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Service outages, slower than expected consumer pick-up of the Playbook, a disappointing showing at the 2011 Consumer Electronics show, a Executive shake-up (sort-of), and countless articles speculating on the viability of the company.

Not good times for Research In Motion (RIM), makers of the Blackberry line of products.

Last week, Reuters reported that “Oil field services company Halliburton plans to stop issuing BlackBerry smartphones to employees and switch over to Apple’s iPhone, which it said was better suited to its needs, marking another setback for Research In Motion.”

But here’s the interesting thing… “RIM has nevertheless recognized the threat and in November announced it would offer security features for iPhone and Android from within its existing BlackBerry service for corporations.”

SO! New Blackberry hardware may get more critique than critical acclaim but if they sell their much-loved-by-business services and security on devices that employees prefer, they could set themselves up for long-term stability. Selling services in perpetuity (à la Bell, Rogers, utility companies, etc) guarantees income and, on this scale, could potentially make up for any losses on the hardware side of things. That could calm the shareholders, silence the doomsayers, and enable the company to do some serious soul-searching before stepping back into the ring. Or they may opt to get out of the hardware game altogether.

Then again there are those iHaters and Android-o-phobes who refuse to hold anything but a RIM device…

It’s OK. Don’t fear the on-screen keyboard. See, it’s a full QWERTY too. There you go.

Read the full Reuters article on the Vancouver Sun site here.

The iPad: so easy, even a child can use it!

While I may never fully understand why the internet finds kittens just so adorable; this, admittedly, is quite cute: a two year old uses an iPad for the first time. Surprisingly, the little girl finds it quite simple to use, enlarging iPhone apps and playing games.

Describing the girl’s use of the tablet, her father said:

As you can see, after geeking out on my Sutro Tower homescreen, she took right to it — including figuring out how to enlarge some of her favorite iPhone-legacy apps to 2x to display full-size on the iPad screen. If you’re good at understanding kid-speak, you’ll also notice that she immediately saw its potential as a video-display device. She lamented the lack of a camera, and wondered about its potential for playing games.

Below is the full video, from the Huffington Post.

-Jessie W.

The company announces its WiFi version will hit store on April 3, 3G version in late April when device comes to Canada

iPad Apple release date April 3 2010

iPad Apple release date April 3 2010

From the Globe and Mail, full article here.

Apple Inc. said the first iPads will be in U.S. stores on April 3 and hit nine international markets later in the month, easing concerns that manufacturing constraints could delay launch.

The news sent shares of Apple surging as much as 4.3 per cent to an all-time high of $219.70 (U.S.) on the Nasdaq, as analysts said the speedy international rollout could help build sales momentum.

The 9.7-inch touchscreen iPad, which is designed to surf the Web, play video and games, and read digital books, is the most anticipated product launch from Apple since the iPhone in 2007.

Chief Executive Steve Jobs unveiled the tablet in late January, but the company did not announce any international markets until Friday, when it said the tablet will go on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April. The U.S. launch date for the iPad model with short-range Wi-Fi wireless links, starting at a price tag of $499, is slightly later than the previously expected late March launch.

And of somewhat related interested, check out these iPhone Icon coasters (from Mashable, click here for more geeky decorations for around the office).

iPhone Icon Coasters set Meninos Apple

iPhone Icon Coasters set Meninos Apple

These Meninos coasters are styled after the iPhone’s icons giving Apple fans somewhere cool to stick their cups. Made of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) with a durable vinyl finish and a rubber bottom to stop slips, they can be arrangedon the coffee table as precisely as they appear on the phone’s homescreen.

The coasters are available from Meninos for $59.99 a set, available here.

-Jessie W.

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