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RIM Acquires Mobile Content and Cloud Services Provider NewBay

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NewBay is an Ireland-based digital content services company that specializes in white-label solutions for mobile carriers. Some of their products include social networking tools, mobile video content delivery, mobile messaging, utilities, as well as tailor made mobile OSes for mobile carriers such as Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T. The company also has a significant presence in the cloud services space which is probably the cause of the acquisition. More after the jump.
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Otterbox Makes BlackBerry PlayBook Defender Series Case and It’s Huge

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While at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando this past week, I was given the opportunity to check out all kinds of BlackBerry protective gear. The company that stood out the most to me was Otterbox. Being the klutz that I am, protective gear for my BlackBerry is always of utmost importance.

I was able to chat with Otterbox, who hooked me up with a black Commuter Series case for my Bold 9700, and a hard plastic stand for my PlayBook. What’s nice about their smartphone cases in particular is that they don’t add a whole lot of bulk to your phone. They’ve got a sleek style, and unlike some other smartphone cases, it doesn’t make my BlackBerry look like a half-morphed Transformer.
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Samsung hires former RIM exec Marcus Stone

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Samsung has made a play to improve their enterprise market share today, naming former RIM executive Marcus Stone as the head of Smartphones UK and Ireland. Stone had held several sales and marketing positions during his seven years at RIM. Derek Williamson, Samsung’s general manager, while announcing the new hire, also addressed the need to specifically target the enterprise market.

Williamson said: ‘As we grow more rapidly within the UK smartphone market, it is critical that we assign more time and focus on this sector. We already have an exciting smartphone portfolio with an extensive range, and we have plenty more to come with some incredible products planned for next year.’

I guess there is more than one reason why RIM is hiring.

|via MobileToday|

BlackBerry sales picking up in Ireland

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IrelandThanks to the Pearl, O2′s BlackBerry sales in Ireland are reaching unprecedented levels.

“We’re now doing the same volume on a month-to-month basis that it took us to do in the first two years of selling BlackBerry products,” said Billy D’Arcy, O2’s head of business sales and services.

D’Arcy goes over some key points that explain the recent explosion, and why sales haven’t been better over the six years that O2 has been carrying BlackBerry devices. For one, he says that it takes time for the technology to work into the roots of the business community as a viable solution. It takes a lot of convincing to get a company to adopt a single device as the wide-spanning standard.

Second, the way that the Pearl has softened the business edge off BlackBerry has had tremendous effect on the perceptions of the brand. Surely the Curve’s release there last Wednesday will do well to further emphasize that level of appeal. Thirdly, changes in labour paradigms have made working from home more acceptable than it once was. Instead of being seen as invasive, BlackBerrys are letting folks telecommute.

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