Posts Tagged ‘RIM’

Blackberry 10 Debuts, Smart Touch-Screen Keyboard Is Onboard, As Is New Employee Alicia Keys

Blackberry president and CEO Thorsten Heins with new global creative director Alicia Keys.

The new and long-awaited Blackberry 10 line from Research In Motion (RIM) makes its debut today. The company that once defined the smart phone market has a lot riding on it, and it remains to be seen if the new models debuting today will revive its fortunes. It’s already revived its name: Thorsten Heins, President and CEO, revealed at the launch today that “from this day forward, RIM becomes Blackberry.”

The two models that kick off its re-engineered approach to mobile computing are the Blackberry Q10 with a hybrid touch-screen/keyboard and the Z10 with a full touch-screen and onscreen keyboard, powered by the Blackberry 10 platform. Of the Q10, Heins said, “We built this for all those people who told us, ‘we just have to have a physical keyboard typing experience’.” Given Blackberry users’ well-known attachment to traditional keyboards, getting the onscreen keyboard right is going to be a big concern for tried-and-true Blackberry users.

As on the Blackberry Playbook before it, SwiftKey – the best-selling Android app of 2012— is reportedly behind the virtual keyboard technology on the new models. Though that vendor wasn’t named in the launch presentation during the demo of the touch-screen keyboard capabilities, the features Blackberry demonstrated pointed to the company’s leveraging the cross-platform SwiftKey software development kit for at least some of the new devices’ capabilities.

And what’s behind SwiftKey is natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning technology to speed up touch-screen typing.

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Semantic Web Jobs: Research in Motion

RIM is looking for a Software Developer in Milford, CT. The post states, “The Handheld Applications Research and Development team is looking for a highly motivated individual who is capable of demonstrating an ability to learn quickly, comfortable working independently or in a multi-disciplinary team maintaining, researching & developing cutting-edge applications/technologies for BlackBerry smart phones… If you’re driven to take wireless technologies to the next level, it’s time you join the team at RIM. We offer a challenging environment that fosters creativity and rewards excellence. Employees also have use of our award winning BlackBerry!” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: RIM

Research in Motion is looking for a Software Developer in Milford, CT. The post states, “The Handheld Applications Research and Development team is looking for a highly motivated individual who is capable of demonstrating an ability to learn quickly, comfortable working independently or in a multi-disciplinary team maintaining, researching & developing cutting-edge applications/technologies for BlackBerry smart phones.” Qualifications include: “Masters degree in Computer/Software Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent. Related coursework, including co-op or intern experience,  working with C++, JAVA, C#, or equivalent, along with corresponding academic transcripts. Designing, developing and debugging multi-threaded OO applications in Java. Proficient with software engineering practices and tools, design patterns, version management and build management.” Read more