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BlackBerry unveils presentation feature for its smartphones

January 6, 2010 • Gadgets and Gaming, Top Stories

The latest accessory for BlackBerry smartphones was unveiled today by the parent company, Research In Motion. BlackBerry Presenter is a conveniently small and light device that easily plugs into a projector or monitor and lets the user display a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation wirelessly from their BlackBerry smartphone, said the company’s officials.

The new feature allows BlackBerry uses to leave their laptop behind when delivering a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. “Mobile professionals are always looking to carry less when traveling,” said Glenn Laxdal, Vice President, Product Management, Research In Motion.

Users are free to navigate their presentations, view speaker notes, loop presentation slides and even reference information on one slide while displaying another. Furthermore, a wireless Bluetooth conection between the handset and BlackBerry Presenter allows for up to 30 feet walk between the two devices while presenting.

No additional file processing is required before presenting the files. BlackBerry Presenter supports NTSC and PAL video formats and most Power Point’s animations and transitions, displays all basic resolutions and connects via a micro USB.

BlackBerry Presenter is being demonstrated for now by RIM at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week and will be available at a later date on ShopBlackBerry.com for $199 and further on at select authorized dealers and retail stores.

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. RIM’s portfolio of products and services and embedded technologies include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements.

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