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CNBC Panel on BlackBerry Going Private: Who Would Buy?

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It’s interesting to note that the purchase of BlackBerry is so highly politicized. The CNBC panel mentioned the issue that since BlackBerry is so engrained in government and defence, the US probably wouldn’t let the Chinese purchase the company. The Canadian government, also being so heavily locked down in the company, probably also wouldn’t allow the purchase, although they have explicitly said they would be supportive of the company’s decisions. But even from a private perspective, it’s hard to think of a company that would have the power to really leverage BlackBerry and bring it to the 3rd smartphone position. The Koreans are doing well with Samsung and it’s not clear whether it makes sense for them either. Check out the full video after the break.
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Secure Free Instant Messaging for Enterprise: BlackBerry IM 3.0

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BlackBerry Enterprise IM 3.0 is a secure, enterprise-grade instant messaging service that borrows a lot of functionality of the popular BBM service. The service can communicate with desktop enterprise chat systems like Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office Communication Server and Lotus (IBM) Sametime. Continue reading ‘Secure Free Instant Messaging for Enterprise: BlackBerry IM 3.0′

Skyfire Alpha for BlackBerry screenshots and impressions

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Skyfire for BlackBerry

Bla1ze from CB has been using Skyfire for BlackBerry and it looks to be a huge improvement for the BlackBerry internet browsing experience. While the browser is still in Alpha testing, it’s looking really slick.

According to the company, some of the new features added include:

  • New Keyboard Shortcuts: We mapped the keyboard shortcuts to be similar to the ones in the native BlackBerry browser to offer a more familiar user experience.
  • Switch to Skyfire: Once Skyfire is installed, you’ll see a “Switch to Skyfire” option show up in the options menu of the original Blackberry browser. We added this feature to help when users click on links in email and SMS and end up launching the native browser instead of Skyfire or when you navigate to a web site that is better viewed in Skyfire.
  • Text Entry in Thumbnail view: You now don’t have to zoom-in to enter text. We resolved that issue and now enter text directly in the thumbnail view of pages.
  • Contextual zoom with camera corners: Similar to the other Skyfire platforms, we now support contextual zoom. Thus we detect areas of interest (say articles or images) and allow you to zoom-in to areas easily by fitting the area of interest to the screen dimensions.
  • Faster zooming: You’ll see a great improvement in your ability to zoom. Unlike Alpha 2, the page displays text at all zoom levels, without any redrawing of the screen. Less checkerboards.

More details, screenshots and impressions after the jump