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The Upside: The design decisions behind BlackBerry 10

This week's podcast discusses the design of the unique BlackBerry 10 interface, Gangnam style, and exposes some questionable musical tastes.

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For Research In Motion, everything is riding on the success of BlackBerry 10.

To gain a deeper understanding of this gesture-based interface that tries to do away with applications as silos, we sat down with RIM's vice president of user experience design, Don Lindsay.

Lindsay talked about the design influences on BlackBerry 10, issues encountered by doing away with a home-style button, and compromises made by having so many development toolkits to support on the platform.

This episode also contains snippets of RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, and finishes up on a unique interpretation of an 80s classic, performed by RIM Vice Presidents Alec Saunders, Chris Smith, and Martyn Mallick.

Let us know in the comments if you think BlackBerry 10 has a chance, and whether corporate vice presidents should use musical instruments.

Running Time: 21 minutes and 46 seconds.

Chris Duckett attended BlackBerry Jam Americas as a guest of RIM.

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Robert Duke
Robert Duke

Has any other Blackberry torch users experienced unexpected shutdowns on a regular basis, even while in the middle of a phone conversation. Any information regarding thi issue will be appreciated, thank you in advance. ;>

Daughain
Daughain

Damn, webOS! I didn't recognize you.

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As long as RIM keeps their superior physical keyboard, I'll stick with them. Can't stand touch screen phones and their flaky virtual keyboards.

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