What is this! Another extremely attractive Blackberry Curve to hit the market was announced (read: leaked) by BGR! This is the BlackBerry Curve 9220 said to be coming out in mid-2012.
This BlackBerry Curve 9220 will feature such things as the new Bluetooth – FM Radio, Physical Keyboard, Optical Trackpad and keeps it a bit simpler under the hood. 512 MB of RAM, 2.0 Megapixel FF Camera, Video Recording, 5x Digital Zoom and Fixed Focus.
For real, I can’t believe the only device I haven’t owned is a Curve. If I can’t get one for myself maybe I can make the excuse to get it for my oldest son! Gotta have this one or the next! Also big thank to CrackBerry for putting these posts in my face, even if they are sourced elsewhere.
BlackBerry Curve 9220 Features & Specifications
|Dimension||109 x 60 x 12.7mm|
|Radio||Quad Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900)|
|Display||2.44″ diagonal – qVGA+ 320×240 resolution; 164dpi|
|Camera||2.0MP FF; Video recording; 5x digital zoom; Fixed focus|
|Navigation/Keypad||Physical keyboard; Optical trackpad; Physical Send/Menu/Back/End keys|
|Memory||512MB eMMc; 512MB RAM; Hot Swap Micro SD slot; up to 32GB uSD card|
|Wifi||2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth; FM radio|
|Sensors||Digital Compass (Magnetometer); Accelerometer; Proximity Sensors|
I can’t believe this one is finally coming! With the negativity dimming out a bit. The addition of Thorsten Heins RIM’s new President and CEO you might expect things to get a bit quiet over at RIM. Well that’s just not the case, opposite really.
Thanks to BGR, we have our first sneakpeak at the 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet! And it’s not only packing 3G+, they’ve slipped in some awesome power to the worlds already most powerful tablet device!
Oh these features make me jealous. I can’t lie. We have 2 BlackBerry PlayBooks at home. Both running the PlayBook 2.0 beta. And it’s awesome so far. I am more of a “enjoy-the-treats-you-have” kind of guy. But looking forward to even more with the 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has me all juiced!
Hard to earn the klout to get these types of leaks exclusively. Yes I’m surprised Kevin didn’t get them first but hey we’re not going to complain.
Features So Far [subject to change]
° New 1.5 GHz Dual Core Processor
— Delivers an even faster and more responsive experience
° 42Mpbs HSPA+ Connectivity
— Offers a blazing fast, liberating experience by providing all that PlayBook has to offer anytime and anywhere
° NFC Ready (Near Field Communication)
— Hardware enabled. Will provide the opportunity to connect with information and other NFC enabled devices
JoeMobi has become a pretty popular name in the past few months! Reason being is that JM offers website owners with an option to have our WordPress blogs turned in a rich mobile application for smartphone users. This means no more messing with iffy mobile app plugins, no bricks and more access to our posts!!
First let me start by saying, if you haven’t seen the updates to Case-mate’s website you should head over there after you read this! The latest case they released is from their popular Artist Collection. A custom made Barely There Case titled Zombies by Ray Frenden - Comic Book Stylist!
The Zombie style case is classic Frenden. If you’ve never seen Frenden before, chances are.. you Have seen Frenden before. This particular case is compatible with BlackBerry Bold 9900-9930 devices only.
° Extremely slim profile showcases more of your BlackBerry Bold 9900 / 9930
° Form fit feature covers back and corners
° Impact resistant, flexible plastic shell
° Access to all ports and function
° Unique Custom Cases from http://custom.case-mate.com/imakemycase
When it comes to themes, as I’ve previously mentioned, I’m a functionality guy. I prefer themes that get me shortcuts to my most used apps so I don’t have to go searching through the menu. With shortcuts, I can flip from BBM to SMS to FaceBook to Twitter and back in a heartbeat. It’s one of the things I love about my BlackBerry. Yet BlackBerry users use themes for many different reasons.
