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BlackBerrys Leak As Bono Joins RIM

Gordon Kelly


BlackBerrys Leak As Bono Joins RIM

So it is time for more of the same (yes, that could be the U2 part, but it isn't) and also something rather amusing different (that is the U2 part)...

First up the sensible stuff: more impending BlackBerry handset news has leaked through its Swiss cheese security doors. What we learn this time is three new 9000 series (aka Bold) models are on the way with the codenames 'Onyx', 'Magnum' and 'Driftwood'.

Images aren't available (expect them any day now) but we learn all will feature 480 x 360 resolution displays, WiFi, Qwerty keyboards (Storm 2 speculation won't start for another few days yet), GPS and US-compatible HSDPA. To be fair Mitochondrial Eve could probably have had a fair stab at those specs (yes, I watch Battlestar and also believe they wouldn't have given up all that tech) but we'll take heart from leaked RIM info always being correct. Expect more - if not something official - to surface within the next month.

Next the funny bit: U2 are defecting from Apple (home to the iPod U2 Edition) and hot footing it over to RIM. Why? The Globe and Mail has the quotes, promise not to smirk:

"Research In Motion is going to give us what Apple wouldn't — access to their labs and their people so we can do something really spectacular," explained the band's infuriating, welded-to-his-sunglasses front man. Will this mean a 'special' U2 application (of course it will): "You're not far off" he replied.

So Apple wouldn't invite the aged Irish rockers into a place they invite no-one so Bono could mess around with a third party app and cogitate over colour schemes. Remarkable. More exciting would be if RIM can work out how to market such a (sadly) saleable asset since it could prove a sizeable stepping stone to coupling corporate cool with kids cool (well, kids of 35+).

For those still enamoured by the band, this should lift the veil (and while I'm ruining things, try watching Sinead O'Connor's earlobes during Nothing Compares 2 U). Still, we might at least finally get a better BlackBerry multimedia player...


BlackBerry Leak via BGR

U2 Hilarity via The Globe and Mail

Dark of Day

April 7, 2009, 7:13 am

I think of Bill Bailey every time I see U2 since I first saw that show.

Nothing Compares: the earlobes are the best bit, and when they start crying ..oh, wait


April 7, 2009, 7:17 am

I am getting so sick of this band and its front-man!


April 7, 2009, 7:23 am

I approached this article with great trepidation after reading its title. Luckily I breathed a sigh of relief as I discovered my fears were unfounded.

However, some friendly advice: you might want to rethink the wording before people get the wrong idea ;)

Goodness knows what kind of attention it would draw from some dodgy Google searches :S


April 7, 2009, 8:04 am

@smc8788 - I wouldn't know what you're talking about ;)


April 7, 2009, 12:30 pm

Please excuse my cultural ignorance but what are you referring to about lil O'connor's earlobes??

I watched it twice ?:|


April 7, 2009, 2:11 pm

Thankfully RIM is in capitals...


April 7, 2009, 2:33 pm

Nice to see Finbarr Saunders found a career after leaving Viz :-)


April 7, 2009, 2:46 pm

To Ed., thought you might update your URL site to reflect the removal of Bono welcoming 'whatever' job?


April 7, 2009, 4:41 pm

I feel for RIM's software engineers... I don't think I could stand it. I also don't understand his argument. U2 are perfectly entitled to develop a 3rd party app for the iPhone.


April 7, 2009, 5:47 pm

As I will say is the url lives on :)


April 8, 2009, 2:43 am

Comedy gold Gordon, comedy gold! Although I think that you missed a trick - surely the new app should be called "RIM U2"...


April 9, 2009, 12:05 am

@sthair - I think it can be enjoyed either way round (Bono lyric?)

I wonder how many also spotted the subtle image I put together...? :P

Note - previous comment was obviously meant to say "ALL I will say is the url lives on :)"

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