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Cool Facebook Chit Chat Apps on Web Browser, Windows and Blackberry

Chit Chat (web) is a free instant messaging service for Facebook that allows you to chat online with all your Facebook friends, without the distraction of your entire Facebook feed. Chit Chat (web) is accessed using your web browser, and there is no need to download anything, so it is perfect for using at work or school. It is completely free, and available for Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari.

If you are often stuck at work or school wondering what your Facebook friends are up to, but not wanting to log in to the full Facebook site, then Chit Chat (web) is exactly what you have been looking for. The embedded Facebook Chat tool has been heavily criticized for being unreliable and having only the most basic features. The Facebook chat web app offers you all the extra features, and is much more stable. But the best part is that Chit Chat (web) is portable, so it can be used from any computer with an internet connection.

*Updates : 27th August 2012
There has been some significant update to the Chit Chat application bringing it up to v1.5 – this new version features a completely new interface design, enhance connectivity and dynamic chat connection technology.

Great Discount On BlackBerry PlayBooks in U.S.

As the last year did not come out as much successful for Research In Motion the company has put all its efforts to kick start 2012 with a new set of discounts on BlackBerry Playbook. In United State the company has announced a pretty good round of discount on the straggling tablet until the 4th day of February or until the stock come to an end. Until the mentioned time or situation arrives all of the models of the BlackBerry Playbook will be available in $299 in United State. The actual prices of the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models of the PlayBook are $499, $599 and $699 respectively. That means in that discount period one can get more that $400 off if he sticks to the larger model of PlayBook.

BlackBerry 10 Smartphone Release Has Been Delayed

Research In Motion was going through a very bad time during past few months. But the situation has become even more difficult for them. According to a most dependable source of BGR the upcoming release of the company, the BlackBerry 10 is a very poor device. It was expected that the company would acquire users trust again by its latest release. But after the poor remarks about the BlackBerry 10 it seems that the last hope for the company is not going to work.

RIM looses another executive

Another senior executive has parted ways with Research In Motion. The said executive involved with the company’s move into “cloud-based” services, which adds to a string of high-level departures from the BlackBerry maker.

Jim Tobin, senior vice-president for software and business services, which reports directly to co-CEO Jim Balsillie, left the Canadian company months ago, RIM verified on Thursday in an email. It has never legitimately announced the exodus.

His exit further lessens a management team that has shake up a number of top executives in developer relations, sales, and marketing in current months.

The abrasion comes as the smartphone maker struggles in regaining its reasonable edge against Apple Inc’s iPhone and iPad and a slew of devices using Google’s Android software.

Some experts’ claims that RIM has habitually delayed the release of its new product, and once launched some of its devices have obtained poor reviews. Prior to this month, a global outage eliminated service for tens of millions of BlackBerry users from corner to corner of five continents.

In July RIM said it was reducing about 11 percent of its personnel since of falling sales and profit.

Tobin was accountable for the latest move by RIM into cloud services – that allows its enterprise customers in using servers hosted by RIM rather than on-site computers in handling email and other corporate data.

He also performed on a team, which developed BBM Music, a song-sharing service run on top of RIM’s trendy BlackBerry Messenger application, in addition to a wider push, in incorporating Messenger into third-party developer applications.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Tobin had also worked in product development at Comcast, and at Time Warner in a corporate technology role. He was an associate principal at consulting firm McKinsey,

RIM has separated ways with a string of prestigious employees in recent months, which includes chief marketing officer Keith Pardy and head of developer relations Tyler Lessard.

One of RIM’s three chief operating officers, Don Morrison, resigned in July following the time that he had taken a medical leave.

Two members of Pardy’s team later on later left for jobs with rival Samsung, whereas a member of Lessard’s developer outreach unit, Mike Kirkup, left in August.

An escalating chorus of investors and analysts are calling for a shake-up at the very top of the company, where co-founder Mike Lazaridis and long-time partner Jim Balsillie have the same roles as chief executives and chairmen of the board.

RIM’s shares have lost some 70 percent of their value ever since a peak around $70 accomplished in February. They were dealing 2.5 percent higher at $21.24 on the Nasdaq by early afternoon on Thursday.

 

Blackberry Maker accused of copying BBX trademark

BBX, the operating system that Research In Motion depended upon in reviving its floundering BlackBerry franchise, has run into difficulty even earlier the company could install the system in its smartphone line.

A New Mexico firm asserts the “BBX” name is secluded by trademarks it holds and is threatening tin taking legal action against RIM unless it discontinues using the moniker.

The firm, Abuquerque-based Basis International, said it had previously trademarked the “BBx” name for its own software language, database and toolset.

According to Basis Chief Executive Nico Spence , their patent attorney has sent them a cease and desist letter, which invokes the U.S. trademark act … requesting a reply by October 31.

Though court case may never materialize, the threat may establish yet awkwardness for a company that has suffered its fair share of them lately. The latest was a three-day global outage of BlackBerry assistance, following a series of profit warnings and botched product squashes.

Ahead of that, its management has been reprimanded for what its critics utter is an arrogant and insular style.

Previously this week, RIM publicized the new BBX platform for its next-generation devices at a developer’s conference in San Francisco. The company didn’t provide any schedule about the release of the device.

RIM has not yet received a copy of the legal objection described in Basis International’s press release.  However, they don’t are that confusing, particularly since respective companies are in different lines of business, as stated by the Waterloo, Ontario-based company.

Basis, founded in 1985, carries their operation on five continents but is concentrated mainly on the U.S. and Latin American markets.

The firm said it has thousands of product licenses settled globally with the “BBx” prefix, running  on Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems, among others.

RIM’s BBX would replace the obsolete software, which currently powers the BlackBerry with a package built around the QNX system, by now the engine behind the PlayBook.

RIM intends to reverse an increasing consumer preference for faster and more perceptive devices by Apple and devices powered by Google’s Android.

The San Francisco conference was the first civic stage for the Canadian company ever since last week’s global interruption of BlackBerry service, adding to a series of setbacks for RIM over the past year.

Law firms in the United States and Canada currently exploring possible consumer proceedings against RIM for the BlackBerry outages, which crippled email and messaging for tens of millions of users all over the world.