RIM lost money in Q4, layoffs planned

Research in Motion hasn’t had good news to report in an awfully long time, and that streak continued during its most recent quarter. RIM missed analyst targets for revenue, earnings per share, and BlackBerry shipments as it scrambles to stay relevant.

GigaOM Pro: This Week in Mobile — Enterprise Security in the App Era

Should employees be allowed to bring so-called “rogue devices” into the corporate world or should IT deploy the handsets and tablets? As the mobile-app phenomenon accelerates at a ludicrous speed, here are points IT departments should consider when making that decision. (GigaOM Pro subscription required).

BlackBerry Style Review: RIM Goes Retro

Smartphones with big touch screens are popular, but RIM has gone old-school with the BlackBerry Style. The Style is a modern adaptation of the flip phone, and given RIM’s attention to detail and the new BlackBerry 6 operating system the handset works the form surprisingly well.

Just When You Thought The Mobisode Was Dead…

It’s been a long time since News Corp (NSDQ: NWS). dared create original programming expressly for mobile viewing in the U.S., but it’s back…

BlackBerry Partners Fund Streamlines to Focus on Mobile

The BlackBerry Partners Fund is reorganizing its management structure to help it focus exclusively on mobile ventures. The $150 million fund will now have a consolidated investment team based in Toronto and will open an office in Silicon Valley by early 2011.

BlackBerry Bold Gets Updated With New OS

Research in Motion isn’t keeping the BlackBerry 6 love to just the Torch; today it announced the BlackBerry Bold 9780 with the new OS. The Bold has been a very popular handset for RIM, and this updated model adds features to the line.

BlackBerry App World Becomes Surfable Online

Research In Motion’s app store gains more exposure starting today by launching an online storefront, where users will be able to use a big s…

RIM Averts UAE BlackBerry Blackout

BlackBerry phones in the United Arab Emirates will continue to operate following the news that RIM has reached an agreement with the country to avert a shut-off. The question: How exactly did RIM avoid an Oct. 11 deadline for the suspension of service?

BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Targets Business Users

RIM confirmed rumors of a tablet by introducing the BlackBerry PlayBook, a powerful 7-inch device that will offer a dual-core 1GHz processor, full HTML 5 browser, Flash 10.1 with video acceleration, 1 GB of RAM, 1080p playback with HDMI output and two HD cameras, all built atop the QNX operating system.

RIM Makes Its Play for Developers

To capture the hearts and minds of developers already enamored with iOS and Android, RIM announced a slew of updates aimed at making developing for the BlackBerry platform more attractive and profitable. The updates include an advertising network, an analytics service and integration with BlackBerry Messenger.

Can RIM Win the Final Showdown With India?

Research In Motion is entering last-ditch meetings with Indian security officials in an effort to meet demands of government access to encrypted communications. But how can RIM provide what it claims to not have — access to security keys for business-run BlackBerry Enterprise Servers?

Do You Remember Downtime?

Once upon a time, we didn’t have gadgets surrounding us all the time. Do you remember that? You might, but perhaps only vaguely if research reported by the New York Times is true. Researchers have determined that we need downtime to turn experiences into memories.

BlackBerry Curve 3G — High Speed, OS 6 Ready

RIM is releasing a new model in its popular Curve line of phones, the Curve 3G. The new Curve will work on 3G networks for faster data connections. The big news from RIM about the Curve 3G is that the phone is “BlackBerry 6 ready”.

Did Android Outsell BlackBerry In Q2?

Android is now the top-selling mobile platform in the U.S., besting both BlackBerry and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), according to The NPD Group, a ma…

What Will RIM Unveil Besides BlackBerry OS 6?

As newer and more nimble smartphone platforms have garnered attention over the past few years, Research In Motion has continued to plod along and grow. Here’s what you should expect to see in addition to a new OS at RIM’s joint press event with AT&T tomorrow.

BlackBerry 6: Lipstick on a Pig?

This week, Research In Motion is expected to trot out an upgraded version of its flagship operating system. But is BlackBerry’s dated OS simply too antiquated to compete in the era of the superphone?

Open Thread — How Does BlackBerry OS 6 Look?

A preview of BlackBerry OS 6 shows vast improvement for Research In Motion, but it is very Apple-like in look and feel. That’s good because RIM may have “caught up” but if that’s all the company has done, will it be enough to increase market share?

BlackBerry 6 on Video

RIM hopes to make its phones more competitive with the upcoming BlackBerry 6 version of the OS, which is a significant upgrade to the existing platform. RIM is excited about BlackBerry 6, and has put a video demonstration of its features to get BlackBerry fans talking.

RIM Prepping New Touchscreen Phone And Tablet?

Research In Motion, which has recently seen its market share in North America slipping to Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), is testing a new touchscreen s…

Should RIM Make a BlackBerry Tablet?

We’ve been hearing rumors that RIM is hard at work on a BlackBerry companion tablet, fueled by reports that the company has ordered 8.9-inch displays for such a device. The question that keeps popping up every time I think of such an effort is — why?

BlackBerry Storm Arrives in China for Enterprises

Research In Motion is bringing the BlackBerry to enterprises through China Telecom, but why offer the Storm as part of this deal? If RIM wants to compete with the iPhone in China, it should be targeting consumers with the Storm, not enterprises that need a keyboard.

Freedom Pro Keyboard — Works with Most Anything

We recently noted a number of portable keyboards that work with the iPad, including the Freedom Pro Keyboard. This keyboard is a QWERTY keyboard that folds in two for easy transport. The keyboard will work with many smartphones, including Blackberries, Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile phones.

BlackBerry 6.0 Screens Leak Out

It has been all quiet on the BlackBerry front for a while, with RIM hard at work on the next big version of the OS. Some mighty tasty screen shots of BlackBerry 6.0 have leaked, and it seems the OS is built for touch control.

UPDATED: BlackBerry vs. iPhone

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Motorola Asks ITC To Ban BlackBerry Imports

The International Trade Commission is a busy bunch these days. It’s not only hearing cases from both Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Nokia (NYSE: NOK…

Google Eyes Enterprise Market For Android

As soon as this year, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will try to make the Android operating system more friendly to business users, according to Google…

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Reports: Why People Do Not Buy An iPhone

Two reports released today looked at the smartphone buying habits of consumers, especially when it comes to the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) iPhone. T…

Google Upgrades Gmail For BlackBerry

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) released the second version of its Gmail service for BlackBerry phones today, adding new functionality such as the abili…