The toolkit has received its first service pack, which brings new functionality for remotely managing iOS devices now and promises extra features for PlayBook management some way down the line.
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RIM, as part of efforts to integrate many of the world's most popular mobile applications into its own BlackBerry Messenger service, is to update a slew of apps.
Delayed BlackBerry Playbook 2.0 OS is released
BlackBerry Internet Service 4.1, the next-generation email service, will include four new features, and is expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks.
The PlayBook seems to get better every few days and the latest update adds several new features and also improves the web browser.
RIM has outed the new BlackBerry OS 7, that will drive two new phones announced today, both updates to the popular BlackBerry Bold. On the tablet front RIM has announced an official Facebook app and a new video chat application.
The APIs that RIM is opening up for the BlackBerry platform leapfrog what’s available on other mobile platforms, with free push updates, unified advertising and payment options and not just the standard ‘where you are’ geolocation but the innovative ‘when will you get where you’re going’ option.
The lineup of cell phones has expanded a bit, but a significant number of what we see in that category are updates to existing models. The real innovation in the mobile phone world is in the area of smartphones where we see the Apple iPhone, Palm WebOS, Google Android, RIM BlackBerry, and Microsoft Windows Mobile devices taking us to places we have never been before. This holiday season there is a huge selection for you to choose from on every carrier and several exciting devices will be launching throughout November. There are so many to choose from that we can't cover them all here so I will present you with one smartphone from each carrier and one SIM-unlocked one.
RIM has announced a series of updates to the BlackBerry platform, including the ability to edit Microsoft Office documents without the need for a third-party application.
RIM announced that BlackBerry owners will be receiving updates for their devices that adds enhanced functionality and security. These new software updates will be phased in over the first half of 2008 and if you buy a new device in mid to late 2008 it should have the updates already installed. The updates include enhanced messaging and collaboration, simpler management and support for IT departments, enhanced security, and expanded application support.
I'll be occasionally blogging live on thisthread and others from the Lotusphere 2006 opening session. If you'rehere, feel free to add your thoughts on this post!Notes licenses are up -- 125 million licenses sold71,000+ downloads of Notes/Domino 7Double-digit growth6,000attendees at Lotusphere (some are in the Swan ballroom overflow, severalhundred on-site and last minute registrants) Guest speaker: Jason Alexander Ken Bisconti: - Over 61,000 Notes customers - Over 200 launch events around the world, touching over 21,000 customers- "The best release of Notes in Notes history" -- being implementedfater than any Notes release in history - Notes 7 support for Mac announced (coming in 7.0.2) along with DominoWeb Access for Mac (on Firefox) - Mac/Intel will be supported later this year - Compares three major releases of Notes/Domino vs. more than three yearsbetween Exchange releases, with next release requiring all new hardwareand ISV applications on 64-bit architecture/hardware- "Wanda" -- allows users to carry and run their Notes installationon a USB memory stick - Expanded Notes and SAP integration into workflows... planned to deliverin mid-2006 - Ron Sebastian just demonstrated Sametime on a RIM Blackberry along withNotes application workflow Mike Rhodin -- Announcing connectivity for Lotus Sametime with AOL, Yahoo,and Google. Mike didn't mention this, but one key to this announcementis that the connectivity to these networks is without separate licensingcosts Craig Hayman -- Sametime 7.5 announced. Details and screen shotsfrom thisseparate Sametime 7.5 entry Workplace Forms -- Ron Sebastian has just demonstrated "pixel-perfect"Workplace Forms integration into both WebSphere Portal and Lotus Notes. Cool stuff. Bowstreet Portlet Factory -- Ron is now demonstrating how easy it is tocreate WebSphere Portal portlets. Over 4000 WebSphere Portal customers,unchallenged market leadership. Alistair Rennie -- Announces Workplace Collaboration Services 2.6 and WorkplaceManaged Client 2.6 shipping. The 2.6 release is the first releasewhere the Workplace Managed Client is generally available -- as a partnumber on IBM Passport Advantage. Ron Sebastian -- Showing Workplace Collaboration Services, including anew blog template component. Workplace Managed Client 2.6 -- Runs IBM Productivity Editors stand-alone. Supports common file formats but also all the ODF (Open DocumentFormat) files formats. Alistair -- Over 1 million Domino Designer developers.Maureen Leland is showing Workplace Designer updates....good show eventhough her demo errored out. Craig Hayman came back and demonstrated updates to Activity Explorer andthe Activities model. He highlighted the integration with Lotus Notes7 as well as browser-based access to activities (supporting Firefox, hisfavourite browser, and IE, too).Ken Bisconti -- Next version of Dominowill continue existing Domino architecture but integrate WebSphere Portalcapablities for further improved web application integration..OK, so my battery is starting to run low, so I don't want to let this sessionend without a link to the updatedscreen shots for the next version of Lotus Notes, codenamed "Hannover"What a great opening session! Morecoming from other sessions and events today!
Research In Motion said Wednesday that it has signed two deals with device manufacturers that will use its radio modems for wireless networks. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said notebook maker Panasonic and handheld manufacturer Melard Technologies will use RIM's radio modems to enable their products to send and receive data over next-generation wireless networks known as GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service). Panasonic will use RIM's radio modems in its line of durable Toughbook notebooks, which target government and field-service markets such as utilities, telecommunications, insurance, transportation and law enforcement. Melard will use RIM's radio modems in its rugged handhelds, which are also aimed at specialized markets. RIM is best known for its two-way messaging BlackBerry device and service, which allows subscribers to send and receive e-mail messages and calendar updates from a handheld. The company's service also lets subscribers move changes made on the devices onto their primary computers. --Richard Shim, Special to ZDNet News
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