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RIM Leads in Canada with 42% of All Smartphones Being BlackBerry


Hopefully this will be the new Canadian anthem.

RIM is still killing it in Canada ahead of Apple and Google and with 42% of the smartphone market, ahead of Apple’s 31% and Android’s 12.2%. Nokia is barely a player with only 6.4% of the market and Windows has even less with 5.1% of the smartphone market. The data comes from a new report on the Canadian mobile industry from market research firm ComScore Inc. In terms of smartphone adoption in general, Canada is at 32.8%, which is a little higher than the US which is at 32.2%. Europe is doing really well with smartphone penetration with numbers such as United Kingdom (40.8%), Spain (40.2%) and Italy (38.3%) in terms of smartphone adoption. But then again, Europe is a Nokia-based society and nobody is really taking that company seriously as a smartphone. It’s more like a “semi-intelligent phone”.

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Fixmo Raises $6.5 Million for Enterprise Mobile Management and Protection Solution



It’s great to hear about Canadian companies raising funds as it seems Silicon Valley seems to be eating all the cash these days. Fixmo, a company that delves in both enterprise and consumer mobile solutions and is based in Toronto, Canada, has raised $6.5 million in financing. The Series B funding round was led by new investor Panorama Capital, with existing investors Rho Ventures Canada, iNovia Capital, Extreme Venture Partners and management participating. The funding is going to help grow Fixmo’s enterprise mobile management and protection solutions business which was all the rage at BlackBerry World this year.

The Fixmo solution provides device assurance, policy compliance, and device audit solutions, as well as tools that allow enterprises to manage their entire mobile infrastructure, end-to-end, through a single interface. It also probably helps that the Co-Founder and CEO Rick Segal is well versed in raising capital, as he used to be with the BlackBerry Partners Fund.

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Possibly the Oldest BlackBerry PlayBook Owner in the World


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This picture represents the polar opposite of the person in this story.

George Williams owns two computers. He also has an iPhone, and now the new BlackBerry Playbook. He’s a tech savvy guy and it turns out he’s turning 91 years old. “It’s always been a challenge to me,” he says of his fondness for buying the latest gadgets and sitting down with the owner’s manuals to figure them out.

Williams comes from Moncton and was born in Canada. It must be interesting from someone of his age, having lived through World War II and seen the incredible technology advancements we’ve made in the past 70 years. Everything from the Atomic Bomb to the Internet has been invented in his time and the smartphone era is in some ways an equally big technology shift. There is a lot of potential in everyone carrying around a computer in their pocket, and we’ve just scratched the surface of what’s possible.

And how cool would it be to have him as a grandfather? While most of us struggle to get our grandparents to check out photos of the kids online, gramps over here is asking you to upload a 1080p copy of Inception in a torrent file and “quit leeching”.

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Poynt Announces Partnership to Help Find Missing Children


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Poynt has made an interesting and heart-warming announcement lately that it will develop and implement the first geo-relevant push alert system for the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC). The push alert system will be able to quickly notify Poynt users within a relevant, geo-targeted area with their Child Search Alerts on breaking developments of an active missing child investigation. The notification will include important information about the missing child’s active case such as last known location, physical description, photos and other pertinent details to help Poynt users in the area identify the missing child.

While there are other apps on the market meant to alert users of missing children, the difference is that Poynt is bringing its 7+ million users. Having a large install base is critical because the more eyes on the missing child the better. A good example of this is the Facebook partnership with the Justice Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to allow users to sign up to get Amber alert notifications of missing children.

Yet another reason to download Poynt: because it could help save a child’s life.

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Teknision: The Company Behind the PlayBook UX Design



A little known fact about the BlackBerry PlayBook is that the company that led the User Experience design is an Ottawa firm called Teknision. The company worked closely with RIM’s executive team and provided creative direction, conceptualization and lead design execution for the Tablet OS.

While we all know that the QNX operating system will come to smartphones, what isn’t clear is how it will actually look on the device. From Teknision’s site, they drop the hint that the UX will be similar. The company writes: “The BlackBerry Tablet OS is a completely new user experience direction for BlackBerry, which will eventually extend to all RIM devices.” From the small handling we’ve done of the PlayBook, the UX has been great and it will be interesting to see how it works on a small screen. Touchscreen and QWERTY hybrids are probably going to play a role in all this.
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An Overview of OS 6.1, Next Generation of Super Apps, BlackBerry Platform Development and More


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BlackBerry Application Development Roadmap

At the BlackBerry Developer Day RIM had several slides for developers that did everything from outline the BlackBerry Platform at large, to some specifics about OS 6.1 and the roadmap for 2011. From the slides, we can see that RIM sees the next generation (read OS 6.1) of apps will leverage the following:

  • Super App status
  • BBM Social Platform
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Augmented Reality
  • Enhanced Map APIs
  • Barcode APIs

It’s great that RIM is opening up these APIs and features because they will not only complement existing apps, but some developers will find ways of using 1 or 2 of these features to create an excellent app for the BlackBerry Platform. Click through for more slides and info you may have missed.
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