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RIM’s been busy on the patent application front lately, filing off concepts for anything from smartphone docks to rotating keypads — even flirting with potential forays into forensics peripherals. Perhaps sensing the crushing need to differentiate its ailing BlackBerry brand, Waterloo’s taken to the USPTO with a doc submitted last November that could do just that. The pressure-sensitive input scheme and touchscreen interface described therein would respond to a user-set pattern of force by granting access to a handheld device’s features and applications. Sure sounds a heckuva lot like a new password protection implementation, but that’s just our humble take. What it actually is, where it goes from this legal limbo and whether or not it ever winds up in BB 10 tech is truly up in the air. What you can count on, though, is a continued flood of in-process IP procurement from a company close to the edge.
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Been looking forward to porting your BBM addiction to iOS or Android in hopes of finally kicking that Crackberry to the curb? Take a seat — it looks like RIM’s private messaging service isn’t going anywhere. According to a Wall Street Journal source, the firm’s new CEO has shut down rumors of a BlackBerry Messenger port. “It was not up for discussion,” the WSJ was told. According to a person “familiar with the matter,” CEO Thorsten Heins decided that RIM shouldn’t be pursuing licensing deals. Heins’ apparent house cleaning might be a deal breaker for BlackBerry veterans looking to jump ship, requiring users to stick with RIM to maintain their dwindling BBM contact lists. Bummer? Sure is, but at least your pals don’t need a security clearance to ping you.
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Kodak hasn’t caught a break lately, and that trend isn’t easing up any time soon with a second rejection arriving in its main International Trade Commission (ITC) patent dispute with Apple and RIM. Despite having had its case remanded after a loss last year, Kodak is once more being told that BlackBerrys and iPhones don’t violate a patent on previewing photos. The one violation was rendered moot through “obviousness,” according to administrative law judge Thomas Pender. It’s still an initial ruling, and Kodak is trying to put a positive light on the situation — it’s “pleased” there’s still an infringement, even if the patent claim is invalid — but the patent wars aren’t looking good for a photography company that has already had to give up cameras to have a chance of staying afloat. Most of Kodak’s hope, then, will be pinned on a second wave of ITC disputes that might stand a better chance of putting at least Apple’s feet to the fire.
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Even after the many announcements at this year’s BlackBerry World Conference, Waterloo is keeping that patent train a-rollin’. In a filing granted today, we get a glimpse of what RIM could have up its sleeve, er, on its hip. The claims detail flexible batteries built into holsters that recharge your phone when you’re on the go — all the while communicating to your BB’s CPU to bring you alerts through its own speakers — thus avoiding muffled sounds from covered parts. That’s all well and good, but here’s the real question: will these things eventually play nice with fuel cell-powered Berries?
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By now, the crew in Waterloo have likely piqued your interest in what’s to come for the world of BlackBerry. So far, we’ve gotten to see the company’s developer handset, along with a few screenshots of the BlackBerry 10 software. One element that’s remained elusive up until this point, however, was the home screen itself. All of that changed today, as Research in Motion is now providing a sneak peek of it and the full launcher.
While you might mistake the home screen as being populated with widgets, in fact, these are open applications that will dynamically change based on your activities. Much of the interface will be gesture-driven, and as such, a quick swipe to the right will bring the full launcher to the forefront — just hop the break for a glimpse. Similarly, a swipe to the left will reveal the unified inbox. The result is nothing revolutionary, but the BlackBerry 10 designers certainly deserve credit for the clean and functional interface — it’s but one more reason to be excited for what’s next.
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Looks like executive switches aren’t the only thing happening at Research in Motion this morning. Earlier today, the Canadian company announced a partnership with TomTom that will see the GPS outfit’s HD Traffic service make its way onto BlackBerry devices. Essentially, this means a handful of BlackBerry applications such as Traffic, Maps and Locate Services will now be powered by TomTom’s offering — a feature we’ve previously seen on iOS and even your browser. Notably, RIM says developers are going to have access to “mapping and traffic” for use within their own apps, which is bound to make a few of you some Berry happy campers. Hey, at least RIM’s making an effort.
Hot off the heels of the BlackBerry 10 exhibit, RIM announced a partnership with Gameloft that will see the developer offer a number of mobile titles by the time the new platform launches. As RIM notes, these games will be designed to take advantage of “key” features within the fresh OS, including Scoreloop social gaming tools and multiplayer functions. Among the 11 games set to be released are Shark Dash, Ice Age Village, Oregon Trail and, of course, N.O.V.A 3: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance — all of which will range from free to $6.99. Let’s not forget, though, that Jetpack Joyride and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 will also be making their way onto the platform. All in all, not a bad way for the Waterloo-based outfit to kick things off.
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Those decrying the death of the BlackBerry keyboard can officially put their mourning on hold. RIM CEO Thorsten Heins addressed the matter during today’s keynote — but just in case the QWERTY-inclined weren’t quite convinced by the sentiment, a spokesperson for the Canadian smartphone maker has brought some reinforcement, telling Phone Scoop that, while early BlackBerry 10 devices will be focused on the virtual, physical keyboards will also be making their way into the mobile OS’s ecosystem. Now we can all type a collective sigh of relief.
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At BlackBerry World 2012, RIM is bumping up the stakes for its developers by putting more money where its mouth is, announcing a $10,000 guarantee to get potential coders excited to hop onto Team BlackBerry. If you get your app certified on App World and don’t earn ten grand in the first year, RIM will cut you a check for the difference. Of course, incentive programs are nothing new in today’s increasingly competitive development world — Research in Motion has offered free phones and PlayBooks in the past, and Microsoft is known for throwing cash at big-name developers to beckon them to Windows Phone, for instance. The guarantee, however, is certainly a unique approach to entice new devs to BlackBerry 10. As these programs often do, there is one catch: to qualify, you’ll need to not only earn quality certification, you’ll also have to generate $1,000 on your own accord. All of this is part of a $100 million investment in its new ecosystem, and should help spark some developer interest in the lead-up to Waterloo’s upcoming platform refresh. If you think you’ve got what it takes, start thinking up those million-dollar ideas right now.
Before wrapping things up at the BlackBerry 10 Jam keynote, Engadget lobbed out a whale of a tidbit: the Dev Alpha may be joined by another, “very limited-edition” version of a BlackBerry 10 device much closer to the platform’s official launch. According to the VP, developers who have received the Dev Alpha will be able to trade up to the new version at an unspecified time. With Alex accentuating the fact that there would be an incredibly limited number of these devices available, we imagine we’ll see some extra strings attached to this offering, but no specifics have been revealed so far.
SOURCE via Engadget