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RIM BB 2012


A recently leaked RIM roadmap reveals all the upcoming BlackBerries for 2012. Unfortunately there is nothing really interesting scheduled before November this year.


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RIM is preparing two new mid-range Curves for the spring seaso 9220 and 9320 for Q1 and Q2 release respectively. White Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 will hit the market in March or April as well.

 

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Blackberry


RIM first QWERTY BlackBerry 10 handset will not arrive until December, according to the latest leaks from the ailing company, with a further keyboard-toting slider tipped for early 2013.


After last week twin PlayBook tidbits as well as news on new Curves, BGR‘s sources reckon the BlackBerry London will hit in September, but will be followed in December by a combo touch and QWERTY device running the BlackBerry 10 OS and slotting into the Bold series.


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RIM New CEO


RIM has elected a new CEO and President Thorsten Heins, with previous co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepping back after investors and the company board demanded change. Heins who was previously co-COO at RIM, and before that Senior VP of Handhelds takes his new role today, where he says he will "focus both on short-term and long-term growth, strategic planning, a customer- and market-based product approach, and flawless execution."


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Jim Balsillie will remain a RIM board member and a Director of the company. Mike Lazaridis, meanwhile, will become Vice Chair of the Board as well as head a new Innovation Committee; to further pacify investors, he is grabbed another $50m of RIM shares to show confidence in Heins abilities and the company future.

 

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Cut the rope


ZeptoLab has released their highly popular Cut the Rope HD for the PlayBook. The premise is simple but the game can get quite tricky, especially in the later levels.


Not sure if developers suddenly found out about the existence of the PlayBook or if the recent fire sale has finally made them take interest in the device but the troubled tablet has finally started getting some popular titles.


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iPhone & BB

 

The Argentinian government has banned the import and sales of Apple iPhone and all BlackBerry smartphones, among others. The ban also extends over all foreign-made phones, but it seems Apple and RIM among the few of the major phone makers who do not have factories in Argentina, so their ban is in focus.


Nokia, Samsung, LG and Motorola have already built plants in Argentina, so they all escape the recent Government ban.


Apple and RIM though are not so lucky. Their only option is to build a factory in Argentina. RIM is already looking for a partner to do so, while we do not have any info on Appleplans.

 

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