Hookt Messenger (created by airG) is a completely free, easy to use, cross-platform social messaging app. You can chat with anyone, anywhere in the world, on any smartphone or computer (BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, tablets, computers, pretty much anything that has an internet connection). Hookt’s integration with other social apps (such as Facebook and Twitter) makes it easy to add friends on Hookt, and also find and invite new friends. Everyone gets a unique Hookt ID that can easily be shared. Currently, the app has pretty much all the features you would expect of a messaging app, and we’re told it’s rapidly evolving and soon to have features such as the ability to play social games while you chat.
The current feature set includes:
- Group Chat
- Photo sharing
- Stickers (NEW!)
- Message-read indicators
- BBM Integration
- Push notification
- Low battery use
After posting disastrous forth quarter 2012 results, RIM CEO, Thorsten Heins said that the company would be revitalizing their enterprise efforts…
Unfortunately, however, a number of news outlets took this to mean that RIM is abandoning the consumer market. So many have mistakenly reported RIM’s exodus from the consumer space that Patrick Spence, RIM’s Managing Director of Global and Regional Marketing, posted the following statement on Twitter
We remain committed to all of our Customers (consumer enterprise) and are enhancing our support/solutions for enterprise
Long story short… RIM can’t afford to remove any focus from the consumer space simply because the wall between the consumer and enterprise smartphone markets is being knocked down.
Many of the problems RIM is facing are because the company was too slow to react to the merging of the consumer and enterprise smartphone markets.
The only thing RIM should be doing when it comes to the consumer market is double down on it. If RIM can’t succeed with consumers, revitalizing efforts in the enterprise won’t matter much…
Happy Friday #TeamBlackBerry! On April 1st 2012, the BlackBerry App World™ storefront celebrates its third birthday, so I’ve put together some tips on BlackBerry App World for your smartphone or BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. Grab your smartphone or tablet and let’s begin!
1. Sorting and Filtering Items
To help navigate BlackBerry App World on your smartphone, you have the ability to sort and filter items while searching and browsing. I often use these filters to view the most popular free apps from various categories.
1. Open BlackBerry App World on your smartphone
2. Browse a category or search for items
3. To filter items, select “Show All” and select a filter (1st screenshot)
4. To sort items, tap on the sort icon and desired sort order (2nd screenshot)
2. Sharing Items
Have you come across an app, game, theme or ringtone for your smartphone on BlackBerry App World that you think a friend or family member might want to know about? Maybe it’s a new app you just discovered yourself, or one of your favorite items that you think a friend might be interested in.
If so, you can use the sharing feature to let them know about the item so they can use it on their smartphone or tablet. To do this, whenever you are viewing an item, tap on the icons that appear under the “Share” section. For example, on my smartphone I have the option of sharing an item using BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), Facebook®, Twitter®, Email or Text Message.
Tip: In addition to the Share icons I just mentioned, you can also share an item to several social networks at the same time using the Social Feeds app. To access this option, while viewing an item, press the Menu key and select “Share” followed by “Social Feeds”.
3. Content Controls
Each item on BlackBerry App World is assigned a rating based on the audience that it is intended for. You can filter what content you see in BlackBerry App World and lock your settings using a four-digit password. To set up content controls on your smartphone or tablet, complete the following steps.
1. Open BlackBerry App World and select “My Account”
2. Select “Content Controls” and choose the type of content you would like to appear in BlackBerry App World
3. To lock your setting, select “Lock Setting” and enter a 4-digit password
Note: The four-digit password is only used for BlackBerry App World content controls.
4. Press the Menu key and select “Save”
BlackBerry PlayBook tablet
1. Open BlackBerry App World
2. Swipe down from the top bezel to access the BlackBerry App World menu
3. Select “Content Settings” and specify which type of content you would like to appear in BlackBerry App World
4. Tap the “Lock” switch and enter a 4-digit password to save your changes
- Note: The four-digit password is only used for BlackBerry App World content controls
Tip: Want to learn more about content controls? Check out Alex’s post to find out more – New BlackBerry App World content ratings improve discovery and safety.
