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Executive Team Honing RIM’s New Image

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I’ve noticed that Thorsten Heins’ freshly shuffled management team has been conducting more interviews recently. It’s a big change from before RIM’s new CMO Frank Boulben took the top job as RIMs chief marketer.
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Stephen Bates, RIM UK Managing Director, Talks Social Networking, NFC and PlayBook

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Stephen Bates, the UK managing director at RIM, was interviewed about a variety of topics including the PlayBook, social networking, NFC and more. Like most interviews with a RIM exec, you don’t get much out of them, and their answers always have a heavy PR spin, but there’s some interesting points nonetheless.
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Magmic Games on Developing Rubik’s Cube for iPhone and BlackBerry

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Magmic recently launched Rubik’s Cube for BlackBerry and we sat down with the company’s Director of Product Management, Jeff Bacon, to talk about the experience. It’s always interesting to hear from companies and developers with experience developing for multiple platforms and hearing about the relative advantages and disadvantages each smartphone brings. Hit the jump for the full interview and get a sense of what it’s like building a popular game for iPhone and BlackBerry.
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Interview with the BlackBerry Pearl 3G Product Manager

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WES is off to a great start with the announcement of two new BlackBerrys: the Pearl 3G and the Bold 9650. Inside BlackBerry sat down with the Pearl 3G Product Manager Joseph Gordon, to ask a few questions about the device.

The interview starts off with a CV of Joseph Gordon, but the meat of the interview is about the device itself. What were you trying to achieve for the next generation BlackBerry Pearl smartphone?

We wanted to make a revolutionary leap the same way we did with the original BlackBerry Pearl 8100 smartphone, which at the time was our most powerful BlackBerry smartphone despite the smaller size. The same is true with the BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone, as we have worked hard to pack all the power of the BlackBerry platform today in a compact package, with the BlackBerry Pearl 3G being the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone to date. We didn’t want to compromise on style, and we haven’t, as the BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone incorporates some of the elements and design of our premium product lines.
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SmrtGuard’s Founder and CEO Rob Kao Talks BlackBerry Shield

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We’ve talked about SmrtGuard a lot here on BlackBerryCool and I’ve personally met their CEO Rob Kao on a number of occasions at conferences and in New York. He’s a true entrepreneur with a lot of interesting things to say about BlackBerry and business in general.

From Rob’s post on Untether.TV:

Rob Kao is an entrepreneur — make no mistake about that. He took what was a limitation in the BlackBerry world and built a product to fill the void. All this during the worst global recession since, well, ever.

The first thing that struck me about Rob and his story is the absolute resolve he has at making a product that changes with the needs of his customers and partners. The second is the tireless effort that he has expended over the past 14 months building SMRTGuard into a fledgling and respected player in the data protection business on BlackBerry and Android.

I’m not sure if Rob thought of himself as an entrepreneur before this venture but it is easy to see that he has been bitten by this affliction and life as he knew it is over. Welcome to the club buddy!

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Interview with Tristan Interactive’s CEO Chris McLaren at Untether.TV

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In the latest interview by Rob Woodbridge of Untether.tv, we get a look at a new company called Tristan Interactive. Tristan’s CEO Chris McLaren talks about his past and what led to the creation of this startup.

Tristan Interactive is an interesting company that is partnering with museums and galleries to build custom tour environments that go far beyond the typical self-guided tours. These tours are powered by a platform they call Autour. According to Tristan:

Autour is a platform for creating interactive museum guides for mobile devices, including iPhone, iPod, and Blackberry. Autour provides museums a complete technology solution to create, manage, and deploy multimedia content on over 40 types of mobile devices (and growing.)

The autour platform offers the most on-device features, the lowest operating costs, and fastest time to market of any interactive multimedia solution – significantly superior to both traditional rental devices and in-house software solutions.

In this interview, Rob and Chris talk about the Tristan, the challenges of creating apps for multiple platforms, and the history of carrier billing. Definitely worth watching.