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3D Printers Will Make Accessories a Cottage Industry

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3D Printers have in recent years come down in price to a point where it is now affordable for someone to own one. A 3D printer goes for around $1300 – $2100 depending on model and the CAD software ranges from free to $50. It’s not far fetched to think many different accessory companies will be affected by the shift to home manufacturing.
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How Does RIM Succeed in Enterprise/Government When All Smartphones Are FIPS Certified?

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Recently, RIM was at GTEC, Canada’s Government Technology Event, where Paul Lucier, Head of Global Government Solutions, was talking about BYOD, BES 10 and a little bit of BlackBerry 10. During the same day, RIM was also presenting its progress on BlackBerry 10 at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. While there wasn’t much new on the BlackBerry 10 side of things (at least since what we saw at BlackBerry Jam), it was interesting to see RIM tout its FIPS certifications and announce that BlackBerry 10 was FIPS certified before launch (an industry first). But RIM isn’t unique in its ability to get FIPS certification. Other smartphones will get it. So what is RIM’s competitive advantage in a market where its competitors are also FIPS certified?
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Free Mini BlackBerry 10 Jam to be Held in Maribor Slovenia Nov 24th

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Next month in Maribor Slovenia, BlackBerry Developer Group Balkan will be hosting a free-to-attend BlackBerry 10 Mini Jam. The english sessions will cover Nativeve BPS/Qt/Cascades, HTML5, app packaging, Adobe Air and Android Runtime and also feature a trio of guest speakers from RIM.
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The BlackBerry Keyboard Is Still A Major Competitive Advantage

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Recently, I sat down with NPR Marketplace to talk about BlackBerry. The journalist wanted to know a little about demographics, who uses a BlackBerry, why people use a BlackBerry and how the platform differs from others. One thing that’s becoming increasingly bothersome, is how BlackBerry users are having to defend their smartphone choice. “Oh, you still use a BlackBerry?” is something I hear maybe once per week. Do you get that? What do you say?
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Webreader is Your Personal Newspaper and Offline Ereader for BlackBerry Playbook

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Webreader is a flexible and feature filled reader app by Soft Artists Ltd. that’s compatible with web, RSS and Atom feeds. Webreader can be used to read news on your BlackBerry Playbook in offline mode, as well as accessed from any desktop via the web.
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RIM Internal Slides Shed Light on BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 Roadmap

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RIM has been circulating some internal slides to make sure partners are well aware of exactly what is going on with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 and what it means for the Bring Your Own Device world. At BlackBerry World in May of 2013, RIM will be releasing BES 10 which will provide enterprise customers a means of managing BlackBerry 10 devices as well as iOS and Android devices. There’s no word about whether Windows Phone will be supported, but it’s highly likely it will come at launch or in an update. If you’re curious what the Road to BES 10 looks like, take a look at the slides below.
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