviser

Recent reports have stated that Research In Motion is reviewing candidate banking institutions to choose a financial adviser for the company. We all know that RIM is facing some hard times financially and that CEO Thorsten Heins has been quoted lately saying that no strategic financial option is off the table. To help RIM figure out what the best and most feasible course of action for the company is, they are reportedly seeking interviewing multiple financial advisers. The latest report form Bloomberg states that RIM is close to choosing JPMorgan Chase & Co as their adviser. Read on pas the break for the full News Release regarding this upcoming decision.

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Feb

7

BlackBerry DevCon Europe Keynote now available for viewing

posted by Justin Lisenby at on Feb 7, 2012 | Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2012 02 07 at 3.08.12 PM 550x298 BlackBerry DevCon Europe Keynote now available for viewing

RIM has published this morning’s keynote from BlackBerry DevCon Europe to the web for all to see. This video includes some time with RIM’s new CEO, Thorsten Heins, as well as some facetime with RIM’s VP of Developer Relations, Alec Saunders. There are also appearances from various application developers and partners of Research in Motion. If you’re interested in hearing about the future of BlackBerry straight from the CEO’s mouth, this is a definite must-watch. Hit the link below to check it out.

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Jan

23

RIM to “entertain” licensing requests, but will not focus on it as a part of their operations right now

posted by Zach Gilbert at on Jan 23, 2012 | Leave a comment

Thorsten Heins RIM 550x344 RIM to entertain licensing requests, but will not focus on it as a part of their operations right now

In todays press conferences RIM’s new CEO, Thorsten Heins stepped up to the plate to finally address a question that has been burning with analysts. Will RIM licence BlackBerry 10 OS to third parties. Thorsten went on to say that if manufactures contact RIM after the launch of BlackBerry 10 he may “entertain” the idea of licensing the newly minted operating system. While he did say they would think about it, they will not make it part of their core operations.

I would like to think that RIM would see the success of BlackBerry 10 and decided not to even think about licensing the new OS. If you think about it, when you license an operating system you really don’t have direct control over how it’s used. A good example is Google and it’s Android platform. Android is found on high-end, low-end and everywhere in-between giving consumers a drastically different experience on each device. This type of user experience typically has a rapid growth and short life span, I guess only time will tell. I’m curious to know what our readers think of this, do you think it’s good or a bad idea to license the new OS.

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Breaking
Oct

5

R.I.P Steve Jobs: 1955-2011

posted by Zach Gilbert at on Oct 5, 2011 | Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2011 10 05 at 9.39.03 PM R.I.P Steve Jobs: 1955 2011

While we may often poke fun at Apple and their iPhone you can not get away from how their former CEO Mr. Steve Jobs changed the mobile industry with his views on just how a smartphone should be. Today we are saddened by the loss of a true leader. Today, October 5th 2011 Founder and former CEO of Apple inc passed away after a long battle with cancer. We at TheBerryFix.com would like to send out our condolences to his family as they work through this loss. Below you can find the statement made by Apple.

Statement by Apple’s Board of Directors

CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

SOURCE: Apple

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Apr

13

*UPDATE: RIM’s Mike Lazaridis walks out of BBC interview

posted by Justin Lisenby at on Apr 13, 2011 | Leave a comment

Screen shot 2011 04 13 at 11.51.49 AM *UPDATE: RIMs Mike Lazaridis walks out of BBC interview

*Update*

We reached out to RIM for clarification on this matter and they released the following statement:

“RIM is on record with our approach to lawful access issues and there are no recent developments to report. Lawful access issues are now recognized as normal industry-wide issues and like others in the industry, we will continue to work with law enforcement and  regulatory officials around the world as appropriate.”

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RIM Co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis, was having an interview with the BBC when the topic of security and the Middle East came up. This question clearly infuriated Lazaridis when he responded with, “That’s just not fair.” He went on to explain that there are no security issues with the BlackBerry service and that the situations in the Middle East were currently being dealt with. He quoted the fact that their success is why these governments have singled BlackBerry out as a target. When further pressed on the Middle East issues, Lazaridis quickly said that the interview was over and walked out.

All this stemmed from multiple issues with Middle Eastern governments that wanted RIM to allow them access to BlackBerry data. All of the data sent on BlackBerry devices is sent through the secure BIS or BES and can not be directly accessed by governments. There were threats from multiple countries to disallow the use of BlackBerry in their country if RIM did not divulge private, BlackBerry data. RIM has stood their ground and BlackBerry still works around the world; however, you can tell from the reaction in this video that the security fight is far from over. With more governments wanting access to cellular data and RIM holding that data closely, could there be an even larger dispute coming over the BlackBerry and it’s secure data? We have reached out to RIM for additional comments and will let you know as soon as more develops on this story.

Source: BBC
Via: CrackBerry

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Jul

16

Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie Talk About Apple

posted by Zach Gilbert at on Jul 16, 2010 | Leave a comment

 Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie Talk About Apple

“Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.”

- Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie

I knew this was coming and im glad they stepped up-to the plate and stood behind their product. As you have read above, this is an official statement from CEO Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie on Apples attempt to bring everyone else into to storm they have created. Hopefully everyone has taken I minute to watch our video on our attempt at having the signal bar drop on the Bold 9700….and ya it didn’t work. GO RIM GO!!!

Source: RIM

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