If the previously leakedBlackberrydevices weren’t enough, the folks over at BGR have gone ahead and posted up another image render aside some specifications of the Storm 3. Outfitted with a relatively large 3.7″ 480×800 resolution screen, one can only hope that RIM has decided to drop their “SurePress” technology and run with a regular “non buttoned” capacitive screen for ease of use to regular consumers. Along with the other “next generation” Blackberry devices, the Storm 3 packs new internals, supports “3G Mobile Hotspot” as well as the OpenGL standard and should also be shipping with OS 6.1.
Blackberry Storm 3 Specifications
3.7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive display
5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording
8GB eMMC (storage for apps and data), 512MB of RAM
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
2.4GHz b/g/n and 5GHz a/n Wi-Fi + UMA
3G Mobile hotspot
1230 mAh battery
Research in Motion has apparently ordered shipments of close to 1 million Blackberry Playbook tablets. Quanta Computer has begun production of the tablets, and RIM expects to sell them in Q1 2011.
RIM plans to launch the Playbook in March with a 3G version coming later. Honestly, 1 million Playbook sales seem a bit too ambitious now, with a flood of Android tablets coming soon.
Even Motorola expects to sell about 800,000 Xoom tablets, but that is more realistic, as Android is a much more popular OS than the QNX based OS in the Playbook. Even HP plans to launch a webOS tablet soon and Apple may launch the iPad 2 in April.
Continuing along with the previously leaked images and specifications on upcoming Blackberry devices, the Torch 2 is next on the list. As you would assume, the form factor and overall design are the same, but the real changes are internal. The Torch 2 is rumoured to have a faster processor, NFC capabilities and be lauching with OS 6.1.
Blackberry Torch 2 Specifications
Tri-band HSPA 14.4Mbps
3.2-inch VGA 640 x 480 capacitive display
8GB built-in memory
5-megapixel camera with flash
1300 mAh battery
It would seem that RIM either has a slight issue with keeping things under wraps or is trickling out some of their new upcoming devices. In addition to the previously leaked Blackberry Dakota, a successor to the current Curve has been outed and detailed as well. Moving away from the squared off and angular design of the 8520, the Blackberry Apollo adopts a slightly curved body with a nice taper at the top and bottom. Internally, the new Curve bumps specifications and aligns RIM with some of the competitors offerings and should be launching with OS 6.1.
Blackberry Apollo Specifications
Tri-band UMTS/HSPA 7.2Mbps
512MB of eMMC’512MB of RAM
5 megapixel camera with flash
HVGA 480Ã—360 display
Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU
BlackBerry OS 6.1
The stalemate between RIM and the Indian authorities finally seems to have ended. Research in Motion stated that it has provided solutions to Indian security agencies which will allow them to access data sent using Blackberry Messenger services.
The Indian Government had asked RIM to provide it access to Blackberry Email and Messenger services by January 31, 2011. While it has given the security agencies access to Blackberry Messenger data, it still hasn’t given them access to the Blackberry Enterprise Server.
“RIM continues to work closely with the government and RIM’s carrier partners in India…We are pleased to have delivered a solution well before a mutually agreed milestone date of January 31, 2011.”
“No changes can be made to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys” said the RIM update.
Even Nokia set up its Mail and Messaging servers in India recently, to allow law enforcement agencies to intercept email and messenger data.
Images and some specifications of the Blackberry Dakota, the latest Blackberry smartphone have been leaked by BGR. It will be a touchscreen phone which will be styled after the Blackberry Bold. It has superb hardware specs and comes with features like HD video recording, NFC and mobile hotspot. It will also have a 5 MP camera and will have 768 MB RAM.
It will launch with Blackberry OS 6.1.
Blackberry Dakota Specifications
5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, flash, and image stabilization
4GB of built in storage, 768MB of RAM
2.8-inch VGA 640Ã—480 capacitive screen
Wi-Fi b,g,n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies
3G mobile hotspot!
Launches with BlackBerry OS 6.1
RIM has released yet another video of their tablet, the Blackberry Playbook. It has been launched right before CES 2011 starts, before all the Blackberry Playbook buzz is drowned out by the slew of tablet launches.
It showcases the Blackberry web browser which has both Flash and HTML 5 video capabilities. They have also demonstrated how well Flash works on the Playbook, using Flash games on Facebook.
It is way better than the iPad, atleast as far as Flash content is concerned. The web browser seems great and is very fast and responsive.
Check out the Blackberry Playbook Web Fidelity video here.
BBC has a pretty decent comedy show called The One Ronniestarring the wizened eighty year old comedian Ronnie Colbert. While the comedian does feel a little guilty doing this show without his late partner Ronnie Barker (part of the The Two Ronnies while he was still alive), he is quite the riot as an old comic and manages to keep up with latest happenings to elicit that odd smirk or the riotous guffaw.
One of his latest sketches features him talking with an elderly grocer and general vegetable shop owner about how his blackberry was not working. Yes, he takes out the organic fruit, a blackberry, and asks the shopkeeper if there was anything he could do to fix it. The shopkeeper immediately asks him whether it ran out of juice! Hilarious puns and comedy that we’ve all grown accustomed to watching on the Beeb.
It is actually quite heartening to watch a comedy by elderly gentlemen stay in touch with the latest technology. While the sketch starts out with a blackberry, it goes into the territory of Apples and Eggs-boxes soon enough, giving you, the viewer, plenty of time to take in the jokes and laugh before proceeding to the next!
We have a good news for Blackberry smartphone users in India. Tata Docomo today announced their exciting new Blackberry Unlimited plan for both pre-paid and postpaid customers. Tata Docomo is currently offering unlimited Blackberry service for just Rs.399 per month. It includes –
Unlimited push Email
Unlimited usage on Instant Messenger
Unlimited usage on BlackBerry App World
Unlimited usage on Social Networking
Unlimited usage on Internet Browsing, including audio and video content
As many as 10 personal e-mail accounts
The unlimited Blackberry plan allows you to stay connected with your friends and family on the go. Tata Docomo users in Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, UP (West), Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra circle will also get an additional 300 MB to experience the super-express speeds on Tata Docomo 3G. If you have any queries, you can call customer care at 1800-419-0121 or you can even ask us in the comments below.
After months of persuasion and talks between esteemed officials of the Indian Govt. and the BlackBerry makers, RIM – the Govt. is now satisfied with the solution which RIM has proposed to monitor BlackBerry services by the Govt. However, RIM is still not setting up a server in India, instead they are offering a cloud based solution. But this cloud based monitoring solution is only for BlackBerry messenger, and RIM has not yet told anything about monitoring the corporate e-mail services.
As per the current agreement reached between RIM and the Govt., RIM’s infrastructure is all set to ready to receive and process lawfully intercepted BlackBerry messenger data via the cloud computing-based system, from Indian service providers. However the system is not yet real-time. This solution comes well within the deadline time of December 2010, which was set by the Indian Govt.
RIM has already allowed the security agencies to monitor voice calls, SMS, chat conversation but the Govt. wanted same access to the corporate BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry e-mails. Earlier, Nokia had setup a server in India to let the Govt. agencies monitor data generated from Nokia devices. Not only this, a Rajasthan based company has already launched BharatBerryto counter BlackBerry services in India.