4. Submitting a Review on BlackBerry App World
Purchased a new game that you love, or maybe a theme for your smartphone that’s become a new favorite? Let other BlackBerry smartphone owners know by submitting a review of it. To post a review, launch BlackBerry App World on your smartphone and select “My World”. Highlight the item you’d like to review, press the Menu key and select “Add Review”. After entering your review, select “Submit Review”.
When leaving a review, your BlackBerry ID screen name will be displayed alongside your comments. To customize your BlackBerry ID screen name, log in and customize your account details at the BlackBerry ID website.
You can also edit your account details on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet or a BlackBerry® 7-enabled smartphone using the following steps.
1. On the Home screen, select “Setup”
2. Select “BlackBerry ID”
BlackBerry PlayBook tablet
1. Viewing the Home screen, swipe down from the top bezel to access the tablet settings
2. Select “BlackBerry ID”
5. Switching Devices
While this isn’t really a tip, this is very useful information if you plan on upgrading to a different BlackBerry smartphone! Simply put, BlackBerry App World allows you to re-install items you bought on up to four additional devices each year without paying for the items again.
For example, at the moment I’m using a BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700 smartphone, but I’m upgrading to a BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810. Since I am moving to a BlackBerry 7-enabled smartphone, as soon as I start it up for the first time, I’ll be asked for my BlackBerry ID login information.
After doing this, all I need to do is open BlackBerry App World and select “My World”, and I’ll be asked if I want to switch devices. After saying yes to this message, all of my paid and free items that are compatible with my new smartphone can be downloaded.
Note: If you are switching to a BlackBerry smartphone with BlackBerry® Device Software 4.0 to 6.0, open BlackBerry App World and select “My World”, which will then ask for your BlackBerry ID login details.
Bonus: For a list of countries that support BlackBerry App World, check out the BlackBerry App World Availability website.
Got a question about BlackBerry App World, or maybe a tip you’d like to share? If so, leave a comment and let us know as we’d love to hear from you!
Article source: http://helpblog.blackberry.com/2012/03/app-world-tips/
When Thorsten Heins took over as CEO of Research In Motion, he appeared to approach it with a calm hand. He spoke of the things that the company was doing well, spending precious little time on the things that needed changing. In fact, his arrival was so tame that some pundits said that it just wasn’t enough. RIM needed to do something, big, and again they had fallen short. Of course, in the world of instant internet commentary, there is little room for patience. As it turns out, RIM really was primed for a shakeup. It just took some time — until their Q4 earnings call, to be precise. That came yesterday, and shake things up they did.
The first and most shocking revelation is that co-founder Jim Balsillie has left the company. It might have been inevitable after the moves from January, but it still comes as a shock. We’ve never known a RIM without Balsillie, at least in name. Now his relationship with the company he founded is over. Gone with him are two more executives: CTO David Yach and COO Jim Rowan. That shake-up enough for you?
Another interesting, if underreported, item Heins discussed was the idea of licensing BlackBerry 10. He said that the company would remain open to the idea, which I am totally on board with. Then again, he also said that RIM would consider an outright sale, so it appears that they’re leaving all options on the table. It’s easier to tell everyone that you’re open to anything, rather than limiting your options. At a time like this, RIM absolutely should consider every proposal that crosses its path.
With their BlackBerry 10 smartphones, RIM plans to create two lines of devices, one for consumers and one for business. Chances are the consumer-focused one will be what we’ve seen with the mini PlayBook (the London, or whatever you want to call it now). The enterprise device will likely be the normal BlackBerry form factor. A slider could be a cross-over device as well. It will be interesting to see if the devices are significantly different in any ways other than form factor. Even through their re-focus on the consumer market, RIM did state that it will remain heavily involved in enterprise.
