[ATTACH=right]16930[/ATTACH]Just weeks after Research in Motion [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story303272.html"]installed servers in Saudi Arabia[/URL] to allow authorities there to monitor Blackberry messaging traffic and avoid being shut down in the Kingdom, an encore of the drama is playing out in India. The Indian government has [URL="http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/operatingsystems/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=226700187"]pledged to shut down RIM's encrypted services[/URL] in the country at the end of the month, citing security concerns just as a handful of other Asian countries have done this summer. Now it appears RIM is employing a stalling technique with the deadline less than a week away. On Thursday the company proposed a forum with industry and …

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[ATTACH=right]16534[/ATTACH]Alcohol remains off limits, but it looks like Saudis will still be allowed to feed their Crackberry addiction after all. The Saudi government had said that it would begin blocking Blackberry's instant messaging services on Friday - claiming that by not being allowed to monitor messages, the popular devices and service from Canada's Research in Motion represented a national security risk to the Kingdom. That Friday deadline was extended to today, and then that extended deadline came and went without any reported disruption in service. Then, just in the last few hours, [URL="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-08-09/saudi-arabia-rim-reportedly-agree-on-blackberry-use-u-s-says.html"]comes news from the State Department[/URL] that the …

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Research In Motion (RIM) held an event in NYC at 11 AM EDT today to announce a new device previously referred to as the BlackBerry 9800, but now known as the Blackberry Torch. The real excitement however is the BlackBerry 6 OS. RIM hopes that their revamped focus on multimedia and the web will reinvigorate interest in BlackBerry. [B]BlackBerry Torch 9800[/B] [ATTACH=RIGHT]16361[/ATTACH]- Features BB OS 6 - 624 MHz Processor - 512MB of RAM - Rear-facing Camera and Flash - 3.2" HVGA+ touchscreen (480x360) and QWERTY slider keyboard - 512MB built-in memory + 4GB eMMC card (expandable up to 32GB) …

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I’m back from a timely and tropical Florida break, and now I’m tanned, rested and ready to talk tech stocks. Issue #1 is Research in Motion, a stock on the upswing (at $44 per share) on news that it plans to roll out a new, full-service TV feature in the next week or so. The report comes from NewTeeVee.com, which sites multiple sources in describing the new RIMM TV service (as follows): —It will be a paid-for unlimited monthly subscription service. 
 —Content will be downloaded through a Wi-Fi connection.
 —The service has managed to license content from multiple broadcast …

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A coordinated effort by global central banks, led by the U.S. and the Federal Reserve Board’s 0.5% emergency rate cut today has more or less calmed the financial markets this morning (down about 100 points in mid-morning trading). I say “more or less’ because who really knows? But the economists I’m seeing and reading think that lower rates will get more people back into big ticket items like houses, cars and travel packages – a must for an economy that is being dragged down by frightened consumers. Plus, the rate cut relieves pressure on banks who either can’t or won’t …

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The market recouped some of its gains today, but tight credit and – here we go again – high energy prices are scaring the hell out of investors and keeping them out of the market. My gut tells me we haven’t hit bottom yet, even at a Dow Jones average of 11,390. One trader on CNBC’s Power Lunch today said we could “crash right through” the 10,000 barrier if energy prices don’t come down (and help reduce inflation) and if the big financial houses don’t get their act together (now Merrill Lynch is talking about another $6 billion write down …

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Research in Motion has thrown its BlackBerry hat into the iPhone ring with [URL= http://www.blackberry.com/blackberrybold/] BlackBerry Bold[/URL], the latest version of the company’s line of sleek, multimedia savvy smartphones. According to a RIM [URL=http://www.rim.com/news/press/2008/pr-12_05_2008-01.shtml]press release[/URL], the new unit is “crafted from premium materials inside and out, that radiate elegance with a dramatic presence.” Yeah, whatever. What you’ll want to know is this: The Bold supports Mbit-speed networking with tri-band HSDPA (the first BlackBerry to do this), and also has integrated GPS and WiFi capabilities. Obviously taking aim at Apple’s iPhone, the Bold’s “lustrous black exterior, satin chrome finish and stylish …

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The new [URL="http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/specs.html"]Apple MacBook Pro[/URL] is 17" of all new system architecture, but at what price? Every single benchmark I’ve seen rates applications using the Apple ‘Rosetta’ dynamic software translation technology as running slower than they do on PowerPC based Macs. A lot slower. How about Photoshop CS2 being 50% faster to complete benchmarking tests on a 12" PowerBook compared to the 2.16GHz MacBook Pro for example? If ‘legacy’ apps, yet to be updated to function fully on the Intel driven platform, are truly important to you then the harsh truth is that you’d be best advised to hang fire …

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In the past, Apple Computer has used San Fransisco's MacWorld Expo to release new hardware and software. What's next on the list? The highly anticipated Intel-based computers, as Apple migrates away from the PowerPC architecture, and into Intel's chipset. At least one Apple-News website has credible information that Apple is looking at releasing an Intel iBook at MacWorld. While the sites did not elaborate on prices or capabilities, they did suggest that the new computers would be based on Yonah processors, the next-generation chip after the Pentium M. Yonah has single and dual core options, and the dual core processor …

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The End.