Research In Motion (RIM) today announced that it will offer Blackberry users a selection of smartphone applications to help ease the pain after a global service outage prevented users from emailing and texting for several days last week.
Blackberry customers, which number over 70 million, experienced service interruptions and delays over a period of approximately 3 days in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, 1.5 days in Latin America and Canada, and 1 day in the United States.
Beginning around 6:30 am Thursday morning, Shaw Direct customers began telling Digital Home that they were no longer able to receive numerous television channels, including most HD channels.
The source of the problem is a malfunctioning geostationary communications satellites launched by Telesat Canada called Anik F2
Blogger, Google’s blogging and online publishing service, announced earlier this week that its blogging platform would go into read-only mode on Wednesday night at 10pm Pacfic Time for some routine maintenance.
Google said the shutdown would last about an hour, however, a day and a half later, bloggers are still unable to post.