UAE to Ban BlackBerry E-mail, Web Browsing and Messaging

Citing national security concerns, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it will soon ban e-mail, web browsing and messaging for the BlackBerry smartphone.

“In the public interest, we have today informed the providers of telecommunications services in the country of our decision to suspend the Blackberry services of messenger, email and electronic browsing,” stated Mohammed al-Ghanem, the chief of the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

“Today’s decision is based on the fact that, in their current form, certain BlackBerry services allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national-security concerns,” continued the government’s statement. According to al-Ghanem, “It’s a final decision,” but they are continuing discussions with Canadian-based Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the BlackBerry device.

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Citing national security concerns, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it will soon ban e-mail, web browsing and messaging for the BlackBerry smartphone.

“In the public interest, we have today informed the providers of telecommunications services in the country of our decision to suspend the Blackberry services of messenger, email and electronic browsing,” stated Mohammed al-Ghanem, the chief of the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

“Today’s decision is based on the fact that, in their current form, certain BlackBerry services allow users to act without any legal accountability, causing judicial, social and national-security concerns,” continued the government’s statement. According to al-Ghanem, “It’s a final decision,” but they are continuing discussions with Canadian-based Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the BlackBerry device. Leer más “UAE to Ban BlackBerry E-mail, Web Browsing and Messaging”

Traffic to Nokia and BlackBerry Sites is Down

A recent story published in the NYT painted a bleak picture of the future for smartphone makers Nokia and RIM, the developers of BlackBerry.

R.I.M.’s share of the American smartphone market fell to 41 percent in the first quarter from 55 percent in the previous year, according to Gartner. The combined share held by [Apple] iPhones and [Google] Android handsets rose to 49 percent, from 23 percent over the same period.

R.I.M.’s sales have been increasing outside the U.S. but the report attributes that rise to the sharp fall in the price of BlackBerry handsets. Here are the latest numbers (U.S. only) from Comscore.


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A recent story published in the NYT painted a bleak picture of the future for smartphone makers Nokia and RIM, the developers of BlackBerry.

R.I.M.’s share of the American smartphone market fell to 41 percent in the first quarter from 55 percent in the previous year, according to Gartner. The combined share held by [Apple] iPhones and [Google] Android handsets rose to 49 percent, from 23 percent over the same period.

R.I.M.’s sales have been increasing outside the U.S. but the report attributes that rise to the sharp fall in the price of BlackBerry handsets. Here are the latest numbers (U.S. only) from Comscore.

Smartphone Platform Market Share
Smartphone Market Share

The changing consumer interest is also reflected in the traffic to these sites. Leer más “Traffic to Nokia and BlackBerry Sites is Down”

New BlackBerry API Can Grab Location Info From Cell Towers in Lieu of GPS

The BlackBerry Developer’s Blog details how the geolocation service works and gives some examples of how it can best be utilized. The service can even be used in apps that require a higher degree of location accuracy by showing users approximate locations while querying for a more accurate spot via GPS. As the blog post notes, this could have a huge impact on speed and user experience.


RIM has just added a new geolocation feature to its Locate Service toolkit, which will permit BlackBerry developers to use cellular tower data when grabbing location data for their apps. This will ultimately enable apps to use cellular towers to approximate location if a user is in an area without GPS coverage.

This is similar to what Google (Google) does to determine location via Wi-Fi. However, RIM’s Locate Service use cellular towers instead of wireless hotspots. As more and more applications become geo-aware, having backup methods for location querying is important, especially if the app is being used in a location or building that makes GPS usage difficult.
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Fallout From the iPhone 4 Press Conference

“You are now entering the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field.” These were the words I heard from several journalists when I first started writing about Apple for Bits last year.

On Friday last week, the distortion field was in full effect when Mr. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, held a press conference at the company’s Cupertino headquarters to address problems with the iPhone 4’s antenna.

As Mr. Jobs paced back and forth on stage, he tried to paint a picture of a world of smartphones that are all rife with antenna problems. He showed videos of signal drops on BlackBerry, Nokia and Samsung phones.


