June 18, 2013 |
The thornless blackberries in Mary Steffens' backyard in Echo Park are going on three years, and one of the plants is finally setting fruit -- big, purple-black globes of nearly seedless, sweet-tart juiciness. Steffens got the plants from a friend at Ocean View Farms, the community garden in Mar Vista, but her initial planting site was too sunny. So two years ago she moved the plants to a spot that got late afternoon sun but was shaded during the hottest part of the day. “This is basically a Northern Californian berry,” she said.
January 30, 2013 |
Despite the unveiling of two new smartphones and changing its name, the most eyebrow-raising announcement from BlackBerry's event Wednesday morning may have been the company naming singer Alicia Keys as its new global creative director. Toward the tail end of the event, Chief Executive Thorsten Heins welcomed the artist on stage. Keys, wearing what looked like a velvet suit, talked to the crowd about her favorite features on BlackBerry 10, the company's new mobile operating system.
July 19, 2013 |
Nokia's line of Lumia smartphones is outselling all smartphones made by BlackBerry, including new devices running the BlackBerry 10 operating system, according to their most recent quarterly reports. The Finnish phone-maker sold 7.4 million of its Lumia devices from April through June. By comparison, BlackBerry sold 6.8 million smartphones in its last quarter, which ran from March to May. Blackberry said in a teleconference call with analysts that it sold 2.7 million BlackBerry 10 devices during the quarter.
July 11, 2012 |
Research in Motion can't catch a break. A tweet sent out Wednesday meant to promote its BlackBerry brand has backfired on the Canadian company, with many people using the tweet to bash RIM's phones. The company tweeted from its @BlackBerry account "Fill in the blank: BlackBerry helps me ________. " However, many of the people who responded didn't find BlackBerry too helpful. "Realize how thankful I am for my #iPhone," said one user, in one of the tamest yet worst responses RIM could have received.
January 13, 2014 |
It's back to basics for BlackBerry, as the Canadian phone maker has said customers should expect most of its future devices to come with keyboards built into the hardware. John Chen, the company's new chief executive, told Bloomberg that he is a big fan of the physical keyboard for which BlackBerry is known, and that he believes the keyboard could power the company's comeback. "I personally love the keyboards," Chen reportedly said. "So you will look to Blackberry going forward to do keyboards -- I wouldn't use the word exclusively, but predominantly.
November 12, 2012 |
Can the BlackBerry smartphone make a comeback? Research in Motion, the troubled Canadian company that makes BlackBerries, has announced Jan. 30 will be the day it officially launches the first phones using BlackBerry 10, the next version of its operating system. Blackberry phones, once considered state-of-the-art, have been widely criticized for not keeping up with portable devices using Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems. RIM said it will hold launch events around the globe on Jan. 30 to mark the arrival of the much-delayed new operating system, which the company says has been thoroughly redesigned from what previously was offered.