Inside RIM: An exclusive look at the rise and fall of the company that made smartphones smart

By on July 13, 2011 at 11:59 AM.

Inside RIM: An exclusive look at the rise and fall of the company that made smartphones smart

Research In Motion is in the midst of a major transition in every sense of the word. Publicly, the company is portraying a very defensive image — one that is very dismissive, as if RIM is profitable and class-leading, and the media is out of line to criticize its business, as are investors. Internally, however, there’s a different story to be told. It’s a story filled with attitude, cockiness, heated arguments among the executive team and Co-CEOs, and paranoia. We’ve spoken to multiple ex-RIM executives at length about their experiences with the company over the past few years. While most speak highly of RIM and their time in Waterloo, they also each left the company due mainly to RIM’s lack of vision and leadership. Read on for an exclusive inside look at a company teetering on the edge between greatness and collapse. More →

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Good morning Vietnam: Facebook iOS integration, file sharing, new folders [video]

By on April 19, 2011 at 10:50 AM.

Good morning Vietnam: Facebook iOS integration, file sharing, new folders [video]

Those sneaky boys and, well, boys from tinhte.vn aren’t done showing off the test build of iOS 4 they have on their factory white iPhone 4 with 64GB of storage. In this brand new video, we can clearly see Facebook integration into the OS as opposed to being in an app (could it be Facebook contact syncing is finally coming, as reported months ago?) in addition to a new File Sharing option in the settings app. Dragging apps to create folders also shows us a brief look at a redesigned folder UI, though we doubt that’s final by any means since it definitely looks unfinished. Plus, there’s also that spiffy new multitasking Expose-style view — who could get enough of that? Hit the break for the video. More →

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iPhone OS 4.0 to have Exposé-like multitasking, global mailbox, homescreen contacts?

By on March 31, 2010 at 2:27 PM.

iPhone OS 4.0 to have Exposé-like multitasking, global mailbox, homescreen contacts?

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Next-gen floodgates = open. Citing people familiar with pre-release builds, AppleInsider published a report today which seems to confirm many of the most popular rumors about iPhone OS 4.0. The lack of third-party multitasking will finally be addressed with the aid of a UI feature similar to Exposé. In OS X, Exposé shows users not only what applications are open but displays thumbnail images of contents of each individual application window so navigation is simple. But as the iPhone is a mobile phone with a screen that is believed to be in the neighbourhood of 3.7″, it would be quite difficult to distinguish one application from another if more than a few are running at the same time. To remedy this, Apple has elected to use nothing but the application icons. Just how Apple plans for users to activate the feature is unclear, but double-clicking the home button seems the most likely option. Also coming is a global inbox allowing users view email from multiple accounts from a single inbox as well as the ability to add contacts to the homescreen. Just when iPhone OS 4.0 will be announced is anyone’s guess, but let’s hope it at least gets its own event like OS 3.0. We’re itchin’ for some beta software. More →

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