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2012-08-20 23:01:30

Dr. James Orbinski, a globally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate, as well as a leading scholar in global health, has been appointed as Director of the Africa Initiative at The Centre for International Governance Innovation. Waterloo, Ontario (PRWEB) August 20, 2012 Dr. James Orbinski has been appointed Director of the Africa Initiative, effective September 2012, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) announced today. He also will be a senior adviser to...

BlackBerry Exec Exits As Questions About License Deal Emerge
2012-05-25 13:38:01

Peter Suciu for RedOrbit.com On Friday, Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) announced that its London-based head of global sales has stepped down. Patrick Spense is just the latest management change at the embattled smartphone maker, which has seen its market share erode in recent years. According to a company spokesperson, Spence is leaving RIM to pursue another industry position, but no further details were provided. Spence - whose role at the company included helping roll out that latest...

2012-03-30 10:25:04

Canada-based RIM, maker of the once popular BlackBerry devices, said on Thursday it plans to refocus its attentions to corporate customers, rather than the consumer market. This news, as well as poor sales reports and a bit of a management shakeup was announced during an earnings call. In an effort to refocus on the companies strengths, RIM said they hope to build devices employees will want to bring into the corporate environment and create partnerships with other businesses to produce...

Research In Motion Names New CEO
2012-01-23 09:35:09

Did Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, the co-chief executives and co-chairmen of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM), finally get the message? The two heads of the embattled company announced this weekend that they would both be stepping down to be replaced by RIM veteran Thorsten Heins as of today, reports Richard Blackden for The Daily Mail UK. RIM´s line of smart phones heralded the age of always-connected and often distracted business executives and on-the-go business...

RIM Offering BlackBerry Users Restitution After Outage
2011-10-17 13:04:40

After dealing with services being offline for most of last week, BlackBerry users have finally gotten some sort of restitution from Research In Motion. RIM said on Monday that it would offer customers free apps and technical support to make up for last week's outage. Tens of millions of users were unable to access mobile email and other messaging services for up to four days last week due to an RIM data center disruption that affected five continents. The company said it will offer...

2011-02-16 07:19:43

Jim Balsillie, CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), tells BBC News that he is dismissing suggestions that its Blackberry devices are no longer a major player in the smartphone race after Nokia's Stephen Elop claimed that the smartphone ecosystem was now a three-way race between Windows, Android and Apple. "I don't know how you can say that we are not in the race," said Mr. Balsillie at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, claiming that Blackberry had experienced 70% growth last year and was...

2010-11-17 13:25:00

Research in Motion's chief executive Jim Balsillie took a shot at Apple this week by saying smartphones do not need apps. "You don't need an app for the Web," Balsillie said during an on-stage interview at a Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. "We believe you can bring the mobile to the Web, but you don't need to go through some kind of control point." Apple must approve applications before allowing them to be put on iTunes for download. "It is really not about a set of proprietary rules or...

2010-11-11 06:20:00

Research In Motion, maker of the popular BlackBerry smartphone, plans to take on Apple's iPad with a competitively priced new tablet computer slated for release in the first quarter of next year. RIM Co-Chief Executive Jim Balsillie said the company's tablet computer, called Playbook, will start contributing to its sales "right at the gate." The device will sell for less than $500. Apple"Ëœs cheapest iPad, featuring Wi-Fi only connectivity, starts at $499. There has been a...

2010-10-20 09:45:00

One day after Steve Jobs claimed that the Apple iPhone was outselling the BlackBerry handset, and that Research In Motion's (RIM) forthcoming PlayBook and tablet computers like it would be "dead on arrival," RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie fired back at the Apple co-founder and chief executive in a heated blog post on Tuesday. "For those of us who live outside of Apple's distortion field, we know that 7-inch tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support...

2010-09-17 11:27:42

Research in Motion (RIM) said Thursday that it shipped a record 12 million smartphones during the second quarter, posting results better than analysts' predicted. RIM, the maker of the popular BlackBerry devices, said its smartphone shipments grew over 45 percent in the second quarter of its fiscal year over the same quarter a year ago. RIM shipped 11.2 million BlackBerry smartphones during the first quarter of its fiscal year and 10.5 million units the previous quarter. The Canadian...

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