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RIM Unveils New Smartphones in Effort to Keep Up with Competition

Research In Motion(WATERLOO, Ontario) -- BlackBerry, whose handheld smartphones revolutionized the way people stay in touch with the world, unveiled a new line of phones Wednesday -- just days after it announced 2,000 job cuts, revamped top management, and saw its stock hit a five-year low.

The new models, with touch screens, slide-out keyboards, and a faster, more versatile operating system, are designed to appeal to BlackBerry's core audience of business users, while keeping up with increasingly some stiff competition: Apple's iPhone and phones that run on Google's Android operating system.

Research In Motion (RIM), the Canadian company that sells BlackBerrys, is profitable and its sales are rising -- but it has lost significant ground in a market dominated by Apple and Android. Smartphone consumers who expect the Web at their fingertips have turned away from Blackberry toward its more Internet-friendly counterparts.

Now some analysts see RIM as a has-been, a company that gave the world constant access to email on the go, but couldn't turn it into mass-market dominance.

"They were very late to make a major transition," said Alkesh Shah, an analyst at Evercore Partners in New York. "They made great phones that focus around email, but not around the Internet. And that's where Apple and Android are way ahead of them."

The new RIM lineup includes three versions of the BlackBerry Torch (models 9810, 9850, and 9860), a multimedia handheld whose large touch screen makes it look much like an iPhone with extra buttons.

Most companies and government agencies still issue BlackBerrys, not iPhones, to their employees for business use, and BlackBerrys are still wildly popular in other parts of the world -- much more widespread than Apple's iPhones in the Middle East and parts of Asia and Europe.

RIM promises a new operating system next year, called QNX, designed to compete directly with Apple, Google, and other companies such as Motorola and Samsung.

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Android Applications Boom This Week

Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images(MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.) -- There’s an application for everything these days -- and why shouldn’t there be when tech giants Google and Apple are rivaling for the best?

This week was an especially big week for Google’s Android market. It saw the launch a host of new apps for redeeming offers and streaming rented movies.

Among some of the new top apps, Google's Videos app, now available for Android, can stream movie rentals from the Android Market or play files stored on your device.

Spotify, Europe's popular music streaming service, recently arrived in the U.S. and was quick to launch an app that premium account members can access for $9.99 per month and enjoy a library of 15 million songs.

Twitter for Android got a hefty update this week and finally caught up with its rival iPhone app. You can now manage multiple accounts from the app and receive push notifications whenever you receive messages directed to your account.

Other big apps this week include Nosh, a popular social network for those who love to eat out, Scrabble and Google Shopping, a gateway to Google Offers.

Android holds a high potential to overtake Apple if it can maintain its current progress of new devices and improved OS functions.

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Android Carriers Activating 500,000 Devices Every Day

George Frey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- More than half a million Android devices are being activated daily all over the world, according to a tweet from Google’s Andy Rubin.

“There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day, and it’s growing at 4.4% w/w,” Rubin wrote on his Twitter page Tuesday.

Just this past December, Rubin said that over 300,000 Android phones were being activated each day. Then, in May, Google put the total number of activated devices at 100 million. The company said at the time that 400,000 devices were being activated each day, according to Mashable.

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Microsoft Expected to Present Windows 8 OS Next Week

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Microsoft is slated to present its new Windows 8 tablet operating system next week, according to published reports.

Microsoft has been late on adapting their operating system to small, hand-held devices like Apple's ubiquitous iPad. An announcement of the corporation's new system would likely spark intense consumer interest.

Microsoft's competitors, including the iPad and Google's Android, use ARM Holdings Plc-based technology. Microsoft has reportedly adapted a similar chip with the Nvidia Corporation.

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