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BlackBerry 10 released on Wednesday

1:02 AM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
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TORONTO (AP) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion will kick off a critical, long-overdue makeover when chief executive Thorsten Heins shows off the first phone with the new BlackBerry 10 system in New York on Wednesday.

Repeated delays have left the once-pioneering BlackBerry an afterthought in the shadow of Apple's trend-setting iPhone and Google's Android-driven devices.

Now, there's some optimism. Previews of the BlackBerry 10 software have gotten favorable reviews on blogs. Financial analysts are starting to see some slight room for a comeback.

RIM redesigned the system to embrace the multimedia, apps and touch-screen experience prevalent today. Most analysts consider a BlackBerry 10 success to be crucial for the company's long-term viability, though some doubts remain about the ability of BlackBerry 10 to rescue RIM.

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