RIM Stock Soaring

Remember the Blackberry? I’ve used it for years. Goldman Sachs just upgraded RIM (Research In Motion) sending stocks to soar. Of course, everything hinges on the on the new Blackberry 10 smartphone. Goldman changed RIM’s outlook from Nuetral to Buy, while changing next year’s target price from $9 to $16. Here are some highlights from Yahoo’s article.

Research In Motion rose Thursday after Goldman Sachs upgraded the phone maker’s shares, saying there’s a “30 percent chance” RIM’s much-delayed BlackBerry 10 smartphones will be a success.

Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski lifted RIM to “Buy” from “Neutral,” the latest analyst to voice a slightly more optimistic view for the troubled company. Goldman lifted its 12-monthprice target to $16 from $9.

RIM was once Canada’s most valuable company, with a market value of more than $80 billion in 2008, but shares have sunk due to ground lost to Apple Inc.’s iPhone and phones running Google Inc.’s Android system.

Shares of Research In Motion added 67 cents, or 6.4 percent, to $11.77 in midday trading on the Nasdaq. The stock is up 78 percent since late September — but it’s down 23 percent this year through Wednesday’s close, and has lost more than 90 percent from its 2008 high.

Kindle for the Mac

I was browsing the Apple App Store the other night, and I came across an application called “Kindle” for the Mac. And, it’s free. So, I downloaded the application and installed it. Amazon recently made the “Kindle Apps” available to anyone with a smartphone and a computer. You don’t need a Kindle device.

Kindle Apps will work on the PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry and the Windows 7 phone. If you own a Kindle, you can synch any of the Kindle Apps to work in conjunction with your Kindle device. So, Kindle owners are now able to read the books they’ve purchased, not only in the Kindle devices, but also on their computers and smartphones.

The Kindle app for the Mac comes empty. There are no books. You will need to download the books from Amazon’s website. To download, just click on the “Shop in Kindle Store” link on the top hand right corner of the window. You can purchase thousands of books, including the latest releases, as well as download all the free public domain books that are available.

If you already own a Kindle, you just have to register the application with your Amazon credentials. To synch the books you’ve already purchased, you just login and the application will download all your books. It will also remember the last page you’ve read as well as synch any annotations you have created on your Kindle device.

I downloaded two free books, the Art of War by Sunzi and The Adventures of Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I can see reading on the Kindle can be an expensive hobby. Reading electronically does have it’s distinct advantages. At least, you don’t have to lug around a book everywhere you go.

WordPress on Your Smart Phone

If you own several WordPress blogs and you want to manage your blogs from your smartphone, there are several WordPress applications that are available for the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Nokia.

WordPress for the iOS is an iPhone application that will let you manage your blog from your iPhone and the iPad. You can create or edit posts and pages, and add images, videos, and comments to your blog with ease. Download the WordPress for iOS from Apple’s website for free. You can also visit the WordPress for iOS blog.

WordPress for Android is an Android application that’s available in the Android Market. Just search for WordPress and install the application that’s published by Automattic. You also might want to visit the WordPress for Android blog. Here’s a preview of WordPress for Android app in the video below. See how easy it is to manage blogs from the Android.

WordPress for Blackberry is an application that allows you to write posts, upload photos and videos, edit pages, and manage comments in the Blackberry phone. The application will run on BlackBerry devices starting with the 8700, Curve, Pearl, Bold, Storm, Storm2  and the Tour. BlackBerry Device Software (OS) Version 4.5 minimum is required. Visit the WordPress for Blackberry blog.

WordPress for Nokia is an application that allows to edit your existing blog content, add new posts and pages, or simply manage comments from your Nokia smartphone. WordPress for Nokia allows you manage your blog from your S60 or Maemo-powered Nokia phone. Visit the WordPress for Nokia blog. Download the application. Older phones may not be supported.

California is an iPhone State

It looks like I live in a state (California), where the iPhone, is the popular choice. The report is based on the Retrovo Gadget Census. See map below. The map details which smart phone is popular state by state. It’s no surprise that the iPhone dominates California since Apple’s headquarters is in Silicon Valley.

What was surprising, is that the iPhone is also popular in the Southeast region of the country, the northern states as well as in West Virginia of all places. What even more interesting is, the iPhone is also popular in the state of Washington. Where are the Window 7 phones?

The Android in the other hand, dominates the Midwest, Alaska and Hawaii.

What does the graph tell us? Not much. You can draw your own conclusions. It could just be, that the local providers in each state, have a lot to do with it more than we think. It could be about economic status. What do you think?

AT&T New $15 Data Plan

If you get a smartphone nowadays, all phone providers have been forcing users to have a data plan for about $30 a month. I happen to be one of the lucky ones with a smartphone (Blackberry Curve) without a data plan. I have been interested in getting a data plan, but the $30 data plan per month is too steep for me. Now that AT&T is revamping their data plan, I might reconsider. From ZDNet:

AT&T on Wednesday carried out sweeping changes to its data plan pricing structure in a move that could force rivals to follow.

AT&T’s move (statement) comes as analysts come around to the realization that the U.S. wireless subscriber market is saturated. The game is to keep the subscribers you have happy and that means better pricing and long-awaited perks like tethering.

Among the major changes from AT&T:

  • An entry data plan for $15 a month capped at 200 MB of data. AT&T says 65 percent of its users could get by with the $15 a month plan and cut their costs in half. Should you exceed your 200 MB cap then you get another 200 MB for $15.
  • A plan for $25 a month for 2 GB of data. This “DataPro” plan allows for an extra 1 GB of data for $10 should you go over the cap. AT&T said that 98 percent of its customers use less than 2 GB of data a month. That cap is hard to top.
  • Tethering will arrive on the iPhone and any other smartphone for $20 a month on top of a DataPro plan. Generally speaking, this set-up means a 2 GB plan with tethering for $45 a month total.
  • iPad customers will see their $29.99 unlimited plan replaced with the $25 a month DataPro plan. You still prepay without a contract.

Dropbox on the Phone

Dropbox is now accessible via your phone. The message from Dropbox.

Hi,

Have you ever wanted to use your Dropbox but didn’t have a computer nearby? Dropbox’s mobile website (http://m.dropbox.com) makes it happen. With Dropbox mobile, you can browse and open files in your Dropbox directly from your phone or mobile device’s browser.

If you own an iPhone or iPod Touch, download the Dropbox App for an even better experience. It’s free!

Do you own a Blackberry or Android phone? Don’t worry! We’ve got plenty more mobile magic coming soon!

Happy syncing!
-The Dropbox Team