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Apple Antennagate

Kimberly White/Reuters Apple’s press conference on Friday set off a wave of responses from competing phone makers.

“You are now entering the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field.” These were the words I heard from several journalists when I first started writing about Apple for Bits last year.

On Friday last week, the distortion field was in full effect when Mr. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, held a press conference at the company’s Cupertino headquarters to address problems with the iPhone 4’s antenna.

As Mr. Jobs paced back and forth on stage, he tried to paint a picture of a world of smartphones that are all rife with antenna problems. He showed videos of signal drops on BlackBerry, Nokia and Samsung phones. Leer más “Fallout From the iPhone 4 Press Conference”

BlackBerry 6 Preview Features Social Feeds and New Browser

Written by Klint Finley

This post is part of our ReadWriteEnterprise channel, which is a resource and guide for IT managers and technologists in the Enterprise. The channel is sponsored by Intel. As you’re exploring solutions for your enterprise, check out this helpful resource from our sponsors: All New 2010 Intel Core vPro Processors and Microsoft Office 2010: Your Best Choice for Business PCs

RIM has released a video preview of the company’s forth coming BlackBerry 6 OS. The preview showcases a touch based interface, new social features likely powered by technology RIM acquired from Viigo and, of course, a new WebKit based browser. The video, and more information, is after the jump.

Here’s some of what’s new in BlackBerry 6:


Written by Klint Finley

This post is part of our ReadWriteEnterprise channel, which is a resource and guide for IT managers and technologists in the Enterprise. The channel is sponsored by Intel. As you’re exploring solutions for your enterprise, check out this helpful resource from our sponsors: All New 2010 Intel Core vPro Processors and Microsoft Office 2010: Your Best Choice for Business PCs

RIM has released a video preview of the company’s forth coming BlackBerry 6 OS. The preview showcases a touch based interface, new social features likely powered by technology RIM acquired from Viigo and, of course, a new WebKit based browser. The video, and more information, is after the jump.

Here’s some of what’s new in BlackBerry 6: Leer más “BlackBerry 6 Preview Features Social Feeds and New Browser”

Android, el sistema operativo de Google, supera a rivales

Es el principal competidor del iPhone 4 de Apple, pero afecta a otros vía sus respectivas aplicaciones de sistemas operativos en celulares inteligentes. Esto involucra a desarrolladores en Estados Unidos-Canadá, Europa occidental y Asia oriental.

Un proveedor de herramientas para softwares móviles, Appcelerator, encuestó a 2.730 usuarios. La mitad cree que Android ofrece el mejor potencial a largo plazo entre todos los sistemas en uso. No obstante, casi 35% de la muestra estima que el sistema Apple llevaría las de ganar, si no mediase su rival.


Es el principal competidor del iPhone 4 de Apple, pero afecta a otros vía sus respectivas aplicaciones de sistemas operativos en celulares inteligentes. Esto involucra a desarrolladores en Estados Unidos-Canadá, Europa occidental y Asia oriental.

Un proveedor de herramientas para softwares móviles, Appcelerator, encuestó a 2.730 usuarios. La mitad cree que Android ofrece el mejor potencial a largo plazo entre todos los sistemas en uso. No obstante, casi 35% de la muestra estima que el sistema Apple llevaría las de ganar, si no mediase su rival. Leer más “Android, el sistema operativo de Google, supera a rivales”

The Truth about Mobile Application Stores


Written by Sarah Perez

At the recent Mobile World Congress 2010, Dutch app store analytics firm Distimo presented their findings on the six largest mobile application stores in existence today: the iTunes App Store, BlackBerry App World, Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. In their presentation, they analyzed everything including store size, store growth, the most popular applications and where you can find the best deal. They recently shared some of the highlights from that presentation by way of a slideshow embedded on their blog.

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For mobile industry insiders, some of the findings won’t be all that shocking, just common knowledge paired with statistics. However, there were a few surprises that caught us off guard, maybe they will you too.

Distimo collects public application data from app stores and also offers developers an analytics tool which is used to monitor their apps and those belonging to their competitors. After examining and analyzing the data, the company releases market reports detailing their findings. Leer más “The Truth about Mobile Application Stores”