Research In Motion is an interesting but unenviable position these days. The leader in the U.S. smartphone market has become more or less an afterthought in discussions about the future of mobile -- despite its long-term success and the BlackBerry's continued status as the enterprise device of choice.
Much of that, of course, has to do with who RIM is up against. Apple and Google are (usually) media darlings, they have momentum on their side, and it's undeniable that they know a thing or two about consumers -- a group that the BlackBerry has struggled to understand.
In the latest move in the battle between Steve Jobs (err ... Apple) and Adobe Systems, Adobe announced today that it will cease development work on its Flash-to-iPhone conversion tool.
The world appears to have gotten a sneak look at Apple's latest iPhone in advance of its summer launch. Either that or tech blog Gizmodo has been the victim of an extremely elaborate hoax.
After photos of the phone emerged on Engadget on Saturday, Gizmodo announced it had obtained the new device, which it said was "found lost in a bar in Redwood City." The site posted videos and photos of the phone, as well as information about its new features and support for the idea that it's the real deal.
ComScore this week released its latest report on smartphone marketshare showing the acceleration of growth for Google’s Android operating system at the expensive of Microsoft, Palm and even Apple, as its iPhone started to slip.
About 45.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones in an average month during the December to February period, up 21 percent from the three months ending November 2009, ComScore said.
In response to a flood of user complaints about the new iPad's inability to maintain good Wi-Fi connections, Apple has posted a support Knowledge Base article blaming some third-party wireless routers and suggesting network configuration changes to fix the problem.
"Under certain conditions, iPad may not automatically rejoin a known Wi-Fi network after restart or waking from sleep," Apple acknowledges.
The Apple iPad may not arrive on consumers' doorsteps until Saturday, but the preliminary reviews are out, and they're mostly raves. At the same time, though, there's a degree of caution you don't typically see when reviewers are clearly impressed with a device.
Take the Wall Street Journal's Walter Mossberg, for example. Mossberg is one of the most influential tech writers out there, and it's good news for Apple when he writes, "After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop."