RIMPIRE STRIKES BACK

Have you seen BlackBerry 10 lately?

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BlackBerry 10
BlackBerry 10 courtesy of CrackBerry member sazerak

BlackBerry 10 on the brain? You're not alone!

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Post your "BlackBerry 10" photos on this thread and you could win!

BlackBerry 10
Last week Kevin admitted that he has a real problem, an addiction if you will. He wants a BlackBerry 10 device so badly that he's started seeing the number "10" everywhere he looks. So he decided to turn his obsession into a game for all of us to participate in and maybe win a prize! Since then, we've gotten a ton of photos emailed in and posted in the forums. You can check out some below, and in the thread at the link below. Make sure to post yours too and join in the fun. Before long, you'll be seeing "10" everywhere too. ;)

Ongoing See BlackBerry 10 and Win Contest:  BlackBerry People Do. So while you're out doing things and see the number 10, turn it into a BlackBerry 10 photo as  done here. Then post your BlackBerry 10 photos on this forum thread. We'll post the best ones here on the blogs and give away sweet prizes for our favorites. And we're gonna show our support for RIM and BlackBerry 10 and keep this going right up until the launch of BlackBerry 10 phones. Get creative. Get epic. There's a groundswell of support for BlackBerry out there, so let's show it!

Share your "BlackBerry 10" photos in the forums

Awesome "BlackBerry 10" Photos Emerge!

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Gather your "BlackBerry 10" photos and post them on this thread. We'll share them and give away sweet prizes for our favorites!

BlackBerry 10

Now that I've got your attention... BlackBerry 10. I want it. I need it. I wish it were on the market right now. Waiting for it is hard. But now beyond the pain of waiting things have escalated for me into a bit of a psychological issue of sorts... I keep seeing the number "10." Seriously. In the last couple of weeks it seems everywhere I go all I see is the number 10. In my house. While driving. In stores. Walking down the street. I see 10 and I think BlackBerry 10. Heck, I'm even starting to draw the number 10 absentmindedly while doing things.

I'm pretty sure the only real cure for my new disorder is to get an actual BlackBerry 10 phone in my hands. But since BlackBerry 10 phones are still a few months away, I think I figured out a way to turn this into a good thing. Let's make waiting for a BlackBerry 10 into a game that shows our support for Research In Motion and BlackBerry 10!

Ongoing See BlackBerry 10 and Win Contest:  BlackBerry People Do. So while you're out doing things and see the number 10, turn it into a BlackBerry 10 photo as we've done here (lots more below). Then post your BlackBerry 10 photos on this forum thread or email them into editorial@crackberry.com. We'll post the best ones here on the blogs and give away sweet prizes for our favorites. And we're gonna show our support for RIM and BlackBerry 10 and keep this going right up until the launch of BlackBerry 10 phones. Get creative. Get epic. There's a groundswell of support for BlackBerry out there, so let's show it! 

If I Ran RIM: I'd Rally the Troops!

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If I Ran RIM

[ If I Ran RIM is a new editorial series by CrackBerry's Founder and Editor In Chief, Kevin Michaluk. It looks at the things he would be doing if he were on the senior management team or board of directors at Research In Motion ]

Companies have feelings. Well, that's not quite true. People have feelings. But companies would not exist without people. And on a week when Research In Motion's share value is trading at a 7 year low, my hunch is that a lot of RIM employees are feeling pretty down in the dumps. 

If you read BlackBerry: The Inside Story of Research In Motion, there's a good story in the book that tells of how RIM's Co-CEO Jim Balsillie effectively banned employees talking about RIMM share price at work. If you got caught breaking that rule, you had to buy donuts the next day for EVERYBODY (an expensive fine, especially as the company grew to have thousands of employees!). Jim's take was that going public was just a way for the company to raise money to execute its vision - worrying about the day to day value shouldn't distract from the company's longer term goals and mission.

Opportunity RIMPIRE... Time to Strike Back!

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 iPhone 4S

On a day like today I'm sure everybody in Waterloo was holding their breath to see what Apple is going to announce. And for good reason. On more than one occasion Apple has changed RIM's game. The announcement of the original iPhone set a new expectation for what a mobile device can do and how it should do it, and the announcement of the iPad forced RIM into the tablet game. Whether you like it or not, what Apple announces matters.

But I think RIM can breathe a momentary sigh of relief following today's Apple iPhone 4S announcement. Apple announced an iPhone with better internals -- none of which leap ahead of what's already on the market -- and in Siri introduced some interesting software, but they did it in a phone that looks IDENTICAL to its predecessor, the iPhone 4. Following the live coverage of the event, even the Apple fanboys and fangirls seemed disappointed. Part of that was the lack of Steve Jobs' presence at the event, but the bigger part was that it felt like Apple failed to deliver something really mind-blowing. If the iPhone 5 is now another year away, it seems like the iPhone 4S isn't delivering the kind of newness that Apple fans were expecting. Looking at twitter and some of the polls out there, like this one on TiPb asking iPhone owners if they're going to upgrade, it's looking like a lot of people who were planning to upgrade on the 14th are now going to save their dollars a little longer.

What's it all mean for BlackBerry? I think it means opportunity.

BlackBerry Smart Card Reader gets highest certification level, gives high fives

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BlackBerry Smart Card Reader

The BlackBerry Smart Card Reader makes it extremely easy to make sure you and your business are in compliance with operational requirements for multi-factor authentication. It offers controlled access to your BlackBerry, computer (provided it is running Microsoft Windows and is Bluetooth-enabled), PKI applications and the internet, without compromising your security. This wearable card reader comes ready for a BES environment and will extend its features to enable AES-256 encryption overlay for Bluetooth, S/MIME support and wireless IT policy enforcement. If you venture out of Bluetooth range of your computer or BlackBerry, it will be rendered inaccessible. When we last had a look at the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader, Isaac let us know that it had achieved FIPS 140-2 certification. Today, the Card Reader took it to a new level- FIPS 140-2 level 3. This is the highest level of certification over any other available wireless smart card reader.

"Our customers value the robust security provided with BlackBerry products and services and smart card readers are particularly important within the government sector," said Scott Totzke, Senior Vice President, BlackBerry Security at Research In Motion. "This advanced certification of the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader for the U.S. Federal Government demonstrates our ongoing commitment to meet and exceed the expectations of our government customers."

Toting advanced features such as; tamper evidence and self destruction of critical security parameters upon device breach, the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader is a formidable opponent in the battle to maintain corporate security. This goes to prove that the RIMPIRE STRIKES BACK on every front. Press release after the jump.

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