Some people use themes to change the layout of the icons. That was key back in the days of BB OS4 and BB OS5. My first theme was a Crossbar theme. I changed my Pearl 8100 from having 6 icons across the bottom to having 10 icons I could scroll through in the center of the screen. I loved it and immediately understood why people loved themes.
Antair Nightstand is just $1.99 and runs great on PlayBook Tablet 1.0 OS and up! Use your own music to wake up, set multiple alarms, get your current weather and new reports right here in the morning. Just gets better and better. See the full list beneath.
° Eight beautiful themes
° News (World, Business, Sports, etc)
° Temperature and weather info
° Multiple, recurring alarms
° Multiple alarm sounds
° Play your own songs as alarm music
° Beautiful, simple interface
° Adjustable brightness/contrast
° Customizable clock themes with Color-Splash
° Works in Standby Mode
° 12 and 24 hour modes
Before the tabloid blogs and “unnamed” begin their bullet-shed on Mike & Jim’s decisions to step down. Or recycle their downward spirals let’s give BlackBerry (RIM) a chance to introduce the new Big Guy! Personally I’m pumped to see what’s in-store for all of us big time fans!!
Check out the full post more videos from Inside BlackBerry here: http://blogs.blackberry.com/2012/01/meet-thorsten-heins-rim-president-and-ceo/
If you missed our previous post see the Full Press Release here: http://press.rim.com/release.jsp?id=5358
Source: Inside BlackBerry
HUGE NEWS for BlackBerry fans today! RIM has elected a new President & Chief Executive Officer! His name is Thorsten Heins! Mick Lazaridis was named Vice Chair of the Board while Jim Balsillie Remains a Director. We caught this from CrackBerry of course. And will like to see what Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry will have to say in the coming days.
• Board Acts on Recommendation of Co-CEOs to Implement Succession Plan
• Mike Lazaridis Named Vice Chair of the Board
• Jim Balsillie Remains a Director
• Barbara Stymiest Named Independent Board Chair
• Prem Watsa Named Independent Director
Waterloo, ON – The Board of Directors of BlackBerry® maker Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that, acting on the recommendation of its Co-Chief Executive Officers to implement the succession plan they previously submitted to the Board, it has unanimously named Thorsten Heins as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Heins was also appointed to RIM’s Board. The Board acted after conducting its own due diligence. Both appointments are effective immediately.
Mike Lazaridis, former Co-Chair and Co-CEO, has become Vice Chair of RIM’s Board and Chair of the Board’s new Innovation Committee. As Vice Chair, he will work closely with Mr. Heins to offer strategic counsel, provide a smooth transition and continue to promote the BlackBerry brand worldwide.
Mr. Heins said he looks forward to continuing to work with Mr. Lazaridis, globally recognized as a technology pioneer. He said, “Mike created a whole new way of communicating and I look forward to continuing our close collaboration.”
On the transition to CEO by Mr. Heins, Mr. Lazaridis said, “There comes a time in the growth of every successful company when the founders recognize the need to pass the baton to new leadership. Jim and I went to the Board and told them that we thought that time was now. With BlackBerry 7 now out, PlayBook 2.0 shipping in February and BlackBerry 10 expected to ship later this year, the company is entering a new phase, and we felt it was time for a new leader to take it through that phase and beyond. Jim, the Board and I all agreed that leader should be Thorsten Heins.”
Jim Balsillie remains a member of the Board. “I agree this is the right time to pass the baton to new leadership, and I have complete confidence in Thorsten, the management team and the company,” he said. “I remain a significant shareholder and a Director and, of course, they will have my full support.”
Mr. Lazaridis said that he decided to move from Co-Chair to Vice Chair of the Board in order to return the public’s focus to what is most important: “the great company we have built, its iconic products, global brand and its talented employees.”
Mr. Lazaridis added, “Thorsten has demonstrated throughout his tenure at RIM that he has the right mix of leadership, relevant industry experience and skills to take the company forward. We have been impressed with his operational skills at both RIM and Siemens. I am so confident in RIM’s future that I intend to purchase an additional $50 million of the company’s shares, as permitted, in the open market.”
