The forecast for RIM: cloudy, with a chance of success

There is no doubt RIM’s fortunes have been receding of late. The share of BlackBerry smartphones in North America is plummeting (although still strong in other parts of the world) and revenues are down. Competition is fierce. Can new management and stated objectives for future products at RIM turn things around or is it too late?

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Box.net ramps up HTML5 app development

Cloud storage provider Box.net announced today that it is launching a web-based HTML5 version of its mobile application that will bring the company’s tools to any mobile device running an HTML5-powered mobile web browser.

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Is Android RIM’s backup plan?

Many are worried about the long-term viability of BlackBerry given its shrinking market share. Of course, Research in Motion is still making money and selling lots of phones. But the competition from iPhone and Android is intense, and it has to do something to be seen as a “next gen” smartphone supplier if it wants to regain its luster.

RIM PlayBook is a surprise hit, outsells Motorola’s Xoom

The BlackBerry PlayBook by RIM has been performing extremely well by selling approximately 250,000 units during its first moth of sales, according to RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky.

RIM: BlackBerry PlayBook updates coming every two weeks

Major features and new applications could be added to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet as frequently as every two weeks, said Research In Motion Vice President of Software Alan Panezic at the BlackBerry World event in Orlando, Fla. yesterday.

Crackberry evolved: RIM announces BlackBerry Bold Touch, OS 7

Research in Motion is taking another swipe at integrating touchscreen technology with its iconic keyboards, following the limp release of the BlackBerry Torch last summer. The company today announced the long-awaited BlackBerry Bold Touch, as well as the BlackBerry 7 operating system, at its BlackBerry World conference in Orlando.

Verizon is lukewarm on RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook

Though Research In Motion had stated in the past that its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet would be made available on Verizon’s 4G network, Verizon officials have said they are still evaluating whether to distribute the device, according to Reuters.

RIM CEO: How come we get no respect?

“Why is it that people don’t appreciate our profits?” Research in Motion co-CEO Mike Laziridis asked the New York Times in an interview.

Analyst: Motorola Xoom and Atrix are duds

Motorola’s tablet computer, the Xoom, and the Atrix smartphone it designed to replace a notebook computer are duds that can’t compete for market share, according to Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette.

Acer stock plummets in midst of identity crisis

Taiwanese computer giant Acer wants to be like Apple with premium products and high margins. Now it thinks it has a more promising future in tablets, Bloomberg reports.

Samsung unveils new Galaxy Tabs (video)

Samsung unveiled the next versions of its Galaxy Tab tablet computers at the CTIA Wireless 2011 conference — an 8.9-inch and a 10.1-inch tablet that are aesthetically comparable to Apple’s iPad.

RIM marketing chief drops out weeks ahead of PlayBook launch

This probably isn’t the way Research in Motion wanted to prepare for its long-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook tablet launch: The company announced Friday that chief marketing officer Keith Pardy is leaving the company for “personal reasons,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Box.net CEO: Honeycomb will put Android tablets on top in enterprise

Aaron Levie, chief executive of enterprise cloud storage company Box.net, is calling Google’s mobile operating system Android the winner in the enterprise tablet race despite dominating play from Apple’s iPad and the imminent release of BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion’s PlayBook tablet.

How many tablets will businesses buy in 2011? Try 10M (report)

Tablet growth is set to explode this year, and businesses will certainly account for much of it. Companies are expected to purchase more than 10 million tablets in 2011, Reuters reports, based on a market forecast from consulting firm Deloitte.

VentureBeat’s top gadgets from CES 2011: Atrix, Xoom, PlayBook and more

With this year’s Consumer Electronics Show behind us, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on what stood out the most. There were plenty of tablets, phones, computers and other gadgets at the show, but only a few were truly memorable. This year we saw a phone that turned into a smartbook, RIM’s miraculous comeback, a PC competitor to the Macbook Air and more.