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Spotify, Flash, Slough: 5 things you need to know about BlackBerry

BlackBerry is undoubtedly one of the icons of modern technology. Alongside Apple’s iPads and iPhones, the BlackBerry brand is synonymous with innovative technology.

But how well do you really know BlackBerry? We take a look at five things you may not know about BlackBerry.

1). Spotify App for BlackBerry

BlackBerry’s worldwide can now access Spotify. The Spotify App has been a long time coming, eventually joining Spotify for iOS, Android, Symbian, Palm and Windows phones. The new BlackBerry App works for BlackBerry Bold 9780, Bold 9700, Curve 9300, Bold 9000 and Curve 8520.

2). They Like Flash – The PlayBook

One of the big benefits of BlackBerry’s tablet, the Playbook, over the iPad is the fact that it supports Flash. Flash is used extensively on many websites and file applications and while we’d love to see the introduction of Flash on new iPads, such as the iPad 3, at the moment the PlayBook’s ability to show flash goes a long way to confirming RIM CEO Michael Lazaridis’ claim that it is the ‘world’s first professional tablet’.

3). Waterloo, Ontario

This is the home of BlackBerry and Global Head Quarters for Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of BlackBerry. It is a small Canadian city of around 120,000 people. It is not twinned with Slough (see below).

4). Slough

The Berkshire town has a lot to answer for – not only did it spawn David Brent in The Office and kick start the career of pint-sized British comedian and now global institution Ricky Gervais, but it was also the culprit in BlackBerry’s recent global outage.  During a service upgrade a data server in Slough crashed, causing global problems to email, web browsing and instant messaging.

5). The Interactive Pager

Back when mobile phones were exactly that, and that only – phones that you could make calls on when mobile – RIM was one of the first companies to develop pagers that allowed users to receive and send messages over the internet via a wireless data network. Introduced in 1995, the Interactive Pager was also known as the RIM-900. It brought a number of tech innovations to consumers, including peer-to-peer Delivery, Read Receipts and text to speech messages to phones.