Mr. Heins said he believes that RIM has tremendous potential. He joined RIM from Siemens Communications Group in December 2007 as Senior Vice President for Hardware Engineering and became Chief Operating Officer for Product and Sales in August 2011.
“Mike and Jim took a bold step 18 months ago when RIM purchased QNX to shepherd the transformation of the BlackBerry platform for the next decade,” Mr. Heins said. “We are more confident than ever that was the right path. It is Mike and Jim’s continued unwillingness to sacrifice long-term value for short-term gain which has made RIM the great company that it is today. I share that philosophy and am very excited about the company’s future.”
Mr. Heins said that RIM has a strong foundation on which to build. “We have a strong balance sheet with approximately $1.5 billion in cash at the end of the last quarter and negligible debt. We reported revenue of $5.2 billion in our last quarter, up 24% from the prior quarter, and a 35% year-to-year increase in the BlackBerry subscriber base, which is now over 75 million.”
Mr. Heins said, “BlackBerry 7 has been well received. We are very excited about PlayBook 2.0 and BlackBerry 10. The reception of our products at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was encouraging.”
He continued, “RIM earned its reputation by focusing relentlessly on the customer and delivering unique mobile communications solutions. We intend to build on this heritage to expand BlackBerry’s leadership position.”
Mr. Heins said that RIM has grown quickly. “As with any company that has grown as fast as we have, there have been inevitable growing pains,” he said. “We have learned from those challenges and, I believe, we have and will become a stronger company as a result.
“Going forward, we will continue to focus both on short-term and long-term growth, strategic planning, a customer- and market-based product approach, and flawless execution. We are in the process of recruiting a new Chief Marketing Officer to work closely with our product and sales teams to deliver the most compelling products and services.”
Barbara Stymiest, who formerly served as a member of Royal Bank of Canada’s Group Executive and has been a member of RIM’s Board since 2007, has been named the independent Board Chair. John Richardson, formerly Lead Director, will remain on the Board. Prem Watsa, Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings, also was named to the Board, expanding it to 11 members.
Speaking on behalf of the Board, Ms. Stymiest said: “We believe that Thorsten is the right executive to succeed Mike and Jim. He has 27 years of telecommunications experience, including four years at RIM in senior management positions. As a Board, we have been impressed with his outstanding management skills, his leadership and his accomplishments within the company.”
Ms. Stymiest also expressed the Board’s respect and admiration for Messrs. Lazaridis and Balsillie, the company they built, and the steps they have taken to position RIM for the future.
“They created RIM, nurtured it, and in the process not only built an iconic brand, but literally pioneered the smartphone industry,” she said. “It is Canada’s largest tech company and one of the largest in the world.”
Conference Call and Webcast
A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 am ET, January 23, 2012, which can be accessed by dialing 1-800-814-4859 (North America), (+1)416-644-3414 (outside North America) or through your personal computer or BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet at www.rim.com/investors/events/index.shtml. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 10 am ET by dialing (+1)416-640-1917 and entering passcode 4509630#. A replay of the webcast will be available on your personal computer or BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by clicking the link above. This replay will be available until midnight ET, February 6, 2012.
About Thorsten Heins
Thorsten Heins, 54, is a respected business leader with 27 years of broad experience and expertise in wireless networks and consumer electronics devices. Mr. Heins has a global reputation for his organizational and leadership skills and his ability to build successful organizations that deliver on their commitments. Prior to today’s announcement, Mr. Heins was one of RIM’s two Chief Operating Officers and, before that, Senior Vice President for the Handheld Business Unit. He played key roles in the creation of RIM’s product portfolio. Mr. Heins came to RIM in December 2007 from the industrial conglomerate Siemens AG. He joined Siemens in 1984 after graduating from the University of Hannover in his native Germany. At Siemens, Mr. Heins rose through the ranks of R&D customer service, sales and product management positions. After serving as Chief Executive Officer of various business divisions in the communication business, Mr. Heins moved to Chief Technology Officer and member of the Group Board of the Siemens Communications Group. He came to RIM after being impressed by the level of innovation displayed by founders Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. Mr. Heins is married with a daughter and a son. Away from RIM, he is usually outdoors bicycling, motorcycling, skiing or hiking.
