Browsing: Jim Balsillie

Heins ousted as BlackBerry CEO

The next chapter in BlackBerry’s troubled history has been written. Thorsten Heins has been ousted as the struggling smartphone manufacturer’s CEO after plans to sell the company to its biggest shareholders, Fairfax Financial Holdings, fell through. Instead, Fairfax and other

BlackBerry ‘can’t stand still again’

With its new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) platform, Canada’s BlackBerry isn’t simply looking to silence its critics by offering a smartphone as good as anything else on the market. It also wants the operating system to be the frontrunner in what CEO Thorsten Heins calls “the move from mobile

BlackBerry’s last roll of the dice

Next Wednesday, a week from now, Canada’s Research in Motion (RIM) will launch its new BlackBerry smartphones and its completely redesigned operating system, BlackBerry 10 (BB10) in one of the biggest product unveilings in the technology industry in years. For RIM, everything is riding on

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

There is no doubt Research in Motion’s (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

RIM reports ugly results as Balsillie exits

BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) has reported its fourth quarter 2012 results and, as expected, the earnings came in below expectations, writes Sean Ludwig. The company reported revenues of US$4,2bn, way below expectations, and earnings per share ended up at 81c, right on the money with projections. RIM sold 11,1m

BlackBerry loses home-ground advantage

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has lost its home-field advantage in Canada to Apple for the first time ever, another sign that the company is almost hopelessly broken when it comes to smartphone innovation. The long-time co-CEOs of RIM, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, resigned from the company in January after 20 years and were replaced

RIM director calls outsiders ‘morons’

As if Research in Motion (RIM) needed more controversy surrounding its appointment of new CEO Thorston Heins, now a company director is arguing that it simply couldn’t have chosen a new CEO from outside the company earlier because the only

Research in commotion

For months, Research in Motion (RIM), the Canadian maker of BlackBerry smartphones, has seemed incapable of getting anything right. Its PlayBook tablet went on sale without e-mail (unless attached to a BlackBerry). Its network was blacked out for days with scarcely a word from the company. It has

Duncan McLeod
Saving the Berry

Looking around SA, it’s hard to believe BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is in trouble. The BlackBerry remains South Africans’ smartphone of choice but in developed markets consumers are shunning it in favour of alternatives. The resignations this week of long-serving

What RIM shake-up means for bruised BlackBerry

The resignations of Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, co-CEOs of Research in Motion (RIM), are surely intended to restore faith in the BlackBerry brand and to appease shareholders angered by a 75% collapse in the company’s share price in the past year. But analysts doubt whether the resignations are more

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