Research in Motion

Research In Motion (RIM) is a Canadian company best known for developing the BlackBerry, which was the dominant popular smartphone until the advent of Apple’s iPhone in 2007. The iPhone quickly found favour with BlackBerry users, particularly in corporate circle, and competition intensified after the iPhone’s success inspired companies like Samsung Electronics to launch smartphones powered by Google’s Android operating system. In January 2013, RIM launched a comeback effort, with a new line of handsets, and changed its name to BlackBerry.

BlackBerry eyes spinoff of messaging service: report

BlackBerry has sought to add value to its popular instant messaging service even as its handsets lose ground. Photo: AP

BlackBerry is considering spinning off its messaging service into a separate unit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, quoting people familiar with the matter.

The subsidiary would be called BBM, the newspaper said.

Wednesday, 28 August, 2013, 11:26am

Smartphone maker RIM hopes it has the right number

CEO Thorsten Heins with the new BlackBerry. Photo: AFP

BlackBerry launched its comeback effort yesterday with a revamped platform and a pair of sleek new handsets, along with a company name change as part of a move to reinvent the smartphone maker.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:39am

Lenovo considers buying BlackBerry maker as an option

RIM's BlackBerry is losing market share to smartphones such as Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy. Photo: Reuters

Lenovo Group is assessing potential acquisition targets and strategic alliances, including a deal with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, as the second-largest producer of personal computers tries to bolster its mobile-device business.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:56am

BlackBerry chief punts on faithful

Thorsten Heins

Research In Motion chief executive officer Thorsten Heins expects his million-plus government customers in North America to embrace the BlackBerry 10 devices the company is counting on for survival.

About 400,000 government customers worldwide got new BlackBerry phones last year, and Heins, said he sees at least that many splurging on the new BB10 models next year.

15 Nov 2012 - 5:02am

Facebook focuses on mobile market after IPO flop

Photo: AFP

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday he was steering the social network giant to focus more on mobile, saying it would help ease concerns after a “disappointing” stock market debut.

“The performance of the stock has obviously been disappointing,” Zuckerberg said during an on-stage interview at a TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco.

12 Sep 2012 - 9:11am

Nokia's new Lumia smartphone fails to dazzle investors

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, left, and Nokia President and CEO Stephen Elop unveil the Nokia Lumia 920. Photo: AP

Nokia’s new Lumia smartphones drew a quick thumbs-down from investors looking for transformational handsets to rescue the struggling Finnish company, sending the firm’s shares tumbling 13 per cent.

6 Sep 2012 - 10:44am

Samsung Electronics plans to unveil new "phablet" in Germany as war with Apple drags on

Samsung plans to unveil a new "phablet" in Germany as it seeks to entrench its market position. Photo: AP

Samsung Electronics unveils the second generation of its popular Galaxy Note phone-cum-tablet at Europe’s biggest electronics show in Berlin later on Wednesday, as the South Korean firm comes under pressure to innovate after losing a US patent battle with Apple.

29 Aug 2012 - 4:04pm

Careers on the cutting edge

Research In Motion, the firm that gave us the BlackBerry, will double its staff in Hong Kong

NOT SO LONG AGO, the internet was an exclusive data transfer device available only to a privileged few. Today, with more than 1 billion users worldwide, it is a common, everyday tool.

12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Pushing all buttons to sell BlackBerry service

China Mobile, the mainland's largest cellular network operator, will begin a nationwide roll-out of the BlackBerry service this year, ensuring many more corporate thumbs will soon be tapping out wireless e-mail messages on the device.

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

Tech triangle launches business on fast track

Michele Mosca is drawing hieroglyphs on his chalkboard like a madman. While his fingers are flying, the young scientist explains that it requires only time to break a code with 14 digits.

13 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Costly way to tap e-mails

I have never been tempted to buy a hand-held computer.

I sometimes laugh to myself when I see people poking away at their personal digital assistants (PDAs) with a plastic pen or using the clumsy built-in phones. I find mobile devices to be a largely unsatisfactory collection of expensive gizmos that do not do what I want, or do it so badly I would rather do without.

14 May 2002 - 12:00am