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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.

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.



RIM tries to resolve issue on Blackberry outage

The developer of Blackberry smartphone is currently busy on fixing their service.  They want to end a three-day global service disruption frustrating millions of customers and inflated pressure on its management to make extensive changes.

On Wednesday, Research In Motion, hurriedly announced conference call, vowing to deliver  all suspended email and instant messages to customers in five continents upset  by the outage.

It afterward told some of its corporate clients that might not entirely clear up the gargantuan backlog of messages until Thursday morning on the U.S. East Coast.

The outage – and RIM’s sluggish communications among its customers – has stirred up rising discontent among its co-chief executives, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie.

Critics have asked for a shake-up, saying the top managers did not take care of the company as they let the company fall too far behind Apple and other rivals in a rapidly varying market.

Richard Levick, who runs a consultancy that specializes in crisis management, says that the board needs a decisive action; they must draw a line in the sand.

Though RIM’s stock descent modestly on Wednesday, its shares have already fallen down for over 50 percent this year on a sequence of profit warnings and product missteps – a sharp turnaround of fortune for a company that once conquered the smartphone market.

This week’s disruption – the nastiest from the time when an outage swept North America two years ago – may have damaged RIM’s once-sterling standing for secure and dependable message delivery – possibly its No. 1 selling feature.

RIM is exceptional amongst handset makers, as it compresses and encrypts data rather than pushing it to BlackBerry devices through carrier networks. Apple and others rely on the carrier networks in handling all routing and delivery of content.

Even before the service disruption occurred this week’s disruptions, a lot of companies had begun to balk at paying a premium to be locked into RIM’s service. Some letting allowing employees in using alternative smartphones, particularly Apple’s iPhone for corporate mail, and the outage could speed up the trend.

One example of companies that are now letting their employees to use other alternatives is DLA Piper, a law firm with 4,200 attorneys globally. It is speeding up discussions about changing to iPhones and Android devices, as claimed by Don Jaycox, its chief information officer, said on Wednesday.

The corporate defections make a successful software transition even extra crucial to RIM. The company is preparing in shifting its line of BlackBerry smartphones to the new central operating system initially used in the poorly received PlayBook tablet.

Blackberry Internet Services Went Down

It’s been a very bad time for the Canadian mobile manufacturing company Research In Motion. It is for the second time in 24 hours that RIM’s BlackBerry Internet Services failed. The BlackBerry Internet Services include Blackberry Messenger, shortly called BBM. RIM is going to face pretty strong waves of criticism for the inconveniences that the users of the BlackBerry Internet Services had to face.