Articles By Matt Hamblen

Nexus 7 survives more punishment than iPad in tests

Drop and dunk tests of both the new Apple iPad and the Google Nexus 7 show the Google device is more resilient. The tests are described in a 2:50 YouTube video produced by SquareTrade,

Published on: July 19th, 2012 Matt Hamblen

BlackBerry 10 to enhance BBM to include video chat

BlackBerry 10 smartphones, slated to come in early 2013, will rely heavily on improved BlackBerry Messenger social networking tools, including new video chat capabilities, Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins told shareholders during

Published on: July 10th, 2012 Matt Hamblen

Google unveils $199 tablet, Jelly Bean OS and Nexus Q multimedia player

As expected, Google on Wednesday announced a $199, 7-in. tablet called Nexus 7 that will run on Android 4.1, dubbed Jelly Bean.Built with Asus, the tablet can be ordered starting today on Google

Published on: June 27th, 2012 Matt Hamblen

Hands on with Microsoft’s Surface tablet

My quick hands-on with the new 10.6-in. Surface tablets at Microsoft's launch on Monday gave me a little surprise: The edges on all four sides are sharp. I was expecting something a little

Published on: June 19th, 2012 Matt Hamblen

What summer holds for new tablets

Summer 2012 promises to be the season of tablet experimentation on a grander scale than ever.Just about every tablet maker, including Apple, is rumoured (or expected) to announce (or launch) a new tablet

Published on: May 10th, 2012 Matt Hamblen

BlackBerry

Research in Motion's incipient BlackBerry 10 smartphone , code-named London, has a thin and long design, according a photo obtained by CrackBerry.com. While the shape of the London device appears similar to the

Published on: February 1st, 2012 Matt Hamblen

RIM’s ‘Bold’ infographic ‘just for fun’

Research in Motion said its Be Bold cartoon superheroes unveiled in a recent blog infographic were always "intended to be a bit of fun" and are not a new ad campaign.The BlackBerry maker,

Published on: February 1st, 2012 Matt Hamblen

Samsung Galaxy Note has

The Samsung Galaxy Note, with the world's largest smartphone screen at 5.3-in, doesn't really feel all that big at all. I got a few minutes to play with the new device at the

Published on: January 10th, 2012 Matt Hamblen

RIM to keep PlayBook on Flash

Research in Motion will continue to use Adobe Flash Player, at least for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, even after Adobe announced it will discontinue Flash for the mobile Web. RIM also said in

Published on: November 11th, 2011 Matt Hamblen

Research in Motion sees international bright spots amid troubles

There's little doubt Research in Motion faces problems, especially as its share of the global smartphone market shrinks and doubts emerge from some traditional enterprise users of BlackBerry who felt burned by a

Published on: November 7th, 2011 Matt Hamblen

Android wins top spot in global smartphone market share

The smartphone war seems to have been won definitively by Android, according to the latest data on Android's share of smartphones brought to global market over the past year.Behind that truth, however, the

Published on: September 9th, 2011 Matt Hamblen

Credit card companies ready NFC payment security software

Four major credit card companies are working with the Isis mobile wallet venture to install mobile payment security applications on upcoming NFC-ready smartphones in the U.S.Visa expects to license its own software, called

Published on: August 29th, 2011 Matt Hamblen

New BlackBerry 7 Curve smartphones unveiled by RIM

Research in Motion today announced three new BlackBerry Curve smartphones running the latest BlackBerry 7 mobile operating system with its faster Web browsing experience.The BlackBerry Curve 9350, Curve 9360 and Curve 9370should be

Published on: August 24th, 2011 Matt Hamblen

RIM layoffs could help company’s execution, analysts say

Early reaction was mixed to the 2,000 layoffs announced Monday by BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, as several analysts said RIM continues to face problems from aggressive smartphone and tablet competitors such as

Published on: July 26th, 2011 Matt Hamblen

RIM hedges PlayBook sales target, report says

Waterloo, Ont.-based Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) has cut its sales target for PlayBook tablets in the second quarter to one-third of the original estimate, according to Taiwan-based suppliers cited in a report.RIM

Published on: June 23rd, 2011 Matt Hamblen