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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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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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Don Lindsay, RIM VP of UX, Gives A Brief History of BlackBerry 10′s “Peek” Feature

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During the keynotes at BlackBerry Jam Americas, Don Lindsay took the stage to talk about BlackBerry 10′s User Experience and Interface design. Lindsay has an interesting background as he was Design Director at Microsoft Live Labs and Design Director of Mac OS User Experience Group at Apple. If RIM is going to have a competitive smartphone user experience, he’s definitely the man to help get the job done. Lindsay explained the origins of Peek and it’s a really cool story.
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5 Hilarious Videos That Put the iPhone 5 in Perspective

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So the iPhone 5 is out and while sales are amazing, the feedback doesn’t seem all that great. The new iOS Maps feature is giving some people headaches, especially when it comes to directions, and Siri has been a pain for many. Let’s take a moment and watch some hilarious videos that put the new iPhone in perspective.
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5 Hilarious Tim Cook and Phil Schiller Quotes During the Apple iPhone 5 Keynote

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The iPhone 5 has been announced and to be totally honest, it looks like a really solid iPhone, but in the way a Mercedes will always be a really solid car. You’re not really buying anything tremendously new, you’re just buying an upgrade to a device that is essentially the same as its predecessor. Are the new Macs really all that better than the models just before it? Not at all. They’re just a little better. The best news is probably the price reductions of the 4 and 4S, which are basically just as good as 5 but now much more affordable. That being said, Tim Cook and Phil Schiller will not slow down Apple’s Reality Distortion Field which is apparent in the following 5 quotes.
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BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE vs The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 vs iPad vs Kindle Fire

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We recently came across a pretty interesting “Sales Battle Card” that RIM is giving its sales team. The card shows the major differences between the tablets and it definitely does a good job of showing the advantages that the PlayBook 4G LTE has over its competitors. There’s also some facts on the card that are fudged in a way that’s not owning up to the PlayBook’s disadvantages. But the glass should always be half full right? Check out the full spec and feature comparison charts that show the differences between the PlayBook 4G LTE, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, iPad and Kindle Fire.
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