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The BlackBerry PlayBook is my favorite tablet

July 7th, 2011

Research In Motion launched its first tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, on April 19th of this year. Since that point in time — and even before, courtesy of reviews — the slender slate has been lambasted. A vocal minority belts praises for the tablet on Internet forums and in the comments sections of news sites and …

HTC to displace RIM as No. 4 smartphone vendor

July 1st, 2011

HTC is set to slide into the No. 4 spot on the list of the world’s top smartphone vendors next year according to Taiwan-based research firm Market Intelligence Center. The slot is currently held by BlackBerry maker Research In Motion. Headquartered outside Taiwan’s capital, HTC has quietly built a smartphone empire as well as one …

More letters to RIM; employees rally alongside anonymous exec

July 1st, 2011

BGR published an open letter to Research In Motion yesterday from an anonymous high-level RIM executive who begged for senior management to take notice of all of the issues within RIM. The exec explained how the company should make some changes to focus on the talent and potential within RIM, and also to focus on …

BGR Podcast 001: June 24th

June 24th, 2011

That’s right — we’re here with our first podcast ever (unless you count those one-off BGR Radio shows from back in the day) and we cover what’s what from this week in tech. We even have a special giveaway to kick things off; this episode is sponsored by TeleNav and we’re giving away an iPad …

RIM trims internal PlayBook sales estimates, report claims

June 22nd, 2011

Despite respectable sales in its first quarter of availability, RIM has reportedly slashed internal sales estimates for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. RIM announced during its earnings call last week that it had shipped 500,000 PlayBook tablets to retail partners during the fiscal first quarter of 2012. The figure didn’t quite match the 1 million mark …

Layoffs begin at RIM, report claims

June 21st, 2011

Waterloo, Ontario-based Research In Motion has begun laying off workers according to a report from a local newspaper on Tuesday. The Waterloo Region Record reports RIM has already begun reducing its staff, though there is no word on how many employees have been let go at this point. Last week, RIM reported a weak first …

RIM’s sixth-largest investor to dump its entire stake

June 17th, 2011

Following RIM’s first-quarter earnings release on Thursday, the company’s sixth-biggest investor confirmed that it is giving up on the Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry maker. “They are resting on their laurels,” said Stephen Jarislowsky, chairman of Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., on Friday in an interview with Bloomberg. “Steve Jobs is a much better marketer than RIM,” Jarislowsky added. “We …

BlackBerry PlayBook sales revealed: 500,000 units in Q1

June 16th, 2011

RIM on Thursday finally shed some light on BlackBerry PlayBook sales to date. Shipments to sales channels totalled 500,000 units in the first quarter, in line with the high end of analyst expectations. Analyst expectations ranged from 200,000 to 500,000 units — earlier this morning, RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky said his firm expected …