OPINION: Full disclosure: I did a one-year internship at BlackBerry when it was still called Research In Motion. It was my first and only office job, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My first phone was a BlackBerry Bold, and I’m still a big fan of hardware keyboards. Even after finally offering Android phones at the end […]
Remember when Research in Motion’s BlackBerry smartphones set the bar? My first smartphone was a BlackBerry 7130e. I loved the phone. And then my son gave it a bath in a ginger ail. The 7130e had it all: A scroll wheel, Java apps, a keyboard and a swappable battery that would last for days. Show More Summary
Yesterday I appeared alongside Jim Balsillie, former co-CEO of Research in Motion, at the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade public consultation on the TPP. There were some interesting exchanges that I will highlight once the transcript is released. Show More Summary
A Facebook Inc. application is installed on a Research in Motion (RIM) Ltd. BlackBerry, arranged for a photograph in Beijing, China, on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. Facebook, operator of the world's largest social-networking site, is working to offer more services on mobile phones from manufacturers such as Nokia Oyj, Apple [...]
This weekend, former Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie wrote a must-read opinion piece in the Globe and Mail on the TPP. Balsillie makes a compelling case for how Canadian IP policy has failed in light of decisions to consistently...Show More Summary
At the pinnacle of their unprecedented success, Research In Motion, an upstart Canadian company from Waterloo, Ontario which started over a bagel shop, was selling 64,000 BlackBerrys a day, an astounding figure in the hyper-competitive world of cell phone sales. Show More Summary
I have this technology artifact near my desk. It was called the AOL Mobile Communicator, a small blue plastic device for instant messaging and email that was made by Research in Motion (now Blackberry). AOLers, as we called ourselves in the 00s, played with them incessantly. I often made colleagues [...]
While Research in Motion certainly made many strategic missteps over the years, it never really had a shot at going toe-to-toe against Apple and Google in the consumer smartphone wars. Ex-RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie on Tuesday gave a talk...Show More Summary
Jim Balsillie, the former co-CEO of Research In Motion, spoke in public about the company for the first time since leaving a few years ago.
“Losing the Signal,” a new book, tells the inside story of Research In Motion’s efforts to take on Apple’s game-changing iPhone. Read an excerpt.
Research in Motion co-founder Jim Balsillie wrote a lengthy article on Canadian innovation policy last week that focused primarily on intellectual property policy. While the article would have benefited from some editing, Balsillie's...Show More Summary
Nokia, Motorola, Sony-Ericsson and BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion were all victims of disruption. During the 1990s and 2000s, they led the cell phone during its period of takeoff into ubiquity. Then in the last five years, they all lost their leadership positions and are now on the verge of irrelevance. The common culprit was the 2007 launch of Apple’s iPhone. read more
The BlackBerry Classic release date is imminent, according to reports, with some even putting the date as Wednesday, Sept. 24. Canadian telecommunications company BlackBerry Limited, formerly known as Research in Motion, could launch the BlackBerry “Q20” Classic alongside their BlackBerry Passport or wait until later this year to unveil the device.
Smartphone makers were still reeling from the arrival of Apple's touchscreen-only iPhone when 2008 rolled around. Research in Motion (RIM), a mobile manufacturer best known for its BlackBerry line and QWERTY keyboard prowess, was at the top of its...
To say that BlackBerry's had it tough these past few years would be putting it mildly, if not too delicately for a company emerging from a period of willful ignorance. The Waterloo-based outfit, formerly known as Research in Motion, played an...
Last year the number of smartphones shipped worldwide passed 1 billion for the first time, according to IDC, a research firm. In 2010 the four leading smartphone vendors, Nokia, Research In Motion (now BlackBerry), Apple and Samsung, represented four different operating systems. Show More Summary
Co-founder of BlackBerry (former Research in Motion) Mike Lazaridis sold a large stake pact. On Monday, he got rid of the 3.5 million shares of a total value of 26 million dollars. Thus as a result, its share declined 5.68% stake in the company to 4.99% of the shares. Show More Summary
2013 continues to be a downer year for the company formerly known as Research In Motion. The Wall Street Journal has just uncovered a tidbit in BlackBerry's latest earnings report that states two unreleased phones had to be cancelled due to poor...
BlackBerry is up for sale, and the men who founded it are definitely interested. Back in 1984, Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin co-founded Research in Motion, which was renamed earlier this year to BlackBerry. The company already has...Show More Summary
In late September of last year, BlackBerry (then operating under the name Research in Motion) tried to assure investors that its long awaited BlackBerry 10 devices were finally close to release, and would be a hit. Thorsten Heins, the...Show More Summary