Hello everyone! Finally got in and got my laptop set up. Hope you're all doing well this morning. It's foggy down here in NYC. But inside Pier 36: It's all about soft blue and purple light and ambiguous electronic music.
Some of the earlier pictures here are from the waiting room outside the main event area. In here... well, look at the pictures!
Apparently some restaurants and pubs in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., where RIM is based, have some half-off drinks and events things today if you show up with a BlackBerry. Or at least that's what one RIM public relations person told me. If you're doing a cool promotion for BB10, tweet at me -- and if it' not made up or gratuitous, I'll RT it!
A lot of Spanish speaking journalists here -- presumably from publications and broadcasters in Latin America, one of the broad swathes of the world's geography that still love the BlackBerry. Though of course, like other regions in Southeast Asia and Africa, many are now buying cheap Android smartphones from companies like Tecno and Huawei.
"Ladies and Gentleman, the BlackBerry experience will begin shortly. Please take your seats."
We're about ready to go here in NYC. The music has picked up a bit.
Thanks everyone for joining us here today. We're about ready to go. I'm in New York. Omar is in Toronto. We've got a whole team behind the coverage today. And we're about ready to go. Make sure to check our site for breaking RIM news and RIM updates.
Program is about to begin, they say over the loudspeaker.
I'm hoping for a complete break with the past that involves RIM's CEO, Thorsten Heins, crashing into Pier 36 with a fearsome ice breaker from Canada's north. Or the release of a new phone. One or the other.
I could write here that they're showing some tweets on the screen but you should probably just have Twitter open in Tweetdeck or something.
The program is now set to begin "momentarily." #uptodatereporting #feellikeahaplessbroadcastjournalist
Again, everyone, thanks so much for being with us today.
For the investors out there, some analysts covering RIM have predicted that at least some of the volatility around the shares might die down after RIM's launch. But who knows? The shares have lurched both up and down on each tiny bit of news, device photo leaks, etc.
An MC here in NYC is checking in with audiences from around the world starting in London, going to Dubai, Toronto (which has just gone crazy), Paris, Joburg and ending in New York. Cheers!
The MC has given a shoutout to all those following along on the Web. He just pulled a "Don't take my word for it" line. Montage of people, including Vodafone CEO and a guy from Air Canada.
A wide cross section of people! A guy from the National Film Board just popped up. I wonder how many phones they have? It's hard for me to picture anyone I know associated with NFB actually using a BB... Still! Tons of excitement here! Now Alec Saunders is talking ... he's behind us, but on the big screen.
Alec, who heads developer relations at RIM, is talking about his globetrotting RIM evangelism.
The MC is nodding along to his points. Shaking his head in disbelief -- utter disbelief -- that RIM ported over 15,000 apps in one weekend. Alec gives a big "Thank you" shout out to devs.
Now a profile of the IndoSat BlackBerry Community founder.... Looks like... Malaysia, I think? Maybe Indonesia.
They're interviewing CrackBerry founder Kevin Michaluk, who swore not to cut his hair until BlackBerry 10 came out. "I love BlackBerry but I don't want to be single." he said. Oh my! They're going to cut his hair. They're doing it!
If he sculpts that up into a wave and dyes it silver he could pass for Mike Lazaridis.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins is now up!
He says it's the most challenging role he's had to date. But said it was one of the best opportunities he's ever seen. "I knew that innovation was at the heart of RIM." "Now, finally, here we are!"