In other news, RIM did reveal some information about BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, their solution for managing enterprise devices on any platform. Here’s a video on the device, courtesy of BerryReview.
There was some positive and some negative with this announcement. There are definite positives in the shake-up, even more so because they took their time with it. It wasn’t done for the sake of it; it’s pretty clear that every move was well through out. Once again, though, we’re left waiting for BlackBerry 10 — and we still have months to go.
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – March 29, 2012) - Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported fourth quarter results for the three months and fiscal year ended March 3, 2012 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).
- $2.1 billion in cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments at the end of the quarter, which increased by approximately $610 million in the quarter
- Cash flow from operations of approximately $1.1 billion, up from approximately $900 million in Q3
- Revenue of $4.2 billion, down 19% from the third quarter
- GAAP net loss in Q4 of $125 million or $0.24 per share diluted; adjusted net income of $418 million or $0.80 per share diluted
- BlackBerry smartphone shipments of 11.1 million in Q4, down 21% from Q3
- RIM to discontinue providing specific quantitative guidance
- RIM provides update on organizational changes
Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was $4.2 billion, down 19% from $5.2 billion in the previous quarter and down 25% from $5.6 billion in the same quarter of fiscal 2011. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 68% for hardware, 27% for service and 5% for software and other revenue. During the quarter, RIM shipped approximately 11.1 million BlackBerry smartphones and over 500,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.
“I have assessed many aspects of RIM’s business during my first 10 weeks as CEO. I have confirmed that the Company has substantial strengths that can be further leveraged to improve our financial performance, including RIM’s global network infrastructure, a strong enterprise offering and a large and growing base of more than 77 million subscribers. I’m very excited about the prospects for the BlackBerry 10 platform, which is on track for the latter part of calendar 2012. Notwithstanding these strengths and opportunities, the business challenges we face over the next several quarters are significant and I am taking the necessary steps to address them,” said Thorsten Heins, President CEO of Research In Motion. “In addition to delivering the BlackBerry 10 platform and refocusing resources on RIM’s key opportunities, such as BlackBerry Mobile Fusion and new integrated service offerings, we will also drive greater operational performance through a variety of initiatives including increased management accountability and process discipline. In parallel, we are undertaking a comprehensive review of strategic opportunities including partnerships and joint ventures, licensing, and other ways to leverage RIM’s assets and maximize value for our stakeholders.”
The Company’s GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was $125 million, or $0.24 per share diluted, compared with GAAP net income of $265 million, or $0.51 per share diluted, in the prior quarter and GAAP net income of $934 million, or $1.78 per share diluted, in the same quarter of fiscal 2011. Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter was $418 million, or $0.80 per share diluted. Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter exclude the impact of pre-tax charges of $355 million which are predominantly non-cash ($346 million after tax) for the impairment of goodwill and $267 million ($197 million after-tax) for an inventory provision taken primarily on certain BlackBerry7 products. These charges and their related impacts on GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share are summarized in the tables below.
Reconciliation of GAAP gross margin, gross margin percentage, net income and diluted EPS to adjusted gross margin, gross margin percentage, net income and diluted EPS:
(United States dollars, in millions except per share data)
The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $2.1 billion as of March 3, 2012, compared to $1.5 billion at the end of the previous quarter, an increase of approximately $610 million from the prior quarter. Cash flow from operations in Q4 was approximately $1.1 billion, up from $900 million in Q3. Uses of cash included intangible asset additions of approximately $260 million and capital expenditures of approximately $190 million.
