Report: Blackberry maker RIM considering splitting in two

BlackBerry Torch 9810

The UK’s The Sunday Times reports that Blackberry maker Research in Motion is considering splitting in two, keeping its private messaging network but splitting off its handset division into a separate business — or perhaps selling it outright. The report does not cite sources.

RIM has been watching both its smartphone marketshare and revenues plummet as Android and Apple’s iOS dominate the smartphone market. The company is currently working furiously to release BlackBerry 10, a major revamp of its mobile operating system, as well as refresh its increasingly-stale device lineup. However, the company has seen a number of high-profile executive resignations and departures in recent months, and just last week the company began another round of layoffs — some 2,000 positions to be eliminated in the near term with as many as 6,000 potentially on the chopping block as the company tries to trim $1 billion off its operating expenses by 2013. At the beginning of the month, the company was estimated to have about 16,000 employees worldwide.

Last month, the company hired JP Morgan and RBC Capital to assist with an examination of its strategic options.

If RIM were to sell off its handset division to another company, The Sunday Times counts the likes of Amazon and Facebook as potential suitors. Amazon has already launched its own line of mobile products with the Kindle and Kindle Fire, and is known to have been a contender to acquire Palm before HP clinched the deal. Facebook has been reportedly working on its own “Facebook phone” for years, and now that the company is public it’s under increasing pressure to improve its mobile presence as consumers (and a growing portion of its user base) shift from traditional computers to interacting with their social networks from smartphones and tablet devices. According to the paper, other options include selling an equity stake to another company (such as Microsoft) and/or opening up its private messaging network to traffic from iOS or Android devices.

Mobile

Google working on quick charging fix for Pixel after Android 9.0 Pie update

Google's Pixel smartphone may be running the latest software, but it still has its fair share of issues. We've rounded up some of the more common Google Pixel problems, along with a few solutions for addressing them.
Home Theater

Dish Network or DirecTV: Which is the better choice for you?

So, you’ve chosen to go with a satellite television provider. Check out our quick rundown of what both Dish Network and DirecTV offer in terms of content, hardware, and pricing, and why you might choose them over streaming services.
Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs. BlackBerry Key2: Productivity powerhouse punch-out

If you're after a top-notch business companion and productivity is paramount, then Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 and BlackBerry's Key2 are devices you're going to want to take a closer look at. We put them head to head to see which is best.
Movies & TV

Lose the torrents. Here's how to watch 'Game of Thrones' online (legally)

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, but unless you're a cable subscriber, finding a way to watch isn't always easy. Check out our guide on how to watch online, whether you prefer using HBO, Sling TV, Hulu, or Amazon.
Mobile

Master your Sony Xperia XZ2 with these handy tips and tricks

While new Samsung and Apple phones get the lion's share of attention, Sony released three new flagships, the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Premium, and the XZ2 Compact. Here are some of our favorite Sony Xperia XZ2 tips and tricks.
Mobile

Need a do-over? Here's how to factory reset an iPhone, from X on down

Resetting an iPhone can alleviate all sorts of software woes, and wipe away personal data should you sell your device or give it to someone else. Here's how to factory reset an iPhone from within iOS or iTunes.
Mobile

Verizon Unlimited users can now sign up for 6 free months of Apple Music

Verizon's latest offer stands to benefit both Apple Music and its own subscribers, as the one-of-a-kind deal is likely to be compelling to both existing and potential new subscribers. .
Mobile

Here's how to use iTunes to make a customized ringtone for any iPhone

No one likes to pay for ringtones -- or anything else, for that matter. So hang on to your precious money and check out our comprehensive guide on how to make ringtones for an iPhone using iTunes.
Mobile

Apple releases sixth public beta of iOS 12, sans Group FaceTime

At this year's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple unveiled its latest operating system, iOS 12. From app updates to group FaceTime, ARKit 2.0, and more, here are all the new features in iOS 12.
Photography

Capture life in every direction with the best 360 cameras

While 360 cameras are still a new technology, that doesn't mean there's not a few that are worth a look. Whether you want to shoot from the middle or just need a simple, affordable option, here are the best 360 cameras on the market.
Emerging Tech

Buying on a budget? Here’s all the best tech you can snag for $25 or less

We live in a world where you can get a cheeseburger for $1, a functioning computer for $5, and thousands of HD movies for $10 -- so it stands to reason that you should be able to pick up some pretty sweet gear for $25.
Android Army

Confused by this year's Motorola lineup? Here's the lowdown on what's to come

Struggling to figure out your E5 from your G6? No, it's not a weird chromatic scale -- it's just Motorola's new roster. But how do you know which is right for you? Find out with our guide to Motorola's 2018 phone lineup.
Mobile

The Moto Z3 is now available (but only for Verizon customers)

Buckle up your Moto Mods and get ready -- the Motorola Moto Z3 is finally almost here. Boasting flagship specs and a classic Motorola design, the phone is set to be a serious contender for anyone looking for a flagship-like phone in 2018.
Emerging Tech

Engineers have made a new type of lithium battery that won’t explode

While statistically rare, the lithium-ion batteries used in mobile devices have been known to burst into flames. Researchers from University of Michigan have been working to change that.