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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

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