Fiscal 2012 Results
Revenue for the fiscal year ended March 3, 2012 was $18.4 billion, down 7% from $19.9 billion in fiscal 2011. The Company’s GAAP net income for fiscal 2012 was $1.2 billion, or $2.22 per share diluted, compared with GAAP net income of $3.4 billion, or $6.34 per share diluted in fiscal 2011. Adjusted net income for fiscal 2012 was $2.2 billion, or $4.20 per share diluted. Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2012 exclude the adjustments described above as well as the impact of pre-tax charges of $54 million ($40 million after tax) to revenue related to the service interruption experienced in the third quarter, $485 million ($356 million after tax) for the PlayBook inventory provision taken in the third quarter and $125 million ($96 million after tax) for the Company’s cost optimization program that was implemented in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. These charges and their related impacts on GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share are summarized in the tables below.
Reconciliation of GAAP revenue, gross margin, gross margin percentage, net income and diluted EPS to adjusted revenue, gross margin, gross margin percentage, net income, and diluted EPS:
(United States dollars, in millions except per share data)
Note: Adjusted revenue, adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and thus are not comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other issuers. The Company believes that the presentation of adjusted revenue, adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share enables the Company and its shareholders to better assess RIM’s operating results relative to its operating results in prior periods and improves the comparability of the information presented. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in the context of RIM’s GAAP results.
(1) During fiscal 2012, the Company reported GAAP gross margin of $6.6 billion, or 35.7% of revenue. Excluding the impact of charges related to the PlayBook Inventory Provision, the Cost Optimization Program, the Q3 Service Interruption and the Inventory Provision, the adjusted gross margin was $7.4 billion, or 40.0% of revenue.
(2) During fiscal 2012, the Company recorded a pre-tax provision of approximately $485 million, $356 million after tax, related to its inventory valuation of BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. The charge was predominantly non-cash.
(3) Cost of sales, research and development, and selling, marketing and administration expenses in fiscal 2012 included approximately $11 million, $18 million, and $67 million, respectively, in after-tax charges related to the cost optimization program to streamline operations across the Company.
(4) During fiscal 2012, the Company experienced a service interruption which resulted in the loss of service revenue and the payment of service credits totally approximately $54 million, approximately $40 million after tax, related to the interruption in the availability of the Company’s network.
(5) Subsequent to fiscal 2012, the Company performed a goodwill impairment test and based on the results of that test, the Company recorded a non-cash pre-tax goodwill impairment charge of approximately $355 million, approximately $346 after tax.
(6) In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company recorded a pre-tax provision of approximately $267 million, $197 million after tax, which was mostly non-cash, primarily related to its inventory valuation of certain BlackBerry 7 products.
Change to Guidance Practices and Outlook:
The company expects continued pressure on revenue and earnings throughout fiscal 2013. Due to a desire to focus on long term value creation and the current business environment, RIM will no longer provide specific quantitative guidance. Some of the factors contributing to this include, ongoing weakness in the Company’s U.S. smartphone business, an increased focus on selling BlackBerry 7 smartphones to grow the subscriber base in advance of the BlackBerry 10 launch, increasing competitive pressure in the Company’s international markets and the introduction of certain new lower tier service pricing initiatives and a higher mix of sales coming from entry level products.
Organizational and Board of Directors Update:
Jim Balsillie, former Co-CEO of the Company, has resigned as a Director on the Company’s Board.
“As I complete my retirement from RIM, I’m grateful for this remarkable experience and for the opportunity to have worked with outstanding professionals who helped turn a Canadian idea into a global success,” said Jim Balsillie.
“On behalf of the Board and everyone at RIM, I would like to thank Jim for his 20 years of service to RIM,” said Barb Stymiest, Chair of RIM’s Board of Directors. “His energy, drive and enthusiasm helped build one of the most successful technology companies of our time.”
In addition, David Yach will be retiring from his role as CTO, Software after 13 years with the Company and after 4 years with the company and following an open dialogue on the future of global operations, Jim Rowan, COO, Global Operations, has decided to pursue other interests. The Company is currently undertaking a search to hire a single COO with responsibilities to run the Company’s operations.
“RIM would like to thank David Yach and Jim Rowan for their years of service and many contributions to RIM,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO. “We wish them well in their future pursuits.”