News Summary: RIM marketing head undeterred

Associated Press
FILE- In this  June 29, 2012, photo, the Canadian Flag flies in front of the Research In Motion (RIM) company logo on one of their many buildings,in Waterloo, Canada. Shareholders of Research In Motion, perhaps some of the most staunch supporters of the BlackBerry smartphone, are expected to take a far more critical view of the embattled company at its annual meeting on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Dave Chidley)
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FILE- In this June 29, 2012, photo, the Canadian Flag flies in front of the Research In Motion (RIM) company logo on one of their many buildings,in Waterloo, Canada. Shareholders of Research In Motion, perhaps some of the most staunch supporters of the BlackBerry smartphone, are expected to take a far more critical view of the embattled company at its annual meeting on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Dave Chidley)

OPTIMISM: Frank Boulben, the new marketing chief at BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd., isn't dejected by perceptions that his products look ancient next to iPhones and Android devices.

NEW FEATURES: He says he'll be able to tout new features such as better multitasking when BlackBerry 10 devices come out next year.

BIGGER PICTURE: Touting new features is just part of the challenge. BlackBerry devices will be handicapped because, compared with rivals, they have fewer games, utilities and other apps available to extend the phones' functionality.

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