About Barbara Stymiest
Barbara Stymiest has served as a director of RIM since March 2007. She has an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and an FCA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Ms. Stymiest joined Royal Bank of Canada in 2004, where she served as a member of RBC’s Group Executive, which is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company. Prior to that, she held positions as Chief Executive Officer at TSX Group Inc., Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at BMO Nesbitt Burns and Partner of Ernst & Young LLP. Ms. Stymiest is currently a Director of George Weston Limited, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the Royal Ontario Museum.
About Prem Watsa
Prem Watsa is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, a financial services holding company whose corporate objective is to achieve a high rate of return on invested capital and build long-term shareholder value, since 1985. He is also Vice President of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Ltd. since 1985. Mr. Watsa formerly served as Vice President of GW Asset Management from 1983 to 1984 and in various positions, ultimately as a Vice President, with Confederation Life Investment Counsel from 1974 to 1983.
EmacBerry slipped out another rich update to one of the best BlackBerry apps today. v126.96.36.199 is now live or rolling out for FileScout, FileScoutLite & the Trial Version for those who purchased elsewhere originally like MobiHand stores like ours.
° FileScout & FileScoutLite ZIP-file handing have been re-written
° With the new v188.8.131.52 build there should be no limitation concerning the file size of ZIP-Archives that you could browse or de-compress with FileScout (or FileScoutLite)
° When you unzip a large (e.g. 100MB+) archive, please have in mind that you still hold a mobile device in your hands (and not a PC or Mac equipped with a SSD). Most of the time that is required (to process an ZIP-Archive) will be needed for the actual reading (of the compressed stream) and the writing (of the de-compressed data)
° The new build will also report almost instantly, if an archive can’t be read by the application (probably cause it is corrupted/broken)
° Please note that even if most of the ZIP code have been rewritten FileScout is still not able to read password protected archives – sorry
Go check out this and all previous Changelogs of FileScout here: http://www.emacberry.com/bbfs/bbfilescout_04log.html.
WoL is compatible for BlackBerry PlayBook 1.0 OS & up available in 3 versions: Lite, Classic & Pro depending on your network. Lite is Free, Classic is $2.99 & Pro is $10.99.
BlackBerry App World is featuring BeWeather aka BerryWeather by Bellshare. If you already own the app or the Free version, chances are you know what we’re talking about. CrackBerry has given them a bevvy of awards. The app has sat in the number 1 spot on my last 7 BlackBerry’s for reason.
BeWeather is compatible with every BlackBerry from 8100 to 9981. Runs on OS 4.2.1 to 7.1. They offer a FREE Trial version as well as the full premium edition. The Free version is more a trial and whets your appetite for the full deal.
° 100% Ad-Free
° Weather data provided by Weather Underground, includes 7 day and hourly forecasts
° Current conditions including “Feels like” temperature, wind, pressure, dew point, humidity.
° Easily switch between 7 different views (Current, Daily Forecast, Hourly Forecast etc)
° More accurate conditions by switching to a nearby weather stations for any location
° Built-in animated radar maps (US only)
° Instant weather advisory notifications via PUSH technology (US only)
° Automatically track your location via GPS/cell
° Fully customizable weather icons. Comes with 150+ FREE iconsets!
° Replace/extend the default radar maps with your preferred weather service’s radar maps!
° Add custom web cams and other media links (weather radio, video, HTML etc)
° Sunrise/Sunset times and moon phase
° Customizable homescreen icon showing current conditions
° See your current weather as a homescreen wallpaper (OS 4.7 and higher)
° Share your weather on Twitter, Facebook and BBM (OS 7.0 and higher)
° Completely customize BeWeather using themes, background wallpaper, font and icon sizes