Research In Motion (RIM) is inviting music lovers and the public alike to usher in the new year with a bang at the BlackBerry Music Mania Concert & Carnival, set to excite on 31 December 2012 at Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam. The scorching concert line-up includes the ever-popular band from Indonesia, Sheila On 7, local rock scene supremos Hujan and Bunkface as well as the country’s foremost hip-hop family, Kartel, featuring Joe Flizzow, Altimet, SonaOne and Ila Damiaa.584 6
At BlackBerry Jam Asia, Bangkok, Thailand, Research In Motion (RIM) has announced updates to its developer ecosystem programs, as well as BlackBerry Dev Alpha devices, the 10k developer commitment, with updated tools and more. These programs continue to drive enthusiasm and momentum of the BlackBerry 10 platform as it approaches its official launch in Q1 2013.426 0
A publicity stunt disguised as a leak? Highly likely. RIM CEO Thorsten Heins and Vice President Andrew Bocking were at a Lakers game openly using BlackBerry 10 devices. They were not at all hiding the handsets, happily snapping photos of the game.
The handsets do not look like the unfinished Dev Alpha devices. They in fact look pretty much like consumer-ready versions that are set to be officially released in February 2013.
PR stunts aside, RIM seriously needs to step up to the plate having missed the big holiday sales season. February 2013 is late, but let’s hope the Canadian handset maker delivers on time. It may just be the (final) shot in arm they need to stay relevant in the mobile game.
In any case, it’s nice to see some finished tangible product from RIM. BlackBerry 10 looks hot, but it certainly takes more than tech to compete.
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It would seem on the surface, that as of now, juxtaposing Apple iPhone 5 to the current RIM Blackberry series and handsets available in market may not really be fair. It’s literally comparing, well, apples to oranges. An overview of the comparative hardware stats would certainly stir up quite a lot heartache amongst Blackberry fans.
The top-of-the-line Blackberry Bold 9930 sports a 640×480 screen even though the pixel density is aided to some extent by its under 3-inch size. Talk about RAM, storage, processor speed, camera and etc., and the facts and figures may prove all too disappointing for BB fans.
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The keyboard, the actual physical memorable one
The Blackberrys’ keyboard has divided the flock of smartphone users and techies into various divergent opinions. Some, the rather conventional ones, feel that BBs sport the perfect physical keyboard and RIM seems to be of a similar view – they seem to have developed a marital bond with physical keyboards.
For Blackberry fanatics who are hooked to physical keyboards, it certainly makes sense to get a Blackberry. For others however, even Blackberry fans who may still want to stick to their inclinations but tempted by the glittery all-touch smartphones should know that they could easily swing the other side by choosing any of the latest phones offered by rival companies.
Nonetheless, the choice may not be just as easy as it seems, there are significant things that Blackberrys are good at, even subtly.
BB OS 10 and iPhone 5
According to the public’s weltanschauung, the delays in the release of Blackberry OS 10 are reflecting badly on RIM’s gene pool. There is no doubt that there is quite a lot at stake with the much-awaited release from RIM’s camp. Rumours indicate that the upcoming operating system will be topnotch by today’s tech standard.
So, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Rip Van Winkle company RIM wakes up in a better shape by successfully converging its enterprise credibility with an upgraded user-friendly platform and modern hardware. If the company is able to pull that off and come up with a sexy new line up of Blackberry 10 smartphones, it could very well regain its former glory and compete well with the iPhone 5. Despite updated specs and early success, some deem the iPhone 5 a disappointment due to lack of it being ‘different enough.’
To make a major turnaround for RIM, at least in the immediate future seems farfetched, although not impossible. Certainly, there’s still quite some time for Blackberry 10 devices to start hitting the market, as iPhone 5 sales continue to rise.
Whichever smartphone you choose to buy, however, do make an informed choice and meddle with it all you like. While on the web though, keep in mind of ugly malware like iPhone Spyware, Blackberry spy apps and the like.477 1
Research In Motion (RIM) has announced its first simultaneous Asia Pacific (APAC)-wide Hackathon – BlackBerry® JamHack, a 40-hour hacking challenge covering 10 cities, 9 countries, 2 weekends and 1 winning team.
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BlackBerry JamHack is scheduled to take place in ten different cities across APAC over two consecutive weekends. Winning teams from each city will have the opportunity to represent their country at the JamHack finals that will take place at BlackBerry Jam Asia on 29-30 November 2012.
Four-member teams of developers, UI designers, and/or marketers will have the opportunity to work on apps for BlackBerry 10. RIM’s Developer Relations team will be there to support and ensure that each team is properly equipped for the challenge.
Throughout the event, the RIM team will be sharing market insights tailored to the respective cities so developers can develop market-relevant as well as globally attractive apps. In addition, the two days will also feature community ‘sharing’ sessions aptly named JamBytes.
Participants will have the chance to learn tips and tricks related to the BlackBerry 10 platform, advice on how to enhance their BlackBerry 10 applications, as well as commercial strategies for marketing apps through BlackBerry App World.
BlackBerry JamHack 2012 happens in ten major Asia Pacific cities, as follows:
- Jammin’ on Oct 12-14, 2012: Delhi, Bangalore, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila (GMT+5.5 to +8)
- Jammin’ on Oct 19-21, 2012: Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Melbourne, Shanghai, Jakarta (GMT+7 to GMT+10)
More details of the location and timing of each session are available here.
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BlackBerry is expected to release the much-anticipated but delayed BlackBerry 10 OS in the first quarter of 2013.
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