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Ford to drop Microsoft technology in favor of BlackBerry software for its Sync in-car system

According to recent reports, Ford has signed a software partnership with Canada-based device maker BlackBerry, for powering the automaker's in-car entertainment and communications systems. The move implies that Ford is planning to drop Microsoft's in-car technology in favor of BlackBerry software.

The potential switch - from Microsoft to BlackBerry - which Ford is planning as a result of its software partnership with BlackBerry was first reported in the February issue of the Hansen Report, an auto industry newsletter.

Blackberry signs 5-year deal with Foxconn

Blackberry signs 5-year deal with Foxconn

BlackBerry Ltd on Friday announced a five-year partnership with Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Co Ltd to build low-end devices for sale emerging markets.

The deal is unconventional in the sense that BlackBerry will not pay upfront for components used in the phones made on its behalf by Foxconn. Instead, the Taiwanese electronics maker will take a share of profit that will be generated by the sale of each device in return for assuming responsibility for inventory management.

Fairfax consortium agrees to take BlackBerry private for $4.7 billion

Fairfax consortium agrees to take BlackBerry private for $4.7 billion

A consortium led by property & casualty insurer Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd has agreed to acquire beleaguered smartphone maker BlackBerry in a US$4.7 billion deal.

Led by Indian-born Prem Watsa, Fairfax already owns 10 per cent of BlackBerry's common shares. Under the terms of the newly-hit deal, the consortium would pay US$9 a share to the company's shareholders and take the company private.

The deal is however just a tentative offer, and many believe that it has set a floor for counteroffers that might surface in the near future.

RIM’s BlackBerry sales to US federal agencies are rising

RIM’s BlackBerry sales to US federal agencies are rising

While the Apple iPhone and handsets based on Google's increasingly popular Android operating system are making evident inroads into Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry's consumer and business market share, the struggling Canadian handset-manufacturer has recently revealed that its sales of BlackBerry devices to US federal agencies has been on the rise.

RIM introduces recycling/trade up scheme to prevent BlackBerry users from leaving

RIM introduces recycling/trade up scheme to prevent BlackBerry users from leavin

In what apparently is a move aimed largely at preventing the present users of BlackBerry devices from switching over to other competing platforms, the Canada-based mobile biggie Research in Motion (RIM) has come up with a new recycling/trade up scheme.

The scheme, which RIM has introduced recently, will essentially give the current owners of Blackberry handsets an advantage of £106 when they upgrade to another BlackBerry device. The mentioned amount will be sent to them as a cheque, by post.

RIM’s ships 14.1mn BlackBerrys in Q3; PlayBook shipments fall to 150,000

RIM’s ships 14.1mn BlackBerrys in Q3; PlayBook shipments fall to 150,000

In its rather dismal third-quarter earnings report, the Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone maker Research in Motion (RIM) has revealed that while the quarterly shipments of its BlackBerry handsets witnessed a slight plunge to
14.1 million year-on-year; the shipments of its PlayBook tablet fell successively to 150,000 units.

Deal to Prevent Blackberry Services in Saudi Arabia in Progress

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An agreement aimed to prevent the imposition of the much debated ban on the Blackberry smartphone in Saudi Arabia is in process, claims Saudi officials.

The very conservative Islamic kingdom had ordered the wireless providers across the country to stop BlackBerry's Messenger function on their respective networks. The ban was in full swing and is likely to be in effect on Friday. However, so far these services have not been cut off.

The main reason for the government to call for the ban was due to the fact that it operates an encrypted message service that cannot be tracked.

Oblige by rules or be banned, Blackberry, Google and Skype: DoT India

 Oblige by rules or be banned, Blackberry, Google and Skype: DoT India

Coming straight from the Department of Telecom (DoT) is the warning to Research in Motion, Google and Skype in order to make their data available in a readable format for security and intelligence agencies. The reports claim of granting a 15 days' time period following which the company has to pull back its services from India, as stated by Business Line. This in addition with Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications is witnessing the same issue as security agencies claim of not having an access.

RIM might rename BlackBerry 9800 slider as BlackBerry Touch

RIM might rename BlackBerry 9800 slider as BlackBerry Touch

Smartphone maker, Research In Motion (RIM) might be planning to rename its BlackBerry 9800 slider phone as BlackBerry Touch Phone to give it a distinct appeal than the earlier Bold handsets.

The company has already registered for the blackberrytorch. com but has not announced any name for the device officially. The company might add the name `touch' due to its acquisition of TorchMobile in 2009.

Review for Blackberry 3G model

Review for Blackberry 3G model

The name Blackberry has long since been associated with a QWERTY keyboard and more importantly all the support for a business person. What this meant was that for a long time, ever since RIM entered the market, Blackberry has been sticking to this tried and tested model of Qwerty with complete business support.

This functional model has been almost synonymous to Blackberry but finally RIM is harboring hopes to break the stereotype that blackberry has been framed in for a long period of time, something which had been tried to a small extent with its Storm model.