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Tag Archives: Research In Motion Ltd.
RIM’s tablet problems are beginning to have a ripple effect on the industry. The Canadian company has decided to scale back production of the slow-selling PlayBook. Quanta Computer, the Taiwanese firm that manufactures the devices, has had to lay off about 1,000 workers and reports are that 800,000 PlayBooks are simply “gathering dust.”
Beleaguered BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is facing criticism from a small Canadian investment firm that has called for the company’s breakup. The board of merchant bank Jaguar Financial recently received a letter from Vic Albioni, head of the bank, in which Albioni demanded “transformational change” in RIM’s product development practices and corporate structure.
In spite of concerns about BlackBerry’s decline, Research in Motion has launched a new cloud-based management system tailored for SMBs, reports InformationWeek. BlackBerry Management Center is a free, web-based service that provides a simple way to manage and protect BlackBerry smartphones remotely.
In an apparent attempt to narrow Apple and Google’s lead in the smartphone market, Research In Motion this week announced the launch of three new touchscreen versions of its phones. They include the first touchscreen version of the Bold, a new version of the Torch slider phone, and a touchscreen-only BlackBerry.