Shares of Research in Motion (RIMM) shot over 10% higher in the passed two days on speculation that the Ontario, CA based company will settle its patent infringement dispute with Virginia based NTP. The two companies that have been entrenched in a legal battle for several years met in front of a US judge for a settlement conference last Friday. Rumor has it that these settlement talks may have been spurred on by license agreements between NTP and Good Technology, one of RIMâ€™s biggest competitors. In January, counsel for Research in Motion stated that RIM would not settle with NTP and was prepared to take it all the way to the Supreme Court.
If you use a BlackBerry, you probably work in an office, and if your office is like every other office in the country, you have an office pool on the NCAA Tournament. Well, there is no need to huddle around the cube of the guy with the handheld TV. The makers of Pocket Express are offering a free 30 day trial of Pocket Express and their Express Sports Sport Ticker that delivers real time updates, previews, box scores, and stories directly to your BlackBerry Handheld.
Reasearch in Motion today announced that AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo Instant Messenger, and ICQ will be available on new handheld units and that Yahoo will be available as a free download for exsting units. These services, and others are now available via thrid party applications but the new aggreement will be for actual client software installed on the handheld units that use the networks push email technology for communication.
The Messenger services on the BlackBerry platform will allow consumers to see which friends are online, send and receive instant messages, have multiple conversations at once, participate in online conferences and even send and view emoticons.
Taoyuan, Taiwan and Waterloo, Canada – High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (TAIEX: 2498) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to expand distribution of BlackBerryÂ® Connectâ„¢ on Windows Mobile-based devices from HTC to carriers around the world.
Carriers will soon have access to a wider variety of Windows Mobile-based HTC devices with BlackBerry Connect. In addition to previously announced models from HTC, new initiatives will include the deployment of BlackBerry Connect on HTCâ€™s current generation of keyboard-based devices and will quickly expand to a wider deployment of Windows Mobile-based HTC devices.
TORONTO (CP) – California-based Good Technology Inc. said Friday it has agreed to licence five patents from NTP Inc., the U.S. company that claims the rights to key technology used in Research In Motion’s BlackBerry products.
Good Technology offers “always on” push email communication services that competes with BlackBerry but offers their services on a variety of handset models by different manufacturers. NTP is the Virginia based holding company that currently is entangled in a legal battle with Research in Motion, claiming that RIM has infringed on several patents around remote email technology that they hold.
The Royal Bank of Canada revoked PIN rights for all of it employees at its brokerage firm who deal directly with clients Wednesday. PIN messaging or Personal Identification Number messaging allows BlackBerry users to send messages directly to other BlackBerry users, bypassing the BlackBerry Server. This poses security issues because of the lack of auditing on these messages. If a user were to delete a PIN message before syncing back to a BlackBerry Server, the message could be lost forever. This could violate many regulatory requirements overseeing electronic communications.
Research in Motion (RIMM) recently opened the official BlackBerry Accessories Store over on ShopBlackBerry.com. They currently offer goods in 5 areas:
- Battery and Battery Accessories
- Carrying Cases
- Desktop Cradles
Most of the products found on the site come OEM with BlackBerry Handheld devices, however, they do offer some accessories that don’t come in the box with their units such as leather carrying cases and high capcity batteries. We will have to keep checking back to see if their product list grows.
Research in Motion (RIMM) stock was downgraded Monday by Piper Jaffray from “Out Preform” to “Market Preform” and the price target dropped from $100 per share to $75 per share.
RIM’s U.S.-traded stock fell $5.10 (U.S.) or 7.58 per cent to $62.22 Monday. In Toronto, shares of RIM fell $6.34 (Canadian) or 7.66 per cent to $76.39. The stock, which has soared 275 per cent in the past three years and is up 25 percent in the past 12 months, has fallen 16 per cent since the start of January. RIM’s U.S.-traded stock fell $5.10 (U.S.) or 7.58 per cent to $62.22 Monday. In Toronto, shares of RIM fell $6.34 (Canadian) or 7.66 per cent to $76.39. The stock, which has soared 275 per cent in the past three years and is up 25 per cent in the past 12 months, has fallen 16 per cent since the start of January.
BlackBerry Connect is now available on the Sony Ericsson P910 as a free download from T-Mobile’s site. Unfortunately, this update is only for the European P910i and not the American P910a.
BlackBerry Connect on the P910 will allow you to have your email and other data automatically sent to your smartphone. The variety of input methods, including keyboard, natural handwriting and T9, provides users with choices for composing messages and accessing the phoneâ€™s many functions.
Although T-Mobile USA saw slightly lower than expected subscriber growth for Q4, their average revenue per unit (ARPU) topped the estimated $53.8 million coming in at $54.5 The improved ARPU can be attributed to rising sales of BlackBerry devices.